2012 Capital Fringe Festival

Photo courtesy of a digital cure
courtesy of a digital cure

For anyone interested in an adventure, the Capital Fringe Festival is back with over 130 productions in 15 venues across downtown DC, ranging from highly experimental performance art to staged clown shows for the kids. The frenzy opens this Thursday and runs July 12-29, 2012.

Love it or hate it (and you’ll probably do some of both), the Capital Fringe Festival is where DC’s indie companies and performers come to experiment and test their skills. An incubator for young shows, the festival encourages innovation and self-production. It also encourages the rest of us to go out on a limb and experience theater of all varieties – the good, the bad, and the bizarre. Some performances will leave us thinking, while others will leave us thinking “what the #^$% was that?”

Over the course of the festival, we here at We Love DC will see a bunch of these shows and share with you our resulting discussions about them. Our coverage will be short, sweet, and a little manic – just like the Capital Fringe Festival. You can also follow our team on Twitter for up-to-the-minute thoughts on the shows we see: that’s Jenn, Joanna, Patrick, and Don.

Want to join the discussion or feel the frenetic energy that is Fringe? Join us (and the rest of the DC theater world) at the festival’s food and drink headquarters: the Baldacchino Gypsy Tent Bar at Fort Fringe, located by Mt. Vernon Square at 607 New York Ave, NW.

In between downing a couple under the tent you can buy tickets at the box office next door; or skip the hassle and order them online. Each show costs $17, plus a one-time charge of $5 for a required Fringe button. For the most courageous, obsessed, and/or crazy, you can also get multi-show discounts ranging from $60 to a $300 all-access pass.

Experiment and enjoy. We’ll see you online and at the tent!

Joanna moved to DC in 2010 knowing she’d love it, and as usual she was right. She enjoys eating fried things, drinking scotch and smoking cigars, and makes up for the damage done by snacking on organic oats and barley and walking long distances to wherever with her dog Henry. Joanna now lives with her husband and said dog in Los Angeles, and they all miss DC terribly. Follow her on Twitter or contact her at joannacastlemiller.com.

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