DC Fringe Kicks Off July 9; Solo, Experimental, Classic and Comic Works Featured

News   DC Fringe Kicks Off July 9; Solo, Experimental, Classic and Comic Works Featured The fourth annual Capital Fringe Festival begins July 9 in Washington, DC, offering 18 days of performances by more than 100 local, national and international companies in a collection of venues in downtown DC.
Cover Me in Humanness star Meghan Nesmith
Cover Me in Humanness star Meghan Nesmith Photo by Caitlin Dennis

In the festival that runs to July 26, expect one-act plays, comedies, dramas, musicals, dance, puppetry, improvisation, clowns, hip-hop, jazz, poetry, mime and more — some of it not easily classifiable.

Some sample eclectic titles in 2009: Cover Me in Humanness, A Tactile Dinner, Bare Breasted Women Sword Fighting, Uncorseted, Sari to Skin, Good Enough for Government Work, Dizzy Miss Lizzy's Roadside Revue presents The Saints, Slow News Day, Waiting for the Trigger, The Elephant Man – The Musical, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, The Fall of the House of Usher, The Attack of Big Angry Booty, It's Not Easy Being Green, Not Your Granny's Revolution, McSwiggin's Pub with Sean O'Brien and many more. For a complete schedule, visit capitalfringe.org.

About 130 performing arts groups are participating. As a self-producing festival (the artists produce their own work), Capital Fringe gives approximately 70 percent of the revenue generated from ticket sales to performing arts groups in the festival.

All tickets are $15 (plus a one-time purchase of a $5 Fringe button) and are now on sale.

For tickets or more information, visit capitalfringe.org or call (866) 811-4111. Tickets can also be bought at the Fort Fringe box office at 607 New York Ave, NW; Washington, DC.

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The mission of Capital Fringe, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, is "to connect exploratory artists with adventurous audiences by creating outlets and spaces for creative, cutting-edge, and contemporary performance in the District."

Often the first opportunity for emerging artists to present their work, the Festival also "challenges audiences to discover new, sometimes risk-taking performance art."

During the 2008 Fringe Festival 21,500 tickets were sold, 800 individual performances happened in over 14 venues in and around the District.

Capital Fringe "strives to provide outlets and opportunities for artists to self-produce in a nurturing and supportive environment while exposing their work to patrons and the local, national and international media that they would never be able to garner on their own."

Dizzy Miss Lizzy's Roadside Revue presents <i>The Saints</i> cast: Jordan Kline, Debra Buonaccorsi, Maria Egler, Felicia Curry, Laura Kenna and Steve McWilliams
Dizzy Miss Lizzy's Roadside Revue presents The Saints cast: Jordan Kline, Debra Buonaccorsi, Maria Egler, Felicia Curry, Laura Kenna and Steve McWilliams Photo by Roy Cox