Isn’t complete without the invasion of FRINGE.
What’s FRINGE? well it’s a worldwide performing arts festival that happens in 24 states and 60 countries throughout the year. (see the full list of festivals in the US HERE)
Fringe Festivals feature new, innovate work by both established theatre artists and folks just starting out. There are musicals, comedies, dramas, dance/movement, music, spoken word, improv shows, and more. All of the fringe performances cost the same amount ($15) and it’s guaranteed that everyone will find a show that interests them.
In DC, Fringe is celebrating it’s 5th anniversary this year! With 133 different shows happening all around Downtown DC, this is a festival that you can’t miss!! Check out the shows HERE.
I know – the list of shows is daunting. How do you figure out what to see? what’s good? what’s going to be bad? Who cares! it’s only $15. That’s what’s great about fringe – you can discover a new talented artist/group or experience something bad, either way you’ve not spent much money, and you’ve gotten the chance to support folks trying something new for them, and see something you wouldn’t see everyday yourself. Be the first to see a breakout show that everyone’s going to be clamoring to get in to.
Check out shows like: Super Claudio Bros., The New Video Game Musical, iSchool Musical, How to Be a Human, Cookin’ Up Numbers, or Assembly Required: How to Write, Produce and Stage a Musical – The Musical! and many, many, many, more.
Not sure what to see? There will be many reviews of the shows posted in places like THE WASHINGTON POST , DC THEATRE SCENE and WASHINGTON CITY PAPER. They will each have special fringe sections once the festival kicks off on July 8th. I’ll also post some shows you can’t miss on the blog.
Fringe is just two weeks away – so find some shows that interest you, pick up some tickets- and be prepared for 3 weeks of over 600 performances in and around downton dc!
PS: The idea of the Fringe Festival began in Edinburgh in 1947, where the biggest festival around the world is still held. Check out more of the Fringe History Here.
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