2019 Fringe Festival
We will showcase seven venues with 13 stages—all within walking distance of each other in SW DC. We will bring you 94 productions with 60% of the participating artist residing in the DC Metro area.
In addition to all the exhilarating unjuried shows, Fringe will once again present and produce a series of highly-ambitious productions through the Fringe Curated Series:
• A People’s History by renowned American monologist Mike Daisey–whom the New Yorker calls “A charismatic performer, his shows have the insightful hostility of the best comedy. ” Here, Daisey finds a copy of the U.S. history textbook from his high school in rural Maine from over 25 years ago. What follows is a kind of history lesson, contrasting the history he grew up with and a very different book: Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States. A People’s History has sold out performances from the Seattle to Minneapolis, and we are thrilled to bring it to the Nation’s Capital as part of the Fringe Curated Series.
• Arcade by renowned DC artist and projectionist Robin Bell. Bell’s Arcade is just that–an interactive arcade that examines the arcade as a forum for collective communication. Fringe will create a public interactive video arcade at the Wharf on Maine Avenue SW where audiences can both play and engage.
• Shakespeare’s Worst, a comedy and great for the full family, was written by Mike Reiss (a four-time Emmy-winning original writer for The Simpsons) and Nick Newlin (a local actor, clown, and all-around great guy). In conjunction with Politics and Prose at the Wharf, we will host an author talk and book signing for Mike’s book Springfield Confidential: Jokes, Secrets, and Outright Lies from a Lifetime Writing for The Simpsons.
• Two new plays by local DC playwrights Iris Dauterman and Claudia Rosales Waters. Dauterman’s Hat Pin Panic details the “hatpin panic” of the early twentieth century in which women used their hatpins in self-defense against harassment. Waters’ Light Project which deploys poetry, movement, sound, and lights to tell the story of a post-apocalyptic world stuck on the grid.