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Washington DC — By Jon Rochetti on July 9, 2010 at 7:45 am
Filed under: festival, film, theater

Capital Fringe Festival Invades DC

In its 5th year, the Washington DC Capital Fringe Festival brings over 100 self-produced, non-juried performance art to Washington DC.

logoTo participate, established an d emerging artists apply to participate and as many as possible are selected on a first-come, first-serve basis.  This drives one of the main principals of the festival – that art and artistic value should be judged by people, not by committees, museums, promoters or appointed groups who may promote, filter or stifle specific types or styles of performing arts.

The festival give artists the opportunity to self-produce and promote their work in a supportive environment to the public, gaining exposure that they would never be able to get on their own.  The festival also allows artists to take risks, present works that might never reach a stage and try new approaches.  Many of the productions are inexpensively produced, requiring no sets or limited props and costumes. while others are more lavish productions.

The list of shows ranges from cabaret to comedy, drama to dance, puppetry to improv.

This year, a few of the favorites might include:

Capital FringeAnd stop by the Baldacchino Gypsy Tent Bar at the festival’s Fort Fringe HQ at 607 New York Ave., NW (map).  It’s an ideal place to start or end your Fringe evening with a glass of beer or wine and a conversation with other festival attendees.  Gypsy Tent hours – Tues.-Fri. – 5:00 p.m. – 1:30 a.m., Weekends noon – 1:30 a.m. Happy hour – 5–7 p.m. nightly.

Capital Fringe Festival – 22 venues around Washington DC

Dates & Times – July 8 – 25, 2010

Tickets – $15.00 per performance, plus a required Fringe button ($5.00 one-time purchase) which must shown at each show. Tickets available online, by phone at 866-811-4111 or at the door.  Buttons provide discounts throughout the coming year at various retail and dining establishments.

Image and logo:  Courtesy of Capital Fringe Festival.

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