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It’s certainly not summer unless Capital Fringe is back in full swing. The annual showcase of theatre, comedy, and un-censored amazingness begins on July 11 and stretches on until the 28. While the full schedule of events is posted online (and defintely worth a look/obsessing over for hours), we’ve collected a few of the wild, weird, and wonderful events to go check out.

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BUT FIRST: SOME BASIC TICKET INFO:

Every attendee must wear a Fringe Admission Button, available for $5 (before July 12) and $7 (after July 12) (If you lose it, you’ll have to buy another! So don’t lose it.)  Single show tickets are $17, (plus the button.)  Multi-show passes are as follows (all include the button) and tickets may be used by 1 person sequentially or by a group of people at one (or more) shows.

  • Foh-ty Pass: $60 for 4 tickets (you save: $15)
  • 6 Pack Pass: $80 for 6 tickets (you save: $31)
  • 110 Proof Pass: $120 for 10 tickets (you save: $57)
  • Magic Pass: $220 for 20 tickets (you save: $127)
  • All-Access Pass: $300 for 1 advance or door ticket to any and all shows.  See 20 shows and it pays for itself, see more and you start saving!

So now that you know what Capital Fringe is all about, your friendly BYT theater buffs have distilled this year’s myriad offerings in the ultimate Capital Fringe Cheat Sheet.  Discover which shows are unmissable along with the what, where, when and why info for each of our top picks.  You can also search for shows by their title, keyword or theme (including age appropriateness, and venue accessibility) here.

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Killing Game

Location: Melton Rehearsal Hall, 641 D Street NW
Running Time: 90 min.
Dates:
Thursday 7/11 (8:30 p.m.), Friday 7/12 (8:30 p.m.), Sunday 7/14 (2:30 & 7:30 p.m.), Tuesday 7/16 (8:30 p.m.), Wednesday 7/17 (8:30 p.m.), Thursday 7/18 (8:30 p.m.), Friday 7/19 (8:30 p.m.), Sunday 7/21 (2:30 & 7:30 p.m.), Tuesday 7/23 (8:30 p.m), Wednesday 7/24 (8:30 p.m.), Thursday 7/25 (8:30 p.m.), Sunday 7/28 (2:30 & 7:30 p.m.)

This play is not just the average two-act, sit-down performance. It is literally a game, where the audience is integrated into the show. The frame story involves a deadly plague that has infected a small town and its up to the cast and the audience to figure out how to handle the situation. It’s chaotic, but that’s what the dog & pony dc theatre group want. The play is what the audience wants it to be.  – Mary Beth McAndrews

 

Fish out of Water

Location: Warehouse, 645 New York Ave NW
Running Time: 60 min.
Dates:
Friday 7/12 (10:15 p.m.), Sunday 7/14 (6:45 p.m.), Friday 7/19 (10:15 p.m.), Saturday 7/20 (5 p.m.), Sunday 7/21 (8:30 p.m.), Friday 7/26 (8:15 p.m.)

This one man show, performed solely by Tom Pile, is the prequel to last year’s Capital Fringe Hit, DC Trash. It’s all about how this one man came from Wisconsin to D.C. in his precious trash truck. The show combines comedy with singing and dancing, creating quite a performance for one man to pull off. – MB

 

How to be a Terrorist

Location: Ford Fringe Bedroom, 612 L Street NW
Running Time: 55 min.
Dates: 
Thursday 7/11 (7 p.m.), Saturday 7/13 (4:15 p.m.), Sunday 7/14 (9 p.m.), Tuesday 7/16 (7 p.m.), Thursday 7/18 (10 p.m.), Saturday 7/20 (2 p.m.)

The title should be incentive enough but let’s tell you a little bit more about this play. It is another solo performance, this time by a registered Eagle Scout, Jimmy Grzelak. He’ll tell his audiences how to rough it in the wild, from dealing with shock to dealing with pee-filled sleeping bags. It’s like a camping trip inside, complete with music and a scary story or two. – MB

 

The Beheading of Sister Mary Jasmine

Location: The Emergence Community Arts Collective Studio 2, 733 Euclid Street NW 
Running Time: 30 min.
Dates: 
Saturday 7/13 (8 p.m.), Sunday 7/14 (2 p.m.), Saturday 7/20 (8 p.m.), Sunday 7/21 (2 p.m.), Saturday 7/27 (8 p.m.), Sunday 7/28 (2 p.m.)

Seeing a man play five characters at the wake of a beloved nun sounds like a party. And it is meant to be. The audience serves as the mourners while Brian Reynolds plays characters who reminisce about Sister Mary Jasmine. But the question arises: who really is Sister Mary Jasmine? – MB

 

WigglerLover

Location: Gearbox, 1021 7th Street NW 3rd Floor
Running Time: 60 min.
Dates: 
Tuesday 7/16 (6:15 p.m.), Wednesday 7/17 (7 p.m.), Saturday 7/20 (6:15 p.m. & Midnight), Tuesday 7/23 (6 p.m.), Thursday 7/25 (8:15 p.m.)

This one man show (there’s a trend here) is all about performer James Anthony Zoccoli’s life in Chicago in 1979. He’s a half-Italian, half-Polish guy who, as a kid, wanted to be black. Then, his white mom marries a black guy. So we know where this is going. Funny stuff happens, he starts to grow up, ya know, a coming of age story. It’s accompanied by a live DJ and family photos from Zoccoli’s young life. – MB

 

Bayou Blues

Location: Jin Lounge, 2017 14th Street NW
Running Time: 60 min.
Dates: 
Tuesday 7/16 (8 p.m.), Saturday 7/27 (8 p.m.)

In this solo act written, directed, and acted by Shaina Lynn, the New Orleans native seeks to explore her own life story. A finalist in the Paul Robeson Spoken Word Contest in 2012, expect a passionate (and sometimes teary-eyed) performance about the troubles she endured both because of her skin as well as her family. – Brandon Weight

Godiva Dates & One Night Stands

Location: Caos on F, 923 F Street NW
Running Time: 60 min.
Dates: 
Sunday 7/14 (Midnight), Friday 7/19 (10:30 p.m.), Sunday 7/21 (3:15 p.m.), Tuesday 7/23 (10:15 p.m.), Thursday 7/25 (10:30 p.m.), Saturday 7/27 (9:45 p.m.), Sunday 7/28 (2 p.m.)

Regie Cabico, who has been featured on two seasons of Def Jam Poetry, brings his spoken word mastery to the District with Godiva Dates & One Night Stands. Half comedy, half poetry, Cabico is all about one goal we can all sympathise with: not having his life turn into a Barbara Streisand movie. – BW

Marsha

Location: Ford Fringe Bedroom, 612 L Street NW
Running Time: 50 min.
Dates: 
Friday 7/12 (6:15 p.m.), Saturday 7/13 (10 p.m. & 12:15 a.m.), Wednesday 7/17 (6 p.m.), Friday 7/19 (8:30 p.m.), Saturday 7/20 (12:15 p.m.)

Alan Harris and Julia Thomas team up in Martha, in which Thomas stars as the eponymous character discovering the truth about beauty. Harris, a former journalist, brings his writing expertise after dominating the Welsh theater scene with plays including A Good Night Out in the Valleys and The Opportunity of Efficiency– BW

Patterns: A Number & Symbols Show

Location: Gothe-Intsitut Main Stage, 812 7th Street NW
Running Time: 50 min.
Dates: 
Friday 7/19, (5:30 p.m.), Saturday 7/20 (12:15 p.m.), Sunday 7/21 (7:45 p.m.), Friday 7/26 (5:45 p.m.), Saturday 7/27 (noon)

Holy mindfuck, Batman. Gregg Tobo, five-time winner of the Boulder Fringe Encore Award, explores symbols, numbers, and the patterns within to make sense of the universe. Along with theater that’ll need participation fromt he audience, Tobo will fill the performance with magic tricks illusions. – BW

Random Access Memory

Location: Gothe-Intsitut Gallery, 812 7th Street NW
Running Time: 50 min.
Dates: 
Friday 7/19, (8:30 p.m.), Tuesday 7/23 (6:30 p.m.), Wednesday 7/24 (8:45 p.m.), Thursday 7/25 (7:30 p.m.), Saturday 7/27 (2 p.m.), Sunday 7/28 (12:30 p.m.)

Any show with a name slightly resembling a Daft Punk album is immediately a must see. Couple that with Price’s previous hit e-Geaux in which theater audiences open their phones and make their own Facebook profiles part of the joke, and you’ve got comedy gold on your hands. – BW

The Clocks

Location: Studio Theatre Stage 4, 1501 14th Street NW
Running Time: 70 min.
Dates: 
Friday 7/12 (8:30 p.m.), Wednesday 7/17 (9 p.m.), Saturday 7/20 (8:45 p.m.), Friday 7/26 (8:45 p.m.), Sunday 7/28 (2:30 p.m.)

Questioning the future? So are Jim and Jeff. After the death of their father, Mr. Knight, the two brothers are left with his collection of 106 unrepaired clocks. With the help of their friend, mysteriously named “the playwright”, Jeff and Jim begin to question whether it’s possible to measure time at all and what the future has in store for them. – Kaylee Dugan

 

The Conversion of Thais the Whore

Location: Fort Fringe @ The Shop, 607 New York Ave NW
Running Time: 30 min.
Dates: 
Saturday 7/13 (5:15 p.m.), Sunday 7/14 (8 p.m.), Saturday 7/20 (1 p.m.), Tuesday 7/23 (8:15 p.m.), Friday 7/26 (9:45 p.m.)

In this medieval drama, Thais is a courtesan who is captured by a hermit who pretends to be her lover. The hermit, Pafnutius, tortures Thais in order to convert her and save her from eternal damnation. Sounds like a fun family affair. – KD

 

Mark Twain’s Riverboat Extravaganza

Location: Studio Theatre Stage 4, 1501 14th Street NW
Running Time: 75 min.
Dates: 
Friday 7/12 (6:30 p.m.), Saturday 7/13 (2:30 p.m.), Saturday 7/20 (6:45 p.m.), Tuesday 7/23 (9:30 p.m.), Friday 7/26 (6:45 p.m.), Saturday 7/27 (10:30 p.m.)


If you think the title is cool (and it is) the play is even cooler. Presented by Pointless theater, Come see puppet versions of Mark Twain, his characters, and Abraham Lincoln’s ghost perform a vaudeville show while bouncing around through some classic american tales. – KD

 

To Know a Veil

Location: Warehouse, 645 New York Ave NW
Running Time: 120 min.
Dates: 
Thursday 7/11 (9 p.m.), Sunday 7/14 (4 p.m.), Wednesday 7/17 (6 p.m.)

 

Want to go to a play where you’re a part of the play? A mixture of party games, interviews, and a dance installation, To Know a Veil attempts to discover why women “veil and reveal themselves.” Come switch up your clothes and views, this is a play where audience participation is very important. – KD

 

My Civil War

Location: GALA Theatre at Tivoli Square, 3333 14th Street NW
Running Time: 70 min.
Dates: 
Saturday 7/13 (9:30 p.m.), Saturday 7/20 (9:15 p.m.), Thursday 7/25 (6:30 p.m.), Saturday 7/27 (1:45 p.m.), Sunday 7/28 (Noon)

A mixture of musical theater and opera, My Civil War, examines the story of a civil war soldier and the struggles of love. Using a mixture of letters, poems, and music from the early 1860’s and now, the play also takes a look at the different ways the civil war has changed America. – KD

 

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