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There are over 100 shows in the Capital Fringe 2014 festival. These are a few of the faces.

Dracula. A Love Story

Tim Treanor

Fringe Portraits 2014 - JM-01

Why should someone come see the show?

People should see my show if they want to know what rapture is like, if they want to see what the consequence of rapture is and how you can find rapture in your every day life. Dracula is a story about your desire to surrender your identity and so become immortal. In here we look at somebody who’s taken that choice, we see what’s happened to her and what could’ve happened to her had she chosen something else. See my show because the cast is unconscious, it’s so good.

Districtland

Fringe Portraits 2014 - JM-14

Christina Bejan

Fringe Portraits 2014 - JM-02

Why should someone come see the show?

Because it’s about the person you’re asking that question. Districtland is about young Washington, DC. It’s about now, it’s about our lives and what we’re struggling with and it’s a satire which means it’s an opportunity to laugh at ourselves.

John Dellaporta

Fringe Portraits 2014 - JM-03

Why should someone come see the show?

Because it’s very smartly about this area and it’s funny and insightful and there’s just a lot of great actors and performances in it.

Carson Gregory

Fringe Portraits 2014 - JM-04

Why should someone come see the show?

Because we have people who are partially naked in it. Why wouldn’t you come see that?

Robyn Freeman

Fringe Portraits 2014 - JM-06

Why should someone come see the show?

You should come see it ’cause it’s da bomb and it’s probably the best show in Fringe shhhh…

Mary-Alice Farina

Fringe Portraits 2014 - JM-07

Why should someone come see the show?

You should see Districtland because it’s going to be an amazing conversation starter for anyone who lives in the District.

The Dish

Fringe Portraits 2014 - JM-15

Catherine Deadman

Fringe Portraits 2014 - JM-17

Why should someone come see the show?

People should see it because if you’ve ever watched The Food Network or if you’ve ever eaten out in DC, there’s something for you. So we have interviews with people, it’s improv’d. My character is based on Paula Deen. Don’t you just love to hate celebrities? I do. That’s why everyone should see it.

Anika Harden

Fringe Portraits 2014 - JM-19

Why should someone come see the show?

People should come see our show because it’s about food, which everyone loves, and the different relationships that people have with food and how we are often competitive with each other.

Stone Tape Party

Aubri O’Connor and Ben Calman

Fringe Portraits 2014 - JM-24

Why should someone come see the show?

O’Connor: They should come see our show if they like sex, drugs, jazz, parties-

Calman: Nudity. I get more naked than I am in that photo.

O’Connor: Poorly dressed people. They should come to our show because we’re in the Atlas and we have like all the toilets and air conditioning and a fully stocked wet bar and we encourage people to come early and get drunk on set with us. Also if they like ghost stories.

The Old Man Never Let It Go

Hector Reynoso

Fringe Portraits 2014 - JM-27

Why should someone come see the show?

I’m deaf and there’s no talk, no sign language. Muted projections. I’ve been a Kinetic Theatre Company member for six years. Enjoy the show.

Writing Miss Clark’s Resume

Kelly Canavan

Fringe Portraits 2014 - JM-29

Why should someone come see the show?

People should see our show because it’s a sketchy story that people think is often told but our show takes it in a different direction, a lot of unusual things happen, we make a lot of fun and raise a lot of questions that we don’t necessarily have answers to.

DECADES

Fringe Portraits 2014 - JM-35

Derek Hills

Fringe Portraits 2014 - JM-36

Why should someone come see the show?

Because we are gong to be playing with all the tropes and histories and clothing of the 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s in a wholly improvised manner. We’re going to take an idea from the audience, we’re going to play in these outfits and we’re going to be using the catch parses of the decades and the special histories that everyone knows about and we’re going to play totally made up character within this environment.

Pamela Nash

Fringe Portraits 2014 - JM-37

Why should someone come see the show?

I think the main reason is that we have taken improv up to the stratosphere. We have costumes, we have a musician who will improvise our soundtrack as we do things and we have a projectionist who will actually be guessing what locations we’re at and trying to put up period locations. It’s really like improv with all the whistles and bells. It’s going to be awesome.

Katie Dunn

Fringe Portraits 2014 - JM-38

Why should someone come see the show?

There’s such a vibrant improv community here in DC and even though I’ve seen hundreds of improv shows, I’ve never seen one with costumes and projections and sound effects and music and kind of with that set 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s time era so I would be excited to see it just because it incorporates so many of those things that you never see in improv.

Do you see what I see?

Alex Starr

Fringe Portraits 2014 - JM-40

Why should someone come see the show?

It’s sketch comedy, it’s probably one of the best shows on the ticket so that’s why you should come see it.

Walter Champion

Fringe Portraits 2014 - JM-41

Why should someone come see the show?

You want to see what comics go through? How they think? What’s on their mind, in sketch form? COME TO THE SHOW!

The Capital City Showcase

Christian Hunt

Fringe Portraits 2014 - JM-42

Why should someone come see the show?

You should come to the show because for four years we have showcased the best comedians, musicians and performing artists in the DC are and we are going to continue to do so with a lineup of some of the truly best acts in DC.

Pat Riley

Fringe Portraits 2014 - JM-43

Why should someone come see the show?

You should come because I’m funny as hell.

Tour De Farce

Sha Golanski

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Why should someone come see the show?

It’ll make you laugh and it’ll make you cry. It’s like holding up a mirror to yourself and seeing how full of shit you are. It’s a story towards self-actualization through the relationship between these two long time roommates.

Willem Krumich

Fringe Portraits 2014 - JM-60

Why should someone come see the show?

I think they should come see it because it’s a wonderful blend of comedy and some very heart wrenching drama at the same time. And it’s kind of about cycling, but it’s also about brotherhood and about two men living together and suffering together through some pretty interesting crisis.

Debra Ovall

Fringe Portraits 2014 - JM-61

Why should someone come see the show?

I believe that people should come see it because it real his a story about getting through life and actually not going through it alone and realizing how important it is to have someone else there to go through the hard times with you and laugh along with you.

Antigone

Fringe Portraits 2014 - JM-63

Sue-Ellen Mandell

Why should someone come see the show?

It is visually the most beautiful play I’ve ever been in and a lot of it is very movement oriented. So in addition to the whole story it’s almost like a people painting the way she lights it and moves people around. And we use the viewpoints method approach to developing ensemble and the movement.

ArasDance

Sara Herrera

Fringe Portraits 2014 - JM-56

Why should someone come see the show?

This is our first full-length how at the Capital Fringe Festival and we are here to introduce ArasDance as a DC-based contemporary dance company.

Emily Lynn

Fringe Portraits 2014 - JM-55

Why should someone come see the show?

I think that people should come and see the show because it really is a dynamic performance that explores all of the ranges of human emotions so it’s like fun, it’s funky, it’s light, it’s deep, it’s mysterious and it’s just kind of artsy.

Brick Penguin Tries Its Best

Fringe Portraits 2014 - JM-76

Murphy Mchugh

Fringe Portraits 2014 - JM-62

Why should someone come see the show?

This is a”best-of,” Fringe-iest sort of lineup for us. It’s our first time doing the festival and we’ve got an awesome lineup. If you  like laughing, if you like having a good time, if you’re into maybe a little bit of a raunchier sense of humor, yeah we’ll say some stuff, sure. It’s never about the gross-out but there’s a couple of kinda-gross things in there.

Natalie Saythe

Fringe Portraits 2014 - JM-67

Why should someone come see the show?

You should come to see our show because it’s the best, funniest sketch comedy we’ve ever done.

John Blakeslee

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Why should someone come see the show?

We’ve been doing sketch comedy in DC and putting on a new show every month for the past four years and now we’re doing our “best-of” and the most Fringe-y of our sketches.

The Interpersonal Underworld

Abigail Wallace

Fringe Portraits 2014 - JM-69

Why should someone come see the show?

We think that people should come see us because we have a style of dance that is pretty athletic and daring alongside a nice interactive audience component where the dancers get to kind of talk back to their puppet master and it should be a good time.

Olizzia

Fringe Portraits 2014 - JM-70

John Bavoso

Why should someone come see the show?

You should come see our show because we have snarky dialogue, girls making out and Lady Gaga lyrics, so why not?

Charles Lee

Why should someone come see the show?

People should come out to see Olizzia because it takes a very interesting look at what friendships and relationships are. Your soul mate might not be who you think it is, it might be right under your nose.

#albatross

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Rachael Bade

Why should someone come see the show?

People should come to the show because we’re mixing like athletic ballet with contemporary movement. So people will be dancing in like street clothes and there’ll be some pop music that people will recognize so it’ll be easier for people who don’t normally consume classical ballet to sort of digest dance. It’ll be fun and people should be able to enjoy it because it won’t be too serious. It’ll be a good show.

Tyrone C. Walker

Why should someone come see the show?

And there’s also the special element of improv. We do a lot of improv, just really seeing dancers explore space and movement without it being predetermined.

Seance

Steve N. Bradford

Fringe Portraits 2014 - JM-73

Why should someone come see the show?

We do interactive theater. In this case our story is Madame McGuffin’s magic shop is going under. In a last-ditch effort to save it, she brings in the famous television psychic, Crimson Herring to perform his famous routine and do psychic readings on the audience and they end up doing a seance. The fun thing is we don’t know how it ends. The audience has to decide. And not just like decide by votes. Get up on stage, fix it. There’s really no fourth wall in our show. It’s all about playing and having fun in the situation and just being yourself.

“Hey, Hey, LBJ!”

David Kleinberg

Fringe Portraits 2014 - JM-47

Why should someone come see the show?

It was the most divisive foreign war in American history. It tore the country apart and this is the story of three of my buddies whose names are on the wall.

W3

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Morgan Hamilton

Fringe Portraits 2014 - JM-78

Why should someone come see the show?

You should see the show because it’s going to be creepy, funny and fun.

Moira Hamilton

Fringe Portraits 2014 - JM-79

Why should someone come see the show?

I think that you should see this show because it has a good mix of seriousness, but it also is very entertaining at the same time.

Sarah Hamilton

Fringe Portraits 2014 - JM-80

Why should someone come see the show?

I think you should come see the show because I guarantee there’s nothing else like it.

Malevolence

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Tim King

Why should someone come see the show?

It’s a timely topic, unfortunately. The way we tell it is hopefully to stimulate thinking about it, not just making a snap judgement so that’s what we’re trying to do.

Kimberly Pyle

Why should someone come see the show?

It’s a really tough topic and it’s the whole, you know, how you jump to conclusions immediately following an accusation if it’s posted on Facebook, if it’s posted on the news, if it’s on TV or the newspaper and also how past associations of your own can color your perception of a current event. Like if something’s happened before, it just makes you jump to a different conclusion than if you’ve never experienced it. I play the wife of the person that’s accused of sexual harassment so it’s really fun.

TAME.

Jonelle Walker

Fringe Portraits 2014 - JM-85

Why should someone come see the show?

I think people should come see the show because it has an important story to tell about women and identity and self harm and it’s a heavy play, but it’s important.

Waiting For Armageddon

Ron Litman

Fringe Portraits 2014 - JM-86

Why should someone come see the show?

I think people should  come to see it because they should know what it’s going to be like at the end of the world to which we are going very swiftly. In fact, in the words of Corporal Hicks, “We’re on express elevator to hell, going down.”

Ten Principles

JR Russ

Fringe Portraits 2014 - JM-81

Why should someone come see the show?

Because when I got back from Burning Man for the first time last year, while I wanted to tell my story, it wasn’t the whole story. So each show has ten Burners telling true stories about their experience with the community and the Ten Principles OF Burning Man.

 

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