The New Face of Fringe
There is a silent war being waged between the mainstream and the offbeat around Mt. Vernon Square. On one street, a billboard for "Hancock" shows Will Smith, his face six stories high, looming over passersby, while a block away at Fort Fringe, the new headquarters for the Fringe Festival, staffers are diligently working on the final touches of their new building. Based on the early reviews of "Hancock" and the overwhelmingly large Fringe Festival schedule, I'd say alternative theater is winning.
The third annual Capital Fringe Festival, which begins July 10, is the biggest yet with 649 performances in 20 venues spanning 18 days.
Two of those venues will be at Fort Fringe, the space where A.V. Ristorante Italiano used to be. The Baldacchino, a temporary outdoor stage under a tent, is located next to an al fresco bar that will remain open for the duration of the festival. Inside the building, in what may have once been a storage space for salami and other meats, the industrial looking Shop stage was created. Meanwhile, an old section of the dining room, in front of a colossal fireplace, will be a meeting point for some of the Fringe Training Factory events, which are classes that include Intro to Beatboxing, SpeedTease: Burlesque in a Nutshell and The Messy Art of Grand Guignol Stage Violence.
All theater-goers have to buy a Fringe Festival button to enter any performance, which is a one-time $5 fee, unless of course you lose it. The button is also good for discounts at local restaurants including the D.C. location of La Tasca and Marrakesh.
The schedule for the festival has revealed some promising (if strange) titles that have helped me form my initial must-see list, including "Dr. Serenity Hawkfire's Beyond Being Workshop," which parodies new age workshops; "Dorks on the Loose: It I Awkward" and "Power House: The Disco Energy Dance Along Show." Let me know in the comments which shows you look forward to seeing.
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