DC Theatre Scene and DCMetroTheaterArts’ Joint Capital Fringe Coverage Begins Tonight

The two media companies combine writing strength
to review 70 openings in 6 days

The editors and publishers of DC’s two major theater websites—DC Theatre Scene and DCMetroTheaterArts—today announced plans to join forces to cover this year’s Capital Fringe Festival, which kicks off TONIGHT, July 6, 2017, with 70 openings in six days.

The Capital Fringe 2017 image. Drawing by Bill Warrell. Words in the image are from production blurbs for shows in the 2017 Capital Fringe Festival.

In past years, the two websites have distinguished themselves from all other area publications by covering every show in the festival. This year each show will be reviewed by one website or the other, and all the reviews, along with their five-point ratings, will be viewable on both sites.

“This plan represents not only unprecedented collaboration and cooperation between DCMetro TheaterArts and DC Theatre Scene,” said David Siegel, spokesperson for DCMTA Publisher and Editor Joel Markowitz, who was recently diagnosed with ALS. “It will also ensure that focused, high-quality, and comprehensive coverage of the Festival can be achieved without redundancy.”

“When we saw that 70 shows were opening in the first week of Fringe,” said Lorraine Treanor, Publisher for DCTS, “I knew we needed a partner to help us deliver that many reviews in such a limited time. DCMTA was the obvious choice. We share the tradition of covering all Fringe shows and the same commitment to quality writing. Getting to know some of their staff at the benefit cabaret we recently produced with MetroStage for Joel Markowitz made the choice an easy one.”

In addition to reviews, both websites will continue to publish their own unique content and to offer advertising to Fringe producers. To inquire about advance editorial coverage and advertising placement, show producers should contact Lorraine Treanor for DC Theatre Scene and David Siegel for DCMetroTheaterArts.

Capital Fringe Festival 2017 runs July 6 to July 30, 2017, at various times and locations. Information about the calendar, buttons, and tickets and tickets can be found online.

 To download the 28-page 2017 Capital Fringe Festival Guide as a PDF, click here.

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John Stoltenberg
John Stoltenberg is executive editor of DC Theater Arts. He writes both reviews and his Magic Time! column, which he named after that magical moment between life and art just before a show begins. In it, he explores how art makes sense of life—and vice versa—as he reflects on meanings that matter in the theater he sees. Decades ago, in college, John began writing, producing, directing, and acting in plays. He continued through grad school—earning an M.F.A. in theater arts from Columbia University School of the Arts—then lucked into a job as writer-in-residence and administrative director with the influential experimental theater company The Open Theatre, whose legendary artistic director was Joseph Chaikin. Meanwhile, his own plays were produced off-off-Broadway, and he won a New York State Arts Council grant to write plays. Then John’s life changed course: He turned to writing nonfiction essays, articles, and books and had a distinguished career as a magazine editor. But he kept going to the theater, the art form that for him has always been the most transcendent and transporting and best illuminates the acts and ethics that connect us. He tweets at @JohnStoltenberg. Member, American Theatre Critics Association.


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