17th annual Capital Fringe Festival now playing through July 21

'Happy' is this year's theme as 37 productions perform in five venues near Dupont Circle.

Tickets for the 2024 Capital Fringe Festival are now on sale and the full performance schedule is live online. $15 tickets can be purchased directly at capitalfringe.org. 

This year’s productions are an array of original works that explore a spectrum of human experiences. They examine the angst on the eve of a presidential election, the joy of a budding relationship, acknowledging one’s own death, church as a dance club afloat somewhere in the universe, the history of Black firefighters in Washington, DC, flamenco to modern dance, and much more. All shows run for 50 to 75 minutes.

Show us your DC happy #happydcfringe
The theme of this year’s Fringe Festival revolves around “Happy.” How do we perceive and cherish moments of happiness in our lives today? What defines happiness in the nation’s capital? Is Washington, DC, truly a happy city? To explore these questions, we’ve issued an open call for images capturing happiness experienced in DC. These snapshots will be juxtaposed with archival images sourced from the Library of Congress. The culmination of this project will be a rotating display of photographs on a series of TVs installed in the windows of 1150 Connecticut Avenue NW through July 21, running for 24 hours each day. “Happy” is conceived and art directed by Julianne Brienza in collaboration with BellVisuals and the Exactly Agency.

Additionally, with the support of the Georgetown BID, Fringe will project images of happiness onto the facade of the former Georgetown Theatre, now Compass Coffee, at 1351 Wisconsin Avenue on Wednesday, July 17. The projection will be hosted from across the street outside of M.M.LaFleur, located at 1344 Wisconsin Avenue NW. The Fringe Happy Pop-up event will commence at 6pm with “happy” music, and the projection will run from 8:45pm to 10:30pm.

This year’s festival is made possible with the support of our partners, notably the Golden Triangle BID and our esteemed venue partners: the Edlavitch DCJCC, Theater J, and Blake Real Estate. It will take place across four unoccupied retail properties nestled within the Golden Triangle BID boundaries and utilize two additional stages at the Edlavitch DCJCC and Theater J.

As we prepare for our 17th annual festival, we would be remiss not to highlight that Capital Fringe has existed for 19 years, so this is our organization’s final teenage year. Capital Fringe’s annual Fringe Festival is the only unjuried, self-producing live performance festival in the Washington, DC, area. Since 2005, we have presented 17 festivals featuring over 52,700 artists to an audience of 393,234 ticket buyers. The festival has generated over $2.7 million in artist revenue.

Key Capital Fringe Festival Dates
July 11-21: Performances Thu–Fri 6pm to 11pm; Sat–Sun 11am–11pm
July 11: Free Fringe Lunchtime Teaser, Edward R. Murrow Park 12pm–1:30pm
July 17: Fringe Happy Pop Ups 6pm–10:30pm Wisconsin Avenue and O Street NW (Rain/heat dates July 15 and 16)
July 23 8pm: Fringe Audience Awards, location TBD. Vote for the show that made you feel the most!

Connecticut Avenue NW/Downtown Venues
All Connecticut Avenue venues will be serviced by one box office at 1150 Connecticut Avenue NW. Unoccupied properties are transformed into small theater venues using platforms, flats, black duvetyne, and stage curtains for masking. These venues are built and designed by an all-local DMV crew of theater technicians. These venues will host 23 productions doing 86 shows.

Laughter 1150 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington, DC:  35-seat venue in a former TMobile.
Bliss 1122 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington, DC: 49-seat venue in a former Talbots.
Delirium 1120 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington, DC: 52-seat venue in a former Gap.

Dupont Circle Venues at Edlavitch DCJCC 1529 16th Street NW, Washington, DC.
All DCJCC venues are serviced by one box on the ground floor. These venues will host 14 productions doing 52 shows.

Theater J/Goldman Theater 236-seat proscenium theater.
Cafritz Hall  78-seat multipurpose room with a sprung dance floor.

Box offices are open 30 minutes before the first show of the day and close 15 minutes after the final show. Late seating is done at 10 minutes only into every show at every venue.

Social Media
Follow the 2024 Capital Fringe Festival on social media with #capfringe24
Share photos of DC happiness with #happydcfringe 
Photos will be shared on the screens at 1150 Connecticut Avenue NW
X/Twitter: @capitalfringe
Facebook: Facebook.com/CapitalFringe
Instagram: instagram.com/capitalfringe/

About Capital Fringe
Fringe strives to celebrate cultural democracy and art for everyone. By embracing diversity and a spirit of independence, we create earning opportunities for individual artists. Our aim is to challenge perceptions, shake up the institutionalized hierarchy. For more information, visit capitalfringe.org.

Fringe is supported by DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (CAH), Virginia Cretella Mars Foundation, Greater Washington Community Foundation, Office of Cable Television, Film, Music, and Entertainment (OCTFME), Prince Charitable Trust, Share Fund, Dallas Morse Coors Foundation for the Performing Arts, Nora Roberts Foundation, Max & Victoria Dreyfus Foundation, Destination DC, Southwest Business Improvement District, Golden Triangle Business Improvement District and Fringe board and individual donors. Contact: Laura Gross, [email protected]

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