The Capital Fringe Festival begins July 11. Here are 10 things to look forward to.

The Capital Fringe Festival is still two months away, but clear your July schedule for:

• 740 performances, mostly by D.C.-area artists. This year, 36 percent of the artists are from D.C. and 25 percent apiece are from Maryland and Virginia.

• An additional kegerator, which director Julianne Brienza says is sure to make your post-show chilled beer much more satisfying after sweating it out in a hot theater:

• A techie show called "Double Frequency," which the audience will experience through audio headsets, with the actors lip-syncing along. Switch between the different frequencies for different perspectives on the same show: One track might feature a character's inner monologue, for example. Read more on the Fringe blog.

• A nod to Rumpelstiltskin: This year's Fringe theme is "Spinning Cardboard into Gold," and boasts this cardboard art installation in Fort Fringe:

(Stephanie Merry/for the Post)
(Stephanie Merry/for the Post)

• A collection of shows that address the serious topic of PTSD. Some of these shows will be performed by veterans, and some are from family members of soldiers.

• What is sure to be a must-see Fringe show based on description alone: "Kubrilesque," a burlesque parody of Stanley Kubrick films.

• The Baldacchino Gypsy Tent Bar will feature performances by more live bands this year, including Black Masala and Paint Branch (the latter is headed up by the Post's own Chris Richards). And, yum: There are also going to be barbecue sandwiches.

• "To Know A Veil," Emma Crane Jaster's evolving meditation on shrouded women, will receive its final iteration at this year's Fringe.

• Pointless Theater Company, which has won multiple Fringe awards, returns this year with "Mark Twain's Riverboat Extravaganza," a "puppet-packed vaudeville spectacular" about great American tall tales.

• Save the date: Monday, June 17 is the opening of the tent, and also your chance to purchase a Fringe deal: The $30 Pair-Up Pass gets you two tickets, two fringe buttons, and a $10 credit at the bar -- a $54 value. It can only be purchased in-person from 3:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. And mark your calendar: The festival begins July 11 with an opening-night party that goes from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. at the tent. It ends on July 28 with a wrap party.

Maura Judkis covers culture, food, and the arts for the Weekend section and Going Out Guide.
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