The Capital Fringe Festival by the numbers

July 18

by Roger Catlin

There is still a week left to dip into the myriad offerings of the Capital Fringe Festival, marking its final year of bold theatrical expression at Fort Fringe on New York Avenue. Some 140 offerings make up the 2014 festival at 14 different venues in the city. The more adventurous can catch two or three performances a day. The best guide remains the festival’s own, but we’ve delineated some other figures.

8

Years of the Capital Fringe Festival so far.

20

Number of shows categorized as “Dance & Physical Theatre” on the Capital Fringe Web site.

18

Number of performances listed on the Capital Fringe Web site as music shows.


The cast of "13 Men - A Cabaret" at the Capital Fringe Festival. (Leopard Print Productions/Leopard Print Productions)
5

Number of shows listed as “site specific,” a new category this year, from Dupont Circle to Jet Set Hair Designs.

21

Titles listed under “Solo Performance Shows.”

58

Number of shows this year recommended for “adults only.”

22

Number of shows listed as “appropriate for all ages.”

1

Number of shows listed under “Children’s Theatre Shows.”

2

Titles with numbers in the title: “13 Men - A Cabaret” and “The 27 Club.”

5

Shows that freely adapt Shakespeare: “Macbeth: Instruments of Darkness,” “Dateline: Macbeth,” “Coriolanas,” “Tame” and “R&J: Star Cross’d Match.”

6

Other shows with literary origins, “Antigone,” “Medea’s Got Some Issues,” “Song of Myself: The Whitman Project,” “The Old Man Never Let It Go,” “Miss Emma’s’ Matchmaking Agency for Literary Characters” featuring the Jane Austen character and “The Tumbling,” regarding Jack & Jill.

4

Shows about the ancient world, including “Medea’s Got Some Issues,” “Persephone,” and both “Antigone” and “B----: A Play About Antigone.”

3

Titles that mention celebrities, including “What Would Tina & Amy Do?” referencing Fey and Poehler; “Walken in his Shoes,” about fans of the actor Christopher; and “Call Steve Guttenberg.”

100,000

Amount, in dollars, of goal for capital campaign toward purchase of the Cornersmith Art Gallery in Ward 5 as a site for next year’s festival and year-round activity.

Catlin is a freelance writer.

The Capital Fringe Festival continues through July 27 at various locations. Main box office is at Fort Fringe, 607 New York Ave. NW. Call 866-811-4111 or go to www.capitalfringe.org.

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