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Capital Fringe’s Wattage series lights up

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Last spring was the debut of the Capital Fringe series Wattage, a triptych of shows that occupied a much narrower niche than the average Fringe show. For one, the pieces were curated, and each had the aim of exploring the esoteric subjects of tradition and survival.

Friday marks the return of Wattage — same mission, but with four new shows and a new partner: the National Museum of the American Indian, which is also hosting three of the four productions.

The series begins with “Run Through the Unquiet Mind,” devised by the Rootstock Field (a troupe led by Fringe producing artistic director Scot McKenzie). Native American performer Robert Owens-Greygrass steps into multiple roles for two shows, “Walking on Turtle Island” and “Ghostlands of an Urban NDN,” and the final show is the promising “Capsule 33,” which imagines creator Thaddeus Phillips as the tenacious occupant of a tiny Japanese pod residence in a show billed as being “powered by sustainable energy.”

The Wattage series runs through May 8 at the Rasmuson Theater at the National Museum of the American Indian, Fourth Street and Independence Avenue SW, and at the Shop at Fort Fringe, 607 New York Ave. NW. 866-811-4111. www.capitalfringe.org. $25; $20 with Capital Fringe button; four-show pass, $80.

— Lavanya Ramanathan