This year Charm City Fringe announces the largest number of performances since the annual festival’s inception six years ago. Charm City Fringe will present 26 shows and more than 90 performances during the 11-day festival, which this year moves to a centralized two-block campus in the Bromo Arts District and stretches over two full weekends from November 2 to 12.
Charm City Fringe features performers from all over the North America, who will come to Baltimore to present new and experimental work. This year’s shows include a thriller on roller skates, a rock opera, and a one-person show starring “All Things Considered” host Emil Guillermo.
Festival venues are conveniently located within three blocks in the Bromo Arts District, with the new Le Mondo space serving as the Charm City Fringe headquarters and location of Fringe After Dark performances and parties. Additional venues include the 14 Karat Cabaret at Maryland Art Place, Downtown Cultural Arts Center, and 322 North Howard Street.
This is the first year Charm City Fringe is partnering with the Downtown Partnership of Baltimore and the Bromo Arts District, which is providing financial and programming support. Charm City Fringe is also made possible with support from the Maryland State Arts Council.
Special programming leading up to and during the festival includes Fringe After Dark events at Le Mondo of live music, spoken word, dance parties and more; a pop-up gift shop; and the “Baltimore Star Walk” honoring 20 Baltimore legends, including Billie Holiday, Babe Ruth and Tom Clancy.
2017 CHARM CITY FRINGE SHOWS:
“Amok Monologues: Short History of an American Filipino (NPR, Harvard, Death on Mission Street)” by Emil Guillermo
“Barriers” by Trajectory Dance Project and directed by Alice Howes
“Bound to the Rocks” by Something About Kaz
“Childish Things” by Hamlet Cooper
“Chills, Frills, and Thrills on Wheels: A Haunting Good Time” by Fluid Movement
“Clinically Happy” by Emotions Physical Theatre
“Cody Clark: A Different Way of Thinking” by Cody Clark
“Foodless Food: A Nourishing Look at Food Deserts in Baltimore City” by BlueShift Dance
“Dandy Darkly’s Myth Mouth!” by Dandy Darkly
“Don’t Come In” by The Withering Few
“Fruit of the Sea” by Sean M. Daniels, Eliza McCoy, Eric Mercado
Ridgefield Park, NJ
“Godly Chaos” by QuaQuaQua
“HEDY! The Life & Inventions of Hedy Lamarr” by Heather Massie
New York, NY
“I Want to be Your Friend, Please: Why No One Likes You and the Easy Method to Making Real Human Friends!” by Maggie Metnick
New York, NY
“Magnificent Machines & Astonishing Tales Rock Opera” by Night Watch Paradox
“Mo-to-the-Oncle” by Melissa Cole
NDE” by Vaahe Art Collective
“The Pink Hulk: One Woman’s Journey to Find the Superhero Within” by Valerie David
New York, NY
“Smack ’Em in the Snout” by Rufus Drawlings
“The Structure of Us” by Kitty Hubbard, Wild Beast Dance, Tammy Carrasco, Brandon Whited, B. Scott Dance
New York and California
“Thank You” by The Thank You Project
“Them” by Nine Dollar Bill Theatre
“You Don’t Know Jack” by Jack Golden
“You’re in Danger!” by Lucius Robinson
“Yum” by Michael Burgos
Falls Church, VA
ABOUT CHARM CITY FRINGE:
Charm City Fringe, Inc. is part of the worldwide network of fringe festivals and aims to connect and develop Baltimore’s theater community, engage existing audiences, attract non-traditional theatre-goers, and reach out to communities not commonly represented. Through an annual theater festival and regular educational community workshops, CCF looks to cultivate Baltimore as a hub for theater and the performing arts and expand, strengthen, and enhance creative learning opportunities for Baltimore’s youth. The 2017 festival theme is “theatre without boundaries.”