The 2020 Cincinnati Fringe Festival will be “an all-digital, totally online, 100% at-a-safe-distance, for 2020-only” affair from May 29-June 13.
Performances will be available via online streaming, accessible by anyone with a computer, tablet, smartphone or smart TV. Tickets will still be required to view shows. All-access passes cost $200 and cover all performances; individual show tickets can be purchased for $11 a piece. If you can show additional support for performers, you can also buy a “Love Your Artist” ticket for $16 per show.
All profits will be shared 50/50 with performers.
In a release announcing the primary Fringe lineup, the fest said, "Ardent Fringe-hounds may notice that some of the titles in this year’s primary lineup sound a little familiar. This year, amongst the usual crop of brand-new works, we’re offering Fringe Flashbacks, a curated selection of favorite productions from seasons past. Frequent-Fringers can revisit these cherished favorites — or, perhaps, finally catch that one show they regret missing."
There will also be special Fringey events like True Theatre’s 10th Annual True Fringe, a performance from OTRimprov, virtual art galleries for Visual Fringe and a livestreamed Bar Series.
Here is the Fringe primary lineup, as described by Fringe (* denotes Fringe Flashback programming):
- The Opinions of Men: A Stupid History of the Protestant Reformation, from That Crying Mask and That Laughing Mask Productions out of Cincinnati, Ohio. The 26% true story of revolution in 16th-century Europe.
- Forbidden City!, from Martin Dockery out of Brooklyn, New York. A dazzling, alternative comedy/storytelling mash-up. Totally unique.
- Dream, from The Queer Feminists Next Door out of Cincinnati, Ohio. Queer, quirky, alternate-reality musical journey through social isolation and community.
- Proximity, from Pones out of Cincinnati, Ohio. How do we negotiate the space that exists between us?
- m-o-u-s-e, from Ink Blot Inc out of Cincinnati, Ohio. A future archaeologist discovers the autobiography of Walt's pet mouse.
- Hive Mind, from Performance Gallery and Solasta Theatre Lab out of Cincinnati, Ohio. Bees and puppets save the world. As usual.
- Dreary, Dearie, from Caitlyn Waltermire out of Lexington, Kentucky. A one-woman show – interrupted.
- Love and Other Lures, from Dr. Dour and Peach out of Cheverly, Maryland. The horror-comedy clown duo sings songs about love and monsters.
- The Bassoonist, by Autumn Kaleidoscope out of Cincinnati, Ohio. A Man, A Bassoon, and a Dream.
- Knifeslingin’!*, by Paper Soul out of Minneapolis, Minnesota. Critter returns in a recording of last year's Fringe favorite!
- Rewind-a-Buddy, by Paper Soul out of Minneapolis, Minnesota. Buddy wants to be YOUR FRIEND, on home video!
- Paul and Erika’s HOUSE SHOW, by Theatre Immobile out of Cincinnati, Ohio. A house show too fun to stay in one house!
- Lady Macbeth and Her Pal, Megan*, by Heliotrope out of Iowa City, Iowa. Cornfed comedian is no Lady Macbeth. Or is she?
- Petunia and Chicken, by Animal Engine out of New York, New York. Award-winning prairie love story, now with live folk music.
- Quit While You’re Ahead, by A to Z Productions out of Cincinnati, Ohio. I have a chart for that
- A New Play by Queen City Flash, by Queen City Flash out of Cincinnati, Ohio. The new play from Pick of the Fringe winners Queen City Flash.
- OCCUPY This! Tales of an Accidental Activist, by Tommy “Rev. Nuge” Nugent out of Detroit, Michigan. A funny thing happened on the way to the Revolution.
- The Unrepentant Necrophile*, by the Coldharts out of Brooklyn, New York. A punk musical about a mortician and her body.
- Colony, by PSOPHONIA Dance Company out of Houston, Texas. An exploration of our symbiotic relationship with honeybees.
- Stow Your Baggage*, by A to Z Productions out of Cincinnati, Ohio. Put your seatbacks in the all-right-let’s-talk position!
Get more details and tickets at cincyfringe.com.