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Feature image: Courtney Henry and Jessica Almasy in The Path of Pins or the Path of Needles; by Jauhien Sasnou
FringeArts, Philadelphia’s home for contemporary performance, is pleased to announce the full roster of programming for the 26th Annual Philadelphia Fringe Festival, a city-wide celebration of progressive, world-class art that expands the imagination and boldly defies expectations. The festivities will feature nearly 200 diverse productions and experiences throughout the city of Philadelphia. Audience members will be able to enjoy all that the Philadelphia Fringe Festival will offer from September 8 through October 2. Tickets for members will go on sale August 5; general public will go on sale August 8.
Details and complete line up can be found on the FringeArts website here.
This year’s festival includes world premieres by Geoff Sobelle, Pig Iron Theatre Company, and collaborative team David T. LIttle, Anne Waldman, and Michael Joseph McQuilken; the U.S. premiere of acclaimed French choreographer Jérôme Bel’s self-titled “auto-bio-choreo-graphy”; the highly-anticipated Philadelphia premiere of An Untitled Love by A.I.M. by Kyle Abraham; plus, the return of Lightning Rod Special and The Bearded Ladies Cabaret, both longtime FringeArts collaborators and festival favorites. Additionally, MacArthur and Guggenheim Fellow Annie Dorsen brings her Spokaoke to Philadelphia for one night only.
“For over 25 years, the Philadelphia Fringe Festival has elevated our city as a primary nexus for cultural conversation, progressive ideas, and innovative art-making,” notes President and Producing Director Nick Stuccio. “We are excited to welcome audience members to enjoy this year’s dynamic programming and hope that the festival can act as a social space in which conversation can blossom between artists and audiences, artists and artists, and Philadelphia and the world.”
The 26th Annual Fringe Festival call for artists produced over 200 submissions, a record for the organization. Fringe audiences can expect an assortment of live theatrical and dance performances, art installations, circus arts, and genre-bending experiences that highlight the wide variety of local and national talent that the festival attracts. The artistically daring performances include live and in-person national and international artists curated by FringeArts, and both live and digital works that are produced by independent artists from across Philadelphia and beyond and promoted by FringeArts.
The Philadelphia Fringe Festival has featured a Digital Fringe component since 2015. This year, audience members can still enjoy an assortment of digital shows throughout the Independently Produced lineup. Some will be available to watch throughout the festival, while others will have specific viewing times and involve a degree of interactivity between performers and audiences.
2022 Philadelphia Fringe Festival Preview Nights
Aug 8, 15, 22 at 7pm / FringeArts / 140 N Columbus Blvd
Unsure of what to see during the Festival? Want to get a tiny sample of the nearly 200 Fringe Festival shows? Join FringeArts for FREE Festival Preview Nights, taking place Mondays, Aug 8, 15, and 22 at 7 pm at FringeArts. Dance, Theater, Improv, Comedy- Each night, a new group of mystery performances will be highlighted on the FringeArts stage. Come meet the performers, preview their shows, and learn more about the upcoming festival.
PNC Arts Alive
The 2022 Philadelphia Fringe Festival is funded in part by PNC Arts Alive. “The arts and cultural sector plays a vital role in our community. Now, as we approach a decade-and-a-half of support through PNC Arts Alive, the PNC team is excited to support the arts and cultural organizations, as well as visual and performing arts in the Delaware Valley,” said Joe Meterchick, PNC regional president for Philadelphia, Delaware and Southern New Jersey. “Arts and culture strengthen the local economy and have the power to bring people together. We look forward to gathering with our neighbors as we join together to be a part of art.”
Tickets go on sale to FringeArts Members on Wednesday, August 5 at 10am, and to the general public on Monday, August 8 at 10am unless otherwise indicated. Tickets can be purchased online at FringeArts.com, by phone at 215.413.1318, or by visiting the Fringe Festival Box Office at FringeArts (140 N Columbus Blvd, Philadelphia)