Looking for a more avant garde theater experience? No need to look any further than the Fringe Festival in Philadelphia. Now in its 18th year, The Fringe Festival kicks off September 5 and runs until September 21. The festival embraces ALL kinds of performance art if you can think it up–from cabaret and theatre to spoken word and interpretive dance — there’s a place for it at the Fringe Festival. To purchase tickets stop by the Fringe box office in Old City. We’re especially excited for three major world premieres: the floating public art installation WetLand (in partnership with the acclaimed Pennsylvania Ballet), 99 Breakups from Pig Iron Theatre Company; and 100% Philadelphia.
WetLand is the brainchild of Mary Mattingly. She will inhabit a mobile habitat on the Delaware River for a duration of the festival giving all a front row seat to avante garde performance art in the name of raising awareness about the importance in preserving wetlands.
99 Breakups is a theatric exploration of the multitude of ways that breakups can occur, shows take place at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art (118 & 128 N. Broad Street).
100% Philadelphia is in an interactive theatre piece based on 2010 US Census data on the city of Philadelphia. The cast of 100 Philadelphians (who aren’t professional actors) will interact with audience members in this unique art piece.
In a fun intersection between food and the arts, don’t miss Festival on September 18 at Penn’s Landing (tickets start at $250 per person). Festival benefits both the FringeArts and the Fringe Festival and is a great chance to experience some of the culinary standouts Philly has to offer all under 1 tent, some have even called it the “best party in Philadelphia”.