Seventh Annual Charm City Fringe Festival: What to See and Where to See It

Everything you need to plan a trip to the 2018 Charm City Fringe Festival

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The Seventh Annual Charm City Fringe Festival is taking place in the Bromo Arts District from November 1 through November 11, 2018. Here’s a listing of all the shows. Get fringing!

Fringe Shows with Descriptions, Dates, and Times

Wunderkammer
In a snowy tundra, a lonely taxidermist “buys” a child with a mysterious talent. Wunderkammer, a drama with a cast of ten, is a dark fable with haunting acapella music, unconventional humor, and surprisingly destructive puppets. Venue: 322 N Howard St, Baltimore, MD 21201
Friday, Nov. 2, 2018 – 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018 – 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Friday, Nov. 9, 2018 – 10:30pm to 11:30pm
Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018 – 7:00pm to 8:00pm

un-a-parent
A painfully honest solo comedy about falling for your opposite. After sixteen years of Catholic school, fending off his nun-aunt’s petitions to become a priest, and undergoing testicular surgery to improve an apparently ailing sperm count, Joe wants to be a dad. And then he falls for a girl who doesn’t want kids. Venue: 322 N Howard St, Baltimore, MD 21201
Friday, Nov. 2, 2018 – 8:15pm to 9:15pm
Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018 – 3:00pm to 4:00pm
Friday, Nov. 9, 2018 – 10:00pm to 11:00pm
Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018 – 8:15pm to 9:15pm

BOUXSCAL Productions: BUILDING YOUR EMOTIONAL HOME with DAVID MARK DAVIDS
Building Your Emotional Home with David Mark Davids is the newest program by the renowned and award-winning motivational speaker/psychic medium, David Mark Davids. Live cold reading and audience participation make this original production by Baltimore-based theater artist Alexander Scally a unique and immersive experience that explores life, liberty, and self-actualization. Venue: 322 N Howard St, Baltimore, MD 21201
Friday, Nov. 2, 2018 – 8:45pm to 9:45pm
Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018 – 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018 – 8:45pm to 9:45pm
Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018 – 1:30pm to 2:30pm

Ike Avelli: 50 Shades of Gay
An adult variety show, packed with comedy, music, drag, wigs, costumes, audience participation, giveaways and more! Written, produced and starring Get Out Magazine’s LGBT Comedian of the Year Ike Avelli, with special guests recording artist Tym Moss and drag superstar Viki Villainess. Venue: 322 N Howard St, Baltimore, MD 21201
Friday, Nov. 2, 2018 – 10:00pm to 11:00pm
Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018 – 9:00pm to 10:00pm
Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018 – 1:15pm to 2:15pm

Beaver Dreams (La Fièvre du Castor)
A schtick to sink your teeth into. Multi-award winner at the London, Victoria and Montréal Fringe Festivals, Beaver Dreams explores generation after generation of beavers sharing the same land, the same lake, and the same commercial development threatening their corner of paradise in Quebec, Canada. Get wet at the best dam show of Fringe. Venue: 322 N Howard St, Baltimore, MD 21201
Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018 – 1:30pm to 2:30pm
Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018 – 8:45pm to 9:45pm
Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018 – 3:15pm to 4:15pm
Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018 – 7:00pm to 8:00pm

The Siegfried Olsson Band: Too Hip for the Room
The Siegfried Olsson Band (which is not technically a band) leaps off of their YouTube Channel and onto the stage of the Charm City Fringe. Too Hip for the Room features sketches about the pros and cons of public nudity, anti-semitic chicken and Mormon porn. Embrace the laughter. Venue: 322 N Howard St, Baltimore, MD 21201
Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018 – 3:15pm to 4:15pm
Monday, Nov. 5, 2018 – 8:00pm to 9:00pm
Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018 – 8:45pm to 9:45pm
Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018 – 3:15pm to 4:15pm

Lisa Hayes: Nurse!
Fed up with forced overtime and unsafe conditions, the nurses of St. Mary’s are walking out on strike. Nursing moves from the bedside to the bargaining table and from the headlines to the picket lines in this highly acclaimed one-woman show. Venue: 322 N Howard St, Baltimore, MD 21201
Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018 – 4:45pm to 5:45pm
Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018 – 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018 – 8:15pm to 9:15pm
Friday, Nov. 9, 2018 – 8:15pm to 9:15pm

A Lesbian Belle Tells…
Settle back and hear true stories about growing up in Mississippi, coming out in DC, experiencing family estrangement, and finding love and belonging. This award-winning solo show has captivating comedy and triumph over tragedy, told from the comfort of a rocking chair, as only a lesbian belle can tell. Venue: 322 N Howard St, Baltimore, MD 21201
Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018 – 5:00pm to 6:00pm
Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018 – 5:00pm to 6:00pm
Friday, Nov. 9, 2018 – 8:45pm to 9:45pm
Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018 – 5:00pm to 6:00pm

The Lantern Sisters: CRANKIE CABARET
Gather round for a collection of both comedic and haunting folk stories by Katherine Fahey from the swamps of Louisiana to the streets of Baltimore as intricate paper cut scenes scroll by and shadowy figures appear and disappear in shadow puppet crankies. Hear about fruit-peddling arabbers, birds that carry memories, and other magical stories. Venue: 322 N Howard St, Baltimore, MD 21201
Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018 – 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018 – 4:45pm to 5:45pm
Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018 – 3:00pm to 4:00pm
Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018 – 3:00pm to 4:00pm

BlueShift Dance: The Male Gaze
What happens to the “male gaze,” the depiction of women as sexual objects for the pleasure of the male viewer, when it is directed at a woman the man loves deeply? Watch as dancers perform works created for them and about them by the men who love them. Venue: Downtown Cultural Arts Center, 401 N Howard St, Baltimore, MD 21201
Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018 – 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018 – 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018 – 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018 – 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Black Dog
Trying to prove something to herself, Angelica brings home a litter of newborn puppies from the humane society. As Angelica, her husband Max, and her sister Lucy stay up to try and save them, they are forced to confront the inevitable future and the things they cannot change. Venue: Downtown Cultural Arts Center, 401 N Howard St, Baltimore, MD 21201
Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018 – 7:30pm to 8:30pm
Friday, Nov. 9, 2018 – 9:15pm to 10:15pm
Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018 – 7:30pm to 8:30pm
Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018 – 5:45pm to 6:45pm

Proxy
Kassa is dying. Again is becoming. Kai and Rennek are stuck somewhere in between. “Proxy” tells the story of a terminally ill woman, her robotic counterpart, and the decision that sparks a war between the two people closest to her. When we die, who cares for those we leave behind? Venue: Downtown Cultural Arts Center, 401 N Howard St, Baltimore, MD 21201
Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018 – 8:00pm to 9:00pm
Friday, Nov. 9, 2018 – 8:00pm to 9:00pm
Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018 – 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018 – 4:30pm to 5:30pm

Forgive Us, Gustavito!
Gustavito, the solitary hippo of the National Zoo, was found dead this morning from 15 stab wounds to the snout. The Attorney General has launched an investigation but the conspiracy behind Gustavito’s murder continues to pull the strings. A story that is equal parts classic noir and outrageous animal madness. Venue: MAP, 218 West Saratoga St, Baltimore, MD 21201
Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018 – 8:45pm to 9:45pm
Friday, Nov. 9, 2018 – 10:30pm to 11:30pm
Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018 – 5:00pm to 6:00pm
Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018 – 8:45pm to 9:45pm
Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018 – 3:15pm to 4:15pm

Three Princes Theatre: the end of things.
Intermixing monologue, vignette, and image-based movement, the end of things explores relationships at their point of expiration. Marriages crumble. Bodies decay. And a potentially apocalyptic threat to the planet looms unseen above it all. A world premiere from Three Princes Theatre, a company for intentional, bold, and uninhibited voices. Venue: Downtown Cultural Arts Center, 401 N Howard St, Baltimore, MD 21201
Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018 – 8:45pm to 9:45pm
Friday, Nov. 9, 2018 – 10:00pm to 11:00pm
Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018 – 8:15pm to 9:15pm
Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018 – 1:15pm to 2:15pm

Monica Hunken: Mt Rushmore
This one-woman show explores one American woman with a fantastical imaginary life trajectory in the 1980s in the throes of the rebellious Reagan ere. “Mt. Rushmore” is an adventure with espionage, humor, unexpected friendship and second chances, filled with live music and karaoke. Venue: MAP, 218 West Saratoga St, Baltimore, MD 21201
Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018 – 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Friday, Nov. 9, 2018 – 8:45pm to 9:45pm
Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018 – 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018 – 5:00pm to 6:00pm

Ballet Theater of Maryland: Edges and Dimensions of Dance
Experience a diversity of dance styles with Ballet Theatre of Maryland: the passion of Flamenco rhythms, an American southwest Carmen, the power of convergence set to minimalist guitar score, and poignant emotions evoked by contemporary dance. Venue: Downtown Cultural Arts Center, 401 N Howard St, Baltimore, MD 21201
Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018 – 7:30pm to 8:30pm
Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018 – 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018 – 9:15pm to 10:15pm
Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018 – 2:15pm to 3:15pm

Arielle Conversi: Problem Child
An autobiographical one-person show about how sometimes the worst kids grow up to be the okay-est people. Hear how Arielle Conversi got through fights, tantrums and crushes on serial killers to become a mostly functioning adult. Venue: Downtown Cultural Arts Center, 401 N Howard St, Baltimore, MD 21201
Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018 – 8:00pm to 9:00pm
Friday, Nov. 9, 2018 – 9:45pm to 10:45pm
Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018 – 6:15pm to 7:15pm
Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018 – 2:45pm to 3:45pm

FALKLAND – The War The World Forgot
Two unlikely friends find camaraderie against a backdrop of bitter conflict during the Falklands War of 1982. Inspired by real events, this is the extraordinary story of the ordinary people of a tiny island at the bottom of South America, the 10-and-a-half week war the world forgot, and the inhabitants whose lives were forever changed by the decisions of political leaders a world away. A traumatic but necessary journey through the lives of two men, their families and the many twists and turns on the road to redemption. Venue: Downtown Cultural Arts Center, 401 N Howard St, Baltimore, MD 21201
Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018 – 8:45pm to 9:45pm
Friday, Nov. 9, 2018 – 8:15pm to 9:15pm
Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018 – 4:45pm to 5:45pm
Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018 – 4:45pm to 5:45pm

Hillary Clinton’s Song Cycle: Witness
Meet the Hillary Clinton you never knew: sassy, sarcastic, and uncensored! This feminist cabaret show imagines Hillary’s turbulent inner world just after her shocking 2016 presidential campaign defeat. Follow Hillary as she abandons, and ultimately regains, hope. Special guests: Kirsten Gillibrand, Hillary’s deceased mother Dorothy, and a Russian troll. Catharsis guaranteed. Pantsuit optional. Venue: MAP, 218 West Saratoga St, Baltimore, MD 21201
Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018 – 8:45pm to 9:45pm
Friday, Nov. 9, 2018 – 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018 – 3:15pm to 4:15pm
Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018 – 1:30pm to 2:30pm

Tara Lake Presents I Know It Was the Blood: The Totally True Adventures of a Newfangled Black Woman
Actress, soprano, and storyteller Tara Lake takes audiences on a coming-of-age journey into the world of African-American Jersey girlhood in the 1980s and ’90s – a world steeped in family Sundays, church conventions, and extravagant reunions, weddings, and funerals. Join this unforgettable performance of soul-rich storytelling, theater, song, and poetry. Venue: 322 N Howard St, Baltimore, MD 21201
Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018 – 8:45pm to 9:45pm
Friday, Nov. 9, 2018 – 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018 – 5:00pm to 6:00pm
Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018 – 3:15pm to 4:15pm

Big Empty Barn Productions: 33(a kabarett)
fA tribute to French and German cabaret during the Nazi years of the late 1930s. New Orleans-based performer Bremner Duthie, with his shaved head, haunted face and delicate baritone, presents a story within a cabaret set while a nation falls apart outside. Venue: Downtown Cultural Arts Center, 401 N Howard St, Baltimore, MD 21201
Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018 – 9:15pm to 10:15pm
Friday, Nov. 9, 2018 – 7:30pm to 8:30pm
Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018 – 5:45pm to 6:45pm
Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018 – 4:00pm to 5:00pm

Lights, Theatre, Action!: Black Confederates
By March of 1865, the Confederacy is exhausted. Conscription and drafts have every Southern White Male from 17 to 50 already in uniform. Now, only one final source of strength is left in Dixieland, African-Americans numbering in the millions. With the urgent blessing of General Lee, President Davis issues the call to arms. So who answers? Who were these men who became the Black Confederates? Venue: 322 N Howard St, Baltimore, MD 21201
Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018 – 1:15pm to 2:15pm
Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018 – 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018 – 1:15pm to 2:15pm
Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018 – 4:45pm to 5:45pm

For more information and to purchase tickets, check out the Charm City Fringe website.

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