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719 E. St. Clair St., Indy Eleven Theatre, Indianapolis, IN 46202-3519



August 17 to August 27

Mark your calendars for the 13th annual Indianapolis Theatre Fringe Festival, a big, bold and bodacious celebration of alternative theatre and performance arts!

From the sobering stories of 9/11 victims to the campy, improvised parody of “Dirty Dancing,” IndyFringe Festival 2017 promises to be more outrageous and memorable than ever.

IndyFringe is a place, an event, an environment, an attitude, a movement, an incubator for new talent and a magnet for imaginative, thoughtful, hopeful and transformational people.

With 74 acts doing 400 shows, buskers in the street and music in the air, #IndyFringe17 will once again be the premier arts and entertainment event in Indianapolis. Performance artists are coming to Indy from as far away as Canada and more than a dozen U.S. cities such as Los Angeles, Boston, New York City and Atlanta. 

Hoosier artists make up 50 percent of the festival. Come see local TV news icon Dick Wolfsie perform his one-man show “The Art of the Jewish Joke.” Looking for recognizable names? See Pat O’Brien of “Saved by the Bell” fame in “The Fever.” We also have parodies and tributes to Hall & Oates, Hedy Lamarr, Dolly Parton, Josephine Baker, Elvis Presley and Woody Guthrie.

If you want something political, see The Cold War romance of Mikhail Gorbachev and Ronald Reagan in “Mike & Ronny: A Love Story” or revisit the truck drivers’ labor strike of 1934 in “Fight for 52¢.” African-American artists will give you plenty to think about in “Black in the Box” and “Black Lives Matter (Too).” Fringe offers personal stories from LGBT artists, as well as music, dance, magic, cabaret, variety, standup, improv, comedy, drama, physical and multimedia, a psychic and even a séance.

It’s experimental, exciting, thought-provoking and professional… all of it unjuried, which means anyone with an act is welcome to participate. The intent is to foster diversity and most importantly, inclusion and accessibility. This year, IndyFringe’s popular Fiver Pass is only $55. All theatres are ADA accessible and several shows will provide ASL sign language interpreters.

The new festival hub/office located at Firefighters Union Hall, 748 Mass Ave, open throughout the festival, will include:

  • Central ticketing and information booths
  • 84-seat black-box theatre sponsored by Gershman Partners
  • Beer, wine and refreshments “beer tent” open throughout festival 
  • VisualFringe Gallery showcasing the work of local area visual artists 

Additional festival theatres include two stages at The Phoenix, Theatre on the Square, IndyFringe and a single stage at ComedySportz.

Festival Highlights:

  • August 16 - Preview Night at The Athenaeum
    6 pm
    Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett kicks off the festival and artists perform previews of their Fringe shows. Tickets are $5 at the door.
  • August 18 - Free Street Party
    8-11 pm
    The 300 Block of Mass Ave will be closed to traffic for our first Fringe Street Party that includes Fringe performers, street performers, DJs, and a dance party. 
  • August 25 - Miss IndyFringe Pageant at IndyFringe Basile Theatre
    10:30 pm
    Whom will be crowned Miss IndyFringe? Join us as drag queens compete for the title in front of celebrity guest judges in categories such as Q & A, Fringe wear and talent. Tickets are just $15. All proceeds benefit IndyFringe. Bring your dollars to tip the girls! The contestant with the most tips gets bonus points. Audience participation is encouraged!
  • August 25 - Late Night Cabaret at IndyFringe Basile Theatre
    11:59 pm
    IndyFringe presents our first ever LATE NIGHT CABARET featuring 2017 IndyFringe artists. You never know what you’ll see! Warning: Adult language and content. Tickets are just $15. All proceeds benefit IndyFringe.
  • August 27 - Closing Night Party
    8:30 pm
    Festival awards and wrap-up party

Tickets: $15, adults; $12, students/seniors; $10, children under 12; $55, fiver pass.

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