N.O.’s Fringe will offer 76 shows

The New Orleans Fringe Festival has announced the lineup for its fifth annual festival, set for Wednesday through Sunday, Nov. 14-18.

The Fringe features 76 shows from throughout the country performing at 41 venues in the city, primarily in the Marigny and Bywater neighborhoods.

What is Fringe? A mind-twisting Medea, a serenade of stiltwalkers, opera out-of-bounds, dangerous wolves, contortionist rabbits, Hamlet rubbed wrong, revenge-thirsty puppets, dance from treetop to bayou, and so much more.

The festival features 24 shows that were identified through a unique peer review process as high-quality, original, fringe-y theater. These “Fringe-Managed Venue” shows are presented in six performance venues at offbeat theaters and unusual spaces: Shadowbox Theatre, Mardi Gras Zone Warehouse, Den of Muses, Marigny Opera House, CafĂ© Istanbul in the New Orleans Healing Center, and new this year, The Old Firehouse.

The Bring Your Own Venue option greatly expands the scope and flavor of the festival by encouraging artists to organize their own spaces throughout the city. More than 50 Bring Your Own Venue shows are presented at venues such as Zeitgeist, the Allways Lounge & Theatre, Michalopoulos Studio, Mudlark Public Theatre, Byrdie’s and John Paul’s.

Visit the Free-For-All Tent at the corner of Press and Dauphine in the Marigny for Peep Show Previews, the Friday Night Tent Party with Rising Appalachia and Africa Brass, Busker’s Happy Hour, and the Fringe Trunk Show and Art Market.

Got kids? In addition to the kid-friendly shows at venues, Family Fringe features lots of free kids’ activities including dance performances, a hula hoop party, a bike repair workshop run by RHUBARB, open-mic event, puppet shows, an obstacle course and more. Now in its second year, the Yard Art Tour (YAT2), a self-guided walking/driving public art tour organized by the Fringe, is still accepting submissions. Before and after shows, audience can drift around the neighborhood looking at a bit of fun, wacky, poignant, pointed yard art. To submit your art, visit http://www.nofringe.org.

The eccentric GoodChildren Fringe Parade will roll down St. Claude from Poland Avenue at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, to the rhythms of the GoodChildren Marching Band and to the steps of performers and neighborhood types alike.

Tickets are $8 with the one-time purchase of a $3 festival button. A six-show pass is $40, and an all-access pass is $99. For tickets, a schedule and venue locations, visit http://www.nofringe.org.

New Orleans Fringe Festival