Cincy Fringe 2020 Announces Primary Lineup


Every June, weirdness descends on Over-the-Rhine as the small-but-dauntless team at Know Theatre manages its yearly labor of love, the Cincinnati Fringe Festival: our region’s largest, longest, most peculiar performing arts festival. This year, as it became inadvisable to bring the usual throngs of artists and audiences to Fringe HQ, we knew we couldn’t let the spirit of Fringe lie dormant for all of 2020.

In the joyful and inventive spirit of Fringe, we are delighted to bring you the details and the lineup for the 17th annual Cincinnati Fringe Festival in its freshly-adapted-for-2020, all-digital version. Fringe may be coming at you through a screen this year, but it remains, as ever, Kinda Weird – Like You.

Cincy Fringe will run, as originally scheduled, from May 29 to June 13, 2020. All content will be streamed online. With the exception of some livestreamed special events, performances will be available to watch on-demand. However, for those who, like us, are craving the Fringe spirit – that warm little community that springs up around the festival every year – we’ll be hosting scheduled group-watch parties for the shows in the lineup to bring that spirit straight into people’s homes.

We’re shaking up the format, but our values remain firmly rooted: as such, we are maintaining our practice of sharing all profits in a 50/50 split with the artists who bring their work to our festival. Tickets for single shows are available beginning at $11; there is also a “Love Your Artists” ticket option for $16, for patrons who have the means and the desire to contribute a little extra to the festival and its artists.

The coveted Fringe All-Access Pass will be available again for 2020; it can be purchased for $200 and provides access to all Fringe programming, including the Primary Lineup performances as well as the Special Events.

Ardent Fringe-hounds may notice that some of the titles in this year’s primary lineup sound a little familiar. This year, amongst the usual crop of brand-new works, we’re offering Fringe Flashbacks, a curated selection of favorite productions from seasons past. Frequent-Fringers can revisit these cherished favorites – or, perhaps, finally catch that one show they regret missing.

Other beloved fixtures of Cincy Fringe will also continue in digital format! Digital Special Events abound: CUSS with Travis McElroy, a return of Peter Michael Marino’s wildly popular Desperately Seeking the Exit, True Theatre’s 10th Annual True Fringe, and a performance from OTRimprov. Audiences will be able to take in virtual art galleries for Visual Fringe as well as livestreamed Bar Series events, featuring our regular updates from Channel Fringe Hard-Hitting Action News.

For more information on individual shows, or to purchase passes or tickets, visit our website at

Calendar Listing

WHAT: The 17th Annual Cincinnati Fringe Festival

WHERE: A fully digital, all-online arts experience

WHEN: May 29 – June 13, 2020

TICKETS: Beginning at $11

Available at

The Primary Lineup

The Opinions of Men: A Stupid History of the Protestant Reformation, from That Crying Mask and That Laughing Mask Productions out of Cincinnati, Ohio. The 26% true story of revolution in 16th-century Europe.

Forbidden City!, from Martin Dockery out of Brooklyn, New York. A dazzling, alternative comedy/storytelling mash-up. Totally unique.

Dream, from The Queer Feminists Next Door out of Cincinnati, Ohio. Queer, quirky, alternate-reality musical journey through social isolation and community.

Proximity, from Pones out of Cincinnati, Ohio. How do we negotiate the space that exists between us?

m-o-u-s-e, from Ink Blot Inc out of Cincinnati, Ohio. A future archaeologist discovers the autobiography of Walt’s pet mouse.

Hive Mind, from Performance Gallery and Solasta Theatre Lab out of Cincinnati, Ohio. Bees and puppets save the world. As usual.

Dreary, Dearie, from Caitlyn Waltermire out of Lexington, Kentucky. A one-woman show – interrupted.

Love and Other Lures, from Dr. Dour and Peach out of Cheverly, Maryland. The horror-comedy clown duo sings songs about love and monsters.

The Bassoonist, by Autumn Kaleidoscope out of Cincinnati, Ohio. A Man, A Bassoon, and a Dream.

Knifeslingin’!*, by Paper Soul out of Minneapolis, Minnesota. Critter returns in a recording of last year’s Fringe favorite!

Rewind-a-Buddy, by Paper Soul out of Minneapolis, Minnesota. Buddy wants to be YOUR FRIEND, on home video!

Paul and Erika’s HOUSE SHOW, by Theatre Immobile out of Cincinnati, Ohio. A house show too fun to stay in one house!

Lady Macbeth and Her Pal, Megan*, by Heliotrope out of Iowa City, Iowa. Cornfed comedian is no Lady Macbeth. Or is she?

Petunia and Chicken, by Animal Engine out of New York, New York. Award-winning prairie love story, now with live folk music.

Quit While You’re Ahead, by A to Z Productions out of Cincinnati, Ohio. I have a chart for that …

A New Play by Queen City Flash, by Queen City Flash out of Cincinnati, Ohio. The new play from Pick of the Fringe winners Queen City Flash.

OCCUPY This! Tales of an Accidental Activist, by Tommy “Rev. Nuge” Nugent out of Detroit, Michigan. A funny thing happened on the way to the Revolution.

The Unrepentant Necrophile*, by the Coldharts out of Brooklyn, New York. A punk musical about a mortician and her body.

Colony, by PSOPHONIA Dance Company out of Houston, Texas. An exploration of our symbiotic relationship with honeybees.

Stow Your Baggage*, by A to Z Productions out of Cincinnati, Ohio. Put your seatbacks in the all-right-let’s-talk position!

* Denotes Fringe Flashback programming