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5 Plays

Kansas City, MO
Witness the opening and closing night of 5 Plays. The audience provides the title of a play that's never been written. The cast provides a world of the deepest of pathos, the grandest of stakes, and the most dramatic of dr... read more

Fantasmo vs. the Vampire Women

Kansas City, MO
Fantasmo vs. the Vampire Women is the latest audio theater adventure by Right Between the Ears. An evil coven of vampires is out to destroy the world...or possibly just Raytown. KC's own real-life masked avenger Fantasmo b... read more

JEANNETTE RANKIN: CHAMPION OF PERSISTENCE

Kansas City, MO
With passion for reform, Jeannette Rankin was a thorn in the side of the establishment for 93 years of life. In 1916, she was the first woman elected to Congress from her home state of Montana. She served two non-sequentia... read more

Pieces Of My Heart

Kansas City, MO
"Music has always defined my life. And I have fallen in love with so many wonderful songs."    Join in the fun of a delightful summer celebration of music and lyrics filled with humor, joy, and sorrow - a very special musi... read more

The Lightweight

Kansas City, MO
Written by Willi Carlisle (2017's There Ain't No More!) and produced by the creators of Clockstoppers (2017) and Lil Women: a rap musical (2018). A spunky Tolkien fan confronts her inner demons (and the patriarchy) in this... read more

What a Woman Wants

Kansas City, MO
Landing a starring role in a fairy tale hardly ever worked out well for a woman. Especially a woman who dared hope for more than a woman should. On the other side of the kingdom, King Arthur finds himself in danger of losi... read more

Gleesical: A Stage Musical...

Kansas City, MO
Join your favorite glee club underdogs as they navigate relationships, sexuality, teen pregnancy, finding a voice against the popular kids, and the never-ending terror of a wicked cheerleading coach in the world of show ch... read more

Let Me Explain My Blackness: Addressing Black Women's Thoughts Through Comedy

Kansas City, MO
Are you curious about black girl magic? Then sit still, soak this in and simply enjoy. Being a woman is exhausting! Yet, being a black woman is a mix of magic, mystery for many, and confusion for most. This piece of work i... read more

Para Pendejo No Se Estudia

Kansas City, MO
An immigrant story the way it deserves to be told: By a straight white man! Join me as I reflect on the story of the bravest women you've never met.  Sebastian is an Actor, Improvisor and Video Producer in Kansas City Miss... read more

The Family Continues

Kansas City, MO
In this off-the-wall trip to the 80s, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Landford Wilson brings you the life of Steve, who, thanks to a Narrator only he can hear, learns that his life is passing him by. This hilariously dar... read more

Turning the Page

Kansas City, MO
Turning the Page depicts the story of a lonely young girl, Ricki, who after being tormented by bullies escapes for solace in the public library. She finds herself in a world where books come to life and lead her through a ... read more

Caitlin Cook: Death Wish

Kansas City, MO
Since she was 17, Caitlin Cook has lived by a code: if something scares her, she has to do it. Join this LA-born, NYC-based, Oxford-educated, hyphen-addicted raconteur for a raucous hour of comedy, music, and bathroom graf... read more

Enlarged to Show Texture

Kansas City, MO
Typhanee and Dysmenorrhea are childhood pals who onceshared secrets, dreams, and McNuggets, before their lives tookdecidedly different paths. Now they share the stage seekingcommon ground between bubblegum and black metal.... read more

Flights of Faery Fancy

Kansas City, MO
The realm of your childhood favorites is the world where we showcase aerial drops, spins, and feats of strength. Join Jack as he loses himself in the forest of the fairy amongst the likes of the Three Bears, Cinderella and... read more

I Proud Mary

Kansas City, MO
"I Proud Mary" is a 55-minute tribute show of one of Suzette's favorite rock & roll bands of the 70's that is full of style and energy. The Ike & Tina Turner Revue Suzette will deliver some of the greatest hits such as Foo... read more

Man Cave, A One-Man Sci-Fi Climate Change Tragicomedy!

Kansas City, MO
Whoops, Apocalypse! Hanging on by a thread, at the tail end of climate change, the last man on earth broadcasts a warning to whatever Klingons, Vulcans, or Tralfamadorians might still be out there listening! Electrifying! ... read more

War Paint

Kansas City, MO
International Fringe artist, Lily E. Garnett, is proud to announce the Midwest premiere of her debut solo piece. Combining autobiography with storytelling, she dons her "war paint" to explore self-image, social conditionin... read more

Collidescope

Kansas City, MO
From their first form as stewards of downtempo "soulgaze" music, Collidescope has since quickened its tempo and evolved from a duo to a 4-piece. Soaring vocal melodies and stylings blending elements of soul, pop and the oc... read more

Cowboy Mouth

Kansas City, MO
Slim has been kidnapped off the streets, taken from his family and life - and is being held captive by the dangerous and coercive Cavale.  The two fall in love as she begins to mold him into the rock’n’roll savior the worl... read more

Final Curtain

Kansas City, MO
From the team that brought you "Bird in the Hand," "Audience," and "Check Mate" comes next-level immersive theater. Once famous ghost hunters come to this twice cursed theater to capture paranormal activity but all is not ... read more

Life of an Empath

Kansas City, MO
Life of an Empath is a journey of an individual that learns to grow into his empathic abilities. It starts with the golden rule mentality, but leads through betrayal and heartbreak. Like a phoenix rising above, the Empath ... read more

Pirates in Corsets or PMS Pinafore

Kansas City, MO
"PMS Pinafore" is a two-act musical chronicling the adventures of a bawdy band of women pirates. Two male pirates infiltrate the women's ship to discover the secrets to their success. They end up getting more than they bar... read more

You Are (Not) Okay

Kansas City, MO
A boy must go on a journey of self-discovery through his subconscious to figure out who he really is while dealing with increasingly bizarre scenarios. Will he be able to confront his true feelings, or will he be doomed to... read more

You Get What You Need

Kansas City, MO
This non-actual, not-so-factual rollercoaster account centers on counter-culture rock star MICK JAGGER deceiving the conservative London Bach Choir into meeting at the Olympic Recording Studios in London on November 17, 19... read more

Mercy

Kansas City, MO
Horror, drama. After an act of mob justice the participants gather at a secluded cabin to confront the consequences of their actions. Featuring an original score from Tim Harte. Directed by Katarina Fitzpatrick.

Lilly

Kansas City, MO
Lilly is a Kansas City band that merges elements of shoegaze and ambient with Baroque to create their own unique songs. The project began with the songs being written as ambient instrumentals. Lilly is a project that trans... read more

Bang

Kansas City, MO
Bang is the story Joan Vollmer, known to history, if at all, as the woman shot by William Burroughs. In this one-woman show, written by Dan Born and originally staged by KC Public Theatre, she finally emerges from the shad... read more

Caddy Shakes

Kansas City, MO
Three Alaskans tackle 19 characters in this Shakespearean reimagination of the 1980 comedy classic, Caddyshack. Join Dardanius, Lavinia Bottom, and asst. greenskeeper, Carliolanus, as the putt-putt makes putzes out of them... read more

KC’s Magic Showcase

Kansas City, MO
Enjoy watching magic on America's Got Talent? How about on Fool Us? Come to the Fringe Festival and see magic up close and live, brought to you by KC's premier magic association. We are bringing together the finest magical... read more

Puerto Rican American Gothic

Kansas City, MO
Comedian Emmy Rivera brings us the story of what happens when a Puerto Rican Jersey girl moves from the outskirts of NYC to the Midwest college town of Lawrence, Kansas. She shares the unexpected struggles she faces while ... read more

The SHIFT SHOW!

Kansas City, MO
She's back with an all-new immersive theatrical spectacle sure to tickle your curiosity. Imagine, a traveling medicine show in the air and on the ground, hosted by Kansas City's very own, Jade Osborne. You are invited to b... read more

Dreams Do Come True

Kansas City, MO
Kent Rader's one-man (CLEAN) comedy show "Dreams Do Come True" answers the age-old question, "How does one go from accounting to comedy?" (Kent says it is easy if you're a bad accountant.) On his 20th anniversary of doing ... read more

Louder Than A Sound By KC2

Kansas City, MO
An introspective look on the life of an artist from the perspective of KC2 delivered through music in multiple genres including hip - hop, R&B and folk. Using music to inspire and uplift his audience, he is able to show hi... read more

The "SIN"-sational Mae West

Kansas City, MO
The "SIN"-sational Mae West is a snapshot of the life and career of the actress, sex symbol, playwright, and icon, Mae West. Highlighting her career from vaudeville to her time on the silver screen, all the way to her very... read more

The Chapters of Seeking: Momentum, in Time, 4 Love, Truth

Kansas City, MO
The Chapters of Seeking features a narrative illustrated through contemporary movement, text and original music. The four sections, Momentum, Truth, Love and In Time illustrate the essence of momentum, truth, love and time... read more

The Summer House

Kansas City, MO
Kate Eastman is determined to make friends with her reclusive neighbors, Mrs. Woodson and Mrs. Howard, newly arrived in Nashville in 1881. Little does she know they are the wives of outlaws Frank and Jesse James. Complicat... read more

Weirdo: A Perfectly Normal Lesbian Contemporary Ballet...Romance Included

Kansas City, MO
This groundbreaking work in progress seeks to recalibrate how and who we see in dance. Females of color are featured, all body types are celebrated, females partner each other, in this tale of 2 women who meet back in the ... read more

An Old Troubadour & His Guitar

Kansas City, MO
An old and recently retired guy looks back on life and says; "I wish I'd just played the music that I love." First-time Fringe performer Jim Cogswell steps out of his comfort zone, playing and singing some of the songs tha... read more

Big top

Kansas City, MO
David Gaines, the five-star award-winning performer of "7(x1) Samurai" returns with a tour-de-force of imagination and comic detail. A spectacular physical comedy full of danger, circus thrills, and a sweet romance. Fun fo... read more

Emily the Musical

Kansas City, MO
"Emily the Musical" explores the mysterious early life of poet Emily Dickinson before her seclusion. Through heartbreaking losses and influential people, inspiration for her groundbreaking poetry is found. Scenes and songs... read more

Sides of History

Kansas City, MO
Allison Camden, a university professor, is struggling. She is trying to overcome the effect of recent personal events. An interaction with a student results in an accusation that turns her world upside-down. Can Allison st... read more

Yeti and Me!

Kansas City, MO
In her search for Big Foot and her missing husband, Freddy, Betty devises a plan to hold a giant Zoom meeting in the forest. In this way, she will have countless witnesses when Bigfoot appears. Hoping to grab the curious c... read more

Deceit

Kansas City, MO
Russ is still riding the success of his first best-seller, "Lament." Tragedy strikes, blocking his creative flow and drive until he meets Clare. From their soulful connection and love, they find strength and inspiration wh... read more

Five and a Half Feet of Fearsome

Kansas City, MO
Part militaristic recruitment meeting, part puppet show, part physical theatre, part confessional, and part stand-up comedy. Much like the trans community, Five and a Half Feet of Fearsome doesn't fit neatly into one box. ... read more

For Whom the Comedy Panders

Kansas City, MO
Fresh from NYC, Choreographer John Dwyer explores the universality and personal nature of humor through a nonsensical evening of dance, diaries, creative movement, and physical comedy. Smirk along with John for 45 minutes,... read more

Is This a Test?

Kansas City, MO
How does a lifetime of teaching affect you? Meeting thousands of students as they grow and change, seeing their needs go stunningly unmet... Whence cometh the calm, the patience for each life you meet? Can frustrations cru... read more

The Young Life and Troubled Times of Reuben Hall

Kansas City, MO
This one-man show is based on poems, songs, rants and other musings written between 1980 - 1995 and is based loosely on the real life events of the young and troubled Reuben Hall.  Co-written by Jeph Scanlon and Philip blu... read more

With Me, and Such as Me, it is Different

Kansas City, MO
Music is inherently queer, and queerness inherently musical. This one-person, one-piano show focuses on bringing music's long history of queerness and queer individuals to light; through classical music and prose by both h... read more

Beneath the Bikini

Kansas City, MO
In 2013, Katie Thayer started a performance art piece called Bikini Advertising Space, in which she walks around in a bikini and sells ad space on her body. This is her story of growing up not-so-skinny, her love of food, ... read more

Expectation

Kansas City, MO
What do you expect of yourself, of others, for your career, your life? Will you meet these expectations? Will you fail? What do others expect of you? Do you fear not meeting theirs? These are the questions Sarah Frangenber... read more

Six Degrees of Defecation

Kansas City, MO
Just when you thought you were safe, Brie Henderson, The Poo Lady of Kansas City, is back with more tales of poopy predicaments. What can she say? People love to share their stories of bathroom horror and she is willing to... read more

The Science of Kansas City

Kansas City, MO
Join us for an interactive gameshow as we explore the history and mystery of science throughout Kansas City! From the confluence of two colliding rivers to the convergence of Power and Light, learn the science behind why w... read more

U Really Got A Hold On Me; A Tribute To The Music, Trials & Triumphs of Smokey Robinson

Kansas City, MO
A live music, concert experience of the true life account of William "Smokey" Robinson Jr.s journey from his humble days as an ambitious teen songwriter in Detroit, to founder of the famed singing group-The Miracles, to be... read more

And Jesus Wept

Kansas City, MO
After coming out as gay to his parents, Daniel receives a notice of immediate eviction from his enraged father, a Baptist preacher. The young college student flees to a dark and deserted city park to reflect on his options... read more

Bones Beneath the Sidewalk

Kansas City, MO
Bleeding Kansas versus Bloody Missouri. Tales of John Brown, Bloody Bill Anderson, plus a former Missouri governor leading Confederates into the Battle of Westport are all described by a grandfather to his grandchild. Kans... read more

Hanging by the End of the Leash

Kansas City, MO
Comedic monologues interspersed with  "real world" skits, you'll learn what it's really like to navigate the world as a disabled female veteran with a service dog. Based on the life of and starring Buster Brown the Service... read more

Look What the Fire Did

Kansas City, MO
David designed a course to empower young black minds. However, after the death of one of his students - killed on campus during an altercation with police - he can't help but wonder if he empowered his students in the wron... read more

T-Money Is Cancelled

Kansas City, MO
When a public figure's fame and fortune is threatened by the scorn of social media, it's up to his team to spin the pieces of this scandal into gold......but should they?

The Artist: Inspired

Kansas City, MO
Crescendo Conservatory returns to KCFringe with The Artist: Inspired. This year's production brings dynamic dance, soulful beauty and youthful zeal to its audiences! Crescendo in Motion's talented young artists, ages 11-18... read more

Hope Help Line

Kansas City, MO
Dallas is hanging on by a thread in her job as a suicide hotline worker. When she gets a call from a long-time hotline veteran, things get out of control, and she is left wondering if anyone who struggles with suicidal tho... read more

kNew

Kansas City, MO
During this multi-character solo show, Poet T.L. Sanders will transport you on a lyrical journey like you've never experienced. In this performance of his forthcoming hybrid screenplay, "kNew", published by Flying Ketchup ... read more

Magic is Not Pretty: An Evening of Keeping Secrets

Kansas City, MO
Magic's secrets are not what you think. C.K. Carey wants to peel back the curtain and reveal a brief history of mystery itself. His 2018 KC Fringe Festival "Best of Venue" show, POWERS OF DARKNESS, was a smash hit! Luke Do... read more

Donating Sperm To My Sister's Wife

Kansas City, MO
Comedian and Kentucky Liberal Stewart Huff is a three-time Best Comedy Award Winner (Orlando Fringe) and winner of the Aspen Comedy Festival. In the style of Mark Twain with the bite of George Carlin, Stewart tells the hil... read more

In Just My Underwear

Kansas City, MO
The human body is an amazing thing. However, sometimes we don't always view it as such. Follow theatre artist, Tony Sloan, as he discusses body image, diet, exercise culture, and confidence through the scope of his own 100... read more

Scream in Blue

Kansas City, MO
The Confluence Theatre Company has partnered with Kabuku Butoh to create a unique night of dance and theatre. Scream in Blue combines both metaphysical and emotional mindscapes with only the human body as a vehicle for exp... read more

The Greatest-er Show at Fringe

Kansas City, MO
After the overwhelming success of "The Greatest Show" at KC Fringe Festival last year, Kansas City Aerial Arts and VidaDance Company join forces again to present "The Greatest-er Show at Fringe." Some familiar rope-slingin... read more

The Kitchen Plays

Kansas City, MO
The kitchen is the center of the home. It's the heart and hearth, where recipes and people come together, and where families gather to remember who they were and figure out who they are. The Kitchen Plays are a window into... read more

The Women Of Cell Block 4

Kansas City, MO
Three women of varying backgrounds have two things in common they've all suffered at the hands of others and now all three are on death row. Now with their fate seemingly decided, one woman vows to find the freedom her bod... read more

Help me Help me

Kansas City, MO
What happens when we say yes to our deepest desires and give ourselves permission to live differently? Join this self help-aholic on her quest to rewrite her own program. A joyous jaunt through the misadventures of one art... read more

"Musical Geography - An Exploration of Historic Instruments from the Silk Road"

Kansas City, MO
American virtuoso musician Chris Stephens gives a solo concert featuring five different traditional musical instruments from Turkey, Egypt, Iran, India, and China - exploring the unique style of music from each region.
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