DC playwright Gwydion Suilebhan argues that perhaps it has.
This year, the price of a Fringe ticket has gone from $15 to $17, and the required one-time purchase of the Fringe button has increased from $5 to $7.
If you decide to see only one show in Fringe this year, Gwydion calculates, and you order online, your credit card will be charged $27.75. Too high a price, he argues, for Fringe shows.
Like most artists, Capital Fringe has been important to his career.
“I love the DC Fringe. I love that it gives young theater practitioners a chance to make a splash. I love that it gives veteran theater practitioners an opportunity to experiment. I love that it serves as a laboratory in which one can learn all the ins-and-outs of producing theater. I love the stripped-down aesthetic of a lot of the work that gets produced. I love how goofy and personal some of the shows seem to be (even though I typically don’t choose to see those shows). I love that it stands as a giant contrast to the thriving theatrical mechanism that runs in the city throughout the rest of the year.”
You can read his well argued piece here and join the discussion already going on there, or start one here.
Are you seeing more or fewer shows this year?
Has the increased price affected your ticket buying?
If you think the ticket price should be lower, what’s your idea about how we can get the big, boisterous, risky theatre festival we want while keeping Capital Fringe afloat?