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By Katie Hartman

Know Theatre proudly presents The 20th Annual Cincinnati Fringe Festival – the region’s largest and longest-running annual performing arts festival – June 2-17. A 14-day celebration featuring hundreds of live performances from independent local, national, and international artists, the Cincy Fringe is Cincinnati’s Summer Theatre Party.

Get tickets & find out more about our 25th Anniversary season of thrilling new plays at

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This year we continue to carry the torch of creative community care and radical self-expression forward with:

● 31 Primary Lineup Performances

● 40+ Productions (Including 3 FringeDevelopment projects and several Special Events) to entertain at 6 venues across Over-the-Rhine: Know Theatre, Art Academy of Cincinnati, Gabriel’s Corner, and with space provided by our neighborhood sponsor, 3CDC.

● Free All Ages Performances on Weekend Afternoons

● Free Nightly After Hours Events

● And the Grand Reopening of the beloved Know Underground Bar!


● 50% of all Box Office revenue is given to the Performance Fringe artists.

● Single tickets to the 2023 Cincy Fringe are $18.

● The All-Access Pass ($300) is good for one entry into as many productions as one person can see.

● The 6-ticket Flex Pass ($90) can be used in any combination of shows and is transferable among individuals.

● All passes are currently on sale at


Primary Lineup Details

This year’s Primary Lineup totals 31 productions (30 in-person and 1 online) and features new work from 15 local creators, 14 productions from across the country, and 2 international artists from Japan and Australia. With 16 world premieres, 15 regional premieres and 15 producing companies that have never-been-seen-before in Cincinnati, audiences are guaranteed to experience something extraordinary.

Just one example in the lineup is “Gentrification: The Musical!,” by Doin’ Too Much Productions of Cincinnati. Opportunities abound in the city of [redacted], where the United Community Development Consortium is hosting their first-ever Big Pitch Event. The lucky winner decides what occupies one of the Consortium’s recently vacated lots. This musical satire is definitely not about OTR or 3CDC.


Category: Musical

Tags: Social Justice, Satire, Comedy

Rating: PG-13 (13+)

Venue: Art Academy 404

Doin’ Too Much Productions consists of Daniel Zimmer and Tatiana Godfrey. Daniel is an ESL teacher and department chair at Cincinnati State Technical and Community College, while Tatiana is Literary Manager at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. Daniel also enjoys writing songs and drawing pictures, and Tatiana likes studying late Medieval Netherlandish art and watching Star Trek. Together they improvise musicals and can often be seen performing at Improv Cincinnati and/or ComedySportz! 

Based on current infection rates and active cases, Cincy Fringe plans to make masking encouraged, but optional in performance spaces for audiences for the 2023 Festival. 

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