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Balloon Plays Are Over, For Now…

Thank you to the 250+ people who came out and enjoyed Balloon Plays at Capital Fringe! And thanks also to the wonderful folks at Fringe who made our debut possible.

Not to be a tease, but, while we don’t have any definite news to offer yet, we do not think this will have been the last chance anyone has to see Balloon Plays.

Hope to see you again soon!


Balloon Plays Music Available! Final Show!

Ballon Plays Original Score cover imageSo you liked the original music in Balloon Plays?

Well you’re in luck!

Composers Sam Cooper and Michael Stettes (who play together in local band Sam Cooper & the Sleepwalkers) have made the music available  – you can stream it online to your heart’s content, or download it for $1.

Click here to hear the music.


Meanwhile, at DC Theatre Scene, Michael Kelly says he’d love to hang out with the Balloon Plays clowns after seeing the show.  So don’t be like Richard Barry, who is “sorry” he’ll be missing the show “Because balloons, of course!” – one more performance, this Sunday the 27th at 12:30pm!  Get your tickets here!

Reviews In – 5 Stars! And Show Photos!

Here’s all the reasons you’d ever need to come see Balloon Plays at Capital Fringe!  Three more shows: today (Saturday July 19th) at 4:30, Wednesday the 23rd at 7:45, and Sunday the 27th at 12:30pm!  Don’t miss it – tickets here.

DC Theatre Scene gives us 5 Stars: Pick of the Fringe!

“Wildly original clowning at its best, Balloon Plays captures both kids and adults in a state of sheer wonder with its magical simplicity.”

4 Stars from DC Metro Theater Arts!

“A delightful romp.”

And City Paper loves the show as well!

“Sure, you can pigeonhole Balloon Plays as “children’s theatre” — or you can, and should, think of it as a vehicle to transport yourself into [an] imaginative child’s mind.”

And if that’s not enough, here are some wonderful show photos, again thanks to Bobby Kintz of Second Glance Photography!

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First Show, “Just Plain Fun!” and Fancy Rehearsal Photos

Our first show happened and it was great! Audience members described it as “very silly” and “just plain fun,” which is how we like it. The kids came and laughed and took many a balloon with them. The adults came and laughed and probably wanted to take a balloon with them because who doesn’t enjoy a good balloon but they mostly left them for the kids. We popped the ones that were left and will blow up a whole new batch for the next show, tomorrow Tuesday July 15th at 8:15pm. Tickets still available – click here!

While we wait for official show images and reviews to serve up for you here on our website, here are some more photos from one of our last dress rehearsals, again thanks to Bobby Kintz of Second Glance Photography!

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Show Dates and Tickets

So you’d like to see Balloon Plays?

Balloon Plays is appropriate for all ages – although very young children (under 5) may not be able to sit for long enough, and balloon popping could startle some.  The show is innocent enough for kids, and quirky and magical enough for adults.

Tickets are available at the CapFringe website here or by calling the box office at 866-811-4111.
Tickets will also be available at the door starting 45 minutes before each show, cash only.
All ticketing is handled through the Capital Fringe box office; please contact them if you have questions.

Tickets are $17 each plus the one-time purchase of a $5-$7 Fringe button, which acts as admission to the Fringe festival as a whole.  (The button is $5 on or before July 10, and $7 afterwards.)  Various cheaper package deals will be available, such as the Foh-Ty pass which gets you four tickets for $15 each – tickets good to any show at the festival.

The Capital Fringe festival runs from July 10 to July 27, 2014.

Saturday July 12th, 12:45-1:40pm
Tuesday July 15th, 8:15-9:10pm
Thursday July 17th, 7:00-7:55pm
Saturday July 19th, 4:30-5:25pm
Wednesday July 23rd, 7:45-8:40pm
Sunday July 27th, 12:30-1:25pm

The show is 55 minutes long.

The location is Fort Fringe – The Shop.
607 New York Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20001
The venue door is through and behind the Fringe tent and bar.  The box office building is to the right, with the black and white awning.
Metro to Mt Vernon Square on the Green/Yellow line.  Street parking is limited.


This production is presented as a part of the 2014 Capital Fringe Festival, a program of the Washington, DC non-profit Capital Fringe.