About the Fringe Festival

The Boston University Fringe Festival, now in its 26th season, is a collaboration between the College of Fine Arts School of Music: Opera Institute and School of Theatre. The festival’s mission is to produce new or rarely performed significant works in the opera and theatre repertoire, bringing performances and audiences together in unique theatrical settings. For over two decades, Fringe Festival at Boston University has celebrated and amplified new work, shown in spare and minimal productions.

You’re invited to experience the innovation and artistry at this year’s performances!

Fringe Festival 2023

Co-produced with BU School of Theatre

La hija de Rappaccini

OCTOBER 21 – 23, 2022
Studio ONE

Composed by Daniel Catán
Music Director • Allison Voth
Stage Director • Rose Freeman

Our Town

OCTOBER 28 – 29, 2022
CFA Concert Hall

Composed by Ned Rorem
Music Director • William Lumpkin
Stage Director • Nathan Troup

Little Row Boat or, Conjecture

NOVEMBER 4 – 6, 2022
Studio ONE

By Kirsten Greenidge

As the French Revolution brews outside, teenage slave Sally Hemings gets her first taste of freedom while serving in Thomas Jefferson’s Paris home. Inside, she becomes involved in one of the most speculated about and scandalous relationships in American history. With verve, humor, and music, playwright Kirsten Greenidge imagines how events unfolded in the Jefferson household for the family and “servants” alike. Little Row Boat is a visceral and intricate story of convictions, contradictions, and sacrifice in the pursuit of liberty. (Bret Adams)


Studios on 3

The School of Theatre New Play Initiative presents a series of Next Stage workshops, scenes, and plays. These Next Stage pieces will be directed by our Undergraduate Directors and will flower as the next step in the fruition of these new plays by BU students.

The nature of the presentation and the work is determined by the needs of the play.  Curated by Kirsten Greenidge, this “on-its-feet” workshop or play experience focuses on different areas of the writing or specific parts of a project in the process of development.


SEPTEMBER 24 – 25, 2022

By Trevor Turnbow
Director • Julian Simmons

Mother May I?

OCTOBER 8 – 9, 2022

By Dylan Avillanoza
Director • Lila Heller

Against A Village

OCTOBER 22 – 23, 2022

By Elliot Dupcak
Director: Matthew Swain


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Opera students in La Hija de Rappaccini as part of Fringe Festival 2022

Curtains Open on 2022 CFA Fringe Festival

Annual showcase of opera and theater pieces includes works-in-progress by BU students. Read more in BU Today!

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performance photo from Proving Up, 2021 Fringe Festival

25th Fringe Festival

A BU Today article features the 25th Fringe Festival performance lineup, which included two operas, Proving Up (music by Missy Mazzoli (BUTI’98, CFA’02), libretto by Royce Vavrek) and The Infinite Energy of Ada Lovelace (music by Kamala Sankaram, libretto by Rob Handel).

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