KC Fringe Festival 2021 goes virtual this Sunday — how to catch these Johnson County acts

KC Fringe Fest 2021

Kansas City Fringe Festival, a visual and performing arts festival, kicks off on July 18. There are several Johnson County acts on the lineup, including Overland Park-based RhythmScape's Indian Classical Dance Experience (pictured above). Photo via KC Fringe Festival 2021 website.

Kansas City Fringe Festival 2021— one of the metro’s biggest annual arts events — kicks off Sunday, and there are a number of artists with Johnson County ties that you can check out.

The 17th annual festival will be held virtually due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and will feature roughly 50 performances and the work of 30 visual artists.

Festival-goers will be able to engage with and view the work through an online platform created by the KC Fringe fest team last year, when the event was also held virtually.

“When COVID-19 interfered in the ability to stage a live 2020 festival, the Fringe team was nimble and true to its creative roots,” a press release notes. “They quickly put the work of 35 performing groups online and created a digital gallery that showcased the work of 23 visual artists.”

These are the Johnson County performances KC Fringe Festival guests can expect to see this year, as outlined on the festival’s website:

Bascule: Balancing Art and Passion

Bascule dance
Bascule, a balancing art performance, is also connected to Johnson County as Kansas City Aerial Arts Training Company is based in Leawood. Photo via KC Fringe Festival 2021 website.

An aerial and acrobatic show put on by the Leawood-based Kansas City Aerial Arts Training Company. It’s a 45-minute show with each piece telling a story, according to KC Fringe Festival’s description.


A Prairie Village resident’s film, DramaUrge, will be available for viewing during the festival. Image via KC Fringe Festival website.

Writer and actor Forest Kinsey of Prairie Village created DramaUrge, a one-man show about a dramatist (or, dramaturge, if you like) creating a masterpiece. It is a 48-minute show. Parental guidance is advised because this show includes adult language, simulated violence and gunshots.

Home is Where the Haunt Is

Home is Where the Haunt is
Home Is Where The Haunt Is will feature Bobby, a new homeowner who isn’t along. Image via KC Fringe Festival website.

Sadie and Melvin Teel from Lenexa created a 31-minute film about a new homeowner named Bobby, who may not be the only one living in her home. The film is rated for mature audiences and includes adult language.

RhythmScape: Indian Classical Dance Experience

Photo via KC Fringe Festival 2021 website.

Overland Park-based Kathak Aura will put on a 24-minute show of stories and dances that originated in northern India. The performance is rated appropriate for all ages.

This Podcast Is… Uncalled For

Jessica Whitfield
Jessica Whitfield, a Kansas City actress, is one of the guests on This Podcast Is… Uncalled For. Photo via KC Fringe Festival website.

Overland Park resident Mike Czerniewski (who is also currently running for city council) will host three separate episodes of his podcast “This Podcast Is Uncalled For.” The guests include Kansas City filmmaker Patrick Poe, Kansas City actress Jessica Whitfield and local improv actor Chris Hurt.

How to watch

  • KC Fringe Festival kicks off Sunday, July 18, and performances will be available through August 1.
  • Guests can purchase an all-access passes for $200, a seven-day pass for $100, a three-day pass for $60, a one-day pass for $25 or single-day tickets for $5 or $10.
  • For more information about how to purchase tickets, go here.