The National Women's Theatre Festival

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What is WTFringe23?

WTFringe23 is 21 productions including new musicals, solo performances, devised theatre, commedia, clowning, storytelling, sketch comedy, bi-lingual English/Spanish performances, workshop productions of brand new plays & much, much more!

Experience WTFringe23

Early bird tickets on sale now for $295. Tickets are also available at a half rate and a hardship rate. WTFringe23 is 21 productions including new musicals, solo performances, devised theatre, commedia, clowning, storytelling, sketch comedy, bi-lingual English/Spanish performances, workshop productions of brand new plays & much, much more! Experience WTFringe23 in person at the Titmus and Kennedy-McIlwee Theatres at NC State University or digitally from wherever you are!

Ticket Info

Tickets to WTFringe23 are available to individual performances as well as through a variety of pass options.

Pass Options: 

Festival 2023 All Access Pass ($325) includes all of WTFCon and all of WTFringe

Full Fringe Pass ($145) includes access to ALL WTFringe performances

Fringe Four Pack ($40) includes access to any FOUR WTFringe performances.

Individual Tickets:

General Admission ($15) for any single WTFringe show ticket

Pay What You Can (name your price) tickets are also available for all WTFringe performances at the link below. These tickets are available to anyone who needs to pay less or who wishes to pay more than General Admission.

Digital WTFringe:

To explore all of the Digital WTFringe23 show options, click the button below. More shows will be added soon.

Explore WTFringe23

 Moon Glo
by Patsy Clarke

Peek into the world of women in their 90’s as they share wonderful stories about love, loss, and the fundamental nature of reality.

Lobe Yourself
by Danielle Cummings

Alone with her wine as the clock ticks towards New Year’s, 21-year-old Gracie navigates coming-of-age while her roommate’s flawless life feels out-of-range.
Should I Swallow?
A new play by Emmalias

Disgruntled by the ever changing world around her, a spirited teen puts her body on the line to distinguish the truth from… whatever it is that her mom has been telling her.
written/performed by Amy Engelhardt

When a series of “follow-signs” lead a jaded Jersey girl to the site of an international tragedy, her trip turns into an unexpected exploration of kindness, compassion and community

We Can Do It!
written by Kenady Sean

Will a passionate woman in 1941 have what it takes to be Rosie the Riveter, while facing pregnancy and motherhood?

Silent Reflections: A Clown-Noir Cabaret
written and performed by Women From Mars Theatre

A girl, a lover and a mother are trapped in a world without voice or color where they are forced to confront their own insecurities and societal expectations and boundaries assigned to all things feminine.
Manic Pixie Nightmare
by Kimi Handa Brown

When reality comes knocking at a young artist’s door, she bolts the lock in an effort to curate a perfect life.

The Pink Hulk: One Woman’s Journey to Find the Superhero Within
written and performed by Valerie David

One woman’s courage, strength, and humor through three cancer battles propel her to defy the odds, smash cancer, and to never stop giving up hope!

Dinosaur on the Moon
devised and performed by Abi Walls, Ariel Fay Gray, Dillon Heape, Natalie Kane, and Sandy Lam

How do we manifest a freer future? We call upon our elders…


Midsummer Night’s Commedia
co-Written by Lara Coutinho-Dean and Dina Turnello

When Arlecchino replaces Puck, sixteenth century commedia takes over Shakespeare’s Midsummer

written and performed by Christa M. Forster, an Antilogical Pedagogical Production

Two women, connected over a 200-year timeline, seek to dramatize how one’s individual lifespan generates larger, eternal questions of identity and legacy.
written by Maizy Broderick Scarpa, Directed by Giselle Durand, Natalie Payán, Paloma Sierra, Yaitza JZ Marrero

Shocked by their mother’s death, two sisters relive the impact their mother had on their lives. Sacudidas por la muerte de su madre, dos hermanas reflexionan sobre el impacto que su madre tuvo en sus vidas.

written by Ashley Cooper (Book, Music & Lyrics)

In a mission to reconnect with her father, an inquisitive 7-year-old, Genevieve, embarks on a journey through her memories.

Table For Two
created and produced by Flora Bare Arts. Performed and devised by Flora Bare and Christopher Gliege.

“Let’s just say this love story does not end well.”

No More Flowers
by Dana Hall

A play about art, beliefs, bias, consent and the fragility of the human condition.

The Uproar, a sketch comedy show by the Triangle Sketch Comedy Group
“The Uproar is a sketch comedy show all about chaos, laughter, and disrupting the status quo. This specific iteration of The Uproar celebrates the experiences of gender marginalized people.
by Alexus Rhone

“In every historical milieu, when faced with degradation, Black women have a standard response: dignity.”

The Grandmothers Grimm
by Emily Ingram

The Grimm brothers, taking a page from Hans Christian Anderson, steal the voices of women.

Self, No Self, and the Collective: Ritual as Healing by Auds Jenkins, Eve Woldemikael, and Nathalie Folkerts</center

How do we make the sacred more playful and the playful more sacred?

created by Abigail Birkett, Bryan Hagelin, Hannah Katz, Kilby Yarbrough, and Tangiene Nyereyegona, featuring a new short play by Claire Carson and excerpts from WITCH by Jen Silverman and THE WITCH OF EDMONTON by John Ford, Thomas Dekker, and William Rawley, alongside original devised performance and virtual storytelling

Live! Nude! Complicated! Grief!
written and performed by Stephanie Douglass; Directed by Chantal Pavageaux

In the midst of non-stop loss, we hunt down the things that make us non-stop laugh…and probably make it out alive.

Accessibility at WTFringe23

National WTF endeavors to make our events and spaces as accessible as possible.

Always Available:

Open-Captioning will be available at all WTFringe23 performances

Sensory kits available for check out and a low sensory break space

All performances are “Come As You Are” – you are welcome to get up, leave, vocalize, and engage in the work in all the ways that are comfortable for you.

Select Performances:

ASL Interpretation and Audio Description will be available at some performances. Check back here for a complete list when available. 


To request an accommodation or to make us aware of an access need we can support, contact or leave a message at ‪(919) 228-8528‬. We appreciate as much lead time as possible to fulfill a request. 

More Info:

For more information on Accessibility at Festival 2023, check out our Accessibility Guide here.