Fringe Marfa festival comes to town

MARFA — FRINGE MARFA, a two-day festival of critically acclaimed theater, arrives in town next month.

The festival happens Friday, January 10, and Saturday, January 11, at the historic USO Hall in Marfa. And on Wednesday, the organizers announced their headlining acts.

On Friday, January 10, the festival is showing “Crapshoot! Why Al Voted for Trump: a love story.” The one-person (but multi-character!) comedy by Todd Blakesley explores the misadventures of a first-time voter.

The play premiered this year at the 2019 San Diego International Fringe Festival and later also played at the Capital Fringe Festival in Washington, D.C. There, DC Metro Theatre Arts called it “an important show” and gave it a five-star rating.

On Saturday, January 11, the festival will show “Butcher Holler Here We Come,” a play from Ad Hoc Economy, a New York- and Los Angeles-based group. Written by Casey Wimpee, the play follows a group of coal miners after a mine collapse. Festival organizers describe it as a “political reckoning of land-use practices.”

The play won numerous awards, including the Inkwell Playwright of Promise Award (2019), Best Ensemble (Hollywood Fringe 2019) and Broadway World’s Outstanding Original Full-Length Script (2017).

FRINGE MARFA will also showcase solo articles on January 10 and ensemble productions on January 11. All performances are original works by the actors and companies performing them.

Tickets are available for sale at EventBrite. A full schedule is available at