See clips from previous International CringeFests!
In 2005, the International CringeFest premiered as the Bad Plays Festival, followed the next year by the Bad Musicals Festival. With a sprinkling of bad films, it has been roaring ever since. The International CringeFest has garnered great reviews, visibility in the industry, and celebrity attention. A festival of truly GOOD plays that are cutting-edge, politically incorrect and satirical, irreverent, and somewhat naughty, it aims to make us have a good laugh at ourselves. The festival has performed at Downeast Art Center, the Player's Theater, and the Producer's Club. This event provides exposure for more than 300 artists annually, including playwrights, composers, lyricists, directors, musical directors, choreographers, designers, filmmakers, and performers. The festival is supported by the Dramatist Guild Fund and individual donors. Proceeds from the festival go to support the company's dedicated outreach efforts.