From futuristic transsexuals to Shakespearean verse to the librettos of Gertrude Stein—the New York International Fringe Festival embraces the serious, the hilarious, and the very avant garde. Inspired by the Edinburgh Festival Fringe created in Scotland in 1947, the New York Fringe has become the largest performing arts festival in North America. Approaching its 17th year, FringeNYC runs Aug. 9-25, and will bring more than 200 theater companies together for a 16-day theater spree in more than 20 venues throughout lower Manhattan. There is something for everyone at this massive celebration of theater of all kinds. Click below to check out the ten shows you have to catch before the fest is over and visit www.fringenyc.org to learn more!