Rob Gee: Fringe Crush 2011

Rob Gee wrote the poetry for and performs in Smart Arse in the Green Venue this year:

An exhilarating story of several childhoods from the creator of Fruitcake. “The kind of performer you pray you’ll discover ... awe-inspiring!” Orlando Sentinel “Humor-filled ... disturbing ... wonderful!” Elizabeth Maupin

5/19 THU 9:40PM
5/21 SAT 6:00PM
5/22 SUN 4:20PM
5/24 TUE 10:05PM
5/27 FRI 8:10PM
5/28 SAT 2:55PM
5/29 SUN 6:15PM

Don Fowler: Fringe Crush 2011

Don Fowler and Blue from Intersellarific on the Outdoor Stage

Don is one of the hosts of Radio Rickshaw

Chris Leavey: Fringe Crush 2011

Chris wrote "I'm just not that Gay" and is playing piano for "Robby Pigott tries something new"

A humorous look at one man's attempt to find his place in the gay world. Chris shares stories and songs about coming out, dating, activism, stereotypes and more.

I'm just not that gay
Red Venue
5/19 THU 9:50PM
5/21 SAT 11:30PM
5/22 SUN 9:30PM
5/24 TUE 7:10PM
5/26 THU 8:10PM
5/27 FRI 10:20PM
5/29 SUN 6:30PM

Chris is offering a discount if you are a fan of his facebook page for the show.

Mikaela Dyke: Fringe Crush 2011

Mikaela performs in Dying Hard, a play created from the real life stories (and words) of people in a mining town.
Update: Mikaela won our first annual "Crushie" award!

Mikaela comes from Newfoundland in Canada, and her show is in the Patron's Room this year.

A powerful exploration of the plight of fluorspar miners in St.Lawrence, Newfoundland in the 1960's. Through these true stories, Dying Hard brings to the forefront the human cost of industry.

5/19 THU 7:40PM
5/20 FRI 10:20PM
5/22 SUN 12:00PM
5/23 MON 5:15PM
5/27 FRI 7:00PM
5/28 SAT 10:30PM
5/29 SUN 2:50PM

Mike Maples: Fringe Crush 2011

Mike Maples plays the bar owner in Big Swingin' Dick's Topless Bar presents the Naked Drag Queen Farting.

A comedy that isn’t quite a musical.

Discounts for anyone in drag.

"I'm not sure we can print that." Matt Palm, Orlando Sentinel

5/20 FRI 9:25PM
5/22 SUN 12:00PM
5/24 TUE 6:45PM
5/28 SAT 8:25PM

Elizabeth Maupin Reviews 2011 Orlando Fringe

Elizabeth Maupin has been reviewing arts and culture in Orlando since 1983, and now she is doing it just for fun!

"Betsy" always has great reviews during Fringe, and her new independent site, Elizabeth Maupin on Theater, is better than ever.

Here is her 2011 Fringe home page, About the Fringe. She has also posted reviews of 5 shows as of the first day!

Starving Artist Studios, Kids' Fringe Sponsor

Here is a brief conversation with Tim Evanecki of Starving Artist Studios.

Tim tells me they will be setting up shop in a 2-story building across the street that was once an Animal Hospital. Be on the lookout for this new Orlando Arts Scene citizen soon!

John DiDonna at 2011 Fringe

We caught Fringe Veteran John DiDonna on the Green Lawn of Fabulousness taping flyers to the tables... while they were still being set up!

A bit about his show...
GRAND GUIGNOL PUPPET THEATRE - Punch and Judy Presents at the FRINGE

What do Medussa, Charlie Sheen, and Lady Gaga have in common?
They’ll all have someone’s hand up their ass in this OUTRAGEOUSLY ADULT puppet show!

“Ladies and gentlemen we heartily welcome you,
To the 20th annual Fringe Orlando!
Where Punch and Judy again grace the stage
To pleasure, disgust, and to grossly outrage.”

In a Punch and Judy Tragic-Comedy-Histoire!

TONIGHT: A Night of Long Form

Many people are familiar with Improv - last year's Fringe Festival featured a long-form improvised show called "Is This Seat Taken?" by the iconic David Charles and Jay Hopkins. SAK has been doing a late-night show called "The Early Show" long after their regular programming on certain weekends for a number of years now. The Orlando Improv Festival is now trying to help long form become more visible with this event.
A night of Long Form

Fringe Preview 2011

Matt Palm form the Orlando Sentinel has posted a blog recap of the Fringe preview, which was staged as a Pep Rally this year to fit with the 20-year high school reunion theme.fringe_preview.jpg

Orlando Fringe Festival: Pep Rally Preview gives us a peek

There was even extra applause for an act that finished right on time as the cheerleaders joined them.

There’s always much merriment at the annual preview, which raises funds for the Fringe Festival as well as anticipation. Co-host Beth Marshall, the Fringe producing artistic director, started out proudly saying, “I am vertical this year,”

fringe_cheer.jpg The festival tickets are now on sale, and they were very proud to announce that the preview was successful for them, raising a surplus of $3000 over their goal.

I have been looking for video shot during the event, but Google is returning some weird results - the official Orlando Fringe website doesn't even show up in most search results. I ended up locating several videos on YouTube. If you are reading this and you have a YouTube video that is not on this list, I will be happy to add it. My YT username is "liberatr". I will be adding new video to this playlist throughout the season.

This year's festival is going to be exciting. More experimentation, lots of returning artists, lots of past Patron's Pick artists, and lots of visiting and International artists, who are the real icing on the cake. I love that local artists have such a great outlet for their work, but the fact that this festival brings in so much original material from outside of our state and country is one of the real selling points for me.

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