Brian Feldman, dully appointed Grand Marshall of Whatever, opened the line for the first night of shows of Albert Pergande's The Mayor of Orange Avenue. The show is based (I don't know how faithfully) on real Orlando people, places, and events, with the evil Central Hospital wanting to take over the whole block, and the sappy little antique shop that seems to have all odds against it.
The Mayor of Orange Avenue
5/14 THU 9:50PM, 5/16 SAT 12:00PM, 5/17 SUN 7:10PM, 5/19 TUE 7:40PM, 5/20 WED 11:40PM, 5/23 SAT 4:20PM, 5/24 SUN 3:20PM
We all know Radio Rickshaw, and follow closely their coverage of the Fringe. John and Dan's official "Fringe Season" has begun, and here are some of their offerings:
Orlando Fringe Festival Preview 2009
This is an episode from the Fringe Preview on April 13th, recorded live with dozens of performers.
Episode 85: John’s Playhouse
This is an episode with Ryan Price (that's me) as a special guest, talking about Blogging Fringe's plan for this year.
Episode 78: Wayburn and Cory’s Bromance
A few episodes back, they had Wayburn Sassy on as a guest.
The Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival invites you to show your love for Fringe by attending I Heart Fringe, this year’s Fab Fringe Fundraising event, at 6:00 pm on Monday, February 16th at the Lowndes Shakespheare Center in Loch Haven Park.
The event will feature performances by veteran Fringe favorites, including VarieTEASE, Voci Dance, CineDance Jazz Dance, Pepe, Jeff Jones, and Checkerboard Productions,
Back in April, a bunch of local theatre folks got together to have dinner and meet up. Tonight was the second installment in what seems to be a 3-or-4-times-a-year event, held in local theatre spaces. The April 6th pot-luck was hosted by Mad Cow Theatre downtown, and today’s was held in the lobby of the Orlando REP.
From the Wikipedia page on Potluck:
Folk etymology has derived the term “potluck” from the Native American custom of potlatch; the word “potluck”, however, is actually of English origin. It is a portmanteau word formed from (cooking) pot and lucke. The earliest written citation is from 1592: “That that pure sanguine complexion of yours may never be famisht with pot lucke,” Thomas Nashe. As this shows, the original meaning was “food given away to guests”, probably derived from “whatever food one is lucky enough to find in the pot”, i.e. whatever food happens to be available, especially when offered to a guest. By extension, a more general meaning is “whatever is available in a particular circumstance or at a particular time.”
Potlatch is actually a good custom from which to derive this kind of dinner - the potlatch is often celebrated at special events, like births, celebrations of the harvest, and weddings. It is a show of wealth and prosperity, where the person holding the potlatch holds a feast, and trades some prized commodity for things they might need.
The idea for the Theatre Pot-Luck was originally spawned by local actor John Baker via Elizabeth Maupin’s Orlando Sentinel theatre blog, which is also the best place see announcements for other upcoming events. The Orlando Arts Blog is another good place to check. Apparently, the Orlando Shakes has volunteered to hold the next one in a few months. Right now there is no organizer, it just sort of happens as someone steps up to offer space - which is, in my opinion, as it should be.
Only 3 more days! (plus Patron’s Pick Day) Looks like When Pigs Fly and Alice in Wonderland have already been announced as Patron’s Picks for their venues, which sort of makes sense. If you’re interested in supporting the Fringe AND seeing TJ Dawe, check out Monday morning at 11:30, when TJ will be performing the Slip Knot.
As we rolled into the weekend last night with some light rain and lots of folks crowding the Shakespeare Center, I noticed three college-looking kids soliciting people for photographs. I walked up to tell them about Blogging Fringe, and it turned out they were the Orlando Metromix “SHOCK SQUAD”! Is Metromix the Sentinel one, that’s going to be changing their name? It’s not CityBeat, is it? It’s one of those. I went to see what coverage they had of the festival, and it was exactly one article - recommendations based on watching the preview. Also, no comments allowed. They asked me to link to them, and in hopes that they link back, here we go.
Check out Orlando Metromix’s Fringe Photoset - lots of familiar faces in there.
Why is May such a great month for holding events? Sure, for our Northern friends, it means the end of bad weather, the opening of roller coaster parks, and a change in the scenery as the trees and flowers start to show their summer colors, but here in Florida, it’s more like the start of the summer’s hot, humid, rainy monotony, the arrival of the tourists, time-share owners, kids on summer vacation, religious zealots protesting Gay Days, and of course, bad drivers in rental cars.
I have a choice: do I take the first three days of Fringe Week off, the middle three, or the last three? I know opening weekend, the last weekend and Memorial Day will be action-packed, but I also don’t want to lose too much money from work.
Blogging Fringe (or this year, my personal blog and OrlandoScene.TV) will be taking up some time, but I also don’t want to take ALL week off so I can save my pennies. Any thoughts, comments, suggestions?