Orlando International Fringe Festival Returns
If you love theater, Orlando will be the place to be from May 18-30th. This year marks the 25th annual Orlando International Fringe Festival, brining incredible acting talents from around the world right here to entertain. There will be a variety of shows and venues for the two-week-long festival, with shows for every age and in all kinds of theater genres. Head over to Loch Haven Park for all the main festival fun, get some show tickets and check out a performance, or two, or more.
The original Fringe Festival began in Scotland in 1947 with the idea of providing affordable theater experiences to the masses. It was during the official Edinburgh International Festival that a group of performers who were not selected to perform, decided to anyway. They found some empty storefronts and performed “on the fringe”. Since that time the idea has exploded across the world. The key to the Fringe Festival is that the performances are not juried for selection and they are not censored either. All the theater presented is as the artists plan for it. What’s more, this festival gives the artists 100% of the proceeds from ticket sales. There is no other agenda other than to give a place for theater to be accessible to all.
The Orlando International Fringe Festival began in 1992, following in the footsteps of the original one with performances being held in empty downtown Orlando storefronts. The popularity of the festival grew quickly and soon the festival was moved full time to Loch Haven Park, which is home to two of Orlando’s biggest theater complexes, The Orlando REP and The Orlando Shakespeare Theater.
When they say the festival is 100% accessible the Orlando International Fringe Festival isn’t kidding. Tickets cost $10 each. This gives you access to any show over the entire festival--yes that is correct, 14 days of theater choices for $10. When you purchase a ticket, you get a Fringe Button which is good for any day and any show during the festival. The Outdoor Stage and “Kids Fringe” shows are free of charge. Some of the shows you can check out include comedies, 2 For Tea and 21 Chump Street - the Musical. On the more dramatic side there will be Blonde Poison and Elephants Graveyard. Another option, good for young kids on up is Poe Poe Poe!, a story-telling performance about Edgar Allen Poe and his macabre stories.
Whatever you choose to watch, be sure to spend some time at the Orlando International Fringe Festival. You can get a great taste of how great our artistic culture is here in Central Florida.
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