About Michael W Freeman

Michael W. Freeman is a veteran journalist, playwright and author. Born and raised in Fall River, Massachusetts, he has lived in Orlando since 2002. Michael has worked for some of Florida's largest newspapers, including The Orlando Sentinel. His original plays have draw strong audiences at the Orlando Fringe Festival. He is the author of the novels "Bloody Rabbit" and "Koby's New Home."

Phantasmagoria heading back to Fringe with Wickedest Tales of All!

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The Phantasmagoria troop is returning to the Orlando Fringe Festival i n May. (Photo by C. A. Bridges).


ORLANDO – The Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival kicks off at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, May 16 at the Lowndes Shakespeare Center, and runs through May 29. This year the nearly three-week long festival will feature the largest line-up of shows in its history.
Coming back for a return engagement is John DiDonna, the veteran actor, director, playwright and theater professor at Valencia College, who is bringing with him the critically acclaimed Victorian Horror Troupe “Phantasmagoria.” The long-running series, about a circus-like group of performers who recount classic tales of terror, are presenting “Phantasmagoria’s Wickedest Tales of All.”
Phantasmagoria started out as a Halloween season show at the Orlando Shakes, but grew in popularity and has since made several Fringe performances, while DiDonna has also taken the show on the road for performances in other states. “Wickedest Tales of All” will be performed in the Orange Venue (The Margeson Theater) and will include the troupe’s familiar mix of horror stories and dance, live music, stage combat, and large scale puppetry.
This production will recreate Charles Dickens’ “A Madman’s Manuscript,” the Hindu “Tale of the Churel,” the old ghastly Nursery Rhymes from “Gammer Gurton’s Garland” and Edgar Allan Poe’s classic “The Masque of the Red Death,” among others.
Freeline Media caught up with John to find out what other goodies are in store for the Phantasmagoria gang this year. Continue reading

Peter Michael Marino urges audiences to “Show Up” for his solo show at Fringe

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Peter Michael Marino brings his solo performance “Show Up” to the Orlando Fringe Festival in May.


ORLANDO – The Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival kicks off at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, May 16 at the Lowndes Shakespeare Center, and runs through May 29. This year the nearly three-week long festival will feature the largest line-up of shows in its history.
The award-winning solo performer Peter Michael Marino is returning to the Orlando Fringe with “Show Up,” which uses his decades of solo performance to, as Peter notes, “turn the often vilified clichés of the genre on their clichéd heads.”
Peter is the creator/co-producer of SOLOCOM, which has launched more than 400 comedies at The People’s Improv Theater, including his acclaimed solo comedy “Desperately Seeking the Exit.” In “Show Up,” Peter said he plans to exploit “an arsenal of Post-it Notes to compile and transform the challenging and enlightening real-life audience experiences into a single vibrant life-story that’s daring and unique each time. Chance elements are increased as audience members are engaged to cue sound, design the set, and direct.”He promises Fringe audiences a “wild, unpredictable ride” that also comments on social anxiety, depression and performance challenges.
“Ultimately,” he said, ” ‘Show Up’ demonstrates that the value of truth in autobiographical performance is totally subjective. And there’s a party.”
Freeline Media reached out to Peter and learn more about his show. Continue reading

Artist Cody Clark brings magic, humor and a serious subject to Fringe

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Kentucky artist Cody Clark is bringing his solo show “A Different Way Of Thinking” to the Orlando Fringe Festival.

ORLANDO – The Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival kicks off at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, May 16 at the Lowndes Shakespeare Center, and runs through May 29. This year the nearly three-week long festival will feature the largest line-up of shows in its history.
One of the shows is coming courtesy of Kentucky, the home of artist Cody Clark. The magician and advocate for autism rights will be performing his one-man show “Cody Clark: A Different Way of Thinking” at Fringe, using the arts of magic, humor and storytelling to create a first-person account of living with autism.
As Cody noted, living with autism had enabled him to see the world differently, and he uses magic to illustrate this to his audiences. The magic allows him to place audiences into his life story, from birth to his recent graduation from the University of Louisville.
Freeline Media reached out to Cody, who has been performing magic for twelve years, to ask him about the show, and about how he uses magic to spread his message of acceptance of people living with autism. Continue reading

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