The Fringe’s new producer basks in box office records being happily broken.

A growing number of shows at the Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival are selling out. (Photo by Michael Freeman).

ORLANDO – Being a producer means the potential for a lot of things to go wrong, and the annoyance of having to quickly fix it before it starts intruding on the enjoyment of the patrons.
On Wednesday, Michael Marinaccio, the producer of the 21 annual Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival, said one problem had come to his attention that night: a whole bunch of Fringe shows were selling out, with a growing number of people arriving at the ticket booth, suddenly unable to get into those shows.
And Marinaccio is the first to admit, ”It’s a good problem to have.’’
Exactly one week after the Fringe Festival had its ribbon cutting ceremony and opened its doors to the general public, attendance at this two week event has clearly been on the upswing. There were long lines waiting to see some of the most popular shows, parking was a challenge for anyone who arrived after 5 p.m., and the beer tent and outside food court at Loch Haven Park was crowded as well. It seems, Marinaccio noted, that quite a lot of Orlando was headed to Fringe. Continue reading

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