The 25th annual Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival is coming up next month.
ORLANDO — For most businesses, being able to brag about getting “bigger and better” is a sign of their overall health, expanding market, and ability to find new customers — genuine bragging rights, in other words.
The concept takes on even more meaning, though, for the executive director and producer of the Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival
. The oldest and largest Fringe festival is about to celebrate its 25th year in May, but even more importantly, their growth this year is coming in major leaps and bounds.
Just how far Orlando Fringe has come over the past few decades was readily apparent on Monday, when George Wallace, the executive director of Fringe, and the show’s producer, Michael Marinaccio, opened Fringe Night, their annual sneak preview of what to expect when the festival launches on Wednesday, May 18.
Fringe Night — which allows artists participating in this year’s Fringe festival to give a two-minute glimpse of what audiences can expect to see during the run up to Memorial Day Weekend, was held at the Lowndes Shakespeare Center to a near sold-out crowd. Continue reading
The Holocaust Memorial Resource & Education Center works to preserve the testimonials of Holocaust survivors.
MAITLAND — Erica Cantor has nostalgic memories of an early childhood that was idyllic in every way.
Born in 1929 in Stuttgart, capital of southwest Germany’s Baden-Württemberg state, Cantor said she was raised by loving parents in a modern city and has fond memories of life there.
“We practiced Christmas, which in Germany was a very long celebration that lasted the entire month,” she said. “I had a very happy childhood in Germany. I had loving parents.”
That is, until the mid-1930s, when very dark clouds formed over her family — and the families of all Jews living in Germany.
“In 1933, Hitler and the Nazi Party came to power,” she said. “In the beginning, Stuttgart was not impacted much. Then in 1935, all German Jews lost their citizenship.”
On Sunday, Cantor was a guest speaker at the Holocaust Memorial Resource & Education Center
in Maitland, where she recounted how her family coped with the terrifying rise of Hitler and his “Final Solution.” Continue reading
“Murder Sleep” was performed in May 2016. (Photos by Scott Sharky Hodges; poster designed by Jim Cundiff.).
ORLANDO — Freeline Productions started in 2008 with an original play simply called “Hooked.”
Playwright Michael W. Freeman had written the darkly comic play in the mid-2000s, and submitted it to the Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival in November 2008. It was accepted, and “Hooked” had its premiere at the Orlando Fringe, the longest running Fringe Festival in the United States, in May 2009. Along the way, Freeman created
Freeline productions as the artistic vehicle to produce the play.
Since then, Freeline Productions was expanded to become a full service freelance writing and editing business, but it remains a vehicle for Freeman’s passion for community theater, and will continue to produce original plays in the Orlando area. Continue reading