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

Artist TJ Dawe hopes to take Fringe audiences on a “Roller Coaster” ride

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Playwright and actor TJ Dawe is bringing his solo show “Roller Coaster” to the Orlando Fringe Festival in May. (Photos by Diane Smithers. )


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 this year is writer/performer TJ Dawe’s solo show “Roller Coaster,” a four-part monologue about numerous subjects, including how Harry Potter and other pop culture stories function as mythology, some thoughts on why societies go to war (courtesy of author Barbara Ehrenreich) and even some musings on President Trump.
As TJ put it, “Roller Coaster’s inception happened in the line-up to the Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey ride at Universal’s Islands of Adventure, last May.”
He also plans to have a few things to say about his history with the city of Orlando, and how he’s been a Fringe veteran since 2001.
Freeline Media reached out to TJ to learn more about his show. Continue reading

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