Neil LaBute’s comedy "Fat Pig" critiques our slavish adherence to Hollywood ideals of beauty.
Neil LaBute’s comedy “Fat Pig” critiques our slavish adherence to Hollywood ideals of beauty.

ORLANDO — Central Florida Theatre in Process is back on Freeline Media, complete with our Weekend Choices and Picks!
Well, the Fringe Festival may be over, but now we return to the other 355 days of theater, dance, song, and performance in the coming months.
What is there to see? Plenty!
Productions opening this week include:

* Fat Pig is being performed at the Valencia College Theater.
Neil LaBute’s caustic, hilarious and ultimately touching comedy not only critiques our slavish adherence to Hollywood ideals of beauty, but also boldly questions our own ability to change what we dislike about ourselves. This is a distinctly comic and politically incorrect observation of the current world around us! It runs through June 16, and is for mature audiences.

* Emotions Dance Presents Element Earth will perform on Saturday, June 8 at 8 p.m. at the Edyth Bush Theatre at the Orlando Repertory Theatre.

* A wonderful night of Orlando Fringe Encore Shows will be hosted by Breakthrough Theatre in Winter Park on Saturday, June 8. Sarah Hanchar’s “HAPPY PINK GIRL SINGS” will be performed at 8 p.m., preceded by Marcie Schwalm’s show “BOOGIE SHOES” at 7 and Scott Whittemore’s “DANCE FOR GRANDMA” at 9:10. It will be a crazy fun night of heartfelt laughs and music! Don’t miss it!

* Theatre Downtown presents “TIGER TAIL” by Tennessee Williams. Directed by Frank Hilgenberg, it’s about a young bride, Baby Doll, in an arranged marriage, a red neck, down-on-his luck cotton gin owner, Archie Lee, and his competitor, a fiery, young Italian, Silva Vaccarro, who are all thrown together in Williams’ steamy drama set in rural Mississippi in the mid-1950’s. Don’t miss the show that was condemned by the Catholic Church! It runs Friday through June 29, and tickets are $20 for the general public, $16 for seniors and students.
There will be a special $10 night on Thursday, June 13 featuring Tim Bass, Frank Casado, Jossalyn Moukouanga, Sarah Benz Phillips, Rick Rodriguez, David Strauss, Winona Wiley and Brenna Warner as Baby Doll.
Call the box office at 407-841-0083 for tickets.

* The Bay Street Players in Eustis proudly have Chase Padgett and his production of “6 Guitars” back at the historic State Theatre this Saturday, June 8 at 8 p.m. Chase’s one-man show brings to life six very special characters who share their stories and musical stylings through blues, Jazz, country, rock, folk and classical guitar in this award-winning production. Chase’s characters will have you laughing out loud and while doing so, sneak in and touch your heart. Do not miss this wonderful encore production by this extremely talented artist. Tickets are $15 and can be ordered by calling the box office at 352-357-7777.

* “The Fantasticks” is being presented by Daytona State College at The News Journal Center in Daytona Beach. Performances are tonight and Saturday at 7:30 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday at 2:30 p.m. for one weekend only. Tickets are $10, and free to local students.

Continuing productions include:

* “BETTER DAYS: Episode SIX”, a scripted, live sitcom performed at Sak Comedy Lab by a cast of some of Central Florida’s most talented actors. The show is written by award-winning writers John Valines and Tod Kimbro and has a new day and time, on Thursdays at 9:30 p.m. for the month of June! Tickets are available for $10. Sak Comedy Lab is at 29 S. Orange Ave. in downtown Orlando, on the second floor of the City Arts building at the corner of Orange Avenue and Pine Street.
For more information on “Better Days”, call 407-648-0001.

* “DRIP” is an industrial bar and show. Dress down, drink up and rock out while dancers tell a love story while dancing in paint, flying water and sand, backed by a live rock band. You will get messy!
This happens on Thursdays (followed by a local art night), Fridays, and Saturdays, and doors opens at 8 p.m., and the show starts a little after 9 p.m. Tickets are $35. DRIP is at 8747 International Drive, Suite 102.

Upcoming auditions include:

* The 2013-14 Beth Marshall Presents season auditions will be June 22-23 by scheduled appointment only. Please completely read and review the specifics of each show and familiarize yourself with the character breakdowns.Email Company Manager-Ally Gursky at to make an appointment. All roles are paid except for Play-In-A-Day shows.
Beth Marshall Presents is also seeking a classical pianist for “33 Variations” by Moises Kaufman. Directed by Aradhana Tiwari, rehearsals and the performances are at the Garden Theatre at 160 Plant St. in downtown Winter Garden. This artist will only need to be at limited rehearsals.
Auditions for musicians will be held on Sunday, June 23 with call backs on June 24. This is a paid position.
Beth Marshall Presents is also seeking actors, hippies, poets, dancers, freaks, 60’s look-alikes of artists, musicians, political figures, performance artists, specialty acts, etc.. for “BEATNIK,” a 1960’s speakeasy event. The performers need to be available all day and night on Dec. 2-3. These positions are paid.
This is a project in collaboration with Blue Starr & The Venue, and is a one-nite only event. Email to schedule your audition either June 22 or June 23. Video auditions are also acceptable for this show only.

* The Florida Playwright Competition is calling for new plays. Valencia College Theater needs script submissions for its 23rd annual Florida Playwrights’ Competition. As it has since 1991, Valencia will produce a full-length original play in the spring of 2014 as part of its regular subscription series.
Playwrights must reside in Florida and are invited to submit a cover letter, resume or bio, one page synopsis, and the first 15 pages of no more than two never-before-produced manuscripts. The deadline for this first phase of submission is July 30. A committee will evaluate the excerpts and selected playwrights will be invited to submit the full manuscript as part of the second phase of the submission process.
From these manuscripts, one play will be chosen for development as a workshop production with the playwright’s participation. The writer will receive a stipend to cover travel and other expenses related to the production. The administrator of the competition plans to announce the winning play in early September 2013, and the workshop process will begin in late fall 2013 or early spring 2014.
Scripts must be original, previously unproduced, full-length plays. Scripts that have received staged readings may be submitted. Collaborations are acceptable, but children’s plays, adaptations, and musicals are ineligible at this time.
Electronic submission of the cover letter, resume or bio, one-page synopsis and 15-page excerpt is required. You can send your submissions and questions to me, as Valencia’s artistic director, at
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