Mad Cow Theatre explores sexual identity, family tension with local run of ‘Fun Home’

By : Layla Ferris
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After national tour stops in both Orlando and Tampa from the Tony Award-winning musical “Fun Home,” Orlando’s Mad Cow Theatre is putting on a production featuring local talent starting June 1.

“Fun Home,” the first Broadway musical to have a lesbian protagonist, is an adaptation of Alison Bechdel’s 2006 graphic memoir. The show portrays Bechdel’s uncovering of her own sexuality, her strained relationship with her closeted gay father and the re-examination of the years leading up to his unexpected suicide. The hour and 40-minute show is seen through the eyes of a 43-year-old Alison who looks to the past as she writes the graphic novel the play is based on.

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5.31.18 Publisher’s Desk

By : Rick Claggett
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I’m pretty sure I was 16 the first time I went to Gay Day at Disney. I was only out to my mom and a handful of friends back then, so it was a little awkward when my brothers and I rolled up on the second annual Gay Day at Disney. It became a tradition in my family that when one of the brothers graduated high school, we’d celebrate with a trip to the Magic Kingdom—just us boys. Turns out that celebration always happened on the first Saturday of June. We didn’t know what that day meant to so many people, but we picked up on it pretty quickly.

I remember being petrified my brothers would figure out somehow I was gay, as if just being in close proximity with so many LGBTQ people would cause me to grow a boa and hum the ABBA anthology. I also remember experiencing immense joy and comfort. It was scary being gay in the early ‘90s, not to diminish the struggle today’s 16-year-olds face with their own coming out. But that one day, every year, was a day of happiness in the happiest place on earth. It was a day to be normal, to be together and to be visible.

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Avenue Q’s director brings puppetry experience to show’s run at Mad Cow

By : Jamie Hyman
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Avenue Q has three defining characteristics: a mix of actors and puppets, the raunchy mischief those puppets deliver, and the shock value of seeing fuzzy puppet friends in some very adult situations. That means puppetry – which is harder than it looks – is key to Avenue Q‘s success. When Mad Cow Theatre executive director Mitzi Maxwell hired Orlando director Juan Cantu to direct the show, she hired a director with past experience working with puppets at Disney World. Cantu, knowing how key puppetry is to Avenue Q, brought in even more experience: Michael Ziegfeld, a comedian and puppeteer who has worked with Jim Henson. Together, they trained the cast, which Cantu says he chose based on their singing and dancing skills, because he says it’s easier to teach actors puppetry than to teach puppeteers how to sing and dance and act.

Despite the emphasis on puppetry, Cantu tells Watermark that Avenue Q is a very human story which he hopes will start a conversation among those who see it.

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May Third Thursday social at Mad Cow Theatre

By : Jamie Hyman
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What’s better than great company, light bites, fun raffles and a free drink?

A puppet show, of course.

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Overheard in Orlando: Orlando Life tracks down the top newbie gays changing Central Florida

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Orlando Life highlights newbie gays
LGBTs made a respectable showing in the March 2014 issue of Orlando Life, which published a spread entitled Simply The Best: Tracking Down the Top Newbies in Rapidly Changing Central Florida. The magazine has called this the “Year of the Newbie.” At the top of the list is Ron Legler, who engineers the Broadway Across America series, runs the Abbey and is interim executive director for the Orlando. Blue Starr is on the list for opening The Venue in an old yoga studio on Virginia Drive. The third mention was a shout out to Orlando City Commissioner Patty Sheehan. She’s not a “newbie,” but her spiky new hairdo and makeover attracted a lot of social media attention. Sheehan said it was part of a “time for a whole new me” part of her life.

Hot host for Pride in Business Awards
The Metropolitan Business Association Orlando has tapped WFTV news anchor Jorge Estevez to host this year’s 3rd Annual Pride in Business Awards at 6:30-10 p.m. Friday, April 25 at the Renaissance Orlando at Sea World. Awards recognize Small Business of the Year, New Business of the Year, Corporate Ally of the Year, Businessman and Businesswoman of the Year, NonProfit of the Year and Community Champion. The Debbie Simmons Community Service Award is given in honor of the chamber founder. For tickets, more information or to sponsor the event, visit MBAOrlando.org.

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