Orlando Fringe announces new producer, show director for 2020 festival

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ABOVE: Lindsay Taylor (L) and Michael Marinaccio. (Photo courtesy Taylor’s Facebook page)

ORLANDO | The Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival has announced that, after nearly a decade, Michael Marinaccio will step down as the festival producer starting with Fringe’s 29th festival in 2020.

“For the last eight years I have been so incredibly proud to serve as the festival producer of the Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival,” Marinaccio wrote on Facebook. “Serving over 1,000 artists annually has been one of the greatest honors of my life. After over a year of discussion and contemplation, last month I stepped down from that position and accepted a new role with Orlando Fringe.”

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Donald Rupe’s ‘From Here’ makes big splash at Orlando Fringe

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ABOVE: “From Here” writer-director Donald Rupe accepts his Watermark Splash Awards. (Photo by AG Photography)

ORLANDO | Central Florida Community Arts Director of Theatre Donald Rupe is no stranger to Orlando Fringe, bringing fan favorites “Gorgeous” and “Bitch, Perfect” to the festival in 2018 and 2017, respectively. But he managed to make a big splash with his latest Fringe musical, “From Here.”

The new musical and gay love story about an Orlando native who is just trying his best to balance love, his difficult mother and all the things life throws at him along with his tight knit group of friends swept Watermark’s third annual Splash Awards.

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Vote for your Orlando Fringe LGBTQ favorites in the 3rd annual Watermark Splash Awards

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Orlando Fringe has kicked off its 28th season and this year features more LGBTQ shows than ever before.

So with all of this amazing LGBTQ talent, we want to know what are readers think about the shows and talent – both on stage and behind the scenes – and which ones are the best of the best in LGBTQ-themed Fringe. Welcome to the third annual Watermark Splash Awards.

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05.02.19 Publisher’s Desk

By : Rick Claggett
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Nobody likes to be called ignorant, but we all are. I certainly am. I’m ignorant when it comes to Venezuelan politics, cooking Indian cuisine and the quantum mechanics of time travel. I just saw an article this morning that suggested the present and the future exist simultaneously and now I have a headache. I can’t even discern how there is still only one Marty McFly and how he always finds the DeLorean.

It’s okay to be ignorant, but somewhere along the way people decided being called ignorant meant that you were stupid or dumb—instead of just simply lacking knowledge of something. Some years ago I was hanging out with my brothers, drinking beer around a fire pit and listening to old country music; a favorite pastime for the Claggett boys. One of my brothers, a genuinely nice person who tends to lean to the right with his political views, started talking about the Affordable Healthcare Act. Yes, family + holidays+ alcohol + politics = disaster.

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PHOTOS: Orlando Fringe gives a taste of what’s to come at this year’s festival

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ORLANDO | Orlando Fringe kicked off its 28th year by giving audiences a taste of what to expect at this year’s festival with the annual preview shows, one for general audiences and one for the more mature shows, at the Orlando Shakespeare Theatre April 15.

Performers had two minutes each to woo the audience with a preview to their show. Check out the photos below and stay tuned to Watermark as we bring you our annual LGBTQ preview of Orlando Fringe in the coming weeks.

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Watermark’s Most Eligible – Central Florida: Jeff Jones

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AGE: 43

HOMETOWN: Panama City, Fla.

IDENTIFIES AS: “Really gay”

PRONOUNS: He/ him/ his

SIGN: Sagittarius

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The LGBT+ Center of Central Florida named new Orlando Fringe venue

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The Orlando International Fringe Festival—the longest running Fringe Theatre Festival in the U.S.—is preparing for Winter Mini-Fest, which plays at Loch Haven Park Jan. 10-13, 2019, at the moment but that isn’t stopping information from coming out about the main festival in May.

The 14-day arts festival packs so much crazy, uncensored, experimental, amazing theatre into its schedule that Loch Haven Park cannot contain all of it so Orlando Fringe ventures out into the city and theater locations are set up throughout Orlando.

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“O-Town Voices”

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First performed at the Orlando Fringe in 2017, “O-Town Voices” is a play comprised of stories, interviews and speeches from Orlando, and across the globe, collected during the weeks and months following the Pulse attack. “O-Town Voices” was created and directed by David Lee and features 18 local theater veterans, Pulse owner Barbara Poma, Pulse survivor Neema Bahrami and the Orlando Gay Chorus. Tickets and event details are available at onePULSEFoundation.org/Events.

George Wallace awarded highest honor at the Orlando Fringe’s 2018 Fabby Awards

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Former Orlando Fringe Executive Director George Wallace was awarded the highest honor at the Orlando Fringe’s 2018 Fabby Awards.

Wallace was given the Terry Olson Lifetime Achievement Award during the festival’s closing ceremonies and 2018 Fabby Awards. The ceremonies were held on May 28 at the Outdoor Stage in Orlando’s Loch Haven Park.

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Watermark’s 5 Questions for a Fringe Regular

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Orlando Fringe is in full swing and from what we have seen so far this is one of the best year of shows we have ever seen.

But any Fringe veteran will tell you that the shows are only part of the experience. You have the food, the drinks, the parties and of course chilling on the Fringe lawn and making some new friends.

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Death Part 7: The Last Word

By : Maia Monet
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The barely-anticipated final installment in Jack Trinco’s “Death Series”, this darkly comic and irreverent cabaret act takes you on a journey to the underworld through outrageous comic storytelling and killer songs from contemporary songwriters including Laurie Anderson, Kate Bush, William Finn, Barry Manilow, Michelle Shocked and more. A hit at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and in NYC, Death Part 7: The Last Word plays the Orlando Fringe one week only!

Death Part 7: The Last Word

By : Maia Monet
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The barely-anticipated final installment in Jack Trinco’s “Death Series”, this darkly comic and irreverent cabaret act takes you on a journey to the underworld through outrageous comic storytelling and killer songs from contemporary songwriters including Laurie Anderson, Kate Bush, William Finn, Barry Manilow, Michelle Shocked and more. A hit at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and in NYC, Death Part 7: The Last Word plays the Orlando Fringe one week only!