OF THEE I SING

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This all-American political satire focuses on the election campaign and Presidency of John P. Watergreen, whose party, lacking a viable platform, runs on love, promising that if elected he will marry the partner chosen for him at an Atlantic City beauty pageant. When he falls for the wrong woman, trouble begins! With politicians skewered right and left, Of Thee I Sing is a hilarious and timeless send-up of national institutions that is as relevant now as ever.

Book by George S. Kaufman and Morrie Ryskind • Music by George Gershwin
Lyrics by Ira Gershwin • Directed by Mark Brotherton
Main Stage • Rated PG

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Adults $20, Seniors $18, Students $10

Iphigenia and Other Daughters

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A modern retelling of the fall of the House of Atreusthis play follows the children of Clytemnestra and Agamemnon, siblings who are both players in the family tragedy and victims of it. The cycle of blood and vengeance seems inescapable until the final reunion of a lost sister and brother brings the bloody family saga to its mystical end.

Adapted By Ellen McLaughlin • Directed by Elizabeth Horn
Black Box • Rated PG-13

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Adults $20, Seniors $18, Students $10

Seminar

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Innocence collides with experiences in this biting comedy… Four aspiring novelists sign up for private writing classes with an international literary figure. Under his recklessly brilliant and unorthodox instruction, some thrive and others flounder, alliances are made and broken, sex is used as a weapon and hearts are unmoored.

By Theresa Rebeck • Directed by Julia Listengarten
Main Stage • Rated R

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Adults $20, Seniors $18, Students $10

“Fun Home” to leave Broadway

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New York (AP) – The ground-breaking Tony Award-winning musical “Fun Home” will be leaving Broadway in the fall.

Producers said on June 21 the show will play its final performance Sept. 10, leaving the Circle in the Square Theatre after 28 previews and 582 regular performances. It is the first Broadway show with a lesbian protagonist.

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Musical Theatre Scenes For Teens

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freeFall’s Young Artist Series presents a week long musical theatre workshop June 20-24 from 2pm to 5pm.

Students will have the opportunity to prepare and perform scenes from the classic musical theatre canon. Young artists will discover how to break down a scene/musical moment, engage their partner, and take this form of musical storytelling to a thrilling new level. This week-long workshop with culminate in a showing for family and friends on the final day of class.

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Have a Great Gay Weekend: June 10, 2016

By : Anna M. Johnson
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There so many LGBT-related things to do this weekend and many support local business. And almost all of them involve drinking! Grab someone that will treat you right and paint the town red… or rainbow.

You can even come to these events if you identify as straight. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

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American Stage presents Everett Quinton’s drag-filled, one-man adaptation of A Tale of Two Cities

By : Jeremy Williams
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“It was the best of times; it was the worst of times.”

The line that opens one of Charles Dickens’ most famous pieces of literature is known by almost everyone, even those who cannot name the story that follows. It is this line that led Everett Quinton to adapt Charles Dickens’ novel A Tale of Two Cities into a play in 1989 about an aspiring drag queen during the AIDS crisis in the 1980s.

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Orlando Fringe 2016 Review: Inescapable

By : Anna M. Johnson
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Inescapable
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Inescapable opens with two adult friends having an argument about a box that one of them found in the other’s closet.  The two then repeat the argument, and repeat it again and again.

The entire show is about the two characters (played by Martin Dockery and Joe Paterson) continually having this argument and being “reset” via unconscious time travel without taking a break between each “reset.” More small details about the friends are revealed each time – details that expose the lies that both men have been keeping from each other.

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Orlando 2016 Fringe Review: Toiley T. Paper: Roll Model!

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Toiley T. Paper: Roll Model!
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The world of Hollywood hot-shots is full of glitz, glamour and bullshit. Toiley T. Paper proudly proclaims his alliance with this lifestyle, sans any bullshit that he may have already wiped up.

Toiley T. Paper: Roll Model! is a 40-minute cabaret-style show in the Pink Venue with more influences from South Park than classic vaudeville. Created by and starring Grant Baciocco and John B. deHaas, the show combines popular music, anecdotes and improv into a fun performance that will especially resonate with the theatre “in” crowd.

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Local LGBT teens learn about theatre during backstage Kinky Boots experience

By : Jamie Hyman
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Orlando – Theater has long been a safe refuge for LGBT kids.

Dana Brazil, Director of Education for Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, says theater is an “open door for people find a home” where there is “a lot less judgment, a lot more acceptance, ” especially for young people who might be discovering they are gay or transgender.

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Kinky Boots event brings LGBT youth behind the curtain

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About 20 of Central Florida’s LGBT youth will get an opportunity to learn about what goes into a Broadway production.

Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, in partnership with Zebra Coalition, Kinky Boots and the True Colors Foundation is hosting the event, which is an afternoon of educational speakers followed by a dinner, performance and then a Q&A with the Kinky Boots cast.

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Manatee Players look to explore forbidden love in World War II with the musical Yank!

By : Jeremy Williams
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Yank! is many things: A musical that honors the song and dance of the 1940s; a play that tells the story of sending young men off to war. More importantly though, it’s a history lesson for how World War II was the frontline that created a community that would later become the movement for gay rights.

“I think with a lot of people LGBT history starts with Stonewall, but our history starts far beyond Stonewall,” Yank! director Kenn Rapczenski says. “Many of the soldiers, especially ones who were court-martialed for being homosexual, couldn’t go back to their small towns and farms, so they settled into big cities like San Francisco. This was the first time gays and lesbians were able to be with each other in a united way and started to form communities.”

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