The Orlando International Fringe Theater Festival opens on May 16th and runs to the 28th. Fringe is a yearly collection of theater of all types right here in the city beautiful. A friend of mine is working with a really intriguing production called “The Eighties Strike Back“, a Star Wars musical set in the 80’s (plug, plug). But there are a ton of fun performances to check out. Here is everything you need to know about Fringe, straight from their own website:
What is The Fringe?
A 13-day-festival that is founded on the concept of offering 100% unjuried, 100% uncensored, 100% accessible theatre, music, dance, and art to all types and ages where 100% of the box office ticket sales go directly back to the artists within The Fringe. The Orlando Fringe is the longest running Fringe Festival in the United States, celebrating 21 years as “Orlando’s most unique cultural experience”.
The Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival was created in 1992 by Terry Olson (now Director of the Orange County Division of Arts and Cultural Affairs, Andy Anthony and Rick Kunst). At first, the festival was held in downtown Orlando, with most venues being created in empty storefronts specifically for the festival. This continued until 2004, when the festival was split between downtown Orlando and Loch Haven Park. The move to Loch Haven proved a success and so, from 2005 on, the festival has been entirely in Loch Haven Park, utilizing The Lowndes Shakespeare Center and Orlando REP as venues. In 2012, Mennelo Museum joined Orlando Fringe as the venue for Kids Fringe.
Where is it?
The Fringe is held in beautiful Loch Haven Park, just north of downtown Orlando, at Princeton St. and Mills Ave. The shows are in various theaters at The Lowndes Shakespeare Center (812 E. Rollins Street), The Orlando REP (1001 E. Princeton Street), and KID’S FRINGE is held at Mennello Museum (900 E. Princeton Street).
What are the operating hours of the festival?
May 16-28, 2012. Box Office hours on weekdays are 4 PM-Midnight and weekends 10 AM-Midnight. On Patron’s Pick May 28th, Box Office is open from 10am-10pm. Orlando Fringe Box offices are located in the lower-lobby of The Lowndes Shakespeare Center and the back lobby of The Orlando REP. Shows begin at 5 PM on weekdays and at 11 AM on weekends. The last show begins at Midnight. The Beer Tent closes nightly at Midnight. The lawn closes at 1 AM nightly.
What’s the deal with The FRINGE button?
A Fringe button is required to enter ANY Fringe show within ANY venue for all adults. The button costs $8 and is a one-time purchase. Button proceeds go to the Fringe. Patrons MUST have Fringe buttons on to enter the venues. If you lose your Fringe Button or leave it at home, sorry…you have to buy another one.
A Fringe button is NOT required for Visual Fringe, KIDS FRINGE or to hang out on the lawn. Fringe buttons cannot be purchased online, ONLY in person at the Fringe Box Office at Lowndes Shakespeare Center, the Box Office located at the Orlando REP, various Fringe Merchandise Booths located on the lawn and inside the upper-lobby of the Lowndes Shakespeare Center during the operating hours of the festival. A Fringe Button is not required for Patron’s under 13 years old.
How do I buy tickets for Fringe shows?
Go online to www.OrlandoFringe.org -> click on SHOWS -> click on the show you are interested in buying tickets for -> follow the prompts.
AT THE FESTIVAL
At the festival, you can purchase tickets at the Fringe Festival Box Office, which is located inside the Lowndes Shakespeare Center and at the Orlando REP. .
How much are tickets?
Each performing group determines their own ticket price. The tickets range from Free – $11. 100% of box office sales go directly to the artists in the show for which purchase tickets. No cut of ticket sales goes to Orlando Fringe, including the $1 surcharge.
Is there parking?
There is FREE parking (about 500 spaces) within the Loch Haven Park facilities. It is on a first come, first serve basis. There is also parking garages located at the Orlando Science Center (enter from Princeton Street) and Florida Hospital (2201 Alden Road) for a fee. There is limited street parking on Mills Avenue. Absolutely NO parking can happen on the grass within the park or within the no parking zones. Cars parked in any “No Parking Zone” are subject to be ticketed and/or towed. Allow yourself plenty of time to park, get your tickets and get to your venues.