Edinburgh has a fringe festival and now Fort Lauderdale does, too. Broward College is staging its first Fringe Festival at the college's Willis Holcombe Downtown Center on Saturday, May 2. The event will include a variety of live events including theater, standup comedy and spoken-word performances, as well as vendors in an outdoor family plaza.
One of the highlights of the festival is the one-woman show The Wedding Warrior, which premiered at this year's Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Scotland.
Loosely based on playwright-performer Casey Dressler's time working as a wedding coordinator in Islamorada, Fla., The Wedding Warrior, is the tale of an unwed, 30-something, wedding coordinator in small town Key Largo who proves love truly is a battlefield. Better off wed? That's just one of the questions Casey poses as she passes the torch to an incoming wedding coordinator in the comedic peek into the chaos that ensues before the vows are taken.
When the show was performed in Scotland, the Edinburgh Fringe Press commented that: “Dressler’s The Wedding Warrior is full of sparky dialogue that wouldn’t feel out of place in a Holllywood romcom. It follows a wedding planner looking for love while dealing with eccentric guests’ mad behaviour. The Cinderella story, innovatively retold by one – a Latino lady – is a highlight.
The one-woman show is directed by Kim St Leon.
The Fringe Festival performances are at Broward College Downtown Center, 111 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. Admissions vary between $5 and $10 per show.
Tickets can be purchased at the door, or online at: m.ovationtix.com/dept/1330
Also on the Fringe schedule are:
- Reality Check by Marcela Paguaga.
- Triumvirate: A Canadian Mafia Horror Story by James Carrey.
- Open Hearts by Miriam Kulick.
- Poor, Poor Eleanor by Armando Santana
- Onward, Upward by Freddy Valle
- The Sleeper Never Rests by David Victor
- Comedy School Drop Outs Broadcast Radio
- 110 by Amanda Ortega.
- Music of Broken Water by Cynthia Joyce Clay
- Suspension of Disbelief by Erik J. Rodriguez.
- Senseless by F. Toledo, M. Antelo, M. Huicsak and R. Garcia
- Reality Sucks by Sonia Cordoves
- Soap by Rafael Martinez.
- The Dinner Date by Frank Quintana
- Cody by Denise Zubizarreta
- Pas de Deux by Adriel Garcia
- Demons Just Wanna Have Fun by Freddy Valle
- Confessions of a Theme Park Worker by Armando Santana
Beige Room: The Wedding Warrior by Casey Dressler, 1:45 and 7:20 p.m.; Open Hearts by Miram Kulick, 2:40 p.m.; Poor, Poor Eleanor by Armando Santana, 3:50 and 8:25 p.m.; Confessions of a Theme Park Worker (adult) by Terri Giannoutsos, 4:25 and 9 p.m.; Triumvirate: A Canadian Mafia Horror Story (adult) by James Carrey, 12:35 and 6:20 p.m.; Reality Check by Marcela Paguaga, noon and 5:35 p.m.White Box: Demons Just Wanna Have Fun (adult) by Freddy Valle, noon and 5:30 p.m.; Pas de Deux (adult), 12:30 and 6 p.m.; Demerits, Detentions and Dismissals by Taylor Mali, 1:20 and 6:50 p.m.; The Dinner Date (adult) by Frank Quintana, 2:55 and 8:25 p.m.; Soap (adult) by Rafael Martinez, 3:25 and 7:05 p.m.; Reality Sucks (adult) by Sonia Cordoves, 4:10 and 8:55 p.m.; Senseless (adult) by Francesca Toledo, Michelle Antelo, Melissa Ann Hubicsak and Randy Garcia, 4:40 and 9:25 p.m. Blue Room: Suspension of Disbelief by Brian Cohen, noon and 3:30 p.m.; Music of Broken Water by Cynthia Joyce Clay, 12:30 and 4 p.m.; 110 (adult) by Amanda Ortega, 1:05 and 4:35 p.m.; Onward Upward by Freddy Valle, 3 and 6:30 p.m.; Cody (adult) by Denise Zubizarreta, 2:30 and 8 p.m.; Comedy School Drop Outs Broadcast Radio by Jonathan Cabrera, Michael Schiavinato, Maria Tomaino, Carlos Rivera, Alex Suarez-Mondshein, Joey Nay and Nathalie Galde, 1:45 and 5:15 p.m.; The Sleeper Never Rests by David Victor, 2:25 and 5:55 p.m. Cost: $5 or $10 per show.
Information: 954-201-6884 or www.fortlauderdalefringe.com