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The Alliance for the Arts Announces Performers for Fringe Fort Myers 2024

The four-day performing arts festival will be held May 30-June 2, 2023

Fort Myers, FL (February 28, 2024)- The Alliance for the Arts and Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre presents Fringe Fort Myers 2024 performing arts festival May 30-June 2, 2024. Fringe Fort Myers 2024 features a wide variety of performances, from one-person shows, to dance and music, to stand-up comedy, and much more.

Fringe Fort Myers 2024 is the newest member of the Canadian Association of Fringe Festivals (CAFF), and the first to come to Southwest Florida. Fringe Fort Myers 2024 follows the long-standing Fringe traditions of being 100 percent independent, 100 percent inclusive and 100 percent unique, with 100 percent of ticket sales going directly to the artists.

Fringe Fort Myers 2024 kicks off Thursday, May 30 at 5:00 p.m. with a “Flamingle with the Artists”  Reception in the Alliance Gallery, giving patrons a chance to meet the artists, followed by the Preview show at 6:30pm. At the preview, each performer has three minutes to sell the audience on why they should see their show. “They can perform a scene from their show, talk about the show or just burp for three minutes,” said Bill Taylor, producing artistic director at the Alliance for the Arts. “Whatever they think will get you to buy a ticket!” This event is open to the public, and more information is available at artinlee.org/fringe. Following the Preview Show there will be one performance in each venue.

Most shows are 60 minutes long. In addition to the performances, there will be a Kids Fringe Fest happening throughout.

The festival continues through June 2, 2024 with additional programming to be announced.

All of the shows are $15, and patrons can buy multiple shows for a discount: 3 shows for $42 or 6 shows for $78. All shows are included in the discount except the Carousel of Burlesque. There are no refunds, no exchanges, and no exceptions. There will be no late seating for any of the Fringe shows Tickets may be purchased online at artinlee.org/fringe or by calling the box office at (239) 939-2787.

Nine acts have been selected for Fringe Fort Myers 2024, running the gamut from burlesque, to magic, to stand-up comedy and more. Please note that due to adult language, content and themes, some of the performances are not suitable for those under the age of 18:

Tomatoes Tried To Kill Me But Banjos Saved My Life – from Vancouver, BC

When faced with a cancer battle, Keith Alessi’s lifelong dream becomes the key to saving his life.

This show is suitable for all ages.

The Carousel of Burlesque: Behind the Curtain – from Fort Myers, FL

The Carousel of Burlesque premiered last year with the history of burlesque in the US . Now it’s time to take a look behind the curtain.

This show contains nudity and is not suitable for those under the age of 18.

The Chase: A Light Bringer Story– from Lutz, FL

A sequel to The Light Bringer, The Chase is another true-life storytelling show, written and performed by Laila Lee, who weaves a tale of mystery, intrigue, and survival that begins with a rude awakening to being stuck between a virtual rock and a hard place.

This show is suitable for those 16+.

The Other Side – from Orlando, FL

The Other Side is a story of survival, an experience of magic, and a message of hope. Magician Sebastian Gerhardt was 22 years old when he was diagnosed with an inoperable, malignant brain tumor and told he had six months to live. It was time to say goodbye to his family, friends, and loved ones. This show is his story; combining magic and storytelling to express his newfound appreciation for life and inspire others to do the same.

This show is suitable for those 12+.

Stabilized Not Controlled – from Naples, FL

Evil landlord “Killer” Joe goes to war on the tenants of his five-floor, stabilized apartment building in Manhattan. Septuagenarian sex addict Lorna Breedlove, the “mother” of them all, guides her eccentric neighbors to keep up the good fight in this biting comedy that ran for two years at Manhattan’s Stage Left Studio.

This show contains adult language and content and is not suitable for those under the age of 18.

TransMasculine Cabaret, Starring Vulva Va-Voom – from Tampa, FL

“TragiComic trans-identifying confessional” and “obscene, irreverent, maniacal burlesque headliner” might seem like incompatible elements. Vulva’s combined much nastier things onstage.

This show contains adult language and content and is not suitable for those under the age of 18.

Runaway Princess: A Hopeful Tale of Heroin, Hooking and Happiness – from Bronx, NY

Former New York City call girl Mary Goggin shares the true, award-winning story of her traumatic Irish Catholic upbringing, alcoholism, drug addiction and prostitution. Fortunately, like all fables, there is a happy ending. As we peel away the last layer of a broken woman who never felt she fit in, we find the princess, reunited at last with her most precious treasures.

This show contains adult language and content and is rated PG-13.

Cock Talk – from Fort Myers, FL

A male version of the play ‘Vagina Monologues’. Four men explain, discuss, and debate the trials and tribulations of the “member.”

This show contains adult language and content and is not suitable for those under the age of 18.

LOVE LETTERS TO HUMANITY – from Floyd, VA

This one-woman show weaves dance, theatre, and stand-up comedy to reveal both the dark and the light on the search for inner peace. From movement poetry to grotesque play, this piece holds satire with compassion in a hilarious depiction of the wild reality of being human.

This show contains adult language and is rated PG-13.

Full show descriptions, graphics and tickets are available now at ArtInLee.org/Fringe. For sponsorship opportunities, please contact Bill Taylor at [email protected].

About Alliance for the Arts

The Alliance for the Arts is a nonprofit community visual and performing arts center located in the heart of Fort Myers, Florida. Since 1975, the Alliance has been committed to transforming lives and improving community through the arts. The Alliance campus and galleries are open to the public from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays. Located at 10091 McGregor Boulevard just south of Colonial Boulevard in Fort Myers. For more information, please call 239-939-2787, visit us at www.ArtInLee.org, find us on Facebook and  Instagram.

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