Marshall plans mini-festival

Beth Marshall, the producing artistic director of the Orlando Fringe and also producer of local theater under the name Beth Marshall Presents, has put together a weekend-long festival of shows she plans to tour on next summer’s US and Canadian Fringe circuit.

Called Bethfest 2010 and set for Oct. 22-24, the weekend will feature a bunch of Orlando-based performers — Rob Ward, Chase Padgett, Dewey Chaffee, Douglas McGeoch, Jessica Mariko — along with visiting Fringe artists Paul Strickland (A Brighter Shade of Blue) and Rob Gee (Fruitcakes).

All of it will be in Studio B at the Lowndes Shakespeare Center, 812 E. Rollins St., Orlando.

The shows are mostly familiar, although Padgett will be doing a 90-minute version of his 6 Guitars and Strickland a revised version of his Brighter Shade of Blue. McGeoch, whose character Didi Panache is part of Chaffee’s Screw You Revue, will present his own show, Suspiciously Statuesque.

Here’s the lineup:

Truth or Dare with Pepe featuring Chase Padgett (60 minutes):
Fri. Oct.22 at 11 pm with special guests Paul Strickland, Wayburn Sassy & Didi Panache
Sat. Oct. 23 at 11 pm with special guests Rob Gee and Jessica Mariko

Suspiciously Statuesque starring Didi Panache:(60 minutes)
Fri. Oct. 22 at 6:30 pm
Sun. Oct. 24 at 3:30 pm

6 Guitars (90 minutes)
Sat. Oct. 23 at 1 pm
Sun. Oct. 24 at 5:30 pm

A Brighter Shade of Blue (60 minutes)
Fri. Oct. 22 at 9:30 pm
Sat. Oct. 23 at 3 pm
Sun. Oct. 24 at 2 pm

Fruitcake: Ten Commandments from the Psych Ward (60 minutes)
Fri. Oct. 22 at 8 pm
Sat. Oct. 23 at 4:30 pm
Sun. Oct. 24 at 7:30 pm

The Screw You Revue starring Wayburn Sassy & Didi Panache (60 minutes)
Sun. Oct. 24 at  9 pm

And here are the official facts:

What: BETHFEST 2010
When: Friday Oct 22-Sunday Oct. 24
Where: Studio B, Lowndes Shakespeare Center (70 seats), 812 E. Rollins Street in Loch Haven Park
Ticket price: $12 per show. $2 discounts if you wear your 2010 Orlando Fringe button. Reserve for all 6 shows and see 1 for free.

CASH ONLY (proceeds benefit their 2011 Fringe tours) Box office opens 1 hour prior to each show. Box office is located at a table in the lower lobby of Orlando Shakes by Studio B (blue venue).

Reservations strongly suggested and required to get free show: email or by phone contact Chasmin at 561-715-1225.

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