Fab Fringe 2018, which is co-hosted by Yelp, will feature a new extended performance of ‘JOSEPHINE,’ the award-winning show starting Tymisha Harris that has been traveling the Fringe festival circuit and has recently had an Off-Broadway run.
“I had to opportunity to see this show, and I truly feel it is the perfect Fringe show,” says Orlando Fringe Executive Director Alauna Friskics. “There is something for everyone in this wonderful story.”
JOSEPHINE, combines cabaret, theatre, and dance to tell the story of the iconic Josephine Baker, the first African-American international superstar and one of the most remarkable figures of the 20th Century. Josephine shatters stereotypes of race, gender roles, and sexuality in this intimate, charming and haunting cabaret with a twist. Born in St. Louis in 1906, Josephine Baker achieved only moderate success in the United States but became an international superstar after moving to France in the early 20’s. She starred alongside white romantic leading men in films in the 30’s, had multiple interracial marriages and homosexual relationships, and performed in men’s clothing before the term “drag” existed in the lexicon. Her adopted country of France gave her the opportunity to live freely without the racial oppression of her home nation, though she never stopped yearning for acceptance in America.
Producer/Director/Co-creator Michael Marinaccio notes: “In a period of profound division in America, we are excited to present the story of a woman who broke boundaries of race, gender, and sexuality in a time before America had begun coming to terms with the concept of diversity. We are thrilled to bring this story of one of the most impactful yet often overlooked figures of the 20th Century to Orlando audiences.”
‘JOSEPHINE’ debuted at the 2016 San Diego Fringe Festival and winning the distinctions of “Outstanding Solo Performance” and”Best Show,” JOSEPHINE played three sold-out runs to rave reviews here in Orlando before starting a 2017 North American tour. The first stop was the second largest Fringe Festival in North America, the Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival, where it was touted as the “breakout hit” of the Festival, selling out the entire run and receiving 5-star reviews from both CBC and the Winnipeg Free Press. The show then went to Indianapolis where it won “Best National Production,” “Outstanding Female Performance,” “Audience Choice” and “Festival Top Seller.” Josephine recently was awarded the honor of traveling to Soho Playhouse for an extended run as part of their encore series “Outstanding Production of the Year.”
When ‘JOSEPHINE’ returns home to Orlando for Fab Fringe, it will feature three new songs, all Josephine Baker originals and a live band to accompany.