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Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival to add three new venues in 2013

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"It's highly visible on that corner, it's the first thing people will see as they exit I-4 heading towards Fringe, and people in town know it," Marinaccio says, predicting the arrangement will benefit both institutions: "[Theatre Downtown is] able to get revenue at a time when normally they would be dark because of Fringe. So it's a win-win for everyone."

Finally, Fringe veteran and BOO honoree Baby Blue will open her brand-new performance space to the Fringe.

"As soon as she opened it, George and I said, 'Should we go talk to Blue about a Fringe venue?'" Marinaccio recalls, laughing. "And not two hours later, Blue had left us a message saying, 'I want to talk to you about making this a Fringe venue.'" Located on Virginia Drive at Philadelphia Avenue, the complex is a 15-minute walk around Lake Ivanhoe from Loch Haven Park. The Black venue will accommodate 75 patrons for shows 75 minutes or under, and will feature full amenities – including alcohol, of course. (This is the co-star of Too Drunk to Fringe we're talking about.)

Together, the new venues will allow Fringe to accommodate an additional 10 productions, increasing the number of participating artists by about 12 percent. More significantly, they expand the boundaries of Fringe beyond Loch Haven Park for the first time since the Festival departed downtown. Fringe's long-term strategy lies in the Ivanhoe Village district, from Princeton to Virginia between Mills and Orange, where there are industrial and commercial spaces that "could be turned into theaters in the future," according to Marinaccio. "As we move forward and hopefully expand even further, we'll be building inward from these two venues."

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