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30 Minutes with Dewey and Douglas

An Interview with Sultana F. Ali

For those of you who were lucky enough to catch "Winifred, "That Bitch!" at the recent Orlando International Fringe Festival or have seen Wayburn Sassy and Didi Panache in the Screw You Revue in the past, you are probably familiar with the likes of Dewey Chaffee (Wayburn) and Douglas McGeoch (Didi), though you may not have met them out of their costumes. You also may not know that having called Orlando home for many years, they are finally taking the jump and hitting the open road with their star characters, Wayburn and Didi.

I took a few minutes to chat with this dynamic duo about their aspirations and the legacy they want to leave behind for future Fringe generations, including a unique, scholarship opportunity.

How long have you been a part of Fringe in Orlando?

Dewey: Four years. We introduced Wayburn in 2007 and Didi, his girlfriend, in 2010.

Many folks are familiar with these two characters, why did you change to a format around Winifr…

Orlando Fringe 2011 Review: SmartArse

By: Sultana F. Ali Contributing Writer
Every once in awhile, you meet someone who is more than just a brilliant performer, but someone you wish was a friend you could call your own. Sitting in Rob Gee's one-man wonder performance, you are confronted with the thought of what it would be like to have this guy on your "phone tree," as he allows poetry and verse to pour through him like tea through a sieve - only the good parts get through. In SmartArse, he intersects the wonder of childhood and the lessons he's taken from it over time.
His tell-all from his classroom experience with a teacher who had uncontrollable sweat glands, reminds you of your own school memories - and those teachers you wish you could apologize to for any misdeeds. They were people too, after all. But, you are right there with him as he regales you with his memory; feeling the tug between what is right and the peer pressure of your classmates...and then being put in your place by that one, forceful, …

Photos: 2011 Audience Choice Awards at the Orlando Fringe Festival

The 3rd Annual 2011 Audience Choice Awards were handed out Sunday May 29th at 10pm on the outdoor stage at the Orlando Fringe Festival by Amanda Chadwick, Denna Eramo and Mark Baratelli. 29 awards in all were passed out in a very fun, swift ceremony just before The Fabbys. The point of the awards is to give the audience a way to give an extra "thank you" to the artists and to give the artists a marketing tool they can use for future productions of their shows. The awards are completely funded and produced by

More 2011 info: WinnersBallot | Our Guide to the Orlando Fringe

Wanna volunteer at our live events?

We need help in all areas: writing, event photography and coverage, The Food Truck BazaarOrlando Improv Festival and more. If you want to volunteer, send us an email with your (1) name, (2) phone, (3) what you'd like to do (4) if its for live events which date(s) you're available for.

Orlando Food Truck Bazaar by The Daily City®

CONTACT:  Mark Baratelli
The Daily City® Food Truck Bazaar, the nation's original food truck tour, visits 11 Florida cities a month with 6 to 20 bazaar-approved food trucks. It was created in 2011 by Mark Baratelli and is the first event of its kind in the nation!

This event is great for locals because it provides a fun food-based, family-friendly event they can plan on enjoying once a month. It's also great for tourists because it's a way to experience Orlando'd food truck scene not on the side of the road, but in a safe space with hundreds of locals surrounding them in an street party type atmosphere.

What should guests expect? Imagine a parking lot full of foodies scanning menus and sampling treats from food trucks filled with delicious gourmet, ethnic, BBQ and desserts. Now, imagine the entire parking lot picking up and moving to a different city night after night: that is The Daily City® Food Truck Bazaar! 

Named "Orlando's F…

Orlando Fringe 2011 Review: The Holy Land Experience

By: Sultana F. Ali
Contributing Writer

Walking into a Martin Dockery show is a bit like waking up to find out you're in Amsterdam and cannot find your traveling partner. You find yourself searching for an unknown something, and Martin provides the clues for the journey. In the case of going to the show on Saturday, May 28, you were also treated to leading conceptual artist, Brian Feldman, walking across the stage in "Show Interrupted" as part of his 20:11 Fringe series of projects. He literally, didn't know what he was walking into.

Don't let the title of "The Holy Land Exerience" fool you - though you will take a trip to both Orlando's Holy Land Experience, and to the actual Holy Land. But, you will be joined by the effervescent Martin Dockery, who weaves a beautiful tapestry that intersects his own life and tribulations with love.

Catch the last showing at 1:00 PM today in the Orange Venue at the Orlando International Fringe Festival, you will be in f…

Orlando Fringe 2011 Review: My Monster

By: Sultana F. Ali
Contributing Writer

Leading Orlando actor, Philip Nolen, stars in the fantastic Patron's Pick, "My Monster," in the Blue Venue. In this Clockwork Hobo production, he plays a washed-out screenwriter who refuses to show that he is past his prime, even though his heydays were long ago. Will Hagaman plays Nolen's creation, as he demonstrates to the audience just how easy it is to write a screenplay by first creating a character, a character who does things...

And so, the audience meets Spike Flambo, a screenwriter by day and paid assassin by night, with a bad back. This is only the beginning of the hilarity you can expect to see in this push and pull between creator and monster. "My Monster" shows how a story can take on a life of its own, and characters themselves are often the ones who make the storyline. Creative dialogue weaves with short action sequences, drama and even *gasp* a bedroom scene (you just have to see it for yourself). Come exp…

Orlando Fringe 2011 Review: Attention, Please: Nostalgic Dance Theater Through 80’s TV Land

By: Sultana F. Ali
Contributing Writer

The dance shows at the Orlando Fringe Festival can sometimes be the underdog performances, going unnoticed until the last day or two. It could not be more true than in the case of Fringe Festival gem, "Attention, Please: Nostalgic Dance Theater Through 80’s TV Land." Under the direction of Artistic Director, Eric Yow, the Yow Dance Company delivers a non-stop 60 minutes of modern and classic dance - traveling through your favorite 80s TV shows like M*A*S*H, Jem, My Little Pony (sea ponies) and even Fraggle Rock.

Deranged Disneyesque princesses dance to "Love and Marriage," the theme song to "Married with Children," the show that launched Christina Applegate's career. A beautifully executed tribute to the cult hit "Addicted to Love," makes you forget the original music video and "Knight Rider" never danced like this! As a triathlete myself, I appreciated the runner-themed "Magnum PI"piec…

Orlando Fringe 2011 Review: Fear Factor: Canine Edition

By: Sultana F. Ali
Contributing Writer

John Grady loved to watch Fear Factor, there was something exciting and transformative about it. The Fear Factor edition which featured couples added another dimension to the concept of fear; time and time again it was the calmer couples that had been together many years who steered away from arrogance, games and assumptions that took the prize. Much like these couples, one of John's longest relationships where he discovered that kind of trust and interdependence was with his beloved dog, Abby. After all, she taught him almost everything he knew about love.

Less than halfway through this powerful show, the fire alarm went off in the theater and we were forced to dismiss the show. After it was clear that it was a false alarm, we came back in and John Grady continued his performance without a break in concentration - a true professional. We can all identify in some way with his story; we have all loved someone and many of us have had an animal in …

Orlando Fringe 2011 Review: [Title of Show]

By: Sultana F. Ali
Contributing Writer

As a non-actor, there was some inside baseball in this taken-from-Broadway play, "[Title of Show]." That didn't take away from my enjoyment of the show. I was pulled in by the charm and ingenuity of the acting by this talented cast of characters including SAK Comedy Lab favorite, Robyn Pedretti Kelly and local actress, Melissa Mason. Directed by Kenny Howard and Michael Wanzie, the play begins with four chairs; Rob A. Lott and Kevin Kelly are cast as two playwrights hoping to make it big on Broadway. Befuddled about what to write about, they choose to write about their experience of writing about a play, about a couple of guys writing a hit get the point.

The audience joins this duo on their writing journey, soon joined by the effervescent Mason and comedic talent of Robyn Pedretti Kelly, who sign onto their play. A festival submission becomes big, Broadway dreams and as can be expected, egos are bruised along the way to fam…