Welcome to the first Culture 2 Go column of 2016, where we're recovering from holidays with some New Year's news nuggets from Orlando's arts scene:
Christmas has come and gone, but you still have one last chance to celebrate the holiday with Jane Henson's Nativity Story, whose final tour stop of the season is at College Park's Incarnation Catholic Church on Saturday, Jan. 23. Henson, who helped her husband, Jim, create the Muppets, crafted this spiritual puppet show prior to her passing in 2013, when it was broadcast on CBS. For 2015, Sean Keohane's Pinocchio's Marionette Theater revived the play with the support of Henson's daughters Cheryl and Heather, and toured it to Grand Rapids. Email [email protected] for tickets to the tour's final Florida stop, or visit indiegogo.com to make a financial donation to the production.
Ready to launch into 2016? So is Playwrights' Round Table, which ignites its annual Launch short play showcase at Orlando Shakes' Santos Dantin Theater Jan. 15-31. With provocative titles like David Guaspari's Speed Mating (directed by Adam Graham), Paul Rudnick's My Husband (directed by David Strauss), and John Minigan's It's the Jews (directed by Chuck Dent), PRT's 2016 takeoff promises to be a blast. Buy tickets at orlandoatplay.com.
Finally, art and the attractions intersected in an awful way at Universal Orlando on New Year's Day, when award-winning caricature artist Glenn Ferguson was attacked at Islands of Adventure by a disgruntled former colleague. The assailant was arrested for attempted murder after the incident, which made national news, but Ferguson faces a long, difficult, expensive recovery after being stabbed in the head and neck. A fund for donations toward his care can be found at gofundme.com.
NOW PLAYING Dancing Lessons, through Feb. 7 at Orlando Shakes ... Michelle Knight in Rollercoaster: A Cabaret Scream Fest, through Jan. 16 at Parliament House.
UPCOMING The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged, Jan. 16-17 at Bay Street Players ... Art, Jan. 22-Feb. 21 at Mad Cow Theatre ... Lucas Brooks in I Am My Own Cast Party, Jan. 29-31 at Parliament House ... Naked Boys Singing!, Feb. 5-March 13 at Parliament House ... CFCArts presents The Crucible, Jan. 22-Feb. 7 at Central Christian Church ... Hands on a Hardbody, Jan. 29-Feb. 21 at Garden Theatre ... Calendar Girls, Jan. 29-Feb. 21 at Bay Street Players.