Mad Cow and Theatre Downtown launch new seasons, 2014 Fringe artist applications already available, and a list of plays opening soon around town 

Culture to Go: local arts shorts

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Two relatively recent Broadway dramas are on their way to Orlando. Mad Cow Theatre has announced a cast for Jon Robin Baitz’s Other Desert Cities, which kicks off their 17th season this month; Marty Stonerock, Marion Marsh, Ginger Lee McDermott, Joe Candelora and Matt Rush appear under the direction of Aradhana Tiwari. And Theatre Downtown has added Bruce Norris’ 2012 Tony-winner, Clybourne Park, to their 2013-14 season in January.

It seems like 2013’s Fringe Festival only ended yesterday, but it’s already time to plan for next year. Artist applications are available (through Nov. 15) at, with a nifty online format and new venue options for shows longer than 60 minutes. And the monthly Fringe Year-Round performance series kicked off last Monday with a best-of recital from Yow Dance at the Shakes. Upcoming acts include the return of Fringe favorites Kevin J. Thornton at the Venue Oct. 4-5 and God Is a Scottish Drag Queen at Parliament House Nov. 8-10.

Two local museums turn to the cinema for inspiration this week. Orlando Museum of Art screens a slate of artists’ shorts from Films4Peace today (Wednesday, Sept. 11), followed at 6:30 p.m. by a free presentation of Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry, a documentary on the dissident Chinese artist. And downtown’s History Center celebrates Star Wars this weekend with Galactic Encounter Days, featuring the 501st Stormtrooper Legion Saturday and a droid parade Sunday.

Lizzie Borden: A New Musical at Theatre Downtown (through Sept. 15) … Cornerstone Theatre’s Time Stands Still at Orlando Shakes (through Sept. 15) …The Gingerbread Lady at Breakthrough Theatre (through Sept. 16) … The Cortez Method at Orlando Shakes (through Sept. 22) … The Taming of the Shrew at Orlando Shakes (through Oct. 6) …Monty Python’s Spamalot at Moonlight Players (through Oct. 6)

I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change at Winter Park Playhouse (Sept. 13-Oct. 5) … Disenchanted! at the Abbey (Sept. 19-Oct. 27) … The Grapes of Wrath at Theatre Downtown (Sept. 27-Oct. 20) … Other Desert Cities at Mad Cow Theatre (Sept. 27-Oct. 27)

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