Orlando Fringe is back with a wide variety of ticketed performances, a free outdoor stage, an eclectic visual art gallery, and kids’ activities. While there’s simply too much Fringe to cover in a single article, we are doing a series of posts about this incredible Orlando event. In this second installment for the 2023 season, we’re going to discuss a production full of dry humor, questionable animal facts, 90’s childhood references, and overhead projector skills. Let’s take a closer look at Field Zoology 101!
Orlando Decoded was honored and thrilled to be invited to attend a press preview of this hilarious show. THANK YOU, Orlando Fringe, for having us out!
What is Orlando Fringe?
Field Zoology 101 is playing at Orlando Fringe, a two-week theater festival focused on unjuried and uncensored works of performance art. While similar festivals exist all over the world, Orlando Fringe is the longest running event of its kind within the United States. Fringe Festivals are generally known for featuring alternative or experimental pieces of art, so you really never know what you’re going to find!
About Shawn O’Hara
In addition to his creative Field Zoology 101 production, this talented Canadian comedian cohosts a narrative comedy podcast called Spout Lore. Combining original storylines and characters with roleplaying-style action, you can listen to Spout Lore on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, or Google Podcasts. Learn more at spoutlore.com, and make sure to follow them on Twitter for the latest updates.
Field Zoology 101
Using only an overheard projector, an inventive use of transparencies, and Shawn’s original character Dr. Brad Gooseberry (an eccentric scientist with a no nonsense attitude and arsenal of ecological knowledge); Field Zoology 101 takes us on a hilarious and captivating journey through survival skills, wildlife anecdotes, and all the creature-themed trivia you didn’t know you needed!
As an experienced performer, Shawn is also a skilled improviser able to respond to audience suggestions in real time. He seamlessly weaves this ability into his presentation, creating a ton of opportunities for audience participation and customization to individual performances.
It’s a clean set with a straightforward show concept, yet Shawn has created an incredibly memorable experience for all ages, backgrounds, and preferences. If you have ever seen an animal, you can enjoy Field Zoology 101!
From the mighty Florida Everglades to the parking lot of the Chipotle on Orange Avenue, the great outdoors is a dangerous place. Join Field Zoologist Dr. Brad Gooseberry as he guides you through the harrowing and hilarious world of the animal sciences.
Freaky Thoughts: Field Zoology 101
As a lifelong animal lover, I ADORED Field Zoology 101! The combination of dry humor, 90’s kid culture (including the use of the overhead projector and transparencies), audience participation, and animal “facts,” created an engaging and truly unforgettable experience! I laughed so hard I literally cried, and I’m already planning a return visit to this awesome show. If you appreciate animals in any way, shape, or form; DO NOT MISS Field Zoology 101!
Tickets for Field Zoology 101
Field Zoology 101 runs select dates and times until May 28. To see a complete listing of available shows and to buy your ticket, visit Orlando Fringe’s website.
Because 100% of the base ticket price is given directly to the respective artists, you will also need to purchase a reusable 2023 Fringe Festival button. Buttons are $10 and grant access to all the performances at this year’s event (along with an individually purchased show ticket). No matter how many productions you plan to see, you only need one button per person.
Know Before You Go
- A 2023 Fringe Festival button (and show ticket) is required to visit any performance. You can purchase your button online.
- Parking at Orlando Fringe can be tricky. Make sure you arrive early to allow plenty of time to locate a suitable spot and travel to the show location.
- Field Zoology 101 contains adult language and mature concepts.
- Field Zoology 101 is located in the Yellow Venue inside the Orlando Shakes Theater.