Seminole State partners on Orlando Fringe offering ‘Show of Force’

Monday, May 6, 2019
Written by: Seminole State Staff

The Center for the Fine and Performing Arts at Seminole State College of Florida is partnering with Skinned Knee Productions to present “Show of Force” by Beverly Coyle, a national offering at the 2019 Orlando Fringe festival.

“Show of Force,” is based on interviews of female veterans of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, which were conducted by civilian women. Four performers portray the service women, their families and the men and women with whom they served. From signing up, training, deployment and coming home, the women share stories that are in turn raw, emotional, funny and devastating. The honest telling of the unique experiences that only women veterans share asserts the resilience and strength of the human spirit.

Playwright Coyle was born in Miami, is a fifth generation Floridian and is known for her literary criticism, short stories, novels and plays. “The Kneeling Bus” was Coyle's first work of fiction, and was based on family anecdotes inspired by Florida life in Boynton Beach, Fernandina Beach, Jacksonville and Venice-Nokomis.

“Show of Force” is directed by Seminole State Dean of Arts and Communication Michele Cuomo and designed by Theatre Professor Richard Harmon. The Orlando Fringe production of “Show of Force” features Seminole State students Kierra Belgrave, Lillian McGuiness, Kristina Jimenez and Kaitlyn Read. 

The Orlando Fringe is a 14-day arts festival dedicated to providing an accessible and affordable creative outlet for the community. Founded in 1991, this year marks the 28th annual Orlando Fringe festival. Programs include activities for children and teens, musical performances and visual arts.  

Tickets are $12. Tickets and passes to the Orlando Fringe festival can be purchased at

“Show of Force”

Red Venue of Orlando Shakespeare Theatre

812 E. Rollins Avenue, Orlando, FL 32803

May 16, 7:30 p.m.

May 19, 7 p.m.

May 22, 5:30 p.m.

May 25, 3 p.m.

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