Be A Pirate!
The Orlando Fringe

 “Be A Pirate!” A one man show written and performed by Thom Mesrobian, is coming to the International Orlando Fringe Theatre Festival May 17-31, 2022. The show will have seven performances in the largest venue at the Orlando Shakespeare Center, the 324 seat Margeson Theater. 

“Be A Pirate!” received its world premiere at the Tampa Fringe Festival in 2021 where it was nominated for four Broadway World Awards and won the Venue Choice Award. Mesrobian is a veteran producer at both the Tampa and Orlando Fringe Festivals. His 2016 show “Simpleton: The Legend of President Trump” was the Critics’ Choice for Best Musical of the Fringe and the number one box office draw. He then wrote and produced the show “Callbacks” which was well received by the critics and won Patron’s Pick in 2018. 

Mesrobian and his company Rogue Stage return this year with a rollicking adventure of stories and original pirate songs produced by David Mesrobian. The show tells the humorous and touching story of how young Sammy Perkins became SharkTooth Sam, the pirate rogue. “Be A Pirate!” is directed by longtime collaborator Mark Hartfield and stage managed by Rogue’s resident Stage Manager, Sarah Welton. 

Written by Mesrobian during the height of the pandemic, “Be A Pirate!” serves as a thinly veiled autobiography of how he found his true calling in life as a professional actor. He invites audience members to travel to the island of Bocas del Toro and accept the challenge to “Be A Pirate!” because life is too short to be someone else. 

For more information on productions from Rogue Stage including its full-length musical “Queen of Swords” please go to 

For tickets to see “Be A Pirate!” at the 2022 Orlando Fringe Festival go to Tickets are $13 plus the one-time purchase of a Fringe button. 

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We can’t wait to see you on the island! 

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