The Vintage XP11 Flavor Keyboard

No other show has anything like it. Not in Fringe. Not anywhere. Only Vortex of the Great Unknown has the one and only, unique and beautiful “Vintage XP11 Flavor Keyboard” that brings flavors to life 🙂

When the “flavors” sing, the XP11 comes alive with poetic interpretative American Sign Language flowing from his multi-colored fingertips. Brilliantly played by Gregory Lawson, currently a student at Sinclair Community College, the XP11 adds yet another sensory element to this highly sensitizing show.

Only two more Fringe performances. Tonight, June 6 at 9pm and Saturday, June 8 at 3pm. Get your tickets at or call KNOW Theatre at 513-300-5669.


Vortex of the Great Unknown: Meet our Cast

Tangled Leaves Theatre Collective has been blessed with a remarkably talented cast for this year’s production at the Cincinnati Fringe Festival.

First meet The 5th Taste Researchers! We are proud to introduce our main characters — and the phenomenal actors who have brought them to life:

Dr. Sally Sauce  ———————  Torie Wiggins

Mabel Maple ———————–  Serenity Fisher

Peter Bitterman ——————–  Dashielle Waterbury

Honey Teriyaki ——————–  Whitney Argadine

Vortex of the Great Unknown also features some special behind-the-scenes characters who definitely help round out the full experience of being in Dimension 317….

BUD (Broadcast Update: Dimnesia) ———–  Derek Stockwell

Syd Field ——————————————–  Jeff Burkle

Vintage XP 11 ————————————–  Gregory Lawson

Dr. Albert V. Oid ———————————-  Nick Rose

Musical World Podcast

What an honor and a treat to be interviewed and recorded for Jim Farley & David Brush’s awesome Musical World Podcast! You can listen to the podcast recorded just before Vortex of the Great Unknown‘s opening show in Cincinnati Fringe Festival on May 30 by clicking here.

Serenity & Robin

Hear music from Serenity Fisher‘s EP, Rogue Strawberry!

Learn why Serenity & Robin LOVE creating musicals for Cincinnati Fringe Festival

Find out how Serenity & Robin started their collaborative playwriting as well as how it has changed both of their lives. If you’ve ever wondered how coaching and collaboration could help you complete your creative project, learn more at Robin’s website: Laugh & Dream Creative Coaching.

Discover how “Vortex of the Great Unknown” all began with a vegan noodle bowl in Robin’s kitchen 🙂

Vortex of the Great Unkown

This is BUD (Broadcast Updates: Dimnesia). Letting you know about Serenity Fisher & Robin O’Neal Kissel’s 3rd Fringe production, “Vortex of the Great Unknown!” coming to The Art Academy next week!
This video features BUD (@k@Derek Stockwell)! View and SHARE! Big thanks to Cal Harris for video design! And @Thomas Kissel for painting BUD blue!

Vortex comes to Fringe


Fiery Vortex. Singing Flavors. Dim Folk. Lots of kissing.

Cincinnati Fringe Festival officially announces 2013 line-up. Click here for the story. 

Welcome, Visitor – come inside. This is Dimension 317, division of the Zoetropic Galaxy.  While solar quakes foretell the coming Vortex, we prepare. Our world is not (or is it?) like yours. Masses suffer from Dimnesia – a condition that suppresses a once vibrant society into joyless dystopia. Beware the void – it seeks suppression. Here, we practice deep sensational sensing of the senses. Come. Learn. Revel in a taste like no other. It is the only way. We need you. Igniting salt, light and sense – help us – help us to survive the storm.

*Vortex of the Great Unknown was inspired by a vegan Snapdragon Honey Teriyaki Noodle Bowl,  a tangerine  and a dream. Hours of research into synesthesia, anatomy of the tongue, solar storms and vortexes followed. Up sprang vibrant characters who hear flavors and taste colors. Serenity and Robin gladly embarked on Fringe adventure #3. 

Getting to Know Opal Opus Characters

The “J” Family

John, Joline, Joey Jo & Josephine

 John (Father): A devoted husband and father. Man of mathematics, science and reason; struggles to express his feelings.  Not sure he is worthy of his wife and the goodness of his life.

 Joline (Mother): A sensitive soul, she feels deeply and can express herself beautifully, but she retreats when overwhelmed or afraid. Struggles with perfectionism in all her roles.

 Josephine (Big Sister:) the lone extrovert in a family of introverts.  She longs for adventure. She’s in the phase of life where she senses the inner freedom of childhood slipping away and is determined not to lose sight of her dreams and ambitions as her mother has done. She cares deeply for her brother.

Joey Jo  (Little Brother): Intuitive, highly sensitive, rich imagination and off-the-charts perception, reveling in details most miss. Most of the time, he feels out of place; misunderstood. He longs to belong.

The “J” family is disconnected on multiple levels: Husband from wife (and vice-versa). Parents from children (and verce-visa). All from his/her own Creative spark, sense of Purpose/Self and Passion for life.


Opal & Opus

Opal + Opus (The Opulent Twins that make up our Play):

Opal = the feminine, heavenly, whimsical  

Opus = the masculine, planetary, earthy

Our bright, shiny amorphous, iridescent gems,  Opal and Opus hold the natural beauty and song-story that releases the purest form of creative flow. They have the wonder-twin powers to activate even the Worriest Warrior ever to un-stick their stuck, realize their gifts and passion and use them to channel chaos into art, creation, science, math, whatever… the gift of BE-ing TRULY ALIVE.

The Writer

(played by Serenity Fisher – Huzzah! Yes, she is meant for the stage) Narrator and spontaneous Creator of dialogue, lyric, action, plot, conflict and resolution. She is Artist/Creator/Seeker, representing all human beans who have something germinating within (i.e. all human beans).

Together, our cast of characters embark on a journey to find the Opal Opus in the intangible (or is it?), indefinable (or is it?), mysterious (yes it is) land of Alakazoo.