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The Orlando theater community went through a serious bout of mourning in March with the passing of Myron Blattner, arguably the staunchest supporter of theater Orlando has ever known. According to the thespian-grapevine, Blattner spent more time in Central Florida’s playhouses than most of the area’s grousing actors and was always coming back for more with a smile on his face.
Blattner owned and operated a Jewish restaurant in Casselberry, Myron’s Deli, for years but always found the time for his second career as theater patron. He volunteered with Orlando Shakespeare Theatre, Orlando Fringe Festival and multiple guilds, and ushered at the Bob Carr. He earned the coveted Fringe Fanatic Award from the Orlando Fringe Festival, as did his wife, for seeing more shows than anyone else in attendance. When his wife passed away in 2007, the award was renamed the Adrienne Blattner Award in her honor. When Blattner passed away, he asked that memorial donations be made to the Fringe Festival in his name.
Everyone in the theater community knew who Myron Blattner was because he took the time to get to know who they were first. He honored hard work and talent by supporting them not only with his pocketbook, but with his time and friendship.