Judicial candidate puts a focus on upholding the public’s trust

Joseph Haynes Davis is a candidate to become elected as a judge on the 9th Judicial Circuit Court.

Joseph Haynes Davis is a candidate to become elected as a judge on the 9th Judicial Circuit Court.

ORLANDO — As he conducts his campaign to be elected as a judge to the 9th Judicial Circuit Court, Joseph Haynes Davis has been attending public events, greeting area residents, and starting a dialogue with them about his campaign.
He knows, however, that running for a judicial post is starkly different from seeking a legislative or congressional office. There are no hot-button economic or social issues to discuss, and Davis can’t even talk about cases that would come before him, according to the Judicial Code of Conduct.
But that doesn’t mean candidates for judicial offices don’t have issues to discuss with voters. As Davis noted, there are three in particular that he wants to emphasize: experience, integrity, and the role of the judiciary today.
“A judicial candidate can talk about the judiciary without talking about the things that will come before you,” he said. “I want to talk about the independence of the judiciary, and why that is a cornerstone of maintaining the public’s trust.”
He added, “I’m into making the judiciary, through this election, less mystifying to the public.” Read more »

Freeline Media Review: “Party”

Tonight marks the final performance of David Dillon's very funny play "Party" at the Footlight Theatre.

Tonight marks the final performance of David Dillon’s very funny play “Party” at the Footlight Theatre.

ORLANDO — The plot set-up for “Party,” the play now being performed at the Footlight Theatre in Orlando, feels familiar at first, vaguely similar to one of the earlier gay-themed plays, Mart Crowley’s “The Boys In The Band.”
Set in the apartment of gay roommates Kevin and Peter, there are drinks, chips and card games awaiting five friends who are coming over that night for a party.
As the play goes along, memories of “Boys in the Band” quickly start to fade — and it becomes abundantly clear how much has changed since 1968, when Crowley’s play was first performed Off-Broadway.
In that play, when a group of gay friends — and one straight man — gather for a birthday party, the snappy quips and clever one-liners eventually give way to a steady stream of revelations about how much some of the characters absolutely hate being gay and what it means to live in a homophobic society — so much so, that the play can seem difficult for modern gay audiences, and has been dubbed an example of “self-homophobia.” Whatever Crowley’s original intentions were, there were few if any discussions about gay liberation in that play. Read more »

Freeline Media Review: “All Hands on Deck”

Todd S. Mummert, Rebecca Jo Cross, Joshua S. Roth and Kayla Kelsay Morales star in the Winter Park Playhouse's production of "All Hands on Deck."

Todd S. Mummert, Rebecca Jo Cross, Joshua S. Roth and Kayla Kelsay Morales star in the Winter Park Playhouse’s production of “All Hands on Deck.”

WINTER PARK — “All Hands on Deck” is a flashback — a musical review with some very catchy, upbeat songs, many hauntingly romantic ones, some truly corny jokes — all wrapped up in a salute to our nation’s military, our veterans, and to the way that patriotism helps bring all of us together.
The show takes us back to the year 1942, and is based on comedian Bob Hope’s USA tour to our troops. The mood is light, geared toward making the audience feel good. It works, thanks to the consummate skills of the four performers: Todd S. Mummert, Rebecca Jo Cross, Joshua S. Roth, and Kayla Kelsay Morales. How do you resist the sublime allure of a beautiful four-piece harmony reviving “Chattanooga Choo Choo,” “By The Light of the Silvery Moon,” “Yankee Doodle Dandy” or “Deep in the Heart of Texas”? You can’t, it all wins you over too quickly. Read more »

Enter the dark, eerie world of the “Bloody Rabbit”

"Bloody Rabbit" follows one man's terrifying journey from hopelessness to a new start -- in a world spinning out of control.

“Bloody Rabbit” follows one man’s terrifying journey from hopelessness to a new start — in a world spinning out of control.

“It was pouring out when R.T. Robeson jumped on the bus that would carry him from downtown Orlando to the building in an older, somewhat less fashionable section of the city. He had never visited the building before, but a Miss Gardenia was expecting him …”

ORLANDO — So begins author Michael W. Freeman’s disturbing novel “Bloody Rabbit,” which is now available on Amazon and as a Kindle eBook.
In his book “Horror: A Connoisseur’s Guide to Literature and Film,” author Leonard Wolf writes that “Horror literature can do more than frighten us in a safe place. At its best, it provides us with images that speak to our subconscious because they resonate with myth …. horror literature touches the nerve of paranoia that many of us cherish by confirming our suspicion that there is a ‘they’ or an ‘it’ or a ‘he’ or a ‘she’ that is out to get us.”
Welcome to the world of “Bloody Rabbit,” a novel that takes readers on a brooding, dark — and darkly comic — journey into a long nightmare for R.T. Robeson — right up to the blood-freezing ending.
It starts in a world familiar to us all: the struggle to cope during an economic downturn. The book slow builds to an even more terrifying situation: the vicious persecution of those who become an angry society’s scapegoats. Read more »

Freeline Media Review: “Jekyll & Hyde The Musical”

Greater Orlando Actors' Theatre is now producing "Jekyll & Hyde the Musical."

Greater Orlando Actors’ Theatre is now producing “Jekyll & Hyde the Musical.”

ORLANDO — Legend has it that after Robert Louis Stevenson wrote his first draft of what would become his classic novella “The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde,” based on a nightmare he’d had, his wife thought it was so shocking that she urged him to burn the manuscript.
Fortunately, Stevenson was inspired to write a second draft, which would become the short story published in 1886. The concept of the dual personalities within all of us — one harboring our civil and gentle nature, the other our attraction to evil — has never stopped drawing in audiences and inspiring future artists. The novella has inspired adaptations in the fields of movies, television, radio, comic books, rock songs, and even sequels in other novels. The kindly Dr. Jekyll and the wicked Mr. Hyde have an enduring ability to keep us fascinated and entertained.
If there have been far too many movie adaptations to count, there have actually been a fairly lengthy number of stage adaptations as well — starting in 1887 with a theatrical version that opened in Boston by writer Thomas Russell Sullivan, which went on to tour Britain for 20 years. Read more »

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