Freeline Productions applies to Orlando Fringe Festival

Freeline Productions has taken out an application for the 2015 Orlando Fringe Festival for its play "Murder Sleep."

Freeline Productions has taken out an application for the 2015 Orlando Fringe Festival for its play “Murder Sleep.”


ORLANDO – Freeline Productions will file an application for the 2015 Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival. The Orlando-based Freeline is entering playwright Michael W. Freeman’s eerie thriller “Murder Sleep”, a variation of Shakespeare’s classic (and bloody) drama “Macbeth”.
Applications are now available for the 24th annual Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival. There is a $25 application fee, and the deadline to apply is Nov. 21 at 5 p.m.
The public lottery will be held on Dec. 8 at 6 p.m. at the Lowndes Shakespeare Center’s Margeson Theater (known to Fringe dwellers as the Orange Venue).
The 24th annual Orlando Fringe, which will be held in May, is also celebrating a new partnership with the Orlando Museum of Art, which will become the Gold Venue.
Freeline Production is filing a Fringe application for “Murder Sleep,” an original play set in an aging hotel in Fort Lauderdale. Read more »

Freeline Media Review: “Killer Joe”

Theatre Downtown is now producing Tracy Letts' play "Killer Joe."

Theatre Downtown is now producing Tracy Letts’ play “Killer Joe.”


ORLANDO — Young and pretty Dottie Smith is watching a martial arts instruction program on television when the stranger at the front door starts knocking. Dottie has the volume on so loud that she doesn’t hear him, so he simply opens the door and walks in.
The man at the door is Joe Cooper, who has come to talk business with Dottie’s father, Ansel, and her brother Chris. But until they arrive, he chats for a few minutes with Dottie.
Dottie is sweet, has an aura of pure innocence about her, but also seems curious and inquisitive rather than shy. Cooper, a tall, handsome man, is soft spoken, respectful and well mannered. It quickly becomes clear that Dottie is entirely charmed by him – and that Cooper finds her quite appealing as well.
And then, in the midst of their rather routine bit of small talk, Dottie matter-of-factly asks the question – “Are you going to kill my mama?” Read more »

Jewish Cinema: Polish humor in Polanski’s “Pirates”

Roman Polanski's 1986 movie "Pirates" is only available on DVD in Europe.

Roman Polanski’s 1986 movie “Pirates” is only available on DVD in Europe.


Roman Polanski’s 1986 movie “Pirates” is generally considered to be a great director’s least regarded film – the one that comes in dead last when his directorial output is ranked from best to worst.
Having received some of the most razor-slashing and hostile reviews of any Polanski movie back in 1986, and being a box office flop as well, “Pirates” is one of only two Polanski movies that has not been released on DVD in the United States (the other being his 1973 movie, “What?”, which was also a comedy), although it did get released on VHS back in the 1980s.
Films that earn reputations as cinematic misfires (bombs) are sometimes worth a second look decades later, to see how they’ve aged. After having watched “Pirates” on a recent afternoon, it was easy to spot some of the film’s virtues: the spectacular beauty of the locations in Tunisia where the movie was filmed; the rousing score by the first-rate French composer Phillippe Sarde (who did similarly excellent scores for Polanski’s “The Tenant” and “Tess”); the costumes by Anthony Powell that earned “Pirates” an Academy Award nomination; and an underrated comedic lead performance by Walter Matthau, aided by Damien Thomas as his chief rival and Roy Kinnear in a hilarious cameo. Read more »

Wanted: “monogomous” couples for a possible reality show

Kassting Inc. is looking for couples for a possible reality series.

Kassting Inc. is looking for couples for a possible reality series.


It sounds like the kind of ad that gets listed by an eccentric – not to mention decidedly kinky – individual on one of those swinging singles websites: the tag line sums it up: “Are you in a monogamous relationship?”
Okay, let’s say you are. What’s it to you?
The ad comes not from an erotic dating site, though, but from Rebecca Greenberg, who is definitely eager to have couples email her at rebecca@kasstinginc.com if they are available.
She’s not looking to spice things up in the bedroom, though, but rather to find couples who would enjoy some national television exposure.
“I am currently casting couples for a new reality series,” Greenberg notes in her email. “Perhaps you or someone you know wants to be on TV and would be interested in applying!” Read more »

“Bloody Rabbit” explores the modern day rise in anti-Semitism

"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.

ORLANDO — The Great Recession brought terrible hardship to millions of people, and R.T. Robeson is no exception.
The Orlando man thought he had it all by his late 40s, but the recession took everything he had — his job, his savings, his home, car, even his cat. As he struggles to find employment, he also tries desperately to hold onto his dignity.
Things eventually turn around for Robeson: he finds a new, lower paying job, and a tiny apartment that is affordable on his new salary. But something else has changed. In a society that has seen its wealth and opportunities wiped away, there are some who look for scapegoats. In the minds of the most twisted among them, those scapegoats are easy to find.
Freeline Productions’ novel “Bloody Rabbit” explores the rise of anti-Semitism following a devastating economic crash — seen through the eyes of a man who now finds himself being targeted, and stalked, by someone who believes one specific group can be blamed for this ongoing economic misery: the Jews. Read more »

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