Fringe Review: “Falkland”

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Tasty Monster Productions is bringing their show “Falklands” to the Orlando Fringe Festival.

ORLANDO – On a cold island where it seems relatively easy to find solitude, an aging sheep farmer has a chance encounter with a young British soldier. As they start up a conversation, it will eventually grow into a brief but strong friendship between them.
They’re on the Falkland island, and both came by way of Britain. The sheep farmer’s parents were so traumatized by the devastating Nazi bombings during World War II that the family opted to resettle on Falkland, since the island has been a British territory since 1841 and is mostly inhabited by British residents. The young solider, wide-eyed and fairly green, just arrived from Belfast.
But the soldier isn’t there to learn farming or to get a local job. He’s a British soldier, and has been sent there to hold back the attempt by the Argentinian government to reclaim the island — by force.
The farmer, who as a child lived through the Nazi Blitzkrieg, knows only too well that this conflict has the potential for a devastating conclusion — and that’s long before the bombs start dropping nearby.
“Falkland,” the historic drama being presented by Tasty Monsters Production and premiering at Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival, takes a look back at a small chapter in history from the early 1980s, one that’s been far eclipsed by the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and is almost certainly totally unknown to most younger patrons.
It’s a production that deals with a difficult mix of subjects — war, political conflicts, nationalism — that have plenty of resonance today, despite the fact that the Falklands War happened for 10 weeks in 1982. At the same time, the show’s producers and performers, Heather Bagnall and Luke Tudball, deal with it in a quiet, low-key manner, allowing the human drama to take precedence over the politics. Continue reading

Fringe show will look back at the Pulse massacre and its aftermath

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“O-Town: Voices from Orlando” will be performed at the Orlando Fringe Festival featuring performances by Henry Gibson, Jenn Gannon, Mark Rush, David Lee, Gabriella Juliet, Daniel Cooksley and Rebecca Fisher. (Photo by Beverly Brosius.)

ORLANDO – The Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival kicks off at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, May 16 at the Lowndes Shakespeare Center, and runs through May 29. This year the nearly three-week long festival will feature the largest line-up of shows in its history.
One of the shows will shift away from the kinds of zany comedies that often typify Fringe, and take a look back at an event that happening nearly a year ago, and that shocked people around the globe: the massacre at the Pulse nightclub near downtown Orlando.
O-TOWN Voices is bringing the world premiere of “O-Town: Voices From Orlando” to Fringe, with a Special performance on the eve of the One Year Anniversary of the June 12, 2016 attack on Pulse Nightclub. David Lee, the writer and director of Ant Farm Productions and the recipient of the 2016 Orlando International Fringe Festival’s Lifetime Achievement Award, created this original theatrical event that shares stories and experiences from the days, weeks and months the Pulse massacre. The show was put together based on interviews, blog postings and stories from The Orlando Sentinel’s coverage of the massacre, recreating them on stage with six local actors.
Producer Margaret Nolan said this project started to come together right after the Pulse attack, when she reached out to David to create a monologue about the massacre.
“I commissioned him to write the monologue ‘O-Town’ last year after the tragedy as part of an international theatre action called AFTER ORLANDO,” she said. “That was a collection of 78 plays from playwrights from around the world. I produced an evening here of curated pieces in Orlando in the Mandell at Orlando Shakes in October.”
Freeline Media asked David to tell us how this show was created. Continue reading

Loving foster home needed for a special dog

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Kiva, a dog with a mysterious illness, is now at the Lake County Animal Shelter and needs a loving foster home.

TAVARES – Do you have a warm, comfortable spot in your home – that a very sweet dog would enjoy relaxing on?
If so, contact the Lake County Animal Shelter. They’re looking for a foster home for a dog named Kiva.
The dog is suffering from an ailment that the veterinary team can’t figure out, but as they continue to look for a cause to why this dog is not able to stand up or walk, they’re hoping a family can give Kiva a happy place to stay in the meantime.
The Animal Shelter is promising that taking in Kiva will be a rewarding experience because of the dog’s pleasant disposition, despite her condition.
“Just by looking at Kiva’s innocent smile and wagging tail, you would never guess that this little girl is battling a mystery illness,” the Animal Shelter noted in a new release. Continue reading

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