“Murder Sleep” wins the Patron’s Pick at the Orlando Fringe festival

"Murder Sleep" opens on Wednesday at 8:30 p.m. at the Orlando International Fringe Theater Festival.

“Murder Sleep” opens on Wednesday at 8:30 p.m. at the Orlando International Fringe Theater Festival.


ORLANDO — Freeline Productions’ original thriller “Murder Sleep” won the Patron’s Pick award for its venue, and did a seventh performance on Memorial Day at the Orlando International Fringe Theater Festival.
The play, written by Michael Freeman and directed by Laurel Clark and Jim Cundiff, featured Steven Johnson, Mickey Layman and Sara Cutlip as three people staying at a strange historic hotel in Fort Lauderdale.
The play’s author and producer said it was a great honor to be among the Patron’s Picks this year.
“It feels terrific, especially knowing we went up against some great shows,” Freeman said. “But I also give a tremendous amount of credit to Laurel and Jim for their amazing direction, and to a superb cast.”
“Murder Sleep” beat out the competition in the Purple Venue (the Patron’s Room at the Lowndes Shakespeare Center) after a highly successful run at the 25th annual Orlando Fringe Festival, the longest running Fringe festival in the nation.
During its run, the play drew praise from area critics. Continue reading

Retrovirus at the Abbey: the 80s return, or is it No Wave?

The Genitorturers will be coming home to Orlando on Thursday for a concert at The Abbey.

The Genitorturers will be coming home to Orlando on Thursday for a concert at The Abbey.


ORLANDO — Homecomings can be a happy time for the family — the college student arriving home for spring break, the long-lost relatives making a welcome visit.
And so it is, as well, with the Genitorturers.
The industrial metal band, who have proclaimed themselves “The World’s Sexiest Rock Band,” originated in Orlando. Originally called The Festering Genitorturers, they had their first performance at the Ocean Club in Cocoa Beach in June 1986.
Over the years, their form of hardcore punk would be hugely influential on a number of other prominent bands that came afterwards, including Marilyn Manson and the Spooky Kids.
And now they’re coming back to Orlando, for a concert on Thursday at The Abbey — a homecoming, noted Nicholas Stevens.
“This will be their 30th anniversary party here in Orlando,” noted Stevens, the founder of Modern Music Movement, a commercial music business that stages themed events, including some around music like past tribute shows to David Bowie and the Rolling Stones.
“They started right here in Orlando in June of 1986,” Stevens said. “They were the ones who originally taught Marilyn Manson his schtick.” Continue reading

Freeline Media Review: “Bio Psycho Social”

The play "Bio Psycho Social" has its final performance today at the Orlando Fringe Festival.

The play “Bio Psycho Social” has its final performance today at the Orlando Fringe Festival.


ORLANDO — For those of you theater audience members who are not social workers or psychologists, the “biopsychosocial” model is described as one that “attributes disease causation or disease outcome to the intricate, variable interaction of biological factors (genetic, biochemical, etc), psychological factors (mood, personality, behavior, etc), and social factors (cultural, familial, socioeconomic, medical, etc),” according to Wikipedia.
If that’s not exactly the kind of sentence that makes you perk up and read more, you might also be inclined to think this treatment model is a potentially odd choice for a theater piece, particularly at an event like the Orlando International Fringe Theater Festival.
Or maybe not — wasn’t “One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest” a big hit?
The play “Bio Psycho Social,” an original piece written by a former social worker, Viet Nguyen, is neither a dry look at the theories of psychology, or an attempt to make allegorical social commentary a la “Cuckoo’s Nest.” Instead, it’s a story about two students, one openly gay and the other quite private and close-lipped about his life, who work on a student project together — their biopsychosocial. Continue reading

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