Suture Bowl Fringe preview

Editor’s Note: The 32nd Annual International Fringe Theatre Festival  will be held May 16-29, 2023 at different venues in and around Loch Haven Park and downtown Orlando. Freeline Media will be previewing the shows right up to the festival date.

By Paul Castaneda

ORLANDO — Get ready to scrub in, folks!  Suture Bowl is coming to the 2023 Orlando International Fringe Festival! 

Suture Bowl, the latest comedy by award-winning Central Florida playwright Irene L. Pynn, is set to premiere at Orlando Fringe next month. From the writer/director combo that brought audiences Enter, Pursued by a Whale and Church of Saint Bearer, this new work invites us to take in the live finale episode of a reality show where top surgeons compete to win their own television series … and let’s just say there are a few bloody effects along the way.

So, make sure to leave the kids at home for this one, friends, as this one is intended for mature audiences only!

What Can I Expect From Suture Bowl?

Starring Ben DeLamerens, Daniel Luis Molina, Laura Mansoori, Lee Markham, and Kate Parry, this comedy promises to be a cut above the rest.  Easy puns aside, this 60-minute play is both romantic and absurd while featuring plenty of heart stopping action.  But, be forewarned, as there are blood effects that may not jive with the faint of heart or the sensitive of stomach (sick bags not provided).

In all seriousness, Suture Bowl was selected for development in 2022 at Gainesville’s Hippodrome Theatre and comes from the creative mind of Pynn, a member of the Dramatists Guild who has had works produced around the United States and abroad and who won the 2018 Orlando Fringe Critics’ Choice for Best Script for  Enter, Pursued by a Whale:

So, what are you waiting for? Get your scrubs on, sharpen your scalpels, and make sure to keep your eyes peeled for all the bloody action!  But, seriously, Fringers, Suture Bowl sounds like it just may be like Grey’s Anatomy on steroids!

Where Can I See Suture Bowl at Orlando Fringe?

Suture Bowl will be performed at the Orlando Fringe Festival at the Lowndes Shakespeare Center, 812 E. Rollins St., in the Blue Venue (Santos Dantin Studio Theater). Tickets are $15 and can be purchased here.  

The show will be performed on the following dates:

  • Wednesday, May 17 at 9:50 p.m. 
  • Thursday, May 18 at 10 p.m. 
  • Saturday, May 20 at 7:05 p.m. 
  • Wednesday, May 24 at 8:35 p.m. 
  • Saturday, May 27 at 12:45 p.m. 
  • Sunday, May 28 at 9:40 p.m.

Paul Castaneda is an Orlando actor, stage director, playwright and sales professional, and the co-founder of the Greater Orlando Actors Theatre (GOAT).

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