Watch a relationship fall apart in verse in Bret Hoveskeland's 'Oxytocin Opera' at Stardust Coffee


  • Gail Kern
The Oxytocin Opera by Orlando author Bret Hoveskeland sounds similar to a lot of romance stories we’ve heard: Boy and girl fall in love. Boy struggles with emotional issues as girl struggles with alcoholism. To top it off, girl gets pregnant as their relationship falls apart. The differences lie in the author’s ability to weave his readers through his verse drama of Billy and Sestina’s trials and tribulations with rich poetry and a narrative that he says imitates a live concert experience. Hoveskeland stages a live reading of The Oxytocin Opera on Saturday at Stardust Video and Coffee. The reading will be accompanied by a live musical performance from Daniel Liguori, who also wrote the arrangements.

7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12 | Stardust Video and Coffee, 1842 E. Winter Park Road | | free