Welcome to PlayFest 2017

Get ready because our annual PlayFest presented by Harriett’s Charitable Trust (PlayFest) is coming at you this fall! We have expanded the festival to two weekends this year so that a greater number of patrons can see more new plays. It’s a chance for actors, writers, directors, and audiences to commune over stories at the heart of Read More

Wish Away Hunger: An Aladdin Food Drive

Help Aladdin and the Genie of the Lamp wish away hunger in our Central Florida community by donating to the Orlando Shakespeare Theater’s (Orlando Shakes) Second Harvest food drive! Present any canned good or nonperishable food item to the Orlando Shakespeare Theater’s Box Office and receive $2 off your ticket to Aladdin and the Magic Lamp. All Read More

Shakespearean Shadows Come to Light

Orlando Shakes has commissioned playwright Mark St. Germain to adapt a world premiere stage adaption of John Updike’s best-selling novel, Gertrude and Claudius. For those who don’t know, Updike’s novel tells the story of Gertrude and Claudius, the “villains” of William Shakespeare’s Hamlet. The story gives readers a fresh look at several famous Shakespearean characters Read More

The Man Behind the Legends

Antony and Cleopatra director Joseph Discher answers questions about his past work and Orlando Shakes‘ current production: OST: Tell us a little bit about your past work in theatre? JD: I’ve been directing for twenty-five years, primarily Shakespeare and classical theater, though recently I have been working on new plays. I also love working on American Read More

Leading Talent On and Off Stage

In Orlando Shakes’ production of Love’s Labour’s Lost, Jim Helsinger, Artistic Director at Orlando Shakes, takes on the role of Don Armando de Armado. I recently got the opportunity to speak with Jim about his role and what it feels like to be back on stage. OST: Can you describe your character in Love’s Labour’s Read More