February 8 - 19, 2006

PlayFest is a ten-day festival packed with dynamic and diverse new play programming!  Events include:  readings, workshops and productions of new plays (all followed by lively post show discussions), webcam plays, key note addresses and master classes by award winning playwrights, opera, music, food, drink, and more!



PlayFest Button: $5
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Workshops: $8
Readings: FREE


Full Productions

Robinson Crusoe
By Jim Helsinger
From the novel by Daniel Defoe

World premiere!! A dynamic new adaptation of the Daniel Defoe novel. Defoe’s tale of one man’s shipwreck and isolation on a desert island comes to vivid and remarkable life in the Festival’s Goldman Theater!

Tickets: $20-$35
February 10 through March 19
Previews February 8 and 9
Goldman Theater


Keynote Address

“Through the Open Door”
Keynote Address with Robert Schenkken

Puliter Prize winning playwright Robert Schenkkan talks about the Art of Playwriting
Margeson Theater
Saturday, February 11 at 6:30 p.m.
Followed by a reading of his new play LEWIS AND CLARK
Admission: Free with button


Master Class with Pulitzer Prize Winner Robert Schenkkan
Admission: $100
Studio C
Saturday, February 11 at Noon

Writing on Your Feet with Deborah Stein
In this workshop, we will generate original material from diverse sources: photographs, research, music and writing. Working as an ensemble, participants will be given assignments – themes, stories, characters, a piece of music – to use as the raw material for performance.
Admission: $50
Studio C
Saturday, February 11 at 4:00 p.m.Orlando International Fringe Festival “Yapinar”
with Producing Artistic Director, Beth Marshall

Session 1 – Producing for the Fringe
Sunday, February 12 at Noon
Session 2 – Touring Your Fringe Show
Sunday, February 12 at 3:00 p.m.
Patron’s Room
Admission: Free with button

Beginning the Story with Laura Schellhardt
Got an idea for a play but don’t know how to transfer it to the page? Written a few scenes but unsure what comes next? Always wanted to write a play but never knew how to begin? This seminar aims to help find that beginning and to develop it into something more.
Admission: $5
Studio C
Saturday, February 18 at 1:00 p.m.

Inspiration in Beginnings with John Didonna
Admission: $20
Studio C
Saturday, February 18 at 3:30 p.m.

Interactive Writing Workshop with Arlene Hutton (Author of Last Train to Nibroc)
Admission: $50
Studio C
Saturday, February 11 @ 2:00 p.m.

“Plays into Screen Plays” with Anne Nelson (Author of The Guys)
Admission: $25
Studio C
Sunday, February 12 at 2:00 p.m.

Workshops – $8

By John Minigan

Directed by Kristin Clippard
Starring Festival Artist Sarah Hankins

Last year’s hit reading moves to a new level! In this engrossing look at the art of performing Shakespeare, a director and an actress develop a relationship through Shakespeare words.

Studio B
Thursday, February 9 at 7:15 p.m.
Saturday, February 11 at 4:00 p.m.
Sunday, February 12 at 7:30 p.m.
Monday, February 13 at 8:45 p.m.

By Anne Nelson

Directed by Chris Jorie

Amid the turmoil of a bitter counter-insurgency campaign, a Marine officer awaits the verdict from his court-martial for crimes of war — in the Philippines in 1902 — finding hard truths and solace along the way.  By nationally known author Anne Nelson (The Guys).

Mandell Theater
Wednesday, February 8 at 7:15 p.m.
Thursday, February 9 at 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, February 11 at 1:00 p.m.
Sunday, February 12 at 3:30 p.m.

By William Missouri Downs

Directed by Thomas Joyner
Starring Festival actors Mindy Anders & Kristian Truelsen

Another hit reading at last year’s Playfest, this hilarious production brings a touching contemporary spin on Chekov’s plays.

Mandell February
Tuesday, Feb 14 at 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, February 15 at 9:00 p.m.
Thursday, February 16 at 8:30 p.m.
Saturday, February 18 at 8:30 p.m.

By John Didonna

A new docu-drama that explores the naked and real life truth of the lives, dangers, hearts, and souls of the women behind exotic dancing.

Empty Spaces Theatre Company

Mandell Theater
Sunday, February 12 at 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, February 14 at 9:00 p.m.
Friday, February 17 at 9:00 p.m.
Sunday, February 19 at 2:30 p.m.

By Al Pergande

A Play about Guitars, Pickup Trucks, Coffee, Dogs, and Jail, and why they’re better on the Radio.

Arfnotz Productions

Mandell Theater
Friday, February 10 at 8:30 p.m.
Monday, February 13 at 8:00 p.m.
Friday, February 17 at 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, February 18 at 5:30 p.m.


Special Events – Free

NEW PLAYS PANEL: “Process, Development and Production”
Theatre companies from around the country discuss their visions and take questions from the audience. Particpants include representatives from the National New Play Network, The New Harmony Playwright’s Project, , The Atlantic Center for the Arts, and more.
Margeson Theater
Sunday, February 12 at 6:00 p.m.

By Various Playwrights
Short plays that take place entirely through Web camera conversations.
Available at all times throughout Playfest.

Theater from High School Students

Living Newspapers
High school students perform their own original ten minute short plays  based on headlines from the newspapers. Created, rehearsed and played all by the students!

Apopka High School Students

Mandell Theater
Saturday, February 18 at 1:00 p.m.


Short plays written and performed by students.

Relationship Reality
The 411 on Teen Dating and Love…

Our Father???
God… Real? Imagined? You decide.

Ana’s Child
Anorexia and Bulimia. The Truth No One Hears…

Adolescence: Exactly What You Always Weren’t
Hypocrisy! Sex! What adults think kids don’t see!

Trinity Prep High School Students

Mandell Theater
Saturday, February 18 at Noon


Black And Blue

By: John Goring

Thursday, February 9 at 7:30 p.m., Monday, February 13 at 9:00 p.m.

Song lifted her soul to heaven… Harlem pulled her back to earth.

Playwrights Roundtable

Brecht In L.A.

By: Rick Mitchell

Directed by: Mark Routhier

Thursday, February 16 at 8:30 p.m., Sunday, February 19 at 3:00 p.m.

The great German playwright Bertolt Brecht tries to make it in Hollywood while avoiding HUAC. Based on actual events.

Crime And Punishment

By: Marilyn Campbell and Curt Columbus

Directed by: Jim Helsinger

Tuesday, February 14 at 7:00 p.m., Saturday, February 18 at 5:30 p.m.

Starring Eric Hissom, Dan McCleary, and Lucy Carney

A chilling new adaptation of Dostoevsky’s famous novel.

God Save Gertrude

By: Deborah Isobel Stein

Directed by: Adam Greenfield

Monday, February 13 at 6:00 p.m., Friday, February 17 at 6:30 p.m.

A punk-rock riff on Hamlet in which Queen Gertrude, living in a war-torn post-Communist country, attempts to right her wrongs. As the bombs rain down, disgraced Gertrude tells her story with songs and fury.

In The Beginning

By: Richard St. George

Directed by: Darren Bridget

Monday, February 13 at 6:15 p.m., Saturday, February 18 at 3:30 p.m.

Hilarious romp through the Old Testament.

The K Of D

By: Laura Schellhardt

Directed by: Laura Kepley

Thursday, February 16 at 6:30 p.m., Saturday, February 18 at 8:00 p.m.

Rumor has it Charlotte’s brother kissed her on the lips before he died. Rumor has it now everything she kisses also dies. The K of D chronicles what happens in small town, Ohio, when news of Charlotte’s “gift” leaks out. One person plays all the parts in this fascinating new play.

Lewis And Clark Reach The Euphrates

By: Robert Schenkkan

Directed by: Patrick Flick

Saturday, February 11 at 7:30 p.m.

Fascinating new look at the famous explorers by Pulitzer Prize winner Robert Schenkkan.

The Martian Chronicles

By: Elizabeth Margid & Daniel Levy

Directed by: Patrick Flick

Friday, February 17 at 9:00 p.m., Sunday, February 19 at 6:00 p.m.

Dynamic new musical adaptation of Ray Bradbury novel with music by a recent Richard Rogers award winner.

Midnight Clear

By: Ken Clifton and Allen D. Cornell

Directed by: Katrina Ploof

Tuesday, February 14 at 6:00 p.m., Saturday, February 18 at 1:00 p.m.

The story of one woman’s struggle to find hope and faith in a world where the message of Peace On Earth, Goodwill Toward Men! is challenged by the hard reality of the Civil War.

Oscar Wilde's De Profundis

Adapted by David A. McElroy

By: Oscar Wilde

Sunday, February 12 at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, February 14 at 6:30 p.m.

Near the end of his life, Oscar Wilde spent two years in prison where he wrote a deeply moving letter known as “De Profundis.” In this staged reading, that work is given a theatrical setting and a fascinating twist.


By: Eric Bogosian

Saturday, February 11 at 4:00 p.m., Thursday, February16 at 6:45 p.m.

The newest from award winning playwright Eric Bogosian! Culture clash in a hotel room when a screenwriter from LA meets a working class girl from rural Florida and a confrontation with her clan.

The Stone Face

By: Sherry MacDonald

Directed by: Dan McCleary

Sunday, February 12 at 4:00 p.m., Wednesday, February 15 at 6:30 p.m.

Samuel Beckett and Buster Keaton work on a film called Film. Based on actual events.


By: Janet Burroway

Wednesday, February 15 at 6:00 p.m., Saturday, February 18 at 2:30 p.m.

Alice comes from New York to Missouri to rescue Great Aunt Millie from her sweepstakes addiction, but finds things much more complicated.

A Tale Of Two Cities

New adaptation of the novel by Charles Dickens

By: Will Pomerantz

Directed by: Paula Rossman

Sunday, February 12 at 7:45 p.m., Wednesday, February 15 at 6:00 p.m.

The Trial Of Holofernes

By: Doreen Heard

Friday, February 10 at 8:30 p.m., Tuesday, February 14 at 9:00 p.m.


Traumatic events in the life of the 17th century Baroque painter Artemisia Gentilischi, on of the first femaile painters to recieve great recognition.

Wedding Times Ten

By: Carlos F. Asse

Saturday, February 18 at 7:00 p.m., Sunday, February 19 at 12:00 p.m.

Upside down comedy about a middle sister’s decision to celebrate the tenth wedding of her little sister at her household, bringing about mayhem and conflict among family and pets.

Gulf View Drive

By: Arlene Hutton

Directed by: Chris Jorie

Sunday, February 25 at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, February 27 at 7:00 p.m.

The latest in Arlene Hutton’s Nibroc Trilogy. Gulf View Drive finds May and Raleigh living on Florida’s Gulf Coast. Relatives descend, further testing the couple’s love in this romantic glimpse of life in the 1950s.