February 23 - March 4, 2007

PlayFest is a ten day theatre event packed with dynamic new plays and new play programming for anyone who loves great theatre! Buy a PlayFest button and step into the interactive theatrical maelstrom of readings, workshops, world premieres, seminars, master classes and more!

Our mission is to celebrate and cultivate new plays, nurture new playwrights, attract new local and national audiences, introduce the community to new theatrical voices, and provide a marketplace for local and national theatre professionals.

Of last season’s PlayFest, the Orlando Sentinel hailed, “Something promising has come out of PlayFest…and it’s something that is likely to shape Orlando’s theater scene for years to come.”



PlayFest Button: $5
You must have button to get into any PlayFest Event
Workshops: $8
Readings: $3

Play in a Day — A Benefit for PlayFest! – $5
Master Class with Theresa Rebeck $100
Fringe 101 and 102 with Orlando Fringe
Festival Artistic Director Beth Marshall $10 (per class)


Full Productions

Adapted by Marilyn Campbell and Curt Columbus
From the novel by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Directed by Jim Helsinger

February 7 — March 18, 2007
Goldman Theater

After receiving standing room only audiences at last season’s PlayFest! The Harriett Lake Festival of New Plays, we are proud to present the full premiere of this chilling new adaptation of Dostoyevsky’s famous novel. An intimate psychological drama and spiritual journey which seeks to unveil hidden dimensions of the human and social condition.


Keynote Address

Saturday, February 24 at 7:30 p.m.

About Theresa Rebeck
We are proud to welcome Ms. Rebeck as our Keynote speaker for PlayFest 2007. Her past New York productions include The Water’s Edge, Spike Heels, Loose Knit and The Family of Mann at Second Stage; Bad Dates and The Butterfly Collection at Playwrights Horizons; and View of the Dome at New York Theatre Workshop. Omnium Gatherum (co-written with Alexandra Gersten-Vassilaros, and finalist for the Pulitzer Prize) was featured at the Humana Festival 2003, and had a commercial run at the Variety Arts. Her play The Scene, produced at the Humana Festival in March of 2006, will be seen at Second Stage as part of the 2006-2007 season. Her work has been widely produced both regionally and internationally. She is currently working on commissions from Playwrights’ Horizons, Denver Theatre Center, and Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park.

In television, Ms. Rebeck has written for Dream On, Brooklyn Bridge, L.A. Law, Maximum Bob, First Wave, Third Watch, and NYPD Blue, where she also worked as a producer. Produced features include Harriet the Spy, Gossip, and the independent feature Sunday on the Rocks. Awards include the Mystery Writer’s of America’s Edgar Award, the Writer’s Guild of America award for Episodic Drama, the Hispanic Images Imagen Award, and the Peabody, all for her work on NYPD Blue. She has been a finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn prize twice, won the National Theatre Conference Award (for The Family of Mann), and was awarded the William Inge New Voices Playwriting Award in 2003. Ms. Rebeck holds a PhD. from Brandeis University in Victorian Melodrama. She and her husband Jess Lynn have two children, Cooper and Cleo.


Master Class in Playwriting
by Theresa Rebeck

Saturday, February 24 at Noon
Studio B
Ms. Rebeck shares her experience. Nothing to prepare – just show up with your questions for one of American Theatre’s most produced authors!

Fringe 101 & 102
with Orlando International Fringe Festival Artistic Director, Beth Marshall

Fringe 101 – How to Produce your Fringe Show
Sunday, February 25 at 10 a.m.
Patron’s Room

Fringe 102 – Touring your Fringe Show
Sunday, March 4 at 10 a.m.
Patron’s Room

Workshops – $8

China — The Whole Enchilada
By Mark Brown
Music by Paul Mirkovich

Directed by Jim Helsinger
Starring Brad DePlanche, Eric Hissom & Philip Nolen

Saturday, February 24 at 2:00 p.m.
Sunday, February 25 at 3:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 3 at 12:00 p.m.
Sunday, March 4 at 8:00 p.m.

The Complete History of China and THEN some. Hilarious new comedy by that master of mayhem, Mark Brown. Mr. Brown’s previous PlayFest achievements include Around the World in 80 Days and The Trial of Ebenezer Scrooge!

The Stone Face
By Sherry MacDonald

Directed by Dan McCleary
Starring Jason Flora, Michael Lane, Bob Lipka, JD Sutton & Jan Wikstrom

Saturday, February 24 at 4:30 p.m.
Sunday, February 25 at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, March 2 at 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, March 4 at 12:00 p.m.

Back by popular demand! Last year’s hit reading becomes this year’s workshop! Buster Keaton lives again in this touching and funny play that tracks Keaton’s desire to make a comeback in the film, Film.


You Might as Well Live
By Norman Mathews

Directed by Kenny Howard
Music Direction by Rich Scharron
Starring Becky Fisher

Sunday, February 25 at 12:00 p.m.
Thursday, March 1 at 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 3 at 3:00 p.m.
Sunday, March 4 at 3:00 p.m.

A one-woman musical that invites us into the world of satirist, humorist, poet and prose-writer Dorothy Parker. “What fresh hell is this?” Somebody open the door to the theater, it’s gonna be HOT!




All the Girls Love Bobby Kennedy

By: Kristen Palmer

Directed by: Mark Brotherton

Friday, February 23 at 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, February 27 at 7:00 p.m.

Dreams of Bobby Kennedy, love, sex and Vietnam fill a young woman’s nights on campus in 1968.

Barrio Hollywood

Special Presentation! Two Readings in English, Two in Spanish!

By: Elaine Romero

Directed by: Ricky J. Martinez

Friday, February 23 at 8:00 p.m. in English. Sunday, February 25 at 3:00 p.m. in Spanish. Saturday, March 3 at 12 p.m. in Spanish. Sunday, March 4 at 3 p.m. in English.

Boxing, Folklórico dance, love and death take their turns on the stage in this touching story of the lives a Mexican family and the Anglo doctor who falls in love with their daughter just as her brother falls into a lingering coma.

Gee's Bend

By: Elyzabeth Gregory Wilder

Directed by: Ingrid De Sanctis

Saturday, February 24 at 4:30 p.m., Monday, February 26 at 7:00 p.m.

From 1939 to the near present, Gee’s Bend tells the tale of Sadie Pettway and the women of Gee’s Bend, Alabama, who create quilts, sing haunting gospel, and spend a lifetime in a remote nitch along the Alabama River. From the march on Selma to the museum of high art — the women of Gee’s Bend find their place, their peace and their dignity. Presented in conjunction with the Orlando Museum of Art and their display of the Quilts of Gee’s Bend.

The Ghosts of Sleepy Hollow

By: Eric Hissom

Directed by: Patrick Flick

Friday, March 2 at 8:00 p.m., Saturday, March 3 at 6:00 p.m .

Haunting retelling of this classic American tale. You’ll laugh your head off! When you’re not too busy being TERRIFIED!


Admission: Free with button

By: Theresa Rebeck

Directed by: David Lee

Saturday, February 24 at 8:30 p.m.

“It’s about stamps,” says Theresa Rebeck. An exciting new psychological thriller about Philately – the steaming underworld of stamp collecting!


By: Michael Hollinger

Directed by: Mark Routhier

Saturday, March 3 at 3:00 p.m., Sunday, March 4 at 5:30 p.m.

A world-reknowned string quartet has only a few days to rehearse Beethoven’s challenging Opus 131 for a high profile performance.

Playing Alexina

By: Rachel Kranz

Directed by: Paula Rossman

Thursday, March 1 at 7:00 p.m., Saturday, March 3 at 8:30 p.m.

A young woman in antebellum Louisiana sold into slavery claims to be white. A surrealistic trial ensues to determine the fate of both slave and master in a world where no one is exactly who she or he claims to be. There is no black or white — only shades of doubt.

Three Screams

By: Vincent Delaney

Directed by: Patrick Flick

Wednesday, February 28 at 7:00 p.m., Saturday, March 3 at 8:30 p.m.

An imaginary look into the life of the man who stole the Munch painting, The Scream. The thief, his wife, their son and the painting tell a tale of grand theft, murder, madness and Norwegian Bloodcake.