November 1 - 3, 2014

We know you love the classics and we know you love to challenge yourself! Take a risk on new plays. We dare you.

An engaging, fast-paced weekend packed with exciting new plays, distinctive panels, and lively parties, PlayFest offers audiences the rare opportunity to be a part of new play development. Converse with playwrights, directors, and actors, while absorbing groundbreaking new works. This three-day event tears down the barrier between artist and audience, putting YOU at the heart of the process.

Many audience favorites from PlayFest have been developed into full productions in Orlando Shakes’ season. Your input is vital to the extended life of new plays.

Keynote speakers and performances have included Philip Seymour Hoffman, Olympia Dukakis, Theresa Rebeck, John Pielmeier, Israel Horovitz, Lee Blessing, Tony Award winner Jon Jory, and Pulitzer Prize winner Robert Schenkkan.
Announcing PlayFest 2014 Readings and Events

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Special Events

Keynote Speaker: Mark St. Germain
(Playwright, The Best of Enemies and Freud’s Last Session)

Food Provided by The Hammered Lamb

Wondering about refreshments between readings? The Hammered Lamb is selling food bites (including beef sliders, grilled cheese, and hummus) starting at noon on Saturday and Sunday! Harriett’s Bar (Lower Lobby) will also be open and selling water, soft drinks, beer/wine, and snacks.

Beef Sliders – $4
Grilled Cheese – $4
Hummus – $3


Moses, the Author

By: Andrew R. Heinze

Saturday, November 1 at 12:00 pm

Rating: PG

Once God has given Moses word that he will die, Moses must scramble to finish the good book. A comedy of farcical proportions, Moses the Author shows us how the Old Testament could have been written while gently poking fun at modern conceptions of religion. And we look at Moses as a creative force—a writer with the ultimate editor.

All That is Seen and Unseen

By: Rob Keefe

Saturday, November 1 at 3:00 pm

Rating: PG-13

All That is Seen and Unseen is a fantastical journey of the constructs of third world democracy, American foreign relations and the bitter pressures of marriage, parenting and adoption. Teetering between drama, comedy and suspense, Keefe masterfully explores modern issues through relatable and fallible human beings.

Dancing Lessons

By: Mark St. Germain

Saturday, November 1 at 8:00 pm

Rating: PG

When a socially awkward professor is forced to attend an awards ceremony where he has to dance, he seeks out an injured Broadway dancer for help. As their relationship unfolds, they’re caught off-guard by the surprising discoveries – both hilarious and heartwarming – that they make about each other. Mark St. Germain brings us a modern odd couple, telling a comic love story while exploring the reality of disabilities, autism, and Asperger’s syndrome.

Annie Jump and the Library of Heaven

By: Reina Hardy

Sunday, November 2 at 12:00 pm

Rating: G

Annie Jump And The Library Of Heaven is an exploration of the fine line between insanity and belief, and the human capacity to comprehend something truly greater than ourselves. Told through the eyes of a very special fourteen year old girl, Hardy’s piece interweaves humor, tragedy and suspense with a great deal of intellect and whimsy.

Gloucester Blue

By: Israel Horovitz

Sunday, November 2 at 4:00 pm

Rating: NC-17

On the coast of Massachusetts, an extreme home remodeling leads to a darkly comedic conflict of morality. As Stumpy and Latham, two dirtbag townies, attempt to repair the home, it becomes evident the problems lie more with the homeowners than with the house itself.

There be Dragons

By: Aleshea Harris

Sunday, November 2 at 7:00 pm

Rating: PG-13

Once upon a time in a land far, far away, an urban assembly of characters created a very modern fairytale. Complete with a queen, milkmaid, guard, cobbler and dwarf, Harris paints a recognizable landscape colored with modern language, humor and if all goes well, a wedding.

Blackberry Winter

By: Steve Yockey

Monday, November 3 at 7:00 pm

Rating: PG. Adult themes. Dementia is explored.

Blackberry Winter

By Steve Yockey
Forced to deal with a mother suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, Vivienne shares her journey from the moment of diagnosis to the present. Accompanied by an origin story of her own creation, Vivienne invites the audience into her world of this strange and debilitating disease. Yockey attacks difficult subject matter through a wild and beautifully creative lens.