November 5 - 8, 2015

PlayFest offers you the rare opportunity to participate in the development of new plays. Converse with playwrights, directors, and actors while absorbing groundbreaking new works. This four-day event tears down the barrier between artist and audience, putting YOU at the heart of the process.

Your input is vital to the extended life of new plays. Many audience favorites from PlayFest have been developed into full productions in Orlando Shakespeare Theater’s Signature Series!

Purchase all 7 Readings with a PlayFest Package!
$42 (Value: $56) On sale September 22.

Special Events

Keynote Speaker: Ellen McLaughlin
(Playwright, The Trojan Women and Ajax in Iraq)

Playwright’s Panel: Diversity in Action
Sunday, November 8 at 3:30 p.m.
Free event – more details coming soon.

The Hammered Lamb

The Hammered Lamb will have food available for purchase on Saturday, 11/7 from 1 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. and Sunday, 11/8 from 3 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Concessions will also be available at Harriett’s Bar in the lower lobby on Saturday and Sunday from 1 p.m. – 8 p.m.

PlayFest VIP – New this Year! ($100 per individual)

Want to make sure you’ve got the best seat in the house?  For the first time ever, we’re offering the opportunity to upgrade your pass to PlayFest VIP to ensure a reserved seat for all PlayFest readings.  Become a PlayFest VIP to reserve your seat up front in one of the first four rows of the Margeson Theater.


Skin and Bone

By: Jacqueline Goldfinger

Directed by: Katrina Ploof

Thursday, November 5 at 7:30 p.m.

Rating: PG | Runtime: 90 minutes, no intermission

Comedy. Twin sisters Midge and Madge run a broken-down B&B that has a date with a wrecking ball. When a young woman appears, searching for clues about her missing mother, the memories she stirs up send them all down the dark and dusty road of a past better left hidden.

Man in Snow

By: Israel Horovitz

Directed by: Francisco Solorzano

Friday, November 6 at 7:30 p.m.

Rating: PG | Runtime: 90 minutes, no intermission

Drama. As he escorts a group of honeymooners up Alaska’s highest mountain, a climber reflects on his deceased son, his despondent daughter, his trying marriage, and his life as a whole.

Thyramus and Pisbee

By: Eric Hissom

Directed by: Michael Marinaccio

Saturday, November 7 at 4:00 p.m.

Rating: PG | Runtime: 90 minutes, no intermission

Synopsis: Comedy. Chaos and hilarity ensue during a last-minute rehearsal before a performance for the King. Fast-paced and raucous, this comedy upends our preconceptions about William Shakespeare, his actors, and his genius.

The Adventures of Pericles

A Modern Verse Translation of Shakespeare's Play

By: Ellen McLaughlin

Directed by: Jim Helsinger

Saturday, November 7 at 8:30 p.m.

Rating: PG | Runtime: 2 hours and 45 minutes with a 10 minute intermission

Adventure, love, betrayal, murder, jousts, hurricanes, princes, prostitutes, and pirates all appear in the exciting adventures of Prince Pericles. A new modern verse translation of Shakespeare’s exciting story.


By: Mark St. Germain

Directed by: Cynthia White

Sunday, November 8 at 1:30 p.m.

Rating: PG | Runtime: 80 minutes, no intermission

Drama. A reporter interviews Albert Einstein, revealing shocking secrets about his family, his past, and the theory of relativity.


By: Donnetta Lavinia Grays

Directed by: Lisa Wolpe

Sunday, November 8 at 5:00 p.m.

Rating: PG-13 | Runtime: 1 hour and 45 minutes with a 10 minute intermission

Drama. Ten-year-old Sam and her drug-addicted mother arrive unexpectedly at her aunt’s Brooklyn doorstep. Decaying family bonds, playground rhymes, and shocking memories weave their way to a surprise ending.

The Luckiest People

By: Meridith Friedman

Directed by: Christopher Niess

Sunday, November 8 at 7:30 p.m.

Rating: PG | Runtime: 2 hours with a 10 minute intermission

Drama. What is our responsibility to our parents? Richard is forced to grapple with that question in the days following his mother’s funeral. Meanwhile his father, Oscar, has growing suspicions over the circumstances of his wife’s death that lead him to make a startling accusation against his son. The Luckiest People explores the great dichotomy of the father-son bond: a relationship of profound awe and unparalleled fear.