November 2017 - Exact Dates and Titles to Be Announced in August 2017

About PlayFest presented by Harriett’s Charitable Trust

PlayFest is an annual weekend festival which presents up to seven new plays in staged readings over a four-day period.  At PlayFest we showcase the writers and plays that we most hope to include in future OST seasons. We also share these plays with our partner the University of Central Florida (UCF) and with fellow producers of new plays around the world. Audiences consist of local audiences and representatives from theaters nationwide. PlayFest provides a place for writers, theater professionals, and audiences to connect and share ideas that promote the latest and greatest in playwriting.  

PlayFest is presented by Harriett’s Charitable Trust. Over the years, the festival has introduced over 125 new works to regional and nationwide audiences, including the original readings, workshop, and full production of Mark Brown’s Around the World in 80 Days; the NNPN Rolling World Premieres of John Biguenet’s Shotgun and William Missouri Downs’ The Exit Interview; the world premiere of Jennifer Hoppe-House’s Bad Dog; and regional premieres of Kathleen Cahill’s Charm, Steve Yockey’s Blackberry Winter and many others. Many PlayFest plays have subsequently received productions in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Washington D.C., and around the nation.

At PlayFest, audiences participate in the development of new plays, conversing with playwrights, directors, and actors while absorbing groundbreaking new works. PlayFest tears down the barrier between artist and audience, putting YOU at the heart of the process.

Orlando Shakes is a core member of the National New Play Network, a nationwide organization devoted to developing new work through the New Play Exchange, rolling world premieres, and annual conferences.