Two Weekends! Select dates from October 27 - November 5

PlayFest 2017 will feature seven new works that reflect the vibrancy of human emotion and explore the diversity of their experience

Individual Reading Tickets: $10 | General Admission Seating.

Save now with a PlayFest Package! 

  • PlayFest Pass – $49 per person (Value: $70)
    See all 7 Readings and save with a PlayFest Pass! 
  • PlayFest VIP – $100 per person
    Want to make sure you get one of the best seats in the house?  We’re offering the opportunity to upgrade your PlayFest Pass to VIP status to ensure a reserved seat for all six new plays and one reading of Gertrude and Claudius.  Become a PlayFest VIP to reserve your seat up front in one of the first four rows of the Margeson Theater.
  • PlayFest Patron – $250 per individual
    Reserved seating in the front rows of the Margeson Theater, complimentary drink tickets, special recognition in the program, and a private event with the PlayFest playwrights. Make your experience a memorable one! Please email development@orlandoshakes.org for more information.

Make a commitment to new plays! Call the Box Office at 407-447-1700 ext. 1 for more information. All passes expire November 5, 2017.

 


About PlayFest presented by Harriett’s Charitable Trust

PlayFest is an annual festival which presents up to seven new plays in staged readings.  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.  

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.

Readings

Pre-Show Chat with the Playwrights

Friday, October 27 at 7:15 p.m.

Runtime: 30 minutes

Join us in the Margeson Theater and hear how playwrights transform an idea into a play through a moderated discussion with members of the Orlando Shakes Creative Team.

Gertrude and Claudius

By: Mark St. Germain

Directed by: Jim Helsinger

Friday, October 27 at 8:00 p.m.

Runtime: 2 hours with one 15-minute intermission

An adaptation of John Updike’s novel. Serving as a prequel to Hamlet, Gertrude and Claudius brings a new point of view to the classic tale of guilt and revenge. The infamous couple serve as the villains in Shakespeare’s work, but are offered a new exposition in this tale of good intentions and family dysfunction. With ominous hints at the familiar story to come, Gertrude and Claudius is a play that shakes up what you thought you knew about Elsinore.

Well-Intentioned White People

By: Rachel Lynett

Directed by: Shaun Patrick Tubbs

Saturday, October 28 at 4:30 p.m.

Runtime: 90 minutes, no intermission

A succinct look at liberal arts colleges and how they handle the gamut of isms. Cass is a queer black professor being targeting in hate crimes, but she refuses to deal with it because she has conditioned herself to expect the behavior. Friends and coworkers try to help, but even the best intentions can be hollow in execution. Cass has to decide if she will smile and nod along with the white people in her life or deal with the problem and try to make a change.

PlayFest Party

Saturday, October 28 at 6:30 p.m.

Runtime: approximately one hour

Share a drink and dinner with your fellow PlayFest attendees, playwrights, and artists in between readings in the Dr. Phillips Patron’s Room.

Buffet dinner provided by Bubbalou’s Bodacious Barbecue.

Cost: $12 per person

Ada and the Engine

By: Lauren Gunderson

Directed by: David Lee

Saturday, October 28 at 8:00 p.m.

Runtime: 2 hours and 10 minutes with one 15-minute intermission

In this poetic yet analytical Victorian world of Ada Byron Lovelace, her father, the infamous Lord Byron, haunts her past. Her mother, Lady Byron, conspires to control her future. Ada shares a passion for mathematics with Charles Babbage, the mathematician behind early formulas to create analytical computing machines. Filled with steam power, math, and music, these soul mates are the visionaries of their time. A witty historical comedy.

Your Best One

By: Meridith Friedman

Directed by: Kristin Clippard

Sunday, October 29 at 2:30 p.m.

Runtime: 2 hours with one 15-minute intermission

Richard’s father may be even crankier in his old age, but he still recognizes his son Richard’s “best one” in David. Several years after Richard and David went their separate ways, a series of events conspire to reunite the family, including Richard’s sister and David’s adopted teenage son. Meridith Friedman gives us another chapter in the lives of this contemporary and wryly humorous family we loved in The Luckiest People—part of the current Signature Series at Orlando Shakes.

Pre-Show Chat with the Playwrights

Friday, November 3 at 7:15 p.m.

Runtime: 30 minutes

Join us in the Margeson Theater and hear how playwrights transform an idea into a play through a moderated discussion with members of the Orlando Shakes Creative Team.

Human Error

By: Eric Pfeffinger

Directed by: Sharon Ott

Friday, November 3 at 8:00 p.m.

Runtime: 100 minutes with one 15 minute intermission

When a fertility clinic mistakenly implants Madelyn and Keenan’s embryo in somebody else, an unlikely relationship is forged between two couples with wildly different backgrounds. A shared pregnancy with Heather and Jim brings out the best and worst in each of them, as they all work to understand one another and build a friendship that at first seems a complete impossibility. A comedy.

Baton

By: Deneen Reynolds-Knott

Directed by: Madeline Sayet

Saturday, November 4 at 4:30 p.m.

Runtime: 80 minutes, no intermission

Ava is on a date with Tim, when breaking news comes in about riots in Baltimore where a young black man has died while detained by the police. As tempers on the street reach a fever pitch, Ava and Tim grapple with the specter of police brutality and systemic racism. For Ava another specter is raised—that of her life five years earlier when Ava had stood with and defended her white fiancé Caleb when he was accused of torturing a black man with his baton. When the date ends back at her apartment, Ava has to make decisions about who she trusts and what she believes.

PlayFest Party

Saturday, November 4 at 6:00 p.m.

Runtime: approximately one hour

Share a drink and dinner with your fellow PlayFest attendees, playwrights, and artists in between readings in the Dr. Phillips Patron’s Room.

Buffet dinner provided by Spoleto’s – My Italian Kitchen.

Cost: $12 per person

 

The Hour of Great Mercy

By: Miranda Rose Hall

Directed by: Cynthia White

Saturday, November 4 at 8:00 pm

Runtime: 1 hour 50 minutes with one 15 minute intermission

Bethlehem, Alaska is a tiny town lit by the Northern lights. Roger and Maggie’s marriage mirrors the bleak Alaskan landscape as they struggle to come to terms five years after their daughter’s death in a hunting accident. Roger’s brother Ed returns home uninvited, seeking reconciliation and forgiveness. A haunting and poetic play by recent MFA graduate Miranda Rose Hall.

Gertrude and Claudius

By: Mark St. Germain

Directed by: Jim Helsinger

Sunday, November 5 at 2:30 p.m.

Runtime: 2 hours with one 15 minute intermission

An adaptation of John Updike’s novel. Serving as a prequel to Hamlet, Gertrude and Claudius brings a new point of view to the classic tale of guilt and revenge. The infamous couple serve as the villains in Shakespeare’s work, but are offered a new exposition in this tale of good intentions and family dysfunction. With ominous hints at the familiar story to come, Gertrude and Claudius is a play that shakes up what you thought you knew about Elsinore.