PlayFest is a ten-day theater event packed with dynamic new plays and new play programming for anyone who loves great theater. Readings, workshops and a world premiere! In 2009, Oscar winner Olympia Dukakis was our special guest. This year, we welcome Philip Seymour Hoffman to our stage.

Keynote Event
Philip Seymour Hoffman

Saturday, April 10 at 7:30 p.m.
Margeson Theater
$50, $75 or $100 [get tickets]
$25 student tickets available with a valid student I.D., call 407-447-1700.

Philip Seymour Hoffman will appear at the Orlando Shakespeare Theater in Partnership with UCF at PlayFest! The Harriett Lake Festival of New Plays. Entitled An Evening with Philip Seymour Hoffman, this special PlayFest keynote event will take an Inside the Actor’s Studio approach to discussing Mr. Hoffman’s career in theater and film, as well as his work in new play development. The event will be led by Orlando Shakespeare Theater Artistic Director, Jim Helsinger.

“We are so excited to have Philip with us,” says Helsinger. “Most audiences know him from his distinguished film career. Our audiences will be thrilled to find out more about his work in new play development as a member of LAByrinth Theater Company in New York City .”

National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere: Shotgun
By John Biguenet
Directed by David Lee
Four months after Katrina, a white man and his teenage son rent half of a shotgun duplex apartment from an African American woman and her father. Seething racial tensions bubble to the surface when love begins to bloom.
Special Events
Playwrights Panel
What is the Role of Actor in New Play Development?
Sunday, April 4 at Noon – 1:30 p.m.
Join authors, actors and directors for a scintillating conversation about new plays and their development.
Monday, April 5 at 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
TICKETS: [get tickets]
Orlando Fringe Festival Artistic Director Beth Marshall brings the Orlando Community together to produce this much beloved, traditional Orlando event.
Fringe 101
Saturday, April 3 at Noon – 2:00 p.m.
Everything you wanted to know about Fringe and more! Orlando Fringe Festival producing artistic director Beth Marshall shows you the way.
Heavier Than
By Steven Christopher YockeyDirected by Patrick Flick
Friday, April 2 at 7:30 -9:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 3 at 8:30 – 10:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 10 at 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 11 at 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.This mash-up of Greek myths unfolds inside a sprawling labyrinth where Aster the Minotaur contemplates turning 30 and pines for his long-absent mother while navigating a deceptive chorus, a plotting sister, a masochistic, sexually obsessed boy with wings and the impending arrival of warriors out for blood.



The Weird Sisters

By: Zack Calhoon

Directed by: Patrick Braillard

Saturday, April 3 at 3:00 - 5:00 p.m., Friday, April 9 at 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Muriel, Seonaid and Rhoswen, three women rebuked and thwarted by Duncan’s diseased, Scottish government are brought together by need, by revenge and by design. Meet the witches of Shakespeare’s Macbeth in Zack Calhoon’s prequel, THE WEIRD SISTERS before they took their revenge; before they cast their first spell.


By: Reina Hardy

Directed by: Kathleen Lindsey

Sunday, April 4 at 1:30 - 4:00 p.m., Sunday, April 11 at 8:30 - 11:00 p.m.

Beauty never showed up. After centuries under the curse, the Beast and his one remaining magical servant have moved into a shabby apartment near a 7-11, hoping for a lower cost of living and better luck with girls. In the threatening, impossible, completely ordinary world of paying rent and taking public transportation, is a happy ending even possible?

Once A Marine

By: Kelly Younger

Directed by: Richard Perez

Saturday, April 3 at 5:30 - 7:30 p.m., Sunday, April 11 at Noon - 2:00 p.m.

A shell-shocked marine returns home with no recollection of the life, or the wife, he left behind. The only woman he does remember — the one he came back for — is his first love of fifteen years ago. His bittersweet homecoming rekindles that love, and dredges up his most painful of memories. He must choose a future of blissful ignorance or a past of buried grief. But he is not the one who will decide.

Citizen Eve

By: Scott Bibb & Jerry Rice

Directed by: Kenny Howard

Sunday April 4 at 8:00 - 10:30 p.m., Friday April 9 at 7:30 - 10:00 p.m.

The witches from Macbeth reveal their show-biz connections in this irresistible brew of uproarious comedy, fearless imagination, Hollywood nostalgia, and all-too-human desires. It’s 1950 and Joe Mankiewicz is toiling and troubling over the script of “All About Eve.” Enter the supernatural and things get even bumpier. Enter Bette Davis and, well…fasten your seat belt!

Time in Kafka

By: Len Jenkin

Directed by: David Lee

Sunday April 4 at 2:30 - 4:30 p.m., Saturday April 10 at Noon - 2:00 p.m.

A manic recently ex-assistant professor at a small college, his loving wife, Franz Kafka, a European sanatorium, two mercurial con-people, and a time-slip–the present sliding away to 1913…trains, bars, airplanes, poisoned sausage, The Trial……A fable, a quixotic journey, and a determined yet demented quest for one man’s own truth….

Vino Veritas

By: David MacGregor

Directed by: Orlando Theatre Project

Tuesday, April 6 at 7:00 - 9:00 p.m., Sunday, April 11 at 11:30 - 1:30 p.m.

On Halloween night, two couples prepare to attend an annual costume party. Though the evening begins as usual, familiar traditions unravel when the foursome shares a bottle of South American ceremonial wine made from the skin of blue dart tree frogs. Under the influence of this tribal truth serum, what follows is an unpredictable night of unbridled honesty that stretches the bounds of their friendship forever.


By: David Davalos

Directed by: Kate Ingram

Saturday, April 3 at Noon - 2:30 p.m., Sunday, April 11 at 2:30 - 5:00 p.m.

The London Times, January 27, 2010: “Scientists Want to Exhume Leonardo da Vinci to Solve Mona Lisa Mystery” But why go to all that trouble when you can just see David Davalos’ play Daedalus for the shocking and funny answer? And meet Machiavelli and the Borgias, as well as go for a ride on a 16th-century flying machine, to boot…

Night Blooms

By: Margaret Baldwin

Directed by: Laurel Clark

Wednesday, April 7 at 7:30 - 10:00 p.m., Saturday, April 10 at 3 - 5:30 p.m.

Two families — one white and one black — cope with change in Selma in 1965. On the day of the march, the Stafford household laughs, cries, celebrates a bloom, and waits for news when an unexpected freedom fighter appears on their doorstep. A moving story of ordinary people and extraordinary change.

The Truth Will Out

By: Jordan Seavey

Directed by: John DiDonna

Sunday April 4 at 5:00 - 7:30 p.m., Thursday April 8 at 7:30 - 10:00 p.m.


In The Truth Will Out, an allegedly closeted national news anchor is confronted and threatened by the accused killer of an African American gay teenage boy. Tina Turner, Ellen Degeneres, Edward R. Murrow and Katherine the Great collide with the theatrical doppelgangers of a famous news anchor and his high society mother in a play that dares to tackle a recent national tragedy while asking some dangerous questions about human behavior and basic human rights.