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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!


Announcing PlayFest 2015 Readings and Events

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.

Readings (Tickets are just $8!)

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.





Thursday, November 5
Skin and Bone
By Jacqueline Goldfinger
7:30 p.m.
Friday, November 6
Man in Snow
By Israel Horovitz
 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, November 7
Thyramus and Pisbee
By Eric Hissom
4:00 p.m.
Keynote: Ellen McLaughlin
7:30 p.m.
The Adventures of Pericles
A Modern Verse Translation of Shakespeare’s Play by Ellen McLaughlin
8:30 p.m.
Sunday, November 8
By Mark St. Germain
1:30 p.m.
Playwright's Panel:
Diversity in Action

3:30 p.m.
By Donnetta Lavinia Grays
5:00 p.m.
The Luckiest People
By Meridith Friedman
7:30 p.m.

PlayFest Sponsors

Harriett Lake

Frank Santos and Dan Dantin


United Arts

Florida Arts & Culture

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. 


Past Years
PlayFest 2014 - November 2 – 4, 2012
PlayFest 2013 - November 8 – 10, 2013
PlayFest 2012 - November 2 – 4, 2012
PlayFest 2011 v2 - November 3 – 6, 2011
PlayFest 2011 - April 8 – 17, 2011
PlayFest 2010 - April 2 – 11, 2010
PlayFest 2009 - January 23 - February 21, 2009
PlayFest 2008 - February 8 – 17, 2008
PlayFest 2007 - February 23 – March 4, 2007
PlayFest 2006 - February 8 – 19, 2006





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