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Plays and Events

23rd Season (2011 - 2012)

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Show White and the Seven Dwarfs Cymbeline
The Importance of Being Earnest Red
God of Carnage Charlotte's Web
Miss Nelson is Missing PlayFest! The Harriett Lake Festival of New Plays
A Tuna Christmas Reading Series: Three by Tenn
Sleigh Mock Trial: The Trial of Friar Laurence
Romeo and Juliet  
   
SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS
July 7 - August 7, 2011
By Maurice Berger

INTERACTIVE FUN FOR EVERYONE Based on the classic fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs tells the famous story of a sweet girl who grows up in the woods, as part of a most unusual family -- and of the Wicked Queen who will stop at nothing to be the most beautiful woman in the kingdom. Told with help from the younger members of the audience, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is wicked fun for everyone.
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Dramatis Personae
- Queen …..Erin Beute
- Snow White …..Melissa Mason
- Stage Manager …..Brandon Roberts
Production Team
- Director .....Patrick Flick
- Set Designer .....Robbin Watts
- Costume Designer .....Denise R. Warner
- Lighting Designer .....Mary Heffernan
*Denotes a member of Actors' Equity Association **Denotes a member of United Scenic Artists

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THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST
September 14 - October 9, 2011 Program
Written by Oscar Wilde
Directed by Jim Helsinger


A rousing, romantic escapade, Oscar Wilde dishes up scathing social satire, effervescent wit and high farce, making The Importance of Being Earnest one of the most cherished plays in the English language. In a stylish send-up of Victorian courtship and manners, charming bachelors Jack and Algernon lead double lives to woo the two young ladies who have won their hearts. When they are caught in their lies, the stage is set for clever manipulations and hilarious confusion.

Curriculum Guide
Handout 1
Reviews
  • "Oscar Wilde's delicious mix of put-downs, wisecracks and highfalutin nonsense...shines brighter than ever." – Matt Palm, Orlando Sentinel

  • "Earnest marks Orlando Shakespeare Theater's first production of a Wilde work. With a production this satisfying, it was well worth the wait." – Matt Palm, Orlando Sentinel

  • "One of English theater's funniest and most savory comedies..." – Pam Harbaugh, Brevard Culture

  • "Wilde's dialogue is so delicious, you may want to see it again..." – Pam Harbaugh, Brevard Culture

  • "...as directed by Jim Helsinger, the pretense of polite society comes into full blossom with a splendid professional cast and a marvelous visuals." – Pam Harbaugh, Brevard Culture

  • "I have been attending the Shakespeare Theater performances for many years and have never been disappointed. This performance was an absolute delight." – Nancy W., Audience comment

  • "I laughed so hard, both at the physical comedy and Oscar Wilde's wit. Wonderful production." – Alison P., Audience comment

  • "Attended the premiere. Outstanding job by the entire cast. This is a 'do not miss' show!!!" – Carla L., Audience comment
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- Wed & Thurs:
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- Fri & Sat:. 8 p.m.
- Sun: 2 p.m.
- Senior Matinees: Wednesdays at 2 p.m., September 21 & 28
- Chat Back: Thursday, September 29 at 7 p.m.
- Caption Display: Sunday, October 9 at 2 p.m.

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Dramatis Personae
Avery Clark
Avery Clark
as Algernon Moncrieff
Mindy Anders
Mindy Anders
as Gwendolen Fairfax
Deanna Gibson
Deanna Gibson
as Cecily Cardew
Shannon Michael Wamser
Shannon Michael Wamser
as Jack Worthing
Philip Nolen
Philip Nolen
as Lady Bracknell
Patrick Flick
Patrick Flick
as Rev. Chasuble
Robin Olson
Robin Olson
as Miss Prism

Production Team
- Director .....Jim Helsinger
- Set Designer .....Bert Scott
- Costume Designer .....Jack Smith
- Lighting Designer .....Dave Upton**
- Sound Designer .....Britt Sandusky**
- Stage Manager .....Stacy Renee Norwood*
*Denotes a member of Actors' Equity Association **Denotes a member of United Scenic Artists

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GOD OF CARNAGE
October 12 - November 13, 2011
Written by Yasmina Reza
Directed by Mark Routhier


This 75-minute thrill ride takes you into the most dangerous place on earth: parenthood. A civilized discussion over a playground fight becomes a finger-pointing, fur-flying, hilarious brawl between two couples in this savagely caustic comedy from Yasmina Reza (ART). Currently being developed as a major motion picture, God of Carnage stormed Broadway, nabbing the 2009 Tony Award for Best Play and earning knockout reviews.
Reviews
  • "...a cast of four who get down and dirty so entertainingly that laughter all but drowns out the little voice in our heads warning, 'But that could be you too.'" – Matt Palm, Orlando Sentinel

  • "...voyeurism at its most fun and most tragic. Real Housewives style…" – Holly V. Kapherr, Orlando Weekly

  • "Yes, I hate these people. They are overpaid and overbearing and over here, but watching them self-destruct is a joy." – Archikulture Digest
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- Previews: Wednesday, October 12 & 13
- Wed & Thurs:
7 p.m.
- Fri & Sat:. 8 p.m.
- Sun: 2 p.m.
- Senior Matinees: October 19 & 26, November 2 & 9

- $20 Under 30:
Friday, October 21
- Post-show Talkback:Thursday, October 27
- Caption Display:
November 13
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Dramatis Personae
Rus Blackwell
Rus Blackwell*
as Alan Raleigh

Suzanne O'Donnell
Suzanne O'Donnell*
as Annette Raleigh
Mark Ferrera
Mark Ferrera as
Michael Novak
Anne Hering
Anne Hering* as
Veronica Novak
Production Team
- Director .....Mark Routhier
- Set Designer .....Robbin Watts
- Costume Coordinator .....Denise R. Warner
- Lighting Designer .....Kevin Griffin
- Sound Designer .....Britt Sandusky
*Denotes a member of Actors' Equity Association **Denotes a member of United Scenic Artists

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MISS NELSON IS MISSING
October 20 - November 19, 2011 Program
Adapted from the book by Harry Allard & James Marshall
Book, Music & Lyrics by Joan Cushing


Miss Nelson's rude and rowdy students are misbehaving AGAIN! But the students of Room 207 are in for a surprise when Miss Nelson is replaced by Viola Swamp, the scariest substitute teacher ever. Where did Miss Nelson go and will she ever return? Kids will enjoy this modern, witty musical while teachers and parents will love the values of respect and generosity it teaches.

Click here to download the Miss Nelson is Missing Curriculum Guide.
Showtimes
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- Tues, Thurs, Fri:
10:15 a.m. & Noon
- Wed:
10:30 a.m.
- Sat: 2 p.m.
- Sun: 4:30 p.m.
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Dramatis Personae
- Miss Nelson/Viola Swamp .....Amanda Leakey
- Pop Hanson/Mr. Blandsford/Detective McSmogg .....Rudy Roushdi
- Adam .....Ryan Czerwonko
- Allison .....Megan Pickrell
- Gregory .....Michael Shenefelt
- Chad .....Brad Frost
Production Team
- Director .....Steve MacKinnon
- Choreographer .....Kim Ball
- Scenic Designer .....Robbin Watts
- Lighting Designer .....Mary Heffernan
- Costume Designer .....Mel Barger
- Sound Designer .....Britt Sandusky
- Stage Manager ..... Adrienne Forsytheenic Artists
*Denotes a member of Actors' Equity Association **Denotes a member of United Scenic Artists

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A TUNA CHRISTMAS
November 30 - December 30, 2011 Program
Written by Ed Howard, Joe Sears and Jaston Williams
Directed by Patrick Flick


Back by popular demand! In this hilarious sequel to Greater Tuna, the outrageously funny and much loved characters of Tuna, Texas are back for Christmas. Local radio personalities, Thurston Wheelis and Arles Struvie, report that the Christmas festivities are in jeopardy and no nativity scene is safe! Join us for all the laughs as two talented men portray all 24 citizens of Texas' third smallest town, where the Lion's Club is too liberal and Patsy Cline never dies.
Reviews
  • "A tasty treat...the show is a satire of small-town ways as much as a celebration of them... Shakes has gussied up the show in its funny production, with a beautiful set by Bert Scott...and wonderfully detailed costumes by Kristina Tollefson." – Matt Palm, Orlando Sentinel

  • "Lainer's approachable innocence and Baldwin's lovable roguishness fit well together, and the show is just risqué enough to justify a baby sitter and an extra glass of wine: it skirts on heartwarming while still remaining real." – Carl F. Gauze, INK19

  • "Thoroughly enjoyed the play. Impressed with the slick costume changes and ability of the two actors to remember who they were all the time! – Audience comment

  • "First time in a play in Orlando, because of A Tuna Christmas, I will come back, thanks!" – Audience comment

  • "I loved everything about the play. The actors were fantastic with perfect timing. The direction was creative and fun. I have already told many people how terrific the play was and gave the flyer to a friend to purchase tickets." – Audience comment

  • "BRAVO!!!...to the cast & crew of Tuna Christmas! Enjoyed the show tonight with my daughter. Touching, funny and SO entertaining. Well done!" – Kim M.
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- Previews:
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- Wed & Thur.: 7 p.m.
- Fri & Sat:. 8 p.m.
- Sun: 2 p.m.
- Senior Matinees: Wednesdays at 2 p.m., December 7, 21 & 28
- Post-show Talkback: Thursday, December 15 at 7 p.m.

- $20 Under 30: Friday, December 9 at 8 p.m.
- Caption Display: Sunday, December 28
at 2 p.m.
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Dramatis Personae
Michael Kevin Baldwin
Michael Kevin Baldwin*
as Arles

Mark Lainer
Mark Lainer*
as Thurston
Production Team
- Director .....Pat Flick
- Set .....Bert Scott**
- Lights .....Mary Heffernan
- Costumes .....Kristina Tollefson**
- Sound .....Britt Sandusky
- Stage Manager .....Stacy Renee Norwood*
- Production Assistants .....Isis Blanco & Lauraleigh Shealey
*Denotes a member of Actors' Equity Association **Denotes a member of United Scenic Artists

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SLEIGH
December 1 - December 18, 2011 Program
Presented by PB&J Theatre Factory

FAMILY COMEDY A young couple spends their first Christmas together, tackling all the holiday traditions with two very different expectations. Meanwhile, a pair of shopkeepers re-define "rivalry" as they coax customers away from their competitor. And three determined mail carriers fight the elements, a poorly addressed letter and each other to make a delivery. You'll laugh your way through the holidays!

  • "This is gentle humor, suitable for children but adults will find plenty to chuckle, or downright guffaw, at too." – Matt Palm, ORLANDO SENTINEL

  • "...the kind of emotional scenes that had the opening-night audience erupt in a chorus of 'awwww' and would bring a smile to the face of even Scrooge himself." – Matt Palm, ORLANDO SENTINEL

Dedicated to creating theatrical performances that engage and inspire audiences of all ages, PB&J Theatre Factory's current production of Sleigh integrates sound effects, music, and props, to bring you innovative, hilarious, and heartfelt stories without the spoken word.

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- Thurs, Fri & Sat:7:30 p.m.
- Sun: 2:30 p.m.
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ROMEO AND JULIET
January 25 - March 17, 2012 Program

Written by William Shakespeare
Directed by Thomas Ouellette


Pure and passionate, tempestuous and true – the feverish intensity of youth explodes in the most enduring love story of all time. Through the hate of warring factions, in defiance of their families and in secrecy from their closest friends, young lovers risk everything to be together. Shakespeare's masterpiece has never been so captivating, or so dangerous, as in this stirring new production.

Curriculum Guide
Handout 1
Handout 2

Reviews
  • "Absolutely the very best performance of R&J I've ever seen! Actually cried at the end."

  • "Amazing! Just when I thought I'd seen the best performance of my life, you prove me wrong with the next one!"

    "Pre-performance discussion so interesting....play one of the best I've seen....the costumes gorgeous, young lovers' passion totally believable...."al Material
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- Previews:
January 25 & 26
- Wed & Thurs: 7 p.m.
- Fri & Sat:. 8 p.m.
- Sun: 2 p.m.
- Senior Matinees: Wednesdays at 2 p.m., February 15 & 29
- Chat Back: Thursday, February 23

- $20 Under 30: Friday, February 3 at 8 p.m.
- Caption Display: Sunday, March 11
at 2 p.m.

>A. Brian Phillips, P.A.
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Dramatis Personae
RYAN CZERWONKO
RYAN CZERWONKO
as Balthazar
JOHNNY LEE DAVENPORT
JOHNNY LEE DAVENPORT*
as Lord Capulet
BRADFORD D. FROST
BRADFORD D. FROST
as Paris
Shannon Michael Wamser
DAVID HARDIE*
as Tybalt & Apothecary
WYNN HARMON
WYNN HARMON*
as Friar Laurence
Patrick Flick
STELLA HEATH*
as Juliet
Robin Olson
ANNE HERING*
as Nurse
Robin Olson
AMANDA LEAKEY
as Lady Montague
Robin Olson
KRAIG KELSEY
as Friar John & Gregory
Robin Olson
GEOFFREY KENT*
as Mercutio
Robin Olson
SAM LITTLE
as Prince Escalus
Robin Olson
MEGAN PICKRELL
as Rosaline
Robin Olson
MICHAEL RAVER*
as Romeo
Robin Olson
BRANDON ROBERTS
as Montague & Peter
Robin Olson
RUDY ROUSHDI
as Benvolio
Robin Olson
MICHAEL SHENEFELT
as Sampson
CAREY URBAN*
CAREY URBAN*
as Lady Capulet
     
Production Team
- Director .....Thomas Ouellette
- Fight Director .....Geoffrey Kent
- Choreographer .....W. Robert Sherry
- Scenic Designer .....Bob Phillips**
- Lighting Designer .....Bert Scott**
- Costumes.....Jack A. Smith
- Sound Designer .....Matthew Given
- Stage Manager .....Stacy Renee Norwood*
- Assistant Stage Manager .....George Hamrah*
*Denotes a member of Actors' Equity Association **Denotes a member of United Scenic Artists

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CYMBELINE
February 8 - March 18. 2012 Program
Written by William Shakespeare
Directed by Jim Helsinger


Shakespeare's epic fairy tale is a sweeping story of love, laughter, betrayal and redemption. Evil queens, forbidden love, mistaken identities, banishment, magic potions and poison fill the stage in this storybook adventure. After brave Princess Imogen is falsely accused of adultery and escapes her father's court, she sets forth on a treacherous and miraculous journey to reclaim her place in society and reunite with her true love.

Curriculum Guide
Handout 1

Reviews
  • "There's something thrilling, too, in Orlando Shakespeare Theater's lush production of 'Cymbeline,' a fairy tale for adults. It's in the way that director Jim Helsinger lets the audience members embrace their inner children. This is glorious grown-up fairy tale, and Helsinger finds just the right tone for his cast..." – Matt Palm, ORLANDO SENTINEL

  • "...delightful new production...refreshingly unstuffy...Cymbeline makes a strong argument for mentally refiling Shakespeare from 'just good for you' to 'just good fun.'" – Seth Kubersky, ORLANDO WEEKLY

  • "A beautiful production of one of the more obscure Shakespeare plays that didn't pander or condescend to the audience. Great combat and music/singing alongside the high production values I've come to expect. This would rank amongst my favorite OST Shakespeare productions."

  • "It must be noted that CYMBELINE is a complex story and easily can become muddy and unclear in performance. This production however, made it clear, followable and most of all enjoyable!"
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- Previews:
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- Wed & Thurs: 7 p.m.
- Fri & Sat: 8 p.m.
- Sun: 2 p.m.
- Senior Matinees: Wednesdays at 2 p.m., February 22, March 7
- Chat Back: Thursday, March 1
- $20 Under 30: Friday, February 24 at 8 p.m.
- Caption Display: Sunday, March 18 at 2 p.m.

A. Brian Phillips, P.A.
Akerman Senterfitt
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Florida Hospital
GellerRagans
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Orange County Arts & Cultural Affairs
OUC
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Special thanks to David & Lyn Berelsman
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Dramatis Personae
RYAN CZERWONKO
RYAN CZERWONKO
as First Lord
JOHNNY LEE DAVENPORT
JOHNNY LEE DAVENPORT*
as Philario, Belarius & Jupiter
BRADFORD D. FROST
BRADFORD D. FROST
as Arvigarus
Shannon Michael Wamser
DAVID HARDIE*
as Posthumous
WYNN HARMON
WYNN HARMON*
as Cymbeline
Patrick Flick
STELLA HEATH*
as Servant
Robin Olson
ANNE HERING*
as Queen
Robin Olson
AMANDA LEAKEY
as Helen
Robin Olson
KRAIG KELSEY
as Second Lord
Robin Olson
GEOFFREY KENT*
as Iachimo
Robin Olson
SAM LITTLE
as Caius Lucius,
Sicilius & Leonatus
Robin Olson
MEGAN PICKRELL
as Tribune
Robin Olson
MICHAEL RAVER*
as Pisanio
Robin Olson
BRANDON ROBERTS
as Cloten
Robin Olson
RUDY ROUSHDI
as Frenchman & Musician
Robin Olson
MICHAEL SHENEFELT
as Guiderius
CAREY URBAN*
CAREY URBAN*
as Imogen
     
Production Team
- Director .....Jim Helsinger
- Fight Director .....Geoffrey Kent
- Choreographer .....W. Robert Sherry
- Scenic Designer .....Bob Phillips**
- Lighting Designer .....Bert Scott**
- Costumes .....Denise R. Warner
- Sound Designer .....Matthew Given
- Stage Manager .....Stacy Renee Norwood*
- Assistant Stage Manager .....George Hamrah*
*Denotes a member of Actors' Equity Association **Denotes a member of United Scenic Artists

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RED
March 21 - April 22, 2012 Program
Written by John Logan

Hailed as "intense and exciting" by The New York Times, Red took Broadway by storm with this electrifying drama that spans the spectrum of human emotion. Having just landed the most lucrative commission in modern art history, abstract expressionist Mark Rothko works feverishly in his studio with his brash young assistant, Ken. As Rothko nears completion of what he hopes will be his crowning achievement, he faces the possibility that it could also become his undoing.

John Logan, the Oscar-nominated author of Aviator and Gladiator, won Tony Awards for this smart, scintillating portrait of an artist's ambition and vulnerability.

Reviews
  • "Their uneasy camaraderie is crucial to the piece, and the fact it works so well meant I was holding my breath as the two rattled off a rapid-fire laundry list of objects, emotions and shadings associated with the color red in a thrilling exchange." – Matt Palm, ORLANDO SENTINEL

  • "Red at the Shakespeare Theater is a brilliant play, brilliantly directed by Patrick Flick and brilliantly acted by the two-man cast of John Herrera as Painter Mark Rothko and Buddy Haardt as his assistant." – Josh Garrick, WP/MAITLAND OBSERVER

  • "It was Broadway quality. We loved it and I may go to see it a second time. The acting was incredibly good." – Audience member

  • "This was a very cozy setting. I saw Red on Broadway and liked this performance as well or better! the acting was superb!" – Audience member

  • "It just leaves me breathless. I feel so enriched by it." – Audience member
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- Previews: March 21 & 22
- Wed & Thurs:
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- Fri & Sat:8 p.m.
- Sun:2 p.m.
- Senior Matinees:
Wednesdays at 2 p.m., March 28, April 4, 11 & 18
- Chat Back: Thursday, April 5
- $20 Under 30: Friday, March 30 at 8 p.m.
- Caption Display: Sunday, April 22 at 2 p.m.

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Dramatis Personae
Buddy Haardt
BUDDY HAARDT*
as Ken
John Herrera
JOHN HERRERA*
as Mark Rothko
Production Team
- Director .....Patrick Flick
- Scenic Designer .....Bob Phillips**
- Lighting Designer .....Eric Haugen**
- Costume Designer .....Denise R. Warner
- Sound Designer .....Britt Sandusky
- Stage Manager .....Mick O'Neil*
*Denotes a member of Actors' Equity Association **Denotes a member of United Scenic Artists

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CHARLOTTE'S WEB
March 31 - April 24, 2011 Program
Written by Joseph Robinette
Adapted from the book by E.B. White


You grew up with it. Your kids love it. Now see it spectacularly and imaginatively brought to life onstage. When the tiny pig Wilbur learns of his ultimate fate at the butcher, Charlotte, a talented writer and loving friend, weaves a creative solution that ensures his place on the farm forever. Called "the best American children's book of the past two hundred years" by the Children's Literature Association, E.B. White's timeless tale explores bravery, selfless love and the true meaning of friendship.

Curriculum Guide
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- Wed:
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- Sat: 2 p.m.
- Sun: 4:30 p.m.
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Dramatis Personae
- Wilbur .....Kraig Kelsey
- Charlotte/Mrs. Arable/Baby Spider .... Megan Pickrell
- Fern/Goose/Spectator/Judge .....Amanda Leakey
- Arable/Templeton/Lurvy .....Ryan Czerwonko
- Homer/Sheep/Spectator/Judge/Avery .....Rudy Roushdi
- Narrator/Gander/Reporter/Uncle/Fair President .....Matthew Natale Rush

Production Team
- Director .....Mark Routhier
- Set .....Robbin Watts
- Lights .....Mary Heffernan
- Costumes .....Mel Barger
- Sound .....Britt Sandusky
- Stage Manager .....Blu Fogarty
- Assistant Stage Manager .....Lauraleigh Shealey
- Light Board Operator .....Rachel Laslo
- Sound Board Operator .....Jonathan DeRoulet
- Wardrobe #1 .....Emily Plonski
*Denotes a member of Actors' Equity Association **Denotes a member of United Scenic Artists

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PLAYFEST! THE HARRIETT LAKE FESTIVAL OF NEW PLAYS
November 3 - 6, 2011 Program
An engaging, fast-paced weekend packed with world premiere plays, distinctive panels, lively parties and dynamic networking events. It is the perfect opportunity to converse with PlayFest artists, establish lasting connections and absorb groundbreaking new works. Perfect for anyone who loves great theater!

Play-in-a-Day kicks off this event on Thursday, November 3 followed by seven readings of brand new works in the next three days!

Orlando Shakespeare Theater in Partnership with UCF is dedicated to the development of new plays, one of our country's most enduring art forms. PlayFest! The Harriett Lake Festival of New Plays is a nationally recognized program and represents one of the strongest commitments to new plays nationally. Over the years, Orlando Shakes has helped nurture and develop over 100 new plays – many of which have received subsequent productions in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Seattle, and Washington D.C.

Keynote speakers and performances have included Philip Seymour Hoffman, Olympia Dukakis, Theresa Rebeck,John Pielmeier, Israel Horivitiz, and Pulitzer Prize winner Robert Schenkkan.
Patrons Sponsors
Roy and Patricia Ambinder
Gordon and Susan Arkin
Siegmund and Marilyn Goldman
Don and Joyce Henckler
Steve Goldman and Melanie Love
John and Rita Lowndes
Trisha Margeson
Daniel and Elizabeth McIntosh
Simon and Ellen Snyder
Mrs. Tess Wise
Harriett Lake
National New Play Network
Comfort Suites
Frank Santos & Dan Dantin
Coleman & Ingrid Cordell
Keynote Event
Keynote Address by Jeffrey Hatcher
Saturday, November 5 at 7:00 p.m. - FREE EVENT!
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Streaming Live Online on #NEWPLAY TV! at livestream.com/newplay
This year, Jeffrey Hatcher, author of The Turn of the Screw, visits PlayFest! Join us for his Keynote Address, "What the Audience Knows," which focuses on the information, prejudices and expectations audiences bring to the theater and to new plays. This event will be followed by a reading of his new work, Strongman's Ghost.

Readings
A public reading of a play with actors reading from scripts. In a nutshell, the actors rehearse the play three times (as the playwright listens and makes changes) and then perform the play in a seated reading for a live audience. The actors read from scripts placed on music stands. Afterwards, the audience is invited to share their feedback to the director and playwright, focusing on the development of the play.  All tickets to readings are $5, FREE for PlayFest Patrons.
The Odyssey
By Charlie Bethel

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

Shipwrecks, cyclopses, sirens and sex goddesses; cannibalism, death, loyalty and revenge. Solo artist Charlie Bethel unpacks it all for you in this retelling of Homer’s epic tale of a crafty hero trying to get home and the circumstances that stretch him to his limit. 75 minutes, followed by a Chat Back.

The Odyssey
Zombie Town
By Tim Bauer

Sunday, November 6 at 11:00 a.m.

When a horde of zombies overruns the small West Texas town of Harwood, the townsfolk assume the worst has already happened. But then a San Francisco Theater collective arrives, determined to tell the town's story. The resulting play, assembled from interviews and told in the townsfolk's exact words, is the true recounting of that terrible invasion. 70 minutes, followed by a Chat Back.

The Odyssey
Samsara
By Lauren Yee

Saturday, November 5 at 11:00 a.m.

When American couple Katie and Craig vow to make a last-ditch effort to create a baby of their own, their quest leads them to India, where a thriving commercial surrogacy industry offers them one final chance at parenthood. But will their decision to “rent out” a surrogate unite or divide them? A hilarious, unsettling look at reproduction in the 21st Century, Samsara questions whether we can truly achieve intimacy in the face of shrinking worlds and expanding boundaries. 90 minutes, followed by a Chat Back.

The Odyssey
The Invention of the Living Room
By Andrew R. Heinze

Sunday, November at 4:00 p.m.

It's 1946. An apartment on the Lower East Side of New York City. Bessie Levin, an emotionally fragile yet dynamic woman, is haunted by the past but about to be hurled into the future. Bessie wants to keep her home unchanged and her racially mixed, religiously divided family together. Her son, Billy, is preparing to launch Levinstown, the first big postwar suburb, which he calls "the future of America." But will the Levins survive Levinstown? And will Bessie survive the future? 100 minutes, followed by a Chat Back.

The Odyssey

Smoke
By Gloria Bond Clunie

Saturday, November at 2:00 p.m.

"Something's gotta kill you -- and everybody's got their own brand of smokes!"

Country storeowner Ora Rakestraw wants no parts of the mysterious Wallace Johnson when he descends upon Manson, North Carolina to organize tobacco workers.  The government declares cigarettes deadly. Things get hot when love and small town politics clash! 100 minutes, followed by a Chat Back.

The Odyssey
Feverish
By Steve Yockey

Sunday, November at 7:00 p.m.

Feverish
is a retelling of Phaedra & Hippolytus through a modern lens. The play fuses myth and modern ideas into a bold, vivid world of heightened realism, status games and unrequited lust. And sheds a whole new light on the "complex" love between a mother and a son. 90 minutes, followed by a Chat Back.

The Odyssey

Strongman's Ghost
By Jeffrey Hatcher

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

The General is a dictator of a small foreign country.  He moonlights as a novelist.  Everyone loves his books.  They have to.  He's the dictator.  But he doesn't have time to do the actual writing anymore.  For that he has ghostwriters.  His soldiers have just brought him a new one.  His assignment: finish the General's final book before the country is invaded by a nation very much like the U.S. 90 minutes, followed by a Chat Back.

The Odyssey
Special Events
Play-in-a-Day Lottery
Wednesday, November 2 at 6:00 p.m.
Play selection for Play-in-a-Day.
Play-in-a-Day
Thursday, November 3 at 7:00 p.m.
Hosted by Producing Artistic Director of Beth Marshall Presents, Beth Marshall. 20 actors, 7 writers, 7 directors and a team of crew members donate their time and talents to write, direct, rehearse, run the technical aspects and perform 6 original 10-minute plays, all sharing the same theme, within that 24-hour time frame. 90 minutes.
PlayFest Opening Party
Thursday, November 3 at 9:00 p.m.
Cash bar with happy hour prices ($2 beer, $3 wine) and free appetizers. Everyone's invited!
Fringe 101
Saturday, November 5 at 5:00 p.m. in the Patron's Room - $20
How to Fringe with former Orlando Fringe Artistic Director and Producing Artistic Director of Beth Marshall Presents, Beth Marshall.
Playwright's Panel
Sunday, November 6 at 2:00 p.m. - FREE EVENT!
Mandell Theater
What's a Playwright Gotta Do to Make a Living?
Streaming Live Online on #NEWPLAY TV! at livestream.com/newplay
Closing Party
Sunday, November 6 at 9:00 p.m.

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READING SERIES
Three by Tenn: Celebrating 100 Years of Tennessee Williams
Select Sundays at 7:00 p.m. in the Margeson & John & Rita Lowndes Shakespeare Theater in Loch Haven Park
There is no charge for this event and reservations are not required.
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof – September 25, 2011
A turbulent marriage, a family gathering, a terminal illness and abundant wealth set the stage for this Pulitzer Prize-winning classic. Set in the Mississippi plantation home of wealthy cotton tycoon Big Daddy Pollitt, Williams' work tells the story of a Southern family in crisis. When the family gathers to celebrate Big Daddy's 65th birthday, the reunion jogs intense memories and a shockwave of truths is revealed for a father and son.
Sweet Bird of Youth – January 8, 2012
Biting and brutal, lyrical and lurid, Williams masterfully unfolds his story of local boy gone bad Chance Wayne and his temperamental companion, faded movie star Princess Kosmonopolis, amidst a backdrop of small town narrow-mindedness and heightened racial tensions. Sweet Bird of Youth crackles with sexual tension and wicked humor, creating an absorbing play about crushed dreams and devastating failure.
A Streetcar Named Desire – March 11, 2012
Tennessee Williams' iconic masterpiece about a torrid love triangle set in 1940's New Orleans steams up the Margeson Stage. Delicate Southern belle Blanche DuBois arrives at her sister Stella's French Quarter row house where she encounters her sweat-stained brother-in-law, Stanley Kowalski. As passions erupt, A Streetcar Named Desire paints an absorbing tragedy of a woman struggling against a harsh world, creating a night of compelling, intensely emotional theater.

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MOCK TRIAL
Romeo and Juliet: The Trial of Friar Laurence
Tuesday, February 21, 2012 Sponsors
5:30 p.m. Drinks, hors d'oeuvres, and mingling
6:30 p.m. The Trial
7:45 p.m. Case Closed!

Where
Orlando Shakespeare Theater
Margeson Theater at the Lowndes Shakespeare Center
812 East Rollins Street, Orlando, FL 32803

The Trial
Based on William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, this lively event will explore whether Friar Laurence is legally culpable for the untimely deaths of doomed youth Juliet and Romeo. After the teenagers are found dead in the Capulet Vault, Prince Escalus declares there will be "more talk of these sad things;/Some shall be pardoned, and some punished", implying that he plans to deliver justice. Topping the list of possible suspects is Friar Laurence, who is, as he admits himself, the "most suspected". As usual, there will be a number of twists, turns, and surprises throughout the trial.

The Cast
- Romeo .....Michael Raver*
- The Nurse .....Anne Hering*
- Juliet .....Stella Heath*
- Bailiff .....Kraig Kelsey
- Friar Laurence .....Wynn Harmon*
- Stage Manager .....Stacy Norwood*

The High Court of Verona
- The Right Honorable Peter Haugh, Wells Fargo
- The Right Honorable Shannon Lacek, Orlando Shakespeare Theater
- The Right Honorable Scott Maxwell, Orlando Sentinel
- The Right Honorable Taylor Simpson-Wood, Professor of Law, Barry University Law School
- The Right Honorable Debra Wellman, Dean of the College of Professional Studies, Rollins College

The Advocates
- Prosecution: Kimberly Ashby, Shareholder at Akerman, Senterfitt
- Defense: John Hamilton, Shareholder at Foley & Lardner

Carlton Fields
First American Title Insurance Company
Roetzel & Andress
Wells Fargo