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November 1 - 3, 2014

We know you love the classics and we know you love to challenge yourself! Take a risk on new plays. We dare you.

An engaging, fast-paced weekend packed with exciting new plays, distinctive panels, and lively parties, PlayFest offers audiences the rare opportunity to be a part of new play development. Converse with playwrights, directors, and actors, while absorbing groundbreaking new works. This three-day event tears down the barrier between artist and audience, putting YOU at the heart of the process.

Many audience favorites from PlayFest have been developed into full productions in Orlando Shakes' season. Your input is vital to the extended life of new plays.

Keynote speakers and performances have included Philip Seymour Hoffman, Olympia Dukakis, Theresa Rebeck, John Pielmeier, Israel Horovitz, Lee Blessing, Tony Award winner Jon Jory, and Pulitzer Prize winner Robert Schenkkan.

Announcing PlayFest 2014 Readings and Events

Purchase all 7 Readings NOW with a PlayFest Pass!
$28 (Value: $35)
Click here to purchase! 

Tickets on sale Tuesday, September 30 at 12PM
Individual Readings: $5

Stay Tuned! Additional special events and a complete 2014 PlayFest schedule to be announced soon!

Special Events

Mark St. Germain has written many plays including Freud's Last Session (Off Broadway Alliance’s Best Play Award), Camping With Henry And Tom (Outer Critics Circle and Lucille Lortel Awards), Forgiving Typhoid Mary (Time Magazine’s “Year’s Ten Best”), Johnny Pye and the Fool-Killer (AT&T “New Plays For The Nineties Award”), Scott and Hem in the Garden of Allah, and Dr. Ruth, All the Way. Television credits include The Cosby Show, Crime and Punishment, and The Wright Verdicts. He was also a scriptwriter on the CBS Daytime serial As The World Turns. As a personal project, St. Germain directed/co-produced the documentary "MY DOG: An Unconditional Love Story", featuring Richard Gere, Glenn Close, and Lynn Redgrave. As a dramatist, St. Germain shows a strong preference for historical fiction, bringing to life historical events and personalities with vivid, imagined dialogue.

Readings (Tickets are just $5!)

Deb Laufer

Moses, the Author

Saturday, November 1 at 12:00 pm
By Andrew R. Heinze
Once God has given Moses word that he will die, Moses must scramble to finish the good book. A comedy of farcical proportions, Moses the Author shows us how the Old Testament could have been written while gently poking fun at modern conceptions of religion. And we look at Moses as a creative force—a writer with the ultimate editor. [Purchase tickets now!]


John BiguenetAll That is Seen and Unseen
Saturday, November 1 at 3:00 pm  
By Rob Keefe
All That is Seen and Unseen is a fantastical journey of the constructs of third world democracy, American foreign relations and the bitter pressures of marriage, parenting and adoption. Teetering between drama, comedy and suspense, Keefe masterfully explores modern issues through relatable and fallible human beings. [Purchase tickets now!]

Yussef El GuidiniDancing Lessons
Saturday, November 1 at 8:00 pm
By Mark St. Germain
Only in a city as isolating as Manhattan, could an out of work dancer and a professor from the Institute of Technology find solace in one another. When Ever Montgomery, a socially awkward professor is forced to attend an awards ceremony where there will be dancing he seeks out his neighbor Senga, an injured dancer, for help. Mark St. Germain brings us a modern odd couple, which tells a simple love story while exposing the reality of autism and Asperger’s disease. [Purchase tickets now!]

John W. Lowell
Annie Jump and the Library of Heaven

Sunday, November 2 at 12:00 pm
By Reina Hardy
Annie Jump And The Library Of Heaven is an exploration of the fine line between insanity and belief, and the human capacity to comprehend something truly greater than ourselves. Told through the eyes of a very special fourteen year old girl, Hardy’s piece interweaves humor, tragedy and suspense with a great deal of intellect and whimsy. [Purchase tickets now!]

Jon JoryGloucester Blue
Sunday, November 2 at 4:00 pm
By Israel Horovitz
On the coast of Massachusetts, an extreme home remodeling leads to a darkly comedic conflict of morality. As Stumpy and Latham, two dirtbag townies, attempt to repair the home, it becomes evident the problems lie more with the homeowners than with the house itself. [Purchase tickets now!]

Lia RomeoThere be Dragons
Sunday, November 2 at 7:00 pm
By Aleshea Harris
Once upon a time in a land far, far away, an urban assembly of characters created a very modern fairytale. Complete with a queen, milkmaid, guard, cobbler and dwarf, Harris paints a recognizable landscape colored with modern language, humor and if all goes well, a wedding.
[Purchase tickets now!]

Yussef El GuidiniBlackberry Winter
Monday, November 3 at 7:00 pm
By Steve Yockey
Forced to deal with a mother suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, Vivienne shares her journey from the moment of diagnosis to the present. Accompanied by an origin story of her own creation, Vivienne invites the audience into her world of this strange and debilitating disease. Yockey attacks difficult subject matter through a wild and beautifully creative lens. [Purchase tickets now!]

New Play Patron

Be on the cutting edge of new play development and rub elbows with tomorrow's literary stars. New Play Patrons receive an all-access pass to PlayFest readings, reserved seating, a private event with the playwrights, and recognition for their special contribution in programs, curtain speeches, Orlando Shakespeare Theater's website, and more! For more information, contact the Director of Development at (407) 447-1700 ext. 206 or email development@orlandoshakes.org.

If you'd like to become a PlayFest patron, click here to fill out our form.





Saturday, November 1
Moses, The Author
By Andrew R. Heinze
12:00 p.m.
All That is Seen and Unseen
By Rob Keefe
3:00 p.m.
Keynote Address
With Mark St. Germain
7:00 p.m.
Dancing Lessons
By Mark St. Germain
8:00 p.m.
Sunday, November 2
Annie Jump and the Library of Heaven
By Reina Hardy
 12:00 p.m.
Playwright Panel with Nan Barnett
New Play Landscape in America: National New Play Network, New Play Exchange and Beyond
2:15 p.m.
Gloucester Blue
By Israel Horovitz
4:00 p.m.
There Be Dragons
By Aleshea Harris
7:00 p.m.
Monday, November 3
Blackberry Winter
By Steve Yockey
7:00 p.m.

PlayFest Sponsors

Harriett Lake

Ingrid & Coleman Cordell

Frank Santos & Dan Dantin


United Arts

Florida Arts & Culture

PlayFest Patrons

Patricia and Roy Ambinder
Marilyn Goldman
Rita and John Lowndes
Ken and Trisha Margeson
Valerie and Jim Shapiro
Simon and Ellen Snyder


Past Years
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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