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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! part of Harriett's New Play Series 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, Dallas, and Washington D.C.

is unique among New Play Festivals in two ways:

  1. It focuses on the process of writing a play as well as concentrating on the finished product. PlayFest nurtures the playwright during the creative process while decisions are still being made about the play. Writers are afforded the opportunity to work with top directors and actors in Orlando and beyond to help them in their process from page to stage.

  2. PlayFest partners with regional and national theater companies and new play development organizations like the National New Play Network, Fountain Theatre in Los Angeles, Southern Rep in New Orleans, Florida Studio in Sarasota, and New Theatre in Miami (just to name a few), providing audiences with the opportunity to see the work of many groups.

Due to the success of PlayFest, Central Florida is now identified as a place where exceptional new works are making their debut. We invite you to join us in ensuring the success of new plays and discovering the next classic American playwright!

PlayFest: It’s What’s Next!

Past Years
PlayFest 2014 - November 1 – 3, 2014
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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