Orlando Shakespeare Theater Reveals Casts & Directors for PlayFest, Running 11/8-10
Orlando Shakespeare Theater in Partnership with UCF proudly presents its annual new play festival, PlayFest, from November 8-10, 2013. This fast-paced weekend is packed with lively discussions, engaging panels, and new play readings, along with a keynote speech from award-winning playwright Lee Blessing. PlayFest 2013 is part of Harriett's New Play Series and marks the eleventh festival of new plays at Orlando Shakespeare Theater. Tickets to individual PlayFest readings ($5) may be purchased by calling the Box Office at (407) 447-1700, online at http://www.orlandoshakes.org, or in person inside the John and Rita Lowndes Shakespeare Center, 812 East Rollins Street in Orlando's Loch Haven Park.
PlayFest is a nationally recognized program, representing one of the strongest commitments to new plays in the United States. Since it's inception in 2003, PlayFest 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. Audience favorites from PlayFest are often hand-selected and developed into full productions in Harriett's New Play Series.
PLAYFEST SPECIAL EVENTS
Keynote Speaker: Lee Blessing | Saturday, November 9 at 7:00 p.m. (FREE)
Keynote address by Tony and Olivier Award Nominee and Pulitzer Prize finalist, playwright Lee Blessing. Blessing will discuss the importance of nurturing new plays and their future in American Theatre.
Playwright's Panel: "From Page to Stage" | Sunday, November 10 at 2:15 p.m. (FREE)
Actors and directors discuss the process of new play development and the challenges of second productions. Audience members are invited to participate in a Q&A immediately following the panel.
The Jericho Tree |Friday, November 8 at 7:30 p.m.
By Michael Aaron Santos|Directed by Brad DePlanche
Gavin has a secret. The Jericho Tree, passed down through his family for two centuries, is a small inconspicuous tree that possesses immense power. Trouble brews when Gavin's ex fiancé teams up with a mobster and his right-hand-hit-man in an evil plan to steal the tree. Mayhem and magic ensue as a paralleled history lesson of the famous meeting of Pope Leo I and Attila the Hun intertwine the fate of the tree, and the fate of the souls who wish to possess it.
(a love story) | Saturday, November 9 at 12:00 p.m.
By Kelly P. Lusk| Directed by Kate Ingram
Love. We've killed over it. We've fought wars over it. Books dissect and explore it. We've been told by The Beatles that it's all we need. But what is it? (a love story) tells the tale of three couples who set out to answer this eternal question. But what happens when you love someone more than they love you? Or they love you more than you love them?
Bad Dog | Saturday, November 9 at 3:00 p.m.
By Jennifer Hoppe-House | Directed by Jeremy Cohen
After ten years clean and sober, Molly Drexler tumbles off "the wagon" and drives her Prius through the house. A sedan-sized hole in the living room wall serves as a metaphor for what can no longer be ignored. As the events of Molly's blackout (and the ghosts that chase her) emerge, her family tries to cope with her wreckage, but end up running headlong into their own.