THE PLAYSSee more

  • SOLOS

    The Jazz Romance of trumpeter Ben "Blue" Miller and Ellie Grace. Winner: 2014 BroadwayWorld Orlando Awards, Best Lead Actress.
  • A LITTLE CRAZY

    A contemporary play about Avram, an 84-year-old Russian immigrant, and his great-nephew Harry, and their sometimes turbulent relationship.
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    WEST FARMS

    A worn man reminisces about an almost mythical drinking establishment near the West Farms bus depot in the Bronx. Telly Award Winner.
  • BUCKET BOY

    A street performer tries to recapture a relationship with the girl she loved in high school ... that may or may not have ever existed.
  • THE SHORT PLAYS

    From dramatic tales of childhood to fanciful encounters with companion birds and supernatural creatures

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DESTINATION MOON

A young woman recovering from a serious illness forms a relationship with a disembodied voice in the night.
  • TOM WAITS FOR NO MAN

    A third-rate road musician half-way between last call and last chance, playing the songs of Tom Waits.
  • SOLOS

    The Jazz Romance of trumpeter Ben "Blue" Miller and Ellie Grace. A story as passionate as the music.
    Winner: 2014 BroadwayWorld Orlando Awards, Best Lead Actress, Desiree Perez
  • A LITTLE CRAZY

    The first production, performed at the 2002 Orlando International Fringe Festival.
  • A SLOW RIDE

    Three generations of women taking a Sunday ride, with the near-demented discord of family in close proximity for more than ten minutes.

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jazz shows

  • garden theatre
    Jazz On Edge took over the 299-seat Garden Theatre with an all-star fest featuring pianist Edward Simon, the Tiptons Sax Quartet, and a post-show jam with Brian Groder and Doug Mathews.
  • cook trio
    The first Jazz On Edge house/web concert was also the first house concert for Orlando-based Gypsy guitar band The Cook Trio.
  • JAZZ ON EDGE TAKE 1
    Jazz On Edge debuts with a soldout show at Taste Restaurant the first Orlando appearance of NYC trumpeter Brian Groder, plus Esastside Combo and the premiere appearance of Clare Courchene's Quartet.

freelance writer

As a writer on assignment, I've traveled to Italy, Scotland, England, New Orleans, California and New York City, with a specialty on all things Orlando. Whether it's a story about Arts & Crafts houses in Florida or new styles in computers, a Mounted Police squad or alien abduction insurance, I've written it. Environmental issues, music, movie and theater reviews and in-depth conversations with legends in jazz. Interviews and personality profiles are my specialty.

playwright

My plays take place on buses and in bars, in hotel rooms and government offices, farmhouse kitchens and jazz stages. 43 productions and readings of my work from coast to coast and in three countries since 2001. Creator of live-streaming pioneer House Theater Project. "Best local playwright: Joseph Hayes" - Orlando Sentinel

food writer

Five-time Florida Magazine Association Award winning food writer and Orlando restaurant critic. James Beard Foundation judge, knowledgable champion of world cuisine and avid advocate of undiscovered chefs. Founding member, goFLA/SunshinePlate Central Florida.

arts presenter

Producer of the Jazz On Edge series, spotlighting new and original jazz from Central Florida since 2008, giving creative hometown and nationally-known musicians a place to perform their own music, without boundaries, in person and online. Creator of the year-long 13in13 series of arts events, and Pompeii's Table arts and dining project. Chair of "Word Play" Programming, Timucua Arts Foundation, presenting theater, spoken word, poetry, film, live-streaming video and word-based art in an alternative space.