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A short play in three acts exploring the stresses of the new reality, and how some of us are better equipped than others to deal with it.
Jimmy Santine has lived a long life, he’s not ready to check out yet. I don’t touch nothing I’m not related to; I don’t breathe in nobody else’s space; if I can feel the heat coming off your tiny little fevered head you are too goddamn close."

It is a city in the time of social isolation, and life is different now that food arrives at your door. Meet DANNY, the food deliverer, generally confounded by nature; AMY, mother of 5-year-old twins, who might be more than a little stir crazy; MR. SANTINE, the 99-year-old, old-school Pittsburgh ex-mobster … allegedly; and MEGAN, home, alone, in her second-floor apartment, for far too long.

Written during and reflecting the uncertanty and hope instilled by the 2020 pandemic, it is Joseph Hayes' first play written specifically to be performed either for a live audience or as a streaming production. Or, as you'll  see, both.

  • "A play by Joseph Reed Hayes is a welcome oasis of cultured smarts." — Orlando Weekly



My plays take place on buses and in bars, in hotel rooms and government offices, farmhouse kitchens and jazz stages. 45 productions and readings of my plays from coast to coast and in three countries since 2001; creator of House Theater Project and the year-long 13in13 series of shows. "Best local playwright: Joseph Hayes" - Orlando Sentinel

food writer

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. I can write about the front of the house of a restaurant as well as the kitchen with equal expertise. Founding member, goFLA/SunshinePlate Central Florida.

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.