Three venues, 4 shows and 12 performances, involving 25 theater artists and musicians, playing for hundreds of audience members across 7 months, celebrating my 20th year as a playwright in Orlando.

Sponsored in part by a Specific Cultural Project from the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Arts & Culture and the Florida Council on Arts & Culture; and an Orange County Venue Subsidy Grant from Orange County Government, Arts & Cultural Affairs Program, through United Arts of Central Florida.

Orlando’s most prolific playwright." - Orlando Weekly


  • 2020 Dining Awards

    21 picks from critic Joseph Hayes and selections by readers in 57 categories.

  • The Crawl: Orlando

    A tour of unique and handcrafted cocktails in Central Florida and the folks who make them.

  • Food Adventures 3

    The third in a series of culinary oddities, unique finds and hidden gems. We journey into the bizarre, healthy, spirited, "who knew" and just plain cool and delicious.

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

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

    Hope following darkness like a dream amid the scent of citrus blossoms in wartime Florida.

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

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It is a city in the time of social isolation, and life is different now that food arrives at your door.

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    A third-rate road musician half-way between last call and last chance, playing the songs of Tom Waits.
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    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
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    The first production, performed at the 2002 Orlando International Fringe Festival.
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    Three generations of women taking a Sunday ride, with the near-demented discord of family in close proximity for more than ten minutes.


jazz ON EDGESee more shows and videos at Jazz On Edge


Jazz On Edge 5th Anniversary Series/13in13

For the year-long 13in13 Project, five very special shows were produced. Three appearances to launch the release of FluiDENSITY by Jazz On Edge regular Brian Groder, with pianist Tonino Miano, with a workshop at the UCF Jazz Studies program, then taking their students out to perform at Taste in College Park. Two days later the debut at the prestigious Timucua White House to a standing-room-only audience, where they persuaded Timucua owner Benoit Glazer to join them on trumpet. Jazz On Edge then took over Hannibal's Lounge in Winter Park for sold-out dinner show with vocalist Heather Friedman. Finally, nu-jazz quartet La Lucha became the live band onstage for a performance of Joseph Reed Hayes' play, Solos, at the Orlando Shakespeare Theater.

The 13in13 series created 13 independent artistic events, written, produced or presented by Joseph Hayes in 2013, with most shows streamed live online; propelled by a successful Kickstarter campaign; creating art with 35 musicians, actors, writers, theater professionals and creative artists; and generating more than $26,000 to local artists, venues and restaurants in the process. It included the premiere Orlando screening of Big Easy Express; the premiere of the play, A Slow Ride; writing and freelance business workshops; spoken word readings; and a photography exhibit.

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.


50 productions and readings of my work from coast to coast and in three countries. Creator of live-streaming pioneer House Theater Project, the year-long 13in13, and The Hayes Project series of interconnected plays.
"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.

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. Founder Word Play series, former Alternative Programming Chair, Timucua Arts Foundation, presenting theater, spoken word, poetry, film, live-streaming video and word-based art in an alternative space.