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  • IF I HAD MY WAY
    "A fascinating mix of contemporary issues about class, race, circumstance and relationships against a uniquely Florida historical background." ~ Matt Palm, Orlando Sentinel
  • Orlando Fringe Festival 2022 Critics' Choice Awards
    Best Individual Performance-Drama; Best Director

  • A SLOW RIDE
    Three generations of women taking a Sunday ride, with the humor, affection and near-demented discord that arises when family is in close proximity for more than ten minutes.
  • SOLOS
    Love, deception, the hardships and joys of the jazz existence and the fabulous, always-changing life of the music itself.
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    DESTINATION MOON
    A young woman forms a relationship with a disembodied voice in the night; a veteran late-night radio personality.
  • An evening exploring the rhythms of words with nu-jazz wonders La Lucha
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    TOM WAITS FOR NO MAN
    THE BALLAD OF BOBBY ACE
    Bobby Ace, semi-professional third-rate road musician half-way between last call and last chance, playing the songs of Tom Waits in seedy saloons and half-empty roadhouses.
  • DELIVERANCE
    It is a city in the time of social isolation, and life is different now that food arrives at your door. A play on video.
  • A LITTLE CRAZY
    A contemporary play about Avram, an 84-year-old Russian immigrant, and his great-nephew Harry, and their sometimes turbulent relationship.
    Bēma Productions, Victoria BC Fringe Festival
    United Arts Professional Development Grant
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    BUCKET BOY
    A street storyteller returns to her home town to recapture a relationship with the girl she loved in high school ... a relationship that may or may not have ever existed.
  • THE SHORT PLAYS

    WEST FARMS
    A worn man reminisces about an almost mythical drinking establishment from his childhood near the West Farms bus depot in the Bronx.
    Telly Award Winner, Independent video presentation
  • THE SHORT PLAYS

    TELL IT TO THE BIRD
    Checking into a swank hotel, Mr. Thompson finds more than your typical amenities, including individual climate control, on-site fitness center, Internet access ... and Ethel, the Pest Elimination Companion.
    Beast Festival, Triangle Theatre, NYC
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    A GOD IN ASPECT
    Ancient Lovecraftian gods or the Federal Government ... who is scarier?
    Charade Drama Group, Bristol, England
  • PRESENTER

    Founder,  Word Play writing-based series, former Alternative Programming Chair, Timucua Arts Foundation.
    DescolonizARTE Teatro - El Delantal Blanco & El Censo
    Hannah Benitez - Whitewashed
    The Coldharts - Legend of White Woman Creek
    The Coldharts - Edgar Allen
    • Southeast Sister Cities Poets of Jacksonville and Orlando
    • Poetry & Prose Writers of Tampa and Orlando
    Paul Castañeda and Juan Cantú - The Wiz
    • Sanford's Love Your Shorts Film Festival 10th Anniversary
    Brian Groder & Tonino Miano - Fluidensity

In PROGRESS

    • THE OPERA PROJECT
      In collaboration with Benoit Glazer and the Timucua Arts Foundation. Stay tuned ...

    • THE BAND OF DRUNKS
      They're young, wild and talented, hard-drinking, hard-living rock stars of their age ... Russia, in 1859.

    • THE LITTLE DICKENS
      Someone has stolen London's Christmas puddings; it's up to the children of Dickens to solve the mystery.

    • NO SLEEP
      The triumphant return of Bobby Ace
  • AFTER TWO

    Ray loves Carly. Carly loves Darryl, but can't remember why. Sandi loves Bill. Bill loves the waitress. James loves his son. Sam hates everyone. Early morning in a late-night diner. Over and over and over ...

    Staged reading and workshop, Lake County Repertory Theatre, Lower Lake CA: Brian Williams; Norman Winckler; Frank Perry: Hank Porter; Moira Harris; Frances Leuck; Max Oken. Finalist, "Playing by the Lake" Script Writing Festival
  • TEMPUS 

    The end of Swing. The birth of Cool. The Old World meets the Jazz Age.

"Orlando's most prolific playwright."
■ Orlando Weekly

MY WORK

51 productions and readings from coast to coast and in three countries. From big stage, big band extravaganzas to intimate "living room" drama, my plays portray people on buses and in bars, in hotel rooms and government offices, farmhouse kitchens and jazz stages. 

Winner:
Orlando Fringe Festival 2022 Critics' Choice Awards for Best Individual Performance — Drama; and Best Director 
Community Foundation of Jacksonville Art Ventures Fund Grant
• Orlando Science Center and Orange County Arts & Cultural Affairs Office Artistic Partner funding, Pompeii's Table
• Two-time United Arts Professional Development Grant
Florida DOS Division of Arts & Culture Special Cultural Project
Florida Division of Cultural Affairs Individual Artist Fellowship
• United Arts Venue Subsidy Grant
Telly Award, best independent video script
Galati Research Grant
Lake County Repertory Theatre "Playing by the Lake" Festival
Awesome Foundation grant
• Five-time Florida Magazine Association "Charlie" Award
• Three-time Artist-in-residence, Atlantic Center for the Arts.
• Creator of Pompeii's Table, arts and dining series.
• Creator of House Theater Project, groundbreaking live-streaming shows from intimate and non-traditional spaces.
• Creator/curator of 13in13, a year-long series of 13 original, creative events in 2013.
• Founder Word Play writing-based series, former Alternative Programming Chair, Timucua Arts Foundation.

PLAY VIDEOS

PERFORMANCES

¤ director ♦musical director 
  • IF I HAD MY WAY
    Orlando Science Center June 2022
    THE MOCKINGBIRD NEWS
    Orlando Fringe Festival May 2022
    AUTHENTIC SELVES reading
    Timucua Arts Foundation Mar 2022 
    JAZZ SPOKEN HERE w/La Lucha
    Timucua White House Jan 2022 £
    IF I HAD MY WAY ¤, reading
    Timucua White House December 2021
    DELIVERANCE
    Timucua Arts Foundation, Digital streaming with live audience, March 2021 ¤ £
    POMPEII'S TABLE
    7 interconnected events supporting Orlando Science Center 2020-2021
    DESTINATION MOON
    Timucua White House Rebroadcast Sep 2020 £     
    A SLOW RIDE
    Timucua White House Rebroadcast June 2020
    DELIVERANCE: The Grilled Cheese
    Playwright's Round Table Connected Voices III, online June 2020.
    A LITTLE CRAZY
    Bēma Productions, Victoria BC Fringe Festival 2019
    A SLOW RIDE
    Timucua White House 2019 ¤ £
    Reading w/La Lucha
    Timucua White House 2018 £
    DESTINATION MOON
    Timucua White House 2018 ¤♦ £
    BUCKET BOY
    Timucua White House 2017 ¤ £
    TOM WAITS FOR NO MAN
    Timucua White House 2015 ¤♦£     
    Reading w/La Lucha, Timucua White House 2015 £
    Reading  w/La Lucha, Jazz On Edge House Concert 2014 £
    Reading, Jazz On Edge 2014
    A SLOW RIDE
    13in13 Project: Downtown Credo 2013
    THE RECORD COVER PROJECT
    13in13 Project: University Club of Winter Park 2013
    SOLOS
    13in13 Project: Lowndes Shakespeare Center 2013 £
    13in13 Project
    13 creative events 2013 
    IF I HAD MY WAY
    Theater Row Studios NYC 2012
    A LITTLE CRAZY
    House Theater Project 2012
    Reading, Jazz On Edge 2011
    IF I HAD MY WAY
    Winter Park Playhouse 2009 ¤
    Readings, Atlantic Center for the Arts
    2007
    2000
    1997
    WEST FARMS
    VisionTV, Orlando 2008
    WEST FARMS
    Playwrights' Round Table "Summer Shorts X", Valencia College Black Box Theatre 2007
    WEST FARMS
    Playwrights' Round Table "Launch 2006", Theatre Downtown, Orlando 2006
    BUDDHA, MOHAMMED & JESUS WALK INTO A BAR
    State Forensics Competition, University of Wisconsin 2006
    WEST FARMS
    Finalist, "Notes From the Underground" one-act festival, NYC 2006
    WEST FARMS
    Texas Intercollegiate Press Association Critical Writing Competition, San Antonio TX 2006
    Readings, Kerouac House
    2006
    2005
    Reading w/David Amram, Stardust Video 2005
    SOLOS
    Orlando Fringe Festival 2004
    WHAT JAMES LEARNED ON THE INTERNET w/Brian Groder
    Downtown Media Arts Center, Orlando 2004
    TELL IT TO THE BIRD
    Beast Festival, Triangle Theatre, NYC 2004
    AFTER TWO
    Lake County Repertory Theatre CA 2004
    THE PLANETS ALIGN IN THEIR SINISTER DESIGN
    Reading w/David Amram, Chapters on Park 2004
    A SLOW RIDE ¤, w/Christopher "Preacher Boy" Watkins
    Kerouac Project Benefit 2004
    A GOD IN ASPECT
    Charade Drama Group, Bristol, England 2004 
    AFTER TWO, workshop
    "Playing by the Lake" Script Writing Festival 2003
    THE PLANETS ALIGN IN THEIR SINISTER DESIGN, Reading w/Brian Groder, Jazz Gallery NYC 2003
    A LITTLE CRAZY
    Bill Whitney Players Portland, OR 2003
    A LITTLE CRAZY
    Finalist, ATC Fall 2003 Contest for Original Full-Length Plays
    A LITTLE CRAZY
    Orlando Fringe Festival 2002
    A LITTLE CRAZY
    Eyewitness Theatre, Manchester England 2001
    Reading w/Samuel R. Delany, Java Jabbers Coffee House 1997

CONTACT ME

playwright

51 productions and readings of my work from coast to coast and in three countries; creator of House Theater Project, the year-long 13in13 series of shows, and The Hayes Project of interconnected plays.
"Best local playwright: Joseph Hayes" - Orlando Sentinel

freelance writer

Five-time Florida Magazine Association Award winning food writer and Orlando restaurant critic. Environmental issues, music, movie and theater reviews and in-depth conversations with legends in jazz. Interviews and personality profiles are my specialty.

ARTS producer

Producer of the Jazz On Edge series, spotlighting new and original jazz from Central Florida since 2008, showcasing the best that Central Florida has to offer in jazz to appreciative audiences, giving creative hometown and nationally-known musicians a place to perform their own music, without boundaries, in person and online.