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.
by Joseph Reed Hayes
A play about love, deception, the hardships and joys of the jazz existence and the fabulous, always-changing life of the music itself. Winner, BroadwayWorld Orlando Best Lead Actress in a Play.
by Joseph Reed Hayes
A contemporary play about two men — Avram, an 84-year-old Russian immigrant, and his great-nephew, Harry and their sometimes turbulent relationship. Winner, United Arts of Central Florida Artist Development Grant.
by Joseph Reed Hayes
The illogical logic of relationships and the threat of war in a small Florida citrus town. Winner, FDCA Individual Artist Fellowship; United Arts of Central Florida Professional Development Grant; Galati Research Grant.
the short plays
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. The Beast Festival Triangle Theatre NYC
Ancient Lovecraftian gods or the Federal Goverment ... who is scarier?
Johnny is a bright ten-year-old, who solves mysteries only a kid can understand.
The end of Swing. The birth of Cool. The Old World meets the Jazz Age.
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. Staged reading and workshop, Lake County Repertory Theatre, Lower Lake CA 2004: Brian Williams; Norman Winckler; Frank Perry: Hank Porter; Moira Harris; Frances Leuck; Max Oken Finalist, "Playing by the Lake" Script Writing Festival 2003
They're young, wild and talented, hard-drinking, hard-living rock stars of their age ... Russia, in 1859.
"Joseph Hayes is one of the new voices that can bring the theater to new audiences. His sense of dialogue and structure, his wit and awareness of the foibles of our society and the humanism that fill the pages of his work make him a true dramatist."
"It takes a particular mindset to be a Renaissance man, someone willing to wear the hats of playwright, music producer, freelance writer, radio personality, spoken-word performer, photographer and self-promoter. All those descriptions would fit Orlando arts advocate Joseph Hayes."
Jim Abbott Orlando Sentinel
"A play by Joseph Reed Hayes is a welcome oasis of cultured smarts."
"Writer Joseph Reed Hayes has two nuggets of gold in A Little Crazy, a quiet little two-man comedy inspired by memories of his Russian Jewish grandfather."
"The briskness of Hayes' comedy belies the title — it's certainly not slow going for an audience."
Nadra, a spoken word performance artist, returns to her home town to recapture a relationship with Julia, the girl she loved in high school ... a relationship that may or may not have ever existed. Dragging along her fellow street performer, Elvin—The Bucket Boy—the three struggle with the difference between what they think is true, and what actually is the truth.
- 34 productions and readings of my plays from coast to coast and in three countries since 2001. From the big stage extravaganza of Tempus to the intimate "living room" drama A Little Crazy, my plays take place on buses and in bars, in hotel rooms and government offices, farmhouse kitchens and jazz stages.
- Creator of House Theater Project, live-streaming theater from intimate and non-traditional spaces; and Jazz On Edge, original jazz events presented in unusual spaces. Creator/curator of 13in13, a year-long series of 13 original, creative events written, produced or presented by Joseph Hayes in 2013, which attracted a successful Kickstarter campaign.
- Winner: Community Foundation of Jacksonville Art Ventures Fund Grant; United Arts Professional Development Grant 2012, 2009; Florida Division of Cultural Affairs Individual Artist Fellowship; Telly Award; Galati Research Grant; "Playing by the Lake" Festival. Three time associate artist, Atlantic Center for the Arts.
Tom Waits For No Man, Timucua White House 2015
Reading, Timucua White House, 2015
Reading, Jazz On Edge House Concert 2014
Reading, Jazz On Edge 2014
13in13 Project: Downtown Credo 2013
13in13 Project: Lowndes Shakespeare Center 2013
Theater Row Studios 2012
House Theater Project 2012
Jazz On Edge 2011
Winter Park Playhouse 2009
Atlantic Center for the Arts 2007, 2000, 1997
VisionTV, Orlando 2007
Playwrights' Round Table 2007, 2006
Valencia College Black Box Theatre 2007
Theatre Downtown 2006
State Forensics Competition, University of Wisconsin 2006
Texas Intercollegiate Press Association Critical Writing Competition, San Antonio TX 2006
Kerouac House 2006, 2005
Stardust Video 2005
Orlando Fringe Festival 2004
Downtown Media Arts Center, Orlando 2004
Beast Festival, Triangle Theatre, NYC 2004
Lake County Repertory Theatre CA 2004
Chapters on Park 2004
Charade Drama Group, Bristol, England 2004
Jazz Gallery NYC 2003
Bill Whitney Players Portland, OR 2003
ATC Fall 2003 Contest for Original Full-Length Plays
Orlando Fringe Festival 2002
Eyewitness Theatre, Manchester England 2001