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COMING UP 2022-2023

Destination Moon, a comic, dramatic, nonmusical musical, will have its first full production this spring in the inaugural 2022-23 season of New York's Garden Level Theatre Co., a grassroots artistic laboratory that breaks storytelling conventions of form and content to harness the empathetic power of innovative and accessible art built for the moment.

Two people in two little rooms.

A young woman, a bed, an unseen voice, music in the night.

When we meet Truly in her room at the end of the hall, she is on her way to recovery, having spent years in and out of hospitals combating serious illness since she was a child. She'll be going home soon, with every likelihood of a "normal" life. And that idea terrifies her - when the struggle is gone, when the life ahead can be lived apart from the identity of illness, it is a foreign country, a distant planet without the "thing" that has defined you.

It might as well be the moon.

Truly deals with her uncertainty by writing bad songs, reading odd old books and communing with an unseen voice in the night:  "Doc" Miller, an old-school late-night jazz radio announcer, a world-weary storyteller who connects with this person from his own little room.

COMPLETED


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.

O ne of Orlando’s most prolific playwrights."
- Orlando Weekly

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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.

  • Edward Simon Trio & Tiptons Sax Quartet

    Jazz On Edge 2010 was the first Central Florida appearance of the Tiptons Sax Quartet – in fact, it was the first jazz show presented at the 299-seat Garden Theatre, and the only time internationally renowned pianist Edward Simon, a resident of nearby Orange City, had performed in the Orlando area, with his family in the audience. The weekend started with a free "Fridays on the Plaza" concert with the Fellsway Trio on Feb 5, and a free preshow performance by the Lakeview Middle School Jazz Band outside the theater on Saturday.
  • • Specific Cultural Project grant, Florida DOS Division of Arts & Culture 2021/22, The Hayes Project
    • Orange County Venue Subsidy Grant, Orange County Government, Arts & Cultural Affairs Program, through United Arts of Central Florida.
    • Five-time Florida Magazine Association "Charlie" Award winner
    • Winner: 2008 Telly Award, Best Independent Video Script
    • Winner: 2022 Orlando Fringe Festival Critics' Choice Awards: Best Director; Best Individual Performance — Drama
    • Winner: 2014 BroadwayWorld Orlando Awards
    • Community Foundation of Jacksonville Art Ventures Fund Grant
    • Two-time United Arts Professional Development Grant
    • Florida Division of Cultural Affairs Individual Artist Fellowship
    • Galati Research Grant
    • Awesome Foundation grant
    • Founder Word Play series, former Alternative Programming Chair, Timucua Arts Foundation
    • Creator, Producer, Pompeii's Table series in partnership with Orlando Science Center and Orange County Arts and Cultural Affairs Office
    • Creator, 13in13
    • Co-founder, Burry Man Writers Center
    • Creator, House Theater Project
    • Creator, Jazz On Edge music series
    • Three-time Artist-in-residence, Atlantic Center for the Arts
    • Director, The Company of Eccentric Beggars

playwright

56 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.

food writer

Five-time Florida Magazine Association Award winning food writer and Orlando restaurant critic for international travel guides. Former James Beard Foundation judge, knowledgable champion of world cuisine and avid advocate of undiscovered chefs.

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.

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.