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Another full house at the legendary Timucua White House on July 16, 2017, for the concert preview of Bucket Boy, streamed live on the internet to a worldwide audience.


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

Nadra is a spoken word performer working the streets of New York, along with a drummer, Elvin, who is the Bucket Boy. She has a moment of crisis and escapes the city to return to a place that, in her mind, was her happy time - high school. So she goes back to her hometown to rekindle a relationship with Julia, who has remained in the town. Unfortunately for Nadra, this relationship existed more in her fantasies than reality, and therein hinges the story. The three struggle with the difference between what they think is true, and what actually is the truth.

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." — Orlando Sentinel

Following the successful 2015 Timucua production of “Tom Waits For No Man”, we returned to the White House to premiere, “Bucket Boy”, featuring unexpected performances from poet, filmmaker, public performer and educator Gloria Muñoz as Nadra, actress and drama coach Alison Burns as Julia and award-winning drummer and percussionist Mark Feinman as The Bucket Boy, with a guest appearance from oboist Beatriz Ramirez-Belt.

full play video coming soon

the 2017 concert preview


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.

A full-time freelance writer since 1996, I've written for national and international publications about food, travel and the arts, and am currently the Dining Critic for Orlando Magazine. With 32 productions and readings of my plays from coast to coast and in three countries since 2001, and producer of the Jazz On Edge series since 2008, I advocate the cause of local, sustainable art.

food writer

  • Florida Magazine Association Award winning food writer and Orlando restaurant critic, currently for Orlando Magazine. 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.


  • My plays take place on buses and in bars, in hotel rooms and government offices, farmhouse kitchens and jazz stages. 32 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

jazz 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. Board member, Timucua Arts Foundation.