"United Arts of Central Florida makes annual grants to local artists who 'strengthen artistic excellence' in Central Florida. In 2012, local playwright (and former OW dining critic) Joseph Hayes received $2,400 for his House Theater Project, a theatrical-technological hybrid that brings live performances from Hayes’ home to the worldwide web – it doesn’t get much more local than the artist’s own couch. Hayes will stage A Little Crazy, his 2002 play about an elderly Jewish man sharing tales of the past with his nephew in the small time he has left before death (a comedy!) in front of the Collabracam, a breakthrough bit of tech that leashes together multiple cameras and an iPad to make a performance available in real time to anyone with an Internet connection. Earlier this year, United Arts said House Theater Project would 'expand the definition of live performance'; a decade ago, our theater critic Steve Schneider called A Little Crazy 'beautifully written.' To further heighten the contrast between local and global, live audience members will be seated right on the set, and three of the four shows will include refreshments – one show will be catered by Big Wheel’s Tony Adams, one by Sweet! cupcake mogul Hollis Wilder and one by the playwright himself."
A LITTLE CRAZY
An award-winning comedy about real life (or a drama with some very funny bits. A contemporary play about two men — Avram, an 84-year-old Russian immigrant, and his great-nephew, Harry and their sometimes turbulent relationship.
"Playwright Joseph Reed Hayes captured the essence of the Jewish spirit in A Little Crazy, a beautifully written and acted drama that was among the best of the 28 shows I saw." - Orlando Weekly
Every family has an Uncle Avram — the holder of the secrets, the storyteller, the heart. Audiences connect with A Little Crazy on many levels, whether it's the memory of a distant relative or the echo of a half-forgotten story. They laugh (a lot), and they cry, renewed in the idea that one generation can connect with another, and that regardless of the accent, words can change lives.
"An Orlando playwright using smartphones and a computer tablet is at the forefront of a growing movement to harness the power of the Internet to increase participation in the arts." - Orlando Sentinel
The inaugural performance of the House Theater Project, Crazy was Joseph Hayes' first produced play in 2002 and, ten years later, became the first play in Orlando performed in a living room setting, with the audience mere inches away from the actors, and streamed live to a worldwide audience using state-of-the-art portable technology.