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DESTINATION MOON

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The next premiere production at the legendary Timucua White House, continuing a series of exclusive plays streamed live on the internet to a worldwide audience. Limited run; tickets available now.


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.

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

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.

THE SOUNDTRACK: Played on piano from the moment the show start, a combination of structured music and improvisation. The rhythms run from very complicated and percussive to simple and pure. The characters are differentiated by the soundtrack; pushing, innocent, at times chaotic for Truly, varied forms of jazz for Doc. These lines merge as we progress.

"THE VOICE": Sung live, a bumper for the scene changed, wordless bridges between rooms, buffering the beginning and end of the “radio” parts.

Third in the series of plays with music presented at Timucua. Following the standing-room-only production of Tom Waits For No Man, and the premiere of Bucket Boy, we return to the White House for the original play Destination Moon. It features the piano work of John O'Leary (La Lucha), who will play his composed and improvised "soundtrack" live on stage.

THE DEBUT COMPANY

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    EMILIE SCHEETZ - "Truly"
    Just off a smash run in Mad Cow Theatre's production of Fun Home, Emilie brings her talents to the Timucua Stage for the first time. Her past roles include Susan in Tick, Tick... Boom!, Pennywise in Urinetown, and Drowsy in The Drowsy Chaperone. She has also appeared in Shrek the Musical, Peter Pan, Sound of Music, and Mad Cow's productions of 1776. She will be attending the Manhattan School of Music in the fall.
  • Chan sterling -
    "DOC MILLER"
    Actor/director/technician, game designer, pop culture maven and presenter of Chan Sterling Presents, Chan Sterling is mostly known for his work as a master of ceremonies at burlesque shows, game shows, and all manner of conventions. Chan is excited to return to an Orlando stage. He has been heard on multiple Orlando-based podcasts featured on the Nerdy Show podcast network.
  • LAUREN CARDER FOX -
    "THE VOICE"
    A mainstay of the local indie music scene, singer/songwriter Lauren has added her talents to a variety of successful musical collaborations, including her band, Multiple Me, as well as The Mud Flappers, The Floridanas, Bella Sutra and others. Her latest record is "Little Light", available on CDBaby
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    JOHN C. o'leary III -
    "THE MUSIC"
    Neuroscientist and jazz pianist John creates, improvises and plays the soundtrack to Destination Moon live on stage. He is an integral part of the award-winning jazz trio La Lucha, winning Creative Loafing's "Best of the Bay Jazz Ensemble" for three years. His solo piano album CRISPR, inspired by neuroscience and genetics, is available now
  • JOSEPH REED HAYES -
    "THE WRITER"
    The plays of Orlando writer Joseph Hayes has seen 36 productions and readings from coast to coast and in three countries since 2001. The debut productions of his plays, Tom Waits For No Man and Bucket Boy, brought a new and appreciative audience to the Timucua white house.
  • TIMUCUA ARTS -
    "THE PLACE"
    Benoit Glazer and the Timucua staff present the best of music, art, theater and performance from local and international artists. The mission of the Timucua Arts Foundation is to present and inspire great music and art in Central Florida through performance and education. This is our third premiere event at the house.
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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.

playwright

My plays take place on buses and in bars, in hotel rooms and government offices, farmhouse kitchens and jazz stages. 36 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

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.

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. Chair of Alternative Programming, Timucua Arts Foundation.