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


The upcoming production at the legendary Timucua White House on July 15, 2018, completes a trilogy of premiere productions, streamed live on the internet to a worldwide audience.

A young woman named Truly has been in and out of hospitals for years, combating serious illness since she was a child. When we meet her, in a room at the end of the hall, she is in the final stages of recovery; she'll be going home soon, with every likelihood of a "normal" life. And that possibility terrifies her - people who have gone through a serious illness know that when that struggle is gone, when the life ahead has to be lived apart from the illness, it is a foreign country, a distant planet without the "thing" that has defined you.

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

It could be the moon.

Truly deals with that uncertainty by writing bad punk songs, reading odd books and communing with an unseen voice in the night: an old-school late-night jazz radio announcer, a world-weary storyteller who somehow connects with this person in her room.

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. Part of the continuing "La Lucha Challenge", Destination Moon features the piano work of John O'Leary, who will play the non-stop and largely improvisational "soundtrack" live on stage.

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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.

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.