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IN FIVE - a play with music

A performance of a lifetime. In five parts.

A woman's life, seen from five different angles.
Featuring the extraordinary talents of the La Lucha band (Alejandro Arenas, Mark Feinman and John C. O'Leary) nu-jazz interpreters of modern jazz standards and original music, plus Grammy Award-winning saxophonist Jeff Rupert and special guests.

PART 1: THE SCORE
PART 2: STAND UP TRAGEDY
PART 3: THE PLAN
PART 4: AND I FEEL LIKE I OWE IT TO SOMEONE
PART 5: THE REST OF THE STORY

THE DEBUT COMPANY

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  • La Lucha:
    Alejandro Arenas
    Born in Colombia, Alejandro holds a Master of Music degree and teaches at St. Petersburg College. Along with a continual perforance schedule with the award-winning La Lucha, he plays with Brazilian/jazz band O Som Do Jazz, pianist Stan Hunter and more. He performed in the play Solos in 2013.
  • LA LUCHA:
    MARK FEINMAN
    Consumate performer Mark is a Drum Set Instructor at St. Petersburg College and the University of Tampa. He played in Solos on 2013, composed music and starred in the title role of the play Bucket Boy in 2017, and played in Tom Waits For No Man in 2015.
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    LA LUCHA:
    JOHN C. o'leary
    Born in the Yucatan Peninsula, John played classical piano until he was 12, and still brings that sensibility to jazz. Degreed as a Ph.D. in neuroscience, John has researched neurological diseases while getting degrees in music. His solo record, CRISPR, debuted in 2018. John performed in Solos in 2013, arranged music for Tom Waits For No Man in 2015, and composed music and performed in Destination Moon in 2018.   
  • special guest:
    jeff rupert
    Grammy winner Jeff is the Director of Jazz Studies at UCF and founder of Flying Horse Records. He's played with a plethora of jazz legends, including Sam Rivers, Maynard Ferguson, Mel Tormé, Diane Schuur and Benny Carter, and is the leader of the chart-topping Jazz Professors.
  • PLAYWRIGHT:
    JOSEPH REED HAYES
    This is the fifth play by Hayes presented at Timucua, and HayesPlays #39.

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.