|   | 

friday April 26, 2pm   open dress rehearsal          $5 seatsRESERVE HERE

sunday april 28, 7pm                $10-$20 suggested donationRESERVE HERE



Three generations of women — the eccentric, hold-out-hippie grandmother, her conventional daughter, and the Goth granddaughter who is fed up with both of them — take a Sunday ride. A story about the tension, humor, affection and near-demented discord of families; the journey of mothers and daughters; in-jokes, embarrassment and eyeball rolling; but also the concerns and terrors of living under — and living with someone within — the shadow of encroaching dementia.

To twist a sentence of Tolstoy’s, all happy families are alike, but every unhappy family bickers, snaps and snarls in its own unique way. Considering local playwright/event producer/restaurant critic Joseph Reed Hayes’ facility with language, the three women at the heart of his new play, A Slow Ride, are sure to quarrel with style." — Orlando Weekly

Timucua white house 2019 COMPANY

  • 253x174
    Gabriela Torres - "Rita"
    RITA: Seventeen and sarcastic. Dressed in black, dark eye makeup and claret-red lipstick, she is a self-obsessed, depressed antisocial Post-Goth. Secretly likes Michael Bublé and yearns for cinnamon toast.
    Gabriela Torres is ecstatic to be making her noon-musical acting debut as Rita in "A Slow Ride". You may have seen her in Theater West End’s High school Production of "West Side Story" as Maria, Dr. Phillips Performing Arts youth production of "Into the Woods" as The Baker’s Wife and in Act III’s production of "Thoroughly Modern Millie" as the title character, and will be appearing in Theater West End's "Carrie The Musical" almost immediately after "A Slow Ride" ends. She would like Joseph Hayes for this wonderful opportunity and her family for supporting her love for the arts.
  • Danielle Bouloy - "Susan"
    SUSAN: Rita's plain, calm, somewhat downtrodden mother ... but she's been married four times, and dreamed of being an opera singer. She "missed out on the fun DNA," as her mother says.
    Danielle Bouloy is a seasoned performer with years of experience on stage and screen as an actress, dancer and improv comedienne. Danielle is trained in Meisner and Chekhov Acting Technique from Truthful Acting Studios and holds a degree in performance from Florida State University. Some of her favorite roles include Meg in "Crimes of the Heart", Ida in "See How They Run", and a witch in "Macbeth". She is thrilled to add to that list with the role of Susan in "A Slow Ride".
  • katrina tharin - "JEZEBEL"
    JEZEBEL (JEZ): Rita's grandmother, dressed in wildly mismatched but tasteful clothes. She has well-practiced mannerisms—and stories—and is more than a bit unhinged. Is distrustful of aliens (the space kind) and flatware.
    Katrina Tharin's favorite role is always the one she playing now. Past favorites include (at Theatre Downtown) Ma Joad - "Grapes of Wrath"; Latrelle Williamson – "Sordid Lives"; Mattie Fae Aiken – "August: Osage County"; (Oscela Arts) Miss Daisy – "Driving Miss Daisy"; (Breakthrough Theatre) Ruth – "Looking for Normal"; Mother Miriam Ruth – "Agnes of God". A Florida State technical theatre graduate, she works with the local stagehand union. Theatre is a passion she hopes to help ignite in Levi and Meadow…the grandkids! Special gratitude to Joseph, Dani, Gabby, and especially to Jennifer, who fed us snacks and encouragement. Welcome aboard, audience.
  • 253x174
    Joseph Reed hayes -
    "The playwright"
    The 2019 staging of "A Slow Ride" is the 38th presentation of Joseph's work since his first production in 2001. Writer/producer/director Joseph is the Chair of Alternative Programming for the Timucua Arts Foundation.
  • The place:
    TIMUCUA ARTS foundation
    After 18 years and more than 800 shows, Timucua has become a vital part of the international performing arts scene, hosting jazz, classical, Latin and folk music, theater, spoken word, film, visual arts and much more. A Slow Ride is our fourth premiere production on the Timucua stage.


  • ‘A Slow Ride’ is a warmly comic trip

    "Chekhov. A Laugh a minute. Like Tolstoy with a rubber chicken. How could he … know so much about madness without being. You know. Mad. Sometimes, I'll sit down and, let's say, do a crossword puzzle. You know, think I'll do a crossword, perfectly normal. Then I'll get to a word I don’t know, I try to think of it, and it’s like all the barricades in my head come down, everything I've seen and done and said and thought, it all floods into my brain, all at once, I can't stop it and I can't grab hold of anything, the dam bursts, I don't know where I am or what I was doing or who I'm supposed to be. It makes me feel like. It makes me feel like. Like I've lost myself, like there's no time left, it's all over, my life is over. Then it goes away. The day ends, another day begins, the sun comes up, I'm sure I'm going to live forever. And I can't tell you how depressing that thought is."

    The three women of "A Slow Ride," a new play by Joseph Reed Hayes, are taking a family road trip like no other. Each month, sassy senior Jezebel returns to the home she once shared with her husband, accompanied by her daughter Sue and granddaughter Rita. They don't go in the house — some other family lives there now. And they don't drive. The trio makes their way to Jez's old neighborhood on a public bus. It's a long ride, incorporating a stop at a terminal to switch drivers. A long, slow ride.

    The briskness of Hayes' comedy belies the title — it's certainly not slow going for an audience. And there's both poignancy and joy in the way he has cleverly captured the essence of a family's dynamics in this one ritual they share. Hayes has been working on a project titled "13 in 13" in which he's staging a baker's dozen of arts events during the calendar year. The events range from movie screenings to jazz concerts to original theater. He's entering the theater phase of the project now. Much of the comedy of "A Slow Ride" comes from the personality clashes between Jez, a vibrant ex-hippie with memory issues; Sue, a high-strung worrier; and Rita, a sulky goth. Are they based on real women Hayes has known? "Absolutely not … and every woman I've ever known and their relationships," says the Orlando playwright with a hearty laugh.

    Hayes has opted for a nontraditional staging. "A Slow Ride" will be presented at the Downtown Credo coffeeshop. The actors will perform at one end of the building, spilling out among the audience. In a sense, the audience will be "on the bus" with the cast. Hayes is no stranger to nontraditional staging: He has previously presented theatrical works in his own living room and broadcast the show live on the Internet. He'll do the same for "A Slow Ride." The performance on Sunday, July 21, will be streamed live at housetheaterproject.com.

    Two other plays are yet to come in the "13 in 13" series. September will see a revival of his show "Solos," which played the 2004 Orlando Fringe Festival. "Solos" is about a couple bound together by their devotion to making music. "It is about love, deception and the hardships and joys of the jazz existence," Hayes says. "Solos" will be staged at the Gallery at Avalon Island in downtown Orlando from Sept. 20-23. For the final performance, jazz combo La Lucha will accompany the actors. For December, Hayes is working on an original lighthearted Christmas show that will have a Dickensian twist: Set in 1850s London, someone is stealing the city's Christmas puddings, Hayes previews.

    But right now, Hayes is focused on launching "A Slow Ride." He hopes theatergoers — or those watching on their home computers — will find echoes of their own family relationships, male and female, in the show. "It's what I write about," he says. "It's real life."

  • Live Active Cultures

    Summer is usually time to take things slow, but not for multidisciplinary artist Joseph Hayes, Orlando’s self-described “artistic irritant that creates pearls.” His 13in13 Project set the “crazy” goal of producing an original work every four weeks in 2013, and last weekend he debuted the eighth, A Slow Ride, a single-act slice of life featuring three fractured females. Jezebel (Jac LeDoux) is an overly emotive ex-hippie grandma whose obsession with numerology and Woodstock-era reminiscences about Grace Slick and Allen Ginsberg may be signs of incipient Alzheimer’s. Also along for the ride are Sue (Wendy Starkand), Jezebel’s exhausted daughter, who feels like a pre-menopausal tarnished penny; and 17-year-old gloomy goth granddaughter Rita (Kate Lockwood), given to dropping pop-culture references (Nine Inch Nails, cyberpunk) that predate her birth. Hayes’ script steers more toward long, introspective monologues than dramatic action, but his dialogue – which the cast delivered with alacrity – is crisp and quick-witted. The too-soon ending made me wish for a longer journey with these women.

  • Archikulture Digest

    Why pay to sit through a show about a psycho family slugging it out on a bus ride to nowhere? Because unlike Thanksgiving dinner, you pay for the right to leave when it’s over. Riding the bus is a monthly outing for these three women: Grandma Jezebel (Jac LeDoux) is an ex-groupie with Ethel Merman insides a screaming to get out. Her daughter Sue (Wendy Starkand) might be the byproduct of an old Foghat tour, but her DNA lacks the fun gene even if she’s had a secret desire to sing opera all her life. Lastly there’s gothic Rita (Kate Lockwood), she’ so dark she thinks Anton Chekov is funny. The trio bitch and argue, debate the merits of sex, whether grandma is a due for the padded cell and generally terrorize the rest of the invisible riders. It’s a very funny ride, much funnier than the whacko rambling you get on regular public transport, and each of the three women seems born for the role. LeDoux did her best to steal the show; she was loud and raucous and told the audience to get their feet out of her way. Starkand went right from teenager to middle age without any of the fun years; her fervent dream is the ability to get out of a chair without making “That Noise.” Clearly she’s the peacemaker, if no more successful than Henry Kissinger was. Lockwood begins by annoying all of us with here prepackaged angst, but by the last scene she had softened into a whole person with actual feeling and vulnerabilities. There’s plenty of gags and some physical comedy, and even though the action flow behind the audience for some scenes it’s a funny and heartfelt slice of life. You’ll stick around to the end, and think how much nicer your family functions could be with some stage lighting and a good director.

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.


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.