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  NEW WORKS FOR THE STAGE BY JOSEPH REED HAYES

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  • DELIVERANCE
    It is a city in the time of social isolation, and life is different now that food arrives at your door. Versions available for live staging or Zoom production.
  • A SLOW RIDE
    A serio-comic look at three generations of women taking a Sunday ride, with the humor, affection and near-demented discord that arises when family is in close proximity for more than ten minutes.
  • A LITTLE CRAZY
    A contemporary play about Avram, an 84-year-old Russian immigrant, and his great-nephew Harry, and their sometimes turbulent relationship.
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    BUCKET BOY
    A storyteller returns to her home town to recapture a relationship with the girl she loved in high school ... a relationship that may or may not have ever existed.
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    TOM WAITS FOR NO MAN
    THE BALLAD OF BOBBY ACE
    Bobby Ace, semi-professional third-rate road musician half-way between last call and last chance, playing the songs of Tom Waits in seedy saloons and half-empty roadhouses.
  • SOLOS
    A play about love, deception, the hardships and joys of the jazz existence and the fabulous, always-changing life of the music itself.
  • IF I HAD MY WAY
    The illogical logic of relationships and the threat of war in a small Florida citrus town.
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    DESTINATION MOON
    A young woman forms a relationship with a disembodied voice in the night; a veteran late-night radio personality.
  • THE SHORT PLAYS

    WEST FARMS
    A worn man reminisces about an almost mythical drinking establishment from his childhood near the West Farms bus depot in the Bronx.
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    TELL IT TO THE BIRD
    Checking into a swank hotel, Mr. Thompson finds more than your typical amenities, including individual climate control, on-site fitness center, Internet access ... and Ethel, the Pest Elimination Companion.
  • In PROGRESS

    IN FIVE
    A woman's life, seen from five different angles. Featuring La Lucha, nu-jazz interpreters of modern jazz standards, with opera singer Marie Mercado and special guests.
  • THE SHORT PLAYS

    A GOD IN ASPECT
    Ancient Lovecraftian gods or the Federal Government ... who is scarier?
  • In PROGRESS

    NO SLEEP
    THE TRIUMPHANT RETURN OF BOBBY ACE
    Bobby Ace (Tom Waits For No Man) returns ... and he's not very happy. The Band of Bobbys takes the stage to tell tales and reimagine the music of REM in their own jazz-inflected fashion.
  • In PROGRESS

    AFTER TWO
    Ray loves Carly. Carly loves Darryl, but can't remember why. Sandi loves Bill. Bill loves the waitress. James loves his son. Sam hates everyone. Staged reading and workshop, Lake County Repertory Theatre, Lower Lake CA 2004: Brian Williams; Norman Winckler; Frank Perry: Hank Porter; Moira Harris; Frances Leuck; Max Oken. Finalist, "Playing by the Lake" Script Writing Festival 2003
  • In PROGRESS

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    TEMPUS
    The end of Swing. The birth of Cool. The Old World meets the Jazz Age.
  • In PROGRESS

    • THE OPERA PROJECT
      In collaboration with Benoit Glazer and the Timucua Arts Foundation. Stay tuned ...

    • THE BAND OF DRUNKS
      They're young, wild and talented, hard-drinking, hard-living rock stars of their age ... Russia, in 1859.

    • THE LITTLE DICKENS
      Someone has stolen London's Christmas puddings; it's up to the children of Dickens to solve the mystery.

MY WORK

45 productions and readings of my plays from coast to coast and in three countries since 2001. From the big stage extravaganza of Tempus to the intimate "living room" drama A Little Crazy, my plays portray people on buses and in bars, in hotel rooms and government offices, farmhouse kitchens and jazz stages.

• Three time associate resident artist Atlantic Center for the Arts.

• Founding Chair, WORD PLAY writing-based programming, Timucua Arts Foundation.

• Creator of Pompeii's Table, arts and dining series.

• Creator of House Theater Project, groundbreaking live-streaming shows from intimate and non-traditional spaces.

• Creator/curator of 13in13, a year-long series of 13 original, creative events written, produced or presented by Joseph Hayes in 2013.

FULL PLAY VIDEOS

pERFORMANCES

  • DELIVERANCE, Timucua Arts Foundation, Digital Production, Fall 2020
    DESTINATION MOON, Timucua White House Rebroadcast Sep 2020
    A SLOW RIDE, Timucua White House Rebroadcast June 2020
    DELIVERANCE: The Grilled Cheese, Playwright's Round Table Connected Voices III, online June 2020.
    POMPEII'S TABLE, Orlando Science Center, Timucua Arts Foundation  2020
    A LITTLE CRAZY, Bēma Productions, Victoria BC Fringe Festival 2019
    A SLOW RIDE, Timucua White House 2019
    Reading w La Lucha, Timucua White House 2018
    DESTINATION MOON, Timucua White House 2018
    BUCKET BOY, Timucua White House 2017
    TOM WAITS FOR NO MAN, Timucua White House 2015
    Reading w La Lucha, Timucua White House 2015
    Reading, Jazz On Edge House Concert 2014 w/La Lucha
    Reading, Jazz On Edge 2014
    A SLOW RIDE, 13in13 Project: Downtown Credo 2013
    THE RECORD COVER PROJECT, 13in13: University Club of Winter Park 2013
    SOLOS, 13in13 Project: Lowndes Shakespeare Center 2013
    IF I HAD MY WAY, Theater Row Studios NYC 2012
    A LITTLE CRAZY, House Theater Project 2012
    Reading, Jazz On Edge 2011
    IF I HAD MY WAY, Winter Park Playhouse 2009
    Readings, Atlantic Center for the Arts 2007, 2000, 1997
    WEST FARMS, VisionTV, Orlando 2007
    WEST FARMS, Playwrights' Round Table,  Valencia College Black Box Theatre 2007
    BUDDHA, MOHAMMED & JESUS WALK INTO A BAR, State Forensics Competition, University of Wisconsin 2006
    WEST FARMS, Finalist, "Notes From the Underground" one-act festival, NYC 2006
    WEST FARMS, Texas Intercollegiate Press Association Critical Writing Competition, San Antonio TX 2006
    Readings, Kerouac House 2006, 2005
    Reading w David Amram, Stardust Video 2005
    SOLOS, Orlando Fringe Festival 2004
    WHAT JAMES LEARNED ON THE INTERNET, Downtown Media Arts Center, Orlando 2004
    TELL IT TO THE BIRD, Beast Festival, Triangle Theatre, NYC 2004
    AFTER TWO, Lake County Repertory Theatre CA 2004
    THE PLANETS ALIGN IN THEIR SINISTER DESIGN, Reading w David Amram, Chapters on Park 2004
    A SLOW RIDE, Kerouac Project Benefit 2004
    A GOD IN ASPECT, Charade Drama Group, Bristol, England 2004 
    AFTER TWO, Finalist, "Playing by the Lake" Script Writing Festival 2003
    THE PLANETS ALIGN IN THEIR SINISTER DESIGN, Reading w Brian Groder, Jazz Gallery NYC 2003
    A LITTLE CRAZY, Bill Whitney Players Portland, OR 2003
    A LITTLE CRAZY, Finalist, ATC Fall 2003 Contest for Original Full-Length Plays
    A LITTLE CRAZY, Orlando Fringe Festival 2002
    A LITTLE CRAZY, Eyewitness Theatre, Manchester England 2001

CONTACT ME

playwright

45 productions and readings of my work 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

freelance writer

Five-time Florida Magazine Association Award winning food writer and Orlando restaurant critic. Environmental issues, music, movie and theater reviews and in-depth conversations with legends in jazz. Interviews and personality profiles are my specialty.

ARTS 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.