I’ve seen many of these and have been thrilled by a few. Here’s a rundown, along with info on where to go and how to get tickets:
By John Biguenet
Now – April 11
A National New Play Network World Premiere
Four months after Katrina, a white man and his teenage son rent half of a shotgun duplex apartment from an African-American woman and her father. Seething racial tensions bubble to the surface when love begins to bloom.
More info: www.orlandoshakes.org
Workshop – $10
By Steven Christopher Yockey Directed by Patrick Flick
WHEN: Saturday, April 10 — 3:30 – 5:30 p.m., Sunday, April 11 — 6 – 8 p.m. This mash-up of Greek myths unfolds inside a sprawling labyrinth where Aster the Minotaur contemplates turning 30 and pines for his long-absent mother while navigating a deceptive chorus, a plotting sister, a masochistic, sexually obsessed boy with wings and the impending arrival of warriors out for blood.
Readings – $5
The Weird Sisters
By Zack Calhoon
Directed by Patrick Braillard
Friday, April 9 — 7 – 9 p.m.
Muriel, Seonaid and Rhoswen, three women rebuked and thwarted by Duncan’s diseased, Scottish government are brought together by need, by revenge and by design. Meet the witches of Shakespeare’s Macbeth in Zack Calhoon’s prequel, The Weird Sisters, before they took their revenge; before they cast their first spell.
By Reina Hardy
Directed by Kathleen Lindsey
Sponsored by Women Playwrights’ Initiative
Sunday, April 11 — 8:30 – 11 p.m.
Beauty never showed up. After centuries under the curse, the Beast and his one remaining magical servant have moved into a shabby apartment near a 7-11, hoping for a lower cost of living and better luck with girls. In the threatening, impossible, completely ordinary world of paying rent and taking public transportation, is a happy ending even possible?
Once a Marine
By Kelly Younger
Directed by Richard Perez
Sunday, April 11 — Noon – 2 p.m.
A shell-shocked marine returns home with no recollection of the life, or the wife, he left behind. The only woman he does remember – the one he came back for – is his first love of fifteen years ago. His bittersweet homecoming rekindles that love, and dredges up his most painful of memories. He must choose a future of blissful ignorance or a past of buried grief. But he is not the one who will decide.
By Scott Bibb & Jerry Rice
Directed by Kenny Howard
Friday April 9 — 7:30 – 10 p.m.
The witches from Macbeth reveal their show-biz connections in this irresistible brew of uproarious comedy, fearless imagination, Hollywood nostalgia, and all-too-human desires. It’s 1950 and Joe Mankiewicz is toiling and troubling over the script of All About Eve. Enter the supernatural and things get even bumpier. Enter Bette Davis and, well … fasten your seat belt!
Time in Kafka
By Len Jenkin
Directed by David Lee
Saturday April 10 — Noon – 2 p.m.
A manic recently ex-assistant professor at a small college, his loving wife, Franz Kafka, a European sanitarium, two mercurial con-people, and a time-slip–the present sliding away to 1913…trains, bars, airplanes, poisoned sausage, The Trial … A fable, a quixotic journey, and a determined yet demented quest for one man’s own truth …
By David MacGregor
Presented by Orlando Theatre Project
Sunday, April 11 — 11:30 – 1:30 p.m.
On Halloween night, two couples prepare to attend an annual costume party. Though the evening begins as usual, familiar traditions unravel when the foursome shares a bottle of South American ceremonial wine made from the skin of blue dart tree frogs. Under the influence of this tribal truth serum, what follows is an unpredictable night of unbridled honesty that stretches the bounds of their friendship forever.
By David Davalos
Directed by Kate Ingram
Sunday, April 11 — 2:30 – 5 p.m.
The London Times, January 27, 2010: “Scientists Want to Exhume Leonardo da Vinci to Solve Mona Lisa Mystery” But why go to all that trouble when you can just see David Davalos’ play Daedalus for the shocking and funny answer? And meet Machiavelli and the Borgias, as well as go for a ride on a 16th-century flying machine, to boot …
By Margaret Baldwin
Directed by Laurel Clark
Saturday, April 10 — 3 – 5:30 p.m.
Two families – one white and one black – cope with change in Selma in 1965. On the day of the march, the Stafford household laughs, cries, celebrates a bloom, and waits for news when an unexpected freedom fighter appears on their doorstep. A moving story of ordinary people and extraordinary change.
The Truth Will Out
By Jordan Seavey
Directed by John DiDonna
Thursday April 8 — 7:30 – 10 p.m.
In The Truth Will Out, an allegedly closeted national news anchor is confronted and threatened by the accused killer of an African-American gay teenage boy. Tina Turner, Ellen Degeneres, Edward R. Murrow and Catherine the Great collide with the theatrical doppelgangers of a famous news anchor and his high-society mother in a play that dares to tackle a recent national tragedy while asking some dangerous questions about human behavior and basic human rights.
Warning: this play contains graphic language and graphic and explicit sexual situations. It is intended for mature audiences only. No one under the age of 18 will be permitted without consent of parent.
The John & Rita Lowndes Shakespeare Center
812 E. Rollins Street
Orlando, FL 32803
(Photo: Grant Jordan as Icarus in Heavier Than. Photo by Rob Jones.)