Orlando Shakes announces PlayFest schedule, Mark Brown talk

Mark Brown

Playwright Mark Brown, whose comedies Around the World in 80 Days and The Trial of Ebenezer Scrooge have been Orlando Shakespeare Theater hits, will take part in PlayFest’s keynote event, a conversation between him and Orlando Shakes artistic director Jim Helsinger, on April 8.

The theater has announced the entire PlayFest schedule, and here it is, followed by some info on Mark and good PlayFest stuff:

Keynote event:

  • A Chat With Mark Brown. $10. Friday, April 8 7-8:30 p.m. Margeson Theater.

Full production:

  • Charm, by Kathleen Cahill, directed by Patrick Flick. Goldman Theater, March 23-April 17, 2011. Wednesdays, Thursdays at 7 p.m., Fridays, Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m. Previews $14; Wed/Thu/Sun $34, $28, $22; Fri/Sat evenings $38, $32, $26.

Workshops – Cost: $10

  • Don Quixote – The Reckoning, by Mark Brown, directed by Jim Helsinger. Saturday, April 9 3-5:30 p.m.; Sunday, April 10 7-9:30 p.m.; Saturday, April 16 2-4:30 p.m. and Sunday, April 17 7-9:30 p.m.
  • Glassheart, by Reina Hardy, directed by Laurel Clark. Saturday, April 9 8:30-11 p.m.; Sunday, April 10 4-6:30 p.m.; Saturday, April 16 8-10:30 p.m. and Sunday, April 17 4-6:30 p.m.

Readings – Cost: $5

  • Anno Menander, by Ross Maxwell, directed by Patrick Braillard. Sunday, April 10 noon-2:30 p.m. and Saturday, April 16 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
  • Bakersfield Mist, a National New Play Network Showcase selection, written and directed by Stephen Sachs. Presented by the Fountain Theatre, Los Angeles. Saturday, April 9 6-8:30 p.m. and Sunday, April 10 7-9:30 p.m.
  • Do Not Go Gentle …, by Patricia Cornelius, directed by Patrick Flick. In Partnership with PlayWriting Australia. Sunday, April 10 3-5:30 p.m. and Wednesday, April 13 7-9:30 p.m.
  • Exit, Pursued by a Bear, by Lauren Gunderson, directed by David Karl Lee. Thursday, April 14 7-9:30 p.m. and Sunday, April 17 4-6:30 p.m.
  • Jericho, a National New Play Network Showcase presentation, by Jack Canfora, directed by John DiDonna. Saturday, April 9 noon-2:30 p.m. and Saturday, April 16 from 5-7:30 p.m.
  • ReEntry, by Emily Ackerman & KJ Sanchez, director to be announced. Saturday, April 16 2-4:30 p.m. and Sunday, April 17 1-3:30 p.m.
  • Sweet Water Taste, by Gloria Bond Clunie, directed by Paula Rossman. Saturday, April 9 3-5:30 p.m. and Tuesday, April 12 7:30-10 p.m.
  • The Exit Interview, by William Missouri Downs, directed by Michael Marinaccio. Friday, April 15 7:30-10 p.m. and Sunday, April 17 1-3:30 p.m.

Special events:

  • Fringe 101 – How to Fringe. Cost: $20. Presented by Orlando Fringe Artistic Director, Beth Marshall. Saturday, April 9 noon-3 p.m.
  • Play in a Day – A Fun-Raiser for PlayFest. Cost: $10. Hosted by Orlando Fringe Artistic Director Beth Marshall. Monday, April 11, 7 p.m.
  • Playwright’s Panel – What is the Role of the Producer in New Play Development? Cost: Free. Mandell Theater. Sunday, April 17 11 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.

All Events take place at the John & Rita Lowndes Shakespeare Center, 812 East Rollins Street, Orlando, FL  32803.

And here’s more:

Orlando Shakespeare Theater in Partnership with UCF announces its lineup of new play readings, workshops, and panel discussions for PlayFest! The Harriett Lake Festival of New Plays, running April 8 – 17, 2011 at the John and Rita Lowndes Shakespeare Center (812 East Rollins Street).

This year, Orlando Shakes welcomes former local resident and PlayFest veteran, playwright Mark Brown (Around the World in 80 Days, The Trial of Ebenezer Scrooge, and China – The Whole Enchilada) back to the Margeson Stage for an Inside the Actor’s Studio style conversation with Orlando Shakes Artistic Director Jim Helsinger on Friday, April 8, 2011. Mr. Brown’s new play, Don Quixote – The Reckoning will be presented as one of two workshops during PlayFest.

Mark Brown is an award-winning writer and actor whose credits include appearances at South Coast Repertory and Utah Shakespearean Festival. His play Around the World in 80 Days has literally been produced around the world and was listed in American Theater Magazine as one of the top 10 most produced plays in 2009. Awards for 80 Days include two Lillie Stoates Awards, including Best Production (Orlando Shakespeare Theater); four Shellie Awards, including Best Production (Center Rep Theatre); five Sarasota Magazine Theater Award nominations (Florida Studio Theatre); and two Los Angeles Ovation Award Nominations (the Colony Theatre). The Sacramento Bee named 80 Days Best Theatrical Comedy of 2004.

As an actor, Mark Brown can be seen in Out of Sight (with George Clooney), Holy Man (with Eddie Murphy and Jeff Goldblum) and Amy’s O (Winner Best Film: Santa Barbara Film Festival). Notable TV credits include the Emmy Award-winning series From the Earth to the Moon (with Tom Hanks), House, Ally McBeal, Providence, Diagnosis Murder, and countless commercials and made-for-TV films.

“We are thrilled to host Mark Brown for 2011 PlayFest,” says Helsinger. “If Quixote is anything like Around the World in 80 Days, The Trial of Ebenezer Scrooge, and China, the audience is in for a howling good time.  I know we’ll be laughing a lot in rehearsal!”

For an in-depth look at the PlayFest Readings, Workshops, and Special Events, please visit http://orlandoshakes.org/plays-events/playfest/index.html.

PlayFest tickets are available starting Tuesday, March 15, 2011 by calling 407-447-1700 or online at http://orlandoshakes.org and in person at the box office located inside the Lowndes Shakespeare Center, 812 East Rollins Street in Orlando’s Loch Haven Cultural Park. Box Office hours are noon to show time, Tuesday-Saturday, and one hour prior to show time on Sundays for walk up sales. On non-performance days, the Box Office closes at 5pm. The Box Office is closed on Mondays.

PlayFest is made possible through the generous support of title sponsor Harriett Lake. Other sponsors include Frank Santos and Dan Dantin, Ingrid and Coleman Cordell, and The National New Play Network. Orlando Shakespeare Theater in Partnership with UCF is supported by United Arts of Central Florida with funds from the United Arts campaign and by State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Arts Council.

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