TEMPUS A New Play by Joseph Reed Hayes
Tempus, a play by Joseph Reed Hayes
The first reading of a new play by award-winning Orlando playwright Joseph Reed Hayes. The NYC jazz loft, 1940s bebop reinterpretation of Shakespeare’s The Tempest, a tale of legendary swing band leader “Duke” Prospero.
The story of “Duke” Prospero, the deposed King of Swing; his rebellious daughter, the zoot suit-wearing, horn playing Miranda; her potential partner Fiona, at the biting edge of bebop and daughter of the rival bandleader “King” Alonso; Prospero’s magical muse, the mercurial Ariel, a sprite, a spirit, a manipulator and the best vocalist anyone has ever heard; the rulebreaking sax player Caliban, playing the ordinary in an extraordinary way as a bridge between old and new; and Gonzalo, the backstage instigator of a jazz/klezmer amalgam that has been quietly influencing jazz for decades. After the March, 2023, reading, TEMPUS will grow into a full stage production as a play, and will become the libretto for a new American “bebopera“, created with Timucua Arts Foundation master Benoit Glazer, sharing the themes and ideas of the play in a unique opera form.
Joseph Reed Hayes celebrated his 20th year as a playwright in 2022, concurrently working as a full-time freelance writer, artistic event producer and advocate for new, original creative work. He has gone from devilish unfocused child in the Bronx to a proudly neurodivergent creative, marking a career in Orlando FL that has included 56 productions and readings of his work across the US and in three countries. Two of the four shows he presented in 2022 included the only double Critics’ Choice Award-winner in that year’s Orlando Fringe Festival (The Mockingbird News), and If I Had My Way, called “A fascinating mix of contemporary issues about class, race, circumstance and relationships against a uniquely Florida historical background” by the Orlando Sentinel and given two “Best Leading Actor Drama” awards for 2022. TEMPUS is his seventh play premiered at Timucua, and his 13th appearance on its stage. He can be found at hayesplays.com
INDIVIDUAL DATES & TIMES*
- Mar 17, 2023 at 07:00 pm - 09:00 pm (Fri)
- Mar 18, 2023 at 07:00 pm - 09:00 pm (Sat)
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A pay-what-you-want event, with options for live and online viewing.
The March 18 show will include live, improvisational jazz musicians
2000 S Summerlin Ave., Orlando, FL 32806