32 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 take place on buses and in bars, in hotel rooms and government offices, farmhouse kitchens and jazz stages.
"Joseph Hayes' sense of dialogue and structure, his wit and awareness of the foibles of our society and the humanism that fill the pages of his work make him a true dramatist." — David Amram.
"A Renaissance man..." — Orlando Sentinel
Creator of House Theater Project, live-streaming theater from intimate and non-traditional spaces, called "A very innovative use of technology to expand the definition of live performance" by United Arts of Central Florida, who awarded a Professional Development Grant for its creation; and Jazz On Edge, original jazz events presented in unusual spaces. Creator/curator of 13in13, a year-long series of 13 original, creative events written, produced or presented by Joseph Hayes in 2013, which attracted a very successful Kickstarter campaign.
Plays and readings in New York, Florida, Texas, Wisconsin, California, Italy, England and Scotland. Winner: Community Foundation of Jacksonville Art Ventures Fund Grant; United Arts Professional Development Grant 2012, 2009; Florida Division of Cultural Affairs Individual Artist Fellowship; Telly Award; Galati Research Grant; "Playing by the Lake" Festival. Three time associate artist, Atlantic Center for the Arts.
Name: Joseph Reed Hayes
Lives in: Orlando, Florida
Company: THE COMPANY OF ECCENTRIC BEGGARS
Occupation: Playwright and Theatrical Producer
TOM WAITS FOR NO MAN
Theater by JAZZ ON EDGE / COMPANY OF ECCENTRIC BEGGARS/ Joseph Hayes writer, producer The story of 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.
A SLOW RIDE
Theater by COMPANY OF ECCENTRIC BEGGARS writer, producer 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, with all the tension, humor, affection and near-demented discord that arises when family is in close proximity for more than ten minutes.
Theater by COMPANY OF ECCENTRIC BEGGARS writer/producer Solos is nothing less than the history of jazz in America, as told through the relationship of two people, in three movements and a coda. It is about love, deception and the hardships and joys of the jazz existence. At its heart is the fabulous, always-changing life of the music itself, a dance of timing, in which the rhythms of dialog mimic the rhythms of jazz and the music becomes the third character, reinterpreting the actors' emotional involvements.
A LITTLE CRAZY
Theater by COMPANY OF ECCENTRIC BEGGARS writer, producer A contemporary play about two men - Avram, an 84-year-old Russian immigrant, and his great-nephew, Harry and their sometimes turbulent relationship.
IF I HAD MY WAY
Theater by COMPANY OF ECCENTRIC BEGGARS writer, producer Florida, 1945. A young woman, educated in the North, reluctantly returns to her childhood home to care for her ailing mother. Finding herself in the same citrus farm kitchen that her mother toiled in all her life, she resents every aspect of her situation, rejecting friendship and suitors, until her abrasive and bitter attitude is broken by a person she considered invisible; the Italian POW brought to the ranch as replacement help.
Community Foundation of Jacksonville Art Ventures Fund Grant
United Arts Professional Development Grant 2012, 2009
Florida Division of Cultural Affairs Individual Artist Fellowship
Galati Research Grant
"Playing by the Lake" Festival
Three time associate artist, Atlantic Center for the Arts