Joseph Hayes' House Theater Project to be staged this weekend




Saturday-Sunday, May 26-27 – House Theater Project: A Little Crazy

8 p.m. Saturday

2 p.m. Sunday

through June 3

free, visit website for location and details

United Arts of Central Florida makes annual grants to local artists who “strengthen artistic excellence” in Central Florida. In 2012, local playwright (and former OW dining critic) Joseph Hayes received $2,400 for his House Theater Project, a theatrical-technological hybrid that brings live performances from Hayes’ home to the worldwide web – it doesn’t get much more local than the artist’s own couch. Hayes will stage A Little Crazy, his 2002 play about an elderly Jewish man sharing tales of the past with his nephew in the small time he has left before death (a comedy!) in front of the Collabracam, a breakthrough bit of tech that leashes together multiple cameras and an iPad to make a performance available in real time to anyone with an Internet connection. Earlier this year, United Arts said House Theater Project would “expand the definition of live performance”; a decade ago, our theater critic Steve Schneider called A Little Crazy “beautifully written.” To further heighten the contrast between local and global, live audience members will be seated right on the set, and three of the four shows will include refreshments – one show will be catered by Big Wheel’s Tony Adams, one by Sweet! cupcake mogul Hollis Wilder and one by the playwright himself. Go to to make on-set reservations or tune in to livestream performances. – Jessica Bryce Young