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Joseph Hayes, one of Central Florida’s most prolific playwrights, moves from a Fringe hit to a world premiere with barely a pause

Among the score of shows honored with Critics’ Choice awards at last month’s Orlando International Fringe Festival, only The Mockingbird News nabbed more than one win, claiming both “Best Individual Performance in a Drama” for star Sarah Lockard and “Best Director” for Leesa Halstead Castaneda. After that triumph, you might expect writer-producer Joseph Reed Hayes to take a break, but he’s back at Loch Haven Park with this weekend’s world premiere of If I Had My Way, the latest and largest work from one of Central Florida’s most prolific playwrights. “It was a great experience,” gushes Hayes about his first Fringe show since 2004, which came on the 20th anniversary of his first.

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