Playwrights' Round Table presents the world premiere production of GEIST by David Strauss.

GEIST tells the true, little-known story of Raymond Geist, an American Deputy Consul in the US Embassy during the rise of Nazi Germany. As Germany descends into madness, Geist struggles between his duty to uphold the law and his desire to get as many Jews out of the country as he can before the very worst happens.

The play will be directed by Hilary Cooperman, assistant directed by Rochelle Curbow Wheeler, and will be performed in the Santos Dantin Studio Theatre at the Orlando Shakespeare Center from April 12th to 21st.


  • Mark J. Richman as Deputy Consul Raymond Geist
  • Chuck Dent as Consul George Messersmith
  • Gary Norris as Ambassador William Dodd
  • Brianna Barrett as Martha Dodd
  • Sara Jones as Bella Fromm
  • James Blaisdell as Inspector Rudolf Diels

    Brooke Dennis
    Anthony Marando
    Jeremy Morris
    Katherine Riley
    Ward James

Premiere Cast Announced

GEIST opens April 12

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Next workshop: Sunday, 3/10, 1pm @ Ad Lib Theater, 200 N Denning Dr, Winter Park.


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2018 Productions


Launch 2018

January 19-28, 2018
Mandell Theater, Orlando Shakes

BLIGHT by John Bavoso

April 13-22, 2018
Santos Dantin Studio Theater, Orlando Shakes
Premiere Series 2018

Summer Shorts 2018

July 20-29, 2018
Santos Dantin Studio Theater, Orlando Shakes

Native Voices 2018

November 30-December 9, 2018
Santos Dantin Studio Theater, Orlando Shakes


  • October - Native Voices 2018 Scripts and Casts Announced.
  • September - Launch 2019 Script Call, Annual Meeting.
  • August - Premiere 2019 and Native Voices 2018 Script Calls.
  • July - Summer Shorts Opens.
  • June - Shorts Plays Announced, Shorts Auditions.
  • May - Shorts Call Continues, Orlando Fringe Arrives.
  • April - Summer Shorts Script Call, Blight Opens.
  • March - Premiere 2018 Cast, Valencia 5-Minute Plays Announced.
  • February - Premiere 2018 Auditions, Valencia Script Call.
  • January - Launch 2018 Opens, [Miss] Wins Awards.

  • December - Premiere Series Readings, Launch 2018 Casts.
  • November - Native Voices Opens, Launch 2018 Auditions, Premiere 2018 Finalists.
  • October - Native Voices Casts Announced, [Miss] Wins Award.
  • September - Launch 2018 Script Call, Native Voices 2017 Auditions.
  • August - Premiere 2018 Script Call.
  • July - Summer Shorts Opens, Miss in Tampa.
  • June - Summer Shorts Plays & Auditions Announced.
  • May - It's Orlando Fringe Time!
  • April - Premiere 2017 Opens, Summer Shorts Script Call.
  • March - Premiere 2017 Cast Announced, Valencia Scripts Announced.
  • February - Premiere 2017 Auditions, Valencia Script Call.
  • January - Launch 2017 Opens.

  • December - Premiere Staged Readings, Launch 2017 Casts.
  • November - Native Voices Opens, Launch 2017 Auditions.
  • October - Native Voices Casts Announced.
  • September - New Workshop Location, Launch 2017 Script Call.
  • August - Premiere 2017 Script Call.
  • July - Shorts 2016 Opens, Native Voices Script Call.
  • June - Shorts 2016 Auditions.
  • May - Seeking Shorts Directors, CityWrights 2016.
  • April - Premiere Series Opens, Errors of Comedy Show.
  • March - Summer Shorts Script Call, Valencia Selections Announced.
  • February - Premiere Cast, Valencia Script Call.
  • January - Launch 2016 Opens, Premiere Selection/Auditions.

  • December - Launch Casts, Native Voices Selection.
  • November - Launch Auditions, Premiere Staged Readings, Membership Changes.
  • October - Fringe 2016 Script Call, Premiere Selections, Goring Awards, New Board.
  • September - Launch 2016 Script Call.
  • August - Premeiere 2016 Script Call.
  • July - Summer Shorts Opens.
  • June - Summer Shorts Auditions.
  • May - Summer Shorts Plays, Fund Drive.
  • April - 2015-16 Season Announced, Time Passes Opens.
  • March - Premiere Opens, Summer Shorts Script Call.
  • February - Premiere Cast Announced, Valencia Script Call.
  • January - Launch 2015 Opens, Premiere auditions.

  • December - Launch 2015 Casts, Premiere Auditions Announced.
  • November - Goring Festival, Launch & Premiere Calls Announced.
  • October - New Board, PRT Receives Grant.
  • September - Membership Meeting, Goring Auditions, Premiere Call.
  • August - Summer Shorts Performances.
  • July - GoringFest & Premiere Script Calls.
  • June - Summer Shorts Auditions, CityWrights conference.
  • May - Fringe Opens, Season Announcement.
  • April - Premiere Opens, Shorts Script Call.
  • February - Fringe Auditions, Valencia/PRT Script Call.
  • January - Launch Opens, New Web Site, Premiere Cast.

  • December - Premiere Auditions, PRT Member News.
  • November - Launch Auditions, Premiere Announcement.
  • October - Goring Fest Opens, 13-14 Board Elected.
  • September - Launch Call, Goring Cast Announcement.
  • August - GoringFest Auditions, Premiere Call.
  • July - Summer Shorts Opens, Script Calls.
  • June - GoringFest Call, Premiere Call.
  • May - Fringe Arrives, Summer Shorts Auditions.
  • April - New Season, Summer Shorts Call.
  • March - Pine Opens, PRT Member News.
  • February - Premiere Cast Announced, OrangeTV Filming.
  • January - Launch 2013 Opens, Premiere Auditions.

  • December - Launch 2013 Creative Teams, Member News.
  • November - GoringFest Opens, Launch Auditions.
  • October - Premiere Announced, Launch Call Continues.
  • September - GoringFest Auditions, Launch Call.
  • August - GoringFest Scripts Announced, Premiere Call.
  • July - Shorts Opens, GoringFest Call Closes.
  • June - Shorts Auditions, GoringFest Call.
  • May - Fringe News, Shorts Announced.
  • April - Season Announced, Shorts Call.
  • March - Premiere Opens, Shorts Call, Fringe Teaser.
  • February - YouTube Channel, Fringe Cast Announced.
  • January - Launch Opens, Premiere Cast, Fringe Auditions.
  • December - Second Sundays, Premiere/Fringe.
  • November - Launch Auditions, Premiere Announced.
  • October - GoringFest Teams, GoringFest Announced.
  • September - Launch Call, Membership Meeting.
  • August - GoringFest/Fringe Calls.
  • July - Shorts Teams, Script Calls.
  • June - GoringFest/Fringe Call, Shorts Auditions.
  • May - Shorts Scripts, Premiere Call.
  • April - Shorts Call, Member News.
  • March - Shorts Scripts, Member News.
  • January - Launch Opens, RIP Kate Singleton.
  • December - Launch Teams, GoringFest News.
  • November - GoringFest Casts and Performance Schedule.
  • October - Launch Call, Board Elected.
  • September - GoringFest/Fringe Announcements.
  • August - Shorts 2010 Opens.
  • July - Shorts 2010 Announced.
  • June - Fringe Report, GoringFest/Fringe Call.
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Next Workshop: Sunday, February 10, 2019, 1:00 pm.

Ad Lib Theater in Winter Park, 200 N Denning Dr, Winter Park, FL 32789

We have moved full time to Ad Lib Theater in Winter Park for our monthly playwright workshops. What happens at our workshops?

All writers are welcome to bring any piece they're working on, from a ten minute short to a full length work. While our primary focus is on play writing, we have in the past given feedback on screenplays as well. You don't have to be a member to bring a script or attend, and admission is free.

Scripts are then cold read by our group, which usually contains a selection of actors from all over Central Florida. Following the read, there is a feedback period for the writer to discuss what worked and what didn't in their play.

Many of the scripts that are produced in our various annual productions get their start in the workshops.

Usually, the monthly workshop takes places on the second Sunday of each month, but may occasionally be changed due to ongoing productions.

Guidelines for Monthly Workshops

Due to the success of holding our workshops, with great attendance and a LOT of scripts (many very good ones, we might add!) coming through, we must now ask that if you are planning to bring in a script for a reading, you must first e-mail us at to schedule your scripts.

You may e-mail us to request a slot until the day prior to the workshop. Please include your name, script title, and approximate length of the script in minutes (in general, a 10 page script can run between 10-12 minutes, a one-act between 20 to 45 minutes, and a full-length from 90-120 minutes). We will schedule as many as our time allows us, with the understanding that full-length plays will generally only read a couple of scenes to start.

The general order of readings is first-come, first-served based on the time slot requests; however, PRT member playwrights, if in attendance, will have their plays read first, then the rest down the line (member playwrights must still request a reading slot, however, and must arrive on time or they lose their slot).

Keep in mind, you DO NOT have to be a member to attend our workshops or bring a script in for a reading, and it is always free to any member of the public who wishes to join us. This is simply to ensure that we have enough time to fairly read and comment upon everyone's scripts.

We hope you will all continue to use this free service to our theatrical community, and enjoy hearing and helping the work of your fellow writers. If you have any questions, please e-mail us at

About PRT

To contact PRT, please email us at

Our mission, begun in 1997, is to find and nurture new playwrights and their works, to give a home to new stage works, and to enliven the page-to-stage process. We serve new and experienced playwrights and screenwriters by providing a venue for new work.

Through our free monthly script workshops, we allow authors to develop and refine their works, everything from ten minute shorts through full length two act plays. The authors' works are read by professional actors, in a collaborative setting, which receives audience feedback.

We are the only group that produces original stage works in Central Florida year round, through our annual productions of short plays in our Summer Shorts and Launch play series, one acts in our John Goring Memorial One Act Festival and through the Orlando International Fringe Theater Festival, and full length works through the PRT Premiere Series, beginning in 2012. Our members have enjoyed productions throughout Florida, New York, Massachusetts, Texas and more.

We also offer staged readings of some of our member's newest works, all over Central Florida.

Help support Playwrights' Round Table and the arts in Central Florida with your time, talent, and resources. We are always seeking enthusiastic directors, performers, and support staff to help us succeed in our mission.

Playwrights' Round Table is a non-profit 501(c)3 corporation. Our elected Board of Directors for the 2018-19 season are:

PresidentChuck Dent
Vice PresidentAl Pergande
SecretaryRussell Trahan
TreasurerGary Norris
DirectorAaron Babcock
DirectorKate Murray
DirectorDina Najjar
DirectorThomas Rivera
DirectorTracey Jane Smith
DirectorBill Trask
DirectorSusan White


Membership is open to all who wish to join, not just playwrights. Playwrights need a host of helpers: directors, actors, producers, technicians, dramaturgs, and astute audience members.


As a group grows and advances through the years, from time to time it is necessary to make changes. One thing we've wanted to do for awhile is make some changes to the PRT membership structure, so that it may help us gain more great plays and give our members more value for their membership.

As such, we have changed our membership to a tiered system structure. Depending upon your membership level, you gain extra benefits from being a PRT member. The baseline is always eligibility for production, but as you go up, more and more perks are added.

Enthusiast - Free:
Electronic Distribution of newsletter
Participation in Script Workshop
Eligibility for Full Production

Member - $30
Above benefits, plus:
Vote in Annual Meeting
Eligibility to Serve on Board of Directors
Discount on Production Tickets

Supporter - $50
Above benefits, plus:
Listing in Online Membership Directory
Feedback Upon Request - up to 3 ten-minute plays and 1 full-length play per year

Patron - $75
Above benefits, plus:
Two free tickets to Productions

Endower - $100
Above benefits, plus:
Four free tickets to Productions

Recognition in Production Programs

If you are a current member with questions about how this change affects your membership, or you would like to join, please contact Russell Trahan, our Membership Coordinator, via for more details.

You can remit dues to:

Playwrights' Round Table, Inc.
4696 Middlebrook Road #J
Orlando, FL 32811

We now accept PayPal for your yearly membership dues!

Support Levels


Playwrights' Round Table is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation. It directs all earned income to the furtherance of our mission, and to pay for costs associated with it, such as space rental, insurance, and general show costs. We are actively seeking sponsors and donors to help us in the fulfillment of our mission. All donations are tax-deductible and help us bring new voices and new works to the stage. Please send all donations to:

Playwrights' Round Table, Inc. Donors
4696 Middlebrook Road #J
Orlando, FL 32811

We now accept PayPal for your donations!

FL Registration # CH32790


Playwrights' Round Table is funded in part by United Arts of Central Florida Inc., and by the State of Florida's Dept. of State-Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Arts Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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