Orlando Shakes presents a staged reading of “Fairview” by Jackie Sibblies Drury, featuring professional actors and Theatre UCF students.

Orlando Shakes presents a staged reading of the 2019 Pulitzer Prize winning play Fairview by Jackie Sibblies Drury, a searing examination of families, drama and the insidiousness of white supremacy.

At the Frasier household, preparations for Grandma’s birthday party are underway. Beverly is holding on to her sanity by a thread to make sure this party is perfect, but her sister can’t be bothered to help, her husband doesn’t seem to listen, her brother is MIA, her daughter is a teenager, and maybe nothing is what it seems in the first place…! Fairview begins as an easygoing comedy about a middle-class black family gathering for a birthday dinner and ends somewhere else entirely. A play about race, though not only about race, it ultimately brings the audience into the actors’ community to face the deep-seated prejudices of our society.

This reading will have 10-minute intermission after the first act and a 5-minute intermission after the second act.

The following Character Animation Shorts will be shown before this reading: The Moth Effect (2016), Yours, Mime and Ours (2014), Gaiaspora (2013).

This show is recommended for ages 13 and up. Students can use code ILOVEUCF2022 for a $5 discount. Valid student ID required. Photo by Tony Firriolo, from Orlando Shakes’ “Sweetwater Taste.” Pictured LR: Chris Lindsay, Avis-Marie Barnes, Andy Gion, Cherise James.

Presented in partnership with the Orlando Shakespeare Theatre (Orlando Shakes)


By Jackie Sibblies Drury

Directed by UCF Alum, Shonn McCloud 


Produced by: Orlando Shakes
Artistic Director: Jim Helsinger
Managing Director: Douglas Love-Ramos
Director of Production: George Hamrah
Director of New Play Development: Roberta Emerson
Associate Artistic Director/Producer in ResidenceNick Bublitz
Company ManagerAllison Harkness Holt
Stage ManagersCameron Sparks & Kayla Amburgey
Scenic Charges: Sarah Taylor, Leslie MacMillan & Bonnie Sprung



Beverly: Faith Boles*
Jasmine: Elaina Walton
Dayton: E. Mani Cadet*
Keisha: Anita Whitney Bennett (UCF)
Suze: Sarah Lockard
MackGiuseppe Pipicella (UCF)
Jimbo: Jordan Perez (UCF)
Bets: Chelsea Street
Stage Direction Reader: Edmarie Montes (UCF ALUM) 

*Member of Actors’ Equity Association (AEA)