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21|22 Audience Experience
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Driveway Theatre Project

With the Driveway Theatre Project (DTP), we’re bringing a new kind of block party to neighborhoods throughout Greater Gainesville!

The way it works is simple: UFPA teams up with community members like you to bring together friends and neighbors around a performance in driveways, backyards, community centers, and even places of business. You provide the space and invite the people, we provide the magic of performance. Whether it’s bringing actors, musicians, dancers, or all three, we will work with you to figure out the most appropriate performance type for your gathering.

The DTP will be an effort that meets people where they are both geographically and socially, providing performances at no cost and removing many of the boundaries that hinder folks from attending performances inside our venues.

But providing no cost performances and removing these boundaries is a serious undertaking, and to realize the full potential of DTP we will need your support.

How to Host

If you are interested in hosting a Driveway Theatre Project event, please fill out this form and we will add you to the list of potential hosts. A few things to know about hosting:

  • There has been a tremendous response to the Driveway Theatre Project. We are still accepting applications for hosts, but ask for patience as we continue to grow this program.
  • We need hosts from all over! To us, DTP will not be a success unless our performances reach out to every corner of Gainesville. We want to engage with our neighbors to the East, West, North, South, and even in surrounding communities.
  • Host requirements are minimal. The beauty of DTP is that it can happen nearly anywhere. Hosts will be required to provide ample space for performers and audience, and minimal power for microphones and speakers. That’s it!

Current Offerings

This “menu” of performances will continue to evolve as we develop DTP.

Check Please
Written by: Jonathan Rand
Directed by: Steven Butler
PG-13 | 30 minutes
Dating can be hard. Especially when your date happens to be a raging kleptomaniac or a mime. Check Please follows a series of blind dinner dates that couldn’t get any worse — until they do. Could there possibly be a light and love at the end of the tunnel? Or is that just a train?

The Maltese Falcon
Written by: Dashiell Hammett
Adapted & Directed by: Steven Butler
PG | 50 minutes
Have you ever wondered what life could be like behind the scenes of a live radio drama? Join the radio stars of yesteryear: James Thorogood, Kitty Collins, Vanessa Eaves, Patrick Henry and Monty Fitzwater and watch their personal life antics unfold during their production of the classic murder mystery The Maltese Falcon.  

Mixed-Tape Shakespeare
Written by: William Shakespeare
Adapted & Directed by: Derek Wohlust
PG-13 | 30 Minutes
An evening with some of the playwright’s best known, and best loved scenes. See his awkwardly comedic lovers- from Kate and Petruchio to Pyramus and Thisbe.   Great moments from the tragedies—Hamlet’s dating fail, or Lady Macbeth’s daddy issues—and the problems of problematic problem plays with Angelo and Isabella. This series will evolve over time with updated scenes so that no two performances will be the same!

An Evening with Frederick Douglass and Captain John Brown
Adapted from William Branch’s “In Splendid Error”
& Directed by: Carol Velasques
PG | 30 minutes followed by talkback
Director Carol Velasques has put together a searing dramatic history lesson to reveal the complex friendship, struggle, and heroism of two comrades in the fight to free the slaves, called it simply An Evening with Two Abolitionists, and coupled with a talk-back to engage the audience in a discussion of issues that simply could not be more pressing – Race and Freedom.

Also coming in 2022:

  • The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged (revised) Abridged
  • Blackademics
  • And more!

Help us pave the way!

The Driveway Theatre Project is made possible through the generous support of our donors. Please consider making a gift today to ensure we can continue bringing performances to driveways across Greater Gainesville.

For additional information about the Driveway Theatre Project, please email us at

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