February 28 - March 15

Ben Hur

Produced by: Garden Theatre
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Final Performance on Friday, March 13. 

After careful consideration and conversations regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, Garden Theatre’s final performance of Ben Hur on Sunday, March 15 has been canceled.  Please click here for further updates and information.

By Patrick Barlow

What happens when an amateur theatre troupe tries to perform the epic story of Ben Hur? As the struggling actors rehearse the grand tale of the fictional Jewish prince and merchant, offstage rivalries and romances interfere with their chariot races and sea battles. Patrick Barlow’s new adaptation of Ben Hur is a light-hearted comedic take on the timeless story.

Content Transparency: This show contains limited use of vulgar language. Guests are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the shows we offer to make informed decisions before purchasing tickets.

This project is funded in part by Orange County Government through the Arts & Cultural Affairs Program. This project is sponsored in part by the Department of State, division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Council of Arts and Culture and the State of Florida. This project is funded in part by United Arts of Central Florida, home of OrlandoAtPlay.com and UAArtsEd.com.

cast & crew


Daniel Veil / Melchior / Ben Hur / Nubian Dancer: TJ Washburn

Omar / Caspar / Archangel Gabriel / Messala / Jesus / Galley Captain / Roman Captain / Galley Slave 2 / Nubian Dancer / Valentinyo: Mason Criswell

Crystal / Mary / Tirzah / Esther / Ancient Slave / Nubian Dancer / Catalinya / Naboth / Mrs. Pilate: Kristin Shirilla

Edgar / Balthasar / Sara / Centurion / Slave Driver / Quintus Arrius / Pontius Pilate: Adam Graham



Director: Jason Horne

Stage Manager: Louis Rego

Scenic Design: Chris McKinney

Lighting Design: Erin Miner

Costume Design: Eryn Brooks Brewer

Sound Design: Jack Audet

Wig Design: Erma Sandora

Props Master: Alesha Hollatz

Assistant Stage Manager: Sören Ray

Master Electrician and Light Board Op: David Clenney

Master Carpenter: Mark Sansing

Scenic Artist: Ruth E

Run Crew: Clairanne Monur, Jacob Motes, Mackenzie Woodward

Costume Run Crew Chief: Carrie Brown

Assistant Carpenter: Thomas Rivera



Photos by Steven Miller Photography


Audience Reviews

“Innovative, very funny, and well acted.” – Garden Theatre Guest

Ben Hur is an absolutely hilarious show. The performers and the crew do an amazing job presenting this story… the quick costume changes are done dizzingly well: which is a testament to both the performers and the dressers backstage… The pace and feeling of the show is great for anyone. It is very Monty Python, which I enjoyed!” – Garden Theatre guest

Ben Hur was brilliant and hilarious! Love the theatre and we will be back again.” – Garden Theatre Guest

“Funny, fast moving, exceedingly creative, and excellent acting.” – Garden Theatre Guest

“Going o this fabulously funny show for the second time! Love it! Very creative and well done!” – Garden Theatre Guest

Critic Reviews

“Ben Hur, AN EPIC COMEDY! is genuinely funny and multifaceted, drawing as much from General Lew Wallace’s 1880 play as William Wyler’s 1959 film. It’s irreverently thoughtful in its observations about both…”

BWW Review: An Elderly Patron and I Disagree About Ben Hur: An Epic Comedy! At Garden Theatre -Aaron Wallace, BraodwayWorld

“[Jason] Horne and his cast do create truly funny moments. And those performers are working overtime with a frenzy of quick costume changes…

As the pretentious and lovesick leader of the thespian troupe, TJ Washburn has the right portentous delivery… His cohorts are equally game. Kristin Shirilla… displays a particular funny knack for the melodramatic acting style of 1950s starlets. Mason Criswell hams it up as the evil Messala, and makes a trippy Jesus… Adam Graham… shines brightest as the Roman official whose interest in our hero seems more than fatherly.”

Orlando Sentinel’s Matt Palm Reviews Ben Hur

“After reading [Patrick] Barlow’s wordplay-filled satire, which follows a deluded theatrical impresario’s misguided attempt to dramatize the entire 900-page novel (chariot race and all), [Director Jason] Horne thought it was something that definitely fell into his wheelhouse.”

Universal Orlando show director Jason Horne couldn’t resist the chance to direct Ben Hur at Garden Theatre  – Seth Kubersky, Orlando Weekly


ASL-Interpreted Performance

Thursday, March 12, 2020 | 7:30 pm

In partnership with Signing Shadows, Garden Theatre will present an American Sign Language-interpreted performance.

When looking at the stage, the interpreters will be located in front of the stage on the far right.

For more information about the best seating to view the interpreters, please email BoxOffice@gardentheatre.org.