Thursday, June 27, 2013

Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival July 23-28

 At the Clurman Theatre on Theatre Row
Chosen from over 900 submissions by playwriting workshops, university theatre programs, and professional companies nationwide, “The Red Blood of War” produced by Mountaintop Productions will be presented at the 38th Annual Samuel French Inc. Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival on July 25, 2013 at the Clurman Theatre (410 West 42nd Street, NYC). The week-long festival will be presented July 23rd – 27th with finals on Saturday, then the winning plays will be presented is a special performance on Sunday July 28th. Out of these 30 plays, six finalists will be chosen by the Samuel French, Inc. editorial staff to receive publication and licensing contracts.
“I’m so thrilled and honored to be a part of the festival!”
Plays in the festival will be presented in daily multi-sessions. The schedule for each day of the Festival can be found at
The thirty producing organizations presenting at the festival are as follows: Adrift by Jay Koepke (Rutgers University); Afterlife by Chris Braak (Chris Braak); Black Friday by Matthew Klein (Matthew Klein); Captive by Caron A. Levis (Infinite Nutshell Productions); The Chicken Situation by Dominic Finocchiaro (Dominic Finocchiaro); Dancing Turtle by Thomas M. Atkinson (Thomas M. Atkinson); Duduk? by Sarah Einspanier (Sarah Einspanier); The Dungeons and the Dragons by Kyle John Schmidt (Kyle John Schmidt); Fat Joey by Madeline Hendricks (Madeline Hendricks); Field Guide to the North American Osprey by Trish Cole (Trish Cole); Frisky and the Panda Man by Ross Howard (Sarah Norris); Imaginary Friends by Jeffrey James Keyes (Jeffrey James Keyes); In the Early Dark by Seth Berner (Seth Berner); Ink by R. David Robinson (R. David Robinson); Jack and Evelyn by Alec Gutherz (Reliance, LLC); Masha: Conditions in the Holy Land by Andrew R. Heinze (HB Studio); Moscow by Lojo Simon (Lojo Simon); Occupy Hallmark by Cassie M. Seinuk (Cassie M. Seinuk); Old Flame by Mira Gibson (Summer Smoke Productions LLC); Poor Jesse by Emily Feldman (Emily Feldman); Reality Play by Mark Swaner (Mark Swaner); The Red Blood of War by Celeste Bedford Walker (Mountaintop Productions); The Space Behind Your Heart by Steven Simoncic (Thirstyboots Productions); Stamps by Sarah Sander (Sarah Sander); Sweet Life by Lina Patel (Lina Patel); Tattoo You by Lisa Kenner (Lisa Kenner); Three by Gregory Bonsignore (Gregory Bonsignore); Tornado by Arlitia Jones (Blue Roses Productions); Tummy Bubbles by Jennifer Lane (Jennifer Lane); Where Bearded Ladies Come From by Holly Hepp-Galaván (Holly Hepp-Galaván).
The Off Off Broadway Festival started in 1975 and is Manhattan’s most established short play festival. Hundreds of theatre companies and schools have participated in the Festival’s first thirty-six years, including companies from coast to coast and abroad. This Festival has served as a doorway to future success for many aspiring writers. Since its inception, over two hundred plays from the Festival have been published, and many of the participants have become established, award-winning playwrights including Theresa Rebeck, Shirley Lauro, Bekah Brunstetter, Steve Yockey, David Johnston and Sheila Callaghan.
For more information about the festival, plays, playwrights and participating companies, please visit the official festival website at By requiring authors to collaborate with a producing organization and present their work in performance, Samuel French seeks to encourage the collaborative and creative process of playwriting.
Samuel French Inc. was founded in 1830 with offices in both New York City, Los Angeles and London, and retail bookstores in Hollywood and London making it the oldest and largest publisher and licensor of plays in the world. 
All tickets are $18.  For more information and to purchase tickets, call Telecharge at 800-432-7250 or log onto The 38th Annual Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival will run July 23rd – 28th at the Clurman Theatre, Theatre Row (410 West 42nd Street). 
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