Five short plays and one short musical have been named the winners of the 2018 Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival, which took place August 21–25 at The Vineyard’s Dimson 15th Street Theatre. The winning titles will be published and available for licensing by Samuel French in the 43rd edition of its Off Off Broadway collection.
The six winners are Baked Goods with book by Charlie Cohen, lyrics by Christyn Budzyna, music by KPOP's Helen Park, and orchestrations by Collin Martin; Ballgirl by Relentless Award winner Gracie Gardner (Pussy Sludge, Athena); Better by Vince Gatton; The Ferberizing of Coral by Patrick Flynn; The Forgotten Place by Jeff Locker; and Rabiosa by Nelson Diaz-Marcano.
Over the course of five days, the festival presented 30 plays and musicals, each running 10–30 minutes in length and selected from over 850 submissions.
The judging panel for the festival included playwrights Kirsten Childs, David Greenspan, Hansol Jung, and Max Vernon; and industry professionals John M. Baker of SPACE on Ryder Farm, Nan Barnett from NNPN, Ken Cerniglia from Disney Theatrical Group, B.J. Evans from BRIC, Chris Giordano from Theatre Now New York/SOUND BITES, Adam Greenfield of Playwrights Horizons, director Lisa Rothe, and Susan Westfall of City Theatre in Miami.
“We’re excited to be publishing such a varied collection, from an award-winning musical comedy about the perils of selling Girl Scout cookies to a solo drama piece that grippingly highlights Hurricane Maria’s lasting effect on Puerto Rico,” says Abbie Van Nostrand, director of corporate communications at Samuel French. “Lovers of short plays and musicals need look no further than the 43rd edition from this year’s OOB Festival.”
Alums of the long-running festival from the theatrical publishing and licensing company include Pulitzer Prize winner Martyna Majok, Theresa Rebeck, Sheila Callaghan, and Bekah Brunstetter.
For more information visit OOBFestival.com.