Significant Other, Bad Jews, and Prayer for the French Republic writer Joshua Harmon has been named honorary festival playwright for the 47th Annual Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival, presented by Concord Theatricals.
The festival, set for August 16-20 at the Peter Jay Sharp Theater in NYC, will see short works from 30 finalist playwrights compete for six winning spots. The winning works will be published in an anthology of short plays and licensed by Concord's Samuel French imprint.
Judging this year's entries will be playwrights Dennis A. Allen II, Eboni Booth, Karen Hartman, and Bryna Turner, along with National New Play Network Executive Director Nan Barnett, dramaturg Ken Cerniglia, New Dramatists Artistic Director Emily Morse, City Theatre Miami Artistic Director Margaret M. Ledford, Classic Stage Company Artistic Director Jill Rafson, Playwrights’ Realm Associate Artistic Director Alexis Williams, and Playwrights Horizons Associate Artistic Director Natasha Sinha.
Tickets for the festival, which is open to the public, are available at OOBFestival.com.
Take a look at this year's finalists, selected from more than 650 submissions worldwide:
Thank You, Porcupine by Aurora Behlke
The Very Furious Kugel by Clare Fuyuko Bierman
Duckass by Dan Caffrey
SYZYGY by Rachael Carnes
American Made by Christin Eve Cato
Big Red Button by Jay Eddy
Too Much Lesbian Drama: One Star by Jessie Field
How My Grandparents Fell in Love by Cary Gitter
Chemistry by Ben Holbrook
Georgia Rose by Onyekachi Iwu
Domestic Help by Julianne Jigour
Blocked by Jay Koepke
We Jump Broom by Mildred Inez Lewis
f by Ignacio Lopez
Validation by Daphne Macy
Toxic Norse-culinity by Matthew McLachlan
Leaf Hunters by Megan Chan Meinero
Bugs by Alex Moon
The Pros and Cons of Implosion by R. D. Murphy
Shark Week by Erika Phoebus
if all that You take from this is courage, then I've no regrets by Nicholas Pilapil
Railroad Homes by Jackson Pounds
We're All Girls Here by Roni Ragone
Big Happy Days by Anya Richkind
Wookiees in the Wilderness by Marcus Scott
Beautiful People in a Living Room Doing Nothing by Alec Seymour
You Will Neva Enter Our High Holy Land of Blackness-HIYA! by Cece Suazo
Scary faces happy faces by Danny Tejera
The Vagina Read by Amy Tofte
The Black & White Minstrel Show by Wind Dell Woods
Established in 1975, the Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival aims to introduce the next generation of great playwrights. Writers internationally are invited to submit short works, which are traditionally performed in rep at an Off-Broadway venue—last year's festival was adjudicated via online readings due to the pandemic. Past participants include Audrey Cefaly, Martyna Majok, Bekah Brunstetter, Gloria Calderón Kellett, Sheila Callaghan, khat knotahaiku, Gracie Gardner, Jeremy O. Harris, Shirley Lauro, Theresa Rebeck, Jen Silverman, and Steve Yockey.