Selections for Second Annual Summer Play Festival, at NYC's Theatre Row, Announced

News   Selections for Second Annual Summer Play Festival, at NYC's Theatre Row, Announced
Sixteen plays have been announced for the 2005 Summer Play Festival in Manhattan, due to run July 5-31 under the aegis of deep-pocketed producer Arielle Tepper Tepper founded the fest in 2004, spotlighted 18 shows by unknown and little known playwrights and composers during a 28-day-long period which began July 5 at midtown Manhattan's Theatre Row. This year's event will also take place in the hive of small theatres on West 42nd Street between Ninth and Tenth Avenues.

The plays and playwrights for the 2005 Summer Play Festival are:

  • The Adventures of Barrio Grrrl! by Quiara Hudes
  • Courting Vampires by Laura Schellhardt
  • crooked by Catherine Trieschmann
  • Ephemera by John Yearley
  • How Love Is Spelt by Chloe Moss
  • Indoor/Outdoor by Kenny Finkle
  • Madagascar by J.T. Rogers
  • The Map Maker's Sorrow by Chris Lee
  • Messalina by Gordon Dahlquist
  • Mimesophobia (or before and after) by Carlos Murillo
  • Sick by Zakiyyah Alexander
  • Split Wide Open by Christina Gorman
  • Ted Kaczynski Killed People With Bombs by Michelle Carter
  • tempOdyssey by Dan Dietz
  • Welcome to Arroyo's by Kristoffer Diaz
  • Wildlife by Victor Lodato No directors or casting have been announced.

    In 2004, the festival covered production costs of all the shows, making it a much cushier environment for artists than, say, the New York International Fringe Festival, in which participants pay a nonrefundable $500 fee and pay for all aspects of mounting the show, save renting a space. Additionally, the festival held no rights to the shows at any times.


    The 2005 affair will run July 5-31. Submissions were accepted from Oct. 1, 2004 to Jan 15, 2005. All submissions were made via only (one per writer). The first SPF fest saw several shows sell out. Two of the plays presented, Brooke Berman's Sam & Lucy and Gary Sunshine's Sweetness were given further workshops at the National Theatre Studio in London.

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