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Industry News The 2017 Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival Finds Its Judges The nation’s premiere short play competition has announced the panel that will choose six winners from 30 finalists.
Samuel French Off-Off-Broadway Play Festival

This year’s 42nd Annual Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival—the nation’s premiere short playwrighting competition—runs August 8–12 and features plays and musicals from 30 finalists. Come August 12, six winning pieces will be chosen for licensing and publication.

The publishing organization announced today the panel of 12 playwrights, artistic directors, and industry leaders who will select this year’s winners: playwrights Jiehai Park, James Hindman, Lauren Yee, and Rachel Bonds (Sundown Yellow Moon); artistic directors Andrew Leynse (Primary Stages), Jonathan Silverstein (Keen Company), Susan Westfall (City Theatre, Miami), Emily Morse (New Dramatists), and Ciera Iveson (National Alliance of Musical Theatre); and industry leaders John Clinton Eisner (The Lark), Michael Walkup (Page 73), and Abigail Katz (Atlantic Theater Company).


Tickets for all performances are $18. Discounted Festival Passes are also available. For tickets and additional information, visit

As one of the world’s leading publishing and licensing company of plays and musicals, Samuel French is responsible for why we have shelves full of plays to read and productions of theatre to see around the world—from school productions to community theatre to regional houses.

Samuel French began publishing drama in the late 1880s as a way of making plays available to “Little Theatres.” Operating in the U.S. and London, Samuel French continues to build its catalog and facilitate productions around the globe. The organization also promotes new work through such initiatives as the Short Play Festival.

Samuel French 2017 Off-Off-Broadway Short Play Festival Finalists

See below for the full schedule of Festival presentations:
Tuesday, August 8 at 6:30 PM:
Singularity by Alex Flanigan
Eyes Full of Pornography by Michael Ross
Sad 2 AM Sex Fantasy by Seamus Sullivan

Tuesday, August 8 at 8:30 PM:
Panel Discussion by Jack Novak
Desk Fort by Annette Storckman
Breakfast Scene by Eric Marlin
Square Footage by Jessica Moss

Wednesday, August 9 at 6:30 PM: F4 by Elin Hampton
This Movie by Amanda Keating
Sir. by Jahna Ferron-Smith
Romance at the Shoe Factory by Gillian Beth Durkee

Wednesday, August 9 at 8:30 PM:
The Grievance Club by Rendah Heywood
Young Women of Valor by Shara Feit
The Great Parade of Upper Kennington by Simon de Carvalho
Associates in Communication by Julia Doolittle

Thursday, August 10 at 6:30 PM:
The View From Up Here by Marco Calvani
The Presentation by Deb Hiett
The Holes in Human Flesh by Caitlin Turnage
Stiletto Envy by Eliana Pipes

Thursday, August 10 at 8:30 PM:
Jack + Jill by Sarah Hammond and Emily Goldman
The Blue by Brough Hansen
Registered by Drew Lewis
The Spotted Gentleman by Erin Mallon

Friday, August 11 at 6:30 PM:
Everyday: A Subway Romance by Geoffrey Goldberg and Joseph Olsen
Morker by Rosie Kellett
Green Dot Day by Carey Crim

Friday, August 11 at 8:30 PM:
Launching by Nancy Lucia Hoffman
The Shark Play by Miranda Jonte
Latch by Tom Mularz
What Happened at the Dolphin Show by Miranda Rose Hall

Saturday, August 12 at 2:30 PM
First set of Finalists (TBD)

Saturday, August 12 at 4:30 PM
Second set of Finalists (TBD)

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