Established in 1975, the annual weeklong festival – running through July 20 – culls its selections from nationwide submissions from playwriting workshops, university theatre programs and professional companies.
On the final day of the festival, judges including playwrights Thomas Bradshaw (Strom Thurmond Is Not a Racist; Purity), Kathleen Clark (Southern Comforts; Secrets of a Soccer Mom), Israel Horovitz (Barking Shark; My Old Lady), Shirley Lauro (A Piece of My Heart; Open Admissions), Eduardo Machado (The Cook; Kissing Fidel) and Jane Milmore (Love, Sex and the IRS; Confessions of a Dirty Blonde), will determine the six finalists whose plays will be licensed and published by Samuel French, Inc.
Joining the playwrights in the selection process will be representatives from the following agencies: Beacon Artists Agency, The Gersh Agency, Bret Adams, Ltd., William Morris Agency, Abrams Artists Agency and International Creative Management.
The works selected for the 33rd annual festival are (W)hole by Lane Bernes; 40 Stat. 76 by Arlene Hutton; A Chicken Goes to Broadway by Kate Louise Sugarcane Marks; A Dark Wood by Rob Cardazone; A New Shade of Red by Jessica Hinds; Ayravana Flies or A Pretty Dish by Sheila Callaghan; Balls by George Cameron Grant; Blind Date by Don Creedon; Checkpoint by Jason Platt; DNA by Christina Gorman; Evenstar Ellesar by Forrest Stone; Falutin by C.S. Hanson; Friendly Fire by T.E. Abrams; F**king Art by Bekah Brunstetter; Good Enough by Kitt Lavoie; Harborside by Tom Matthew Wolfe; Juniper Jubilee by Janine Nabers; Kiss and Tell by Steven Yockey; Kissing Will by Virginia Reynolds; Marginalia by Kendall Rileigh; Marked by Cassandra Lewis; Molly Finn RIP we love you by Cary Gitter; Muffin by Jennifer Brown; Pi Yao and the Farmers' Daughters by Maurice Martin; Seal Song by Jennifer Fell Hayes; Sex and Money and Money and Sex by Jack Karp; The Adventures of… by Kathleen Warnock; The Art Lady by Justin Deabler; The Cherry Sisters by Sean O'Donnell; The Club by James Christy; The Dying Breed by Thomas Higgins; The Grave by Gabe McKinley; The Queen is Dead by Casey Wimpee; The Thread Men by Thomas Dunn; The Visit by Delorah Whitney; Twilight's Child by Mark Borkowski; Underneath it All by Tom Rushen; When Rodney Met the Vikings by Pamela Robbins; Wild Follows the Queen by Matthew Paul Olmos; and Yog Sothoth by Lia Romeo.
The play schedule follows:
9PM: The Dying Breed; (W)hole; The Cherry Sisters; Harborside.
9PM: Marginalia; Juniper Jubilee; Checkpoint.
9PM: Good Enough; When Rodney Met the Vikings; Kiss and Tell.
9PM: Kissing Will; The Visit; Sex and Money and Money and Sex.
4:30 PM: A Chicken Goes to Broadway; DNA; The Club; The Queen is Dead.
7:30PM: Molly Finn R.I.P. we love you; The Art Lady; Yog Sothoth.
9PM: 40 Stat 76; Friendly Fire; Muffin; The Grave. The Samuel French Off-Off-Broadway Short Play Festival finalists will be announced July 20. Tickets, priced $18, may be purchased by phoning (212) 279-4200 or by visiting www.ticketcentral.com.
The Peter Jay Sharp Theatre is located at 416 West 42nd Street in Manhattan.