At the conclusion of the week-long Samuel French Off Off-Broadway Short Play Festival, six plays were named the winners of the nation’s premier short play competition: clarity by Korde Arrington Tuttle, Grandpa and the Gay Rabbi by Jonathan Josephson, Monsoon Season by Lizzie Vieh, Risen from the Dough by France-Luce Benson, The Cleaners by Lindsay Joy and Wedding Bash by Lindsey Kraft and Andrew Leeds.
These winning works were performed as part of an August 14 showcase at Classic Stage Company’s East 13th Street Theater. Samuel French will publish the pieces and make them available for licensing.
Thirty finalists competed for the six prize spots. The finalists were chosen from 1,500 submissions worldwide. Judges at this year’s festival included playwrights George Brant (Grounded, Elephant's Graveyard), Gretchen Cryer (I'm Getting My Act Together and Taking It on the Road), Josh Harmon (Bad Jews, Significant Other) and Crystal Skillman (Geek, Cut), artistic directors Evan Cabnet (LCT3), Jen Grigg (Fusion Theatre, Albuquerque), Niegel Smith (The Flea) and Susan Westfall (City Theatre, Miami) and journalists Michael Gioia (Playbill), Howard Sherman (Arts Integrity Initiative), Jack Smart (Backstage) and Rob Weinert-Kendt (American Theatre Magazine).
Since its start in 1975, Samuel French has launched the work of playwrights Theresa Rebeck, Shirley Laura, Sheila Callaghan, Bekah Brunstetter, Steve Yockey , Saviana Stanescu, David Johston and Daniel Pearle.