The Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival

The Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival The nation's leading short play festival. We just celebrated our 40th year in August 2015!
The Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival started in 1975 and is one of the nation’s most established and highly regarded short play festivals. During the course of the Festival’s first 34 years, over 500 theatre companies and schools participated in the Festival, including companies from coast to coast as well as abroad from Canada, Singapore, and the United Kingdom. Over the years, 194 submitted plays have been published, with many of the participants becoming established, award-winning playwrights.
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The Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival started in 1975 and is one of the nation’s most established and highly regarded short play festivals. During the course of the Festival’s first 34 years, over 500 theatre companies and schools participated in the Festival, including companies from coast to coast as well as abroad from Canada, Singapore, and the United Kingdom. Over the years, 194 submitted plays have been published, with many of the participants becoming established, award-winning playwrights. Each year, we receive hundreds of submissions that are narrowed down to roughly forty semi-finalists, who are then required to produce their plays in New York City. A panel of judges made up of members of the Samuel French, Inc. editorial staff, professional playwrights, literary agents, and area theatrical professionals are present each night of performance and determine the finalists, all of whom perform on the final day of the festival. The editorial staff then selects six winners, who are presented with publishing and licensing contracts, and are published in a compilation.

Mission: The OOB Festival seeks to simultaneously increase awareness of up-and-coming playwrights and to provide a collaborative, professional environment in which new plays can be seen. Over 400 theatre companies and schools have participated in the Festival’s first thirty-three years, including companies from coast to coast as well as abroad from Canada and England. This festival has served as a doorway to future success for many aspiring writers. The unique aspect of requiring authors to collaborate with a producing organization and present their work in performance, we hope, encourages the collaborative and creative process of playwriting.

07/17/2020

Happy Friday, playwrights! What are we reading this weekend?

We love a play with music! Check out this playlist of songs that have been included in straight plays.
07/15/2020
Concord Theatricals

We love a play with music! Check out this playlist of songs that have been included in straight plays.

Even in a straight play, music is an integral part of the theatre. Explore these songs from rock to jazz that have been featured in plays! #TuesdayTunes

Playwrights, get some #MondayMotivation from Jacki McCarrick: "Hence, even to begin a new play, especially if non-commis...
07/13/2020
Where We Are Now: Jaki McCarrick on Art in a Time of Crisis — Breaking Character

Playwrights, get some #MondayMotivation from Jacki McCarrick: "Hence, even to begin a new play, especially if non-commissioned, in this time of Covid, is a complete act of faith, and I salute all who begin and finish new dramas during this time."

“I seemed to be drawn to works that I already knew were explorations of crisis situations, possibly looking for answers there.” Award-winning writer Jaki McCarrick discusses her go-to artworks during the lockdown period.

The 45th Annual Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival is almost here! We are thrilled to announce, along wi...
07/08/2020
Check Out the Finalists for Samuel French’s 2020 Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival | Playbill

The 45th Annual Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival is almost here! We are thrilled to announce, along with the Top 30 Playwrights, that Dominique Morisseau is this year’s honorary festival playwright. Additionally, our distinguished lineup of judges will include playwrights Will Arbery, George Brant, Larissa Fasthorse, Nambi E. Kelley, Kimber Lee, Madhuri Shekar and Karen Zacarías as well as Nan Barnett (Executive Director of National New Play Network) and Susan Westfall (Co-Founder City Theatre in Miami). Read more about our exciting lineup as well as details about this year's festival below. #oobfestival

Dominique Morisseau is the honorary playwright for the 45th annual festival, which had been scheduled to take place at The Vineyard.

Get some #MondayMotivation from David Almond all about... motivation! "I’m never sure what the topic or theme will be un...
07/06/2020
David Almond on Writing for Young People — Breaking Character

Get some #MondayMotivation from David Almond all about... motivation! "I’m never sure what the topic or theme will be until I have a character coming to life in a vivid world. The themes emerge from the character, their actions, experiences, dreams etc."

Explore the inspiration behind David Almond’s Skellig, Heaven Eyes, The Savage and My Dad’s a Birdman , and find out how they were adapted from page to stage.

07/03/2020

Have a beautiful Fourth of July! A long weekend is the perfect time to dig into some plays. What's on your reading queue?

With so much upheaval, it can be difficult to make art right now. So get some #MondayMotivation from Lisa Kron on the in...
06/29/2020
Art Is Inevitable: Lisa Kron on Art in a Time of Crisis — Breaking Character

With so much upheaval, it can be difficult to make art right now. So get some #MondayMotivation from Lisa Kron on the inevitability of art: "Because while artists may falter and institutions may fall, theater’s essential mode of transformation will give us a way to gather our losses into collective experience and imbue them with meaning."

Lisa Kron, Tony-winning librettist/lyricist of Fun Home, hopes theater will “gather our losses into collective experience and imbue them with meaning.”

06/26/2020

Happy weekend, playwrights! What are we working on?

Looking for some tunes to get you inspired? Concord Theatricals' #TuesdayTunes playlists are just the thing — even on a ...
06/24/2020
Concord Theatricals

Looking for some tunes to get you inspired? Concord Theatricals' #TuesdayTunes playlists are just the thing — even on a Wednesday. Check out more below!

Every celebration needs great tunes. Add some Broadway hits to your Pride month with this playlist! #tuesdaytunes

06/24/2020

Do you love short plays as much as we do? As we rev up to the festival, head over to our twitter (@OOBFestival) to participate in our #WednesdayWrites challenge! All you have to do is follow the prompt and reply with a three-line play. We can't wait to see your creations.

Commemorate #Juneteenth  with more plays by Black writers. Check out this selection of titles that grapple with current ...
06/19/2020

Commemorate #Juneteenth with more plays by Black writers. Check out this selection of titles that grapple with current themes and the history of the Black community.

Concord Theatricals is proud to represent plays by Black authors that grapple with current themes and the history of the Black community. To commemorate Juneteenth, we've pulled a selection of these titles — be sure to check them out at concordsho.ws/PlaysByBlackWriters.

We're delighted to announce the Top 30 for the 45th Annual #OOBFestival! Visit oobfestival.com for the full list and fol...
06/10/2020

We're delighted to announce the Top 30 for the 45th Annual #OOBFestival! Visit oobfestival.com for the full list and follow along on social media over the coming months for exciting opportunities to get to know our playwrights.

Additionally, due to COVID-19, the OOB Festival will go back to its roots this year: we'll be choosing the six winners through reading evaluation only, without any performance aspect.

While we will miss our extended Festival family, we're excited to focus directly upon that which the festival was built: the script and the playwright. You can learn more about the process on our website.

Congratulations to this year's playwrights!

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06/10/2020

The Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival's cover photo

June 12 is the last day to apply for Engage@GableStage! Check out the details about these grants for virtual, short-form...
06/08/2020
[email protected]. GableStage at the Biltmore, Coral Gables, Florida

June 12 is the last day to apply for [email protected]! Check out the details about these grants for virtual, short-form content below.

The Board of Directors of GABLESTAGE proudly announces new digital programming through one-time commissioning grants for artists. Grants will support the creation of world premieres of “short form” virtual content by the finest artists in our theater community.

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06/01/2020

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05/29/2020

What plays or musicals are you looking forward to reading/streaming this weekend?

It's Wednesday and it's warm. We know what we're vibing out to.
05/27/2020
Concord Theatricals

It's Wednesday and it's warm. We know what we're vibing out to.

Kick off the summer with these cool Broadway hits sure to keep you vibing all season long. #TuesdayTunes

This Memorial Day, get some #MondayMotivation from a hopeful Sarah Ruhl:"I hope people are saying 'thank you' to grocery...
05/25/2020
Some Hopes: Sarah Ruhl on Art in a Time of Crisis — Breaking Character

This Memorial Day, get some #MondayMotivation from a hopeful Sarah Ruhl:

"I hope people are saying 'thank you' to grocery workers and delivery workers in whatever creative ways they can."

“I hope that whatever this gestation brings is better than what came before.” Award-winning playwright Sarah Ruhl shares her thoughts and wishes.

05/22/2020

As we get ready to kick-off summer, what are some projects you can't wait to work on in the sunshine?

We know what we'll be listening to on our next run! 👀
05/20/2020
Concord Theatricals

We know what we'll be listening to on our next run! 👀

We know your workout could use a little razzle dazzle. Get your heart pumping to these Broadway hits from the Concord Theatricals catalog! #TuesdayTunes

May 31 is the last day to apply for the Coming Out Play Festival with The Q Collective! If you have a fifteen minute pla...
05/18/2020
Submissions for the 2020 Coming Out Play Festival are open!

May 31 is the last day to apply for the Coming Out Play Festival with The Q Collective! If you have a fifteen minute play based on a fairy tale, now is your time to shine. Check out more information below.

The Q Collective is seeking submissions for its upcoming original short play festival THE COMING OUT PLAY FESTIVAL. Submission and Selection Period: Plays for THE COMING OUT PLAY FESTIVAL may be su…

05/15/2020

Happy Friday everyone! What are we working on this weekend?

Have a play about reproductive justice? A is For wants to hear from you! Check out the details for their playwriting con...
05/14/2020
Playwriting Contest — A is For

Have a play about reproductive justice? A is For wants to hear from you! Check out the details for their playwriting contest below. Last day to apply is May 31.
https://www.aisfor.org/contest

It’s not just abortion that is stigmatized in our culture, but the entire lived experiences of people who seek to fulfill their promise as autonomous human beings, realize their own dreams, raise their families in safety and peace, pursue their ambitions, and maintain control over their physical a...

Ready to stock up on your short play collection? Concord Theatricals is offering 20% off all Samuel French Acting Editio...
05/13/2020

Ready to stock up on your short play collection? Concord Theatricals is offering 20% off all Samuel French Acting Editions! See more details below.

Spring is in the air, theatre lovers! We're celebrating with 20% off all Samuel French Acting Editions, vocal selections, ePlays and digital sheet music. 📚 Sale ends at 11:59pm ET on Friday, May 15, so start shopping now at concordsho.ws/Shop!

Calling all Middle Eastern playwrights! Golden Thread Productions is seeking submissions for its 2021 ReOrient Festival....
05/12/2020
Golden Thread Productions | Middle East Theater Company

Calling all Middle Eastern playwrights! Golden Thread Productions is seeking submissions for its 2021 ReOrient Festival. The deadline is May 30. Check out more details below:

Golden Thread produces passionate and provocative plays from and about the Middle East that celebrate the multiplicity of its perspectives and identities. We are a developmental catalyst and vibrant artistic home to artists at various stages of their careers. We bring the Middle East to the American...

We know that it's hard to stay motivated right now. But Ken Ludwig has some #MondayMotivation for you: "This moment is n...
05/11/2020
Community and Healing: Ken Ludwig on Art in a Time of Crisis — Breaking Character

We know that it's hard to stay motivated right now. But Ken Ludwig has some #MondayMotivation for you: "This moment is not just tragic and unprecedented, it is also a call to arms. Every artist has his or her own special set of skills, and this is an opportunity, indeed an obligation, to use those skills as best we can. My own skill (I hope) is writing comedy, and now is the time to put my back into it."

Tony-winning playwright Ken Ludwig addresses our questions about the power of art during this challenging time.

05/06/2020

Did you know every other Wednesday, we host a playwriting challenge called #WednesdayWrites? We post a prompt and it's up to you to write a three-line play.

Hope over to our twitter account @OOBFestival to participate!

May 17 is the last day to apply for Theater for the New City's Dream Up Festival 2020! Check out more information about ...
05/05/2020
THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY’s Dream Up Festival 2020

May 17 is the last day to apply for Theater for the New City's Dream Up Festival 2020! Check out more information about this exciting summer festival below.

THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY’s Dream Up Festival 2020 In 2010, the inaugural Dream Up Festival offered 25 shows consisting of 23 World Premieres and 2 American

The Book Pipeline is seeking published plays for film and television adaptation. There are no genre restrictions, and ju...
05/04/2020
2020 Adaptation Contest – Book Pipeline

The Book Pipeline is seeking published plays for film and television adaptation. There are no genre restrictions, and judging criteria is weighed evenly between concept originality, marketability in the current landscape, and overall writing talent. More info below!

You can upload your submission material, OR email to [email protected] after you’ve completed your order. For hardcopy submissions, please contact us.

05/01/2020

Happy Friday, playwrights! What are you working on this weekend?

Have a ten minute radio play? The Theatre Nerd Podcast wants to hear from you! Check out their open call below. https://...
05/01/2020
Open Calls

Have a ten minute radio play? The Theatre Nerd Podcast wants to hear from you! Check out their open call below.
https://www.theatrenerdpodcast.org/open-calls.html

10-Minute Plays Trapped inside during the time of Corona, the bards and bardessesses at Theatre Nerd Podcast have decid ed that nothing will stop them from creating theatre to keep the...

Calling all composers, lyricists, and book writers! NAMT is accepting 15-minute musicals now through May 15. Check out m...
04/30/2020
15-Minute Musical Challenge | NAMT

Calling all composers, lyricists, and book writers! NAMT is accepting 15-minute musicals now through May 15. Check out more information below.

Help Celebrate the Power of Musical Theatre In all times, but especially during challenging times, we believe that musical theatre has the power to elevate the human experience and uplift each other. Most of us will spend more time at home in the coming weeks, and we know that the current health cri...

This week's #MondayMotivation comes to you from Jiehae Park: "Because on some level, all we have is who we are. It can f...
04/27/2020
Playwright Interview: Jiehae Park — Breaking Character

This week's #MondayMotivation comes to you from Jiehae Park: "Because on some level, all we have is who we are. It can feel really ethically complicated to package little pieces of ourselves for consumption by others. I’m trying to figure out how to write from a place of generosity, not from a place of commodification."

A conversation with Jiehae Park on writing Peerless and Hannah and the Dread Gazebo .

04/24/2020

#HappyFriday, Playwrights! This weekend, what plays are we reading?

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I was in attendance at the Festival on 8/24 at 4:30 and I must say that I was highly disappointed. I know that the "in" thing is a Slave play written by a Black person. For some reason this genre gets much play today. Plays like this will never be "in" for me. I find no humor in the misery that my people endured, and the misery that I endure today because of Slavery. I don't understand these Black playwrights, and I question the acceptance of these Plays by the Theater community. Please excuse me for this quite powerful comparison but, I don't think a play set in a Concentration camp, with actors depicting captives, and some German tourist coming through would play. A play like that would not play and should not play.
Thrilled to be heading back to NYC in August to be part of the OOB Festival! Will present my short play “Mama Won’t Stay Dead.” Hope to see you there.
This has been such a wonderful festival for years! In 1981, 6th year of the 44 years of this festival, I was lucky to win. That published play has had continuous productions for 38 years. There's a professional production opening this month in London! (Actually, 12 productions last year just in The United Kingdom.) Even a full length movie @ The Sundance & Milan Film Festivals. Do not underestimate the power of this festival. This is it! See these plays. See the future! (& the people at French running it are the best!)
November 3, 2018 @12pm The Woodside Players of Queens present: One Act comedies by Harry Lee Newton and others from Broadway of the past! NYPL Harry Belafonte Auditorium 115th Street Branch 203 W 115th St, New York, New York 10026 Featuring: The Motor Bellows - Courtwright - 1877 The Great Look - Faydon - 1912 Barney's Courtship - - Harry McCarthy - 1871 The Second Hand Man - 1903 - Harry Lee Newton Is It Raining? – Harry Lee Newton - 1903 When Johnny Comes Marching Home - Harry Lee Newton - 1903 More info: 631 898 4205, or [email protected]. Free Admission
Congratulations to all of tonight’s Winners and to “CLICK” for making it all the way to the Finals! Good job everyone. 🎭
Break a leg. You have people from Performing Arts Luray in the crowd!
Calling all #Playwrights - ONLY 2 DAYS REMAIN - British Theatre Challenge 2018 - Submit your short play: https://skybluetheatre.com/playwriting-competition/ Deadline: 30th March
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