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.

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.

ICYMI: Learn more about our Top 30 playwrights at this year's #OOBFestival below!
05/20/2019
Samuel French Off-Off Broadway Short Play Festival | The 44th OOB Finalists

ICYMI: Learn more about our Top 30 playwrights at this year's #OOBFestival below!

08 May The 44th OOB Finalists Posted at 19:41h in Festival News by Sarah Weber 0 Comments 0 Likes Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest EmailThe Samuel French staff has read through hundreds of excellent play submissions, and we are happy to announce our Final 30 Playwrights. Thank you to every playwri...

Benchmark Theatre is currently accepting submissions for the 3rd annual Fever Dream Festival taking place in Denver, Col...
05/17/2019
3rd Annual Fever Dream Festival — Benchmark Theatre

Benchmark Theatre is currently accepting submissions for the 3rd annual Fever Dream Festival taking place in Denver, Colorado in October 2019. A celebration of science fiction, fantasy, horror and all genres in between, the Festival is a staged reading series of innovative plays with chimerical themes. Deadline is May 31st.

 A celebration of science fiction, fantasy, horror and all genres in between, the Festival is a staged reading series of innovative plays with chimerical themes. 

We are delighted to announce our 2019 #OOBFestival Top 30 Playwrights! Visit oobfestival.com for the full list. Congratu...
05/08/2019

We are delighted to announce our 2019 #OOBFestival Top 30 Playwrights! Visit oobfestival.com for the full list. Congratulations to all!

The Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival's cover photo
05/08/2019

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

The Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival's cover photo
05/08/2019

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

Fellowship programs could be an extremely helpful tool in your career. PEN America’s Writing for Justice Fellowship wi...
05/01/2019
Writing for Justice Fellowship Application - PEN America

Fellowship programs could be an extremely helpful tool in your career. PEN America’s Writing for Justice Fellowship will commission six writers — emerging or established — to create written works of lasting merit that illuminate critical issues related to mass incarceration and catalyze public debate. The application deadline is May 15th and if you're selected you will be compensated.

PEN America’s $10,000 Writing for Justice Fellowship will commission six writers—emerging or established—to create written works of lasting merit that illuminate critical issues related to mass incarceration and catalyze public debate.

04/26/2019

Happy Friday! What are some ways you overcome writers block? #freewritefridays #writersweekend

The world's only international One Minute Theatre Festival, Gi60 2019, is now accepting submissions. Deadline is April 3...
04/24/2019
Gi60 2019: Accepting submissions now!

The world's only international One Minute Theatre Festival, Gi60 2019, is now accepting submissions. Deadline is April 30th!

It's the moment you have all been waiting for! Submissions are now being accepted for the 2019 edition of Gi60. Still the worlds only...

04/17/2019

The Parsnip Ship is always looking for new plays and new voices, and for Season Five, they are specifically looking for plays exclusively written by female-identifying playwrights. Deadline is April 21st.

Congratulations Will Arbery & Jeremy O. Harris! We are so excited to see these two former #OOBFestival playwrights' work...
04/16/2019
Announcing our 2019/20 Season!

Congratulations Will Arbery & Jeremy O. Harris! We are so excited to see these two former #OOBFestival playwrights' work featured in Playwrights Horizons' upcoming season.

Join us for another year of thrilling new plays and musicals!

04/12/2019

Happy Friday! What are you working on this weekend? #freewritefridays #writersweekend

Do you have a 15-20 minute play with an "Age of Wisdom" theme? Open Space is looking for one-act plays for the 2019 Summ...
04/10/2019
Summer Playwrights Festival 2019

Do you have a 15-20 minute play with an "Age of Wisdom" theme? Open Space is looking for one-act plays for the 2019 Summer Playwrights Festival. Submissions are open until April 14th.

Submissions for the 2019 Summer Playwrights Festival are open until April 14th, 2019!

Happy Friday! Sometimes silence can be exactly what your play needs to really capture the audience. Take a look at this ...
04/05/2019
Silence is Golden: The Electric Properties of Subtext in Playwriting

Happy Friday! Sometimes silence can be exactly what your play needs to really capture the audience. Take a look at this article as you begin this weekend. #playwright #freewritefridays

The importance of silence in playwriting is often overlooked by noise.By all means, fill the page with words, but the real work begins in the removal process.

The Curtis Theatre announces a call for submissions to the inaugural Page to Stage Playwright’s Festival. This year's ...
03/28/2019
Curtis Theatre | Brea, CA - Official Website

The Curtis Theatre announces a call for submissions to the inaugural Page to Stage Playwright’s Festival. This year's theme, “That’s What She Said," aims to provide a platform for the female voice. Submit by April 15th!

Enjoy a life performance at the Curtis Theatre.

Publishing your first play can be challenging, but it’s not impossible. See how this playwright beat the odds!
03/22/2019
Can You Actually Get Your First Play Published?

Publishing your first play can be challenging, but it’s not impossible. See how this playwright beat the odds!

Samuel French playwright Kris Bauske defies odds and advises you to do the same.

Are you ready for Soundbites 6.0? On April 2, Soundbites will once again grant composers, lyricists, and librettists the...
03/21/2019

Are you ready for Soundbites 6.0? On April 2, Soundbites will once again grant composers, lyricists, and librettists the unique opportunity to present their work in front of a live audience of theatre-goers and industry professionals. This one-night only event, now in its sixth year, showcases 10 new musicals by up-and-coming musical theatre writing teams. Go to Theatre Now New York's www.tnny.org to secure your tickets today, and be sure to use code SBFEST6 for 10% off!

Trade a Play Tuesday offers you a year-round opportunity to submit your play and receive feedback while also reading som...
03/19/2019
TRADE A PLAY TUESDAY GUIDELINES | Donna Hoke

Trade a Play Tuesday offers you a year-round opportunity to submit your play and receive feedback while also reading someone else’s play and giving your feedback. What a great way to get and give constructive criticism. Details below.

  TRADE A PLAY TUESDAY (#TAPT) IS STILL CURRENT AND HAPPENING AS LONG AS THIS NOTICE IS HERE. FOLLOW ME ON TWITTER @DONNAHOKE OR FOLLOW

Cherry Lane Theatre's Mentor Project presents Matthew Paul Olmos' Three Girls Never Learnt the Way Home. Performances be...
03/18/2019

Cherry Lane Theatre's Mentor Project presents Matthew Paul Olmos' Three Girls Never Learnt the Way Home. Performances began March 13, but friends of Samuel French can still get $20 tickets with the code 20SF! Go web.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/1002857/prm/20SF to secure yours today.

Attention writers! Acadiana Repertory is searching for full-length 90-minute plays by March 15th. https://bit.ly/2Uk7Gy6
03/06/2019
Acadiana Repertory Theatre

Attention writers! Acadiana Repertory is searching for full-length 90-minute plays by March 15th.
https://bit.ly/2Uk7Gy6

Acadiana Repertory Theatre is a not for profit theatre company serving the culturally rich area in southwest Louisiana known as Acadiana.

Samuel French, Theatre & Film Bookshop
02/25/2019
Samuel French, Theatre & Film Bookshop

Samuel French, Theatre & Film Bookshop

Today, we announce the closing of our Bookshop at the end of March. Our deepest gratitude goes out to the dedicated staff and loyal customers who have made this place a beloved landmark for decades.

Samuel French, Inc. looks forward to continuing to make theatre happen with all of you through our Samuel French UK Bookshop at London's Royal Court Theatre, as well as online, where our collection of play scripts and musical libretti are available.

Looking to make some extra cash? NY Theater Festival is hosting their annual Winterfest - and winners get cash prizes. C...
02/20/2019
NY WINTERFEST - New York Theater Festival

Looking to make some extra cash? NY Theater Festival is hosting their annual Winterfest - and winners get cash prizes. Check out the details below.
https://bit.ly/2GDXgp2
@newyorktheaterfestival

Winterfest Festivals in Manhattan for annual Winterfest stage productions for performing arts, actors, playwrights and musicians.

02/18/2019

In honor of #PresidentsDay, tell us: What’s your favorite play that feature U.S. presidents?

Wishing you all a beautiful Valentine's Day! Who is your #MyTheatreValentine? ♥️
02/14/2019

Wishing you all a beautiful Valentine's Day! Who is your #MyTheatreValentine? ♥️

Happy Valentine's Day! We're sending love to shows and playwrights who have made an impact on our lives. Who would be your #MyTheatreValentine? Comment below or check out our Instagram (@SamuelFrenchNYC) for how to share your own.

Do you love seeing plays as much as you love writing them? Use the Playwrights Welcome program to get free tickets to sh...
02/11/2019
Playwrights Welcome | Samuel French

Do you love seeing plays as much as you love writing them? Use the Playwrights Welcome program to get free tickets to shows across the nation! Details: samfren.ch/playwrightswelcome. #playwrightswelcome

Developed for the Dramatists Guild of America members, Playwrights Welcome is a national ticketing initiative created by Samuel French along with Dramatists Play Service, Dramatic Publishing, Music Theatre International, Playscripts and Rodgers and Hammerstein.

Mark your calendars! The 44th Annual Samuel French, Inc. Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival will be held at Vineyard's...
02/07/2019

Mark your calendars! The 44th Annual Samuel French, Inc. Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival will be held at Vineyard's Dimson 15th Street Theatre on August 20-24, 2019. 🙌 Stay up to date by visiting oobfestival.com.

Get ready! This year's Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival will be held from August 20-24, 2019.
02/07/2019

Get ready! This year's Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival will be held from August 20-24, 2019.

The Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival
02/07/2019

The Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival

Have an original one-act play you’ve been dying to show someone? The Barn Theatre in NJ is looking for submissions for...
02/06/2019
The Barn Theatre, Montville, New Jersey

Have an original one-act play you’ve been dying to show someone? The Barn Theatre in NJ is looking for submissions for their Solstice Showcase one-act Festival. Deadline is February 28th!
The Barn Theatre (Montville, NJ)

01/18/2019

Happy Friday, all! Anyone working on a new play or musical over the long weekend? #writersweekend

Writers! Check out Theatre Now New York's Sound Bites, an musical theatre festival which showcases ten 10-minute musical...
01/09/2019
Sound Bites - About

Writers! Check out Theatre Now New York's Sound Bites, an musical theatre festival which showcases ten 10-minute musicals or musical excerpts. Deadline to apply is February 1, so get writing!

Happy New Year, everyone! Let's kick it off with some good reads.
01/02/2019
Samuel French, Inc.

Happy New Year, everyone! Let's kick it off with some good reads.

As we cheer on the new year, we’ve rounded up a list of must-read scripts! From enchantingly brutal vampires to five Betties' collective rage, these titles will fit every reading whim that 2019 brings. #NewYearNewReads

As we head into our holiday break, we wish you all a very merry and bright season! Happy Holidays!
12/21/2018

As we head into our holiday break, we wish you all a very merry and bright season! Happy Holidays!

12/20/2018
Theatre Now New York

Looking for another place to submit your 10-minute musical? Check out Theatre Now New York's Sound Bites 6.0! Details below, deadline is February 1.

Have you submitted your 10-minute musical yet? The deadline for SOUND BITES 6.0 submissions is LESS than 2 months away (February 1, 2019)! To submit & for guidelines: www.soundbites.tnny.org

Coming soon: An exciting announcement about this year's date & venue!

12/19/2018

We're pretty pumped to say that the 2019 #OOBFestival has received 900 submissions! Our readers have a lot of great work to read. Thanks to all for submitting!

It's exciting day for Samuel French! We're delighted to continue #OOBFestival under Concord Music. Details below.
12/17/2018
Samuel French, Inc.

It's exciting day for Samuel French! We're delighted to continue #OOBFestival under Concord Music. Details below.

We're excited to announce the merger of Samuel French with Concord Music! This acquisition also marks the establishment of Concord Theatricals, a new division featuring our works along with Tams-Witmark, Rodgers & Hammerstein, and The Musical Company. Check out more details below.

12/14/2018

Many thanks to all who submitted for 2019's #OOBFestival! Our reading committee is going to be hard at work for the next few months. Stay tuned later in the new year for our Final 30 announcement!

Exciting news from The Kilroys about their newest members! #represenationmatters
12/13/2018
Samuel French, Inc.

Exciting news from The Kilroys about their newest members! #represenationmatters

Five years ago, 13 women created The Kilroys, a coalition with a founding purpose to tackle the lack of gender parity in the theatre. We're proud to say that Samuel French authors Hansol Jung and Chelsea Marcantel are now members, where they will continue to drive forward the mission of further representation. Learn more below! #representationmatters

Today is the last chance to submit your short play or musical to our annual #OOBFestival! Don’t miss the deadline toni...
12/13/2018

Today is the last chance to submit your short play or musical to our annual #OOBFestival! Don’t miss the deadline tonight at 11:59pm EST. More details can be found at www.oobfestival.com.

And speaking of the short play form, check out this stellar article from American Theatre magazine on our pals at City T...
12/11/2018
City Theatre’s Long History With the Short Play

And speaking of the short play form, check out this stellar article from American Theatre magazine on our pals at City Theatre!

For 23 years this Miami theatre has made short-form theatre a priority, a specialty, and something of a superpower.

Have you submitted your short play or musical to our annual #OOBFesival? There are only two days left to get yours in! M...
12/11/2018

Have you submitted your short play or musical to our annual #OOBFesival? There are only two days left to get yours in! More info can be found at www.oobfestival.com.

Playwright, we talk a lot about short plays for #OOBFestival, but do you have a full-length one? Capital Stage  is now s...
12/10/2018
Script Submissions | Capital Stage

Playwright, we talk a lot about short plays for #OOBFestival, but do you have a full-length one? Capital Stage is now seeking submissions for their new works festival, PLAYWRIGHT’S REVOLUTION until February 28. More details can be found below!

Capital Stage...Bold...Intimate...Live

The deadline for our #OOBFestival is approaching this week! Don't forget to submit your work by this Thursday, December ...
12/10/2018

The deadline for our #OOBFestival is approaching this week! Don't forget to submit your work by this Thursday, December 13th. Details and how to apply can be found at www.oobfestival.com.

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