If you are a playwright or an aspiring playwright, if you have dreamed of having your play performed and published, and/or if you love to see new short plays in an intimate setting then the Samuel French Short Play Festival is for you.
As you know, Samuel French is the preeminent, world-renowned theatrical publishing company; I was delighted to attend its Sunday short play festival showcase where six winning works were presented at the Clurman on Theatre Row. Abbie Van Nostrand, Director of Marketing and Judge Coordinator for this competition explained that they weeded 800 submissions down to thirty that were staged during the week of July 23rd. Those thirty became six. The guest judges by the way were heavy hitters: the list includes Charles Busch, Amanda Green, Juile Halston, Anne Kauffman and Keala Settle.
Even though they are about fifteen minutes long, seeing six plays in one and half hours without intermission is challenging. Each is laced with its own intensity and passion and boasts a different plot, different characters, and thus different actors. I enjoyed all of them with Dancing Turtle by Thomas M. Atkinson, my favorite, followed by Mira Gibson's Old Flame and Tornado by Arlitia Jones. Ross Howard's Frisky & The Panda Man, Reality Play by Mark Swanerwho also starred in his owncomedypiece, and Lisa Kenner's Tattoo You were all very original.
For more information about the Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival please go to their website: www.samuelfrench.com