Dear Participants, Festival Followers, and fans our new Short Plays,
As many of you know, it is with a heavy heart that we had to regretfully cancel the Finals of this year’s Festival due to weather conditions in NYC.
I can’t tell you enough how saddened we were by the decision to cancel. We’ve never had to cancel a Finals session before, and it was not something we decided to do lightly. The Samuel French Festival Staff, who has gotten to know you all over emails, through these shows, and of course, at Beer Authority, was very excited and eager to see these final performances. We are enormous fans of all of our Festival playwrights and their plays.
Though we had to cancel the Finals, the selection committee for this year’s Festival was not only present at every single performance throughout the week, but also hand-selected the 40 plays that were produced in the Festival. We are intimately familiar with the plays and artists that are part of the Festival.
As such, we felt confident in taking time this afternoon to deliberate and decide which plays would be selected for publication and representation by Samuel French, rather than try to reschedule the Finals. We came to this decision for many reasons. One is that several Finalists this year are from out of town, the logistics of trying to find a day in the near future where all 13 producing organizations could come together to perform one last time was, unfortunately, not feasible. But more importantly, this is a playwriting competition, and while performance and production is incredibly important, we are passionate about cultivating new playwriting voices. We picked your scripts because we love all of your artistry as playwrights, and while it was exhilarating to see your plays come to life, we ultimately publish the plays on the paper page. We asked the Judges to focus on playwrights voice when selecting the shows that would move on to the Finals, and this is how we have decided to select this year’s six winners.
So without further ado, I am pleased to announce the six winners from the 37th Annual Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival:
• ANNIVERSARY by Rachel Bonds
• NAKED EYES by Dean Imperial
• FORGETTING TO REMEMBER by Greg Kalleres
• MISSED CONNECTION by Catya McMullen
• EDISON/TESLA BRIAN/DAVE by Kevin Mead and Darren Miller
• WOLF PLAY by Claire Kiechel
Again, congratulations to all of our Finalists. You shared with us some truly amazing plays. Your incredible voices and have given us the opportunity to meet and work with you, and for that we could not be more thankful.
We hope to hear from you all soon, and please stay safe during this storm, whether you’re trying to get back home, or hunkering down in one of the boroughs.
Billie Davis, and the rest of the OOB Festival Team