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Short Play Festival 2022 – Act One

October 14, 2022 @ 7:30 pm

TASN’s 5th Annual Short Play Festival: A Celebration of Shorts

The Actors Studio of Newburyport, MA is dedicated to New Play Development and 2022 marks the fifth annual Short Play Festival. The submission window opened on January 1, 2022 and was to close March 1, 2021, or until 200 plays were received, whichever occurred first.  Due to the overwhelming response, we reached (extended) our limit, accepting 280 plays and closing our submissions window January 2!  Submissions were received from 42 states and 9 other countries!!!
After an extensive process of reading and re-reading the submissions (5 rounds), 16 Semi-Finalists were selected. We held our All Day Selection Sunday Extravaganza June 26, 2022.  All 16 Semi-Finalist plays were performed as cold-readings.  We voted for our favorites and here are our 8 Finalists:
The Total Spiritual, Rich Orloff (NY)
Jupiter, Marsha Roberts (CA)
Stealing A Kiss, Laurie Allen (TX)
Buried Treasure, George Sapio (NY)
The Ripple Effect, Arianna Rose (FL)
All Aboard!, Michael Burgan (NM)
Precipice, Alex Dremann (PA)
The Most Precious Thing, Amy Dellagiarino (CA)
Over two weekends: October 14-16 and October 22-23, 2022, at TASN’s new home: 109 Main Street, in the heart of downtown Amesbury, MA (formerly The Stage Two Pub and Movie Theater) these 8 winning plays will be combined with 6 new plays from our esteemed Local Playwrights of The Weekend Writer’s Workshop to make up TASN’s exciting 5th Annual Short Play Festival: A Celebration of Shorts.
Here’s the list for the first weekend – Act One (October 14-16)
All Aboard!, By Michael Burgan (NM):
Feud for Thought, by Lawrence Nicholas Hennessy (MA)
The Ripple Effect, by Arianna Rose (FL)
A String of Pearls, by Judith Strang-Waldau (RI)
Stealing A Kiss, by Laurie Allen (TX)
Last Laugh, by David Susman (ME)
Precipice, by Alex Dremann (PA)
Here is the list for the second weekend – Act Two (October 21-23)
Jupiter, by Marsha Roberts (CA)
One Night Stand-In, by Adair Rowland (MA)
The Most Precious Thing, by Amy Dellagiarino (CA)
Dust Bunnies, by Jack Rushton (MA)
Buried Treasure, by George Sapio (NY)
The Big One, by Scott Sullivan (MA)
The Total Spiritual, by Rich Orloff (NY)
As more details are confirmed, updates will be posted on the Short Play Festival page, including run order, directors and actors for each play.
Act One –  October 14-16, Friday/Saturday 7:30p.m. Sunday time 3:00p.m.
Act Two – October 21-23, Friday/Saturday 7:30p.m. Sunday time 3:00p.m.
Where: The Actors Studio – Amesbury, 109 Main Street, Amesbury. Entrance is off municipal parking lot, just past the street address.
On behalf of TASN’s Board and Marc Clopton, TASN’s Founder & Executive Director, we thank all who submitted to our fun Festival.
Special thanks to our National Finalists, Congratulations! Your plays are terrific!
And special thanks to our Readers and Judges and to our Local Playwrights: This is going to be one-heck-of-a-show!
A Festival like ours can never exist without the passion, creativity, and talent of Playwrights and our local theater-makers. The Actors Studio of Newburyport is eternally grateful

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October 14, 2022
7:30 pm
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The Actors Studio – Amesbury
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