Short Play Festival 2021

We held our All Day Selection Sunday Extravaganza a June 27, 2021. Our talented actors started at 10am and finished at 5:30pm. All 24 Semi-Finalist plays were cold-read, and 35 theater-makers in attendance voted on each play after it was presented.


Please help us to continue delivering excellent entertainment experiences.

Here are this year’s winning plays:
(In no particular order)

Act One (August 20-22)

Bath Time, by Terry Glaser, San Diego, CA
Directed by Kathleen Isbell, with Teresa Spaulding as The Hag, Jim Manclark as the Knight, Kimberly Holliday as Guinevere, Allan Haley as King Arthur, Kathleen Isbell as The Wife of Bath, and Mark Davis as Chaucer.
Working From Hideout, by Jack Karp, Brooklyn, NY
Directed by Barbara Keiter, with Brad Ritchie as Clark, Shannon Muhs as Bruce, and Barb Keiter as Lois.
Phone Friend, by Jonathan Josephson, Pasadena, CA
Directed by Adair Rowland, with Beth Randall as Traci and Damon Jesperson as Henry.
The Moon, The Beach, And The Future, by Barbara Lindsay, Shoreline, WA
Directed by Anna Smulowitz, with Katie Lowell as Julie and Jake Daitch as Judd.
Finding Mother Courage, by Pamela Kingsley, Pacific Northwest
Directed by Marc Clopton, with Maureen Daley as Katherine Waulk, Stefan Tsiplakis as The Assistant Director, and Marc Clopton as The Director.

Act Two (August 27-29)

Living in My Christmas Village, by Judith Strang-Waldau,  East Greenwich, RI
Directed by Tim Diering, with Kari Cretella Nickou as Noel, and Steve Sacks as Nick.
Lights in the Sky, by Courtney Taylor, NY
Directed by Tiffany Bartholomew, with Rosie Costello as Jackie and Clodaugh Bartholomew as Louisa.
After The Beep, by Yael Haskel, NY, NY
Directed by Sandy Farrier, with Beth Randall as Annie Fletcher.
Maureen Daley as Mrs. Rifkind, Mark Davis as Uncle Frank, Allan Haley as The Counselor, Jesiah Hammond as Rich, Dave Koret as Jack,  Shannon Muhs as Mom,  Kari Cretella-Nickou as Marybeth, and Sally Nutt as Noreen.
Masking, by Arlene Hutton, NY, NY
Directed by Sherry Bonder. With Mark Davis as Ben, and Sherry Bonder as Alberta.
Ten Minutes ’til Christmas, by Brian Vinero, NY, NY
Directed by Mark Davis, with Deidre Budzyna as The Woman and John Budzyna as The Man

What Happens Next

The line-ups of each weekend are TBD, but 5 plays will make up Act One and go up August 20-22, with 5 plays making up Act Two and performed August 27-29, 2021.  Check out our August calendar for dates and to register for a performance.
Directors are currently choosing their plays and securing their casts. Each Director will be given each Playwright’s email so they can communicate about the play, if they choose to do so.
We will have more production details over the next several weeks, so please keep checking the website, including this page, for updates.
Congratulations to our Winners and to our Semi-Finalists. Your work was selected from 320 Submissions and without your creativity and talent, this Short Play Festival wouldn’t exist.

To go directly to register for shows:


Plays will be performed Live and Outdoors and in front of an audience, over the last two weekends in August. These are off-book, full productions, held in the Courtyard of St. Paul’s Church, 166 High Street, Newburyport, MA, 01951.  Our actors are very excited to get back on the boards.  So bring your chair or blanket and a snack.

Inclement weather is always a risk with outdoor performances. In the event of rain, a decision will be made 30 minutes prior to curtain to cancel a show and that performance will be rescheduled to a later date. All patrons will be refunded in the event of a rain-out.


Thank you for joining us and helping to make this year’s Short Play Festival a wonderful celebration of storytelling, sharing and coming together to enjoy LIVE theatre once again.