5th Annual Short Play Festival: A Celebration of Shorts
Good luck and see you at the show!
TASN’s 5th Annual Short Play Festival & Celebration of Shorts:
On January 1, 2022 we opened our window for submissions to this year’s Short Play Festival. We received 280 submissions within 48 hours and closed the window promptly! Submissions arrived from 42 States and 9 foreign countries (UK, Ireland, France, Portugal, New Zealand, Australia, Canada, Belgium, and Botswana!) and we engaged in 5 Rounds of reading and judging., over 5 months. Every play was read at least twice and some plays were read 6 or 7 times. And in our 5 years of holding our Short Play Festival, this year was the toughest by far, with many stage-worthy plays being not-selected and with the final cuts being extremely hard to make.
We then held our All Day Selection Sunday Extravaganza on June 26, 2022 where 16 Semi-Finalists were put on their feet via cold-reading. 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: August 19-21 and August 26-28, 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 & Celebration of Shorts.
The plays from our local Playwrights are:
Dust Bunnies, Jack Rushton (Newbury)
One Night Stand-In, Adair Rowland (Amesbury)
Feud for Thought, Lawrence Nicholas Hennessey (Rockport)
The Big One, Scott Sullivan (Hamilton)
Last Laugh, David Susman (Kennebunk. ME)
A String of Pearls, Judith Strang-Waldau (East Greenwich, RI)
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.
Directors and cast, as they are known, so check periodically for the latest
Weekend One: October 14, 15, 16, 2022 – Friday/Saturday 7:30pm, Sunday 5:00pm
All Aboard!, By Michael Burgan (NM) – tbd
Feud for Thought, by Lawrence Nicholas Hennessy (MA) – Directed by Nick Hennessy, with Mark Davis and Maureen Daley
The Ripple Effect, by Arianna Rose (FL) – Directed by tbd, with John Budzyna and Deidre Budzyna
A String of Pearls, by Judith Strang-Waldau (RI) – Directed by Marc Clopton, with Shannon Muhs, Sandy Farrier, and Bruce Deveau
Stealing A Kiss, by Laurie Allen (TX) – Directed by Jack Rushton, with Susan Van Drie and Steven Sacks
Last Laugh, by David Susman (ME) – Directed by Tim Diering, with Jim Manclark and Tim Diering
Precipice, by Alex Dremann (PA) – Directed by Jack Rushton, with Kathleen Cunningham, Scott Sullivan
Weekend Two: August 21, 22, 23 2022 – Friday/Saturday 7:30pm, Sunday 5:00pm
Jupiter, by Marsha Roberts (CA) – Directed by Bruce Deveau, with Stefan Tsiplakis, Casey Metcalf, and Ingrid Hunt.
One Night Stand-In, by Adair Rowland (MA) – Directed by Adair Rowland, with Steven Berger and Jennifer Dale Holland (TAI)
The Most Precious Thing, by Amy Dellagiarino (CA) – Directed by Ashley Risteen, with Ashley Risteen and Andrew Winson
Dust Bunnies, by Jack Rushton (MA) – Directed by Sherry Bonder, with Jay Dunigan and Sarah Gibby
Buried Treasure by George Sapio (NY) – Directed by Marc Clopton, with Sandy Farrier and Jocelyn Duford
The Big One, by Scott Sullivan (MA) – Directed by David Houlden, with Jim Manclark and Jay Dunigan
The Total Spiritual, by Rich Orloff (NY) – Directed by Anna Smulowitz with Alan Huisman, Kari Cretella-Nickou, and and Kristen Ledson