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Monday, June 24, 2024 | 7:30 PM 

The Loreto Theater at the Sheen Center
18 Bleecker Street

Enjoy eight world premieres in one night. This event is the latest installment of our renowned annual new play festival. The evening will bring you works by some of the most exciting writers from across the country, penning classically inspired ten-minute plays. This year's festival includes new, commissioned plays by Madeleine George (Hurricane Diane, The (Curious Case of the) Watson Intelligence) and Robert O’Hara (Bootycandy, Antebellum), alongside six plays from up-and-coming playwrights selected through an open submission process: Luke Brett, Amy Jo Jackson, Fleurette Modica, Paloma Nozicka, Emma Schillage, and Madison Stranahan. Directed by Irvin Mason Jr. and Evan Yionoulis.

This year’s theme? RENEWAL


The 14th Annual Short New Play Festival is made possible by the leadership support of The Noël Coward Foundation.



Directors | Irvin Mason Jr. & Evan Yionoulis

Stage Manager | Jessica Fornear

Assistant Stage Manager | Jenn McNeil

General Manager | Sherri Kotimsky

Producing Director | Nathan Winkelstein

Production Assistant | Joana Tsuhlares


The Skull of Elizabeth Bathory

by Luke Brett

Whispering to her keeper, the long dead skull of Elizabeth Bathory convinces a Restoration era actress in 1664 to lure trusting colleagues back to her home where they will be sacrificed in a ritual to eventually reanimate the horrifying Hungarian countess. In exchange, the actress has been promised the secret to eternal beauty. This dark legend plays with the conventions of Jacobean villainy while also examining why and how people find themselves willing to trade pain for beauty.

The Clear Atoms of our Human Air

by Madeleine George

On the steps of the ritual bath, a convert and a skeptic confront the barriers--internal and external--that stand between them and total immersion.  Before they can chicken out and retreat to dry land, the voice of the ancients erupts through the intercom, drawing them inexorably towards the transformation they both crave.

You Know What They Say About Scorned Women

by Amy Jo Jackson

A modern-day Helen of Sparta has fled captivity and come home to Menelaus...but after a decade of being reviled and misunderstood, how can she return to the life she thought she knew? After Menelaus decides they should renew their marriage vows, Helen takes an unconventional path towards reclaiming renewal for herself.


daphne and laurel

by Fleurette Modica

The campers at Diana's Camp for Wholesome Teenage Girls have been told that if they explore their sexuality in any way, they will turn into a tree. When Daphne returns from a late-night encounter with a boy, she and her roommate Laurel must confront whether everything they have been told is a lie. 

Murder One

by Robert O'Hara

A Royal Family lies massacred in the Living Room. While One Witness and One Detective discuss a Ghost.


by Paloma Nozicka

Antigone meets Fleabag. With Mexicans. Or something. A short play about honoring our dead, no matter what. 

Purgatory for Women who Commit Suicide

by Emma Schillage

Ophelia has lost someone. Everyone has in The Purgatory for Women Who Commit Suicide. But before they can move on to whatever is next, the women must find closure. And how do they do this? By casting spells of course! The Purgatory for Women Who Commit Suicide forces you to rethink what it means to be a hysterical woman.


Lady Macbeth's Hand Soap

by Madison Stranahan

Lady Macbeth (from Shakspeare's Macbeth) finds herself in the middle of a commercial for handsoap.

Red Bull Theater’s annual Short New Play Festival has generated over 4,000 new short plays of classic themes and heightened language, presenting nearly 100 of them in a one-night-only Festival performance with some of New York’s finest actors and directors. In its first twelve years, the commissioned playwrights have included Larissa FastHorse, Marcus Gardley, John Guare, Stephen Adly Guirgis, Jeremy O. Harris, David Ives, Craig Lucas, Dael Orlandersmith, Heather Raffo, Theresa Rebeck, José Rivera, Anne Washburn, Doug Wright, and winning entries by writers such as Anchuli Felicia King, Patricia Ione Lloyd, Lynn Rosen, and Jen Silverman. Stage Rights has published a 5-volume collection of the plays from the first 10 years of Red Bull Theater’s annual Short New Play Festival as RED BULL SHORTS.  

Luke Brett is a Cleveland based playwright and actor with a talent for pop-up performances that create wonder from the ground up. He has performed his own work in unconventional spaces across Cleveland, whether that meant reciting original fabulist pulp stories at a bookstore or doing a handcuffed waltz on top of a hill in Public Square for the BorderLight Fringe Festival. He’s also acted on the mainstages of Great Lakes Theater, Dobama Theatre, The Cleveland Shakespeare Festival, The Ohio Shakespeare Festival, and Cleveland Public Theatre. His plays have been produced at Playwrights Local, Hunger Theatre, Radio on the Lake Theatre, the Ohio Shakespeare Festival and the BorderLight Festival. In 2019, his first full length play Unletter'd, Rude and Shallow was a finalist in the Shakespeare's New Contemporaries project at the American Shakespeare Center. He adores Cleveland and life.

Madeleine George's plays include The Sore Loser, Hurricane Diane (Obie Award), The (Curious Case of the) Watson Intelligence (Pulitzer Prize finalist), Seven Homeless Mammoths Wander New England, Precious Little, and The Zero Hour. Honors include a Lilly Award, the Hermitage Major Theater Award, the Princess Grace Award, and a Whiting Award.  Madeleine’s translation of Chekhov’s Three Sisters premiered at Two River Theater in 2022, and her audio adaptation of Alison Bechdel’s Dykes to Watch Out For was released by Audible Originals in 2023.  Madeleine has written on shows for FX and HBO, and she’s been a writer/producer on all four seasons of the Emmy- and Golden Globe-nominated mystery-comedy "Only Murders in the Building."  Since 2006, she has worked with the Bard Prison Initiative at Bard College, where she currently serves as Director of Admissions.


Amy Jo Jackson (they/she) is a performer, playwright, composer/lyricist and glitter alien based in New York City. They are the recipient of a 2023 EST/Sloan Commission for Grace/Bliss, and were a 2022 finalist for the Jonathan Larson Grant. AJJ’s original musical Hatchetation was one of two musicals selected for the National Music Theater Conference at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center in 2021, and has also been developed through She-Collective, Untitled Musical Project, and Fresh Ground Pepper’s PAL program. Her acclaimed solo cabaret The Brass Menagerie was commissioned in 2019 by the Denovan Fellowship in Cabaret and was the recipient of a 2022 Bistro Award. As an actor, Amy Jo has performed with Company XIV, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Exit Pursued by a Bear, Prospect, Syracuse Stage, Arkansas Rep, Theatre Works Hartford, and many more. Their work as a kabarettist and nightlife artist has found them on just about every cabaret and comedy stage in NYC: Company XIV, 54 Below, Joe’s Pub, Green Room 42, (le) Poisson Rouge, Little Island, the Cutting Room, the Slipper Room, the Bell House, Club Cumming, Caveat, and others. As a dialect coach, they’ve worked extensively in NYC and regionally, most notably on Broadway’s Kinky Boots. BFA Boston Conservatory.


Fleurette Modica is an NYC-based playwright, composer, and Shakespeare nerd. Her work offers comedic perspectives on the world and often focuses on the female coming-of-age experience. Most recently, her short play Full Moon was performed at the International Human Rights Art Festival. She is a two-time semifinalist in the Comedy/Novelty category of the International Songwriting Competition.


Paloma Nozicka is a Mexican-American playwright, actor and filmmaker. She is currently a writer with the 2023/24 Geffen Writer's Room. Playwriting credits include Enough to Let the Light In (2022 World Premiere, Teatro Vista) and Both (currently in development with Geffen Playhouse). Directing credits include Each Lovely Thing (currently showing in festivals). Screenwriting credits include Enough to Let the Light In, Horns, Each Lovely Thing, HUGE, and Sam Kelly. She is committed to telling femme-forward stories and promoting the equality of historically marginalized groups, specifically Latinas.

Robert O'Hara  is the Tony-Nominated Director of Slave Play and is currently working on several Film, Television, and Broadway projects. He’s a two time Obie Award Winner and two time NAACP Award Winner whose work has been seen around the country.


Emma Schillage (they/them) is a Southern Gothic playwright based in New Orleans and New York. They write about resilience, girlhood, and the horror / wonder of growing up in the Deep South. Schillage earned their BA in Theatre Arts from Loyola University New Orleans ('19) and MFA in Playwriting from Columbia University ('23). Their work has been produced by The 24-Hour Plays: Nationals, Breaking and Entering Theatre Co., and Southern Rep Theatre. Their play, Cockroaches, is also a semi-finalist in the Austin Film Festival Playwriting Competition and the Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Conference.


Madison Stranahan is an actor and a writer from Bozeman, Montana, currently based in New York. After studying History and Theatre Studies at Guilford College, she graduated from the Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre in 2022. Her hobbies include watching old movies, reading about jazz singers, and walks in the park.


Irvin Mason Jr., is a director, actor, poet, and teaching artist born and raised in St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands. His work intersects expressive movement, live music, emerging technology, and Afro-Caribbean traditions to breathe new life to physical storytelling. Irvin seeks to direct work that leaves a residue — unapologetic work that dismantles the traditional foundations of theater, and creates space for new voices to tell their own stories. Irvin is the proud, current recipient of the 2024-2026 Drama League Stage Directing Fellowship. His recent directing credits include: Ain't Misbehavin (Gallery-Players), Stuck (Chain Theatre), and Pipeline (Gallery-Players). Assistant Directing: Gospel According to Heather (AMAS, dir. Rachel Klein). In 2023, Irvin served as a directing observer to Schele Williams on the Broadway revival of The Wiz. He was the SDCF directing shadow on Little Shop of Horrors (dir. Maggie Burrows) and Rent (dir. Lili-Anne Brown) at the MUNY. He was also the directing observer on Pup! A Chew Story (NAMT). @iirvinmason

Evan Yionoulis, an Obie award-winning director and nationally recognized teacher of acting, is Juilliard’s Richard Rodgers dean and director of the Drama Division. She came to Juilliard after 20 years on the faculty of Yale School of Drama, where she was a professor in the practice of acting and directing and Lloyd Richards chair of the department of acting from 1998 to 2003. She has directed new plays and classics in New York, across the country, and internationally, including Adrienne Kennedy’s He Brought Her Heart Back in a Box (world premiere) and Ohio State Murders (Lortel Award, best revival) for Theatre for a New Audience, Richard Greenberg’s The Violet Hour (Broadway), Three Days of Rain (Obie for direction, Manhattan Theatre Club), and Everett Beekin (Lincoln Center Theater), and, during her 20 years as a resident director at Yale Repertory Theatre, productions including Shakespeare’s Richard II and Cymbeline, Brecht’s Galileo, Ibsen’s The Master Builder, and Guillermo Calderón’s Kiss. With composer/lyricist Mike Yionoulis, she is developing the multiplatform project Redhand Guitar, about five generations of musicians across an American century, and The Dread Pirate Project, about identity and anonymity across the digital and natural worlds. She is a Princess Grace Award recipient and serves as president of the executive board of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.

Together with Stage Rights we've published five collections featuring the best of our annual Short New Play Festival. This ongoing series features 10-minute plays of heightened language and classical themes by today’s hottest writers, including commissions by established playwrights such as John Guare, David Ives, Regina Taylor, and Anne Washburn, and winning entries by writers such as Mike Anderson, Sam Lahne, Lynn Rosen, and Jen Silverman–-all chosen from a competition that receives nearly 300 submissions each year. In the hands of great playwrights, the 10-minute play is a highly entertaining dramatic form. This collection offers the most delectable of these delightfully compact works – some downright silly, and others powerfully moving.

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