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Eighth Annual

MONDAY, July 16, 2018 AT 7:30 PM

Lucille Lortel Theatre (121 Christopher St.)


Directed by Pamela Berlin and Evan Yionoulis


The 2018 Short New Play Festival is made possible by the generous support of The Noël Coward Foundation.

Featuring new plays by Tina Howe and Doug Wright along with Fred Dennehy, Anya Martin, Amanda Quaid, Aubrey Saverino, Samara Weiss, and Daniel Wilson

Starring Juliana Canfield, Helen Cespedes, Cindy Cheung, Kelley Curran, Erin Davie, Christopher Michael McFarland, Alfredo Narciso, Kristine Nielsen, Lorenzo Pisoni,  Kate Rockwell, James Udom, and more

Enjoy eight world premieres in one night. The latest installment of our renowned annual new play festival brings you works by some of the most exciting up-and-coming writers from across the country, penning classically inspired ten-minute plays alongside two commissioned master playwrights. This year’s theme? “The Language of Love,” with all its madness and joy. 



by Fred Dennehy

Odysseus returns from 7 years of infidelity with the seductive goddess Calypso, but his wife Penelope is ready to welcome him with a deadly surprise.


Fred Dennehy is an attorney in New Jersey. He has appeared frequently as an actor in New Jersey Community Theater and off-off Broadway, and in more than 15 Shakespeare roles. He has written and co-written six plays produced in New Jersey and New York.

Heart in Her Mouth

by Tina Howe

As her premonitions get more and more dire, Cassandra’s repeated visits to Dr. Orfeo’s dental office reveal a burning, unrequited love for more than just his dentistry.


Tina Howe’s best known plays include Birth and After Birth, Museum, The Art of Dining, Painting Churches, Coastal Disturbances and Pride’s Crossing --  all published by TCG.  In 2010, she launched the Rita and Burton Goldberg MFA in Playwriting at Hunter College, after teaching there for twenty years.  She has proudly served on the Council of the Dramatists Guild for just as long, garnering the usual awards and humiliations along the way.  

Helen at the Gym

by Anya Martin

It is 2009 and Helen of Troy runs on a treadmill at an LA fitness in Pittsburgh, where centuries of violent obsession and lust are about to explode in a horrific tragedy. 


Anya Martin is a writer, director and Founding Artistic Director of Hiawatha Project ( She received her BFA in directing from Carnegie Mellon School of Drama where she teaches as an Adjunct Professor, and her MFA from Sarah Lawrence College with a focus on devised and experimental work. She is a 2011 Flight School Fellow with Creative Capital/Pittsburgh Filmmakers, a Pittsburgh Magazine "40 Under 40" honoree for 2013, and a Carol R. Brown Creative Achievement Award nominee for 2016. She has proudly worked at numerous theaters in NYC, DC, and Pittsburgh, which she calls her home.

Echo and Narcissus

by Amanda Quaid

A girl condemned to repeat the words spoken to her falls in love with a narcissist. Of course, he is all too happy to hear himself echoed.


Amanda Quaid is an actor and writer from New York. Acting credits include Broadway: Equus. Off-Broadway: The Witch of Edmonton (Red Bull), The (curious case of the) Watson Intelligence (Playwrights Horizons), Cock (Duke), Luck of the Irish (LCT3, Lortel nom), Pericles (Public, Bayfield Award), A Public Reading...Walt Disney (Soho Rep), They Promised Her the Moon (Miranda), Galileo (CSC), The Illusion (Signature), The Weir (Irish Rep). Regional: La Jolla, Old Globe, Shakespeare Theatre, Barrington, Folger. TV/Film: I’m Dying Up Here, Masters of Sex, English (actor/director), Toys (animator/director).

The Fields of Asphodel

by Aubrey Saverino

When Hades kidnaps Persephone from the world of the living and whisks her away to the Land of the Dead, Persephone must teach him a thing or two about wooing women.


Aubrey Saverino is a writer and actor with an MFA from The Old Globe/USD. Her writing credits include Dido & Aeneas (selected for the Red Bull Short Play Festival in 2015, published in 2016), the television pilot Monogamish (selected for IFP’s 2015 Film Week at Lincoln Center), and episodes of the award-winning web series "The Digressions" ( As an actor, Aubrey has performed on screen (recently in Adam Sandler’s The Week Of) and in professional Off-Broadway and regional theater productions. She is a member of Epic Theatre Ensemble and Artistic Director of Daughters of Troy.

In Ireland They Speak Irish; In Cornwall They Speak Cornish

by Samara Weiss

Tristan, a knight of Cornwall, doesn't speak Irish, and Iseult, an Irish princess, knows no Cornish, but it hasn't stopped them from understanding each other, until now.


Samara Weiss's plays include AK-47 Sing-Along (HERE Arts Center), Lines in Code (3LD), and Dirt (Part 1) (HERE). She is the screenwriter for the animated short films Still and Feast in a Fallen City, as well as the Princess Grace Award-winning The Red Witch. Outside of New York, her work has been produced in Los Angeles, Chicago, St. Louis, and Hyderabad, India. She is a frequent collaborator with the Lucrece Project, an NYU Humanities Initiative Working Group which fuses scholarship and the arts, and with ERA, the premiere experimental theater company of St. Louis, MO. MFA Columbia; New Georges Affiliated Artist.

The Gertrude Variations

by Daniel Wilson

When Claudius proposes an elopement, the young Gertrude gives her infatuated lover a test of his passion, with a series of wild linguistic themes and variations.

Daniel Wilson is the Associate Artistic Director of Thalia's Umbrella Theater Company in Seattle. For Thalia, Daniel has directed David Wright's verse play When Love Speaks, Athol Fugard's A Lesson From Aloes, Peter Nichols' A Day in the Death of Joe Egg, Richard Nelson's Sorry and the world premiere of Y York's The Impossibility of Now. Daniel has directed opera, plays and musicals for theaters throughout the Pacific Northwest. He is writing a stage adaptation of his uncle, Michael Wilson's classic blacklisted film Salt of the Earth. Daniel graduated with an MFA in Directing from the Drama Department of Carnegie-Mellon University.

Me Too, We Three

by Doug Wright

At Evelyn Nesbit’s tea party, an unlikely bond is formed across the centuries as two surprise guests share their #metoo stories in rhyming verse.


Doug Wright earned the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award for his play I Am My Own Wife. Other stage works include Grey Gardens (Tony Nomination), The Little Mermaid, Hands on a Hardbody, and War Paint. Film: Quills, based on his Obie-winning play, nominated for three Academy Awards. Television: “Tony Bennett: An American Classic,” directed by Rob Marshall. Honors: Benjamin Dank Prize, the American Academy of Arts and Letters; Tolerance Prize, Kulturforum Europa; Paul Selvin Award, Writers Guild of America. Professional affiliations: President of the Dramatists Guild; member, Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers, board of the New York Theatre Workshop. Wright is married to singer/songwriter David Clement.


Pamela Berlin’s New York credits include Steel Magnolias, To Gillian on her 37th Birthday, Crossing Delancey, Endpapers, Joined at the Head, The Family of Mann, The Red Address, Three in the Back, Two in the Head at MTC, Playwrights Horizons, Second Stage, MCC and Ensemble Studio Theatre. Regional theaters include Kennedy Center, Huntingon, Long Wharf, Seattle Rep, Pittsburgh Public, L.A.T.C., Pasadena Playhouse, Theatreworks Silicon Valley, Pioneer. Operas directed at New York City Opera, Vancouver, Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Utah, Opera Omaha. Pam served two terms as president of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.

Evan Yionoulis 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 for Theatre for a New Audience, where she also directed Kennedy’s Ohio State Murders (Lortel Award, Best Revival), and Guillermo Calderon’s Kiss at Yale Repertory Theatre, where she has been a resident director for the past 20 years. Other credits include Richard Greenberg’s The Violet Hour (Broadway), Three Days of Rain (OBIE Award for direction, Manhattan Theatre Club), and Everett Beekin (Lincoln Center Theater).  She is the newly appointed Richard Rodgers Director of the Drama Division at Juilliard.

The 2018 Short New Play Festival is made possible by the generous support of
The Noël Coward Foundation.


Together with Steele Spring Stage Rights we've published three 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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