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5th Annual Short Play Festival: A Celebration of Shorts
The Actors Studio in Amesbury
Amesbury, MA
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5th Annual Short Play Festival: A Celebration of Shorts
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The Actors Studio 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 finalists:

WEEKEND ONE: October 14,15,16

All Aboard! By Michael Burgan (NM)
Directed by  Arlene Barnard, with Stefan Tsiplakis, Peter Nawrocki, Ann Dooley, Jenna-Lee Motsis, and Kate Cunningham.

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 Kimm Wilkinson, 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 Kate Cunningham and  Scott Sullivan

WEEKEND TWO: October 21, 22, 23

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 Anna Smulowitz, with Madeline Sherwood, and Brad Ritchie.

The Most Precious Thing, by Amy Dellagiarino (CA)
Directed by Ashley Risteen, with Ashley Risteen and Sarah Risteen

The Ripple Effect by Arianna Rose (FL)
Directed by Kimm Wilkinson, with John Budzyna and Deidre Budzyna

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 David Houlden.

The Total Spiritual, by Rich Orloff (NY)
Directed Anna Smulowitz  with Alan Huisman, Kari Cretella-Nickou, and Kristen Ledson


The Actors Studio in Amesbury (View)
109 Main Street
Amesbury, MA 01913
United States


Arts > Performance
Arts > Theatre

Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: No


Owner: The Actors Studio
On BPT Since: Dec 14, 2012
The Actors Studio

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