The Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival (OOB) is the nation’s leading short play festival. Beyond playwrights, the Festival has given voice to many emerging directors, performers, and production companies. As part of our unique model that requires playwrights to partner with sponsoring producers, we’ve hosted prestigious theatre companies on our Festival stage such as The Royal Court, Circle-in-the-Square, Ensemble Studio Theatre, and The Yale School of Drama. It is an honor to provide a home for so many exceptional artists, and we’re humbled when thinking back to the many great performances that have happened on our stage.
How the Festival Works
The Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival offers a prize of publication and licensing for six short plays in the notable OFF OFF BROADWAY FESTIVAL PLAYS series.
The application period for the Festival begins in in late fall and lasts for four weeks. Playwrights may submit one unpublished play or musical that may be up to 15 pages in length. All submissions are read by the Festival’s staff, and 30 semi-finalists are chosen to present their play during Festival week.
Festival week starts with four nights of performance sessions that are presented in front of a judging panel comprised of professionals representing various parts of the theatre industry. At the end of each session, the judges deliberate and one to three plays are selected to move on to the Festival Finals.
During the Finals, the Festival staff will watch the final 10 to 12 plays and select six authors to be a published in the Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival series, which is published and licensed by Samuel French, Inc.
The author is responsible for securing a producing company (or self-producing) their work in the event that the work is selected as a Festival participant. The responsibilities of the Author and/or Producer include, but are not limited to, the casting of non-equity actors; the appointment of the director, designers and technical personnel (If needed); rehearsals; transportation; costumes, hand properties and special effects (if needed); and for all fees and expenses attendant thereunto.
Samuel French will provide a theater space will include a basic lighting plot with limited pre-set general light cues and basic sound equipment. A limited number of basic set pieces will be available at the theatre. Additional props, set pieces, etc. may be brought by the producing companies; however, we strongly advise that productions be kept as simple as possible. Samuel French, Inc. will further provide all front-and back-of-house personnel and a board operator if needed.