One Play at a Time...



Once upon a time, there was a play... and we read it.

We receive tons submissions playwrights at all stages.  Once we receive them all, we send them through a series of phases, in order to choose six plays for our season of readings. Once the plays are selected, they are paired with months and the playwright and their work is celebrated throughout the designated month. During the month the play is presented in a directed stage reading, prepared by experienced directors and resident actors. 



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Marcia Johnson is a Toronto-based theatre artist. She branched out from acting into writing with the help of play festivals: You Look Great Too (Rhubarb!/Buddies in Bad Times Theatre) and Perfect on Paper (Toronto Fringe). Perfect on Paper was later commissioned by CBC Radio. Marcia played the lead role in both productions. She was commissioned to write an original radio drama, Say Ginger Ale.


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Greg Burdick has worked for more than two decades as a public high school English teacher and Theatre Arts director for the state of Florida. In 1993, he received his degree in education from Slippery Rock University. While there, he was active in the school’s theatre department, and had the exceedingly good fortune to be part of several new work projects, nurturing the efforts of emerging & playwrights.

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jULIE ZAFfarano

Julie Zaffarano is an emerging playwright in the Philadelphia area.  Her play, The PlayMakers, was named the Winner in the 2016 What If? Productions Annual Playwrights Festival Best New Work in Charleston South Carolina and is scheduled to be produced in June 2017. The play was selected for a Staged Reading by PlayPenn as part of the 2016 “Readings at the Drake” series (Wilma Theatre, Philadelphia) and has been selected as part of the Philadelphia Dramatists Center Playwrights Showcase in August 2016.  Julie won the 2015 Cloverdale Playhouse “Page to Stage Contest,” where her play was workshopped and received a stage reading. She has also received an Honorable Mention from the Ohio State University New Play Fest 2015, and has been recognized as Finalist for the Strange Sun Theatre Greenhouse 2014, and Semi-Finalist for Actors Theatre of Charlotte Nuvoices.

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andrew Martineu

Andrew Martineau had a staged reading of his full-length play Trash Day in NYC lastmonth with Ivy Theatre Company, and his short play “One Fifty” was recently produced by Nu Sass Productions in Washington, DC. His one-act play “Functions” (Heuer Publishing) has been produced by high school theatres all over the country and South Korea. His comedy The Lacemakers is licensed through Yes Plays. “Etched in Stone”was recently performed at the Eastern States Theatre Festival in Delaware. Andrew has two children’s books, “Daddy Monster” and “When Shadows Fill Your Room,” (Mirror Publishers), which are available on Andrew is a college English instructor in the Washington, DC area. He has a BFA in theatre and two MA degrees in English and Education.

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eleanor Burgess

Eleanor's plays have been produced at the Alliance Theatre, Merrimack Repertory Theatre, Centenary Stage Company, the Samuel French Festival and the Boston Theatre Marathon, and developed at the Lark Play Development Center, Huntington Theatre Company, Ensemble Studio Theatre, the Kennedy Center/NNPN MFA Playwrights Workshop, Ryder Farm, and Luna Stage. She’s been the recipient of an EST/Sloan commission, the 2016 Alliance/Kendeda National Graduate Playwriting Award, the Susan Glaspell Award for Women Playwrights, and a Playwriting Fellowship at the Huntington Theatre in Boston. She’s been a member of the writers’ group at the Arcola Theatre in London, the Everyday Inferno Theatre Development Lab, and the Patriot Program at Merrimack Rep. Eleanor studied history at Yale College and received an M.F.A in Dramatic Writing in 2015 from NYU/Tisch. 


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Stephan Kaplan

Stephen Kaplan grew up in Northridge, CA (home of the ’94 earthquake) and wrote his first play, And Jack Came Tumbling After (Old Globe Theatre, EST, HERE/Lincoln Center Theatre’s American Living Room Series) when he was 15.  Selected awards, commissions and productions: Community (Finalist: Seven Devils; Semi-Finalist: Premiere Stages); Exquisite Potential (NJ Playwrights Contest, Dezart Performs, Across the Generations New Jewish Play Festival, finalist: Woodward/Newman Award, semi-finalist: Seven Devils); A Real Boy (This Is Water Theatre and semi-finalist: PlayPenn, Ashland New Play Festival, Dayton Playhouse FutureFest and MTWorks’ Newborn Festival); una casa/a home (finalist: Landing Theatre’s New American Voices Reading Series, Route 66 Theatre’s New Play Development Program); For Unto Us (Barrington Stage Company 10x10 Festival, MiniFest - Acadia Theatre Company, Luna Stage New Moon Short Play Festival, QueerShorts); In Mrs. Baker’s Room (Commission: Abingdon Theatre Company, Father Hamblin Award for Outstanding Playwriting, Center for Spiritual Living Playwriting Festival, Theatre Southwest); The Seventh Son (semi-finalist: Ronald M Ruble New Play Festival). Many of his plays are published on Indie Theatre Now. He is the New Jersey Regional Representative for the Dramatists Guild.