January 19 – February 5, 2023
Thurs – Sat @ 7:30pm
Sun @ 3pm
Gallery has a history of supporting emerging playwrights, fostering play development, and producing world premieres. Our playwright-focused festival, returning to the stage this season, aims to polish a collection of short new plays and create an exciting presentation of theater over the three-week run.
Week One: Jan. 19 – 22, 2023
- The Tree
Playwright, Barbara Anderson
Director, Saki Kawamura
An old man. An old woman. A tree. Sometimes it takes inspiration to say what needs to be said and one never knows what that source of inspiration will be.
Playwright, Diane Sampson
Director, Zoe Senese-Grossberg
Two sisters argue with and about their elderly father and his imaginary friend. Is he losing it, or is he, just maybe, the wisest of them all?
- Arm’s Length Romance (A Duologue)
Playwright, John Busser
Director, Gregory Lipson
They love you just as far away as you are.
Playwright, Robert Cullinane
Director, Kevin Bain
A chance meeting on a skyscraper ledge has lifelong consequences for two strangers.
- Wrong Side of the Tracks
Playwright, Vicki Riba Koestler
Director, Justin Braun
Dahlia and Paul have an agenda for the lunch they’re about to host. Their guest will be an important one, and everything has to be just-so. But when someone else arrives just before their expected visitor, the couple’s plans become much more complicated.
- Sorry Doesn’t Have to Mean Good Bye-Bye
Playwright, Glenn Alterman
Director, Michelle Silva
Sam has finally had the courage to end his long term relationship with Sue – in a very dramatic way. Sue is not happy at all. As the two try to resolve their issues, it becomes clear that this will not be an easy breakup. As they argue we begin to learn the true nature of their relationship.
- Fast Times
Playwright, David Susman
Director, Thomas Netter
When a busy, high-powered married couple tries to pull off an afternoon tryst the results are less than satisfying.
Week Two: Jan. 26 – 29, 2023
- Desperately Seeking Anonymity
Playwright, Mark Eisman
Director, Leah Abrams
His name has only recently become notorious. Hers has always been.
Playwright, Jeff Carter
Director, Brendan Clifford
When Mackie McNeal, the tough manager of a run down residential hotel is hospitalized, only two people sit in the waiting room attendant on his condition; his middle-aged son, and Mackie’s hotel handyman.
Playwright, George Sapio
Director, Kelleen Moriarty
What started out as a long-overdue apology has turned into a mission of spite.
Playwright, Patrick McEvoy
Director, Seraphina Violet Cueller
Ever wonder? That’s what Charles wanted to know from Urlana after hearing sirens outside. They talk about different possibilities before their next door neighbor, Landra, knocks and tells them something violent happened. They go outside to check it out, but when Charles returns, he wonders who is lurking nearby.
Week Three: Feb. 2 – 5, 2023
- Open Table
Playwright, Ken Levine
Director, Gabrielle Giacomo
A young couple and a mountain man dine at an unusual restaurant at the top of a mountain and wind up questioning their lives.
- Taking Over Your Life
Playwright, David James
Director, Emma Cavage
A family is concerned that their eldest son has become an addict and so they organize an intervention to save his life.
- Forgetting to Forgive
Playwright, Glenn Alterman
Director, Ted Thompson
While watching TV, Mom takes too many pills. She calls her son who rushes to her home. As they discuss why she took the pills and then reminisce about their lives, mother and son realize how very much alike they are.
- When You Can Get the Milk for Free
Playwright, Judd Lear Silverman
Director, Alysia Homminga
In an age of rebranding and repackaging, as new generations rise to power and where any old icon can be tossed out on the trash heap, some hard changes are made at Farmwood Hills Dairy (and Amusement Parks) with some rather devastating results.
- A Dozen Paper Tissue Roses
Playwright, Tuyet Thi Pham
Director, Elizabeth Bove
After a long absence, two former lovers meet for coffee after one seeks out the other to return a gift.
- The Morning After
Playwright, Kris Thompson
Director, Jenn Susi
Rachel and Paul have been married for ten years, having spent the majority of that time chasing their careers. A year ago they decided they wanted to settle down and start a family, but getting pregnant is not as easy as they thought it would be.
Producers: Sue Glausen & Dominic Cuskern
Sound Designer: Courtney Seyl
Lighting Designer: Lucas Gomes
Production Stage Manager: Sydnee Drake Peterson
All questions related to the Black Box New Play Festival should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
2022 Black Box New Play Festival
Watch last year’s festival here!
“Words can’t express what I feel right now. What a special two nights I just had. Sitting with friends and strangers and watching 2 hours of my work in a theater full of love and support for my writing. This whole process has been not only fun but important because I learned so much from seeing OCEAN PLANET staged and realized. What a special memory. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for believing in me and producing this weekend of my plays.” – Brett Epstein, playwright