Plays for 2023 8 Tens @ 8 Festival Announced!


The Actors' Theatre 8 Tens @ 8 Short Play Contest had over 250 entries this year, with many fine scripts submitted by playwrights from all over the United States and even the world!


Our reading committee and directors have now chosen the 16 winning plays, which will be produced for the 2023 8 Tens @ 8 Short Play Festival in January. Auditions will be held the last week of September. See Auditions for more information.

Below are the 16 plays that will be staged for 2023. Tickets will go on sale in early November.

AN ADVENTURE IN FORMS by Christian Neuhaus, directed by Wilma Chandler

AN AWKWARD CONVERSATION IN THE SHADOW OF MOUNT MORIAH by John Bavoso, directed by Karin Babbitt

CONFESSIONS, A DEUX by Stephen Cooper, directed by Helene Simkin Jara

DEATH BRINGS A CASSEROLE by Dan Borengasser, directed by Peter Gelblum

EDDY & EDNA by Donald Loftus, directed by Andrew Davids

EVERYTHING HAPPENS FOR A REASON... RIGHT? by William J. Royce, directed by Cathy Warner

FATHER MICHAEL'S DOING MASS by Kevin Broccoli, directed by Jim Schultz

HONEST "ABE" MAZULU by Stephen Cooper, directed by Rebecca Clark

MAN'S BEST FRIEND by Tim Lehnert, directed by Buff McKinley

SLAVE TRADE by Ian Patrick Williams, directed by Gerry Gerringer

SOMETHING HOLY IN CROATIA by Steven Haworth, directed by Marcus Cato

THE MOST PRECIOUS THING by Amy Dellagriarino, directed by Sarah Albertson

THE TREE by Barbara Anderson, directed by Evan Hunt

UNREASONABLE SITUATIONS by Lindsey Brown, directed by Kathie Kratochvil

WONDER PEOPLE by Madeline Puccioni, directed by Hannah Eckstein

YOUTH FOR DARK by Keith Whalen, directed by Kathryn Adkins


We are also planning to bring back "The Best of the Rest," staged readings of the runners-up from this year's submissions. So look for even more short-play goodness coming next spring.

Image: "Unheard" by Glenn Alterman. Directed by Sarah Albertson and featuring Aki'o Nanamura and Scott Kravitz, at the 8 Tens Reboot, September 2022. Photo by Gail Borkowski.

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