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This year’s PlayFest has now concluded. Thank you to all playwrights, audiences, and artists involved.

Next season’s PlayFest 2016 will be announced soon. We will begin accepting submissions for PlayFest 2016 on January 1, 2016. Initial ten-page submissions will end on March 1, 2016. Please do not send full scripts for initial submissions. We will not read them or return them.

To learn how to submit your play, go to How to Submit.


A collaboration between Florida Studio Theatre, Orlando Shakespeare Theater, and Florida Repertory Theatre.

Saturday, March 19, 2016 | Lowndes Shakespeare Center
12:00 p.m. - The Luckiest People by Meridith Friedman
3:00 p.m. - Dark Damocloid by Thomas Gibbons

Each reading will be followed by a brief talkback with playwright, director, and actors.

These two plays will be given readings with the same casts at Florida Studio Theatre in Sarasota on Saturday, March 26 and at Florida Repertory Theatre in Ft. Myers on Sunday, March 27.

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$8 per reading. Tickets on sale starting Tuesday, February 16, 2016

March 19, 2016 at 12 p.m.
Run Time: One hour and 45 minutes with one 15 minute intermission. THERE WILL BE NO LATE SEATING
DARK DAMOCLOID March 19, 2016 at 3 p.m.
Run Time: Two hours with one 15 minute intermission.

The Luckiest People
Written by Meridith Friedman
Directed by Christopher Niess
Read by JD Sutton, Steven Lane, Alex Mrazek, and Suzanne O’Donnell

“People who need people are the luckiest people in the world.” — “People” from Funny Girl.

But what is our responsibility to our parents when they need us? In the days following his mother’s funeral, Richard is forced to grapple with that question. His father Oscar’s growing suspicions over the circumstances of his wife’s death lead him to make a startling accusation against his son. The Luckiest People explores the great dichotomy of the father-son bond: a relationship of profound awe and unparalleled fear.

Dark Damocloid
Written by Thomas Gibbons
Directed by Jason Cannon
Read by TBA

How do we confront the end of everything we know and cherish?

Mark, a philosopher at the Future of Humanity Institute, has been invited to deliver a TED talk about his surprising bestselling book exploring the myriad ways that humanity might be driven to extinction. He rehearses his speech for his wife Allison and daughter Sarah, presenting various scenarios: the eruption of a supervolcano, climate change, the creation of malevolent artificial intelligence, or—perhaps the most unpredictable of all—a collision with a dark Damocloid, an undetectable asteroid. As Mark rehearses, the truth of his and Allison’s troubled marriage emerges: while he focuses on hypothetical futures, she resents his neglect of the here and now… and she wants a change. That change, however, is something neither of them could have foreseen. By turns mysterious, funny, romantic, bleak, and paradoxically hopeful, Dark Damocloid frames our darkest urgency in the most personal immediacy.


The FLORIDA NEW PLAY READING TOUR is a shared festival of staged readings of two new plays. A collaboration between Florida Studio Theatre in Sarasota, Orlando Shakespeare Theater, and Florida Repertory Theatre in Ft. Myers, the FLORIDA NEW PLAY READING TOUR gives the playwrights three opportunities to hear their plays in front of various audiences in a compressed two-week timeframe and make real-time developmental changes propelling their plays forward. The project—graciously underwritten by the NATIONAL NEW PLAY NETWORK—will encourage the mingling of audiences and artists who wouldn’t otherwise have access to each other.

THE FLORIDA NEW PLAY READING TOUR is sponsored by the National New Play Network.

Past Years
PlayFest 2015 - November 5 – 8, 2015
PlayFest 2014 - November 2 – 4, 2012
PlayFest 2013 - November 8 – 10, 2013
PlayFest 2012 - November 2 – 4, 2012
PlayFest 2011 v2 - November 3 – 6, 2011
PlayFest 2011 - April 8 – 17, 2011
PlayFest 2010 - April 2 – 11, 2010
PlayFest 2009 - January 23 - February 21, 2009
PlayFest 2008 - February 8 – 17, 2008
PlayFest 2007 - February 23 – March 4, 2007
PlayFest 2006 - February 8 – 19, 2006





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