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Photo Flash: Players Theatre's Short Play Festival Scares Up New Work

October has come to a close, but not without a few creeps, crawls, and all-out scares-- in the ghouls trick or treating, and on a stage in Greenwich Village. The Players Theatre Short Play and Musical Festival and Be Bold! Productions encourage playwrights to mine this precious resource by offering an annual BOO-themed festival each October. Scroll down for a peek at this year's shows!

Each week four or five original short plays or musicals, by a variety of playwrights were presented at The Players Theatre in the 3rd floor Steve and Marie Sgouros Black Box located at 115 MacDougal Street in the West Village.

Playwrights from all over the country submitted, and the Players' festival panel selected 15 plays for presentation. The playwrights are responsible for their own production and act as producer for their piece. A"Best of the Week" production was selected by audience vote and a $100 prize awarded. Many of the playwrights have participated in other iterations of the thrice-annual Short Plays Festival The Players Theatre.

The winner of week one was Trump by 70% by Mary Teitelbaum which asks, "What is a more horrifying topic than #45?" The winner of the second week was The Masque of the Red Death, an adaptation of the Poe classic by Chris Clarke. The winner of the final week was The Radium Girls: A Jaw Dropping New Musical by Amanda D'Archangelis, Sami Horneff, & Lisa Mongillo a campy musical based on real-life female factory workers who contracted radiation poisoning from painting watch dials with self-luminous paint.

A complete listing of the plays featured in the BOO festival is below. The Short Play and Musical Festival (SPF) is presented three times a year. The October theme is always horror, the February theme is SEX!, and the June theme is NYC. To learn more and see the upcoming submission requirements for the February festival, visit

Week One: October 12 – 15, 2017

Trump by 70% by Mary Teitelbaum

I'm Just Loving It by Melissa Maney

Sourtoe Cocktail Club by Stacey Weingarten

Just Gone by Genny Yosco

Week Two: October 19 – 22, 2017

The Grinding Woman by Sarah Fiete

Baltimore by Steven Haworth

Taking Back Halloween by Cayenne Douglass

Foodies! by Damon Norko

The Masque of the Red Death by Chris Clarke

Week Three: October 26 – 29, 2017

Kept in the Dark by Christina Cordano & Grace Chan

Wiener Wonka's Hot Dog Factory by Alberto Nevada Lozano

Someone, Somewhere by Allan Yashin

PS is Coming by Jaime Mac

The Radium Girls: A Jaw-Dropping New Musical by Amanda D'Archangelis, Sami Horneff, Lisa Mongillo

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Photo Flash: Players Theatre's Short Play Festival Scares Up New Work
Week Three winner, The Radium Girls

Photo Flash: Players Theatre's Short Play Festival Scares Up New Work
Week Two winner, The Masque of the Red Death

Photo Flash: Players Theatre's Short Play Festival Scares Up New Work
Week One winner, Trump 70%


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