Black Box New Play Festival

“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




22nd Annual Black Box New Play Festival Performance Schedule:

January 10 – 27, 2019
Thurs, Fri, Sat at 7:30pm | Sun at 3:00pm

There will be a talk back with the playwrights directly after the Sunday matinees.

First Week, January 10 – 13, 2019:

  • In the Gardens of Eden by Vicki Riba Koestler, directed by Nate Sayatovich
    Attempting to drive to summer camp, a family is led astray by their GPS and into a challenging situation.
  • Planned Obsolescence by Bara Swain, directed by Valerie Adami
    While Matilda is sitting Shiva for her beloved nine year old companion, an unexpected visitor gives her the courage to make a life-altering decision.
  • The Black Box (or, How to Die Happy) by David Harms, directed by Sam French
    Without insurance, after suffering a nervous breakdown, John James is forced to take a leave of absence from the church where he’s been rector for 25 years and convalesce in an unusual place. After reviewing his life and having several visitors, he decides there’s a sure-fire way to go out on a high note and puts his idea to the test.
  • The Rooftop Plays by Marlene Shyer, directed by Max Friedman
    “Rooftop Buddha”
    “Rooftop Thanksgiving”
    “Rooftop Murder”
    A series of three ten minute plays set on a rooftop in a city. From murder for real estate, to memorials, to divvying up holiday attendance, you never know what is going on over your head.

Second Week, January 17 – 20, 2019

  • The Woman At His Side by Donald Steele, directed by Becky Abramowitz
    What happens to a relationship when a long married couple competes in the same field?
  • Horny by Rich Rubin, directed by Kevin Bain
    Mickey and Frankie are two small-time con artists who’ve just come up with a new scheme involving, among other things, the large mammal exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History. Dmitri is a love-sick Russian mobster with an entrepreneurial spirit, a satchel full of cash and a bad temper. What could possibly go wrong?
  • One Night by A. Dean Bell, directed by Hilary Goldman
    Two pairs of college roommates unravel what happened one night that could change lives forever.
  • The Prisoners of Driscoll Street by Bradley Nies, directed by Dominic Cuskern
    One Father’s Day, Fred and Edwina Rogers, an elderly couple from Houston, Texas were murdered. This play depicts a possible altercation between a mother and her son, a son who may have murdered both of his parents.

Third Week, January 24 – 27, 2019

  • Upfronts & Personal by Ken Levine, directed by Scotty Watson
    The process of getting a TV show on a network schedule is examined as one studio attempts to place two sitcoms on the fall line-up. How far will everybody have to go, what compromises must they make, which ethics will they have to abandon? And yes, it’s a comedy!


Photos by Steven Pisano Photography


Co-Producers: Sue Glausen and Dominic Cuskern
Production Stage Manager: Timothy Sheridan
Lighting Designer: Tianshu Zhao
Sound Designer: Charlie Hill
Set and Props Coordinator: Marty Goldin
Assistant Stage Manager: Kirill Polich


Submission Guidelines 2019


The Gallery Players in Park Slope, Brooklyn, New York, is seeking plays for its 22nd Annual Black Box New Play Festival to be held in January 2019. Each play selected will be given a black box production at Gallery Players and will be performed in a festival format with non-Equity actors. Playwrights must be available for rehearsals, if not in person then by Skype, phone, or email, and use this as an opportunity to continue work on their play.


Submission guidelines:

  • Plays must be un-produced (i.e., plays must never have had a previous production) – readings are ok; must be the play’s world premiere
  • Length may be from 10 minutes to 60 minutes. No monologues. No period costume pieces.
  • You may submit as many plays as you wish
  • Pages must be numbered
  • A cover page with title of the play and playwright’s contact information is required, along with a plot synopsis of the play and a character breakdown
  • Submit a copy of your resume
  • Playwrights may not direct their own work
  • Send two copies of your play(s), along with your resume, to:

    The Gallery Players
    Black Box New Play Festival
    199 14th Street
    Brooklyn, NY 11215

We will only contact you if your play has been accepted into the Festival. If you want confirmation that your mailing was received by us, please include a self-addressed stamped return postcard.

We do not accept emailed submissions.

We do not return scripts. Any scripts not chosen for the Festival will be destroyed to protect the copyright.