2017 Playwrights Festival Finalists Announced

After over 225 submissions from all over the East Coast and South East, our esteemed jury of eight Charleston artists have narrowed down the competitive field to just three fabulous finalist which will receive partial staged readings of their works at our 6th annual Playwrights Festival on Saturday June 24th. One of these three works will win the chance of having their play receive its world premiere at our 2018 Play Festival next year. 

A String Between Man & The World
by Paige Zubel

The Playwright: 
Paige Zubel is a recent graduate of the University of Houston where she received her BFA in Playwriting and Dramaturgy. She is an internationally produced playwright, with notable productions in her hometown of Houston, TX ($12.50/Hour, Sunday Flowers), New York City (In Full Bloom, Gel Us, The Pull of the Moon), and Scotland (Under Covers). Her plays and prose have been published through One Act Play Depot, Every Day Fiction, and Hashtag Queer. She is currently a Literary Intern at InterAct Theatre in Philadelphia, PA. See more at

The Play:
Miles Alloway appeals for his release from a mental health facility to a board of unseen doctors (the audience). He claims his admittance to the facility was all one big misunderstanding; he's not really crazy. His story of how he came to be there grows wilder and wilder, from timelines that don't add up, to government conspiracy theories, to a revelation on God himself. Ultimately, unbelieved, Miles breaks. We're left wondering if he really is insane or if maybe--just maybe--everything he said could be true. 

Mrs. Harrison
by R. Eric Thomas

The Playwright:
R. Eric Thomas is an award-winning playwright, humorist and the long-running host of The Moth in Philadelphia. His most recent play, Time Is On Our Side, was the recipient of two Barrymore Awards including Best New Play and was named a finalist for the Harold and Mimi Steinberg American Theatre Critics Association New Play Award. He writes a daily humor column for in which he “reads” the news. In addition to and ELLE magazine, his writing has appeared in the New York Times, W Magazine, Man Repeller, Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Magazine and more. 

The Play:
Mrs. Harrison is about two women and one story. At their 10-year college reunion, Aisha and Holly meet by chance. Is this the first time or has it just been a long time. They can't agree. Aisha is a black, successful playwright; she's on the cover of the alumni magazine. Holly is a white, struggling stand-up comedian; she's here for the free drinks. They both have a story that they've been telling themselves about what happened all those years ago and they're both willing to fight for the truth in the present.

Giant Box of Porn
by Patrick Flynn

The Playwright:
Patrick Flynn is an award-winning filmmaker, playwright, and webseries creator based in Washington, D.C. His series I Live With This won Outstanding Series and Outstanding Writing at the 2012 L.A. Webfest. His series Long Distance Relationship took home Bronze at the 2016 TIVA-DC Peer Awards. The Capitol Fringe production of his play Giant Box of Porn was hailed by The Washington PostWashington City Paper, and was named “Best of Fringe” by DC Metro Theatre Arts. His plays have been part of the DC Source Festival, the Kennedy Center’s Page-to-Stage Festival, Bethesda Play-in-a-Day, DC One-Minute Play Festival, and New York Fringe. He is a 10-year veteran of the 48 Hour Film Project and has received several awards including Best Film for his short For Whom the Whistle Blows. His first book Visual Literacy: A Practical Text on the Analysis, History, and Creation of Visual Media is available from Kendall-Hunt. He is a professor at American University’s School of Communication and host of a podcast about original cast albums called The Original Cast available on iTunes.

The Play:
Young couple Ron and Kate return home to find a giant box of porn in their living room. This comedy explores life’s most important questions: What kind of burglar breaks in and leaves porn? Is it okay to buy baby paraphernalia just because it’s on sale? And, most importantly, who still has a VHS player?