Playwrights Fest.

Information about Charleston, SC theatre company What If? Productions' Playwrights Festival.

Thank you to our sponsors:

Jerry Evans & Stephen Bajjilay & Benefitfocus 

Join us on Saturday June 24th for our sixth annual Playwrights Festival where we will crown the winner of this year's WIP Playwrights Competition. From over 230 entries from emerging playwrights all along the east coast and southeast, our esteemed jury of Charleston artists have narrowed down the selection to a final three which will received partial staged readings with the audience helping us decide on which play receives its world premiere at next year's festival. The play will join the company of our past winning works: 

WIP Playwrights Festival Best New Work winners:
The Practice Child by Tyler Stuart - 2012
Accepting Applications for a Muse by Bryan Jones - 2013
How To Field Dress an Android by Irene Pynn - 2014
The Cannibals by Theroun Patterson - 2015
The PlayMakers by Julie Zaffarano - 2016

WIP Playwrights Festival schedule: 
Saturday June 24th at 84 1/2 Society Street

Noon - 1:30pm:
Staged readings of this year's three finalists hosted by mediator Tara Denton with artists& audience talkback discussion about the plays
A String Between Man & The World by Paige Zubel
Mrs. Harrison by R. Eric Thomas
Giant Box of Porn by Patrick Flynn

Click HERE for full descriptions of each finalist play and playwright

4:00pm - 5:00pm
Young Playwrights Festival performances with Storytree Theatre

The Young Playwrights festival is the first collaboration between What If? Productions and Storytree Theatre. This joint effort is an initiative to produce new works in the Charleston community and help foster the passion, interests and talents of a new generation of playwrights. Since April, four adolescents from East Cooper Montessori Charter School (William Hussey, Natalie Shuck, Carter Durst and Chloe Simons), worked through a variety of writing exercises to learn about the playwriting process and develop original plays. This collaboration is made possible through the Lowcountry Arts Grant from the Arts Alliance. #artsmatter

*Both events are free to attend with an optional suggested donation