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Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival


Emerging playwrights and unique plays gain exposure and a shot at publication

Casey McLain (left) and Amy Marsh of Samuel French, Inc.

Casey McLain (left) and Amy Marsh of Samuel French, Inc.

The Geeks are joined by Amy Marsh and Casey McLain of Samuel French, Inc., in New York, to talk about the Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival, a competitive play writing festival now in its 38th year.

Samuel French, Inc, is the largest of the theatrical publishing and licensing companies, and has been around since the early 1800s. The company has offices in London and Los Angeles as well as in New York.

The festival staff, including Amy and Casey, who coordinate the event, whittles up to a thousand short play submissions down to 30, which are then presented as part of the week-long festival, which runs from July 23 -28 this year. Six winning plays are ultimately selected to be published in the Off Off Broadway Plays compilation.

The Festival starts July 23, so obviously, this year’s competition is closed for submissions. Info on next year’s competition and festival can be found at

Join the Geeks plus Amy and Casey for a fun conversation about this long-running, prestigious New York theatrical event.

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