Location

Sunday, May 15th at 4:00 PM

Theaterlab
357 W. 36th St, New York, NY.

Writopia Lab Film Festival


Life and Death at Fox News
Written and Directed by Nate Simon

The Worst Job
Written and Directed by Matalin Crossgrove

Fake News
Written and Directed by Jesse Koblin

Parenting with Sasha
Written and Directed by Madeleine Berkowitz, Sasha Wolf-Powers, and Brendan Walsh

Sunday, May 15th at 6:00 pm

The TBG Theatre
312 W 36th St, New York, NY 10018

Thunderguy: Switch on the Lamps
Written by Emma Benten
Directed by Kara Ayn Napolitano

Monday, May 16th at 6:00 PM

Theaterlab
357 W. 36th St, New York, NY.

The RAPical
Written by Kayla and Omar
Directed by Melissa Crespo

Wet
Written by Gary Sowder
Directed by Dan McCoy

Sphinx
Written by Hannah Young
Directed by Melissa Crespo

That Guy Over There
Written by Sean Randolph
Directed by Stephen Cedars

Monday, May 16th at 8:00 PM

Sold Out!

Theaterlab
357 W. 36th St, New York, NY.

Until Sunrise
Written by Ibby Weber
Directed by Kristin Skye Hoffman

Perhaps Another Day
Written by Elizabeth Prishchepova
Directed by Katie McHugh

I Am Blue
Written by Stina Trollback
Directed by Katie McHugh

#Diversity
Written by Lizzie McCord
Directed by Dan McCoy

Lost and Found
Written by Eliana Gayle-Schneider
Directed by Dan McCoy

Sunshine and Rainbows
Written by Timeika Allen
Directed by David Blasher

Wednesday, May 18th at 6:00 PM

Theaterlab
357 W. 36th St, New York, NY.

ELA The Musical
Written by Bella Orelowitz and Zoe Wohlman
Directed by Dan Kitrosser

Brothers
Written by Amrit Aggarwal
Directed by Kyle Metzger

MLK
Written by Amrit Aggarwal, Wilson Chapman, Jennifer Charlera, Maya Delmont, Eve Harrison, Jesse Koblin, Josh Melcer, Samantha Rapkiewicz, Ava Shapiro, Matan Tzur-Jackson, and Nina Worley
Directed by Dan Kitrosser

Bang
Written by Sierra Blanco
Directed by Kyle Metzger

Wednesday, May 18th at 8:00 PM

Sold Out!

Theaterlab
357 W. 36th St, New York, NY.

Good Neighbors
Written by Emma Choi
Directed by Robert Gonyo

I'm Not People
Written by Stephanie Okun
Directed by Kyle Metzger

Clean Hands
Written by Leo Lion
Directed by Kristin Skye Hoffman

Anyways
Written by Tess Dreizen
Directed by Kristin Skye Hoffman

Heckboy: The Musical
Written by Eliza Heaton, Ali Levinson, John Lindell, Arjun Mazumdar, Zoe Nelms, Aviva Verbitsky, and Abigail Sylvor-Greenberg
Directed by Dan Kitrosser

Thursday, May 19th at 6:00 PM

Theaterlab
357 W. 36th St, New York, NY.

The Tale of Chickadee and Chickajoe
Written by Julia Aram, Annabelle Holehouse, Emma Ramirez, and Alex Sheinkin
Directed by Kyle Metzger

The Princess Tale
Written by Grace Alpern, Seraphina Mlynar, and Cleo Saltz
Directed by Danielle Sheeler

The Destructive Man
Written by Maia Nehme
Directed by Alexandra Cohl

Thursday, May 19th at 7:00 PM

Theaterlab
357 W. 36th St, New York, NY.

Black Magic
Written by Alejandra Gernandt, Isabella Randall, and Annika Still
Directed by Ilana Stein

(Cool) Vampire Love
Written by Madasen Brooks and Autumn Garrett
Directed by Yael Schick

Friday, May 20th at 6:00 PM

Only 4 Tickets Left

Theaterlab
357 W. 36th St, New York, NY.

Perhaps Another Day
Written by Elizabeth Prishchepova
Directed by Katie McHugh

I Am Blue
Written by Stina Trollback
Directed by Katie McHugh

#Diversity
Written by Lizzie McCord
Directed by Dan McCoy

Lost and Found
Written by Eliana Gayle-Schneider
Directed by Dan McCoy

Sunshine and Rainbows
Written by Timeika Allen
Directed by David Blasher

The Road Not Taken
Written by by Jordan and Tilar
Directed by Dan Kitrosser

Friday, May 20th at 8:00 PM

Sold Out!

Theaterlab
357 W. 36th St, New York, NY.

The RAPical
Written by Kayla & Omar
Directed by Melissa Crespo

Wet
Written by Gary Sowder
Directed by Dan McCoy

Sphinx
Written by Hannah Young
Directed by Melissa Crespo

Right
Written by Abigail Drach
Directed by Katie McHugh

The Supermarket of Lost
Written by Cassandra Hsaio
Directed by Robert Gonyo

Saturday, May 21st at 6:00 PM

Sold Out!

Theaterlab
357 W. 36th St, New York, NY.

Good Neighbors
Written by Emma Choi
Directed by Robert Gonyo

I'm Not People
Written by Stephanie Okun
Directed by Kyle Metzger

Clean Hands
Written by Leo Lion
Directed by Kristin Skye Hoffman

Anyways
Written by Tess Dreizen
Directed by Kristin Skye Hoffman

Heckboy: The Musical
Written by Eliza Heaton, Ali Levinson, John Lindell, Arjun Mazumdar, Zoe Nelms, Aviva Verbitsky, and Abigail Sylvor-Greenberg
Directed by Dan Kitrosser

Saturday, May 21st at 8:00 PM

Theaterlab
357 W. 36th St, New York, NY.

MLK
Written by Amrit Aggarwal, Wilson Chapman, Jennifer Charlera, Maya Delmont, Eve Harrison, Jesse Koblin, Josh Melcer, Samantha Rapkiewicz, Ava Shapiro, Matan Tzur-Jackson, and Nina Worley
Directed by Dan Kitrosser

ELA The Musical
Written by Bella Orelowitz and Zoe Wohlman
Directed by Dan Kitrosser

Brothers
Written by Amrit Aggarwal
Directed by Kyle Metzger

The Empty Bough
Written by Abraham Callard
Directed by Kristin Skye Hoffman

Bang
Written by Sierra Blanco
Directed by Kyle Metzger

Sunday, May 22nd at 12:00 PM

Theaterlab
357 W. 36th St, New York, NY.

The Tale of Chickadee and Chickajoe
Written by Julia Aram, Annabelle Holehouse, Emma Ramirez, and Alex Sheinkin
Directed by Kyle Metzger

The Princess Tale
Written by Cleo Saltz, Seraphina Mlynar & Grace Alpern
Directed by Danielle Sheeler

The Destructive Man
Written by Maia Nehme
Directed by Alexandra Cohl

Sunday, May 22nd at 1:00 PM

Theaterlab
357 W. 36th St, New York, NY.

(Cool) Vampire Love
Written by Madasen Brooks and Autumn Garrett
Directed by Yael Schick

Black Magic
Written by Alejandra Gernandt, Isabella Randall, and Annika Still
Directed by Ilana Stein

2018 Worldwide Plays Festival

Where: Theaterlab, 357 West 36th Street, 3rd floor
When: Wednesday May 9th, 2018 to Sunday May 13th, 2018

General Admission Tickets: $20
Premium tickets: $100
Premium tickets include a signed, framed, canvas-printed photograph photograph of the playwright and their cast!
(And a bucket of warm fuzzies.)

Wednesday, May 9th at 6pm (Buy Tickets!)

Did you hear that the school budget is so tight, they are making the teachers drink ground dirt instead of coffee? Or that the pressure of getting good grades are tearing some friend groups apart? Or that the basketball team is on the brink of failure and needs a brilliant writer to write some brilliant plays? Bounce from room to room in this school where you are sure to see insightful, hilarious, and powerful plays that question the status quo and still win the game!

Budget Cuts
Written by Hannah Heeger, age 14
Directed by Illana Stein
With Andrew Harriss, Kelsey Foltz, and Mackenzie Knapp

The Perfect Writer
Written by Gideon Bialkin, age 11
Directed by Kyle Metzger
With Ali Andre Ali, Brennan Lowery, Kevin Gonzalez, and Tristan Sample

What Friends are For
Written by Timia McCoade, age 14
Directed by Ben Weber
With Amanda Fuller, Chris Jehnert, and Molly Gallagher

Guides
Written by Jordan Ferdman and Sierra Blanco

Wednesday, May 9th at 8pm(Buy Tickets!)

Brothers
Written by Abey Weitzman, age 14
Directed by Matthew Jellison
With Ali Andre Ali, and Brennan Lowery

Confidentiality
Written by Britany, age 13
Directed by Arielle Lever
With Isra Elsahilirie, Sam Cooper, and Tanya Fazal

Love You Guys
Written by Logan Silbert, age 14
Directed by Stephen Cedars
With Ashley Underwood, Molly Gallagher, and Sergio Castillo

Guides
Written by Maya Mitrasinovic and Stina Trollback

Thursday, May 10th at 6pm(Buy Tickets!)

It's a night of revenge! An eraser comes to life to save the school supplies! A pair of picked-on kids take on their bully! And a teacher is being ousted after 45 dedicated years by a young woman named Vicki! Come see these unsung heroes fight back in this series of hilarious and insightful plays by elemetary schoolers.

Eraser-Man
Written by Georgia Green, age 10
Directed by Clara Maria Ruth Wiest
With Lindsey Meyers, Jacqueline Reed, and Alison Vincitore

I Didn't Get Your Memo
Written by Ella Marder, age 11
Directed by Michelle Cage
With Katherine Teed Arthur, Hayley Bruck, and Nadine Reumer

The Bully Mishap
Written by Jessie Mitnick, age 10 and Celia Lambert, age 11
Directed by Jessica Pomeroy
With Adam Fisher, Teresa Lafferty, and Sofia Gregory

Guides
Written by Michelle Cage, Clara Maria Ruth Wiest, and Jessica Pomeroy

Thursday, May 10th at 8pm(Buy Tickets!)

A non-athletic student is forced to play basketball by their mother, a teacher is desperately trying to find some alone time with her girlfriend to propose and two other teachers are falling madly in love in the teacher's lounge. In this emotionally driven, high stakes night of theater, come see characters whose lives are bursting against the walls of the schoolhouse, and the drama and humanity that comes of such a burst.

Grapeshot
Written by Annelie Hyatt, age 15
Directed by Alison Vincitore
With Adam Fisher, Nadine Reumer, and Lindsey Meyers

Lunch Break
Written by Grace Novarr, age 16
Directed by Katherine Teed-Arthur
With Teresa Lafferty and Michelle Cage

Put a Ring on It
Written by Lydia Schultz, age 16 and Claire Annino, age 15
Directed by Jessica Pomeroy
With Clara Maria Ruth Wiest, Sofia Gregory, and Jacqueline Reed

Guides
Written by Hayley Bruck, Jessica Pomeroy, and Katherine Teed-Arthur

Friday, May 11th at 6pm(Buy Tickets!)

Teachers gossiping about student (mis)behavior, a lockdown drill forces estranged friends to reunite and a class experiment reveals more than just science in this provocative and stirring night of teen plays.

He Said, She Said
Written by Lily Krug, age 16
Directed by Illana Stein
With Bess Miller, Dave Chura, and Kristin Cantwell

Lockdown
Written by Zoe Donovan, age 15
Directed by Kevin R. Free
With Ashley Underwood, Aurea Tomeski, and Mackenzie Knapp

The Chemistry Between Me and You
Written by Viola Hsia, age 17
Directed by Jordan E. Cooper
With Francesca Hansen-DiBello and Zahyde Pietri

Guides
Written by Lennarsha Prescod and Emily Prescod

Friday, May 11th at 8pm(Buy Tickets!)

Assume
Written by Tashane Campbell, age 15
Directed by Kirya Traeber
With Kristin Cantwell, Mackenzie Knapp, and Maggie Benedict

Closeted
Written by Elizabeth Edlin
Directed by Madeline Taylor
With Christopher Ellis and Sergio Castillo

Guys Like Us
Written by Gabi Sussman, age 17
Directed by Dan McCoy
With Harrison Kaufman and Tristan Sample

Guides
Written by Rachel Calnek Sugin, Clea Woodbury, and Yainie Gallego

Saturday, May 12th at 12pm(Buy Tickets!)

Teddy has gone missing, Ms Adams demands that students use "I Feel" language when they argue, and microaggressions are abound in Mimmi's Pre-Calc class in this evening of woke plays that remind us that we don't need to have answers to the tough questions of life, but we do need to listen.

Away
Written by Jack Braun, age 16
Directed by David Blasher
With Harrison Kaufman, Kevin Gonzalez, and Ramad Carter

Feelings Circle
Written by Rubi Manieri
Directed by Jamie Simms
With Annabelle Cousins, Madeleine Sykes, and Vanessa Malanga

To the White Boys who Sit Next to Me in Precalc
Written by Yamini Manikoth, age 16
Directed by Zonya Love
With Erin Pettigrew, Keith Hale, and Tristan Sample

Guides
Written by Zoe Nelms, Abigail Sylvor-Greenberg, and Arjun Mazumdar

Saturday, May 12th at 2pm(Buy Tickets!)

Behind the Bookshelf
Written by Caroline Alpi, age 16
Directed by Robert Gonyo
With Jak Watson and Samantha Cooper

Life is a Spectacle, We Are Actors
Written by Juliette Bellinson, age 16
Directed by Aimee Todoroff
With Keith Hale, Maggie Benedict, and Molly Gallagher

The Legend of Persephone and Hades (and Frank)
Written by Tyler Medina-Minerva, age 16
Directed by Adam Weber
With Dan Kitrosser, Michael Benzinger, and Nicholas Leung

Guides
Written by Jackie Magawa and Foster Schrader

Saturday, May 12th at 6pm(Buy Tickets!)

An Evening of Award-Winning Plays by our Writopia Seniors. Come see this evening of staged readings by playwrights who have been involved Writopia for many years, as well as the award-winning high school play from our outside competition. An award ceremony and celebratory party will follow the staged readings.

Colored Eyesight
Written by Stina Trollbäck, age 17
Directed by Katie McHugh
With Vanessa Malanga, Dan Kitrosser, and Molly Powers Gallagher

Marie vs. School Staff
Written by Claire Ahn, age 16
Directed by Stephen Cedars
With Annabelle Cousins

Sparks
Written by Leo Lion, age 18
Directed by Stephen Cedars
With Annabelle Cousins, Mackenzie Knapp, and Russell Sperberg

The End of the World As We Know It
Written by Kaley Mamo, age 16
Directed by Kyle Metzger
With Joy Donze, Maggie Benedict, and Tristan Sample

The Janitor's Closet
Written by Stephanie Okun, age 18
Directed by Kyle Metzger
With Andrea Bellamore, Aurea Tomeski, Joy Donze, Maggie Benedict, Nate Healey, Tristan Sample, and Zahyde Pietri

The Ramifications
Written by Maya Mitrasinovic, age 18
Directed by Katie McHugh
With Vanessa Malanga, and Dan Kitrosser

Sunday, May 13th at 12pm(Buy Tickets!)

Why are friends backtsabbing each other? And why are some teachers so mean? And who is stealing money for the school lunches? These questions answered and more in this fun-filled, action packed series of plays showing us that the drama could not be higher inside the school walls.

I Told You Not to Tell Her
Written by Shazia Rahman, age 12
Directed by Dan Kitrosser
With Annabelle Cousins, Erin Pettigrew, and Joy Donze

Ms. Brine the Frankenstein
Written by Charlene Dong, age 9
Directed by Sergio Castillo
With Afton Welch, Kait Emery, and Kristin Cantwell

Students vs. Teachers
Written by Kalen Shamy, age 10 and Gabriel Bill, age 10
Directed by Dan McCoy
With Amanda Fuller, Joe Dunn, Ramad Carter, and Tristan Sample

Guides
Written by Rebecca Wallace-Segall, Danielle Sheeler, and Dan Kitrosser

Sunday, May 13th at 2pm(Buy Tickets!)

Revolt! A young female wizard takes on the boys, two students take on their insane gym teacher, and the school lunches themselves fight back against the people who eat them! Come to this hilarious grouping of plays that show how even the tiniest pizza can fight back!

Girl Nerd
Written by Haley Dow, age 11
Directed by Aimee Todoroff
With Kait Emery, Keith Hale, and Kevin Gonzalez

Psycho Gym Teacher
Written by Stella Pyrovolakis, age 9
Directed by Jamie Simms
With Christopher Ellis, Mackenzie Knapp, and Madeleine Sykes

School Lunch Revolution
Written by Kaden Evans, age 9
Directed by Matthew
With Andrew Harriss, Dara Swisher, and Michael Benzinger

Guides
Written by Fiona Moore, Maxanne Wallace-Segall, and Erica James

Past Seasons

2017

  • 34 Full Productions at Theaterlab
  • 37 Playwrights
  • 21 Professional Directors
  • 39 Professional Actors

Competition Winners

Elementary School
Kids in the Storm by Nyla Reed

Middle School
Anything and Everything by Jena Musmar

High School

Home, Sick by Cathleen Freedman

Videos

Videos of the 2017 Worldwide Plays Festival coming soon!


2016

  • 28 Full Productions at Theaterlab
  • 43 Playwrights
  • 21 Professional Directors
  • 39 Professional Actors

Competition Winners

Middle School
The Empty Bough by Abraham Callard

High School
The Supermarket of Lost by Cassandra Hsiao

Videos

Check out our YouTube page to see the plays presented at the 2016 Worldwide Plays Festival!


2015

  • 50 Full Productions at the June Havoc Theater
  • 54 Playwrights
  • 25 Professional Directors
  • 46 Professional Actors

Competition Winners

Elementary School
Best Comedic Play: Shelby the Cupcake by Isabella Roche
Best Dramatic Play: What Just Happened? by Zoe Wohlman

Middle School
Best Comedic Play: Young Mata Hari: The Nosy Schoolgirl by Benjamin A. Hendel
Best Dramatic Play: Black Magic by Darya Farah Foroohar

High School
Best Dramatic Play: Confessions 3 by Charlotte Rauner
Best Comedic Play: All’s Fair by Daniel Moses Bring

Videos

Check out our YouTube page to see the plays presented at the 2015 Worldwide Plays Festival!


2014

  • 25 Staged Readings at Shelter Studios, the Producers Club, and The West End Theater
  • 48 Full Productions at the June Havoc Theater
  • 84 Playwrights
  • 30 Professional Directors
  • 50 Professional Actors

Competition Winners

Elementary School
Best Comedic Play: The Chocolate Thief by Alejandro Salas
Best Dramatic Play: tie between P.O.V. by Arjun Mazumdar and The Drill by Sierra Blanco

Middle School
Best Comedic Play: Zombie Grandma by Everett Moore
Best Dramatic Play: KABOOM by Abigail Sylvor-Greenberg

High School
Best Dramatic Play: Set Back by Peter Chipman and Victoria Stiely
Best Comedic Play: A Social Experiment by Kai Williams


View the 2014 Play Festival Playlist

2013


  • 28 Staged Readings at the Soter Lee Blackbox
  • 45 Full Productions at the Clurman in Theater Row
  • 80 Playwrights
  • 40 Professional Directors
  • 50 Professional Actors

View the 2013 Play Festival Playlist

2012

  • May 8th-20th at the 45th Street Theatre and 59 e 59.
  • 85 Playwrights
  • 43 Professional Directors
  • 191 Professional Actors

View the 2012 Play Festival Playlist (May 8 - May 13)
View the 2012 Play Festival Playlist (May 17 - May 20)

2011


  • May 17th- 22nd at the June Havoc Theatre
  • 53 Playwrights
  • 20 Professional Directors
  • 16 Professional Actors

2010

  • May 24th and 25th at the West End Theatre
  • 20 Playwrights
  • 1 Professional Director
  • 19 Professional Actors
  • Our Theater Company

    Standard Playwriting Format

    Please follow these standard formatting rules:
    • Act and Scene headings are centered.
    • Character’s names are centered and capitalized.
    • Stage directions are indented one tab and italicized.
    • Character’s names in stage directions are capitalized.
    • Parenthetical stage directions are used for small actions.

    Act One

    Scene 1

    Writopia Lab, New York City. Day.

    DAN, a tall writopia instructor, sits on the couch. He munches on a bunch of potato chips, crumbs fall on his lap. He brushes them off into the crevasses of the couch. REBECCA enters the room with her coat on.

    REBECCA

    Dan?

    DAN

    What?

    REBECCA

    Did you just brush off your crumbs in the couch?

    DAN

    shrugging

    No.

    REBECCA

    You’re lying. And now I have to sweep them up.

    DAN gets up and walks up to REBECCA.

    DAN

    Don’t worry about it. I’ll do it.

    REBECCA and DAN freeze, staring at one another as the lights on them dim down. Lights come up from behind the couch, where a large chip crumb named NORMAN breaks out into song.

    NORMAN THE CRUMB

    Dan won’t sweep me up, he will forget about me. I’m so lucky — here at Writopia with instructors like Dan!

    Blackout.

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