Writopia Lab’s 12th Annual
Worldwide Plays Festival
Founded in 2010, Writopia Lab’s Worldwide Plays Festival is an annual Off-Broadway festival of one-act plays written by playwrights ages 6 to 18 and produced, designed, directed, and acted by New York theater professionals. Thanks to the support of generous donors, Writopia Lab's Worldwide Plays Festival has now completed its 12th season.
Since its inception, the festival has produced live theatrical productions of plays written in workshops at Writopia’s labs across the country and plays submitted to our competition from playwrights around the world! Comedies, musicals, monologues, historical dramas, tear-jerkers, and thought pieces—all written by the talented young playwrights of tomorrow.
In 2020, as the COVID-19 pandemic prevented us from hosting live gatherings, Writopia Lab released the plays as 40 short podcasts. Podcasts were recorded in separate video chat sessions with the actors, director, and writer present.
For 2021, we continued to meet the moment with a microplay festival, a festival of plays under five minutes that focus on a single moment. This year’s festival ran from June 4th through June 8th, with both virtual performances and socially-distanced outdoor readings of plays in Central Park and Riverside Park.
Worldwide Plays Festival:
There is a Field
For this year’s festival, we were inspired by a poem by the Sufi Poet, Rumi, who wrote:
Out beyond the ideas of rightdoing and wrongdoing
There is a field.
I will meet you there
We held virtual and live productions of microplays by young writers that consider Rumi’s poem and that take place on a field. (Any field: in a city park, or in a backyard, a field on the moon, or in a soccer stadium.) Some questions for our writers to consider as they write, What does it mean to pursue justice? What does it mean to engage with someone on the opposing side? What do we risk when we engage? How can we ever get to forgiveness? What is the space after forgiveness?