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 2017 Submissions 

Over 190 playwrights submitted scripts, and plays were blind-screened by industry professionals in a series of three rounds.  After rigorous screening, 8 winning selections and one honorable mention play have been selected for production, including Idaho playwrights.  The plays will be premiered at a fundraiser to benefit the Treasure Valley Children’s Theater on September 9, 2017 at the Meridian Methodist Church of the Warm Heart in Meridian, Idaho.

The 2017 Plays selected for Production are (in no particular order):

  • ***SCREENERS CHOICE AWARD*** Beautiful by Jacqueline Wright, Los Angeles, CA
  • ***AUDIENCE HONORABLE MENTION*** Captain Courage by Tom Slot, Tuckahoe, NY
  • The Empty Space of Alexander Lump by Bryan J. Finnegan, San Diego, CA
  • ***AUDIENCE CHOICE*** Nothing by Philip Dawkins, Chicago, IL
  • Sunny In the Park by Stacy Post, Danville, IN
  • Troll Bridge by Becky Kimsey, Boise, ID
  • Two Kinds of Tired by Lee Shackleford, Hickory, NC
  • Ways Not to Drown by Heidi Kraay, Boise, ID
  • BONUS Performance: Sox by Spencer Opal-Levine, Sarasota, FL

Thank you to all the playwrights who submitted and congratulations to those selected! The 2019 call for plays will be announced in January, 2019.

What is “8 in 48 Idaho”

The “8 in 48 Idaho” Short Play Festival, produced by Treasure Valley Children’s Theater, celebrates new works written and produced for young audiences and performed by adults.

Click here to read the 2017 Festival Winners Press Release.

How It Works

The festival premiers eight professional, family-friendly, ten-minute plays.  A national call for submissions generates scripts entries from February through May. The submissions are screened by a national panel of theater artists. Winning playwrights are notified in July and the top eight plays are produced by a local team of directors and community actors.  The plays premiere in September as a benefit performance.

Selected playwrights can win cash awards totaling $500.00. Awards are offered in three categories:  Screeners Choice, Audience Choice and Honorable Mention. Play submissions are open to any playwright whether aspiring or experienced.

The 2017 “8 in 48 Idaho” Short Play Festival is supported by:

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With additional support from:

  • neUdesign Architecture
  • Idaho Independent Bank
  • Tribute Media
  • Wine Glass Arts Development
  • Meridian Downtown Business Association

Actors:

Producing a festival like 8 in 48 Idaho takes a lot of local talent! We invite actors ages 14 and up to participate in the festival. Open auditions are held on the Friday of the weekend of the festival. Casting is announced shortly after the dinner hour and rehearsal begins immediately. Directors may rehearse actors to 11p.m. and begin again on Saturday as early as 8a.m.

 

FAQ’s

  1. You do not have to be an experienced actor to audition, we welcome all skill levels!
  2. You do have to audition to participate and there is a slim chance we won’t have a stage role for you but we will certainly use your talents to support the festival.
  3. Auditions are closed to actors ages 14 and older unless personally invited by the festival producers. Invitations to younger actors are limited to TVCT students only.

Writers:

2019 submission guidelines will be posted in January of that year.

Over 190 playwrights submitted scripts for the 2017 festival. The plays were blind-screened by industry professionals in a series of three rounds.  After rigorous screening, 8 winning selections and one bonus play were selected for production.

Final selections are (in no particular order):

  • ***SCREENERS CHOICE*** Beautiful by Jacqueline Wright, Los Angeles, CA
  • ***AUDIENCE HONORABLE MENTION*** Captain Courage by Tom Slot, Tuckahoe, NY
  • The Empty Space of Alexander Lump by Bryan J. Finnegan, San Diego, CA
  • ***AUDIENCE CHOICE*** Nothing by Philip Dawkins, Chicago, IL
  • Sunny In the Park by Stacy Post, Danville, IN
  • Troll Bridge by Becky Kimsey, Boise, ID
  • Two Kinds of Tired by Lee Shackleford, Hickory, NC
  • Ways Not to Drown by Heidi Kraay, Boise, ID
  • Honorable Mention: Sox by Spencer Opal-Levine, Sarasota, FL

The playwrights receiving recognition in Screeners Choice, Audience Choice and Honorable Mention will receive a trophy and split a chase prize totaling $500.00.

The 2015 festival received over 120 entries.

The 2015 finalists were (in no particular order):

  • A Game of Chicken by Melanie Ewbank, Prescott, AZ
  • A Skink’s Tale by Maureen Brady Johnson, Oberlin, OH
  • Aleema Wants a Haircut by Rex McGregor, St. Auckland, New Zealand
  • In a Nutshell – Butterbean’s Lecture by Bryan J. Finnigan, SanDiego, CA
  • The Ugly Duckling by Stacy Lane, Miamisburg, OH
  • Devushka and the Cat by Kaysy Ostrom, Bellevue, WA
  • The Littlest Fairy by Paige Hoke, York, PA
  • Show and Tell by Jenny Lyn Bader, NewYork, NY
  • Screeners Honorable Mention: An Atmosphere to Peanut and Jelly Sandwich Convertor & Memories for Sale by Lavinia Roberts, Brooklyn, NY
  • Screeners Honorable Mention: Nick Tickle, Fairy Tale Detective, in: The Curious Case of H. Dumpty by Steph DeFerie, Harwich, MA

All 8 in 48 Idaho submissions are blind-screened by industry professionals in a series of three rounds. The 2017 8 in 48 Idaho FINAL screening was led by:

Tim Bryant
Tim earned his MFA in Playwrighting from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.  His children’s play, Jack and the Firebird, has been produced in the midwest and also in San Francisco at Noe Valley Ministry.  He was a staff writer for WSIU-TV’s Jo Jo and Joyce Club.  Tim has supervised creative projects for over two decades at the Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, California.

Mark Harvey Levine 
Mark is a previous winner of the 8 in 48 (South Dakota) Festival and one of the most produced writers of short plays in the world, with productions of his plays everywhere from New York to Bucharest to Jakarta to London.  His work has been published in over two dozen anthologies.

Kaysy Ostrom
Kaysy is a playwright, actor, singer-songwriter, and teaching artist from Seattle, Washington. She was last seen at the 8 in 48 Idaho Festival in 2015 when her play Devushka and the Cat won the Audience Choice Award for Best Play. Kaysy has a passion for theatre and arts education and works extensively with organizations in the Seattle area as an actor and an educator bringing the passion of theatre arts to young people.

If you are an industry professional interested in screening future 8 in 48 Idaho plays, please contact Julia.

The 2017 Festival was a huge success!
Stay tuned for details on the 2019 event!

 

If your business is interested in supporting the 2019 festival, please contact Autumn.

 The 2017 “8 in 48 Idaho” Staff

  • Julia Bennett, Managing Director
  • Valerie Baugh, Submissions Coordinator
  • Camilla Boylan and Jessica Hibbs, Production Managers
  • Kynan Watson and Sarah Williams, Stage Managers
  • Kate Carter-Cram and Grace Saathhoff, Production Assistants
  • Melissa Hadden, Properties
  • Tom Bennett and Emily Leavitt, Auction/Raffle Coordinators
  • Autumn Kersey, Producer