2023 OOB Festival – Thursday / Session One

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Just Right by Megan Lohne


MEGAN LOHNE (Playwright). Plays include Just Right (Soop to Nuts winner, Queens Short Play Festival finalist), Sharing Silence (EAT Fest 2022), This Odd Geometry of Time (2021 Edinburgh Fringe), Too Solid Flesh (American Shakespeare Center semi-finalist), Words Like Fresh Skin (Residency, Governors Island, 2019 production at Adelphi University), Nine Days (Royal Court Young Writers Programme), Good Companion (Oberon 24/7), Reinventing the Wheel (Brooklyn Generator, Theatre Alberta, Salem Theatre, The Best Short Plays, 2013), Light Patterns of Strangers (Nylon Fusion, Live Girls), Willoughby (Heideman finalist, American Globe 15-Minute Play Festival), among others. She has been commissioned to write screenplays, most recently for Crowne Media. She is an adjunct faculty member at Adelphi University and co-owner of Lohne/Graham Management, a talent management company representing actors on Broadway, TV and film. BFA Acting: Adelphi University; MFA Playwriting, New School For Drama. megan-lohne.com


BRITTANY MILLS (Director). 750% (QST), Sharing Silence (EAT), The Importance of Being Earnest (Assistant Director). NYTW Artist Residency Intern (2017 and 2019), Symphony Space Education Intern (2018). @itsbrittanymills


ALEXIS BARROS (Goldilocks) is a NYC-based actor and Dancer. Alexis gives thanks to her family, friends and Just Right team for the constant support.


GREG CAREY (Baby Bear) is honored to be showcasing this piece with such an amazing cast, director and playwright. Greg is an actor and playwright based in NYC.


Loretta’s Crematorium Hour by P.S. Drake


P.S. DRAKE (Playwright) is the nom de plume of PJ Sallans — an avid playwright and actor involved in many theatrical endeavors around the state of Michigan. Her plays False Goddess and Geek in the Sheets were both selected for the Eastern Michigan University Theatre One Act Festival 2020/2021. Her work has also been performed by Ann Arbor Civic Theatre, Break the Chain Theatre Company of Detroit, Bug Pit Collaborative Arts of Ypsilanti and the Ridgedale Players. In 2020, her play Advice for Losers was produced by PTD Productions of Ypsilanti for their first-ever virtual theatre production. Her play The Resurrectionist made it to the final round of the Sauk’s Plays-in-Development 2022. As an actress, P.S. is most interested in writing plays she would like to be in. Her work is full of dynamic women, physical comedy and quick one-liners. Check out her website psdrake.com for more info.


SHELBY R. SEELEY (Director) is a Yale-certified director from “Downriver” Michigan with passion for new work development. Collaborators call Shelby nuanced, honest and creative. Find her at shelbyrseeley.com.


KELSEY BOOTH (Stage Directions) graduated from the Stella Adler Conservatory this June. Before that, she attended EMU and earned her BA. Most recent credits: Norma (Perfect Arrangement) and Mallory (Lizards).


AVERIE BUELLER (Loretta) is a New York-based actress. Averie has performed off-Broadway and in several LGBT plays. She is signed with Bright Artists Management.


CLARA TRISTAN (Mae). Actress, Foodie, Free Spirited, Latina, Bilingual and Creator of projects that influence the industry. My two homes: Panama and New York. claratristan.com


He’s The First by Phillip Gregory Burke


PHILLIP GREGORY BURKE (Playwright/Producer). His plays chronicle the sociology of the African Diaspora and illuminates the intricate intersections of Blackness and queerness and are all connected to the same universe.


BRANDON M. WEBER (Director/Producer) is a multifaceted theatre and film artist dedicated to making works that break down the stereotypes within the ethnic diaspora.


COLE GILDER (Zach) (they/he) is earning their BFA in Acting at Pace University, and will next navigate Black Queerness in pumpernickel, written and directed by Keelay Gipson.


ANSI A. RODRIGUEZ (Stage Directions) is a Bronx native and graduate of The City College of New York (BA Theatre). He is signed with Core Talent Agency.


RUBEN ST. VILUS (Ernesto) is a first-generation, Haitian-American, Brooklyn-based actor. He loves the craft and is honored to give life to this piece.


Space Laser, In Space! by Jillian Blevins


JILLIAN BLEVINS (Playwright)  is a Massachusetts-based playwright and theatre artist. Her short plays have been performed in Chicago, Seattle, San Francisco, New Haven (CT), Providence (RI), and Portland (ME). In 2020/21, she conceived and produced Digital Dionysia, a six-week online new works festival of 24 original plays by playwrights from all over the country and the world, which featured her plays Izzy at Zoom Therapy and Be The Bacchae. Her queer historical dramedy Romeo & Her Sister received a developmental staged reading at Orlando’s Whiskey Theatre Factory. This summer, her one-act The Bed Trick was workshopped as part of the Last Frontier Theatre Conference in Valdez, Alaska.


PETER SAMPIERI (Director/Stage Directions) directed 50+ productions including off-Broadway/regional theatres in NYC, Boston, Chicago and LA. Teaching: NYU, Brown, Northwestern, NEC. Directing/Performance professor: SSU. Proud union member: SDC.


STEPHEN CALISKAN (David) is a recent graduate of Salem State University, where he received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in theatre performance.


ANYA SABEN (Talia) is a senior attending Salem State University pursuing her BFA in performance. She won National Best Scene Partner at KCACTF 2023.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator type=”normal” color=”#ffffff”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css_animation=”” row_type=”row” use_row_as_full_screen_section=”no” type=”full_width” angled_section=”no” text_align=”left” background_image_as_pattern=”without_pattern”][vc_column][vc_separator type=”normal”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css_animation=”” row_type=”row” use_row_as_full_screen_section=”no” type=”full_width” angled_section=”no” text_align=”left” background_image_as_pattern=”without_pattern”][vc_column][vc_separator type=”normal” color=”#ffffff”][vc_column_text]

2023 OOB Festival Credits


Festival Sponsor
Concord Theatricals


2023 Festival Judges
Jason Aguirre
Christina Anderson
Hilary Bettis
Eleanor Burgess
Steph Del Rosso
Jason Eagan
Skylar Fox
Gracie Gardner
Margaret Ledford
Jill Rafson
Jonathan Silverstein
Emmanuel Wilson


Honorary Playwright
James Ijames


Festival Artistic Director
Casey McLain


Literary Director/Opening Night Party Moderator
Garrett Anderson


Festival Host/Client Manager
Abbie Van Nostrand


House Manager
Tyler Mullen


Box Office Manager
Rosemary Bucher


Marketing Team
Meredith Foster
Jeremiah Hernandez
Courtney Kochuba
Imogen Lloyd Webber


Festival Production Coordinators
Cambria Martin
Clare Rankine
Alexandra Varitek


Festival Support Staff
Ella Andrew, Victoria Bond, Meredith Foster, Shaina Gilks, Jeremiah Hernandez, Ben Keiper, Rachel Levens, David McMaines, Gabriela Morales, Nate Netzley, Kristen Rea, Rachel Smith, Faith Williams


2023 Submissions Readers
Ella Andrew, Caroline Barnard, Caroline Bohnenberger, Jim Colleran, Charlie Coulthard, Sequoyah Douglas, Meredith Foster, Marquis Hardin, Rachel Levens, Amy Rose Marsh, Debbie McLean, David McMaines, Elizabeth Minski, Gabriela Morales, Tyler Mullen, Alexander Perez, Kristen Rea, Rachel Smith, Abbie Van Nostrand, Sarah Weber, Faith Williams


Special Thanks
Sean Flahaven, Bill Gaden, Concord, City Theatre Miami


About Concord Theatricals
Concord Theatricals is the world’s most significant theatrical company, comprising the catalogs of R&H Theatricals, Samuel French, Tams-Witmark and The Andrew Lloyd Webber Collection, plus dozens of new signings each year. Our unparalleled roster includes the work of Irving Berlin, Agatha Christie, George & Ira Gershwin, Marvin Hamlisch, Lorraine Hansberry, Jeremy O. Harris, Kander & Ebb, Tom Kitt, Ken Ludwig, Marlow & Moss, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Anaïs Mitchell, Dominique Morisseau, Cole Porter, Theresa Rebeck, Rodgers & Hammerstein, Thornton Wilder and August Wilson. We are the only firm providing truly comprehensive services to the creators and producers of plays and musicals, including theatrical licensing, music publishing, script publishing, cast recording and first-class production.

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