22 Aug Day 1 Results
Last night was our first round of performances, and what a strong start to OOB!
Our first session opened with four plays: the worst girl scout ever needs to sell 100 cookies in a day and her new friend might help in Baked Goods by Charlie Cohen, Christyn Budzyna, and Helen Park; a Puerto Rican woman demands that Hurricane Maria answer for her sins and all she stole in Nelson Diaz-Marcano’s Rabiosa; two coworkers end up on the ledge outside their office in Alex Dremann’s Precipice; and a married couple come dangerously close to actually killing each other in Christopher Marshall’s Lacrimosa.
After a quick break the second session gave us four more plays: an employee and his boss discuss everything from psychology, love, and race in Tessa Borbridge’s It’s Not A Black Thing; two teenagers have an overdue discussion about secrets one of them has been keeping in Sofya Levitsky-Weitz’s HEAVY; an Adonis finds himself on a beach where three drag queens beg him to stay but he needs to return home in Ryan Fogarty’s Plover; and a brother tries to convince his sister that their recently deceased mother is sending them letters from beyond in Janet Thielke’s Postscript.
Tasked with choosing only a few of these plays to advance to the Saturday finals were award-winning musical writer Kirsten Childs, acclaimed director and co-Artistic Director of The Actor’s Center Lisa Rothe, and Managing Director of Theatre Now New York Chris Giordano. After a considerable discussion and thought, three short plays were selected for the Saturday Finals.
Baked Goods by Charlie Cohen, Christyn Budzyna, and Helen Park
Rabiosa by Nelson Diaz-Marcano
It’s Not A Black Thing by Tessa Borbridge
Congratulations! If you want to see these plays again keep a look out for Saturday’s schedule on our tickets page. More Saturday finalists will be announced throughout the week, so please be sure to check in throughout the week for more updates. And, please check out our full schedule for our other Final 30 performances.
Thank you Kirsten Childs, Lisa Rothe, and Chris Giordano for joining us last night. Making those choices couldn’t have been easy
And thank you Alex Dremann, Christopher Marshall, Sofya Levitsky-Weitz, Ryan Fogarty, and Janet Thielke. It’s been an honor to have you as a part of our Final 30, and we can’t wait to see what you write next.