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SummerFest 2019 Nominees

SummerFest 2019 Nominees

Where do you go if you are a young playwright and want to have your play produced? The answer is the NY WinterFest and NY Summerfest’s. This year at the Summerfest Robert Williams gave 60 plays, 14 musicals, 50 shorts, 8 solo plays, 325 actors, 330 actresses and 130 directors, a chance to perform, be seen and reviewed. The festival ran from July to October with 130 productions making it to the stage. Each brought their own unique story, perspective, designs that inspired and captivated their audiences. Each was required to enlist the bravery and inventiveness of live theatre that didn’t rely on special effects, Hollywood stars or huge budgets.

The 2019 SummerFest has come to an end. Here are the nominees for the Best of the Fest.

Best Play or Musical $3000

Am I Blue? – by DeShawn Aaron Jenkins 

Lilith In Pisces – by Kayla Eisenberg 

Chasing Jack – by John Anastasi 

Humanity’s Child – by John Tierney 

Junior – Marshall Evans 

Borders – by Maera Daniel Hagage 

Aussie Song – by Frances Key 

Best Short $500

Honesty In An Apology – by Nathan David Smith 

Molotov Cocktail – Edward J. Fee 

Nonno In The Basement – by Robert LoManto 

Night Turns Day – by Michael David Johnson 

Best Director $500

Samantha Baptiste = Junior 

Peter Loewy = Chasing Jack 

DeShawn Aaron Jenkins = Am I Blue? 

Meghan Mulcahy and Reilly Johnson = ReallyReally 

Marlow Scott = Over The Rainbow 

Keena McDonald = Humanity’s Child 

Ellie Handel – Aussie Song 

Best Actor $500

Ernest Mingione = Nonno In The Basement 

Nathan Tolliver = Am I Blue?

Patrick Hamilton  = Chasing Jack 

J. Marshall Evans = Junior 

Tony White = The Sample 

Augustus Oicle = Really Really 

Nathan Tolliver = Am I Blue?

Best Actress $500

Johnnie Mae = Night Turns To Day 

Patricia Field = Junior 

Kelsea Lea Jones = Chasing Jack 

Virginia Logan = Lilith In Pisces

Arlene Bozich = Cry Wolf 

Gretchen Schneider = Bossa Nova And Bees 

Best Singer $500

Evan Crommett = The Fling LP

James Kivlen = Hill & Holler 

Flor Lopardo = Second Story Man

Amanda Tong & Matthew J Taylor = Daughter of Society 

Jordan Stam = Aussie Song 

The WinterFest is still accepting submissions!

Now calling all playwrights: Here’s a chance to have your play live on a New York City Stage! Submit your work to the Winterfest festival competition. Accepting plays and musicals of all genres between 5-90 minutes in length. New York Theater Festival has been a haven for playwrights for 16 seasons—Read below to find out why!

SUBMIT by clicking on this link

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Suzanna, co-owns and publishes the newspaper Times Square Chronicles or T2C. At one point a working actress, she has performed in numerous productions in film, TV, cabaret, opera and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. She has a screenplay and a TV show in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She is a proud member of the Drama Desk and the Outer Critics Circle and was a nominator. Email:

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