New Works Festival

We are happy to announce the line-up for the 2018 New Works Festival

Admission is free to all readings. To reserve your spot, contact the box office at: 818.955.8101

Tuesday, May 22 at 4pm: Basic Crustaceans by Cody Behan, directed by Chelsea Sutton

Tuesday, May 22 at 8pm: Pang Spa by David Johann Kim, directed by Fran De Leon

Wednesday, May 23 at 4pm: The Captives by Barbara Blumenthal-Ehrlich, directed by Michael A. Shepperd

Wednesday, May 23 at 8pm: Among the Furies by David Scala, directed by Michael Serna

Tuesday, May 29 at 4pm: Switching Tracks by Matthew Salazar-Thompson, directed by Pat Towne

Tuesday, May 29 at 8pm: The Puppeteer by Desiree York, directed by Heather Chesley

Wednesday, May 30 at 4pm: Interviewese by Ian August, directed by Carolyn Hennesy

Wednesday, May 30 at 8pm: Aristaeus by Elizabeth Savage, directed by Mary Jo DuPrey

About the Playwrights

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Ian August (Interviewese) is an award-winning, internationally produced playwright. Full-length plays include: Interviewese, The Excavation of Mary Anning (DVRF Reading), The Goldilocks Zone, (Passage Theatre Company), Donna Orbits the Moon (NJ Rep, Utah Contemporary Theatre), Missing Celia Rose (NYC Summer Play Festival; Orlando Shakespeare Theater’s “Playfest 2009″), Submitted by C. Randall McCloskey (2011 NY Fringe Festival), Natural History (2009 NY Fringe Festival),The Aisling (2009 Heiress Productions New Play Series Award), The Moor’s Son, Brisé, and Cobbler.  Mr. August’s works have been published by Sam French Inc., The Pitkin Review, Smith and Kraus Publishing, and the One-Act Play Depot.  


Cody Behan (Basic Crustaceans) is an LA-based writer. He began studying playwriting at Denver’s Curious Theatre Company in 2009. Since then he created two original web series — Higher Education (YouTube) and Young & Frisky (Funny or Die) — and was a finalist in both 2015 and 2016 Final Draft Big Break Competitions for his original and spec comedy pilot scripts. He hails from Evergreen, Colorado where he was born in a bathtub on the side of a mountain. He studied writing and robots at Stanford University.

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Barbara Blumenthal-Ehrlich (The Captives) has had plays produced at the NY International Fringe Festival, off-Broadway Theatre Row, NorthernLight (Edmonton, Alberta, Canada), Forward Flux (Seattle), Overtime (San Antonio), Trustus (Columbia, S.C.), Trinity Rep (Providence), and more. Work developed in NYC at Playwrights Horizons, Second Stage, and Rattlestick; and regionally at The Kennedy Center, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Victory Gardens, Rogue Machine. Winner: Beverly Hills Theatre Guild Julie Harris Playwriting Award, the Israel Baran Award, and a runner up at the Sundance Playwriting Lab, O’Neill Playwrights Conference, Bay Area Playwrights Festival, the Heideman Award and Princess Grace Fellowship. Other honors: nominated for Edmonton’s Elizabeth Sterling Haynes Award, the Susan Smith Blackburn Award and honorable mention, The Kilroy list.

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David Johann Kim (Pang Spa) has appeared as an actor in new plays at The Public Theatre, NY Theatre Workshop, The Lark, Mabou Mines, Repertorio Espanol, La Mama ETC, Berkeley Rep, Magic Theatre, Asian American Theatre & El Teatro Campesino. As a co-creator: A Drop in the Ocean (Mabou Mines), B-Flight (Watts Village Theatre), Fairy Tale of My Life (Kennedy Center & Horizon Children’s Theatre). As a filmmaker: Lossed (distributed by OUAT Media). David holds an MFA from UC San Diego. Pang Spa has been developed at Ensemble Studio Theatre LA, Playwrights Arena, Chalk Rep, and East West Players.

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Matthew Salazar-Thompson (Switching Tracks) has been commissioned by The San Diego Repertory Theatre (Star Crossed), North Coast Repertory Theatre (Ted Williams: A Tip of the Cap, Mistletoe, Music & Mayhem!), Compass Theatre (9066, The 146 Point Flame), New Fortune Theatre (Cellar Door), Coronado Playhouse (If the Shoe Fits, A Roman Holiday), The Road Theatre (Who's on Alpha?), and Point Loma Playhouse (The Complete History of Theatre (abridged), A Christmas Carol: The Classic Radio Drama). Switching Tracks was a Finalist for the Detroit New Play Festival 2017. His play, Who's Afraid of Me, Myself and Edward Albee? was conceived of and mentored by Edward Albee himself. In 2016 Mr. Thompson collaborated with La Mama Experimental Theatre Group with resident master playwright Mac Wellman in the development of his comedy The Complete History of Theatre (abridged) and the revision of The 146 Point Flame. His plays have been published through Dramatic Publishing and Heuer Publishing.

Elizabeth Savage’s (Aristaeus) plays include Code Alpha, Launch Party, The Konverts, and Aristaeus. Her work has been produced by the O.N.E. Rittenhouse in Philadelphia and Brick Theatre in New York City. Her essays have appeared in Tablet Magazine, the Forward and the New York Times.

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David Scala (Among the Furies) is a writer and director for the stage and screen. He has written and directed four short films, which have screened and won top prizes at over 50 film festivals nationally and abroad. His feature screenplays have been finalists for the Sundance Screenwriter's Lab, Hamptons Film Festival, and the NYU/Sloan Film Award. Among the Furies, based off his own unproduced screenplay of the same name, most recently won Best Play at the 2017 New York Theatre Festival. Mr. Scala is currently developing multiple film, television, and theater projects. BFA: NYU Tisch.

Desireé York (The Puppeteer) is a playwright/director who writes for women and underrepresented voices. She is a Kennedy Center Rosa Parks Playwriting Award winner for The Puppeteer which was showcased at Futurefest New Play Festival and named one of the top ten standout local shows of 2017 in Dayton, OH.  Her plays have been finalists for the Ashland New Plays Festival, Futurefest New Play Festival, Henley Rose Playwright Competition and semi-finalists for the O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, CTG/Humanitas Playwriting Prize and Trustus Playwrights Festival.  Her work has been developed by Rogue Machine Theatre, Theatricum Botanicum, The Athena Cats and Ophelia’s Jump.






Garry Marshall Theatre New Works Festival Submissions 

We will announce selections around March 15, 2018.

Dates of the Festival: May 22 & 23, May 29 & 30, 2018

When To Submit: SUBMISSIONS ARE NOW CLOSED. Please check back in early March for announcements of the chosen plays.

Submissions will be accepted directly from playwrights as well as agents. Please read all guidelines below before submitting.

How to submit:

  • Playwrights should submit two PDF documents: a cover page with name and contact information, and the script with no playwright information. Email your script to
  • Pay the $20 submission fee in the link below. (Link closed)

What We’re Looking For:

Garry Marshall Theatre is interested in new work that is uniquely theatrical, authentically voiced, and has a strong point of view. We are most interested in the play that you are the most passionate about working on right now.

Submissions Should Be:

  • Full length plays that stand alone as an evening of theater with an 80-minute minimum running time. Garry Marshall Theatre presents concert readings, so the emphasis is on language; stage business should not be considered as part of the play’s running time.

  • Complete drafts - not incomplete drafts or treatments.

  • Plays that have never had a professional AEA production and have never been published; readings and workshops are fine.

  • Maximum of six actors; doubling is permitted. Please include a doubling plan with your cast list if this is the case.

  • The playwright is the sole owner of script copyright.

Submissions Should NOT Be:

  • Film or TV Scripts

  • Translations

  • Children’s Theatre

  • Musicals

Formatting Requirements:

  • Legibly typed in 12-point font in standard play format with 1” margins, character names centered above dialogue.

  • Submit as a single PDF; no hard copies are accepted.

  • This is a BLIND submission process. Please remove author’s name and contact information from the script.

  • Include cast list at the beginning of the script.

What to Expect:

Garry Marshall Theatre will select EIGHT new plays for concert readings and talk backs. Plays will be paired with professional Los Angeles-based directors, actors, and stage managers and receive at least 10 hours of rehearsal time. Playwrights are encouraged to submit rewrites during this time, if they desire.

Talk backs with the playwright and director will be moderated by professional artists in our community, with an eye toward further development of the play. Playwrights will also receive one-on-one meetings with the artistic directors of the Garry Marshall Theatre to talk about their play.

All finalists will be considered for possible future development and production at the theatre.

Where does the submission fee go?

The submission fee partially supports the submission and review process, including the support of readers and administrators. The fee does not subsidize the administrative costs of the festival, or any other programs at the Garry Marshall Theatre.

Fine Print:

  • Submissions are limited to one author per year.

  • Winning playwrights will be notified by March 15, 2018.

  • Winning playwrights will receive a $100 honorarium.

  • Playwrights are responsible for the cost, arrangements, and housing to travel to Los Angeles for the festival.

  • Garry Marshall Theatre does not ask for any rights to these plays at this time.

  • Playwrights must be at least 18 years of age.