The Chicago-based theater company Hobo Junction Productions is hosting their sixth annual short play festival, HOBO ROBO 6: HOBOS ROASTING ON AN OPEN FIRE (a distastefully-titled festival just in the time for the holidays).
We are currently seeking new, original ten-minute comedic plays that focus on the themes, traditions, and festivities associated with everyone’s favorite winter holiday. Whether it’s a biting satire about the Black Friday shopping mayhem, a dark comedy about Santa’s crumbling marriage, or a farcical take on the birth of Jesus, the play’s main objective is this: it has to make us laugh!
There will be a total of eight plays selected by our festival directors that will be featured in a three-night event in December. Every night, audience members vote for their favorite play, and at festival’s end, the winning playwright receives ONE HUNDRED DOLLARS! Holy Jeebus!
So send us your scripts! We want them smelling like pine trees by the time they land in our Inbox. (Electronic submissions only, please. PDF format required.) Submissions are due by October 12, 2013 at midnight. Selected plays will be announced no later than November 9th, with the festival itself taking place on December 2nd, 3rd, and 4th at Chicago’s Greenhouse Theater Center.
We encourage playwrights from all across the world to submit their work. Past submissions have come from countries as far-reaching as France, Russia, and Czechoslovakia … we hope we’re spelling that right. Please submit all materials to: Elizabeth Elston, Literary Manager at email@example.com.
Thank you, and we look forward to reading your work!
This past Sunday, the Junction participated in Mary-Arrchie Theater Co.’s 25th anniversary Abbie Fest, with the ensemble-created An Awful Night of Crap: Miami a.k.a. An Awful Night of Crap: Eat Shit and Die (based on the novel “Push” by Sapphire), a crime thriller that began with the almost-murder of an Native American healer and ended with donuts … it’s a long story.
Like last year’s Abbie Fest entry (An Awful Night of Crap), Miami was composed of six very poorly written scenes, each penned by a different Junction member, none of whom knew what one another was writing, and then pieced together by Artistic Director Spenser Davis. Directed by ensemble member Christine Worden and stage managed by Kat Reiser, both of whom have the patience of saints and smell of apple blossoms, this one-act comedy somehow nabbed a production team made up of people working beneath them, including Sound Designer Bob Lloyd.
The cast included company members Elizabeth Elston and Sydney Davis, ensemble members Dan Krall, Ben Hertel, and Josh Zagoren, and guest artists Tom Daily, Emily Demko, Isaac Samuelson, and Chris Waldron, all of whom put every fiber of their being into make this second chapter in the Awful Night saga an Abbie Fest success.
Thanks to Mary-Arrchie for letting us join in on the fun, the Den Theatre for letting us crash their Mainstage, and all of the slap-happy folks who came out and supported the Junction and other companies like us!