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Winner of Hobo Robo 6 is….

Following each sold-out night of Hobo Robo’s ten-minute play hilarity, audience members voted for their favorite short comedy. Each performance night, the votes were tallied so that, on the final night of the fest, the Audience Choice award winner could be announced. The director of the winning play received a “Swag Bag” containing free tickets to productions by companies like American Blues Theatre, Waltzing Mechanics, Broken Nose Theatre, and Victory Gardens, and a 7-11 sandwich, while the winning playwright received a check for $100!

So who won this year’s festival? The writer-director team of Chelsea Marcantel and Richard Paro!

Chelsea’s short plays have been featured in Hobo Robos 2, 4, and 5, and it’s about time that she finally won. Richard, on the other hand, has now won three Hobo Robos in a row. Would we call that obnoxious? Not here on our website. Behind closed doors with rock music blasting? Who knows what we say…

Congrats to all of the finalists, but especially to Chelsea, Richard, and their extremely talented cast! You guys had us laughing until we spilled our egg nog.

Submissions Wanted!

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


  • Scripts should be between 7 – 10 pages, not including the cover page and character list.
  • The playwright’s personal information should not appear anywhere on the script, including the cover pages; directors will be asked to read the scripts “blind.”
  • Each playwright can send up to two scripts. Sending more than two will immediately disqualify that particular writer.
  • The plays must be original, not yet produced, and fit the festival’s themes of winter holidays and/or the festivities, traditions, and themes associated with them.
  • ENTRY FEE: Or should we say “ENTRY FREE”– It costs nothing to submit!
  • CASH PRIZE: $100 to the playwright whose play receives the most audience votes! Due to the high volume of submissions we receive each year, we will be unable to comment on individual scripts.

Thank you, and we look forward to reading your work!