Playwrights Festival begins this week: Shakespeare move over!

In a play, from the beginning, you have to realize that you’re preparing something which is going into the hands of other people, unknown at the time you’re writing it.  T. S. Eliot
The annual Ohio University Seabury Quinn, Jr. Playwright’s Festival held each year at the end of the Spring Quarter, represents the culmination of the work of the playwrights in the program.  The festival begins this Wednesday, May 23 and runs through next Saturday, June 2.
  • Tickets for featured productions are $5 general admission or free for OU Students (with Valid Student ID) through Arts for Ohio.
  • There are 2 featured productions and many many staged readings. 
  • All readings and staged readings will be followed by a discussion with the playwrights, faculty, and guest mentors.
  • Featured productions are at the Forum Theatre in the Radio and TV Buildings.
  • Staged readings are at Baker Theatre in Kantner Hall.

One of the featured productions, The Magnificent Masked Hearing Aid is written by one of our fabulous student assistants, Sarah Bowden – you may have spotted her in Government Documents and Maps, now go check out what she really does!  More information is available from the Arts For Ohio blog

Alden Library has thousands of plays you can read and watch.  It’s not easy because you have to know the title and/or author in order to find a particular play.  But there are big time publishers you can check out – Dramatist Play Service, Methuen and Samuel French (just search Methuen or Samuel French to get a list).  Try a subject search on American Drama — 20th Century, or One-Act Plays or go online and check out our databases such as Black Drama, 1850-Present.  For a more comprehensive look at what is available, visit the subject guide Theatre Research

We have streaming films, such as Beckett on Film, just go to OhioLINK Digital Resource Commons and search ‘Beckett on Film’.  Back at Alden on the 4th floor, we have a dvd/vhs collection from the Broadway Theatre Archive, lots of titles of well known dramas for you to borrow. 


All the best performers bring to their role something more, something different than what the author put on paper. That’s what makes theatre live. That’s why it persists.  Stephen Sondheim