DC Playwright Patrick Flynn Finalist in Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival

'The Ferberizing of Coral' by Patrick Flynn has been selected as a finalist in the Samuel French 43rd Annual Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival. The play will be presented on August 22nd at The Vinyard Theatre in NYC.

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Editor’s Update, August 26, 2018: At the 43rd Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival this week, Patrick Flynn’s The Ferberizing of Coral was one of six plays chosen for publication by Samuel French. 850 plays were submitted to the festival, 30 were chosen for presentation and six winners were chosen for publication and licensing by Samuel French.

The other five winning plays are: Baked Goods (Book by Charlie Cohen, Lyrics by Christyn Budzyna, Music by Helen Park, Orchestrations by Collin Martin), Rabiosa (Nelson Diaz-Marcano), Better (Vince Gatton), The Forgotten Place (Jeff Locker), and Ballgirl (Gracie Gardner).


The Ferberizing of Coral by Patrick Flynn which debuted at the DC Source Festival in 2016 has been selected from 850 submissions to be a finalist in the Samuel French 43rd Annual Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival (OOB) in New York City this summer. Produced by Unknown Penguin and directed by Courtney Laine Self, The Ferberizing of Coral is will be presented on August 22 at The Vineyard’s Dimson 15th Street Theatre. The Ferberizing of Coral is one of 30 plays presented during the week-long event. At the end of the festival, Samuel French’s editorial staff will select six titles for publication and licensing.

Playwright and Filmmaker Patrick Flynn. Photo courtesy of Adventure Theatre MTC.
Playwright and Filmmaker Patrick Flynn. Photo courtesy of Adventure Theatre MTC.

“I’m thrilled to be taking this show to the OOB Festival,” said Flynn, “there aren’t enough stories about how silly and serious being a parent is.” In The Ferberizing of Coral, two new parents wrestle with anxiety as their daughter talks to them from the future through their baby monitor. DC Theatre Scene called The Ferberizing of Coral “…a fabulous ten-minute distillation of parental anxiety, newborn division.”

Rebecca Ballinger and David Johnson in ‘The Ferberizing of Coral.’ Photo by Teresa Wood.
Rebecca Ballinger and David Johnson in ‘The Ferberizing of Coral.’ Photo by Teresa Wood.

The OOB Festival comes right in the middle of a busy time for the prolific Flynn. His play Tinker Bell (an adaptation of Peter Pan from Tinker Bell’s point-of-view) is currently running at Adventure Theatre MTC and his newest play, Sheila and Moby, opens at Flying V Theatre this October.

The OOB Festival is New York’s oldest, continuous short play festival and has attracted submissions from across the U.S. as well as Australia, Canada, Singapore, South Korea, and the UK. Shows are presented in front of a judging panel comprised of theatre industry professionals. At the end of each session, one or two shows to move on to the finals. The winning plays are published in Samuel French’s acclaimed Off-Off Broadway Festival Plays series and licensed to theatre producers around the world.

The 43rd Annual Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival will run August 21 – 25 at the Vineyard’s Dimson 15th Street Theatre, NYC (The Vineyard Theatre, 108 E 15th St, NYC). For tickets and more information go online.

LINKS:
Review: ‘Tinker Bell’ at Adventure Theatre MTC by Molly Murchie
Interview: Playwright Patrick Flynn Shines New Light on Tinker Bell at Adventure Theatre by Julia Exline
Review: Source Festival 2016: ‘Secrets and Sound’ Six 10-Minute Plays by Terry Byrne