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The Lanford Wilson New American Play Festival

The Lanford Wilson New American Play Festival honors new American plays that provide dynamic performance opportunities for college-aged actors.

The festival endeavors both to recognize playwrights for their outstanding work and to provide a resource for universities across the country to identify dynamic plays with robust roles for college-aged actors for production at their institutions.

The 2021 Lanford Wilson New American Play Festival will be held in person at the Dobbins Conservatory of Theatre & Dance on the River Campus of Southeast Missouri State University from June 14-19.

All appropriate COVID safety protocols will be followed.

The festival will feature staged readings of the five Official Selection plays, as well as workshops and seminars on playwrighting and new play development.

At the conclusion of the festival, one play will be selected for the festival’s top prize and will receive its world premiere in the 2021-2022 Dobbins Conservatory Mainstage Season and will be considered for publication by Concord Theatricals, the world’s most significant theatrical company, comprising the catalogs of R&H Theatricals, Samuel French, Tams-Witmark, and The Andrew Lloyd Webber Collection.

2021 Official Selections

MONDAY, JUNE 14 at 7:00pm

Randi & Roxanne
by Rachel Graf Evans

Rachel Graf Evans

TUESDAY, JUNE 15 at 7:00pm

Jungle Juice
by Kevin Renn

Kevin Kenn

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 16 at 7:00pm

All Eight
by Lilly Camp

Lilly Camp

THURSDAY, JUNE 17 at 7:00pm

Civics and Humanities for Non-Majors
by Jeff Talbott

Jeff Talbott

FRIDAY, JUNE 18 at 7:00pm

The Romantic Movement
by Emily Bohannon

Emily Bohannon

2021 Semi-Finalists

39 Revolutions by Alex Lin

Below the Fold by Matthew Stoffel

Blue Whale Heart by Max Henry

Boner: A Symphony by Elijah Cox

The Closet Pigeon by Kwik Jones

The Divine Buoyancy of Being by Cary J. Simowitz

Earworm by Shualee Cook

Everlasting Chocolate Therapy by Steven Hayet

Fury, or the frat play by Justice Hehir

Hysterical! by Elenna Stauffer

Like a Queen or Whatever by Grant MacDermott

Little Women.....NOW by Donna Hoke

Oh Righteous God And Sinful Me by Linsey Watkins

The Scrambling Class by Amy Tofte

The Showcase by Matt Schutz

The Silver Tureen by James Armstrong

The Tower by Keyanna Khatiblou

The Velvet Ditch by Kate Leslie

The Young Ladies Of The Class Of 1902 Of Wesleyan University Present, “As You Like It” by Natalie Sacks

Way Down Here by Emily Garrison

2021 Short Play Selections

The Bee That Declared A War by Cary J. Simowitz
Don’t Toy With Me by Andrew Black
Lawncare by Paul Vintner
Remembering Morgan by Annie Brown
Rising by Gabrielle Freitas

Seminar and Special Guests

Please check back soon for information on the seminar schedule and special guests participating in the festival!

Mission Statement

The Lanford Wilson New American Play Festival identifies and supports new plays that feature robust roles for college-aged actors, while providing a laboratory to train students in the skills and ethics inherent to work with living playwrights on new works.

The festival accepts submissions of full length plays from playwrights nationwide and one-act plays from residents of the state of Missouri and/or students enrolled at universities in Missouri.

Contact Us

For additional information, please contact Kitt Lavoie, Artistic Director, and


Sara Steffens
River Campus Seminary 454

Conservatory of Theatre and Dance
One University Plaza, MS 7850
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701