The 25th Annual One-Act
Play Festival

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THEATRE THREE proudly presents The Twenty-Fifth Annual Festival of One-Act Plays, from February 24 through March 23, 2024, at The Ronald F. Peierls Theatre, on the Second Stage. Selected from over 2,000 submissions world-wide, these eight cutting-edge premieres are guaranteed to entertain and engage.

Bovine Existential by Brian Petti

A Year to Grieve  by Deirdre Girard

Juliet Wakes Up by Laura Neill

Rescue  by Kevin Podgorski


The Nearest Far Away Place by Aleks Merilo

The Curse by Lisa Dellagiarino Feriend

Grave Matters by Michele Markarian

That Hike to Hart Lake by Johanna Beale Keller


The evening opens with Brian C. Petti’s Bovine Existential, in which two cows contemplate morality and mortality. Deirdre Girard’s A Year to Grieve spotlights writers in a secluded cabin speculating on the perfect murder. An alternate solution to Shakespeare’s most famous story is offered in Laura Neill’s Juliet Wakes Up. The first half closes with Kevin Podgorski’s study of a dangerous situation in Rescue.

The second half opens with The Nearest Far Away Place, Aleks Merilo’s portrait of a young hitchhiker going over state lines. Lisa Dellagiarino Feriend’s The Curse follows an unusual and surprising seaside encounter. Michele Markarian’s Grave Matters humorously meditates on the endurance of parental love. The evening concludes with Johanna Beale Keller’s That Hike to Hart Lake, tracing college friends on an eighty-year journey.

The company features veteran one-act performers Sean Amato, Ginger Dalton, Jae Hughes, Brittany Lacey, Phyllis March, Andrew Markowitz, Linda May, Rob Schindlar, Evan Teich, and Steven Uihlein. They are joined by Festival newcomers Julia Albino, Courtney Gilmore, Gina Lardi, and Cassidy Rose O’Brien. Marking his twenty-fourth Festival (and over one hundred and twenty plays), the evening is directed by Festival founder and Executive Artistic Director Jeffrey Sanzel.

Please Note: Adult content and language. Parental discretion is advised.


All tickets $25