PlayFestival Winners Announced!

PlayBuilders Festival 2019 Winners

· First place: Kahala Blues by Rich Figel
· Runner up: Winter Wedding by Carol Polcovar
· Special young playwright honorable mention:  Birdman Maggie Odom  (which she wrote at age 15)

· First place: Misa Tupuo for Kahala Blues
· Runner up: Robert St. John for Birdman & Winter Wedding
· Honorable mention: Will Ha’o for An Hour with Queen Liliuokalani & Let the Dead Pass By

· First place: Anna Hamaguchi & Maseeh Ganjali in A Wilderness of Monkeys
· Runner up: Daniel A. Kelin II in Birdman
· Special ensemble recognition: The cast of Kahala Blues
· Honorable Mention: Shiro Kawai for his cameo in Kahala Blues

· First Place: Kahala Blues by Rich Figel
· Runner up: Birdman by Maggie Odom
· Honorable mention: Winter Wedding by Carol Polcova


The PlayBuilders Festival 2019
April 13-14
Arts at Marks Garage, 1159 Nuuanu Avenue

PlayBuilders is pleased to announce eleven original works for The PlayBuilders Festival 2019:

Dirty Kitchen, Happy Bar by Sean- Joseph Choo
Stairway to the Stars by Lorenzo DeStefano
Kahala Blues by Rich Figel
Romance by the Surf by Daniel A.Kelin, II
Velvet Red by Fili Leasau
Let the Dead Pass By by Michael Markrich
A Wilderness of Monkeys by Jan McGrath
Birdman by Maggie Odom
Winter Wedding by Carol Polcovar
An hour with Queen Lili’uokalani by Rianna Williams
As Big as a Dallas Cowboy by Kirby Wright

The staged readings will be performed at Arts at Marks Garage, 1159 Nuuanu Avenue.

The PlayBuilders Festival presents public readings of original works in all stages of development. Placing the playwright front and center, the Festival is a gathering of the theater community in Hawaii and is centered around PlayBuilders belief in the importance of sharing stories. Tickets are available at

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS – Deadline extended

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS – Deadline extended

Event: PlayBuilders' of Hawaii is accepting submissions for The PlayFestival, dates April 13 to 14 2019    

What: Original plays that have not been produced between 20 to 40 mins in length. One acts, scenes, excerpts from full lengths, or short works

We are open to a wide range of plays and different, distinctive styles.  We encourage strong, diverse theatrical voices. Submissions can be fully realized or early drafts.  Playwrights are preferably residing in or have resided in Hawaii or the plays have a connection to Hawaii.

When: Deadline for submission is extended to Feb 18th 2019. Submissions should be emailed to . Selected playwrights will be contacted in early March.  All submissions will receive feedback from the play reading committee that includes Peggy Anne Siegmund, Rasa Fournier, Robin Kitsu, and Sujatha Raman amongst others.  

How: Standard play format is preferred with contact info and a brief bio. If you would like to, please include a brief synopsis. We will respond to let you know that we have received your submission and give you further details and requirements.

Why: The Play festival is an opportunity for playwrights to hear and see their works read and performed by professional actors on stage.  PlayBuilders is committed to supporting original theatrical works by providing a venue for staged readings. We also reach out to and invite theater professionals, agents and producers. Many of the plays that see their first production at our Festival have gone on to full productions.

This is our eight year of presenting public readings of new works.   Last year’s diverse offerings ranged from a historical drama set in Iran, to a rap performance by students.  The 2016 winner of the Best Play award Shipment Day by Lorenzo Destefano  recently had a full production at Manoa Valley Theater. Other past participants of our festival include Jan McGrath’s Outage which went on to a full production at The Actor’s Group, TAG  while Kirstin Trombetta (The Waipahu Project), was  commissioned by PlayBuilders to write community-collaborative pieces for us.  

Traditionally, on the festival nights, a panel of adjudicators comprised of professional theatre makers, will judge the plays and make a Best Play award.  In addition, a special “Audience Appreciation Award” will be chosen by audience members. This year, playwrights who wish to opt out of this process may do so. This allows playwrights with first drafts to safely submit to the festival.

PlayBuilders of Hawaiʻi Theater Company is an insured, 501 C 3 corporation. Donations are tax deductible and can be made at For more information, please contact Sujatha at 347 515 2397  or email her at

Feature in The Dramatist's Special Community Issue

This is a copy of the article Terri Madden wrote upon request from "The Dramatist" for their Special Community issue. She was one of 6 playwrights asked the question, "As a Writer, What is the Most Unexpected Sense of Community You've Experienced?" And this was her answer. (The Dramatist is, first and foremost, a member service of the Dramatists Guild of America. It is also the only national publication devoted to the business and craft of writing for theatre.)

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