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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The Women's Voices Theater Festival

The Women's Voices Theater Festival

Presented by EPOCH, Theatre Company, and PlayBuilders of Hawaii Theater Company at The ARTS at Marks Garage 

Monday, January 21st 
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm  Reception
6:00 pm – 9:30 pm (with 20 minute intermission)

Dozens of writers and playwrights, who identify as women, have submitted short works for this important festival at the ARTS at Marks Garage on Monday, January 21st. This nation-wide festival consists of over 50 companies all over the United States each presenting a world premiere production of a work by one or more female playwrights. The festival is "the largest collaboration of theater companies working simultaneously to produce original works by female writers in history." The Coordinating Producers of the Women's Voices Theater Festival are Nan Barnett of the National New Play Network - (NNPN) and former NNPN General Manager Jojo Ruf. In Hawaiʻi, the theatre companies who have organized this event are EPOCH Theatre Company and PlayBuilders of Hawaii Theater Company and headed by theatre makers Lanaly Cabalo, Jan McGrath, Carol Polcovar, Robert St John, Terri Madden, Sujatha Raman, and Wayland Quintero. 

Selected playwrights will be announced soon.

The White Rabbit Lost in Chinatown


The White Rabbit Lost in Chinatown
An interactive Theatre Adventure

PlayBuilders of Hawaii Theatre Company Presents: The White Rabbit Lost in Chinatown as a part of the Oahu Fringe Festival 2019.  2 hour-long performances will take place on Friday January 11 at 6pm and 7:30pm, starting at the Sun Yat Sen Park behind the historic Hawaii Theatre, featuring an all female cast. Tickets are $10, available online via the Honolulu Box Office at, or at the door. 

The White Rabbit Lost in Chinatown is an audience-interactive show that takes place at multiple venues and outdoor areas throughout Chinatown. Some community partners confirmed are theChinatown Artist Lofts, Louis Pohl Gallery and Valia Honolulu.  Dancers and actors play characters from Lewis Carroll’s beloved classic “Alice in Wonderland”and will be stationed at different venues around Chinatown.  Audience members will interact with, follow, and watch the characters as they perform and guide them to the next location, beginning and ending at the Sun Yat Sen Park.   Audience are encouraged to wear comfortable clothes and shoes,  and be prepared to get a little messy.  Performers include Michelle Martin, Azure Ng, Becky McGarvey, June Chee, and Rikita Turner. The Oahu Fringe Festival will run Jan 10-13 at various venues around Chinatown, a completed schedule and more information about the shows are available at 

Director Becky McGarvey is a choreographer, actor, dancer, and singer based here in Honolulu.  She received a BFA from the University of Hawaii which included a semester at the Boston Conservatory.  She is a dancer with IONA Contemporary Dance Theatre, and Divino Ritmo.  She has choreographed work for the Hawaii Shakespeare Festival (2016), and for past Oahu Fringe Festival with the shows “Coin Operated Boy and Other Tales” (2012) and “Framed: A Living Art Gallery” (2015) with Spatial Sculptors, Honolulu’s all improvised modern dance company.  She has choreographed worksfor PlayBuilders’ “Wahiawa: Remembah Wen” (2012), “Xenophobia: Face Your Fears” (2014), and “Dragonfly” (2017)

Tickets are $10, and may be purchased at

Please note: Tickets for PlayBuilders/Fringe Festival "White Rabbit Lost in Chinatown" must be purchased on-line because the city and county will not allow us to sell in the park.

Tickets are $10, and available online via the Honolulu Box Office at, or at the ARTS at Marks Garage half an hour before showtime.