Announcing the Semi-Finalists from our open call for submissions.

Forward Flux Productions, along with commissioning panelists Benjamin Benne, Joshua Castille, Wesley Frugé, Chisa Hutchinson, Pilar O’Connell, Sharath Patel, Patrick Pearson and Emily Penick, are proud to announce 32 Semi-Finalists from 255 submissions for Three New American Plays.

The Semi-Finalists are…

Terence Anthony, Holly Arsenault, Katie Bender, Barbara Blumenthal-Ehrlich, Merri Biechler, The Birdwatching Club, D. T. Burns, Dan Caffrey, Marisa Carr, Catherine Castellani, Nicky Davis, Adrienne Dawes, L M Feldman, Stacy D. Flood, Avi Glickstein, Michael Gotch, Dave Harris, Monet Hurst-Mendoza, Andrew Kramer, Tim J. Lord, Sarah Loucks, Justin Neal, Catherine Rush, Charly Evon Simpson, Camika Spencer, Aurin A Squire, Natalia Naman Temesgen, Haygen-Brice Walker, Jason Odell Williams, Deborah Yarchun, Liu Yilong, and Desireé York

The three plays will be inspired by the following prompts:

Meet the Commissioning Panel

Benjamin Benne


Joshua Castille


Wesley Frugé


Chisa Hutchinson


Pilar O’Connell


Sharath Patel


Patrick Pearson


Emily Penick


More Information on the Project


This project kicked off on January 2nd, 2018, with an open call for playwrights across North America. It will continue on, following a two-year timeline to commission, develop, and produce a trilogy of new plays which capture this unique moment in American history from the voices of the people who are living it. The trilogy will premiere in Seattle in the fall of 2019.


  • January 2nd: Open call for submissions goes live
  • February 1st: Submissions Due by 6:00pm EST
  • March 1st: Semi-Finalists announced
  • April 1st: Finalists announced
  • April 23rd: Winners named
  • December 23rd: First draft due
  • January – March, 2019: First workshops in Seattle (or other major American city)
  • April – June, 2019: Second workshops in Seattle (or other major American city)
  • June-September, 2019: Rehearsals in Seattle (exact dates TBD)
  • September-November, 2019: World premiere of Three New American Plays in repertory, in Seattle (exact dates TBD).


  • A dedicated team to develop and workshop their new play.
  • Two developmental workshops in Seattle in 2019 (or other major American city).
  • Travel to Seattle for table-work during the rehearsal process.
  • A full professional production (up to one Equity contract) in fall of 2019 in Seattle as part of the Three New American Plays trilogy.
  • Travel to Seattle for opening weekend of the trilogy.
  • A playwright stipend of $4,000 + travel support.

About Forward Flux Productions

Forward Flux Productions is a dynamic live arts production company devoted to presenting innovative projects that connect people with art in unexpected ways. The company challenges the boundaries of tradition by re-imagining the audience experience. Forward Flux is committed to presenting work about the right now, and striking a meaningful dialogue that stirs a lasting impression.

The company was founded in New York City in late 2010, and relocated to Seattle in 2014. Three New American Plays will be the company’s 5th season project in Seattle. Forward Flux is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.



Forward Flux cultivates new artistic voices and new audiences to create an accessible, sustainable, relevant future for the live arts.

We place an emphasis on presenting new work from women and artists of color, and are working to create a safe, equitable, accessible live arts experience for all.

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