Summer Playwrights Festival 10

The Road Theatre Company

Taylor Gilbert & Sam Anderson, Artistic Directors

The Tenth Annual
8 Days! 38 plays! #SPF10
Food, Drinks, and Live Music Nightly!

The Road Theatre Company’s Summer Playwrights’ Festival 2019 (SPF10)

Scott Alan Smith, Founding Festival Director
Matthew Singletary, Festival Director
Carlyle King, Executive Producer
Elizabeth Sampson, Producer
Darryl Johnson, Producer
Avery Clyde, Producer
David B. Marling, Producer
Kay Capasso, Producer
Justin Okin, Producer
Mallory Erwin, Producer
Brian Cole, Producer
Stewart J. Zully, Special Envoy
Nate Bartoshuk, LA County Arts Commission Intern
Drew Ravitz, Intern

The Road Theatre’s annual Summer Playwrights Festival has been held every summer since its inception in 2010. This year marks our 10th anniversary and SPF10 will take place from July 28-August 4, 2019.

SPF mounts 30-40 staged readings of new plays in 8 exciting days. The festival is now the largest staged reading festival in the nation with playwrights from around the country and around the world participating. Each reading is followed by a talk-back with the playwrights, directors and casts and a reception featuring food, drink and live music in our gallery space and cantina.

Readings are held in both our Historic Lankershim Arts Center Theater and Gallery and in our 77-seat theater in the NoHo Senior Arts Colony. Although we receive hundreds of submissions for our festival, new and established playwrights are encouraged to submit.

The Road Theatre Company is dedicated to producing new plays. Founding Festival Director Scott Alan Smith, “The Road Theatre has produced 23 plays from the Summer Playwrights Festival on our main stages including our current season selections, The Rescued by Julie Marie Myatt (SPF8), Death House by Jason Karasev (SPF8) and last season’s Stupid Kid by Sharr White (SPF7) and Through the Eye of a Needle by Jami Brandli (SPF7). We are very proud to be bringing these new plays straight from the festival to our audiences.”

Past playwrights have included D.L. Coburn, Lisa Loomer, Sharr White, Marisa Wegrzyn, Craig Wright, Wendy Macleod, Lucy Thurber, Mo Gaffney, Keith Huff, Brett Neveu, Scooter Pietsch, Craig Pospisil, Julie Marie Myatt. Guest artists have included Bryan Cranston, Laurie Metcalf, Kathy Baker, Jennifer Tilly, Perry King, Rondi Reed, Tom Irwin, Nancy Travis, Gregory Harrison, Gale Harold, Robert Pine, Michael O’Neill, Harold Gould, and many, many others.

Thank you for supporting new plays and The Road Theatre Company for SPF10!

Ticket prices are a suggested donation of $15. No advance ticket purchases – first come first served basis only.


See the full Summer Playwrights Festival 10 Schedule


Check out this short feature on last year’s SPF below!