Featured in Summer Shorts 5 will be eight World Premieres from some of New York's finest established and emerging playwrights, including: In This, Our Time... by Alexander Dinelaris (Zanna Don't, Still Life), directed by J.J. Kandel; Triple Trouble With Love written & directed by Christopher Durang (Beyond Therapy, Sister Mary Ignatius…, The Marriage of Bette and Boo), Some Women In Their Thirties Simply Start To Fall by Tina Howe (Painting Churches, Coastal Disturbances, Pride's Crossing), directed by Billy Hopkins; The New Testament by Neil LaBute (reasons to be pretty, Fat Pig), directed by Dolores Rice; The Green Book written & directed by Will Scheffer (HBO's Big Love); Clap Your Hands by Keith Reddin (Rum and Coke, Life During Wartime, Frame 312), directed by Billy Hopkins; Lessons For An Unaccustomed Bride by José Rivera (Oscar nominee for The Motorcycle Diaries, OBIE winner for References To Salvador Dalí Make Me Hot), directed by Jen Wineman, and Carrie & Francine by 17-year-old Ruby Spiegel, directed by Laura Barnett.
Summer Shorts returns for another summer of new American one-acts featuring original plays by the country's top playwrights. Representing some of today's best writing, directing and acting talents, Summer Shorts celebrates theatre, summer and the short form. The festival's two separate series offer a diverse range of voices, styles, and subject matter. Summer Shorts 5 offers eight world premiere one-act plays, in two separate evenings. The two series will run in rotating repertory. The New York Post declared "one-act shorts fit nicely in summer heat!"