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Each year, we select new works of heightened language and classical themes from today's hottest writers from over 300 submissions and commission two from today's top playwrights.

A List Of Some Sh*t I've Killed by Matt Barbot
Based on Philoctetes, this contemporary take on a classic story is hilariously provocative - brazenly depicting how modern man might handle the high stakes Trojan War.

Stones by Lee Blessing
Filled with offbeat humor and insightful truth, this is a heart-wrenching look inside a man's head as he grapples with an affair that was exposed. Sticks and stones may break your bones, but words ... hmm.

An American Dream by Dipika Guha
Inspired by T.S. Eliot's The Waste Land, this charming and surprising verse comedy explores entertaining versions of Shakespeare's Sebastian and Olivia from Twelfth Night.

In the Attic by Stephen Massicotte
As sun shines through the rafters of the castle's attic in Denmark, young Hamlet and Ophelia play, reckon with identity, and fabricate an imminent destiny for themselves.

First and Last In The Underworld by Ellen McLaughlin
What if the Trojan War could have been stopped? From the afterlife we meet the first and last to die in this simple and shockingly potent contemplation of life, war and the scope of history.

Sleep Now by Jason Gray Platt
This poignant story of mother and child both dealing with the unexplainable fears that come with growing older explores our innate desire to make sense of the unanswerable questions of life.

Dido and Aeneas by Aubrey Saverino
This tragic story of love, of lust and fate descends upon the heart in a visceral and haunting fashion. As much as we wish heaven would leave us free, it haunts our lives with fate's decree.

Romeo and Rosaline by Matthew Wells
Just what did Rosaline make of the shenanigans of Romeo and Juliet? This hilarious alternate ending to the romantic tragedy provides an even bloodier denouement.

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