NoHo Needs Some SPF10

The Road Theatre Company and  Taylor Gilbert, Founder/Artistic Director together with Sam Anderson, Artistic Director, are thrilled to announce the 10th annual Summer Playwrights Festival (SPF10) Sunday, July 28 through Sunday, August 4, 2019. 

8 Days!
38+ Plays!
Food, Drinks and Live Music Nightly!

We do theatre in the NoHo Arts District. We have the highest concentration of theatres outside of NYC. So whether you are a theatre novice or an avid theatre goer, you will have your pick of shows, especially this summer. The Road Theatre Company is putting on their 10th annual Summer Playwrights Festival (SPF10), a festival of original new works – what this long-time, award-winning theatre company is known for. It also kicks off the Road Theatre’s 28th season! 

SPF mounts 30-40 staged readings of new plays in eight 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 their gallery space and cantina.

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

Summer Playwrights Festival (SPF10) at Road Theatre via

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 their main stages including their 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.”

This year’s festival features all new works to Los Angeles and has attracted playwrights internationally, including Lisa Loomer (who won the Jane Chambers Playwriting Award (The Waiting Room), the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, the Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays Award, a Back Stage West Garland Award for Playwriting (in 2003 for Living Out), the Imagen Award for positive portrayals of Latinos in all media, and American Theatre Critics Association Steinberg New Play Award (in 1995 for The Waiting Room and in 1999 for Expecting Isabel.) She was also the recipient of 2 grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, and one from the New York Foundation for the Arts, and was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize). Jami Brandli (Winner of John Gassner Memorial Playwriting Award, Holland New Voices Award, Ashland New Plays Festival and Aurora Theatre Company’s GAP Prize.Finalist for the 2016 PEN Literary Award for Drama, Playwrights’ Center Core Writer Fellowship, Princess Grace Award and the O’Neill National Playwrights ConferenceNominated for the Susan Smith Blackburn Award.BLISS (or Emily Post is Dead!)was named in the 2014 Kilroys List.2019 Humanitas Prize PLAY LA playwright). Tegan McLeod (Never Such Rainrunner-up in Oxford’s New Writers Festival.2013 Michener Fellow in Playwriting and Screenwriting.Girls in Car Underwearselected for 2016 Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s National Playwrights Conference.Lunatic 19’s: A Deportational Road Tripwas runner-up for the Papatango Prize). Wendy Graf (Gold Medallion Winner by The Moss Hart & Kitty Carlisle Hart New Play Initiative. Stage Raw Recommended Top Ten, L.A. Times Pick of the Week, and multiple Critics Choice awards for Unemployed Elephants – A Love Story. Stage Raw Recommended Top Ten/2015 nom Playwriting and Solo performance, LA Times Pick of the Week, LA Weekly “GO!” StageSceneLA 2015 Outstanding Solo Performance Production, and Bitter Lemons 2015 Ten Best awards for All American Girl. Multiple NAACP wins and nominations forClosely Related Keys.2012 GLAAD Award Outstanding L.A. Theater and Helen Hayes Awards recommended for No Word In Guyanese For Me). JimHenry (The Seventh MonarchwinnerPlays for the 21st Century (The Playwrights Theater, Inc., of Dallas) 1stplace in the San Francisco Dramarama Play Festival (The Playwrights’ Center of San Francisco) The Albert Panowski Playwriting Award (Forest Roberts Theatre at Northern Michigan University.)The Angels of Lemnoshas wonChicago’s Jeff Award for Best Work 1999Los Angeles TimesCritic’s Choice Michael Devereaux “Robby” Award for Best New Play).Ron Largomarsino (Jerome was a Finalist at the Eugene O’Neil Playwrights Conference, Directed/Staged many world premiere plays including works by Christopher Durang, Jane Anderson, and Alfred Uhry, Currently adapting his screenplay “Haight & Stanyan” for television)Jim Geoghan(The Suite Life of Zack & Cody – 2 Emmy Nominations, The Suite Life on Deck, Plays: Of Men and Cars and Only Kidding), Craig Pospisil (Months On End, Somewhere In Between,  Life Is Short, and The Dunes, Award for Excellence by the Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival), and Scooter Pietsch (Emmy-nominated Composer for severalTVshows such as Pretty Little Liars, American Idol, So You Think You Can Dance?, and All Dogs Go To Heaven:The Series, play Windfall carried a sold out run, Produced for shows from ABC, FOX, Lifetime, VH1, and E!) S. Pearl Sharp (2006-2007 Poet Laureate of Los Angeles’ Watts Towers Art Center). Jennie Webb (Semi-Finalist, 2016 Trustus Playwrights FestivalMax K. Lerner Playwriting Fellowship, 2015Semi-Finalist, 2015 PlayPenn ConferenceWinner of a 2010 Women in Theatre Red Carpet AwardSemi-Finalist, 2007 and 2009, Eugene O’Neill Theater Center Playwrights Conference.Finalist, 2002 Robert J. Pickering Award for Playwriting ExcellenceWinner in 2002 Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights New Plays). Augusto Federico Amador (2019 Humanitas Prize New Voices in TV writing.Finalist for Princess Grace Fellowship, Terrence McNally Award, and BBC International Radio Playwriting Competition.Runner-Up for the National Latino Playwriting Award from the Arizona Theater CompanyFour-time semi-finalist for the Eugene O’Neill ConferenceThe Book of Leonidaswon best play at the Downtown Urban Arts Festival in NYC.Has fellowships with Public Theater in NYC, The Humanitas Prize in Los Angeles, Latino Theater Alliance/L.A. and Lincoln City Fellowship in NYC). Keli Goff (Recipient of the Public Theater’s Emerging Writers Group fellowship 2014-2016. The Black Friendwas designated a semi-finalist for The Princess Grace Playwriting Fellowship and a finalist for the AracaWorks reading series. 2016 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Writing on a Dramatic Series. And many others playwrights).

Artistic Directors Taylor Gilbertand Sam Andersonon the importance of the festival to the theatre, “The Road’s Summer Playwrights Festival offers a wonderfully compressed period of new works and voices from established and emerging playwrights brought to life by the Road ensemble and guest artists who interact in lively discussions with our audiences, different live bands each evening, great food and drink and a tremendous sense of community between artists and theatregoers. An unforgettable event.” According to Founding Festival Director Scott Alan Smith, “This festival is our way of sharing the process of play development with our community and allows festival playwrights the chance to hear their plays in a supportive setting of talent and artistry.” Festival Director Matthew Singletary, “Eight days packed with theatre at its most exciting and raw…what’s not to love?!”


One popular feature of the festival last summer was the live music that was featured during each reading reception in their gallery space. This year’s festival will feature the bands and musicians Mleo, Stage 11, Theo’s Dream Sequence and Irish band sensation, Whiskey Sunday. The reception will be held in their backyard patio – Cole’s Cantina – and will feature wines from Paso Robles Wineries and Lagunitas Brewery along with delicious appetizers and desserts.

Summer Playwrghts Festival (SPF10) at Road Theatre via


Sunday July 28 – Sunday August 4, 2019
Performances are Monday-Friday at 8pm; Saturday at 10am, 12pm, 2pm and 8pm; Sunday at 10am, 2pm and 8pm.



Ticket prices are suggested donation of $15.

For more details and to view complete schedule, play descriptions and cast lists visit


THE ROAD ON LANKERSHIM (in the historic Lankershim Arts Center)
5108 Lankershim Blvd.
North Hollywood, CA 91601

THE ROAD ON MAGNOLIA (in the NoHo Senior Arts Colony)
10747 Magnolia Blvd.
North Hollywood, CA 91601


Located in the heart of the NoHo Arts district-the fastest growing arts district in Los Angeles County, the company has called the historic Lankershim Arts Center home for the past 23 seasons.

Fiercely committed to that most dangerous of theater missions-the dedication to new works-the Road Theatre Company led by founding artistic director Taylor Gilbert and artistic director Sam Anderson, is a multi-award winning theater that has been named one of the top ten intimate theater companies in Los Angeles (LA Weekly). It is home to over 150 theater artists devoted to the creation of the highest level of work.  The festival is also a fundraising event for the theater to help us launch their 28thseason. A suggested donation of $15 is requested of festival attendees and they are invited to give as little or as much as they want during each day’s performance.

Be entertained live while supporting theatre in NoHo! 

Lisa Bianconi
Author: Lisa Bianconi

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