PlayFest Santa Barbara

Welcome to PlayFest Santa Barbara


PlayFest May 25, 2019

Join us May 25, 2019 at 7:00 pm for a staged reading of Out There Right Here, a new play by our festival honoree playwright, Anna Nicholas. There will be an audience talkback with the playwright and cast following the performance. 

Out There Right Here It’s Autumn, the Santa Anas are blowing and LA’s on fire again. Jasper Molloy is an aging Apollo astronaut diagnosed with Alzheimer’s who’s been stashing Oxycontin in the bookshelves until the day he has enough to off himself. Daughter Lucie was an archeologist until her son was killed by a philandering neighbor’s pool man and she found the Lord; while son Hubble’s a SETI researcher and Atheist who spends his days searching for life in the multiverse. Then in walks Randy, a contractor Lucie meets online, who shakes things up with his open heart and mind. Out There Right Here takes place at the intersection of science and faith, and asks, “What does it mean to believe in anything?” 

Calling all high school playwrights!

PlayFest Santa Barbara invites all high school students from Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, and Ventura counties to submit their One Act plays. The theme of this year’s One Acts will explore any subject or setting how science affects our lives. Honorariums of $350 and $150 will be granted to the top two high school playwrights. The top awardee will receive a public reading of their play. The submission deadline is May 15, 2019. For more information, visit our High School Playwrights page!

PlayFest Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara’s vision is informed by our commitment to performing arts virtuosity. We aim to create a haven for diverse artists to develop and celebrate classic and new literary and musical works from conception to completion. 

We are committed to providing an exciting and creative environment for artists to hone their skills and promote their talent with the support and guidance of the world’s leading professional theatre artists. We believe the cultural vitality of our community is enhanced and reflected by the creative depths of our storytelling.

We are committed to providing an exciting and creative environment for artists to hone their skills and promote their talent with the support and guidance of the world’s leading professional theatre artists. We believe the cultural vitality of our community is enhanced and reflected by the creative depths of our storytelling.

Above all, we expect to be a credit to the communities we serve, a valuable resource to our audience, and a place where dedicated artists can grow and prosper. Toward this end, we will not only listen to our audience and artists, but also embrace the idea that PlayFest Santa Barbara is at their service. 

If you’d like to submit a play, head over to our Playwriting Competition Page for information on awards, judging and submission procedures. Any plays submitted now through October 1, 2019 will be considered for the January 2020 festival. 

“I am certain that after the dust of centuries has passed over our cities, we, too, will be remembered not for victories or defeats in battle or in politics but for our contributions to the human spirit.” John F. Kennedy

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