Theatre and Dance at Wayne presents the Heck-Rabi Playwriting Festival

Heck-Rabi Playwriting Festival Heck-Rabi Playwriting Festival January 31 to February 2, 2020 Underground at the Hilberry
Heck-Rabi Playwriting Festival

Heck-Rabi Playwriting Festival

Jan. 31 to Feb. 2, 2020

Underground at the Hilberry

This show often sells out in advance. We encourage you to buy tickets early!

Three new plays by emerging playwrights!

Since 2000, the Studio Theatre at the Hilberry has hosted the Louise Heck-Rabi Dramatic Playwriting One Act Festival, encouraging young playwrights to submit their original works. Each year, six to seven semi-finalists are chosen out of all submissions. The plays are then read at a Workshop, where they are critiqued by judges. Three finalists win a scholarship as well as the opportunity to produce their play in front of a live audience. Each winning playwright has a chance to work with a student director and student performers to realize their productions on the stage — and those plays are what you’ll experience during each performance. Stay tuned for further details!

There is NO LATE SEATING. Out of respect for the audience and the production, patrons arriving after the performance begins will not be admitted.

Pictured: Kevin Keller and Caleb Matthews, two of the 2020 Heck-Rabi Playwrights

Come experience these three winning one-act plays!

Company of Fools

written by Caleb Matthews

Company of Fools tells the story of a renegade troupe of actors in London in the 16th century. The leader of the troupe, a con woman named Nell, manages to steal script sides to several of Shakespeare’s plays from the burnt ruins of the globe theater, and attempts to mount an illegal (and illogical) production which encompasses all of them.


written by Aidan Linn Smith

Granna is the journey of siblings handling the loss of their grandmother. This story examines the sibling relationship of Oscar and D, as they come to the realization that they each other to lean in this moment of their family history.

Something Gay

written by Kevin Keller

Two men reconnect on Grindr after some time apart and decide to make a regular go of it. As the weeks pass by, the relationship begins to evolve and the two must ask, “Where do we go from here?” A quick look into contemporary gay hookup culture and those relationships that matter deeply but never develop into something permanent.

Performance Schedule

Friday, Jan. 31 8 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 1 8 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 2 3 p.m.

Cast & Creatives

Coming soon.