2020 A.E. Hotchner Festival Playwrights

A.E. Hotchner Playwriting Festival 2020

The A. E. Hotchner Festival WILL happen in the fall of 2020! 

Due to the unpredictable nature of the pandemic, we do not know if it will be a live in-person event, 
a live streamed event, or a recorded zoomed event, but the development and public presentation of these four 
lovely plays will occur sometime in the fall. Dates TBA. More to come!

A. E. Hotchner Studio Theatre

Produced by Carter W. Lewis
Guest Professional Dramaturg: Michele Volansky
Festival Assistant, Abby Smyth


Cheryl Robs a Bank: An Evening of Dramatic Entertainment Presented
in Play Form by Cheryl Pryor

Written by Holly Gabelmann
Directed by William Whitaker
Date & Time of Performance: TBD

A bank-teller named Cheryl micromanages a situation between a thief, a killer-on-the-run and a sick pig named Olive. In this hilarious and dangerous telling, Cheryl finds herself trapped in the small slippery space between re-living and reimagining, as her story ricochets between what is happening now, what happened then, and what may never have happened at all. 


Five Year Reunion

Written by Ike Butler
Directed by Henry Schvey
Date & Time of Performance: TBD

Twenty-three year-old Dawn is ready to leave the past behind and finally do something with her life, but she's not sure how. She lives with her mom, just got fired, has no aspirations, is still hooking up with the same weirdo from high school, and she doesn't even know how to make tea. It's the absolute worst possible timing for her five-year high school reunion.

Little Rooms

Written by Sophie Tegenu
Directed by Paige McGinley
Date & Time of Performance: TBD

Two connected and disconnected journeys zigzag back-and-forth between an imprisoned Ethiopian boy in in 1975 Addis Abba, and his future daughter in 2019 Philadelphia. This humorous and offbeat story asks us, what is at the core of our heritage, and what obligation does each of us have to the other?


Women Eating Cake (a ten-minute play)

Written by Elizabeth Phelan
Directed by Andrea Urice
Date & Time of Performance: TBD

Three women eating cake discuss truth, friendship, and having a hook for a hand, as they pose the question: is it better to be yourself, or keep yourself away from yourself?