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Mario Fratti-Fred Newman Political Play Contest

The winners of the 2019 Fratti-Newman Political Play Contest, chosen from among the six finalists, are:

Mitigating Damages     by Marilynn Barner Anselmi

American Summer Squash: Katrina 2005 Raw    by Don Wilson Glenn

The other four finalists were:

Fixing Mother's Day by Cliff Blake

Marianas Trench
by Scott Sickles

by Elspeth Tilley

by Cate Willey.

Submissions are currently closed for the Mario Fratti-Fred Newman Political Play Contest. We will begin accepting scripts for the next contest in February of 2020; details will be posted in September of 2019. 


The Castillo Theatre sponsors the biennial contest and reading series to encourage the writing of progressive plays that engage the political/social/cultural questions affecting the world today and/or historical events and issues that impact on our communities.The contest encourages scripts from all countries and cultures that experiment with form and seek new ways of seeing and new ways of experiencing theatrical performance.  


Questions and inquiries should be addressed to Madelyn Chapman at