News about up-coming events
Beginning September 2018 the Village Playwrights will meet Thursdays from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm at Studio 353, 353 W. 48th St., NYC in Studio 4 on the second floor.  Everyone is welcome. $5 suggested donation.

Don't be afraid!  Write a 10 minute play that takes place on
, or is scarifying.  The Village Playwrights are seeking submissions for Queer Scare V,  staged readings of 10 minute plays to celebrate Halloween on Wednesday, October 31, 2018 from 7 to 9 pm at the LGBT Community Center, 208 W. 13th St., NYC.  For more information click here -- if you dare.    

Thursday, September 27 -- 

1 hour, L. Devaughn Nelson, 
Women and Children First --The crossfire of two couples from academia vying for social status are played out in a surreal and outlandish game show.

Louis DeVaughn Nelson is a multidisciplinary artist and founder of Hokum Arts. He studied dance and playwriting at DeSales University and Drexel University. Nelson was named Best New Choreographer by Philadelphia City Paper and has been recognized internationally for his theatre, dance and video work that delves into cultural and movement research. Credits Include : The Peekaboo Revue, English Theatre Berlin, The Berlin Music Video Awards, Social Media Week, Tanzbad 4,  CTM – Festival for Adventurous Music and Related Arts, CIANT Festival for Film and New Media, Dark Matter Productions NYC, Exquisite Corpse Company NYC, Dixon Place. More info at Facebook : Hokum Arts  

30 mins., Mervyn Kaufman, "Double Exposure"  -- A man and wife reveal potentially damaging secrets.
Mervyn Kaufman's 10-minute play "Double Exposure" was the result of his enrolling in Drew Sachs's early-summer playwriting course at this location.  The course lasted 4 weeks; his short play was drafted after the first session and revised in time for each succeeding session, critiqued repeatedly by Drew and fellow students. Mervyn says, " I thought the course was terrific and would happily take it again, if offered. I came late to playwriting. . .after saying, years ago, that I wanted to be a playwright. But when I came to NYC, I got diverted—into book and magazine publishing.  And when that career ground down, in the heat of the recent recession, I decided it was time to pursue my dream. Writing plays is the most challenging and — ultimately—most satisfying thing I've ever tried to do.'

30 mins.Kevin Curley, "Second Honeymoon" -- A  woman, traveling with her husband who is getting coffee, meets a woman she knew from high school. When he returns, his unexpected connection to the woman unfolds and their marriage undergoes a change. 

Kevin Curley
 one-act "Your Place or Mine?" was chosen for the 15th Annual Samuel French Short Play Contest. His one act play "Things" was selected by The William Inge Festival 2016 (declined by me because of expenses); His short play, "Brothers" was produced by Stage Door Productions in Fredericksburg, VA in April 2014. His ten-minute play "Improv & Proposition" were heard on Spokane Radio Theatre.  Another, "Friendship," was performed in August 2012 at the Lebanon Community Theatre in PA. He has studied acting and holds a master’s degree from New York University.

Thursday, October 11 -- 

2 hours, Merryn Johns
Verity -- Wanting to make a difference in America's culture wars, a black, bisexual Social Justice Warrior gets more than she bargains for when she joins a digital media startup and tangles with its billionaire tech king.  

Merryn Johns is a playwright, screenwriter, and the editor-in-chief of Curve magazine, America's best-known newsstand magazine for LGBTQ women. A proud New York City resident of 12 years, she is originally from Sydney, Australia and is a graduate of the National Institute for Dramatic Art and the University of New South Wales where she taught theater arts for 10 years.

Wednesday, October 31, from 7 pm to 9 pm, the Village Playwright will celebrate Halloween with Queer Scare V, staged readings of 7 ten-minute plays at the LGBT Community Center, Room 310, 208 W. 13th St., NYC.  For information about submitting a play click here. 

Thursday, Nov. 8,  90 minutes, Joe Gulla, 
Reel Wood  -- full-length version of Joe Gulla’s nationally produced short play.   To save money, Redmond rents out his home to a (straight!) porn production company! Only problem is: he neglects to tell his husband, Kyle!

Joe Gulla is a regular performer at Joe’s Pub at The Public Theater. This past May, Joe’s full length play “GARBO” won the 2017 Downtown Urban Arts Festival “Audience Award” for its Cherry Lane Theatre performance. Joe’s “The Bronx Queen” previously won the 2016 Downtown Urban Arts Festival “Audience Award.”  ”Fall and Rise," written by Joe, played the Hollywood Fringe Festival last summer.  In early 2018, “GAY.PORN.MAFIA,” a collection of Joe’s nationally produced, award-winning plays, will open here in NYC.  As an actor, Joe played "Joey" in San Francisco's "Tony & Tina's Wedding" for many years and "Frankie" in Off-Broadway's "My Big Gay Italian Wedding". He also starred on NBC's "LOST", one of television's first adventure reality series.  For more on Joe Gulla, visit

30 minutes, Jeffrey James Keyesa selection from the full length version of his new play uniforms, about a six year old boy sent home from school for wearing a dress. 

Jeffrey James Keyes
 co-authored the New York Times bestseller Killer Chef with James Patterson for Hachette Book Group and Little, Brown and Company. His plays have been developed or featured at SoHo Playhouse, Old Vic New Voices, 59E59, the Ensemble Studio Theatre, the Bushwick Starr, Rogue Machine Theatre and the Prologue Theatre. His short play uniforms was developed through New York Madness and was a semifinalist in the Samuel French OOB Festival. The film version, Uniform is an official selection of nearly twenty film festivals including Reeling Film Festival, NewFilmmakers Los Angeles, Out on Film, Cinema Diverse: The Palm Springs LGBTQ Film Festival, Buffalo International Film Festival and North Carolina Gay + Lesbian Film Festival. Keyes has a B.A. in Theatre and Visual Arts from Fordham University College at the Lincoln Center, an M.F.A. in Playwriting from Columbia University School of the Arts and is a member of the Author's Guild, Dramatists Guild, Pen America and the International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association. IG/Twitter: @jjkeyes



The Village Playwrights meet twice a month.   Participation is open to all Playwrights and Screenwriters.  Beginners are encouraged and helped. "This is a place to speak from the heart.  This is a place to find one's voice.  This is a place to take risks."  
For information about attending a Village Playwrights' meeting, call 614-285-2515 or e-mail