Between June 15th and July 31st, when the submission window closed, we received well over 100 scripts from playwrights all around the country. FABUM will produce 5 plays this December for our "A Strong Woman: 1Night/5Plays" festival, which will be announced in the coming weeks. Currently, we are pleased to announce 20 semi-finalists whose dynamic scripts made the first cut! They are:


ANGELA'S RESTAURANT BY CHIP BOLCIK 
Angela is about to close and discontinue her Italian restaurant when Amelia arrives, in search of a good meal and a taste of home. 

BANTER BY BARRY EITEL 
In the 1920's, burgeoning writer Pearl, moves towards acclaim ahead of her male colleagues. 

CUSTOMER SERVICE BY PHILIP W. HALL 
When George calls customer support about his TV package, Suzanne gives him more of a reality check than support. 

EAT YOUR CANDY BY PATTI VECONI 
Three retirees, Janet, Nora, and Carol, test the freedom of being "innocent little old ladies" by stealing candy and encouraging each other to do what they want to do with their lives. 

EGYPTIAN SONG BY JAMES CHRISTY, JR. 
Zahia navigates between traditions and radical change as she comes of age in Egypt during its battle for independence from British colonialism.. 

F4 BY ELIN HAMPTON 
In the aftermath of a devastating tornado, Wallis, an eager first time EMT, finds Crisco trapped in the rubble of his house. Can her skills save him and redeem herself? 

GRAM SCAMS BY CARY PEPPER 
A young man tries to scam Grandma into giving him an exorbitant amount of money but her senility sends him in circles. 

JIGSAW CACTUS BY CAITLIN TURNAGE 
After searching across the country for her mother, Cherry crashes her father's house to force him to talk about her estranged mother. Paul wants to Cherry to be just like her mother but Cherry wants to be everything her mother wasn't. 

LITTLE OLD LADY FROM TALAFOFO BY TONY PASQUALINI 
Kayana, a one-person town, is courted by presidential candidates for her tie-breaking vote. Will one of the candidates win her vote and the presidency before a rising flood washes them away? 

PEGGY'S PROPERTIES BY MJ HALBERSTADT 
Peggy, a math teacher, encourages her students to explore mathematical equations and gradually starts teaching solutions to real life problems instead. 

SIXTEEN17 BY JASON RAINEY 
On the eve of Dena's seventeenth birthday, Dena and her mother Cass clash over what adulthood and maturity really mean. 

STORIES OF A NUER REFUGEE, OR RAVEN HANSEN'S TOTALLY EPIC SENIOR PROJECT BY MORGAN TRANT KINNALLY 
High school senior Raven interviews Mary, a Sudanese refugee. As Raven asks probing questions about Mary's past, Mary tries to keep the interview superficial to hide the strife her mother Nyamal went through during the Sudanese civil war. 

TELL ME WHAT YOU SEE BY RICHARD MANLEY 
While on a train, Mary, a foremost Emily Dickinson scholar, reveals the truth behind the poetry of a famous, recently deceased poet whose work is worshipped by Elizabeth, a fellow passenger and scholar. 

THE INFAMOUS 2006 KENNY ROGERS / DOLLY PARTON BOOTY CALL BY DANIEL GLENN 
Dolly Parton uses tough love and a little flirtation to remind a drunk and depressed Kenny Rogers of how glamorous their lives are and how hard they worked to get there. 

THE KISS BY GEORGE SAPIO 
On Victory in Japan Day, 1945, veteran Glenn grabs Edith, a nurse, and kisses her while Eisenstadt photographs the iconic moment. Edith protests, and challenges the men about the propriety of their actions and about what makes art. 

THE NUDE BY W.L. NEWKIRK 
When Lisa's nude portrait of her friend Claire goes on exhibition, Lisa worries about her career and Claire worries about the reception of her aging body. As they await the art critic, Claire's confidence soars during a conversation with a passerby who praises more than just her body. 

THE STORY OF OUR LIVES BY MADELEINE BUTLER 
With the help of her daughter Sarah, Alice cleans out her home so she can move across country now that her husband is dead. When Sarah discovers an old photograph of Alice, she learns what Alice gave up to give her a "normal" life. 

THREE GHOSTS OF ELIZABETH BATHORY BY ANNE FLANAGAN 
Mina, a teenager with a report due the next day, is awoken in the middle of the night by the subject of her report: the ghost of Elizabeth Bathory. Elizabeth went down in history as a murderous psychopath and now she wants to set the record straight. 

W.A.S.P.S BY ZANNE HALL 
Sunny, Frankie, Maggie and Ziggie are Women Airforce Service Pilots during WWII. When they overlap in the mess hall, they swap stories about the discrimination they've faced and how they've adapted Army regulations to fit their needs as women pilots. Based on historical events. 

YOURS AND MINE BY GLENN ALTERMAN 
Pamela has felt distant from her husband Sheridan for a few years now. When she learns he's been sneaking around to write a play, she likens the preoccupied time to an extramarital affair and reveals a secret of her own. 
 


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