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Summer Shorts 2023 (Submissions)

It's that time again!  Our traditional presentation of ORIGINAL ONE-ACT PLAYS will be announced later.  But first...we need scripts!  Playwrights anywhere and everywhere are invited to submit their original works for consideration.

We will begin accepting submissions February 1. We will accept them through March 31.  After March 31, this feature will be closed. 

And now...THE RULES!  Plays must never have been produced.  Plays may not feature more than five characters.  Plays may not be more than 25 pages.  A playwright may submit no more than two entries.

There is a $20.00 SUBMISSION FEE per play.  To submit your original work, email in PDF FORM to  Please write SUMMER SHORTS SCRIPTS on the subject line of the email.  Then return to this site and click on BUY TICKETS to pay the fee.  You may also call the Box Office at (270) 683-5333.  We will accept payment over the phone.

*Attention Playwrights:  When submitting your manuscript, DO NOT include your name on the title page!  Your name and contact info must be on a SEPARATE ATTACHMENT to be included in the email.  This is to ensure that all plays will be and judged anonymously.  We don't want to know who's who until after all submissions have been rated.*


CASH PRIZES will be awarded to the piece voted BEST PLAY by our committee of readers, and to the play chosen as AUDIENCE FAVORITE.  The award for BEST PLAY is $500.  For AUDIENCE FAVORITE, it is $250.  One year, the same playwright won both awards!  He was a happy man!

SUMMER SHORTS 2023 is a bit complicated.  But every year, it proves worth the effort!  The staff at THEATRE WORKSHOP OF OWENSBORO are happy to help you with any issues that may arise.

Call (270) 683-5333 for any questions.  Office hours are Mon-Fri, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm CST.

Thank you for your interest in this exciting theatre project!

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Laughter on the 23rd Floor (Dinner Preview)

Enjoy a delicious meal provided the downtown restaurant SASSAFRAS as we preview this hilarious comedy!  An intimate setting in the historic TRINITY CENTRE begins with dinner at 6:30, Thursday, February 16, followed immediately by the first performance of LAUGHTER ON THE 23rd FLOOR.  

One of TWO's most popular events, the DINNER PREVIEWS are always a great time!  Tickets are $40.00 for dinner and show.  MEMBERS of TWO will receive the discounted price of $34.00.  

The menu by SASSAFRAS includes:

Assorted rolls and baked goods

Meat loaf

Mashed potatoes

Green beans


And for dessert, chocolate cream pudding!

For tickets, call (270) 683-5333 or log onto  Click on BUY TICKETS.  Sales for the DINNER PREVIEW will close       Feb. 11.

Have a great meal...and a BIG LAUGH!

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Laughter on the 23rd Floor

Nobody knows laughter better than Neil Simon!  America's funniest playwright began his career writing for live television and the great comedians of the era.  He revisits that experience in this play.

A diverse band of writers share a workspace on the 23rd floor of a Manhattan office building.  There they fire jokes and quips at each other as they  prepare the next week's script!  A funny and fascinating look at the early days of television, and the wacky and unpredictable atmosphere that produced it!  

*This play contains some strong language.  Patrons should exercise discretion.*

LAUGHTER ON THE 23RD FLOOR plays February 17-26 at TRINITY CENTRE.  Performances are at 7:30 Fridays and Saturdays, 2:00 Sundays.  TRINITY CENTRE is at 407 W. Fifth St.

Tickets are $18.00 for adults, $12.00 for students.  A $2.00 surcharge will be added to all tickets purchased at the door.  For tickets, call the TWO Box Office at (270) 683-5333 or click on BUY TICKETS on this page.


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Sally Cotter and the Censored Stone

A Parody by Dean O'Carroll

A young girl falls asleep while reading, and dreams she is a student at a familiar sorcery academy.  There she meets Headmaster Albatross Underdrawers, Gamekeeper Reubenon Ryebread, and other imaginative characters.  But danger lurks, and it is up to Sally to defeat the schemes of the evil Lord Murderdeath.  

Will Sally become a hero like the young wizard in her favorite books?  And who is the mysterious CENSOR who keeps rewriting the story as it goes along?

This loving parody will thrill fans of a certain book series, and please newcomers as well!  

Directed by Dr. Michele Howard, this YOUTH PRODUCTION plays February 24, 25, 26 and March 3, 4, and 5th at THE EMPRESS THEATER.  Friday and Saturday performances are at 7:00 pm.  Sundays (Feb. 26 and March 5) are 2:00 matinees.  THE EMPRESS is located at 418 Frederica, in downtown Owensboro.  


Tickets are $15.00 for adults, $10.00 for students.  There will be a $2.00 surcharge added to all tickets purchased at the door.  Tickets may be obtained at TWO's Box Office, (270) 683-5333 or by clicking on BUY TICKETS on this page.

We are SO EXCITED to share this delightful comedy with you and your family!

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Come Back, Little Sheba

By William Inge

This classic of the midwest changed the way modern American drama depicts realistic issues and people.  A story of loss and loneliness, regret and longing, it made a lasting mark when it premiered in 1950.  The play has since seen many revivals, publications, and an award winning movie. 

COME BACK, LITTLE SHEBA opens April 14 at THE EMPRESS THEATER.  It continues through April 23 with performances at 7:30 Fridays and Saturdays, and Sunday matinees at 2:00 pm.  

Tickets may be obtained through The Box Office at (270) 683-5333 or buy clicking on the BUY TICKETS icon on this page.  Tickets in advance are $18.00 adult/$12.00 student.  There will be a $2.00 surcharge added to all tickets purchased at the door.

THE EMPRESS is located at 418 Frederica.

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