WELCOME to Chestnut Street Playhouse!

The Board of Directors is currently working to renew and revamp our mission initiatives to create the spirit of community that we want Chestnut Street Playhouse to exhibit. This effort includes creating space and opportunity for more diversity, equity and inclusion in our programming, on our Board, in our audience, on our stage, within our creative teams and for our volunteers. There will be much more to come in the months - and years - ahead, and we look forward to the journey to create the community we dream of being.


February 17-27
Angry Jurors


September 11th &12th

The 2nd Annual
Local Playwright's Festival 


May 26-29;
June 2-5
The Last Five


October 20-30


December 1-18
Elf the Musical


Join us this Saturday, May 14th at 7:30pm



We are thrilled to announce Chestnut Street Playhouse’s

Second Annual Local Playwrights’ Festival

September 10th and 11th, 2022.


Playwrights in Connecticut and Rhode Island are invited

to submit. Four full-length plays will be selected for the






Submission guidelines/requirements are as follows:


*Submissions will be limited to writers from Connecticut and Rhode Island communities.

*Submissions will be limited to the first 30 received.

*All scripts must be submitted beginning May 9 until June

30th by midnight.

*Scripts will NOT be returned.

*Only plays that have NOT been produced prior to the Festival will be considered.

*Only full length plays will be accepted (60-120 pages). Pages must be numbered.

*Be sure to include a character description page including pertinent information for casting.

*All scripts must have the author’s name, address and contact information on the cover of the script

including email address and cell number.

*A short personal Bio should be submitted with the script.

*Submissions must be in standard playwriting format.

*ONLY ONE submission per writer will be accepted.


There are two ways to submit your scripts. Hard copies should be mailed to:


Eugene J. Celico

5 Cherry Street

Pawcatuck, CT 06379

or emailed to Eugene at TTcomehome@yahoo.com


*Experienced directors will be provided for each playwright for the four plays chosen. Directors and playwrights will have the opportunity to collaborate.

*The four plays will be presented as lightly staged readings with minimal lighting and no sets. The actors will not be required to memorize their lines and will be standing to perform each play.

*There will be a brief talkback session after each play with the writer, actors and director.

*All proceeds from the Festival to benefit Chestnut Street Playhouse.


Auditions for actors will be Saturday, July 30th & Sunday, July 31st (12 -3pm)


Thank you to all who made last year’s Festival such a success. We look forward to another opportunity to highlight and support local talent! 


Pictured here are the wonderful playwrights whose work was chosen for our inaugural festival last year. From left to right: Emma Montieth, Ben Jolivet, Laura Thoma, Joe Harper, Elizabeth Kudlacz and Sara Morrison.

Please watch our Facebook page
for audition information !