New Works Series

Playwrights on Park's mission is to develop and produce original plays, to foster emerging and established playwrights, and to become a leader in new play development. This event includes a reading of a new play by professional actors, a talk back following the reading with the playwright, cast, and director, and an opportunity for audience members to complete a response card for each play/musical.We are currently accepting submissions for the 2023 season of the Playwrights on Park Reading Series at Playhouse on Park in West Hartford, CT. 

Submit plays to  
No late submissions will be accepted.

Playwrights MUST be able to come to West Hartford to attend the staged reading and the audience discussion that follows. There will be a rehearsal the day of the reading in which attendance by the playwright is optional, but strongly encouraged. Transportation may be provided from NYC or New England locations by the Playhouse. Readings will be on select Sunday nights throughout the season at 7:00pm. 

Playreading dates TBD
We will choose FIVE plays for readings for the 2023/24 season. Final selections will be made by May 1st, 2023.

Submission Guidelines

  • BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, womxn, Latinx, and differently abled artists are strongly encouraged to submit
  • We are seeking FULL LENGTH plays. No musicals or One-Acts at this time
  • We are only seeking plays with small casts (4 or less actors), particularly 2 or 3 character casts
  • Please submit a FULL script and character breakdown (Please submit in PDF format). Plays must be submitted electronically
  • Include any production or workshop history, as well as biographies of the playwright, and any collaborators
  • Playwrights may self-submit or go through a literary agent.
  • Connecticut-based and NYC playwrights are strongly encouraged to submit
  • Please no submissions that have already been submitted to Playwrights on Park in the past

Submit plays to with the subject line SUBMISSION.


    Moira O'Sullivan is currently the Directing & Dramaturgy Apprentice at Portland Stage in Portland, Maine. Previous Playhouse on Park directing credits: THE AMAZING ADVENTURES OF DR. WONDERFUL (AND HER DOG), SNOW WHITE, SHAKESPEARE 4 KIDS, ALL IS CALM, THE AGITATORS (Assistant Director). Hartford Opera Theatre: FORTUNE'S CHILDREN, CHANGING FORTUNES, New in November Festival: A WOMB WITH A VIEW, THE LOATHLY LADY and TRIANGLE. In 2019, she directed THE MON VALLEY MEDIUM as part of The Emerging Artists Festival in NYC which then transferred to Carnegie Stage in Pittsburgh. Other credits include ROSEMARY nd SHARP LINES for New Wave Theater Collective. She is also a teaching artist at the University of Hartford's Hartt School, The Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts and Stagedoor Manor. BFA NYU Tisch, UCB Comedy |

    Liv Fassanella is a playwright and dramaturg based in Connecticut. Her plays explore diverse experiences of womanhood through horror, comedy, and drama. Her dramaturgy credits include THE AGITATORS, FIVE GUYS NAMED MOE, MISS BENNET: CHRISTMAS AT PEMBERSLY, EURYDICE. Her passions center around the development of new plays and how to incorporate philanthropy, inclusivity and accessibility into theatre. When she’s not writing, she’s watching horror movies and cuddling her bloodhounds, Flo and Orville. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Bennington College in 2021.


Playwrights on Park readings are by invitation only. They are not open to the public.

If you would like to be added to our invite list, please email Liv Fassanella, New Works Coordinator, at

Interested in being a part of our Readers Circle?


Email Liv Fassanella, New Works Coordinator, at


GHOST STORY, by Lia Romeo
New Works Series, 2022

WEBSTER'S BITCH, by Jaqueline Bircher
New Works Series, 2022

**WEBSTER’S BITCH will be produced as a full Main Stage production in Playhouse on Park’s 14th Season! Click here to learn more.