Season 34


Stage Left’s Annual National Contest for the WORST 10-Minute Play.

Presented in association with

DrekFest is on a mission to expose bad writing for what it really is: damn funny. We are not out to make fun of writers or those who love them. We are asking good writers to intentionally write awful plays so that we may laugh at them.

We are ashamed to announce the four finalists for Drekfest 2016: four plays so bad that we weep for the future:

The Chicago Style, Or, Once A Woman Hurt Me, Then I Found A Different Woman
by Beth Hyland

Moist: A Mermaid Play
by Eileen Tull

Mother Goose: The Royalty-Free Jukebox Musical
by Joe Zarrow

The Old-timey Radio Drama Hour
by Joe Foust

The finalists were chosen through a blind submission process by a panel of drunken Stage Left ensemble members. They will be performed as staged readings on

Tuesday, August 16, 2016, 7:30pm

@ The CSz Theatre, 929 W. Belmont

A panel of judges will then rip the playwrights apart for blighting the world in this way. The audience in attendance will vote on the Grand Loser, who will offered a sum of money to hide the offending play away forever. This year’s distinguished panel of judges:

Chris Jones
(lead Theater critic for the Chicago Tribune)
Kerry Reid
(freelance critic for the Chicago Tribune)
Kris Vire
(lead Theater critic for Time Out Chicago)

For tickets, click the link below
or call 773-883-8830

2016 Drekfest judges

Past Grand Losers:
2015: “Moths” by Conor Woods
2014: “Dragons in America: A Fantasia on the Theme of How F**kin’ Awesome Dragons Are” by Jonathan Baude
2013: “F*** You Janine: A Play Ruined by My Ex, Like Everything Else in My Life”  by Peter Papachronopoulos
2012: “Abortion Carnival of the Juggalos: by Jake Lindquist
2011: “A Fist Before Dying” by Jamie Campbell
2010: “Man Vs. Carp: An Environmental Tale Exploring Mostly, but not Exclusively, the Themes of Tolerance, Immigration, Conservation, and a General Understanding of the Problems Going on in the World Today” by Jake Lindquist
2009: “SCARECROW” OR SOME SHIT, CALL IT WHATEVER YOU F***ING WANT, I DON’T CARE. A F***ing Harsh Play About Scarecrows and Killing Bitches” by Randall Colburn
2008: “The Frenzied Beating of the Jungle Tom-Toms Once More, Once More” by  Rob Kozlowski
2007: “Wilhelm Ferguson, Nationally Renowned Playwright, in the Midst of the Production of his Holocaust Play The Holocaust, Falls in Love with a Wheelchair-Bound Vietnam Veteran with AIDS, Whose Name Remains Unknown, Like So Many Others Like Him” by Rob Kozlowski