Season 34

DrekFest

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 asked 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:

Angels in Afghanistan: A Gay Muslimist Fantasia
by Thor Rudebeck

Armageddon: A Play (Not to Be Confused With The Film Of The Same Name)
by Eileen Tull

Desires Unleashed (A Great American Tale of Great American Tales)
by Sean Paraventi

The Gyno Room, Or Aaron Sorkin Presents Women’s Rights
by Kyle J McCloskey

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, March 28, 2017, 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.

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2016 judges Kris Vire, Chris Jones, and Kerry Reid

The Anti-Drek Campaign

DrekFest is a lot of fun—but it’s also a cautionary tale. Stage Left strives to bring exciting, diverse new stories to the stage through its Downstage Left New Play development programs, the DSL Residency and LeapFest. New work is one of the Stage Left’s chief priorities, which is why the company is launching an “Anti-Drek” campaign to raise $1,000 by DrekFest on March 28th. All proceeds from this campaign will support Stage Left’s Downstage Left programs in order to continue to provide our audiences with the most thrilling, resonant, issue-driven works for many seasons to come.

Please consider supporting new work with a gift of any size! With your help, we can stamp out Drek in all its forms and continue bringing groundbreaking new plays to the Chicago storefront scene.

Past Grand Losers:

2016: “Mother Goose: The Royalty-Free Jukebox Musical” by Joe Zarrow

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