Season 33


Our 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 2014: four plays so bad that we weep for the future:

Dragons in America: A Fantasia on the Theme of How Fuckin’ Awesome Dragons Are
by Jonathan Baude

Troubling Innocence
by Anderson Lawfer and Michael Dailey

Grape Jelly: A Play About a Prostitute
by Rory Leahy

Behind the Wax Myrtle Shrub
by Cynthia Shur Petts

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 12, 2014, 7:30pm

@ The ComedySportz 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 critic for the Chicago Tribune)

Kris Vire
(lead critic for the Time Out Chicago)
Kerry Reid
(freelance critic for the Chicago Tribune and the Chicago Reader)

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

2012 Drekfest judges


Previous Grand Losers

2013 — Peter Papachronopolous for F*** You Janine: A Play Ruined by My Ex, Like Everything Else in My Life
2012 — Jake Lindquist  for Abortion Carnival of the Juggalos
2011 — Jamie Campbell  for A Fist Before Dying
2010 — Jake Lindquist for 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
2009 — Randall Colburn for “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
2008 — Rob Kozlowski  for The Frenzied Beating of the Jungle Tom-Toms Once More, Once More 
2007 — Rob Kozlowski for 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