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David Beardsley smiling with glasses and no hair

Every Creeping Thing


Boston, MA

David Beardsley is a playwright from Boston, Massachusetts whose work has been  performed throughout the U.S., in Europe, and in Australia. His play, Holy and Unruly,  was a 2019 finalist for the Ashland New Plays Festival, a semi-finalist for the 2020 Bay  Area Playwrights Festival, and a 2019 winner of the stage-play category in the  Moondance International Film Festival. Cursetown was selected for development as part  of the Moonbox Productions’ 2021 Boston New Works Project. Tiny Empty Nest was a  finalist in Theatre@First’s FirstWorks development program and is currently a  semifinalist for Theatre Resources Unlimited’s TRU Voices Reading Series. David is a  member of the Playwrights' Collective at New World Theatre (Londonderry, New  Hampshire) and Write On! (CentaStage, Boston). He serves on the Board of Playwrights’  Platform, a collaborative for Boston-area playwrights, directors, and actors. He also edits  the New England New Play Alliance's New Play Newsletter. David is a member of The  Dramatists Guild of America.

Susan Lumenello with medium length light brown, possibly grey hair and glasses

Pink and Green

Susan Lumenello

Centerville, MA

Susan Lumenello writes plays, fiction, and nonfiction. Her plays have been produced or had staged readings at the Calderwood Theatre (Boston Theater Marathon), Provincetown Theatre (MA), Barnstable Comedy Club (MA), and Cotuit Center for the Arts (MA). Her comedy The Sherlock Problem is scheduled for production at the Cape Cod Theatre Company (MA). Her literary work has been published in The South Carolina Review, Swink, Harvard Magazine, Rain Taxi, The Kennesaw Review, and elsewhere. She received an MFA from Bennington College. She lives on Cape Cod with her wife and dog.

Tim Feeney smiling

There will be Oranges


Downers Grove, IL

Tim Feeney has had two short plays published by Heuer Publishing, Believe It Or Not and A World Of Art. He is a member of the Theatre of Western Springs where he has written a few plays for new works festivals as well has performed onstage and backstage.

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New York, NY

Petrified Forest is an eerie and beautiful tale that centers around a scientist couple studying in the petrified forest, and the unusual child that appears at their campsite.

**Unfortunately, 'Petrified Forest' could not be produced for this years' OAPF, however we would like to honor its being chosen as one of this year's finalists.**

Molly Wagner smiling wear glasses with long brown hair

If the Shoe Fits


New York City, NY

Molly Wagner is an NYC based playwright from "Chicago" (St. Charles, IL) who focuses on serio-comic character driven stories with a female protagonist. Her work has been developed with Clamour! Theatre Company, Rover Readings, Amherst College, Wayward Sister's Theatre Ensemble, West of 10th, The Cuckoo's Theatre Project, The Bechdel Group, Naked Angels, The Little Red Theatre Company, Wellesley College Upstage, Flush Ink Productions and Theatre is the Cure. Molly earned her BFA from Ball State University. You can check out more of her work at

Tim Lehnert with a baseball hat and glasses

The Rental


Cranston, RI

Tim Lehnert lives in Cranston, Rhode Island with his wife, two daughters, and dog (Zeus). His short plays have been performed by the Wilbury Theatre Group, the Artists' Exchange, and as part of the Boston Theatre Marathon. He has published short fiction for adults and young people in magazines and literary journals in the U.S., Canada and Australia, and he is author of the book Rhode Island 101. His bread-and-butter work includes writing petitions for “individuals of extraordinary ability” so that they can obtain green cards. Recently, he has served as an occasional "patient actor" for the RI Nursing Education Center.

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New York City, NY

Alaina Messineo (she/her) is a New York City-based emerging Playwright, Poet, Lyricist, Director, and Dramaturg, originally from Rochester New York. Currently, she is a Senior at Marymount Manhattan College with a double concentration in Writing for the Stage and Directing and will be graduating in May. Her new play Water Doesn’t Kill was directed virtually by Craig Baldwin this past January. Other playwriting credits include The Royal Garden (Lucky Rat), Banana Bread Tastes Better When It’s Ripe (Obvious Child) (Quarantine Bakeoff), RIGHTS LEFT (Constitution Project) and The Wheel (Marymount Manhattan College). Additional Playwriting credits include Jesus stole my birth control (Secret Theatre), The Microwave Play (Secret Theatre), Two Hearts (Manhattan Repertory Theatre) and Bad Beans (Geva Theatre). Directing Credits include Posers at (Manhattan Repertory Theatre) and Carrier Pigeon (Theatre for the New City). Upcoming projects include her play Peachtea which will be produced this summer by Artists Exchange Theatre in Rhode Island. This past year her plays, poems, and monologues have been published in three Red Penguin Books; "the flower shop around the corner", "The Beauty Within Stories of Spirituality, Faith, and Love" and "An Empty Stage", which are available for purchase on Amazon.

Germaine Shames gently smiling with short brown hair

Love in the Time of Covid-19


Tucson, AZ

Germaine Shames, a Kilroys List playwright and recipient of her  state’s Literary Fellowship in Fiction, is author of the award-winning novels, Between Two Deserts and You, Fascinating You. Writing under the pen name Casper Silk (Hotel Noir, Echo Year), she has  been compared to F. Scott Fitzgerald, Graham Greene and P.D.  James “on steroids”.  

For the past five years, Shames has celebrated premieres in such cities as New York City, London, Chicago and Minneapolis. Her adaptation, The Lost Girl, won Starlight Theater’s 2019 Playwriting Award. Her new musicals, If the Spirit Moves and The Manifesto, premiered at Theatre Elision in  2019 and 2020 respectively​. Her bio-drama, The Higher Love, winner of three workshop competitions and a finalist for the Trustus Award, was slated to premiere in Phoenix as part of Now and  Then Creative Company’s 2020 season. A new bio-drama, SWEET SPOT: The Fleeting Glory of  Althea Gibson and Angela Buxton, is in development at Brave New World Repertory Theatre. It’s all about love.  


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