Marathon of One-Act Plays

EST has presented the Marathon, its celebrated festival of new one-act plays, for over 30 years. It is the longest-running, most celebrated one-act play festival in the country.  Playwrights presented include David Auburn*, Leslie Ayvazian*, Horton Foote*, Tina Howe*, Shirley Lauro*, Romulus Linney*, David Mamet*, Cassandra Medley*, Jacquelyn Reingold*, José Rivera*, Cori Thomas,* and John Patrick Shanley*, among many others.


The marathon is now presented every other season.   


Marathon Play Submission Guidelines:

EST is no longer accepting submissions for the 2015 Marathon of One Act Plays.

Our next submission period will be for the 2017 Marathon of One Act Plays. Submissions will be accepted from September 1, 2016 through October 15, 2016. Non-member playwrights may submit a single script, no longer than 40 pages, which has not been reviewed in New York. We prefer email submissions, which can be sent to literary@ensemblestudiotheatre.org. Please include your name and contact information in the body of your email but send the script without identifying information.

A note about the 2015 Marathon: Because EST did not present a Marathon of One Act Plays in 2014, ALL submissions from 2014 were rolled over into 2015. If you submitted for 2014 you did not need to do anything to have your script considered - it will automatically be reviewed by the Marathon readers, and you will be notified along with those who submitted for this year. We will notify all applicants of decisions no later than April of 2015.


*Indicates Ensemble Artist