On December 26, 2022, B Street Theatre will begin taking submissions for the fourth annual New Comedies Festival, which will take place from August 13 – 20, 2023 at The Sofia: Home of B Street Theatre.

“That’s great art — nothing is self-evident. I am made to laugh about those who cry, and cry about those who laugh.” – Bertolt Brecht

In the ever-changing landscape of our country and the American theatre, B Street is soliciting submissions of comedies in all shapes and sizes for their fourth annual New Comedies Festival. We encourage local, national and international artists to submit full-length comedic plays during our open submission process. We encourage pieces to include elements of romance, dark comedy, farce, satire, physical comedy, commedia dell’arte, improv, stand-up, audience participation, music, etc. Following the submission process, B Street will select four plays to receive staged readings in the festival. Following the festival, the audience members who attended all four readings will receive an opportunity to give feedback about which script(s) they would like to see fully produced on the B Street Theatre Mainstage. Their feedback will be vetted by B Street Artistic Staff and a minimum of one selected script will receive a full production on the Mainstage within a year of the festival closing.


Selection Process

How to Apply

Playwrights interested in submitting a play for consideration in the New Comedies Festival should send the following to B Street Theatre between December 26, 2022 and March 1, 2023. Online submissions via the link below are preferred but playwrights may mail their submissions to the address below.

Attn: New Comedies Festival B Street Theatre 2700 Capitol Avenue, Sacramento, CA 95816

Online Application Link:

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