In 1999 the Quad-City Playwrights Festival was created to inspire and showcase the work of budding high school writers. In 2005, it expanded to include writers from throughout the community. Each year, playwrights submit 10-minute original plays to an adjudication committee. Selected plays are given to a director and a cast of all Augustana College students to present a staged reading of the work.

Augustana College will host the 18th annual Quad-City Playwrights Festival on Saturday, May 13 at 1:30 p.m. The 2017 selected plays include:

  •     It isn’t Funny by Victoria Navarro
  •     The Familiar Stranger by Augustana student Marisa Hollems ’17
  •     Harvest by Michael Callahan
  •     Baggage by Augustana student Cam Best ’17
  •     Beard Club by Molly Roland

The Quad-City Playwrights Festival is led by Jeffrey Coussens, chair of Augustana’s theatre department, and sponsored by members of Alpha Psi Omega of Augustana College.

For more information about the festival, contact Jeffrey Coussens at 309-794-7320. For media inquiries, contact Connor Kealey, manager of performance tours and arts promotion, at 309-794-732

Sean Leary is an author, director, artist, musician, producer and entrepreneur who has been writing professionally since debuting at age 11 in the pages of the Comics Buyers Guide. An honors graduate of the University of Southern California masters program, he has written almost 30 books including the best-sellers The Arimathean, Every Number is Lucky to Someone and We Are All Characters.