The JOCUNDA FESTIVAL'S Virtual Play Reading Series On Zoom

The Jocunda Music, Film & Theatre Festival presents a Virtual Play Reading of THE ESCAPE written by Sean O’Leary and directed by Mario Corry on Zoom on Saturday, January 30th @ 3 PM EST. It features RON BARBA as Jake, RYAN VICTOR PIERCE as Michael, MARGARET CHAMPAGNE as Rachel and JENNIFER O’LEARY as the narrator.

The Escape centers on two men on the run, in a time of political unrest and uncertainty, who take shelter in a warehouse after killing a political figure. They are waiting for their contact from a revolutionary group to get them money and fake passports when a mysterious woman shows up and offers to help them get away, but can they trust her?

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Donation: $15.00 to benefit the Riant Theatre.
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
Sean O’Leary’s play Reservations for Dinner appeared in Strawberry Festival at Symphony Space in 2020.   Prior to that three of his plays (The Empty Space, The Sample, and Reservations for Dinner) appeared at Green Lit Showcase at TEATRO CÍRCULO.   His plays have also been performed at the New York Theater’s Summerfest, Riant Theater’s Strawberry Festival, where his play Reservations for Dinner was first nominated for best play, and at the Secret Theater’s One Act Festival.  

There will be a TALK BACK afterwards with the Playwright, Director and Cast after the reading. Van Dirk Fisher, Founder & Artistic Director of the Riant Theatre and producer of the JOCUNDA MUSIC, FILM & THEATRE FESTIVAL will be the moderator.

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Submission Fee for Play Reading Series

We are currently accepting PLAY SUBMISSIONS for our Online Play Reading Series on Zoom.

Plays must include a cover page with the name of your play, playwright's name and email address.

The 2nd page must include the character breakdown.

Please also submit a brief synopsis of your play.

The submission fee is $35.

Email your script to

The Online Reading Series is on Saturdays and Sundays at 8pm Eastern Standard Time on Zoom.  If your play is accepted into the series it will be performed on one of those days.

Submission Fee for Play Reading Series Price: $35.00

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To submit your play for the Strawberry One-Act Festival go to  The Strawberry One-Act Festival, will be in JANUARY, FEBRUARY AND MARCH, 2021. (15-30 minute plays.) Early Deadline is September 30, 2020  Regular Deadline is October 30, 2020.  Notifucations will be sent out by November 15, 2020.

To submit your play for the Strawberry Theatre Festival (STF) for Full-Length Plays (55-90 minutes), Musicals (not to exceed 120 minutes), Short Plays (40-50 minutes), Variety Acts, Cabaret Acts, Magic Shows, Sketch Comedy, Improv Shows and Readings.  To submit your play to the STF go to   The Early Deadline is September 30, 2020Regular Deadline is October 30, 2020.  Notifications will be sent out by November 15, 2020.  The Strawberry Theatre Festival will run in JANUARY, FEBRUARY AND MARCH 2021.

Submissions are now being accepted for the Jocunda Music, Film & Theatre Festival.  We are seeking singers, r&b, neo soul, pop and hip hop artists; Films: short, narrative, animation and music videos; comedians and Short and Full Length Plays and Screenplays.

The Jocunda Music, Film & Theatre Festival will run from JANUARY through MARCH 30, 2021 at ARTEL Hotel in Brooklyn, NY.  Singers, Fashion Designers and Vendors send us a link to your music and/or performance.  Include your bio and a cover letter why you would like to be in the Josucnda MFT Festival.  Vendors email us to request an application for Vendors.  State in your email what it is you would be selling. (i.e. Food, Merchandise or Crafts.  Or if want to promote your business.)  Email submissions to

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