About this event

Each year, EAG partners with a different local theatre company, playwriting program, or playwriting collective to present staged readings of three new plays, with one writer being awarded a prize of $500. EAG is happy to announce that we will be partnering with Playwrights Gallery for this year's Barbour Playwrights Award!

Wednesday, June 8 at 7PM

Jon Krupp's KILONOVA

directed by Andrew Block

August, 2017. Astrophysicist Stella Levine is pursuing her award-winning research on neutron stars and preparing for the coming academic year, all while facing the end of her marriage. When the scientific opportunity of a lifetime arises – the first sourced detection of gravity waves, from a kilonova – Stella must find a way to balance the demands of science and family. A kilonova occurs when a certain-sized star explodes; what do you do when your family is also about to explode?

Wednesday, June 15 at 7PM

Martine Sainvil's PURSUIT

directed by Sarah Sirota

Jo is deep into her professional ignition years - the time when she’ll put the greatest effort into her career. When a promotion opens up at work it’s the perfect moment to make her move. With a looming deadline and unexpected setbacks, she begins to second guess herself and old choices come back to haunt her. The usual tactics aren’t going to be enough, so she’ll have to dig deep and get creative if she’ll have any chance at achieving her pursuits.

Wednesday, June 22 at 7PM

Deborah Savadge's ALLOWANCE

directed by Jason Guy

Based on the real-life catastrophe that unraveled a loving, educated, and privileged family, ALLOWANCE shifts between past, present, and aftermath, unfolding a cryptic nightmare of heartache and loss.


In 2007, EAG established this special award to honor the legacy of actor, playwright and EAG member Thomas Barbour (Arthur, Great White Hope) whose support for emerging artists was an inspiration to many. The Barbour Award was established and endowed by Janet Barbour Carhart, Alison Barbour Fox, and from a portion of the gift left to EAG by Mr. Thomas Barbour’s estate. All proceeds from the staged readings of the Barbour finalists’ plays go directly to supporting future Barbour Awards.


Playwrights Gallery was founded in 1991 to nourish the work of emerging New York City playwrights. The Gallery holds twice-monthly writing workshops from September to June and produces staged readings 5-6 times per year. Its acting company reads work in progress and performs finished work for invited audiences. Plays developed at the Gallery have been seen from Moscow to Hawaii at such companies as GeVa, The Humana Festival, Oldcastle, The O'Neill Playwrights Conference, Schoolhouse Theatre, Detroit Repertory, Luna Stage, New Work Festival at the Utah Shakespearean Festival, and at the Bridewell Theatre, London. www.playwrightsgallery.com

Jon Krupp: Proud member of the Playwrights Gallery since 2013. Plays developed there include Kilonova, Cash & Carrie, The Third Day, Chicago Blues, and Virtuosa. Jon’s Ghost Dance of the Levite was produced at the University of Texas, Austin, and at the Belmont Playhouse (NYC). His one-acts include Bob & Louise (The Manticore Theatre, NYC) and Deterrence (West Bank, NYC). B.A., Yale University; M.F.A. in Acting, Yale School of Drama.

Martine Sainvil is a Brooklyn-based Playwright and Communications Strategist. Recent credits include: The Mary Lou Shine (2022 StatueFest: Monologues about Statue Worthy Women at Purchase College), Strange Happenings At The Library co-written with Jenny Lyn Bader (2021 Luna Stage), Indispensable (2020 Resonance Ensemble Waldman Play Development Program). Previously, Director of Communications at the Broadway League and was on the publicity team for various Broadway and Off-Broadway shows.

Deborah Savadge: In the past year her work has been presented by The Outliners, Julia’s Reading Room, and New Shokan Kitchen Island Project, and published in Plays International. Wedding March (for which she wrote the screenplay) won Best Short Film on PBS’s Selected Shorts. A member of DGA and the League of Professional Theatre Women, she is founding Literary Manager of Playwrights Gallery. In August, her one-woman play about Francis Perkins will be produced at HERE as part of StatueFest: Put a Woman on a Pedestal. She is a past winner of the Playwrights First Award and the Golden Prize.


EAG's Covid Safety Rules: Guild Hall is a fully vaccinated AND boosted facility. Everyone entering Guild Hall must be FULLY vaccinated PLUS have received at least one booster shot. We cannot make any exceptions. You will be asked to provide in-person proof of vaccination and present a photo ID at the door and must wear a well-fitted, high-filtration mask (such as an N95, KN95, KF94, or well-fitted surgical mask) at all times while in the space. For more details please visit www.actorsguild.org/covid-safety-protocols.

Directions: The Episcopal Actors’ Guild (EAG)/Guild Hall is located at 1 EAST 29th STREET, NYC 10016 (midblock between Madison and Fifth, between #3 and #9 East 29th Street) on the second floor of the Church of the Transfiguration (aka the Little Church Around the Corner). We are NOT the big church on the corner of Fifth Avenue; that's Marble Collegiate. When you arrive at the Little Church, enter through the main gate and go through the garden to the door marked Guild Hall (between the main doors into the church and the door to the parish office).

Getting Here: The closest subways are the R/W or 6 at 28th Street or the B/D/F/M or N/Q/R/W at 34th Street/Herald Square. If you are arriving by bus, take the M1, M2, M3, M5, M6, or M7.

Lobby: Guild Hall does NOT have a lobby or waiting area. You are welcome to enjoy the Little Church’s garden (weather permitting) if you arrive before the house opens.

Accessibility: Guild Hall is not a fully ADA-compliant venue. However, we do our best to accommodate all patrons. Guild Hall is located up one flight of stairs (20 steps). There is no elevator; however, a stair chair is available for those who need assistance making it up to or down from Guild Hall. EAG’s staff will be happy to assist you upon request.

Late seating: With our current COVID-19 Safety Protocols in place, we cannot guarantee late seating.

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