Alleyway’s 28th Annual Celebration of One Act Plays!

Alleyway Theatre’s BUFFALO QUICKIES, the 28th annual celebration of new one-act plays, will open April 11, 2019. It is the third presentation in the company’s 39th season serving Western New York by developing and producing new theatre works. Buffalo Quickies 2019 is generously sponsored by Jamey Quiram.

BUFFALO QUICKIES 2019 serves up eight delicious courses of one-act plays: seven are world premieres and includes the winner of the 2018 Maxim Mazumdar New Play Competition. All eight playwrights are local to the Western New York Area.

The Newly Created “Playwrights Circle”: Alleyway Theatre has created a “Playwrights Circle.” Established in the fall of 2018, the collective seeks to nurture and develop local playwrights. Members include j. Snodrass, Bella Poynton, Mark C. Lloyd and Jennifer Tromble. The group collaborates in a workshop format to pursue script ideas, fine tune current work and support each other in their writing projects. The 2018-19 project challenged the Playwrights Circle to create new one act plays to be produced as part of Buffalo Quickies 2019. Thus, each Circle playwright is represented in Buffalo Quickies 2019.  Festival Director Joyce Stilson has selected the following menu of new short plays from over 280 scripts:

Who’s Afraid of Donald Trump? by Justin Karcher
Mike loves Liz, but he also loves his sock puppet which is starting to be a problem.
World premiere directed by Joyce Stilson.

A Work Break Downtown by Jeff Z. Klein
The twin Statues of Liberty that watch over Buffalo 24/7 have very different visions of the city they guard. 2018 Maxim Mazumdar New Play Competition one act winner. World premiere directed by Stephanie Riso.

Over The Tears by Mark C. Lloyd
Hugh has given up on love. Now, what could possibly change his mind?
World premiere directed by Joyce Stilson.

Starting Out Strong by Samantha Marchant
Singles are finding romance on, OKCupid and Tinder, but maybe old ways are still best. World premiere directed by Carly Weiser.

Eleven Things That Almost Happened To Rick And Hannah… And One Thing That Actually Did by Bella Poynton
Hannah and Rick are ill equipped to handle their personal version of the twilight zone. World premiere directed by Joyce Stilson.

One Man Show by Mike Randall
It’s scary to go out on stage all alone… really scary.
World premiere directed by Samantha Marchant.

The Credible Adventures of Pylon and Thunderthighs by j. Snodgrass
It’s a new twist for cosplay when the cosplayers start fighting the law and each other. Directed by Carly Weiser.
The Arrangement by Jennifer Tromble

Sunday Funday? Not when ex’s are part of the mix.
World premiere directed by Joyce Stilson.

Play Directors: Festival director Joyce Stilson is joined by directors Samantha Marchant, Stephanie Riso and Carly Weiser.
The Acting Ensemble: The 2019 acting team includes Stephanie Bax, Andrew Zuccari, Dylan Brozyna, Shawnell Tillery, Jaimee Harmon and Mike Starzynski who will tackle 18 characters.

Schedule: April 11-May 4, 2019, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 7:30p.

Ticket Prices: $32/general admission; $16/students.

Ticket Availability: Purchase tickets online at or at the box office beginning 30 minutes before each performance. Pay-What-You-Can Performance on April 18th is on a rush basis only. Group rates available. Alleyway Theatre Box Office: 716-852-2600.