2019 Sandbox Play Festival Dates

October 13th and 14th

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The Sandbox Play Festival is a 10 minute play competition that highlights Michigan artists who may not have an outlet for their work otherwise. Since the program started, over 500 plays have been submitted, 35 plays have been performed, and 90 actors and over 30 directors have participated in the shows. Heading in to its 10th year, Sandbox has continued growing with over 100 entries into the competition last year. Tipping Point has moved its festival from being featured at Northville's Arts and Acts to having its own week at the theatre in the Fall. Five plays are featured that are critiqued by judges to win 1st and 2nd place. The audience also has the opportunity to vote on for their favorite in the series. We hope you will join us for this unique experience.

sponsored by Derek Blair & Family



The wait is finally over! We had almost 150 scripts submitted this year - including two musicals! We wish we could bring all of your works to the stage but, there can only be 5.

Here are the final scripts for the 10th annual Sandbox Play Festival!

Incident on the Golden Gate Bridge by David MacGregor

In Transit by Cary Gitter

Medication by Scott Mullen

Scripted by Mark Harvey Levine

The Speedy Gonzales Memorial Turtle Sanctuary by Amber Palmer

Thank you to all who submitted! We hope that you will join us on October 13th or 14th for the festival and consider submitting again next year!


1st Place $100
2nd Place $50
Audience Favorite $50


Producing Artistic Director James Kuhl, along with sponsor Derek Blair decide on the festival winner while the audience votes on their favorite. The winning plays are announced after the final performance of the festival.

2018 Sandbox Play Festival Winners

Thank you to everyone who submitted their plays and all of the artists who joined us in bringing the five shows to life. We saw a lot of growth this year with the festival and already can’t wait for next year!

First Place

Minor Deviations by Erin Osgood

Second Place

It's Too Nice A Day For All That by Joseph Johnston

Audience Favorite

The Roquefort Revelation by David MacGregor