Hamilton Fringe Festival

An 11-day unjuried theatre festival that happens every summer in downtown Hamilton

New Play Contest

2018 New Play Contest

We are happy to announce the winners for the 2018 New Play Contest!

1st Place: Superman and Skinny Dan and Bird Boy
by Rex Emerson Jackson (Hamilton, ON)

1st Runner Up: DASHEVSKY AND LEV by Phyllis Heltay (Calgary, AB)

2nd Runner Up: The Greatest Minds by Francesca Brugano (Hamilton, ON)


The Winner of the contest receives a FREE production slot in the festival
plus $300.00 in cash.
The runners up receive a Hamilton Fringe “Binge” pass.


Previous Winners:


  1. First Place: Subway Extension to the Mariana Trench by Andrew Lee (Hamilton, ON)
  2. 1st Runner Up: The Team by Michael Kras (Hamilton, ON)
  3. 2nd Runner Up: Henry by Ron Fromstein (Toronto, ON)


  1. First Place: Faith, By: Ben Hayward (Toronto, ON)
  2. 1st Runner Up: ‘Tis Some Visitor, By: Peter Genoway (Toronto, ON)
  3. 2nd Runner Up: Lullaby Jones, By: Ron Fromstein (Toronto, ON)


  1. First Place: B & E BaseheadBy: Breen Godfrey (Toronto, ON)
  2. 1st Runner Up: Mrs Lansen, By Ron Fromstein (Toronto, ON)
  3. 2nd Runner Up: Oasis Love, By Johnny Salib (Toronto, ON)


  1. First Place: Mommy’s MaskBy: Peter Gruner (Oakville, ON)
  2. 1st Runner Up: Bootlegger’s Wife, By Victoria Murdoch (Toronto, ON)
  3. 2nd Runner Up: A Zoo, of Sorts, By Ron Fromstein (Toronto, ON)


  1. First Place: Oh God the Drums, By: Brad J Hart (Toronto, ON)
  2. 1st Runner Up: Learning to Swim, By Radha Menon (Hamilton, ON)
  3. 2nd Runner Up: Test, By Stephen Near (Hamilton, ON)


  1. First Place: The Drive-Up Counter of the Universe, By Lesley Strutt (Ottawa, Ontario)
  2. 1st Runner Up: One, By Ron Fromstein (Toronto, Ontario)
  3. 2nd Runner up: Dairy-Free Love, By Victoria Murdoch (Toronto, Ontario)


  1. First Place: Interface by Stephen Near (Hamilton, Ontario)
  2. 1st Runner Up: The Gods and Calvin Brewer, by Jessica Anderson (Ottawa, Ontario)
  3. 2nd Runner Up: Minced, by Peter Gruner (Oakville, Ontario)


  1. First Place:  Dianne and Me, by Ron Fromstein (Toronto, Ontario)
  2. 1st Runner Up: Digging, by David Finley (Toronto, Ontario)
  3. 2nd Runner Up: Tremble, by Judith Skoff (New Jersey, USA)


  1. First Place:  Love Shack, by Michael Wilmot (London, Ontario)
  2. 1st Runner Up:  The Whore Of Babylon, by Rufus F and C Hickok  (Hamilton, Ontario)
  3. 2nd Runner Up: Goodnight Amherst, by James Fanizza (Toronto, Ontario)


  1. First Place: Gerald Hilroy’s Guide To The Art Of Seduction, by David B. Fraser
  2. 1st Runner Up: Without Whom, by Robert J Downes
  3. 2nd Runner Up: Ho Ho Ho, by Ron Fromstein


  1. First Place: Balls, by Rob Salerno
  2. 1st Runner Up: The Big Smoke, by Ron Fromstein
  3. 2nd Runner Up: Perfect Wives, Desperate Lives, by Vanesa Burns