Announcing the contenders of the 2014 FAN SLAM!

 Check out our lineup of unproducible hopefuls, watch them lay down some smack talk, and then finally, vote for your favorite below. Remember your vote decides who makes it into the 2014 Unproducible Smackdown – where infamy and glory await!


Angela Santillo

When Angela Santillo explains her plays to her parents her mother says, “Where do you come up with this stuff?” and her dad says, “Goddamn you are so violent.”  A Los Angeles native and New York based playwright, Angela’s plays have been workshopped and performed at Dixon Place, Pan Asian Rep, Abingdon Theater, The Nightborn, Communal Spaces, foolsFURY Theater, Play on Words Productions, Playwrights Center of San Francisco, Sarah Lawrence College and Saint Mary’s College.  Her play Sera (dir. Rebecca Engle, Saint Mary’s College) was a national finalist for the 2010 David Mark Cohen Award and was also given a Distinguished Achievement Award in Playwriting by the Kennedy Center’s American College Theater Festival.  Experienced in ensemble created work, recent writing collaborations include Oh, the MOON! with choreographer CatherineMarie Davalos andLove in a Heat Death Universe with performer Benjamin Stuber.  She is a Member of the Dramatists Guild and associate member of foolsFURY Theater in San Francisco.  BA: Saint Mary’s College.  MFA: Sarah Lawrence College, recipient of the Lipkin Playwriting Award.

Contender 1 - Angela Santillo

Brett Epstein

Brett Epstein is a 5’6’’ young-ish Jew-ish male who’s originally from Connecticut and received his Bachelors Degree in Rhode Island [Providence College; Theatre/Writing]. Brett’s full-length I Loved Sam Stone was the winning play in the SLAM Playwriting Competition (in which 30 plays were narrowed down to 10 plays and, finally, 1 winning play). ILSS had a month-long run after the initial reading. His episodic piece Slaves of our Lives (a soap opera parody taking place on a plantation) broke records at the Flea Theatre. It ran for twelve episodes and placed #1 in the votes nine of those times. His farce Your Mother the Tramp placed in the Top 5 of the Altruistic Theatre Company’s Bare Knuckle Play Festival (100 submissions).

Brett is used to writing with regulations. His plays have been featured in UglyRhino’s TinyRhino theatrical drinking game as well asRule of 7, Rule of 8, Rule of 9 and Rule of 10 (with collaborators Christopher Sullivan, Abby Rosebrock and Rob Askins). Brett received advanced study training at UCB, wrote the pilot episode of a TV series called Jaki’s Buzz and is a contributing writer for TheaterOnline, Theatre is Easy, and NYTheatre.

Contender 2 - Brett Epstein

Chris Barlow

Chris Barlow is a New York-based playwright, designer, and multi-disciplinary bullshit artist. His thoroughly unproducible original work includes the plays Life of Leisure, Thank You For Sending Me An Angel, The Big Country, and Sun Giant, as well as the podcast Places Like This: Wiretaps from Tomorrow (on iTunes and and Project iFaust (online video project at

Chris has working relationships with many NYC-based theater companies, and his plays have been workshopped and produced by Horse Trade Theater Group, Less Than Rent Theater, Brainchild, T. Schreiber Studios and the Fordham Alumni Company. As a sound designer he has collaborated on the original productions of many new plays, including Robert Askins’s Hand to God (Ensemble Studio Theater), Nick Jones’s Trevor (Lesser America), and Gregory Moss’s Billy Witch (Studio 42/APAC). He is the resident sound designer at Morgan Gould & Friends, as well as a proud alumnus of the Fordham Theater Program and current graduate student in the Department of Dramatic Writing at NYU. More about Chris at

Contender 3 - Chris Barlow

Owen Panettieri

Productions, workshops and readings in NYC include the award-winning The Timing of a Day (FringeNYC 2010, Center Stage, NY 2011), Vestments of the Gods (Primary Stages), Meaningful Conversation (Workshop Theater Company) and several short plays for theaters in New York, New Jersey, and Nebraska including “More Than a Memory” “Processing,” “Searching” and “The President is Gay! (And Other Delicious Scandals).” Co-writer of the webseries, “Legally Brown: The Search for the Next Piragua Guy” with Lin-Manuel Miranda. Owen was a company member of the Nitestar Program (now S.T.A.R. at the Director’s Company) for four seasons, creating and performing health education musical theater for primary school, secondary school and college-age students in the Tri-State area. He is a current member of Playwrights Gallery writing group in New York City.

Contender 4 - Owen Panettieri


Voting is now closed. We’ll be announcing the winner shortly – so check back soon!

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