City Theatre is Celebrating 25 Years of America’s Short Play Festival!

The Summer Shorts Festival is back in 2022!


From June 2 through July 9, we’re celebrating the 25th Anniversary of America’s Short Play Festival and offering something for everyone! This year’s lineup features SUMMER SHORTS with new short play comedies, dramas, and mini-musicals and fresh revivals of festival favorites; the family-friendly musical BOB MARLEY’S THREE LITTLE BIRDS shares the legendary reggae artist's message of peace and love; and CITYWRIGHTS: A PROFESSIONAL WEEKEND FOR PLAYWRIGHTS invites playwrights to come together with master artists and theater industry leaders to discuss and learn about the issues impacting how playwrights make art and do business.

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Summer Shorts

June 2 – July 2, 2022

Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts

Returning to the stage after two years, Summer Shorts celebrates its milestone 25th Silver Anniversary Season! Enjoy an exciting mix of “All New Original Shorts” and memorable short play favorites from the past 25 years.


Bob Marley’s Three Little Birds

June 22 – July 9, 2022

Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts

Based on a story by Cedella Marley

Music & Lyrics by Bob Marley

Adapted for the stage by Michael J. Bobbitt

Arrangements, Orchestrations, Additional Music & Lyrics by John L. Cornelius, II

This jammin' musical featuring the timeless music and lyrics of Bob Marley is based on the children's book (Every Little Thing) by his daughter Cedella Marley. Audiences of all ages will enjoy the legendary reggae artist's message of peace and love with a new generation of songbirds.


​CityWrights: A Professional Weekend for Playwrights

June 29 – July 2, 2022

CityWrights is known across the country for master classes, networking opportunities, public readings, and forums with leading publishing and literary organizations exclusively for playwrights.