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 Company presents staged reading of the 2022 winning play:

Rain on Fire by Karen Saari

Each year, Broad Horizons invites playwrights to submit new plays. Out of the many submissions we receive from around the world, we select one winner and several finalists that demonstrate strong potential for engaging audiences and that embody our commitment to diverse voices, styles, and points of view. The winning play receives a staged reading performed for a live audience in New York City.


The company is pleased to announce that the winning play for 2022 is Rain on Fire by Karen Saari.

Synopsis of Rain on Fire


Marie comes home to plan her addicted mother Lorraine’s funeral. "Rain" left a surprising final wish for Marie and her sweet but troubled cousin Caleb to fulfill together. As she and Caleb work to set Rain's poem to music, Marie struggles with her anger and loss. Family secrets come out in this tense, and often funny, play that touches on the opioid crisis in Michigan's northwoods.


A staged reading of the play will take place:

Monday, May 9, 7:00 P.M.

Studios 353, Studio #3

353 W. 48th Street, btw. 8th and 9th Avenues, 2nd Floor

New York, NY 10036

For reservations:


Please contact us by sending us a message through the "Contact" button in the menu posted below, or email us at Attendance at the reading is free. If you would like to help us cover our expenses, please know that donations to the company are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. For more information about donating, please click here.

Interview with Karen Saari

Karen talks with producing director Lewis Magruder about her play, Rain on Fire.

Bio of Karen Saari

Karen Saari’s In a Clearing premiered in 2018 via Asheville’s Magnetic Theatre Company, was a semi-finalist for the O’Neill NPC, a Wisconsin Wrights New Play Festival winner, Last Frontier Theatre Conference PlayLab awardee and a finalist for the 2017 ATHE Award for Excellence in Playwriting. Rain on Fire had a virtual reading in 2020 with L.A.’s the Blank Theatre and was awarded the 2020 Talk Back Theatre Playwriting Prize and the 2019 Br!nk Residency Award by Milwaukee’s Renaissance Theaterworks. In 2018, Karen was commissioned to co-write Ten Days in a Madhouse, a musical premiering in 2022. Her comedy Bad in Bed (A Fairy Tale) premiered in 2018 at Louisiana’s Acadiana Rep, was a 2021 Princess Grace Award semi-finalist and a Garry Marshall New Works semi-finalist. Her one-acts have been performed around the country. Karen belongs to Dramatists Guild, Playwrights Center and holds an MFA in playwriting from Augsburg University.

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