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Sunday, December 16, 2018

SITTING SHOTGUN seeks proposal submissions for the Spring 2019 Mainstage Season

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The Spring Season will take place February - May 2019

Qualifying proposals must be:

-full length performance based projects of any discipline
-ready to be presented to an audience
-able to be produced on an indie budget (please see the link below for specifications about space)
-created by and with emergining artists
-prioritize and highlight intersectional and equitable theatre making
-based in NY and willing/able to travel to Brooklyn
-non union only

Exceptional candidates will:

-be able to attract and engage with an audience outside of our existing network
-engage with innovative methods of performance making
-present new and bold ideas, seeking to investigate uncharted territory in the current world of theatre-making

Submissions are due December 21st by 11:59pm. 

There is NO FEE to submit.

Please see www.sitting-shotgun.com/submit for more information. You can also see the work we have previously produced at www.sitting-shotgun.com/archive.

Please note - submissions for shorts are not accepted at this time. Sign up for our mailing list at www.sitting-shotgun.com to stay tuned for information about a festival of short work coming Summer 2019.

SITTING SHOTGUN is a theatre production company that aims to foster a diverse community of emerging artists, prioritizing equitable and intersectional theatre-making. With the intention of making space for artists to collaborate, create, share their practice, and expand their network, Sitting Shotgun seeks to fill a void in the emerging artist community, providing support and affordable opportunities for artists to pursue their craft and produce new work.

Free Spirit Theatre seeks full-length plays

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We want YOUR play for our next production in May 2019

Free Spirit Theatre are looking for an original play for their next production in May 2019, to be performed at the Dovehouse Theatre, Solihull (UK).

Submissions are free and must be made by January 8th 2019 to info@freespirittheatre.co.uk

1. The play must be your own original work and must not have been previously performed in the UK.
2. The play must be at least 1 hour in length and not exceed 1 hour 30 minutes in length.
3. The play must not require more than 10 actors (actors can double up, if there are more than 10 roles).
4. No musicals.
5. Minimal budget preferred (e.g. no flying on wires, or filling the stage with water)
6. Please indicate the 10 pages you would like us to read first, as the ‘best’ example from the script. If you do not indicate which pages, we will read the first 10 pages.
7. The play will be performed, but not published.
8. We are an amateur company. Although we have received Arts Council grants for previous productions, any payment to the author is reliant on another grant. Should we get a grant the author’s fee will not exceed £100.
9. We hope to provide feedback for every submission, but this cannot be guaranteed.
10. We may ask for a re-write/re-submission, but this does not mean your play has been selected and you are free to tell us to get lost, you’re not changing your play for anyone 😊

Should you wish to know more, please get in touch via email.

Saturday, December 15, 2018

McFarland & Company seeks English-language plays

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Seeking: “First-Person” plays of any length and genre for publication in an upcoming anthology exploring the intersection of Disability and the Performing Arts

Submission timeline: Friday, September 14, 2018 – Friday, December 28, 2018

Overview: This first-of-its-kind critical anthology, to be published by McFarland & Company and slated for a 2020 release, seeks English-language plays (or English-language translations) that explore the realities of being both a performing artist and a person who identifies as—or is seen by others as—disabled. The collection focuses on the labor, the perceptions, the economics, the expectations, and the creative expression inherent in working in the performing arts, and the ways in which disability—in its many forms and faces—interacts, interrupts, and/or transforms those aspects, whether in pragmatic concerns, battling the charitable and freakshow models, or simply attempting to create ones art within a disability context. In addition to encouraging diversity in content, style, structure, and point of view, we are looking for plays that share the following commonalities:

• Scripts told in the “first person” – i.e., they feature one or more characters that speak directly to the audience in a seemingly autobiographical fashion. This may be a one-person show (as in I Am My Own Wife, Black N Blue Boys, etc.) or a show with a larger cast (as in Wit, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, etc.). These “autobiographical” characters can either be fictionalized (as with Wit and Hedwig), true representations of the playwright’s lived experiences (as with Sherry Jo Ward’s Stiff or Neil Marcus’s Storm Reading), or somewhere in-between. The possibilities include everything from “TED talk”-style solo works to ensemble-devised post-dramatic explorations to meta-theatrical treatments of Richard III. Authors are encouraged to submit boldly!

• In addition to having experience in the performing arts, playwright(s) should be one of the following:
(1.) someone who self-identifies as Disabled (under any model of the word)
(2.) someone who belongs to a group/demographic that is often deemed disabled by society/the medical community, whether they accept that term or not (example: those who identify Deafness as cultural rather than medical, etc.)
(3.) In some cases, “Disability-adjacent” playwrights (i.e., playwrights who have an immediate family member/loved one who is disabled, who have served as a caretaker, aid, or assistant for someone with a disability, etc.) may be considered, however, their submission must be specifically from that point of view, and not attempt to “wear” disability themselves.

• “Disability,” for the purposes of this project, is an intentionally broad term. It includes “impairments” and “disorders” (whether physical, emotional, or cognitive, and whether the term is adopted by the person in question, their doctor, or society); alternative limbs; neurodiversity; disfigurement, life-threatening illness, etc., as well as chronic pain, prescription medication addiction, and other related situations that often carry medical and social stigma. Considerations of medical, social, labor, and/or any other models of disability are welcome into the submissions process.

• “Performing Arts” has also been intentionally left as a very broad term. Though the collection currently focuses on traditional stage theatre, authors with other ideas are encouraged to get in touch.
Other important information:

• Plays which explore intersectional aspects of disability and performance, including race, gender identity, economics, sexuality, religion, citizenship, age, etc., are especially encouraged.

• Playwrights whose plays are selected for inclusion will be asked to grant limited, non-exclusive rights to the editor and publisher, restricted to the singular purpose of this anthology. The playwright will retain all rights to the play, both for performance and other publishing opportunities.

• Plays of any length and any genre, previously performed or not, are welcome. Musicals/plays with original songs are welcome for consideration if accompanied with either sheet music or audio recordings.

Please submit scripts in PDF to TheAccessibleStage@gmail.com.

The author’s name should *not* appear on the script. Instead, please include a separate PDF with a cover letter, all contact information, a brief biography, and—if applicable—any reviews/materials from past productions of the submitted play.

Accessibility note for users of screen-readers: the email address for submissions is The Accessible Stage at g mail dot com.

SOUND BITES 6.0 seeks 10-minute musicals

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  • Theatre Now New York (TNNY) will ONLY be accepting online submissions.
  • The submissions will be accepted beginning  SEPTEMBER 1, 2018 until FEBRUARY 1, 2019 at Midnight -- Any request for an extension must be received before the February deadline at soundbites@tnny.org and approval is not guaranteed.
  • There are NO FEES to submit and NO participation FEES if your show is accepted.
  • Please feel free to contact us at soundbites@tnny.org with any questions.
  • There is no limit to the number of musicals that an individual may submit, but each musical must be submitted separately.
  • Scripts must be submitted in Word or PDF format and must have a cover page with the project name, names of all members of the creative team and contact information of one primary contact person. Music file(s) of song(s) should be uploaded at the time of submission. Please also upload bios of all creative team members and a production history of the piece submitted, if any.  Finally, a letter from a theatre professional recommending your work must also accompany your submission.
  • Ten finalists will be chosen to present their musicals.
  • Each entry must be no more than 10 minutes.  It can be either a stand-alone musical or an excerpt from a larger full-scale musical or another performance piece that includes music.  If it is an excerpt, the excerpt is strongly encouraged to have a beginning, middle, and end and able to stand on its own.
  • The top ten finalists will need to be hands-on responsible for producing their own musical with the TNNY staff regardless of whether they live in NYC or not. 
  • Each musical finalist will be responsible for direction and casting of their own piece.  TNNY will help in casting and securing a director, if needed.
  • TNNY will work with you on your production helping you throughout the process. TNNY will provide up to 20 hours of rehearsal time 2 weeks prior to SOUND BITES.  Any additional or prior rehearsals needed will be your responsibility.  TNNY will provide the venue and will run the final rehearsal run-thru of all the pieces and the tech rehearsal on the day of the performance.  TNNY will also provide assorted stage cubes, stage chairs and electric keyboard. Your team, your director, and cast will be responsible for costuming & providing props and any simple scenic elements needed for your show. Your team is responsible for any and all expenses not provided by TNNY as listed here.
  • All actors, dancers, and singers must be off-book.
  • TNNY handles publicity, promotion and ticket sales.
  • Performance dates will be in the SPRING of 2019.  Based on venue availability we expect the performance date to be a Monday evening in late May 2019, subject to change.
  • If you have other questions please look at our F.A.Q. page first.  Please submit any other specific questions not covered to soundbites@tnny.org.

Friday, December 14, 2018

Metropolitan Playhouse accepting submissions for new one-act plays

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Metropolitan Playhouse, New York's OBIE Award-winning explorer of America's Theatrical Heritage, is currently accepting submissions for new one-act plays inspired by the life and history of New York's Lower East Side.

Submissions will be evaluated by Metropolitan's artistic staff, and we will produce up to 10 of the submitted plays in June 2019, as part of our 8th Annual East Village Theater Festival.

Playwrights will receive an honorarium of $100 for their submissions.

Subject - Very Important:

Plays MUST pertain specifically, though not necessarily exclusively, to the East Village and Lower East Side of Manhattan.  Please DO NOT submit plays that do not conform to this simple guideline.  We are eager not to waste your--and our--time.  Plays that do not in some way illuminate life and/or conditions in that neighborhood--past, present or future--will not be considered.  The subject or theme may well pertain to other places as well, but they must be quite specifically applicable to the East Village/Lower East Side.

As a secondary consideration, and as in prior years, preference will be given to plays that pertain to a chosen theme. For Volume 14, the theme is Perseverance as it relates to life in the East Village of today and in eras past.  (See below for more information.)

Submission Deadline:
Completed scripts must be RECEIVED, by mail or e-mail, by 5:00 pm Sunday, December 30, 2018.

By Mail:
Metropolitan Playhouse
220 E 4th Street
New York, NY 10009

By e-mail
PLEASE SUBMIT as ".pdf" files to EVC14@metropolitanplayhouse.org

The Festival
East Village Chronicles, Vol. 14 is the 14th seasonal festival of new plays that celebrate and explore the varied history and eclectic culture that have defined Manhattan's Lower East Side (in all its permutations).  The selected plays may include a variety of styles and tones, unified by their being clearly related to life in the theater's neighborhood.

Metropolitan Playhouse will produce the plays on our 3/4 thrust stage in our 51 seat theater at 220 E 4th Street.

The plays will be directed by a director engaged by Metropolitan to coordinate and rehearse the entire festival.

The plays will be performed by a core company of actors, cast specifically for the festival, each of whom will most likely perform in more than one festival play.  The cast of any given play will be drawn from this core company, and therefore anyone cast must be suitable for more than one play.  Because we are forming a company, while playwrights' input is highly desired, final decisions remain with Metropolitan's artistic staff.

The Theme for 2019: Perseverance

The Chronicles plays have been connected each year in that they have focused on a certain topic, theme, or timeline.  Selecting plays that are inspired by some such organizing principle helps to give the festival shape and to enrich the experience for audience members.  (See * below for further discussion of the theme idea.)

This year, the Chronicles will be devoted to Perseverance.  We believe this theme is especially resonant within the context of our national conversation and the particular history and character of the neighborhood.  In our neighborhood, with its history of promise to newly immigrated Americans, its long defiance of the conventions of mainstream lifestyles, its tradition of political opposition, and its current rapid rise in real estate values, perseverance has always driven its residents' day to day attack on the world.

Playwrights are encouraged to respond directly, indirectly, and creatively to this idea; how a play relates to the notion of "Prosperity" is up to the playwright.

Technical Guidelines

We are seeking plays of between 10 minutes and 1.5 hours that can be played by 5 or fewer actors.
The plays may be presented with at least one other in a given evening, and as a consequence, should not require elaborate set or properties.

Performance Dates (subject to change):   June 6  - 23, 2019

Metropolitan Playhouse
220 E 4th Street

Alex Roe
Artistic Director, Metropolitan Playhouse
212 995 8410

Discount tickets: FRANKENSTEIN

about the human need for love and companionship
including New Year's Eve
(no performance on Christmas Eve)

$39 discounted tickets are available at the box office, or through Telecharge calling (212) 239-6200, or at www.TelechargeOffers.com, using the code "ACT"(regularly $60)

FRANKENSTEIN, a new musical based on Mary Shelley's novel, with book, music and lyrics by Eric B. Sirota, is directed by Clint Hromsco. The production opened in 2017, and continues into 2019 on Mondays at 7:00 PM. 
(There is a performance on New Year's Eve, Monday, Dec. 31; However, no performance on Christmas Eve, Dec. 24.). 

FRANKENSTEIN, is a two-act sweeping, romantic musical about the human need for love and companionship. Published in 1818, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is entering its 201st year, and this musical honors its source material. Having lost his mother at a young age, Victor Frankenstein seeks to end human mortality and arrogantly enters territory beyond his control. While he enjoys unconditional love from Elizabeth, Victor grants none to his creation. For more info, please visit TheFrankensteinMusical.com

"soaring new score . . . a musical love letter . . . infused with enough emotion to send chills down the spine" – Local Theatre NY

“Frankenstein is alive! . . . it is a success of a show that should be considered something great in the realm of musical theater.” - BroadwayWorld

“Sirota…imbues his show with the serious philosophical underpinnings of Shelley’s original” -Off Off On Line

“an ambitious theater piece that is refreshingly buoyed up by its music … takes the audience by the ears” - Theater Scene

Sandwich Arts Alliance is seeking 10-minute plays

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The Sandwich Arts Alliance is seeking new plays, especially those written by Cape playwrights.

The alliance will present a staged reading of six new, 10-minute plays on the theme “Love Gone Right or Wrong” on February 15. These readings will feature props, costumes, simple sets and audience participation.

Scripts may be submitted for consideration to manganlady@gmail.com by December 30, 2018.

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Panglossian Productions seeking submissions for Weekend of Women

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Panglossian Productions is seeking submissions for our Weekend of Women on March 29-30, 2019.

We are looking for both full-length and 10-minute plays written by and featuring women.

Here is what you need to know:
- You may submit more than one play (as long as you feel that it is worthwhile, submit it)
- Cast size should range between 2-6 people
-You will be notified via email if your play is selected to be featured
- Submissions should be emailed in PDF format to wow@panglossian.org and contain the following information

1. Playwright name
2. Playwright contact information including email address
3. A brief statement about the playwright and the piece itself (be creative, but honest)

-If you have further questions, please email them to wow@panglossian.org

Why are we doing this?

According to our namesake, the dementedly optimistic Dr. Pangloss, “All is for the best in the best of all possible worlds.”

Most of the time, the world falls short.  As any young artist who decides to build a life in the performing arts discovers, it’s hard to get experience without already having it. It’s even harder to convince people to take a gamble on new works and innovative ideas, no matter how exciting they may be.

What’s safe is always… well… safe.  And that’s fine.  But safe things don’t ignite passion in us.  They don’t make us catch our breath or question how we live or want to go running into the streets to tell people what we’ve seen.  So, we choose projects that take risks and that are worth the risk.

We exist in order to boldly and thoughtfully create:

• Unpretentious productions that challenge our audience without patronizing them.
• Opportunities for talented and dedicated young artists to gain meaningful experience.
• Development of new, innovative, substantive, and semi-crazy artistic ventures.

Visit us online at panglossian.org or find Panglossian Productions on Facebook.

Headwaters New Play Program

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What kind of plays are we looking for? The Headwaters program is the source of new plays of the West. However, our definition of West is extremely broad. It may include plays set in the current, historic, or mythic western United States; plays that reflect the diverse cultures and experiences of the West; plays that examine the American urban/rural divide; and plays that completely re-imagine what “West” means.

To be considered for the Headwaters New Play Festival, a play must never have had a professional production and the playwright must be available to attend the workshop week (typically in late August).

Since 2015’s festival, our goal has been to more accurately reflect the diversity of human experience by reserving one of our two slots for women and playwrights of color. We are seeking full-length plays, musicals, and plays with music, one submission per playwright.

Submissions close when 250 scripts are received or February 17, 2019, whichever comes first.

Submissions are currently: OPEN.

Plays must be submitted digitally in PDF format. Hard copies will not be considered. We accept one play per playwright, and please do not resubmit a play from a previous year. Responses will be sent out sometime in May 2019. CRT provides travel, a food stipend, and cozy accommodations for the two finalist playwrights. The scenic mountain beauty of this remote and quaint arts town will provide endless inspiration as you develop your work. Plays read at the festival will be considered for full production in CRT’s 2020 season.

Submission Form

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Athena Writes Fellowship

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Athena Theatre seeks submissions for their annual Playwriting Fellowship, Athena Writes. In addition to producing NYC premieres in venues including 59E59 Theaters and Theatre Row, Athena Theatre actively supports emerging playwrights with this fellowship. Athena Writes is an emerging playwrights’ group assembled for a one-year exploration of an open-ended theme.

Next year, we will be exploring “A Deafening Silence”. Athena Theatre is committed to supporting new work that pushes at the boundaries of live theatre. We especially encourage playwrights with an eye for diverse characters, strong points of view, and action-focused dialogue to apply.

As a part of Athena Writes, playwrights will meet twice a month on Wednesdays (or a day that works best for the group), beginning in mid-January 2019, for three hour sessions, to discuss the year’s theme, share new work and talk playwriting and the business of theatre. During the course of the year, each playwright will complete a short 10-minute play that will be produced at Athena’s yearly New Play Festival, currently scheduled for May 2019, at a NYC theatre. Before the end of the fellowship year, each playwright will also complete a full-length piece reflecting the year’s theme. The playwright group will be facilitated by an Athena Theatre Company resident dramaturge.

By applying to this fellowship, you acknowledge that you are able to make this time commitment to attend these sessions twice a month for the duration of 2019. Your attendance is instrumental for the development of your own work as well as support for your fellow playwrights. Other than cases of illness, an emergency or theatre related conflict, each playwright is permitted four absences per year, which must be approved by the Artistic Director in advance.

All playwrights will offer a ten-minute play for the play festival. Athena Theatre will provide the theater space and PR outreach; playwrights will be responsible for any specialty costumes, props or scenic items. The compilation of all ten-minute plays created in residence will be submitted for publication consideration.

At the end of the year, 10-minute excerpts from each full-length play will be presented as a staged reading at a NYC venue TBA.

The playwrights’ full-length plays will also be considered for full production by Athena Theatre in its next season. In addition, the next year’s playwright-in-residence will be chosen from this group of playwrights.

Those selected for the playwriting fellowship (limited to eight participating playwrights) will be asked for an admission fee of $300 to join Athena Writes 2019. This contribution goes directly to theatre rental, actor and crew stipends for the Evening of Ten-Minute Plays and the Year-End Staged Reading.


To be considered for Athena Writes 2019 Playwright Fellowship please submit the following by December 21st, 2018, to Founding Artistic Director, Veronique Ory, at: Veronique@AthenaTheatre.com:

-Cover Letter detailing your interest

-Full-length play, which highlights your style of writing


More information may be found at www.AthenaTheatre.com

January 14, 2019 – December 13, 2019

The Theatre of Western Springs (IL) Directors’ Workshop Program One-Act New Plays Workshop 2019

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Anyone interested in submitting a script for consideration should follow these One Act
Play Submission Guidelines:

Submission Deadline: January 21, 2019

Notification of Selected Plays: June, 2019 (earlier if possible)

Entry Fee: None
  • Plays must not have been previously produced or published.
  • Plays shall be full complete works, not a scene or act from a lager work or work-in-progress.
  • The playwright’s name should not appear anywhere in the script.
  • Include two title pages: One title page should contain a) the name of your play, and b) your name, address, phone number, and email address. The second title page should include only the title of your play, as this will be a blind read. The document should contain no identifying information about the author on any page except the one title page, which will not be revealed until the plays are selected.
  • Plays should run no more than 40 minutes in length.
  • Plays must be typed in standard play format.
  • Please include play’s development history as a separate document. e.g. had a staged reading at Chicago Dramatist. If none, not necessary.
  • Please include a synopsis of your play in 50-100 words.
  • Production criteria include scripts able to be produced with open staging and minimal design/technical support for a 117-seat black box theater.
  • Play must be able to be performed with no more than six actors (double casting is okay). Note that younger actors may be difficult to cast.
  • Manuscripts will not be returned. Please do not send return envelopes with postage.
  • Playwrights retain full rights to all works submitted. However, TWS shall be named as “first
  • produced”
  • Selected plays will have a production mounted in August 2019 at The Theatre of Western Springs with at least three performances.
  • Playwrights are encouraged to attend rehearsals and collaborate with the director – the purpose is to both help the playwright to fine tune the script and the director to collaborate on a new script.
  • Playwrights are requested to attend and participate in a post-show discussion after each performance.

Submission process:
You may mail your submission to:
2019 New Plays Workshop Submission
The Theatre of Western Springs
4384 Hampton Avenue
Western Springs, IL 60558
Email submissions:
Any Questions should be directed to: TWSnewplaysworkshop@gmail.com
Please do not call TWS.

For direct submissions, please email the two files to:
DW@theatrewesternsprings.com with “2019 NEW PLAYS SUBMISSION” in
the subject heading.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

17th Annual Fresh Fruit Festival of LGBTQ Arts,

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Submissions OPEN for the 2019 Main-Stage Festival
The 17th Annual Fresh Fruit Festival of LGBTQ Arts, held July 8 through 21 at The WILD Project and other Manhattan venues

The CREATIVITY is yours; the OVERHEAD is ours. And thanks to the generosity of New York City’s Department of Cultural Affairs and the New York City Council there are no required application fees or participation fees, and all productions receive a box office share! We provide:

ADA and AEA approved performance venues
AEA approved venue insurance
Technical, Booth, & Front-of-house Staff
Repertory Lighting Plot & Sound system, with Video available
On-line, real-time ticketing service with audit trail
Glossy, full-color Festival brochures
Networking events & Marketing assistance for all shows
Optional co-production plans* for higher box-office shares
Deadline:  Tuesday, January 29th.
Late Submission Deadline:  ($35 Late Reading Donation due) Monday, February 25th. (NO Fee if you are on NY Medicaid)

Click on the APPLY button to go to the full Application Form. Please download a study copy so you can later complete the form in one online session (required).

Seeking submissions for "Scenes from the Staten Island Ferry 2019"

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Deadline December 31, 2018

This year's theme: 2 OPPOSITE ENDINGS

This is Sundog Theatre's 17th annual presentation of new and original, one-act plays about our favorite boats, the Staten Island Ferries.

--Original plays not previously produced/published, with a signed note affirming that.

--10-30 minutes in length and set on the Staten Island Ferry.

--Contemporary, involving 2-3 characters and requiring no special set pieces other than benches or railings found on the Ferry, limited and easily accessible props, and no special sound or lighting.

--No overt and unnecessary sexual/violence situations and language since we cater to a broad audience.

--No musicals, long monologues, poetry, rants, or verse.

--As in life, a little humor is good.


Plays should be written with 2 brief endings. The endings should be 1-2 pages each
and have an opposite story line.  One character will break the 4th wall-in character-
explain briefly the two ending choices, and ask the audience to vote on which one they wish to see.

Remuneration:Six authors will receive $100 each and be produced in our series of five February/March 2019 performances in Staten Island.

--Please send two copies, bound or stapled, blind submission (removable cover page with title, author and contacts) to: Sundog Theatre, "Scenes 2019", PO Box 183, Staten Island, NY 10301
--Include the title of the play on each page.
--Submissions should include brief synopsis, play history, a 70-word bio and also full resume of the author.
--Should be postmarked from now until no later than December 31, 2018.
--Do not submit plays electronically.
--Questions: ferry@sundogtheatre.org.  Susan Fenley, Producer

Playwrights of selected plays will be contacted directly and their names listed on Sundog's website early in 2019.

Monday, December 10, 2018

Discount tickets: GLORIA A LIFE

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GLORIA: A LIFE brings us a richly detailed tapestry about one of the most inspiring and remarkable women of our time. Five decades after Gloria Steinem began raising her voice for equality and championing those of others, her vision is as urgent as ever. Gloria's life's work and philosophy on the necessity of conversation as a catalyst for change offer us all a path forward in a way that only live theater can. The first act is her story; the second is our own. 

Written by EMILY MANN 
Directed by DIANE PAULUS 

CHRISTINE LAHTI as Gloria Steinem 


Green Stories seeks Stage Plays around building a sustainable society

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This competition is free to enter.
There will be prizes and routes to production.
Green Stories is in the UK

General Competition Information

We are looking for Stage Plays that in some way touch upon ideas around building a sustainable society. If you’d prefer to create your story in a different format, click here. We will consider all genres – rom-com, literary fiction, science fiction, mystery, crime etc. – but stories must engage with the idea of environmentally sustainable practices and/or sustainable societies.

Most stories set in the future are dystopian, meaning they have a pessimistic view of society. We will consider all stories, but we encourage you to imagine a more positive settings and practices for your stories. You can find out more about why we recommend positive stories by clicking here. Do feel free to draw upon the resources in this Green Stories website to write your story (found in the menu on the homepage. Each page provides links to articles/videos that describe the ideas and also ideas for how such ideas may be integrated into stories.

The story doesn’t have to be about sustainability or climate change directly. A rom-com, for example, could be set in a society that replaces ownership with borrowing and the heroine goes to a clothes library to pick up a posh dress and borrow jewellery for her big date; or the hero in a crime drama could use a carbon credit card and hear the news in the background reporting on the wellbeing index instead of GDP; or the characters in a legal drama could live in a city where everyone has gardens on their roofs and generates energy from their own waste.

Our short story competition (deadline April 2018) has resulted in an anthology of the 20 best stories called ‘Resurrection Trust’  which will be published 20th March 2019 and available on Amazon. This may well provide some inspiration.

Stage Play Guidelines

Deadline: 30th June 2019

Length: min 1 hour 15 minutes max 2 hours (typically 60-80 pages)

Prizes: £750: 1st prize £500, 2nd prize £100, third prize £50 plus £50 for best student submission (18-25 years) and £50 for best < 18 year submission.

Staging of winning play: Live Your Values production company have said they will read all top-rated scripts with a view to putting on a production in 2020 with a community based theatre group.

Writing workshop: 19/20 Jan 2019. This may be helpful – register here

Full Guidelines

  1. The competition is open to all nationalities, but plays must be written in English and unpublished for the duration of the competition.
  2. Green Stories competitions aim to increase positive views of the future. All plays must contain ideas that solve the environmental, social or economic challenges our world faces today; or be in a world that has moved past environmental damage and extreme economic inequality.
  3. Plays must be written for the stage for more than one actor with a running time of 70  – 120 minutes. (full length)
  4. By entering the competition, the writer affirms that their entry is original, and they have sole rights to all matters contained within the play.
  5. The authors name and contact details must be removed from all pages of the script. All pages to be numbered.
  6. The first page of each script should include a completed play synopsis of no more than 200 words, a list of characters, a description of setting.
  7. The organisers will not accept responsibility for the loss of scripts in transit.
  8. The judge’s decision is final and no correspondence concerning the results will be entered into.
Play submissions that do not comply with all competition rules will be read in their entirety but may be discounted from the competition without notification to the writer.

The closing date for all entries is 30th June 2019.


  1. Live Your Values Ltd will consider all scripts for production in a community theatre with volunteer performers.
  2. If a winning script is produced by the Live Your Values Ltd, the prize money will replace royalties for a three-night run.
  3. Judges will consider:
  • Entertainment – is the audience’s attention captured and held?
  • Characters – distinctive characters people can identify with, so they care what happens to them.
  • Message – a clear idea for the future that the audience is likely to understand.

TheatreWorks 10 Minute Play Festival

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TheatreWorks is accepting submissions for our First Annual 10 Minute Play Festival, "Tales from the Brookside." Submissions MUST be sent via this form NO LATER THAN FEBRUARY 14th, 2019. Only submissions sent this way will be accepted. The festival will be held at TheatreWorks New Milford (5 Brookside Avenue, New Milford, CT 06776) June 4 through 8, 2019.

  • A total of twenty 10 minute plays will be selected by our panel of judges from among those submitted.
  • TW Playwrights Workshop, held each Wednesday at 7:00pm at the theatre, is available to help further development of your play. Our doors are open to everyone.
  • The twenty selected plays will be presented once on one of the first three performance dates (Tues. June 4th, Wed. 5th or Thurs. 6th at 8:00 pm).
  • Two plays from each night will move into the semi-finals on Friday June 7th at 8:00pm. Four plays will be chosen from the semi-final performances for the finals on Saturday June 8th at 8:00pm.
  • CASH PRIZES will be awarded to the winners in each category (more to follow as we approach the event)


Playwrights (or their representatives) are responsible for the production of their plays-including casting, rehearsals, props, etc. TheatreWorks New Milford will provide limited set pieces, lighting/sound equipment and the production staff.

Submissions MUST be received NO LATER THAN FEBRUARY 14th, 2019 an typed in standard play-script format, and be no more than ten (10) pages in a font size no smaller than 12-point.  Only plays with running times of ten (10) minutes or less will be eligible for prizes. Plays that run beyond 10 minutes may be subject to disqualification.

Submissions MUST include playwright contact info on the title page. Judging is based on audience/panel of judges combination.

Selectees will be notified BY MARCH 15th, 2019.

Early submissions may receive early notification.

A maximum of two submissions per playwright will be accepted.

Please note: There will be a mandatory pre-production meeting for ALL playwrights and/or their representatives in mid-May 2019. Exact date to be announced when selections are final and playwrights have been notified.


Sunday, December 9, 2018

DYSPLA residency in London

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DYSPLA are looking for 3 storymakers that are keen to write a script for screen or stage. We have three residences available on our 12-month program (part-time) and will offer full development and support during the whole process.  DEADLINE - 16th December 2018 

The residency will be tailored to each resident and will take place in London throughout 2019. Along with Surgery Scripts sessions, dramaturgy, a rehearsed reading and mentoring, DYSPLA will provide travel subsidy for anyone outside of London, desk space and rehearsal rooms.

Surgery Scripts (SS) sessions,
A professional rehearsed reading
Industry mentoring
1 full script SS rehearsal
Dramaturgy sessions
2 hrs a week story development and production advice
Script notes from some of our SS Directors Pool of over 130 directors
Travel & subsistence, desk/rehearsal space
Access to our industry database and networking support;
Online marketing thoughout 2019

Theatre Suburbia Mellerdramer 2019

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Theatre Suburbia, Northwest Houston's longest running all volunteer playhouse, is looking to produce a new Summer Mellerdramer in 2019.

Our theatre has produced crowd pleasing mellerdrammers each summer for many years. We have worked with published scripts like Little Nell the Orphan Girl by Nelson Goodhue, Deadwood Dick by Tom Taggert, Rascality on the Rig by William S Davis, and Curse of an Aching Heart by Herbert E Swayne as well as unpublished works by Eddie Cope, Paul Hager, Dave Brandl and other local writers.

Theatre Suburbia invites the playwriting community to submit new unpublished scripts for consideration. Deadline for submissions is January 31, 2019.

To qualify for consideration, the scripts should conform to the following guidelines:
• The script must have a running time between 90 and 120 minutes.
• The script should have 2 acts with one intermission.
• The main characters (villain, hero and heroine) should make their stage entrances within the first 10 pages of the script.
• The script should contain from 8 to 12 characters. Characters must be a minimum of 10 years old. Remember: children can be difficult to cast and this may affect final selection.
• The scripts should contain asides (in mellerdrammer fashion) for the characters. The villain should have the most, followed by the hero and heroine, and remaining cast should have a few. The asides help generate the audience responses for the main characters - boos and hisses for the villain, oohs and ahs for the heroine, and of course cheers for the hero.
• This is to be a family type show so absolutely no vulgar, offensive or suggestive language is allowed.
• Set requirements should be simple with a minimum number of locations (house, yard, street scene, etc) because the show is to be performed in the round and the popcorn must be easily cleaned after each performance.

• Any agreed to production can be subject to Royalty, and will be subject to written contractual agreement between Playwright and Theatre Suburbia.
• Author may, at the theatres discretion, have limited input into the producing of the script. The director and Theatre Suburbia have final authority on the production i.e. casting, set etc.
• The script should be submitted to Theatre Suburbia, Inc., attention Doris Merten, 4106 Way Out West Dr, Suite N, Houston, TX 77092. No later than January 31, 2019. If the script is to be returned if it not accepted, please enclose a self-address envelope for the return. Scripts may be submitted via email to info@theatresuburbia.org.
• For questions or clarifications a message may be left on Line #4 for Doris, at 713-682-3525 or via e-mail at info@theatresuburbia.org. attn: Doris Merten We welcome your scripts.

Saturday, December 8, 2018

St. Paul’s Arts Council 2019 Short Play Festival

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The St. Paul’s Arts Council is showcasing original, never before produced short plays in a Short Play Festival, February 24, 2019. Plays are to be in one of two categories: 2-Minute and 10-Minute plays.
The theme for this year’s festival is “Coming Together: Healing Our Divisions.” Topics may include such issues as racial, cultural, and economic divisions. The goal of the festival is to provide positive and encouraging ways to bridge our differences and bring us together.

Plays selected to be a part of the 2019 Short Play Festival will receive rehearsals with professional quality actors and directors, then presented in a staged reading for our audience.


We are looking for original works which have not been published and have not had a full premiere production. Plays are to be either two minutes or ten minutes in length. We are not accepting musicals and the cast shall be limited to six.


Submitted plays should address the thematic guidelines as listed above and be submitted by the deadline. Early submission is encouraged. We are only accepting electronic submissions in PDF format. Please do not submit paper manuscripts.

Send an email to parishoffice@stpaulna.org with the following in the body of the email: Play Title, Name of Playwright(s), Contact information (email and phone), Synopsis of the play and cast requirements.

Attach a PDF copy of your script with just the title on the cover. As our readers are reading blind we request that you please not include playwright or contact information on the submitted
script. Email all submissions by December 15, 2018.

One submission per playwright.


All submissions will be screened by a blind panel of readers for appropriateness of topic, theatricality, and overall quality. Each play will receive scores from a minimum of 2 readers. Highly-scored plays from the first round will be read by additional readers and scored until a short list of plays is determined.

Contact parishoffice@stpaulna.org

2019-20 Woodward/Newman Drama Award

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The fee will be waived for Dramatist Guild members with an enclosed photocopy of a membership card. 

BPP is now accepting submissions for the 2019-20 Woodward/Newman Drama Award.

Submissions must be postmarked by March 1, 2019. 

The winner will be announced in May/June 2019.

"Full-length" plays will have a complete running time of between 1 hour 15 minutes (75 minutes) to 2 hours 15 minutes (135 minutes).
Plays submitted must be unpublished at the time of submission. Plays that have received developmental readings, workshop productions, or productions at small theatre companies are acceptable. No scripts with previous productions at major regional theaters will be accepted. Once entered, subsequent activity does not change the acceptability of the script.
Each submission must include a synopsis (1 page or less) including the cast size. A separate page should include a brief bio of the playwright, and production/development history if applicable.

Each submission must include a cover letter with contact information and a $10.00 reader fee. Agent submissions require no fee. The fee will be waived for Dramatist Guild members with an enclosed photocopy of a membership card. The BPP only accepts U.S. checks or money orders (Make check payable to "BPP"). No international checks or money orders will be accepted.

It is preferable for musicals to include a demo CD. The complete score is not necessary but may be included. All plays are read by BPP's literary personnel led by and including the Literary Manager and Artistic Director.

We do not accept e-mail submissions. Scripts will not be returned. Blind submissions are not necessary. Please include all contact information. Plays submitted in previous years will be accepted.

The BPP reserves the right not to name a winner and/or name a winner but not commit to a reading or production.
Send to:
Bloomington Playwrights Project
107 W. 9th Street
Bloomington, IN 47404

For further information, write BPP, Attn: Literary Manager, 107 W. 9th Street, Bloomington, IN 47404. For faster replies, please e-mail us at literarymanager@newplays.org

Las Vegas Little Theatre 2019 Annual New Works Competition

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1. All plays must be full length (90 minutes or more). No musicals please.
2. Plays must have no more than 8 actors– doubling characters is allowed
3. The set must be simple or representational.
4. Ideally looking for subject matter that will appeal to an age range of 18 – 30.
5. Seeking new plays that have not been professionally produced or published.
6. Plays will be screened by the competition committee. The top 5 will be submitted to the judges.
7. Prizes – 1st prize = Production of the play in the Fischer Black box in May plus $150
2nd prize = $75
3rd prize = $50
8. Contestants must sign a release form(application) to authorize production
9. Scripts cannot be returned
10. Materials that are adapted from or otherwise derived from copyrighted source material must also submit permission to use the material at the time of submission.
11. The winning author agrees to the production of his/her play with no royalty payment. The author also agrees to allow LVLT to video tape the production. LVLT cannot provide transportation, lodging or other compensation for the author to travel to Las Vegas for the production.
12. Members of LVLT’s board of directors may not submit for this competition
13. Submissions will be accepted through Dec 31, 2018. The winner will be announced no later than March 30, 2019.
14. Decision of the judges is final. Any disputes will be decided by the LVLT board of directors.
15. Only 2 submissions per person please.   If more than 2 submissions are received from an individual, only the first 2 received will be considered.
16. Each submission will be assigned a number and author’s names will not be provided on judge’s copies of the script to prevent any bias.

3920 Schiff Drive
Las Vegas, Nevada 89103
(702) 362-7996


Friday, December 7, 2018

Town Hall Theatre Playwrights’ CageMatch

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Town Hall Theatre in Lafayette, California, is accepting submissions for its first Playwrights’ CageMatch. Our CageMatch is a chance for playwrights to show their stuff in an audience-decided live competition.

Five Playwrights enter but only one will emerge victorious. Grand prize for the chosen script.

We are seeking brief scenes (5-20 minutes) which conform to the limitations of the competition. THT staff will select the top five submissions. Each of the final scripts will get one rehearsal with the same director and company of actors which Town Hall provides.  On March 24, 2019, the five scenes will be performed at a live staged reading event at Town Hall Theatre. The audience will vote by token to determine the winner!

Our theme this year is: Building Bridges.  The setting is an apartment building in a large city anywhere in the universe; there’s a fire escape, maybe a corridor, and maybe a bridge in the distance. Time period is not restricted. Please limit your scenes to no more than four characters, and maintain gender parity. A lovers’ encounter or post-apocalyptic tale, perhaps?  We’re looking for creative and elegant back-stories that incorporate the setting into the scenes. Tone, theme or genre is up to you!

Yes, you may submit more than one play.  There is no restriction on plays that have been previously produced and/or published but they need to fit the theme and setting.  Playwrights will be notified by email whether they are chosen as one of the five performed playwrights.

Admission to the performance is $5 (free to our subscribers), and a token to vote for the winner is $5.

Deadline for CageMatch submissions sent via e-mail is March 8, 2019; post-mark deadline, if mailed, is March 1, 2019.

Submissions can be e-mailed in *.doc or *.pdf to cagematch@townhalltheatre.com or mailed to:

Town Hall Theatre, ATTN: Susan E. Evans, Artistic Director, 3535 School Street, Lafayette, CA  94549

Rants & Raves selected

Three monologues have been selected to be performed for the upcoming NYCPlaywrights Podcast on the theme of Rants & Raves:
  • CASHIER by Meny Beriro
  • CHARLOTTE by Glenn Alterman
  • I LOST IT AT THE DMV by Connie Schindewolf
Would you like to be a part of the Podcast? 

First check out the Podcast - we are on iTunes

But you don't need any special applications or high-tech knowledge to listen to the podcast - you can listen to the latest episode right now by clicking this link.

And here is the Playwrights Podcast web site: http://www.playwrightspodcast.com


In celebration of its 15th anniversary, New York City's own RADIOTHEATRE offers an alternative to your usual Scrooge and Nutcracker-filled holiday entertainment with two of the greatest, most influential science fiction stories ever written!  They'll be reprising their Drama Desk-nominated Mary Shelley's classic tale
FRANKENSTEIN in repertory with the NY Innovative Theater Award-winner H.G.Wells' THE TIME MACHINE. Radiotheatre is going all out for these two thrilling adaptations, packing them with their usual combination of cool visual effects and award-winning sound design, not to mention original orchestral scores. These exciting, yet poignant, family-oriented tales for the holiday season come alive within the 190-year-old St. John's Sanctuary in the heart of historic Greenwich Village, NYC.

212 868-4444
INFO: www.radiotheatrenyc.com 

Written by a 19 years old girl in 1818, FRANKENSTEIN is celebrating its 200th Anniversary this year! THE TIME MACHINE (1898) was written by the Father of Modern Science Fiction and has never been surpassed in its theme about the dangers of traveling into the past and future. Both novels have NEVER been out of publication around the world and continue to influence countless students, writers, filmmakers, artists, scientists and theologians alike. These stories are timeless in themselves as their protagonists, a scientist and an inventor,  boldly go where no man has gone before... challenging both God and the boundaries of morality and science...an issue that is still hotly debated in our times, as well! Will mankind ever succeed in this quest...or will it all lead to our inevitable doom?

"Phantasmic!" - NY TImes
"Hot aural action!" - Time Out
 "A sound extravaganza!" - Variety
"Marvelous sound design" - Village Voice
"Innovative, yet traditional!" - Total Theatre Magazine, London
"Stunning!" Syfy Channel
"Utterly spellbinding!" Columbia University Spectator

St.John's Sanctuary 81 Christopher St.
Greenwich Village, NYC NY

 Now entering its 15th Season, RADIOTHEATRE has produced over 80 live stage shows in NYC and tours; Drama Desk Award nom, 3 NY Innovative Theatre Awards; 16 noms; 5 yrs in row BEST PERFORMANCE GROUP.  Artistic Director Dan Bianchi, the 2014 recipient of the annual NY Innovative Theatre Award for Artistic Achievement. RT performances are
NOT readings of short stories but dramatic adaptations complete with a wonderful cast of storytellers...award-winning sound design and original orchestral accompaniment!


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Alive in Plasticland: Improv Workshop FREE

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Sat, December 8th 5PM EST
Central time: 4PM
Mountain time: 3PM
Pacific Standard Time: 2PM

Featuring UCB and Second City performers.

Watch or participate from anywhere in the world, with or without a VR headset.

Improv show December 15

Have you ever wanted to learn Improv? This popular acting style is being taught in the safety of virtual reality. Alive in Plasticland is a workshop that will feature games and techniques to help you learn this popular acting style in a fun social atmosphere.
Classic Improv Teachings:

  • Spontaneity, creativity, and collaboration
  • Making strong choices
  • Creating characters
  • Overcoming hesitations
  • Having fun and enjoying life
Improv theater has been the driving factor in many popular TV shows and movies. Everyone is encouraged to join this safe and creative environment. Especially if you've always wanted to try but have been hesitant.

Alive in Plasticland works with performers and artists across practices through immersive technologies including virtual reality. Professional improv actors and teachers in the NYC theater scene create this VR Improv Troupe, the first of its kind in the VR industry.

There is a $5 suggested donation for this workshop. It can be paid directly to the acting company using High Fidelity Coin - stable cryptocurrency - from your wallet at the event.

Special thanks to sponsor VRBAR, Brooklyn's First Virtual Reality Arcade, for hosting the performers.

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Call for Submissions for an evening of ten-minute plays at Buffalo State College

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Call for Submissions
Deadline: January 3, 2019

Call for Submissions for an evening of ten-minute plays at Buffalo State College. The program will run two nights during the Spring 2019 semester.
Submission Guidelines:

*The play must have characters in 18-25 range, no exceptions. If needed, you may include ONE (1) character not in that age range, but we are looking for plays that will resonate with the diverse young actors playing the roles, as well as the diverse college students in the audience; changing the ages on a generic play probably isn't going to work.

*Playwrights may submit one or two plays, but if you submit two, please do so in separate emails.

*All plays must be no longer than ten minutes, which may actually mean fewer than ten pages. If you’re not sure, please read it aloud.  No exceptions, no matter how brilliant the extra minutes may be. We mean it.

*All plays must have minimal set requirements. Plays chosen will receive full productions at Buffalo State’s black box theater, but with eight plays being performed, there is no time for elaborate set changes.

*Please email ten-minute plays with minimal set requirements to buffstateshortplays@gmail.com in standard format in Word or PDF.

*Email subject line should have your name and title of your play, e.g. MARY BROWN/MY AWESOME COLLEGE AGE PLAY.

*Body of email should contain contact information (including email and phone) and the play’s production history ONLY. You don’t have to write a cover letter, so please don’t. Anything other than the requested information is only going to give us a bad first impression (i.e. you don’t follow rules).

*Submissions that do not adhere to these guidelines will not be considered.

The Deadline:
Submissions must be received by January 3, 2019. We prefer earlier to later, as we read and cull as the submissions come in.

You will receive a confirmation email when we receive your play. Finalists will be notified by email by mid-March. We are sorry we cannot respond to each individual playwright.

The Producer:
Buffalo State will provide directors, actors, designers, and technical crew for the run of the show.  We will encourage directors to be in touch with playwrights throughout the process. For more information about the theater department at Buffalo State, please visit our Web site: theater.buffalostate.edu.

The Production:
Plays will be presented together as an evening of theater.  Chosen playwrights will receive a copy of the program, four complimentary tickets to be used any night of the run, and a $25 royalty.

If you have questions, please email buffstateshortplays@gmail.com with QUESTION in the subject line.

We look forward to reading your work!

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GNU Journal submission guidelines

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We are currently accepting submissions until December 15, 2018.  

Please send previously unpublished fiction (any genre), poetry, essays, plays, and artwork to: gnujournal@gmail.com.

Please submit only one story, play, or one nonfiction piece at a time, and no more than five poems at a time. You may submit work as many times as you wish, but we ask that you wait to hear back from us before submitting further work for consideration. The maximum word count for submissions is 7,000, and we are not currently seeking work about any particular theme or topic.

All work should be in 12 point font and double-spaced. Please make sure the subject line of your email includes the following: SUBMISSION – GENRE – TITLE OF WORK – WORD COUNT. The piece itself should only include a title. Please include your contact information within the body of the email.

The Robert J. Pickering Award for Playwriting Excellence

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This annual award was established to honor past member and playwright, Bob Pickering, and to provide a vehicle for playwrights to see their works produced. Over 30 plays have been produced over since 1984. $200 is awarded for first place, $50 for second place and $25 for third place.


Manuscripts must be received by December 31st

Types of plays accepted

Full length, unproduced plays and musicals. Children’s plays accepted. Unable to return without a self-addressed stamped envelope.

Selection Process:

Chairman and committee members read and review each entry and select ten finalists from which the first, second and third place winners are chosen.


Branch County Community Theatre reserves the right and agrees to produce the first place winner in this yearly competition. First place winners are required to sign a production contract.

Production House:

BCCT productions are staged in the historic Tibbits Opera House in Coldwater, Michigan. Built in 1882, Tibbits is a completely restored 500-seat proscenium theater.

Send submissions to:
Branch County Community Theatre
14 S. Hanchett St.
Coldwater, MI 49036

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