We never post calls for submissions that require a submission fee. Learn more here.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Appalachian Festival of Plays & Playwrights

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Plays must be written by an Appalachian playwright (currently living in the Appalachian Mountains which, for our purposes, run from New York to Alabama) OR the plays must be set in the Appalachian region.
Plays must be unpublished and must not have had a full professional production.
Full length plays are preferred.

To submit your play electronically:
Send a PDF of the script along with contact info and a brief synopsis of the play to: apfestival@bartertheatre.com

To submit your play by mail:
Please submit the full script in a three-brad folder or unbound, along with your contact info (please include email and phone) and a brief synopsis of the play. Plays will not be returned. Mail to:

Appalachian Festival of Plays and Playwrights
c/o Barter Theatre
PO Box 867
Abingdon, VA, 24212

Deadline for Submissions: Saturday, March 3, 2018

For more information, contact:
Nicholas Piper, Director
Barter’s Appalachian Festival of Plays and Playwrights
P.O. Box 867
Abingdon, VA 24212
276-619-3316

The playwrights of the selected plays will each receive $250 plus transportation and housing so that they may attend their reading.

Monday, February 26, 2018

The Madison Short Play Festival : Unpresidented

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Broom Street Theater seeks submissions of ten-minute scripts for

Unpresidented will be performed at Broom Street Theater in Madison, WI in October/November 2018. (Exact dates TBA)

Plays should somehow revolve around the theme of the American Presidency. Authors may feel free to take that as currently/historically/fictionally as they please.

Authors will receive full credit and complimentary admission to the show, plus a DVD of the performance, but unfortunately, we cannot pay royalties. Playwrights retain all rights to their own work. If selected for production, playwrights will be asked to sign a waiver granting Broom Street Theater performance rights to the work, and the right to use the playwright’s name and image in associated publicity.

Previously published/produced work is admissable, provided that the playwright includes a publication/production history with their submission.

As a courtesy, if your play is a world premiere, we ask that any future productions of your play mention Broom Street Theater in the program or publicity.

There is NO FEE for submission, as submission fees are loathsome and befoul the nostrils of the angels.

We will accept no more than two submissions per playwright.

Playwrights from the Madison, WI area – or with ties to the Madison, WI area – will be given precedence. However, we’re suckers for excellence coming from anywhere (especially overseas!) and we love establishing new relationships with playwrights.

The deadline is March 1, 2018, but you don’t want to be that writer whose work is buried under an avalanche of last-minute submissions. Submit early for leisurely consideration!

How to Submit

Email your script in pdf or Microsoft Word format to submissions@bstonline.org.

Please make sure your contact information is included in the file with the script.

Use the subject line – “Unpresidented”.

In the body of your email, tell us how your play relates to the theme of the festival. Tell us a little bit about yourself. Tell us what, if any, ties you have to Madison, WI. (It’s okay if you don’t have any.) Include the word Roosevelt somewhere in the body of your email. That’s how we identify people who carefully read the submission instructions.

Restrictions
Your play must fulfill the following restrictions:

Plays must be ten minutes or less in length.

Plays may only feature speaking roles for up to four actors. Four additional actors are available for crowd scenes/background, etc…

That’s it for restrictions. We’re okay with nudity, swearing, entrails… – or naked, swearing entrails.

If you have questions, please email Doug@bstonline.org. (Do not, however, send your submissions to Doug or he will become cross.)

Through line Artists' Summer Shorts 2018

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Throughline Artists is currently accepting submissions for the 12th season of SUMMER SHORTS, an annual festival of new American short plays, to be held this summer at 59E59 Theaters in Manhattan.

Playwrights in the tri-state area are encouraged to submit previously unproduced one-act plays between 20 – 30 minutes in length. Six plays will be selected for production in July/August. Playwrights will be notified of selection by May 1st.

Please read our submission guidelines carefully. Plays that do not adhere to these rules will not be considered.

Guidelines:

· Plays cannot have been previously produced in New York or published (previous workshops and/or staged readings are acceptable)

· Plays should be between 20 and 30 minutes in length (we are not interested in 10-minute plays)

· Plays should not require more than four actors

· Plays must include a cover page with the playwright’s contact info (email, phone and address)

· Playwrights are expected to attend rehearsals. For that reason we limit submission to writers living in the tri-state area.

· Submit plays in PDF or Word format to: submissions@throughlineartists.org

· Deadline for submission is February 28th, 2018.

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Women's Project Theater Lab Applications

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WE ARE CURRENTLY ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR THE ’18-’20 LAB!
WP Theater is looking for female-identified or trans playwrights, directors, and producers who crave an artistic home, professional support, and the resources to launch them into the next phase of their careers to join the 2018-2020 WP Lab.

The Lab provides up to fifteen artists with community, a vital professional network, entrepreneurial and leadership training, free rehearsal space and, most significantly, tangible opportunities for the development and production of bold new work for the stage.

Deadline for applications is MARCH 1, 2018.

REQUIREMENTS FOR ELIGIBILITY:
  • Must be a female-identified or trans artist living within 90 minutes of WP Theater via car or rail
  • Must be able to attend evening meetings at WP Theater twice each month for the duration of the two years, as well as other events throughout the year, such as master classes, retreats, observerships and other special events at WP
  • Regular attendance is mandatory and therefore applicants should view the program as a two-year-long commitment
  • Must be available for an in-person interview

THE PARTICIPATING ARTISTS WILL:
  • Receive a stipend
  • Participate in a monthly lab meeting led by WP Artistic Staff and Lab Liaisons
  • Participate in a bimonthly meeting of the five artists in their concentration led by a mentor in their field
  • Participate in master classes led by established artists
  • Receive complimentary tickets to WP shows, invited dress rehearsals and other special events
  • Receive artistic support and professional development guidance from the artistic staff
  • Participate in The Pipeline Festival, a festival of five new plays, written, directed and produced by the WP Lab, to be presented during the second year
For further clarification of Requirements for Eligibility, please see the Frequently Asked Questions section below.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS:

All applicants must submit the following:
  • Current resume
  • One page statement that describes your artistic vision and the specific process behind it and why this residency would be useful for you in this moment of your career.
  • A list of 3 professional references, including title/affiliation, phone and email
  • Playwrights:
  • In a separate PDF, the full length script most representative of your work and that you believe to be ready for production.
  • The draft should not have your name or any other identifiers.
  • The play must be at least 60 pages long, and must be a completed draft, though it need not be a final draft.
For further clarification of materials required for application, please see the Frequently Asked Questions Section below.

TO APPLY:

PLEASE VISIT OUR SUBMITTABLE SITE TO APPLY.

YOU MAY ONLY APPLY TO ONE DISCIPLINE PER LAB CYCLE.
Hard copy applications will not be accepted
Emailed applications will not be accepted.
If you have specific questions, please email literary@womensproject.org after reading the Frequently Asked Questions section. No phone calls, or emailed applications please.

TASN Short Play Festival

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The Actors Studio of Newburyport, MA is dedicated to new play development and will be holding
its first annual Short Play Festival for two weekends, and six performances, in October 2018.

The Submission window opens on January 1, 2018 and closes on March 1, 2018, or until five
hundred new plays have been received, whichever occurs first.

Our judges will partake in multiple rounds of reading, scoring, and debating and the eight winners will be announced on June 1, 2018, with the top-scoring play receiving the Clopton Prize, and with the top-vote-getting play from our audiences, The Audience Choice Award.

Length: 5-15 minutes. Send us your best. There is no theme and no restrictions on content. And
while workshops and readings are okay, this is our Premier Festival so we ask for you Premier
as well.

There is no fee to submit. But, we request a $5.00 OPTIONAL donation per submission with a limit of two submissions per playwright. TASN is non-profit and your tax deductible donation will be used to help defray the cost of producing this Festival which is dedicated solely to the development of
New Work.

Submitting is a two-step process.

  • First, snail-mail your title page, contact info, and your OPTIONAL donation (made payable) to The Actors Studio of Newburyport, The Tannery, Mill #1, Suite 5, Newburyport, MA, 01950. 
  • Second, email your blind script (PDF’s preferred) to TASNShortPlayFest @gmail.com. Only after selecting the final eight plays will we determine the identity of the winners.

No identifying information on your script please as we want to ensure anonymity during the
judging process.

TASN is an award-winning 50 seat black box in historic Newburyport on the North Shore of Massachusetts. This Festival will be sponsored by our Weekend Writers Group who collectively have been produced at The Playwrights Platform Summer Festival (14 times), The Boston Theater Marathon (12) The Firehouse’s New Works Festival (8), The Vermont Playwright’s Circle and The Players Ring, Portsmouth (4), Theater Artist’s Workshop, Norwalk (3), North Park Vaudeville (2),

The Fusion Theater’s The Seven, The NYC 15 Minute Festival, the ATHE New Play Development Series, The Vortex Theater, Durango Arts Center, Silver Springs Summer Festival, and the list goes on…

Bottom line: This Short Play Festival is brought to you by playwrights, for playwrights, and will
be directed and performed by our amazing TASN talent. Good Luck! And see you at the show.
Like us on facebook or go to www.newburyportacting.org for more information.

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Mass Rhetoric: A New Works Festival 2018

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This year’s theme for the festival will be #RESIST.

Submissions will be accepted through March 1st 2018

EMAIL YOUR SUBMISSION TO:
submissions@fundamentaltheaterproject.com

We encourage our writers to interpret this to address something that they are passionate about that is relevant right now, and are looking for diversity and a broad spectrum of perspectives. International and immigrant voices are highly encouraged - foreign language plays with translation will be accepted.

Five short plays/musicals will be accepted and presented in a rehearsed staged reading format and given a one-night performance in NYC in April 2018. Each performance will be followed by a panel discussion focusing on the issues explored in the piece, with a post-show reception to follow. By combining passionate artists and knowledgeable speakers we hope to raise consciousness and unite communities through the medium of live theatre.

SEEKING SUBMISSIONS THAT ARE…

  • Unpublished, previously unproduced plays/musicals without pending professional productions (previous readings or workshops acceptable)
  • Focused on an interpretation of the theme, #RESIST.
  • One-act length, no longer than 90 minutes
  • No larger than eight actors (multiple roles allowed if doubling is feasible and consistent with the overall flow of the piece)

GUIDELINES FOR SUBMISSIONS

  • Submit as a PDF file that includes a title page with name(s) of playwright(s) and MP3s of any musical numbers
  • Include a three-line synopsis of submission, which idea inspired you, and a short bio for playwright(s)
  • There is no fee for submissions
  • Limit of two submissions per playwright

We look forward to reading your work!

For more information on last years festival click HERE or email info@fundamentaltheaterproject.com

Attic's Christmas Playwriting Contest & Festival

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Attic Productions announces its First Annual Christmas Playwriting Festival. Attic will accept original, unpublished one-act plays to be considered for productions as part of the Christmas Playwriting Festival tentatively scheduled for November 17, 2018. Following are the guidelines for submission.
1. There is no charge for playwrights to submit their scripts.
2. Submissions must be received between November 18, 2017 and February 28th, 2018.
3. Playwrights are limited to one play per festival per year.
4. Only One-Act plays with a Christmas or Holiday theme, no longer than 30 minutes run-time will be considered for this festival.
5. Plays will be submitted by email as a pdf file to atticproductions@ntelos.net with the subject line “Christmas Festival Submission.” In addition, submissions will include:
a. A separate pdf including Title Page with Name of the Playwright and contact information. This will be a blind submission contest, do not include playwright’s name and contact information in the script pdf.
b. Original, Unpublished One-Act script of no longer than 30 minutes run-time in length.
c. Cast List of Characters
d. A Brief Synopsis
e. Numbered Pages
f. Attic Productions is a family friendly community theatre. Scripts should NOT include foul language, sexually explicit or gratuitously violent scenes or language.
6. All production and publication rights remain the property of the playwright.
7. Attic Productions shall have the right to produce selected scripts without payment of royalties.
8. Production will be at the discretion of Attic Productions.
9. All submissions must be original and unpublished.
10. Scripts will be judged by committee on concept, dramatic action, characterization, cast size, and dialogue. Technical requirements will be noted. As the plays selected will be part of an evening of several one-act plays, submissions should not be overly reliant on elaborate sets or technical elements.
11. Playwrights will be notified of the results by April 30, 2018.

Friday, February 23, 2018

Free tickets: THE BENCH (also advisory to those with AOL email addresses)

This Saturday, February 24, 2018, in its weekly mailing list, NYCPlaywrights will be offering a voucher good for a pair of tickets to see this show. The voucher will be given on a first-come, first-serve basis. You must  a member of the NYCPlaywrights mailing list to receive details.

THE BENCH, A HOMELESS LOVE STORY

Inspired by Real People and True Stories

EXTENDS FOR 12 WEEKS AT THE BRAND NEW

EAST VILLAGE PLAYHOUSE http://www.thebenchplay.com

EVERY FRIDAY NIGHT, 9PM THROUGH APRIL 13, 2018


ADVISORY TO THOSE WITH AOL EMAIL ADDRESSES:

Due to changes made at AOL with its email service, the NYCPlaywrights weekly email is currently not able to be delivered to at least some email addresses ending in @aol.com.

So if your email address is somename@aol.com you will probably have to re-signup to the NYCPlaywrights mailing list.

You may have to create a new email address, not one at AOL.
Gmail.com provides a free email service as an alternative.

You can join the mailing list (or rejoin the mailing list) here:
https://nycp.blogspot.com/p/join-mailing-list.html

Let us know if you have any problems: info@nycplaywrights.org

Thanks.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Pipedream Productions presents: Piping Hot New Works–In the Dark

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We are looking for short play submissions (10-15 minutes MAX).

Easy enough? Well, there's a catch. The audience will be blindfolded; therefore, your play will be read to an audience in total darkness. If your play does not take this into consideration, we will not accept your submission. Get creative, get wacky, and show us what you've got!

Please provide the following contact information in the body of your email: full name, address, and email.

The plays themselves should not contain any contact information. Any contact info should be in the body of the email—do not put your name on the script itself. Your script will not be considered if it contains your contact information.

The subject line for your submission should read as follows: PHNW Dark Submission

Preference will be given to scripts with fewer than five characters. All plays must be unpublished.

The deadline for submissions is August 31 at 11:59pm MST. We will cut off submissions once we've reached 200, so the sooner the better. Late submissions will not be accepted.

Please send scripts in PDF format to: pipedreamsubmissions@gmail.com

All playwrights will receive two complimentary tickets to a performance of their choosing.
You will receive an email by September 15th letting you know whether or not your script has been chosen.

We look forward to reading your work.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Ticket give-away: SHOOTER

SHOOTER
by Sam Graber
directed by Katrin Hilbe
https://shootertheplay.com

Shooter is the story of a shooter-massacre stopped before it can happen. When Jim sees a teenage boy with two shotguns beneath his trench coat nearing the entrance of the local high school, Jim pulls his own firearm and stops a potential massacre. Jim is a hero. But as more details on the incident are uncovered, what really happened becomes a lot less clear.

NYCPlaywrights is offering members of its mailing list a pair of tickets for the Friday March 9, 8PM performance.

The ticket give-away is this Saturday - you must be a member of the NYCPlaywrights mailing list to get the details for the free and discounted tickets.

You can join here (you don't have to be a playwright to join the NYCPlaywrights mailing list.)

https://nycp.blogspot.com/p/join-mailing-list.html

NYCPlaywrights & Ken Wolf's Playwriting Podcast

Thanks to Ken Wolf, Artistic Director of Manhattan Repertory Theatre for his help in getting the word out about NYCPlaywrights by inviting us to his Playwriting Podcast.

The podcast offers strategies and techniques for playwrights (and writers in general) "to get out of their heads" and write better.

In Playwriting Podcast #40 founder Nancy McClernan talks about the NYCPlaywrights web site & weekly email blast and about the writing process. She also reveals her love for Justin Trudeau and her... not-love for Donald Trump.

You can hear the podcast here.

You can find all of the Playwriting Podcasts here.


IATC First Annual Playwriting Competition

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The IATC is seeking full-length, never produced plays (no musicals) in English, exploring the Italian American experience, to be considered for its First Annual Playwriting Competition.

SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS

(See also Evaluation Questions for Playwrights and Defining the Italian American Experience below):

Submit your finished script (no works-in-progress) as a PDF by clicking on the link at the beginning of this sentence.

Subject line of email should read “Contest Submission,” followed by the playwright’s last name.

Scripts should include title of play, playwright’s name, address, phone number and email on the title page.

Accompanying documents should include a short playwright’s bio (max 1 page), synopsis of the play (max 2 pages), and a list of characters (not to exceed 12 actors, though dual roles are permitted).

Playwrights may only submit one play per year for consideration. Playwrights need not be Italian American.

Submissions accepted October 1, 2017, through February 28, 2018, CST.

Playwrights will receive email notification of receipt of their submission. Winning playwrights will be notified by the IATC upon completion of the judging.

Winners will be announced in June 2018, on the IATC website.

Prizes:

The winning play will be produced by the IATC in the Chicago area. (There will be no financial award.)

Three additional plays will receive a staged reading in whole or in part at a later date.

Send general questions via email to: info@italianamericantheatreofchicago.com. Subject line: Contest Question. All entries are final.

The IATC (and judges) will not respond to inquiries about the status of a script during the submission and judging periods.  All entries are final.

EVALUATION QUESTIONS FOR PLAYWRIGHTS

When evaluating the merits of a submission, judges will consider how well the work addresses the following questions:

Does the play clearly deal with one or more aspects of the Italian American experience, past or present? Does it treat the subject with honesty in an original and compelling way? Does it avoid stereotype and generalization?

Does the play contribute to the larger conversation about immigration and its impact on individuals, families and society? Whether set in the present or the past, does it raise questions or inspire ideas that contemporary Italian Americans may be uniquely suited to address for the common good?

Is the play well written? Whether comedy, tragedy or history, does it demonstrate an understanding of the basic elements of drama: well-developed characters; a conflict-driven plot; lively dialogue; an engaging setting; and an underlying theme that raises important questions?

Does the playwright have a strong voice and a clear point of view? Can a contemporary audience relate to both?

Does the play have the potential to touch and change an audience in a positive, life-enhancing way? Will theatregoers come away with deeper understanding or fresh insight or a new perspective or a change of heart?

Does the play conform to the Submission Instructions, and is it accompanied by all requested supporting material?

Can the play be produced with a modest set, a reasonable number of characters (12 or fewer), and reasonable technical demands? (Playwrights, keep in mind that the IATC does not yet have Broadway resources!)

DEFINING THE ITALIAN-AMERICAN EXPERIENCE

“Tutto è destino.”

The Italian American experience is different for every Italian American. Many factors contribute to this diversity: time of immigration, region of origin, employment, education, family and personality. Even within families, the experience differs — between men and women and across the generations. The hand of destiny has many helpers.

Consequently, the Italian American experience cannot be reduced to a few clichés and caricatures, as has too often been the case in the popular culture.

Its variety and complexity are what make it a rich source of character and story. At its best, the Italian American experience embodies the classic hero’s journey; and like all heroes’ journeys, it is a voyage of self-discovery and transformation.

With that in mind, the following subjects and themes offer a starting point for writers interested in exploring the Italian American experience dramatically. They are meant to suggest and inspire, not prescribe or limit in any way:

A Selection of Italian American Themes and Subjects

The role of family as the first and foremost relationship and responsibility– a concept often in conflict with mainstream American values of individualism and self-sufficiency.
The role of Catholicism as a shared religion and cultural touchstone, but also as an affiliation setting Italians apart from the prevailing Protestant establishment.

Achievements in Business, Commerce, Politics, Law, Academia and Sports often acquired against the odds and despite prejudice exacerbated by the widespread association of Italian-Americans with the criminal underworld.

Prominence in the Arts and Sciences as an ongoing affirmation of Italy’s rich tradition of humanism that offers compelling Italian-American success stories in fields as diverse as cinema and nuclear physics, music and medicine, architecture and fashion design.

The Importance of Food as a source of sustenance, physical and emotional; as a measure of success, as a means of self-expression (especially for women), and as an industry that has evolved from pizza carts to five star restaurants.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Ticket give-away: SCOOP


SCOOP
by Yair Packer
directed by Charlotte Cohn
music by David Broza
https://www.scooptheplay.com

Scoop is an original Israeli drama that explores how far people will go when their loved ones are at stake.

This is the first production by Israeli Artists Project (IAP, "yap"), which aims to present more works of Israeli, Hebrew-language theater in New York.

NYCPlaywrights is offering members of its mailing list a pair of tickets for each night of its first weekend - performances in English and in Hebrew.

There will also be a discount code for those who try for but don't win the tickets.

The ticket give-away is this Saturday - you must be a member of the NYCPlaywrights mailing list to get the details for the free and discounted tickets.

You can join here (you don't have to be a playwright to join the NYCPlaywrights mailing list.)

https://nycp.blogspot.com/p/join-mailing-list.html

TICKETS $20-$50
MARCH 15­–25, 2018
ROY ARIAS THEATRE
777 8TH AVE
NEW YORK, NY

Performance dates:
3/15 Thursday 7pm - HEBREW
3/16 Friday 7pm - ENGLISH
3/17 Saturday 7pm - HEBREW
3/18 Sunday 6pm - ENGLISH
3/22 Thursday 7pm - ENGLISH
3/23 Friday 7pm - HEBREW
3/24 Saturday 2pm - ENGLISH
3/24 Saturday 7pm - ENGLISH
3/25 Sunday 2pm - HEBREW
3/25 Sunday 6pm - HEBREW

Monday, February 19, 2018

Next Act New Play Summit 2018

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NEXT ACT! SUBMISSIONS
Submissions are now being accepted for Capital Repertory Theatre’s Seventh Annual NEXT ACT! NEW PLAY SUMMIT!

Next Act!, now in its seventh year, is an expansion of Capital Repertory Theatre’s (theREP) commitment to the development of new work. At the same time, the weekend long summit is designed to complement the Upper Hudson Valley’s rich diverse populations. Next Act! New Play Summit 7 will take place June 2-4, 2018 and will feature readings of two never-before produced plays, with additional special events throughout the weekend.

theREP is looking for scripts that use theatre to address injustices, inequities, and cultural collisions, providing a voice for the unheard on stage, in the workplace, the Capital Region and beyond. Scripts that engage art and social justice.

Accepting full length plays only (no musicals). Multi-cultural and ethnically diverse pieces encouraged. Comedy and Drama welcome!

ELIGIBILITY
Eligible plays can not have been previously produced, though previous readings are allowed. No more than 7 characters. (Please do not submit works in which actors play multiple roles, unless it is a device used to illuminate generations.)

Plays previously submitted to Next Act will not be considered for this years’ Summit. Agent and non-agent submissions accepted.

Submission Deadline: END OF DAY – Wednesday, February 28, 2018.

HOW TO SUBMIT
Playwrights should submit one document, as a Microsoft word or PDF file attachment. This document must include: a short one-paragraph synopsis – that illuminates the plays entire plot including its ending; the character descriptions and the first 10 pages (and only the first ten pages) of their play.

Submission documents must be void of playwright’s name and contact information. Submissions that do not conform to the guidelines stipulated will not be accepted.

Email your submission to nextact@capitalrep.org with 2018 SUBMISSION in the subject line. (There is a spam filter on this email account to protect it from hackers. First time users please prove that you are human by following the link to ensure your submissions delivery.)

A small stipend and limited travel available for playwrights selected. Electronic submissions only.

PLAYS SELECTED
Playwrights selected for the summit will be notified by May 10, 2018.

Two plays will be selected to have readings (with an eye towards a potential future production) during the annual summit, which will take place June 2-4, 2018.

Capital Rep is a professional LORT D theatre, established in Albany in 1981.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Helen McCloy Scholarship

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What Is It? The Helen McCloy/MWA Scholarship for Mystery Writing seeks to nurture talent in mystery writing—in fiction, nonfiction, playwriting, and screenwriting.

Who May Apply? The scholarship is open to U.S. citizens or permanent residents only. Membership in Mystery Writers of America is not required to apply. The McCloy Scholarship is intended for serious aspiring mystery writers who wish to improve their writing skills. Applicants should not have received monetary compensation for novels, short stories, non-fiction, screenplays or play scripts in the crime-writing genre.

How Shall the Scholarship Be Used? The scholarship shall be used to offset tuition and fees for writing workshops, writing seminars, or university/college-level writing programs taking place in the U.S. in summer, fall or winter of 2018 or early spring 2019. Applicants must select a specific writing class/workshop/seminar to which scholarship funds would be applied.  To be eligible, the chosen writing program must require the applicant to produce writing and to have writing critiqued. Writing conferences featuring only panels and agent conferences are not eligible.

 What Is the Scholarship Amount? MWA will present two scholarships for up to $500 each. Scholarship checks are issued in late Spring and are made out jointly to scholarship winners and their chosen educational institutions.

 Submission Details Applicants are required to submit:

* ONE Scholarship application form, completed – 2018 McCloy Application Form

* ONE copy of the official description of the writing class/workshop/program (from college catalog, workshop brochure, or other.)

* One copy of a 300- to 500-word essay explaining the applicant’s interest in mystery writing

* One copy of a sample of mystery writing for judging: either a synopsis and 3 chapters from a novel, or 3 short stories, or 3 short nonfiction pieces, or 1 screenplay or 1 play script

The scholarship committee may also require a letter of acceptance and/or syllabus or other documentation from the writing class/workshop/seminar to be attended.

Email all materials in one complete submission package to: 
 McCloy.MWA@gmail.com
Put “submission” in the subject line of the email.

Application Deadline All applications must be postmarked by February 28, 2018. 

No late applications or emailed applications will be accepted.

Questions? For individual answers and a copy of scholarship FAQs and submission tips (recommended), e-mail the scholarship committee at:   McCloy.MWA@gmail.com

Playwrights’ Revolution 2018

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Every summer Capital Stage presents professional staged readings of new works through the PLAYWRIGHTS’ REVOLUTION. We seek submissions for new plays from December 1, 2017 – February 28, 2018.

Script submissions are accepted as follows: Playwrights' Revolution

Playwrights wishing to submit work should refer to our Playwrights’ Revolution submission deadlines and criteria below. Please note: PDFs of script submissions are preferred.
Agents may send full-length manuscripts via email to: literarymanager@capstage.org
or
Literary Manager
Capital Stage
2420 N Street #120
Sacramento, CA 95816
Playwright’s Revolution 2018

As Sacramento’s leader of bold, thought-provoking theatre, Capital Stage created the PLAYWRIGHTS’ REVOLUTION. This series of staged readings seeks to identify and develop exciting new plays and playwrights. These new works are brought to theatrical life through a series of staged readings performed by professional actors in Capital Stage’s intimate theatre. Capital Stage invites audiences to take part in the new play development process by attending readings and participating in post-reading discussion.

Qualifications
Capital Stage is particularly interested in plays that fulfill our mission to bring bold, thought-provoking work to the region. Plays must be full-length in any genre: comedy, drama, musical, etc. Translations, collections of one-acts, children’s plays and any play that has received a full-scale, professional production prior to submission are not eligible. Plays that have had a workshop, reading or non-professional production are still eligible. Only one submission per playwright is allowed each year.

The Selection Process
Capital Stage’s competitive selection process consists of two rounds of selection. All play excerpts submitted during the first round, averaging 300 submissions, are reviewed. Then, selected playwrights are asked to provide a full manuscript of their play. Finally, Capital Stage invites 4 to 6 playwrights to have their work included in PLAYWRIGHTS’ REVOLUTION.

Preference will be given to those plays that are aligned with Capital Stage’s mission to bring bold, thought-provoking work to our community.

How to Apply
Playwrights interested in submitting a play for consideration should send the following to Capital Stage between December 1, 2017 – February 28, 2018. PDFs of script submissions are preferred.

Attn: Literary Management, 2215 J Street, Sacramento, CA 95816
or
literarymanager@capstage.org

Your contact information;
A concise paragraph stating your previous playwriting credits;
Title of the play;
Character breakdown and description;
Time and place of the play;
Synopsis; and
A ten page sample of the play.

2018 Deadlines
Capital Stage is accepting submissions from December 1, 2017 – February 28, 2018.  Local, national, and international playwrights are encouraged to submit. We will only accept the first 350 submissions received between December 1, 2017 and February 28, 2018.

Thank you for your interest!

Friday, February 16, 2018

THE WRITER’S VOICE: Ten Minute Play Festival

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 They will waive the fee if the entrant mentions NYCPlaywrights

The Marjorie S. Deane Little Theater presents the 2nd annual:
THE WRITER’S VOICE: Ten Minute Play Festival

Marjorie S. Deane Little Theater at The West Side YMCA | 5 W 63rd Street, New York, NY 10023 Performance Dates: May 4-5, 2018
Submission Deadline: March 1, 2018

Send submissions and questions to:
Amanda Selwyn, Director of Community Arts
aselwyn@ymcanyc.org
212-912-2635

An evening of 10-minute plays, (rehearsed, cast and directed) presented in the state of the art Off-Broadway Marjorie S. Deane Little Theater at The West Side YMCA, one block from Lincoln Center.

• $20 submission fee (applicants should fill out enclosed credit card authorization form or send a check, payable to The West Side YMCA at 5 W 63rd Street, New York, NY 10023).

• CASH PRIZES from audience and panel judges for best play.

• Selected plays will pay $100 for production of their play in the festival. For tech specs and photos of the theater visit http://www.ymcanyc.org/westside/pages/Theater

• Previously produced plays are acceptable; plays must be original works submitted by playwright.

• Playwrights are responsible for selecting a cast, director, and rehearsals.

• If you have video of previous performances, please include the link (this is not required) as specified below.

About the Writer’s Voice
http://www.ymcanyc.org/westside/pages/the-writers-voice

Founded in 1981, the West Side YMCA Writer’s Voice is one of New York City’s longest-running and well respected creative writing programs. Each class offers writers a great opportunity to generate new or hone existing material with the support of our faculty and writing peers.

EVCT Aspiring Playwrights

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  • East Valley Children’s Theatre is searching for aspiring playwrights to become a part of the theatre’s future seasons of performances. Contest rules and prizes are listed below.
  • All plays must be submitted to East Valley Children’s Theatre no later than March 1, 2018.
  • Playwrights must include a cover sheet with name, address, phone number and email address
  • Plays must be suitable for children to perform and for an audience of children. (Plays with small casts are not as likely to be chosen for performance; casts of 15 or more are preferred)
  • Plays must be 60-90 minutes in length. Shorter plays may be submitted but will not be considered for a seasonal theatrical production.
  • Plays and musicals must not have been previously performed. They must be original and unpublished.
  • Musicals must include a copy of the music in either manuscript or audio recording format.
  • Playwrights are not required to pay an entry fee.

* The first place entry will receive a $500 cash prize, a stipend for travel, and will be produced by East Valley Children’s Theatre in its upcoming season, if it meets all the criteria for performance. Second and third place winners will be announced and recognized.

• Winner will be announced in April, 2018

Send entries to:
East Valley Children’s Theatre
P.O. Box 20514
Mesa, AZ 85277-0514
Or email them to: Karen@evct.org
For more information or questions call EVCT at 480-756-3828.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Playwrights Realm Fellowship & Scratchpad

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Thank you for your interest in The Playwrights Realm and our open submission programs, the Writing Fellowship and Scratchpad Series!

Submission deadline is Sunday, March 4th, 2018, at 11:59PM EST.

General application requirements:
Program-specific online application form. (Click here to see application question details)
A theatrical résumé. (PDF format. Bios will not be accepted in lieu of résumé)
A complete draft of the play you wish to develop, with your name and play title on a cover page (PDF format)
Music samples, if applicable. (Scratchpad Series only)
OPTIONAL professional reference or letter of recommendation.


Please carefully read program requirements below, then select the application form that corresponds to your interest.

Apply for the Writing Fellowship ONLY

To apply for the Writing Fellowship you must:
Be able to attend meetings and events in New York City approximately twice monthly from September, 2018, through early June, 2019.
Have a script that would benefit from a nine-month, intensive development process.
Note that musicals and one-person shows are not eligible for the Writing Fellowship.
Please review complete Writing Fellowship eligibility requirements and FAQ HERE

Apply for Scratchpad Series ONLY

To apply for Scratchpad Series you must:
Have a script that would benefit from dramaturgical conversation with The Realm and a 15-hour developmental reading process. (Plays can be anything from a rough first draft to a play that is close to production-ready.)
Be able to be present in New York City for a reading process of between 3-6 days, at a time agreed upon by both you and The Realm.
Please review complete Scratchpad Series eligibility requirements and FAQ HERE

Apply to BOTH programs simultaneously

To use the dual application form you must:
Be able to attend Writing Fellowship meetings and events in New York City approximately twice monthly from September, 2018, through early June, 2019. If this is not the case please apply to Scratchpad Series only.
Be able to be present in New York City for the duration of a Scratchpad Series process of between 3-6 days, at a time agreed upon by both you and The Realm.
Note that musicals and one-person shows are not eligible for the Writing Fellowship. If you are submitting a musical please apply to Scratchpad Series only.
Understand that you are applying to both programs with a single script.
For general overview information and FAQ click HERE


Please select the ONE application form.

To access an application form you will be asked to create a secure User ID and log in. This will enable you to save drafts as you work and verify that your application has been received.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

NYC One-Act Festival

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Seeking one-act plays written by current New York City residents.

Scripts should run between eight and sixteen minutes.

The NYC One-Act Festival will consist of seven plays written by New Yorkers for New Yorkers directed by and featuring members of The Complete Theatre Company.

Please, send scripts to Annie Ward at annieward@tctheatrecompany.com.

The deadline for submissions is 2/15.

For more information about our company visit: www.completetheatre.net

Native American New Play Festival 2018

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Now accepting full-length play scripts written for the stage (60 pages or more)

The Oklahoma City Theatre Company annual Native American New Play Festival is at the heart of our regular season offerings. We invite Native American, Alaska Native, Hawaiian, First Nations and Indigenous Mexico playwrights to submit full-length scripts (60 pages or more) written for the stage from an Indigenous perspective. All themes and topics are welcomed. Plays may focus on historical or present-day issues. We are especially interested in plays that center on an Oklahoma tribe and tribal history within the state.

Selection Process: Full length plays are evaluated by a panel comprised of Native American theatre artists and invested community members. The panel will select 2-3 plays for a staged reading during the festival based on originality, theatricality, and execution. Finalist will receive a staged reading with actors and a director during the festival weekend events.  An audience talk back will follow the readings. A fully realized production will be awarded to one of the staged reading finalists and showcased as the featured production the following festival year during the Oklahoma City Theatre Company’s regular season.

Submissions will only be accepted electronically in either Word or PDF format.  Scripts must conform to industry standard play-script format (one-inch margins, #12 Times or Courier font, all pages numbered). We welcome plays that have had previous workshops and productions within the last five years. Please include a production history if applicable.  Include a title page with full contact information, (mailing address, phone numbers, Email address) a draft or revision date and a character breakdown at the beginning of your script. Please provide a biography of 100 words and provide a photo of at least 300 dpi.  Please label all attachment as follows:  Title of the play Author’s Last Name, First Initial.

To submit upload your submission materials at: mayatorralba@gmail.com

Deadline for the 2018 9th Annual Native American New Play Festival submissions is midnight February 15, 2018.

**Please note we only accept submissions written for the stage by Native American, Alaska Native, Hawaiian, First Nations, and Indigenous Mexico artists.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Orlando Shakespeare Theater PlayFest 2018

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ANNOUNCING PLAYFEST 2018 NEW PLAY SUBMISSIONS
PlayFest 2018 will present readings of seven new plays over the weekends of November 2–4 and November 10–11 in the Margeson Theater at OST. Each reading receives about 20 hours of rehearsal time with professional actors and director and a public reading–all with the playwright in attendance.

The seven plays will be selected from solicited and unsolicited scripts. We welcome submissions from agents and from PlayFest alumni as well as ten-page samples from unsolicited work. If you are interested in submitting a play, please read the following guidelines carefully.

WHAT TYPES OF PLAYS ARE WE LOOKING FOR?

We generally look for scripts with cast sizes of 1–8. We are especially interested in scripts that speak to the issues that our audiences are experiencing right now. Past PlayFest plays have dealt with issues of racism, autism, gender, Alzheimer’s, immigration, etc. Our Shakespeare and classical productions deal with “timeless issues” and we like for our new plays to deal with modern “issues of our times.” We seek plays of various genres by diverse writers with diverse characters.

“NEW PLAY” ELIGIBILITY

For a script to be eligible for inclusion in PlayFest 2018, a play does NOT have to be a world premiere, but it must be a “new” play. For our purposes, that means:

  • The play CANNOT have had more than two previous professional (AEA) productions before PlayFest 2018.
  • The play CANNOT have been published.
  • The play CANNOT have had an AEA production in New York City or Orlando.
  • Most importantly, the author must still be developing and working on the script.
  • If you are a playwright with no prior working relationship with OST and no agent, then you should submit a TEN-PAGE SAMPLE. (Do NOT send the full play but pick ten pages to submit along with the rest of the packet.) See below.

If you have an agent, please have your agent send a query or one script to Cynthiaw@orlandoshakes.org. If you have several plays, then have your agent pick one or send a query to discuss which would be most appropriate for OST to consider.
If you are a PlayFest alumni or have other working relationship with OST, then please send your play to Cynthiaw@orlandoshakes.org.

TEN-PAGE SAMPLE OF UNSOLICITED PLAY:

Please send us the following by midnight February 17, 2018:

  • A brief bio about you (100-150 words)
  • A brief synopsis of the play (100-200 words)
  • A brief character breakdown (1-2 sentences that describe each character)
  • 10 pages from the script
  • You will receive a return email when your submission has been catalogued
  • We plan to request full-length scripts from these samples by April 1, 2018.
  • Please send us your BEST consecutive ten pages, not necessarily the first ten. We want to be able to get a strong sense of your use of language and dialogue to tell your story. We do not have the staff necessary to read full unsolicited scripts, but we are excited to read your best 10 pages and will consider asking for your full script.

All submissions should be emailed as PDF electronic submissions. Please send to: submissions@orlandoshakes.org.

SOLICITED PLAYS or PLAYS FROM PLAYFEST ALUMNI OR AGENTS:

Please send only one play per author. If you are debating which play to send, please read “What Types of Plays We Are Looking for” above or send a query to Cynthiaw@orlandoshakes.org.

Please send by April 1 (sooner is better):

  • A brief bio about writer
  • A two-three sentence synopsis of play
  • A basic character breakdown
  • An electronic copy of the play
  • Our goal is to select 15–20 finalists by May 15, 2018 and the seven PlayFest 2018 scripts by August 1, 2018.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Relative Theatrics Playwrights Voices

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Relative Theatrics will accept play submissions for Playwrights Voiced from January 15th through February 15th, 2018.

SUBMISSION GUIDLINES
  • We will accept submissions PDF format only. They may be sent to relativetheatrics@gmail.com.
  • Please include playwright bio and short synopsis of the play.
  • We are looking for full-length plays with an estimated run time from 80 to 120 minutes, a small cast, and a single or flexible set.
  • Selected plays will receive a staged reading with qualified actors to assist in the development process and a $50 honorarium.
  • It is preferred that the playwright is able to attend the festival.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

The Philadelphia Women’s Theatre Festival

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The Philadelphia Women’s Theatre Festival is seeking playwright applications for our 2018 festival. Our 2018 festival will be centered around a Motherhood Reading Series. Preference will be given to parent playwrights located within 60 miles of Center City Philadelphia.

PWTF fosters and encourages women in the performing arts by offering unique opportunities for exposure, professional, artistic and personal development and a platform for performance.

To apply, please visit our website at http://phillywomenstheatrefest.org/submissions/. All submissions must include a completed application, digital version of your play, brief introduction letter, and a resume with two references (emails are fine) and must be emailed to info@phillywomenstheatrefest.org by February 12, 2018

Philadelphia Women’s Theatre Festival is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion by embracing all people and viewpoints. PWTF aims to embrace intersectionality and serves women and non-binary artists of all colors and backgrounds. PWTF does not discriminate based on age, race, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, or disability.

Parent artists who identify as actors, directors, technicians, or any other artistic discipline are encouraged to send a headshot and/or resumé to info@phillywomenstheatrefest.org.

CHAGRIN VALLEY LITTLE THEATRE 10-10 FESTIVAL KIDS EDITION

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  • Have you ever wanted to express yourself through dialogue?
  • Have you ever had a good idea for a script or some great characters?
  • Do you like theatre?
  • Then try your hand at playwriting!

Write a 10 minute play and submit it to the Chagrin Valley Little Theatre.  All of the plays will be read by a committee of judges and then 10 plays will be selected to receive a production on CVLT’s River Street Playhouse Stage for the 10-10 New Plays Festival – Kids Edition in August, 2018!

Rules

  • Plays can be submitted from anyone in grades 1 through 12.
  • The plays can be about anything – they can be funny or serious.  
  • They should be no longer than 10 minutes.
  • The play should be your own original idea!! Your teachers and parents can guide you and offer feedback, but the characters and ideas must be yours!
  • Don’t copy any characters from TV or movies or videos, the story and characters have to be original!
  • Please submit only your best script! Additional submissions by the same playwright will be discarded.

SUBMISSIONS MUST BE RECEIVED BY FEBRUARY 15, 2018
Winners will be selected by May 1, 2018 for performance in August, 2018.

Suggestions

If you’ve never written a play before, make up a story that you want to tell. Decide who the characters are. Then write what the characters would say to each other to make that story happen.  Describe the setting and the places where the characters are to help the readers imagine the play.  Read some plays to see how it’s done. Have fun with it!

[ see online form ]

While digital submissions are preferred, if you absolutely cannot use the website, hard-copy submissions may be sent to the address below. When submitting by mail, you do not need to submit the form above – please include a cover letter with your responses to all the items listed in the form above along with your script. Do not send your only copy of the script, as no scripts can be returned.

CVLT 10-10 Festival
Attn: 10-10 Kids Edition
40 River Street, Chagrin Falls, Ohio 44022

Questions? Email 1010Kids@cvlt.org

Check our website in the spring to find out about auditions for actors who want to perform in the 10-10 Festival!

20% Theatre Company Twin Cities submission guidelines

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20% Theatre Company Twin Cities is committed to supporting and vigorously promoting the work of female and transgender theatre artists, and celebrating the unique contribution of these artists to social justice and human rights.

20% Theatre Company Twin Cities is open to accepting full-length plays any time (60 minute minimum performance time). Please complete this Script Submission Form and email with your script to submissions@tctwentypercent.org. Due to the high volume of scripts submitted to us, we are unable to respond to all submissions. If we are interested in producing your work we will contact you.

NYSummerfest 2018

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NOW ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS
Plays and Musicals
Full Lengths, One Acts, Shorts, Solos

Runs from July into July 9 till October 7
Submission Accepted from Everywhere in the US
Productions behind  30 miles from Manhattan must run with a complete new cast and crew from NYC
Equity Productions Welcome
NYsummerfest@gmail.com
Submissions must be between 5 and 90 minutes long
Categories:
SHORT – 5 to 20 minutes
ONE ACT – 20 to 45
FULL LENGTH – 45 TO 90
In order to submit a play or musical please send the following via email:
  • A 60 word synopsis of the play
  • Character breakdown
  • Your telephone number and home address, plus the phone number of one other person in your production that we can contact
  • Your bio
All genres of shows are welcome to submit to our festivals

Shows that have already been staged can also participate as long as they run with AN ENTIRELY NEW CAST AND CREW

Production’s history of the play submitted.

Please tell us where did your hear about the festival

Length of the Play or Musical submitted

As soon as your play is accepted, you will be sent the festival guidelines. All productions will be given a three-performance run at the theater.

Prizes
$3,500 prize of Best Play or Musical.
In Addition to the Best Play or Musical there will also be several nominations:
Best actress ($500 prize)  •  Best Actor ($500)  •  Best Director ($500)  •  Singer ($500)  Best Music Score $300 •  Most Creative Play  or Musical, Set Designer, Stage Manager, Choreography and Lighting Design each $200 
BEST SHORT $300
Winners will be announced during a special prize ceremony at the end of the festival to which the cast and crew of all nominated productions will be invited 
If your play/musical is accepted in our festival there is a payment of $75 if it is a SHORT,  
$150 if it is a ONE ACT, $250 if it is a FULL LENGTH
SOLO SHOWS FALL IN A CATEGORY ON ITS  OWN. PLEASE SEND US AN
EMAIL TO INVESTIGATE POSSIBLE WAYS TO HAVE THEM PART OF OUR FESTIVAL

Thursday, February 8, 2018

The Jane Chambers Playwriting Award

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This award is administered by the Women in Theatre Program. The Jane Chambers Playwriting Award recognizes plays and performance texts created by women that present a feminist perspective and contain significant opportunities for female performers. This annual award is given in memory of lesbian playwright Jane Chambers who, through her plays A Late Snow, Last Summer at Bluefish Cove, My Blue Heaven, Kudzu, and The Quintessential Image, became a major feminist voice in American theatre. The awardee will receive an award of 1k from the WTP Program, and, from ATHE $500 towards travel expenses (reimbursement), in addition to conference registration and two nights in the conference hotel.

To apply, please complete the form online and submit your play electronically by using the link at the bottom of this form. We strongly urge electronic submissions. If you strongly prefer to send hardcopy you may return the application form with two copies of your script to arrive by the deadline (however, scripts will not be returned); also include your e-mail info or SASPC to the name below to enable confirmation of receipt:

NB: STUDENT Submissions should be sent separately and directly to the Coordinator as per the WTP Website and student guidelines. All Guidelines Must be followed, including sending the play to the current coordinator’s address, to be considered. Thank You!!

View the Jane Chambers Playwriting Award FAQ and Guidelines here.

Please note that Google Chrome is the suggested browser to use when submitting your application.

To learn more about the Women in Theatre Program, visit their page here.

For questions or concerns, contact Ann Folino White, Vice President for Awards, at vpawards@athe.org.

The deadline for submissions is February 15, 2018.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

BINGHAM CAMP THEATRE RETREAT

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Submissions for our 2018 season are open from January 1st, 2018 through April 1st, 2018.

BCTR is looking for playwrights, composers, and lyricists of color interested in developing their new musical or play. The work must be able to be performed with a multiethnic cast.

The winning musical submission will have a two-week workshop this fall at the Bingham Camp in Salem, Connecticut culminating in a staged presentation to an invited audience.

The winning play submission will have a one-week development period this fall at the Bingham Camp in Salem, Connecticut culminating in a reading for an invited audience.

TO APPLY
Send digital materials or any questions to literary@binghamcamptheatreretreat.org

Materials are due by April 1st, 2018
SUBMISSION

REQUIREMENTS
+ MUSICALS

The musical must be able to be performed with no more than 8 actors.

All submissions should include:

Single page synopsis
Single page character breakdown
Demo of score (2-3 songs)
Sample of dialogue (5-10 pages)
Brief production/development history (properties with prior full productions not accepted.)
+ PLAYS

The play must be able to be performed with no more than 5 actors.

All submissions should include:

Single page synopsis
Single page character breakdown
Script sample (10-20 pages)
Brief production/development history (properties with prior full productions not accepted.)

INFO@BINGHAMCAMPTHEATRERETREAT.ORG

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Edgemar Center for the Arts seeks plays

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Edgemar Center for the Arts is currently looking for full length and one act play submission for the upcoming 2018 season. We are specifically looking for material that has not made a LA premiere yet. To submit materials, we ask playwrights to send an email to edgemarliterary@gmail.com. Looking forward to hearing from you!

Monday, February 5, 2018

Waltzing Mechanics seek documentary plays

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This two day event will feature selections from original works written by playwrights interested in telling stories about real people and events.

Each piece will be assigned a director, a cast of up to seven actors, and guaranteed two performances.

SUBMISSION CRITERIA

To be considered for the festival, submissions must meet the following criteria:

  • It’s a documentary play (see definition below);
  • It’s your original work;
  • It is between 15 - 30 minutes in length (either in entirety or includes a selection that meets these parameters); and,
  • It does not require more than 7 actors to perform;
  • Submitted electronically via www.waltzingmechanics.org/submissions no later than midnight on March 3, 2018

FAQ: WHAT IS A DOCUMENTARY PLAY?
Conceptually, it’s not all that different from a film documentary or non-fictional literature.  But with documentary theatre, these stories and events come to life in a way only experienced on a stage.  The minimum and most essential criterion for these works is that they must be about something that actually happened and substantially utilize words spoken or written by real people.  From there, we encourage playwrights to creatively explore the medium and craft narratives in ways that exemplify or challenge convention.  So, if you’ve got an original piece where you play every member of your family, or a musical based on letters written by Civil War soldiers, or a dark comedy based on Senate hearings and Presidential Tweets, this is your moment.

Free ticket give-away: THE BENCH: A HOMELESS LOVE STORY


This Saturday, February 10, 2018, in its weekly email, NYCPlaywrights will be offering a voucher good for a pair of tickets to see this show. The voucher will be given on a first-come, first-serve basis. You must  a member of the NYCPlaywrights mailing list to receive details.

You can join the mailing list here:
https://nycp.blogspot.com/p/join-mailing-list.html

THE BENCH, A HOMELESS LOVE STORY

Inspired by Real People and True Stories

EXTENDS FOR 12 WEEKS AT THE BRAND NEW

EAST VILLAGE PLAYHOUSE http://www.thebenchplay.com

EVERY FRIDAY NIGHT, 9PM THROUGH APRIL 13, 2018

Written and Performed by ROBERT GALINSKY
Directed by JAY O. SANDERS
Presented by Golden Globe Nominated CHRIS NOTH,
Drama Desk, Obie, and Olivier Award winner BARRY SHABAKA HENLEY and Tony
Award Winning Producer TERRY SCHNUCK

New York: The Off-Broadway hit The Bench starring Robert Galinsky, directed by Jay O. Sanders, will extend its sold out run at East Village Playhouse (340 East 6th St). It runs through April 13, 2018, playing Friday evening at 9pm. Tickets are $29 - $39 and can be purchased by visiting TheBenchPlay.com or by calling 866-811-4111.
Based on true stories, The Bench, set in urban decay and rubble, explores the emotional heartbreak of 5 homeless characters and the catastrophic hysteria surrounding AIDs in the 1980ʼs. The set is accented with hand-drawn imagery, from Daphne Arthurʼs graphic novel adaptation, and audio design is by Deep Singh. Itʼs a unique and fresh solo theatre piece wherein one actor plays five characters, written in dialogue form, not traditional ʻmonologue black out, monologue black out...

This production is being presented by Golden Globe Nominated Chris Noth, Drama Desk, Obie, Olivier Award winner Barry Shabaka Henley and produced by Tony Award winning producer Terry Schnuck.
"After seeing this show, I can never look at another homeless person again and not think of what their story is. The Bench should tour and be shown in universities and colleges. Presenter Chris Noth;
“It is all there. Sadness, confusion, joy, rage. Galinsky steps into the characters and you feel the bizarre levels underneath. Galinsky does it. He embraces it. He accomplishes it.” Director Jay O. Sanders; 
Audiences and critics have praised The Bench saying “This lovingly rendered one-man production is a scrumptious basket of vivid details that sings out with clarion truth. These street walkers, bag men, and tramps are embodied with exacting detail in the kind of star turn that old school actors and worshippers of the craft dream about.” Broadway World; 
“Galinsky is quite possibly filling the void of incredible New York actors who’ve sadly
passed recently: Phillip Seymour Hoffman & James Gandolfini." The Metropolitan Report;
 
“Galinsky transforms himself into a living ghost. His vital solo piece, is the most
important kind of urban voyeurism. It puts a smile on your lips and moisture in your eyes.”
 Theater Is Easy;
“Director Jay O. Sanders has built a career on roles that are inseparable from the worlds that spawned them; that same sensibility is certain to be in evidence on The Bench.” DEADLINE Hollywood; 
“Galinsky slips between characters with flawless precision and gusto.” The Fresh Toast; “With deft acting chops that evoke the transformative versatility of Robin Williams and Jim Carrey, Galinsky brings a heartrending tale of love, fate & heroics.” BeautyNewsNYC.com; 
“Effortless... extraordinary... transforming.” Backstage Magazine; 
“Brilliant... eye-opening... fascinating.” The Knockturnal; 
“Galinsky is a theatre operative, impresario, and a bundle of energy and curly black hair.” The Wall Street Journal. 
The Bench
Written and performed by Robert Galinsky, directed by Jay O. Sanders
Original Graphic Images by Daphne Arthur; Audio Design by Deep Singh
January 26 – April 13, 2018
Playing Fridays at 9pm
The show runs 60 minutes, no intermission.
The East Village Playhouse is located at 340 East 6th Street
Tickets are $29 - $39 and can be purchased by visiting TheBenchPlay.com or calling Ovation Tix/
866-811-4111 
For more info on The Bench and Robert Galinsky visit www.galinskyplace.com
Mr. Galinsky and Mr. Sanders are available for interviews. 

Sunday, February 4, 2018

The Peekskill High School and Middle School Acting Classes 2nd Annual New Play Festival

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The Peekskill High School and Middle School Acting Classes will be accepting short play submissions for their 2nd Annual New Play Festival.  Students will be in charge of selection, acting, designing, directing, and producing chosen work which will culminate in a full-scale evening of drama in May 2018. This is a quest to expose our students to outside theatre resources and make connections with worldly practitioners.  Peekskill, NY, is an artistic, multicultural community just an hour north of Manhattan (Located in the historic Hudson Valley). Please feel free to read more about Peekskill City Schools on the web at www.peekskillcsd.org or check out our Drama Club’s Facebook page at Peekskill High School Drama Company.

Guidelines as follows:
For Middle School (7th and 8th Grade) FIVE MINUTE PLAYS (or less)
For High School (9th-12thgrade) TEN MINUTE PLAYS (or less)

*Deadline: Thursday, February 15th 2018. 

Selected plays will be notified mid-April and performed in May.
* Three characters maximum. Gender and age non-specific.
*Please provide a cover letter. Include: contact information, a title page with character descriptions, numbered pages, and any specific production needs. Specify if your play is intended for Middle or High School (or both).
*Must be unpublished, but may have had professional productions/workshops/readings.
*All content, themes, and genres welcome. School appropriate language preferred (especially for Middle School age). Work will not be altered, censored, or cut unless the playwright does it themselves.
*Playwright may submit as many works as they wish. (Multiple copies for the actors, would be helpful and greatly appreciated.)
*Please note: We are not selling tickets or making a profit off of the plays we will be using. Therefore, playwrights will not receive any compensation for using their work. By submitting to us, the playwright is agreeing to their work produced for classroom work, which will culminate in a full production and presented to the public.

*Mail Hard Copies of Scripts to:

Peekskill High School
1072 Elm Street
 Peekskill, NY 10566 (Attention Terry Sandler, Theatre Teacher)

* For further questions, please email tsandler@peekskillschools.org. Thank you and we look forward to receiving your work.

Friday, February 2, 2018

Cupcake Lady - Another Taste of Rotten Theatre

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Help us crown the Best of the Worst at ANOTHER Taste of Rotten Theatre!   Laughed out of the writer's group?  Great!  Told it would never be staged?  Amazing!  Sure it doesn't work?  WE'LL give it a try!  Dig through your trash with the rest of the rancid meat and find the most terrible, inscrutable, incoherent play you’ve ever written.

This is the one contest where clunky, ham-handed dialogue and wildly implausible scenarios work in your favor!   Cupcake Lady Productions will select five (5) plays as finalists to be performed (badly) in Another Taste of Rotten Theatre in the first week of April. The finalists will be announced in March.  

Three judges will rate each play on a scale of 1-10.  The audience will also vote on the same scale, counting as a fourth judge. The votes will be tallied and the Best of the Worst, based on the highest total score from the judges, will receive our GRAND PRIZE!

Guidelines:
• The author of the play must be same person submitting it
• You must own the rights to perform the play you are submitting
• Plays must be 10-minutes or less in length
• One (1) entry per person only, please!
• Entries may be short, self-contained plays, or a 10-minute scene from a longer play (out of context scenes are strongly encouraged)
• Former contest winners are eligible to enter, but the entry must be a different play
• No plays submitted by judges, volunteers or performers participating in Another Night of Rotten Theatre 2017 will be considered.
• Entries must be sent to rottentheatreclp@gmail.com by 11:59PM EST on February 28th. 

No plays sent to our personal email addresses will be considered.

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