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Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Premiere Stages seeking scripts for the 2019 Premiere Play Festival

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Premiere Stages, the professional Equity theatre in residence at Kean University, is currently seeking scripts for their annual Premiere Play Festival. The deadline to submit is December 15, 2018. 

Premiere Stages is committed to supporting a diverse group of writers; playwrights of all backgrounds, ages, and experience levels are encouraged to apply. We are particularly interested in scripts that explore contemporary issues and challenge and connect with our audience. We encourage writers to view our production history for a better understanding of the types of scripts we have produced previously.

Submission Guidelines
  • Plays must be full-length and have a cast size of no more than eight.
  • Plays must be unpublished and unproduced (readings and workshops are okay).
  • Playwrights must have strong affiliations with the greater metropolitan area (New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and Delaware).
  • Musical submissions, adaptations (of existing plays or other sources), and solo shows will not be considered at this time.
  • Please contact Premiere Stages to inquire about submitting a script that has previously been submitted to the Play Festival. 
  • Playwrights must be available for the development of their script (see schedule). 
  • Submissions are limited to one script per playwright.
  • Submissions are accepted September 15, 2018 through 11:59 p.m. on December 15, 2018. All plays must be submitted as a PDF via email to pfsubmit@kean.edu. Submissions sent early in the submission window are strongly encouraged. Hard copies will not be accepted.

Non-Agent Submissions
  • Premiere Stages will accept script samples & synopses from playwrights without an agent. Submissions must include:
  • Brief synopsis of the play (no more than half a page).
  • Character breakdown.
  • History of the play’s development (if any).
  • The playwright’s bio or resume.
  • Script sample from the play (no more than 10 pages).
Agent/Theatre Professional Submissions
  • Premiere Stages will accept full scripts from literary agents or theatre professionals affiliated with Premiere Stages.
Play Festival Schedule & Awards

From September 15, 2018 through December 15, 2018, Premiere Stages will accept submissions. All plays submitted to the festival are evaluated by a panel of professional theatre producers, directors, dramaturgs, playwrights, and publishers. Four finalists are subsequently selected for public Equity readings on March 14-17, 2019. Following the readings, one play is selected for an Equity production in the Premiere Stages 2019 Mainstage Season and receives an award of $2500. The runner-up receives a 29-hour staged reading and $1000. The two other finalists will each be awarded $750.

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