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Saturday, November 17, 2018

ANNUAL SHORT PLAY COMPETITION: THINK FAST

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DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS IS DECEMBER 1

The Theater Project’s annual short play competition awards the winner for Best Play a $500 prize. The contest is open to adult playwrights in the New Jersey and New York metropolitan area. There is no fee to submit your play for consideration. Plays are accepted in the fall for the March 22, 23, 24 event.

Plays can be either dramas or comedies but must be no more than 15 minutes running time. This restriction is absolute and plays that exceed 15 minutes will not be considered. Sets, lighting and sound requirements must be simple. No elaborate props or effects. Playwrights invited to participate must have plays that are ready-to-perform and supply their own actors and directors.

​Those selected for participation will be charged a $150 fee to cover expenses (venue, stage manager, lighting/sound director).

HOW TO SUBMIT

Electronic submissions only. No fee to submit. Deadline: Dec 1.

E-mail your short play to:
OneActFest@TheTheaterProject.org
Include in the Subject line: “Submission + The Title of Your Play.”

Email submissions must contain this sentence in the body of the email:
“If my play is accepted and I choose to take part in the festival, I understand that I will be responsible for the casting and rehearsal of my play and that I will be charged a $150 participation fee.”

IF YOUR PLAY IS SELECTED

​The Theater Project will supply the venue, a stage manager and a lighting/sound director.

Individual productions supply the actors, directors and make their own agreements with actors and directors regarding compensation.

​Playwrights will be charge a $150 fee to cover production  expenses for venue, stage manager
JUDGING

Plays selected will have three (3) performances March 22, 23, 34.

​At each performance, the audience will vote  for their favorite.

After the Sunday performance, judges will award:
Best Play ($500 prize)
Best Actor
Best Actress
Best Director
and
Audience Choice.

ABOUT THE PRODUCTION FEE

The Theater Project does not charge a submission fee for its THINK FAST one-act festival.

We do, however, charge a production fee to help underwrite the costs of mounting our three performance festival. 

Our $150 fee for playwrights invited to participate in the THINK FAST festival will not cover all of our upfront costs.

We do not own our building. The Theater Project rents the Burgdorff Center for the Arts in Maplewood. Everything we produce requires the hiring of front-of-house staff as well as technicians to handle light, sound, etc. We also hire a stage manager for the festival.

And, at the end of the day, the winning play receives a $500 award.

Although we would rather not charge a production fee, the reality is that without help from participating playwrights, we would not be able to offer this showcase for new works

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