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Sunday, July 21, 2019

METZLER NEW WORKS FESTIVAL SUBMISSION

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A.D. Players at The George Theater in Houston, TX seeks full length scripts to be developed and presented over the course of the first annual Metzler New Works Festival. The purpose of the festival is to present new American plays and musicals that contribute to the larger cultural understanding of how faith and storytelling can effectively intertwine in alignment with our mission to present and premiere work from a Christian worldview that engages a diverse audience. Three selected works will be developed over the course of two workshops, followed by a publicly presented staged reading with professional actors and directors; selected playwrights will receive an honorarium, and the possibility of premiering their work at one of the largest theatre companies in the city of Houston.

WHAT WE’RE LOOKING FOR:

  • This opportunity is open to US Playwrights/Librettists/Bookwriters only
  • We are seeking full-length plays (60 pages or more) with a cast size of no more than 15
  • Open to all styles and genres, keeping in mind that A.D. Players’ mission is to produce compelling theatre, from a Christian world-view, that engages a diverse audience. Minor language and challenging content are acceptable
  • A.D. Players at the George Theatre highly encourages individuals of diverse ethnic backgrounds, racial and gender identities, and abilities to submit
  • Playwrights are not required to identify as Christian
  • Previous readings and workshops are acceptable
  • Plays previously produced by universities or community theatres (in which artists were not paid) are acceptable


We will NOT accept plays that have received a professional production

If you wish to submit a musical, please submit recordings of the music

Writers must be available to attend the Metzler New Works Festival, March 31-April 4, 2020 in Houston, Texas

Submissions will be capped at 350 plays

The submission period ends August 15, 2019

HOW TO SUBMIT:

We will be employing a blind submissions process. Please do not include any identifying information in your script

Plays must be submitted as a pdf in standard playwriting format saved as “PlayTitle_MNWF2020.pdf” and emailed to Newworks@adplayers.org

Please include a separate cover page with the title, contact information, and a brief biography of the playwright saved as “Last,First_Title_MNWF2020.pdf”

Mailed submissions will not be accepted

A.D. Players at the George will not acknowledge plays submitted with incorrect formatting or identifying information in the script


Thespian Production is seeking one-act plays

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Thespian Production is seeking one-act plays for its annual Limelight: Go Green play festival in NYC 2019.

Plays should be between 10-15 minutes in length and have no more than four characters.

Plays should appeal to children/families and be about environmental awareness. We are accepting submissions from any genre.

We love producing new and unpublished works but do accept works already produced. Multiple submissions are accepted.

Plays should have simple set requirements. Since we are a community theater, plays with too much vulgar language will not be accepted. Please include synopsis and contact information.

Plays will be accepted through July 25, 2019. 

Submit plays to thespianproductioninc@gmail.com.

Thank you.

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Brave New World Repertory Theatre Call for New Play Submissions

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Brave New World Repertory Theatre is seeking new play submissions for Brave New Works: Ditmas Park 2020 Reading Series

Three original, full-length plays (under 120 pages) will be selected and given minimally staged readings between January 10th – March 30th, 2020.

Playwrights must be local to the Tri-state area, ideally within a 90-minute commute to Brooklyn, NY as your attendance is requested. Brooklyn-based playwrights will be given first consideration.

In 2020 we will give priority to plays that address women’s rights and/or environmental challenges. The chosen playwrights will receive a small stipend.

To be considered, plays must meet the following criteria:

1) Plays must be unproduced, although previous staged readings/workshops are not disqualifying factors.

2) The play must be completed at the time of submission - unfinished or partial drafts cannot be accepted at this time. Plays may still be in development, but they must be audience-ready at the time of submission. If the play is heavily revised AFTER being submitted, it MUST be resubmitted before the end of the submission period.

3) Plays must be able to be read by no more than 7 actors and someone on stage directions. If double and triple casting is possible please advise. We are particularly interested in plays that feature diverse casts.

4) We are unable to accept new musical submissions at this time, given the limited technical nature of this reading series.

Brave New World Rep is committed to giving a platform to voices and stories from underrepresented and historically disenfranchised communities. Black, Latinx, Asian, Indigenous, POC, Muslim, immigrant, LGBTQIA+, disabled, and womxn playwrights are HIGHLY encouraged to submit and will be prioritized.

To submit, please send an electronic copy of your script in PDF format with numbered pages to submissions@bravenewworldrep.org.

In a separate document or in the body of your email please also include a short synopsis of your play, a brief bio, where you found this call for submissions, and any relevant website link(s). Submissions are limited to one play per playwright per season. Multiple play submissions by the same playwright for the same season will not be considered.

The submission deadline for the Brave New Works 2020 Reading Series is August 15th, 2019. 

Plays submitted after August 15th, 2019 are not guaranteed consideration for this season. Semi-finalists will be notified by October 15th 2019, and final selections will be made by November 1st, 2019. Due to our small staff, only selected playwrights will be contacted.

Brave New World Repertory Theatre, a Brooklyn-based company, reaches under-served audiences to promote a love of theatre, with re-imagined classics and brave new works that reflect our diverse community. BNW’s free-to-low-cost programs range from intimate readings to large outdoor productions, and cast unique and historic Brooklyn venues in a leading role. We seek to tell stories that celebrate life and explore social justice; stories that make us laugh, feel deeply, and find common ground.

For more information, please visit: www.bravenewworldrep.org.

The Lanesboro Artist Residency Program 2019

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The Lanesboro Artist Residency Program offers two or four week residencies to emerging artists driven to explore ways in which their work can be applied to the community and how Lanesboro’s rural community can inform their work.

2002 artist resident Coral Lambert conducted a public cast iron event and outdoor sculpture exhibition, including work made through public sculpture workshops.

The Lanesboro Artist Residency Program, located in Lanesboro, MN (pop. 754), is supported by the Jerome Foundation and aims to provide an immersive, meaningful experience for emerging artists from Minnesota and the five boroughs of New York City. The program is unique in that it provides an entire rural community and its myriad assets as a catalytic vehicle for engagement and artistic experimentation, with staff working with each resident to create a fully-customized residency experience.

Lanesboro Arts’ goal is to be flexible and accommodating to artists, allowing them access to local resources needed for conceptualizing and realizing their place-based work. Lanesboro Arts recognizes “place-based work” as work that is specifically inspired by and designed for the place in which the work takes place; it can be a new project, or an interpretation of the artist’s current work tailored to engage the community of Lanesboro. The residency program was designed to align with and amplify Lanesboro Arts’ vision for communities–especially rural communities–to embrace artists as economic drivers, culture bearers, community builders, and problem solvers.

TO APPLY

The application deadline for the 2020 Lanesboro Artist Residency Program is 12 p.m. (noon) CST on Wednesday, July 31, 2019. 

Jury review will take place in August and applicants will be notified by September 13, 2019 at the latest as to the status of their application. A phone interview process with finalists will take place in late September and selected artist residents and runners-up will be notified by September 30, 2019.

Artists must be legal residents of Minnesota or one of the five boroughs of New York City to be eligible to apply. To be considered, eligible artists must submit their application through the online webform on Lanesboro Arts website. Complete program details are below. Please contact Adam Wiltgen at 507-467-2446 or adam@lanesboroarts.org with any questions.

ABOUT LANESBORO ARTS
Lanesboro Arts is a non-profit, multidisciplinary arts organization working to weave the arts into the social and municipal fabric of Lanesboro, MN. Lanesboro Arts works closely with local government and cross-sector partners to activate the people and places of Lanesboro, making Lanesboro a national model for revitalizing and sustaining a small town. Lanesboro Arts has been recognized by ArtPlace America, Americans for the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts; and in 2014 Lanesboro Arts was a recipient of a Bush Prize for Community Innovation.


The Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for .Scholars and Writers Fellowship

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Application Deadline: September 27, 2019, 5 p.m. EDT
Notification: March 2020
Award Period: September 8, 2020–May 28, 2021
Stipend: $75,000

The Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for .Scholars and Writers supports projects that draw on the research collections at The New York Public Library's Stephen A. Schwarzman Building (formerly the Humanities and Social Sciences Library). The Center looks for top-quality writing from academics as well as from creative writers and independent scholars. Visual artists whose projects require extensive use of Library collections are also encouraged to apply. The Center aims to promote dynamic conversation about the humanities, social sciences, and scholarship at the highest level-within the Center, in public forums throughout the Library, and in the Fellows' published work.

Successful candidates for this Fellowship will need to work primarily at the Schwarzman Building rather than at other divisions of the Library. Applications from those working not in English are welcome; however, the applicant must be conversant in English, and the application materials must be in English.

In order to avoid real or apparent conflicts of interest, the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers does not accept applications from New York Public Library staff members or their partners, or from people active on the Library’s Board of Trustees, Board Advisory Committees, or Library Council.

Please visit www.nypl.org/research-collections for detailed information about the collections of the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building at Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street.

Fellows are required to work at the Cullman Center for the duration of the Fellowship term and may not accept other major professional obligations during the term. Some Fellows may have a few prior commitments but must limit research trips, attendance at scholarly meetings, and speaking engagements to short periods of time. Anyone who needs to be away for more than two days must notify the Center's Director or Deputy Director. The Library will pro-rate stipends for Fellows who spend too much time away from the Center.

Fellowships will not be granted for academic projects to post-doctoral fellows or to applicants doing graduate-school dissertation research.

The Cullman Center will not accept dossier letters in place of new letters of recommendation.

Completed applications and supporting materials—research proposal, Curriculum Vitae, letters of recommendation, and creative writing sample or art work sample—must be submitted by 5 p.m. EDT on September 27, 2019.

New York Public Library staff members are not able to make corrections or additions once applications are submitted.

The Cullman Center is made possible by a generous endowment from Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman in honor of Brooke Russell Astor, with major support provided by Mrs. John L. Weinberg, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Estate of Charles J. Liebman, The von der Heyden Family Foundation, John and Constance Birkelund, and The Samuel I. Newhouse Foundation, and with additional gifts from Helen and Roger Alcaly, The Rona Jaffe Foundation, William W. Karatz, Merilee and Roy Bostock, and Cullman Center Fellows.

New Voices Call for Halloween Scripts

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The New Voices Series is looking for your original 20-40 minute Halloween scripts to fit a Halloween theme. Our call is open from July 7th to July 26th, 2019. It is free to submit and no pay is provided. We will select three shows to be performed on two nights in early October at The Little Theatre of Alexandria in Alexandria, Va.

THEME
We will select three shows of between 20-40 minutes that have a Halloween theme. This can be interpreted any way you want--murder mysteries, dramas, comedies, historical or modern--it's all up to you. It can take place at Halloween or it can have a creepy/macabre/supernatural element, or any other way you want to write it!  If you have any questions about whether your script might fit, email newtheatervoices@gmail.com.

LOCATION
Little Theater of Alexandria has a small 3-story historic building next to the theater which will be our performance space. Each of the three shows will perform on its own floor, and the audience will move between floors to get to the next performance. Please note, tech is VERY minimal in the space (essentially we can turn the light on and off, and that's about it) so shows with a great deal of sound or other technical needs will need to be altered to reflect this.

SCRIPT REQUIREMENTS

  • Must be original work, although it can have been performed in other places.
  • Must have a run time of between 20-40 minutes, no intermission. Scripts with run times outside of this will not be considered. The ideal show will run approximately 30 minutes.
  • Strong language and mature themes are very welcome, but we do not consider shows with nudity.
  • No musicals/scripts with music/movement pieces will be accepted at this time--no exceptions. Anything else is fair game.
  • Characters may be of any age, but shows that require child actors do not generally score well due to the difficulty in casting.


BEFORE YOU SUBMIT

  • Please do not submit a script previously submitted for New Voices.
  • We accept scripts from writers of any age. In the event that two scripts are of otherwise equal quality, we will give priority consideration to any writer under 40. You may choose not to identify if you are under or over 40, but will not be given the under-40 preference as a tie-breaker in that case.
  • Up to 3 scripts may be submitted per playwright.
  • 10 pages of the winning script will be posted online during the audition call in a google doc so that actors may familiarize themselves with the material. The author may select these pages or may ask New Voices to select for them.

THE PROCESS

  • Scripts must be submitted in blind PDF format by July 26, 2019. No late or incomplete entries will be considered.
  • All scripts will receive a notification if they are finalists or not shortly after the closing date. The top five scripts will move on to an in-person reading of the selection committee.
  • Three scripts will be selected. Winner(s) will be notified in late July/early August 2019.



The winning script(s) will be performed at the Little Theater of Alexandria in Alexandria, VA in early October, 2018. The winner agrees that no rights of any kind will be paid for this performance and that New Voices will bear the sole responsibility of selecting the director and any/all cast and crew. New Voices will also be responsible for paying all expenses for the mounting of this show. New Voices will not pay for the playwright to travel to DC, but will offer free tickets to the playwright if they choose to attend and/or guests they designate. The winner also agrees that no other theater in DC, MD or VA will be allowed to perform the play from the time of selection until October 31, 2019.

To submit a show, please go here: https://forms.gle/iAr17AaE4fA7SJzs8 

Any questions, please contact newtheatervoices@gmail.com.

ABOUT US
New Voices is a project of NextGenLTA, which represents those under 40 who act, tech, direct and enjoy theater at the Little Theater of Alexandria. New Voices puts on performances of new work twice a year with directors under 40. Playwrights and characters in scripts may be of any age.

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Fishamble submission guidelines

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Fishamble offers dramaturgical support and advice to new and developing playwrights. We welcome manuscript submissions of new, original dramatic work and appreciate the time, effort and the act of creation that goes into writing a play.
Guidelines for submitting a play


  • Fishamble does not accept scripts by email. Please send script submissions in hard copy only
  • Fishamble is a new play company, therefore we will only consider plays that have not previously been produced
  • Scripts should be bound – stapled/clipped – and all pages must be numbered
  • Please include contact details on title page
  • Fishamble does not offer a full play response service but if requested, will provide a brief set of comments on the work
  • Fishamble encourages the submission of work which is of particular interest to Irish audiences
  • Writers should limit themselves to sending Fishamble no more than one script in the calendar year
  • Scripts will not be returned unless a SAE is enclosed


Scripts will be acknowledged, read and responded to within a 3 – 6 month period.
Please send scripts to

Gavin Kostick
Literary Officer
Fishamble: The New Play Company
3 Great Denmark Street
Dublin 1

For further queries on Fishamble’s dramaturgical support, please email Gavin at gavin@fishamble.com or call 016704018.

REVA SHINER COMEDY AWARD 2019

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

The Reva Shiner Comedy Award presents an unpublished full-length comedy with a cash prize of $1,000, a full production as part of the Bloomington Playwrights Project’s Mainstage season, along with travel reimbursement. We are currently accepting submissions for the 2020-21 Season.

Scripts must be postmarked by October 31, 2019.

Previous winners have gone on to enjoy productions around the world and to garner additional honors such as the National Play Award.

We are currently accepting submissions for the 2020-21 Reva Shiner Comedy Award.


  • "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. If submitting internationally or if you want to avoid paying by check, pay online with your credit card here:


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

Friday, July 19, 2019

Women's Writes Festival (UK)

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The first Women's Writes Festival will take place at The Arcola Theatre on Sunday 29th September!
If you're interested in getting involved as a Playwright then read on....

Women’s Writes PLAYWRIGHT information

About Women’s Writes

Women’s Writes is a festival of new writing showcasing female
voices. The aim of the evening is to promote female identifying playwrights and stories with female driven narrative.

What to submit

We’re looking for plays about complex, intricate female characters who don’t stick to any of those boring archetypal forms. Women who are intelligent, courageous, fallible and complex. Your piece will be female driven narrative, although characters of all genders are welcomed.
You can submit either a 10 minute extract from a larger piece of work or a 10 minute short play.

**Submission Deadline; 24th of August! **

Please keep in mind that there will be no set or props provided, so keep things simple. Best to stick to the bare minimum of props, or to things the directors/actors can easily source themselves. It’s best also to stick to casts of fewer than three/four.

There will be a basic tech set up for minimal sound and lighting but each play will only have a short slot to tech their play - so don’t give them anything too fancy to deal with. Stick to basic lighting and sound.

How to submit

Send your 10 minute play or 10 minute extract over to; womenswritesfest@gmail.com along with
a brief (less than 100 word) synopsis and a little bit of information about you!

What happens next?

If your short is included in Women’s Writes then it will be paired with a director and cast to rehearse.

Where is it?

The first Women’s Writes Festival will take place at The Arcola Theatre on Sunday the 29th of September. The day will consist of two performances. The first show will begin at 5pm and the second show will begin at 8pm.

Ten-Minute Musicals Project

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Annual Competition Guidelines

Since the inception of The Ten-Minute Musicals Project, over sixteen hundred submissions have been received, from librettists, lyricists and composers in fifteen nations: Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the United States, Uruguay, Ireland, England, France, Denmark, Germany, Italy, Egypt, Israel, Saudi Arabia, and the Ukraine.
Stories 1.0 is the full-length musical comprised of works selected in the first several rounds. Several works in Stories 1.0 were workshopped in San Francisco, New York City, Miami, and Nashville over the years. Individual segments have been independently workshopped in Dallas, Chicago, London, and Boston.

SEEKING: Complete original stage musicals which play between seven and twenty minutes. Works which have been previously produced are acceptable, as are excerpts from full-length shows, if they can stand up on their own.

MUSICAL STYLE AND THEATRICAL FORMAT: Any musical style: pop, rock, C&W, show, opera, etc; or theatrical format: comedy, mystery, drama, etc.

CAST SIZE: Maximum of ten performers—five women and five men.

SUBMISSIONS SHOULD INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING:

1. A printed script. (Note: printed on paper; not sent as a computer file on disk.) And please make sure your POSTAL ADDRESS appears on it.

2. Lead sheets or piano score. (This need not be at all elaborate; very basic is fine.)

3. A CD or DVD of either the entire piece or just the musical material.

4. A stamped self-addressed large envelope if you want the work returned. (Submissions from outside the USA should enclose four INTERNATIONAL RESPONSE COUPONS to cover postage. These can be obtained at your post office.)

CONCERNING THE ABOVE, PLEASE NOTE:  NO ELECTRONIC SUBMISSIONS -- HARD COPIES ONLY

DEADLINE: Simply postmarked by August 31st. (Do not waste money on overnight express, registered, or certified mail. All that's requested is that the package be postmarked by August 31.) Response will be by November 30th.

FINANCIAL REMUNERATION: $250/US royalty advance for each piece selected, with an equal share of licensing royalties when produced.

SEND TO:

The Ten-Minute Musicals Project
Michael Koppy, Producer
P.O. Box 461194
West Hollywood, CA 90046 USA

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Drama Notebook submission guidelines

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Have you written plays for kids and teens and simply want to have them used and performed?
Drama Notebook is accepting submissions from playwrights, teachers, and actors who have written scripts or scenes for children and teens. We are building a huge library of royalty-free, high-quality scripts for use in educational settings.
Most drama teachers pay for materials out-of-pocket, and cannot afford to pay royalties, per-script fees, video fees, etc. By sharing your work, you will be benefiting thousands of educators in over 100 countries.

We can either license your script for a small fee, or purchase the copyright for a slightly larger amount. This is not life-changing $ to be sure, but you will experience the joy of knowing that your work is being performed by students all over the world.
When we publish your script, we include your bio, a link to your website (if applicable), and a way for teachers to contact you when their students perform your play!
Ready to submit your plays?

1. Download more detailed information online.
2. See an example of a formatted script.
3. Download our handy script template (optional).
4. Fill out the play submission form.

We will contact you immediately to let you know that we have received your submission, and our team will get back to you within one week to let you know whether or not we’d like to add your script(s) to our library.

What to expect after submitting your play…
We will write you right back and let you know that we received your piece, and will read it and get back to you as soon as possible. Currently, we are back-logged due to a huge influx of scripts that we are currently formatting and publishing on the site. We appreciate your patience, and if your play is accepted, we will give your script the same attention to detail as we are with our current playwrights. We estimate a maximum wait-time of 60 days and we appreciate your patience.

Black Girlz Productions Love Letters to the Black Man Series seeks monologues


Black Girlz Productions is currently accepting submissions for our Love Letters to the Black Man Series. 

The deadline to submit is August 1, 2019. 

This is non-paid. Writers will receive credit for their work. 

We are seeking monologues or open letters to a black male on any topic. The word count max is 350 words. Writers can submit up to three monologues. 

Writers can submit monologues that have been previously produced. 

The selected work will be presented at a live reading. We are currently accepting global submissions. There are no restrictions on eligibility. There are no fees to submit. There are no participation fees. 

Selected writers will be notified by August 12, 2019.

Submissions can be emailed to blackgirlzproductions@gmail.com 

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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Edgar Center for the Arts seeks one-acts & full-lengths

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Edgemar Center for the Arts is still currently seeking play submissions for our 2020 season. We are accepting any one act and full length plays.

We are also hosting a one act festival as well this year and next year.

Please send all materials, including synopsis, bio of author, full work, etc. to edgemarliterary@gmail.com.

You may submit as many works as you wish.

We will be producing selected work here in our theatre in Santa Monica, CA.

Our deadline is December 31st, 2019 for the 2020 season, but are always accepting submissions for the future seasons.

To learn more about Edgemar Center for the Arts please check out our website! http://www.edgemarcenter.org

Players Theatre - BOO short play festival

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Submit your short play or musical for one of our festivals

Submissions now open for: Boo! October 2019

DATES & LOCATIONS:
October 10-27, 2019
The Steve & Marie Sgouros Theatre at The Players Theatre
115 MacDougal Street, New York, NY  10012 – 3rd floor

3 weeks, 4 performances weekly (Thursday through Sunday),
5 plays featured each week.

ELIGIBILITY:
Short Plays and Musicals with a performance time of 15 minutes or less, no more than 15 pages in length.

Writers are eligible to submit up to 2 plays.
THEME:   “Boo!”
Scare us or force us to laugh till we die – horror plays and musicals including a great spoof
All plays submitted must be centered on and revolve around this theme.

** Note **
1) Playwrights are responsible for producing their own play – Host provides Theatre, technicians, marketing and box office
2) If selected, there is a $100 REFUNDABLE deposit required and a $50 NON-refundable tech fee required
Plays MUST be NO MORE 15 minutes in length and no more than 20 pages
Submissions open: June 18, 2019
Submissions close: August 22, 2019 at 11p
Play selection announced on; September 01, 2019

DEATHSCRIBE: The International Festival of Horror Radio Plays

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Every year we seek 10-minute audio drama scripts that are genuinely scary, imaginative, chilling, intelligent, suspenseful, horrific or downright grotesque. Writers may submit up to two audio drama scripts to Deathscribe in any given year. Five scripts will be selected from all submissions. These five pieces will be performed on stage in front of a live audience. The writer of the winning piece, chosen by a celebrity panel of judges, will receive the coveted Bloody Axe Award, as well as a $100 cash prize.

The submission window for Deathscribe 2019 is now open.

Scripts will be accepted through July 31st.

Guidelines:

PDF format is strongly preferred. If PDF is not possible, then only MS Word please.

All scripts must have a title page with all contact information, but NO identifying information should appear anywhere else in the document.

Scripts must be no more than TEN MINUTES in length, and should follow audio drama format. An example of proper audio drama format can be found here: http://downloads.bbc.co.uk/writersroom/scripts/bbcradioscene.pdf

The Deathscribe experience includes performing the pieces on stage with Foley artists and a band creating the sound effects and music live. Therefore, scripts must be ready to produce, including direction for sound and music cues. Sorry, but submissions cannot include usage of copyrighted music.

Writers may submit up to two (2) scripts for Deathscribe consideration in any year.

NO SCREENPLAYS. SCREENPLAYS WILL BE DISCARDED. WE KNOW THEM WHEN WE SEE THEM. (Nothing against screenplays. But this is a radio play festival.)


DO NOT submit full-length plays for consideration in Deathscribe. They will be discarded. If you wish to submit a full-length horror play to WildClaw, see our general submission guidelines.

Submissions accepted online.

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Woodside Players of Queens Fall 2019 Play Festival,

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Submissions are now being accepted for the Woodside Players of Queens Fall 2019 Play Festival, to take place in December 2019. Seeking short plays (no more than 10 pp), from playwrights from the five boroughs of New York City and Long Island only. Also seeking monologues (no more than 4pp). Musicals welcome! Basic set requirements.

One submission per playwright. No unpleasant profanity, as this is a family friendly festival! No submission fee. Please include name, address, telephone number and email address on your submission. We do not produce your work, we provide a venue for you to present actors performing your play. There are no costs involved for anyone. Seeking actors and directors, too!

Deadline: September 15. 2019. 

Email: woodsideplayersofqueens@gmail.com.

The Gallery Players 23rd Annual Black Box New Play Festival

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The Gallery Players in Park Slope, Brooklyn, New York, is seeking plays for its 23rd Annual Black Box New Play Festival to be held in January 2020. Each play selected will be given a black box production at Gallery Players and will be performed in a festival format with non-equity actors. Playwrights must be available for rehearsals and use this as an opportunity to continue work on their play.

THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS: POST MARKED BY July 31, 2019.

Submission guidelines:
• Plays must be un-produced (readings are ok); must be the play’s world premier
• Length may be from 10 minutes to 60 minutes. No monologues. No period
costume pieces.
• You may submit as many plays as you wish.
• Pages must be numbered
• A cover page with Title of the play and playwrights contact information is
required, along with a plot synopsis of the play and a character breakdown
• Submit a copy of your resume
• Playwrights cannot direct their own work
• Send two copies of your play(s), along with your resume, to:

The Gallery Players
Black Box New Play Festival
199 14th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11215.

We will only contact you if your play has been accepted into the Festival. If you want confirmation that your mailing was received by us, please include a self-addressed stamped return postcard.
We do not accept email submissions.
We do not return scripts. Any scripts not chosen for the Festival will be destroyed to
protect the copyright.

Monday, July 15, 2019

Rabbit Punch Festival seeking short productions

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Rabbit Punch is a festival of short theatre pieces presented by Poison Apple Initiative at Franky Bradley's in Philadelphia November 14th/15th at 8pm.

We're looking for dark/ funny/ scary/ sad/ infuriated/ playful/ weird/ tricky work. Imagine a dance party in a warehouse where everyone is dancing when the floor collapses. Think about WIle E. Coyote (audience) and how he's running along chasing the RoadRunner (play) and then the Roadrunner takes a sharp turn and Wile E. doesn't notice he's run off the cliff until he looks down. That's the kinda stuff we want.

*Submissions close August 1st at 11.59pm. All applicants will be notified of acceptance by August 15th, and accepted applicants will be sent a contract and detailed tech specs of the space.

*Pieces should be between 10-20 minutes in length with minimal set requirements.

*While not all artists involved in the project must be Philadelphia-based, there should be at least one team member who is. For instance: NYC playwrights with ties to a director or actors in Philly are encouraged to apply.

*Queer, trans, and PoC artists are specifically encouraged to apply.

*A mandatory tech rehearsal will be held November 13th between 3pm and 7pm. Each project will be given between 30 and 45 minutes of tech time depending on need.

*Selected pieces will be presented on both evenings of the festival.

*Participating artists are responsible for all aspects of production including casting, procurement of set pieces/ costumes/ props, and set-up/ tear-down of the piece during production. The festival provides access to a fixed light set-up, sound system, tech director/ board operator, and stage manager.

*Projects with 1-2 artists will be given $100, and projects with 3+ artists will be given $200. Production stipends will be sent via Venmo/ PayPal on November 1st to help defray the cost of production. There is no additional stipend available for travel from NYC.

Submission form can be found here: http://tinyurl.com/rabbitpunchfest
On FaceBook: fb.me/poisonappleinitiative

Please feel free to contact poisonappleinitiative@gmail.com with questions.
We look forward to reading your work.

THE NYC WOMEN'S FUND FOR MEDIA, MUSIC AND THEATRE

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The NYC Women’s Fund for Media, Music and Theatre provides grants to encourage and support the creation of digital, film, music, television, and live theatre content that reflects the voices and perspectives of all who identify as women.

The NYC Women’s Fund for Media, Music and Theatre is the latest in a groundbreaking series of initiatives by the City of New York Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment (MOME) to address the underrepresentation of those who identify as women in film, music, television, and theatre. New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) is proud to administer this Fund, which this year adds music as a category.

The program will provide:

Finishing grants for film, television, and digital projects
Funds for the creation of music recordings or videos
Production funds for live theatre
In addition to being made by, for, or about all who identify as women, projects are eligible if they feature a strong female perspective; and/or include a female-identified director and/or producer and/or writer/songwriter and/or engineer (for recordings) and/or female protagonist(s) or lead musical role.

Grants will be given in the following categories (amounts listed are the maximum potential grant):

Fiction Feature (running time of 60 minutes or more) - $50,000
Fiction Short (running time of 59 minutes or less) - $25,000
Fiction Webisode/Webseries (all forms) - $20,000
Documentary Feature (running time of 60 minutes or more) - 50,000
Documentary Short (running time of 59 minutes or less) - $25,000
Documentary Webisodes/Webseries (all lengths and forms) - $20,000
Music: Classical/Experimental/Jazz/New Music - $20,000
Music General - $20,000
Theatre Production - grant amounts up to $50,000
In 2019, finishing funds in the combined amount of $1.5 million were awarded to 63 film, TV, theatre, and digital media projects made by creatives who identify as women.

This is the second round of a $5 million, three-year program made possible through the City of New York Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment (MOME). The NYC Women's Fund for Media, Music and Theatre will be available for one additional award cycle opening in Summer 2020 (for 2021).

Applications for the 2020 cycle will be available on Wednesday, July 10 and will close on Tuesday, October 1 at 11:59 PM EST. Recipients will be announced in March 2020. View NYC Women's Fund FAQs here, and click below to view guidelines for each project category.

Film Project Guidelines
Music Project Guidelines
Theatre Project Guidelines

Anyone can apply and be awarded a grant regardless of actual or perceived sex, gender, gender identity or gender expression, sexual orientation, age, religion, creed, partnership status, marital status, disability (including use of a service animal), race, color, national origin, alienage, citizenship status, military status, or any other class protected by City, State, or Federal law.

Urban Stages Opportunities

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HOW TO SUBMIT?

Submit plays to:
Urban Stages
555 Eighth Avenue, RM 1800
New York, NY 10018

Email submissions will not be accepted except for small cast plays (see below)

Full-length plays only:
- Bind plays in 3-ring binders, in presentation folders, with brass fasteners, with paperclips, etc (spiral binding is discouraged)
- No changes or revisions accepted after submission
- No double-sided pages.
- 5 actors or less (unless otherwise noted)…doubling is fine

With your submission, please include:
- Biography and/or author’s history of the play
- Character breakdown
- Brief synopsis of the play.
- A small SASE envelope for a response letter.
  *Whole plays will no longer be returned. All plays will be recycled.

Plays MAY HAVE BEEN developed or produced elsewhere, BUT NEVER PRODUCED in New York City.

No limit to the number of submissions, but we do ask you not to submit the same play twice.
Subject matter and character variations are open.

There is no submission fee.

It usually takes up to six months for us to read and process your script.
We ask that you do not call or email our offices to inquire on the status of your play.

Plays from overseas and throughout the United States are accepted and considered (an SASE envelope for international submissions is unnecessary. You will be emailed)
BUT special attention will be given to playwrights who live in or near New York.

We recommend not spending extra money to send your play express, overnight or via other expensive services.  We accept plays year-round and for special deadlines, we accept plays postmarked on the deadline date. For special deadlines, late plays are just entered among our general year-round submissions.


WHAT TO SUBMIT TO & WHEN?


SMALL CAST PLAYS

Due: JULY 22, 2019. 11:59pm.

HOW TO SUBMIT? If your FULL-LENGTH play requires THREE (3) ACTORS or less (doubling accepted), you can submit your play via email: submissions@urbanstages.org

- Send play as PDF attachment (with title page including contact info + a character breakdown page)
- Include brief synopsis and brief bio (or resume) within email.

*Only Small-Cast Plays will be accepted via email. All other play submissions still require you to mail in your play.

*These submissions ARE eligible for The Emerging Playwright Award.


WORDS BY WOMEN

Due: AUGUST 19, 2019.

Only a small fraction of new plays produced every year are written by women. To encourage the development and production of plays by female-identified writers, we put out a special call for our Words by Women Reading Series periodically. These plays are given special attention and considered more immediately by our Literary Committee.

To enter, follow instructions above and write WORDS BY WOMEN on the envelope you send your play in.

Plays must be written by women-identified playwrights. While not mandatory, we encourage casts with a majority of women and plays exploring social issues facing women today.

*Words by Women submissions ARE eligible for The Emerging Playwright Award.

EMERGING PLAYWRIGHT AWARD

No deadline. Year-round submissions accepted.

It begins with submitting your play and being selected for step 1 of our process - a staged reading. Out of hundreds of submissions a year, we select 15-20 plays for readings. From these, we select 1-3 plays annually to go on to our workshopping phase. Our workshops are meant to prepare a play for our Off-Broadway stage. From our workshops, we select 1-2 plays for full productions, complete with a playwright’s contract and compensation (separate from the award).

Our $500 Emerging Playwright Award (coupled with press coverage) is given to playwrights who show excellence and dedication throughout this process – from development to the stage.

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Free Event: THE DOG SHOW by Ivan Faute (Los Angeles)

Join us for readings of new plays about American families confronting their very particular legacies across generations, Sunday July 21, 2019 at 11am.

Summer Playreadings are FREE ~ enjoy refreshments and share your thoughts with the artists involved in the development of the plays.

On Sunday, July 21 at 11am: The Dog Show by Ivan Faute directed by Laura Stribling.

With Cathy Carlton, Conor Murphy, Xochitl Romero, Time Winters & Laura Wineland.

Seen through a dark but often humorous lens, within The Dog Show is a deeply troubled family whose sins can’t be absolved by confession. How high are the stakes in their game of trading secrets for stories? And when piecing together the past, is there any room for the truth?

HOW:
Information: (310) 455-3723 or www.theatricum.com/seedlings

TICKETS:
FREE (donations gratefully accepted)

PARKING:
• $7 in lot
• FREE parking on Topanga Canyon Blvd.

Botanicum Seedlings program director Jennie Webb is a Los Angeles-based playwright and dramaturg who created the series in 2002.

Audiences are invited to stay after the readings for a moderated discussion with the artists.

Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum is outdoors. In case of inclement weather, please call for alternate performance times.

NAPSeries Festival (NYC)

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In February of 2019, Normal Ave produced its inaugural NAPseries, a brand new festival of new plays, which featured 29-hour workshops of new plays, networking events, and more.

NAPseries continues after last year’s sold-out weekend. NAPseries supports Normal Ave’s mission of supporting new voices and making theatre accessible to audience. All readings will be free and open to the public.

The festival will run from January 3-12, 2020.

The reading series will be led by Normal Ave’s Literary Manager, Kylie Brown (Lifespan of a Fact).
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Make theatre. Make connections. Make it happen. We’ve got you.

Submissions will be open through July 17, 2019.

The festival will feature three parties, four shows, eight readings, tons of artists, and most importantly, you, the playwright.

This week is all about letting you be just the playwright. We'll take care of the rest. Participating playwrights will be provided with rehearsal and reading space, receive support developing the team and cast for their show, as well as access to the entire festival.

We don't tell you how to bloom, but we'll help you grow.

Festival Dates: January 3-12, 2020

Submission Requirements:
-Currently only accepting full length plays (No musicals at this time)
-Must be 18 years or older to participate
-Must be available to be in NYC during the festival dates

Theatre Three 23rd Annual Festival of One-Act Plays

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  • Only UNPRODUCED works will be accepted. 
  • Plays that have had staged readings are eligible.
  • No adaptations or children’s plays.
  • Cast size maximum: 10
  • Length: 40-minutes maximum. No minimum.
  • Settings should be simple or suggested.
  • Playwrights may make multiple submissions. (These need not be made under separate cover.) 
  • Please do not submit works that have been previously submitted.
  • Scripts must be post-marked by September 30, 2019.

Each season, THE FESTIVAL receives approximately 400 submissions. To date, THE FESTIVAL has received over 8,000 submissions from across the world. THE FESTIVAL has produced 120 world premieres by 84 different playwrights. THE FESTIVAL presents between five and seven plays each season.

Please submit a cover letter, a synopsis, and a resume along with one copy of the play. Cover-sheet of play should have title, author, author’s address, author’s telephone number, and author’s e-mail. Plays should be neatly bound or stapled on the left-hand corner. (No loose pages and no binders, please.) Any stage play format is acceptable. We do not accept electronic submissions at this time. Please do not call or stop by the theatre.

If playwrights wish to have their works returned, an appropriate SASE must also be included.

Selected plays will be presented for nine performances in April 2020 at the Ronald F. Peierls Theatre, on Theatre Three’s Second Stage.

Playwrights will receive a $125 stipend.

Playwrights are welcome to attend any rehearsals or performances. Playwrights will receive a standard Dramatists Guild-approved contract. Playwrights will receive four complimentary tickets to be used at any performances. Playwrights will receive copies of playbills, flyers, articles, and reviews as well as a link to all publicity and production photos. THEATRE THREE is responsible for all elements of production; playwrights incur no expenses. THEATRE THREE retains no future production rights.

Plays should be submitted to
THE 23rd ANNUAL FESTIVAL OF ONE-ACT PLAYS,
Attn. Jeffrey Sanzel, Artistic Director, THEATRE THREE,
PO Box 512, Port Jefferson, NY 11777-0512

Final selection of plays will be in late 2019.

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Village Theatre accepting musicals

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Village Theatre accepts submissions from May 1 to August 1 each year— anyone can submit a libretto sample for consideration, provided they follow the guidelines listed below.

Full scripts will be accepted by invitation only.

Village Theatre is committed to inclusivity and encourages submissions with diverse stories, experiences, musical styles, forms, content, and points of view.

Your musical must fit these criteria:

MUSICALS ONLY - we do not accept non-musical plays, plays with music, or traditional operas;
We are seeking professional-level writers. Emerging, mid-career, and master writers are all encouraged to submit;
We do not accept children’s theatre or Theatre For Young Audiences (TYA) shows;
While we only need a sample at this time, shows must have a full-length script available upon request (at least 80 minutes);
At least 3 demo recordings must be available - they do not need to be professional/studio quality but they must be clear enough to hear lyrics, melody and accompaniment;
All content must either be wholly original, based on work in public domain, or authors must have underlying rights and/or permissions to use any pre-existing material. No exceptions;
Your musical is still in development - no shows can have been on Broadway or licensed by a major licensing house.
We only accept digital submissions. Hard copy submissions will be returned unopened.

LIBRETTO SAMPLE INSTRUCTIONS
We ask that all open submissions submit a 15-20 page libretto sample. Full scripts will be accepted by invitation only. Please submit the 15-20 pages that will most make us want to read more. Your 15-20 page selection must be consecutive pages (ex: you may not submit pages 1-10 and 50-60) and two of your song demos must be contained within the sample pages you submit. Do not include a title page. If your script submission is longer than 20 pages total we will not review it.

SONG SELECTION INSTRUCTIONS
We ask for 3-5 songs. Please include all songs that are in your 15-20 page libretto sample. If you are able to include more songs beyond your libretto sample (without going over 5 songs) please choose the songs that most represent the show and your skill as a writer. ALL RECORDINGS MUST INCLUDE BOTH ACCOMPANIMENT AND VOCALS. NO INSTRUMENTALS ONLY. NO ACAPELLA ONLY. (Unless the show is intended to be performed acappella)

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The Blueproject Foundation Residency in Barcelona

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Deadline: July 28, 2019

The BLUEPROJECT FOUNDATION is a non-profit organization based in Barcelona whose main aim is to support and promote national and international artistic creation. This support is offered through a residency programme for exhibitions and performances that provides assistance for artists to promote their work that is both relevant to and a reflection of today's aesthetic, social and intellectual issues.

The participating artists will be chosen according to the conditions established in this OPEN CALL outlined as follows:

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

1. Participants
This call is open to any artist interested as an individual or on behalf of a group or company, regardless their age, nationality or creative discipline.

2. Proposals / projects
From the present open call, it will be chosen 3 projects of exhibition as a final result (with a maximum of eight weeks) and 3 projects of performance (for at least one public presentation).

Priority will be given to new and original projects.

Each participant can submit a maximum of one individual proposal and one collective. The production support and the residency must allow the conception, formalization, production and/or completion of the proposed project, using the facilities of the workshop if needed, with the objective of its following exhibition / presentation at the Sala Project for exhibition projects and at the Off Blue space for performance projects.

Submitted projects may include any artistic-cultural field of any discipline, regardless the format or technique employed.

Each project must be developed or completed in a period of residency of maximum of six weeks previous to its presentation / exhibition, at the usual open hours of the foundation (from Tuesday to Friday, from 10 am to 8 pm, and Saturday and Sunday, from noon to 7 pm). The period of residency for performance projects may be flexible and to be agreed according its work plan and the foundation calendar.

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Centenary Stage Company Women Playwrights Series

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Deadline for open submissions: November 2, 2019

Deadline for New Dramatists, Agent and PW Center Submissions: January 15, 2020

Playwrights with work on NPX may contact program director Catherine Rust (Catherine.Rust@centenaryuniversity.edu), with name of play to be downloaded for consideration.

NOTE: We are rarely able to consider work with over 7 cast members.

The Centenary Stage Company, a professional theatre in residence on the campus of Centenary University in Hackettstown, NJ is accepting submissions for the 2019 Women Playwrights Series (WPS) and Susan Glaspell Contest.

Now in its 27th year, the WPS is a developmental program dedicated to providing a working forum for the unique and under-served voice of women writing for the theatre today. Each season 3 new plays are selected for a collaborative workshop process, with a professional director and actors, which takes place in a brief rehearsal period of approximately 1 week, allowing time for the playwright to hear and adapt their work with other professionals. The process culminates in a presentation of the work for the general public as part of the series, giving CSC audiences larger exposure to new work, as well as offering the playwright an opportunity to get feedback from the audience during the development process.

Playwrights selected for the workshop process will receive a $200 honorarium. Additional funds for travel and housing is available for one playwright each season.

The Susan Glaspell Contest
One play from the WPS Festival will be selected by a panel of judges as the winner, to be featured in a subsequent CSC main-stage season as a full production, with an additional award of $1500 to the playwright.

Guidelines for WPS Glaspell Contest submission

Submit full-length play, with no prior AEA production
(If play has had one workshop production, please include information in your cover letter about the company, # of performances, and contact infor, if applicable.)

Please include 1 letter of recommendation from a professional colleague or professor/instructor familiar with your work.
NOTE: We are rarely able to consider work with over 7 cast members.

Send submissions to:
Attn: Catherien Rust, WPS Program Director
Centenary Stage Company
400 Jefferson Street
Hackettstown, NJ 07840

Friday, July 12, 2019

Jest Fest Seeks Ten-Minute Comedies by Oregon Playwrights

Oregon Jest Fest seeks ten-minute comedies by Oregon playwrights. Playwrights may submit a total of two plays. There is no fee for submitting. There is no fee for submitting.

Previously produced or published plays are eligible, as long as the submitting playwright owns all rights to the play.

The play must be no longer than ten pages in standard format, with a calculated running time of no less than eight minutes and no more than twelve minutes.

No monologues, nudity, musicals, or children’s plays.

Plays are restricted to 5 or fewer characters. Small casts are preferable, as the stage size is modest, with minimal set, props, sound cues, and costuming.

Each playwright whose script is selected and performed will receive a $25 USD cash honorarium. No other remuneration will be provided, and any playwright attending must do so at his or her own expense.

Plays should be submitted in standard play format via email only in PDF format with a title page. A short synopsis is appreciated. Please list all casting flexibility.

The subject line of your email should include your name and the title of the play (e.g., Shakespeare; King Lear). Please include a brief bio and production history in the body of your email.

Blind submissions. The submission shall include all contact information for the playwright, including name, address, telephone number and email address on a separate title page; the script must be in standard play format, with a title page, a character listing, the setting, props, and any technical requirements or other production considerations. Your name must not appear on the script.

The two PDF files should be titled "Submission [Name of Play]” and "Title Page [Name of Play].”

Submission period opens on July 15, 2019. Entries must be received prior to midnight U.S. Pacific Time, August 31, 2019. No late submissions will be accepted because of transmission problems. 

Selection of plays will be at the absolute discretion of the judges, and selection does not guarantee production. The producers may delete, without reading, any submission that does not comply with these rules.

We will contact you by October 15, 2019 if your play is selected; Oregon Jest Fest will be held from 1/23/2020 through 2/3/2020 (Fri-Sat-Sun only) in Ashland, Oregon.

Entering playwrights grant the producers permission to perform the play as needed during the festival run, and to make as many copies of the script as are necessary for production. All other rights remain with the playwright.

Please email your submission to: oregonjestfest@gmail.com. Any inquiries should be sent to the same address.

Discount tickets: RINSE, REPEAT

Rinse, Repeat

The Romulus Linney Courtyard Theatre at The Pershing Square-Signature Center
480 West 42nd Street (Between 9th & 10th Avenues)

Rachel hasn’t been home in four months. After fighting for her life at Renley, a trial weekend has been agreed upon. At first, Rachel couldn’t be happier to be reunited with her family. But what happens when the people you love most, the ones you believe want the best for you, are the ones causing the most damage without even knowing it? Where do you go when the place you feel you most belong might be the place that almost killed you in the first place? Rinse, Repeat sharply conveys the painful truth about a woman's fight for her life in the face of an eating disorder.

LIMITED ENGAGEMENT - JULY 16 THROUGH AUGUST 17



Performance Schedule:
Tuesday 7:30pm | Wednesday 7:30pm | Thursday 7:30pm | 
Friday 7:30pm | Saturday 2pm & 8pm | Sunday 2pm & 7:30pm 

There will be a post-show talkback following every Tuesday performance.

SPECIAL OFFER!
$45 Tickets*
(reg. $50-$65)


THREE EASY WAYS TO BUY
Online: www.TicketCentral.com and use code RRTHEATRE
Phone: 212.279.4200 and mention code RRTHEATRE
In Person: Visit the Ticket Central Box Office and mention code RRTHEATRE- 416 West 42nd Street (between 9th & 10th Avenues) - Box Office Hours: Monday - Sunday 12pm-8pm

For more information, visit RinseRepeatPlay.com

*Tickets regularly $50-$65. Offer valid for performances through 8/17/19. Blackout dates may apply. Limit 8 per order. Service fees apply to online/phone orders. Schedule is subject to change. All sales are final - no refunds or exchanges. 

The Upstage Podcast

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We're working to launch this podcast in September 2019.

Readers: If you live in the Philadelphia area, and want to be a reader, send us an email. Make sure to tell us about yourself.

Playwrights: Submit your play! Send it to us, and tell us about yourself as a human, why you love theatre, or what makes your face light up.

As a small note: Please consider your privilege before submitting. If you've been successful as a writer, remember that the goal of this podcast is to make room for and hand the mic over to new voices.

Email us at theupstagepodcast@gmail.com.

Deadline: July 15, 2019

Call for original, short “Halloween-themed” plays by playwrights from tri-state area (NJ, NY, PA).

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South Street Players (southstreetplayers.org) is seeking original, short (10 mins preferred,
15 mins maximum) Halloween plays for its Tri-State Theatre Festival: Halloween Edition.
The event will take place October 18-20, 2019 in Spring Lake, NJ.

This event is an offshoot of SSPs popular Tri-State Theater Festival and serves as an
artistic fundraiser. All proceeds go to SSP to support the theatre’s commitment to producing
high-quality, extremely engaging theatrical experiences for the 2019-20 season…
and beyond.

Submission Rules and Process:
  • Seeking original comedic & dramatic Halloween-themed short plays from playwrights currently living in the Tri-State area only (NJ, NY and PA).
  • Plays must be Halloween-themed, which includes, but is not limited to, plays about ghosts, vampires, werewolves, witches, zombies, trick-or-treating, pumpkins, headless horsemen… pretty much anything and everything Halloween… however, all plays must be family-friendly, PG-rated.
  • Plays must be 15 pages or less. Submissions of longer than 15 pages will not be considered.
  • Plays must be in standard playscript format.
  • Playwrights may submit more than one play, but please be sure your name and email address is on the title page of each script.
  • SSP is a family theatre – no excessive swearing, no nudity.
  • No royalties or payment will be provided to playwrights should his or her play be chosen for the festival.
  • Plays will only be accepted via email: southstreetoneacts@gmail.com
  • Deadline: July 15, 2019, 11:59pm.
  • For more information, please email Rob Sullivan, Festival Producer, at southstreetoneacts@gmail.com.

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Enigmatic Society Productions seeks full-length LGBTQIA+ scripts

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Enigmatic Society Productions is accepting full-length scripts with LGBTQIA+ themes for our 2020-2021 season. Chosen playwrights will receive a full-length production with a standard Dramatist Guild of America playwriting contract (Not a membership, but the playwright will earn a percentage of each ticket sold).

Enigmatic Society Productions is an LGBT theater company that is focused on the development of new LGBT-themed scripts and re-imaging classic plays and musicals.

Deadline is December 1st, 2019. No submission fee. Open to all playwrights.

Submission Rules and Process:

  • Scripts must be in standard playscript format
  • Scripts submitted must be in PDF format
  • Cover page to include play synopsis, character breakdown, playwright's bio and production history
  • playwrights may submit more than one play
  • Scripts must be received by December 1st, 2019
  • Scripts must be LGBTQIA+ themed
  • Selected playwrights will be notified February 1st, 2020 and contracts will be sent out March 1st, 2020 - via email

Company: Enigmatic Society Productions
Instagram: enigmaticsocietyproductions

Newly Added Television Writing Workshop this Summer at Primary Stages ESPA

Writing for television has the potential to be not only artistically satisfying, but lucrative as well—just ask Aaron Sorkin from "The Newsroom", Sarah Treem from "The Affair", or Joshua Allen from "Empire". This 2-day workshop at Primary Stages ESPA is your opportunity to learn the structure and language of television writing so you can work to join the ranks of these distinguished playwrights-turned-television writers.
Instructor: Jonathan Caren (Writer, "The Sinner" Season 3 for USA, "A Million Little Things" for ABC, "Rise" for NBC, and "Gypsy" for Netflix)
Saturday, July 20 and Sunday, July 21
11:00am – 4:00pm both days

This class might be for you if you:
  • Are a playwright who wants the tools to transition from stage to screen.
  • Need a stronger grasp of the components of this form and want to start writing.

In this class you will:
  • Discuss the elements of a television script, particularly focusing on structure, form, and language.
  • Do exercises to understand the form and put these elements into practice.
  • Bring in a basic pilot idea that you would like to explore within class, addressing character, story arc, structure, and what a pilot would look like and need to include.

By the end of this class you will:
  • Have a broad understanding of the components of television writing.
  • Be able to use these tools to develop an idea of your own into a pilot.
  • Be ready to write in our full-length Television Writing class!

Our award-winning faculty, comprised of working professionals in the field, provides practical skills and expert guidance in a collaborative community atmosphere. 

Primary Stages ESPA provides students easy and convenient payment plans to break up tuition. For more information, call 212.840.9705 x215 or email espa@primarystages.org.

National Winter Playwrights Retreat (Colorado)

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A playwright-based retreat, the National Winter Playwrights Retreat prioritizes the playwright, not the work being produced. Playwrights have an opportunity to have work read or sung, conversation over dinners and coffees, sightseeing in the San Juan Mountains, and an introduction to local theaters. The retreat provides respite and renewal for playwrights. Inevitably, the artist's rejuvenation finds its way into her work. In enabling the playwright freedom from expectations, we enable the art.

HBMG Foundation's team of a Latino Playwright/Director and a Female Actor/Writer, Manuel and Ann Zárate are passionate about diversity. As founders and directors, they seek especially to empower playwrights of all ethnicities and gender. Additionally, diversity of experience and age is considered in the selection of playwrights each year. Our goal is to reflect the landscape of America.

WHO CAN APPLY?

You have to be at least 20 years of age and envision yourself as a playwright. We don’t teach you to write. Rather, we provide a safe environment in which to write and commune with fellow artists. You have nothing to prove to us.

Nitty Gritty: we do not allow for late arrivals or early departures in fairness to other applicants who can stay the entire week. You must provide your transportation (drive yourself to Creede, or fly via Boutique Air into Alamosa, CO’s airport where we’ll pick you up). We provide housing, but not food. If you can get yourself here and get yourself fed (there’s a grocery store across from your housing and great local restaurants), we’ll provide the gorgeous scenery, accommodations, and a few tourist treats! Write, network and recharge.

This is not a competition; we want artists to create.

HOW CAN I APPLY?

This is the easy part. We don’t read scripts. We are interested in you. Complete the form and tell us about you… your background and what you want to accomplish while on retreat. Include both professional and personal descriptions.

Please note whether you are applying as a playwright, artistic director, dramaturg, director, or as a team. You are welcome to apply as a team if you are working specifically with an actor, director, composer, or dramaturg on a piece in progress. Give us details of what you will be working on during the retreat and your weeks of availability December 2019-February 2020.

Deadline for applications is September 1, 2019. 

There is no application fee; do not submit a writing sample.

WHEN CAN I COME?

HBMG Foundation invites you for one week in the timeframe of December 29, 2019 – February 2020. We’ll provide accommodations, a script reading, and tourism activities.

You may elect to have your work read aloud by professional actors in a private salon setting. All readings are cold. This is done intentionally to focus on your text, not the actors’ performances. After the reading, your work will receive feedback from actors, staff, and other retreat participants. You may request a private dramaturgy session. We do not expect your work to be completed. In some cases, you may only have a few scenes in development. The cold reading may be at the beginning of the week so you can do rewrites, or near the end of your stay so you can hear what you’ve accomplished

University of the Arts Polyphone Festival of New and Emerging Musicals 2020

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DUE MONDAY AUGUST 12, 2019 11:59pm

WHAT IS POLYPHONE?

Polyphone Festival of New and Emerging Musicals s a nationally recognized festival of the emerging musical at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. For the last five years, we’ve brought composers, librettists, directors, choreographers and music directors from the field onto the campus of the Ira Brind School of Theater Arts at UArts to work with student casts and creatives on never before produced musicals.

Each year we program four new musicals. Each musical is cast from around 150 auditioning students, workshopped and rehearsed for six weeks, and teched for three days. During the festival week, each musical receives three performances. The final presentations are off-book, staged concert productions with a full band and lighting design. The process allows the authors to make changes over the rehearsal period and see a musical on its feet for the first time. On the last day of the festival, we perform all four shows in a 12-hour marathon on two stages. This year Polyphone will be housed in the Philadelphia Arts Bank Theater and The Wilma Theater on S. Broad St.

Each year Polyphone plugs over 100 undergraduate theater students into the process of new musical development. In the process we support emerging artists with a paid opportunity to make their work, give students on-the-ground training in the creation of new work, and give adventurous new musicals time and space to develop, free from the pressures of commercial interests, producing theaters, or reviews.

AS A POLYPHONE AUTHOR YOU RECEIVE:

  1. Artistic Fee.
  2. (for Non-Philadelphia artists) housing stipend, travel reimbursement to Philadelphia.
  3. Paid professional director, music director, and choreographer. If a project has an attached director, music director, or choreographer, we will work to bring them on board.
  4. Student cast, band, and creative assistants.
  5. Dramaturgical, logistical and technical support from the festival creative leadership and the UArts community.


ELIGIBILITY:

  1. We are looking for original musicals that are in development with a cast of 7 or more characters. (A cast of 10-15 is ideal.) We define a musical as a performance in which music is a primary mode of storytelling. This can include ensemble-based, devised, experimental and/or operatic work.
  2. The musical should have a completed first draft (electronic copies only in PDF form, no hand-written scripts will be accepted) and must have been read at least once in a workshop or concert setting.
  3. Authors and lead creatives must be based in the NYC or Philadelphia regions during the rehearsal and festival period. Non-Philadelphia artists are housed for weekend rehearsals, tech and festival weeks. There is no housing for the full 6 week rehearsal period.
  4. Lead creative team members should be available for rehearsals Friday Nights, Saturdays and mid February – March 31, 2020. And for three tech rehearsals between April 1-6, 2020. And for at least one show during festival week April 7-11, 2020.
  5. Artists that are current graduate or undergraduate students are not eligible with the exception of UArts students and MFA students at the Pig Iron School for Advanced Performance Training.

Please Note:
Polyphone is a hybrid educational and creative opportunity. Polyphone guest artists are asked to play the role of educator and artist during the rehearsal period.

Polyphone Festival performances employ minimal costumes and props, and no scenic design.

Authors may submit no more than two musicals, each as a separate application.

The festival staff is especially motivated to program voices and stories that are traditionally underrepresented in the musical theater canon.

APPLICATION:
DUE AUGUST 12, 2019 11:59pm
Complete the following two steps to submit for Polyphone 2020:

Complete the following online form: SUBMISSION FORM
Send CVs of Authors and script of the musical being submitted in an email to Jen Jaynes, Submission Administrator: jjaynes@uarts.edu, Subject Line: Polyphone Submission 2019: [Title of Show]

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