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Thursday, March 31, 2011

Discovery Project, a contest to find and produce new full-length plays

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The National Historic Landmark Fulton Theatre in Lancaster, Pennsylvania is pleased to announce the second biennial Discovery Project, a contest to find and produce new full-length plays. The winning entry will receive a workshop performance at least six months prior to production, followed by a full Equity production on the Fulton's main stage during its 2012-13 season. The Discovery Project's first round saw over 100 entries from around the world and the winning play was Michael Archangel by Joseph Lauinger which will make its main stage debut at the Fulton April 28 - May 15, 2011.

Contest Guidelines

There is NO fee for submission.
Scripts previously produced are NOT eligible.
Scripts must NOT be committed to publication at the time of submission.
If the play is an adaptation or dramatization, written proof must be provided that the original work is in public domain or that the permission of the holder of the copyright has been granted.
Musicals are welcome, but submission must include a c.d. of the songs.
Any future production or publication of the winning play will recognize the Fulton's Discovery Project New Play Contest and the theatre's premiere production of the work.
We regret that scripts cannot be returned.

Submission Guidelines

Manuscripts must be typed and securely bound with the title clearly visible. NO electronic submissions.
Author's name must NOT appear in any manner on the bound manuscript. It is our intent to read and select the winning play based on its own merits, not on the name or reputation of its author.
Submit two (2) copies of the manuscript and one (1) completed entry form. Both copies of the manuscript MUST include a brief synopsis and a cast list. The synopsis should be no more than one double-spaced page and should include:

a. an estimate of the play's running time
b. list of unusual effects or technical requirements
c. list of characters, noting age and sex (and possible doubling)

Supporting material should NOT accompany the submission.
Enclose a self-addressed stamped postcard if you wish confirmation of receipt of your script.
Send the 2 copies of the manuscript along with the entry form found on the Fulton Theatre website to:

Discovery Project New Play Contest
Fulton Theatre
12 North Prince Street
Lancaster, PA 17603


Submissions must be received by April 30, 2011. We recommend using United Parcel Service or Federal Express for ease in tracking. Late submissions will NOT be accepted.

Winners will be contacted by November, 2011.

Submissions not following the guidelines will be considered ineligible.

Please address inquiries to Barry Kornhauser at bkornhauser@thefulton.org.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Thornton Wilder Playwriting Contest

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Playscripts, Inc. is partnering with the Thornton Wilder Estate to launch a contest based on Thornton Wilder's Playlets.

Choose from 12 of Wilder's three-minute masterpieces and use this play as a foundation to create your own expanded adaptation.

The winning play will be published and licensed by Playscripts, Inc., premiered at NYC's LaGuardia Arts High School of Music, Art and Performing Arts in Fall 2011, and promoted for future productions.


* Duration: The playing time should be 30 minutes.

* Cast size: The cast should include at least 12 roles, and may include many more. If you would like to propose a play with 20 roles, by all means do so, as long as double-casting is possible.

* Content: All material should be PG-13 or cleaner, as these plays will be promoted for high school one-act performances.

* Tech requirements: No extreme technical constraints. The play should be as imaginative as possible without too many realistic necessities.

Choose one of the following Playlets:

Nascuntur Poetae
Proserpina and the Devil
Fanny Otcott
Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came
The Penny that Beauty Spent
Brother Fire
The Angel on the Ship
The Message and the Jehanne
Christmas Interludes II
Flamingo Red

You can read all of the playlets here.

Judges for final round include: Ken Ludwig (Playwright, Lend Me A Tenor, Crazy for You); Julie Vatain (Translator/adaptor and professor at the Sorbonne University in Paris); Jackson Bryer (Thornton Wilder Society President).

To submit, please visit www.playscripts.com/submit and fill out the regular submission form. In the Comments field, write: WILDER CONTEST ENTRY. Please also indicate which playlet you have adapted if it is not clear from the title of your play.

Submissions must be received by June 15, 2011 so get writing!

Note: The Playlets listed above are in the public domain. It is therefore not necessary to seek permission to perform or publish works based on these plays.

6th Annual New Play Festival of Appalachian Ohio

H u m b l e P l a y

6th Annual New Play Festival of Appalachian Ohio

Presented by

The Corporation for the Performing arts and

ARTS/West: Athens Community Gateway to the Arts

Coming October 6, 7 & 8, 2011


Playwright applications must be emailed or postmarked by

June 3, 2011

The Corporation for the Performing Arts (CPA) and ARTS/West are pleased to invite submissions from adventurous playwrights to participate in our 6th Annual Humble Play: New Play Festival of Appalachian Ohio.

Acknowledging gifted writers with new plays that speak to a diverse audience, ARTS/West will open its doors for these new works in October 2011.

PARTICIPATION: We are seeking plays that will highlight the work of playwrights from across the nation and will, in turn, highlight the actors and directors of Appalachia generally and Southeastern Ohio specifically through play development/production in our area, at the ARTS/West facility during the festival.

A script committee will review each play submitted. Be concise and clear in your application; the committee is interested in your evaluation of the work you are submitting, which is where you impress.


There are no submission fees - each submission should be sent in PDF form or as an electronic copy via email by June 3, 2011. (If this is impossible for you, please “snail mail” your play and application to be postmarked by June 3, 2011. Please copy and paste this application and fill out to accompany you submission.


JUNE 3, 2011


You may not submit more than two projects and each project must be submitted as a separate application.

ACCEPTANCE: All applicants will receive notification upon our receiving submissions and applications. Notification of judging results will be emailed in early September. At that time, successful applicants will receive further instructions. Accepted plays will be presented to the public during the festival, October 6, 7 & 8, 2011, in the form of a staged reading in the ARTS/West performance space.

1) Fill out the attached application, including the following:
a) Completed cover page
b) BLINDED statement (remove all names and contact information) - with the name of

the play only.
c) BLINDED script (remove the name of the playwright)
2) If you have any questions, please call 740/592-4315 or email humbleplay@yahoo.com – all questions should be directed to Kelly or Emily. We really need clarity for our festival to run smoothly so, if you are not sure about something, please ask first.

Send the above (completed application containing cover page & blinded statement along with a blinded script) as a PDF or electronic copy to humbleplay@yahoo.com by June 3, 2011.

Submission form link

looking for a one act comedy

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Hart County Community Theatre, a small theatre in the even smaller town of Hartwell, Georgia is looking for a one act comedy of no more than 35 minutes long for an upcoming One Act Play Festival that we are hosting the weekend of June 12, 2011. As we are a volunteer organization, compensation is limited to two free tickets. Our deadline is ASAP but we will continue to take submissions until April 20, 2011. Please email your script in Rich Text Format to margoneal@gmail.com and in the subject line indicate that this is an HCCT submission. In the body of your email, please include your contact information. Also, bear in mind that our mainstream audience does not appreciate profanity, edgy themes, and that a script with minimal props etc is more likely to be chosen. And… thank you for your interest! We look forward to hearing from new and/or established playwrights!

Secret Room seeks scripts

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Calling all playwrights! Secret Room Theatre is looking for short plays for "Lickety Skits" to be produced the Philadelphia Fringe Festival September 2011. This year we're we are only looking for short-short plays under 5 minutes. No other themes or restrictions-- anything goes as long as it runs under 5 minutes. For more info about "Lickety Skits" and Secret Room, go to www.secretroomtheatre.com.

Plays must run five minutes or less.
Electronic submissions only (.pdf, .doc, or .rtf).
Please help our record keeping by naming your electronic file in the format "Author Name (Play Title)"
For example: "William Shakespeare (3 Minute Hamlet).pdf"
Make sure full author contact info with email, snail mail address, and phone number appear on the title page of the script.
Feel free to submit plays with previous productions, but plays must be royalty-free.
Limit 3 submissions per playwright.
Our website: www.secretroomtheatre.com
Email scripts to: alex@secretroomtheatre.com

How do you write a good 10-minute play, Part 2

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NOTE: The three plays for this article were selected by Nancy McClernan based on recommendations by NYCPlaywrights members Bruce Barton, Alice Anne English, Michael Giorgio, and Diane Quinn. Thanks team.

Here are my guidelines for what works best in a ten-minute play.

  • Does the play pull me in right away?

  • There are only 10 minutes - the play has to pull you in right from the start.

  • Does the play surprise me?

  • If the play is about something I've heard a hundred times already, I'll be bored. Or if it unfolds in predictable ways, I will be bored.

  • Does the play make me laugh or well up? Or both?

  • Art must have an emotional impact.

  • Does the play have a dramatic struggle?

  • People sitting around bickering is not a dramatic struggle. So many people don't seem to understand that.

  • Does the play have vivid characters in compelling situations?

  • People sitting around bickering is not a compelling situation. Especially if the characters are called "man" and "woman." If the playwright can't be bothered to come up with a name for a character, it's usually a sign that the character is as generic as the label. This is especially true of a 10-minute play where you really don't have time for generic supporting characters.

  • Does the play show more than tell?

  • "Show, don't tell" has been said a million times and yet maybe about 20% of all the people who write plays - including lionized, famous playwrights - seem to get this.

  • Does the play blow my mind through sheer funky originality?

  • This is the Holy Grail of ten-minute plays. I've seen only a handful of ten-minute plays that have blown my mind. Here are three 10-minute plays that I believe work very well. Each play is available to download and read. Each play is copyrighted by its respective author and may not be printed or performed without the author's permission. (See the article page for links.)

    FORGET ME NOT by Myra Slotnick
    HOT APPLE PIE by Michael Jalbert

    These three plays are very different, but all balance dark subjects with humor: FORGET ME NOT covers serious subjects - old age, decay, bullying, suicide, leavened by sweetness and gentle humor; WE APPEAR TO HAVE COMPANY approaches catastrophic circumstances with absurdist humor; and HOT APPLE PIE is a darkly humorous look at violence and intolerance with a hopeful ending.

    FORGET ME NOT by Myra Slotnick

    In spite of its gentle humor, FORGET ME NOT has the most action of the three pieces under consideration. First the playwright sets the scene for actors and directors with a detail-filled opening stage directions:

    POPPY, an exuberant, yet mousy, 16 year old girl, with a flair for thrift-shop-chic, is, at once, listening to her IPOD and text-messaging on her cell phone as she swivels in her tall chair behind the counter...it is probable that a large wad of bubble gum is involved in the scenario. Enter IVY and ROSE, both in their 70's, respectfully; they are a spry pant-wearing duo. Ivy not so much guides Rose, as accompanies her in rather close fashion, from behind, as Rose is wearing quite conspicuous protective- sunglasses, yet is trying to manage on her own (thank you very much!). Poppy jumps up when she sees them.

    The opening dialog ensures that we know that Poppy is not only acquainted with the two women but has a playful affection for them.

    read the rest of the article here

    Wednesday, March 23, 2011

    seeking comedy sketches

    Frogs With Fangs, a new sketch comedy troupe in Columbus OH is seeking sketches to include in their monthly evening of comedy. Seeking 1 - 7 minute sketches, monologues, and songs, also interested in ongoing theme sketches that can be produced each month. Please email sketches to frogswithfangs@gmail.com

    Saturday, March 19, 2011

    Broom Street Theater 2012 Script Submissions

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    Accepted through 4/30; mail scripts/proposals to Heather Renken, c/o BST, 1119 Williamson St., Madison, WI 53704; or email ad@bstonline.org. 347-9738

    Broom Street Theater is currently seeking script submissions for its 2012 season.

    Broom Street is one of the nation's oldest continuous experimental theater companies and primarily produces original works by local playwrights.

    There are openings for seven new plays in the upcoming year. While there are no limitations as to style, length, or subject matter, Broom Street Theater is most interested in experimental works. We pride oursleves in doing all original never before seen work. We are also most interested in work that stretches the imagination beyond what we normally see on stage.

    Most of our plays are original, but we have occasionally performed scripts that have been done elsewhere or that are classics, but generally with a new interpretation. Submissions are not limited to local playwrights, but all else being equal we prefer to promote local, regional, or state writers.

    If interested, please send either a full script or a proposal to the theater's Artistic Director, Heather Renken. Deadline for submissions is April 30th, 2011.

    The plays will be reviewed in a blind reading by a selection committee. Please include a cover sheet with your personal information and how we may contact you. Please remove your name from all other pages.

    We will give 2-3 FIRST TIME OR NOVICE PLAYWRIGHTS the opportunity to participate in workshops and the possibility to have your work produced in the 2013 season. Please write on your play or proposal if you would like to be considered for this program.

    Scripts and proposals may be e-mailed to ad@bstonline.org or sent by mail to:

    Heather Renken, Artistic Director
    Broom Street Theater
    1119 Williamson Street
    Madison, WI 53704

    Along with the script or proposal, please indicate whether the author would also like to direct his/her own work or would prefer to have someone else direct.

    Purple Rose script submissions

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    The Purple Rose is dedicated to the development and production of new plays and emerging playwrights. We receive hundreds of synopses and inquiries each season, and our staff reviews each submission.

    If a synopsis submission shows promise for possible production, a full script will be requested. Each requested script is read by at least two of our readers, so a waiting period of seven to nine months for a response is not uncommon.
    Submission Guidelines

    At this time, we are accepting synopsis submissions only. Please do not send full scripts. Please note: the Purple Rose does will not accept, discuss or evaluate screenplays!
    Paper Submissions

    Please include:

    * a one-page synopsis of the script
    * a character breakdown
    * a 15 page dialogue sample
    * a self-addressed, stamped envelope

    Send your synopsis submission to:

    The Purple Rose Theatre Company
    ATTN: Script Submissions
    137 Park Street
    Chelsea, MI 48118

    Synopsis materials sent in hard copy are not returned.
    Electronic Submissions

    Please attach the following as text-only files:

    * a one-page synopsis of the script
    * a character breakdown
    * a fifteen-page dialogue sample

    Send your electronic submission, as well as any questions about our script development program, to artistic director Guy Sanville.

    We look forward to hearing from you!

    First Run Theatre

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    First Run Theatre is now accepting script submissions for its Spectrum short play festival to be presented in October. The submission period is from March 15 to June 30 2011.

    The scripts should be unpublished unproduced short plays no less than ten minutes and no more than 20 minutes in length. Scripts can be submitted either as softcopy or hardcopy. Submitted scripts should not have the authors name or contact information in them. A separate sheet of contact information should be submitted with the script. All scripts should have a cover sheet, list of characters, and all pages numbered.

    The selected plays will be performed with acting boxes, limited props and limited costumes.

    Softcopy submission:
    MS Word, Adobe Acrobat, TXT, or RTF formats
    Emailed to info@firstruntheatre.com

    Hardcopy submission:
    Three printed copies of script
    One contact information sheet
    Mailed to First Run Theatre
    5215 Winona Ave.
    St. Louis MO 63109

    Finalists will be announced in July.

    Playscripts, Inc. submission guidelines

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    Playscripts, Inc. selects a wide variety of new plays for publication: short plays and full-length plays; comedies, dramas, and plays that defy genre; plays perfect for high schools, large professional theaters, or any number of other groups who want to create outstanding theater.

    Before you submit work to Playscripts, we strongly encourage you to visit our Playwright Services page and our Submissions FAQ for more detailed information about what we do.
    What To Do
    In deciding what to submit for Playscripts' consideration, please keep in mind that we are looking for certain kinds of plays in particular:
    If your play contains adult content, and is intended for adult audiences, then it must have already received at least one fully staged professional production with published reviews.
    If your play does not contain adult content, and could therefore be appropriate for high schools or middle schools, then prior productions and a large cast size are advantageous, but not required.
    You may submit any number of plays that fit what we are looking for.
    Submission rules
    # Electronic submissions are strongly preferred. For instructions on hard copy query letters, see the very bottom of this page.

    # Although we do publish and license musicals, the limitations of time and staff prevent us from accepting unsolicited musical submissions.

    # We do not accept screenplays.

    # Your play must not include material that you do not have permission to use.

    # Your play must not be previously published as part of an exclusive arrangement. (Note that most anthology and magazine publications are non-exclusive, and therefore do not pose a problem. If you are unsure, please contact us before submitting.)

    # Do not submit a play that is incomplete, unfinished, or a rough draft. Send us the entire completed play.

    # Playscripts has no problem with you submitting your play to other publishers simultaneously. If you receive a competing publication offer before hearing back from us, however, please let us know before signing a contract. This way we can expedite our evaluation, and you might be able to weigh more than one publication offer.

    # If you do decide to sign with another publisher while your play is still under consideration by Playscripts, you must let us know immediately, so that we do not waste resources evaluating a play that we cannot publish.

    # While we do not insist on one particular script format, your play should be clearly formatted and easily readable.

    # You do not need to register your play with the U.S. Copyright Office prior to submitting it. Playscripts will register any previously unregistered work in the event of publication. In any event, your work is automatically protected under copyright law from the moment you write it down.
    Hearing back from Playscripts
    Once you submit a play using the form below, we will contact you immediately via email to confirm that we have received it.

    Please do not follow up, unless you have a competing publication offer to report. While we may be able to expedite our decision in the event of a competing publication offer, other follow-up inquiries will not accelerate the evaluation process.

    The evaluation period lasts 3-6 months. Playscripts will always respond with a decision, either offering or declining to publish your play. If you haven't heard back from us after six months have elapsed, please let us know.

    Yale Drama Series competition

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    Yale University Press and Yale Repertory Theatre are seeking submissions for a major new playwriting competition, The Yale Drama Series. The winner of this annual competition will be awarded the David C. Horn Prize of $10,000, publication of his/her manuscript by Yale University Press, and a staged reading at Yale Rep. The winning play will be selected by series judge John Guare.

    There is no application form or entry fee. Please follow these guidelines in preparing your manuscript:

    1. This contest is restricted to plays in the English language, though submissions are accepted worldwide.

    2. Submissions must be original, unpublished full-length plays written in English. Submissions must be original, full-length plays. Translations, musicals, and children’s plays are not accepted. The Yale Drama Series is intended to support emerging playwrights. Playwrights may win the competition only once.

    3. Plays that have had professional productions are not eligible.

    4. The manuscript must begin with a title page that shows the play’s title and your name, address, telephone number, e-mail address (if you have one), and page count; a second title page which lists the title of the play only; a list of characters; a list of acts and scenes; and (if applicable) a list of acknowledgments.

    5. Plays must be typed/word-processed, numbered and in standard professional play format. A brief biography may appear at the end of the manuscript, but is not required.

    6. Do not bind or staple the manuscript.

    7. Playwrights may submit only one manuscript per each year.

    Send the manuscript to Yale Drama Series, P.O. Box 209040, New Haven, CT 06520-9040.

    Submissions for the 2012 competition must be postmarked no earlier than June 1, and no later than August 15, 2011.

    Do not send the only copy of your work. Manuscripts cannot be returned after the competition. If you wish receipt of your manuscript to be acknowledged, please include a stamped, self-addressed postcard. If you wish to be informed by June 2012 of the contest results, please include an email address on your title page.


    For more information regarding the Yale Drama Series please write to us at:

    Yale Drama Series
    P.O. Box 209040
    New Haven, CT

    or email us at yaledramaseries@yale.edu

    EMOS (Earth Matters on Stage)™ Ecodrama Playwrights Festival ~ 2012

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    We are looking for new plays that do one or more of the following:

    * Put an ecological issue or environmental event/crisis at the center of the dramatic action or theme of the play.
    * Expose and illuminate issues of environmental justice.
    * Explore the relationship between sustainability, community and cultural diversity.
    * Interpret “community” to include our ecological community, and/or give voice or “character” to the land, or elements of the land.
    * Theatrically explore the connection between people and place, human and non-human, and/or between culture and nature.
    * Grow out of the playwright’s personal relationship to the land and the ecology of a specific place.
    * Theatrically examine the reciprocal relationship between human, animal and plant communities.
    * Offer an imagined world view that illuminates our ecological condition or reflects on the ecological crisis from a unique cultural or philosophical perspective.
    * Critique or satirizes patterns of exploitation, consumption, or other ingrained values that are ecologically unsustainable.
    * Are written specifically to be performed in an unorthodox venue such as a natural or environmental setting, and for which that setting is a not merely a backdrop, but an integral part of the intention of the play.

    Submission Guidelines

    We are looking for new full-length plays that are written primarily in English (no ten-minute plays please; one-act plays are okay if 30+ minutes in length). Submitted plays should address the thematic guidelines as listed above.

    1. All submissions should include a cover page with: the play’s title, the author’s name and contact information.
    2. Two blind copies of the FIRST 30 PAGES OF THE SCRIPT ONLY. Please do not put the author’s name on the script, only on the title page.
    3. A synopsis of the play and cast requirements.

    Submissions must be received by July 1, 2011 to:

    EMOS Festival/Theresa May, Artistic Director

    207 Villard Hall, Theatre Arts

    University of Oregon

    Eugene, OR 97403
    Deadline: July 1, 2011

    Early submission encouraged. / No electronic submissions please.

    Evaluation Process

    After reading the first 30 pages of all submitted plays, we will evaluate the submissions to reduce the size of the pool. We will then request two full paper copies be sent to us by Sept. 15, 2011. Winners will be selected from this smaller pool.

    Questions? See our Frequently Asked Questions.

    If you still have a question, email: ecodrama@uoregon.edu.

    Theresa Rebeck on sexism in the theatre

    Thanks to Liz Kimberlin for sending the link to the Rebeck speech transcript. Excerpts from the address:

    The play is called The Butterfly Collection. I wrote it in 1999. It is about a family of artists, and the tensions that rise between the father, who is a successful novelist, and his two sons, one of whom is a struggling actor, and the other who is an antiques dealer. Tim Sanford at Playwrights Horizons fell in love with this play and said he would produce it in the fall of 2000, and he talked to the guys who run South Coast Rep and they read it and included it in the new play festival that spring, so that we had a chance to work on it out there. The workshop was great, and we were the hit of the festival... Nine separate regional theaters were circling to produce it. American theater magazine called my agent to ask for the script because they were interested in publishing it (in those cool inserts I was very excited I’ve always wanted one of those). Audiences were thrilled with the play. Lincoln Center Library was filming it for their collection.

    When the New York Times published its review it was not what anyone expected. The reviewer, who shall remain nameless, dismissed the play—which was about art and family—as a feminist diatribe. He accused me of having a thinly veiled man-hating agenda, and in a truly bizarre paragraph at the end of the review, he expressed sympathy to the director because he had to work with someone as hideous as me.

    The review was horrible and personal and projected all sorts of terrible things on me. I was shocked, a lot of people were shocked. And there was real outcry in the community. A lot of letters were written to the Times—someone told me it was sixty letters, which I don’t know how anyone would know that but it made me feel better, even though none of them were published... Everybody knew that that was a crazy misogynistic review. But no one would produce the play. Ever again. And you should know that many people consider it my best play. Still.

    This is what happened to me in the months after that.

    –People couldn’t get over it. For about a year and a half, I had people come up to me at least once a week and this is what the conversation would be:

    NICE PERSON: Hi Theresa, how are you? I saw the Butterfly Collection! Wow it was so beautiful! What a great evening of theater!

    THERESA: Thank you.

    NICE PERSON: That review was crazy! So misogynistic! Wow, how could he write something like that?

    And then this nice person would go on and on and on about that crazy misogynistic review, so I got to live through it all over again...

    This is another thing that happened: A whole lot of people decided I should change my identity. This is the conversation I had with other well meaning people:

    NICE PERSON: You know Theresa everybody knows that your work is terrific but the New York critics don’t like you personally.

    THERESA: How can they not like me personally? They don’t know me!

    NICE PERSON: Hey! We love you. But you know what you should do? You should produce your plays under a male pseudonym.

    THERESA: You mean, I should pretend to be a man?

    NICE PERSON: That’s right. That’s the only way they will accept you. Or the plays! They would like your plays, if only you hadn’t written them!

    Okay I know that sounds crazy but I swear I had that conversation at least a dozen times. Arthur Kopit, who really is great and I love him, thought this was a hilarious idea and he had a lot of fun figuring out for me how I would pull that off, becoming a man. We never went as far as surgery but there were lots of other clever ideas about how what I might do to trick people into thinking I was a man, which is what I needed to do, to make my identity acceptable.

    This is another thing that happened to me: One of my friends who was a producer in New York told me that this was all a sign, that I was being told by the Times that I am not welcome in New York and I should think of something else to do with my life.

    This is another thing that happened: A close friend of mine who is a theater director started screaming at me in restaurants and he told me I wasn’t an artist.

    This is another thing that happened to me: My agent said, you know Theresa, how you’ve always wanted to write a novel? Maybe you should do that. Which is not necessarily bad advice, but it’s also not particularly advice you want to hear from your THEATRE AGENT. He also told me that my next two plays, Omnium Gatherum and Bad Dates, were unproduce-able and that he couldn’t represent them...

    The entire piece at Women and Hollywood.

    If Rebeck decides to use a male pseudonym, I suggest "Adam Rapp."

    Wednesday, March 16, 2011

    Metropolitan Playhouse still seeking submissions

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    Metropolitan Playhouse still seeking submissions
    to the 2011 East Village Theater Festival

    Submission Deadline Extended: April 1, 2011
    Festival Run: June 6 – 25, 2011

    Metropolitan Playhouse, devoted to exploring America’s cultural legacy through theater, is accepting submissions for inclusion in its 7th annual East Village Chronicles, presenting new one-act plays that celebrate and explore the varied history and eclectic culture that have defined Manhattan's Lower East Side (in all its permutations). Submission guidelines are available at Metropolitan’s website: www.metropolitanplayhouse.org/EVC7guidelines

    The East Village Chronicles are part of the The East Village Theater Festival, an annual series of brand new short works that celebrate the history and people of the theater’s neighborhood. The festival runs for three weeks each June; each play is performed 6 times in repertory with the others over the run. This year’s festival seeks plays exploring stereotypes in East Village/Lower East Side history and culture.

    New plays never before performed in New York
    One act plays of 10 – 30 minutes length.
    4 actors maximum
    Set in and related to the East Village/Lower East Side of Manhattan any time from pre-colonial days to the future.

    Metropolitan Playhouse is in its 19th season, devoted to the theme of Stereotypes in American theater and culture. The Playhouse explores America’s theatrical heritage through forgotten plays of the past and new plays of American historical and cultural moment. Called an “indispensible East Village institution” by nytheatre.com, Metropolitan has earned accolades from The New York Times, The Village Voice, Backstage and nytheater.com for its ongoing productions that illuminate who we are by revealing where we have come from. Recent productions include Uncle Tom’s Cabin, The Drunkard, Dodsworth, NYIT awards winner The Return of Peter Grimm, Under the Gaslight, The Contrast as well as the Alphabet City and East Village Chronicles series.

    More information: www.metropolitanplayhouse.org, or call 212 995 8410.

    Tuesday, March 15, 2011

    The Well Theater Group in New York is actively seeking new and sparsely produced plays

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    The Well Theater Group in New York is actively seeking new and sparsely produced plays by writers of all backgrounds and stripes. No requirements, no criteria, no rules. There is, however, a deadline, as we're considering plays for upcoming readings and our summer production. There are no fees, and there will be modest compensation for work that we end up producing. Please send plays -- even if they're not fully finished -- by April 15th via email to wellsubmissions@gmail.com, or via snail mail to:

    The Well Theater
    c/o Literary Manager
    206 East 6th St.
    New York, NY 10003


    NYCPlaywrights member Wayne Paul Mattingly's play THE BALLAD OF LULU AND DAD, directed by Heather Cohn with David Crommett and NYCP's Quinn Warren, will be performed as part of Artistic New Directions 4th Annual Eclectic Short Works Festival, Mar. 25 thru April 3 @ Shetler Studios (54th & Broadway), NYC.

    Info: http://www.artisticnewdirections.org/performances.html
    Wayne's web site: www.waynepaulmattingly.com

    Sunday, March 13, 2011

    NativeAliens Theatre Collective’s 12th Annual Short Stories Short Play Festival

    http://www.nativealiens.org/id67.htmlweb site

    Deadline April 1, 2011

    Thank you for your interest in submitting for NativeAliens Theatre Collective’s 12th Annual Short Stories Short Play Festival, Our committee is accepting submission of short Ten Minute plays that depict life from a Gay and Lesbian perspective. After plays are selected they will be produced as part of the Short Play festival in New York City in June, 2011.

    Submissions should:

    •Have a maximum performance time of ten minutes

    •Be typed double-spaced in 10 pt. or larger font

    •Be original works for which the applicant holds all rights

    •Be written with from the perspective of the Gay and Lesbian life experience.

    •Due to the anonymous nature of play selection, contain playwright’s name on title page ONLY

    •Be emailed as either Word or PDF files to natc.shortstories@gmail.com

    •Include your contact information as a separate attachement.

    •Be postmarked or received via email by April 1st, 2011

    TheatreWorks Silicon Valley script submission policy

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    TheatreWorks welcomes script submissions to our mainstage season as well as our New Works Initiative. We look for well-written, well-constructed plays that celebrate the human spirit, speak to our diverse community, and advance the art of the American theatre.

    We are especially interested in plays with multi-ethnic casting possibilities. We place no limit on the number of cast members required. To get a better sense of the types of plays we produce please look at our production history as well as our New Works Festival history.

    If you have an agent, please send or have your agent send your script (and demo cd for musicals).

    If you do not have an agent, please send us a query packet that contains an SASE for a response letter, short synopsis, production history for the play, your playwriting resume, a sample of 10-15 pages of the script, and demo cd for musicals. We will respond to query packets within 1 month of receipt.

    Materials sent without a return envelope with sufficient postage will be recycled. We respond to full submissions within 6 months.

    Send all materials to:

    Meredith McDonough
    TheatreWorks New Works Initiative
    PO Box 50458
    Palo Alto, CA 94303

    or for UPS, Fedex, and other services:

    1100 Hamilton Court
    Menlo Park, CA 94025

    Script Submissions - Nora Theatre Company/Underground Railway Theater

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    The Nora Theatre Company and Underground Railway Theater currently accept script submissions from both playwrights and agents. We encourage you to learn more about the two companies’ missions and production histories to determine the best match for your work. Please submit full scripts with a cover letter, production/development history, clear cast breakdown, and playwright’s biography. Due to the volume of submissions we receive, please allow for at least a six month reading period, after which a member of the artistic staff will respond if there is further interest.

    Central Square Theater
    Attn: Script Submissions
    450 Massachusetts Ave.
    Cambridge, MA 02139

    Saturday, March 12, 2011

    Announcement: the plays selected for SHARE YOUR EXCELLENT 10-MINUTE PLAY WITH THE WORLD

    The following three plays have been selected in response to the call for plays posted on this blog as Share Your Excellent 10-Minute Play with the World.

    These plays will be included in the article "How do you write a good 10-minute play? - part 2" which will be posted to this web site on Sunday, March 27, 2011.

    FORGET-ME-NOT by Myra Slotnick
    HOT APPLE PIE by Michael Jalbert

    We received 85 submissions - thanks to all who sent their plays. Not being selected doesn't necessarily mean your play is not excellent - but we could only pick three.

    Thanks to Bruce Barton, Alice Anne English, Mike Giorgio and Diane Quinn - their recommendations were used to select the three winning plays.

    Also thanks to those who participated in the script-in-hand readings to help the judges get a better feel for the work through hearing them performed aloud - Bruce, Alice Anne, Mike and Diane, as well as Allan Brown, Sue Chmielarz, Mike Durell, David Lamberton, Clem McIntosh, Carolyn Paine, Doug Rossi and Linda Sanders.

    Friday, March 11, 2011

    North Park Playwright Festival

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    Submission Guidelines

    We are looking for:

    1. Short new plays (no more that 15 pages, less is fine) that are easily staged and have casts with no more than four people. Our theater is very small and we normally use a minimal set concept in this festival. We have to be able to change sets in just a few minutes as we do six to seven plays each evening of the festival. We don't have space for large casts.

    2. We request new work. A play that has had workshops or one or two previous productions is OK, but we are not interested in work that has been produced in numerous other places. Our goal in building the theater was to have a place to produce brand new work and let playwrights have a chance to see their work done for the first time.

    3. We seek complete plays rather than excerpts from a larger work.

    4. Work will be chosen by the directors we have in the festival. It is not a "contest" and we are not really judging plays in the formal sense. The directors choose the plays we will produce, within the production budget guidelines we give them.

    5. Most subject matter is OK. We don't mind controversial issues, etc., but we don't do nudity.

    6. We ask that all submissions be sent to us via snail mail at the theater. Address is: North Park Vaudeville and Candy Shoppe, 2031 El Cajon Blvd., San Diego, CA 92104, Attn Summer Golden, Artistic Director. We have too much trouble with differing email, word processing, and computer platform issues to take them via email. Additionally, our selection process requires the directors read the plays submitted and the cost of printing all the plays we receive each year is prohibitive. Please insure submissions have a title page with complete contact information (including email), a character summary, and are in proper script form. There is no charge to enter.

    7. Submissions must be postmarked by June 30, 2011. Please do not send plays by registered or certified mail. We will email notice of receipt to all playwrights submitting plays.

    8. Send only one script. Multiple submissions do not increase chances of production.

    General information:

    We are trying to support new work and involve actors, playwrights, and directors of all experience levels. We have had a wide variety of artists involved from very experienced to first time directors and actors, to an 8 year old playwright (very short, well received play). We feel having a wide range of experience involved helps the new people learn from the more experienced.

    We really appreciate your interest in our theater.

    Jeff Bushnell and Summer Golden
    North Park Vaudeville and Candy Shoppe
    2031 El Cajon Blvd.
    San Diego, CA 92104

    Sunday, March 6, 2011

    submissions wanted for new NYCPlaywrights project - 10-minute Play of the Month

    NYCPlaywrights announces a new project - the 10-minute Play of the Month

    NYCPlaywrights attempts to employ multi-media and Internet technologies in the cause of playwriting and theatre. Each month NYCPlaywrights will invite playwrights to submit a ten minute play on a theme - a different theme each month.

    (Except July & August when NYCPlaywrights is on hiatus.)

    One play is selected from the submissions for that month and NYCPlaywrights video-records a reading of the play. The play will be posted on the NYCPlaywrights web site.

    For more details about the play of the month project go to this page on the site: play of the month or click the tab at the top of this web page.

    Since the NYCPlaywrights web site is viewed by 2,000 unique visitors per month, there is the potential for many more people to see a reading-performance of the play than at a typical 10-minute play festival.

    10-Minute Play of the Month: APRIL 2011
    Theme: Shakespeare
    Since April is the birthday month of William Shakespeare, the play selected must have some connection or reference to the life and/or work of Shakespeare.

    Deadline: April 3, 2011, 11:59 PM

    1. Send only one ten minute play per author to info@nycplaywrights.org.

    2. The script submission should be sent by email, with the play itself as a file attached to the email. File format should be in either Microsoft Word (.doc) or .pdf.

    3. The script should be in standard playscript format. If you are not sure what that is, see this page on the NYCPlaywrights web site:


    Plays that are not in standard format will be rejected immediately.

    4. Make sure you have your name and your email address on the title page of the script.

    5. Plays can be from anybody, anywhere in the world, but must be primarily in English (a few non-English phrases are acceptable, but the phrases must include English translations in production notes or stage directions.)

    6. There is no fee for submission - and no payment given for the plays selected. Do not send a submission if you are expecting monetary compensation.

    7. The NYCPlaywrights selection decision is final and NYCPlaywrights reserves the right to select no plays from those submitted.

    8. The selected play will be videotaped as a reading during an NYCPlaywrights meeting and posted shortly after, during the month of April.

    9. The playwright will be asked to review the video recording before it is made public.

    10. The video recording of the play reading will be posted to the NYCPlaywrights YouTube account and from there embedded into the NYCPlaywrights blog. The embedded section may be an excerpt of the play reading rather than the entire reading.

    Any questions email Nancy at info@nycplaywrights.org

    Saturday, March 5, 2011

    The Sky Cooper/Marin Theatre Company New American Play Prize

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    Norton J. “Sky” Cooper established the New American Play Prize at Marin Theatre Company in 2007 to celebrate the work of the American playwright and to encourage the creation of bold, powerful new voices and plays for the American stage. The Sky Cooper Prize will be awarded annually to either an established or emerging playwright for an outstanding new work. The play selected as the Sky Cooper winner will receive a full production at Marin Theatre Company as part of the theatre’s annual season and will be given regional and national promotion. In addition, the playwright receives a $10,000 award, as well as travel and accommodations for the MTC rehearsal period.

    Plays must be full-length in any genre: comedy, drama, etc. Musicals, translations, individual one-acts, and any play previously submitted for the Sky Cooper or David Calicchio Prizes are not eligible. Collaborations are welcome, in which case prize benefits are shared. Plays may not have received a full-scale, professional production prior to submission. Plays that have had a workshop, reading, or non-professional production are still eligible. Playwrights must be citizens of the United States. Playwrights with past production experience are especially encouraged to submit new work. Only one submission per playwright is allowed each year. If you are eligible for the David Calicchio Award you may submit the same play for both prizes.

    Submission is a two-phase process.
    Phase I: Submit a two-page maximum abstract of the play including title, character breakdown, brief story synopsis and playwright bio or resume. Also include 10 pages of consecutive sample dialogue. Do not send videos or CDs. Literary agents may submit full scripts of their client’s work. All abstracts and dialogue samples will be read. From these, selected manuscripts will be solicited for Phase II by October 1. Due to the high number of submissions, not every playwright will receive a response to their Phase 1 submission. Do not send a manuscript with or instead of the abstract. Unsolicited manuscripts will not be read. Due to the high number of submissions we cannot return any materials. If you would like notification that your submission was received, please send it with a SASP. Electronic submissions are accepted in Word or PDF format only and paper copies must also be sent to MTC if requested. Please NO PHONE OR EMAIL inquiries.
    Phase II: All manuscripts that have been solicited after Phase I will be read. Manuscripts should be neatly typed, securely bound and have the playwright’s name, contact address and phone number clearly visible on the front page. No solicited manuscript will be returned without a self-addressed, stamped envelope with adequate postage.

    All final selections are made by Jasson Minadakis, Artistic Director of Marin Theatre Company.

    Submissions are accepted between April 1 and August 31 (postmarked).

    Address all submissions to:
    The Sky Cooper/Marin Theatre Company New American Play Prize
    Marin Theatre Company
    397 Miller Avenue, Mill Valley, CA 94941
    Or electronically to skycooper@marintheatre.org

    seeking writers of middle-eastern descent for submissions

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    *Noor Theatre* announces a general call for submissions of new plays by writers of Middle-Eastern descent.

    Submissions will be considered for upcoming programming including the fall reading series, *Highlight*, as well as possible special events, workshops and commissions.

    *Submission Guidelines*:
    We are accepting full-length plays previously unproduced in New York City;

    We are interested the various perspectives of writers of Middle-Eastern descent, whether the plays are Middle-Eastern themed or otherwise.

    Please include the following with each submission: a bio and/or resume, production or development history if applicable;

    for non-agent submissions, a letter of recommendation from a theatre professional.

    The deadline for submissions is May 15, 2011.

    In an effort to be ecologically responsible, Noor Theatre accepts scripts with all materials in one email to nancy@noortheatre.org.

    Scripts with all attachments may also be mailed to the address below; please note, they will not be returned:

    Noor Theatre
    PO Box 1063
    New York, NY 10276

    Noor Theatre is dedicated to supporting, developing and producing the work of theatre artists of Middle-Eastern descent.

    For more information about Noor Theatre, please visit www.noortheatre.org.

    Reva Shiner Comedy Award - No fee for Dramatists Guild members

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    Reva Shiner Comedy Award

    We are currently accepting submissions for the 2012-13 Reva Shiner Comedy Award (deadline Oct. 31, 2011). The top 10 finalists of the 2011-12 Reva Shiner Comedy Award will be announced at the end of May with the winner announced in June.

    The Reva Shiner Comedy Award presents an unpublished full-length comedy with a cash prize ($1,000), a full production as part of the Bloomington Playwrights Project's Mainstage season, and travel expenses up to $300. Previous winners have gone on to enjoy productions around the world and to garner additional honors such as the National Play Award. Past winners of the award include Lynda Martens, Johnna Adams, Terri Wagener, Sarah Treem, Buzz McLaughlin, Janet Burroway, Jamie Pachino, Itamar Moses, Judy Sheehan, and Alan Brody.

    The Bloomington Playwrights Project is a not-for-profit theatre with non-Equity performers. The theatre is a black box with 90 seats. Because the BPP is a script-developing organization, winning playwrights are expected to become part of the development process, working with the director in person or via long-distance.

    Each winning play receives a staged reading early in the development process. This staged reading is open to the public and the playwright is encouraged to attend. The winning play receives a production during the Mainstage season following the selection; the winning playwright receives $1,000.00.

    Rules and Submission Guidelines

    GUIDELINES FOR SUBMISSION (subject to change):

    1. "Full-length" plays will have a complete running time of between 1 hour 15 minutes (75 minutes) to 2 hours 15 minutes (135 minutes).

    2. 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.

    3. 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.

    4. Each submission must include a cover letter with contact information and a $10.00 reader fee. Make check payable to "BPP". Agent submissions require no fee.
    The fee will be waived for Dramatist Guild members with an enclosed photocopy of a membership card.

    5. 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.

    6. We do not accept e-mail submissions. Scripts will not be returned.

    7. The BPP reserves the right not to name a winner and/or name a winner but not commit to a reading or production. These instances are rare but can and do occur.

    8. Send to:
    Reva Shiner Comedy Award
    Bloomington Playwrights Project
    107 W. 9th Street
    Bloomington, IN 47404

    9. Scripts must be postmarked by Octobery 31, 2011, and received no later than November 10, 2011. We are not responsible for postal delays, and recommend you not choose to send Media Mail unless you are submitting several weeks in advance.

    10. 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

    HotCity Theatre of St. Louis announces a call for submissions

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    HotCity Theatre of St. Louis announces a call for submissions for the sixth annual GreenHouse New Play Festival, to be held in November of 2011.

    Three plays will be selected for the Festival. These plays will receive a week-long (November 13-21) workshop with director, dramaturg and professional actors. The workshop will culminate in a public reading followed by audience response sessions. HotCity artistic staff will then select one script for a fully produced world premiere as part of the company’s 2012 mainstage season.

    HotCity Theatre is pleased to welcome back dramaturg Liz Engelman as festival dramaturg for 2011.

    Eligible submissions must meet the following criteria:

    * Received after January 1, 2011 and no later than April 1, 2011
    * Require a maximum of six actors
    * Running time of between 75 and 120 minutes
    * Never before published
    * Never before professionally produced, no pending productions.

    Submissions must include:

    * One-page cover including plot synopsis, reading/production history
    * Cast requirements
    * Technical requirements (special or unusual set, lighting, costuming, sound, prop requirements)
    * A ten-page sample from the script.

    All requested information must be formatted into a SINGLE attached Word Document. Scans or pdfs will not be considered. Do not send entire text.

    Submissions should be sent via email to: submissions@hotcitytheatre.org

    Approximately 20 plays will be selected as semi-finalists at which time full scripts will be requested. To be selected, playwrights must be able to attend the entire festival and workshop week, which begins on the Sunday prior to the festival weekend. HotCity Theatre offers playwrights travel and lodging for the Festival.

    Appalachian Festival of Plays and Playwrights

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    Play Submission Guidelines:

    Plays must be written by an Appalachian playwright (currently living in the Appalachian Mountains which, for our purposes, run from New York State to Alabama)
    OR the plays must contain Appalachian settings and themes.

    Full-length plays are preferred. Please submit the full script and an SASE if you wish your play returned. No E-mail submissions, please.

    The writers of the selected plays will be provided with housing and transportation in order to attend the reading of their play.

    The playwrights of the six selected plays will each receive $250 plus transportation and housing for two nights (the day before and the day of the reading).

    The winner of the AFPP will receive $500 and second place will receive $250.

    Plays must be received by March 31, 2011. Plays may be sent to address below.

    For more information, contact:
    Nicholas Piper
    Director, Appalachian Festival of Plays and Playwrights
    P.O. Box 867
    Abingdon, VA 24212

    Mike D in

    NYCPlaywrights member Mike Durell appears in FADE TO BLACK one of two one-act plays by Chuck Orsland to be performed at STUDIOS 353 353 West 48th St. (between 8th & 9th Ave./closer to 9th), 2nd Floor, NYC, March 11, 18, 25 @ 7 p.m.
    $18 Cash Only - Call 646-842-2279 or email hailmaryplays@yahoo.com for Reservations.

    Friday, March 4, 2011

    Lebanon Community Theatre Playwriting contest

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    Aspiring playwrights of all ages and experience are invited to submit scripts for LCT's 13 th annual play writing contest.

    Plays will be judged on content, dialogue, ingenuity, use of theme, and ability to be staged. Plays with special effects, lighting or elaborate sets can not be produced.

    Previous years' winning plays came from throughout Pennsylvania, the Mid-Atlantic area, and from across the United States and Canada.

    The authors will maintain all literary rights to their own material.

    All winning plays will be presented on the LCT stage on August 11, 12, 13, 2011 at 7:30 p.m. and at a Sunday matinee on August 14, 2011 at 2:30 p.m.

    For further information call: Mary Lou Kelsey at (717) 274-0787
    or send an e-mail message to contest@lct.cc

    LCT's Play Writing Contest Committee and the LCT Artistic Board will judge the entries. The winners will be notified by letter near the end of June, 2011.
    Each winner will receive:

    a) a $100 cash prize; and

    b) one season ticket for LCT's 2012 season for local winners; and

    c) each of the winning plays will be performed on the LCT stage; and

    d) each playwright may direct and cast their own play if they wish. Playwright directors will
    be assisted by committee members; and

    e) a DVD of the production of the winning plays.

    All plays submitted should center on a common theme, idea or concept.
    This year's theme is:


    Charade - noun

    * an absurd pretence intended to create a pleasant or respectable appearance: talk of unity was nothing more than a charade
    * (charades) a game in which players guess a word or phrase from a written or acted clue given for each syllable and for the whole item

    The title of our production will be "Sounds like... Charade".

    All plays submitted must be the original work of the author and must comply with guidelines of length and appropriateness for community theatre audiences.

    Plays not on theme or not written for this contest will not be judged.

    Plays should be at least 10 minutes long, but must not exceed 20 minutes of production time.

    Plays should have no more than three scenes using limited sets, props and costumes. Only simple on-off or fade lighting will be considered. The cast of characters must be at least two, but should not exceed eight.

    Playwrights should keep in mind that they are writing for the stage and not television or film, and must use dialogue, not stage directions, to develop their play.

    There is no limit to the number of plays each person can submit.

    Please submit two copies of your play. Submissions should be typed and double-spaced on one side only. Both copies should be unbound and stapled on the top left corner.
    Do not use any covers. Use a simple font such as Times New Roman or Courier.

    All plays must be submitted by April 30, 2011 and must include on the title page a short paragraph stating how your play makes use of the theme.

    Mail your plays to:


    P.O Box 592

    Lebanon, Pa 17042

    Thursday, March 3, 2011

    Afghan Women's Writing Project

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    Today, the Afghan Women’s Writing Project (AWWP) launches a new global theatrical initiative designed to amplify Afghan women’s voices and bring their stories to an ever-expanding audience. A new website, www.AWWPPresents.org, will serve as headquarters for the initiative, which will promote and support professional theater performances, small venue readings, private home events, and a school performance program geared for middle schools, high schools, and universities. Through the AWWP, professional American writers teach secure online writing workshops to women in Afghanistan, many of whom participate in secret, concealing laptops under burqas or walking hours through Taliban territory to upload their poetry. Their finished work is published at AWWProject.org. Last year, the AWWP produced two major theatrical events based on this work, in Los Angeles and Washington, DC, with participants’ readings read by prominent stage actors.
    "We have always believed that the work of our women writers was a natural fit for live performances, whether intimate living-room readings or full theatrical productions. As we witnessed in our 2010 events, AWWP participants write hopeful, harrowing, stories that translate visually and powerfully to the stage. Hearing and seeing these words performed or read moves listeners to tears and stirs everyone's passion for the fight for human rights,” says AWWP creative director Jeff Lyons.

    Run by volunteers in the U.S. and Kabul, the AWWP was founded in 2009 by award-winning writer Masha Hamilton. Its goal is to give Afghan women a direct voice, not filtered through male relatives or the media. In 2010, the AWWP was honored by the New York State Division of Human Rights. The AWWP believes that the right to tell one’s story aloud is a human right. For more information, please visit www.awwppresents.org or contact lynn@awwproject.org.A

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