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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.

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