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Saturday, June 18, 2011

OnStage Atlanta Christmas Plays

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Play Submission Guidelines and Formatting Instructions

Barry West of OnStage Atlanta is seeking short one act plays for the 2011 Christmas season. OnStage Atlanta is open to original works as well as previously published and/or performed works.

Submissions must be formatted for our Reading Committee (see formatting directions below) and follow the guidelines described below. Barry West and Abra Thurmond, our point people, will be accepting scripts from Friday, June 10 until Sunday, August 21. Barry West will announce the selected scripts on Wednesday, August 31 through the OnStage Atlanta website, Facebook, and e-mail. E-mail your scripts in a Microsoft Word attachment to: play.submission@onstageatlanta.com or CatheP@gabar.org. Please put OnStage Atlanta's Merry Little Christmas Shorts in the heading.

Each playwright is welcome to submit up to two scripts.


Genre: Christmas comedies that are family friendly and celebrate Christmas.

Playing Time: 10-12 minutes per play.

The Set: The plays must work well in OnStage Atlanta's small space. Playwrights can count on the following: Living room (basic) with couch, chair, end table, lamp, coffee table, Christmas tree (decorated and lit). If playwrights wish to have the above struck for a bare stage, that is also possible EXCEPT the Christmas tree stays in place.

Plays Should Have (But Are Not Limited To) the Following Props & Characters:

Roles for women over 50: Other characters of other ages and genders may play major roles as well. But, each play must have at least one lead role for a female over 50.
Limitation on the number of characters: 3 is the best number; however, a 4th character is permissible.
In some way, a pet must be in the story. The pet can be referenced by the characters but never seen OR we welcome a dog on a leash OR a kitten OR a puppy. No adult cats.


1. Create a Title Page in a separate attachment. The title page should include the play's title, playwright's name, and playwright's contact information.
2. The body of the play should follow professional formatting standards and must include the play's title in the header, BUT NO OTHER IDENTIFYING INFORMATION on the pages of the script.
3. Each play will be given a number by Barry West and Abra Thurmond. The contact people will keep the names of playwrights confidential and pass the submitted plays on to members of the Reading Committee. The contact people will not serve on the Reading Committee.
4. Barry West and the Reading Committee will announce the selected plays on August 31 through the OnStage Atlanta website, Facebook, and e-mail.

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