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Tuesday, June 7, 2011

The Macy's New Play Prize for Young Audiences

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The Macy's New Play Prize for Young Audiences

The Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park commissions a new play each year as the winner of the Macy's New Play Prize for Young Audiences. In addition to a $5,000 commission fee, the Playhouse brings the playwright to Cincinnati for both the development process and production of the work.


The completed script will be produced by the Playhouse’s outreach program and toured by our intern company to schools and community centers. Therefore:

The play should be 50-55 minutes in length.
The play should be written and targeted to a specific audience of lower elementary (K-3), upper elementary (3-6), middle or high school students.
It should be able to tour in a van and have minimal technical requirements.
It should be suitable for a cast of three to six actors (who are generally between 25 – 30 years of age); however, actors can play multiple roles of various ages.
It probably should not be a musical.

Submission Guidelines:

The play cannot have been produced previously.
If the play is an adaptation of copyrighted material; copyright must have been secured.
If the play is a literal adaptation (as opposed to a significant adaptation), it must be a work never previously adapted for the stage.
Playwrights should send a resume, a copy of another play written for children, a story outline of the proposed project and two to three pages of dialogue (if available).

Playwrights who previously have submitted work are encouraged to submit another proposal. This project is made possible through generous grants from the Macy's Fund of the Federated Department Stores Foundation.

Please send all applicable materials and direct any questions to:

The Macy's New Play Prize for Young Audiences
Mark Lutwak
Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park
P.O. Box 6537
Cincinnati, OH 45206
E-mail: mark.lutwak@cincyplay.com

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