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Living Literature Festival: January 2012 - produce your script

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Living Literature Festival: January 2012
Horatio Alger

Deadline - September 30, 2011

Metropolitan Playhouse presents its 7th annual living literature festival, devoted
to the writing of Horatio Alger.

Scheduled for January 16th through January 29th, 2012, the festival is a collection
of new plays celebrating the spirit of the artist who defined the term "rags to riches". Horatio Alger became famous at a time in America when class was still an issue and his boys' adventure stories were inspiration to many readers. Adaptations of Horatio Alger's works, biographies or stories drawn from inspiration of what has become known as the Horatio Alger Myth are all welcome.

The annual festival is a co-production of Metropolitan Playhouse and the participating artists.

Metropolitan will curate, host and promote the festival, while the participants will
create and perform the plays in the festival. Proceeds will be divided
between Metropolitan and the participants.

Submissions are welcome from individual artists and performance companies
alike. Co- producers will take responsibility for conceiving and creating their
contribution to the festival, with use of Metropolitan's space and physical
resources. Metropolitan will coordinate and promote the festival as a part of its
20th Season, devoted to the theme of "Class".

Submissions may be twenty- minute plays, one-acts, or full length performances
(though no longer than 1 hour and 45 minutes.) There are no restrictions concerning style.

Adaptations, biographies, fantasies, treatises will all be considered. Selection by
Metropolitan Playhouse will be based on artistic quality, feasibility of production,
relationship to Horatio Alger, and suitability for the venue.

No Scripts alone! Please note, we are seeking submissions of performances which we
will co- produce. We are NOT seeking scripts for Metropolitan to produce. We will
not provide directors or actors for productions.
And plays from the period will receive lowest consideration. This festival is
particularly devoted to new theater pieces inspired by non-theatrical writing.


Submissions will be accepted by e- mail or snail mail, and must include:
1. Cover sheet with

Name of Company/Artist taking responsibility for producing the work
Project Title
Kind of work: Adaptation of story/stories, Biography, etc.
Performance Length (Max. 1 hr, 45 min. This is extremely important for scheduling.)
Contact Person
Telephone Contact
E- mail Contact
2. Project narrative of no more than 2 pages

3. Key artist biographies and, if applicable, company history

4. Sample text (may be the script for the proposed performance or a comparable
work by the key artist(s))

Submission Deadline: September 30 , 2011

Metropolitan will invite collaborators to be a part of the festival by October 31.

Mail to:
Metropolitan Playhouse
220 E. 4th Street
New York, NY 10009
Attn: Living Literature

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