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Saturday, October 1, 2011

Calling all female playwrights

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If you are interested in being a part of an annual playwrights’ festival featuring women writers and directors, then Stone Soup’s Double (XX) Fest 2.0 is for you.

For the past five years, Stone Soup Theatre has produced (along with a team of directors and actors) up to fourteen original works in the Downstage theatre. Last year, we tried something different, and the Double (XX) Fest was born! For three weeks, using both Up- and DownStages in April 2011, we featured short, fully-produced works, an all-female 24-Hour festival, 8 readings and 2 playwriting workshops, all showcasing exclusively the work of female playwrights and directors.

The Skinny:

We are seeking original one-act plays (3-25 minutes in length), particularly 10-minute shorts written by women. Can be any subject matter with casts of both genders – must be written & will be directed by a woman.


1.) One submission per playwright ONLY.
2.) Email submissions preferred: playfestival@stonesouptheatre.org.
3.) If you must submit by snail mail, please mail to:
Stone Soup Theatre
c/o Double (XX) Fest
4035 Stone Way N
Seattle, WA 98103

Submissions, BOTH electronic and snail mail, MUST include (Incomplete or incorrect submissions will be disqualified):

1.) Separate Cover Letter including:
contact info
mailing address
phone number
brief description of authorial intent

2.) Separate Cover page including:
play title
author’s name
character list/description
gender breakdown
brief description of play

Since it is a blind submission process, and we don’t have the time to go through EVERY page of your script to censor that info…please be sure to comply with this request, or the play will be disqualified.

Due to some lively criticism, we decided last year to waive the $6/script fee; however, as we don't have many extra resources with which to pay our patient readers (240+ scripts submitted last year, and they were ALL read!) if you feel like donating a little something toward that end, we are not too proud to accept it!

Checks can be mailed to Stone Soup Theatre, 4035 Stone Way North, Seattle, WA 98103 to the attention of Double (XX) Fest Literary Manager.

The plays themselves must be ORIGINAL and unpublished(though fine if they have been previously produced) and should be 3 to 25 minutes in length, with minimal set, costumes, and characters. Both spaces we'll be using are extremely intimate: 47 and 65-seat houses, respectively. If you are interested in and capable of putting together the production as well (finding directors, actors, and/or costume and props resources), please include this information in your cover letter.


We will make a concerted effort to notify ALL who submit of their status by January 20th, 2012.

Please mail all Double (XX) Fest inquiries, questions, and electronic submissions here: playfestival@stonesouptheatre.org.

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