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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Artists Bloc seeks works-in-development

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Artists' Bloc in Washington D.C. is now accepting submissions of works-in-development to be shown at ARTISTS' BLOC AT ARTISPHERE, an exciting week of arts events in late January.

If you're interested in receiving artist and audience feedback on a creative project -- whether it's a draft of a play, a dance or music piece, or even just the beginnings of an idea - send an email to hstyles@artistsbloc.org and we'll forward you the application.

Application deadline is December 9. Get an app, think it over, and send us your ideas!

To learn more about Artists' Bloc, visit us at artistsbloc.org.

Playwrights invited to pen a World Premiere with Fermilab Scientists

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Playwrights invited to pen a World Premiere with Fermilab Scientists

for Fox Valley Rep's 2nd Collider New Play Festival

Now accepting new play submission through January 1, 2012

Collider: New Play Project partners area scientists and Fox Valley Repertory to develop new works that help us better understand the universe and who we are, while illuminating and celebrating the worlds of art, science and technology.

Fox Valley Repertory is uniquely located within the Illinois Science and Technology Corridor. Illinois is the home of the internationally renowned Fermilab National Accelerator Laboratory in Batavia and is a Midwestern and national leader in science and technology research and development.

The plays will tap into both playwright and scientists' curiosity and desire for knowledge and human understanding. Playwrights will consult with volunteer scientists and engineers. This collaboration will allow both artist and scientist to share their personal outlook and creativity while ushering in a new play. The playwright will be invited to have their script work-shopped with professional directors and actors during the Fox Valley Rep's St. Charles Summer Theater Fest from July 6-31, 2012. Public, world premiere staged readings will be held on Saturdays at 1pm.

How to Submit

Potential Collider Playwrights need to submit a synopsis/outline of a play they propose to write based on our Collider mission (To help us better understand the universe and who we are, while illuminating and celebrating the worlds of art, science and technology).

Submissions for Collider 2012: New Play Project must be made online. Specific guidelines, requirements, submission forms, and more information can be found at www.foxvalleyrep.org/Collider.

Questions can be sent to collider@foxvalleyrep.org

No phone calls or mailed submissions please.

Fox Valley Rep at Pheasant Run Resort is located at 4051 E. Main St., St. Charles, IL. For more information, please visit www.foxvalleyrep.org.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

WPS Susan Glaspell Contest

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Please note: Deadline is November 30, 2011 BUT
Deadline for DRAMATISTS GUILD Members – Dec 31, 2011


The Centenary Stage Company, an Equity theatre in residence on the campus of Centenary College in Hackettstown, NJ is accepting submissions for the 2012 Women Playwrights Series (WPS) and Susan Glaspell Contest .
Now in its 20th year, the WPS is a developmental program dedicated to providing a working forum for the unique and underserved voice of women writing for the theatre today. Each season three new plays are selected for a collaborative workshop process, with a professional director and actors, which takes place in a brief rehearsal period, over a period of a approximately one week, allowing time for the playwright to hear and adapt their work with other professionals. The process culminates in a presentation of the work for the public as part of the Series giving CSC audiences larger exposure to new work, as well as offering the playwright an opportunity to get feedback from the audience during the development process.

Playwrights selected for the workshop process will receive a $200 honorarium. Additional funds for travel and housing are available for one playwright each season.

THE 2011 SUSAN GLASPELL CONTEST: One play from the WPS Festival will be selected by a panel of judges as the winner, to be featured in a subsequent CSC main-stage season as a full production, with an additional award of $1500 to the playwright.

Guidelines for WPS Susan Glaspell Contest: Submit Full-length play, no more than ONE production.

(If play has had one production, please include information in your cover letter about the company, # of performances, and contract, if applicable)

Deadline for DRAMATISTS GUILD Members – Dec 31, 2011

Send Submissions to:
Catherine Rust, Program Dir
Centenary Stage Co. WPS
400 Jefferson St.
Hackettstown, NJ 07

Monday, November 28, 2011

November 2011 Play of the Month: HIGH ON EMMA SAFFORD by Nancy Brewka-Clark

The November 2011 Play of the Month is HIGH ON EMMA SAFFORD by Nancy Brewka-Clark. Performed by Carolyn Paine and Abe Lebovic. Thanks everybody for your time and talent.

Nancy Brewka-Clark on the origins of the play:
I attended the dedication of Emma Safford's new gravestone a few years ago with various members of the Cape Cod Wampanoags who held a powwow first. Then we all marched through downtown Ipswich carrying a street-wide banner honoring Emma and smoked the peace pipe at her grave, except I had to turn the pipe down because I'd quit smoking. All the people mentioned in the dialogue actually existed historically.
For more information about Nancy and the cast see the Play of the Month page.

Sunday, November 27, 2011


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NYC/Metropolitan Area Playwrights

Dear Playwright,

You are invited to submit an original 10-minute play to Abingdon Theatre Company’s THE DENIAL PLAYS Benefit Challenge. This effort engages artists who support a theatre dedicated to new plays.

Our Denial Plays Benefit Series challenges your creativity to write a short drama or comedy within these parameters:
· Features a character who is faced with overwhelming evidence of his/her participation in an activity and/or behavior, which they absolutely deny;

· The character IS or IS NOT successful in their denial (they may have to face the truth); and,

· The play is set outdoors.

Scripts will be given preference (although these are NOT requirements), if they include:

· A socially relevant theme;

· Multi-ethnic casts.

We strongly encourage original play submissions that are developed for this presentation.

Using your skills and imagination, write an original play that will be presented as a staged reading on the set of Abingdon’s next production, LOST ON THE NATCHEZ TRACE, by Jan Buttram and directed by Kate Bushmann. We are seeking plays written in any style that reveal a fresh plot, sufficient conflict and a running time of 10 minutes, maximum. Be creative! Plays are due at midnight on January 13. SERIES A performs on Tuesday, February 7, and SERIES B performs on February 14. Are you ready? Here are the guidelines. Please read carefully!

1. Abingdon presents the play. We provide the actors, directors, stage manager, rehearsal space and the theatre (the 55-seat Dorothy Strelsin Theatre at the Abingdon Theatre Arts Complex, 312 W. 36th Street, NYC).

2. This is also a fundraiser to support Abingdon’s New Play Development Program. ALL participants are donating their time and talent, and HELPING TO RECRUIT AN AUDIENCE. Our goal is to fill every seat in the house! The suggested audience donation is $10.

3. Each playwright and director will be able to attend the staged reading of their script in designated seating.

4. Every play gets two performances.

Please make sure you follow all submission requirements.

1. Your play must adhere to the theme of denial.

2. Your play must be set outdoors. Available set pieces are 3 cubes (or crates).

NOTE: The stage dressing is a wooded marsh area.

3. Write for a cast of 2-3 actors (any age, race, ethnicity, or gender). Multi-ethnic casts are encouraged! Casting may be non-traditional. If you feel this would compromise your vision of the play, let us know. Specifying this will not influence our consideration.

4. We prefer scripts that can be staged without relying on stage directions. If stage directions are necessary, please keep them to a minimum.

5. Your script will be presented as a staged reading in accordance with AEA guidelines. Keep production values to a minimum. Costumes are at the discretion of the director and the willing cooperation of the actors. No hand props can be used.

6. Plays should be in standard script format: 12 point font, 1” margins on all sides, and character names on a separate line. On your title page, please include your contact information (phone, email and address). Be sure to number all pages.

7. Submit scripts in MS-Word - preferred - or PDF format.

8. Scripts longer than 10 pages – title and character breakdown pages are not counted – will NOT be considered. Regardless of the number of pages, the running time MUST be no more than 10 minutes!

9. You may only submit one script for consideration.

10. Playwrights must attend the staged reading. Please specify your availability for SERIES A (2/7), and/or SERIES B (2/14). If you are available for either slots, let us know that, too!

11. We encourage you to attend rehearsals, if possible. The schedule will be determined later.

12. The deadline for script submission is midnight, January 13. Up to 12 scripts will be chosen.


1. Email your scripts to Bara Swain at Bswain@abingdontheatre.org

2. Write in the subject line: DENIAL PLAYS SUBMISSION / Your Name

3. In the body of the email, send your complete contact information and a one-line summary of your play as well as your availability (Series A and/or Series B).

4. You will be contacted regarding your script’s status in late January.

If you have any questions, contact Bara Swain or Kim T. Sharp, Co-Producers. For more information on Abingdon Theatre Company, see our website at www.abingdontheatre.org. We look forward to hearing from you!

plays by and about poets at Caffeine Theatre Chicago

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Caffeine Theatre will only read plays within our mission. Caffeine welcomes 10-15 page samples and synopses by mail or by email, as well as full scripts by email only. (Please note that we will not be able to return scripts or samples.) We are primarily interested in full-length dramas or comedies for casts of 10 or less, though we will also consider small-scale musicals and one-acts. We also accept adaptations and translations. Due to our small staff and the large number of submissions, our response time is generally one year.

To see our production history, visit caffeinetheatre.com. As a theatre in conversation with the poetic tradition, Caffeine Theatre produces plays by and about poets, as well as plays that contain poetry/verse (metric or free). While we appreciate plays with beautiful language, our mission concerns a direct relationship to the poetic tradition and its penchant for social questions.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Asunción Playwrights Project

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Pregones Theater's Asunción Playwrights Project showcases the work of Latino and Latina playwrights exploring issues of difference and transformation at the limits of queer identity. The project fosters fun and genuine dialogue between playwrights, theatermakers, LGBTQ communities, and a general audience. We especially seek works that challenge normative straight/gay binaries. Submissions by women writers are encouraged. Both Spanish and English language manuscripts are welcome.

Finalists commit to a public reading and open discussion. A panel of peers, industry professionals, scholars, critics and previous winners makes the final selection of the year's winning play.

The winner recieves a $500 award and the play is given a professionally cast workshop production at Pregones Theater.

Download Application Form - see their web site for all online forms.

Selection Process
The selection process is made up of two preliminary rounds.

The first round is open to all. A completed application form must be submitted with a 10 page sample of the work.

The second round is by invitation only. Up to eight playwrights from the first round are invited to submit their work in its entirety for final review. The public readings are selected from this group of finalists.

All plays must be original, full length works for the stage that have never been produced and are not currently under option. Plays may be submitted in Spanish or English. Monologues and/or one-person shows will not be considered. Asunción will only consider works of superior artistic rigor that meet one or more of the project's criteria:

• explore issues of difference and transformation at the limits of queer identity;
• challenge normative assumptions of gender;
• present Latino spiritual and sensual explorations beyond the boundaries of gender and essentialist notions of sexual orientation;
• go beyond coming out stories;
• challenge normative notions of family;
• dwell in alterity and encounter;
• place queer expectations of love and sex in a Latino cultural/historical context;
• are significant to the lives of Latino lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, and queer people.

The Asunción Playwrights Project is recognized with a special merit recognition from HOLA Organization of Latin Actors and a feature in Ollantay Theater Magazine.

APPLICATION guidelines
1. Download and complete the Asunción Application Form or request a hard copy by sending a self-addressed, stamped envelope to: Jorge B. Merced, Associate Artistic Director, Pregones Theater, 571-575 Walton Avenue, Bronx NY 10451.
2. Include a brief description of the play and two copies of a ten-page sample. DO NOT INCLUDE A FULL COPY OF THE SCRIPT.
3. Samples must be typewritten or word-processed in typeface no smaller than 12 point, double-spaced and on 8½" X 11" white paper. You may submit works in either English or Spanish.
4. If you are submitting more than one script, you must complete an application for each work. No more than two entries per writer will be accepted each year.
5. Include a copy of your resume with the application.
6. Please include a self-addressed stamped postcard, or e-mail address to confirm receipt of your entry. COD Deliveries will not be accepted.
7. Please include a return package with sufficient postage if you would like your script returned.
8. All applications must be written, signed, and submitted by the playwright.

The current application deadline is February 14, 2012 (postmarked).
Faxed, e-mailed, or incomplete applications will not be accepted.

Don't forget to submit the Application Form.

Playwright wanted for collaboration...

Seeking a playwright to collaborate on a one-person play, aiming for completion in three months. Email a writing sample of a few pages of dialog from a play you've written to michael@michaelgreen.com.

Interviews will be held in the coming week. For more information email
Michael at michael@michaelgreen.com.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

The Last Frontier Theatre Conference Call for Plays

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The Last Frontier Theatre Conference has released its Call for Plays for the 2012 Play Lab. The Conference takes place from June 10-16, 2012. Selected plays receive public readings at the Conference, with both public and private feedback sessions led by theatre professionals. Authors must register for the Conference and be in attendance for their reading.

This Play Lab will feature plays from 20 minutes to 2 hours in length. Accepted writers will also have an additional opportunity to present their work in the 10-Page Play Slam, the Monologue Workshop, and the late-night Fringe Festival.

The submission guidelines are as follows:

Plays must be received by January 5, 2012.
Submissions should include an approximate running time for the play, between 20 minutes and 2 hours.
The play must not have received a professional production; readings and amateur productions are acceptable.
No musicals are accepted.
One submission per author.
Plays can be submitted via e-mail as either a PDF or Word document to dmoore@pwscc.edu.
Authors should include their mailing address with their submission.

Plays presented at the Conference have gone on to productions throughout Alaska and the rest of the United States due to the exposure received there. Updates about this year's Conference will be posted at www.pwscc.edu/conference. Questions can be addressed to Conference Coordinator Dawson Moore at 907-834-1614 or dmoore@pwscc.edu.


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Montclair NJ - NYC area

Deadline December 15, 2011

A festival featuring exciting performances of new short plays that revels in the celebratory and communal nature of story telling. Hosted in the raucous environment of Tierney's Tavern Upstairs , The StrangeDog Beer-Batterd Festival focuses not just on exhilarating new works, but on the joy of reaching audiences in a non-traditional theatrical venue.

All submissions should come through this page, and should be submitted by December 15, 2011. There is no submission fee.

Five new "winning" plays by emerging playwrights will be selected by our committee to be performed in the festival on Friday and Saturday, March 9th and 10th 2012. Playwrights are responsible for the "production" of their play; finding a director, casting, and rehearsing. All plays must be staged and performed "off book."

On a mandatory tech day, the StrangeDog crew will accommodate any lights or sound, along with focusing on evening cohesiveness to achieve not just a festival, but a solid night of entertainment. If needed, StrangeDog Theatre can assist in casting or providing a director.

The Drunken Judges Award: Each evening of performance will feature "The Drunken Judges Award" in which a non-industry non-professional (perhaps someone who has never even been to a play before) guest judge will be chosen, thoroughly inebriated, and at the conclusion of the performance will select their favorite play of the evening.(Remember, all plays selected are "Winning" Plays...the Drunken Judge is just for fun.)

Plays should be…

Ten minutes (ish) in length.
Simple in terms of production requirements.

Say could be performed, on a blank stage in a bar. Or at the bar itself.)

What kind of plays should you send?

Here's the kind of plays we like: Funny plays. Sad plays. Funny plays. Scary plays. Smart plays, funny plays, really funny plays, plays about characters, plays about ideas, plays that surprise us and worry us, plays that make us marvel and plays make us think. And plays that are funny.

Submit your script to our festival, right here. Submit it in .doc, .pdf or whatever. If we cant figure it out, you'll hear from us about it. You can do it with the form on the web site.

Also, submissions can be emailed to submit@strangedogtheatre.com

If selected, you're cool with the fact that:

You will be taking part in our non-competitive, friendly Play Festival.

We can use your show and name for promotion.

You will attend one mandatory tech / planning rehearsal.

StrangeDog Theatre will provide the venue, as well as basic lighting and sound. You will provide the rest of your show.

If you will have difficulty delivering item (3), you may contact us for possible assistance with all production needs. We can accommodation within reason with discussion and planning.

The name submitted on the form should be that of the author/rightsholder to the work and should be able to be a primary contact.

We don't need anything plagiarized. We know you didn't write David Ives' Sure Thing.

David Ives may submit Sure Thing. In doing so, he will receive a waiver of item (9) and one 1 drink voucher.

All work should be unpublished.

We're going to promote this, and we might record it.

There's not submission fee, you don't need to sell a certain number of tickets, unlike other festivals we're not trying to drain you of your money.

... But we do like it when you sell tickets. Everyone likes an audience.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Rattlestick Theatre offers discount tickets to friends of NYCPlaywrights

Friends of NYCPlaywrights (that's you if you are reading this)


TICKETS CAN BE PURCHASED AT A DISCOUNTED PRICE OF $20 (reg.$75) FOR ANY FRIEND OF NYCPLAYWRIGHTS. Go to www.rattlestick.org or call OvationTix at 212.352.3101 and use the code FBSTU20 to book your tickets.

Rattlestick Playwrights Theater presents the world premiere of ASUNCION
by Jesse Eisenberg
directed by Kip Fagan

Featuring: Remy Auberjonois, Justin Bartha, Jesse Eisenberg, and Camille Mana

Edgar and Vinny are not racist. In fact, Edgar maintains a blog condemning American imperialism and Vinny is three-quarters into a PhD in Black Studies. When a young Filipina woman named Asuncion becomes their new roommate, Edgar and Vinny have a perfect opportunity to demonstrate how open-minded they truly are. Academy Award-nominated Jesse Eisenberg's hilarious and heartbreaking new play explores the complicated ways we exploit culture and politics for our own needs.

SHOW SCHEDULE: Tuesday - Saturday 8 PM; Saturday 2 PM; Sunday 3 PM

Location: Cherry Lane Theatre- 38 Commerce Street- New York NY 10014

Saturday, November 19, 2011


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Shadow And The Wall Productions is now accepting erotic plays, six to nine minute in length, for DRAMEROTICA 2012. Plays should be erotic dramas, comedies or monologues, but dramas strongly preferred.

The plays will be performed over the Valentine's Day Weekend in a three-day festival, in Chicago

Plays should preferably be
- six to nine minutes in length, but slightly longer or shorter is alright too.
Remember, it's not the size, it's…well you know.
- 1-8 characters
- pdf, fdx, or word format
-written in standard play format
- include the play's production history if any
- include a character breakdown
-please no purely "dick joke" plays
-include a two line description of the play on your title page
- include a bio of the playwright
- only two submissions per playwright please
- no subject too taboo to be considered
-send what turns you on

There's no pay, only exposure and a promise we'll do a professional job with your play.

Deadline for submissions:
December 15th, 2011, but the earlier you submit the better. We're expecting a great number of submissions, so the earlier you send your play, the more time we
have to consider it for performance.

Please submit plays and questions to: dramerotica@gmail.com

Sportaculture 4

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Each play must contain the name of at least one DC area sports team.

Each play must somehow be about local sports.

Entries due: January 16, 2012

FIRST PRIZE: $150 and a showcase production during Sportaculture 4.

For further information contact active cultures at submissions@activecultures.org


1.The title of each play must contain the name of at least one DC area sports team (past or present, professional or amateur), for example, CATCH: How the Nationals Beat the Odds, Won the Series, and All was Made Right in the World” or “Year of the Terrapin” or “Hoya Saxa” Each play must be about sports in the Maryland/Washington, DC/ Virginia area.

Submissions must be original, unproduced ten-minute length plays. (Plays may have received previous workshop readings.)

2. Legal clearance of ALL materials not in the public domain are the full responsibility of the playwright.

3. Please include a letter giving Active Cultures Theatre permission to stage your piece as part of Sportaculture 2011.

4. Minimum Length: 5 pages. Maximum Length: 10 pages. Running time MUST NOT exceed 10 minutes in length and, must be AT LEAST 5 minutes – so if your piece includes extra dense sections (monologues, songs), please keep that in mind when submitting your play.

5. Any style (children’s, musicals, drama, comedy, etc.) is eligible but, honestly, comedies will have an advantage.

6. We prefer e-submissions, formatted as pdfs, to reduce paper usage. Submit scripts electronically to submissions@activecultures.org OR send five hard copies to:

Active Cultures Theatre, 4411 Underwood Street, University Park, Maryland 20782.

7. Because all submissions are judged blind, please include all pertinent contact information on the on the cover sheet. There should be no identifying information within the script itself except the title.

8. Playwrights may submit up to two plays, though only one play by any author will be chosen for production.

Scripts will not be returned. Active Cultures Theatre does not assume any responsibility for the loss or damage of scripts. All reasonable care will be taken.

Deadline for submission: January 16, 2012.
Competition winner will be announced on February 18th, 2012.

For further information please contact LaRonika Thomas, Active Cultures’ Festival Director, at submissions@activecultures.org

For more information about active cultures, please visit us at www.activecultures.org.

Players Theatre Short Play and Musical Festival looking for sex

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Deadline is December 15, 2011 at 5PM.

There is no submission fee, but there is a $50 participation fee. See web site for details.

Limit of 2 plays per playwright.

The historic Players Theatre in the heart of Greenwich Village is accepting short play and musical submissions for their February Festival competition. This February the theme will be SEX! Starting February 9th, five short plays will be presented each week for three weeks. Festival will run Thursday through Sunday in the Steve and Marie Sgouros Theatre. Each week a Best of the Festival winner will be selected by audience vote. The winner will receive a cash prize of $100.

The application is online here.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011


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The Venus Theatre now taking submissions for our BOLD HOPE 2012 season.

Seeking uplifting journeys of triumph and/or comedies - all which empower women.

Online Submissions: Please submit an introductory paragraph, a synopsis and script to: submissionsofvenus@gmail.com

Physical Submissions and complete outline of guidelines:

* SUBMIT: November 15, 2011 – December 31, 2011

* ROYALTY: If selected playwrights will receive a percentage of box office sales under the New Dramatists contractual guidelines.

* ELIGIBILITY: Full length plays are preferred. MUST have strong female characters with interesting storylines.

* GENRE: Drama or Comedy for adult audiences.

* CAST SIZE: Cast size is limited to no more than seven actors.

* SPACE: The Venus Theatre Play Shack seats 30 audience members, alley staging, immersion theatre.

* TO BE INCLUDED WITH EVERY SUBMISSION: A biography and/or author’s history of the play, character breakdown, and brief description or synopsis of the play.

* SUBMISSION FORM: All scripts must be firmly bound. No changes or revisions accepted after submission. No double-sided pages.

* SUBMISSION FEE: First submission is free, a readers fee of $10 must be included in advance for each additional script submitted. This is also true of online submission due to time restraints. Recommend choosing your best/most appropriate singular work.

* SUBMISSION REVIEW: BOLD HOPE 2012 Venus Theatre Season will be announced on January 15, 2012.

* PLAYS RETURNED: The play should be accompanied by a manuscript size SASE with appropriate postage. If there is no manuscript size SASE, the play will not be returned. Please do not include loose cash, stamps, labels or metered postage. A SAS Post Card should be included if you want acknowledgment of arrival. If you do NOT want your manuscript returned, but want a response letter of our decision, include a #10 SASE. If no SASE’s are included with your submission, it will be discarded at time of rejection. If we are interested in your play, we will contact you by phone, email, or mail. Please include the name, address, email, and phone number of author on the title page.

* HANDLING: All scripts will be handled with care, but Venus Theatre will not assume responsibility for lost or damaged scripts. RETAIN A COPY OF YOUR SCRIPT.

* WHERE TO SEND: Please send manuscripts to the Venus Theatre Company at The Venus Theatre Play Shack 21 C Street Laurel, MD 20707.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

The Strand currently seeks script submissions for its 2012-2013 season

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Submission Announcement and Guidelines
The Strand currently seeks script submissions for its 2012-2013 season and the summer Friends and Neighbors Festival for 2012. The Strand encourages creative and innovative scripts. The Strand encourages submissions by women with roles for women. The Strand will select plays that are relevant, well-written, and experiment with new theater conventions.

About Friends and Neighbors: The Friends and Neighbors Festival is a five week-long festival that includes a new script performed at the Strand every weekend for five weeks with an admission price of $5. The Friends and Neighbors Festival was created to give local artists a chance to perform experimental pieces in front of an audience with the support of a fully functional theater. The Friends and Neighbors Festival also allows theater patrons to explore new works affordably. All playwrights are given a stipend of $100. Plays are fully produced by the Strand Theater, on a small budget. Playwrights are supplied with a director and stage manager, and given use of the Strand space on a sign up basis.

Season Plays: A season play must be full length. The Strand seeks innovative plays that break conventional theater standards.
Friends and Neighbors Festival: The Strand encourages playwrights, performers, comedians, etc, to submit to the FN Fest. The FN Fest accepts performance pieces that range from traditional plays to performance art to workshops. Everything is encouraged. There are no limitations! If you are not submitting a traditional play, please submit a written statement describing your proposed performance or idea. For possible inclusion in the 2012 Friends and Neighbors Festival, please send plays by Monday, January 9, 2012. New plays granted a production will be selected by Monday, February 13, 2012. If you have submitted your play to past Friends and Neighbors Festivals, please resubmit for consideration this year. The Strand will not produce plays that have previously been produced in Baltimore.

For ANY questions regarding script submissions, please email Jayme Kilburn: jkilburn@strandtheatercompany.org. Please only submit plays to submissions@strandtheatercompany.org and fill out the required online form found at: http://www.strand-theatercompany.org/new-play-submissions.html

Script Submissions
The Strand encourages new works by playwrights who put an emphasis on the feminine perspective and who use unique theater conventions. All works will be read and considered. Due to limited staff, the Strand will not be able to give feedback on each play. If your play is accepted, you will be contacted.

Once you have filled out the required form, please email: submissions@strandtheatercompany.org. Mail Chimp will ask you to confirm that you want to receive mailings from us. Please confirm this. We will not send the e-newsletter to anyone filling out this form. It is only used for the purpose of keeping an accurate list of playwrights and submissions. Please make sure all scripts include one page with Your Name, Title, and Your Contact Information. Thank you for your interest in the Strand!

Studio 42 seeks "unproducible" plays

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Studio 42 is always continuing its search for “unproducible” plays to build an even more unproducible repertoire.

The concept may seem paradoxical, especially when considering what exactly makes a script un-feasible. Put simply, we consider an unproducible play to be one in which the cast size, subject matter, potential depravity, complexity of staging, or scale of spectacle take the play out of consideration for most other companies or producers in their right minds. They should be extreme, outrageous, epic, imaginative, and surpass the boundaries of convention. Our belief is that the right combination of these qualities – especially when coupled with satire, allegory, or fantasy – make up what’s most transporting, stimulating, and surprising about theatre.

We offer a variety of opportunities for playwrights, including AEA Showcase Code productions; workshop productions; Stay-Treat), an individually tailored development workshop; and Studio Sessions, our annual reading series.

For more on our most recent unproducible projects, visit our production history.

Evaluation criteria:

Ideally 90 minutes, no intermission
Large cast preferred
No limitation on scale of spectacle
Dark humor, absurdity, and/or references to larger social issues encouraged
Musical or dance sequences are also ok

Deadline: Rolling

To submit plays, please include the full script (in PDF or DOC format) along with a one paragraph plot summary, and send via email (preferably with a file size below 1MB) to: info@Stu42.com.

Please email info@Stu42.com with any questions.

Plays by females with all-female cast wanted

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Script Submissions

The Women’s Theatre Project spends many hours researching, meeting and reading scripts by female playwrights for production consideration. Each script meeting our submission guidelines is read by a minimum of two readers.

The Women's Theatre Project produces four productions each calendar year. Royalties are paid to playwrights/publishing companies.

Guidelines for submission:

The Women’s Theatre Project seeks submissions of full-length plays with ALL FEMALE casts by female playwrights for our intimate, professional black box theatre. Submissions accepted via email at:

twtp@bellsouth.net or by mail at:

The Women's Theatre Project
505 NW 1st Avenue
Ft Lauderdale, Fl. 33301

Friday, November 11, 2011

Seeking scripts for The Polygraph Tests

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Important Dates:
Nov 16: Application Deadline


Dec 1: Finalists Notified
Jan 8-28: Rehearsal Period
Jan 21: First Public Reading

Jan 28: Final Public Reading

Submission Guidelines:

We select playwrights based on two factors: (1) the quality and potential of the writing, and (2) a one-on-one interview during the first week of December 2011.

We are looking for plays on all subject matters- story and structure that dare to be different.

Scripts don’t need to be perfectly polished; we will happily accept unfinished work.

We accept only unpublished plays (but un-produced and previously produced plays are both acceptable).

You can send us one or several scripts- we prefer you send us two plays so we can understand your voice as much as possible.

Scripts can be any length (less than 75 pages is preferred).

Please fill out the form on our official website and send your play(s) to submit@truefalsetheatre.org.

Sending us your resume and artistic statement in addition to your work is acceptable.

Submissions received after the November 16, 2011 deadline will not be reviewed.

The Polygraph Tests is a residency program committed to enriching the process of theatre development by pairing selected playwrights with collaborators eager to guide and inspire the scripts’ evolution.

We are looking for dangerous stories that expose and examine the ways in which desire and impulse define human relationships. Writers of all ages and from all experience levels are invited to submit plays that align with our mission statement:

True False Theatre is a group of artists dedicated to creating high-quality dramatic theatre that challenges the imagination and inspires a more conscious and compassionate community. Our goal is to probe modern value systems through entertaining productions of socially relevant plays, which uphold a commitment to exciting and empowering New York City.

This program features a three-week rehearsal period focused on giving writers the time and tools they need to experiment and develop strong character development, plot structure, and dialogue. Each playwright will work alongside a director and actors who are excited to inspire the author’s vision and provide him or her with feedback regarding the rewrites made during the residency. After a mid-process public reading allows each artist to experience their play with an audience, everyone returns to the rehearsal room for another week of collaborating with the writer. The residency ends with a second public reading celebrating the plays in whatever state they are in at the time.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Play of the Month - HIGH ON EMMA SAFFORD by Nancy Brewka-Clark

The November Play of the Month has been selected: Nancy Brewka-Clark's HIGH ON EMMA SAFFORD.

The reading of the play will be video-recorded and posted to the NYCPlaywrights web site by the end of November 2011.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Premiere Stages 2012 Play Festival

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Premiere Stages is committed to supporting emerging playwrights by developing and producing new plays. Through our Play Festival script competition, Premiere Stages offers developmental opportunities to four playwrights. We provide playwrights with an encouraging and focused environment in which they can develop their work through discussions, rehearsals, sit-down readings, staged readings, and fully-produced Equity productions.

Beginning October 15, 2011 through January 15, 2012 Premiere Stages will accept submissions of unproduced new plays from playwrights born or currently residing in the greater metropolitan area (New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania). There is no fee to enter. All plays submitted to the festival are evaluated by a professional panel of theatre producers, dramaturgs, playwrights, scholars and publishers.

Four of the submitted plays will be selected for staged readings with equity casts in March of 2012 and awarded cash prizes. Following the March readings, the winner of Play Festival is selected for a full production during the 2012 Premiere Stages Main Stage Season and awarded $2000; a second play will be selected for a 29 hour Staged Reading and be awarded $750, and the two other finalist writers will be awarded $500.
At Premiere Stages, we pride ourselves on a uniquely accelerated process, in which plays we find particularly promising are developed and fully produced within a year of submission. In many professional theatres the time span between meeting a writer, staging a reading and producing the play can be years. At Premiere Stages, immediately following the Spring Readings, two plays enter an intensive development phase. Playwrights work with a director, dramaturg, and design team to develop the play for a staged workshop or full production only a few months later. When we find a writer we believe in, our play festival process allows Premiere Stages to fully commit the time, talent, and resources necessary to share their work with a broad regional audience.
Premiere Stages’ productions offer playwrights the chance to see their work fully realized on stage. We hope, however, that the plays developed at Premiere will go on to subsequent productions throughout the country. Because of this, playwrights whose scripts we produce retain the coveted “World Premiere” brand on their plays. Premiere Stages also strives to facilitate relationships between playwrights and other theatre professionals who we think will respond to their work.

Premiere Stages will accept full scripts from literary agents or theatre professionals familiar with our work. All other writers are required to submit an 8-page script sample and synopsis. Please review full submission requirements and guidelines below.
2012 Premiere Play Festival Submission Guidelines Plays must be full-length and have a cast size of no more than eight.

Plays submitted must be unpublished and must be works that have not been previously produced (readings, workshops, showcases are okay).
Plays must be written by playwrights who were born or reside in the greater metropolitan area (New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania).

Playwrights of color are highly encouraged to submit their work.

Preferred submissions will explore or address contemporary issues. If you would like the script/synopsis returned, please include a SASE DEADLINE for postmark of scripts/synopses is January 15, 2012.

Plays and synopses will be evaluated by a panel of arts professionals. The panel will submit their recommendations to the producing artistic director and resident dramaturg.
Playwrights (non-agent submissions) Playwrights submitting without an agent must include:

A brief synopsis of the play (no more than half a page).

A character breakdown.

A history of the play’s development (if any).

The playwright’s professional bio.

A script sample from the play (no more than 8 pages).

The panel will request full scripts from synopses of interest. Playwrights who are asked to submit full scripts, including those not selected for expanded development, will receive an evaluation of the submitted play from the panel upon request.

Agent submissions

Full scripts will be accepted from legitimate literary agencies and by professional recommendation of someone with an affiliation to Premiere Stages. Agents may submit electronically (PDF format only).

The schedule for the Premiere Play Festival is as follows:
October 15, 2011: Premiere Stages begins accepting submissions

Jan. 15, 2012: Deadline for submission to festival (Post mark deadline)

March 1: Scripts are reduced to four finalists

Mid-March: Readings of four plays

March 31, 2012: Festival winner and runner-up are selected for expanded development

April to July: Development of scripts continues

Late June 2012: 29 hour Staged Reading of Runner-up

July or September, 2012: Full Production of Festival Winner

Send all submissions to:

John Wooten, Producing Artistic Director Premiere Stages at Kean University 1000 Morris Avenue Hutchinson Hall, 2nd Floor Union, NJ 07083

For more information about the Premiere Play Festival, please visit our website at www.kean.edu/premierestages

For any questions regarding the submission guidelines please email us at premiere@kean.edu.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Patti B. Playwriting Award

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Full-length plays wanted.

In honor of a great champion of the theatre, the Patti B. Playwriting Award seeks to advance the career of an emerging playwright from the United States. This non-discriminatory award seeks writers of all walks of life to tell stories and advance theatre in unconventional, new, and surprising ways. The Patti B. Award seeks to help new art and artists thrive in our ever changing world. We seek to give voice to those with the courage to speak.

Yearly, the Patti B. Playwriting Award acknowledges two artists.
One artist will be acknowledged with a fully produced production of their play.
The second will be acknowledged with a monetary award to be paid to a college or writing program to assist with tuition, or to be paid to a theatre company to produce their work.

The Patti B. Playwriting Award will acknowledge one submission per year per artist.

Please submit all materials to: pattibplaywritingaward@gmail.com. In the subject line of the email, please be sure to list the title of your play, your name, and 2012 Patti B. Award. EX: MEASURE FOR MEASURE (William Shakespeare) 2012 Patti B. Award.
We will only be accepting electronic applications.

When submitting your play, please be sure to submit:

1) a blind copy of your script (remove all contact information from the script). Please make sure to include a list of characters.

2) a cover letter or resume detailing your experience as a playwright, as well as your complete contact information.

3) a synopsis of your play (no more than one page)

Applications are accepted from 11/1/11 until 11:59PM on 12/31/11.
Due to high volume of submissions, we are not able to send email confirmations immediately, so please be patient. All submissions will be acknowledged by 1/1/2012. Finalists will be contacted in mid-March, and winners will be contacted in May regarding their awards.

Further questions may be addressed in the contact form below.
Visit our website pattibplaywritingaward.weebly.com for more information

Thank you for your submissions.

Universal Theatre 2012 seeks 10-minute plays

Submissions are now being accepted for the 5th annual Universal Theatre at the historic Unitarian Universalist Meetinghouse in Provincetown MA.

Seeking 10 minute plays (no more than 10 pp), preferably with no more than 3 characters. Also seeking monologues (no more than 4pp).

No more than 2 submissions per playwright.

Please do not re-submit plays already submitted. Please no SASE. Please no binders, covers, boxes, bells & bows, etc. Simply use a staple or paper clip to contain scripts.

As it is wonderful to hear all about you, please no press or bios… the work will speak for itself.

Deadline: Nov. 15th

Sorry, no email submissions.

Snailmail to:

Universal Theatre
PO Box 1818
Provincetown, MA. 02657

Saturday, November 5, 2011

The 2012 National Music Theater Conference has begun accepting scripts

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The 2012 National Music Theater Conference has begun accepting scripts through our Open Submission Process from November 1st, 2011 through December 1st, 2011.

If you are new to The O’Neill and the National Music Theater Conference, please take the opportunity to learn more about us.

Below is all the information you will need to prepare.

APPLICATION (Word) APPLICATION (PDF) (see web site for links)

If you are unable to open the link, please contact us or send an SASE to:
National Music Theater Conference
Eugene O'Neill Theater Center
305 Great Neck Road
Waterford, CT 06385
Attn: NMTC Application Request

Thank you for your interest!

Please feel free to contact the literary office with any questions or concerns throughout the process. We devote much of our year to this process and are always happy to speak with applicants.

Reach us by phone at 860.443.5378 ext. 227 and by email litoffice@theoneill.org.

Echo Theatre Company submission guidelines

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Echo Theatre Company accepts query letters with sample dialogue pages for plays year-round. We are looking for full-length plays, translations, adaptations, musicals and solo pieces. Echo seeks evocative works that confront, challenge, and entertain our audiences and artists. Strong storytelling, intelligent emotion and savage humor are especially encouraged. Please see our About Us and Past Productions pages for more information about our theatre. In addition, we ask that plays be typed in standard playwriting format, with character names centered and stage directions italicized. If you would like the script sent back once it is evaluated, please include a self-addressed/stamped envelope. Response time varies from three to six months.

Send queries to:
Literary Manager
Echo Theatre Company
4659 Wilcox Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63116
Or contact echotheatre@aol.com.

Unicorn Theatre Play submission guidelines

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Unicorn Theatre accepts scripts on an on-going, year-round basis, which allows us an opportunity to search for, develop and produce new plays that meet the overall criteria of the Unicorn Theatre and the specific needs of a regular season. Please send the manuscript (Attention: Literary Department) with the following information, even if you have already sent the same information with your initial inquiry:

A cover letter
A brief bio / resume
A short synopsis of the play
A complete, descriptive character breakdown
A SAPC if you want us to acknowledge receipt of the script


In general, we look for non-musical, issue-oriented, thought-provoking plays set in contemporary times (post 1950s). We stipulate a cast limit of ten actors. You must note any double-casting in the character breakdown. Scripts must be in an easy-to-read format and firmly bound. All plays submitted must be original, unpublished scripts, which have not had a professional production.

Response time, depending on the number of scripts we receive, may vary from six to twelve months.

All scripts submitted for consideration will be handled with care: however, the Unicorn Theatre does not accept responsibility for lost or damaged manuscripts.

Questions? Email the literary department at literary@unicorntheatre.org

Mixed Blood submission guidelines

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Mixed Blood welcomes submissions of contemporary plays that pursue and realize the company’s mission and aesthetic. Mixed Blood uses theatre to address pluralism, usually manifest in race, culture, language, disability, gender, nationality, affectional orientation, and political worldview. Predictably unpredictable, the theatre particularly invites polyglot plays, scripts from the global stage, and work that advances the art form.

We prefer e-submissions. If you think you play might be a good fit for us, please send a query letter, your bio or resume, a brief synopsis, and a 10-page sample of your play to the Mixed Blood Literary Manager - literary at mixedblood.com

This Woman' Work Theatre company submission guidelines

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TWWTC is currently accepting synopses and character breakdowns for long one-act (45 minutes plus) or full-length plays with contemporary or period storylines. We are especially interested in pieces featuring strong roles for women in the 20-60 age range, however, there are no restrictions on number of characters or subject matter and casts need not be all-female. All themes are welcome, however we will not accept Musicals or Children's Plays. Please include a cover letter or email with your contact information and be sure to indicate whether you are submitting to TWWTC or NBT.

If you have any questions or are in need of further information, please do not hesitate to contact us via email or by phone at: (212) 502-8630

December Play of the Month

10-Minute Play of the Month: DECEMBER 2011

The theme for December is "Winter Holidays" - your play can be about any winter holiday - Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Solstice, New Years, Yule, Festivus, etc. but the play must incorporate the theme in some meaningful way.

Deadline: Sunday, December 4, 2011, 11:59 PM

1. Send only one ten-minute play per author to info@nycplaywrights.org

2. The script submission should be sent by email, with the play itself as a file attached to the email. File format should be in either Microsoft Word (.doc) or pdf.

3. The script can be no longer than 10 pages (not including title page, setting info page, etc. - pages will be counted only from where the actual on-stage directions and dialog begin.)

4. The script should be in standard playscript format. If you are not sure what that is, see this page on the NYCPlaywrights web site:


Plays that are not in standard format, or that have more than 10 pages (not counting title page, etc.) will be rejected immediately.

5. Make sure you have your name and your email address on the title page of the script.

6. Plays can be from anybody, anywhere in the world, but must be primarily in English (a few non-English phrases are acceptable, but the phrases must include English translations in production notes or stage directions.)

7. There is no fee for submission - and no payment given for the plays selected. Do not send a submission if you are expecting monetary compensation.

8. The NYCPlaywrights selection decision is final and NYCPlaywrights reserves the right to select no plays from those submitted.

9. The play must have been written by the person making the submission.

10. The play can have had a previous production but cannot have been published.

11. All rights will remain with the playwright.

12. The selected play will be videotaped as a reading during an NYCPlaywrights meeting and posted shortly after, during the month of December.

13. The video recording of the play reading will be posted to the NYCPlaywrights YouTube account and from there embedded into the NYCPlaywrights blog. The embedded section may be an excerpt of the play reading rather than the entire reading. The playwright will be asked to review the video recording and approve it before it is made

14. The play must reflect the month's theme in some meaningful way.

15. The readings that are recorded are actual script-in-hand readings, not productions. To get an idea of what to expect for the video recording see the page on the NYCPlaywrights web site with samples of past readings of Plays of the Month: http://nycp.blogspot.com/p/play-of-month.html

Any questions email Nancy at info@nycplaywrights.org

Friday, November 4, 2011

Lakeshore Players' 8th Annual Ten-Minute Playwrighting Contest

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Plays will be accepted through November 15, 2011.
Lakeshore Players Theatre is accepting submissions for 10-minute plays with the winners to be performed at our 8th Annual Festival June 7-10, 2012.

High School-aged playwrights are encouraged to enter. High school playwrights must have a letter from a teacher or school administrator, written on school letterhead, verifying that the play was written during high school, in addition to the guidelines below. If the committee chooses to name a high school entry as a winner for the 8th annual contest, the winning play will be produced with our other winners in our festival in June 2012.

ALL PLAYWRIGHTS: Please read the following guidelines carefully, plays not meeting the the rules will be disqualified and may not be read.

The play must run ten-minutes or less.
The play must have 5 or fewer characters.
You may submit only one play, so send us your best!
The play should be in a "play format" making it easy for the readers. (We like 12-point, easy to read fonts, such as Times New Roman or Ariel)

The play must be unpublished at the time of submission to our contest.

The play must un-produced at the time of submission to our contest. Staged readings are not counted as "produced."

Submitting your play to our contest grants Lakeshore Players the right to produce your play in our annual festival and photograph and/or videotape it for archival purposes if it is chosen as a winner.

Additional Guidelines

The play must have simple technical requirements There won't be a set — a few furniture pieces and a few props only — we only have about one minute in between plays to change scenes.

As a community theatre, we want to appeal to the largest possible audience, so plays with excessive offensive language will be accepted, but are less likely to be selected - so please keep that in consideration.

NEW THIS YEAR! Two ways to submit: Email or Mail
Your play must be received no later than November 15, 2011 to be eligible. Only plays submitted exactly as outlined below will be accepted.


Send one copy of the play with ALL contact information: play title, your name, your address, phone number and email address

Send ANOTHER copy of play for the judges with NO contact information - just the title and the play.

Email Instructions--Subject line: PLAY SUBMISSION. Include your complete contact informtion in the body of the email. Please include the title of your play in the file name. For example:

My Great Play-Blind.pdf

My Great Play.pdf

Email both plays to: office@lakeshoreplayers.com

MAIL TWO COPIES. Don't know how to PDF? No problem.

Send one copy of the play with ALL contact information play title, your name, address, phone number and email address

Include ANOTHER copy of play for the judges with NO contact information - just the title and the play.

Mail to:
Lakeshore Players 10-Minute Play Committee
4820 Stewart Ave.
White Bear Lake, MN 55110

Plays will not be returned to you.

If you would like confirmation that we have received your script, please include a self-addressed, stamped postcard with your script.

Plays chosen for production in our festival will receive $10 per Lakeshore performance of the play, a copy of the program from the festival, and a photo CD of the play within 90 days of the festival weekend.

Semi-finalists for the Festival will be announced in January 2012
Finalists will be announced in March 2012
Winners will be announced in April 2012

Any questions? E-mail Lakeshore Players: office@lakeshoreplayers.com

Second Biennial FVCC Original 10-Min Play Festival

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Performance Dates: May 4-5th
Submission Deadline: Dec. 15th

· We are requesting submissions of 10 min (max time) original, unpublished plays.
· Previously performed plays will be accepted.
· All submissions should be "Blind Submissions"; please submit play with an email address, phone number, and a cover sheet WITHOUT your name.
· No more than two (2) submissions per individual; no collaborations or adaptations please!
· Successful short plays are not scenes but, instead, are complete works with fully developed characters and plot.
· Successful short plays typically do not rely on major scenic elements and are easily adapted into a variety of theatre spaces.
· Plays will be screened and selected by a committee of three FVCC faculty.
· The number of plays produced will depend on enrollment of the spring 2012 Directing class.

Prize Money:

All plays selected for production will receive $75.
Send submissions in PDF or MS Word format to rhaptonstall@fvcc.edu or mail to:

10 Min. Plays

C/O Rich Haptonstall
Flathead Valley Community College
777 Grandview Drive
Kalispell, MT 59901

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Deadline coming up: November Play of the Month

10-Minute Play of the Month: NOVEMBER 2011

The theme for November is Native Americans.

Deadline: Sunday, November 6, 2011, 11:59 PM

1. Send only one ten-minute play per author to info@nycplaywrights.org

2. The script submission should be sent by email, with the play itself as a file attached to the email. File format should be in either Microsoft Word (.doc) or pdf.

3. The script can be no longer than 10 pages (not including title page, setting info page, etc. - pages will be counted only from where the actual on-stage directions and dialog begin.)

4. The script should be in standard playscript format. If you are not sure what that is, see this page on the NYCPlaywrights web site:


Plays that are not in standard format, or that have more than 10 pages (not counting title page, etc.) will be rejected immediately.

5. Make sure you have your name and your email address on the title page of the script.

6. Plays can be from anybody, anywhere in the world, but must be primarily in English (a few non-English phrases are acceptable, but the phrases must include English translations in production notes or stage directions.)

7. There is no fee for submission - and no payment given for the plays selected. Do not send a submission if you are expecting monetary compensation.

8. The NYCPlaywrights selection decision is final and NYCPlaywrights reserves the right to select no plays from those submitted.

9. The play must have been written by the person making the submission.

10. The play can have had a previous production but cannot have been published.

11. All rights will remain with the playwright.

12. The selected play will be videotaped as a reading during an NYCPlaywrights meeting and posted shortly after, during the month of November.

13. The video recording of the play reading will be posted to the NYCPlaywrights YouTube account and from there embedded into the NYCPlaywrights blog. The embedded section may be an excerpt of the play reading rather than the entire reading. The playwright will be asked to review the video recording and approve it before it is made

14. The play must reflect the month's theme in some meaningful way.

15. The readings that are recorded are actual script-in-hand readings, not productions. To get an idea of what to expect for the final product see the page on the NYCPlaywrights web site with samples of past readings of Plays of the Month: http://nycp.blogspot.com/p/play-of-month.html

Any questions email Nancy at info@nycplaywrights.org

Frogs With Fangs seeking sketches

Frogs With Fangs, a new sketch comedy troupe in Columbus OH is seeking sketches to include in their monthly evening of comedy. Seeking 1 - 7 minute sketches, monologues, and songs, also interested in ongoing theme sketches that can be produced each month.

We are also still accepting sketch submissions for our ongoing shows occurring every few months. If you have submitted to us already, we have your submissions actively under consideration and will respond when we would like to include the sketch. There is no deadline for the ongoing submission.

Please email sketches to frogswithfangs@gmail.com

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