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Saturday, December 3, 2011

Midwinter Madness Seeks One-Act Plays for Feb. - Mar. 2012

John Chatterton is looking for new one-act plays for the Second Annual Midwinter Madness Short Play Festival, happening in February-March 2012 at the Roy Arias Studios in Times Square:
Dates for the Festival are Feb. 13 - Mar. 4, 2011.
We are looking to expand on last year's Festival, with 2 theatres and a greenroom.
Plays should run 30 to 60 min. Scripts should be submitted in standard playscript format.*
Any subject matter okay, including musicals.
The Festival will not combine shorter plays to make full programs. All plays must be off-book. There will be no staged readings.
Production requirements must be minimal: rehearsal cubes, a table or two, some chairs (all provided by the Festival), and your own props and costumes, which you must bring with you and take home for every performance.
Tickets will be $12-15. There are no fees. The Festival takes the door.
Festival participants may see their own and other shows for free, seating permitting. These comps may not be transferred to anyone else. Otherwise, there are no comps.
Shows must be non-Equity. No showcases or Equity waivers, please!
The Festival will provide a press agent, venue manager, lighting designer, and box-office manager. You must provide your own board op. (The Festival has a list of available qualified technical staff from which you may draw. They are competent and reasonably priced.)
While the Festival provides the venue and staff, you must provide the production. Roy Arias Studios may offer discounts on rehearsal space, at its own discretion.
There will be a tech rehearsal running 2.5 times the running time of your show, during business hours Mon. thru Fri.
All performances will take place from 6 pm to 11 pm weekdays or 11 am to 11 pm weekends.
Each show will receive at least 3 performances, probably all in the same week. Shows that sell the most tickets in advance may receive more performances.
The Festival will provide a program "wrapper": you must provide a program specific to your show, and insert it into the wrapper for distribution to your patrons.
There will be a juried award ceremony after the Festival, with cash awards for the most popular plays.
*12 pt Times Roman; character names in the middle on their own line; line spaces between speeches and stage directions; indented stage directions; 1" margins all around.

I've presented a lot of Festivals, and I have a special interest in short plays. They're an easy, cheap, and fun way to see your work on its feet.

To submit a script, send it as an attachment in .doc or .pdf format to john.chatterton@gmail.com. Any questions, don't hesitate to shoot me an E-mail!

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