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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

MRT’s LONG One Act Play Competition - deadline is January 31.

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PLEASE NOTE: the deadline for this is today Tuesday January 31, 2012

ALSO NOTE: NO submission fee but a participation fee on acceptance.

Seeking fully produced one act plays (cast, directed and ready to perform)
30 minutes to 1 hour in length for MRT’s LONG One Act Play Competition, Feb. 29 - March 24, 2011 at Manhattan Repertory Theatre, 303 W.42nd St. NYC. FIRST PRIZE for BEST PLAY: $1000.00.

To submit your LONG one act play production please email:
The complete play, a synopsis of the play, the running time of the play, the set and lighting requirements, the play’s production history (if it has been produced before and where)
and a creative team leader contact email address to: manhattanrep@yahoo.com by Tuesday January 31, 2012. Please put “LONG One Act Competition” in the subject heading. Applicants will be contacted by Thursday February 2 as to their acceptance.

There is no submission fee. NON-EQUITY ONLY. Each play will be given a MINIMUM of THREE performances, more if the play moves on to the finals. Once accepted, there will be a $150.00 participation fee. There will be NO additional security fees or Manhattan Repertory Theatre based production fees.

Manhattan Repertory Theatre LONG 1 ACT COMPETITION Guidelines

43 seat theatre space for at least 3 performances
2 Tech/Dress rehearsals in the theatre
Our stock furniture for your show
Web flyers.  Web site support.
Reservation Service, House management and Box Office


An 8 dimmer lighting board with 16 instruments
A surround sound system
A 5 CD changer with support for IPOD and Laptop
1 dressing room

Casting the production
Directing the production
Outside rehearsal space
Sound/Light Board operator to run your show.
Program design and copies of their program
All other miscellaneous production costs – costumes, props, etc.
Inviting friends and family.

All participants must be NON-EQUITY
There is NO PAY

Please do not submit MUSICALS unless staged with pre-recorded music. (We have no room for an orchestra.)

All Productions must run between 30 minutes and 60 minutes with simple sets which can be easily struck.

NO SMOKING in the play!
No LIGHTING OF ANYTHING! (Candles, cigarettes, etc.)
No FURNITURE is to be brought into the theatre for any reason.
We supply more than enough stock furniture for any show.

Due to the myriad of plays in this competition, props and costumes CANNOT be stored at the theatre. Props and costumes for this competition must be brought in and out at each performance.

Participants must keep space clean and organized and treat fellow artists with respect.
Any unruly Creative Teams will be immediately terminated from the Festival and their security deposit will be forfeited.
Any intentional damage to the theatre caused by a production will result in immediate termination of their entire production.
NO SMOKING ANYWHERE IN THE THEATRE OR THE BUILDING. Smokers must go out on to the street to smoke.

Ticket price will be $20.00
(All ticket sales will go to Manhattan Repertory Theatre.)

For this competition, there are no Industry Comps

For this competition, there are no personal comps.

There is no videotaping during live performances due to complaints from audience members.

All videotaping must be done during your dress rehearsal.

Manhattan Repertory Theatre retains NO (0%) percentage of play’s future productions outside of Manhattan Repertory Theatre.

Audience members will receive a ballot with the plays that are performing in the Performance series they are seeing that night. (We usually run 2 shows a night - each with 2 to 3 plays.) The audience will rate EACH play from 5 to 1. 5 being GREAT, 1 being JUST OK. 2 or more plays in a performance could be rated 5. Each play is rated from 5 to 1 on its own merit not in relation to the other plays in a performance series. This evens the playing field so that plays with less friends in the audience can actually move forward to the finals.

The Top 2 plays with the most points after 3 performances each will return on Saturday March 24 for 2 more performances 6:30 pm and 9 pm. The play that evening, which scores the most points that night, will receive the $1000 cash prize!

Please know that Manhattan Repertory Theatre reserves the right to change our policies at any time in order for the Competition to run more effectively.

So we have been running some seasonal One Act play competitions here at Manhattan Rep and they have been a great, fun, theatrical time for all.

But I have felt bad.

Bad because in our One Act play competitions, we have only been accepting plays 30 minutes and under, and all those playwrights with GREAT one act plays that are longer than 30 minutes have been cut out of the mix.

That is why we are running a LONG one act play competition - to give those playwright’s with LONGER awesome plays a chance to put their LONG one act play together and have it compete for a $1000 cash prize.

I am psyched. I love the Short play, but sometimes a Short play needs to be just a little longer so I am really looking forward to this new competition.

If you have any questions about producing your play at Manhattan Rep,
feel free to e-mail us at manhattanrep@yahoo.com.

Over 6000 theatre artists have developed their work at Manhattan Rep since September 2005.
We hope to work with you this Winter in our LONG one act play competition.


Ken Wolf
Artistic Director
Manhattan Repertory Theatre

Monday, January 30, 2012

East Village Chronicles, Volume 8, June 2012

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Deadline - Friday, February 3, 2012


Metropolitan Playhouse, New York's OBIE Award winning explorer of America's Theatrical Heritage, is currently accepting submissions for new plays inspired by the life and history of New York's Lower East Side.

Submissions will be evaluated by Metropolitan's artistic staff, and we will produce up to 10 of the submitted plays in June 2012, as part of our 8th Annual East Village Chronicles festival. As in prior years, the plays selected will pertain to a chosen theme. For Volume 7, plays should respond to Class as it relates to life in the East Village of today and in eras past.  (See below for more information.)

Submission Deadline:
Completed scripts must be RECEIVED, by mail or e-mail, by 5:00 pm Friday, February 3, 2012.

Metropolitan Playhouse
220 E 4th Street
New York, NY 10009


The Festival

East Village Chronicles, Vol. 8 is the 8th seasonal festival of new, one-act plays that celebrate and explore the varied history and eclectic culture that have defined Manhattan's Lower East Side (in all its permutations).  Combined into two, distinct evenings of short plays, which run on alternating nights over three weeks, the presentations will include a variety of styles and tones, unified by their being clearly related to life in the theater's neighborhood.
Metropolitan Playhouse will produce the plays on our 3/4 thrust stage in our 51 seat theater at 220 E 4th Street.

The plays will be directed by directors engaged by Metropolitan to coordinate and rehearse the entire festival.

The plays will be performed by a core company of actors, cast specifically for the festival, each of whom will perform in at least two festival plays.  The cast of any given play will be drawn from this core company, and therefore anyone cast must be suitable for more than one play.  Because we are forming a company, while playwrights' input is highly desired, final decisions remain with Metropolitan's artistic staff.

The Theme for 2012: Class

The Chronicles plays have been connected each year in that they have focused on a certain topic, theme, or timeline.  Selecting plays that are inspired by some such organizing principle helps to give the festival shape and to enrich the experience for audience members.  (See * below for further discussion of the theme idea.)

This year, the Chronicles will be devoted to Class.  We believe this theme is especially resonant within the context of our national conversation and the shifting social paradigms within the neighborhood.  In our neighborhood, longstanding family businesses and residents continue to leave the neighborhood they once created, while newcomers have set up and changed their minds in the course of a year.  As background to these real changes are the sometimes subtle and sometimes obvious divisions between residents seen through their sense of their own social status.
Playwrights are encouraged to respond directly, indirectly, and creatively to this idea; how the plays relate to the notion of "Class" is up to the playwright.

Technical Guidelines

We are seeking plays of no more than 30 minutes that can be played by 5 or fewer actors.
The plays will be presented with at least three others in a given evening, and as a consequence, should not require elaborate set or  properties.

Performance Dates:   June 11 - 30, 2012

Theater:  Metropolitan Playhouse
              220 E 4th Street

Alex Roe
Artistic Director, Metropolitan Playhouse
212 995 8410

Horizon Theatre Company - NEW SOUTH FESTIVAL submissions policy

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WE DO ACCEPT unsolicited resumes, treatments, samples, and summaries (r/t/s/s)

WE ASK ALL PLAYWRIGHTS whose work is unsolicited and not related to the mission of the New South Festival to send us an r/t/s/s first so that we may then request a full script, should we so choose

IF A PLAY ADHERES TO THE MISSION OF THE NEW SOUTH FESTIVAL we will accept a full-length submission, but strongly encourage an initial submission of an r/t/s/s

OUR GENERAL RESPONSE TIME to submissions is 12 months, though this period may extend depending on the size of our submission pool

IF A PLAYWRIGHT WANTS A SCRIPT RETURNED they must include a full-sized SASE

WE STRONGLY ENCOURAGE the inclusion of a SAS response postcard or envelope with all t/s/s submissions

WE DO NOT ACCEPT unsolicited, full-length scripts not directly related to the New South Festival mission

WE DO NOT ACCEPT scripts or t/s/s submissions via e-mail. They must be sent through the post office.

HORIZON'S MISSION: Horizon Theatre Company strives to be a leader in the production and development of contemporary theatre in the Southeast. We present professional are premieres of new and recent plays and develop new artists and audiences for contemporary theatre through education and outreach programs.

New South Play Festival Script Submission Policy

NEW SOUTH FESTIVAL MISSION: The New South for the New Century Festival is dedicated to producing and developing work that gives voice to issues facing the contemporary South.

The festival's mission is to produce and/or workshop new material that addresses issues facing the contemporary South.

The submission guidelines are as follows:

If you have one full-length play you would like to submit for consideration, please send it to us at our mailing address.

If you have more than one full-length piece you would like considered, please send us samples of all the work you would like considered, as well as a SAS envelope or postcard so that we can let you know which, if any, plays we would like to see in their entirety.

Also, it is VERY important that you mark all materials being submitted for the festival as "NEW SOUTH SUBMISSION". Write this phrase in an obvious way on the front of the envelope, somewhere on the cover letter, and somewhere on the title page of the script or sample. (It's important to note that we do not accept submissions via e-mail) We will reply to you as soon as possible regarding your submission.

Expect at least a 6-month response period.

Our mailing address is:
Horizon Theatre Company
PO Box 5376
Atlanta, GA 31107

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Playwrights Festival 2012

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Fourth Annual Playwrights Festival – Performances July 12, 13, 14, 2012 at 8PM and July 15 at 2PM in the Powerhouse Theatre located in the Roger T. Sermon Community Center, 201 N. Dodgion, Independence

City Theatre is currently accepting submission of short plays not previously produced for our Fourth Annual Playwrights Festival. Requirements for this season are;

* 10 to 15 minutes in length
* never previously produced
* content pertinent to adolescents, i.e. self-esteem, bullying, peer pressure (not limited to these subjects but to the adolescent age group)
* received no later than March 1, 2012. Send your submission to our VP Of Funding

Playwrights of all ages are encouraged to submit.

Playwrights Festival Auditions – Saturday April 28, 2012 from noon to 4PM in the North Room of the Roger T. Sermon Community Center.

Auditions will be for all plays and directors at the same time. Since there will be a variety of roles no character descriptions are available at this time.

The Harriett Lake Festival of New Plays

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The Harriett Lake Festival of New Plays (Fall, 2012) is seeking new full-length plays or musicals based on or inspired by works of classic literature or historic events, famous persons, or advances in science. These events, persons, or advances can be from any age in history, including the present. We prefer (but are not limited to) plays that require six actors or less, and have an interest in one-person shows. However, even in the case of one-person shows, we are not looking for history lectures, or museum piece adaptations that are faithful to a fault, but rather dynamic new theatrical versions of classic stories that speak to the contemporary mindset.
In musical submissions, we are interested in musicals based on or inspired by the same criteria as mentioned above.

In order to qualify for PlayFest a play must:

1. NOT have received more than two professional AEA productions

2. NOT have received a Broadway or Off-Broadway production

3. NOT have received Orlando production in current form

4. NOT be published for general distribution with the rights held by the Publisher

We will select seven new works to be presented as readings. One or more may go on to be developed in a workshop or full production. Playwrights will receive a stipend, travel and housing expenses. Some plays may go on to be fully produced as part of a subsequent Orlando Shakespeare Theater season, or produced at the University of Central Florida as part of our partnership with UCF.


At this time we are not looking for full scripts. We are asking for a simpler initial submission:

Submissions must include:

• Cover letter
• Bio/résumé
• A one-page synopsis
• Ten pages of dialogue from the play
• A character breakdown (with potential doubling)
• Your mailing address, email address and direct phone number on the cover letter
• Musicals should include all of the above and the most recent Demo CD of the show
• Please do not send full scripts until requested to do so.

Mail submissions via regular mail to:

Patrick Flick, Associate Artistic Director - or - Mark Routhier, Assoc. Director of New Play Development PlayFest - The Harriett Lake Festival of New Plays Orlando Shakespeare Theater 812 East Rollins St. Suite 100 Orlando, FL 32803

Email submissions will not be accepted.

Initial submission deadline for PlayFest 2012 is March 15, 2012. If you wish to be notified of receipt of your submission, please include a SAS POSTCARD with the name of your play written on it. Otherwise you will only hear from us if we would like to see a full script.
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Literary Director Darcy Hogan is currently seeking full-length play submissions.

Do you have to be gay to see your work produced at Theatre Out?
Absolutely not.

If not, does the play have to have a gay element?

At Theatre Out, we are looking for plays that examine the gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgenered "community" or experience - regardless of the playwright's orientation. But we do also produce pieces that may NOT examine the LGBT community, if we feel the play is good and the writer is an "out" member of the LGBT community.

It's pretty simple - gay themed, or gay written.

What we are NOT looking for is your straight play with an arbitrary character thrown in or quickly re-written to be the "gay ingredient" that makes your play a fit for our theatre. Trust us, we know when we receive these pieces, and they don't work for us. Please avoid it.

Does the play have to be an in-depth look at the LGBT experience? No - plays that feature gay characters or storylines are fine. We are not looking to produce a season full of in-depth looks into what it means to be LGBT or the struggles the LGBT community has faced. While those plays are fine to submit and often very moving, it's also a-okay to submit your gay comedy or your script that's not about "being" gay, but features, say, a lesbian couple or a drag queen.

So, you think your play might be right for Theatre Out? Great! Please follow these submission steps:

1) Please download the submission form - see web site
2) Fill out the form completely.
3) Email only 2 items - the completed form and a 10 PAGE sample to darcy@theatreout.com.

Suggestions, hints, tips ...

1) While your play does not necessarily have to be in proper playscript format, I really REALLY prefer reading scripts that are. Need help with formatting? CLICK HERE.

2) While I fully acknowledge that there are many skilled playwrights out there that have terrible skills when it comes to spelling or grammar, and while I'll definitely read your sample (regardless of the occasional error), excessive errors really make it difficult. I recommend having your script proof-read, using spell-check, etc - whatever you need to do before you send it off (to me or to anyone else.)

3) Send me your best 10 pages. It doesn't have to be the first 10 pages, necessarily. Though, if it is NOT the first 10 pages, please send me a SHORT (please re-read ... SHORT!) explanation of where we are in the script. (Example: "Act II, Scene II - Joe has just revealed that he and Gary ran off to Mexico to be married.") If you have filled out the submission form completely (and you SHOULD), then I won't need more than one sentence, maybe two, to clue me into where your 10 pages fall in the script.

4) You may be tempted to ignore this submission process and send me your whole script, and/or ignore the submission form. Tip: Please don't. I won't read your script. Please respect my submission process and I'll respect your work.

5) You may be tempted to send me a list of who should play which role, detailed drawings of what you think the set should look like, or the costumes, a series of MP3s I should listen to while reading your play, etc. Tip: Please don't.

In closing, I really am excited to read your work. It's important to me that we try to give the stage to a new script or playwright whenever possible. I want to be a part of the inaugural production of your new play. Please don't let the process above scare you away. I love reading good scripts. Is yours good? PLEASE SEND IT TO ME!

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Jewish Womens Theatre submission guidelines

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Please email a cover letter with a brief bio and an attachment of your material in one of the following formats: Final Draft, Movie Magic Screen Writer, Word Document or PDF.
 Submit Your Play - see web site for email address

Parameters for material are:
  • An element of Jewish resonance – does not need to be the prominent theme or subject.
  • It should feature women or a woman’s point of view, but not exclusively. Male characters are welcome.
  • It can be of any length. Even very short pieces are of interest.
  • Previously produced or published work is welcome. Please include production and/or publication history. A new version of a classic or an adaptation from another medium would definitely be of interest.
Although the primary focus of the JWT is on the writing, we are also interested in music at our events. Plays with music are of great interest. Composers, song-writers, and performers are also encouraged to submit individual work.

Artemisia Calls for Submissions

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2012 Fall Festival of Staged Readings Artemisia, A Chicago Theatre, is accepting plays for its 2012 Fall Festival of Staged Readings.

All plays submitted must be full length and fit within Artemisia's mission. They must be about women, have a minimum of one female leading character and must challenge the audience's perception of women. Visit artemisiatheatre.org and view the line up of plays selected for our 2011 Fall Festival of Staged Readings for further guidelines. Please send all submissions electronically to Artistic Director Julie Proudfoot at zippyproud@gmail.com and Associate Artistic Director Jesse Harper at jesserobertharper@gmail.com. Submissions must be received by midnight April 1, 2012 to be considered for our 2012 Fall Festival.

Submissions for the The Ronald M. Ruble New Play Festival

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There is no submission fee for the CCCT Ronald M. Ruble New Play Festival

Submission deadline for the 2012 Festival is February 1, 2012.

Scripts received after that date will be considered the following
year. 5-6 finalists will be selected on March 15 of that year and their names will be posted to the CCCT website at that time.

Must be a full-length play/musical for children or young adults without a prior major U.S. production.

A brief synopsis must be sent together with a bound complete manuscript. Submission must include a contact phone number and e-mail address on the play’s title page. No electronic submissions will be accepted.
The play must be at least 1 hour and no longer than 90 minutes.
The play must be appropriate for audiences of all ages.
Dramas, comedies and farces (with or without music) are all welcome.
Cast size limited to no less than 5 or more than 20.
The plays selected will be acted by our student actors with a mix of regional artists where necessary. Plays that can be effectively cast within our market will be considered favorably.
Playwrights who are questioning whether or not their play is a good match for CCCT are strongly encouraged to contact Artistic Director Brian Marshall at mbrian@bgsu.edu before submitting.
All plays that are not selected for the festival will be recycled. Please do not include return postage.
All serious submissions will be read by at least three readers on the festival committee as well as the members of the Teen Board. Be advised that the following are not considered serious submissions:
Screenplays submitted as theatrical plays and Obvious first drafts
Plays with typos and spelling errors and Plays not formatted to industry standards
Plays with excessive profanity or violence or are inappropriate for child audience members
For more information contact:
Brian Marshall, Artistic Director
mbrian@bgsu.edu, 419.372.0642

Plays should be submitted to:
Caryl Crane Children's Theatre
c/o CCCT New Play Festival
BGSU Firelands
One University Drive
Huron, OH 44839-9719

ATHE's Playwrights and Creative Teams Program (PACT) seeks new, previously unproduced short plays

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ATHE's Playwrights and Creative Teams Program (PACT) seeks new, previously unproduced short plays for its 23rd annual New Play Development Workshop at the ATHE Conference, in Washington, DC, August 2-5, 2012. We invite playwrights to submit plays ranging in length from 4-10 minutes (scripts over 10 minutes will not be accepted); there is no restriction on subject matter, style, or intended audience. A jury of readers will select six to eight scripts. Each playwright will be assigned a director, dramaturg, scenographer, and a group of actors; these creative teams collaborate on the scripts throughout the conference in a developmental process (participants may attend the rest of the conference). The workshop culminates in a public, script-in-hand reading of the plays in a SHOWCASE OF SCRIPTS.

The New Play Development Workshop affords playwrights the opportunity to work on their scripts with artists experienced with original material from all over the country and to have their work presented at a major academic theatre conference. In past years, plays which have gone through this process have been published in a PACT Program anthology. These plays achieve a high rate of success in securing subsequent productions and publication.

PLEASE NOTE NEW SUBMISSION POLICY: Electronic script submissions should be emailed to: charlene@charleneadonaghy.com. Please remove name, mailing address and telephone/fax/e-mail from the script, and include that in a cover letter which indicates your willingness to attend ALL sessions of the workshop. Only one submission per playwright will be accepted. Scripts will not be returned. You will be notified, via email, of the reader's selection no later than April 1, 2012. To be considered for the NPDW, scripts must be RECEIVED by January 30, 2012; late entries will not be read. Scripts should be sent to:

Charlene Donaghy

For additional information, contact Charlene Donaghy at (860) 307-2477, charlene@charleneadonaghy.com or Judith Royer at (310) 670-0362, jroyer@earthlink.net.

Woodward/Newman Drama Award

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Please note: there is no submission fee for this if you are a member of the Dramatists Guild and you provide a photocopy of your membership card with your application.

For information about the fee, see the web site.

The BPP has begun accepting submissions for the 2012-13 Woodward/Newman Drama Award. Submissions are due by March 1, 2012. The top 10 finalists will be announced at the end of May with the winner announced in June 2012.

The Woodward/Newman Drama Award is an exclusive honor offered by Bloomington Playwrights Project, sponsored by the Newman's Own Foundation, remembering the many great dramas Joanne Woodward and Paul Newman performed in together. It presents the best unpublished full-length drama of the year with a prize of $3,000, a full production as part of the BPP's 2012-13 Mainstage season and travel expenses up to $300.

(subject to change):

1. "Full-length" plays will have a complete running time of between 1 hour 15 minutes (75 minutes) to 2 hours 15 minutes (135 minutes).

2. Plays submitted must be unpublished at the time of submission. Plays that have received developmental readings, workshop productions, or productions at small theatre companies are acceptable. No scripts with previous productions at major regional theaters will be accepted. Once entered, subsequent activity does not change the acceptability of the script.

3. Each submission must include a synopsis (1 page or less) including the cast size. A separate page should include a brief bio of the playwright, and production/development history if applicable.

4. Agent submissions require no fee. The fee will be waived for Dramatist Guild members with an enclosed photocopy of a membership card.

5. It is preferable for musicals to include a demo CD. The complete score is not necessary but may be included. All plays are read by BPP's literary personnel led by and including the Literary Manager and Artistic Director.

6. We do not accept email submissions. Scripts will not be returned.

7. The BPP reserves the right not to name a winner and/or name a winner but not commit to a reading or production. These instances are rare but can and do occur.

8. Send to:
Woodward/Newman Drama Award
Bloomington Playwrights Project
107 W. 9th Street
Bloomington, IN 47404

9. Scripts must be postmarked by March 1, 2012, and received no later than March 10, 2012. We are not responsible for postal delays, and recommend you not choose to send Media Mail unless you are submitting several weeks in advance.

10. For further information, write BPP, Attn: Literary Manager, 107 W. 9th Street, Bloomington, IN 47404. For faster replies, please email us at literarymanager@newplays.org.

Timeline Theatre Company submission policy

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TimeLine Theatre Company is committed to developing and producing new work rooted in our mission of presenting stories inspired by history that connect with today's social and political issues.

Due to the volume of scripts considered, TimeLine is only able to accept full length play and musical submissions year-round from literary agents and theatre professionals with whom we have an existing professional relationship. We cannot accept unsolicited material.

The only exception to this is that, in recognition of our commitment to fostering local voices, we invite unrepresented writers in the Chicagoland area to submit a brief bio, statement of how their play fits TimeLine's mission, short synopsis, and 10 pages of sample dialogue during the months of July and August only.

TimeLine only produces plays which fulfill our company's mission. Please familiarize yourself with our production history prior to sending a submission.

Unsolicited submissions that do not meet the criteria above are not read and are either returned (if accompanied by a stamped envelope) or recycled (if an envelope is not provided).

Email submissions are strongly preferred and may be sent to ben@timelinetheatre.com. No phone calls please. If you must mail your submission, please send your materials to:

Ben Thiem
Literary Manager
TimeLine Theatre Company
615 W Wellington Ave.
Chicago, IL 60657

Friday, January 27, 2012

Red Bull 2nd Annual Short New Play Festival – Open Submissions

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New plays! Heightened language! Epic circumstances! 10 minutes long!

After the success of last season’s inaugural Festival, Red Bull Theater’s Short New Plays Festival returns in 2012. Six short plays will be selected from an open-submission process and presented in staged readings with two short plays by commissioned writers (John Guare and one other TBA). Plays will be selected based on relevance to Red Bull Theater’s mission, incorporation of stated theme and excellence of the work. Directors for the plays are Ken Rus Schmoll and Anne Kaufmann.

The Drill
Write a short play of no more than 10 minutes in length that contains heightened language, verse, classical themes, or is an adaptation of a great classic story. This year, each play must respond to the following word:

Take a look through http://www.redbulltheater.com/History to see the kind of work we have done. Respond to a play we’ve produced, or choose a classic of your own. Adapt one, Riff on a character, Create a whole new Jacobean-like world – you choose!

The Rules

• Each playwright may submit ONE SCRIPT only. • Each play may be no more than TEN PAGES in font no smaller than 11pt. • We ONLY accept electronic submissions in PDF form. Do not mail printed scripts. • Include writer contact information on the title page. • Plays should be self-contained with a beginning, middle and end. • Excerpts of full-length works are ineligible.

The Timeline

Email scripts to submissions@redbulltheater.com by the deadline of February 28th, 2012.

Submissions will only be accepted electronically in PDF format.

Selected plays will be announced by April 30th, 2012. New Play Festival is June 18th, 2012.

*Due to the volume of scripts, we are unable to comment on submissions.

Questions? Contact Wendy Anderson, Director of Artistic and Strategic Development at wendy@redbulltheater.com. Thank you!

Roust Theatre Company submissions information

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We accept new, previously unproduced plays from both literary agents and directly from playwrights as unsolicited manuscripts, with some limitations. 'Unproduced' means not previously seen on a stage in a professional capacity, it does not include being previously produced as a staged reading.

Please send an email to submit@RoustTC.com including a cover note, a brief synopsis and your best 10-page selection from the script (either in a Word document or PDF). If the material interests us, we will contact you with a request for the complete script. Please don't email a complete script in the hope that we might, by some crazy chance, print it and read it. We won't, primarily for two reasons: we just don't have the time and we try and care about the environment by saving paper. If we discover you've sent the complete script your submission will be deleted.

A word to the wise, we only like to receive plays that fit our mission. Keep in mind that Roust focuses on important social matters. This doesn't mean we only accept political plays or dark brow-furrowing dramas, though we happen to produce those as well. Straight plays, musicals, comedies, love-stories, experimental pieces; if it's a social 'hot-potato', we want to read it. We need you, and so does theatre!

Thursday, January 26, 2012

The Unknown Artists' PLAY CLUB WEST is currently accepting submissions of new works

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The Unknown Artists' PLAY CLUB WEST is currently accepting submissions of new works for its 2012 reading series. Play Club West fosters a community of actors, writers, and performing artists by sponsoring readings of new and established works. We strive to enhance the performing arts community of Los Angeles by offering weekly table readings, monthly staged readings, and affordable classes and workshops.

PLAY CLUB meets weekly on Wednesday evenings at 7:00 pm at NoHo Stages (4930 Lankershim Blvd).

Material accepted: Any full length plays, one acts, sitcom scripts, screenplays, treatments, or sketches that are yearning for the spotlight.

If selected, Unknown Artists will present your piece during a Wednesday night reading. We will provide:
• A cast
• A theatre space
• A reading free of charge to audience members
• A talk-back session

The Unknown Artists' mission is to provide opportunities for talented, unknown individuals to thrive on a stage enabling them to show off their gifts of music, acting, dance, comedy, film and all categories of art. Founded in 2007 by Emily Clark and Pamela Eberhardt, the Unknown Artists search far and wide for an explosive amount of talent that is of a specific, unheard of, untraveled artistry.

Athena Project

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Athena Project is proud to announce the call for submissions for its Plays in Progress series.  This series will take place at The Aurora Fox Theatre and The Edge Theatre over the course of three weeks, July 12 - 29, 2012.  6-8 plays will be selected based on a blind submission process.  One play from the series will be given a full production in March of 2013.  Scripts are being accepted from now until midnight, February 11, 2012.

Submission Guidelines are as follows:

1.  Playwright must be female and may only submit ONE full-length script
2.  The play must not have ever had a fully mounted production.  Prior workshop presentations are      okay, but the script must be a new version.
3.  Submission must include:
  • Full copy of script (without playwright contact info*)
  • Character breakdown (without playwright contact info*)
  • Short synopsis of script (300 word limit, without playwright contact info*)
  • Resume
  • Cover letter addressing what the playwright would like to accomplish with the workshop presentation and how you heard about the call for submissions
4. Plays submitted without all supporting materials included will be disqualified.
5. We recommend the playwright reside in the Greater Denver area or be able to travel to the area      for rehearsals as needed if selected and for at least one weekend of performances at their own      expense.

*Contact info must be listed ONLY on resume and cover letter, not on script or any other documents (submissions will be read blind).  All documents should include Title of the Play, no playwright contact information.

    Deadline to submit all materials is midnight, February 11, 2012
    6-8 Finalists will be selected in March of 2012
    Directors will be selected in April 2012
    Casting and rehearsals will commence in May and June 2012
    Plays in Progress series opens July 12, 2012

Contact Us for any questions about submitting.  You will receive a confirmation upon receipt of materials.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

2011 One Act Festival

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For 20 years, the Attic Theatre’s One-Act Festival has provided playwrights with the unique opportunity to see their work leap from page to stage, with the help of some of L.A.’s finest theatre & film professionals.  Out of the hundreds of entries submitted to the Festival, between three and six of the strongest contenders will be selected to receive productions in the 2011 ONE-ACT FESTIVAL. A panel of judges selected by the artistic staff of the Attic Theatre Ensemble will choose the two best plays of the festival. The first place winner will receive $300.00 and the second place winner will receive $150.00 in prize money. Additional plays may receive Honorable Mention at the judge’s discretion.


The world is full of human-made divisions: gender, economic, political, religious, sexual to name a few.  This year we are looking for plays that explore these lines in the sand.

What divides us?

What keeps us together?

What happens when we cross those lines?


    Scripts should be intended for mature audiences.
    Scripts should speak to the theme above.
    Scripts must be original one-act plays no longer than 30 (thirty) minutes in length (playing time).
    Author must own the copyright for the script (no adaptations will be accepted, unless the source material is in the public domain).
    We will not accept scripts that have been previously produced.
    Only one entry per writer, please.
    Scripts should require a maximum of 5 actors for performance.
    Include a summary of the story on the title page.

Submit to the 2012 Festival Online

Deadline: May 1, 2012.

More information on the web site.


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

Download Application Form - see web site

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. See web site.

Women's Voices

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The Modern-Day Griot Theatre Company is accepting submissions of one-act plays to be performed in an evening of staged readings for our “Women’s Voices” series in March.

  • We are only accepting original work by women playwrights. 
  • All plays must be production-ready, typewritten, have 1-6 characters, and must have a running time of 20 minutes or less. 
  • Any genre (comedy, tragedy, etc) is accepted, but the plays must have a fresh plot, sufficient conflict, and a provocative and engaging text. 
  • Deadline for submissions is January 31, 2012 at 10pm EST. 
  • The Modern-Day Griot Theatre Company cannot offer royalties but can offer a production opportunity. 
For inquiries or to submit your work, please email: lbulos@moderndaygriot.org.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

The Detroit Repertory Theatre script submission guidelines

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The Detroit Repertory Theatre welcomes new plays for production at our 194 seat, proscenium stage theatre. Our New Playwrights' Program is not a competition, festival, workshop or staged reading program. We consider plays writers feel are ready for production, not development.

We are interested in issue-oriented plays (a comedic approach is fine); 5 to 7 characters; no double casting, and we avoid plays that require children. No One Acts, please. We are not accepting musicals at this time.

Each season we produce, at least, one original work. All plays submitted should be:

    Bound in a folder
    Cast list provided
    Typewritten in proper manuscript form with pages numbered
    Include a SASE for return of the manuscript

Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre script submission process

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 Please send a hard copy of your script with cover sheet, synopsis, and two title pages (one with your contact information and one with the title alone) to:

Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre
Noyes Cultural Arts Center
927 Noyes St.
Evanston, IL 60201

Scripts will not be returned. Please allow eight weeks for a response.
For more information regarding our submission process, please call 847.448.8260.

As an equal opportunity employer, we hire without consideration to the following: race, religion, creed, color, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status or disability.

Founded in 1979, under the name of the Foster Community Theatre, Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre has been thrilling audiences with over three decades of unique, inspirational and invigorating African American and African Diaspora-centered storytelling. From original plays to the best of Broadway, Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre remained committed to supplying the very best in African American Theatre.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Heartland Theatre Company 10-minute play festival

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Your play must fit the theme – PLAYING GAMES – or it will not be considered.

Your play must follow the scenic requirements.

We require internet submissions in MS Word. Please follow our style sheet.

We are looking for NEW plays. Please do not send us anything that has previously been produced.

Please use no more than 4 characters and no less than 2.

We have a pool of actors ranging in age from 18 to 70. Please make sure that your characters can be played by actors within that range.

Your play should consist mainly of dialogue. Ten-minute monologues will not be accepted.

No children’s plays, musicals or plays previously staged by Heartland Theatre will be considered.

Do not put your name on the play itself, as all submissions are judged blind. Make sure your title appears on every page of the play, however.

If your play cannot be considered for any reason, we will notify you as soon as possible. If, in the judges’ opinion, the problem is easily fixable and the play otherwise has merit, we may ask you for revisions. Asking for revisions is completely up to the judges and depends a great deal on timing. No plays submitted after January 1 will be considered for revisions.

Those plays which win and are staged will be videotaped for archival purposes.

No contracts beyond the guidelines mentioned here will be offered.

Only one entry per playwright, please.

Your play must be written in English.

Keep your play under ten minutes.

Remember that something has to happen in those ten minutes.


If you’d like to see what criteria the judges consider, please read the Judging Sheet.

All entrants must complete and submit the Heartland Theatre 10-Minute Play Festival Entry Form in order to submit a play. You must attach your script in MS Word format when you send the entry form.

Earlybird deadline for entries considered for revisions is January 1, 2012. IF YOU WANT THE OPPORTUNITY TO DO REVISIONS, GET YOUR PLAY IN BY JANUARY 1.

Deadline for entries is February 1, 2012.

Semifinalists will be notified approximately February 21.

Finalists will be notified approximately March 21.

Winners will be announced approximately April 11.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

NYCPlaywrights article: How to write a good 10-minute play, part 1

Ten-minute plays are popular these days for basic economic reasons: they are relatively cheap to produce and if you do an evening of 10-minute plays you can count on a decent attendance because most writers will invite friends and family.

But that doesn't mean a ten-minute play can't be a great work of art. I will admit I've sat through 10-minute plays that felt like an hour. But why were they bad? What went wrong? Or more importantly, for the plays that do work - what went right?

Here is a guideline I first created for a show of 10-minute plays I produced in 2008 called 10 Min Playfest
  • Does the play pull me in right away?
    There are only 10 minutes - the play has to pull you in right from the start.
  • Does the play surprise me?
    If the play is about something I've heard a hundred times already, I'll be bored. Or if it unfolds in predictable ways, I will be bored.
  • Does the play make me laugh or well up? Or both?
    Art must have an emotional impact.
  • Does the play have a dramatic struggle?
    People sitting around bickering is not a dramatic struggle. So many people don't seem to understand that.
  • Does the play have vivid characters in compelling situations?
    People sitting around bickering is not a compelling situation. Especially if the characters are called "man" and "woman." If the playwright can't be bothered to come up with a name for a character, it's usually a sign that the character is as generic as the label. This is especially true of a 10-minute play where you really don't have time for generic supporting characters.
  • Does the play show more than tell? "Show, don't tell" has been said a million times and yet maybe about 20% of all the people who write plays - including lionized, famous playwrights - seem to get this.
  • Does the play blow my mind through sheer funky originality?
    This is the Holy Grail of ten-minute plays. I've seen only a handful of ten-minute plays that have blown my mind.
Here are three 10-minute plays that I believe work very well...
Read more here

OTARP Radio Scriptwriting Contest

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Rules for Scriptwriting Contest for Radio Theatre
  • The script should be between 15 minutes and 25 minutes in length.
  • It must be an original script, unpublished, unproduced and free of royalty and copyright restrictions. 
  • It must be appropriate in language and theme for a “family” audience.
  • There are no limits on cast size, sound effects or settings, but keep in mind that your script should be able to be performed with an ensemble of 6 to 12 people, and the sound will be created by a table full of gadg- ets, gizmos and the vocal talent of our sound effect wizards. We use an electronic keyboard for musical intros and outros, but we do not use pre-recorded sound effects or licensed musical recordings in our shows.
  • You can choose to write in the style of old-time radio, or you can go for something completely modern and original. We want to shed new light on the audio drama as an entertainment form, and introduce a new generation to the enjoyment of Theatre for the Ear.
  • Up to 3 scripts may be submitted by one author.
  • All scripts must be postmarked by or before February 29, 2012. Winners will be notified by April 1, 2012.
  • Scripts will be judged anonymously by a panel selected by the Board of Directors of the On-the-Air Radio Players.
How to Submit a Script:

All scripts should be typed, numbered and securely bound. The author’s name should not appear any- where in the manuscript except the first title page.

Please include TWO title pages: The first one will include the title, your name, address, phone num- ber, and email address. The second title page will have the title only.

Use a standard radio script format. Scripts will not be returned, so save a copy for yourself!

Send your script to:
County of Henrico Division of Recreation and Parks
Attn: OTARP Radio Scriptwriting Contest
P. O. Box 907755
Henrico, VA 23273

Judges’ decision is final. Judges reserve the right not to award all prizes if no suitable script is cho- sen. If your script is chosen we reserve the right to edit for time and format. The County of Henrico does not assume responsibility for loss, damage or return of scripts.

Questions? Email us at info@OTARP.com.
BBC radio script format template (this link opens a PDF document.)

Seeing Horror/SciFi Plays for New York Production

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Award-Winning New York based company, EndTimes Productions is now seeking submissions for its 6th Annual Horror/Sci-Fi festival, Vignettes for the Apocalypse 6: The Mayan Countdown Edition. We are accepting both full-length (over 50 pages) and one-act plays (50 pages, or under). All submissions should fall within the horror, or science fiction genres. If you are submitting more than one play, please send them in separate e-mails. Submissions should be emailed to submissions@endtimesproductions.org.

Deadline for consideration is 3/1/12.

Friday, January 20, 2012

things not only NYC playwrights say...

The reason he says "Do you smell maple syryp?"

The city revealed on Thursday that the culprit was the seeds of fenugreek, a cloverlike plant, which are used to produce fragrances at a factory across the Hudson River in North Bergen, N.J. It turned out that the city had never given up trying to determine the aroma’s origin. It had quietly created a crack maple-syrup team that remained on the case. The North Bergen factory, owned by a company called Frutarom, used the herbal seeds to manufacture food flavors, releasing a pungent, generally pleasant smell in the process. Under the right weather conditions — high humidity, no rain — the aroma drifts across the Hudson onto the West Side of Manhattan.
More in the NYTimes - but who is Pat Keirnan?

Thursday, January 19, 2012

January 2012 Play of the Month selected: BOUND BY BLOOD

The January Play of the Month has been selected: BOUND BY BLOOD by Clinnesha D. Sibley

Thanks to the review team who read and evaluated the finalist submissions: Alice Anne English, Bruce Barton, Diane Quinn and Laurence Cantor.

A reading of the play will be video-recorded and posted to the NYCPlaywrights web site by the end of January 2012.

Time for another round of Bar Tales!

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Playwrights, submit by February 10, 2012. Mankato Mosaic Theatre Company is taking submissions for short COMEDY plays for a second round of Bar Tales to be performed in April of 2012. Bar Tales features four short plays set in a bar and performed in area pubs. Sets are limited, plays should have no more than six characters.

E-mail your script to: mankatomosaic@gmail.com with “Bar Tales submission” in the subject line.

Scripts should be in .doc or .pdf format. Author name and information should be kept to the title page sheet. ONE submission per playwright. Minnesota playwrights are allowed two submissions. Plays should not exceed 15 typed pages.

Sunday, January 15, 2012


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CALL FOR 10-MINUTE PLAY SUBMISSIONS – NYC/Metropolitan Area Playwrights

Abingdon Theatre Company’s Benefit Challenge Series

Dear Playwright,

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

Our Gossip Plays Benefit Series challenges your creativity to write a short drama or comedy where a character must respond to rumors or misinformation of a personal matter.  Be creative!  Consider all forms of gossip: slander, cyber-bulling, dishing, character assignation.  We are especially interested in plays where gossip threatens a character’s vital relationships.

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, LIFELINE, by Frank Tangredi and directed by Jules Ochea. We are seeking plays written in any style that reveal a fresh plot, sufficient conflict and a running time of 10 minutes, maximum. Plays are due at midnight on February 17.  SERIES A performs on Tuesday, March 13, and SERIES B performs on March 20. 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 gossip.
  2. Your play must be set in a one-room apartment.  Available set pieces are a desk, small table, and three chairs.
  3. Write for a cast of 2-3 actors (any age, race, ethnicity, or gender).
  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 (3/13), and/or SERIES B (3/20). 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, February 17. Up to 12 scripts will be chosen.

  1. Email your scripts to Bara Swain at Bswain@abingdontheatre.org
  2. Write in the subject line: GOSSIP 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 February.

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!


Bara Swain
Kim T. Sharp
Abingdon’s Benefit Challenge Series

Saturday, January 14, 2012

McKinney Repertory Theatre 2nd Annual MRT New Play Competition.

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NOTE: Entry form in .PDF format available on their web site

McKinney Repertory Theatre is pleased to announce The 2nd Annual MRT New Play Competition. MRT is committed to providing quality entertainment for the community through cultural education and inspiration. We will begin our 10th season in Fall of 2012 and would like to encourage new playwrights to share their inspirations and hard work with us. MRT offers the competition winner the chance to see the playwright’s work fully realized on stage, and we hope that the winning play will go on to numerous productions elsewhere as well.


An MRT committee will choose one play as the Winner to fully produce sometime in our 2012-2013 Season. A second play will be chosen as Runner-Up and that play will receive a staged reading in the 2012-2013 Season. The Winner and Runner Up will be announced on or before July 31st, 2012.


1. Submission must be postmarked no later than April 10, 2012.

2. Only original, full length, unpublished scripts will be accepted.

3. Plays must not have been previously produced nor have won awards (although previous readings are acceptable).

4. Adaptations, translations, musicals and children’s plays will not be accepted.

5. Only one submission per playwright will be accepted. In the case of multiple submissions, only the play determined by the committee to be the first submission will be considered.

6. Casts of eight or fewer are preferred. Adult casts are preferred.

Submission Procedure:

Electronic Submissions are preferred but not required.  Email entries will be accepted only in PDF format, and must include your completed Entry Form. Send your email entry to Info@McKinneyRep.Org with a subject line of “2nd Annual MRT New Play Competition” and your full name.

Mail typewritten or printed submissions (hardcopy only, no CDs, DVDs, etc) to MRT at 111 N Tennessee St, McKinney, TX 75069 Attention: New Play Committee. Complete the Entry Form and include it with your play. If you would like your script returned after the competition, include a self-addressed envelope of an appropriate size with the proper return postage. If you would like confirmation that your script has been received, include a self-addressed, stamped postcard that is blank on the message side.  Please do not mail submissions if you have already submitted it electronically.


McKinney Repertory Theatre will have exclusive rights to produce the Winner, and a staged reading of the Runner-Up, royalty free during the 2012-2013 Season and to use the names of winning plays, readings and playwrights in all MRT publicity and promotions. MRT will also have the right to make copies of the plays for production and reading use. MRT reserves the right to accept or reject any submitted play. MRT also reserves the right to declare no winner. The decision of the committee is final. MRT will not provide transportation or housing for the Winner or Runner-Up during production, but will welcome your input in the process.

Time to Strike short play competition

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NOTE: No fee for submission, but there is a $10 fee for the second round competition showcase.

Strike 38! is requesting submissions for the first annual TIME TO STRIKE short play competition. After collaborating in play festivals and producing shows in previous years, we have decided to step it up and search for the next big thing in theater! We are going to show everyone what theater can be about. We are looking for 5 to 15 minute plays that will share an entire story with our audience, so bring your best. The submission guidelines and competition explanation are below:

Submission Guidelines:
*5 to 15 minutes plays. Any theme, only requirement is to tell a complete story.
*Include name, email, phone number, and title on the cover page.
*Play must be received by February 20, 2012. Any play received after that will not be read. Submissions must be sent to nelson@strike38.com
*There is no censorship so write without fear.
*Limited to two submissions per playwright.
*You have full production right unless you are out of state and will not be in New York to produce the play. We will assign a crew to produce your show.

Competition Rules:
There are three rounds to this competition:
• First Round: Submitting the play. The play will be read by three people, and they will choose from 15 to 20 plays to advance to the second round. Judges for first round are Nelson Diaz-Marcano(Artistic Director), Timothy Charles Browne (Literary Manager), and Rebecca Aparicio (Writer/Director.)
• Second Round: You will showcase your production in a bare stage version to our judges. There will be a $10 fee for this (Only fee that will be asked unless you will not be producing your show). This will take place at the beginning of April.
• Third Round: Eight to 10 plays will be chosen from the second round and will have a full stage production on May 13, 2012. There will be two showings. There will be judges voting to award for categories of Best Production, Best Writer, Best Actor, Best Actress, and Best Director. The audience will be included in the voting. They will vote on a scale of 1 to 4 and there will also be a cash prize of a $100 for the winner of the Audience Favorite Award.

So submit your play to nelson@strike38.com and show us why you think you are New York’s next big thing.

Occupy the Empty Space call for short works

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Thank you for your interest in Occupy the Empty Space, an OWS-affiliated theatrical act of creative resistance in the form of a short play festival. Or, in other words, a ten minute play festival that will look nothing like a ten minute play festival.    Occupy the Empty Space will be accepting submissions from now till February 15th for a festival date in mid-late March. Occupy the Empty Space will be noncommercial, staged in a nontraditional space, audience interactive, and inclusive of many guilds within the OWS movement and neighborhood residents/activists in NYC.

We do not and will not dictate any requisite tone or theme, but we do encourage pieces that engage audiences, represent contemporary American life, and promote diversity. We highly encourage political pieces, pieces dealing with a variety of political and social justice issues, and pieces that represent many different perspectives. We encourage pieces with under three-four characters; less is often more. Also, we encourage playwrights/monologuists who represent the wide array of individuals living in NY to submit, and we would love to explore bilingual work in this festival. 


The selected plays will be rehearsed and then presented without the conventions of costumes, set (aside from chairs/tables and the space we are in), or, ideally, props. This does not mean there will be zero design elements, but that minimalism is key. The actors will, however, be asked to memorize for the performance. Any indicators of set or costumes that are required to convey the message of the play will be read aloud in the stage directions. Actors/directors will be provided from OWS casting pool. When you are writing, consider that the festival may be staged indoor or outdoor and plays with strong emphasis on interpersonal relationships and/or relationship to the audience will be best suited for this project.

Submission dates: Now- February 15th Email play as pdf or word doc attachment to both owsvoices@gmail.com (Kate) and smduncan@mail.bradley.edu (Sarah)

sUBVERsIVE sHORTs 2012 Competition

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Guidelines, Rules, & General Information on our 2012 Competition

     Our "sUBVERsIVE sHORTs" program is designed to help foster and highlight the vibrant body of new political theatre creations that are being crafted in America today.  Please take a look at the rules and guidelines listed below and find out if your latest work would be a good fit for our program.

     The deadline for submissions for the 2012 "sHORTs" competition is February 1st, 2012 (details on the submission process are provided below).  Selections will be announced no later than May 1st, 2012.  All selections will be performed as part of our 2012 "sUBVERsIVE sHORTs" Showcase in June/July of 2012.  All works are presented on a royalty-free basis.

     We consider our "sHORTs" program to be an incubator for developing promising new works.  For that reason, the director of each project may propose possible re-writes, cuts, or alterations to works.  Playwrights are asked to remain cooperative and open-minded with this process.  Playwrights will be consulted regarding any significant changes to their work and no significant alterations will be made without advanced approval by the author.

     Subversive Theatre retains the right to assign directors, cast actors, and craft the presentation of all selected submissions as we see fit. 
The Submission Process:

     To enter your work for consideration, send your submission as an attachment to shorts@subversivetheatre.org (please send a separate e-mail for each submission).  Include a synopsis and bio on the first page, being mindful of our selection criteria.   Playwrights are welcome to submit multiple entries.  There is no fee for the competition.  But each playwright will be limited to three submissions.  If you would like to help defray some of the costs of producing the showcase, please go to our contribution page and make a donation.   Donate Now!
     All scripts must be submitted online.  For technical reasons, we cannot accept hard copies of scripts.  Please do not send anything other than checks by snail mail.
Important:  In the body of your e-mail submission, please indicate the following information in this order:  Your Name, Play Title, E-mail address, #Pages, #Characters.
Example: "William Shakespeare, Hamlet, Playwright@Globe.com, 175mins, 15".


     To be eligible for this competition plays must run no more than 30 minutes in length and be "subversive" in some aspect of content and/or style.  What qualifies as "subversive" is of course a matter of interpretation and our selection committee will always keep an open mind in reviewing entries.  But the primary type of submissions that will be considered are works that address some sort of political and/or social issue in a radical and/or unconventional and/or controversial way.
     Due to the limited resources available for this program, special consideration will be given to works that have modest production needs (although we'll always consider a more involved project if it is particularly strong).  The "sHORTs" Showcase is presented as a cabaret-style production with multiple works being performed in quick succession.  Plays with simple set-up and small casts (or casts that can easily be doubled up to be performed by a small group of actors) are typically the best fit for this format.
The Selection Process:

     Subversive Theatre maintains a Selection Committee of no less than four members.  All entries will be reviewed by at least two readers for consideration.  After an initial round of screening, submissions will be passed onto all members of the Selection Committee.  Semi-Finalists will then be referred to the body of directors for this year's Showcase.   
     Directors will make one round of selections and then finally select the plays they wish to direct from a group of Finalists.

Call for Spring 2012 One Acts Festival

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Circus Theatricals is seeking one act / short plays for our Spring 2012 One Act Play Festival. Winners will have their plays produced in our one act play festival in Los Angeles. "Best of the Fest" one acts will also be produced at a later date. Last year's one act "GAME 7" was made into a short film, produced by Circus Theatrials Foundation. Congratulations to playwright Matt Tucker!


    Plays must be no longer than 15 pages or less (20 minutes).
    Play may have been previously produced, but not in Los Angeles or Southern California.
    Plays with simple production value are preferred.
    Previous production history is required for all submitted plays.
    Playwrights may submit more than one play.
    All styles (comedies, dramas, etc) considered.
    Deadline: postmarked January 31, 2012 or earlier.

Please Submit:

    Three copies of full script, typed and securely bound
    No contact info on script/separate title page with contact info
    Short bio.
    Please do not include SASE, scripts will NOT be returned.
    We will notify only accepted scripts.
    NO electronic submissions.

Submit to:

The New American Theatre
Attn: One Act Plays Festival 2012
PO Box 586
Culver City , CA 90232
EMAIL: Jeannine@NewAmericanTheatre.com
310 701-0788

Friday, January 13, 2012

Eastbound Summer 2012 “XII”

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Theatre seeks short one-act plays for production in July. The theme of Eastbound Summer 2012 will be “XII”. 5 finalists will receive a production of their play, and compete for the Summer Audience Award.

Deadline is February 17, 2012.
There is no submission fee.
There is no compensation for performance.
Playwrights will maintain all rights to their material.
Playwrights may submit more than one play.
Finalists will be notified via email unless playwright requests otherwise.
Scripts should contain a minimum of furniture, props and technical cues.
Submissions must be unpublished, original one-act plays of 10-15 pages in length, inspired by the theme “XII” or the number 12.
We prefer submissions to be completely new plays, written specifically for this event.
Please submit your script and a cover letter explaining how the theme “XII” or the number 12 inspired your work.

Email submissions to ZenRipple@yahoo.com. Attachments can be doc, rtf or pdf files.

Hard copy submissions can be sent to:
Eastbound Summer 2012
Milford Fine Arts Council
40 Railroad Avenue South
Milford, CT 06460
(Postmarked by 2/17/12)

Original Musical Theatre Scripts wanted

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Submission Opportunities for January, 2012 – March, 2012

Red Boat Productions in cooperation with Lafayette Music Productions and Theatre on the Square are searching for original one act or full length musical theatre plays.

Content is open - contemporary content accepted and encouraged Opportunity if selected - workshop of the musical and or full production at an Indianapolis Theatre to be named for the 2012-2014 year dates to be decided

Submission dates - January 15, 2012 to March 1, 2012 Submission Requirements Electronic script submissions only CD of musical number aligned with the script to be sent by mail to:

Red Boat Productions;
9449 E. 96th Street;
Indianapolis, IN 46256

Scripts and CD’s will not be returned unless accompanied by a self-addressed and stamped envelope

No fee for submitting scripts & music

Announcement of selections – original works selected will be notified by email no later than March 31, 2012 Award requirements – if selected the original work to be produced will be in coordination with Red Boat Productions, Lafayette Music Productions and Theatre on the Square.

Funding and promotion for the work will be determined by whether it is a workshop of a full production. All selected works will be responsible for some of the funding needed.

Thursday, January 12, 2012


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Rules and Information:

1) The contest is open to anyone, anywhere; plays, however, must be written in English.

2) Plays must be unproduced (even as a workshop) and unpublished, up to and including the contest deadline.

3) Please use the standard playwriting format for manuscripts.

4) Playwrights may submit as many manuscripts as they like; however, each entry must be in a separate envelope. Please make sure that each manuscript does not contain your name anywhere, but do include your name on a separate piece of paper, along with full contact information, including an email address. (This is to ensure that judging is blind.) Electronic submissions are not allowed.

5) Plays are to be full-length works; a collection of short plays is not an acceptable substitute.

6) The absolute deadline for submissions to be received is April 1, 2012. Winners will be announced on or before September 1, 2012.

7) Third prize is $100, and second prize is $300. The first prize winner will receive $500, and the first-prize play will be given a full production in the spring of 2013, dates to be selected. The playwright is welcome to attend; regrettably, Ohio State Newark cannot defray expenses.

8) Please keep in mind that Ohio State Newark is a one-person department: thus, in addition to quality, the winning play will be selected partly on the basis of ease of production. For practical purposes, seven or eight characters is probably the upper limit; for the same reason, unit sets are encouraged.

9) In addition to the prize winners, there will be an indeterminate number of honorable mentions, designated by a certificate (suitable for framing).

10) Winners will be notified by individual emails; unsuccessful candidates will receive a mass email.

11) Following the contest, all manuscripts except the first-prize winner will be shredded.

12) Because of the expected number of submissions, individual critical comments cannot be provided.

13) Send all manuscripts to:
Dave Williams, Associate Professor
Ohio State Newark New Play Contest
192 LeFevre Hall
The Ohio State University at Newark
Newark, OH 43055

Monday, January 9, 2012

Dramatic Publishing submissions information

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Dramatic Publishing has an open submission policy and we are always interested in receiving new plays to review for publication.

Scripts should be typed neatly and clearly reproduced (do not send us your only copy). Standard playwriting format is preferred but not required. In this format, character headings are centered above the line in capital letters, lines are 1.5 spaced, and stage directions are indented and single-spaced.

    We do not accept e-mailed submissions.

    All pages must be numbered. Always send a properly bound script. Do not send loose pages or pages held together with an elastic band or paperclip.

    Include your name, address, and phone number on the title page of the play.

    Include a cast list with specific character descriptions, assignment of male/female roles, and total cast/doubling. Also include the set/technical requirements.

    Include a synopsis of the play, its production history and/or photographs from productions, any relevant reviews, and any playwriting awards it has won. All plays must have had either a production or a staged reading to be considered for publication.

    If your work is a play with music, include a cassette tape or CD and any written sheet music.

    Please include a regular letter-size stamped envelope for our reply. We will not return any of the material submitted.

    If your play is a musical or a play with music, include a cassette tape or CD and any additional sheet music you have.

    Dramatic Publishing
      Linda Habjan, Submissions Editor
      311 Washington St.
      Woodstock, IL 60098
      Ph: (800)448-7469 Fax: (800)334-5302
      E-mail your questions to the submissions editor -
SubmissionsEditor (at) dpcplays (dot) com

Tinderbox Script Submissions guidelines (Belfast Ireland)

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Submitting a Play to Tinderbox

Tinderbox is always delighted to receive uncommissioned scripts submitted according to the guidelines below. The company has a script panel that will read and feed back on all plays. Tinderbox tries to give appropriate feedback to playwrights whatever experience they may have of writing for the stage.

If you wish to submit a play to Tinderbox, please bear in mind the following:

Please make sure you understand the company’s remit and artistic vision and output so that you send us appropriate material which we can genuinely consider.
Please submit the play in hardcopy

Tinderbox does not read plays submitted by e-mail unless there are exceptional circumstances
Plays do not need to be bound
Make sure the pages are numbered

Please enclose a covering letter with a paragraph about yourself and a paragraph about the idea behind the play (that is not the same as a synopsis!). Only send it in when the script is ready and tidy. i.e. minimise typos, spell check, make sure it is clear what are stage directions and what is dialogue. It is easier to read if there is white space in-between each character’s lines.

    Please include a cast list and any potential doubling
    Full name and contact details should be provided on the covering letter

Please note that Tinderbox is not able to consider the following for productions:

    Plays which have had a professional production elsewhere
    Novels and poetry
    Radio, television and film scripts
    Synopsis only submissions
    Adaptations and translations

Tinderbox will acknowledge receipt of a submitted script, which will then be sent to a member of the script panel. This panel consists of theatre practitioners with extensive experience in directing, writing or acting. The reader will write a detailed script report with constructive notes which the playwright will be offered. Please note, it may take up to three months from submission before a script report is ready.  Each play is given approximately 4 hours dedicated time from Tinderbox.

The reader will recommend to the Literary Manager what kind of follow up should be pursued or will ask for a second read to be done by another member of the panel.

We will use our discretion with plays that at a first glance are unsuitable for us due to length, large cast, space or technical requirements that we can not access. In these cases we will only read the first 30 pages and we will not be able to provide full feedback.

Work in progress

Tinderbox can read works in progress if it is clearly stated in the covering letter. In this case the material will not be considered for production but the script panel reader will focus on giving dramaturgical feed back on the ideas and work so far with emphasis on suggestions for how to move the work forward.


Finishing a play is a major achievement and something of which to be very proud. However the journey to a potential production is only beginning when a play is submitted to a theatre.

Tinderbox is a small touring company producing 2-3 productions a year, with approximately 70 scripts being submitted every year. In addition the company has several writers on commission at any one time.

Although it is very rare for a play that has come through the script panel to go directly into production, this should not deter you from writing to Tinderbox. In addition to productions the company provides support to writers in many different ways. If the company knows about you and your work, you can be kept in mind for future activities, pointed in appropriate alternative directions and alerted to other companies and opportunities. The most beneficial thing the company can offer in the short term will be the constructive feedback written by the script panel. Long-term it is important to build relationships with theatres and allow them to develop over a long period of time.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

NYCPlaywrights' February 2012 Play of the Month

10-Minute Play of the Month: FEBRUARY 2012

The theme is "subway plays."

This month is a little different - this time we're looking for plays that take place in a subway car and the reading will be recorded in a subway car. The play can be about anything, as long as it takes place in a subway car.

The deadline is Sunday, February 5th at 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. Most preferable is .pdf (Portable Document Format) because it will retain your original script formatting.

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 and posted during the month of February.

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 public.

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 - although there may be some video production work, such as multi-camera views, music, titles; or minor stage work such as hand props or actor movements. 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

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Secret Theater seeks plays

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The One Act Factor is a brand new competition style one act play festival held this year in March. Each week actors, playwrights, and directors band together and compete to win cash prizes in Best Play, Best Director, Best Actor, and Best Actress in a showdown similar to the popular talent shows we've all seen on TV. As the weeks go by, teams advance to the final rounds through audience votes. Awards are also determined by celebrity judges who give encouragement and advice to all the contestants. Hosted by the comedy troupe, Face-Off Unlimited, this new form of one act festival is sure to be fun for all involved: actors, directors, playwrights, and audience alike.

The One Act Factor is now accepting submissions for this year's festival running March 15-April 1. Deadline for submission is January 21.

Please send scripts to submissions@secrettheatre.com and visit our website www.secrettheatre.com for more information.

Guidelines for submission:

-- One Acts can be on any theme.

-- Must be under 15 minutes.

-- Maximum of 4 actors. (Acting space is small: approx 20x20)

-- No sets. (One table and four chairs will be provided)

--There is no props, or costume storage available so keep it minimal.

-- No minors (under 14) or seniors (over 60)

The theatre will provide free limited rehearsal space on a first come first served basis. There is an open call for directors as well who will be paired with the plays at the discretion of the producers. Directors are responsible for casting but the theatre will provide at least one day of open call auditions to facilitate casting as well as provide the free space (limited) if directors wish to hold their own auditions. Minor script adjustments may be suggested in order to suit the festival production. Playwrights may not direct their own submissions. Strong consideration given to submissions from Queens-based playwrights.

Nylon Fusion Collective Short Play Submissions

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Submissions requested for Nylon Fusion Collective’s first annual ‘Amour and More; This Round’s on Us’ Valentine’s weekend new short play festival. Plays may not be longer than 10 pages (monologues not longer than two pages.) Large casts okay but minimal props and costumes. Sorry, no musicals. The theme is up to you, but all plays must take place on Valentine’s Day, be original and never before produced. Authors agree to permit Nylon Fusion Collective to produce their submitted play if the company wishes to do so. The company is responsible for all aspects of production including selecting a director and casting. The author retains full copyright and ownership of their play. Participation in the rehearsal project is required; authors must be residents of the NYC metropolitan area. Performances are in New York City February 10-11th. No Pay.

Please send a short cover letter with contact information and the full script with title and author’s name on each page in PDF to Ivette Dumeng at nylonfusioncollective@gmail.com

Deadline: Jan 20th.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Hobo Junction seeks submissions

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Chicago theater company HOBO JUNCTION PRODUCTIONS, the theater company that brought you "Bad Guys in Suits" and "The Regulars," is seeking new original comedies from playwrights of all ages, creeds, and religions. Be it a musical or play, we only require it to fit one real criteria: It has to be hilarious.

If you would like to submit your play or musical for consideration (either for our upcoming season or beyond), please e-mail us the following materials:

1 page synopsis

10 page sample from script

Your playwright resume

And a brief cover letter telling us a little bit about yourself

Your only limitation is your own imagination (yeah, its cheesy, so what?).

We look forward to seeing what you have to offer.

Please submit all materials to hobojunctionsubmissions@gmail.com. Literary Director Spenser Davis will contact you to confirm the reception of your documents. PDF and DOC formats only, please.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

December 2011 Play of the Month: HENRY V AND JESUS WERE BLACK (SHAKESPEARE WAS A FREAKIN' PUERTO RICAN) by Christopher Wilson

VIEWER ADVISORY: this video clip contains obscene language. Viewers are advised to use discretion.
NOTE: The clip below is part one of two parts. To see part two, go to the NYCPlaywrights Play of the Month page.

The December 2011 Play of the Month is HENRY V AND JESUS WERE BLACK (SHAKESPEARE WAS A FREAKIN' PUERTO RICAN) by Christopher Wilson. Performed by David Lamberton, Lorenzo Scott and Bruce Barton. Thanks to everybody for your great work and sharing your talent.

Christopher's comments about the play:
Much of my work is inspired by the offbeat (I am playing nice) people I grew up with and my actual experiences on the NYC streets primarily between 1992 and 2002. No doubt, a cold NYC street corner during the holiday season is the perfect setting for a display of holiday hypocrisy, which made my job easier. I write through stream of consciousness and go back to fine tune, but try to keep all of my original intent, that initial spark. Luckily, this play took as much time to write as it did to type, with very little re-writing, mostly the cutting of long grandiose speeches. The ending is very much O. Henry. I am sure it is due to the fact that his New York is my New York and I am always re-reading his stories!

More about Christopher and the cast as well as both parts 1 and 2 of the video recording, can be found here.

The next Play of the Month will be in January 2012. Deadline is January 8. More information here.

Theatre for the New City - Scratch Night

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Scratch Night at TNC
Crystal Field and Theater for the New City (TNC) will present a varied schedule "Scratch Night” performance program, which offers the opportunity for artists to present work in progress to an audience for one night. Scratch Night started in the United Kingdom in 2000 as a way to show work in progress in an evolution of performances. At TNC, we will put our own spin on the idea to best serve our own theatre community and New York area audiences.
Our hope is that participating artists will learn something that will feed their work. And the best thing that can happen is that a piece of work will go forward into… either at TNC or elsewhere.
Scratch Night is looking for a variety of the most daring artists to try out their most cool thoughts on stage and the audience will help in the development by way of TNC’s scratch ballot. Scratch Nights will take place throughout the year on a varied schedule. All theatrical forms are welcome. All stages of development are welcome.
What are we looking for?

Original theatre, puppetry, performance art, music, dance, and mixed media collaborations. No set running time.

Please forward all materials to Michael Scott-Price, literary@theaterforthenewcity.net

Must include the following:
  • Biography with contact information of the artist’s name, address, telephone number and email address
  • Synopsis of the work
  • Sample or concept of the work, no more than 10 pages
  • Biographies of collaborators, if available
  • Description of stage set (if any) and production needs (i.e. sound and lighting)

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