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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

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