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Saturday, March 31, 2012

Playwrights seeking to have their plays produced in New York?

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The Theatre Project is seeking full-length play submissions to produce in Manhattan. Have a script you would like to submit? Email your submissions to Development@TheTheatreProject.org.

April 2012 Play of the Month

10-Minute Play of the Month: APRIL 2012

There is no theme - it could be about anything - BUT the play must pass the Bechdel Test.

  1. It has to have at least two women in it,
  2. Who talk to each other,
  3. About something other than a man. (Not limited to romantic relationships, for example two sisters talking about their father doesn't pass)
PLEASE NOTE: it doesn't violate the Bechdel test if the women talk about a man - it's just that they have to talk about something besides a man at some point. Also there can be more than two characters in your play and some can be men - but there has to be at least two women who talk about something besides a man. Video explanation of the Bechdel test.

The Bechdel Test movie list.

The deadline is Sunday, April 8th 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 April or early May.

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 pass the Bechdel test.

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

Friday, March 30, 2012

NYCPlaywrights gets a shout-out

From the Abilene Reporter-News:
The inspiration to write "Jars" came after Taylor saw a request on NYCPlaywrights.org's blog seeking plays that dealt with people with disabilities. Taylor said she wrote the nine-page play in one afternoon last spring and submitted it to get her work.
 Congratulations to Brittany Taylor.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Cherry Lane Mentor project - $10 student tickets and free tickets to members of the NYCPlaywrights mailing list

Cherry Lane Theatre offers tickets to MAMMA ROMA, part of its MENTOR PROJECT 2012

$10 discount tickets for students  
AND FREE tickets to members of the NYCPlaywrights mailing list.

The free tickets will be for these performances:
  • Friday, April 6, 2012 @7PM
  • Tuesday, April 10, 2012 @7PM
There is a limited quantity of free tickets, available on a first-come, first serve basis.
They will be offered on Thursday, March 29 at 12 noon through the mailing list - go here to join the NYCPlaywrights mailing list.

Anne DeSalvo's Mamma Roma is about the earthy and unkempt Italian actress Anna Magnani. Magnani radiated with a fierce intelligence, uniqueness and sensuality, but lacked the bombshell good looks of her contemporaries like Bridget Bardot, Sophia Loren and Gina Lollobrigida. She rocketed to international celebrity with Roberto Rossellini’s OPEN CITY and came to epitomize Italy’s Neo Realism movement and transcended it with an exceptional rawness, depth and honesty.

 Performance Dates:
April 3rd- 14th Tuesday- Saturday @ 7pm

 3 Easy Ways to Purchase Tickets:

1) Online: https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/cal/33005
2) Over the Phone: 212.352.3101
3) At the box office, 4-7pm on performance days

Ticket Pricing:
$18.00 Regular
 $10.00 Student with ID
Student discount tickets can only be purchased at our box office at 38 Commerce St.with ID. Cherry Lane Theatre

Address: 38 Commerce St., NY, NY 10014 located west of 7th Avenue South, 3 blocks south of Christopher Street.


Tuesday, March 27, 2012


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April 2, 2012 submission deadline (No fooling!)

SCHEDULE & SUBMISSION GUIDELINES: Submitted short plays must be less than 15 minutes long, centered on the theme serendipity.

Submissions should be previously unproduced.

Only one submission per author will be accepted.

8 finalists will be chosen by a panel of 5 readers. Reading will be blind, so AUTHOR NAME and other author information CANNOT BE ON THE PAGES OF THE PLAY but only on the cover page (which will not be distributed). Failure to comply will result in disqualification.

Pagination should begin on page 1 of the text. Please include name of play on each page.

Please submit in ms word or pdf format. Please use no more than 5 characters in your play.

Please be aware that selected plays will be staged with minimal sets, props, costumes, lights and sound.

The 8 selected plays will be assigned a director (at random) who will cast actors and present the work as he/she sees fit.

The 8 finalists have the chance to compete for an audience “peoples’ choice” award as well as judges’ awards.

Lastly, we are a community theater, so please no X-rated scripts. We simply can’t perform them for our audiences.

April 2, 2012 submission deadline (No fooling!)

May 1, 2012 finalists will be announced

July 13 & 14 performance dates, 8:00 pm

Submit by snail mail or e-mail to: shortssubmissions@driftwoodplayers.com
Scripts will not be returned. Good luck!

Artemisia Calls for Submissions

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Submissions must be received by midnight April 1, 2012 to be considered for our 2012 Fall Festival.

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.

NYCPlaywrights February 2012 Play of the Month: BEAUTIFUL BOY by Joseph Jude Zito

The February 2012 Play of the Month is BEAUTIFUL BOY by Joseph Jude Zito, performed by Valerie David and Michael Indeglio. Thanks for your wonderful work and for sharing your talent. And special thanks to the actors for waking up early on a Sunday morning to record this on the subway.

Joseph discusses the play:
This play was produced in 2007 as part of Sundog's Staten Island Ferry series. The play setting has changed from in a park, on a ferry, on a subway..., etc., but the setting isn't important. The necessary set-up is that the mother gets ten minutes to be with her boy, that's it.

It is a companion piece to THIS SIDE OF BABYLON, which is my updated adaptation of Fitzgerald's short story, "Babylon revisited."

I think because I come from a family of divorce (parents split up when I was ten), the idea of an estranged parent trying to reunite with his/her child resonated with me - especially since, I was not allowed to see my father until I was an adult, so there was an 11-year gap there. Both plays explore the possibility or hope of "happy reunion" with potential for reconnecting permanently, followed by the reality of, "it's not gonna happen." Hmmm. Ok, writing is therapy! :-)

More about Joseph and the cast here.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Upstage Theatre's 3rd annual Festival of Comedy

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Deadline to submit is April 1.

It's a proven fact that one can avoid the tides of the Ides of March by writing a short comedic script and submitting it to UpStage Theatre's 3rd Annual FESTIVAL OF COMEDY. If it's original, funny, family friendly, and can be performed in between 15-30 minutes, we want to see it! Send your script to upstagetheatre@comcast.net today! Deadline extended until April.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

2012-2013 Harold Clurman Playwright-in-Residence.

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2012-2013 Playwright-in-Residence

Download: Playwright-in-Residence Application Form
Download: Playwright-in-Residence Contract Agreement

The Stella Adler Studio of Acting in New York City is currently accepting applications for the 2012-2013 Harold Clurman Playwright-in-Residence.

Only playwrights in their early careers, who have not yet had professional productions other than those using the showcase code are encouraged to apply. Also, applicants must not be enrolled in any playwriting program during the residency period. This is a collaborative residency that is mutually beneficial to the mission of Stella Adler Studio and the Playwright. Resident playwrights are encouraged to attend regularly Undergraduate and Conservatory students’ and Lab Theatre’s performances and cultural events at the Studio, and in so doing contribute to the artistic and cultural life of the Stella Adler Studio. Residencies typically begin in September and culminate in a showcase production of a new play in June. Resident playwrights receive a $1000 stipend and have access to the Studio’s space, members of the Clurman Lab Theatre Company, and student actors for readings and workshops.

Completed applications must include a required application form, a full-length, polished but unpublished play (A full-length play is one that constitutes a full evening of theater; a 90-minute one act play is acceptable); a statement of objectives of no more than a page discussing how you would benefit from a collaborative residency with the Stella Adler Studio; and a brief biography emphasizing your history as a playwright. Playwrights must read and agree to the Letter of Agreement on the Stella Adler website before applying. By applying for this residency, playwrights confirm that they have read and agree to the Letter of Agreement. (see web site for Letter of Agreement.)

Completed applications must be received by April 30, 2012.

Send complete applications to: Peter Nickowitz, Playwrights Division, The Stella Adler Studio, 31 West 27th Street, New York, New York 10001. Additional information on the Stella Adler Studio and the Harold Clurman Playwrights Division can be found on our website.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Warner Playwrights Festival seeks one-act plays

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 Deadline April 10

The Warner International Playwrights Festival, which takes place July 12, 13, & 14, 2012, seeks one-act plays for its inaugural festival at historic the Warner Theatre in Torrington, Connecticut. Built by Warner Brothers Studios and opened in 1931, the Warner Theatre has been described “Connecticut’s Most Beautiful Theatre”.


Please read submission policy carefully:

*We invite playwrights to submit plays via electronic script submissions, in standard Samuel French playwriting format - 12 point font, character name centered or 3.5 inches from left margin, 1” margin all around.
*Plays should be emailed to: charlene@charleneadonaghy.com
*We invite playwrights to submit one-act plays ranging in length from 15 to 45 minutes. Scripts must be no less than 12 and no more than 45 pages long, not including your cover page.
*Scripts will be accepted internationally but must be written in English.
*There is no submission fee.
*Please remove all playwright identification from the script including name, mailing address and telephone/fax/e-mail.
*In the body of the email include: Script Name, Playwright Name, Playwright Email, Playwright Telephone Number, Playwright postal mailing address. Please do not send a synopsis or playwright resume.
*Only one submission per playwright will be accepted. Scripts will not be returned.
*If your play is selected, you will be notified, via email, of the reader’s selection on/about May 18.
*Selected scripts will receive minimal-set, minimal-tech production.
*Selected playwrights are invited to attend the festival by their own means. Accommodation recommendations are available.
*To be considered for the Warner International Playwrights Festival scripts must be RECEIVED by 11:50pm Eastern Standard Time on April 10; late entries will not be read.

For additional information, contact Charlene Donaghy charlene@charleneadonaghy.com, or click here.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

AracaWorks seeks plays

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Apply to AracaWorks May 2012

The deadline for submissions is March 30, 2012. 

The winning play will be read in May 2012.

AracaWorks, Araca’s week-long play reading series to be held for the fourth time in May, is once again calling for play submissions from playwrights in post-collegiate universities and professional study programs nationwide.

The style, subject and length of the submissions are entirely up to the writers.

One play will be chosen, and the selected playwright will have the opportunity for his/her play to be performed in a free and public reading to be held in May in New York City, and directed and performed by a New York City creative team. The Araca Group will assume all travel, room and boarding expenses to and from your university.

Plays should be submitted in .pdf format to aracaworks@gmail.com accompanied with a signed Release Form. (see web site for Release Form.)

5th annual Living Room Tour commissions

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NOTE: deadline is March 23, 2012

cARTel: Collaborative Arts LA is proud to announce its 5th annual Living Room Tour - a Los Angeles tradition that allows audiences to get closer to theater than anywhere else - and we are looking for a playwright.

Every year we commission an emerging playwright to write us a new play that takes place in a living room. We then workshop it over a few weeks through public and private readings, and come fall we tour it through a dozen Southern California living rooms of all shapes and sizes. Every home receives a reception and an after party, since every show is opening and closing night at a new venue! It's a fantastic way for us to really be a part of several different communities in a way that is both intimate and grand at the same time. The chosen playwright will receive $200 at the end of the tour, as well as countless new connections with artists and audience members across SoCal.

Last year's Living Room Tour, Amongst the Trees sold out its entire engagement and was hailed as "intimate, pioneering, conceptually brilliant" and "one of the best productions we've seen this year" by LAist. We're going to make this year's even better and we want your words to be the star.

To submit, e-mail us at cartelsubmissions@gmail.com. Please include a writing sample and tell us in a few sentences what draws you to this project. Submissions end on 3/23, and our new playwright will be announced by early April.

Previous playwrights have loved to be a part of the Living Room Tour. Last year's featured playwright, Lauren Smerkanich, had this to say:

"The Living Room Tour forces the writer to tell the truth. Without the crutch of a set, or scene changes, or even a theater, you're free to focus on what really matters - a strong plot, and well-defined, three dimensional characters who really need something from one another. It's simple story-telling that can happen anywhere, which, as a writer, is incredibly exciting to be a part of."

Let's share your brilliant, beautiful words with the world.

Negin Singh
Artistic Director
cARTel: Collaborative Arts LA


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Salem Theatre Company is now accepting 10-Minute Play submissions in preparation for their 6th Annual MOMENTS OF PLAY scheduled for July 11- 15, 2012.

Plays must be received by midnight on Saturday, March 31, 2012.

All plays must be submitted electronically in pdf. format to mop@salemtheatre.com.

Plays received via POST OFFICE will be unable to be considered and will not be returned.

Playwrights may submit up to two plays. If more than two are sent then none will be considered.

Plays must be no more than 10 minutes in length and have no more than four characters.

Playwrights whose pieces are chosen will be notified via email no later than April 30th. Selections will also be posted on the STC website by the same date.

STC is looking for pieces that are culturally diverse, original, fun and relevant.

Submit full script with name and contact info to mop@salemtheatre.com.

Playwrights whose plays are chosen for production will receive a $10 royalty for each of the five performances given ($50 total).

The Salem Theatre Company is located at 90 Lafayette St. in Salem, MA.  Moment of Play will be presented July 11 – 15 with five performances:  Wed – Fri at 7:30 p.m., Sat. at 5:00 p.m. and Sun. at 3:00 p.m.

A Playwrights Panel will be held at 7:30 on Saturday, July 10.  Past panels have included Lydia Diamond, Richard Dresser, Melinda Lopez, Ronan Noone & Kate Snodgrass.  Panelists attend the 5PM performance and give feedback to participating playwrights during the panel discussion.

Call for Submissions to BUA’s inaugural Festival of Ten-Minute Plays

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Submission Dates: Now through March 31, 2012

Call for Submissions to BUA’s inaugural Festival of Ten-Minute Plays (we’re still trying to come up with a cool name), sponsored by Buffalo United Artists Theatre in Buffalo, New York.  The three-day festival is tentatively scheduled for June 29, June 30, and July 1, 2012, and will be held at Buffalo United Artists, at  119 W Chippewa St, Buffalo, NY 14202.   

The Submissions:

*All plays must have an LGBT theme that is central to the play’s premise.

*All plays must be no longer than ten minutes. If you’re not sure, please read it aloud.  No exceptions, no matter how brilliant the extra minutes may be.

*All plays must have minimal set requirements. Plays chosen will get full productions at BUA’s black box theater, but as there will be eight to ten plays being performed, there will be no time for elaborate set changes.

*Please email ten-minute plays with minimal set requirements to buasubmissions@gmail.com in standard format (Courier or 12 pt font) in Word or PDF.

*Subject line should have your name and title of the play, e.g. BROWN/MY GAY PLAY.

*Body of email should contain contact information (including email and phone) and the play’s production history only (yay! You don’t have to write a cover letter!).

 The Deadline:

Submissions must be received by March 31, 2012. We prefer earlier to later, as we’ll be reading and culling as the submissions come in.

You will receive a confirmation email when we receive your play. Finalists will be notified by email by April 30. We are sorry we cannot respond to each individual playwright.

The Producer:

Buffalo United Artists will provide directors, actors, designers, and technical crew for the festival.  If necessary, the directors will contact the playwrights at the beginning of the rehearsal process.  For more information about Buffalo United Artists, please visit our Web site: http://www.buffalobua.org. Dates are tentatively set for June 29-July 1, 2012, but are subject to change.

The Production:

The eight to ten plays will be presented together as an evening of theatre.  All ten shows run each night. Production is the compensation for this festival. As it is volunteer run, there will be no financial compensation.

If you have questions, please contact buasubmissions@gmail.com

 Looking forward to reading your work!

Duncanson Call for Candidates - Actor/Playwright wanted

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2012 Duncanson Artist-in-Residence

To honor the relationship between African American painter Robert S. Duncanson (1821-1872) and Cincinnati art patron Nicholas Longworth (1782-1863), the Robert S. Duncanson Society of the Taft Museum of Art annually recognizes the achievements of contemporary African American artists through the Duncanson Artist-in-Residence program.

For two weeks, the artist is active in the community through public events, workshops, and outreach to area schools, working with students in the classroom and at the Taft to strengthen their understanding of the arts and the relevance of the arts to their lives.

The ideal candidate for 2012 will be an actor/playwright who will be commissioned by the Robert S. Duncanson Society and the Taft Museum of Art to write and perform a one-man show based on the life of Robert S. Duncanson to be premiered and performed at various venues in Greater Cincinnati during the two-week residency.  Special consideration is given to emerging professional artists. The purpose of the residency is to promote and develop a deepening awareness of African American art and artists and to inspire future generations. Previous Duncanson Artists-in-Residence include (among others) poet/essayist Nikki Giovanni, filmmaker William Greaves, playwright/screenwriter Keith Josef Adkins, visual artist Brian Joiner, violist Nokuthula Ngwenyama, and soprano Adrienne Danrich.

Dates of Residency: November 1-15, 2012 (some flexibility)
Honorarium: $7,500 (plus per diem; lodging and travel provided if necessary)

Responsibilities include:
-Researching the life of Robert S. Duncanson to inform the script
-Attendance at reception(s) to open or close residency
-Writing and performing longer (approximately one to one and one-half hours) and shorter versions (approximately one-half hour to 45 minutes) of the show.
-Evening and/or weekend public presentations (3-5)
-Up to 10 programs with school groups, including a day-long session at the local magnet school for the arts
-Morning and lunchtime program for sponsors of residency
-Weekend program for families
-Weekend master class or workshop for teens/adults
-Additional programs for targeted audiences, to be determined
-Publicity appearances and commitments prior to and during residency

Note: These responsibilities are subject to some flexibility. It is our mission to reach the broadest possible audience and to form as many community collaborations as possible.

Applicants should submit the following:
-A cover letter outlining interest in the residency
-A current résumé
-CD or DVD showing your performance of a theatrical monologue
-Brief concept for a one-man show featuring Duncanson
-Copies of press materials
-Descriptions of any programs or workshops done with school or adult audiences

Send materials to:
Robert S. Duncanson Executive Committee
c/o Nancy Huth, Curator of Education
Taft Museum of Art
316 Pike Street
Cincinnati, OH  45202-4293

Deadline:  All materials must be received by March 31, 2012. Include a stamped, self-addressed envelope of sufficient size/postage for return of CD or DVD. For more information, please call Nancy Huth, Curator of Education, (513) 684-4516, or visit www.taftmuseum.org.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Distilled Theatre is now accepting play submissions

(no web site available) Distilled Theatre is now accepting play submissions for their first inaugural production. Plays are welcome that have not been previously produced. Chosen scripts will be showcased in a staged reading of an excerpt of the play. A vote will determine which play will continue to be fully produced as a mainstage production. The Playwright will be able to be involved in the creative process. Guidelines: Plays must be for 8 actors, or fewer No Musicals will be accepted Previously produced plays will not be considered (staged readings do not count) Plays must be at least an hour in length To enter your play for consideration, please submit the following: An electronic copy of your play (word document preferred) to: distilledtheatre@gmail.com Please include the name of your play and character descriptions Your contact information All plays must be submitted by April 15th. Distilled Theatre produces high quality and innovative theatre that breathes life into original works. While staying true to the vision of the playwright, our work focuses on new plays that are accessible to all theatre goers and generate thought-provoking dialogue.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Catch A Clover Productions seeks scripts

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NOTE: the deadline is Tuesday, March 20

Catch A Clover Productions LLC is proud to announce our 2012 project- Morphology: From Script to Stage. We are inviting you to participate in the creative evolution that occurs when a script transforms from words to life.

We are currently accepting submissions of unpublished plays that have yet to be produced. We are accepting both full lengths and one acts.

We will be producing multiple plays spanning two weekends in July. The rehearsal process will occur throughout the month of June. When chosen, the playwright will be encouraged to sit in on rehearsals (this is not a requirement) in an effort to form a creative playground in which the playwright will benefit from the prospective of fellow artists.

Don't live in the New York area? Not a problem! We would still love to hear from you regardless of whether you are able to come to rehearsals!

To submit a play please send us a cover letter as well as a 10 page excerpt to kristine@catchaclover.org. We will be accepting submissions from now until March 20th. The winning works will be announced April 1st. Feel free to check us out at catchaclover.org for more information on our company.

Thank you, and good luck!

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Unity Stage is SEEKING Short-Short theater pieces

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Unity Stage (www.unitystage.org) is SEEKING Short-Short theater pieces for May 2012 production in Long Island City, Queens. 

Our criteria is challenging: 
  • An act of kindness must occur.
  • Visual art must be involved.
  • Sappiness is discouraged.
  • Surprises are welcomed.
  • Please include cover sheet in your document.
Pieces must be no longer than 10 minutes and may be shorter. 
Submit by e-mail only to unitystagecompany@gmail.com

Submission Deadline: April 6, 2012

Thursday, March 15, 2012

AracaWorks seeks submissions

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The Araca Group, a New York City-based theatrical production company is presenting its fourth play reading series, AracaWorks. We are seeking submissions from playwrights in post-collegiate and professional study programs nationwide.

The style and subject matter of the play is up to the submitting playwright. Araca's development team will select one play to be directed and performed by professionals in New York City in May, 2012. The Araca Group will assume the playwrights travel expenses to and from his or her program.

Important Dates:
-Deadline for submissions: March 30, 2012
-Date of reading: May, 2012

How to apply:
-Please visit www.aracaworks.com to download, print, and sign an AracaWorks
release form.

-Submit the release form, along with play (in pdf format, under 10MB) to:

*plays without signed release forms cannot be considered

If you have any questions please visit our website:

March 2012 Play of the Month selected: YEAR OF THE DRAG-ON

The March Play of the Month (theme "Year of the Dragon") has been selected: YEAR OF THE DRAG-ON by Michael J. Narkunski. A reading of this play will be recorded and posted online soon.

Thanks to the reading team, Bruce, Alice Anne, Laurence and Diane for reviewing and offering feedback on the semi-finalist selections.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Tina Howe's PAINTING CHURCHES 35% discount

The Keen Company is offering NYCPlaywrights its 35% discount code for its production of Tina Howe's PAINTING CHURCHES. Starring Kathleen Chalfant, John Cunningham and Kate Turnbull.

Go to www.broadwayoffers.com 
Enter code TRKEEN 

The Keen Company produces plays that emphasize generosity, compassion and hope. NYCPlaywrights met up with director Carl Forsman, the founder of the Keen Company to discuss his theatre philosophy, PAINTING CHURCHES and doves flying out of his jacket.

Plays wanted for NYC readings

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If you would like to submit your play or a translation of an existing play for a reading in NYC, please send the playwrights bio, along with the script to Melisa@fivethousandmiletheater.org

Five Thousand Mile Theater is currently accepting 20 minute plays and full length plays for presentation in May and August of 2012.

There are no submission fees, or dues if your play is selected.


Please read our mission – only plays that we feel fall in line with the company’s mission statement will be selected.

Deadline for May readings – April 15th.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Currently seeking play submissions from high school, college and university students

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About the Festival

Students are invited to submit completed one-act plays for consideration in Horizon Theatre Company’s New South Young Playwrights' Festival Contest. The contest has two divisions: High School (grades 9 – 12); and College (Full or part-time college students enrolled in academic year 2010 – 2011, under 25 years old). 20 – 30 playwrights will be selected to participate in the New South Young Playwrights' Festival at Horizon Theatre Company in the Little Five Points area of Atlanta. This week-long festival will include playwriting workshops, seminars, and rehearsals with professional theatre actors, directors, and playwrights. Submitting playwrights must be available to come to Atlanta from May 28 through June 2. We are currently taking submissions through April 1, 2012.

The Festival

The week of the Festival consists of four days of residency, and the final day culminates in a performance of their work written during the week. Each playwright will be assigned a dramaturg whom they will be working with during the Festival.

Young playwrights will meet like-minded peers and colleagues, and participate in seminars aimed at their professional development. Past seminar leaders include dramaturgs, playwrights, college professors, literary directors, and artistic associates. Each playwright will have a portion of their submitted work read by professional actors living and working in Atlanta, and will have the ability to receive feedback from their peers and colleagues. Each evening there is a group excursion, often to see a performance in the Atlanta area. The last day of the Festival is a Short Play Festival, where the playwrights five-minute plays written during the week are performed by professional actors for family and friends.

The Festival is free for all participants; those selected from out-of-state will receive a travel stipend and housing. Lunch and dinner are provided for all playwrights, and the evening activities are donated to the Festival.

Sample Schedule:
10:00am - 11:30am

    Writing Warm-Up
11:30am - 1:30pm

    Write Time

1:30pm - 2:30pm     Lunch
2:30pm - 4:00pm     Seminar
4:00pm - 6:30pm     Readings and Discussion
6:30pm - 8:00pm     Dinner
8:00pm - 10:00pm     Evening Activity

New South Young Playwrights alumni have received numerous productions of their work around the country since participating in the Festival. They have gone on to premier graduate programs and have become, among other professions, playwrights, screenwriters, producers, and actors.

How to Enter


The choice of subject, style and form is up to you. High school scripts must be no longer than 20 minutes reading time. College scripts may be up to 60 minutes in length. Collaborations and group-written plays are eligible.

  • If by US Mail, submit 2 typed and securely bound copies of your play.
  • If by email, please attach as a Word document.
  • Scripts will not be returned unless requested by the playwright.
  • If you would like your script returned to you, please send a SASE with your submission.
  • Filmscripts, screenplays, or adaptations of other authors’ works are not eligible.
  • On the title page of your play, list your name, address, city, state, zip, county, home phone number, email, date of birth, grade/level in school, division you are entering, school name, school address, and school phone.

New South Young Playwrights Contest
Horizon Theatre Company
PO Box 5376
Atlanta, GA 31107

ypf@horizontheatre.com and put “YPF Contest Submission” in the subject line.

If you have any questions please contact Jessica de Maria at ypf@horizontheatre.com

Seeking Submissions for 2012 GPS (Gay Play Series)

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Seeking Submissions for 2012 GPS (Gay Play Series)

The Ringwald Theatre is sounding a call for new, original one-act plays to be performed at their 3rd annual Gay Play Series (GPS). The Detroit-area’s only GLBT short play festival is striving to provide early-career writers the opportunity to see their work produced, giving them what is oft-needed exposure.

Last year’s expanded festival proved to be wildly successful, with Jason Sebacher’s play, A Few Survivors, winning the top prize. The 2011 Festival also saw more prizes handed out with Christa Coulter winning the Audience Award for Favorite Performance and Matthew Turner Shelton winning the Audience Award for Best Director, both for Rich Orloff’s play Vowed and Wowed. Artistic Director Joe Bailey says, “The GPS Festivals have continually exceeded our expectations and we have no doubt that the 3rd annual one will be no different. We are incredibly excited to get to planning the 2012 festivities.”

The plays submitted should have a performance time of 30 minutes or less and deal directly with issues or characters that are identified as gay/lesbian/transgender, or contain a gay sensibility. From the initial submission pool, a final line up will be chosen by a panel of judges to be performed at The Ringwald Theatre in June, 2012. From those performed, an audience poll will be conducted to select one script that will receive a full production at The Ringwald Theatre during the 2012/2013 season.

All submissions must be submitted electronically to: submissions@theringwald.com

  •  The submitted script must be the script proposed for presentation, with no major alterations    necessary.
  •  Please provide an approximate running time and a one sentence synopsis in the body of the email.
  •  Neither fax nor paper submissions will be accepted.
  •  Submission materials will not be returned.
  •  Previously submitted scripts will not be eligible.
  •  The deadline for submissions is March 16, 2012.
  •  The final line-up will be announced in May, 2012.

Orange Tea Theatre Company call for new play submissions

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Please note this is Orange Tea Theatre Company in the Netherlands, not Orange Tree Theatre of London.

Orange Tea Theatre Company is an exciting new English language theatre company based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.  We are appealing for a new play to be performed here late spring or early summer.

This would be a great opportunity for someone looking to have a world or European premiere of his or her writing, and an opportunity to build a relationship with a budding company.

Please read our guidelines carefully before submission.


  1. It can only have 2-4 characters total, and it will be performed by actors ranging mid 20’s-mid 30’s.
  2. It must be full length and run between 1 to 1.5 hours
  3. It must have a contemporary voice, reflect our modern society and be understood by a Eurocentric audience. 

Please send your play with a 100 word breakdown of the content to orangeteatheatre@gmail.com no later than 19 March 2012.  You will be notified by mid- April if your play has been accepted.  Please note we may receive a high volume of plays and we will only be able respond critically to our top choices.  Payment is subject to funding.

 More information about our company may be found at www.orangeteatheatre.com.

Friday, March 9, 2012

TS Eliot US/UK Exchange - ages 18 - 30

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NOTE: must be between 18 - 30 and must be a member of IdeasTap (free membership available.)

This year Old Vic New Voices will complete a three-year search to find the very best American and UK talent by showcasing six new American plays in London for the first time.

Old Vic New Voices wants to find exciting, ambitious plays by American-based playwrights that would benefit from having a showcase in London. These plays must also have the potential to make it big in British theatres.

The successful plays will be performed, produced and directed by our OVNV Talent pool as part of a two-week London showcase in June 2012.

OVNV will cover flight costs to London for the second week of the showcase so that you can meet agents, programmers and other industry professionals who may be interested in taking your work elsewhere in the UK.

For more information, and to apply, click here.

The deadline for submissions is Friday 16 March.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Towne Street Theatre announces winners of the 5th Annual Ten-Minute Play Festival

Short plays wanted for MITF

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NOTE: no submission fee, $100 participation fee

Dear friend in the theatre,

I just finished producing a very successful and varied Midwinter Madness Short Play Festival in Times Square. It's time to think seriously about the summer equivalent, the Midtown International Theatre Festival (MITF)'s Short Subjects, now in its fourth season. (The MITF itself is enjoying its 13th season.)

The MITF Short Subjects are a repertory of plays running from 30 - 60 min. performed in their own intimate venue, with lower participation fees and ticket prices than other plays in the MITF. The Short Subjects is an excellent opportunity to test new theatrical ideas in a less demanding environment than full-length plays in larger venues.
The following facts and rules set the Short Subjects apart from the rest of the MITF:
  • We do not accept Short Subjects from outside the tri-state area. If your play is from outside the tri-state area and can be coaxed to run an hour or more, please consider the "regular" MITF.
  •  Every play gets 3 performance slots in the WorkShop Theater's 30-seat Jewel Box theater. We attempt to honor requests for slots ("third week only, please!") but our scheduling decisions are final. Performance dates are July 16 - Aug. 5, 2012, 6 - 10 pm weekdays and noon - 10 pm weekends.
  • All plays must be 30 - 60 min. long. Scripts must be in standard playscript format, in Word or PDF, E-mailed to us*.
  • There is no application fee. 
  • The participation fee is only $100, payable on acceptance of the script by the MITF, by check or PayPal**.
  • There is a simple one-page agreement, sent on acceptance of the script and payment of the participation fee.
  • Deadline is June 1, 2012.
  • The production is responsible for producing the play, including finding actors, director, board op, props, costumes, rehearsals, etc; the MITF provides the theatre and some shared scenery (cubes, table, chairs).
  • You may not produce your show as an Equity showcase, and Equity is not issuing waivers for this program. All shows must be non-union.
  • Production values must be kept to a minimum: costumes and hand props only. We provide rehearsal cubes, chairs, and a table.
  • We provide box office services and venue management.
  • The MITF keeps 100% of the door.
  • Tickets are $17 for shows running 45 - 60 min., and $14 for shows running 30 - 45 min. Each playwright and director gets 1 comp to each of their performances. Comps are non-transferable. There are press comps but no industry comps.  The production must purchase any additional seats they wish to comp.
  • Your show will be allotted a tech rehearsal running at least 2 hours, during the hours of 10 - 5:30 weekdays during the Festival (July 16 - Aug. 3).
  • We don't do staged readings; productions must be off-book. Plays not off-book during tech rehearsal will be removed from the line-up.
  • While you may submit a program of related short plays totaling 30 - 60 min., the MITF will not "marry" two or more unrelated short plays into one program.

*Standard playscript format for us is 12 pt Times Roman; character names in the middle on their own line; line spaces between speeches and stage directions; indented stage directions. E-mail all scripts (no snail-mail please!) to john.chatterton@gmail.com.

**Please add 3% for PayPal handling fees. Make PayPal payments to john.chatterton@gmail.com. Send all paper checks to: John Chatterton, 2578 Broadway #145, New York, NY 10025. Paper checks should be made out to MITF.

John Chatterton
MITF executive producer

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Game Play Festival

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The Brick Theater is pleased to announce the fourth annual Game Play festival, taking place from July 6-28, 2012 in Brooklyn, New York. This year’s festival will once again feature cutting-edge works that lie at the intersection of video gaming and performance. We are now accepting for consideration submissions from a variety of artists, including but not limited to:
  • playwrights
  • game designers
  • performance artists
  • musicians
  • media and visual artists
  • entertainers of all stripes
Applications are due by March 30, 2012, and can be found at www.bricktheater.com/applications

Submissions and all other correspondence should be sent to gameplay@bricktheater.com.

Past Game Play coverage:

The New York Times: www.nytimes.com/2010/07/16/theater/16video.html

io9: www.io9.com/5574302/game-play-nycs-premiere-videogame-theater-festival-opens-next-week

Game Set Watch: www.gamesetwatch.com/2010/06/brick_theater_planning_a_month.php

Brooklyn Paper: www.brooklynpaper.com/stories/34/26/24_gameplay_2011_7_1_bk.html

Anything Can Happen 2012

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Oakland’s 10 Minute Play Festival
Anything Can Happen in ten minutes 2012

Pan is pleased to announce the return of our ten minute play festival for 2012
Plays will be accepted until April 1st.
Production dates scheduled for summer 2012.

Submission Requirements
  •     Plays must be no longer than 10 pages
  •     Plays must include a a one paragraph synopsis
  •     Plays must include a character description page
  •     Electronic submission of plays not accepted
  •     Plays must have no more than 6 characters
  •     Plays must be producible with a minimalist set
  •     Play must be stapled not bound or paper clipped
  •     Plays will not be returned. We announce winning plays on our Web site after we contact the author.
  •     Each playwright may submit up to two plays
  •      Submissions not selected will be recycled

Each play chosen will receive a $50 production fee that covers 10 productions. Pan may also option the piece for non-exclusive unlimited additional performances for $100 more.
 Each author gets two comp tickets to the initial production

Production Agreement
Playwrights of winning plays agree to allow Pan Theater non-exclusive production rights of their play, The play remains the property of the playwright.

How to submit plays
Electronic submissions not accepted
Mail submissions to:
Pan Theater
attn: Anything Can Happen 10
2135 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94612

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Seeking fully-produced one-act plays

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NOTE: there is no submission fee but there is a $150 participation fee.

Manhattan Repʼs

Seeking fully produced one act plays (cast, directed and ready to perform) 10 minutes to 30 minutes in length for MRT’s SPRING ONE ACT PLAY COMPETITION May 8 - June 2, 2012 at Manhattan Repertory Theatre, 303 W.42nd St. NYC.


To submit your 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 April 3, 2012 at Midnight. Please put “Spring One Act Competition” in the subject heading. Applicants will be contacted by Sunday April 8 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.
For more information, please log on to: www.manhattanrep.com

Monday, March 5, 2012

Director/Producer Carl Forsman (Keen Company) on selecting plays for production

A pal wrote and asked if I’d talk about how I pick the season. It’s a very, very complicated question to answer.  It is by far the most important part of my job, something I take very seriously. It is both a creative and business endeavor, one I collaborate on in some ways,  but also do very much alone. I have picked some shows very slowly, and some quickly. Shows I have rejected in one year, and have gone on to do in another. We have done big and small, old and new, plays everyone knows and obscure gems. So there isn’t one answer, of course. Each play has its own story of how it comes to the top of my pile.

The simple, quick answer is: we do plays that are within our mission. Plays that champion decency and kindness, plays that speak to our ability to connect. Nothing that is outside our mission gets seriously considered, although there are plays outside our mission that I admire greatly (I love Agatha Christie, but she’s not very Keen). But literally thousands of plays are still on that list. How do I choose from there?

More at the Keen Company Blog

Call for Play Proposals on Indiana Artist Sidney D. Crosier

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Harrison County Arts! seeks proposals for a commissioned theatre work on the life and  artistic accomplishment of artist Sidney D. Crosier (1857-1930), a pioneer of the American Impressionist school.

Proposals should include:

a scenario of no more than 1,000 words offering the writer’s vision of the play or theatre piece; a script sample of the proposed work of no more than ten pages; the writer’s resume, including contact information and indications of previous writing or training.

The Proposed Work

The proposed work should be practical enough to be staged annually by a small community theatre group and should be at least 90 minutes in length and performed by multiple performers (no one-person shows, please). We seek a theatre work that is (1) entertaining, (2) truthful and informative, and (3) sympathetic to the artist, kind in its attitude if presenting unhappy aspects of Crosier’s later years. (Reproductions of Crosier’s works as required by selectee will be produced by Harrison County Arts! Inc.)


A commission of $2500 (plus up to $500 per diem/travel expenses) is offered to the winning proposal, with $1,000 awarded upon acceptance and the balance upon receipt of a satisfactory completed work, as evaluated by the selection committee.


Proposals must be  received by midnight, March 31, 2012. Final product is due May 26, 2012


Proposals must be submitted as attachments to email in the form of MS Word documents or PDFs to: crosierplay@gmail.com

Details on the Life and Work of Sidney D. Crosier

The following sources of information are invaluable in crafting this product:
"Sidney D. Crosier – Hoosier Art Pioneer"
This is the essential document for use in writing this piece. The e-document is available from Larry Morgan at crosierplay@gmail.com. A free e-mail copy will be sent to your e-mail address. (If desired, hard copies are also available for $20 plus shipping.)

Additional Crosier related information (exhibits, and the Crosier Cultural Award) is available at www.harrison-county-arts-corydon.net  and  www.facebook.com/harrisoncountyarts

Information relating to the historical background of Crosier's time in Harrison County can be found at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harrison_County,_Indiana and other web sites.

Several of Crosier's original paintings can be viewed at  the Fredrick Porter Griffin Center for Local History and Geneology, 117 W. Beaver St. Corydon, IN.

ZOMBIE WEDDING - $9 for TDF members

This Sunday at 1 pm, come see a staged reading of the '80s power pop musical, "Zombie Wedding" as part of the Notes from a Page developmental series at TADA! Theater. Called "a gem of the festival" by reviewers at FringeNYC last summer, the musical tells the story of Cat, who plans to marry self-obsessed Keith. Her best friend Neil discovers Keith is really a jerk. Or a zombie. Or both. The shows will be produced in England this fall and possibly a limited run off-Broadway in time for Halloween. For the reading, the creators have added songs and made changes to the script. They welcome feedback from theatergoers. The staged reading is at 1 pm, Sunday, March 11 at TADA! Theater, 15 W. 28th St., 2nd Floor. For tickets which cost $10, call 800-838-3006 or go to www.brownpapertickets.com. Also available for $9 to TDF members at www.tdf.org. For more information on the show, go to www.ZombieWedding.co.uk.

Silver Spring Stage is seeking original one-act and 10-minute scripts

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Silver Spring Stage is seeking original one-act and 10-minute scripts for its upcoming annual One-Act Festival. The Festival will run for three weekends in late Summer, 2012. Two weekends will be comprised of one-act plays. The third weekend will be comprised of 10-minute plays.

Silver Spring Stage will award Playwrights' Prizes at the conclusion of the Festival. Prizes will be $150 for Best One-Act Play, $100 for One-Act Runner-Up, and $100 for Best 10-minute Play.

Submission requirements:

    Please send all submissions in two separate files, as follows:
        One file containing a separate cover letter including the author's name and contact information.
        One file containing: (a) a separate cover page including the play title, a character list/description, and a brief description of the play; and (b) the script. All mentions of the author's name or contact information must be removed from this file.
    All scripts must be submitted in standard professional play format.
    10-minute plays may not exceed 10 pages in length. One-Act plays may not exceed 50 pages in length.
    All submissions must be sent in Microsoft Word or Adobe Acrobat Reader format (.doc, .docx, or .pdf file type). Submissions should be e-mailed as attachments to oneacts2012.ssstage@gmail.com. Hard copies will not be accepted and will not be returned.
    Scripts must be original and unpublished, but may have been previously performed.
    All submissions must be received by March 15, 2012.
    Any submission that does not follow the guidelines above will be disqualified.

    Plays will be selected based on artistic merit, technical and casting requirements, adherence to submission rules, length, and originality. Selected playwrights will be notified by May 1, 2012.

    For more information about Silver Spring Stage, visit our website at: www.ssstage.org.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

FUSION Theatre Company's Seventh Annual New Works Festival

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PLEASE NOTE: this call for submissions has no fee ONLY if you submit by regular mail. There is a fee for email submissions.

FUSION Theatre Company's Seventh Annual New Works Festival: "The Seven: Nothing Is As It Seems"

Each June, we fully produce seven world premier short works, with Equity actors, designers and directors. Our Jury Winner will receive R/T transport to and lodging at the festival.

* The plays should be inspired by the theme: "Nothing Is As It Seems"

* Scripts may be a maximum of ten pages in standard playwriting formats.

* Each playwright may submit up to two scripts.

* Please do NOT include the phrase "Nothing Is As It Seems" in the text of
the play.

* We are looking to mount premiere productions of submitted plays. If the
play has previously received a fully-mounted production, please do NOT
submit. Plays that have been given public readings are allowable.

* Longer one-act or full-length plays will not be accepted for consideration.

* Each manuscript must include an additional title page with name, address,
phone number and e-mail address. Please ensure your script does not include
any identifying information on any other page.

You may mail your submissions to:

FUSION Theatre Company
The Seven: Submissions
700 1st St. NW
Albuquerque, NM 87102

You may also e-mail scripts to us at a nominal charge of $5.00.
You may submit up to two scripts with this fee.

For complete rules and submission information visit:

Postmarked deadline for submission: April 12, 2012
E-submission deadline: April 16th, 2012 11:59 pm

All entries will be acknowledged by e-mail once they have been received.
Due to the volume of scripts we are unable to offer criticism or return any

Finalists will be notified on April 23, 2012. The finalists, winning seven,
and Jury Prize-winner will be announced to the public on April 30th, 2011

Friday, March 2, 2012

Special offer for NYCPlaywights: RUTHERFORD & SON



The Mint Theater- 311 West 43rd Street, 3rd Floor (between 8th and 9th Avenue)
 By Githa Sowerby
Directed by Richard Corley

Rutherford and Son, set in the industrial north of England,tells the story of iron-fisted John Rutherford as he battles the underhanded rebellion of his eldest son while fighting to prevent the legacy of the family glassworks from shattering.  Tackling timeless issues of family dynamics both at home and in business, this classic play is as relevant today as it was when it first took London by storm in 1912.

"Another rediscovered gem." - AP

"A theatergoer's delight." - NY Post


Performance Schedule:*

Tuesday 7pm | Wednesday 7pm | Thursday 7pm| Friday 8pm

Saturday 2pm & 8pm | Sunday 2pm

*Additional performance on Wednesday, 4/4 at 2pm

 $49.50 TICKETS (reg. $55)*


ONLINE: Visit https://www.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/885885/prm/GEN49 and enter code GEN49

PHONE: Call 866.811.4111 and mention code GEN49

IN PERSON- Bring a printout of this offer to The Mint Theater box office- 311 West 43rd Street, 3rd Floor (between 8th and 9th Avenues)

For more information visit www.MintTheater.org

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Orange Hanky Productions is accepting submissions of original gay plays

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Orange Hanky Productions is accepting submissions of original gay plays for future reading series and productions.

Orange Hanky’s mission is to produce original plays which raise the bar on gay theater, tackling the issues facing gay people in a truthful, raw and fresh way. OHP seeks out plays which break new ground in the representation of gay characters, plays in which simply being gay is not in and of itself the conflict. Orange Hanky’s productions present situations which are uniquely gay but are motivated by needs and fears which resonate with everyone, regardless of sexuality.

Put more simply, none of the main conflicts in the play should be about any characters dealing with, or coming to terms with, their sexuality or gender identity.

Submitted plays should be between one and two hours in length, and must contain significant LGBT content. Plays may have had prior readings and workshops, but must never have had a production in New York.

To apply, please email to orangehanky@gmail.com your script and a cover letter, including your contact information, the title of the play, a brief (no more than one paragraph) synopsis, and (if applicable) the play’s previous reading, workshop and non-NY production history.

Please attach your script to your email as a .pdf, MS Word, or plain text document. We will not accept submissions in other formats, nor will we accept hard copies.

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