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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

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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