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Sunday, April 1, 2012

4 playwrights wanted

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A Call For Submissions
HowlRound is seeking four playwrights from across America to take part in the Here & Now Project—an online series fostering theatrical work exploring the nature of America today by reflecting what is happening here and now.
The pilot program will select four writers from geographically diverse sections of the country, asking them to write one new short piece (from five to ten minutes in length) once a month for three months that reflects where they are, and what’s happening there now. These pieces, each credited appropriately, will then be posted weekly to the HowlRound blog as an ongoing series for the months of June, July and August 2012.

These pieces can take any form the playwright can think of including but not limited to:
  • A dramatic rendering of a moment in time.
  • A rigorously naturalistic ten minute play.
  • A confessional monologue from a state senator.
  • A dreamscape of images that typify this moment in time.
  • A pageant of local personalities.
  • A series of harrowing interviews with wildlife.
  • Or anything else the playwright can devise.
While history pieces (and imagined futures, apocalyptic and otherwise) have their place, this is not it! Here and now is the focus, thus the pieces should be based both in the here (where the playwright lives) and the now (the summer of 2012). Outside of that, the playwright should feel free to use their imagination to dramatize their here and now.

Interested playwrights should send the following to daniel(at)howlround.com no later than Friday, April 20. Late submissions will not be considered, nor will anything outside of the following items:

  • one thirty-page excerpt of a full-length work.
  • a 150-word description of why you are interested in writing about where you live and what’s going on there and why HowlRound readers would benefit hearing from you.
  • 100 word bio and headshot.
Selected playwrights will be notified no later than May 18.

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