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Friday, August 17, 2012


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The Chicago-based theater company Hobo Junction Productions is hosting their fifth annual short play festival, HOBO ROBO 5: HOBOS ACROSS AMERICA. Just in time for the upcoming presidential election, we are seeking comedic ten-minute plays that deal primarily with the themes of United States politics and/or patriotism. Whether it's a biting satire or a farcical romp, the play's main challenge is this: it has to be hilarious!

Submissions are due by September 1st at midnight. Selected plays will be announced no later than October 1st. The eight plays selected by our festival directors will then be featured in a three-night event. Every night, audience members vote for their favorite play, and at festival's end, the winning playwright receives ONE HUNDRED DOLLARS! Holy Jeebus!

So send us your scripts. We want them smelling like freedom by the time they land in our Inbox. Oh, and that reminds me – Electronic submissions only, please. PDF is preferred, but DOC and RTF formats are also acceptable.

We appreciate outside perspectives, meaning that playwrights do NOT have to live in the United States. Past submissions have come from countries as far-reaching as France, Russia, Czechoslovakia … and there was even one very enthusiastic fellow from New Zealand last year.

Please submit all materials to me (Spenser Davis, Literary Manager) at hobojunctionsubmissions@gmail.com.

Scripts should be between 7 – 10 pages, not including the cover page and character list.
The playwright's personal information should not appear anywhere on the script, including the the cover pages. Directors will be asked to read the scripts “blind.”
Each playwright can send up to two scripts. Sending more than two will immediately disqualify that particular writer.
The plays must fit the festival's themes of United States politics and/or patriotism.
ENTRY FEE: Or should we say “ENTRY FREE.” It costs nothing to submit!
CASH PRIZE: $100 to the playwright whose play receives the most audience votes!
Due to the high volume of submissions we receive each year, we will be unable to comment on individual scripts. We look forward to reading your work!

Find out more about us at www.hobojunctionproductions.com. Based on that hat you're wearing, we feel like you'll fit right in.

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