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The Milk Can Theatre Company is currently accepting submissions for the Fall 2012 COW Reading Series. COW or Comments on Work is a new reading series hosted by The Milk Can Theatre Company in New York City. Designed to be a casual reading of excerpts from new works, works in progress or otherwise un-produced plays, the COW series is meant to foster the development of original and exciting work. Taking place in unexpected locations and featuring unexpected talent, each COW will hopefully spark interesting conversation and commentary, providing feedback for the playwrights at a much earlier stage.

The Milk Can Theatre Company, founded in 2003, is a collective of directors and playwrights. The name of the company reflects our belief that there is power and elegance in simplicity. We provide a collaborative home for artists. Each season allows every company member to take risks: the chance to explore, the opportunity to fail – it’s all a process.
The selected playwrights will have the opportunity to present their work for an audience and receive valuable feedback and commentary.


1.    Submissions will be accepted until September 1, 2012. All submissions must be postmarked by this date or they will not be considered for the current series. Another submission window will be posted in late winter of 2012/2013.

2.    Submissions must be no more than twenty (20) pages in length. Send us your best scene, short script or work in progress but please stay within the page limit. Any submission over this limit will be immediately disqualified.

3.    Previously produced works will not be considered. This is the first step in our development process and therefore we are seeking new, unproduced works.

4.    We are unable to accept electronic submissions. All submissions must be mailed to the following address:
The Milk Can Theatre Company – COW 19-19 23rd Drive Astoria, NY 11105

5.    No submissions will be returned. Due to volume, we will not be able to comment or provide feedback on individual work.

6.    Each submission must be typed and stapled.

7.    Please include a title page with the following information:
Play Title (if any),
Playwright’s name,
Address, Phone Number, Email address, Short Synopsis of the work and a character
 This page will NOT count towards the total page number of the submission.

8.    Please also attach a current résumé.

9.    All playwrights submitting must be available to attend at least ONE reading in New York City.
The Milk Can Theatre Company will NOT provide travel or housing accommodations.

10. Readings will be held on October 23, November 13 and December 11, 2012. The readings
will begin at 7:30.

11. The Milk Can Theatre Company will provide space and actors for the reading.

12. This will be a free, public reading followed by talkback with the playwright and company

13. Playwrights will only be notified if they have been selected for this series. These notifications will be sent out by October 1, 2012. Please do not contact us to check on submissions.

For more information please visit www.milkcantheatre.org.

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