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Saturday, August 25, 2012

Reston Community Players New Play Project

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The Reston Community Players (RCP), one of the Washington, D.C. area’s premier local theater groups, is now accepting submissions of new plays for its New Play Project.

How to Submit Your New Work:

* Printed copies of your work should be mailed to RCP. Do not submit as an email attachment.

* Type Size: 12 pt Times Roman or Courier

* Format: standard stage format (name of speaker centered above lines). See, for example, Richard Toscan’s manuscript format guide.

* Pages printed on one side only, 8-1/2″ x 11″ paper.

* Your work should be bound, but the binding should be removable so that we can make copies for our readers, directors, etc. We suggest a two-prong binder; please do not submit in a hard sided 3-ring binder. We will handle your script with care, but you should retain a copy of your script, because we cannot assume any liability for a lost or damaged script, and we won’t mail it back to you.

* Print and fill out the submission form.

Mail your script—hard copy only (do not submit as an email attachment)—to:
The New Play Project
Reston Community Players
268 Sunset Park Drive
Herndon, VA 20170

* Scripts may be submitted directly by the author, or through an agent. No benefit or “extra points” result from an agent submission; we don’t think less of a play just because it was submitted by the author.

* Please note we do not return scripts that are sent to us.

  • Each author is limited to one script submission per season (summer submission period).
  • All submissions must be new works, as described in more detail below.  Adaptations or translations of other works are not eligible, unless the work is out of copyright and in the public domain.
  • Plays that have had previous readings elsewhere are eligible.
  • Shows that have had previous professional productions (where the actors are paid a living wage, or perform under a union contract), are not accepted
  • Shows that have been published or made available for sale, are not accepted.
  • One-act plays (or any work under 90 minutes) are not accepted.
  • Musicals are accepted.  In addition to a script, please include samples of your music on CD, and printed copies of your sheet music.  Do not email your sound.
  • No kids shows, that is, shows to be performed by children, for audiences of children.  Children may be characters in the play.
When to submit your work:

Scripts may be submitted now through August 31, 2012. Due to the large volume of scripts we review, estimated time to review your work, and decide whether we will do a reading may take as much as five to six months. If we select your work for a reading, we will contact you by phone.

Contact us at RestonNewPlays@aol.com with questions or see the web site.

Read also: How the New Play Project Works.

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