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Sunday, September 16, 2012

THE FOUNDERS - New works for co-production inspired by the Revolutionary Founders

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Production Proposals are Now Being Accepted for Metropolitan Playhouse's 8th Living Literature Festival

Deadline - September 30, 2012

Scheduled for January 14th through 27th, 2013, The Founders Festival is a collection of new plays celebrating the spirit of Founding Fathers (and Mothers.) Works adapted from, inspired by, relating to the revolutionaries' work, life, and spirit are all welcome. Preference will be given to new works directly related to the writings of any of these seminal figures, but all submissions will be considered.

Guidelines: http://metropolitanplayhouse.org/foundersguide

The theater seeks submissions for CO-PRODUCTION and submissions are welcome from individual artists and performance companies alike. Co-producers will take full responsibility for conceiving and creating their contribution to the festival, with use of Metropolitan's space and physical resources. Metropolitan will coordinate and promote the festival as a part of its 21st Season: "The American Dream"

Submissions may be ten-minute plays, one-acts, or full length performances, no longer than 1 hour and 30 minutes. There are NO RESTRICTIONS CONCERNING STYLE. Adaptations, biographies, fantasies, treatises will all be considered. Selection by Metropolitan Playhouse will be based on relevance to the theme, artistic quality, feasibility of production, and suitability for the venue.

The Revolutionary founders are those thinkers, agitators, diarists, lawyers, poets, preachers, etc. who influenced the shape of the country to be. The pool of potential inspirations is broad and deep, including obvious figures such as John Adams, Ben Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, and George Washington. But women such as Abigail Adams, Mary Otis Warren, Phyllis Wheatley, Dolley Madison, and others should not be overlooked. Proposers should FEEL FREE TO MAKE THE CASE for any writer—even the less well known—for being an influential voice. Any figure who bore clear relevance to the shaping of the foundational ideals and principles of the American experiment. Sources must be non-dramatic writing, but can be broadly varied, from Paine’s "Common Sense" to Washington’s Rules of Civility to the Declaration of Independence itself.

Inquiries: Alex Roe 212 995 8410 or founders@metropolitanplayhouse.org

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