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Thursday, December 6, 2012

The Players Theatre is accepting script submissions for SPF:SEX!

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NOTE: there is no submission fee but there is a participation fee.

The Players Theatre is accepting script submissions for SPF:SEX!, The Short Play and Musical Festival, running in February 2013. Each accepted production will have four performances, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday in February.  There will be three separate weeks.

Submissions will be accepted until December 20th, 2012. 

Submission Guidelines

1. Submissions should be of a SEX (or Love) theme in honor of Valentine’s Day.

2. Each production will have four performances; Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.  (Tech will be the previous Sunday.)  There will be three separate weeks.  Festival staff will try to pair up one-acts according to theme and running time.  Please let us know if you have any date conflicts.  We will try to work around conflict of selected plays but be aware that conflicts might exclude you from the festival.

3. Please mail or hand-deliver two (2) bound, hard copy, blind1 submissions, of your play not to exceed 15 pages/15 minutes, with the application form (below) to the above address.  Please include a CD of music if you are submitting a musical.   Make sure that a cast breakdown and synopsis is included.  In addition, please e-mail one copy.  There is no submission fee but we limit the number of plays by each playwright to two (2).  Plays will not be returned so please do not send SASE. 

4. DEADLINE:  All completed submissions must be received by 5:00PM, Saturday, December 15TH.

5. Playwrights or their representatives are responsible for all aspects of their production; costs, casting (non-equity)2, rehearsals3, props.  A list of set pieces will be provided at pre-Festival meeting.  The load in and load out will be done by the actors and staff in under 5 minutes so, please, limit your requirements.  There will be a meet and greet for authors or representative which is mandatory.   Please limit lights and sound cues to maximum of 5 (five) which should include lights up and black out.

6. Selected plays will be asked to contribute a $50 technical fee to assist producers in covering the cost staffing and programs.  (Players’ Theatre will provide production stage manager (lighting/sound technician), house manager box office personnel. and social media.)  Lights will be a stage wash.  We have dual CD player available.  There is no storage space for props or costumes so limit them to what you can carry back and forth. Festival staff will provide each accepted production with one-hour tech time.  Each production will tech the Sunday before performance week and all cast members are required to be there.

7. There is a piano in the theatre.  Any additional musician requirements must be approved by and are at the discretion of the Festival staff.  We have limited space and prefer that it is used for audience.

8. Festival staff will contact accepted play/musical authors and a list will be available on our website after December 29th.  

9. There will be a mandatory meeting set for participants to provide information and answer questions. Rehearsal space will be available at a discounted rate for Festival participants.  One large dressing room will be available for all actors.

10. The Producers will schedule an audition for directors/authors to select cast.   (No double casting.)  Authors will also try to assist any author in securing a director for those who do not have.  Please be aware that the larger your cast, the more difficult it will be for your director to schedule rehearsals.

11. There will be a $100 deposit to cover cancellation or damages.  This will be returned at the end of production.

12. Complete contact sheet and program bios will be required two weeks in advance of performance date.

13. Audience voting will determine each week’s favorites.  Only audience member who have seen all plays will be allowed to vote.  Weekly winners will be awarded $100..

1 Blind submission: Pages should have no identifying marks other than the title and/or page numbers.  The application should have all identifying information.

2 We will provide a casting director for auditions and is on-sight to assist you at a nominal cost.

3 We will discount our rehearsal room (check availability) at the Players’ Theatre for Festival participants.

Please feel free to contact us via email if you have any additional questions:


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