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Friday, February 22, 2013

Mass Rhetoric: A New Works Festival

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Fundamental Theater Project is now accepting submissions for Mass Rhetoric: A New Works Festival, to be presented April 29th - May 3rd, 2013 at the Penthouse at Shetler Studios.

We are seeking work that explores one of the five canons of Rhetoric; Invention, Arrangement, Style, Memory, Delivery.

Five plays/musicals will be accepted and presented in a rehearsed staged reading format. Each play selected will be given a one-night reading, as well as a post-show reception.

Chosen playwrights will also be invited to an additional special reception with FTP Honorary Patron, Sir Peter Shaffer.


  • Unpublished, previously unproduced plays/musicals without pending professional productions (previous readings or workshops acceptable). 
  • Focused on one of the five canons of rhetoric (invention, arrangement, style, memory, delivery) and playwrights are encouraged to interpret this theme in any way they like.
  • Able to be read in 90 minutes or less
  • No larger than eight actors (multiple roles allowed if doubling is feasible and consistent with the overall flow of the piece.)


  • Submit as a PDF file that includes a title page with name(s) of playwright(s) and MP3s of any musical numbers
  • Include a three-line synopsis of submissions and a short bio for playwright(s)
  • There is no fee for submissions
  • Limit of two submissions per playwright

Submissions from previous Mass Rhetoric festivals should not be re-submitted (previous Think-Tank submissions accepted)

Send submissions in an email to submissions@fundamentaltheaterproject.com

FTP will offer one rehearsal prior to reading, in which the play will be read in full with discussion with playwright and director. Musical rehearsals to be decided on.

FTP will hold auditions for actors and interviews for directors for all pieces, which the playwrights are encouraged to attend. If the playwright has a director or cast they’d like to recommend for their piece, it will be taken into consideration.

FTP encourages a post-reading discussion, as well as other feed-back opportunities at playwrights discretion (Q&A, written surveys etc.).

FTP will market ‘Mass Rhetoric’ as a week long event - playwrights are encouraged to assist in building audience for their specific performance.

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