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Saturday, March 16, 2013

Piper Plays: Smart Plays for Young Actors seeks playwrights

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Now in our second year, this annual festival celebrates plays that showcase the authentic voices of children and young adults.

We’re now accepting submissions of one-act plays that explore the world of children. We’re interested in smart, quirky, tragic, exciting, funny, disturbing, and dynamic short plays that investigate the complicated lives of young people.  To serve this purpose, at least some of your characters should be school aged, falling between 11 and 20.

If selected, our festival is organized into 3 phases:

 Phase 1: Ten plays will be chosen by artistic director, John P. McEneny and Festival Producers Phillip Suracci and Marielle Duke to be presented on June 13, 14, 15 at BAX* ( Brooklyn Arts Exchange 421 5th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY)

Piper will recruit directors and actors. Simple settings are preferred.

Phase 2: Out of the ten plays presented, three plays will be then be chosen by a panel of artists selected by the Piper Board of Directors and will be presented on Wednesday, July 11th 2013 during the Piper Summer season at the Old Stone House* (Washington Park, Brooklyn, NY 11215).

All three plays will be published in the inaugural publication Piper Plays: Smart One
Acts for Young Actors.

Phase 3: At the performance on Wednesday, July 11th, the audience will vote on their favorite one act and the winner will receive $500.00 prize. Votes will be tallied by Kim Maier, executive director of The Old Stone House.

*Please consider both performing spaces when submitting your play. The BAX space is a small intimate black box space that seats 50 and the Old Stone House outdoor space is a 24 foot wide stage the sits on the courtyard of the Old Stone House and seats 350 +. Your play must be able to adapt to both spaces.

Plays may have been produced before but should be unpublished. Running time: 10 – 40 minutes in length. We are very interested in working with playwrights who want to be involved in the short rehearsal process and who will commit to attending one of the productions.

Playwrights must be in attendance on Wednesday July 11th in order to be eligible for the $500 cash prize. Plays with attached directors or actors will be considered – please make sure you inform the Literary Director, Mr. Suraci when you submit your play.

Piper requests an email submission and short plot summary sent to:
Philip@pipertheatre.org and Marielle@pipertheatre.org

Deadline: Friday March 29, 2013

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