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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

PlayFest - The Harriett Lake Festival of New Plays 2013

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PlayFest (Fall, 2013) is seeking new full-length plays that speak to the human condition in our fascinating and complicated contemporary world. We are interested in plays exploring important, challenging, and crucial social issues that affect our lives today.

Topics can range from todays international headlines to tonight's interpersonal issues in the bedroom. Both comedies and dramas are welcome.

The PlayFest weekend of staged readings is a direct pipeline to our new Studio Series of fully rehearsed productions, for which we choose two new plays to stage in our Mandell Theater.

We prefer plays that require six actors or less, but will certainly make exceptions for exceptional work. One man or one woman shows are welcome. We want strong, dynamic, compelling stories told with an original voice and a potent theatricality.

In order to qualify for PlayFest a play must:
1. NOT have received more than two professional AEA productions
2. NOT have received a Broadway or Off-Broadway production
3. NOT have received Orlando production in current form
4. NOT be published for general distribution with the rights held by the Publisher

We will select seven new works to be presented as readings. Playwrights will receive a stipend, travel and housing expenses.  We will provide directors, actors, assistant directors, stage direction readers and stage managers.  In addition to possible consideration for our new Studio Series, some plays may go on to be fully produced at the University of Central Florida as part of our partnership with UCF.


At this time we are not looking for full scripts.  We are asking for a simpler initial submission:

Submissions must include:
  •  Cover letter 
  •  Bio/résumé 
  •  A one-page synopsis 
  •  Ten pages of dialogue from the play (any ten pages)
  •  A character breakdown (with potential doubling) 
  •  Your mailing address, email address and direct phone number on the cover letter 
Please do not send full scripts until requested to do so.

Mail submissions via regular mail to:
Mark Routhier, Director of New Play Development
PlayFest - The Harriett Lake Festival of New Plays
Orlando Shakespeare Theater
812 East Rollins St.  Suite 100
Orlando, FL 32803

Email submissions will not be accepted.

Initial submission deadline for PlayFest 2013 is March 15, 2013.  

If you wish to be notified of receipt of your submission, please include a SAS POSTCARD with the name of your play written on it.  Otherwise you will only hear from us if we would like to see a full script.

Thank you!

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