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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

The Players Theatre: Accepting Submissions for Short Play Festival

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The historic Players Theatre, in the heart of Greenwich Village, is accepting short play and musical submissions for the June Festival competition.

This June our theme will be “Only In New York!” Starting June 6th, five short plays/musicals will be presented each week for three weeks. The Short Play and Musical Festival will run Thursday through Sunday in the Steve & Marie Sgouros Theatre.

Each week, a Best of the Festival winner will be selected by audience and judge’s votes. The winner will receive a cash prize of $100. The Short Play and Musical festival is running Thursdays through Sundays from June 6 - 23, 2013.

All completed submissions must be received by 5:00 PM, Friday, April 12th.

Email Submissions to PlayFestival@ThePlayersTheatre.com and mail two (2) copies of your script (BLIND COPY ONLY) and application to:

The Short Play Festival
The Players Theatre
115 MacDougal Street
New York, NY 10012


1. Submissions should be of a NEW YORK theme in honor of ONLY IN NEW YORK. Should be focussed on New York experiences and ideas.

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, blind submissions, of your play not to exceed 15 pages/15 minutes, with the application form (link) 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, you must 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.

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


All completed submissions must be received by 5:00PM, Friday, April 12th.

5. Playwrights or their representatives are responsible for all aspects of their production; costs, casting (non-Equity), rehearsals, props. A list of available 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 2 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 of staffing and programs. (The Players’ Theatre will provide production stage manager (lighting/sound technician), house manager, box office personnel and media.) Lights will be a general wash.
 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 half-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 music 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 April 19th.

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.)
The Festival will also try to assist any author in securing a director for those who do not have one. Please be aware that the larger your cast, the more difficult it will be for your directorto schedule rehearsals. It is not necessary to use The Festival casting service should your play already be cast.

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

12. Complete contact sheet and program info 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

Applications and more guidelines available at:


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