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Monday, April 29, 2013

NYCPlaywrights April 2013 Play of the Month video part 1: OUT LIKE A LAMB by Cassie M. Seinuk

VIEWER ADVISORY: this video clip contains obscene language.


Cassie M. Seinuk on the play:
The play was inspired by the idea that Spring is a resurrection. I was really interested in exploring a character that didn't want to be resurrected and how the Spring air, the beauty of Spring, was his sign to take the final plunge into a whole new rebirth. I also wanted to explore the idea that sometimes a person can't "be happy" just because and how hard it is for the people around them, who love them, to understand that.
More about the author and the cast here.

The following plays were also selected for the April 2013 Play of the Month - video recordings will be posted soon:
  • THE CLUTTERED MIND by Robert S. Robbins
  • MOLES. EAT WORMS. by Steve Mielczarek
  • MY NEW YORK SPARE ROOM by Kevin Jones
  • SPRING CLEANING by Penny Jackson


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Each year, Page 73 offers the following three development programs to early-career playwrights:  The P73 Playwriting Fellowship, a nationally recognized fellowship program that supports one playwright for a full year with financial, production and career resources. Interstate 73, a writing group consisting six to eight emerging playwrights who are given the resources to develop new plays with a group of their peers. The Page 73 Summer Residency at Yale, a one-week summer residency on the Yale University campus for three to four early-career playwrights. These programs serve as many as fifteen playwrights per year.

The deadline for the 2013 Page 73 Development Programs Application is May 1st, 2013 

Eligibility Requirements for Page 73′s Development Programs:

The applicant must be a US resident at the time of participation.

The applicant must have completed at least 2 full-length plays or at least 3 one-act plays.

The applicant must have made a commitment to playwriting as a professional goal.

The applicant must have never received a production of his/her work in New York City that was larger than an Actors’ Equity Showcase Code presentation.

The applicant must not be enrolled in a degree/certificate program at the time of participation.

Page 73 only accepts submissions via this online form.

If for some reason you are unable to submit via this form, or have questions about these programs or this application process, please contact Associate Director Michael Walkup at michael@page73.org.

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Phoenix Stage Company is currently seeking full length plays and/or musicals to be included in their 2014 season

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Phoenix Stage Company, located in Naugatuck, CT is dedicated to providing opportunities for new playwrights to workshop, develop, and present their work as part of our regular season of plays in our black box theater.

We are currently seeking full length plays and/or musicals to be included in our 2014 season. We welcome all submissions that meet the following criteria:

  • Full length plays or musicals at least ninety (90) minutes in length (performance time).
  • Maximum number of performers is ten (10).
  • Unit set, or minimal set requirements with simple technical needs.
  • Author must own the copyright for the script (no adaptations will be accepted, unless the source material is in the public domain).
  • We prefer plays that have not been produced before, but we will consider plays that have been produced in a limited capacity.

If you meet the above and would like to submit a play for consideration:
  • Please introduce your work to Phoenix Stage Company by submitting a letter of inquiry, a brief synopsis, a full script and character breakdown.
  • If you are submitting a musical, please include a CD/mp3s.
  • Please include the play’s production and workshop history (if applicable) and the playwright and creative team biographies.
  • All materials may be submitted either electronically (Word or PDF format) or via regular mail.  Electronic submissions are strongly preferred.
  • Unfortunately, materials cannot be returned. By submitting, you allow Phoenix Stage Company to reproduce the material for the selection and/or production process.
  • Submit submissions by email to: ed@phoenixstagecompany.org
  • By postal mail to: Phoenix Stage Company, New Works, PO Box 344, Naugatuck, CT 06770
  • Deadline for consideration in the 2014 season is May 1, 2013

If your work is chosen to be produced by Phoenix Stage Company, the following will apply:

•There will be no monetary compensation for producing your new work. The playwright will receive copies of playbills, reviews and other print material.
•You will receive a production contract breaking down box office, sales and future credit agreements.
•All playwrights submitting work will be notified via email, and postal mail of the decision by the selection committee.

May 18 - 19 Short Play Lab

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We are looking for scripts for the May 18 - 19 Short Play Lab. 

New participants are welcome! The rules are easy-peasy:
  • Deadline is May 1. Notification will be immediately after submission, if not sooner. The sooner you get your script in, the more time you have to prepare. Get that script in pronto!
  • Plays should be 1 - 10 pp. in standard playscript format.* (The shorter the better; shorter plays get priority.) Include a title page, as the first page of the script, with your contact info (preferred means of contact is by email).   
  • Submit scripts in MS-Word.
  • You produce the play whether or not you live in New York.  The SPL provides the theatre (at the Roy Arias Studios, 300 West 43rd Street, NYC).   
  • Productions must be non-union: no showcases please! (And no Equity waivers, either.)
  • Keep production values to a minimum: costumes and hand props are okay. We provide rehearsal cubes, chairs, and a table.
  • We provide a board op, box office, and venue management.
  • There are no fees. The SPL keeps the door.
  • Tickets are $20. Each playwright and director gets to watch his/her show for free. There are no other comps.
  • There will be a tech rehearsal on the afternoon of May 18.  
  • Every play gets 2 performances, 1 on Sat. and 1 on Sun. Each play will be part of 1 of 2 programs: Program A or Program B, but not both. Program A takes place at 7 pm Sat. and 4 pm Sun. Program B takes place at 9 pm Sat. and 2 pm Sun.  
  • We don't do staged readings. Be off-book, please! Plays not off-book during tech will be removed from the line-up.
  • THE MOST POPULAR PRODUCTION IN EACH PROGRAM RECEIVES A CASH PRIZE OF $75. Winners are determined by polling patrons at the box office.
*12 pt Times Roman; character names in the middle on their own line; line spaces between speeches and between speeches and stage directions; indented stage directions.   
The SPL is a lot of fun and a good way to see your work on its feet in a supportive environment. It's also a great way to see actors and directors at work, so you can recruit people for later productions.
Our Associate Artistic Director, Tom Thornton, also coordinates Times Square Playwrights. He is in charge of all details of reading/curating plays for the Lab.
To submit a script, send it as an attachment to tt91457@yahoo.com. Any questions, don't hesitate to shoot Tom an E-mail! 
John Chatterton
Executive producer, Short Play Lab
Tom Thornton
Artistic Director 

Saturday, April 27, 2013


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NOTE: there is a submission fee but it will be waived for current members of the Dramatists Guild–include a photocopy of your membership card rather than a check. NYCPlaywrights advises all American playwrights to become members of the Dramatists Guild.

Ongoing submissions - no deadline stated.

CenterPieces readings are presented free of charge on the 2nd Wednesday of each month between noon and 1PM on the Waldron Stage of Mill Mountain Theatre in Roanoke, VA.  Pieces are minimally staged and given a total of 7 hours rehearsal prior to performance.  Scripts must be between 25 and 35 minutes in length, suitable for a lunchtime audience. Preference is given to minimal production values, small casts, scripts without coarse language and that avoid overly controversial topics.  Scripts with previous readings or productions permitted providing they are unpublished and unencumbered.

Writers unable to attend the readings will be provided with a DVD of the performance and moderated audience feedback session, no travel or other compensation is offered.

Scripts will undergo a three tier review process, which will include readers from the New Works Advisory Board, Faculty, Students, Volunteers, and Artistic Staff from affiliated theatres around the country.

To offset costs associated with the readings such as script copying and lunch for the actors, there is a $5 submission fee per script (waived for current members of the Dramatists Guild–include a photocopy of your membership card rather than a check).

Send hard copies (in standard stage play format) with cover letter, brief synopsis, character breakdown, contact information and a business sized SASE for a response to:

Playwright’s Lab Reading Series
PO Box 9602
Roanoke VA 24020-1602

Make checks payable to Hollins University with NWI: SUBMISSION written in the memo section.

Scripts are recycled, not returned. Average response time is 6 months to a year.

CenterPieces Readings are produced by the Playwright’s Lab at Hollins University and presented by Mill Mountain Theatre. This series, and all of the Playwright’s Lab’s extra-curricular programming, is funded solely through charitable giving, admission to paid events, and in very small part by these submission fees.

Shakespeare on Sesame Street

Patrick Stewart Soliloquy B

Taming of the Shoe


Attic Theater Company submission guidelines

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The Attic's Emerging Playwrights Program produces three staged readings of unpublished plays by emerging playwrights each season. We seek to collaborate with writers that demonstrate rigorous commitment to their craft, and cultivate the American classics of tomorrow.  Our primary goal is to give writers the chance to hear their work aloud, read by professional actors and matched with directors we believe will further the development of the piece.  Previous writers have included Jonathan Larson Grant Award Winners, graduates from acclaimed MFA programs, writers for The Daily Show, and many other talented artists.  All EPP works are considered for both workshops and full productions with The Attic.

Playwrights: To submit work to our Emerging Playwrights Program, please send a PDF of your script and a brief cover letter with a plot summary, production history, and goals for the play to attictheatercompany@gmail.com.  Please put "EPP Submission" in the subject line.  Typical turn-around time is 3-6 months.

An 8 x 10 Holiday: A Festival of 10 Minute Plays

FEE WAIVER OPTION: Special note on submission fee: Lucky Penny Productions and Napa Valley Playhouse empathize with writers who object to submission fees for events of this type. Our intent in requesting the submission fee is to fund the productions of these new works and support our theater. However, if you are opposed to submission fees on principle or cannot afford the fee, please include a note to that effect with your submission and it will be accepted with a fee waiver.

Scripts are now being accepted for “An 8 x 10 Holiday: A Festival of 10 Minute Plays” to be presented in December 2013 by Lucky Penny Productions and Napa Valley Playhouse. Both plays and musicals will be considered. All scripts must be new unproduced works and must have some connection in theme, character, plot, setting or other element to the end of the year or holidays. Minimalism in technical demands and staging is essential. Four characters or less, please. The author whose play is voted the "People's Choice" will receive a $100 honorarium. 

Submission deadline: Must be postmarked by April 30, 2013
Evaluation period: May 1-June 30, 2013
Authors notified: By July 1, 2013
Selections announced: By Aug 1, 2013
Selection of director(s) and casts: By Oct 1, 2013
Rehearsal period: Nov-Dec 2013
Performance dates: Dec 6-22 (3 weekends)

1. Submissions must be original, unpublished, unproduced 10-minute plays with a winter holiday/end of the year relevance. This need not be a traditional holiday theme, and the authors should write for an adult audience. Comedy and drama, both musical and non-musical will be considered. Musical submissions must include sheet music/score as needed. Legal clearance of materials not in the public domain is the full responsibility of the submitting playwright. 
2. Scripts and related materials must be postmarked by April 30, 2013. 
3. Sets, lighting needs and other technical requirements must be minimal. Since the winning plays will be produced, no play considered technically un-producible will be considered. 
4. Maximum number of characters per play is four. 
5. Running time is to be 10 minutes or less, which may mean 6-10 pages depending upon the density of dialogue. Authors are responsible for submitting work that is within the 10 minute running time limit. Cuts will be requested of the playwright for any selected play which runs over the limit regardless of the number of pages in the script. 
6. Plays must be typed/word-processed, numbered, and stapled. Do not use binders or covers. 
7. Plays must be presented in proper script format. 
8. No electronic submissions will be allowed.
9. All submissions are judged blind and this requires two types of cover pages. One, a separate cover letter, will include your name, address, phone number, e-mail and the play title. The other will be on each copy, but only showing the title. There can be no identifying information on the script other than the title. Do not include the author’s name on every page. 
10. There is no limit to number of plays that an individual may submit, but each play must be accompanied by the $15 submission fee and only one play per author may be chosen. Submission fees will be used to cover production costs.
a. Special note on submission fee: Lucky Penny Productions and Napa Valley Playhouse empathize with writers who object to submission fees for events of this type. Our intent in requesting the submission fee is to fund the productions of these new works and support our theater. However, if you are opposed to submission fees on principle or cannot afford the fee, please include a note to that effect with your submission and it will be accepted with a fee waiver.
11. Scripts cannot be returned. Lucky Penny Productions and Napa Valley Playhouse assume no responsibility for lost or damaged scripts.
12. The eight best plays will be selected from all entries. Notification to authors will be made by July 1, 2013. The eight selected plays will be staged in December 2013 in Napa for “An 8 x 10 Holiday: A Festival of 10 Minute Plays.”

To submit your play:
Mail 3 copies of each script along with the two types of cover pages and a $15 submission fee per script (check or money order made payable to Lucky Penny Productions Incorporated) to:

An 8 x 10 Holiday: A Festival of 10 Minute Plays
Lucky Penny Productions
1357 Foster Road
Napa CA 94558

The selection of directors, actors and designers for the selected plays is at the sole discretion of Lucky Penny Productions and Napa Valley Playhouse. An author may participate in the process if participation is requested by the producing companies or the director selected for the project. Entry of a script into this festival grants to Lucky Penny Productions and Napa Valley Playhouse the right to produce the entered play only for this specific event in December 2013 and authors retain all rights to their work for future production or publication. Authors, if their play is selected for production, grant to Lucky Penny Productions and Napa Valley Playhouse the right to use their name, biographical information and photo for purposes of publicity and marketing during the period Aug 1, 2013 through December 31, 2013.

Questions can be directed to info@luckypennynapa.com

Friday, April 26, 2013

Theater for the New City Script Submission Guidelines

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Theater for The New City is committed to producing new work and recognizing new voices. If you would like your work to be considered,please send a ten page sample of the script, brief synopsis and letter of introduction to the theater:

155 1st Avenue
New York, NY 10003
Attn: Michael Scott-Price, Literary Manager.

Please limit your submission to one script.

For inquiries about submissions, please contact our Literary Manager, Michael Scott-Price, at literary@theaterforthenewcity.net

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

The Chameleon Theatre Circle's 14th Annual New Play Contest

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Rolling Submission Deadline: April 30, 2013

The Chameleon Theatre Circle (located in the Twin Cities area in Minnesota) is seeking original works that have never been produced. All styles and genres are welcomed (i.e. one-acts, musicals, full length dramas, etc.). The winning plays will be showcased in a concert-format festival in September 2013. All shows submitted will automatically be placed on the slate of shows in consideration for the 2014/2015 season by the Season Planning Committee.

We are proud to announce that for the 14th consecutive year we are not charging a submission fee! To enter you must complete an entry form and submit it along with three (3) copies of each script to the address below. We request that copies of the plays be printed double-sided to save on paper, mailing costs, and storage. Authors located outside North America that might be interested in submitting their plays via e-mail should contact us at jim@chameleontheatre.org.

If you are submitting a musical, also include three (3) copies of a CD of the music or three (3) copies of the score. Do not bind any author identification with your scripts. We will distribute the scripts "blind" to our readers for complete objectivity. Include the show's title on at least the first bound page. Once the winning scripts have been chosen, we will disclose the playwrights' identity to our readers (and the world).

We do not accept plays that have been previously produced. We do accept plays that have had workshops and other readings. Receipt of play(s) will be acknowledged by e-mail only upon request. Scripts are non-returnable.

As in past years, this year's contest will have multiple categories:

Three to five winners will receive $25 each plus a reading at the New Play Festival. All short plays will be entered in this contest. Generally, scripts of about 15 pages or less will fall into this category.

One to three winners will receive $50 each plus a reading at the New Play Festival. Any play that can be joined with one or two other shows of similar length to make up a complete evening of theatre will be entered in this contest. Generally, scripts of about 20-60 pages will fall into this category.

One to two winners will receive $100 plus a reading at the New Play Festival. Any play that can constitute a complete evening of theatre will be entered in this contest. It is important to note that these shows can be one, two, or more acts, as long as it makes up a complete evening of theatre

If five or more musicals are submitted, the theatre reserves the right to create a "musical" category. Musicals are defined as any original play using original or rights permitted musical dialogue to further the story and/or the characters. In the absence of enough qualifying scripts, or if the theatre determines not to create an additional category, any musical will be entered into the appropriate category as defined above

If five or more plays intended for and/or by youth are submitted, the theatre reserves the right to create a "theatre-for-youth" category. Theatre-for-youth plays are defined as any original play intended for young audiences, young participants, or both. In the absence of enough qualifying scripts, or if the theatre determines not to create an additional category, any theatre-for-youth submission will be entered into the appropriate category as defined above

At the theatre's discretion, we reserve the right to designate or not designate an "Overall Contest Winner" from any category and an "Audience-Favorite Winner" from any category at the conclusion of the New Play Festival. No additional prize money is awarded, just bragging rights.

Each playwright may submit up to two plays in any of these combinations:

  • One full-length play
  • One one-act
  • One ten-minute play
  • One full-length play and one one-act
  • One full-length play and one ten-minute play
  • Two one-act plays
  • Two ten-minute plays
  • One one-act and one ten-minute play

Please submit three (3) copies of each script (and CDs or score for musicals) and the required entry form(s) by April 30, 2013 (in hand, not postmarked by) to:
The Chameleon Theatre Circle
14th Annual New Play Contest
PO Box 240069
Apple Valley, MN 55124-0069

Note: This is a rolling deadline. Any plays submitted after this date will be considered for the following year's contest.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Perchance to Dream Theatre is accepting submissions for a New Play festival

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Perchance to Dream Theatre is accepting submissions for a New Play festival at Shetler Studios Theatre 54 (244 W 54th St., 12th floor, New York, NY 10019) on July 10-14.

Original, unpublished one act plays, should be submitted by May 10th. 

Only complete one-act plays will be accepted. Plays should be 40 to 60 minutes long.  Each playwright is responsible for directing her or his own piece or finding a director as well as securing rehearsal space.  Playwrights must be available for auditions on 5/20 and 5/21, production meetings, and for technical rehearsals the week of July 8.

PTDT will put out a casting call to Playbill for non-equity actors and facilitate the casting process.  Actors will audition for all pieces together.

Each playwright will have a member of PTDT as a point person during the process to advise and provide technical and logistical help.  PTDT will also provide the production staff (stage management, board ops, etc.) There will be a rep light plot in the theater.  Each play will have at least one technical rehearsal in the theater for light and sound cues.  Scenic requirements should be straightforward.

Feel free to email hotaling@chapin.edu if you have specific questions.

Please send scripts to:


and fill out the form found at the link below.


Perchance To Dream Theatre

Monday, April 22, 2013

Thespis Theater Festival Now Accepting Submissions: NEW PLAYWRIGHTS WELCOME!

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Note: Playwrights from NY & NJ Only

Deadline is June 1, 2013

The Thespis Theater Festival is a playwright's contest designed to offer writers a chance to direct their own, never-before-seen shows, helping them to develop a sense of casting, staging, use of lights and direction. With Thespis, it is our intention to give writers a unique chance to create their vision from the first stroke of their pen to the last scene of their play. Thespis is not only a festival; it's a competition as well. That means that there are prizes!

The winner of Best Play will receive a prize of $3,500. Winner of Best Actor will receive $500. Thespis, as well as our wintertime festival, Venus, is hosted by Cabrini Repertory Theater, a beautiful, 200-seat proscenium theater in uptown Manhattan.

All plays must be first runs and must be between 75 and 90 minutes.

Submit your play electronically to theaterfestival@thespisny.com.

See last year's winners at:thespisnytheaterfestival.com/winners-2012

Website: thespisnytheaterfestival.com

Accepted plays will be considered on a first-come first-served basis. (The earlier you submit, the better your chances of being accepted.) Submissions may close beforeJune 1 if the number of plays that run in the festival is reached earlier.

Cabrini Repertory Theater wants to make staging your show a pleasure.
First-time writers are more then welcome!
We'll help you with everything you need to stage your play.
What The Thespis Festival offers:

  • Shows will not be packed into a cramped festival schedule. Each will have one weekday performance and two weekend shows.
  • Musicals playing live music are more than welcome. We offer a large area in front of the stage for the orchestra to play. The stage is 4′ elevated from the floor level
  • Your play will be the only one that performs on your scheduled nights, so no rushing your production on and off the stage.
  • Five-hour tech/dress rehearsal (as opposed to getting just double your show's run time)
  • Professional, easy-to-use lighting/sound system that anyone on your cast can learn to use
  • Free lessons on how to use the system
  • Free venue director from the Cabrini Repertory Theater team--you won't have to hire an outsider.
  • Constant contact with the Artistic Director of the venue should you have any questions about staging, lighting, sound or theater rules. You will never be forced to wait on answers, causing your production process to be held up.
  • A strong, effective and aesthetically beautiful ad campaign run in the theater's neighborhood, which means access to audience members in the surrounding area
  • Email blasts announcing your show to the theater's mailing list
  • Set pieces and props that are already stored in the theater, saving you time, energy and money in transporting stage sets
  • Storage space for your props and set pieces during your show's run
  • The possibility to drive your props to the front door of the theater and temporarily park your vehicle there
  • Free box office management
  • A beautiful 21′ by 16′ proscenium stage, 12" high

Every show in the festival will be performed in the Cabrini Repertory Theater--no outside venues will be rented.

  • All festival participants can see all other festival shows for free.
  • The possibility to be covered by reviewers
  • A $3,500 prize for Best Play and $500 for Best Actor, and an exciting Prize Ceremony

Only plays from New York and  New Jersey, will be accepted.
Submissions must be between 75 and 90 minutes long.



Each applicant is fully responsible for all elements of their production. These include casting, directing, stage-managing.

What the Theater Offers
For those playwrights who want to incorporate live music into their play, Cabrini Rep offers a fully-tuned baby grand piano.

We also offer a large projection system that projects on the back wall of the stage 17' x 12. Yes, you read right. It's huge.
The projector can create a wide range of possibilities for your set.

The Thespis Festival will run from June 15 to August 31st. Submissions are being accepted now.

The Thespis Theater Festival in uptown Manhattan is designed to help new playwrights show their work in a professional and friendly environment.
We invite playwrights to submit their work and take full advantage of our proscenium stage, excellent lighting and sound system, and projector to create the show they've always dreamed of.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

The Nick Darke Award

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The Nick Darke Award was set up in 2006 by his late wife, the artist and film maker Jane Darke, with the support of his family.

It is open to all writers and the winner will receive the prize money of £6,000 to provide the time to write that financial support facilitates.

Writers are asked to submit work on an environmental theme in recognition of Nick's lifelong commitment to this issue. The word environmental may, however, be broadly interpreted.

Nick Darke wrote in many forms but earned his living in the world of theatre, screen and radio. As this award is intended to contribute financially to the life of a writer, the award is in one of these disciplines:

  • Stage play
  • Screenplay (feature film or short film)
  • Radio play

The award is solely funded by the Departments of Media, Performance and Writing at Falmouth University, offering undergraduate and postgraduate, traditional and online courses.


Please join the conversation by using the hashtag #nickdarkeawardEligibility
  • The application must be made in English.
  • The competition is open to all writers aged 16 and over.
  • The writer must be the sole original author. 
  • The competition is not open to collaborations.
Please tell us if you have any communication requirements and what these are (for example a preference for material in large print or a need for everything on audio CD).


The theme is the environment; entrants may interpret the theme widely.
The work must be within one of the following three categories:
— Stage play
— Screenplay (feature film or short film)
— Radio play
  • Please state clearly which category your submission falls within.
  • Please submit an outline of your story idea (theatre, radio play, feature film, short film) in 750 words suggesting character, plot and structure and pitch it in 25 words or less.
  • Please also submit 20 pages which are representative of your work; this can be 
  • from an existing or new piece of work.
  • Enclose a CV with your submission (this will help the judges to find out more about you), and include your contact details. If you fail to do so your application will not be considered. 
  • Do not include any supporting material such as DVDs, photos, CDs, etc.
  • Submission copies will not be returned. Please retain a copy of your work for your records.
Please post or email your submission, to arrive by Monday 29 April 2013, to:
Suzanne Bull
The Nick Darke Award
The Departments of Media, Performance & Writing
Falmouth University
Tremough Campus, Penryn
Cornwall, TR10 9EZ, UK
Email: nickdarkeaward@falmouth.ac.uk

Confirmation of receipt of application will be emailed.
Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.
The deadline for submissions is Monday April 29, 2013.

Distilled Theatre is now accepting play submissions

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Distilled Theatre is now accepting play submissions for their second mainstage production. Plays are welcome that have not been previously produced. Chosen scripts will be showcased in a staged reading of an excerpt from the play. A vote by the audience will determine which play will continue to be fully produced as a mainstage production. The Playwright will be able to be involved in the creative process. Guidelines: Plays must be contemporary, at least an hour in length, for 8 actors or fewer, and no Musicals will be accepted. Previously produced plays will not be considered (previous staged readings are ok).

To enter your play for consideration, please submit the following: An electronic copy of your play (PDF preferred) to: submissions.dtc@gmail.com

Please include the name of your play, character descriptions and your contact information.

All plays must be submitted by May 1st. 

Distilled Theatre produces high quality and innovative theatre that breathes life into original works. While staying true to the vision of the playwright, our work focuses on new plays that are accessible to all theatre goers and generate thought-provoking dialogue. Find more information at www.distilledtheatre.com or Facebook.

Modern-Day Griot Theatre Company Seeking Submissions for In Our Home: Brooklyn Pride

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Modern-Day Griot Theatre Company will be presenting its Second Annual In Our Home project for a weekend in June 2013 in celebration of Pride Week.  We are currently seeking one act-plays that examine the gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgendered experience which takes place in a specific room in a home (kitchen, living room, bedroom, etc).

Our criteria for submission to the project is broadly interpreted to include works by gay writers, works that have a gay relevance or theme, works that include either performance or other artistic contribution by LGBTA people. We seek material that deal with issues or characters that are identified as gay/lesbian/transgendered or contain a gay sensibility.

Submission packet must include:
• A 5-12 page long play (should be 15 minutes max) with an optimum cast size of 2-4 people. The submitted script must be the script proposed for presentation, with no major alterations necessary.

  • A Submissions inquiry letter (one page only) which must include:
  • Brief history of the work
  • Cast size & character breakdown
  • Synopsis of the piece 

All submissions must be submitted electronically to our submissions department: MDGSubmissions@moderndaygriot.org.

The deadline for submissions is April 29, 2013, 5pm EST and the final line-up will be announced in May 2013.

 Only one entry per playwright will be accepted. You will be contacted should we wish to invite participation to the In Our Home project. Neither fax nor paper submissions will be accepted and absolutely NO phone calls.

Please note that due to high volume of inquiries, response time is usually 3-6 weeks and while Modern-Day Griot Theatre Company cannot offer royalties we can offer a production opportunity.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

PERFORMING OUR FAITH - The FIAT LUX Drama Award for an One-Act Play

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 Deadline:  May 1, 2013

Purpose: With the power to expose, enlighten, and empower us to understand and grow as God's beloved people, theatre can engage us with God's Good News in a gripping way.  Theatre is a powerful tool for showing us who we are created to be and arming us against the threat of meaninglessness.

The winning one-act play will incorporate the above understanding of theatre as an opportunity to reveal the "meaningfulness" of life according to Christian belief.

The play can take any form (comedy, tragedy, etc.) and will dramatically reveal the "meaningfulness" of life according to Christian belief and how our faith nourishes our growth and helps us overcome meaninglessness and evil.

The winning play will be performed as a staged reading in St. Mary's Church in Canadaigua, New York on July 6, 2013 at 7:30 p.m.

Length:  30 minutes
Characters: 5 (max.)
Award criteria:

  • creativity and originality for illustrating the struggle for meaning and value in the context of the Gospel.
  • characterization
  • dialogue
  • plot development

No adaptations.
Please use .pdf to submit script.

Our Judges:
Dr. Kazimierz Braun is a professional theatre director, playwright and scholar.
Kevin O'Brien is the founder and artistic director of Theatre of the Word Incorporated, which travels the country evangelizing through drama, performing plays which Kevin has written.  He hosts "The Theatre of the Word" television series on EWTN, and appears regularly on EWTN's "The Apostle of Common Sense".  Kevin is the editor of the site www.christianshakespeare.com, which is devoted to critical essays on the Christian elements in William Shakespeare's plays.
Emily C. A. Snyder is a published playwright and novelist, whose work has been performed both nationally and internationally, from Dublin, Ireland to Christchurch, New Zealand.  An alumna of Franciscan University of Steubenville (BA: Directing) and Emerson College (MA: Theatre Education), she has also studied at The Shakespeare School in London and Stratford-upon-Avon, where she developed new approaches to performing and writing in verse drama.  In 2009, her original five act iambic pentameter play, Cupid and Psyche was performed in Boston, and is currently in workshops in New York City

Award:  $500.00
Submissions: By email to: faithperformances@gmail.com
Or mail to:
Play Contest,
Performing Our Faith,
P.O. Box 64607,
Rochester, New York 14624  

Website: www.faithperformances.com.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Shakespeare Birthplace Trust seeks Shakespeare birthday wishes

The #happy birthday shakespeare project returns for 2013.

If you would like to participate, wish Shakespeare a very Happy Birthday this year between April 23rd and April 30th. Post a photo on instagram, record a video or write a blog post about how Shakespeare has influenced or inspired you - a link to your post will appear on the Happy Birthday Shakespeare web site - you can see how they did it in 2012 here.

To submit your item, use the online form at http://happybirthdayshakespeare.com/

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

NYCPlaywrights testimonial

NYCPlaywrights received these kind works recently:
I'm G.D. Kimble, an actor/playwright here in NYC. 
Some months ago, I stumbled onto your site-- and since then, I check it every single day. It's become part of my daily routine--- I even have it bookmarked in my smartphone. 
I submit to the notices regularly and-- I have to say-- I've had incredible success. Just in the coming weeks and months, I have two productions on the way (both of which are very high profile and huge breaks for me):
My one act: TWO IRISHMEN ARE DIGGING A DITCH goes up for one night only at the Arthur Seelen Theatre in NYC on Thursday, April 18, as part of The Glass Eye's Fresh Produce'd Series. The same play goes up on July 5, in St. Louis at the Gaslight Theatre as part of the St. Louis Actors' Studio's LaBute Festival
None of that would have been possible without NYCP, and I've made more headway in the last few months than in 6 1/2 years of living and working here. 
G.D. Kimble, Brooklyn
Congratulations to G. D. Kimble and thanks for sharing this with us - it's great to know the web site is useful to playwrights.

Poison Apple Initiative is accepting submissions

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Poison Apple Initiative is accepting submissions of unproduced, production-ready work to premiere during its 2013-2014 season. Work that has received readings or workshops is encouraged.


Please include:
-A .doc or .pdf copy of the script.
-A title page with contact information and a brief synopsis.

A few things:

-We tend to favor intermission-less plays. We think an hour-twenty is the perfect amount of theatre.

-Small, female-heavy casts requiring actors in the 18-40 age range are preferable.

-A PAI play has a dark sense of humor, a jagged bite, a bright imagination, and immediate social relevance on a large scale. "Kitchen sink" (featuring the returns of prodigal children, the sobering loss of a parent, or families being ripped asunder by dark secrets unearthed) isn't our bag. If it can be effectively filmed, it's not for us.

-No musicals, children's plays, or translations. Adaptations are welcome if they are less faithful and more a response to the original text (think Phaedra's Love by Sarah Kane.)

Selected playwrights will receive an honorarium of $450.

Please send submissions/ any questions to: poisonappleinitiative@gmail.com

Monday, April 15, 2013

End Times Productions Vignettes for the Apocalypse

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Award-winning company, EndTimes Productions, is now accepting submissions for its 7th Annual Edition of Vignettes for the Apocalypse, New York's oldest and largest Sci-fi/Horror themed theater festival. This year's program will consist of three full-length plays, and two one-act collections, to be presented at the company's home base, The 133rd Street Arts Center, 7/8-7/21, 2013.

There will be a $10 honorarium for one-acts, and a $25 honorarium for full-length plays. All submissions should fall within the horror, suspense, or sci-fi genre.

Deadline for entries is 5/1/13. 

Please send submissions to: submissions@endtimesproductions.org

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Portraying Shakespeare himself...

Shakespeare in Love


 Shakespeare vs. Blackadder


 Life of Shakespeare


Hit & Run VII call for 10-minute plays

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Play-Makers Spokane is pleased to announce its call for comedic scripts for Hit & Run VII, a staged reading of short plays in October.
  • What? 10-minute or 15-minute plays (15 page maximum)
  • One script only. It must be a comedy.
  • Please don’t send scripts submitted in previous years.
  • Playwrights can be from anywhere, but plays must be in English.
  • Standard play format preferred.
  • There are no restrictions on content, but our audiences prefer more family-friendly fare.
  • Deadline: May 1, 2013
  • Notification: September
Submission procedure:

1. Send the full script with a title page with your contact information, a synopsis and character breakdown, and a short bio. Include all the information in one document. The document should be labeled the play’s name_your last name (i.e. Hamlet_Shakespeare).

2. E-mail your script as a Microsoft Word document or PDF to playmakersspokane@gmail.com. The subject line should include your name and the title of the play.

Fee? None. No payment to writers as this is an all-volunteer event.

Questions? Contact Hit & Run coordinator Sandra Hosking at playmakersspokane@gmail.com.

Friday, April 12, 2013

Center of the World Festival Playwriting Contest

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NOTE: there is a "suggested minimal donation of $10.00" on script submission but the donation is NOT a requirement for script submissions.

Community Readers Theatre August 16-18, 2013

$500 Grant Award!

10-Minute Play with an Eco-Drama, Peace, Justice or other social issue theme. Submissions are accepted from October 1, 2012 to April 30, 2013.  Use your gifts to give social justice a voice.

The play theme for Season 2013 must adhere to Social issue topics, such as ecology, justice, peace, equality, crime prevention, freedom of speech, etc.
For example, can your play contribute to an answer to any of these questions?
  • How can we facilitate environmental justice and sustainability in our community, our nation, our world?
  • What is the new vision, a new approach, to resolving the social challenges which face our families, jobs, communities, or nation?
  • Are the crises in our world "normal" and a "part of life" to which we just have to resign ourselves and let "people in power" handle for us?
  • Does "every person" have any power to change the negative social direction towards which the fear and violence perpetrating political systems are taking us?
Your play may be an imaginative journey into harmony between humankind and nature.  Or, it may be based upon real-life experiences.  Or, it may be a combination of both. Suggestions: The swapping of tales with colleagues--the journeys of your own life--interviews held with others--all represent the dramatic scenes through which the "every person" innately connects with natural knowing revealed to us "on the spot" as the way to interact with nature and each other.  
We believe that social CHANGE is possible for the challenging social issues facing our world.  We believe that theatre plays a powerful role in this change, providing a meeting ground for exploring alternative solutions.  Story-telling is mankind's oldest format for social education.  Through the sharing of stories, which facilitate community dialogue, we build understanding and inspire social change. 
We are not seeking "eco-warrior" approaches to the social problems.  We do not wish to engage in a negative political process or radical activism.  Nor is this a quest for "enlightenment" of the population.  Give us real problems and real solutions--an "every person" approach to creating peace and harmony with our environment and ourselves.   
In life, there is not always an immediate solution to a situation.  So, in your play, the solution may not be realized.  But the process of thinking, of criticizing, observing, and trying to find solutions will help in ending the paralysis of fatalism, that we cannot do anything to change the environmental and social destruction in our world.  Your play should contribute to changing the audience member from being a mere spectator to someone who awakens and questions:  Is it good or not, do I agree or not.  And most importantly, causes the observer to say:  Yes, I CAN do that! 
We believe that equality and inclusion are necessary for confronting and resolving the violence which surrounds us and is threatening to destroy our world.  Thus, this playwrighting competition is for all amateurs, of all ages, to contribute their vision for a civilization which lives in harmony with nature and each other.  It is not a competition of "best construction" or conventional play presentation.  Abstract and experimental formats are welcomed as a way to express social values. 
Remember, AMATEUR is the operative description of this playwright competition.  We define AMATEUR in its positive Latin and French roots, meaning:  "to love; a lover".  We see you, the AMATEUR, as a devoted friend, an enthusiastic pursuer of an objective, and one who is motived to work as a result of love and passion.  And further, in the meaning of Ralph Waldo Emerson, as one who performs for pleasure rather than money:  "Every artist is first an amateur."

This Playwrighting competition is open to "every person" without age and geographic restriction, but honoring all laws relating to citizenship and under-age minors participation. Non-citizens must certify legal right to participate in this competition. Minors (children to age 18 years) must have signed parental consent.

Competition is restricted to English language submissions only.

No collaborations are accepted--single authorship only.

There are no contractual obligations, or royalties paid to playwrights whose scripts are selected as finalists or competition winning plays for the Festival. However, all finalists will receive recognition awards. Grant Award is $500.

The Festival is a charity fund-raising event for Center of the World Festival, Inc. (hereafter COWFEST).  COWFEST is a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation.  As a public charity, all contributions and donations made to COWFEST are tax-deductible under section 170 of the Internal Revenue Code. COWFEST sponsors special events for charitable purposes. For further donation information, please see our profile at Kern Community Foundation-- Click Here.

Script submission donation: There is a suggested minimal donation of $10.00, payable by check to Center of the World Festival, Inc.  Send donation with submitted scripts. These donations are used to pay for the advertising expenses associated with conducting this Festival. No donation is expected from under-age minor amateur playwrights nor adult hardship cases.

The play must be original and unpublished and unproduced in any type of setting or venue.

The play must be complete in and of itself and not be an incomplete fragment (such as a monologue, etc.) taken from a longer play nor an adaptation of another person's material already published.  However, edited (shorten versions) of your own work may be accepted, if source is identified and available for comparison.  Adaptations of public domain material, published before year 1900, may be considered if source is identified.

The play must be appropriate for readers’ theatre presentation (no elaborate sets or stage directions).  Please read the section on Readers Theatre for more information.

We do not conduct, nor send, written evaluations of scripts to playwrights.

Play theme must adhere to Social issue topics, such as ecology, justice, peace, equality, crime prevention, freedom of speech, etc.  See Theme Rules for more details.

The Festival is for a General Audience base. DO NOT SUBMIT "Mature Audience Only" material. Please consider general audience for appropriate language in your script dialogue.

The plays are limited to 10-minute scripts, which are about ten pages long. Some flexibility: no shorter than 8 minutes and no longer than 12 minutes.

The Play Submission Form must be used as the cover page. The next page shall be the Play Title Sheet, which includes the title of the play, the playwright's name, the list of characters, and setting. Playwright's Agreement also must be signed and sent with your script.

Play must be typewritten (or Word Processed) on 8.5" by 11" paper. Pages should be secured only with a removable binder clip (no staples). Please number each page of the play. The play must be typed in standard play format, using one side of each page only.

You may submit three plays for consideration. However, only one play per author will be chosen as a finalist. A separate submission donation is requested for each different play.

Only "hard-copy" paper "snail-mail" submitted applications are accepted.
E-Mail scripts will not be accepted. Send to:

The Center of the World Festival
P.O. Box 1929
Frazier Park, CA 93225-1929

If you wish to be notified that script was received, please enclose self-addressed, stamped envelope. Do not send manuscripts by certified mail, or signature required.

Please retain your original and send us only one (1) printed copy. COWFEST will keep this copy in its private archives to validate non-profit mission fulfillment. You give permission for sufficient copies to be made by Festival staff to fulfill the preliminary reading, Festival production, and other requirements for cast, staff, and directors. PLEASE DO NOT SEND YOUR ORIGINAL COPY!

You may wish to copyright your material. Check writers' guides for more information, or visit www.copyright.gov

Deadline for play submission is April 30, 2013. All submissions will be judged by reader/actors of Free Speech Zone Theatre, a non-professional community reader’s theatre in Pine Mountain Club, California.

Finalists will be announced by June 30, 2013. All playwrights will be notified of the results.  For further information, read section on Selection Process.

Should your play be selected as a finalist, you are giving the non-exclusive right to the Center of the World Festival to produce and perform the play in readers theatre format from August 16 through August 18, 2013. We encourage the playwright (or a proxy) to be in attendance at this Festival production.

Playwrights will retain copyright and full ownership of their plays. Playwrights will receive sole credit for writing their play.

No changes will be made to the script without permission of the playwright.  The director shall be the sole person to give cast and crew notes of production; however, playwrights may give any notes regarding the play production to the director.

After the play is accepted as a finalist, the play may not be withdrawn for any reason. If you are concerned about the quality of production by an amateur readers theatre, please do not submit for this Festival.

The play chosen for grant award will be determined by the spectator audience of the Festival.

At this time, we are not accepting phone calls. If you would like to talk to someone personally about the Festival, please send a letter with your submission, explaining your questions. Or contact us by e-mail at the link on this website. Please provide a phone number, e-mail or fax number, and the best times to reach you by phone. We will contact you as soon as possible.

Click here for a PDF copy of the Submission Rules.
Click here for a PDF copy of the Grant Recipient Agreement.

VisionFest seeks plays

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LiveWire established VisionFest in 2008 as a community-driven festival featuring new, unique guidelines each year chosen by a public vote. Each year, we choose 6 to 10 plays to present at the festival. Programs are provided with ample space for the audience to offer feedback to the playwrights on their piece.


Plays must deal with technology's influence on society (or what happens when things short circuit). Submissions were open to local, regional, national and international playwrights.

  • Only original material may be submitted.
  • LiveWire will ONLY be accepting online submissions. Submissions should be sent to visionfest@livewirechicago.com.
  • Submissions should be formatted as a PDF (.pdf) or Word Doc (.doc) with the title of the play as the name of the file (i.e., My-Awesome-Play.doc).
  • Do not include playwrights' name on any of the pages in the document.
  • In the body of the email, please include: Playwrights' Name, Title of Play, Email Address, Phone Number and Current City of Residence.
  • Submissions open Jan 15 through Apr 15. (Any submissions sent outside of these dates will be discarded.)
  • Plays must be between 1 to 10 minutes in length; 1 to 10 pages depending on density of material. (Any scripts over 10 minutes will be discarded.)
  • One submission per playwright will be considered.
  • Previously produced scripts will NOT be accepted.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Discount tickets for NYCPlaywrights: Fountain of Youth and Cowl Girl

The Dramatic Question offers $5 tickets for NYCPlaywrights  (original ticket price is $18) using the discount ticket code  DQT2BILL5 - at Brown Paper Tickets 

DQT founding member Noemi de la Puente presents her one-woman show,
"FOUNTAIN of YOUTH" a show about second chances and avoiding aging at all costs.

What if Ponce de Leon, the famous Spanish Conquistador really did discover the fountain of youth, and what if it came with a curse? Assistant Coroner Alexa Ruiz examines the bodies of an elderly couple. As part of the investigation, her strange travels take her to Buckingham Palace and to the real fountain of youth hidden in the swamps of Eastern Florida.  Knowing the power of the curse, will Alexa take the one drink from the fountain that will give her eternal youth?  The characters Alexa encounters range from a mysterious old woman and a crusty Spanish sailor to a former super model, and everything in between.  The performance combines storytelling narrative with rapid-fire dialogue as Ms. de la Puente moves quickly from one character to the next.

Written and Performed by
 Noemi de la Puente*
Directed by Andreas Robertz
Stage Manager: Karen Eilbacher

Performance is at 7:00 PM

then...stay for the second part of the night for....

COWL GIRL  is a shut-in living with her cat.
Her life consists of Pee-wee Herman, the music of  Prince, and 80s cartoons. Her only friend is the    doorman in her building. Oh, and she wears a Batman cowl, all day, everyday. Will a new man  in her life "unmask" the Cowl Girl and show her
what the outside world has to offer? Cowl Girl is a new romantic-comedy for the Cosplay and Geek crowd!

COWL GIRL, by Anna Capunay
Directed by Ana Maria Jomolca
Featuring the talents of:
 Natalie Buchinsky, Omar Perez, and Daniel O'Shea
Stage Manager: Antonio Devers

Performance is 8:30PM
Monday-Thursday, April 22-25
Theater 3
311 West 43rd St, Third Floor
New York, NY 10036

Wednesday, April 10, 2013


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Las Vegas Theatre Troupe Accepting Submissions through April 19th, 2013

Cockroach Theatre announces the Second Annual Sin City New Play Contest, supporting the bold new voices of playwrights from across the country. Contest submissions will be accepted now through April 19th, 2013, by email submission only to sincityplays@cockroachtheatre.com. Six finalists will receive public readings in May of 2013, and the winner will be chosen by the Cockroach Theatre company, including Artistic Director Erik Amblad and Resident Playwrights Erica Griffin and Ernie Curcio—with input from those attending the public readings. The winning play will have a full production with Cockroach Theatre during the Summer of 2013. In addition, the contest winner will receive a $250 cash prize as well as publication by Original Works Publishing (www.originalworksonline.com).

In its first year, the Sin City New Play Contest drew submissions from nearly 400 playwrights from across the nation. The contest’s first winner—Nurture by Johnna Adams—was named Best Play of 2012 by Las Vegas Weekly. Cockroach Theatre was proud to present Nurture directed by Jason Aaron Goldberg (also President of Original Works Publishing) as the inaugural production in Art Square Theatre, Cockroach Theatre’s brand new performance space in the heart of downtown Las Vegas. This month, Original Works Publishing will release Nurture by Johnna Adams as the latest addition to their vast catalog of plays by contemporary authors. Original Works Publishing’s support of the Sin City New Play Contest is part of their broader mission “to publish, produce, foster, and support bold, original, and adventurous playwrights from around the globe.”

The specific criteria for the Sin City New Play contest are as follows:

  • Contemporary American full-length plays only.
  • Maximum of 6 characters.
  • No adaptations, translations, musicals, or works for younger audiences.
  • Thesis plays and plays that have had a workshop production or readings are acceptable.  Plays that have already received a World Premiere are not acceptable.
  • Submissions via email only to sincityplays@cockroachtheatre.com (through April 19, 2013)
  • Six finalists receive public readings.  Winner is chosen by Cockroach Theatre company, with input from those who attend the readings.
  • Winner receives a full production in Summer 2013 by Cockroach Theatre, $250 cash prize, and publication by Original Works Publishing.

Cockroach Theatre has been producing theatre in Las Vegas since 2002, and their work has been seen on international stages, including at Burning Man, the Minnesota Fringe Festival, and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Audiences may currently see their production of You May Go Now by Bekah Brunstetter as part of Cockroach Theatre’s inaugural 2012-2013 Season of Plays at Art Square Theatre. The season will culminate in April and May with Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller. For more information, contact info@cockroachtheatre.com or visit www.cockroachtheatre.com.

Monday, April 8, 2013

April 2013 Play of the Month selections announced

The following plays were selected for the April 2013 Play of the Month:

  1. THE CLUTTERED MIND by Robert S. Robbins
  2. MOLES. EAT WORMS. by Steve Mielczarek
  3. MY NEW YORK SPARE ROOM by Kevin Jones
  4. OUT LIKE A LAMB by Cassie M. Seinuk
  5. SPRING CLEANING by Penny Jackson

Thanks to Alice Anne English, Celia Bressack, David Lamberton, Doug Rossi, Mike Giorgio and Renee Cole for their good work in the selection process.

Video recordings of readings of the selected plays will be posted to this web site soon.

Sunday, April 7, 2013

April 2013 Play of the Month script review

Thanks to Alice Anne English, Celia Bressack, David Lamberton, Doug Rossi, Mike Giorgio and Renee Cole for participating in the April 2013 Play of the Month selection process. The five selected plays will be announced soon.

Doug Rossi and Renee Cole

Renee Cole and David Lamberton

Doug Rossi and Alice Anne English

Celia Bressack and Mike Giorgio

Celia Bressack and David Lamberton
(thanks to Renee for sharing her photo)

Renee Cole and Alice Anne English

FUSION Theatre Company Announces Eighth Annual Short Works Festival

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NOTE: There is no submission fee if you send the script via snail mail

Seven fully-produced world premieres.
Seven different directors.
A professional ensemble cast.

And one winning playwright who will receive transport and lodging to spectacular Albuquerque, NM for the festival.


  • The plays should be inspired by the theme “Failure to Communicate”
  • Scripts may be a maximum of 10 pages in standard playwriting formats.
  • Each playwright may submit up to two scripts.
  • Please do NOT include the phrase “Failure to Communicate” in the text of the play.
  • FUSION exclusively mounts premiere productions of submitted plays. If the play has previously received a fully-mounted production, please do NOT submit. Plays that have been given public readings are allowable.
  • Longer one-act or full-length plays will not be accepted for consideration.
  • Each manuscript must include an additional title page with name, address, phone number and e-mail address. 
  • Either PDF (Acrobat) or DOC (MS Word) files are acceptable.

Please ensure your script does not include any identifying information on any other page.

You may also mail your submissions to:

FUSION Theatre Company
Attn: The Seven Submissions
700 1st St. NW
Albuquerque, NM 87102
There is no submission fee with this option.

• E-Submissions Deadline: April 15, 2013 11:59PM
• Entries will be acknowledged by e-mail once they have been received. Due to the volume of scripts we are unable to offer criticism or return any submissions.
• Do not place scripts in a binder or any other cover; we must disassemble to distribute copies to our judges. Simply use a staple or a binder clip to join the pages.
• The finalists and winning seven will be announced to the public on April 30, 2013.

• The easiest and our preferred method of receiving scripts is via e-submission. There is a nominal charge of $5 to offset printing and distribution costs to do so. You may submit up to two scripts with this fee.

To begin, click on the "Add to Cart" button below, which will place the required $5 fee in your Shopping Cart;
Then, after you pay via credit card or PayPal, the displayed receipt will include an Internet Web address that allows you to upload your script. The receipt will also be Emailed to you automatically. Copy and paste this address into your web browser for a page that will permit you to upload your script(s).

If this is your first time visiting our ticketing site, you'll be asked to create a simple account that protects your transaction and allows us to contact you if something goes awry. All patron and artist information, including email addresses, are kept strictly confidential: FUSION never shares any information with any other organizations.

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Playscripts, Inc. submission guidelines

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Playscripts, Inc. selects a wide variety of new plays for publication: short plays and full-length plays; comedies, dramas, and plays that defy genre; plays perfect for high schools, large professional theaters, or any number of other groups who want to create outstanding theater.

Before you submit work to Playscripts, we strongly encourage you to visit our Playwright Services page and our Submissions FAQ for more detailed information about what we do.

In deciding what to submit for Playscripts' consideration, please keep in mind that we are looking for certain kinds of plays in particular:

If your play contains adult content, and is intended for adult audiences, then it must have already received at least one fully staged professional production with published reviews.
If your play does not contain adult content, and could therefore be appropriate for high schools or middle schools, then prior productions and a large cast size are advantageous, but not required.

You may submit any number of plays that fit what we are looking for.

Electronic submissions are strongly preferred. For instructions on hard copy query letters, see the very bottom of this page.

Although we do publish and license musicals, the limitations of time and staff prevent us from accepting unsolicited musical submissions.

We do not accept screenplays.

Your play must not include material that you do not have permission to use.

Your play must not be previously published as part of an exclusive arrangement. (Note that most anthology and magazine publications are non-exclusive, and therefore do not pose a problem. If you are unsure, please contact us before submitting.)

Do not submit a play that is incomplete, unfinished, or a rough draft. Send us the entire completed play.

Playscripts has no problem with you submitting your play to other publishers simultaneously. If you receive a competing publication offer before hearing back from us, however, please let us know before signing a contract. This way we can expedite our evaluation, and you might be able to weigh more than one publication offer.

If you do decide to sign with another publisher while your play is still under consideration by Playscripts, you must let us know immediately, so that we do not waste resources evaluating a play that we cannot publish.

While we do not insist on one particular script format, your play should be clearly formatted and easily readable.

You do not need to register your play with the U.S. Copyright Office prior to submitting it. Playscripts will register any previously unregistered work in the event of publication. In any event, your work is automatically protected under copyright law from the moment you write it down.

Once you submit a play using the form here, we will contact you immediately via email to confirm that we have received it.

Please do not follow up, unless you have a competing publication offer to report. While we may be able to expedite our decision in the event of a competing publication offer, other follow-up inquiries will not accelerate the evaluation process.

The evaluation period lasts 3-6 months. Playscripts will always respond with a decision, either offering or declining to publish your play. If you haven't heard back from us after six months have elapsed, please let us know.

Submissions wanted - African-American experience or culture

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Evanston’s Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre is looking for play submissions for upcoming reading/performance opportunities.

Please send a hard copy of your script with cover sheet, synopsis, and two title pages (one with your contact information and one with the title alone) to:

Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre
Noyes Cultural Arts Center
927 Noyes St.
Evanston, IL 60201

Scripts will not be returned. Please allow eight weeks for a response.
For more information regarding our submission process, please call 847.448.8260.

The Exquisite Corpse Company is seeking three fellow playwrights

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The Exquisite Corpse Company is seeking three fellow playwrights who are interested in collaborative storytelling to help craft an epic reimagining of the Odyssey. Writing will be a twice a week commitment throughout the month of April, culminating in an immersive event running though out August.

The ECC is a integrated arts company based out of Brooklyn, New York. Our company members are Brooklyn based filmmakers, actors, playwrights, sculptors, dancers, and musicians.

Send a scene (ten page max.) reimagining the Siren episode from Homer’s Odyssey to


Submissions due by midnight Friday April 5th

Thursday, April 4, 2013

The Black Ship Co. is seeking submissions

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Play Submissions

We maintain an open submission policy - you are free to submit your work to us at any time. Before submitting, please take a moment to learn about us via this site, read the description below to help you decide if a play is appropriate to submit.

What are We Looking For?

Full Length Submissions

The Black Ship Co. is currently seeking plays for our 2013-2014 season. We're based in Chicago, our focus is on new works, and we're primarily looking for plays that have had fewer than 5 productions. You can learn more about us at blackshipco.org

This upcoming season will include fully produced plays, workshops, and a reading series. All plays sent to us will be considered for all three unless you specifically request otherwise.

For this season, we're seeking plays with a touch of the absurd, imaginary, or the magical. We're talking everything from tall tales & urban legends to new myths & folk heroes.

We're also going to be launching a Children's Theater Summer Series, and are seeking plays for that as well. For that, we are searching for 40-60 minute plays that stretch the imagination and contain characters whose struggles inspire adults and children alike to the better parts of humanity. Put simply, "Ad astra per aspera."

To submit your work, go to http://blackshipco.org/submissions

If you have any questions, please contact our literary manager at  andrew.coil@blackshipco.org

Black Curtain Submissions

The Black Ship Co. is currently seeking plays for our next round of the Black Curtain Project. The Black Curtain Project is an experimental merger of black box theater and web video. We stage new, short works as though they were going to be put up in a black box space, then film the for distribution free online for anyone to view. If you're curious, you can check out our completed Black Curtain projects here: http://blackshipco.org/black-curtain

For this round, we're seeking plays with a touch of the absurd, imaginary, or the magical. We're talking everything from tall tales & urban legends to new myths & folk heroes.

If you have any questions, please contact our literary manager at  andrew.coil@blackshipco.org

Wednesday, April 3, 2013


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Manhattan Repertory Theatre is seeking fully produced plays (cast, directed & ready to perform) 40 to 120 minutes for MRT's SUMMERFEST 2013, JUNE 5 - AUGUST 17, 2012

To submit your play production please email: The complete play, a synopsis of the play, the running time of the play, the set and lighting requirements, the play's production history (if it has been produced before and where) and a creative team leader contact email address to:

by Wednesday APRIL 17, 2013.

Please put "SUMMERFEST SUBMISSION" in the subject heading. Applicants will be contacted by April 24, 2013 at the latest as to their acceptance.

There is no submission fee. NO PAY. NON-EQUITY ONLY. Each play will be given a MINIMUM of FIVE performances. A REFUNDABLE security deposit of $300 will be required upon acceptance. For more information and complete guidelines, log on to www.manhattanrep.com

Monday, April 1, 2013

NYCPlaywrights April 2013 Play of the Month

Submissions are no longer being accepted for the NYCPlaywrights April 2013
Play of the Month.

The selections will be announced soon

The theme is "Spring Cleaning" There could be an actual spring cleaning, or the play could deal with renewal/new beginnings. Although if you could have both that would be awesome.

The deadline is Sunday, March 31, 2013 at 11:59 PM EDT.

This time we are doing something a little different - we are picking up to five plays of the month. We received many good plays for February and it was a shame that we could only select one.

We will video-record readings of all the plays selected, and the videos will be posted (with author permission) to the NYCPlaywrights web site.


~ Send only one ten-minute play per author to info@nycplaywrights.org

~ The script must be submitted by the author of the script, no agents or others may submit.

~ The script submission should be sent by email, with the play itself as a file attached to the email. File format should be in either Microsoft Word (.doc) or pdf. Most preferable is .pdf (Portable Document Format) because it will retain your original script

~ The script can be no longer than 10 pages (not including title page, setting info page, etc. - pages will be counted only from where the actual stage directions and dialog begin.)

~ The script should be in standard playscript format. If you are not sure what that is, see this page on the NYCPlaywrights web site:

~ Plays that are not in standard format, or that have more than 10 pages (not counting title page, etc.) will be rejected immediately.

~ Make sure you have your name and your email address on the title page of the script.

~ Plays can be from anybody, anywhere in the world, but must be primarily in English (a few non-English phrases are acceptable, but the phrases must include English translations in production notes or stage directions.)

~ There is no fee for submission.

~ The NYCPlaywrights selection decision is final and NYCPlaywrights reserves the right to select no plays from those submitted.

~ A play that has had a production is acceptable.

~ A play that has been published is not acceptable.

~ All rights will remain with the playwright.

~ There is no monetary compensation.

~ The selected play(s) will be video-recorded and posted April or May 2013.

~ Video recording(s) of the play(s) will be posted to the NYCPlaywrights YouTube account and from there embedded into the NYCPlaywrights blog. The playwright(s) will be asked to review the video recording and approve it before it is made public.

~ The play must reflect the month's theme in some meaningful way.

~ The play should be a complete 10-minute play, not an excerpt from a longer work.

Any questions email info@nycplaywrights.org

For more information about the Play of the Month project check out this page:

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