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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  Scripts with previous readings or productions permitted providing they are unpublished and unencumbered.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.

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