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Saturday, September 28, 2013

Theater Reviews Online


What happens when you pimp out the pop in a pop masterpiece? Does it cheapen the original work by association? An unfortunate aspect of the thirty or so modern-day screen adaptations of “Romeo and Juliet” is that they minimize the attention it takes to listen to the play; filmmakers tend to amp up the characters’ knowing youthfulness, while jettisoning much of the script’s literariness. Those film adaptations have made the play difficult for many people to sit through—you can’t fast-forward it, or leave it on pause—but it may be partly the fault of how the play itself is read. Looked at a certain way, “Romeo and Juliet” is a movie, or structured like one: in a series of relatively swift and visually sensational sequences, two bodies are joined together and torn apart by the exciting forces of desire, animosity, and love. Mark Van Doren, in his exceptional book about Shakespeare, writes that the poet’s eighth play is “a tragedy which is crowded with life. . . . But it is crowded at the same time with clevernesses, it keeps the odor of ink.” That ink is what the Australian director Baz Luhrmann tried to wipe away in his interesting, 1996 modernization of the tale, which dressed up the familiarities of the plot with opera-buffa staging, Bollywood jump cuts, and nervous, lovesick closeups. In short, Luhrmann used Shakespeare to serve his own style, which is fundamentally unliterary, despite all the talk...

Romeo wakes up one morning and spots the flecks of gray in his boyish mop, and it all comes rushing back. Rosaline — she turned him down cold last night. It shouldn’t hurt this much. He’s over 500 years old and part elf — still a young man! Forever a young man! But he’s just not feeling it — not today. What to do? Maybe he’ll buy a motorcycle! Fuck, yeah: Some kitsch-encrusted retro-Brando model. He’ll roar around the artfully distressed, urban-outfitted precincts of gentrified Verona, then maybe do a little free-climbing, have a few sojutinis with the boys (who aren’t really boys anymore, either). He’ll try to forget about the old gal. Maybe make some time with a younger one. A much younger one, preferably...

A sense of divine justice seizes us whenever two of the world’s prettiest people find each other. This was true when Taylor met Burton, when Brad met Angelina, when Paris met Helen, or even when Narcissus met his reflection. We just can’t help sighing over the glory of separate souls wrapped in the luxury of shared beauty. Then there’s that other part of us that thinks, both fearfully and hopefully, “It can’t last.” Such thoughts are inevitably stirred by David Leveaux’s lopsided production of “Romeo and Juliet,” which opened on Thursday night at the Richard Rodgers Theater, with the equally exquisite-looking Orlando Bloom and Condola Rashad in the title roles. When these doomed lovers first set eyes on each other, it’s so obvious that they’re a matched set — and that they know it — that the whole world seems to stand still in deference...

Princeton University presents: 2014-2015 HODDER FELLOWSHIP

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The Hodder Fellowship will be given to writers and non-literary artists of exceptional promise to pursue independent projects at Princeton University during the 2014-2015 academic year. Potential Hodder Fellows are writers, composers, choreographers, visual artists, performance artists, or other kinds of artists or humanists who have "much more than ordinary intellectual and literary gifts"; they are selected more "for promise than for performance." Given the strength of the applicant pool, most successful Fellows have published a first book or have similar achievements in their own fields; the Hodder is designed to provide Fellows with the "studious leisure" to undertake significant new work.

Hodder Fellows spend an academic year at Princeton, but no formal teaching is involved. A $75,000 stipend is provided. Fellowships are not intended to fund work leading to an advanced degree. One need not be a U.S. citizen to apply.

Applications must be submitted by October 1, 2013 through the Princeton Jobs website at http://jobs.princeton.edu, requisition # 1300448.

Submit a resume, a 3,000-word writing sample of recent work, and a project proposal of 500 to 750 words.

Performing and Visual Artists:
Submit a resume, a project proposal of 500 to 750 words, and examples of ten minutes of performance through link(s) to sites such as YouTube, Vimeo, Flicker, etc. Visual artists should provide up to 20 still images saved as a PDF file and submit as part of their online application or supply a link to a website, YouTube, etc.

Friday, September 27, 2013

CAN AMERICA MAKE IT? 10-minute playwriting festival

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You are invited to submit an original 10-minute play to a Playwriting Festival for early November of 2013 to be held at Stony Point Center.

This festival, “Can America Make it?” will benefit the Community of Living Traditions, a multifaith residency program that practices hospitality, engages faith and cultivates nonviolence and justice. This will be an opportunity for unproduced writers to have their work presented. The challenge of the Festival is the necessity for social action to heal the problems in our society.

Be Creative! Consider all forms of what is wrong with society.

Using your skills and imagination, write an original play, drama or comedy that will be presented as staged productions. Our “Can America Make It?” festival calls for plays that deal with some aspect of nonviolent social action in response to injustice in a community and/or society.

We are seeking plays written in any style that reveal fresh plot, interesting character(s), sufficient conflict and a running time of 10 minutes maximum.

General Guidelines

  • Play submissions (by internet only) are due by Midnight October 13th
  • All US playwrights can participate and be considered but local playwrights are preferred (New York, Rockland County, Westchester and New Jersey)
  • Up to 6 scripts will be chosen to be presented.
  • Stony Point Productions offers rehearsal space at 17 Cricketown Road, Stony Point, New York 10980. Please be advised that all participants selected should rehearse at their own spaces in addition to the Stony Point Center. 
  • Plays will be presented in the Stony Point Conference Center’s auditorium which seats 120 people.
  • Playwrights will be responsible for finding their own directors and actors. Please don’t allow this to discourage you from submitting (if there are issues finding directors and actors, please contact Marie-Elena Ortiz.
  • This is a fundraiser to assist the Stony Point Conference Center’s multifaith community dedicated to non-violence. All participants are donating their time and talent. Our goal is to fill every seat in the house! 
  • The suggested donation to attend (this is not a submission fee) is $15.00.

Script Guidelines

  • Your play must adhere to the theme of what is wrong with society?
  • Write for a cast of 1-4 actors (the more diverse the better)
  • Minimum props a table and 2 chairs if needed. 
  • The play must be no longer than 10 minutes

How to Submit

Email your script to Marie-Elena Ortiz dramaturgycentral@gmail.com

Write in the subject line: your last name/societies hangups

In the body of the email send your complete contact information and a one line summary of your play.

You will be contacted regarding your script status in Mid October.

Play submissions (by internet only) are due by Midnight October 13th.


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Now accepting submissions for its Jewish humor and comedy program. The Jewish Writers Roundtable was founded at Valley Beth Shalom as a home for professional writers interested in developing drama and comedy with foundations in Jewish life. Participants who make up the Roundtable represent writers and producers of television, features, theater. novelists, poets, and documentarians.

Valley Beth Shalom is one of the leading Conservative synagogues in the United States. Under Rabbi Harold Schulweis and Rabbi Ed Feinstein it has instituted programs with worldwide outreach. They include Jewish World Watch, and The Institute for the Righteous.

Six Ten-minute comedies, sketches or monologues will be presented on December 14, 2013. Authors are encouraged to submit innovative, original, even outrageous Jewish-oriented work. The only caveat: no blue material. We’re looking for the best
and brightest. Plays, sketches and monologues that have been produced previously are acceptable. The six plays chosen will be announced in November 2013 and receive an honorarium of $50.


Scripts must be original.
Adaptations must be public domain or if original material is written by another author, accompanied by a letter of permission to use copyrighted material.
The play, exclusive of title and cast pages, must be 10 pages or less, with a run time of 8 to 10 minutes maximum.
Cast limited to 4 characters.
All submissions must be in a standard professional play format.
Hard copy submissions only.

Send entries to: JWR, PO Box 55815, Sherman Oaks, CA 91413

Title page: Author's name, address, phone number, and email address.
Second page: Cast and description of characters and setting information.
Third page: first page of play. Include title and page numbers on every page.

Authors may submit only one script.

Submission letter must contain consent to permit JWR to produce the play as a reading if it is selected. Authors retain copyright and full ownership of plays. Plays will be performed by professional actors and directed by the author or may name a director. Authors shall indicate their option. Directors must cast their own plays. Directors and actors will be given honoraria.

Date of performance: December 14, 2013 at Valley Beth Shalom, Encino, California 91403.

Deadline: Submissions must be postmarked on or before October 18, 2013.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

IATI THEATRE seeks 10-minute performances for FAB festival

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IATI Theater is looking for 10 minute long theater, dance, music or multidisciplinary pieces for its Vanguardia Box, which will be featured at FAB's annual festival to take place on the 4th street arts block on Sepetember 28th, 1pm-5pm.

IATI theater seeks interesting and visually stimulating pieces that will be performed inside an 8'x8' wooden box. The more visually stimulating the better. All pieces must be around the 10 minute mark. Each group of artists will perform the piece twice from 1pm-5pm.

There is no payment involved but you get to perform your piece in the most vibrant theater block in Manhattan (this is the same block where LaMAma, NYTW and–of course–IATI are located). Also, you will be able to promote your show/company on a table that will be set up next to the box, as well as interact with the audience in between your performances.

Here's a link to the festival's page:

If interested, please submit a project proposal, as well as any other materials you have of your show to:

haydn@iatitheater.org AND german@iatitheater.org

Primary Stages offers discounts for NYCPlaywrights

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NYCPlaywrights get a $100 discount on two upcoming writing classes at Primary Stages/ESPA: The First Draft with Josh Hecht and Comedy Writing with Kate Moira Ryan. Whether you want to start a new play from scratch or spice up a dramatic piece with comic relief, we have the instructors and guidance for you!

Click here for additional information: http://primarystages.org/writing. Use code NYCP when you register online to pay just $480 (that’s $100 off your tuition!) Need a payment plan? Just give us a call at 212-840-9705!

New Play-Reading Festival Submission

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This project is open to any unpublished and unproduced non-musical Theater for Young Audiences (TYA) scripts to be considered as one of four plays to be featured in the New Play-Reading Festival this coming season at The Growing Stage Theatre – The Children’s Theatre of New Jersey.

The New Play-Reading Festival is a wonderful opportunity for artists to have their unpublished works presented before an audience, in a play-reading scenario, by a cast consisting of both professional and amateur actors on two separate occasions during our 2013/2014 season.

The Growing Stage is committed to creating and presenting professional theatre for young people and their families and to provide them with the unique and affordable opportunity to share a fun, culturally significant moment in an intimate and special venue, The Historic Palace Theatre. Young people are also given the opportunity to grow as performers by working alongside professional actors as part of the theatre learning experience. Shows usually require a minimum of 4 characters/performers; there is no maximum, provided that if necessary, doubling is OK with the playwright.

The initial play readings will take place, one per day, November 7 through 10. After the reading of each play, there will be a dialogue among the audience, performers and playwright. The second set of readings will take place, again, one per day, March 6 through 9. After the play readings in March, one of the four scripts will then be selected to be presented as a fully mounted production in The Growing Stage’s 2014/2015 Main Stage season!!!

Please send script submissions for the New Play-Reading Festival and subsequently for the 2014/2015 Main Stage BY OCTOBER 1st 2013 to the company’s Production Manager and head of the festival, Steve Graham:  prdmgr@growingstage.com

Or to:

The Growing Stage Theatre
Attn: Steve Graham
P.O. Box 36
Netcong, NJ 07857

If your script submission is an adaptation, we do ask that you also please include proof that you have permission from the author to adapt their work.

QU: Queens University of Charlotte accepts script excerpts

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Our mission is to publish fiction, poetry, essays and script excerpts of outstanding quality. In keeping with the ethos of the Queens University MFA program, we will look for writing that is provocative, original and reflective of contemporary culture.

Since ours is a low-residency program, we will also include articles on subjects that are of interest to working writers. Tentatively titled "The Writing Life," this series could address the challenges almost all writers face in trying to balance their craft with everyday demands.

We are currently accepting submissions in:

  • Fiction
  • Essays
  • Poetry
  • Script Excerpts

Prose submissions (fiction, essays, script excerpts) should be a maximum of 4000 words. Poetry submissions may include up to 3 poems.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Piney Fork Press Theater One Act Play Festival seeks 10 minute plays & monologues

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Submissions are now being accepted for the Second Piney Fork Press Theater One Act Play Festival, to take place in January 2014 in New York City.

Seeking 10 minute plays (no more than 10 pp), preferably with no more than 5 characters. Also seeking monologues (no more than 4pp). Basic set requirements.

No more than 3 submissions per playwright. No profanity, as this is a family friendly festival! No submission fee.

Please include name, address, telephone number and email address.

Also seeking actors and directors.

Deadline: October 1st, 2013


Snail mail:
Piney Fork Press Theater Festival
22-73 43rd Street - JC
Astoria NY 11105

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Lourdes University Drama Society 2013 One-Act Playwriting Competition

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NOTE: the five dollar entry fee is waived for those who send a copy of their current Dramatists Guild membership card.

Lourdes University Drama Society 2013 One-Act Playwriting Competition Rules
Cash awards of $250 for 1st place, $100 for 2nd place, and $50 for 3rd place will be presented. Winning plays will also be produced by the Lourdes University Drama Society.

To enter please send the following items to the address below:
1. Completed entry form
2. Bio of the playwright(s) – must be 100 words or less
3. Play synopsis including character descriptions
4. Five copies of the script
5. $5 entry fee or copy of current Dramatist Guild membership card
(checks should be made out to Lourdes University)

Mail to:
Keith Ramsdell
Lourdes University Drama Society
One-Act Playwriting Competition
6832 Convent Blvd
Sylvania, OH 43560

Competition Rules:
1. The competition is open to all playwrights 18 years of age and older. Only one play per playwright may be entered per year. Plays may be co-written by more than one playwright, but the names of all playwrights must appear on the entry form.
2. Entries must be one-act stage plays with performance times of 8 to 15 minutes. Full-length plays, musicals, children’s plays, film and TV scripts, and plays previously entered in this competition are ineligible.
3. Submissions are restricted to original dramatic works – no adaptations – that have not been previously published or produced outside of an academic environment.
4. While all reasonable care will be taken, Lourdes University Drama Society does not assume any responsibility for lost, misplaced or damaged scripts.
5. There are no restrictions on genre or theme.
6. Scripts will be judged on concept, dramatic action, characterization and dialogue. Preference
will be given to plays with 2 to 4 characters, limited staging requirements, and content/language sensitive to the traditions and values of Lourdes University. The decisions of the judges are final. No critiques will be given, and no scripts will be returned.
7. Lourdes University Drama Society will produce the winning plays royalty-free during its Festival of One Acts 2014. This includes the right to make rehearsal copies of the script, to use the title of the play and the author’s name in publicity and promotion, and to videotape the play for archival purposes. The playwright will receive a program and DVD from the production. All future production and publication rights remain the property of the playwright.
8. The deadline for entries is a postmark of October 1, 2013. Late scripts will not be accepted, and revisions cannot be made once a script has been submitted. Winners will be announced and notified on Sunday, December 8.

Formatting Instructions:

1. To ensure anonymity during the judging process, no personal information should appear anywhere on the submitted script. The entry form will contain this information.
2. All scripts should be printed on 8-1/2” x 11” white paper, typewritten on one side only and submitted in acceptable play manuscript format. Each copy should be bound with a staple. Pages must be numbered, and the name of the play should appear on each page.
3. The entry form, bio, synopsis and fee or copy of DG card should be clipped together. 4. Incorrectly formatted entries will be disregarded.

For more information see the Competition Rules Form here.

More Information:
Please contact Keith Ramsdell at 419-517-8881 or kramsdell@lourdes.edu with any questions. You may also visit us on the web at www.lourdes.edu/dramasociety

Seeking Three-Section Play for Production

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Three-D is seeking submissions from New York-based playwrights interested in workshopping a play (or developing a new one), culminating in a fully-realized production. We are particularly seeking plays that are ensemble-driven and open to interpretation.

Three-D is a group of artists interested in developing a new play through a workshop period with the playwright, followed by a fully staged production in the Spring or Summer of 2014 (dates TBD). The play must be divisible into three-sections (three acts, three scenes, or three groupings of scenes would all be fine) that are pretty equal in length and depth.

Playwrights whose plays are selected for further review will be asked to meet with Three-D artists to discuss the particulars of the project.

If you have a play that fits this criteria, please send us the play in its entirety. If it is not obvious where the sections fall (i.e. if it is not a three-act or three-scene play), please let us know how you envision it should be divided.

If you are interested in developing a play with Three-D that you have not yet written, please send an outline of your play idea and a writing sample of another play that you have completed—any length is fine.

Play submissions should be sent in PDF format. If you are submitting more than one play, please send each one in a separate email.

The subject line of your email should read as follows: PLAY NAME by YOUR NAME.

In the body of the email, please include a brief synopsis of the play (2-5 sentences) and a character breakdown (ex/ 3F, 2M).

Please send submissions to: projectthreeD@gmail.com

Submissions will be accepted until September 30, 2013.
Three-D encourages female playwrights to apply.

Monday, September 23, 2013

The City Theatre National Award for Short Playwriting

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The City Theatre National Award for Short Playwriting furthers the Company’s mission to identify, acknowledge and award excellence in dramatic writing. With the mission of developing and producing original short plays by established talents and promising new voices, City Theatre will select up to fifteen playwrights from among the hundreds who annually submit their ten-minute plays to the company for special recognition. The winning play will be produced in the annual Summer Shorts festival, for which the playwright will earn royalties and be invited to Miami for the festival. Transportation, hotel, the Weekend and a cash prize will be awarded up to a value of $2,000.00. Finalists will be considered for production in the Summer Shorts festival and other programming, and submitted to the Samuel French Off-Broadway Festival. The Summer Shorts Festival is produced annually in Miami during the month of June.

City Theatre Play Submissions Rules and Information;

City Theatre is looking for wonderful short plays (up to ten minutes) for Summer Shorts and other programming. Having produced hundreds of plays, we know what we want; scripts that are lively and timely, hilarious and thought-provoking, poignant and dangerous. We look for plays that span style and genre. We will consider bilingual scripts and ten-minute musicals. We have no restriction on the age range of the characters. In other words, for us to consider a script for production, we are seeking compelling plays that rise above the ordinary.

Please review the criteria thoroughly before sending your submission to City Theatre.

Plays will be accepted yearly from August 30th – September 30th. Scripts won’t be considered sooner or later!
  • Playwrights can submit only one script – send us your best!
  • No scripts will be returned – save postage. No SASE required.
  • Each script must be no more than ten pages long. We start counting when the actual play begins.
  • Remember to submit scripts with page numbers.
  • Previously submitted plays, children’s shows, longer one-acts or full-length plays won’t be accepted or returned.
  • City Theatre will consider previously produced works with a production history included with submission.
  • Manuscripts must be typed and individually bound or stapled. Title page must include name, address, email address and phone number. We will accept electronic submissions provided all of the contact info and production history is included.
  • The volume of scripts submitted prevents us from providing feedback or criticism.
  • NOTE: City Theatre will only contact the playwrights with scripts the company considers for the National Award for Short Playwriting Contest, or to produce in its various programming. Those playwrights only will be contacted in February-March by e-mail or a phone call.

Deadline – Submission Postmark Every Year by September 30th.
Address Submissions to: Susan Westfall, Literary Director

City Theatre, 444 Brickell Ave., Suite 229, Miami, Fl 33131

Electronic submissions should be emailed to 10minuteplays@citytheatre.com

For questions email susan@citytheatre.com


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Independent Actors Theatre of Columbia, MO, is seeking short plays (max. 10-12 minutes) by women playwrights for its sixth annual short Women's Play Festival – "the plays are short, not the women."

Plays will be staged and produced by local women theatre directors and stage managers in March 2014. Plays of all styles and genres are welcomed. Because the emphasis is on new plays, previously produced work may be considered but preference will be given to plays that have had staged readings and/or are unproduced. Plays that feature minimal/flexible set and small casts are preferred. Plays selected for the Festival will be licensed through the playwrights.

Submissions and queries for further information should be sent electronically to artistic director Emily Rollie (e.rollie@iatheatre.org) by 30 September 2013. 

Please limit submissions to 2 plays per playwright. For more information about Independent Actors Theatre or the short Women's Play Festival please visit www.iatheatre.org.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

NYCPlaywrights October 2013 Play of the Month: YOU PUT A SPELL ON ME by Gabrielle Sinclair

Doug Rossi
 NYCPlaywrights reviewed the monologues submitted for the October 2013 Play of the Month, which was a monologue challenge on the theme YOU PUT A SPELL ON ME. Out of 60 monologues submitted the review team selected the monologue by Gabrielle Sinclair. Congratulations Gabrielle.

Valerie David
Thanks to everybody who submitted work, and thanks to the review team for their excellent performances and feedback of the monologues: Starra Andrews, Bruce Barton, Renee Cole, Valerie David, Alice Anne English and Doug Rossi.

The monologue will be video-recorded and posted to the NYCPlaywrights web site soon.

Renee Cole

Bruce Barton
Alice Anne English

Starra Andrews

Scripts Wanted for Oct. 19 - 20 Short Play Lab

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Dear Friend in the Theatre,

We got so many responses for the September Short Play Lab, we already have some for the October Lab, but we need more. New participants are welcome! The rules are easy-peasy:

Deadline is Oct. 10. 

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. You can't leave your stuff in the theatre overnight.
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 Oct. 19.

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.

To submit a script, send it as an attachment, in Word format, to john.chatterton@gmail.com. Any questions, don't hesitate to shoot me an E-mail!
John Chatterton
Executive producer, Short Play Lab

The Eighth Annual Six Women Playwriting Festival

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The Eighth Annual Six Women Playwriting Festival is now accepting submissions for their 2014 Festival themed: Up, Down and Sideways, Moving into new spaces. The festival will be held the weekends of: April 10th, April 17th, and April 24th in Colorado Springs, Co

Playwright entries must be unpublished works and not previously professionally produced. The festival is open to any women 16 years of age and up and is limited to one submission per playwright. Previously submitted plays from prior festivals will not be accepted and will not be returned or receive a response. The Six Women Playwriting Festival is unable to accept electronic submissions and entries postmarked after the September 30th, 2013 deadline will not be accepted or returned.

Playwrights must follow the “Up, Down and Sideways, Moving into new spaces” theme and all creative work submissions must be appropriate for the festivals community and theatre. The reading committee and producing theatre are seeking scripts with the potential for “dynamic staging of richly established characters in original dramatic and comedic relationships.  “Television sitcom situations” or “Talking heads” will not be accepted by the festival committee.

The mission of the Six Women Playwriting Festival is to create an artistic home for women playwrights, while nurturing a strong company of actors, directors, designers, technicians and administrators. The scope is to awaken new ideas, stimulate change and encourage dreams through new works and forms while enriching their community and the world through the art of theatre.

Please visit The Six Women Playwriting Festival website for additional information including submission rules, guidelines and awards.

Company: Six Women Playwriting Festival
Location: Colorado Springs, Co
Press Contact:Donna Guthrie
Email: DonnaG6113@aol.com

Website: www.sixwomenplayfestival.com

Tiny Theater seeks 10-minute theater pieces

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Tiny Theater returns in November, 2013!

Tiny Theater is a performance event that aims to include theater, dance, multi-media, puppetry, etc.

Works are no longer than 10 minutes and are presented festival style in a 6’ x 6’ x 6’ box constructed of PVC pipe—performers and scenic elements must not exist outside the box at any point during each piece.

The event was created originally by the Ontological-Hysteric Incubator.

Deadline for applications: September 29, 2013. 

To apply, please fill out the form and email any supporting materials to tiny@bricktheater.com.

Saturday, September 21, 2013


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For the fifth Biennial Commission we’d like you to consider Robert Altman’s movie Nashville.

No, we aren’t looking for a cast of thousands, a 2 1/2 hour opus, a dissection of country music or of red state culture. But we love the way Altman’s movies move from the ridiculous to the heart-breaking, we love the combo of the highly auteured and the DIY, the obliqueness,  the leitmotifs and the red herrings, the imperfection of the characters and of the movie itself, the excruciating humanity that is never ever mawkish, and the monumental and surprising accrual. So watch the amazing Nashville and if you like, other Altmans, and let ‘em inspire you in whatever way that happens for you.

Please explore the following possibilities:

  • What if you created a cast with no dominant racial or cultural group, or/and in which more than one significant character was from a racial or cultural background different than your own?
  • What if your play started just as something BIG has just ended OR the moment after someone has been terribly hurt?
  • What if temperature is a factor?
  • What if there is at least one scene where there is a difficulty with a light source?
  • What if “close ups” are a factor in your play?  Yes, we are referring to cinematic-style close ups, but how might that translate in world of your play?
  • BONUS (just for fun):  What is the theatrical equivalent of an Altman-style epic tracking shot?

Please submit the following (BLIND submission, see notes below):

  • Completed info form (s)
  • 10 exploratory pages from the proposed project (either contiguous or from different sections of your play – your choice)
  • one page telling us about that project
  • a completed play
  • a resume


No names please, on 10 page samples or complete plays. The panel reads all submissions BLIND — the only place your name should appear is on the INFO FORM AND YOUR RESUME.

This year, in addition to submitting a letter of intent and ten pages and a resume, we are asking for writers to upload a completed play, along with a brief statement to help us understand its relationship to the proposed project, and recommending ten pages to look at for reference.  We are only requesting the completed script so that our committee members can get a greater sense of the writer’s voice, if they feel they need to.

The statement of intent should briefly map out the proposed piece and if need be, orient the reader to the excerpt’s relationship to the whole. You needn’t explain or repeat anything that your 10 page sample makes clear. Then give us an idea of where the piece is coming from and where you think you want to go with it.

One last thing: this is a commission for Clubbed Thumb. So scoot around our website take a look at our general submission policy and history for reference, if they are not familiar to you.


DEADLINE: Sunday, September 22nd, 4:44 EST. The Autumnal Equinox, at least according to the internet.

The proposals will be read and adjudicated over the course of the fall, and the commission(s) awarded by Thanksgiving.

The $15,000 commission — which might be split between writers if the panel so elects — will be paid out in three installments every six months, with the first installment following the signing of a contract.  Send questions to info[at]clubbedthumb.org

Click HERE to fill out an application.


Clubbed Thumb will accept submissions that fall within the following guidelines:

  • Unproduced in New York City
  • Running time: 90 min or under.
  • Intermissionless
  • Must feature substantial and challenging roles for both men and women
  • At least a 3 character cast

Clubbed Thumb produces plays that are funny, strange, and provocative. Please check out our history area to get a feeling for our sensibility and a selected chronology.
Please do not send scripts that fall outside these guidelines.

For general submissions, please send scripts to:
Clubbed Thumb 195 Chrystie Street, #401A New York, NY 10002
Please do not bind scripts; pages should be loose or clipped with a binder clip.
Clubbed Thumb does read and respond to every play submitted. However, with a staff of two, this may take many months. Please be patient and do not follow up on the status of your submission. Please wait for a response to one play before sending another.

Scripts will not be returned. Sorry, electronic submissions are not accepted.

Autumn Plays

Autumn Crocus is a 1931 play by the British writer Dodie Smith. It was Smith's first play written under the pseudonym of C.L. Anthony. It follows a single schoolteacher who goes on holiday to the Tyrol and falls in love with the married owner of the hotel in which she is staying.

The Velocity of Autumn: In a simple Brooklyn brownstone, 79-year-old Alexandra lives a solitary existence with her fleeting memories and enough explosives to take down most of the block. At an impasse with her family over how she should spend her autumn years, Alexandra's long-absent son enters as a most unlikely mediator, to try and save his mother's life as much as his own. Funny and dangerous, aching and revelatory, this perceptive play reveals both the fragility and ferocity of life.

The Autumn Garden is a 1951 play by Lillian Hellman. The play is set in September, 1949 in a summer home in a resort on the Gulf of Mexico, about 100 miles from New Orleans. The play is a study of the defeats, disappointments and diminished expectations of people reaching middle age. For inspiration, Hellman drew on her memories of her time in her aunts' boardinghouse. Dashiell Hammett, who had been Hellman's lover for 20 years, helped her write the play and received 15 percent of the royalties. Of all Hellman's plays it was her favorite.

The Jonathan Larson Grants

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The Jonathan Larson Grants, established seventeen years ago with the resources of the Jonathan Larson Performing Arts Foundation and gifts from the Larson Family to honor the memory of Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize recipient Jonathan Larson, recognize and support emerging composers, lyricists and book writers. The grants will be celebrated at a reception featuring performances of the winning artists' work in the spring. Artists seeking a Jonathan Larson Grant must submit an online application, along with the required attachments, in order for the review committee to evaluate the artist's work.

The application deadline for the 2014 grants is September 30th, 2013. To be considered for this grant, applications must be submitted online no later than midnight on September 30th. If you are unable to access the internet to submit an online application, please contact the ATW offices by September 23rd to make arrangements to submit a paper application.

General Criteria
The Jonathan Larson Grants are intended to honor and recognize emerging musical theatre artists. Composers, lyricists, and librettists who work in musical theatre are the focus of the grants. ATW is committed to serving artists who are creating new, fully producible works for the theatre, and advancing the art form. The grants do not honor a specific piece or project.

Grant awards are based on merit, and are intended for those artists with a demonstrated commitment and dedication to a career in musical theatre. Further, the grants are not intended to be scholarships, and artists applying for grants should be working professionally in the field.

Applications are accepted in the following areas:
Individuals may apply as lyricists, composers, librettists, or any combination of the three.

Collaborative teams may apply together as composer, lyricist, and/or librettist, or any combination of the three. Collaborators who work together regularly are strongly encouraged to apply as a team. If your collaborative team has more than three individuals, please contact the ATW offices.

United States citizenship is not a requirement to receive the grant, but you must be eligible to work in the U.S. and reside/work here on at least a part-time basis and submitted work should be predominately in English.

Artists may apply only once per grant cycle. You may not apply as part of a team and as an individual applicant.
Prior Jonathan Larson Grant Recipients are not eligible.

(Applications that do not adhere to these general criteria will not be considered)

Required Materials - applications that do not adhere to these guidelines will not be considered.


Completed Application Forms, including:
General Information.

Artistic Statement - on the form provided, describe your achievements and goals for your career as a creative artist or collaborative team (one per application). Please do not make specific monetary requests as part of the application.

Creative Curriculum Vitae - productions/workshops/readings, educational history, and including list of awards (one for each applicant or each member of a team, please submit multiple CVs in one, combined .pdf or .doc file)

Comprehensive Work Sample List - a list of all the song and libretto selections with authorship information. Work samples are only required in accordance with your application focus. For instance, if you are applying as a composer only, please only submit music, and dramatic context for the song. Do not submit a book or lyrics for adjudication. The same would be true if you were applying as a lyricist or bookwriter, only submit samples for the area or areas for which you wish to be considered.

Once you have completed the Work Sample list, you will have the opportunity to upload your material.
Libretto - Please submit one-act only of a musical book (or if your work does not have a traditional act-break, an excerpt of 60 pages or less). .pdf format is preferred. You may start your libretto with a 1-page synopsis of the show in its entirety.

Audio Files/Song Selections - upload selected songs (accepted formats include MP3, MP4, WMA, WAV, ACC (M4A) and FLAC). Select individual tracks and pieces that reflect your best work.

Dramatic Context/Lyric Sheets - describe the dramatic context and provide the lyrics for each song selection.

Additionally, though not required, applicants may provide a letter of support/recommendation from theatre artists or educators.

About Selecting Work Samples:
Regardless, if you work creatively in all three disciplines (music, lyrics, and book) or you are applying as a collaborative team, you should submit combined work samples that represent the full range of your work. For example, Jonathan Larson might have submitted one application three song selections from Rent, two song selections from Tick, Tick... Boom!, and the book of Act II from Rent. Please do not submit a recording of an entire act or production. Select individual tracks and pieces that reflect your best work.

The Jonathan Larson Grants are intended to honor and recognize emerging musical theatre writers. We are aware that artists work in multiple disciplines; and while it is not necessary that you only work in musical theatre, selections of representative work submitted for the grant must be for musical theatre. Applications submitting oratorios, operas, symphonic scores, or film scores will not be considered.

Adapted Works: Should you choose to submit selections from work which is adapted from an existing work, you must provide proof of rights for that adaptation as part of your application.

Work samples are coded and will be reviewed blindly during the first round of review. No artistic adjudicators will see the names of the applicants during the initial round of assessment.

Discount tickets for NYCPlaywrights - NATURAL AFFECTION by William Inge

Because of Inge's prowess in the literary and dramatic world, we would like to invite NYCPlaywrights to a very special post-performance event: a talk-back with New York University writing professor and celebrated author, Christopher Bram (Eminent Outlaws: The Gay Writers Who Changed America, as well as Father of Frankenstein, the novel that was made into the Academy-Award winning movie Gods and Monsters). The talk back will take place immediately after the 8pm performance on Friday, October 4.

TACT/ The Actors Company Theatre
Scott Alan Evans, Cynthia Harris & Jenn Thompson, Co-Artistic Directors

The first New York revival of a long-lost classic

Directed by Jenn Thompson

The Beckett Theatre at Theatre Row  - 410 West 42nd Street (between 9th & 10th Aves)

With Tobi Aremu, Alec Beard, Chris Bert, Eve Bianco, Kathryn Erbe, Victoria Mack and John Pankow

A startling love triangle, that tests the ties that bind. A troubled young man who, abandoned early in life by his single mother, returns from reform school to find her now living with a lover. As the tension between them mounts, their fight for forgiveness and connection gives way to desperation, setting this insecure family on a collision course of reckless, heartbreaking, and almost inevitable violence. 

“COMPANY OF THE YEAR” – The Wall Street Journal


Performance Schedule:*

Tuesdays 7:30pm | Wednesdays 7:30pm | Thursdays 7:30pm | Fridays 8pm |
Saturdays 2pm and 8pm | Sundays 2pm 
*Special matinee performance on Wednesday, October 23 at 2pm 

Talkbacks with the director & cast will take place after every Sunday matinee.

$32.75 Tickets (reg. $43.25) – Performances through September 25**
$44.75 Tickets (reg. $59.25) – Performances September 26 – October 26**

ONLINE: Visit www.BroadwayOffers.com and use code TRNA1
PHONE: Call 212.947.8844 and mention code TRNA1
IN PERSON: Visit The Beckett Theatre at Theatre Row box office – 410 West 42nd Street (between 9th & 10th Aves)
Box office hours: Noon - 8pm Daily

FOR MORE INFORMATION, visit www.tactnyc.org

** Ticket prices include $1.25 facility fee. Service fees apply to online/phone orders. Schedule is subject to change. All sales are final. 

Call for submissions from Middle-Eastern Playwrights

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In each three-year cycle, Middle East America provides an American playwright of
Middle Eastern descent with:

  • A $10,000 Fellowship
  • Intensive developmental support from the Lark Play Development Center, Silk Road Rising Theatre Project and Golden Thread Productions over three years.
  • Possible production at Golden Thread Productions and/or Silk Road Rising.

Applications will be accepted September 3 – November 1, 2013.
Winner will be announced in May 2014.


Application Form

  • A completed play OR a proposed play idea including a full scene of approximately 20 pages of dialogue.  
  • In addition, playwright must include an example of past work - One script (in pdf format)with name and play title on cover.  No co-written submissions, no musicals and no screenplays. 
  • A theatrical resume or CV

Typed answers to the following questions (no more than one page each):

  • If submitting a full length play for further development, how would a development process be of value to you? What aspect of the play would you want to develop and why?  (Please include a full synopsis of the play).
  • If submitting a play proposal, what project would you want to write/develop and why? 
  • *If you are proposing to adapt an existing work (novel, short story, poem, screenplay, etc.) into a stage play, you must explain why you wish to adapt the material and how you envision the piece being transformed from its current form to theatrical literature.  A very strong case must be made that articulates your artistic vision and process for this adaptation. You must include a copy of the complete source material (with the exception of a novel) as well.
  • What inspires you to write plays? What are the successes and challenges that you have faced and how do you hope to address those in the future?
  • Describe your relationship to your Middle Eastern heritage.
  • Names of and contact information for up to three references.


  • Playwrights of a Middle Eastern background (West/Southwest Asian and North African) 
  • Plays where the protagonist or central character is of a Middle Eastern background.
  • Plays that deal with Middle Eastern or Middle Eastern American experiences, identity and/or themes.  
  • Playwrights who create ambitious, fresh, playful, engaging, energizing, provocative, powerful and theatrical works.
  • Plays that reveal unique and vital perspectives. 
  • Playwrights with clear goals about their writing who are open and committed to a developmental process.


Application form - in MS Word .doc format

Friday, September 20, 2013

Golden Thread seeks playwrights of Middle Eastern heritage

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Plays by playwrights of Middle Eastern heritage writing about any topic
Playwrights of all backgrounds writing about the Middle East
Plays must be written in English

Full-length Plays
Accepted year-round
Only playwrights under consideration for reading and/or production will be contacted

ReOrient Festival of Short Plays (produced triennially)
10-30 minutes
ReOrient Deadline: March 1, 2014

All submissions will be responded to within 12 -months

Thematic Areas of Interest

  • Comedies of all sorts, particularly political satire
  • Adaptations of classical texts and/or historical figures
  • Exploration of Middle Eastern performance traditions
  • Experiments with non-realistic forms

Submission Guidelines: Please email play, resume & cover letter to GTPSubmissions@gmail.com. Specify ReOrient Festival in the subject line, if applicable.


18th Annual One Act Festival - Hot from the Oven: Smörgåsbord

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The Fine Arts Association will once again showcase original, never been published 10-minute plays.  Those chosen will be fully produced as part of the 18th Annual One Act Festival — Hot from the Oven: Smörgåsbord in March/April 2014 at The Fine Arts Association.

Submissions of original ten-minute plays will be accepted beginning August 1, 2013.

Submission deadline is Tuesday, October 1, 2013.  

 NEW THIS YEAR:  No more than 3 submissions will be accepted per playwright. The number of plays to be produced will be at The Fine Arts Association’s discretion and will depend on the mix of qualified submissions.

Original plays accepted for the Festival will be announced between January 6-17, 2014. The plays selected will be given full production within the capabilities and budget of The Fine Arts Association.  There will be no monetary stipend for plays used in the Festival.

Festival Submission Guidelines

Submissions must be original, unpublished, and unproduced 10-minute plays at time of submission. Plays that have had staged readings will be accepted. Plays that have received full productions, either professional or amateur, previous to submission will not be accepted.  Legal clearance of materials not in the public domain is the full responsibility of the playwright.

Limit of THREE plays may submitted by each playwright.

Maximum Length: 10 pages not including title pages. Play should run in the 10 minute range.

Scripts may be comedy or drama.  Not open to musicals.

Set and technical requirements must be minimal.   Only standard furniture and minimal props will be available for the production.

Plays must be typed/word-processed with pages numbered and include a cover page with the following contact information: Your name, address, phone number, e-mail address and a brief biography.

All play submissions will be handled with care. However, The Fine Arts Association assumes no responsibility for lost or damaged scripts.

Mailing Guidelines:

Mail submission to:

Ann Hedger,
Ten Minute Plays,
The Fine Arts Association,
38660 Mentor Avenue, Willoughby, Ohio 44094.

Mailed submissions must be postmarked by October 1, 2013 to be considered for the Festival.

Mailed submissions must be securely bound with a cover page with full contact information (see above).

If you mail your script and would like it returned, include an S.A.S.E. with your submission.  If no S.A.S.E. is included, your script will be recycled.  The timeframe for return of scripts is at the convenience The Fine Arts Association.      

E-mail Guidelines:

Submissions may be e-mailed to ahedger@fineartsassociation.org and should include a separate page with full contact information (see above).

E-mail submissions must be received by The Fine Arts Association by Tuesday, October 1, 2013 to be considered.

Preferred document format:  Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) or .PDF files.

Selection Information:

Selections will be made by The Fine Arts Association Performance Department and inclusion in the festival is solely at their discretion.

Time Frame:

Submissions accepted:  Beginning August 1, 2013
Submission deadline:  Tuesday, October 1, 2013
Notification:  Between January 6-17, 2014
Festival Dates:   March 28-April 12, 2014

Ann Hedger
Programming Coordinator
440-951-7500 x103

The Fine Arts Association
Your Center for Arts Education
38660 Mentor Avenue, Willoughby, OH 44094

Libra Theater Company is now accepting submissions of new, full-length plays

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Libra Theater Company is now accepting submissions of new, full-length plays for consideration for upcoming development and/or production opportunities. Plays submitted must be unproduced in NYC. In addition, writers with both unproduced plays as well as plays that have premiered outside of NYC but are seeking second or third productions should feel free to submit.

If interested, please submit the following to submissions@libratheater.org:
  • One-page summary of the play
  • 10-20 page excerpt
  • Playwright resume (emerging writers are encouraged)
  • Brief artistic statement detailing why you are passionate about the submitted play and what excites you about writing for the theater (optional, but encouraged… We’d love to get to know you a little more in addition to reading a bit of your play.)
All submitted plays should have a minimum of 4 actors, with at least half playable by 20-something performers. In addition, much of Libra’s past work has included music to some degree. In keeping with this, we would love to see plays that have the opportunity to incorporate original music or song. However, this is certainly not a requirement. We are not accepting full musical submissions at this time.

Please submit initial excerpts and supplemental materials by September 30, 2013. 
We will be sure to be in touch if we would like to read your entire script.

Founded in 2010, Libra is dedicated to producing quality theater that honors and works with the time commitments of our artists. This commitment to balance also extends to our annual programming, which includes both musical and non-musical theater as well as new work and revivals of classics. Recent productions of note include Will Reynolds’ Poems & Moon Songs, William Shakespeare’s 12th Night (2012 NY Innovative Theatre Award – “Outstanding Original Music”) and the world premiere of Joshua H. Cohen’s The Thirteenth Commandment (recently nominated for seven 2013 NY Innovative Theatre Awards including “Outstanding Premiere Production of a Play”).

Thursday, September 19, 2013

PlayPenn seeks full-length plays

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Beginning September 2, PlayPenn will be accepting applications for its 2014 New Play Development Conference; we are pleased to request your full length, unproduced script for consideration. Application materials will be accepted between September 2 and September 30, 2013.

Your application must be uploaded and complete by September 30, 2013 or it cannot be considered.

The 2014 Conference will be held in Philadelphia, PA from July 11 – 27. Invited playwrights will have the opportunity to work with a director, dramaturg, designers and Philadelphia-based professional actors over a 17 day period that allows for 29 hours of rehearsal and staged reading time along with ample time to reflect and write. The work will be preceded by a three-day pre-conference retreat (July 11 – 13) that will help lay the collaborative groundwork for the development time ahead. These three days give the artistic teams the opportunity to get to know each other and the six scripts at the center of the Conference. The Conference concludes with public staged readings that are intended as a part of the process, not a final product, giving playwrights an opportunity to measure the efficacy of their work and provide an opportunity to gauge the work ahead. PlayPenn will provide travel for casting for both writer and director, travel to and from the conference, housing, per diem and a stipend.

Applicants should be aware that we are a development Conference rather than a
festival or showcase for new work. The distinction is important and meaningful to
us in the current climate of the increasing commercialization of play development. We work to avoid participation in what has become known as "development hell" by fostering an environment in which risk is rewarded and honest assessment is provided and encouraged. TO THAT END, WE FOCUS ON THE NEEDS OF THE TEXT. THE END-OF-CONFERENCE READING IS INTENDED TO PRESENT A GLIMPSE INTO HOW THE TEXT LIVES OFF THE PAGE RATHER THAN HOW THE PLAY MIGHT BE STAGED IN PRODUCTION.


Please follow the instructions to upload your play into our system. Because the data base identifies you through your registration, NO NAME SHOULD BE INCLUDED ON ANY DOCUMENT, INCLUDING YOUR RESUME. Please submit the following:

1. An original script in pdf format with no identifying information. Applications that are submitted in non-pdf format will not be considered (pdf) (no name on the document).
2. Your current resume (pdf) (no name on the document)
3. A casting breakdown and the number of actors required (pdf) (no name on the document)
4. The play's development and production history Plays that have been produced or that have been through an extended development process are not eligible. Plays that have had readings are eligible. (pdf) (no name on the document).
5. An articulation of your goals for the development process using the resources
offered by PlayPenn. Please be specific in regard to what aspects of your text you would like to focus on during the course of the conference. (pdf) (no name on the document).

We cannot consider plays for children, plays under one hour in length or musicals.

PlayPenn does not accept applications by agents.

And as stated above, applicants should be aware that we are a development conference rather than a festival or showcase for new work. The distinction is important and meaningful to us in the current climate of the increasing commercialization of play development. We seek to avoid participation in what has become known as "development hell" by fostering an environment in which risk is rewarded and honest assessment is provided and encouraged. TO THAT END, WE FOCUS ON THE NEEDS OF THE TEXT. THE END-OF CONFERENCE READING IS INTENDED TO PRESENT A GLIMPSE INTO HOW THE TEXT LIVES OFF THE PAGE RATHER THAN HOW THE PLAY MIGHT BE STAGED IN PRODUCTION.

Your application must be uploaded and complete by midnight September 30, 2013 or it cannot be considered.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Urban Stages is looking for full-length plays

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Open Play Submissions for Urban Stages
Urban Stages - an award-winning Off-Broadway theatre celebrating its 30th year - is looking for full-length plays for the following reading series (and simultaneously plays to consider for future productions):

WORDS BY WOMEN Reading Series:
To celebrate and champion female playwrights, we are opening submissions for new works for our 3rd annual Words by Women reading series. Strong female characters and exploration of diverse social/cultural themes are strongly encouraged. 
Plays must be postmarked by October 31st, 2013.
PAN-ASIAN Reading Series:
To shine the spotlight on new plays by Asian and Asian-American playwrights, we are opening submissions for full-length plays for our new Pan-Asian Reading Series. Submissions from the U.S. and abroad are accepted. Plays must be postmarked by October 31st, 2013.
Submit plays to: 
Urban Stages
555 Eighth Avenue, RM 1800
New York, NY 10018

Email submissions will not be accepted.

- Mail submissions to 555 8th Avenue, RM 1800. New York, NY 10018. No Electronic Submissions.

- INCLUDE: a BRIEF SYNOPSIS, a BRIEF BIO AND/OR RESUME, A CHARACTER BREAKDOWN and a SELF-ADDRESSED STAMPED ENVELOPE (if you would like your play returned, please include a large envelope and the appropriate postage otherwise, plays will be recycled).

- Plays must require 7 actors or less (small-cast plays are given special consideration)

- Plays with previous NYC productions are not eligible (staged readings and workshops are OK).

- Plays on any topic are accepted but special consideration is given to plays that explore social or cultural concerns. Musicals ARE accepted.

It may take us 6-8 months to consider a play, please do not call our office about a play’s status.

There is no submission fee and no limit to number of submissions (we ask that you do not submit the same play a second time unless there have been significant revisions)


Urban Stages' EMERGING PLAYWRIGHT AWARD is presented to innovative playwrights whose works speak to the whole of society. Special attention is given to plays that touch on social issues. Submissions are accepted throughout the year (there is not a deadline) from around the United States and internationally. However, special attention is given to those who live in or near New York. 

Full-length plays only: 
- scripts must be firmly bound
- No changes or revisions accepted after submission
- No double-sided pages.
- 7 actors or less (Doubling is okay)

With your submission, please include:
- Biography and/or author’s history of the play
- Character breakdown
- Brief synopsis of the play. 
- SASE (a small one for a response letter OR a large one so we can return your play)

Plays MAY HAVE BEEN developed elsewhere, BUT NEVER PRODUCED in New York City.

There is no limit to submission. Subject matter and character variations are open.

There is no submission fee.

It usually takes two to six months for us to read and process your script. We ask that you do not call or email our offices to inquire on the status of your play.

Plays from overseas and throughout the United States are accepted and considered. BUT special attention will be given to playwrights who live in or near New York.

There is no deadline for The Emerging Playwright Award. 

Catchy Name Theatre Lab Call for Submissions

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The Catchy Name Theatre Lab, the development arm of Catchy Name Theatre Company, is seeking new plays for potential development at Catchy Name Theatre.

There are no submission fees. The Catchy Name Theatre Lab is non-exclusive and does not retain ownership of any play created for it, beyond the initial staged reading.

Participating writers should ideally be local (San Francisco and the greater Bay Area, to enable the playwright to be present during the development process), however submissions will be accepted nationwide.

Playwright(s) selected will be expected to attend rehearsals for the reading in addition to attending the reading itself. Playwright(s) will be expected to help promote the reading.

Writers are encouraged to submit as many scripts as they want. There is no limitation as to topic/theme. Deadline for submission is no later than midnight (Pacific Time) Tuesday, October 15, 2013.

Selected playwright(s) will be notified no later than November 1, 2013. The public reading will take place in November 2013, at a theatre space in San Francisco to be announced. This is an opportunity for new and emerging playwrights to hear their work and get feedback from Catchy Name Theatre Company and the public.

Plays of exceptional potential will be considered for further development and future full production by Catchy Name Theatre Company.

WHAT: New Script Submissions for public reading; NO SUBMISSION FEE

DETAILS: Any length, from short 10-minute plays to full-length plays will be accepted. No submission fees. CNTL may opt to select multiple entries for reading, or a single full-length play. All scripts not selected will be considered for future development in our Reading Series. Open to all playwrights nationwide and writing primarily in English. Selected playwright(s) will be notified by email by November 1, 2013.

WHEN: Deadline of OCTOBER 15, 2013 

HOW: Files must be properly formatted (Dramatist’s Guild guidelines) and emailed in PDF format to: submission@catchynametheatre.org
No hard copies will be accepted.

QUESTIONS? Email Scott Tignor, Executive Producer – Catchy Name Theatre Company: scott@catchynametheatre.org

T. Schreiber Studio Presents the 2014 New Works Project

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The T. Schreiber Studio New Works Project is committed to supporting the development of new plays in a safe and nurturing environment-one that serves the playwright and enriches the T. Schreiber Studio community as a whole. The studio provides the playwright access to the expertise of experienced theatre professionals, sophisticated and well trained actors, and a supportive, interactive, audience. In the New Works Project, T. Schreiber will develop new theatrical productions through a series of staged readings and collaborative refinement, culminating in a professional workshop production. The goal is to foster and elevate writers’ work to its fullest potential.

The winning play will receive two staged readings, in Winter and Spring, 2014, performed by T. Schreiber Studio actors. To further develop the play, audience feedback is solicited and the production staff of T. Schreiber will work directly with the playwright to refine the play.  The New Works Project culminates in a workshop production of the winning play for a short run in the of Summer 2014.  There will be no cash prize provided for the selected play.  However, the developmental assistance provided for the selected playwright is invaluable.

The New Works Project is committed to script development and successful production of new works.  Winning playwrights are expected to participate fully in the development process: working directly with the director and T. Schreiber staff during staged readings; interacting with audiences post-readings; and participating in the workshop production.  While T. Schreiber cannot provide transportation or housing to playwrights submitting works from outside the NYC area, every effort will be made to help selected playwrights find local accommodations.


Submission deadline for the New Works Project is December 1st, 2013.

Submission must be full-length in any genre.

Plays must not have received a full-scale, professional production prior to submission.
Playwrights with past production experience are especially encouraged to submit new work.

Productions should be developed for the stage, not other media: e.g. screenplays or teleplays submitted as theatrical plays.

One script per author.

Character age range:  16 and up

There is NO submission fee for the New Works Project.

Do not send more than the materials requested below. No incomplete submissions will be accepted.

Please NO PHONE inquiries.

Submission is a two-phase process.

Phase I: Submit a two page maximum treatment of the play including title, character breakdown (please include age range and gender), and brief story synopsis. Also include 5 pages of consecutive sample dialogue. Playwrights should also include a one page bio and resume including contact information. All abstracts and dialogue samples will be read. From these, selected manuscripts will be solicited for Phase II.

Please do not submit a manuscript with or instead of the abstract. Unsolicited manuscripts will not be read. Electronic copies must be emailed to tschreibertheatre@gmail.com with “New Works Project:  Phase I” in the subject line.
Send treatment, sample dialogue and resume to:  tschreibertheatre@gmail.com

Phase II: All manuscripts that have been solicited for Phase II will be read and reviewed by the selection committee. Manuscripts should be properly formatted and have the playwright’s name, contact address and phone number on the front page. PDF’s and MS Word file formats preferred. No unsolicited manuscripts. Please email manuscripts to tschreibertheatre@gmail.com with “New Works Project: Phase II” in the subject line.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Fort Point Theatre Channel seeks play to accompany KRAPP'S LAST TAPE

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In 2014, Fort Point Theatre Channel will produce an evening of two dramatic works: "Krapp's Last Tape," by Samuel Beckett, and a new woman-centered play or other performance work. For that second work, we seek a play or other performance work that would in some way be an appropriate accompaniment for "Krapp's Last Tape."

With your submission, please include a statement of up to 150 words stating why it is an appropriate accompaniment to "Krapp's Last Tape." No submission will be considered without this statement.

-Length: Up to one hour. Works of at least 30 minutes are preferred.

-Theme: Any, but the work must center on one (or more) woman/women just as "Krapp's Last Tape" centers on a man.

-Honorarium: $500

-Submission Deadline: October 1, 2013

-Cast Size: Small (ideally one to three performers)

-Production date: 2014; exact date to be determined

-We primarily envision a play but will accept queries for other types of work.

-The design concept will encompass both plays. Thus, a simple set or no specification for the set is preferred.

-We seek new work, with no prior full productions. (Prior readings or workshop productions are okay.)

Submit scripts and other works, along with the required statement, by email to marc@fortpointtc.org

Truffle Theatre Company seeks 10-minute Halloween plays

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The Halloween hunt is on! We are now accepting 10-minute play submissions for our Halloween New Play Festival and 2014 Season Launch.

This year we're giving it the theme of "Fears and Phobias!" Wherever this theme takes you is fabulous. Use it to stretch your writing muscles and get to know us for a season full of writing opportunities.

Plays should be about 10 minutes long and can include up to 4 characters. Comedies and dramas are all welcome! Hell, you can even write a spooky musical.

Submissions and questions can be sent to Virginia@truffletheatrecompany.com by September 29th. 

We will choose five plays for our frightening, fun, and beer-filled evenings on October 28th and 30th at 61 Local Public House in Brooklyn, NY. Go to our website www.truffletheatrecompany.com for more.

Submissions Now Open for Playwrights’ Week 2014

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Deadline: OCTOBER 15, 2013 (11:59pm EST)

The Lark’s Open Access Program seeks to provide development opportunities for new and diverse voices for the theater by identifying and advancing promising plays that reveal unheard and vital perspectives.  This submissions program allows the Lark to serve a wide range of playwrights through a blind reading process.

Our support criteria emphasizes ambitious, fresh, playful, engaging, energizing, provocative, powerful and theatrical work by writers with clear statements of purpose who are open to a collaborative development process.

Writers Selected for Playwrights’ Week are Provided with:

- A creative team for ten hours of rehearsal to address self-defined developmental goals

- A public staged reading

- Opportunities to engage with other Playwrights’ Week participants in a peer-based community of support and conversation

A Complete Submission is  Composed of Two Parts:

1.) A completed application form.

2.) A full-length script, with your name or any identifying information removed. We are committed to a blind reading policy and it is important that each writer remains anonymous for the initial review.

We strongly encourage you to submit your application form and script (in Word or PDF form) electronically.

Email/Postmark Deadline

Deadline: OCTOBER 15, 2013 (11:59pm EST)

Submission Guidelines

Before submitting your materials, please review the following SUBMISSION GUIDELINES:

- Submit ONE completed application and ONE full-length play.

- No more than ONE play per playwright will be considered.

- List ONLY the play title on the cover page. NO personal information.

- If you are emailing your submission, please attach only Word or PDF files.

- If you are mailing your submission, double-sided pages are appreciated if possible.  Application materials should not be attached to the script itself.  Hard copies will not be returned.

- If you are submitting a musical, you must mail the script/libretto together with any recorded part of the score to the office.

Other Important Information

- Each applicant should expect a confirmation of application receipt by November 2013 and a final response by July 2014.

- While there is no official minimum number of pages for submitted plays and a one-act play can qualify as full-length, we do not accept 10-minute or multiple, short one-act plays.

- Writers living outside of the United States can apply if the script was originally written in English. Housing and travel will be provided for all out of town writers.

- Due to the volume of submissions to this program, we will be unable to accept revised drafts of scripts during the selection process.

- If you have any questions or would like more information, please email submissions@larktheatre.org.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Ensemble Free Theater Norway seeks 10 minute plays

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Ensemble Free Theater Norway is now accepting submissions of plays for inclusion in Belarusian Dream Theater.  The deadline for entry is 1 October 2013.

  • Each play must be no longer than 10 pages in length, or approximately 10 minutes in length.  
  • Plays may be written in any genre, style, or aesthetic.  
  • Plays must relate to Belarus in some way (ie the country´s politics, people, language, history, art, economy, etc), and may be inspired by anything from a news article to an interview, or a play based on personal experience to theater based on imagination and research.
  • Entries by dramatists of every nationality are welcome to apply, including students.
  • Plays by Belarusian writers are particularly welcome.

For submission details, please contact us here.

The LSU Department of Theatre presents Outworks 2014, a festival of LGBTQ themed one-act plays

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Deadline for Submission: December 6, 2013 
Award:  $150 and production videotape

The Louisiana State University Department of Theatre in Baton Rouge, LA is pleased to announce that we are now accepting submissions for Outworks 2014, a festival of new lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered or queer (LGBTQ) themed one-act plays.

Submission Guidelines
Submissions must be the author's own original work. Each entry shall be free from copyright restrictions and the author agrees to hold LSU, its officers, and directors free and harmless from all copyright claims.
Scripts must be LGBTQ-themed.

  • Submissions must be one-act plays, ranging from (10) ten to (30) thirty minutes in length.    
  • There is a limit of two scripts per playwright. 
  • All Entries should be submitted in Microsoft Word or PDF format via e-mail to outworksfestival@gmail.com with “Outworks 2014” in the subject line.
  • Deadline is December 6, 2013
  • Scheduled production dates are April 29 - May 4, 2014 
Submissions will be read and scored by a faculty/student committee. The committee will select six plays.  These six playwrights will receive $150 in monetary compensation, each play selected will be guaranteed three staged performances, and each playwright will receive a video of his/her production.  Playwrights wishing to attend the festival are responsible for all travel expenses.

The LSU Theatre Lab season retains all rights and privileges concerning casting, production, and programming for Outworks. LSU Theatre reserves the right to:

  • Reproduce as many copies of the play as are necessary for distribution to the judges and participants in the production. 
  • Videotape the performance for archival purposes. 
  • Use the title, author's name and images from the production for publicity purposes related to the Outworks Festival.   

The final play list will be announced January 16, 2014.

Submissions sent via email are preferred.  Please send submissions or inquiries to:

Macy Jones, Outworks Festival Curator, at:

outworksfestival@gmail.com and put “Outworks 2014” in the subject line.

The LSU Theatre Lab season, produced by the Louisiana State University Department of Theatre, offers audiences an “alternative” theatrical experience. Providing a diverse and exciting schedule, the LSU Theatre Lab Season highlights the tremendous talents of the LSU graduate and undergraduate students (B.A., M.F.A., and Ph.D.) both on and behind the stage.

Theatre World wants to document your Off-Off Broadway Production

Hello Off-Off-Broadway Producers and Companies!

Shay Gines here on behalf of Theatre World.  I hope you had a fantastic and very productive 2012-2013 season. I want to document and archive your theatrical activities from this last year.

For the last 69 years, Theatre World has been documenting Broadway and Off-Broadway productions and has become the leading archivist of information for American Theatre. In 2009 they began to include Off-Off-Broadway.

The editors of Theatre World recognized the legitimacy of our community and felt that it deserved a place in this archive.

It is so important that our community is represented in this important work. It helps to bring to light the importance of this sector and demonstrates, the number of productions, the variety, the innovation and the determination of the work being created in our community. 

 I need your help.

 1. Please complete the online forms documenting your company's season (see below)

 2. Please forward this to your fellow OOB producers and ask them to do the same.
What I need is your production information from the 2012-2013 season (shows that played between June 1, 2012 and May 31, 2013), for inclusion in Volume 69, including individual production information as well as festivals, readings, workshops, etc.
I know as an OOB producer your time is valuable, but the annual Theatre World publications are one of the premiere archives for American Theatre and it is so important for our community to be represented. I ask you to take this time to provide the information requested, so that your company's production(s) will be recorded and referenced everywhere by theatre scholars, students, casting directors, producers, and other industry professionals daily. In addition, it will be a part of the permanent record of Off-Off-Broadway and placed in important research and reference libraries from The Library of Congress to most colleges and universities across the country.

Here’s the link to the form:  http://goo.gl/QfNdxB

Photos of your productions: If you would like to submit one or two production photographs (in the form of a .JPG or .TIFF file), you may do so, as long as the pixel width is at least 1,050 pixels wide or wider and 300dpi. If you are unsure of the photo dimensions, look under “File Info” when viewing the photo in Preview or PhotoShop. We cannot make enlargement adjustments to photos. (please be aware that if it is not large enough, we will not be able to include it in the publication).

It is very important when you submit photographs that you provide:
   -  photographer credit
   -  performer credits for all actors in the photograph.  (If there are five or more performers pictured, you may choose to simply list "The Company" as the performers’ credit.)
   - If no photographer credit is listed, then it will be assumed that no photographer credit is required.

  1. Please note that due to page limitations from our publisher we regretfully have a limited numbers of photos that we can use in the Off-Off-Broadway section, and can not include all photographs submitted from every company. As there are listings for over 1,000 shows, the primary focus of the section is to feature as many listings as possible. It should be more of a priority to complete the online forms rather than hold it while you wait on retrieval of photographs from other sources. EMAIL Photos (.JPG, and/or .TIFF FILES) with the title of the production in the subject line or questions to:  TWOffOff@gmail.com
  2. Rental Space & Production Company: If you are a rental space only and not a production company, we would appreciate if you could forward this email to the companies that rented your facility, or look through your records of rentals between June 1, 2012 and May 31, 2013, and if you do have the time and the resources complete the form for shows that were performed in your space during that time. 
  3. Off-Broadway: If any of your productions were actually under an Off-Broadway contract, please email that information separately to twoffoff@gmail.com and I'll forward that it on appropriately. For the purposes of this e-mail, I am currently just asking for the Off-Off-Broadway information. If the production extended under an Off-Broadway contract, please note in the text.
Our publisher is making every effort to release this volume early in 2014, so we need to get your submissions as soon as possible. Since we are under a tight schedule, it is virtually impossible for our staff to research and compile all of the Off-Off-Broadway listings for this volume and we are relying on your help to make sure we include as many productions as possible.

Theatre World is the oldest pictorial and statistical record of the American theatre, published annually as a hardcover book by Applause Theatre & Cinema Books (America's foremost publisher of theatre and cinema books) and has been continually published since 1945. It is the most comprehensive and definitive record of Broadway, Off-Broadway, regional theatre, and Off-Off-Broadway (which is where you come in), and is available for purchase at many fine online establishments, including applausepub.com, amazon.com , or barnesandnoble.com.

Thank you for your cooperation in helping us to maintain the most complete annual record of the American theatre!

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Thanks again.

Shay Gines
OOB Editor Theatre World v69

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