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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. 

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