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Saturday, October 19, 2013

Red Playwriting Competition

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Seeking bold and dynamic new plays that embrace the Red Theater aesthetic.

The competition winner will receive a workshop and staged reading in Sunday, March 9th 2014 at 3pm at The Den Theatre with the Red Theater Company. The three runners up will also receive a staged reading of an excerpt of their play.


We are looking for work that is THEATRICAL and PERSONAL. Theatrical means a work that could only be fully realized in a theater. It should take full advantage of the temporal and connective nature of human performers interacting with a living audience.

Personal means that the work uniquely and vividly wrestles with the dualities present in the human condition. For example: that we are alive but will die; that the more knowledge we have, the more foolish we feel.
Please surprise us with difficult ideas, impossible stagings, and a powerful heart.


1) The play needs to be at least 60 minutes running time and no longer than 120.
2) The play can not have received a professional production defined as: any full production. Plays with prior educational or community theaters; workshops or staged readings are allowed.
3) Adaptations are accepted as long as the author has complete rights.
4) The play should be written in, or translated into, the English language.
5) We can only accept one submission per playwright.
6) Please submit your play as a PDF to the following email: scripts-at-redtheater.org
7) Please ensure your script includes a list of characters and that the pages are numbered.
8) In the interests of impartiality, please do not include your name anywhere on the script (or in the PDF title). Please provide your contact details in the email only.


The competition opens for submissions on July 1st, 2013.
Deadline for submissions: October 31st, 2013.

Winners and a shortlist will be announced on or before January 31, 2014.

Performances of selected material will occur during the Red Theater main-stage performance running in March 2014

All entrants will be contacted, but please note that we cannot give individual feedback to every applicant.

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