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Friday, December 13, 2013

Playscripts, Inc. and the International Center for Women Playwrights seek plays by women

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Playscripts, Inc. and the International Centre for Women Playwrights have joined forces to figure out if what happened in Bonanza could possibly be a global trend. The Are Women Funny? One-Act Play Contest invites playwrights who:

a) are women
b) think they might be funny

to submit large cast, one-act comedies ideal for performance by high school students. The winning play will be published by Playscripts and promoted throughout the world. “If there are more Dana O’Malleys out there, we want to find them.” said a Playscripts representative. “Our goal is to connect those fresh, funny, females voices with the next generation of theater makers.”

Detailed contest information can be found below:

The Basics: We are asking women writers to submit large cast, one-act comedies ideal for performance by high school students. The submission period opens today (September 25th)  and runs until December 15th.

The Rules: All plays should be PG-13 or cleaner, comedic, have the potential for 8 or more characters, have the ability to be performed between 20 – 40 minutes, and must be written by a woman or team of women.

How to Submit: Please complete our submission form found here, and include “Are Women Funny? Contest” in the Comments or Special Instructions field above the SUBMIT PLAY button. You must submit your play by 11:59PM (EST) on December 15, 2013.

The Reward: The winning playwright will receive a $1,000 cash prize, and her play will be published by Playscripts, Inc.

Helpful Hints: High school drama programs often find themselves in the following situations:

  • Twice as many girls audition as boys.
  • Budget permits only simple sets and costumes.
  • Full cast is not available for every rehearsal (many school plays are episodic, allowing scenes featuring different characters to be rehearsed separately.)
  • And remember, a great title goes a long way.
  • Each drama program has different casting needs based on their student population, so it’s helpful to create as much flexibility as possible in both gender breakdown and cast size.   Checkout a few samples plays here, here, and here.

If you have any additional questions tweet us @Playscripts or email us at info at playscripts.com.

- See more at: http://blog.playscripts.com/blog/2013/09/hilarious-new-play-at-bonanza-village-playhouse-sends-shockwaves-through-community-when-it-is-revealed-to-be-written-by-a-woman/#sthash.FRdRpJsZ.dpuf

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