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Saturday, May 17, 2014

8 x 10: A Festival of 10 Minute Plays

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NOTE: submission fee waiver is an option.

Returning for its third year is Lucky Penny's festival of new short plays. This years production will run January 16 - February 1, 2015, with eight original, unproduced ten-minute plays to be presented.

Scripts are now being accepted. Both plays and musicals will be considered. All scripts must be new, unproduced works. Minimalism in technical demands and staging is essential. Four characters or less, please. The author whose play is voted the “People’s Choice” will received a $100 honorarium.

Submission deadline: Must be postmarked by May 31, 2014
Evaluation period: June 1-June 30, 2014
Authors notified and selections announced: By July 15, 2014
Selection of director(s) and casts: By Oct 1, 2014
Rehearsal period: October 2014-January 2015
Performance dates: January 16-Feb 1, 2015 (3 weekends)


1. Submissions must be original, unpublished, unproduced 10-minute plays. Authors should write for an adult audience. Comedy and drama, both musical and non-musical will be considered. Musical submissions must include sheet music/score as needed. Legal clearance of materials not in the public domain is the full responsibility of the submitting playwright.
2. Scripts and related materials must be postmarked by May 31, 2014.
3. Sets, lighting needs and other technical requirements must be minimal. Since the winning plays will be produced, no play considered technically un-producible will be considered.
4. Maximum number of characters per play is four.
5. Running time is to be 10 minutes or less, which may mean 6-10 pages depending upon the density of dialogue. Authors are responsible for submitting work that is within the 10 minute running time limit. Cuts will be requested of the playwright for any selected play which runs over the limit regardless of the number of pages in the script.
6. Plays must be typed/word-processed, with pages numbered, and stapled. Do not use binders or covers.
7. Plays must be presented in proper script format. Please use a 12-point font. If you are not familiar with standard play script format, please learn more.
8. No electronic submissions will be allowed.
9. All submissions are judged blind and this requires two types of cover pages. One, a separate cover letter, will include your name, address, phone number, e-mail and the play title. The other will be on each copy, but only showing the title. There can be no identifying information on the script other than the title. Do not include the author’s name on every page.
10. There is no limit to number of plays that an individual may submit, but each play must be accompanied by the $15 submission fee and only one play per author may be chosen. Submission fees will be used to cover production costs.
a. Special note on submission fee: Lucky Penny Productions and Napa Valley Playhouse empathize with writers who object to submission fees for events of this type. Our intent in requesting the submission fee is to fund the productions of these new works and support our theater company. However, if you are opposed to submission fees on principle or cannot afford the fee, please include a note to that effect with your submission and it will be accepted with a fee waiver.
11. Scripts cannot be returned. Lucky Penny Productions assumes no responsibility for lost or damaged scripts.
12. The eight best plays will be selected from all entries. Notification to authors will be made by July 15, 2014. The eight selected plays will be staged in January 2015 in Napa for “8 x 10: A Festival of 10 Minute Plays.”

To submit your play:

Mail 3 copies of each script along with the two types of cover pages and a $15 submission fee per script (check or money order made payable to Lucky Penny Productions Incorporated) to:

8 x 10: A Festival of 10 Minute Plays
Lucky Penny Productions
1357 Foster Road
Napa CA 94558

The selection of directors, actors and designers for the selected plays is at the sole discretion of Lucky Penny Productions. An author may participate in the process if participation is requested by the producing companies or the director selected for the project.

Entry of a script into this festival grants to Lucky Penny Productions and Napa Valley Playhouse the right to produce the entered play only for this specific event in January 2015 and authors retain all rights to their work for future production or publication.
The producing companies reserve the right to remove and/or replace any play selected by the reading committee if, once in rehearsal, the play is found to be unproduceable as determined by the festival coordinator. Selection of a replacement play is at the sole discretion of the producing companies.
The producing companies reserve the right to reschedule or cancel the festival at their discretion if conditions beyond their control require it. In the event of a cancellation, author’s submission fees will be refunded.
Authors, if their play is selected for production, grant to Lucky Penny Productions the right to use their name, biographical information and photo for purposes of publicity and marketing during the period July 15, 2014 through the performances dates.
Submission of a script to this competition signifies the acceptance of these waivers and conditions.

Questions can be directed to Coodinator Barry Martin at info@luckypennynapa.com

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