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Sunday, August 31, 2014


Thanks to Fran Pesch for the kind words about NYCPlaywrights!

"NYCPlaywrights is known as being one of the best websites for playwrights looking for new works submission opportunities. "
Fran Pesch ~ 
FutureFest Program Director

North By South Theatre Los Angeles is now accepting submissions for its 2014 Winter Rites Festival

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We are looking for a series of companion pieces, written by one playwright, that speak to the spirit of the holidays, however you define them. Do you have one or two one-acts that deal with the holidays? A series of short plays or ten minutes? Then we want to read them! Don't have the plays yet but you've got a great idea? We want to read your pitch! Any and all styles and genres are open for consideration, we just want the best possible story.

We're looking to put together an ensemble evening for two-four actors, but we're flexible on casting for the right idea.

Deadline: September 1, 2014

Please send your submissions to:
Jeremiah Munsey
Literary Manager
North By South Theatre Los Angeles

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Editing is hard. Let us help.

“I have rewritten — often several times — every word I have ever published. My pencils outlast their erasers.” ― Vladimir Nabokov, Speak, Memory

As soon as you finish your last line of dialogue, the need for rewrites begins. THE REWRITE, a 10-week class at Primary Stages Einhorn School of Performing Arts (ESPA) will begin by establishing writing goals to conquer over ten weeks. Whether you choose to embark on a rewrite of your entire play or focus on individual scenes, writing exercises and in-class discussion will inspire you to ask new questions of your play, look at it from various angles, and deconstruct it with your fellow writers.

Section A with KARA LEE CORTHRON (Writer, Julius By Design at Fulcrum Theater, "Kings" on NBC)

Wednesdays from 6:30pm – 9:30pm, beginning September 17

Section B with JOSH HECHT (Director, Christine Jorgensen Reveals at New World Stages)

Sundays from 2:30pm – 5:30pm, beginning September 21

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Fringe Theatre Company seeks 10-minute plays about holidays

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Our holiday show is going to be something along the lines of "A Year Of Holidays" and we are looking for 10 minute (or less) plays that center around some sort of holiday (it doesn't matter which one, any holiday will do!) 

If you'd like to submit, please email a short synopsis and character breakdown along with your script to stacy@fringetheatreco.com

Attention political playwrights: Call For Entries Mario Fratti-Fred Newman Political Play Contest 2015

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The Castillo Theatre (NYC) sponsors the Mario Fratti-Fred Newman Political Play Contest and reading series bi-annually. In its seventh year, the political play contest is intended to encourage the writing of scripts for the stage that engage the political/social/cultural questions affecting the world today and/or historical events and issues that impact on our heritage.

While Castillo recognizes that in the broadest sense, all theatre is political, the contest is seeking politically progressive plays that: look at social and/or economic problems and challenges; explore possibilities of social transformation; and, reflect the concerns and interests of communities or which explore the importance of community. The contest also welcomes scripts that experiment with form and seek new ways of seeing and new ways of experiencing theatrical performance.

The plays submitted to the Fratti-Newman Political Play Contest may be written in any style, set in any historical time, geographic or imaginary location, contain any number of characters and be of any length. The plays must be in English and cannot be musicals or adaptations. No scripts will be considered that have previously been submitted to this contest, have received a production or won other contests. Only one script per playwright per year will be accepted.

The contest is judged by a team of distinguished theatre artists. The winning script(s) will receive a reading at the Castillo Theatre in New York City during the theatre’s 2015 summer season.

All scripts should be submitted in hard copy and must be accompanied by:
  • a statement of the political/social/cultural questions that the script engages (scripts with no accompanying statement will not be considered)
  • a brief synopsis
  • a character breakdown, including gender, age and ethnic requirements, if any
  • a 100-word biography of the playwright
  • a current email address 

Please note:
Receipt of script will be acknowledged via email.
  • Scripts will not be returned. 
  • Castillo does not give critical feedback to playwrights/contestants. 
  • Contest winners are required to sign a letter of agreement, which will include, but not be limited to, granting the right for Castillo to produce one or more readings and/or a full production of the winning play. 
  • Contest winners are responsible for travel expenses or any other expenses incurred as a result of participating in the development of the play with Castillo, or as a result of attending the reading and/or production.
All scripts must be postmarked by October 1, 2014. The winner(s) will be publicly announced at the Otto René Castillo Awards for Political Theatre in New York City in May of 2015.

Send all submissions to:

Castillo Theatre
543 West 42nd Street
New York, NY 10036
Attn: Fratti-Newman Political Play Contest

Questions and inquiries should be addressed to Madelyn Chapman at 212-356-8485 or mchapman@allstars.org.

Friday, August 29, 2014

The Exit 7 New Short Play Contest

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Exit 7 Players is seeking submissions for The Exit 7 New Short Play Contest, performing in February 2015. The contest producers are Janine and Jeffrey Flood (co-producers, the LabWorks 15-Minute New Play Contest 2010-2013, Valley Repertory Company) and Rebecca Johnson (co-producer, Les Miserables, Exit 7 Players).

The Exit 7 New Short Play Contest will produce short plays by twelve playwrights in an exciting audience-participation format, awarding two winning writers a prize of $150 each.

Submission Process

You may submit either one or two plays. Please use the following process to enter the contest. Read all requirements carefully so as to be considered.

1. Format your script using no smaller than 12-point type. Use 1” margins on top, bottom, and sides. Please number your pages. (Click Sample Script Format to see a properly formatted page.)

2. Page one should start with the title of the play at the top of the page (as seen on the Sample Script Format). If you consider your play to be a comedy, please follow the title with “A Comedy”. If you do NOT consider your play to be a comedy, follow the title with “A Drama”. And yes, you must label your play as either one or the other.

3. Your play must be limited to 15 pages total. Any script 16 pages or longer will be rejected.

4. The plays we produce are chosen blind, so do not include ANY author information on the script itself. The contest Play Selection Committee does not see any playwrights’ names until the final selections for production have been made. Therefore, if you put your name on the script so that a member of the Committee sees it, it will be rejected. A company member who is not on the Play Selection Committee keeps the playwright contact info until the final 12 plays are selected for production.

5. Save your script(s) in .pdf format. You can submit your script(s) until Saturday, September 13th, 2014 via the form found in the link. Do not attempt to submit the script in any other format or to any other destination. Snail mail submissions are NOT being accepted.

Submission Restrictions

Please read the following carefully so that your script can be given due consideration:

1. Playwrights can submit 2 plays, but only 1 play per writer will be produced. Members of Exit 7 Players are eligible to submit to the contest, but if their script is chosen as one of the 12 semifinalists, they will be prohibited from working on the production of the contest in any capacity.

2. Scripts should require 2 to 5 actors. Please note that a play can include more than 5 characters, as long as they can be played by 2 to 5 actors. Scripts requiring more than 5 actors will be rejected. 

3. We will not consider one-man or one-woman shows, musicals, or children’s theatre.

4. Entries must be original plays. Scripts may be co-authored, based on factual  material, or an adaptation. Legal clearance of materials not in the public domain is the full responsibility of the playwright.

5. We will consider unproduced works as well as plays that have been previously produced, so long as their first date of production was on, or after, June 15th of 2013.

6. Submissions are restricted to plays that have not been published in any form, and they must be royalty-free to Exit 7 for this contest.

7. We’re seeking plays, not skits or sketches. Plays should have a beginning, a middle, and an end (though not necessarily in that order) and feature character development. Above all, make the script compelling.

8. Exit 7 is a community theatre. If we foresee difficulty producing a play due to unusual script requirements, the play may be rejected.

9. While Exit 7 is a family-friendly theatre, adult content is acceptable. Profanity, if it is fully justified by the script and for the character, will not be cause for outright rejection; however, profanity is no replacement for good writing. We will reject any script that requires nudity.

10. Keep set, lighting, sound, costume, and prop requirements to a minimum. The contest will feature 6 plays per night, with quick changeovers. A script with complex technical requirements could lead to its rejection.

Play Selection Process and Contest Format

1. Plays which do not meet submission requirements will be disqualified. A play selection committee of five Exit 7 members will read those plays which meet the submission requirements.

2. The play reading committee will select 12 plays for competition: 6 comedies and 6 dramas. Six plays will be presented on the first semifinals night (3 dramas and 3 comedies) and six plays on the second (again, 3 dramas and 3 comedies).

3. An audience vote on each semifinals night will select the finalists—four dramas and four comedies. The audience of the finals night will select a winner in the drama category and a winner in the comedy category, who will receive a prize of $150 each. A detailed explanation of the performance format and of the audience voting system will be made available to the playwrights whose plays are chosen as semifinalists.

Additional Information
1. By submitting your script you are agreeing to the following:
a. You have read, understand, and agree to all of the contest rules and guidelines as detailed on Exit 7’s website.

b. You understand that Exit 7 reserves the right to change any contest rules as needed (but we will attempt to keep any such changes to a minimum).

c. You attest that your submission is an original piece, and that you are the author of said submission.

d. You attest that your play has not had a production prior to June 15, 2013.

e. You understand that Exit 7 reserves the right to reject any submission for reasons including, but not limited to, length, quality, content, or for otherwise not meeting submission requirements.

f. You give Exit 7 non-exclusive permission to perform your play as part of The Exit 7 New Short Play Contest free of any royalties, as well as to record any performance of your play for archival purposes (not for resale or profit).
2. No playwright revisions will be accepted once a script has been submitted; Exit 7 reserves the right to request changes to any script, but none will be made without playwright consent.

3. No written or oral critique will be given on plays submitted.

4. Exit 7 will post the names of the semifinalists and their plays on its website and Facebook page once the selections have been made.

5. We will promote your play, but you should too.

6. Complimentary tickets will be made available to participating playwrights; those playwrights will be informed of our comp policy at a future date.

7. Playwrights must agree to allow Exit 7 to record their plays for archival purposes (not for resale or profit). A DVD copy of your play only will be copied for all semifinalist playwrights. You may use the footage of your play for self-promotion purposes, e.g. on your own website, if desired.

A Final Note

We are expecting literally hundreds of submissions…so make your plays compelling from the very first line of dialogue!

Audiences will choose the two prize winning plays from only 12 semifinalists, so once you’re in the contest, your chances are pretty good…the tough part is getting a play into the semifinals. Write a great script that grabs us, makes us laugh or makes us think, or both. Good luck! Keep an eye out for announcements on exit7players.org, and “Like” Exit 7 Players Theater on Facebook.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

The Thistle Dew Theatre & KTDT Drama-dy seeks monologues and short plays for Stage and Radio

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Call for play submissions: monologues, short plays, one act or full-length plays for stage and radio.

! Contest !: Monthly themed monologues and mini-plays needed. On-going, no submission fee, no deadline.

Continuing calls:

Tales/Lies for THE LIAR'S LAIR


Super Heroes (Of your own making)

http://superheroesthistledewktdt.blogspot.com/ .

Tales Told After School (No identifiable names).

Halloween (need I say more?).

November: Thanksgiving Dinner with the family.

December (November 15 deadline).

Contact Tom: tddtheatre@aol.com . Expect immediate response.

Rules for engagement:
  • Your play can be either a comedy or a drama. 
  • Your play calls for one (1) to six (6) characters. 
  • Your play exhibits freshness, sufficient conflict and engaging text. 
  • Your play must be production ready. 
  • Your play is in simple standard format, 14pt. Times or Times Roman font. 
  • Your complete play is in .doc format with numbered pages. 
  • Page One: Your Title, contact information and 200 word biography. 
  • Page Two: Your Character breakdown and 300 word synopsis. 
  • The subject line of your email submission to tddtheatre@aol.com reads TDDT Play Submission . 
  • There is no entry fee. 
  • There is no deadline for (most) submissions. 
Address your queries to Tom at.... tddtheatre@aol.com

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"A closed mouth is never heard." Thomas M. Kelly


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The Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers supports projects that draw on the research collections at The New York Public Library’s Stephen A. Schwarzman Building (formerly the Humanities and Social Sciences Library).

Application Deadline: September 26, 2014, 5 p.m. ESTNotification: March 2015

Award Period: September 8, 2015 - May 27, 2016

Stipend: $70,000

The Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers supports projects that draw on the research collections at The New York Public Library’s Stephen A. Schwarzman Building (formerly the Humanities and Social Sciences Library). The Center looks for top-quality writing from academics as well as from creative writers and independent scholars. It aims to promote dynamic conversation about the humanities, social sciences, and scholarship at the very highest level — within the Center, in public forums throughout the Library, and in the Fellows’ published work.

Candidates who need to work primarily in The New York Public Library’s other research centers — The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, and the Science, Industry and Business Library — are not eligible for this fellowship.

In order to avoid real or apparent conflicts of interest, the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers does not accept applications from New York Public Library staff members or their partners, or from people active on the Library’s Board of Trustees, Board Advisory Committees, or Library Council.

Please visit www.nypl.org/research-collections for detailed information about the collections of the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building at Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street.

Fellows are required to work at the Cullman Center, on the project for which they applied, for the duration of the fellowship term. Fellows may have a few prior brief commitments, but must limit research trips, attendance at scholarly meetings, and speaking engagements, and may not accept other major work obligations during the course of this fellowship. Anyone who needs to be away for more than two days must notify the Director or Deputy Director in advance. The Library will pro-rate stipends for Fellows who spend too much time away from the Center.

Fellowships will not be granted to post-doctoral fellows or to applicants doing graduate-school dissertation research.

The Cullman Center will not accept dossier letters in place of new letters of recommendation.
Fellows must be conversant in English.

Completed applications and supporting materials — research proposal, Curriculum Vitae, letters of recommendation, and art work sample or creative writing sample — must be submitted by 5 p.m. EST on September 26, 2014.

New York Public Library staff members are not able to make corrections or additions once applications are submitted.


The Seven Dictators Playwriting Competition

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Write a three-act play ranging from 20 to 35 pages using seven dictators that existed/still exist in the 21st Century, in any possible theme you may wish to put/gather them in. The winning plays will be a published in a book under the name of the competition title

Seven Dictators Guidelines:

-You can submit your work in two ways:

Either as: An individual writer with your name.

Or as: A theater-acting team, with the team/theater’s name, and the name of the team leader/representative.

Write a play with a three-act structure ranging from 20 to 35 pages using seven characters of dictators that existed/still exist in the 21st Century, in any possible theme you may wish to put/gather them in.

During the play, the playwright is free to be creative in any possible way (no limitations) to create their piece.

The playwright is allowed to add up to three more anonymous characters (not real existing people).

We expect the writers to reflect and discuss problems in our world through the chosen dictators, and anticipate the dictators’ feelings, thoughts and plans. We expect them to discuss problems that might have happened, still existing, and/or will exist.

We expect the script to be unexpected, powerful, philosophical, and artistic, with sophisticated ideas, ideologies, beliefs, and settings. We simply ask you as the playwright to create a masterpiece in the realm of literature, something that was never written before, an invention!

The winning plays will be published in a book under the name of the competition title, and some entries may be performed on stage.
Plays should be submitted by email to: 7dictators@democracychronicles.com

The deadline for all submissions is January 1, 2015.

We strongly believe in you, we believe in this competition, and we believe you can be super inspired by what happened/happens/might happen in our world.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Crazytownblog seeks participants

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Attention all writers, composers, bloggers, and artists of all kinds:

Crazytownblog, the voice of Bohemia, is looking for new voices to express their opinions about life, love, culture, art, politics, philosophy, music, theatre, and anything else that you can possibly think of for their weekly blog.

We are currently looking for writers that can make a 12 to 16 week commitment writing one post a week. Blogs can be about anything, but writers are highly encouraged to share their new work.

Writing a novel?

Write it on crazytownblog! Write a serialized version in weekly installments.

Or maybe you can take the #52songs challenge and post a brand new song or poem each week.

Are you producing a show? Talk about the many steps involved in creating your new work from page to production, or just write about things that matter to you.

You'll be joining a small community of other up-and-coming artists in New York that has included Ryan Scott Oliver (Jasper In Deadland), Gregory Jacobs Roseman (Save The Date), Julia Meinwald (Pregnancy Pact), David Davila (Vox Pop), Leah Bonnema (Huff Post's Top Ten Commedians), Alex Brightman (Make Me Bad), Kimberly Lew (Other People's Children), Owen Panetierre (Vestments of the Gods), Brett Ryback (Murder for Two), as well as photographers, directors, actors, singers, dancers, non-fiction writers, and pop-culture commentators.

What are you waiting for?

Share your thoughts with an audience of people who care about new work in New York City.

Send a bio, picture (for the website), and a sample of your work to crazytownblog@gmail.com by Sept 1, 2014. If you have an idea for an on-going series or a serialized play or novel, please send a proposal of that as well.


Submissions are currently being accepted for Heiress Productions 2014 Playwriting Competition!

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Scripts should be full-length and mostly comedic in nature (or with major comedic elements). In addition, the plays should be unpublished and should not have previously been produced in New York City.

Submissions will be accepted through August 31, 2014. 

The prize for the winning play(s) will be a complete reading in NYC produced by Heiress Productions with the potential of moving on to a full stage production at a later date.

For consideration, please send the following materials to scripts@heiressproductions.org -

1. Cover Letter
2. Synopsis of the play
3. Ten (10) representative pages -
These will be the basis for the first round of consideration. Scripts selected to continue will be read in their entirety by the judging panel.
4. Resume/CV of the playwright(s)

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Discounted writing class at Primary Stages ESPA

Write your next play with us. Whether you’re writing your first play or your hundredth, it’s not always easy to set the creative wheels into motion. THE FIRST DRAFT is a 10-week class to guide you through the development of your first draft, providing concrete deadlines, constructive feedback, and a collaborative environment that will encourage you to get your ideas on the page.
Writing can often be a solitary process, but this class will allow you the opportunity to strengthen your writing skills while building connections with your artistic peers. Each week, bring new pages in to hear them read aloud in class, and engage in discussion with fellow writers.
Weekday, evening, and weekend courses available to fit any schedule. Instructors include:
· Brooke Berman (Writer, Hunting and Gathering at Primary Stages)
· Stefanie Zadravec (Writer, The Electric Baby at Two River Theatre Company)
· Edwin Sanchez (Writer, Barefoot Boy with Shoes On at Primary Stages)
· Joshua Harmon (Writer, Bad Jews at Roundabout Theatre)
· Josh Hecht (Director, Christine Jorgensen Reveals at New World Stages)
· Megan Carter (Dramaturg, Jackie at Women's Project)
Classes begin in September. Register now and save 10% off the new student rate with discount code NYCP. http://primarystages.org/thefirstdraft


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Variations Theatre Group, a nonprofit company run by highly qualified theater professionals, invites submission of full length plays for its Fifth Annual Harvest Festival at the classy Chain Theatre in Long Island City, near MoMA PS1, to be held between November 3 - 22, 2014.
  • Plays should not have a running time longer than 90 minutes.
  • Each play will be shown at least three times during the course of the Festival.
  • Each play should have its own  production team.
  • Deadline for  submission is September 15, 2014.
  • Application forms can be downloaded from our website shown below.
  • http://variationstheatregroup.com/newsite/harvest-theatre-festival-2014/
  • Applications must be emailed to Submissions@variationstheatregroup.com.
  • Notification of acceptance status will be sent by email on or about September 30, 2014.
  • A participation fee of $400 (which will be applied to the costs of running the festival, technical expenses and publicity) should be sent to Variations Theatre Group after acceptance of the play. Please see our website for details.
  • If you have questions, please email us at info@variationstheatregroup.com.


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For an anthology from Applause Theatre & Cinema Books, a division of Hal Leonard, Inc., entitled, 25 10-Minute Plays for Teens, the editor is looking for plays about subjects of interest to the high school and middle school market, ideally with mostly characters in that age group. I prefer that the plays have had a production, although this is not mandatory. If you have a play that fits these criteria, please send it to LHarbison1@nyc.rr.com. Plays previously submitted or published will be considered. All submissions must include a title page with the authors complete contact information.


12th Annual NJPC – Play Series

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The New Jersey Playwrights Contest of WPUNJ in Wayne, NJ is proud to announce the 12th Annual NJPC – 

Play Series (open to NJ Residents only) and 

Musical Series (open to all in the northern NJ, tri-state region within 75 mile radius of Wayne NJ).  

The NJPC helps bring new playwrights and composers and their work into focus in the community, the region and the state of New Jersey.  At this time we are seeking new plays and musicals, specifically those suited for staging in a black box theatre – i.e. small casts, limited scenic needs, etc. The NJPC offers the contest winners the chance to see their work fully realized on stage and is proud to have produced 13 original plays and musicals in our first 10 seasons! 

Three play finalists will be selected from all entries received by June 30, 2014 and given staged readings in the fall of 2014.  

Three musical finalists will be selected from all entries received by August 31, 2014 and given staged readings in the spring of 2015.

Entries must include: a completed, signed and legible Entry Form; a cover letter, stating availability of the author for participation in the process and the performance history of the piece; a one-page synopsis of the play or musical that includes the cast/vocal requirements and scenic needs; and a resume of the playwright and/or composer. 

Entries must be emailed to TheatreSeries@WPUNJ.edu
In the subject line please put: 12th Annual NJPC and your full name.

Note: Those selected to participate in the next round must submit the play, or librettos and a piano score for the entire show in PDF format. (Audio files are also encouraged but not required.) Interviews with the authors will be arranged as soon as possible after selection.

To download the Entry Form cut and paste this url into your web browser:

For further information about the NJPC, please visit:

Monday, August 18, 2014

Small Fish Radio seeks radio plays

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The deadline is the stroke of midnight, September 15, 2014.

Our second annual Horror Show will be recorded LIVE  at Chicago Dramatists on October 26, 2014.

Vampires, Witches, Monsters, and Zombies welcome.

Please send your submissions to:

Please follow the guidelines listed below.

Radio Play categories by running time:
  • 6-10 Minute Radio Play (maximum 10 minutes)
  • Short Story and Poetry running times:
  • Short Story - no more than 5 minutes in length. 
  • Poetry - no more than 1-2 minutes in length.

Script Guidelines:

Five Actors or Less – This does not mean five characters or less, it simply means
your play must be able to be performed by a maximum of five actors.

NO STAGE DIRECTIONS – While this may seem obvious given our “radio”
format, it is important to remember that your play is conveyed through the dialogue,
music, and sound effects.

Theme/Genre – Small Fish Radio Theatre and Thespinarium encourages imaginative plays that transport the listener. Whimsy, fantasy (other than Sci-Fi), fable, fairy tale, melodrama, mystery are among the types of radio plays we look for.

Short Stories and Poetry –
 We accept short stories and poetry in written form (PDF preferred).

Please do not submit recorded radio plays, stories or music.

We are not accepting produced radio plays.

MULTIPLE SUBMISSIONS ARE FINE (as long as you follow the guidelines)!

Small Fish Radio Theatre presents curated programs of original theatre, storytelling, poetry, and music. Hosts Herzovi and Green serve up our latest catch from emerging playwrights, poets, and other artists with a different theme each episode. To listen to our latest program, you may download the FREE podcast from iTunes and listen at your  leisure, or go to our home page to listen there.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Kings Head Theatre: FLOURISH - the new opera competition

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Now in its third year, Flourish is a new opera competition, launched by Olivier Award-winning OperaUpClose in association with Eclectic Opera.


The competition aims to provide a platform for emerging and established composers and librettists, and to raise awareness of the wealth of contemporary opera being written.

A panel of industry judges choose a winner from five short-listed operas at a showcase performance. The team behind the winning opera then have a year to develop the piece, culminating in a full-length production, produced by OperaUpClose for a seven-performance season over four weeks in autumn the following year.

Submissions are now open for the 2014 competition. Composers and librettists are invited to submit up to 20 minutes worth of material of a new opera for up to seven performers (both musicians and singers are included in this seven). The deadline for submissions is midnight on Sunday 17 August 2014. For more information, please read the Information Sheet carefully, which you can download from the link below.

Click here to download the Information Sheet

Click here to download the Application Form

Submissions can be sent via email to flourish@kingsheadtheatre.com or via post to:

Up to five pieces will be shortlisted for a live showcase on Sunday 21 September 2014 where a winner will be selected. You can book tickets for the showcase here.

The winning piece of the 2013 competition is The Blank Canvas composed by Spyros Syrmos, with a libretto by Fay Wrixon, which will be produced by OperaUpClose in autumn 2014. You can book tickets for the production here.

The winner of the 2012 competition was Two Caravans, composed by Guy Harries with a libretto by Ace McCarron, based on the novel by Marina Lewycka.
For further information please email flourish@kingsheadtheatre.com or call 020 7226 8561

OperaUpClose is known for work that is large in ambition and small in scale, and the parameters of Flourish reflect this. Composers and librettists are invited to write a piece for up to seven performers (divided between singers and instrumentalists as they wish). The winning opera will be provided with a budget for these six performers, a director, designers, stage management and marketing, in accordance with OperaUpClose and the King's Head Theatre's in-house Equity Agreement. OperaUpClose will also provide a producer and extensive creative support for the project.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Strange Sun Theater, The Greenhouse Project seeks submissions

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The Strange Sun Greenhouse will be accepting play submissions from June 1 through September 15, 2014.

for the 2014 submission cycle: All submissions must be written by women, and the playwright must be amenable to a female director.

Strange Sun’s goal is to create magical theater, but we know that magic can be elusive, and often takes time and care to manifest. The Greenhouse was created to give theater artists the resources they need to coax the magic from their work, and nurture and grow the seeds of their artistic vision.

Part of our mission for creating exciting new theater is to bring the finest theater artists together with dynamic audiences to focus upon our shared humanity, releasing us from the ordinary and igniting us with the power of possibility. “Possibility” is an exciting word, one that theater artists engage with every time a writer sits down to a blank page, a director picks up a script for the first time, or an actor walks into their first rehearsal. It is ever-present when the lights dim and an audience takes the journey of a new play.

Our aim is to engage with artists throughout this entire process. Each 2 year Greenhouse cycle begins with a theme we feel can inspire dialogue amongst artist, audience and community. The Greenhouse will be open to submissions yearly, and throughout the course of each theatrical season we will be working with plays in different cycles of the Greenhouse process.

PLEASE EMAIL ALL SCRIPTS TO: strangesuntheater@gmail.com
  • Subject line should read: THE GREENHOUSE SUBMISSION
  • Each script should be accompanied by a short synopsis within the body of the email as well as author's information. Please let us know if you have a director already attached to the project.
  • We may not be able to respond to each submission we receive, but thank you for your time and work!
Please read the description of our entire Greenhouse process before submitting www.strangesuntheater.com

Decisions will be made by November 1st, 2014

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

THE FATAL WEAKNESS discount tickets for NYCPlaywrights



By George Kelly

Directed by Jesse Marchese

Mint Theater - 311 West 43rd Street, 3rd Floor (between 8th & 9th Avenues)

After 28 years of marriage, Ollie Espenshade is still an incurable romantic (her fatal weakness). Perhaps discovering that her husband is a lying cheat will cure her?

"So fresh in its observations, three-dimensional in its characters and human in its humor that it emerges as the first important new comedy of the season." - The New York Post, 1946

LIMITED ENGAGEMENT - August 19 through October 12
Performance Schedule*
Tuesday 7pm | Wednesday 7pm | Thursday 7pm | Friday 8pm
Saturday 2pm & 8pm | Sunday 2pm

*Special Wednesday Matinee: September 10 at 2pm
*No Performances: Tuesday, September 9 and Tuesday, September 16

$49.50 (reg. $55) for performances 8/19 – 9/14**
The Mint continues its popular CheapTix program,
offering a limited number of 1/2 price tickets ($27.50) for EVERY PERFORMANCE!


ONLINE: Visit www.MintTheater.org and enter code GEN49

PHONE: Call 866.811.4111 and mention code GEN49

IN PERSON: Print out this offer and bring it to the Mint Theater Company box office - 311 West 43rd Street, 3rd Floor (between 8th and 9th Avenues)

For more information, visit www.MintTheater.org

*Offer valid for performances through 9/14/14 only. Offer subject to availability. Offer may be revoked at any time. $2.75 service charge applies to online & phone orders. Schedule subject to change. All sales are final.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Secret Theatre’s play festival Act One: One Act is now accepting submissions

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The Secret Theatre’s play festival Act One: One Act is now accepting submissions for its performances in October 2014.

Act One: One Act is a competition style, one-act play festival produced by The Secret Theatre. Prizes will be offered in the following categories: Best Play ($100 Prize), Best Director ($100 Prize), Best Actor ($50 Prize), and Best Actress ($50 Prize). In addition to cash prizes, those plays in the final round will be offered a chance to be non-exclusively published in an anthology of winning plays by The Secret Theatre.

Plays advance to the final round through secret audience votes. Final voting will be done by a panel of judges scoring 50% of the vote with audience votes scoring the other 50%. Winners will be announced and awarded on the last night of the festival during the closing night party hosted by The Secret Theatre.

Scripts are due by 25 August at 5:00 PM. Scripts may be sent to submissions@secrettheatre.com in PDF format ONLY

There is no submission or acceptance fee.

Plays for the festival will be chosen by 30 August.

One Acts:
  • Will be guaranteed 4 performances each
  • Chosen playwrights MUST provide their own director and cast
  • Can be on any theme and in any style
  • Can use 6 actors or less
  • MUST be 15 minutes or less 
  • Will receive free rehearsal space at the theatre’s discretion and discounted space at $10/hr during peak hours
  • Cannot bring in a set (a standard setting including 4 chairs, one cafe table and 2 rehearsal cubes will be provided)
  • Can store small props and costumes if kept in boxes or totes in good condition
  • Will be given a tech cue-to-cue in the space on either September 29, 30 or October 1
October 2, 3, 4, 8, 9, 10, 11, 15, 16, 17 at 8:00 PM and October 5 & 12 at 7:00 PM with those plays advancing to the final round performing October 18 at 8:00 PM

The Secret Theatre | 4402 23rd St | LIC/Court Square | 718 392 0722

Saturday, August 9, 2014

The Pirate Project

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Everyday Inferno is seeking playwrights and writers interested in contributing to a collaborative project based on the legend of the pirate Alvida. Selected writers may contribute dialogues, poems, journal entries, song lyrics, or other material which will become part of the final theatre piece.

Deadline for submissions: October 1, 2014

Compensation: Everyday Inferno Theatre Co. will cover all production costs associated with rehearsing and performing the piece. Writers will retain copyright and full ownership of their individual pieces of writing. No further compensation will be provided.

To Submit material for consideration:
  • Send us a writing sample (up to 2 pages of prose or poetry, or up to 10 pages of dialogue) as a PDF or Word Doc (PDF strongly preferred) 
  • Please use subject line: "Writer Submission - Pirate Project" so we can send your submission to the right place
  • Please indicate in your email if there is an aspect of the project that struck your interest
  • Please include a bio or resume that lists any previous experience with collaborative theatre or devised/ensemble-generated theatre

The Naked Expedition Project (TNEP) is currently accepting submissions

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The Naked Expedition Project (TNEP) is currently accepting submissions for our Monthly Reading Series kicking off this September 2014!

Seeking short plays (15-20 minutes) written by female emerging & pre-emerging playwrights or plays that focus on women, women's issues, femininity, and/or gender. (Male playwrights encouraged to submit as long as the play focuses on women, women's issues, femininity, and/or gender).

SUBMIT TO submissions@thenakedexpeditionproject.com

Electronic submissions only (PDF format- Attachment)

Please include a brief synopsis, character breakdown, short bio & contact information.

Deadline: August 15, 2014

The mission of The Naked Expedition Project is to challenge the perceptions of women and the underrepresented through the voice of theater and to serve as an advocate for their stories.

Endeavor Ensemble seeks full-length plays

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Endeavor Ensemble is seeking full-length, unproduced new plays for a staged reading and potential full production during the 2014-2015 season.

Endeavor Ensemble strives to close the gap between the development and production of new work, using collaborative dramaturgical development that leads to a guaranteed full production, demonstrating our commitment to the playwrights whose work we select. We are also committed to collaborating with a diverse group of playwrights, actors, directors, and dramaturgs who are able to bring their varied experiences to the work.

We are interested in forming long-term partnerships with emerging playwrights who have strong perspectives, voices, and senses of humor; who are engaged with current events and social issues, both domestically and globally; and who make bold choices in their writing. This can be in the form of an entirely original story, or a new take on a well-known story.

While scripts should be complete drafts, they do not need to be performance-ready, as dramaturgical work is built into this process.

Please email your scripts as a PDF by August 15 to endeavor.ensemble@gmail.com and include a short bio with your contact info.

Thespian Production is seeking full length plays

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Thespian Production is seeking full length plays for its 2015 season of showcases.  Plays should be between 60-90 minutes in length, have no more than twelve characters. We are looking for gospel, comedy, or musical plays (or a combination of all three) . We love producing new and unpublished works but do accept works already produced. Multiple submissions are accepted. Plays should have simple set requirements. Since we are a community theater, plays with excessive vulgar language are less likely to be accepted but will be considered. 

Please include synopsis and contact information. 

Plays will be accepted through September 1, 2014

Friday, August 8, 2014


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Develop your never produced before play at Manhattan Rep for a minimum of two performances.


2 performances at Manhattan Rep this Fall (more if you play is selling well.) 

Over 12 hours of rehearsal time on the Manhattan Rep stage 
3 hours tech, 3 hours Dress rehearsal, 
and 6 hours of straight rehearsal time in the theatre (Nights and weekend days.) 

Weekly development discussions with Artistic Director Ken Wolf and MRT Team members, with help with casting, direction, the best way to set up a production from the start, how to make important cuts to your play, how to better structure your play, team building and more. We will personally guide you through the process to a successful production.

If you have written a play and you feel you want some support developing it and bringing it to production, as opposed to being flung onto the stage like at so many NYC festivals, our play development production program is for you!

Space is very limited for this program.
Play Development at Manhattan Rep is by invitation only.

To submit for our Play Development Production program please email:

A brief introduction with detailed information about yourself and your work, the complete draft of your play, a synopsis of the play, the running time of the play, the set and lighting requirements,  the playʼs history, (readings, when it was written, etc etc.)
your mailing address, and a creative team leader contact email address to:

as soon as possible (for we are accepting candidates now.)

Please put "FALL PLAY DEVELOPMENT" in the subject heading.

Submissions will be considered on a first - come first-served basis.

The earlier you submit, the better your chances of being accepted into the program. If we fill up all production development positions early on, we will end submissions early.

Once submitted, we will get back to you within one week as to your acceptance. 
There is no submission fee.

Once accepted into the program, there is a $300 Refundable Security Deposit which secures the space from damage, and secures an average of 13 audience members per performance for a total of 26 over two performances, and will be returned within a week of your closing date.  


For more information on all of our new development programs

If you have any questions about anything in reference to our new play development program, feel free to write us at: manhattanrep@yahoo.com

Thursday, August 7, 2014

11th Annual Playwrights and Artists Festival Call for Submissions

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When we look at a piece of art each person has a different interpretation of what they see. That is the beauty of art and the challenge to our playwrights. Each year we take three works of art and ask writers to write a play as they are moved or inspired by the artwork. We blind-read the submissions, select the best and produce them. The art is exhibited, we perform the play and ask the audience for feedback. It is our annual mixed media event that draws inquisitive art and theatre lovers to KNOW. Come join us.

Live viewing will be available by appointment only. 
To make an appointment please call 607-724-4341

The pieces are:

1. Barney Ross and the Renaissance or the Art of Boxing: Wayne Claypatch. graphite and colored pencil on paper, 23 x 30 in.


2. Being and Time: Gordon Lee. 2014, oil and acrylic on canvas. 48 x 48 in.


3. Last Creek: Steve Carver. 2013, acrylic & alkyd on masonite. 20 x 29.75 in.


1. Play must be inspired by on of the works of art.
2. Play length is limited to 15-20 minutes maximum (no exceptions).
3. Cast size no greater than 5 characters. Set should be implied.
4. Playwright, if chosen, must be available to attend performances.

Please submit plays to binghamtoncitystage@gmail.com subject should be “playwrights festival submissions”

The deadline for play submissions is August 31 at midnight. 

There will be no exceptions. Plays will then be sent to be adjudicated and those chosen will have some time for tweaking if needed.
Please submit plays to

binghamtoncitystage@gmail.com subject should be “playwrights festival submissions”

Please include a front page with name and title (which will be removed upon sending to adjudicators). Please ONLY put your name at the front of the script as we are trying to keep the submissions anonymous for the adjudication process. And please indicate what piece of artwork you were inspired by.

Stay Awake! seeks 10 minute plays

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Stay Awake! – a new Denver-based theater company - is now accepting submissions for its inaugural 10-minute play competition. Playwrights from around the world are invited to submit a 10-minute piece for our Prism Festival of new works.

Each submitted play will be read by at least two professional theater artists. Plays must be no longer than 10 minutes, unproduced and original. A panel of professional theatre artists from around the US will select the winning plays. Selected plays will receive a full staging in Denver by Stay Awake! at the Work/Space located in the Rhino Arts District on Lawrence Street, October 23-November 1, 2014.

Preference will be given to plays that embrace Stay Awake!’s mission: Stay Awake! engages with the cultural and educational experience of our region through innovatively staged historic and uniquely creative original theatrical works that pose philosophical questions, actively confront the status quo, empower unheard voices, and awaken change.

NOTE: You will need to create an account before submitting your script. Please be sure to check your SPAM folder for the confirmation message if you do not receive it within five minutes.. If you have any questions, please contact maryanne [at] stayawaketheatre [dot] org.

DEADLINE: August 20, 2014

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

The Flux Salon - Now Accepting New Play Submissions

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The Flux Salon series based in Seattle is currently accepting new play submissions. The Salon is produced by Forward Flux Productions, an arts production company in NYC and Seattle who's mission is to present innovative projects that connect people with art in unexpected ways. Please find all the details below:

The Flux Salon is a new works series that offers play readings in living rooms and unconventional spaces throughout Seattle. It is an intimate evening of art and conversation for an invite-only crowd. We focus on presenting the best new plays from around the country that have rarely or never been seen. The readings are book-in-hand, and the playwrights have an opportunity to engage with the audience for a post-reading talk back (either in person, or via Skype).

What we are looking for:
We are seeking stellar, full-length, polished new works from fresh voices. Specifically seeking plays that speak to the right now (modern themes and settings preferred). The piece should be unknown to most audiences (no Seattle productions, although out-of-town, school, workshop, reading, or theatre festival productions are acceptable). Works by or featuring women and/or under-represented voices are strongly encouraged to submit. Please limit your submissions to plays that have 6 or fewer characters.

If Selected:
If chosen, your play will get a reading at one of our upcoming Salons in Seattle. It will be performed in front of influential Seattle arts patrons, and we will work with you to frame a helpful post-performance conversation so you can get the feedback you want from the audience (if desired). In addition, you will be offered a stipend of $100, with potential for your play to continue on for a full production with Forward Flux at a future date.

How to submit:
To submit, please send the following in an email to salon@forwardflux.com
- A one paragraph synopsis
- A brief bio
- Links to relevant reviews (if available)
- A character breakdown (remember: no more than 6 characters please)
- The script in PDF format
Multiple submissions are allowed, and can be included in the same email.

We will respond within 3 months.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

The Hive Theatre company is seeking submissions for its 2015 Hive Exposed Series

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Hive Exposed Series 2015

The goal of the Hive Exposed series is to present staged readings of new and underexposed playwrights and to share the work of those playwrights with the NYC community.

Of all the submissions, The Hive will choose four plays (musicals also accepted) to stage as readings in winter/spring of 2015. Our goal is to choose one of the four selected pieces to later be mounted as a full production.

The Hive is deeply committed to nurturing artists of all ages, type, and background.

2013’s Exposed reading of A Brief History of the Soviet Union by Vladimir Zelevinsky was mounted as part of our 2014 Season. From 2014’s Exposed Series, we plan to produce The Accidental Death of Nelson Fritz by Noah Schechter as part of our 2015 season.

The Hive’s Mission:

DEVISE through collaboration with an emphasis on experimentation. EXPOSE what must be said for those who won’t say it and for those who refuse to hear it. ILLUMINATE our fears because the truth is what scares us the most.

We are committed to:

- Producing original works created from the ground up by the full company, reinventing the classics, and fostering the work of new and underexposed playwrights.

- Providing affordable productions that engage audiences as participants in an immersive theatrical event rather than simply spectators

- Nurturing artists in and around the NYC metro area

- Continuing to demonstrate how theater raises social awareness

- Reaching out to artists, audiences and sponsors in order to enrich and expand our community.

Hive Exposed Series Submission Guidelines:

- The deadline for submissions is August 15, 2014

- All submissions should be sent by visiting www.thehivetheatre.com, clicking on “Exposed Series Submissions”, and filling out the required form.

- Any questions should be sent to


- Only original, non-published scripts will be accepted. File type: PDF

- A character breakdown, brief description or synopsis of the play, and the script must accompany all submissions. These must all be uploaded in one PDF document via the submission form.

- If you are submitting a musical for consideration, please send up to 3 songs from the musical in mp3 format to literary.submissions.thehive@gmail.com. Include your name and the title of the musical in the subject line. You must still complete the form and upload the script via the website as requested above. If your musical makes it to the final round, The Hive will request recordings of all songs in the piece.

- No one man plays or 10 minute plays will be accepted. - We will only accept two submissions per playwright


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The Acadiana Repertory Theatre is now accepting submissions for one to two slots available in its 2015 Season, with the theme Only Adapt.

We are looking for full length shows (we will accept one acts, as long as they are around 70-90 minutes) that fit the model of a newly written adaptation of a classic. This can range from Greek, to Shakespeare, to any classic tale. It does not necessarily have to be a re-telling, but it must at least use an existing story as its starting point.

The Acadiana Repertory Theatre is a small ensemble in Lafayette, Louisiana that is committed to producing and developing new works, and working hand in hand with playwrights to assist them in whatever stage of development their show might be in.

We are open to new show ideas as well, even if the show is not written yet but you are interested in writing an adaptation for us.

Plays should:
- Never have been produced
- Be in PDF
- Be received by August 15th, 2014
- Have a cast of 10 or less, or the possibility of doubling

Not require a great amount of space (we perform in a 50 seat house) or have a great amount of technical needs.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Yale Drama Series playwriting competition

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Submissions for the 2015 competition must be submitted no later than August 15, 2014.


The winner of the annual Yale Drama Series playwriting competition is awarded the David Charles Horn Prize of $10,000, publication of his/her manuscript by Yale University Press, and a staged reading at Lincoln Center Theater. There is no application form or entry fee.

Please follow these guidelines in preparing your manuscript:

1. This contest is restricted to plays written in the English language. Worldwide submissions are accepted.

2. Submissions must be original, unpublished full-length plays written in English. Translations, musicals, and children's plays are not accepted. The Yale Drama Series is intended to support emerging playwrights. Playwrights may win the competition only once.

3. Playwrights may submit only one manuscript per year.

4. Plays that have been professionally produced or published are not eligible. Plays that have had a workshop, reading, or non-professional production or that have been published as an actor’s edition will be considered.

5. Plays may not be under option or scheduled for professional production or publication at the time of submission.

6. The manuscript must begin with a title page that shows the play's title, a 2-3 sentence keynote description of the play, a list of characters, and a list of acts and scenes. Plays must be typed/word-processed, page-numbered, and in standard professional play format.

7. Please omit your name and contact information from your manuscript. Please enter the title of your play, your name, address, and phone number, and a brief biography (optional) where indicated in the electronic submission form. Then upload your manuscript file and select "Submit."

8. The Yale Drama Series reserves the right to reject any manuscript for any reason.

9. The Yale Drama Series reserves the right of the judge to not choose a winner for any given year of the competition and reserves the right to determine the ineligibility of a winner, in keeping with the spirit of the competition, and based upon the accomplishments of the author.

10. For more information, please visit our website at www.yalebooks.com.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Diez Minutos 2015 seeks 10-minute plays

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Diez Minutos Productions is seeking plays for its Third Annual International 10-Minute Play Festival. This fully-staged festival will be in English, and will take place in late March of 2015 in the international arts center of San Miguel de Allende, Mexico — a World Heritage Site brimming with charm, history, and culture. San Miguel was voted Conde Nast Traveler Magazine 2013 "Best City in the World.”

There is no fee for submitting. 

Each playwright whose script is selected and performed will receive a $10 USD cash honorarium and two complimentary tickets to the production. One play will be selected as the Audience Favorite and its playwright shall receive an additional $25 USD cash award.  No other remuneration will be provided, and any playwright attending must do so at his or her own expense.

Submission Guidelines
Diez Minutos Productions may delete, without reading, any submission that does not comply with these rules.

Only one play may be submitted per entrant. Send us your best!

Only the first 100 plays entered are guaranteed to be considered.

We’re asking for blind submissions this year.

The play may be a drama or comedy and must be on the theme of LOST IN TRANSLATION.

No musicals or children’s plays, please.

The play must be submitted by email, as an attached PDF file. No MS Word files or other formats will be accepted. The subject line of your email should include your name and the title of the play.

The submission shall include all contact information for the playwright, including name, address, telephone number and email address on a separate title page; the script must be in standard play format, with a title page, a character listing, the setting, props, and any technical requirements or other production considerations.  Your name must not appear on the script. The two files should be titled "Submission [Name Of Play]” and "Title Page [Name Of Play].”

The play must be in English and no longer than 10 pages in standard format, with a calculated running time of no less than eight minutes and no more than twelve minutes.

Submission period opens on August 18, 2014. 

Entries must be received prior to midnight U.S. Central Standard Time, September 30, 2014. No late submissions will be accepted because of transmission problems.

The play must be unpublished, but may have had previous productions. If the play has had previous productions, a production history must be included with the submission. The submitting playwright must own all rights to the play.

Selection of plays will be at the absolute discretion of the judges.

Selection of a play does not guarantee production. Producers may decline to produce a selected play because of casting, directing or any other consideration, in which case no payment will be due the playwright.

Selected entrants will receive a list of the festival scripts by email. Notification is expected to be made no later than January 15, 2015. Only playwrights whose plays were received in the first 100 submitted will be notified. Producers reserve the right to consider additional plays not received in the first 100.

Scripts must relate to the theme but are not otherwise limited in subject matter or content. However, there must be no nudity, and suitability for performance before a general adult audience will be a factor in selection.

Plays are restricted to 5 or fewer characters. Small casts are preferable, as the stage size is modest, with minimal set, props, sound cues, and costuming. Our talent pool is composed mostly of actors over 40. This will be a factor in selection.

By making the submission the entering playwright grants the producers of Diez Minutos permission to perform the play a maximum of ten times during the Diez Minutos 2015 festival, and to make as many copies of the script as are necessary for production.  All other rights remain with the playwright.

Submitting Your Play
Please address your submission to: diezminutosfestival@yahoo.com. Any inquiries should be sent to the same address. 

Mark Saunders & Michael Hager

Diez Minutos, Co-Producers

The Portland Civic Theatre Guild is seeking submissions

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The Portland Civic Theatre Guild is seeking submissions for a professional reading of a new play to be produced as part of Fertile Ground 2015. Submissions will be accepted electronically in PDF format. Please send submissions to: pctgnewplays@gmail.com by August 4, 2014.

Here are the details:
  • The reading will include a paid professional director and actors. 
  • The playwright will receive a $200 stipend.
  • The reading will be held at the Old Church as part of Fertile Ground 2015. 
Submission Information
  • Submissions must be original full-length plays that have not been produced (though previous workshops and readings are okay). Translations, musicals, and children’s plays will not be accepted. 
  • The play must have 1-6 characters. Plays with more than six characters will be disqualified. 
  • The play must not be scheduled for professional production at the time of submission. 
The manuscript must be written in standard professional play format.
Please include your name and contact information on the title page. A brief biography may be included at the end of the manuscript but is not required.

Civil War monologues wanted

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In conjunction with our production of Our War and as part of The National Civil War Project, Arena Stage is holding a national competition for character monologue submissions written about the American Civil War. Selections may be fictitious or based on the writer's family history.

Up to three winners will receive a performance of their monologue at Arena Stage by members of the cast of Our War at a post-show public reading on November 6 following the 8:00 p.m. performance. Selected writers will also receive a session with American Voices New Play Institute Dramaturg Jocelyn Clarke, a listing in the Our War program and an award certificate. Video clips of the performed monologues will be posted on Arena Stage's website and on social media.

The winners will be notified by Arena Stage in September and the selected monologues will be posted on the Arena Stage website.

Monologues should be no more than three minutes in length (on average, 600 words), and must in some way address or react to the American Civil War and how it reverberates in America today. Submissions will be read by Arena Stage staff and board, local theater artists and community partners.

Submit your monologue, along with your name, address, phone number, email address, and name of college/university (if currently attending) to KogodCradle@ArenaStage.org by August 11, 2014.

What is Our War?
Part of The National Civil War Project, Our War is a new play premiering this fall at Arena Stage. Directed by Anita Maynard-Losh, Our War is comprised of 25 monologues written by 25 of America's finest playwrights, including winners of the Pulitzer Prize, Tony Award and Olivier Award, to explore the repercussions of the U.S. Civil War. For a list of participating playwrights, visit here.

Who can participate in the Our War Monologue Contest?
Published and amateur writers, as well as students 18 and up. The monologue may not have been previously published and must be written by one writer.

What should I write?
A storytelling monologue from the point of view of a character associated with the American Civil War, with a clear beginning, middle and end.

How long should my monologue be?
All monologues must be a maximum of three minutes (on average, 600 words).

What's the deadline?
Entries must be received at Arena Stage by Monday, August 11, 2014.

How do I submit?
Submit your monologue to KogodCradle@ArenaStage.org.

Can I submit a video of me performing my monologue?
All submissions should be written. Judging is based on your text, rather than your delivery.

When will the winners be announced?
The winners will be selected and notified in September and the selected monologues will be posted on the Arena Stage website.

Do I need theater experience prior to this competition?
No previous theater experience is required.

Does the Our War Monologue Contest cost anything?
There is absolutely NO COST to participate in the competition.

How does judging work?
Monologues will be adjudicated by a panel made up of Arena Stage staff and board, local theater artists and community partners. Judging is based on the following criteria:

Originality – the uniqueness/creativity of the monologue
Character – the quality of the development of the character in the monologue
Storytelling – the engaging quality of the monologue
Structure – the dramatic arc of the monologue
Theatricality – the degree to which the piece is for the stage (rather than a novel or essay)

What do the winners receive?
Up to three winners will receive a performance of their monologue at Arena Stage by members of the cast of Our War at a post-show public reading on November 6 following the 8:00 p.m. performance. Selected writers will also receive a session with American Voices New Play Institute Dramaturg Jocelyn Clarke, a listing in the Our War program and an award certificate. Video clips of the performed monologues will be posted on Arena Stage's website and on social media.

3rd Annual Bad Theater Fest seeks plays

The festival has attracted both first-time playwrights and eclectic material from more established artists. 2013 festival highlights include the award-winning Get Up, Gowanus!, an inappropriate kids show starring puppets that takes place on the toxic banks of Gowanus Canal. In Who's the Biggest A-hole, a game show determines who is the biggest a-hole on stage, the winning contestant awarded $50. Plus three staged pieces written by first time playwrights and students of Voices Inside/Out's writing program at a medium security prison in Burgin, Kentucky graced the Bad Theater stage.
With a focus on short plays, the Bad Theater Fest seeks creative and exciting pieces of Drama, Comedy, Experimental, Musical, Clowning, Improvisation, LGBT-themed, Short Films, Staged Readings more.

The deadline for submissions is Friday, August 15 at Midnight EST.

The submissions process is 100% free. Projects may be submitted through the form available at http://www.badtheaterfest.com/home/submit2014/. Interested playwrights should include a short bio, short description of the play, and a list and links of similar projects (if applicable). 

Bad Theater Fest also runs the Bad Film Fest, an annual Spring collection of weird, witty and wacky short films from around the world.

All festival information is available at badtheaterfest.com and on Twitter @badtheaterfest.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

2015 New York Children's Theater Festival

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Applications for the 2015 New York Children's Theater Festival will be accepted July 7 to August 18, 2013. To submit your show, download the Application and Application Instructions for a step by step guide.

The Submission Process

The New York Children's Theater Festival has eliminated all Submission Fees for the 2015 Season in order to better serve our mission and our artists! 

When you submit to the New York Children's Theater Festival, your work is adjudicated by a panel of Children's Theater experts. The entire process is anonymous and extensive, and helps The New York Children's Theater Festival choose the final works that will be presented each spring!

In an effort to assist the artists in development, the Festival also provides feedback from adjudicators to the top 20 finalists who are not chosen to participate this year. We hope that this important professional feedback is helpful in introducing interesting avenues of creative development for your work!

All artists who submit for the 2015 Festival Season will also receive notices and information on our TYA fall symposium series! Good luck!

Asylum Theatre seeks plays

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The Asylum Theatre in Las Vegas is looking for scripts for its 2014-15 season. 

We produce 2-3 staged readings and 1-2 full productions of contemporary new work. Playwrights whose work is chosen MUST travel to attend the performance and observe the post show discussion of the play (if applicable).

The Asylum offers travel and accommodation, or a stipend toward the travel expense in exchange for permission to development and/or production of the project. The length of stay in Vegas depends upon the arrangements made with the company.
Play genre, length and cast size are not a factor in the decision-making process, though we are hoping to offer at least one comedy in our upcoming season if the right script comes our way. If your play has been previously produced it may still be considered for production, as long as it has not been done on Broadway or Off-Broadway.

The Asylum is is committed to making sure that innovative theatre happens in Vegas, but doesn't stay in Vegas. Our aim is to find asylum for progressive work in the theatre in as many places as possible by strengthening the fellowship between venues across the country, and individual artists looking to introduce their work to new audiences.

SUBMISSIONS ARE BY EMAIL ONLY. We hope to have our season decided by August 15, 2014.

Send your scripts to: info@asylumtheatre.org with the subject line showing: SCRIPT - "Play Title'

Fertile Ground 2015 readings

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The Portland Civic Theatre Guild is seeking submissions for a professional reading of a new play to be produced as part of Fertile Ground 2015.
  • The reading will include a paid professional director and actors. 
  • The playwright will receive a $200 stipend.
  • The reading will be held at the Old Church as part of Fertile Ground 2015. 

Submissions must be original full-length plays that have not been produced (though previous workshops and readings are okay). Translations, musicals, and children’s plays will not be accepted. 

The play must have 1-6 characters. Plays with more than six characters will be disqualified.
The play must not be scheduled for professional production at the time of submission.

The manuscript must be written in standard professional play format. 
Please include your name and contact information on the title page. A brief
biography may be included at the end of the manuscript but is not required.

Submissions will be accepted electronically in PDF format. Please send submissions to: pctgnewplays@gmail.com by August 4, 2014.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Seeking plays for a Night of One-Acts

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Strange Bird Productions is seeking 10-15 minute one-acts for A Night of One-Acts at Shetler Studios from October 20-26. 

(Plays might have to be fully produced, cast, directed, and ready to perform.) 

Submit one-acts to info@sbpwebdesign.com by Aug. 15. 

The subject line should include: A night of one-acts!

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