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Seeking bold and dynamic new plays that embrace the Red Theater aesthetic.
The competition winner will receive a staged public reading with the Red Theater Company in Chicago as well as with the collectives in Lincoln, Omaha, and Purchase NYC. 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) As we have a huge number of submissions, any not following the guidelines will sadly be discarded.

2) Email subject lines must be in the format of PLAY TITLE, AUTHOR’S NAME.

3) Please submit your play as a PDF to the following email: scripts@redtheater.org

4) The play needs to be at least 60 minutes running time and no longer than 120.

5) 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.

6) Adaptations are accepted as long as the author has complete rights.

7) The play should be written in, or translated into, the English language.

8) We can only accept one submission per playwright.

9) Please ensure your script includes a list of characters and that the pages are numbered.

10) 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.

As Red Theater Chicago is serious about producing new works from theatrical playwrights, RTC invokes an 18 month Right of First Refusal to produce the PREMIERE production of the winning script as defined by the date of the first public staged reading. Playwrights agree to receive $75 per performance in royalties for the duration of the premiere run. Submission to this competition constitutes agreement with the above fine print, rules, and regulations.

The competition opens for submissions on July 1st, 2014.

Deadline for submissions: October 31st, 2014.
Winners and a shortlist will be announced on or before January 31, 2015.

Performances of selected material will occur at a date and time TBD.

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

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