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Monday, December 29, 2014

Midwinter Madness 2015 Seeks History Plays

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Dear Friend in the Theatre,

I'm not only looking for more plays to round out our lineup for the Fifth Annual Midwinter Madness Short Play Festival, I'm also looking for plays with a special interest - History. We've successfully presented historical plays in Midwinter Madness before - plays about the building of the Brooklyn Bridge, about Mussolini, about Beethoven, about the struggle for blacks to achieve parity in America. The result has usually been absorbing, well-done, and popular. We're looking for more. Here are the details:
Dates for the Festival are Feb. 9 - Mar. 1, 2015.
Submission deadline is January 1, 2015.
We are looking to expand on last year's Festival, with 2 theatres.
Plays should run 30-45 minutes or 45-60 minutes. Better short than long. The plays will be timed at tech and cannot go over.
Scripts should be submitted in standard playscript format.*
Any subject matter okay, including musicals.
All plays must be off-book. There will be no staged readings. We have no interest in shows that require projections or other special effects. Smoke and fire are prohibited.
Production requirements must be minimal: rehearsal cubes, a table or two, some chairs (all provided by the Festival), and your own props and costumes. There is some storage during your run only.
There is a $100.00 participation fee, to pay an increased staff. Shows receive half the net (revenue from any tickets sold over 40% of the total available).
Tickets will be $15-20 depending on length of show.
Festival participants may see their own and other shows for free, seating permitting. Seating is reserved for producers, writers, and directors at their own shows. We honor press comps, by reservation. No comps may be transferred to anyone else. There are no other comps.
We prefer shows to be non-Equity. Equity showcases may be permitted under special circumstances, by prior arrangement with the Festival.
The Festival will provide a press agent, venue manager, lighting designer, box-office manager, and a board op.
While the Festival provides the venue and staff, you must provide the production. Roy Arias Studios may offer discounts on rehearsal space, at its own discretion.
There will be a tech rehearsal running 2.5 times the running time of your show, during business hours Mon. thru Wed.
All performances will take place from 6 pm to 11 pm weekdays or 11 am to 11 pm weekends.
Each show will receive at least 3 performances, probably all in the same week. Shows that sell the most tickets in advance may receive more performances.
The Festival will provide a program "wrapper": you must provide a program specific to your show, and insert it into the wrapper for distribution to your patrons.
There will be a juried award ceremony after the Festival. Last year's awards were combined with the Midtown International Theatre Festival Awards, held in Oct. 2014.

*12 pt Times Roman; character names in the middle on their own line; line spaces between speeches and stage directions; indented stage directions; 1" margins all around. \\

I've presented a lot of Festivals, and I have a special interest in one-act plays. They're an easy, cheap, and fun way to see your work on its feet. To submit a script, send it as an attachment in ms word to: john.chatterton@gmail.com. Any questions, don't hesitate to shoot me an E-mail!

John Chatterton

Executive producer, Midwinter Madness Short Play Festival, Midtown International Theatre Festival, and Short Play Lab

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