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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Silverthorne Theater Company new play competition

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Silverthorne Theater Company is sponsoring a competition to select a new play to produce during its 2015 summer season. We are a professional summer theater organization whose mission is to bring excellence of performance to adventurous drama, staging the best of the theatrical repertoire while also promoting unheard voices and underserved populations.

Guidelines for submissions:

Submissions must be long enough to be considered full length plays. Running time should be in the 90 minute to 2 hour range.

Submissions may have previously been given staged readings and/or workshop productions, but they must not have been fully produced.

Plays may call for no more than eight (8) actors (doubling if needed.)

The selected play will be performed at the Sloan Theater at Greenfield Community College in Greenfield, MA. It is a 90-seat house with raked seating; the thrust stage is on the floor with limited backstage space behind a rear curtain. It is appropriate for unit setting or minimal scene changes. Plays requiring elaborate sets and production elements are less likely to be selected.

Should none of the plays submitted meet the stated guidelines and be of substantial merit for full production, Silverthorne theater Company reserves the right not to name a winning play.

Competition schedule and procedures:

Submissions are due by 5 pm on January 30, 2015. The final selection will be announced on March 15, 2015.

All entries will be submitted online as attachments as either an MSWord document or as a PDF. There is a limit of two (2) submissions per playwright.

Entries should be submitted to: silverthornetheater@gmail.com.

Submissions will be judged anonymously by a panel of five readers. Entrants must include a cover page with name, name of submission, and contact information as a separate attachment; the body of the script should contain no information about the playwright.

The selected play will be performed eight (8) time as the third show of Silverthorne Theater Company's 2015 summer season.

The winning playwright will receive a per-show stipend of $80 for a total of $640.

The playwright retains all rights to the play, with the stipulation that if the play is published, Silverthorne Theater Company's will be listed as the first production with a full list of the original cast and production staff.

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