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Saturday, February 28, 2015


NYCPlaywrights has discounts for two shows - see below for details.

We are also offering a pair of tickets to each of these shows - through the NYCPlaywrights mailing list - join the mailing list here.

Clinton The Musical
New World Stages / Stage 4
340 West 50th Street
Performances begin March 25th

Starring Kerry Butler (as Hillary Rodham Clinton), Tom Galantich (as WJ Clinton), 
Duke Lafoon (as Billy Clinton) and Judy Gold (as Eleanor Roosevelt)

 “Ribald and entertaining!  Clinton The Musical is every bit as outrageous as you might think.
- The National Review

If President William Jefferson Clinton behaved like two different people—one moment noble, the next naughty—that’s because he was! Clinton The Musical explores the two very different sides of the 42nd President of the United States: “WJ,” the wholesome, intelligent one, and “Billy,” the randy, shameless one. With Hillary (Rodham) Clinton at their side, the two will handle issues from The White House to
Whitewater, and in the process make history. Maybe. You cannot miss this Hillary-ous new musical and outrageous double Bill!

Advance Sale Student Offer:

$49* (reg. $75-$95)


1- ONLINE: Visit TelechargeOffers.com and use code CTSTU49

2- PHONE: Call 212-947-8844 and mention code CTSTU49

3- IN PERSON: Print this discount or display this page from your device and bring to: New World Stages - 340 West 50th Street 

Please Note: $30.00 Student Rush Tickets Available at the Box Office on the day of the performance only –
Limit 2 tickets per valid ID - Cash only - Subject to availability.

*Not valid for 4/9/15. Additional blackout dates may apply. Schedule and cast subject to change. Offer subject to availability. All prices include a $2.00 facility fee. Normal service charges apply to online and phone orders. No exchanges or refunds. All sales final. Cannot be combined with other offers. Not valid for prior purchases. Limit 10 tickets per order. Offer may be revoked at any time.


Duo Theatre
62 East 4th Street
Limited Engagement March 3rd - 28th!

HUNTER GATHERERS is a pitch black comedy that begins with one couple’s annual dinner get-together with best friends. The evening begins with an animal sacrifice that quickly descends into more sex, violence, deception, wrestling, and dancing than at previous parties. It’s an ominously comic evening where the line between civilized and primal man is blurred, and where not everyone will survive long enough to enjoy the brownies for desert.

STARRING: Emily Dahlke, Joseph W. Rodriguez, Megan O’Leary and John Russell

Special Offers: $18 (reg. $35)

ONLINE: Visit SmartTix.com and use code YOUNGCARL
PHONE: Call 212-868-4444 and mention code YOUNGCARL

RESTRICTIONS: Seating is general admission.  Subject to availability. Not valid on prior purchase.
Offer cannot be combined with other discounts or promotions.  Additional blackout dates and restrictions may apply. 
No refunds or exchanges. Offer may be revoked at any time. 

PlayFest 2015

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PlayFest (Fall, 2015) is seeking new full-length plays that speak to the human condition in our fascinating and complicated contemporary world. We are interested in plays exploring important, challenging, and crucial social issues that affect our lives today.

Topics can range from today’s international headlines to tonight's interpersonal issues in the bedroom. Both comedies and dramas are welcome.

The PlayFest weekend of staged readings is a direct pipeline to our Signature Series, our fully produced mainstage series. We prefer plays that require six actors or less, but will certainly make exceptions for exceptional work. One man or one woman shows are welcome. We want strong, dynamic, compelling stories told with an original voice and a
potent theatricality.

In order to qualify for PlayFest a play must:

1. NOT have received more than two professional AEA productions
2. NOT have received a Broadway or Off-Broadway production
3. NOT have received Orlando production in current form
4. NOT be published for general distribution with the rights held by the Publisher

We will select six new works to be presented as readings. Playwrights will receive a stipend, travel and housing expenses. We will provide directors, actors, assistant directors, stage direction readers and stage managers. In addition to possible consideration for our Signature Series, some plays may go on to be fully produced at the University of Central Florida as part of our partnership with UCF.

At this time we are not looking for full scripts. We are asking for a simpler initial submission.

Submissions must include:

  • Cover letter
  • Bio/résumé
  • A one-page synopsis
  • Ten pages of dialogue from the play (any ten pages)
  • A character breakdown (with potential doubling)
  • Your mailing address, email address and direct phone number on the cover letter

Please do not send full scripts until requested to do so. Mail submissions via regular mail to:

Mark Routhier, Director of New Play Development
Orlando Shakespeare Theater
812 East Rollins St. Suite 100
Orlando, FL 32803

Email submissions will not be accepted.

Initial submission deadline for PlayFest 2015 is March 2, 2015.

If you wish to be notified of receipt of your submission, please include a SAS POSTCARD with the name of your play written on it. Otherwise you will only hear from us if we would like to see a full script.

Thank you!

Friday, February 27, 2015

Manhattan Repertory Theatre is seeking new, never produced before plays

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40 minutes - 120 minutes


April 17 - June 28, 2015

Bring your never produced before play to life at Manhattan Rep for a minimum of two performances!

Our Spring Play Series includes:

2 performances at Manhattan Rep this Spring (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

Weekly development discussions if you wish with Artistic Director Ken Wolf, 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.

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 series is for you!

There is no cost for our Spring Development Series, but 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.

Our Spring Play Series at Manhattan Rep is by invitation only.

To submit please email:

A brief introduction with detailed information about yourself and your work, the complete first rehearsal 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: manhattanrep@yahoo.com

By Thursday March 19, 2015.

Please put “SPRING PLAY SERIES" in the subject heading.

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

The earlier you submit, the better your chances of being accepted into the series. If we fill up all production development positions early on, we will end submissions. Once submitted, we will get back to you within one week as to your acceptance.

There is no submission fee.


For more information: www.manhattanrep.com

If you have any questions about anything, feel free to write us at: manhattanrep@yahoo.com

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Free theater at Loyal University Chicago

The Queen's Speech

Saturday, March 14, 2015 7:30 PM

The Queen's Speech is English professor Terry Boyle's contemporary re-telling of the Cain and Abel story, inspired by the form and content of the great Mystery Plays that developed in medieval Europe.  
In this modern interpretation of the original tale, Cain is still the marked man, marginalized by those from whom he seeks approval. Boyle adds psychological and comic force to the standard telling by representing the wandering Cain in the attire of a drag queen. Cain's monologue, interspersed by voices (ghosts of the past and present) continue to haunt a mind that is unraveling before our eyes, representing those who struggle with self-acceptance.

Klarchek Information Commons, Fourth Floor (click for map)
Terry Boyle tboyle1@luc.edu

Free Admission

This event has been marked as open to the public.

More information

Babes with Blades seek full-length plays

Babes With Blades Theatre Company is a Chicago-based company, currently celebrating its 17th season!

Our unique mission, using stage combat to place women and their stories center stage, is at the heart of this playwriting competition. "Joining Sword & Pen" is the international playwriting competition we founded in 2005 to increase the number of quality scripts featuring fighting roles for women - and the 2015 competition is now open!

Just the facts:

Submission Deadline: 2/27/15

Prize for winner: $1,000 and production of the script in 2016 as part of BWBTC's season

Basic Requirements (full list of requirements on our site: www.BabesWithBlades.org)

1 - Only FULL LENGTH submissions will be accepted: 75-120 minutes (at least 60 pages) in length.

2 - The moment depicted in the 'inspiration' images (http://babeswithblades.org/?page_id=46) must be dramatized in the play.

3 - Women must be in most/all of the primary roles. Women must be featured in most/all of the combat. (Mixed cast is allowed)

4 - All submissions must be new, original works, inspired by the contest’s topic

5 - Submission Guidelines (found at: http://babeswithblades.org/?page_id=2707) must be followed.

Additional Questions?

Visit our JS&P History page and JS&P FAQ page. After that, if you’re still flummoxed, please email swordandpen@babeswithblades.org and we’ll help you out!

Monday, February 23, 2015

Suncor Energy Stage One Festival

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Submissions for 2014/2015

Each year, with the generous support of Suncor, Lunchbox Theatre is able to workshop scripts through the Suncor Energy Stage One Festival. All chosen playwrights receive dramaturgical support, a workshop with a professional director and actors and either a closed or public reading, depending on the stage development.

Lunchbox Theatre is currently inviting playwrights to submit one-act plays for consideration. All plays must eventually run approximately 50 minutes.

Submissions are not limited to comedies and musicals but content should be suitable for Lunchbox Theatre audiences – excessive use of foul language or nudity may limit the possibility of production.

Who Can Apply?

Anyone is allowed to apply.

All applications should include:

• Playwright’s resume
• History of any development the script has received thus far
• Premise of the play
• Plot outline for the basic structure of the play
• Minimum of 15 pages of script for the piece being submitted

2014-2015 Deadline: February 28, 2015

Please submit applications in hard copy form to:

Suncor Energy Stage One Submissions
Lunchbox Theatre
160 115 9 Avenue SE
Calgary, AB T2G 0P5

If you have any questions, or for more information, please contact Artistic Producer, Mark Bellamy at mark.bellamy@lunchboxtheatre.com.

Playwrights Revolution

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Capital Stage presents professional area premieres of new and recent plays. We are currently seeking bold, innovative new works that inspire thought and dialogue.

Script submissions are accepted as follows:
Playwrights wishing to submit work should refer to our Playwrights’ Revolution submission deadlines and criteria below

Agents may send full-length manuscripts via email to: literarymanager@capstage.org
Literary Manager
Capital Stage
2220 J Street #8
Sacramento, CA 95816



As Sacramento’s leader of bold, thought-provoking theatre, Capital Stage created the Playwrights’ Revolution. This series of staged readings seeks to identify and develop exciting new plays and playwrights. These new works are brought to theatrical life through a series of staged readings performed by professional actors in Capital Stage’s intimate theatre. Capital Stage invites audiences to take part in the new play development process by attending readings and participating in post-reading discussion.


Capital Stage is particularly interested in plays that fulfill our mission to bring bold, thought-provoking work to the region. Plays must be full-length in any genre: comedy, drama, musical, etc. Translations, collections of one-acts, children’s plays and any play that has received a full-scale, professional production prior to submission are not eligible. Plays that have had a workshop, reading or non-professional production are still eligible. Only one submission per playwright is allowed each year.

The Selection Process

Capital Stage’s competitive selection process consists of two rounds of selection. All play excerpts submitted during the first round, averaging 200 submissions, are reviewed. Then, selected playwrights are asked to provide a full manuscript of their play. Finally, Capital Stage invites four to five playwrights to have their work included in Playwrights’ Revolution.

Please note that only full-length plays will be considered. Preference will be given to those plays that are aligned with Capital Stage’s mission to bring bold, thought-provoking work to our community.

How to Apply

Playwrights interested in submitting a play for consideration for Playwrights’ Revolution 2015 should send the following to Capital Stage, Attn: Literary Management, 2215 J Street, Sacramento, CA 95816:
  • Your contact information; 
  • A concise paragraph stating your previous playwriting credits; 
  • Title of the play; 
  • Character breakdown and description; 
  • Time and place of the play; 
  • Synopsis; and 
  • A ten page sample of the play. 

2015 Deadlines

Capital Stage is accepting submissions from January 1, 2015 through March 1, 2015. Local, national, and international playwrights are encouraged to submit.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Aspiring Playwrights Contest Sponsored by East Valley Children’s Theatre

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East Valley Children’s Theatre is searching for aspiring playwrights to become a part of the theatre’s future seasons of performances. Contest rules and prizes are listed below.

* All Plays must be submitted to EVCT no later than March 1, 2015
 (Must include a cover sheet with name, address, phone number, email address.)

* Plays must be suitable for children to perform for children.
(Small casts are not as likely to be chosen for performance, casts of 15 or more are preferred.)

* Plays must be one hour to one hour and a half in length. (Shorter plays may be submitted but they will not be considered for production by the theatre as one of its season’s productions.)

* Plays and Musicals must not have been previously performed. They must be original and unpublished.

* Musicals must include a copy of the music in some form, either
manuscript or recorded.

* No entry fee is required.


* The first place entry will receive a $500 cash prize, a stipend for travel, and will be produced by East Valley Children’s Theatre in its upcoming season, if it meets all the criteria for performance. Second and third place winners will be announced and recognized.


Send entries to:
East Valley Children’s Theatre
P.O. Box 20514
Mesa, AZ 85277-0514
Or email them to: Karen@evct.org
For more information or questions call EVCT at 480-756-3828.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Writers wanted for cemetery tour

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Writers are wanted for the Annual Cemetery Tour, a collaboration of the Chapman Historical Museum & The Glens Falls (NY) Community Theater

1. Write one or more scripts for the cemetery tour, using notes provided by the Chapman.

2. Notes will be ready in April; final scripts are due by June 30, 2015.

3. Scripts should be 7 to 8 minutes in length.

4. Scripts can be a monologue or a dialogue – the second person can be another family member, friend or business partner.

5. The writing is on a volunteer basis; if selected, you will be recognized in the program.

6. Note: the 2015 Cemetery Tour will take place on September 26, 2015 at the Pineview Cemetery on Quaker Road in Queensbury.


1. Contact John Muller to get a writing packet – phone: 480-3115 email: johncharlesmuller@gmail.com

2. The writing packet will contain biographical notes on one person who is going to be portrayed in this year’s tour.

3. Write a script and submit it to John Muller by March 15, 2015.

4. Indicate how many scripts you are willing to write (there will be 7 total).

5. We are looking for scripts to be accurate, lively, educational and engaging.

6. All scripts will be reviewed by a committee and writers for this year’s program will be selected by the end of March and assignments made at that time.

7. If you have any questions, contact either John Muller (see above), or Kim Harvish, educator at the Chapman Museum: phone 793-2826, or educator@chapmanmuseum.org.

Fresh Fruit 2015

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All Out Arts is now accepting submissions for the 13th Annual Fresh Fruit Festival, New York City’s grassroots, multidisciplinary international festival of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer arts and culture. A cornucopia of various forms of artistic expression, the festival will occur July 6-19 at The Wild Project in Manhattan’s Lower East Side. Entries are accepted through March 22, 2015. Thanks to the generosity of New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and others, there are no submission fees for early applicants, and no performance fees are required.

The Fresh Fruit Festival’s goal is to present the whole spectrum of LGBTQ lives as expressed through Performance Art, Dance, Theatre, Video, Film, Spoken Word, Graphic Arts, Music & various other forms of artistic expression.

Submissions in all artistic disciplines & lengths are considered for presentation as long as they highlight or showcase a spectrum of the LGBTQ experience, and are finished, self-produced shows.

The Festival provides AEA-approved performance venues & insurance, marketing & publicity assistance, ticketing services, professional theater staff (logistics manager; a light or sound technician; front of house), repertory lighting plot & sound system, networking events & more!

Early Submission Deadline: February 22, 2015 (No Submission Fee)
Final Deadline: March 22, 2015 ($25 Late Fee)

Process: The application form must be completed entirely on-line, so we recommend that you download a blank copy of the form and notes HERE to prepare answers in advance. Please read the info sheets along with it to get a better idea of how the Festival works. When you are ready, go to the online application below:


Helen McCloy Scholarship

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What Is It? The Helen McCloy/MWA Scholarship for Mystery Writing seeks to nurture talent in mystery writing—in fiction, nonfiction, playwriting, and screenwriting.

Who May Apply? The scholarship is open to U.S. citizens or permanent residents only. Membership in Mystery Writers of America is not required to apply. The McCloy Scholarship is intended for serious aspiring mystery writers who wish to improve their writing skills.

How Shall the Scholarship Be Used? The scholarship shall be used to offset tuition and fees for writing workshops, writing seminars, or university/college-level writing programs taking place in the U.S. in summer, fall or winter of 2015 or early spring 2016. Applicants must select a specific writing class/workshop/seminar to which scholarship funds would be applied.

What Is the Scholarship Amount? MWA will present two scholarships for up to $500 each. Scholarship checks are issued in late Spring and are made out jointly to scholarship winners and their chosen educational institutions.

Submission Details Applicants are required to submit:

* ONE Scholarship application form, completed - 2015 McCloy Application Form

* ONE copy of the official description of the writing class/workshop/program (from college catalog, workshop brochure, or other.)

* FIVE COPIES of a 300- to 500-word essay explaining the applicant’s interest in mystery writing

* FIVE COPIES of a sample of mystery writing for judging: either a synopsis and 3 chapters from a novel, or 3 short stories, or 3 short nonfiction pieces, or 1 screenplay or 1 play script

The scholarship committee may also require a letter of acceptance and/or syllabus or other documentation from the writing class/workshop/seminar to be attended.

Mail all materials in one complete package to:
2015 Helen McCloy/MWA Scholarship Committee, PO Box 512 Charlottesville, VA 22902

Application Deadline All applications must be postmarked by February 28, 2015. No late applications or emailed applications will be accepted.

Questions? For individual answers and a copy of scholarship FAQs and submission tips (recommended), mail the scholarship committee at the PO box (above) or send an email to: McCloy.MWA@gmail.com No phone calls, please.

About Helen McCloy Helen McCloy (1904-1994) was a mystery author, editor, publisher, and agent. Creator of psychiatrist sleuth Dr. Basil Willing, McCloy served as president of MWA in 1950, won the Edgar® Award for mystery criticism in 1954, helped to establish MWA’s New England Chapter in 1971, and was named an MWA Grand Master in 1990.

Jane Chambers Student Playwriting Contest 2015

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Submission Guidelines

The Women &Theatre Program of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education invites submissions from female playwrights for the annual Jane Chambers Student Playwriting Award.

The Jane Chambers Student Playwriting Award recognizes plays & performance texts created by women that present a feminist perspective & contain significant opportunities for female performers. Like the Jane Chambers Award for professional playwrights, this annual award is given in memory of lesbian playwright Jane Chambers who, through her plays A Late Snow, Last Summer at Bluefish Cove, My Blue Heaven, Kudzu, & The Quintessential Image, became a major feminist voice in American theatre.

This competition is open to both graduate & undergraduate students; entrants do not have to be registered in a theatre or drama program to submit. The Jane Chambers Award for emergent playwrights encourages diversity of style & content. All forms of drama are accepted, including solo performance work. Excerpts from the winning play will be read at the annual Women and Theatre Program pre-conference, which will be held in Los Angeles, California, 2010 prior to the American Theatre in Higher Education Conference (ATHE). A professional playwright will offer feedback in a post-reading discussion with the audience.

Student winner will receive a $150 cash prize & a year's membership in Women & Theatre.

To enter, please send three copies of a typed script, application form, resume, and a brief description of the piece.

Please, only one submission per applicant and no email submissions.

Mail submission to:

Carrie Winship
1806 Parklawn Drive
Columbia, MO 65202


All entries MUST be received by March 1, 2015.

The Women & Theatre Program will announce the winner by June 30, 2015.

For more information email



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The contest is open to anyone, anywhere; plays, however, must be written in English.

If actors have memorized lines and presented the text under ANY circumstances (workshop, college production, etc.), then the script is INELIGIBLE for the contest.

If actors have given a staged reading holding scripts, that play IS eligible.

Please use a standard playwriting format.

Judging will be blind, so it is important for contestants to follow these directions EXACTLY. First, please ensure that your name does not appear on ANY page of the actual script. Second, please type your email address and other contact information on a sheet of paper, seal it in an envelope, and staple the envelope to the last page or inside cover of your script. If you wish to include a cover letter, please place this in the envelope as well. Electronic submissions are not allowed.

Plays are to be individual full-length works; a collection of short plays is not an acceptable substitute.

Please do not submit a script previously submitted to this contest, unless you have performed SIGNIFICANT revisions on it.

The contest is open as of today. The absolute deadline for submissions TO BE RECEIVED will be Friday, February 27, 2015; entries received after that date will be returned unread to entrants. Winners will be announced on or approximately July 1, 2015.

First prize is $300, second prize is $200, and third prize is $100. In addition, all prizewinners will receive an official certificate indicating their placement in the contest.

The authors of “honorable mentions” will also receive certificates.

Candidates will be notified by individual emails in ascending order: unsuccessful entries, honorable mentions, prizewinners.

All physical scripts become the property of Ohio State Newark, and will not be returned. To prevent unauthorized reproduction and stage production, at the end of the contest, all scripts will be shredded. Of course, the authors retain all publication and production rights.

Please send all plays to:

Dave Williams, Associate Professor
The Ohio State University at Newark
New Play Contest
192 LeFevre Hall
1179 University Dr.
Newark, Ohio 43055

If you have questions, please contact me at williams.1343@osu.edu

Thank you for your participation, and good luck to all.

Broadway Theatre Studio submission process

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There is no charge to playwrights whose work is selected for the BTS development process. All script submissions must meet the following criteria:
  • Completed, original work.
  • Appeals to a wide audience.
  • Deals with mainstream issues and themes relevant to current society and culture.

To submit your work, please send the following in MS Word or .PDF format to BTS Submissions:
  • One-page summary.
  • A paragraph describing your experience with the subject matter (e.g., if your script is set in a restaurant, briefly relate how many years you’ve worked in the restaurant industry, in what positions, how the restaurant you worked at was similar to the one in your script, et cetera).
  • First ten pages.
  • One scene from elsewhere in the work.
  • If a musical, three songs in .MP3 format along with lyric sheets.

Your submission constitutes permission for Broadway Theatre Studio and its members to perform your work in closed sessions for evaluation purposes. If submitting a musical that is selected for a workshop, you must be able to provide a rehearsal pianist/music director.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Learn How to Be Your Own Producer

Primary Stages presents

with Sasha Eden (Co-Founder and Artistic Director, WET Productions)

This workshop is designed to guide each artist – actor, dancer, director, writer – through the process of becoming a successful producer, empowering all artists to develop and produce their own work. What if Christopher Guest had a great idea and did a few sketches with actor friends, but never felt motivated (or bad ass) enough to make Spinal Tap? Or what if Richard Linklater didn’t effectively rally his troops to commit 12 years to Boyhood? These artists, and countless others, are great examples of visionary entrepreneurs who successfully produced their own work: work that was personal, fulfilling, and reminded them why they chose the path of being a creative artist.

This workshop will guide you through each of the producing fundamentals: developing your concept, working with source material, participating in successful collaborations, merging entrepreneurial efforts with artistic inspiration, and the nuts and bolts of building a production company. You’ll walk away with confidence in making budgets, identifying and developing a brand identity, pursuing funding, marketing, and audience cultivation, as well as the courage to embark on your role as artistic producer.

Saturday, April 11, 12:00pm – 5:00pm

Seeing Place Theater submission guidelines

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Would you like us to consider your play?

We are now accepting submissions for completed plays and works in progress that are suitable for staged reading. For consideration, scripts must be no longer than 150 typed pages and should not require more than 150 minutes total to perform. Filmscripts, screenplays, and adaptations of other authors’ work are not eligible.

We're especially interested in playwrights from the Tri-State area who will bring their supporters to The Seeing Place, aiding us in developing an audience hungry for new works.

Please submit the following to info@seeingplacetheater.com:

1. One Paragraph Synopsis
2. Full Character List
3. 10 Page Script Sample (full scripts also accepted.)
4. Author’s Name, Email, and Phone Number

Woodward/Newman Drama Award

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Submission fee waived for members of the Dramatists Guild
The BPP is accepting submissions for the 2015-16 Woodward/Newman Drama Award. Submissions are due by March 1, 2015. The top 10 finalists will be announced at the end of May with the winner announced in June 2015.

"Full-length" plays will have a complete running time of between 1 hour 15 minutes (75 minutes) to 2 hours 15 minutes (135 minutes).
Plays submitted must be unpublished at the time of submission. Plays that have received developmental readings, workshop productions, or productions at small theatre companies are acceptable. No scripts with previous productions at major regional theaters will be accepted. Once entered, subsequent activity does not change the acceptability of the script.

Each submission must include a synopsis (1 page or less) including the cast size. A separate page should include a brief bio of the playwright, and production/development history if applicable.
Each submission must include a cover letter with contact information and a $10.00 reader fee. Agent submissions require no fee. The fee will be waived for Dramatist Guild members with an enclosed photocopy of a membership card. The BPP only accepts U.S. checks or money orders (Make check payable to "BPP"). No international checks or money orders will be accepted. If submitting internationally or if you want to avoid paying by check, pay online with your credit card here

Make sure to note with your submission that you have paid the reader fee online.
It is preferable for musicals to include a demo CD. The complete score is not necessary but may be included. All plays are read by BPP's literary personnel led by and including the Literary Manager and Artistic Director.
We do not accept email submissions. Scripts will not be returned. Blind submissions are not necessary. Please include all contact information. Plays submitted in previous years will be accepted.
The BPP reserves the right not to name a winner and/or name a winner but not commit to a reading or production.
Send to:
Woodward/Newman Drama Award
Bloomington Playwrights Project
107 W. 9th Street
Bloomington, IN 47404

Scripts must be postmarked by March 1, 2015, and received no later than March 10, 2015. We are not responsible for postal delays, and recommend you not choose to send Media Mail unless you are submitting several weeks in advance.
For further information, write BPP, Attn: Literary Manager, 107 W. 9th Street, Bloomington, IN 47404. 
For faster replies, please email us at literarymanager@newplays.org.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Competition for Youth Theatre

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The Beverly Hills Theatre Guild annually sponsors the Competition for Youth Theatre to discover new theatrical works and to encourage established or emerging writers to create quality works for youth theatre. The Play Competition for Youth Theatre represents grades 6-8 and grades 9-12 and offers two prizes:


Entries must be accompanied by the application form and in accordance with the submission policies and procedures. We accept scripts from January 15th to February 28th for this competition. No scripts will be accepted after these dates and all scripts received after the deadline cannot qualify and will not be returned. The playwright may request an application form from the competition office. Send a self-addressed, stamped, #10-business sized envelope (SASE) to:

Candace Coster, Competition Coordinator
BHTG--Competition for Youth Theatre Awards
P.O. Box 148
Beverly Hills, CA 9021

Rules for the Play Competition for Youth Theatre

1. The Marilyn Hall Awards consist of two (2) monetary prizes for plays suitable for grades 6-8 (middle school) or for plays suitable for grades 9-12 (high school). The two prizes will be awarded on the merits of the play scripts, which includes its suitability for the intended audience. The plays should be approximately 45 to 75 minutes in length. There is no production connected to any of the prizes, though a staged reading is optional at the discretion of the BHTG.

2. Authors must be U.S. Citizens or legal residents. Co-Authorships are permissible.

3. The plays must be written in Standard American English. Slang, jargon, and regional dialects, etc., may be used only to establish necessary characterization.

4. Authors may enter up to two (2) scripts in the Play Competition for Youth Theatre.

5. Entries must be unpublished, theatrical works written for the living stage and suitable for the grades designated. Play scripts may have had one (1) non-professional or educational theatre production. But the play may not have been produced on a professional level for which authors, actors or staff were paid.

6. Entries may be original plays, adaptations and/or translations. Authors of adaptations and/or translations of works that are under current copyright must provide (upon request) proof of permission from the copyright holder(s) or their legal agents to use such works.

7. Plays shorter than approximately 45 minutes are not eligible; musicals are not eligible; and plays entered in previous BHTG Competitions are not eligible. (Please note: plays with music, i.e. plays with an occasional interpolated song, are eligible: works that are designated as musicals are not.)

8. Submissions received with postmarks BEFORE January 15th or AFTER the last day of February of the contest year will not be accepted, read or returned. Authors will be notified of ineligible submission and the reasons why.

9. Submissions in noncompliance of these Rules and the Submission Procedures will be ineligible.

10. BHTG has the right to accept or reject any entry without explanation, and will not correspond with, or discuss with, any person the results of the competition, or the acceptance or rejection of any entry.

11. The competition judges' decisions are final in all respects.

12. BHTG has the following rights which it may exercise at its sole discretion:

a. To declare any entry ineligible if prior to Competition's close (June 1) the entry is in violation of rule #6. Authors must notify the BHTG of any change in status.
b. To reproduce as many copies of an entry as are necessary for distribution among the judges.
c. To use the author's name and title of any entry receiving an award for publicity about this Playwright Award and the results of the competition.
d. To present one script-in-hand, rehearsed readings of an award winning entry to an invited, nonpaying audience. No royalty payment will be due to the entry's author for these readings.

13. Each award winner will, at all times, in connection with publications, production, publicity, advertisements, etc. about the award winning entry, designate that the play is an "Award Winner of The Beverly Hills Theatre Guild/Youth Theatre Competition."

14. Each entry will be free from copyright restrictions relating to this Award, and the author will hold the BHTG, its officers, and directors free and harmless from all copyright claims and violations.

15. The BHTG is not a producing organization. No production is connected with the competition nor any prize awarded.

16. Sorry, the Beverly Hills Theatre Guild - Youth Theatre Competition does not sponsor scholarships, fellowships, educational grants, or loans to students or private individuals. Nor does the Beverly Hills Theatre Guild as an organization.

Submission Procedures

1. Each entry must be accompanied by an individual, completed application/entry form. Application forms may be duplicated as necessary. Application forms and Competition rules and Submission Procedures may be obtained by sending #10 business-sized SASE to the address below.

2. Each author must personally sign the application. Entries must be legible and signature clearly the name of the writer(s). The author(s) must sign the entry form. Proxy or agent signatures are not accepted and will lead to disqualification.

3. Bind your entry securely and include a title page with the name of the play, whether it is an "original" or an adaptation/translation from another work, and, if desired, copyright or registration information and date (instead of the author's name, please use "by the author.") On the second page list all characters, time, place, number of acts and scenes, and any other pertinent information such as whether the scripts make use of special effects, e.g., puppetry. Scripts must be bound. A clip holding pages together unfortunately doesn't constitute being "bound". (This is insisted upon for the protection of the script and benefit of the writer. Loose scripts may have pages become misplaced or lost. The competition is not responsible for loss or damage to entries or parts thereof.)

4. Do not show your name, address or any identifying information on any page of your entry. Attach with a removable paper clip, a sheet containing the title of your entry, your name, address, phone number and any other information.

5. To preserve anonymity, all entries will be identified by numbers for judging. All identifying marks will be removed.

6. Submissions will not be returned. This includes either eligible or ineligible submissions. Enclose with your submission a #10 business-sized SASE for our response.

7. You may enclose a self-addressed stamped postcard for acknowledgment of receipt of your entry. Competition winners to be announced on this web site in June.

8. The BHTG is not responsible for loss or damage to entries.

9. No script will be accepted by fax or e-mail. No electronic submissions or correspondence.

10. No entry is returned.

Address All Inquiries and Submissions To:
Candace Coster, Competition Coordinator
Play Competition for Youth Theatre
P.O. Box 148
Beverly Hills, CA 90213

New American Theater Spring One-Act Festival

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Full production of the play in Los Angeles produced by The New American Theatre at the Odyssey Theatre. Performance of the piece will be under the supervision of Jack Stehlin, utilizing the talents of the acting company of the New American Theatre.

All playwrights whose work makes it to the level of semi-finalist will be given first consideration for any full-length work they may have to be included in the New American Theatre Full-Length reading series, which takes place in January and February.

One act plays which have not been previously produced in Los Angeles, CA (plays with simple staging requirement s are favored). Running time must be twenty-five minutes or less.

You will receive e-mail confirmation of the submission of your work at the time of submission. Further notification will only be given to semifinalists.

No subject restrictions, no fee

Please submit full script as an e-mail attachment. No contact information should be on the script itself. Body of the e-mail should include title of the work, author’s name, address and contact information. All submissions should go to the New American Theatre Literary Coordinator, Joe Bays at JoeBays55@earthlink.net.

Please put ONE ACT PLAY SUBMISSION in the subject line. Snail mail submissions are also accepted. Please send your material to The New American Theatre. PO Box 586, Culver City, CA 90232, ATTN one-act competition.

Deadline February 28, 2015

The New American Theatre

The New American Theatre (formerly Circus Theatricals) is a critically-acclaimed actor-led theatre company best known for producing classic plays as well as exploring and supporting new and challenging work in the American theatre. The New American Theatre is dedicated to the support and growth of all artists who participate in the collective imagination that is theatre.

Named by CBS Los Angeles as one of the top five 99-seat theatre’s in Los Angeles, The New American Theatre (formerly Circus Theatricals) has also enjoyed critical acclaim, awards and nominations from the Los Angeles Times, LA Drama Critics Circle, Back Stage West, LA Weekly, LA Stage Alliance Ovations, and many others. Please visit our website for more information: http://www.NewAmericanTheatre.com
Questions? Email: Jeannine@NewAmericanTheatre.com

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Free Theater in NYC


Manhattan Theatre Works' flagship program sponsored by The Psychology Department at the City College of New York

A week of free readings of new plays
February 23-28, 2015
The City College of New York's North Academic Center
All readings will take place in room NAC 1-203 (First floor to the left)

Mon, Feb 23 @7:30p

By Louise Flory+; Directed by Kathleen O'Neill+

With James Edward Becton*+, Gary Hilborn*, Rachel McPhee*+, Shetal Shah* and Misti Tindiglia+.

Bridget pulls a stranger out of freezing waters during a Michigan snow storm. Secrets, banshees and memories will bond them forever. A contemporary celtic mystical drama.

Tue, Feb 24 @7:30p

JUNK: A Musical Comedy
By Michael Penny; Directed by Rick Leidenfrost

With Christopher Leidenfrost+ and Tym Moss.

Two antique dealers are invited to clean out a deceased man's home with the promise of keeping anything they want. The two generations of gay men find a different kind of treasure: decades of porn! The men learn about the stranger with humor, smut, and heart as they explore his junk.

Wed, Feb 25 @7:30p

By Jennifer O'Grady; Directed by Tom J Slot

With Rob Benson*, Derek Long, Rachel McPhee*+, Antonio Minino+, Hannah Seusy+ and Brian Silliman*.

Kevin and David had a loving relationship. But now Kevin is dead and passes the time eating popcorn and playing cupid with the living, alongside a dead drag queen named Craig and a dead Latin hunk named Waldo. David has decided to move on and marry a woman, a great event for the supernatural to try out their their new matchmaking skills.

Thu, Feb 26 @7:30p

By Fengar Gael; Directed by David Stallings+

With David Carson*+, Shelly Feldman*+, Robin Madel*+, Heather Massie*+, Riti Sachdeva*+, Susan Wallack*+ and Quinn Warren*+.

The legend of Dracula is reinvented in this dark comedy about a coven of regenerating gypsies who have survived centuries of war and genocide in this magical play.

Fri, Feb 27 @7:30p

Excellence in Playwriting Winner:
By Tom Slot; Directed by Aimee Todoroff

With David Carson*+, London Griffith+, Carol Hickey*+, Derek Long, Madalyn McKay*+, Paul Notice, Maureen O'Boyle+, Dino Petrera, Hannah Seusy+, Lavita Shaurice*+, Dathan B. Williams*+ and Kelly Zekas+.

In the week before Christmas, five female teenage patients in a psychiatric ward in Nashville, Tennessee are faced with a series of events that leaves them questioning the core of who they are and what they are capable of doing. 

Sat, Feb 28 @2:00p

By Cody Daigle+; Directed by Dev Bondarin+

With London Griffith+, Russell Jordan*+, Brad Makarowski*, Diánna Martin+ and Dino Petrera.

In the aftermath of a failed suicide attempt, 17-year old Lee struggles to figure out what happens next. He strikes up a friendship with Nela that pushes him into revealing an awful truth about their teacher, Matt, that could either save Lee from his despair or drown them all.

Stephanie Schwartz+ will be reading a monologue from Cody Daigle's A Home Across the Ocean at Why We Fall (Feb 28).



Celebrate today’s innovative playwrights that boldly take risks in theme, structure, time-period, location and diversity (ethnic, economic, geographic, gender, sexuality or creed).

*Members of Actors' Equity Association

+Members of MTWorks

March Short Play Lab

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Dear Friend in the Theatre,

Whether you've thought about doing a short play in New York but have never tried, or if you're a regular at such events around town, please give a thought to producing a show in the March Short Play Lab. Not only do you rub shoulders with your fellow short-play playwrights, but you get to showcase your work to people you don't know yet. Our Labs are always well-attended, and they can lead to other festivals and events that we produce, such as the Midwinter Madness Short Play Festival and the Midtown International Theatre Festival (visit our website: www.midtownfestival.org for submission opportunities and requirements). The rules for submitting to March's Short Play Lab are easy-peasy:

Deadline is March 8. Notification will be soon after submission, depending on number of submissions. The sooner you get your script in, the more time you have to prepare. Get that script in pronto!

Plays should be 1 - 10 pp. in standard playscript format.* (The shorter the better; shorter plays get priority.) Include a title page, as the first page of the script, with your contact info (only means of contact is by email).
Submit scripts in a PDF file.
You produce the play whether or not you live in New York. The SPL provides the theatre. This Lab will take place at Roy Arias Studios, 300 W. 43rd St., New York, NY 10018.
Productions must be non-union: no showcases please! (And no Equity waivers, either.)
Keep production values to a minimum: costumes and hand props are okay. We provide rehearsal cubes, chairs, and a table. You can't leave your stuff in the theatre overnight.
We provide a board op, box office, and venue management.
There are no fees. The SPL keeps the door.
Tickets are $20. Each playwright and director gets to watch his/her show for free. There are no other comps.
There will be a tech rehearsal in the daytime on Saturday, March 21. The production dates are Saturday, March 21 - Sunday, March 22.
Every play gets 2 performances, 1 on Sat. and 1 on Sun. Each play will be part of 1 of 2 programs: Program A or Program B, but not both. Program A takes place at 7 pm Sat. and 4 pm Sun. Program B takes place at 9 pm Sat. and 2 pm Sun.
We don't do staged readings. Be off-book, please! Plays not off-book during tech will be removed from the line-up.
THE MOST POPULAR PRODUCTION IN EACH PROGRAM RECEIVES A CASH PRIZE OF $75. Winners are determined by polling patrons after the performance. We reserve the right to break ties.

*12 pt Times Roman; character names in the middle on their own line; line spaces between speeches and between speeches and stage directions; indented stage directions.

The SPL is a lot of fun and a good way to see your work on its feet in a supportive environment. It's also a great way to see actors and directors at work, so you can recruit people for later productions.

To submit a script, send it as an attachment, in a PDF file, to john.chatterton@gmail.com. Any questions, don't hesitate to shoot me an E-mail!


John Chatterton
Executive producer, Short Play Lab

PSC One-Act Festival

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Phoenix Stage Company announces that we are accepting submissions for consideration to be included in the first annual PSC One-Act Festival, taking place in May 2015 at The Phoenix Stage Company in Naugatuck, Connecticut.

Deadline is February 28, 2015

There is no theme and all submissions that meet the criteria will be considered. Please review the following to determine if your play is eligible;


• Scripts should be intended for mature audiences. No Children’s plays will be considered for this festival.
• No musicals will be considered for this festival.
• Playwrights may submit a maximum of two plays.
• Scripts must be original one-act plays no longer than 30 (thirty) minutes in length (playing time).
• Author must own the copyright for the script (no adaptations will be accepted, unless the source material is in the public domain).
• We will accept scripts that have been previously produced in a limited run.
• Scripts should require a maximum of 6 actors for performance.
• Plays must be able to be performed in a black box, unit set with minimal tech requirements

For more information or to submit your play(s) email ed@phoenixstagecompany.org

Tuesday, February 17, 2015


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ISN'T IT ABOUT TIME YOU GOT YOUR 25 to 45 minute SHORT PLAY ON ITS FEET? To see if it works. To explore the characters and plot lines of the play in reality, not just in your head. YOU HAVE BEEN TWEAKING IT FOREVER IN THE VACUUM OF YOUR MIND. Isn't it time to bring it to life? And who knows you may develop it into a Full-Length play, but you have to see it on its feet first!

We are looking for playwright/producers who want to DEVELOP their new longer short play in front of a live audience. We are looking for 2 to 4 NEW short plays never produced before, 25 - 45 minutes, which you will cast, direct and put on its feet at Manhattan Rep.

You cast and direct it. We run the tech and supply the theatre, plus, as part of our new development program, we will work with you on the script, offer help with casting, directing and more, so that your play will rock!!!


In order to submit, you must be available on:

from 8:30 pm to 11 pm
for TECH REHEARSAL (A short 20-30 minute Tech will be schedule for you during this timeframe.)

from 8:30 pm to 11 pm



We will supply a technician to run your sound and lights for your production. AND WE WILL HELP YOU DEVELOP YOUR PLAY! Please know this program is NON-EQUITY ONLY.

Please come and join us. We will put up an amazing professional show at our theatre on 42nd St and 8th Ave in the heart of the Theatre District.

To submit your NEW, never produced before 1 act play production 25 - 45 minutes please email:

The complete play, a synopsis of the play,

the running time of the play, the set and lighting requirements,

the play history (workshops, readings if any, when it was written)

your mailing address, and a creative team leader contact email address to:

by FRIDAY MARCH 6, 2015 at Midnight.

Please put "SHORT PLAY DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM" in the subject heading.

These 1 act play productions will be considered on a first - come first-served basis. (The earlier you submit, the better your chances of being accepted.) If we fill up all production slots early on, we will end submissions earlier than MARCH 6, 2015.

(With only 2 - 4 slots, earlier is better!) Once submitted, we will get back to you within one week as to your acceptance.

If you have any questions about our SHORT PLAY DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM, please drop us a line at: manhattanrep@yahoo.com For more info: manhattanrep.com

Cahoodaloodaling seeks dialogues

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Issue #16 – He Said/She Said

What was said? You tell us. This issue we’re seeking submissions with conversations, dialogues, and quotations. While we want a strong conversational component to each piece selected for He Said/She Said, this call for submissions is theme, not form, based. Send us your visual, audio, written, and multimedia work of any genre and style that you feel speaks to this theme. This is a great opportunity to submit a scene from your play or to collaborate with others.

Submissions due 3/21/15. Guest editor Paul Beckman. Issue live 4/30/15.

Submit your work to our submissions manager accordingly:

WRITERS & POETS: Submit only 1-3 pieces per issue, each as its own attachment. This includes all narrative non-fiction, fiction, screenplays, excerpts, and poetry. We do not have length limits, but we may not read particularly long pieces in their entirety if we can tell they are not a fit for us at this time. Do not include your name on these files as we read submissions blind. .doc .txt or .pdf permitted.** Unless our call for submissions is form specific, we will consider any form or style, including but not limited to: fiction, non-fiction, free verse, form verse, scripts and screenplays, and flash. Excerpts recommended for longer pieces. When in doubt, query by email: cahoodaloodaling@gmail.com.

Monday, February 16, 2015

16th Annual Midtown International Theater Festival

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MITF Call for Scripts

Deadline February 26, 2015

The Midtown International Theatre Festival (MITF) is gathering projects for its sixteenth season (production dates: July 13 - August 9, 2015). (The last week is exclusively for the Commercial Division.)

If you have a project you think might be worth producing in the MITF, now's the time to send it in! The rules are easy-peasy.

There's no application fee. 

If your project is accepted, there's a participation fee of $600 ($999 for Equity showcases). This earns you a place in the Festival, with many FREE perks (see below). If you wish to participate in revenue from your show, you may pay a Theatre Usage Fee that entitles you to a share of the gross.

In exchange for your participation fee, the Festival offers a unique array of benefits unmatched by any other theatre festival in NYC:

• Twenty hours FREE rehearsal time, plus severely discounted additional time
• FREE showcase insurance
• FREE external storage (availability permitting)
• FREE marketing consultation, with E-mail followup
• No side letter with Equity, so no hidden costs
• COMPS for all participants to each others' shows
• Five production photos taken by our publicity staff

Our regular lineup of full-lengths will be supplemented by our Commercial Division, to be held at an appropriately splendid venue (Off-Broadway style, at least). This division is for shows with commercial ambitions. Shows can have sets; they get more time to set up and strike; they get unlimited extra rehearsal time during the run to fix problems; and the Festival will stay open an extra week just for them.

In addition to our traditional festival of full-lengths, we are also a growing festival of one-acts, known as the MITF Short Subjects, curated in person by Festival executive producer John Chatterton. Short Subjects must be 60 minutes or less and are performed in the same spaces as the full-lengths. Short subjects don't pay an application fee, and the participation fee is only $100. They get most of the same perks as full-lengths, except for free rehearsal time (they can pay for unlimited discounted time) and marketing consultation. Short Subjects are also limited to non-union productions. They receive half the profits from their performances. To develop innovative theatre, the MITF is devoted to keeping costs for participants down, starting with such benefits as 20 hours’ FREE rehearsal space for full-length shows, FREE storage, FREE showcase insurance, and more.

In addition to our regular performances, last year we included performances of the Short Play Lab, normally done during the regular theatre season only. The Short Play Lab comprises 2 programs of 10-minute (or less) plays, each program performed twice in one weekend.

Finally, last year we also fielded a cabaret series. We’ll be looking for more cabaret acts this season.

We require scripts to be E-mailed to us in Word or PDF format, with ancillary materials (like music demos) E-mailed in appropriate file formats. You may snail-mail us DVDs where appropriate.

Please check out the rest of our Web site for more details, contained in the Festival Manual, online application forms, and other pages dedicated to special subjects. The MITF is the third-biggest theatre festival in New York City. It also has the biggest ratio of paid staff to participants. It's a comfortable place to preview your work, whether you're new to producing or have commercial ambitions. (Last year 4 MITF alumni shows were playing Off-Broadway simultaneously!) And the Midtown location can't be beat for access to industry and general theatregoers!

Theatre Gwaun Writers Festival

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Make a note in your diaries that all entries for the Writer’s Festival must be in by 21st February 2015. Ten minute plays, stories or poems that are your own work will be welcome from all ages. We will try to include as many as we can. Please note it will be a family audience. The 3rd Gwaun Writer’s Festival will be on Saturday 28th March 2015.

Please send to mandytheatrgwaun@gmail.com or postal entries to Theatr Gwaun.

Guidelines for submissions to the Gwaun Writers’ Festival

Submissions must be received by Saturday 21st February 2015. No entries after this date can be accepted.
No age limit. There will be three categories for judging; under 10’s, 11-18 and 18 and overs.
Must be author’s own work.
Can be submitted in Welsh or English.

Entries to be sent to mandytheatrgwaun@gmail.com or by post to 
Theatr Gwaun, 
West Street, 
SA65 9AL

Emailed entries to be as Word doc or pdf attachments.

Do not put your name on the script but use a covering letter with your name, address and telephone number

The decision of the judges is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

Scripts will not be returned but remain in your copyright.

Entries can be in the form of a play (no more than 4 characters), poem or selection of poems or a story. 10 minutes limit. Winning entries will be performed or read on stage by Theatr Gwaun’s drama groups.

If your entry is a play it must be simply staged with no scenery and with easily accessible props and costumes.

You will be notified a week before the Festival if your entry has been successful.
The winning pieces will be performed on stage at Theatr Gwaun on Saturday 28th March 2015.

Sixth Annual Game Play Festival

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Game Play returns in July 2015!

The Brick Theater is pleased to announce the sixth annual Game Play festival, taking place throughout July 2015 in Brooklyn, New York. This year’s festival will once again feature cutting-edge works that lie at the intersection of video gaming and performance. We are now accepting for consideration submissions from a variety of artists, including but not limited to:
  • playwrights
  • game designers
  • performance artists
  • musicians
  • media and visual artists
  • entertainers of all stripes

Applications for productions are due by March 1, 2015.
Productions will receive 40% of all ticket sales. There are no fees to participate. 

To Apply:

Sunday, February 15, 2015


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Seeking fully produced one act plays
(cast, directed and ready to perform)
7 minutes to 20 minutes in length for

March 18 - April 11, 2015
at Manhattan Rep, 303 W. 42nd St.

$1000 PRIZE for BEST PLAY!!!

(And an additional 3 performances if the play goes on to the FINALS - April 9, 10 and 11.)

To submit your one act play production please email:

The complete play,
a synopsis of the play,
the character breakdown,
the running time of the play,
the set and lighting requirements,
the playʼs production history (if it has been produced before and where)
your mailing address,
and a creative team leader contact email address to: manhattanrep@yahoo.com

by FRIDAY FEB 20, 2015 at Midnight.

Please put “Spring One Act Competition” in the subject heading.
We will contact you within a week as to your acceptance.
Plays that we love will be accepted on a First-Come First-Served basis.

The earlier you submit the better chances you have of being accepted for we may end submissions before February 20, 2015, if we fill up all available performance slots

There is no submission fee. NON-EQUITY ONLY.

Each play will be given a MINIMUM of FOUR performances, with 3 more performances if the play moves on to the finals. We will supply a technician to run the sound and lights.

Once accepted, there will be a $150.00 participation fee.

There will be NO additional security fees or Manhattan Repertory Theatre based production fees.

For more information log on to: www.manhattanrep.com

Friday, February 13, 2015

The Secret Theater’s Flying Solo Festival

Festival Dates: April 2nd – April 5th, 2015

Call for Submissions for one person performances where nightly audiences vote for their favorite festival participant.

No fee to submit or produce. Supplying all the basic production elements needed to support a new work in development – a stage, a small crew, box office and lobby staff, minimal sets and lights

· $250 Cash Prize for Best Show

· 4 hrs Free rehearsal time subject to availability.

· Each Show is guaranteed 2 performances

· The final selected shows are eligible for publishing on a non-exclusive basis.

Currently Seeking:
Original solo shows written and performed by men
Original solo shows written and performed by women

Please Include:
  • The full show
  • A synopsis of the show
  • The show’s running time
  • Short biography of yourself
  • The show’s production history (If it has been produced before and where.)

Submission deadline:

Please email submissions to: submissions@secrettheatre.com

Selected shows will be presented April 2nd – April 5th at the Secret Theater. The Secret Theatre is located at 44-02 23rd St, Long Island City, NYC 11101

Thursday, February 12, 2015

BlackBook Theatre's 10-Minutes in Brooklyn

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Seeking new short-play submissions to be performed in Brooklyn, NY for a young adult audience.  

Ideal plays would be culturally, socially, or politically relevant to counter-culture hipster types.  Plays that are actually set in NYC will be given special consideration.

Providing a director is not a requirement, though it is very welcome and encouraged.

No submission fee!

$50 production fee if play is chosen.

Plays must be 10 to 20 minutes long.
Plays should have a small cast with no children.
Plays should be easy to produce.

Please submit your plays to heather@BlackBookTheatre.com

Deadline for submissions is March 8.

Primary Previews Play Discussion Workshop

Wednesdays from 5:00pm – 6:30pm
March 18, 25, April 1, 8 

Great playwrights always have their finger on the pulse of the state of playwriting.  Participants in this workshop will get an advance look at the 2015/16 Season of exciting new plays at Primary Stages. Each night of this 4-session seminar is dedicated to reading and discussing one of our upcoming plays with Tessa LaNeve, Director of ESPA and New Arts Programming at Primary Stages. Deconstruct the texts, conjure your dream casts, discuss design and production elements, and place these four plays within the larger NYC landscape of American theater. 

Plays covered:
Informed Consent by Deborah Zoe Laufer
The Body of an American by Dan O’Brien
Exit Strategy by Ike Holter
and a fourth exciting play, yet to be announced. 

The LIC One Act Festival 2015

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April 27th – May 10th

Submission Deadline: March 6, 2015

The LIC One ActFestival is now accepting plays for its 3rd annual. Secret Theater seeks to promote new work and emerging playwrights through our annual One ActFestivals. We also hope to promote playwrights through publishing anthologies of the winning plays; we have currently published five volumes of short plays.

No fee to submit or produce.

$250 Cash Prize for Best Play

$100 Cash Prize for Best director

$50 Cash Prize for Best Actor

$50 Cash Prize for Best Actress

4 hrs Free rehearsal time subject to availability.

Each Play is guaranteed 5 performances

The final selected plays are eligible for publishing in Top Secret Books’ The LIC One Act Festival Vol 3 on a non-exclusive basis.


Plays must be between 10 – 20 minutes in length.

Playwrights are responsible for selecting director and cast. (We may be able to help you if you do not have a director but preference will be given to playwrights who can provide their own directors and actors.)

Easy to produce. (If you have a play which for instance includes a swimming pool, a large amount of sets and props, or anything else too elaborate or is impossible to cast we may reject it)

Please submit plays in PDF or Word format only

We will divide selected plays into three programs which will play in an alternating order over two weeks.

Selected Playwrights will be informed March 15th.

Please email submissions to: submissions@secrettheatre.com

Please include:
  • The full play
  • A synopsis of the play
  • The character breakdown
  • The play’s running time
  • The play’s production history (if it has been produced before and where)
  • The Secret Theatre is located at 44-02 23rd St, Long Island City, NYC 11101

Gloria Ann Barnell Peter Playwright Competition

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Playwrights are invited to submit original scripts to the sixth Gloria Ann Barnell Peter Playwright Competition.  The friends and family of Ms Peter -a playwright, actress, and lover of history- established a fund at the Morgan Opera House in Aurora, NY, to honor her memory and to encourage the writing and production of theatre art.  

Criteria include: the play must be an original work, previously unpublished.  It must dramatize an historical event or an historical fiction.  It may include one or two acts and be no less than 45-60 minutes in total length, with no limit of form.  All scripts must be typed and will become property of the Morgan Opera House.

Submissions must be postmarked by Monday, March 2, 2015.  The winner of the $500 prize will be announced in April and the play will be presented at the Morgan Opera House, a small historic raked-stage theatre, in late 2015.  Submit one copy of work to Gloria Peter Playwright Competition, PO Box 327, Aurora, NY, 13026.

Refer to www.morganoperahouse.org for clarifications.  Direct inquiries to Ann Mathieson (annscott2268@gmail.com) or 315-364-7325.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Raw Stages New Works Festival

History Theatre (St. Paul, MN) is accepting proposals and/or completed scripts for the Raw Stages New Works Festival in January 2016.

The Raw Stages New Works Festival is an opportunity for playwrights to workshop a script with a team of professional artists and receive audience feedback at a public reading.

Playwrights may submit an idea for a script (which has yet to be written) OR an already-completed script (which has not been previously produced).

One entry will be selected for the festival.  The playwright will be awarded $1,500 and at the conclusion of the festival the script may be considered for a full commission and production in History Theatre's mainstage season.

Submissions must be in line with History Theatre's mission:
History Theatre entertains, educates, and inspires through creating, developing, and producing new and existing works that explore Minnesota's past and the diverse American experience. Its work provides a unique lens which links our past to the present, explores our common heritage, and illuminates our understanding of what it means to be American. 
   NOTE: History Theatre's focus is telling the REAL stories of REAL people (please do not submit ideas/scripts in the genre of historical fiction).

Playwrights should submit:

 *   A one-page treatment which includes plot synopsis, cast of characters, and a statement of why the play would fit History Theatre's mission.
 *   A 10-page writing sample from previous dramatic work (or from the completed script being submitted.)

Playwrights whose submissions were not selected in previous years are encouraged to re-submit, as we receive many great ideas but are only able to select one each year.

Submission deadline: March 1, 2015

Playwrights will be notified by April 1st if their treatment is selected and will have until Dec. 15, 2015 to submit a first draft.  The Raw Stages workshop and reading will take place in the first three weeks of January 2016.

Send submissions as an electronic Word or PDF document to the following address with "Raw Stages 2016" in the subject line:  newplays@historytheatre.com

For more information about History Theatre, visit www.historytheatre.com

One Acts and Snacks Submissions

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Now accepting one act submissions for upcoming One Acts and Snacks events!

  • Plays must be between 10 – 25 minutes in length
  • Maximum of five characters
  • You must be able to attend the reading
  • Preference given to plays that have never been produced or performed
  • Please submit plays in PDF format

One Acts and Snacks will cast your play using our pool of interested actors and actresses. Please let us know if you have someone you would like to read a specific part in your play.

Please note that readers may not exactly fit your character descriptions, but we will make every attempt to have actors read male parts and actresses read female parts.
Privacy and rights

You retain all rights for any play submitted or performed. We do not permit and audio or video recording of the reading. Photography is not allowed.
Play selection

If selected you will be contacted via email. You must be available to attend the reading.

Please email submissions to katie@casadebeverley.com. Please include
  • The full play (in PDF form)
  • A synopsis of the play
  • The character breakdown
  • The play’s running time
  • The playʼs production history (if it has been produced before and where)

Barter's Appalachian Festival of Plays and Playwrights (AFPP)

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2015 Submission Deadline: March 2, 2015

This annual festival celebrates the richness of the Appalachian tradition by showcasing the stories of the region, both past and present, and the inspiration it provides the writers who live here.

Since 1933, Barter Theatre has been developing new works and nurturing area talent. The AFPP has gained national attention by developing a process that has resulted in new plays being produced not only on one of Barter’s two stages, but in regional theatres across the country.

Keep on the Sunny Side, by Douglas Pote, first read at the AFPP in 2001, went on to a full production on both of Barter’s two stages before touring to 23 states in 2004-05. Enjoyed by more than 100,000 people, this poignant love story about A.P. and Sara Carter has been produced by theatres throughout the country. Black Pearl Sings by Frank Higgins, was first read and developed in 2006 at the AFPP and, in 2010, was listed as one of the most produced plays of that year by TCG.

Project Outline

Barter’s Appalachian Festival of Plays and Playwrights is actively planned and organized throughout the year.

Here's what happens: A brief rehearsal process (six hours/play) takes place in June with an emphasis placed on clarity, not effect—getting the playwrights words and story out to the audience. The plays are read by members of Barter’s Resident Acting Company.

Following each public reading there are audience and artist discussions about the play, led by Richard Rose, Producing Artistic Director, and a panel made up of local and regional theatre professionals. The reading and discussion is an invaluable tool to a playwright seeking to discover what’s working in the play and what needs work. Over the years, the AFPP has developed an audience who love to be a part of the process of helping playwrights develop their work. This process works because the playwright has a chance to hear from the very people who will eventually be buying tickets to their play!

Play Submission Guidelines:
Plays must be written by an Appalachian playwright (currently living in the Appalachian Mountains which, for our purposes, run from New York to Alabama) OR the plays must be set in the Appalachian region.
Plays must be unpublished and must not have had a full professional production .
Full length plays are preferred.

Now Accepting Email Submissions!

To submit your play electronically, please send a PDF of the script along with contact info and a brief synopsis of the play to: apfestival@bartertheatre.com

To submit your play by mail: Please submit the full script in a three-brad folder or unbound, along with your contact info (please include email and phone) and a brief synopsis of the play. Plays will not be returned. Plays may be submitted to this address:

Appalachian Festival of Plays and Playwrights
c/o Barter Theatre
PO Box 867
Abingdon, VA, 24212

Deadline for Submissions: March 2, 2015

The 2015 AFPP readings will take place August 20-23rd, 2015. All playwrights who submit will be notified in early June as to whether or not their play has been selected for reading.

The playwrights of the selected plays will each receive $250 plus transportation and housing so that they may attend their reading.

For more information, contact:
Nicholas Piper, Director
Barter’s Appalachian Festival of Plays and Playwrights
P.O. Box 867, Abingdon, VA 24212

Monday, February 9, 2015

FREE SHOW IN LA ~ Eclectic: Heartbeats Five Short Plays About Romance, Bromance and Nomance

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Eclectic: Heartbeats
Five Short Plays About Romance, Bromance and Nomance

On Saturday, February 14th, at 2 pm, Tom Misuraca and Terry McFadden’s “Rock-n-Geek Productions” continue their “Eclectic” staged readings series of short plays with a special Weho Valentine’s Day performance in The Community Room at the West Hollywood Library. 625 N San Vicente Blvd, West Hollywood, California 90069.

Plays include:

30 Love 
Elvis Doesn’t Live Here Anymore 
Written & Directed by Terry McFadden

Written & Directed by Tom Misuraca 

Happily Ever After
Written by Tom Misuraca
Directed by Bennett Cohon 

The event is free and parking validation is available.

Sponsored by the Friends of the West Hollywood Library

The BBC Radio Drama Readings Unit welcomes submission

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Submission Guidelines 2015

The BBC Radio Drama Readings Unit welcomes submissions from writers new to radio for their annual series, Opening Lines which is broadcast on BBC Radio 4.

The next window for sending in material is

5th January – 13th February 2015.

We are unable to respond to unsolicited stories submitted outside this time-frame.

The three successful writers will have their stories broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and be invited to the BBC in London to see their stories being recorded. As well as broadcasting the three strongest stories we publish transcripts of the best stories submitted within this period on the Opening Lines website.


To ensure your story is read and doesn’t miss out on this opportunity, the following criteria must be met:
  • Writers who have previously had a story/stories broadcast on network radio or have substantial writing credits in other areas of radio (e.g. comedy and drama) are not eligible for this series.
  • We only accept one story per writer.
  • Please don’t re-submit stories that have previously been considered for Opening Lines
  • Stories must be between 1,900 and 2,000 words in length.

Submissions which fall outside of these parameters will not be considered.

We are looking for original short stories which work being read out loud i.e. with a strong emphasis on narrative and avoiding too much dialogue, character description and digression. Pay particular attention to how the story opens and closes, the ending needs to link back to the beginning.

We are interested in seeing stories which cover a broad range of subject-matter but material which explores particularly dark, harrowing themes is not suited to Opening Lines. Stories must not contain defamatory, obscene or any other unsuitable material which is likely to cause offence to a wide audience of all ages. Click here to read stories which have featured in recent series.

We will read all eligible submissions and get in touch with those writers whose stories have been longlisted for the 2015 series by the 15th May 2015, which is when the longlist will be published on our website. We regret that we are unable to respond to those writers whose stories haven’t been selected, but you will of course, be able to check the website to see the longlist.

Please complete the Submission Form which can be downloaded here.

Then send us your story and the completed Submission Form either:

by email to OpeningLines@bbc.co.uk

or by post to

BBC Radio Drama Readings,
Room 8015,
Broadcasting House,
Portland Place,
London W1A 1AA.

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