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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

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