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Saturday, February 7, 2015

Trustus Theatre Annual Playwrights' Festival

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Trustus Theatre announces its Annual Playwrights' Festival, a national contest culminating in a production of a new play in Columbia, South Carolina.

Now in our 26th year, we are one of America's longest-running play festivals. Since 1988, many of our winners have been published and produced off-Broadway, in Hollywood or at the Actors Theatre of Louisville.

The winning play will receive a staged-reading and $250 in Fall 2015. During the following year, the playwright will develop the script for production as he/she wishes and in consultation with members of the Trustus staff and company. In August 2016, the play will receive a full production on the Trustus mainstage with local actors (mostly non-equity) -- and the playwright an additional $500, plus travel/lodging for the Festival opening.

1. Full-length plays only, with no previous professional productions. Academic productions and workshops are okay. We are looking for innovative comedies and dramas on any topic, raw or polished, profane or polite—but please: no musicals or children's shows.
2. One set, minimal production needs preferred.
3. Cast of eight or fewer preferred, ages 15-60.
4. One script per author, please.
5. No re-submissions. Write something new.


We are now taking submissions electronically. We do not accept paper submissions sent through the regular mail. All materials should be submitted using the online form.

Step One:
Submit the online form by March 1, 2015:

Step Two:
From the applications/synopses, we will identify 25-30 semi-finalists. If your play is selected as a semi-finalist, you will be notified and invited to send a full script. From those scripts, the artistic director will select a winning play by July 2015.

Questions may be directed toshammond@trustus.org.

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