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Thursday, June 4, 2015

Briefs: A Festival of Short LGBT Plays

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It's that time of year again, and we are opening short play submissions for our fifth annual Briefs: A Festival of Short LGBT Plays, which will be held in Spring 2016 in St Louis, Missouri. The festival is well attended and received and usually gets excellent coverage.

We are looking for plays that are 8-12 minutes in length, have two to five characters and that can be done with simple staging/props (we only use cubes for the set and minimal props), and that are LGBT themed. You can read all about last year's festival on our website, at http://www.uppityco.com/briefs4.html.

In the past few years, we have gotten a lot of pieces about coming out and also on marriage equality. We would prefer to get pieces based around other concerns unless the piece is really special or offers a new perspective. LGBT characters or themes must be central to the piece, and we are especially interested in reading plays that explore the experiences of LGBT people of color, trans experience, youth and seniors. Comedy is a plus.

We worked with a dramaturg this year and it was a very successful addition to the festival, especially for work that has not yet been produced or that might have needed additional attention. Do let us know if you would be open to using his services if we suggest it.

Please do not send us pieces you have sent before as we keep previous submissions on file, if you are unsure, email Becky at becky_galambos@sbcglobal.net and ask before submitting.

Submit here (with user account set-up.)
Deadline for submission is June 15, 2015.

Please submit the following in the cover letter or attached- 100 word bio of the playwright, a short synopsis of your play, production history if applicable (or note that there is not one) and full contact info including email, home address, and cell phone, if there is another number you are reachable at, include that too. There are extra upload spaces available if you would like to send a headshot, photo or promotional material from a production or other attachment you think we might find of interest.
Due to our small staff and the volume of material we receive, once we confirm that the submission is received and accepted, we will only contact you if we have questions or want to do your work. We can't wait to start reading all of your wonderful submissions! 

If you have any questions, email our submissions manager Becky at becky_galambos@sbcglobal.net.

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