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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Discount Tickets: DRUNKLE VANYA

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New York, NY 10019


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This event is 21+. Please have ID's available to be checked at the door.


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Seeking fully produced,  (cast, directed and ready to be performed by March 1, 2017)
original, never-produced before, 7 - 25 minute 1 act plays for
March 1 - March 11, 2017
at Manhattan Repertory Theatre,17-19 West 45th St. NYC
$100 Prize for Best Short Play

Each 7 - 25 minute play will be given a short tech rehearsal, a full dress rehearsal with the other plays participating, and a minimum of 2 performances! 1 more performance if your play goes on to the Finals.

To submit your 7 - 25 minute play production please email:
  • The complete script of the play as a .pdf, a synopsis of the play,
  • the character breakdown, the set and lighting requirements, 
  • the play's 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 February 15, 2017.

Please put “March Short Play Competition” in the subject heading.
We will contact you within a couple days, if not sooner, 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 15, 2017, if we fill up all available performance slots

There is no submission fee. NON-EQUITY ONLY.
We will supply a technician to run the sound and lights.
Once accepted, there will be a $35 commitment fee.
For more information, please log on to: http://www.manhattanrep.com/

Monday, January 30, 2017

The Magnet Theater’s Very Own 10-Minute Play Festival

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Calling all playwrights and actors and anyone who has ever wanted to try playwriting and acting! Magnet Theater is proud to announce that in 2017, it will host its first 10-Minute Play Festival. The 10-Minute play is a distinctly American artform all about heart and words and barebones theater — concepts that have always had a home at the Magnet Theater.

Starting in January 2017, we will be calling for submissions of original, 10-minute comedic plays — so get cracking! Are you a sketch writer looking for a new challenge? Do you have a great story to tell? Is “writing more” one of your New Year’s resolutions? Now is your chance. Anyone and everyone is encouraged to submit!

A panel of Magnet community members will read the submissions and select a total of five plays, so get excited, because auditions for these plays will then be held at the end of February. Are you an improviser who wants to try some honest-to-goodness theater? Are you an actor looking for a new show? Is “doing one thing that scares you” one of your New Year’s resolutions? Now is your chance! (Well, the end of February will be your chance.) These auditions are open to anyone and everyone!

All of this will culminate in the debut performance of our five original shows at Magnet Theater’s Very Own 10-Minute Play Festival, Sunday March 19th and 26th, at 7:30pm! We are so excited to stretch our muscles a little bit, try something new, and showcase all the amazing talent the Magnet Theater has to offer!


What is a 10-Minute Play?
A 10-minute play is exactly what it sounds like. It’s a One Act that is only 10 minutes long.

What makes a good 10-Minute play?
First of all, they have to be 10-minutes, so don’t submit anything over 11 pages. Be careful of too much exposition. A 10-minute play has to pack a lot into a short time. If we want to see a whole journey in under 10 minutes, clarity and economy are key. Make every line do work for you. To that end, keep tech fairly simply, and you usually wouldn’t see more than 4 characters (only 2 or 3 is even more common). Also, have fun! (There are tons of resources online if you’d like to do some research!)

What are the important dates?
Submissions for original plays will be open January – February 19th (though start writing now!) Auditions will be February 26 – 28. Show days will be March 19th and 26th at 7:30pm.

Can you submit if you’re not a part of the Magnet community?
You bet! Though slight preference will be given to members of the Magnet community.

Any further questions? Just email Magnet10minuteplayfestival@gmail.com. Diversity applicants strongly encouraged to apply!

Cupcake Lady Productions seeks rotten 10-minute plays

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Help us crown the Best of the Worst at ANOTHER Taste of Rotten Theatre!   Laughed out of the writer's group?  Great!  Told it would never be staged?  Amazing!  Sure it doesn't work?  WE'LL give it a try!  Dig through your trash with the rest of the rancid meat and find the most terrible, inscrutable, incoherent play you’ve ever written. 

This is the one contest where clunky, ham-handed dialogue and wildly implausible scenarios work in your favor!   Cupcake Lady Productions will select five (5) plays as finalists to be performed (badly) in Another Taste of Rotten Theatre on April 1, 2017. The finalists will be announced in March.   

Three judges will rate each play on a scale of 1-10.  The audience will also vote on the same scale, counting as a fourth judge. The votes will be tallied and the Best of the Worst, based on the highest total score from the judges, will receive our GRAND PRIZE!  

• The author of the play must be same person submitting it  
• You must own the rights to perform the play you are submitting 
• Plays must be 10-minutes or less in length  
• One (1) entry per person only, please!  
• Entries may be short, self-contained plays, or a 10-minute scene from a longer play (out of context scenes are strongly encouraged)  
• Former contest winners are eligible to enter, but the entry must be a different play 
• No plays submitted by judges, volunteers or performers participating in Another Night of Rotten Theatre 2017 will be considered.  
• Entries must be sent to rottentheatreclp@gmail.com by 11:59PM EST on February 24th. No plays sent to our personal email addresses will be considered. 

Call for Submissions for Flying Solo 5

The Secret Theater’s Flying Solo Festival
Festival Dates: March 9th – 18th


READ THIS FIRST: We can accept all shows from short 10- 20 minute shows that are being workshopped to a 60+ minute finished piece. We will consider previously produced shows if you believe that you will attract an audience. Our criteria are that the show is good and deserves a platform.

What is Flying Solo?

• Flying Solo is a festival of solo shows that doesn't charge participation or submissions fees.
NYCPLAYWRIGHTS NOTE: there is a $50 tech fee
• Flying Solo doesn't ask for any rights, royalties or residual payments
• Flying Solo is presented in the Secret Theatre's 99-seat house.
• We can accept shows that have premiered or even in workshop mode - apply first and we'll talk. We'll only refuse a show that has previously produced if we feel its gonna be hard to get an audience.
• Preferential consideration given to students of Go Solo or Flying Solo alumni. If your show is 'on book' or very short [20 mins or less] you may be invited to participate in a showcase show of multiple shows. If your show is 30 - 60 mins then you will either be asked to do a stand-alone or a double bill.
• Flying Solo presents a $150 CASH PRIZE to the audience vote winner.
• In addition to the CASH PRIZE! There will be a door split too at 50/50% after the first 11 tickets! Therefore if we sell 40 tickets you will make $260! If we sell 60 tickets you make $440! Sellout and you'll make $791… hey then if you win add $150 that’s $941 for one nights work!
• We provide a tech/lighting designer/Board op for your run although you are welcome to have your own tech or SM do this.
• We will accept shows that have already appeared in Flying Solo if you and we both feel that it will find an audience.
• No fee to submit or produce. We supply all the basic production elements needed to support a new work – a stage, a small crew, box office and lobby staff, great sound and lights. There is a $50 tech fee. This money pays for a dedicated lighting designer for tech and for an SM/Board Op


• We accept all shows from 10 minutes to 60 minutes
• Finished 60-minute shows are offered either a stand-alone or double bill slot.
• Shows of longer than 30 and not more than 60 minute get one-hour tech per show. You should provide a tech script in advance to help you maximize this time.
• Short shows of 20 mins or less are accepted but will be presented as part of a multi-show showcase. Up to 6 shows but tech requirements must be minimal due to the between show change over.
• Tech rehearsals are held during the day and evenings from March 6th – 8th.
• Dedicated Tech/Lighting person assigned for entire run/all shows.

Submit via our dedicated form APPLY using url below

Submission deadline: February 6th –
Please email questions to: stmanager@secrettheatre.com

Selected shows will be presented from March 9th - March 18th

Sunday, January 29, 2017


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The New Play Lab of the 36th William Inge Theater Festival and Conference offers playwrights who are attending the Festival an opportunity to have their work seen by professional writers, directors, and actors from around the country. In addition, all play lab playwrights work directly with elite writers in hands-on writing workshops.

SCRIPTS: all scripts must be submitted in PDF format; any other format will be disqualified. No hard copy submissions are permitted. Your title page may not have any identifying information -- no author name or address -- or it will be returned to you. Give your script file the name 2017 + TITLE (for instance, 2017 Bus Stop.pdf).

IN A SEPARATE DOCUMENT, write the title of the play, your name and contact information, include a concise bio, a short synopsis of the play, and a summary of how you think your play would benefit from a play lab reading and panel response. Please give this accompanying document the name: TITLE only (i.e. Bus Stop.doc). Note: this document must be in Word (.doc) or RTF (.rtf) format, to enable us to copy your bio and synopsis into our Play Lab program.

Submit Script and accompanying Separate Document attached to an email to playsubmissions@ingecenter.org



The deadline is midnight, January 31, 2017. No submissions will be accepted after that date.

The Play Lab is a creative enhancement for playwrights attending the Festival. As hosts of playwrights in residence and their resulting developmental workshops for the past 15 years, we approach new play development with both rigor and sensitivity. We are working to support attending playwrights who are as passionate about this process as we are, who look to further their work by a response from their peers.

We provide a venue, cast, director, response panel and audience comprised of our local community, guest artists and scholars of the Festival. All conference attendees are responsible for booking their own travel arrangements and accommodations. In future years, we hope to offer sponsorships to offset these costs, but we are unable to do so this year. We do offer steeply discounted housing in our campus dorms, as needed.

If you are looking for a developmental opportunity that does not require festival attendance, consider applying for one of our four annual playwright residences of nine weeks’ duration, which result in a week-long developmental workshop, pay a generous stipend, and enable you to live and work in the Inge House. To apply for a residency, please visit our website: ingecenter.org, and click on the Residencies and Education tab on our home page.


Playwrights will be asked to discuss the play with their creative team prior to the festival, as available. The playwright is required to be present for the reading of their play and participate in the response by the panel immediately following.


Plays must be one-acts. Musicals and plays for young audiences cannot be accepted. Submissions may have had a previous reading, workshop, or non-Equity production; as a rule, though, the play lab is intended to develop new works.


For any and all questions, please address your email to: info@ingecenter.org

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Articulate Theatre Company seeks 10-minute plays

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Articulating the Arts: Tales in Time will be performed under an Actor's Equity contract for four performances - April 24-27, 2017. No one in the production will receive any stipend or monetary compensation.

Deadline for Submissions is February 5th - midnight
Performance: April 24-27th, 2017
Plays cannot be longer than 10 minutes PRODUCED. It is suggested that you aim for an 8-minute script in order to leave time for actors and directors to work.

Only the first 100 submissions will be accepted. Double check the website to see if that limit has been reached before submitting.
Note: We are requesting blind submissions. Please note parameter details down below.
Send entries to: ArticulatePlays@gmail.com (see below for submission parameters)

Theme and Submission Guidelines

This installment’s plays for Articulating the Arts will be inspired by world folklore. Playwrights are encouraged to compose plays in reaction to the specific stories selected and shown on our webpage. Plays can be comedic, dramatic, surreal, historic, political, farce, etc. They can be pro-folklore, or against it, or both. Plays do not have to recreate the story, but there should be creative connective tissue between the story and the play. (e.g., just because there’s a tree in the story doesn’t mean there has to be a tree in the play; but if the story is about a person’s love of pop-rocks, a play about the angst of filling pot holes for a living would be a stretch.) The strength of the connection between the story and the play will be one of the criteria used to select plays for performance.

  • New works based on the stories listed here. To see information about the stories and artists, visit this page. No pre-written, pre-produced plays, please. The overarching sentiment behind this production is the art of story-telling, we are "articulating" the art of story-telling via the art of theatre. You do not need to re-tell the original story - be inspired by it, and let it go where it leads you. 
  • Meat, please! We like plays of substance, plays with something to say. Doesn't mean it can't be comedic or silly, but a bit of heart is much appreciated.
  • Written with the Articulate acting ensemble in mind. The goal is to only cast from our membership, with few, if any, exceptions. This is a guideline, not a hard rule. You can view headshots and bios of the acting company on this page. Please note that writing with an actor in mind will not guarantee casting of that actor.
  • Play must be no more than 10 minutes long PRODUCED. Playwrights are strongly encouraged to shoot for 8 minutes written to lessen the need for cutting later in the process.
  • Ideally, plays will have between 2-4 characters, but this is a guideline not a restriction.
  • Plays should be in English, though submissions from playwrights outside of the U.S., and stories set in other lands are welcome.
  • Sets and costumes should be minimal. These are the basic pieces of furniture we will use: bar, barstools, tables, chairs, bench. Plays with other furniture needs will be considered, but simple is best for all involved.
  • Musical scenes are welcome, but note that resources are slim for rehearsal and accompaniment.
  • Plays with extreme violence and/or nudity will not be considered.
  • Limited to one submission per playwright. Entries must be "blind" submissions. Send entries to: ArticulatePlays@gmail.com with the subject "AtA Folklore” in the subject line.
  • Submissions must be sent as an attachment in PDF format only; no hard copy submissions will be accepted. Submissions must be formatted as follows: 
  • Email must contain the play's title, author's name, phone number, and email address. 
  • These are blind submissions: the playwright’s name cannot appear anywhere on the attached script, including the title page, header/footer areas, or within the text. 
  • The first page of the script must contain the title, list of characters, and basic setting information. 
  • The second page will be considered the first page of the script. The other pages of the play follow. 
  • Include the title and page numbers in the header of each page of the submission. - All submissions must be in a standard professional play format.
The Legal Stuff

By submitting an entry, you are affirming you are the sole creator of the play and entitled to confer performance rights. You further affirm that, if your play is chosen, you will grant performance rights, royalty-free, to Articulate Theatre Company for four performances on April 24-27th, 2017. The play remains the sole property of the playwright. Any future productions will be negotiated separately.

Submission Procedure

Playwrights should submit their script electronically to ArticulatePlays@gmail.com no later than midnight of Feb 5th, 2017. A committee of readers will evaluate the scripts and finalists will be notified by March 5th. We will not offer commentary and/or feedback on the scripts.
There is no fee for submission.

The Play-Off a short play contest

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Torrent is currently seeking new and exciting 10-minute plays for their upcoming short play contest. There will be four (4) submission periods over the next few months, each focusing on a specific theme to be announced at the start of the submission period. 5 or 6 semi-finalists will be selected from each submission period to receive a staged reading from which the finalists will receive a slot in Torrent Theatre's Play-Off production in the spring of 2017. The first-place winner of The Play-Off (as decided by the audience and an esteemed panel of judges) will receive a cash prize of $200.

Please see below for guidelines and details.

*Dumbshows: Plays Without Dialogue*
Open December 1st - January 31st


1. Scripts should be submitted during the designated submission period.
2.Each script should be no more than 10 pages long.
(Not including the title page and character list)
3. Electronic submissions must be submitted as a PDF.
4. Plays must follow the Samuel French formatting guidelines.
5. File name must read Lastname_PlayTitle.pdf
(i.e. Smith_FloodTheMind.pdf)
6. Plays should contain no more than five (5) characters.
7. Children's plays and musicals are unlikely to be selected.
8.Semi-finalists and finalists will be announced on our website and
social media platforms.

For hard-copy submissions, please send an inquiry to torrenttc@gmail.com. We will then send you a submission address. Hard-copy submissions will not be returned.

Heartland Theater Company 2017 10-Minute Play Festival Rules

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Heartland Theatre Company is seeking eight short original plays to be considered for production in June of 2017 as part of our 15th annual 10-minute play festival. This year, the theme is THE GRADUATION PARTY.

The competition is open to all playwrights who wish to submit a play. Eight plays will be selected and performed from among all the submissions


1. Your play must fit the theme – THE GRADUATION PARTY – or it will not be considered.
2. Your play must fit our theater and its performance space.
3. We require internet submissions in MS Word. Please note that we do not accept pdfs. Because we judge plays blind, we must remove any identifying information contained on the manuscript as well as add a tracking number. That is not possible with a pdf. If this is a problem for you, please contact playfest@heartlandtheatre.orgto discuss your situation.
4. When formatting your play, we ask that you follow our style sheet.
5. We are looking for NEW plays. Please do not send us anything that has previously been produced.
6. Your play must contain at least two (2) characters, but no more than four (4).
7. Heartland Theatre Company has a pool of actors ranging in age from 18 to 80. Make sure that your characters can be played by actors within that range.
8. Your play should consist mainly of dialogue, not monologues.
9. No children’s plays, musicals, or plays which were previously chosen as winners in any Heartland Theatre playwriting competition will be considered.
10. Do not put your name on the play itself, as submissions are judged blind. Make sure your title appears on every page of the play, however.
11. If your play cannot be considered for any reason, we will notify you as soon as possible. If, in the judges’ opinion, the problem is easily fixable and the play otherwise has merit, we may ask you for revisions. Asking for revisions is completely up to the judges and depends a great deal on timing. No plays submitted after January 1 will be considered for revisions. If you’d like to see what criteria the judges consider, please read the Judging Sheet (PDFor Word).
12. Those plays which win and are staged will be videotaped for archival purposes.
13. No contracts beyond the guidelines mentioned here will be offered.
14. Only one entry will be accepted from each playwright.
15. Your play must be written in English.
16. Keep your play under ten minutes in length.
17. Remember that something has to happen in those ten minutes.

All entrants must complete and submit
Heartland Theatre 10-Minute Play Entry Form.

You must attach your script in MS Word format when you send the entry form.

***Deadline for entries considered for revisions is January 1, 2017. If you want the opportunity to do revisions, your play must be entered by January 1.***

Finalists will be notified approximately March 10.

Winners will be announced approximately March 31.
If you have any questions, please email playfest@heartlandtheatre.org

For a complete listing of previous 10-Minute Play winners, click here.

Friday, January 27, 2017

The North Carolina Black Repertory Company seeks plays

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Submissions are open for the North Carolina Black Repertory Company’s 2017-2018 main stage season. We are currently looking for narratives in any genre about the African Diaspora.

To submit, please follow the guidelines below:

Email submissions@ncblackrep.org with the subject line: [Title of Your Play] 2017-2018 Script Submission.

In the body of the email include the following:
  • Play Title
  • Playwright Name
  • Playwright Bio
  • Contact Info
  • Character Breakdown
  • Set Description
  • Production History
  • Short Synopsis
  • Attach the first 10 pages of the script in PDF format.

To ensure your submission is reviewed, please strictly adhere to the above guidelines. If interested, the full script will be requested. Please note that due to the volume of submissions, we unfortunately cannot respond to individual emails.

Agents may email full scripts with production history and a playwright biography to submissions@ncblackrep.org, or send hardcopy to:

North Carolina Black Repertory Company
ATTN: Literary Manager
610 Coliseum Drive
Winston-Salem, NC 27106

Submissions deadline is January 31, 2017.

Thursday, January 26, 2017


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Seeking fully produced,
(cast, directed and ready to be performed by February/March.)
original, never-produced before, 11 - 30 minute 1 act plays
for Manhattan Repertory Theatre's

February 1 - March 31, 2017
at Manhattan Repertory Theatre, 17-19 West 45th St.

We want to help you develop your play and bring it to the next level. So often short plays are the beginning of a much larger play. Seeing it come to life on an Off Off Broadway stage where the response is immediate and vital “informs” your play and your writing. Producers in the past have brought in short plays, and then developed them into full-length plays. Others have produced a short play so successfully here, they learn how easy a process it can be to develop a play, that they start work on a longer work. Getting your short play on its feet and on stage is the most important thing you can do in the development of your work as a playwright. It will help jump start your motivation and your career.

But to bring your short play to a big theatre FESTIVAL way downtown where everything is rushed and where the pressure is high, where you have to hire technicians and stage managers in addition to casting actors, where you are rushed in and out of the theatre so that more plays can be put up that night, IS THAT GOING TO HELP YOUR PLAY? Or will it just make you feel overwhelmed?

We have a better way. And easier way to bring your short play to life.

Each 11 - 30 minute play will be given:
A 20 - 30 minute play consultation meeting with Artistic Director and Playwriting mentor, Ken Wolf once accepted, (in person or via phone, Skype or FaceTime,) a tech rehearsal with our technician to run your sound and lights, a full dress rehearsal with the other plays participating, a minimum of 2 performances, (even more if your show is selling well), and after your show closes, if you wish, detailed feedback and next steps on the live play that you brought to life at the brand new (gorgeous) Manhattan Repertory Theatre on 45th St. in Midtown Manhattan a block from Times Square

To submit your 11 - 30 minute play production please email:

The complete script of the play as a .pdf,
a synopsis of the play,
the character breakdown,
the set and lighting requirements,
the play's 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 February 15, 2017
Please put “Short Play NON-FEST 2017” in the subject heading. We will contact you within a week, if not sooner, 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 15, 2017, if we fill up all available performance slots

There is no submission fee. NON-EQUITY ONLY.
We will supply a technician to run the sound and lights.

Once accepted, there will be a $40 commitment fee.
For more information, please log on to: http://www.manhattanrep.com/

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Music Theatre of Madison seeks new musicals

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Music Theatre of Madison, a professional theatre company in Madison, Wisconsin, is seeking submissions from everywhere for our 2017 Festival of New Musicals. This will be the second year of the Festival (last done in 2015), which features readings of 3 or 4 musicals still in development as well as talkbacks with audiences. It is the only series of its kind in Wisconsin. Dates are still being determined for the 2017 festival, but it will likely take place in October-December of 2017.

Due Date: Please submit no later than February 1, 2017.
Length: One or two act musicals are welcome.

Content: We are open to a variety of subject matters and musical styles! We tend to favor stories that are thought-provoking, and we are especially interested in learning about musicals that deal with relevant social justice issues.

Instrumentation: The readings will be performed with piano accompaniment only.

Cast Size: We prefer musicals meant for casts of 8 or fewer.

Stage of development: At this time we are looking for completed scripts that are ready for a reading. They can have been read or workshopped before, but must not currently be licensing. If we choose your script, you will be given a deadline for any revisions, which must be completed before we start rehearsals. We will perform what you give us and get feedback from our audiences, which we will then share with you. We will consider the shows we select for further workshopping and full production in later seasons.

Submission process: There is no fee to submit your work. Please submit a synopsis and recordings or videos of 2-3 songs from the show. (Links pasted in the e-mail are fine). We will contact you if we’re interested in reading a full script. E-mail your submission to newmusicals@mtmadison.com. Those whose scripts are selected will receive a small stipend as well as detailed feedback from audiences. We are happy to work with you on what questions you’d like us to ask.

The company: Music Theatre of Madison is an eleven-year-old company dedicated to promoting the future of musical theatre. The company has presented 2 Midwest premieres, 12 Wisconsin premieres, and 18 Madison premieres of shows that were successful elsewhere but hadn’t yet made it to our state. Read more about us and our production history at www.mtmadison.com.

Transitioning from Stage to Screen Workshop

If you've been dreaming of making your mark during the Golden Age of Television, but you don't know where to start, this is it.

Led by Tanya Saracho, playwright of the Primary Stages mainstage production Fade and Mala Hierba at Second Stage, and writer and co-producer of ABC's "How to Get Away with Murder," HBO's "Looking," “Girls,” and Lifetime's "Devious Maids," this seminar will cover the first steps toward making a good living in Hollywood. Tanya will discuss her professional trajectory and how she moved through the theater and film worlds to accomplish her career goals, followed by an open Q&A session about what it takes to be a writer in this industry. At the end of the workshop, you will be able to recognize what works in this medium and understand strategies to carve out a space for yourself in any writer's room based on Tanya's first-hand experience.

Instructor: Tanya Saracho (Writer, Fade at Primary Stages, ABC's "How to Get Away with Murder")
Saturday, February 11
10:00am – 1:00pm

Our award-winning faculty, comprised of working professionals in the field, provides practical skills and expert guidance in a collaborative community atmosphere.

We provide students easy and convenient payment plans to break up tuition. Primary Stages ESPA is a home for all artists, in all stages of their careers. For more information, call 212.840.9705 x211 or email espa@primarystages.org.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Free theater event: EAG to host Dancers Speak: Leading a Dance Company in the 21st

Free - suggested donations $15/$20

When: Thursday, January 26 at 7:00 pm

Where: Guild Hall at The Little Church, 1 E. 29th St., New York, NY 10016 (b/w Fifth Ave. and Madison Ave.)

Trains: R/N @ 28th St.; 6 @ 28th St.

Tickets: $15/EAG, $20/non-members (Suggested Donation)

RSVP: (212) 685-2927 or office@actorsguild.org

Event Contact: Matt Roberson - (212) 685-2927, matt@actorsguild.org

Join EAG this Thursday night for a fascinating evening all about the ups, downs, and magical moments that come with founding and leading a dance company in the modern era. 
Dancers Speak: Leading a Dance Company in the 21st Century will feature a live performance by dancers from New York Theatre Ballet and a conversation with long-time dance critic for The New York Times, Jack Anderson, and founder and Artistic Director of New York Ballet Theatre, Diana Byer. In addition to creating respected work for decades, our guests are responsible for bringing the art of dance to thousands of people both young and old. 

The event takes place on Thursday, January 26th at 7pm and will be followed by a reception. All proceeds from the evening’s performance will benefit New York actors in financial crisis.


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Women In Theatre is looking for new, original and unpublished plays for our sixth Kauai Shorts Play Festival, which will be held at KCC, Friday, May 26th and Saturday, May 27th
Play must be new, original and unpublished. You must be the sole creator of the play and entitled to confer performance rights.

Submissions must be received by email by January 31st, 2017.
Playwrights must be at least 18 years old. One submission per playwright.

Maximum running time is 10 minutes. Less is fine.

Cast maximum is six. No characters under the age of sixteen.

All scripts must be submitted in 12 point Courier or Times New Roman as word or doc. File.

Do not put your name on the script itself, as submissions are judged blind.

No elaborate sets or scene changes.

Twenty plays will be selected by a committee with consideration to be produced. One play will be selected to receive an honorarium of $200.

All scripts should include a separate title page with the following information:
  • Name, address, phone and email address of playwright
  • Cast of Characters with descriptions
  • A brief synopsis
  • Numbered pages

Plays selected for production will be listed on this website.

If chosen you grant performance rights, royalty-free, to Women In Theatre for the Festival.

The play remains the sole property of the playwright.

Plays which are staged will be video taped for archival purposes and playwright will receive a copy.

Any submissions not adhering to these guidelines may be eliminated from consideration.

To submit a play, use the form online.

Summer Mellerdramer 2017

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Theatre Suburbia, Northwest Houston's longest running all volunteer playhouse, is looking to produce a new Summer Mellerdramer in 2017.

Our theatre has produced crowd pleasing mellerdrammers each summer for many years. We have worked with published scripts like Little Nell the Orphan Girl by Nelson Goodhue, Deadwood Dick by Tom Taggert, Rascality on the Rig by William S Davis, and Curse of an Aching Heart by Herbert E Swayne as well as unpublished works by Eddie Cope, Paul Hager, Dave Brandl and other local writers.

Theatre Suburbia invites the playwriting community to submit new unpublished scripts for consideration.

Deadline for submissions is January 31, 2017.
To qualify for consideration, the scripts should conform to the following guidelines:
• The script must have a running time between 90 and 120 minutes.
• The script should have 2 acts with one intermission.
• The main characters (villain, hero and heroine) should make their stage entrances within the first 10 pages of the script.
• The script should contain from 8 to 12 characters. Characters must be a minimum of 10 years old. Remember: children can be difficult to cast and this may affect final selection.
• The scripts should contain asides (in mellerdrammer fashion) for the characters. The villain should the most, followed by the hero and heroine, and remaining cast should have a few. The asides help generate the audience responses for the main characters - boos and hisses for the villain, oohs and ahs for the heroine, and of course cheers for the hero.
• This is to be a family type show so absolutely no vulgar, offensive or suggestive language is allowed.
• Set requirements should be simple with a minimum number of locations (house, yard, street scene, etc) because the show is to be performed in the round and the popcorn must be easily cleaned after each performance.

• Any agreed to production can be subject to Royalty, and will be subject to written contractual agreement between Playwright and Theatre Suburbia.
• Author may, at the theatres discretion, have limited input into the producing of the script. The director and Theatre Suburbia have final authority on the production i.e. casting, set etc.
• The script should be submitted to Theatre Suburbia, Inc., attention Doris Merten, 4106 Way Out West Dr, Suite N ., Houston, TX 77092. No later than January 31, 2017. If the script is to be returned if it not accepted, please enclose a self-address envelope for the return. Scripts may be submitted via email to info@theatresuburbia.org.
• For questions or clarifications a message may be left on Line #4 for Doris, at 713-682-3525 or via e-mail at info@theatresuburbia.org. attn: Doris Merten We welcome your scripts.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

MITF: Spring Seeks Variety Acts

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Dear Friend in the Theatre,

MITF: Spring is seeking Variety Acts. MITF: Spring combines some of the most popular features of past MITF festivals: short plays and musicals, a Variety division, the Short Play Lab, and staged readings. The Festival will take place at the WorkShop Theater's Jewel Box Theater and will run from March 4 - March 26, 2017.
The Variety division spans cabaret, magic, improv, sketch comedy, standup, and burlesque. Acts can be solo or group affairs, so long as they fit within an hour, including setup and strike, and so long as they bring their own music director and so forth. The Festival provides a keyboard, mike, and amp. Each act will be given one performance with the possibility of added performances to those acts with the best advance ticket sales-Festival schedule permitting. Shows receive a 1-hour tech rehearsal and a share of the profits, if any.

To submit a Variety Act: Mark it clearly "MITF: Spring," and that it is a variety act. Please also include video reels (you tube, etc.), of your act as part of your submission application. We'll curate the entries as they come in. Please send all Variety submissions to: john.chatterton@gmail.com
We look forward to watching your acts!

Submission Deadline For Variety Is February 18, 2017.

Seeking Female-Identifying Playwrights For Short Play Festival

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Dark Matter Productions is seeking playwrights for SMASH!, its second annual short play series, in association with the Future Is Female Festival. SMASH! is a night of short plays featuring work by six fierce female-identifying playwrights smashing the patriarchy, the bourgeois and the establishment in 2017.

Plays must be 10-15 minutes in length

Plays should require no more than 3 actors, but number of characters is unlimited (our goal is to use no more than 3 men and 3 women for the entire series)

All participants must be non-union
Each accepted playwright will receive a prompt with keywords that will be used to inspire the content of their piece. Some examples of guiding words:
  • Nasty woman
  • Melania Trump
  • Ivanka Trump
  • Hillary Clinton
  • Gender pay gap
  • Birth control
  • Cat calling
The FIF Festival takes place in March 2017. SMASH! will be performed on Friday March 3, 2017 @8pm at TheatreLab, 357 W 36th St, New York, NY 10018

Please send a short bio and/or website and social media handles along with a writing sample to Jordan@darkmatternyc.org to be considered. Please submit no later than EOD on January 23.

Dark Matter Productions seeks to inspire and cultivate the next generation of philanthropists through artistic expression and community activism. We are committed to fostering a community of mutual support and collaboration by co-producing 50% or more of the time, maintaining a non-competitive ideology and creating the biggest turnout for the best production.

Dark Matter Productions is committed to representation, diversity, and maintaining a safe, constructive artistic space at all times. We welcome andyone and everyone to participate.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Indie Boots Theatre Festival

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Regular Deadline: January 31, 2017. Final Deadline: February 14, 2017
Short play submissions are currently being accepted for the fifth annual Indie Boots Theatre Festival, featuring underrepresented perspectives on whose stories are worth telling, what's funny, and how the world works. 

The prompt for the 2017 festival is to use the word "Zoe" in the title of the piece. Plays under 10 minutes, comedies, and plays featuring underrepresented characters (women, LGBTQ characters, POC, etc) are especially encouraged. 

Finalists will be performed this spring in Chicago, IL as part of Indie Boots Theatre Festival 2017: The Zoe Plays. An audience award will be presented. 

Writers may submit more than one script. There are no premiere requirements. 

Selected plays usually run 5-10 minutes. (No minimum. 15 minute max.)

Cast size: 2-10 actors. No entry fee. 

2017 VSA Playwright Discovery Program - Individuals

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Young writers with disabilities and collaborative groups that include students with disabilities, in U.S. grades 6-12 (or equivalents) or ages 11-18 for non-U.S. students, are invited to explore the disability experience through the art of writing for performance: plays, screenplays, spoken word poetry (for single performer or a group), or music theater.. Writers are encouraged to craft short works from their own experiences and observations, create fictional characters and settings, or choose to write metaphorically or abstractly about the disability experience.

Young writers with disabilities are encouraged to submit a ten-minute script of any genre. Entries may be the work of an individual student or a collaboration by a group of up to five students. The competition has three divisions: grades 6-7, grades 8-9, and grades 10-12 (or equivalents). A panel of theater professionals selects division winners.

One winning script is chosen in the Primary and Junior Divisions (grades 6-7 / ages 11-13 and 8-9 / ages 13-15 respectively). Winners will be featured in the press and on the Kennedy Center website.

Selected winners in the Senior Division (grades 10-12 / ages 15-18) will receive exclusive access to participate in the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival in Washington, D.C., and the opportunity to participate in staged readings and workshops alongside the nation's premier collegiate playwrights as well as participate in the festival’s award ceremony. The Playwright Discovery Program winners will take participates in the festival from Thursday, April 20 – Saturday, April 22, 2017.Winners of the Senior Division must be present for the entire event in order to be eligible for the award.

The application deadline is Wednesday, February 1, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time.

To be eligible to enter the VSA Playwright Discovery Competition applicants must meet the following criteria:

1. The competition is open to domestic and international applicants. However, all scripts must be submitted in English; scripts submitted in other languages will not be accepted.

2. Be a student with a disability or an ensemble that includes a student with a disability. As defined by the Americans with Disabilities Amendments Act, a disability is a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activity. Major life activities include, but are not limited to, caring for oneself, performing manual tasks, seeing, hearing, eating, sleeping, walking, standing, lifting, bending, speaking, breathing, learning, reading, concentrating, thinking, and communicating; additionally major life activities include the operation of a major bodily function, including but not limited to, functions of the immune system, normal cell growth, digestive, bowel, bladder, neurological, brain, respiratory, circulatory, endocrine, and reproductive functions.

3. All scripts must explore the disability experience. See “Submission Rules” for a definition of disability and more information about the disability experience.

4. Authors must be students in U.S. grades 6-12 (or equivalent) or ages 11-18 for non-U.S. students. Students in grades 6-7 (ages 11-13) apply to the Primary Division, students in grades 8-9 (13-15) apply to the Junior Division, and students in grades 10-12 (15-18) apply to the Senior Division.

5. Previous applicants are eligible to reapply in subsequent years until they win or age out of the competition. Any applicant (applying as an individual or with a group) may win once in either the Primary or Junior Division, and once in the Senior Division. This means:
a. Primary Division winners may submit a new script for consideration to the Senior Division when of age, but may not apply to the Junior Division.
b. Junior Division winners may submit a new script for consideration to the Senior Division.
c. Senior Division winners are not eligible to reapply to the competition.

6. Co-authorships of up to five students are accepted, but all authors must fulfill eligibility requirements and at least one must be a student with a disability. Co-authors of a script must be eligible for the same division (i.e. authors of a Primary Division script must all be enrolled in grades 6-7 or ages 11-13), but do not have to be in the same grade level. The application must include information for all authors.

7. Senior Division winners must be present for the VSA Playwright Discovery Program even from Thursday, April 20 – Saturday, April 22, 2017 in order to be eligible for the award.

Applicants may be asked to submit proof and/or an affidavit of eligibility if selected as finalists or winners of the VSA Playwright Discovery Competition.

Submission Rules

1. All entries must explore the disability experience.

What is the definition of disability? A disability could be a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits major life activities, or it could be a physiological disorder affecting one of the body’s systems, or a mental or psychological disorder. The disability may be visible and obvious to see, such as quadriplegia, cataracts, or cerebral palsy, or it may be invisible and less obvious, such as a person who is deaf or has a learning disability.

What is the definition of the disability experience? There is no dictionary definition of disability experience, but here are a variety of ideas to consider:
a. Having a disability is something that can happen to any person at any time in his or her life. Some examples: a senior citizen develops Alzheimer’s, a young adult with traumatic brain injury due to a car accident, a parent struggling with the onset of Type II Diabetes. Disability takes many forms (as you can see from the very broad definition listed above), and can change during the course of a lifespan. Think of someone you know—yourself, or someone in your family, community, or at school—that experiences a disability. There are probably more people around you living with a disability than you might think.
b. The disability experience is related to society’s perceptions about people with disabilities or the individual’s experience of disability. It is important to recognize, evaluate, and even challenge those perceptions and acknowledge and respect these experiences. We believe that theater is the perfect vehicle to do just that. Gregg Mozgala, a theater artist with a disability, says,
“I believe in the transformative power of theatre. Through the collaborative experience of the artistic process I believe the disabled experience can be more sincerely and accurately reflected on stage, that new communities can be forged, perceptions changed and barriers to understanding and empathy can be shattered.” (www.theapothetae.org/about)
c. See our Playwriting Resources page (found at www.kennedy-center.org/PDP) for more ideas about the disability experience.

2. Scripts must be submitted in English; scripts submitted in other languages will not be accepted.

3. All entries must be in the Ten-Minute Play format

a. A Ten-Minute Play is a play with at least two characters. It is not a scene, skit, or sketch. Structurally, it should have a beginning, middle, and end, just as any good one-act or full-length play. Since we only have ten minutes to bring the story full circle, a dramatic conflict should be posed as quickly as possible. The resolution of that conflict is what plays out across the remaining pages. The true success of a Ten-Minute Play is reliant on the writer’s ability to bring an audience through the same cathartic/entertaining experience that a good one-act or full-length play accomplishes. Ten-minutes means eight or nine pages, but certainly no more than ten pages. READ YOUR PLAY OUT LOUD to see how it times out using standard playwriting format.

4. Acceptable entries include traditional theater, film, or TV scripts, non-linear scripts, scripts that do not rely on spoken language, and/or scripts that emphasize the use of multimedia, non-traditional technologies/techniques, puppetry and audience participation. Since non-text entries are accepted, scripts may be submitted as video or audio files, in addition to Microsoft Word files.

5. To request application materials in a different format, please call 202-416-8898 or email vsainfo@kennedy-center.org .

6. Entries must be original, unproduced, and unpublished at the time of submission. Scripts with previous readings or workshops are acceptable, as long as they were not produced for a paying audience and have not been publicly reviewed.

7. Text entries must be submitted as a Microsoft Word document and video or audio entries must be submitted as MP3, MP4, WMA, or WMV files. All entries should follow these formatting guidelines:

a. Include a cover sheet listing the title of the play and the cast list. Do not show your name, address, or any identifying information on the cover or any page of your entry.
b. Typed in 12 point Times New Roman font.
c. List page numbers on each page of the script (not counting the cover sheet)
d. Set the page layout to portrait (no landscape, please)

8. Authors may submit only one script, whether under his or her name, a pseudonym, or as a co-author.

9. If an entry includes any material that is copyrighted or otherwise owned or controlled by someone other than the authors (including but not limited to, poetry, music and/or lyrics, characters originally created by others in any medium, and/or stories based on real people and/or other people’s lives) the author shall provide proof of written permission to include such material in the script.

Please read the following file submission guidelines carefully:
· Before uploading your file, please re-name it in the following format:
· The application accepts files in the following formats: DOC, DOCX, PDF, MP3, MP4, WMA, or WMV

Application materials should be submitted no later than February 1, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time. We will receive your application the day that you submit it, and you will receive verification of your submission.

Friday, January 20, 2017

MRT seeks 10 minute plays

Seeking fully produced,
(cast, directed and ready to be performed by Mid February)
10 minute (or under) 1 act plays
for Manhattan Repertory Theatre's
10 Minute play Contest.
Winter 2017
$100 prize for best 10 Minute Play Production.

Friday February 10 and Saturday Feb 11.
With Finals on February 18, 2017
at the new Manhattan Repertory Theatre,
on West 45th St.

Each 10 minute or less play will be given a short tech rehearsal, a full dress rehearsal with the other plays participating, a minimum of 2 performances and 1 more performance if your play production goes on to the Finals.

To submit your 10 minute or less play production please email:

The complete script of the 10 minute or less play as a .pdf,
a synopsis of the play,
the character breakdown, the set and lighting requirements,
the play's 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 January 30, 2017

Please put “10 Minute Play Contest” in the subject heading.
We will contact you within a day or so, 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 January 29, 2016, if we fill up all available performance slots

There is no submission fee. NON-EQUITY ONLY.

We will supply a technician to run the sound and lights.

Voting will be done by audience ballot with graduated voting of each of the audience members 3 favorite plays. There is NO raising of the hands, or a "Panel of Experts?” like at some other play contests across the country. The voting is solely crowd-sourced and works incredibly well.

Once accepted, there will be a $35 commitment fee.

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

Fresh Fruit 2017.

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All Out Arts is accepting submissions for the 15th Annual Fresh Fruit Festival, New York City’s grassroots, multidisciplinary, international festival of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer arts and culture. The festival will occur July 10-23 at The Wild Project in Manhattan’s Lower East Side. Entries are accepted through March 31, 2017. Thanks to the generosity of New York City’s Department of Cultural Affairs and others, there are no submission fees for early applicants (by Feb 1), and no performance fees are required.

The Fresh Fruit Festival’s goal is to present the whole spectrum of LGBTQ lives as expressed through new Theatre, Performance Art, Dance, Video, Film, 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 19th, 2017 (No Submission Fee)Final Deadline: March 31, 2017 ($15 Late Fee required after Feb 20th)

If you are applying from out-of-town: (25+ miles from New York City), you must include a note about how you intend to Produce your show (& cast, direct, execute a local publicity campaign, etc.) if you are out of town. You may use the “Performance History” section of the form.

Questions? – If you are applying in the Poetry, Dance, or Film categories, – or if you have any other questions about the submission process, please email us at: submissions [at] freshfruitfestival [dot] com.

Process: The application form must be completed entirely on-line, so we recommend that you please download and print a practice blank copy of the form HERE to prepare your answers in advance. On the real application below most spaces will expand as you type, and you will be able to upload files as .PDF .RTF .TXT or .DOC files. When you are ready, go to the online application below (You can always update your information or files later via email):


Thursday, January 19, 2017

MITF: Summer Short Play Lab

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July 15-16, 2017
We Want Your 10-minute Play
Cash Prizes
The WorkShop Theater's Main Stage Theater,
312 W.36th Street, NYC

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 MITF: Spring's 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. The rules for submitting to the Short Play Lab are easy-peasy:
  • All plays must have a running-time of 10 minutes or less.
  • Submission deadline is June 20. 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 MS Word document or 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 The WorkShop Theater's Main Stage Theater, 312 W.36th Street, NYC.
  • 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.
  • Scripts requiring the use of guns are not accepted. 
  • Lit cigarettes and herbal cigarettes are not permitted. E-cigarettes are fine.
  • 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, July 15. The production dates are Saturday, July 15 - Sunday, July 16.
  • 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. Playwrights, directors, and cast cannot vote for their own play. 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 Word document or 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

Queens Theatre seeks 10-minute plays

Queens Theatre seeks 10-minute plays for its festival about Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

 Park Plays will be produced in July, 2017. There will be ten world-premiere short plays that reflect the variety of events, people, and places in the park. Half of these plays are commissioned, and half will be selected from submissions. Submitted plays should be up to 10 pages, and deal with Flushing Meadows Corona Park in a meaningful way. 

 We encourage writers to visit the park and investigate its many traditions and cultures at https://www.nycgovparks.org/parks/flushing-meadows-corona-park/. All of the Park Plays festival will be performed by a diverse ensemble of 8 actors, so please keep flexibility in mind regarding casting. 

 Submissions will be open from Monday, January 9, 2017, and will close on Sunday, February 12, 2017. 

 Playwrights whose plays are chosen will receive a fee of $250. Previously produced plays will not be accepted. Please send your play and a short bio (as two separate PDFs) to parkplays@queenstheatre.org.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

The Craft of the Adaptation: Adapting Materials for Screenplays

This class is for writers wishing to adapt source material of any form (play, novel, tv show, web series...the sky's the limit!) into a screenplay, focusing on adapting specifically with the camera in mind. You will discuss each person's adaptation, as well as the rights to the original source material, and what one can gain from doing an adaptation. Richard will be hands-on in class, talking to you about your project as if he were directing it, and asking the same questions a director would if they were going to film your adaptation. By the end of ten weeks, you should have a first draft of your screenplay.

Instructor: Richard Vetere (Writer, screen adaptations include The Third Miracle, produced by Francis Ford Coppola, starring Ed Harris and Anne Heche, and The Marriage Fool starring Walter Matthau and Carol Burnett)
Thursdays from 6:30pm – 9:30pm
Starts March 2

Our award-winning faculty, comprised of working professionals in the field, provides practical skills and expert guidance in a collaborative community atmosphere.

We provide students easy and convenient payment plans to break up tuition. Primary Stages ESPA is a home for all artists, in all stages of their careers. For more information, call 212.840.9705 x211 or email espa@primarystages.org.

Manhattan Rep's Summer Play Spectacular

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So we have found a better way for producers to put up their full length shows and get something back, and have the producing costs be at a price point that will work. This is our Fourth Spectacular Event and the response has been amazing.

So from June 1 - August 31, we offering our Summer Play Spectacular at our new 52 seat theatre on West 45th St.

For a $595 fee, you get a 2 hour tech/dress in the theatre (Nights and weekends), and TWO performances, and YOU GET ALL OF THE TICKET SALES! So if you have a free space to rehearse, a good team, and friends and family that can fill the house, you can actually make money putting up your play. (And more performances are available for additional fees.)

You also received free ticketing service, a venue manager, reduced rate rehearsal rental space in the theatre if you want, and a brand new beautiful, clean, theatre on West 45th St to present your work.

We are only accepting 10 plays for this event.

To submit your 30 - 75 minute play, please forward,
  • the complete draft of your play as a .pdf file, 
  • a synopsis of the play, 
  • the running time of the play,
  • the set and lighting requirements, 
  • your mailing address, 
  • and a creative team leader contact email address to:

by March 31, 2017
Please put "Summer Play Spectacular" in the subject heading.

Plays that we love will be accepted on a First-Come First-Served basis so if we fill up all of the 10 available slots we will end submissions before March 31, 2017

Other than added performances or reduced rate theatre rehearsal rental, there are no additional Manhattan Rep based fees.

Theatre East Call for 10 Minute Play Submissions

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Theatre East is now accepting submissions for our upcoming 5x5 Drama Series! The 5 x 5 Drama Series brings performances beyond the footlights and into non-traditional spaces like breweries, rooftops, apartments, and more in a unique immersive audience experience. Each of the 5 performances will consist of 5 short plays, performed by 5 casts, throughout all 5 boroughs. Fulfilling one of our core beliefs of making theatre accessible to all, 5 x 5 brings the stage directly to the people. And best of all, tickets are available on a suggested donation basis.

Submission Requirements:
  • 10 minute plays
  • One location/should be able to transfer to non-traditional spaces
  • (rooftop, brewery, apartment)
  • Minimal set/props
  • Simple costuming
  • Simple tech
  • Text driven
  • 3 characters or less
  • Include Production History in message box on submission page. If none, please indicate “World Premiere”.
  • Please submit no more than 3 scripts
  • Deadline for submission is January 31

We are only accepting submissions through our website at:http://theatreeast.org/production/2016-2017-5x5-drama-series/

For more information about the 5X5 Drama Series, as well as our company Theatre East, please visit our website at http://theatreeast.org/ .

Living Room Theater New Play Incubator: Cultural Identity

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Living Room Theater is seeking playwrights to develop plays on the theme “Cultural Identity” for its New Play Incubator. Playwrights will be divided into 2 groups and meet 3 times. In the course of 3 weeks, the playwrights individually will create a 10 minute play related to cultural identity. Each group will culminate in a staged reading for the public. Actors and director will be provided for the reading.

There is no fee to submit or to participate. Playwrights that have participated in the previous incubator are not eligible to apply at this time. Playwrights must be able to attend all meetings of at least one group. Please do not submit if you cannot make all the meetings of at least one group. All meetings/rehearsals/readings will be held in Manhattan. Non-New York based playwrights may apply but must be able to travel to the meetings/reading. No travel stipend is provided.

Group A Meetings

02/11/17 from 1-3pm

02/18/17 from 1-3pm (First draft due)

02/25/17 from 1-3pm

Staged reading date: TBD

Group B Meetings

02/12/17 from 1-3pm

02/19/17 from 1-3pm (First draft due)

02/26/17 from 1-3pm

Staged Reading Date: TBD

Please submit a resume, a 10 minute play, and a short paragraph in the email why you would be interested in writing about the theme “Cultural Identity” to lvtnewplays@gmail.com

Please specify which group you are applying for or if both groups work for you. Only selected finalists will be asked to interview the week of 01/30/17.

Submission deadline is January 20, 2017.
Living Room Theater has been producing and developing new plays in New York City since 2010. Our mainstage productions include Thicker than Water, The Ephemeral Lightness of Dreams, The Procedure, Pretty Little Mouth, 29x/y, Slam Team, Lola and the Planet of Glorious Diversity. Work we have developed through our Writers’ Circle and other readings include Micro Shrimp, Lost at Sea, Flappers In Chains, Frank, The C Word, For Our Own, Apples from Eve, and An Orchid In Winter.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Women in the Age of Trump semi-finalists - “We’re Not Playing” in LA

Allie Costa, one of the semi-finalists for the “Women in the Age of Trump” project (PRIVATE CITIZEN) liked play excerpts from other semi-finalists, which she saw on the NYCPlaywrights web site. She asked those authors if they would contribute their plays to the “We’re Not Playing Event” in Los Angeles:
  • STAMINA by Donna Kaz
  • SAYING THE NAMES by Andrea Fleck Clardy 
  • 2M2H by Eoin Carney.
More information on the movement, led by Little Black Dress Ink, founded by Tiffany Antone.

Database of the plays:

Details on the Los Angeles event - taking place at Samuel French Bookshop in Hollywood at 4 PM on Friday, January 20th

We’re glad that NYCPlaywrights could be a part of helping playwrights make connections!

Write on!

Detroit New Works Festival

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  • Full-length or one-act plays and musicals accepted (no song cycles or adaptations)
  • Must address one of the following: equality and diversity, mental health, and/or social issues
  • Must have never been produced
  • Must be able to be produced with minimal set, costume, and prop requirements in accordance with Outvisible’s commitment to imaginative and minimalistic theatre
  • Must be able to be produced with eight actors or less
  • Musicals must be able to be played with only one pianist (production winner may be able to add additional instrumental scoring)
  • Must be able to attend festival April 21-23 in Allen Park, Michigan (just south of Detroit)

Round One

Outvisible will accept entries until midnight on January 31, 2017. 

Please read submission guidelines carefully or submit early in case revisions are needed. Submissions which do not meet guidelines will not be considered.

Submissions will be evaluated on the following criteria:
Script concept and structure
Inclusion of equality and diversity, mental health, and/or social issues
Feasibility of production in a small, black box space with no more than 8 actors and limited set/props
Likelihood of being produced successfully to appeal to a wide audience
Overall quality of work submitted

Five semi-finalists will be chosen.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Women in the Age of Trump Finalists

NYCPlaywrights announces the finalists of the Women in the Age of Trump project:

  • LAURA'S EARLY RETURNS by Ramon L. Delgado
  • SEARCH TEAM by Clinnesha D. Sibley
  • STAY WOKE by ChloĆ© Duvant
  • WAIT FOR IT by Lisa Carstens
Excerpts from these plays will be recorded and posted to the NYCPlaywrights web site this winter.

Thanks to everybody who participated in this project!

Women in the Age of Trump: LAURA'S EARLY RETURNS

LAURA'S EARLY RETURNS by Ramon L. Delgado is a semi-finalist for NYCPlaywrights project "Women in the Age of Trump."
Retired Professor Emeritus RAMON L. DELGADO  \is the author of eight published short plays, notably “Waiting for the Bus” in the Bantam Press collection Ten Great One Act Plays and the full-length play A Little Holy Water. Three of his one-acts are available from Samuel French. He was editor of The Best Short Plays series from 1981-1989 and is a member of the Dramatists Guild.
Thanks to Ramon L. Delgado for allowing NYCPlaywrights to publish this excerpt from his monologue LAURA'S EARLY RETURNS.
   (Ruminating in front of a blank laptop.) 
Laura passed away on election night –– with the flickering TV blaring early returns –– early returns, before the tide reversed and left behind a salty scum. Despite her illness, Laura had toiled like a whirling dervish to elect a first woman President –– volunteering to deliver placards, spending hours on the phone encouraging the supporters, responding politely to the cursing fanatics of the deplorable persuasion, massaging her ears after the only response was the angry bang of a receiver. 
Though I shared in her presidential choice, I was not the fanatic that Laura had become. We balanced each other that way, my laid back reflections energized by her all consuming commitments. 
When we learned a few months ago that there was nothing else the doctors could do, we both pray-- . . . well, I hoped and she prayed that she’d survive long enough to see the good ole U.S. of A. join the other enlightened nations –– nations such as India, Israel, Great Britain, Argentina, Brazil, Pakistan, Germany, and even the old Russia Empire with leaders of our capable gender. For her sake, I’m glad that when she passed on, she believed that our dream had come true.

The Players Theatre Short Play & Musical Festival

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Submissions for the 6th Annual February
Short Play & Musical Festival – SEX!
are Open!!


February 8 – 26, 2017
The Steve & Marie Sgouros Theatre at The Players Theatre
115 MacDougal Street, New York, NY 10012

3 weeks, 4 performances weekly (Thursday through Sunday)
5 plays featured each week.


Short Plays and Musicals with a performance time of 15 minutes or less, no more than 15 pages in length.

Writers are eligible to submit up to 2 plays.


A little bit naughty and slightly steamy but very sexy. No one under 18 will be admitted to the performance so …..

All plays submitted must be centered on, or revolve around this theme.

** Note **

1) Playwrights are responsible for producing their own play – Host provides Theatre, technicians and box office

2) If selected, there is a $100 REFUNDABLE deposit required and a $50 NON-refundable tech fee required

Plays MUST be NO MORE 15 minutes in length and no more than 15 pages

Submissions open: December 08, 2016
Submissions close: January 20th at 5p
Play selection announced on; January 24th

Women in the Age of Trump: THE CURFEW

THE CURFEW by Drewcella Oya Mae Davis is a semi-finalist for NYCPlaywrights project "Women in the Age of Trump."

DREWCELLA OYA MAE DAVIS is a playwright from Minneapolis MN who uses the rhythms derived from hoods and ghettoes, and Santeria traditions to inspire her plays. She considers herself a blackist, a term coined by her, it is someone who focuses on the disparities that come with being black in America.

Thanks to Drewcella Oya Mae Davis for allowing NYCPlaywrights to publish this excerpt from her play THE CURFEW.

(The stage opens to the apartment building of Amaze, AARon, Afina, and Anaya.  
Anaya is sitting on the couch she is staring out the window she stands up to reveals her stomach which is full of new life she holds her stomach and begins to pace back and forth than jumps on the couch and starts to look out the window again.  
Enter Afina the older sister of Anaya she is carrying two cups of tea she sets one on the table than makes her way to her sister. 
Anaya Jumps up to start pacing again almost hitting Afina. Afina jumps and spills some of her tea.)
I am so sorry 
   (Afina shakes her head) 
Don’t worry about it.
I just don’t get it [BREATH] I don’t get them 
They will be back love [BREATH] Don’t worry
   (Afina kisses Anaya on the head she helps her sit down) 
They got five minuets until the curfew Afina 
   (Anaya grabs her tea from the table takes a sip and sets it down .)
Black men have been killed for less[BREATH] Since they made him president 
Whose they? 
(Anaya looks at Afina confused) 
The white man [BREATH] White women too they are the ones who voted for him. 
[BREATH] I don’t understand [BREATH] I mean white men yes but white women why would they vote for a man who says he wants to grab women by their- 
Please don’t say that word. 
   (Anaya takes a breath.) 
Sorry[BREATH] Rape has basically become legal since he became president[BREATH] But what do you expect to happen when you make a man who has been accused of rape a president
I mean most boys want to be like their president so 
Anaya I don’t wanna talk about him right now[BREATH] Can’t we just talk about something else 
What else is there to talk about[BREATH] Society has gone to shit since he was elected it’s all around us [BREATH] Men raping women[BREATH] Black people getting murdered 
   (Anaya shakes her head she looks to her sister) 
I don’t know what I was thinking wanting to bring a baby into this world[BREATH] Two black babies whose skin will be as dark as their fathers 
Hey don’t say that[BREATH] we will get through this and your not alone 
If A-ron don’t make it home by the curfew than I’ll be a single mother raising two boys all on my own

(Afina holds Anaya’s hand Anaya looks to her sister) 

They are both gonna get here in time [BREATH] I’d be afraid if they were alone but together[BREATH] Amanze with his quick thinking and A-ron with his quick hands 
I just don’t understand this whole thing anyway [BREATH] Like who would declare a war on protesting it was peaceful 
Guess old Trump got angry when he saw that black people didn’t respect him 
Black people weren’t the only ones who were protesting him becoming president [BREATH] Yet we were the only ones who had to suffer for it 
At least he didn’t ship us off to working camps like he did to the immigrants[BREATH] I rather be shot dead in the street than have to go to one of those camps 
Yeah I hear you [BREATH] 
   (In her Trump voice) 
If you are gonna come into America you are gonna work like an American 
  (Afina stares at Anaya) 
So has A-ron asked you 
Asked me what 
   (Afina looks at Anaya and smiles Anaya rolls her eyes) 
Not everyone wants that 
You telling me you don’t think about getting married 
   (Anaya blushes) 
Sometimes but I don’t know if it’s A-ron’s thing [BREATH] Or my thing 
It wasn’t Amaze’s thing either but it happened 
Amaze and AA-Ron are two different people 

Who come from the same people

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