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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.

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