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Thursday, August 31, 2017

Irvington Town Hall (NY) Theater Stage Door Playwrights Festival

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A celebration of artistic expression through staged readings in a magnificent historic theater.  Selected plays will highlight important issues relevant to our times through the power of the written word.

Submission Deadline: September 15th, 2017

The ITHT Stage Door Playwrights Festival celebrates original plays developed by local and NY metro area playwrights. It is dedicated to providing an arena for theatrical exploration of significant historical and modern issues that are relevant to our times. It strives to put a spotlight on the power of words and artistic expression that will enlighten and inspire audiences. It will give playwrights the opportunity to present a one act play or portion of their work in a staged reading or as staged as they prefer as part of a festival setting. It will further enable playwrights to harness the power of audience feedback through audience engagement with writers, casts and notable theatrical professionals in a Q&A session after each theatrical showing. We encourage inclusion of diversity of themes and populations as part of the goals of this festival.

Each play will be a one-act that runs for no longer than one hour. We are looking for family–friendly productions as well as adult productions. The festival will run on Saturday November 11th and Sunday November 12th.

We offer a blank stage, lighting and sound. Each playwright can present as they wish in terms of highly rehearsed, costumes, props etc. Chosen playwrights are in charge of casting and getting their own director. ITHT will provide the stage manager and production manager for the festival.

Guidelines for Submission

Play Prerequisites

Seeking submissions of One Acts 45-60 minutes long or portion of play that are self-contained and can be performed for an audience with their clear understanding of content.

Any genre can be submitted

Play must be an original work

Family Friendly plays, on topics that are appropriate for all audiences are encouraged  for Saturday and Sunday afternoon slots

Pages must be numbered and script should be in standard play script format

Estimated running time must be indicated

Performance Information

Readings/Performances will be performed on blank stage.

Lights and sound are the only technical services provided

The one act should be easy to stage in a no frills environment

Playwright and cast need to be available for Nov. 11 or 12 schedule 

Tech rehearsal (day of) performance and 30 minute talk back session following performance  

Producers of selected shows shall be compensated based on a percentage of net revenue. Exact percentage shall be communicated to selected playwrights. Notification of accepted plays will be at the end of September.

Submission Information

Script may be submitted by email (as a PDF) or by mail (as a hard copy).
Fill out the application form below. There is no application fee.
Earlier submissions are encouraged

Script submission can be sent by mail to:

Irvington Town Hall Theater
Stage Door Playwrights Festival
85 Main Street
Irvington, New York 10533​

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