Theatre Roulette is MadLab’s annual shorts festival, a tradition that has lasted more than 15 years. Theatre Roulette began as an “invitation-only” festival, then expanded to taking local submissions, then to taking submission from across the United States, and now receives over 2000 scripts annually from every corner of the world.
To maximize your chance of selection, please read all the guidelines carefully before submitting.
All submissions should be send to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please put “THEATRE ROULETTE SUBMISSION” in the subject line.
Theatre Roulette is a juried festival.
Due to the overwhelming number of scripts we received in 2016, we will only be accepting the first 1500 scripts submitted in 2017.
Submissions must arrive no later than September 1st, 2017.
Submission will be chosen and applicants informed if his/her piece was chosen on/or before February 2nd, 2018.
Scripts should be between 5-20 minutes in length. Scripts of greater lengths will be considered, but due to time constraints, it is unlikely that unsolicited full-length plays will be selected for the festival, unless you are a Nobel or Pulitzer winning writer, in which case, your script will automatically be accepted for production as long as you waive your standard royalty, which would probably be more than the budget for the entire festival. If you are not sure whether or not you have won a Nobel or Pulitzer Prize, please find out through the glory of the world wide web and let us know.
You may submit multiple scripts. If you are submitting multiple scripts, please include them all in a single email.
Please include your name, address, phone number, and email address in the body of your email message.
MadLab will also be accepting full collections of shorts. This would be a group of plays that are meant to be performed together and would constitute a complete night of plays.
Script submissions WILL NOT be returned to the applicant; MadLab will destroy all evidence of your creative instincts upon a funeral pyre at an undisclosed location in order to protect both the innocent and the guilty. Ashes will NOT be returned to you unless you purchase a commemorative urn from MadLab at the bargain basement price of $999.95.
You must email your script to us. Please send your script attached as a Microsoft Word document or PDF format. Scripts should be emailed to email@example.com. Please put “THEATRE ROULETTE SUBMISSION” in the subject line. If “THEATRE ROULETTE SUBMISSION” is not in your subject line, your submission may not be received. All submissions will receive a reply email to ensure that your submission was received.
For ROULETTE, MadLab pays $50 to each playwright.
If you’ve made it through all of this, congratulations. At least you’ve got the potential patience to deal with the travails of theatrical production. If you have any questions, please email them to Artistic Director Jim Azelvandre at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks for your interest. Good luck with your submission, and regardless of the outcome here, be sure to keep writing and producing new works.