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Monday, February 5, 2018

Waltzing Mechanics seek documentary plays

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This two day event will feature selections from original works written by playwrights interested in telling stories about real people and events.

Each piece will be assigned a director, a cast of up to seven actors, and guaranteed two performances.


To be considered for the festival, submissions must meet the following criteria:

  • It’s a documentary play (see definition below);
  • It’s your original work;
  • It is between 15 - 30 minutes in length (either in entirety or includes a selection that meets these parameters); and,
  • It does not require more than 7 actors to perform;
  • Submitted electronically via www.waltzingmechanics.org/submissions no later than midnight on March 3, 2018

Conceptually, it’s not all that different from a film documentary or non-fictional literature.  But with documentary theatre, these stories and events come to life in a way only experienced on a stage.  The minimum and most essential criterion for these works is that they must be about something that actually happened and substantially utilize words spoken or written by real people.  From there, we encourage playwrights to creatively explore the medium and craft narratives in ways that exemplify or challenge convention.  So, if you’ve got an original piece where you play every member of your family, or a musical based on letters written by Civil War soldiers, or a dark comedy based on Senate hearings and Presidential Tweets, this is your moment.

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