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Thursday, November 1, 2018

​10th Northport One-Act Play Festival

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SUBMISSION: The Northport One-Act Play Festival is a wonderful opportunity to showcase one-act plays and offer the theater community an opportunity to produce a performance of those plays.

There is NO FEE to submit an application and play for consideration to be in the Festival. You may submit up to 2 plays for the Festival. A separate application must accompany each play submitted.

JUDGING/PARTICIPATION: Plays submitted for the Festival will be reviewed by our panel of judges. The plays may also be read during a meeting at the Northport Reader’s Theater, if time allows, prior to the selection deadline. Playwrights whose plays are presented at a Reader’s Theater meeting will be invited to attend. Playwrights will be notified on or about December 15, 2018 if their play is chosen for the Festival. At that time, each playwright must submit A PARTICIPATION FEE of $75.00 per accepted script, which will help defray some of the expenses – e.g. space rental, printing, and publicity - with the Release Agreement by January 1, 2019. Playwrights will receive one complimentary ticket to each Performance of their play plus a DVD.

Important: The Northport One-Act Play Festival is held in a church. Please consider the language and situations used in your script. If you feel that your play is not appropriate for younger audiences, please let us know so that we are aware of this.


1) Please make sure your script pages are numbered;

2) On the cover of your script, please include a.) Name of Your Play, b.) Your Name, c.) Your
Contact information [Address, Telephone Number & Email];

3) Include the character breakdown on the second page of your script;

4) Include the Setting that your play occurs (i.e., an apartment in NYC.) and the Time (i.e. the
Present.). This information will be used in the program.

5) Note: Ease of production is also considered as part of a play’s possible selection for the
Festival. We recommend one simple set and no complicated props, sound or lighting
requirements. You will be permitted to have opening and closing music;

6) Also submit a digital copy of your script, either on a CD included with the script, or by email
to NorthportPlays@gmail.com.

7) Please include a Self Addressed Stamped Postcard if you would like notification that we have
received your script.

The 2019 Northport One-Act Play Festival will be held at St Paul’s United Methodist Church, 270 Main St, Northport, NY 11768.

We request that you be available to attend your play’s performances if at all possible. An Open Discussion with the playwrights, directors, and cast will follow each performance if time allows.


1. REMEMBER: If you do not produce your own play, a group from the local theater community will be doing so. That group must find space to conduct their own rehearsals. The Northport One-Act Play Festival will provide for One (1) cue-to-cue technical rehearsal, which will last no longer than 20 minutes in the theater during the week preceding the Festival. There will also be One (1) dress rehearsal on the stage. All rehearsals are scheduled in the order that plays will be presented in the Festival. Each program consists of up to 7 plays. A mandatory preview on April 13th will be scheduled, and must be attended by Director and actors. Half-hour time slots will be offered between 1:00 and 7:00pm.

2. LIGHTING AND SOUND: There will be a basic lighting plot that all plays in the Festival use. Any additional equipment (i.e., microphone, musical instruments, etc.) must be provided by the Directors of the play. Any music/sound effects must be on CD or sent as an MP3 file and supplied by preview day, April 13th along with stage manager, sound and lighting cue scripts.

3. SETS: We will assist in any way possible to provide basic sets, but keep the scenery and props to a minimum. Any plans to use a large set piece to support the production must be mentioned to the producers of the play before April 13th. Your cast will be asked to help clear your set after each performance.

4. RUNNING TIME: It is very important that you give us the running time of your play so we can accurately put together the running time of each Program. The maximum running time for a play in the Festival is 20 minutes. Any play going longer in rehearsal will require some editing. The minimum running time is 7 minutes.

5. REHEARSALS: Directors and cast must be available to present their play to Festival producers April 13th (time to be determined) so that the producers are aware of its current running time and readiness for the Festival. Note: Producers may request the directors to have playwrights make edits to reduce the running time of the play at this point if it is determined that it will run past 20 minutes. Directors and cast must attend tech and dress rehearsals on the dates assigned during the week preceding the Festival.

6. ACTORS: If asked, management can assist in casting by providing contact information to appropriate actors and publicizing your auditions. You must send descriptions of open roles e.g. age, sex, etc.

7. PERFORMANCES: All plays will be assigned to either Program 1 or Program 2. Program 1 will be performed the evening of Friday, May 3rd and the matinee of Saturday, May 4th. Program 2 will be performed on the evening of Saturday, April May 4th and the matinee of Sunday, May 5th.

8. TASTE OF THE FEST: A performance of the plays chosen by the Festival Organizers as “A Taste of the Fest” will be invited to perform at the Northport Library on Sunday, May 19th at 2:00pm, followed by a discussion with the playwrights, directors and cast.

9. No Royalties or other monetary compensations are given for these performances.

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