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Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Manhattan Rep Spring Short Play Contest 2019

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Seeking fully produced one act plays
cast, directed and ready to be performed)
7 minutes to 20 minutes in length for
May 22  - June 22, 2019
at Manhattan Rep, 17-19 West 45th St. NYC




(And an additional 2 performances if the play goes on to the FINALS.)

We will supply a technician to run the sound and lights.

To submit your one act play production please email:
The complete play in .pdf file format,
a synopsis of the play,
the character breakdown,
the running time of the play,
the set and lighting requirements,
the playʼs production history (if it has been produced before and where)
your mailing address,
and a creative team leader contact email address to:


by April 18, 2019

Please put “Spring Short Play Contest” in the subject heading.

We will contact you within a couple days as to your acceptance.

Plays that we love will be accepted on a First-Come First-Served basis.

The earlier you submit the better chances you have of being accepted for we may end submissions before April 18, if we fill up all available performance slots

There is no submission fee. NON-EQUITY ONLY.

Each play will be given a MINIMUM of FOUR performances, with TWO more performances if your play moves on to the finals.

Once accepted, there will be a $125.00 participation fee.

There will be NO additional security fees or Manhattan Repertory Theatre based production fees.

For more information: https://www.manhattanrep.com

Follows is an overview of how the competition will be run and what will be expected from each creative team participating.

There will be 6 performance series with 5 plays in each series so we are only accepting 30 play productions which each get 4 performances and 2 more if your play moves to the Finals.

Each performance series will consist of 5 play productions in each series. The 1 play from each performance series that scores the highest will go on to the Finals on Friday June 21 at 9 pm and Saturday June 22 at 9 pm  So there will be six plays in the Finals. The one play production that scores the highest for the Two Finals performances will win the $500 prize which is awarded that night.

The voting here is done by audience ballot where each play production in a performance series is rated from 5 to 1 in order of preference with no duplicates - 5 being the best. The voting is crowd-sourced in a way that prevents the play with the most friends from ALWAYS winning. We like that. It still helps to invite friends but bringing the most friends does not guarantee entrance into the finals. A great play production will!!

Another one of the things that we do that we feel is very important is that we organize and run the tech for the show so that in each performance series of 5 plays everything flows smoothly creating a professional show. We supply a technician and we run all the tech. All the scene changes between shows are orchestrated so that they are 60 seconds or less, so that the audience does not have to go crazy waiting as actors set the set for 10 minutes or more, like in other competitions in town. We create a slick professional show so that all the shows in each performance series can showcase their work in a professional context.

Lastly, we orchestrate the performance times at this competition so that there is MEET and GREET time after your performance, so you are not RUN right out of the theatre which occurs all the time at festivals throughout New York and, yes, this is super important to us too... we keep our theatre, our dressing room and bathroom super CLEAN for audience and actors alike. It is part of our mission to keep our space clean for the artists who are working here. (Some theatres in NYC are downright scary for they have never been dusted in years!)

Over 15,000 theatre artists have shared their craft at Manhattan Rep since September 2005.

Come have some fun with us this Spring!!!!

With best regards,

Ken Wolf
Artistic Director
Manhattan Repertory Theatre

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