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Tuesday, October 29, 2019

St. Paul’s Arts Council 3rd Annual Short Play Festival

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The St. Paul’s Arts Council is showcasing original, never before produced short plays in its 3rd Annual Short Play Festival, February 9, 2020. Plays are to be in one of two categories: 2-Minute or 10-Minute plays. This festival was created to encourage new and upcoming playwrights.

There is no entry fee.

The theme for this year’s festival is “The Time of Our Lives.” Since this is the weekend before Valentine’s Day, the theme is focused around love and is inspired by the song “The Time of My Life” from Dirty Dancing. Plays selected to be a part of the 2020 Short Play Festival will receive rehearsals with professional quality actors and directors, then presented in a staged reading for our audience. The performance is free of charge but donations are accepted with all proceeds supporting an outreach ministry of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.


We are looking for original works which have not been published and have not had a full premiere production. Plays are to be either two minutes or ten minutes in length. We are not accepting musicals and the cast shall be limited to four.


Submitted plays should address the thematic guidelines as listed above and be submitted by the deadline. Early submission is encouraged. We are only accepting electronic submissions in PDF format. Please do not submit paper manuscripts.

Send an email to parishoffice@stpaulna.org with the following in the body of the email: Play Title, Name of Playwright(s), Contact information (email and phone), Synopsis of the play and cast requirements.

Attach a PDF copy of your script with just the title on the cover. As our readers are reading blind we request that you please not include playwright or contact information on the submitted script. Email all submissions by November 4, 2019.

One submission per playwright so we can highlight more playwrights.


All submissions will be screened by a blind panel of readers for appropriateness of topic, theatricality, and overall quality. Each play will receive scores from a minimum of 2 readers. Highly-scored plays from the first round will be read by additional readers and scored until a short list of plays is determined.

Questions: Contact parishoffice@stpaulna.org

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