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Monday, November 18, 2019

One-Act New Plays Workshop 2020

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The Theatre of Western Springs (Illinois) Directors’ Workshop Program One-Act NEW PLAYS WORKSHOP August, 2020.

Anyone interested in submitting a script for consideration should follow these One Act Play Submission Guidelines:

Submission Deadline: January 9, 2020

Notification of Selected Plays: June, 2020 (earlier if possible)
Entry Fee: None

  •  Plays must not have been previously produced or published.
  • Plays shall be full complete works, not a scene or act from a lager work or work-in-progress.
  • The playwright’s name should not appear anywhere in the script.
  • Include two title pages: One title page should contain a) the name of your play, and b) your name, address, phone number, and email address. The second title page should include only the title of your play, as this will be a blind read. The document should contain no identifying information about the author in any way on any page except the one title page, which will not be revealed until the plays are selected.
  • Plays should run no less than 15 minutes, or more than 45 minutes in length.
  • Plays must be typed in standard play format.
  • If you’d like to, please include play’s development history as a separate document. e.g. had a staged reading at Chicago Dramatist. If none, not necessary.
  • Please include a synopsis of your play in 50-100 words.
  • Production criteria include scripts able to be produced with open staging and minimal design/ technical support for a 117-seat black box theater.
  • Play must be able to be performed with no more than six actors (double casting is okay). Note that younger actors may be difficult to cast.
  • Manuscripts will not be returned. Please do not send return envelopes with postage.
  • Playwrights retain full rights to all works submitted. However, TWS shall be named as “first
  • produced”
  • Selected plays will have a production mounted in August 2020 (exact dates unknown at this time) at The Theatre of Western Springs with at least three performances.
  • Playwrights are encouraged to attend rehearsals and collaborate with the director – the purpose is to both help the playwright to fine tune the script and the director to collaborate on a new script.
  • Playwrights are requested to attend and participate in a post-show discussion after each performance.

 Submission process:

For direct submissions, please email the two files to:
DW@theatrewesternsprings.com with “2020 NEW PLAYS SUBMISSION” in the subject heading.

You may mail your submission to:
2020 New Plays Workshop Submission The Theatre of Western Springs
4384 Hampton Avenue
Western Springs, IL 60558

Any Questions should be directed to:
Please do not call TWS.

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