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Monday, February 17, 2020

A Light in Dark Places seeks short plays

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Deadline: March 13, 2020, 11:59 PM

If you are interested in submitting a play to ALIDP 2020, please check out the guidelines below.

You’re invited to submit a short-form play to be included in the 5th annual A Light in Dark Places: A Collection of Plays for Hope in accordance with National Suicide Prevention Month.

Selected plays will receive a six-performance run and a $75 prize.

Performances will be the weekends of Sept. 11th-13th & Sept. 18th-20th at the Stella Adler Academy of Acting & Theatre – Los Angeles in Hollywood.

ALIDP is a non-profit that using the arts to bring understanding, resources and hope to those affected by suicide. The plays are to explore themes of suicide prevention and mental health conditions with a focus on community, connection, hope, resources and healing.

Please DO NOT submit any plays that depict the act or glorify suicide, as that is not in accordance with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s safe messaging guidelines.

Up to six plays will be selected from the submissions. A standard option agreement contract will be expected to be signed by both parties upon selection.

Selections will be announced no later than May 15th, directors will then be assigned, and casting will commence in August. A four-week rehearsal period is expected.

To apply, playwrights must submit an original 5 to 15 page, double-spaced script via email to: submit@alightindarkplaces.org. Please include name, address and how you heard about us.

Submission fee will be waived for all applications received by 11:59pm PST, Friday March 13th.

 Submissions received between 12am PST, Saturday March 14th and 11:59pm PST, Friday May 1st will be asked to pay a $20 fee at www.alightindarkplaces.org/shop/submit

For further information on A Light in Dark Places, please visit www.alightindarkplaces.org.

For further information on the subject of Suicide Prevention, please visit: www.afsp.org.

For further information about Stella Adler Academy of Acting & Theatre – Los Angeles, please visit: http:/www.stellaadler.la

 Feel free to email with any questions you may have!

Best wishes,

The ALIDP Team

Cincinnati LAB Theatre’s 2020 New Works Festival

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Deadline: February 29, 2020

Cincinnati LAB Theatre is planning its seventh producing season and is now accepting submissions to fill two original play readings and two fully staged workshop productions. Cincinnati LAB Theatre will be producing two scripts as staged readings and two fully staged workshop productions over two weekends in a rotating festival format for the New Works Festival in the summer of 2020.

To be considered for a staged reading a playwright must submit an original, unpublished, fully realized script of at least 30 minutes in length.

To be considered for a fully staged workshop production a playwright must submit an original, unpublished, fully realized script of at least 45 minutes in length that has previously had at least one verifiable staged reading.

Only plays with no more than 6 characters will be accepted.

Playwrights must be available to be present for at least 50% of the workshop/rehearsal process and during at least one performance. 

Plays previously produced as staged readings by Cincinnati LAB Theatre will be given special consideration for fully staged workshop productions.

Submissions for the two summer festival readings and the two summer festival productions will be accepted until February 29, 2020.

Submissions will be accepted by emailing a script to cincinnatilabtheatre@gmail.com.


Please attach the script to the email as a portable document file (.pdf) or as a Microsoft Word file (.doc). In the body of the email, please include the playwright’s full contact information.

Furthermore, if the play has been previously workshopped and/or had a staged reading, please provide all the pertinent details of the workshop and/or reading.

Please feel free to contact one of the artistic directors directly by emailing us at cincinnatilabtheatre@gmail.com if you have any questions for concerns. 

Theatre503 Playwriting Award

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Deadline: February 29, 2020

Theatre503 is the award-winning home of new writers and a launchpad for the artists (in London) who bring their words to life. We stage the work of more debut writers than any other theatre in the world and can now announce the re-opening of the Theatre503 Playwriting Award, our bi-annual search for the best new plays and most talented debut playwrights in the world.

The winning play receives £6,000 with a guaranteed production, and we do everything we can do find a home for the four remaining finalists – with all five finalists of the 2018 International Award being premiered at Theatre503 by the end of November 2020. This award is unprecedented in recognising new and emerging writers, for outstanding original pieces of work for the stage that make you see the world anew.

The 2020 Theatre503 International Playwriting Award is for debut writers of all ages who have not yet had a full-length professional production.

AWARD OPENS FOR ENTRIES FROM 1ST FEBRUARY TO 29TH FEBRUARY 2020 VIA THE THEATRE503 WEBSITE.

Previous winners are: And Then Come The Nightjars by Bea Roberts, Valhalla by Paul Murphy – joint winner in 2014; In Event of Moone Disaster by Andrew Thompson in 2016 and Out of Sorts by Danusia Samal in 2018.

FOR THE FULL DETAILS ON THE 2020 THEATRE503 INTERNATIONAL PLAYWRITING AWARD VISIT WWW.THEATRE503.COM AND FOLLOW THE AWARD LINK ON THE HOMEPAGE.

The 2020 Theatre503 International Playwriting Award is supported by The Carne Trust.

Theatre503 Literary Department
Steve Harper / Lauretta Barrow
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Sunday, February 16, 2020

TALOS IV: SCIENCE FICTION THEATRE FESTIVAL OF LONDON SEEKS SHORT PLAYS

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Deadline: Sunday March 1, 2020

TALOS IV: the original Science Fiction Theatre Festival of London will take place 15-21 June 2020 at the Cockpit in London. In addition to its main programme of curated full length productions*, the festival is seeking submissions of short plays with science fiction elements.

Scripts should be no more than 15 minutes long and not previously produced in London;
Talos IV aims to showcase new work and particularly encourages BAME and LGBTQ+ artists to submit their scripts. The accepted plays will be mainly science fiction but related genres [e.g. horror, contemporary fantasy] will also be considered.

 The scripts will be considered for play readings and performances during the 2020 festival, and should be submitted as a PDF attachment to talosfest@gmail.com

Please include a short bio and a synopsis in the body of your email. Please put SCRIPT SUBMISSION: [PLAY TITLE] by [AUTHOR] in the subject line of your email. One submission per writer please. If your submission is accepted, you should hear back by the end of March.

At Cyborphic, the team behind Talos, we accept flexible definitions of science fiction and are looking for projects that feature science fiction or even speculative fiction elements. We’re interested in all kinds of science fiction performance, including but not limited to:

Cyborg Theatre, Robot Theatre, AI Theatre, Weird / New Weird Theatre

  • Afrofuturist Theatre
  • Queer Science Fiction
  • Utopian and/or dystopian theatre
  • Post-Apocalyptic, Post-Modern, Post-Dramatic
  • Science fiction dance performance
  • Solarpunk, Cyberpunk, Steampunk, Biopunk, Hopepunk, Mythpunk

Salem State University’s 10-Minute Playwriting Contest

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Deadline: April 1, 2020  

Designated a Military Friendly School by G.I. Jobs, a Top College and University by Military Advanced Education, and a Best for Vets College by Military Times, Salem State values our military connected students and their families and the sacrifices they have made for our country. Salem State is committed to supporting Veterans’ voices on and off campus. The arts create unique and powerful opportunities for individuals and groups to share experiences and constructive dialogue. As such, Salem State is proud to announce its second annual Veterans Playwriting contest which will culminate in staged readings of selected plays in November 2020, near to Veteran’s Day.

All playwrights, regardless of military affiliation, are invited to enter Salem State University’s 10-Minute Playwriting Contest. However, preference will be given to those with a direct military connection. This includes: active-duty military, reservists, National Guard, Veterans, and direct family of any of these.

The theme of the play should directly touch on military service and/or how military service affects a community. The contest and festival look to recognize and celebrate those that have served and currently serve. We are looking to bring together a variety of voices exploring both the challenges and the victories and positive influences that Veterans have on our community.

Judges will select finalists, whose plays will be part of a weekend of staged readings in and around Veteran’s Day 2020, exact dates TBD. Our first annual festival was held in the Callan Studio Theatre at SSU in September 2019. This three-night festival was a huge success with eight staged plays, 4 professional directors, 20 professional and student actors, packed audiences, and vibrant community conversations.

Important Dates

April 1, 2020 - Entry deadline
June 15, 2020 - Notification of finalists
November 2020 - Staged readings with post-performance discussions (dates TBD), Callan Studio Theatre, Salem State University

Contest Rules

  • Only submissions through Submittable will be considered.
  • One submission per playwright.
  • Only original plays, not-yet produced or published, are eligible.
  • All plays are judged blind. Do not include any personal, identifying information anywhere on your submission. 
  • Musicals and adaptations are not eligible. 
  • Simultaneous submissions are allowed. If your play is accepted elsewhere, please let us know immediately. If your play is chosen to be performed, you agree to withdraw your play from all other places where it is under consideration. 
  • By submitting, you agree to allow Salem State University to produce the first staged reading of your play. 
  • Scripts meeting the rules and submitted by the deadline will be reviewed by judges.
  • Judging will be done by SSU faculty and members of the SSU Veterans’ community

Judging Criteria

Story

Plot seems fresh, intriguing and original
Something happens; sufficient conflict and tension throughout the play
Plot is active, vital and dramatic on stage
Story moves along; pace is engaging
Voice

Strong, interesting writing style
Clear viewpoint that’s well integrated into the play
Characters

Interesting and compelling characters
Characters seem credible and real
Main character evolves or develops through the course of the play
Dialogue

Dialogue suits the characters
Dialogue sounds natural and credible for the plot and location
Each character has own unique voice
Dialogue seems fresh and compelling (not dull, boring, or generic)
Appropriateness

The play can be staged in the 10-minute time allotment in a black box theatre      with limited set, sound, and design.
Overall effect

Play is transformative and memorable

Submitting Your Work

SUBMIT ONLINE

The script must be in standard playwriting format with 12-point Courier font. Use double spacing when changing from one character to another. Use single spacing everywhere else. If you are unfamiliar with standard playwriting format, please check out this example.

PLAYS THAT FAIL TO MEET THESE CRITERIA WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED.

Questions: email arts@salemstate.edu

Saturday, February 15, 2020

McMenamins UFO Festival seeks productions of 10-minute plays

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Deadline: March 31, 2020

MCMENAMINS UFO FESTIVAL PRESENTS THEATRE 33
10-MINUTE PLAYWRITING COMPETITION.

THREE PLAYS WILL BE SELECTED BY THEATRE 33 TO BE PERFORMED AS STAGED READINGS ​MAY 15, 2020 @7:30 PM AT MCMENAMINS UFO FESTIVAL HELD IN MCMINNVILLE, OREGON, AT HOTEL OREGON. THE AUDIENCE WILL VOTE AND THE WINNER WILL RECEIVE A $200. GIFT CERTIFICATE FOR MCMENAMINS.

Submissions Guidelines

  • We will accept unpublished plays only.
  • The play must be about UFOs or anything closely related to them.
  • The play must contain at least two (2) characters, but no more than four (4).
  • The playwright rehearses their team of actors, and director /or self directs the reading to perform at the Festival on May 15th, 2020.
  • One submission per playwright, or collaboration team.
  • By submitting, the playwright permits McMenamins/Theatre 33 to include the play during the UFO Festival. The playwright must be free to give this permission at no cost to McMenamins or Theatre 33.
  • Submitting your play grants McMenamins and Theatre 33 10-minute play Festival the right to use your name, play title, and possible video excerpts from your play or photographs from your play for promotional purposes on Theatre 33’s website in the promotion of future festivals.
  • Plays should be submitted in standard play format via email only in PDF format with the title page. Click the link for more information on formatting: http://www.playwrightslocal.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/Samuel-French-Formatting-Guide.pdf
  • Play selections will be finalized by April 1st by Theatre 33. Everyone who has submitted will receive an email announcing whose work has been selected for the 2020 UFO Festival.
  • Remember, keep your play to no more than 10 minutes in length, approximately 8 to 10 pages. The venue will supply chairs, music stands, and possibly microphones.
  • Three plays will be selected to be performed as stage readings at McMenamins UFO Festival. The audience will vote upon the completion of the three play readings, and one​ playwright will win the Grand Prize of a $200 McMenamins gift card.  Submission deadline March 1st, 2020.​
  • ***If your play is selected you must be available to provide actor/director team and present a rehearsed/polished reading of your UFO 10-minute play at the Festival on Friday, May 15th, in McMinnville, Oregon, during the UFO Festival.***

​Submisson Details:
A brief bio and contact information.
A short synopsis of the play and a list of team members names.
Submission deadline March 1st.
Please email scripts to: THEATRE33ORG@GMAIL.COM
In the subject line write YOUR PLAY TITLE (AND) UFO PLAY COMPETITION.

Thank you for your interest in this competition as part of the McMenamins 21st annual UFO Festival. Good luck, and we look forward to reading your plays!

Artists' Exchange's 15th Annual One Act Play Festival (OAPF)

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Deadline: Friday, April 10, 2020

Submission Guidelines: Plays should be original, short one act plays; ideal length 10-15 minutes with 20-minute maximum. Previously produced plays acceptable. Playwrights may submit up to three (3) plays maximum.

Seeking Short Plays: Comedic, absurd, dramatic, satirical, farcical, musical, etc. are all welcome for review. Works for actors of all ages (children thru seniors) and abilities are strongly encouraged. Selected plays will be performed at Theatre 82 in Cranston, Rhode Island from July 9-25, 2020 (more performance details below).

Deadline for Submission: All plays must be received by Friday, April 10, 2020. Any plays received or postmarked past April 10th will not be accepted for review. Plays will be reviewed and judged by a panel of community directors and actors on their artistic and technical merits, and collectively decided on whether they are “selected for performance” or “not selected.” Total number of selected plays is TBD, based on factors including number of submissions, length of plays, etc.

Selected Plays for Performance: The One Act Play Festival (OAPF) Panel will finalize and announce all selected plays for performance by the end of May. Playwrights will receive notification only if their play(s) was/were selected for performance, and the selected plays will also be posted on the festival’s webpage. Playwrights will not be notified if their works were not accepted. By submitting works, playwrights agree to allow Artists’ Exchange to produce their play(s) in the festival for the public’s entertainment and benefit with no performance/royalty fees.

Selected Playwrights: Participation is volunteer; no stipends or monetary prizes are awarded to selected playwrights. All monies collected from ticket sales, program ads, and donations will benefit Artists’ Exchange/Gateways to Change, Inc. and the continuation of the OAPF for years to come. Selected playwrights will receive at least two (2) complimentary tickets and recognition in the playbill and festival webpage, including a personal bio and contact information (if provided). Performances are not video recorded.

Festival Performance Schedule:
July 9-25, 2020
Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays @ 7pm

About the One Act Play Festival: Since 2006, Artists’ Exchange has hosted the One Act Play Festival for the entertainment and enjoyment of the Cranston community. Short plays are submitted from local, regional, and national playwrights and then selected for performance by a panel of directors/actors. Casts feature community actors of all abilities ranging in sex, age, and experience levels. This year marks the 15th annual year and aims to showcase new works by emerging and established playwrights and highlight the best short plays that were submitted for review.

To Submit: Please send all plays to Artists’ Exchange by physical mail or email and include your contact information and play title(s). Playwrights may only submit up to three (3) plays maximum. Contact Festival Artistic Director Jessica Chace with any questions or communications at jessica.chace@artists-exchange.org.

By Mail:
Attention: One Act Play Festival Submission
Artists’ Exchange
50 Rolfe Square
Cranston, RI  02910

By Email: In Subject line, please write “One Act Play Festival Submission: [Your Name]” and send to Jessica Chace at jessica.chace@artists-exchange.org.

Contact Information:
Jessica Chace, Artistic Director OAPF
jessica.chace@artists-exchange.org
www.artists-exchange.org 

Friday, February 14, 2020

Acadiana Repertory Theatre seeks full-length plays

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Deadline: April 1, 2020

Submissions for our 2021 season will open on February 14th, 2020 and will close on April 1st.

The Acadiana Repertory Theatre is committed to serve playwrights as a place where they feel they can develop work with a company that has a desire to help in the growth of both the playwright and the play. We strive to create a safe, creative, open environment for our playwrights and, using our own experience, along with the experiences of some of our friends from across the country, we seek to help playwrights create and develop shows that have the best chance of a long life of production. Please note: If your play is produced by Acadiana Rep and you desire to come down during the rehearsal process or for the production, playwrights are responsible for incurring travel costs.

Through developmental readings and full productions and soon, the possibilities of residences, we hope to help, through working with the amazing playwrights we come in contact with, the voices of new american playwrights be heard.
INTERESTED IN SUBMITTING?

In order to be eligible for consideration, submissions:

Should be full length

Should be no longer than 90 minutes, though exceptions are occasionally made

Should be actor/story forward

Have minimal technical and set requirements

Have a cast not exceeding 10

Should have limited to no production history and should not be published.

Should be submitted in PDF format. Electronic submissions only.

Should have a cast list as well as a synopsis

Submit your materials to submissions@acadianarep.org

We look forward to hearing from you!

Festival @ First 11: Call for Scripts

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Theatre@First seeks scripts for an evening of short plays to be performed in Somerville (MA) over two weekends in August 2020. Our reading committee will be looking for quality plays by new or established playwrights that will draw the broadest possible audience while creating a vibrant evening of theatre. Please read this entire announcement carefully to make sure that your submission adheres to our rules and guidelines.

The festival’s theme is "Myths & Legends," which can be interpreted in many different ways at each playwright’s discretion. We are hoping to see a broad and diverse set of submissions in our inbox over the next few months! Please consider this theme in the spirit of folklore, legends, fables, and ancient myths – remember, myths come from all cultures, not just the Greeks! We encourage you to explore other cultures and mythologies in your writing.

The selection committee will be looking to assemble a cohesive but diverse set of eight plays for our production. Each chosen play will have its own director and cast. All casting will be done through general auditions next June. Playwrights will not be considered for our reading committee but are welcome to apply to direct or audition if they so desire.

The deadline for submissions is March 1, 2020. This will be strictly upheld.

Submission Criteria
  • Plays should be 10 minutes long (or less).
  • Cast size should be 2–5 actors. Shows with larger casts and one-actor plays will not be considered.
  • Theatre@First embraces diversity. Writers are encouraged to include roles for actors across a wide spectrum of race, gender expression, religion, age, body type, and ability.
  • No improvisational or straight dance pieces will be considered.
  • New and previously performed plays are welcome.
  • Published plays are permitted, provided you hold the rights to your work.
  • Plays must be royalty-free as payment will not be offered for the purchase of rights. Theatre@First was founded to provide affordable theatre to our community and to offer an artistic venue to community members wishing to volunteer their skills and talents. Playwrights will receive two free tickets to any performance.
  • Our Festival will be performed on a simple stage with minimum prop and set requirements and a repertory lighting plot. Scripts with significant technical demands may be rejected on that basis.
  • Submissions are limited to two per person. Please send each script in a separate email.
  • Scripts will be read blindly by our committee to ensure fair considerations for all playwrights. Please submit a copy of your play without your name on it.

How to Submit Your Play
Two ways to submit:

  • Fill out this Google Form. You will need a Google login, and you can upload your script to the form when you fill it out.
  • Copy-and-paste the following information into an email and send your answers to festival@theatreatfirst.org along with a copy of your script.

Do not include your name or contact information on the script itself. Scripts and playwrights will be tracked by the Festival Director and read anonymously by the selection committee.

Thursday, February 13, 2020

2020 5th Annual One-Act Playwriting Jamboree

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Submission Deadline:  March 6, 2020

If playwright is a member of a professional playwright guild or recognized national or international playwright organization, this fee will be waived - but playwright must provided proof of membership with their submissions (a copy of the front and back of a membership card or membership letter on official letterhead).

Writers must submit their one-act plays (with a running time of 20 minutes or less) maximum 2 plays per writer.

Our one-act jamboree is open to writers of all ages, stages, and locations around the world!
We are ESPECIALLY seeking new one-act plays that one might consider ground-breaking or boundary-pushing  and that invite audiences to think deeper or feel more deeply about issues and topics in the play. We also encourage female and minority playwrights to submit their plays for consideration. However, our readings are blind, meaning the members of our panel are not made aware of the age, race, gender, nationality, and/or religion of the playwright during the reading and selection process of plays. We do not discriminate in our play selection based on age, race, gender, nationality, or religion and all plays submitted are ultimately judged for plot, character development, dialogue, and overall quality.

Please send manuscripts, cover letter (see "How to Submit" below)
AND enclosed $20 reading fee***
** (waived for members of professional playwright organization, such as Dramatist Guild.
See below for more information and submission requirements for proof of membership)
(checks made payable to Rhino Theatre Group, LLC) to:

Rhino Theatre Group, LLC,
237 Hamburg Turnpike
Pompton Lakes, NJ  07442
Attention:  One Act Jamboree

You may also email your manuscripts and cover letter (see below for more info)  to joann@rhinotheatre.com  and then pay your $20 reading fee online.

Use the buttons below to submit your manuscript and to pay the reading fee (manuscripts will not be considered until fee is remitted).

If playwright is a member of a professional playwright guild or recognized national or international playwright organization, this fee will be waived - but playwright must provided proof of membership with their submissions (a copy of the front and back of a membership card or membership letter on official letterhead).


Make sure the subject is: One Act Submission

Between 6 and 10 winners will receive the prize of a staged production of his or her play at the 5th Annual Rhino One Act Jamboree, which will be held on August 21 - 23, 2020 at Rhino Studio 237.

The production will have auditioned actors, directors chosen by committee, producers, stage managers, ushers/front of house, ticket takers and tech crew.

2020 5th Annual One-Act Playwriting Jamboree Terms and Conditions

Writers are encouraged to submit their one-act plays (run time of 20 minutes or less)

Plays will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Plot
  • Character Development
  • Dialogue    
  • Overall writing quality 

Submissions deadline: Friday, March 6, 2020

Playwrights are limited to two (2) submissions.

How to Submit:

Please read and follow our submission guidelines. Submissions that are incomplete or do not follow these guidelines will be disqualified. To enter your play, you must submit the following:

(1) Three (3) hard copies of your play (or email in advance for electronic submissions/Paypal payment).
 Plays should run 20 minutes or less and be written in the proper playwriting format (when in the proper format, running time is approximately one minute per page):
A list of characters with a brief physical description of each should also be included.
Plays should contain 15 or fewer actors.
One person plays are accepted.
No musicals, unless you are providing accompaniment.
Plays should have simple staging and technical needs.

 (2) A cover letter with the following information:
The name of your play
Your name full address, full contact information (including your e-mail and phone number)
A brief synopsis of your play (for publicity purposes if your play is selected)
A brief biography

(3) A check in the amount of $20 (US dollars) for each play submitted, made payable to: Rhino Theatre Group, LLC.  Please write "One-Act Jamboree" in the check's memo line.

The submission package must be sent to:
Rhino Theatre Group, LLC,
237 Hamburg Turnpike
Pompton Lakes, NJ  07442
Attn:  One-Act Jamboree

Alternatively, the submission packet may b e-mailed to:
joann@rhinotheatre.com

Additional Information:

Submissions must be postmarked on or before March 6, 2020.
Plays will NOT be returned and will be recycled.
The entry fee is non-refundable.

If your play is chosen, a $50 participation fee will be required prior to auditions your play production.  As the playwright, you are invited to auditions and will have input regarding casting and production presentation.  However, Artistic Director may choose to exercise her authority regarding questionable content and/or presentation of the show with consideration and protection of the reputation of the company in its entirety.

Prizes:
At the conclusion of the jamboree, one winner will receive a $250 cash prize based on audience vote.

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Woodward International Playwriting Prize Competition

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Deadline: July 1, 2020

The University of New Hampshire is now accepting submissions for the Woodward International Playwriting Prize. 

The Woodward Prize is part of Cultural Stages: The Woodward International Drama and Dance Initiative and is given once every four years. 

The aim of this program is to broaden and deepen the understanding of international cultures through a competition for plays addressing relevant themes. Plays submitted for this competition should have a primary focus on cultures from countries other than the US. 

The winning play will be given a fully produced production as part of the University of New Hampshire's 2021-22 Department of Theatre and Dance main stage season. 

The winning Playwright will receive a cash prize of $5,000, plus expenses to travel to the University of New Hampshire and stay for the one week of performances. 

Finalists will be posted on the University of New Hampshire Department of Theatre and Dance website in October 2020. The winning play will be announced by February 1, 2021. 

A first and second runner up will also be named at that time. Pending funding, readings of the first and second runner up will be presented with travel and expenses provided to the playwrights to attend the readings.

The winning play will be given a fully produced production as part of the University of New Hampshire's 2021-22 Department of Theatre and Dance main stage season. 


MS Word or PDF accepted.

Any restrictions on eligibility:

- Plays must focus on a country/culture other than the US.
- Plays may also focus on the history and/or politics of the country/culture.
- Plays must be in English.
- Plays may be musical or non-musical.
- If the submission is a musical, a recording of the music must be included with the submission.
- Plays cannot have been previously fully produced. (Previous readings or workshop productions are allowed).
- Plays must be at least 50 minutes in length.
- The University of New Hampshire must be allowed to present and be credited for the non-professional premiere of the play or musical as part of the UNH 2021-22 season.
- Unfortunately, feedback cannot be provided.
- Any plays sent in hard copy will not be able to be returned. (Electronic submissions preferred).
- No more than two submissions per playwright.

Finalists will be posted on the University of New Hampshire Department of Theatre and Dance website in October 2020. The winning play will be announced by February 1, 2021.
http://cola.unh.edu/theatre-dance

For any questions or additional information contact: David Kaye Chair; Woodward International Playwriting Prize Selection Committee

New Light New Voices seeks full-length plays

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Deadline: February 15, 2020

2020-2021 submissions are NOW OPEN.
There is no entry fee. Please follow these submission guidelines:
  • Playwrights must be NYC-based.
  • This contest is restricted to un-produced plays written in the English language.
  • Submissions must be original, unpublished full-length plays. Translations, musicals, adaptations, screenplays, one-act plays, and children's plays are not accepted.
  • Playwrights may submit only one script per year.
  • Plays that have been professionally produced in NYC are not eligible.
  • Plays that have had a workshop, reading, or non-professional production or that have been published as an actor’s edition will be considered.
  • Plays may not be under option, commissioned, or scheduled for professional production or publication at the time of submission. NLTP will have right of first refusal once script has won.
  • Plays must be typed/word-processed and page-numbered.
  •  Plays must be submitted electronically. No hard copies, please.
New Light Theater Project reserves the right to reject any manuscript for any reason.

Electronic submissions for the New Light New Voices Award must be submitted no later than February 15, 2020. The submission window closes at midnight EST.

The manuscript must begin with a title page that shows the play's title and a 2-3 sentence description of the play. Your play title with your name and contact information (including address, phone number, and email address), and a brief biography must be submitted in a separate attachment.

Please send the script in PDF format with the title format: PLAY TITLE.pdf

Submit the electronic copy of your manuscript to:
NewLightNew VoicesAward@gmail.com with the subject line “NEW LIGHT NEW VOICES SUBMISSION: (title of your play)”

​Women, transgender and gender nonconforming artists, and artists of color are strongly encouraged to apply.

The winner will receive $1000, developmental support and a 4-week production run in the summer of 2021.

Please note: the award is contingent on the playwright's agreeing to the terms of the production agreement.

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Best Medicine Rep seeks plays for reading series

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Deadline: February 29, 2020

Best Medicine Rep is looking for scripts for next season's reading series! Deadline is February 29, 2020.

Restrictions: Must be comedy. 5 actors or fewer. Simple set. Written in English.

We prefer full-length, but will consider one acts and sketches.

Selected playwrights receive a stipend and consideration for full-production in our upcoming season.

Previous productions are okay, as long as the play has not been produced in the greater Washington/Baltimore area.

Please send full scripts as a pdf to BestMedSubmissions@gmail.com.

THE WRITER’S VOICE: Ten Minute Play Festival

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Marjorie S. Deane Little Theater at The West Side YMCA
5 W 63rd Street, New York, NY 10023

Submission Deadline: March 1, 2020
Performance Dates: May 8 & 9, 2020

Submit entries at:

tinyurl.com/MSDLT10min4thplayfest

For More Information, Contact:

Cassandra Richards, Director of Community Arts
crichards@ymcanyc.org | 212-912-2635
  • Playwrights are responsible for selecting a cast, director, and rehearsals.
  • Previously produced plays are acceptable; plays must be original works submitted by playwright.
  • Selected plays will be required to sell 5 tickets per performance
  • If you have video of previous performances, please include the link as specified below.
  • Selected plays will receive a video recording of their work and access to production photos.
  • The Marjorie S Deane Little Theater will provide limited set pieces, lighting/sound equipment and the production staff.

Monday, February 10, 2020

The Playwrights Group offers a Weekly Workshop, Script Consultations and Online One-on-One Classes.



The Playwrights Group offers a Weekly WorkshopScript Consultations and Online One-on-One Classes.

The Weekly Workshop

Heres how it works: You bring in material — anywhere from a few pages to an entire script. It can be a full length, 10 minute play, webisode, musical, film, whatever. We divvy up the parts, read it and give you feedback. You get some ideas. You go back to work. Simple. 

Participating in a group is a great way to stay focused and motivated throughout the process of writing a play. And it sure doesnt hurt to get some exposure to other writers and see how they approach the particular projects theyre working on. 

Were a loose group. We have fun. And we love new faces. We have people who are just starting out, trying to get their first production; and people who have had quite a bit of success. And theres always a nice mix of writers who have been members for years along with new folks. 

The best way to see if TPG is a good fit for you, a place where youll feel comfortable and able to thrive — is to sit in on a session and see if you like the vibe.

• Thursdays 7 - 9:30pm
• Midtown Manhattan Location

Contact us at scripts@theplaywrightsgroup.com to schedule a visit.

Script Consultations

If youre not in the NYC area or if you cant make it to the workshop but have a script you want feedback on, just send a PDF of your script and youll get the answers youre looking for via email, phone or video conference. 

Online One-on-One Courses

If youre looking for more, check out our One on One Online Playwriting Courses:

• The Art of Playwriting
• Write a Play in 10 Weeks


Contact us at scripts@theplaywrightsgroup.com or visit our website for further info at: 



Troy Foundry Theatre seeks submissions for reading series

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Deadline: February 15, 2020

TROY FOUNDRY THEATRE IS ACCEPTING PLAY SUBMISSIONS FOR 2020 MARCH SESSION OF DARK DAY MONDAYS FREE READING SERIES

The selected plays will be presented in staged reading format with the possibility of being considered for full staging.  Please see below for details and submission directions.

We’re calling for submissions of plays that meet the following criteria:
  • Work well in a non-proscenium seating environment, allowing the possibility of being performed in non-traditional spaces like a storefront, rooftop, old house or hotel, restaurant, pub or brewery
  • Feature immersive elements or takes advantage of being performed amidst or among (not “at”) a live audience
  • Will benefit from a full-day workshop experience with a director, actors and an audience to play among
  • Have not been fully produced.  Previous workshops and readings are fine. 

HOW TO SUBMIT:

Work must be submitted via email to tftsubmissions@gmail.com with the subject line: 2020 MARCH SESSION _FIRST NAME LAST NAME_ TITLE OF PROJECT

Submissions for the 2020 MARCH session will be accepted until midnight on Saturday, February 15, 2020.

There is NO submission fee.

Please include a short playwright’s bio, a synopsis of the piece, a production history of the piece, and the play in PDF or WORD doc format. You will only hear back from us if your play is selected.  

Theatre Three 24th Annual Festival of One-Act Plays

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Deadline: September 30, 2020
  • Only UNPRODUCED works will be accepted.
  • Plays that have had staged readings are eligible.
  • No adaptations or children’s plays.
  • Cast size maximum: 10
  • Length: 40-minutes maximum. No minimum.
  • Settings should be simple or suggested.
  • Playwrights may make multiple submissions. (These need not be made under separate cover.)
  • Please do not submit works that have been previously submitted.
  • Scripts must be post-marked by September 30, 2020.
Each season, THE FESTIVAL receives approximately 400 submissions. To date, THE FESTIVAL has received over 8,000 submissions from across the world. THE FESTIVAL has produced 120 world premieres by 84 different playwrights. THE FESTIVAL presents between five and seven plays each season.

Please submit a cover letter, a synopsis, and a resume along with one copy of the play. Cover-sheet of play should have title, author, author’s address, author’s telephone number, and author’s e-mail. Plays should be neatly bound or stapled on the left-hand corner. (No loose pages and no binders, please.) Any stage play format is acceptable. We do not accept electronic submissions at this time. Please do not call or stop by the theatre.

If playwrights wish to have their works returned, an appropriate SASE must also be included.

Selected plays will be presented for nine performances in April 2021 at the Ronald F. Peierls Theatre, on Theatre Three’s Second Stage.

Playwrights will receive a $125 stipend.

Playwrights are welcome to attend any rehearsals or performances. Playwrights will receive a standard Dramatists Guild-approved contract. Playwrights will receive four complimentary tickets to be used at any performances. Playwrights will receive copies of playbills, flyers, articles, and reviews as well as a link to all publicity and production photos. THEATRE THREE is responsible for all elements of production; playwrights incur no expenses. THEATRE THREE retains no future production rights.

Plays should be submitted to THE 24th ANNUAL FESTIVAL OF ONE-ACT PLAYS, Attn. Jeffrey Sanzel, Artistic Director, THEATRE THREE, PO Box 512, Port Jefferson, NY 11777-0512

Sunday, February 9, 2020

Emit Theatre seeks interactive plays for young audiences

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Deadline: June 1, 2020

We are accepting original scripts that have not been previously produced, as well as concepts for devised pieces, from NYC-based artists. This production will be performed for public audiences in Fall 2020 and subsequently toured to schools and community groups. The selected applicant will be compensated with a stipend.

Submitted stories must center a population that has been historically underrepresented in theatre. Inspiration for the piece can include but is not limited to: a folk tale, legend, piece of music, visual art piece, or historical event.

Requirements for submissions:
  • For young people within the age range of 4-11.
  • 40-60 minutes in length.
  • Can be performed with 1-3 actors.
  • Appropriate for up to 70 audience members.
  • If submission is an original script, it must be finished and ready for rehearsal (although the script is free to continue developing throughout the process).
  • Must include specific opportunities for interaction throughout. Examples of appropriate interaction include but are not limited to: call and response, group movement, posing questions to the audience, or bringing a small group onstage to help with a task.
  • Must be able to become a sensory friendly, relaxed performance
It is desired that applicants have experience with interactive performance, but it is not required. The selected applicant will train with Artistic Director Gianna Cioffi to develop the interactive elements of the piece in harmony with Emit’s style and community.

Application deadline is June 1, 2020. A decision will be made by July 1, 2020.

Submission is via this form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSczP0hdGqZF71Ne6pvXtSbAZQsiQnsDXpXLdhv-yz3gLFhE6g/viewform

PUNCHING LABUTE 2.0 Call for Womxn Writers

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Deadline: February 22, 2020 at 11:59 PM

Looking for short plays (10 mins max), monologues, songs, spoken word, fables, haikus etc. for PUNCHING LABUTE 2.0.

LGBTQA+ writers and writers of color strongly encouraged to submit. 

This Collection:

Punching LaBute will be a show consisting of work that metaphorically punches misogyny in the face. It’s about womxn flipping problematic work (like Neil LaBute’s) on its head, and reclaiming the narrative. How you would like to do this is completely up to you, and we are so excited to read all your submissions.

If chosen for PUNCHING LABUTE 2.0, your work will be cast and staged in a black box with minimal props for a one night show:

Where: The Lincoln Loft, Chicago IL
When: June 8th, 2020

To see the playbill for last years show visit: www.punchinglabute.weebly.com

Currently, this show is completely volunteer based with all ticket donations going to a local charity. Last show, we raised over a hundred dollars for Connections for Abused Women and their Children - a nonprofit committed to ending domestic violence.

If you are interested in submitting, please send your work as a PDF with the subject PUNCHING LABUTE SUBMISSION_ FIRST NAME LAST NAME to: punchinglabute@gmail.com .

All submissions are due by: February 22, 2020 at 11:59pm.



Saturday, February 8, 2020

Undiscovered Countries | Infinite Festival seeks 5 - 15 minute work

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The Infinite Festival accepts submissions of work on a rolling basis! Undiscovered Countries especially encourages work by artists of traditionally underrepresented perspectives, and work that challenges dominant power structures. Undiscovered Countries encourages artists from all disciplines and all levels of experience in their form to apply. Come make a thing with us!

Send us proposals for 5-15 minutes of new performance work, including a brief description of your concept and technical needs. To send your visual art or writing to the yearbook, submit no more than 500 words, or a 4.5" x 7.5" black and white image.

If you're new to the collective, please make sure to include a link to past work samples, or a brief statement of what you're about!

Udiscovered Countries' Infinite Festival is an ongoing series of new and developing live art, performing every other month. The festival was founded to create a space for artists to show in-progress work without paying for production, and for audiences to see that work without paying for tickets.

We are currently accepting submissions for the March 2018 show, and to future shows on a rolling basis.

To submit a piece, send a proposal to undiscoveredcountriesfestival@gmail.com or fill out the form

SUBMISSION FORM

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Healing Voices: Caregivers' Stories

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SUBMISSION FORM

Deadline: February 15, 2020

***Submissions will be accepted through February 15, 2020 for George Street Playhouse, McCarter Theatre Center, and Two River Theater. Submissions for Premiere Stages will be accepted through January 23, 2020.***

Thank you for submitting your writing to Healing Voices: Caregivers' Stories. This project is a partnership between New Jersey Theatre Alliance, George Street Playhouse, McCarter Theatre Center, Premiere Stages, and Two River Theater. Selected Caregiver Stories will be woven together as part of an original professional theatre experience about the caregiver experience. The project will culminate with three presentations of selected works read by professional actors as part of New Jersey Theatre Alliance's Stages Festival in different venues across the state.

This program is open to both professional caregivers and family caregivers. Short works of prose, poetry, and theatre will be considered. All entries must be original works and must not have previously been published. All pieces should reflect the theme of caregiving. Pieces that explore the personal healing experience will also be considered. 

All writers have the opportunity to attend a workshop to further develop their piece. We anticipate that writers will attend the workshop at the same venue where they want their piece performed. If your schedule makes it so that you are unable to attend a workshop and performance at the same location, special arrangements may be made on a case by case basis.

You may submit up to three entries, but we request that you fill out a separate application form for each. Thank you for sharing your work with us!

APPLICATION FORM ONLINE

Wellfleet Festival of One Act Plays

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Deadline: March 5, 2020

Outermost Performing Arts Center | Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater will present in cooperation with curator G.W. Mercure a Wellfleet Festival of One Act Plays, slated for July, 2020, in the Larry Phillips Performance Pavilion.

Collaborative, story-driven, and diverse, the Festival of One Act Plays is seeking to unite playwrights, directors, performers, and audiences in a range of dynamic theatre experiences through the presentation of short, unique plays crafted by new, emerging, and experienced playwrights and produced by an array of New England theatre devotees.

Submission Guidelines:
We are seeking plays of all kinds that will be no longer than fifteen minutes when performed. Previously performed or published plays are accepted for consideration. Local, national, and international playwrights are encouraged to submit one to two plays in any format to shorts@what.org by 03/05/2020.

The festival facilitators will contact the creators of the selected plays by 04/05/2020.

Selected Plays for Performance: The Wellfleet Festival of One Act Plays panel will finalize and announce all selected plays for performance by 04/01/2020. Playwrights will receive notification only if their play(s) was/were selected for performance, and the titles and authors of the selected plays will also be posted on the event’s web page.

To Submit: Please send all plays to shorts@what.org ,
or by physical mail to PO Box 797, Wellfleet, MA, 02667,
and include your contact information and play title(s).

Playwrights may only submit up to two plays maximum. Contact GW Mercure at shorts@what.org with any questions.
By Mail:
Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater
Attention: One Act Play Festival Submission
PO Box 797 Wellfleet, MA, 02667
By Email: In Subject line, please write “One Act Play Festival Submission: [Your Name]” and send to: shorts@what.org

Fifth Annual Women in Theater Festival

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Deadline: February 29, 2020

Seeking full-length pays

Submit in PDF format via Google Form at http://tiny.cc/tfnriz

Project Y Theatre is opening an application for their 5th Annual Women in Theatre Festival, which will take place June 2020 at The Gural Theatre, NYC.

Project Y is seeking productions of plays that are written by a female identifying playwright and that feature more than 50% female-identifying characters. An ideal play for the Festival is either:

  • A one person show, ready for a crowd
  • A new/developing work multi-character project that would be able to take advantage of a night in the space. 
  • A festival-ready show

Chosen productions will get a performance slot in A.R.T. New York’s Gural Theatre as part of the Women in Theatre Festival. This opportunity is ideal for director/playwright who want a no-risk opportunity to see and hear their work out loud in front of an audience, festival-ready shows, or one-person performances.

The Women in Theatre Festival seeks to broaden the opportunities for women in the entertainment industry by producing new work by women with more than 50% female representation of all artists involved.  www.witfestival.projectytheatre.org.

Project Y supplies the space, but you would need to supply everything else, including all production costs, professional stipends, etc.  Productions can be equity or non-equity, but it is up to you to apply to equity for the appropriate permission.

Playwrights should note that the Women in Theatre Festival is NYC based - there will be no housing provided by Project Y and productions must invite their own audience, although the production will be included on all Project Y advertising and outreach.

Project Y operates on a split box office agreement with festival artists.  We guarantee an audience capacity of at least sixty-five seats. Project Y will keep income from the first 15 full price tickets sold;  after that, all sales will be split 70% to artist/30% to Project Y. Tickets are normally set at an average of $20-$25 general admission, so that we can also set up discount codes to help push tickets.

There will be minimal tech time (90 minutes) and tech capabilities (rep plot lighting) for each show.  There can be no moving of lights or changing/adding to the plot during the festival. In other words, shows should be made with the “festival” aspect in mind. Running time of shows can be from 30 min through a full length production.  Project Y will supply a stage manager to help call the show, and a board operator for lights and sound.

Project Y will handle all box office and front of house staffing. Project Y will sell concessions before each show and during intermission when applicable.

To apply for the Women in Theatre Festival, playwright should send a script sample (a dramatic beat of no more than 20 pages) and/or a video clip of work (5 minutes), a resume, and a statement of intent via Google Form, at http://tiny.cc/tfnriz. To report problems with the form or to ask questions, please email info@projectytheatre. Applications not received via the Google Form will not be considered.

Deadline for submissions is Feb 29th, 2020.
Playwrights will be notified of their application status on March 28th, 2020.

For more information about previous festivals and about Project Y Theatre, please visit their website at https://www.projectytheatre.org/.

Friday, February 7, 2020

Young Playwrights Festival 2020

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DEADLINE: March 15, 2020

View or Download Submission Rules (PDF, 16KB)

Submit your play via Submittable.com

DEADLINE: Plays or musicals must be submitted online, e-mailed or postmarked by MARCH 15, 2020.

FEES: There are no fees for submitting your work to the Festival.

ELIGIBILITY: Playwrights must be 19 years old or younger on March 15, 2020; co-written plays are allowed, provided all writers meet age requirement.

CONTENT: Original plays or musicals on any subject and any length.

LIMIT: Up to 3 plays per playwright or playwright team.
FORMAT: All plays must have numbered script pages.

COVER SHEET: Along with play script(s), submissions must include a Cover
Sheet with: Title, Playwright Name, Playwright Date of Birth (with year),
Age, School Name (if applicable), E-Mail Address, Contact Phone Number,
Mailing Address.

NO RETURNS: Scripts will not be returned so please do not send originals.

NOTIFICATION: We will contact Festival Competition winners in April 2020.

PERFORMANCE: Winning plays will be performed by professional actors at LA City College Theatre in June 2020.

SUBMIT ONLINE: Browse to theblank.submittable.com, create an account and follow the instructions to submit your play(s) and cover sheet.

SUBMIT BY E-MAIL: Send play(s) and cover sheet as PDF with play title in
subject line to: ypfsubmissions@theblank.com

SUBMIT BY MAIL: Send unbound play(s) and cover sheet to:
Young Playwrights Festival
c/o The Blank Theatre
PO Box 1094
Los Angeles, CA 90078

Thursday, February 6, 2020

Scripps Ranch Theatre 9th Annual Out On A Limb Festival

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Deadline: March 6, 2020

Scripps Ranch Theatre is currently accepting scripts for its 9th annual Out On A Limb new play festival.

Please only submit finished works (no treatments or drafts). Plays must not exceed 10 minutes. Please read below for more information.

After your play has been received it will be reviewed. We will make a final selection of 6 plays to present in performances on July 10-12 and 17-19. If your play is selected you will receive a stipend to present your play in the performances.

This year we are continuing our exciting element of awarding CASH PRIZES! Each play will be judged by a distinguished panel of judges and our audience. At the end of the sixth performance all of the scores from all of the performances will be tallied. We will then award a first, second and third prize. The prize money will be divided among the playwright, director and actors.

Please Note:

  • Your play must not exceed 10 minutes.
  • Please do not submit musicals.
  • Your play must be a new and unpublished work.
  • Please include a brief synopsis of your play.
  • Please include your name and email along with your submission.
  • Your work must be submitted by the deadline of March 6, 2020
  • We will produce your play and you do not need to self produce.
  • There is no fee to submit your work
  • Your play does need to be about San Diego.
  • You do not need to reside in California to submit.
  • Please submit your works to: OOAL@scrippsranchtheatre.org


Charles Peters
Producer and Artistic Director of OOAL 2020

Second Annual Playwrights’ CageMatch

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Deadline for CageMatch submissions sent via e-mail is March 1, 2020; 
post-mark deadline, if mailed, is February 24, 2020.

Town Hall Theatre in Lafayette, California, is accepting submissions for our second Annual Playwrights’ CageMatch. Our CageMatch is a chance for playwrights to show their stuff in an audience-decided live competition.

Five Playwrights enter but only one will emerge victorious. Grand prize for the chosen script.

We are seeking brief scenes (5-20 minutes) which conform to the limitations of the competition. THT staff and community will select the top five submissions. Each of the final scripts will get one rehearsal with the same director and company of actors which Town Hall provides.  On March 23, 2020, the five scenes will be performed at a live staged reading event at Town Hall Theatre. The audience will vote by token to determine the winner!

Our theme this year is: AMONG THE TREES.  The setting is a clearing among the trees, in a forest or woodland area, anywhere in the universe; there may be a doorway, portal or entranceway or two, and maybe even a window. Time period is not restricted. Please limit your scenes to no more than four characters. We are also seeking scripts demonstrating gender parity. A lovers’ encounter or post-apocalyptic tale, perhaps?  We’re looking for creative and elegant back-stories that incorporate the setting into the scenes. Tone, theme or genre is up to you!

Yes, you may submit more than one play.

 There is no restriction on plays that have been previously produced and/or published but they need to fit the theme and setting.

Playwrights will be notified by email whether they are chosen as one of the five performed playwrights.

Admission to the performance is $5 (free to our subscribers), and a token to vote for the winner is $5.

Submissions can be e-mailed in *.doc or *.pdf to cagematch@townhalltheatre.com or mailed to:

Town Hall Theatre, ATTN: Susan E. Evans, Artistic Director, 3535 School Street, Lafayette, CA  94549

PLEASE INCLUDE A MAILING ADDRESS  ON YOUR SUBMISSION.

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

New Moon Minute writers' LGBTQ group (NYC)

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Deadline: February 10, 2020 11:59 PM

New Moon Minute is a monthly writers’ group taking place on or around the New Moon, in which participants will develop 10-15 minute works for the stage that fall within the boundaries of Water House’s mission to produce Queer Mythos Theatre. We seek works that stretch and challenge the boundaries of writing. We seek artists interested in using visual components beyond the written word and exercising text in non-narrative ways. The work developed in New Moon Minute should begin on paper - in notation - and grow to flower on the performer's body.

New Moon Minute is part of our lunar and seasonal programming cycle, which includes the monthly Full Moon Sing and annual A Minute Flowering showcase.

New Moon Minute will have five monthly writers-only sessions beginning in February and concluding in June, culminating in a showing of writers’ works produced by Water House Collective, called A Minute Flowering.  Each writers-only session will be no more than 3 hours long and will take place on or around the new moon (based on writers’ availability). Writers will be asked to read each others’ pieces in between sessions, however the works are short (less than 20 pages) and most reading and feedback will be done during workshop hours.

In the final months, additional meetings and rehearsals with actors and guest directors will be scheduled as necessary. Calling upon the extended Water House Collective network, we will strive to offer contributing writers’ pieces as much (or as little) development as they see fit.

ETHOS

Each session will be informed by ritual, beginning with something like prayer, proceeding into mindful and transformative discussion, mapping, working. Our structure for feedback and discussion is inspired by Quaker practice, where we will each carefully consider how work is speaking to us and how our voices will contribute to the generative growth of the artistic conversation - a force that is shared by those of us that are present together. We will end each meeting with a quiet, reflective time to consider the lunar cycle and editing process, to prepare writers re-entry into the normal world.

WHO WE SEEK

Emerging writers who identify as Queer in some fashion and lack institutional or formal support, particularly for their submitted work, and those who may be interested in ritual performance or have a fascination with lunar cycles. Queer & Trans People of Color (QTPOC) voices are especially welcome.

WHAT WE SEEK

Proposals for new prompts for performance (scripts, diagrams, poems, designs, etc) that are in seedling phase. We are especially interested in developing works that queer performance; these may be difficult to describe, include many disparate design or performance elements, or are impractical or improbable or impossible but still unquestionably works for performance. We do not require that plots feature queer characters or narratives.

If you would like your piece or selection to be included in a group showing at the end of the workshop process, it should be no longer than 15 minutes when performed in full.

NOTE

New Moon Minute is not a grant or funding opportunity. Water House will provide rehearsal and performance space, refreshments, feedback, and will secure directors and performers for the final showing, but at this time, we are unable to provide additional funds for exploration or stipends for accepted writers.

IF INTERESTED

Please submit:
  • a script of something (else) you have made. This sample may be either a document file or image file, so long as it can be opened with Google, Microsoft Office, or other standard software. The Water House Collective creative clerks will read about 10 pages per submission, in images or text or some combination. If you submit more than 10 pages, please tell us which 10 to review.  
  • a ~300 word description of the work you hope to develop and what you aim to achieve during this process. 
  • a list of the last three artistic projects you created/participated in that you LOVED, with one sentence describing each. We will not disqualify anyone based on their resume, we would simply like a broader sense of who you are as a performance maker. 
  • if you have a website/social media presence/cool YouTube video of yourself/anything special you would like us to know or see, please include it.  

PLEASE SUBMIT YOUR WORK TO WATERHOUSECOLLECTIVE@GMAIL.COM WITH THE SUBJECT LINE NEW MOON MINUTE SUBMISSION BY 11:59 PM ON FEBRUARY 10TH.

THE FIRST NEW MOON MINUTE MEETING WILL BE HELD ON FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 21ST. 

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Y.E.S. Festival 2020 seeks plays

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Deadline: June 1, 2020

Northern Kentucky University School of the Arts is calling for submissions for the 20th anniversary of our award-winning Year End Series Festival of New Plays - THE Y.E.S. FESTIVAL, running April 8-18, 2021.

Submissions will be accepted from Jan. 15 until June 1, 2020.

Two plays will be selected for performance in the festival.

The selected playwrights will each receive a cash prize of $400 and an expense-paid (travel and accommodations) visit to NKU to see their plays in production. Selected plays will receive a full production.

WHAT TO SUBMIT
  • Full-length plays and musicals are eligible. The author must fully own all rights.
  • No children’s theatre, one-acts, or reader’s theatre pieces will be considered.
  • Adaptations will only be considered if the adapted work is in the public domain.
  • Submissions may not have had a previous professional or university production.
  • In deciding what to submit, a writer should know the festival will be cast with undergraduate student actors. Submissions with larger casts are looked upon favorably in the selection process.
  • Scripts must be standard sized and legibly typed. Standard Dramatists Guild format is preferred.
  • Submissions (ONE per playwright) should include a one-page synopsis and a cast list with brief character descriptions.
  • For musicals, please also include libretto, a list of characters with vocal ranges, demo CD and samples of the score.
TO SUBMIT

Use the online form or print out and mail an entry form.


For additional information please contact:

Michael King, Co-Project Director
mking@nku.edu • (859) 572-5647

Corrie Danieley, Co-Project Director
danieleyc1@nku.edu • (859) 572-5451

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Discount tickets: Strawberry One-Act Festival

Acadiana Repertory Theatre seeks full-length plays and musicals

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Deadline: April 1, 2020 at 11:59 PM

The Acadiana Repertory Theatre is committed to serve playwrights as a place where they feel they can develop work with a company that has a desire to help in the growth of both the playwright and the play. We strive to create a safe, creative, open environment for our playwrights and, using our own experience, along with the experiences of some of our friends from across the country, we seek to help playwrights create and develop shows that have the best chance of a long life of production. Through developmental readings,developmental productions, and soon, the possibilities of residences, we hope to help, through working with the amazing playwrights we come in contact with, the voices of new american playwrights be heard.

We are now accepting submissions for our 2021 Season! We accept submissions of full length plays and musicals. In order to be eligible for consideration, submissions:

  • Should be no longer than 90 minutes (we occasionally make exceptions)
  • Should be full length.
  • Should be actor/story forward
  • Have minimal technical and set requirements
  • Have a cast no larger than 10
  • Should have limited to no production history and should not be published. We are looking specifically for work that you are looking to further develop and are looking for playwrights who want to be involved in the process.
  • Should be submitted as a PDF
  • Should include cast list and synopsis either as part of script or in separate attachment. 

Please note: There are no submission fees nor is there a fee to be a part of the season. Playwrights will be responsible for travel expenses should they choose to join us for any part of the process.

Submissions can be sent to submissions@acadianarep.org

The Submission window closes on April 1st at 11:59pm

To find out more information about us, submissions, or our past work, visit www.acadianarep.org

We look forward to hearing from you!

Broadway Bound Theatre Festival

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August 10 - September 6, Theatre One at Theatre Row

APPLICATION DEADLINE: 11:59PM EST on Sunday, March 1, 2020. 

After paying the $25 Reader Fee, PLEASE submit your script immediately. Any script received AFTER 11:59 PM on the deadline date will be returned.


 This fee does not apply to members of the Dramatists Guild with proof of active membership.

All submissions must be made through www.broadwayboundfestival.com/submit. Late applications, applications mailed via the postal serve, e-mailed or faxed will not be accepted – no exceptions will be made.

FINALIST INTERVIEWS: End of March, 2020. Finalists will be interviewed by the Festival General Manager, via telephone/FaceTime/Skype.

PARTICIPANT INVITATION: Final acceptance offers will be made on Wednesday, April 1, 2020.

CONTRACTS AND PARTICIPATION FEE DUE: 12PM (Noon) EST on Sunday, April 5, 2020. If invited to participate, your contract and non-refundable participation fee is due no later than 12PM (Noon) EST. If you miss this deadline, your spot will be offered to another finalist.

- No musicals or performance art pieces will be accepted.

- Performances must run 60-90 minutes, with no intermission. Scripts submitted may not run under 45 pages or over 80 pages in length.

- Scripts should follow standard format. Improperly formatted scripts will be automatically returned. If you have any concerns over script formatting, please visit the following links:
http://broadwayeducators.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/Sample_Format_Page.pdf

- Only 20 plays will be accepted into the 2020 festival. You may submit up to two scripts per season. Only one script will be selected per playwright.

- Only unproduced works are eligible to participate in BBTF 2020. Shows that have had readings or been workshopped ARE eligible. Shows that have sold tickets to performances ARE NOT eligible.

- All participants are fully responsible for producing their own plays. This includes covering the costs of production (e.g. rehearsal space, transportation fees, salaries, marketing, etc.) and operation.

- BBTF will not accept applications filed by anyone other than the playwright themselves (barring legitimate medical reasons explained on the application).

- Playwrights submitting to BBTF are expected to play an active role in the production of their script, such is the spirit of the experience. Productions that have been found to have been handed off to an independent contractor will be subject to cancellation.

- Applicants may not act in or direct their own shows. This includes solo shows. We expect the energy of our participants to be solely focused on the BBTF playwriting/producing experience.

- BBTF participants may not stage any other productions of the accepted play (in part, or in its entirety) in the tri-state area during or up to 12 weeks prior to or post the BBTF opening and closing dates, August 10 - September 6, 2020. This includes productions that decide to participate and later withdraw from BBTF 2020 prior to the festival's commencement.

- International playwrights are welcome to submit to BBTF using the same blind submission process as any other applicant. We strongly suggest international applicants enlist a NYC-based co-producer to help with the marketing, housing, and financing that go hand in hand with producing in NYC.

- Playwrights who receive a “conditional acceptance” are expected to take a second look at their play through the lens of our critique and perform the necessary rewrites to meet the BBTF standard for staging.

- By submitting an Application and choosing to participate in the Festival, applicant acknowledges and agrees that if applicant if selected as a Participant, applicant will not disclose to any person or third party the fact that applicant was selected until notified by BBTF that such disclosure is permitted.

- Applicants understand that BBTF is a professional environment and we hold our participants to a professional standard from commencement. We expect open communication during the rehearsal process so that by your performance dates, you can confidently present a quality finished production, completely off-book, and in adherence to to BBTF festival rules.

Critiques, Fees and Further Production
BBTF takes pride that:
- A blind submission process allows for the selection of the highest caliber of writing. This means that all selections are based on the merits of the submission and does not allow the process not be lead (whether consciously or unconsciously) by the expectations inspired by the author's institutional affiliation, reputation (or lack thereof), gender identity, race, ethnicity, religion, abilities, age, sexual preference or orientation.
- All submissions are read in full by the Festival Director and at least one other professional playwright.
- Upon completion of the decision-making process, BBTF will email you a critique of your script, which should help you understand the reason your play was or was not selected to participate in the festival. Our critiques provide professional feedback of your work.
- We are most proud of the support we at BBTF give our playwrights. If your play is selected to participate in BBTF we promise to never put our stamp on it should it go on to be successful post festival. BBTF neither requires any acknowledgment of its festival in future productions, nor does it take a percentage of any future revenues or require the distribution of producer points, nor will it instigate negotiations for credit should any participating production be approached with financial interest during or after the festival.

- There is a one-time, non-refundable $1000 total participation fee, which includes everything stated in the contract.
- The BBTF participation fee covers three full performances in The Lion Theater in Theatre Row as well as all the tools we feel playwrights need to effectively and affordably produce and market their plays, including regular information packets, workshops, and a private Facebook forum.

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