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Saturday, April 4, 2020

Gi60 2020: The 16th Annual International One Minute Theatre Festival

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Deadline: APRIL 15, 2020

Gi60 is open to everybody; all you need is an idea and an internet connection. Since 2004, the Gi60 festival has premiered over two thousand new pieces of work written by people of all ages and backgrounds from around the world. So if you have an idea or something to say, why not write a play?

There's NO fee for applying, there are no prizes if your play is chosen and all our actors and directors give their time free of charge. Gi60 is open to everyone:

Gi60 UK will select 50 plays, Gi60 US selects a different set of 50 and both events will be performed live, filmed, and uploaded to the Gi60 YouTube Channel.

Deadline for submissions is APRIL 15, 2020.
all submissions should be sent to: screammedia@yahoo.com

Playing on Air’s 2020 James Stevenson Prize for Comedic Short Plays

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Deadline: April 26, 2020
In his cartoons for The New Yorker, James Stevenson told stories about the human comedy with energy and economy. Returning for its third consecutive year, Playing on Air’s Stevenson Prize will honor three original comedies that perpetuate Mr. Stevenson's spirit and wit, bringing the finest new American short plays to a national audience.

The Prize is made possible through the generosity and vision of Josie Merck, James Stevenson's wife. For submission details, read on below.

FIRST PRIZE
$6,000 award, plus a Playing on Air recording of the winning play for radio and podcast distribution

SECOND PRIZE
$3,000 award

THIRD PRIZE
$1,000 award

Playing on Air invites writers to submit a short comedic play of 10-25 pages (not counting title page).
One submission will be accepted per entrant. Additional entries will disqualify the writer.

All entries must be original, unpublished, and unproduced plays. For more information about our working definition of “unproduced,” scroll down to our STEVENSON FAQs section.

Even in revised form, plays that have been previously submitted to the Stevenson Prize competition or to Playing on Air are ineligible.

FORMATTING REQUIREMENTS

Please submit your script as a PDF with title page (with no author information), 12pt font, 1 inch margins on every side, and numbered pages.

All submissions will be judged "blind." Uploaded scripts should not include the author's name, representation, or any identifying information. All author information should be provided via submission form, linked below. 
 
WHAT ARE WE LOOKING FOR?

Submissions will be judged for literary merit, originality, and humor. 2020 Guest Judges will be announced after submissions have closed.

We’re particularly excited about plays that embrace the creative possibilities of storytelling through sound and language. Your play may include brief moments of music, but it shouldn’t be a musical. We’re unable to accept any supplementary tracks or audio files.

Special consideration will be given to the script’s suitability for audio recording and public radio broadcast.

Single-character monologues and plays that rely on the extensive use of a chorus, stage directions, or visual elements are discouraged.

Please do not include sound design cues or instructions beyond standard stage directions.

We strongly encourage you to listen to recent Playing on Air episodes by subscribing to the Playing on Air podcast on your favorite app. Two of 2019’s winning plays, HUMAN RESOURCES by Jason Gray Platt and THE CLAM by Amanda Quaid, will premiere as part of the Spring 2020 podcast season. 

Submissions will only be accepted through the digital form below, which opens on February 27, 2020.

The Preliminary Submission Period will run from February 27, 2020 - April 26, 2020 at 11:59pm EST. During this period, there is no submission fee. We strongly encourage playwrights to submit their work well ahead of April 26 to avoid the extended deadline fee.

The Extended Submission Period will run from April 27, 2020 - May 15, 2020 at 11:59pm EST. During this period, a $5 fee will be applied to every submission. No exceptions will be made to this deadline.

*Why this new system? As the Stevenson Prize competition grows, we’re committed to keeping this opportunity accessible to all playwrights. We’re also committed to paying every reader, judge, staff member, and intern involved, as we have in previous years. $5 submission fees in the Extended Period will cover a small part of that fair compensation for the artists who make the Stevenson Prize possible.

Entrants must be at least 21 years of age by May 15, 2020. By entering, playwrights consent to Playing on Air’s recording and distribution of any winning plays.

Past winners may not submit.

Due to number of entries, Playing on Air cannot provide feedback on any individual script.

2020 SUBMISSIONS Are now open: SUBMIT YOUR SHORT PLAY HERE

Friday, April 3, 2020

UP Theater Call for Scripts That Were Negatively Impacted by the Cornavirus



Deadline: June 30, 2020
NYC

Playwrights! Have you had a reading/production/workshop canceled or indefinitely postponed because of Coronavirus? If so, we want to read your play! We have multiple windows in our 2020-21 season for play readings and we want to fill them with work that was just on the cusp of taking that next step before outside forces intervened.

Please, only full-length plays that have not yet had a NYC-area premiere.

In your submission, please include whether you were expecting a reading, workshop, or production and whether it was canceled or indefinitely posted.

Please also share where it was originally going to take place. There are no restrictions on cast size, subject matter, or genre.

In your email, include a PDF of the full play and a one-page bio/resume.

Email materials to info@uptheater.org with the word "RENEWAL" in the title.

UP Theater Company is celebrating ten years of developing and producing new work in its home base of Northern Manhattan. We like plays that are relevant to this time and place, but that challenge, rather than confirm, our pre-conceived notions.

We look forward to reading your work.


Rogue Theater Festival

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Deadline: May 1, 2020

New York City

Now accepting new play submission for the second annual Rogue Theater Festival! We are looking for original works by emerging playwrights and encourage anyone and everyone who feels they have something to say to submit their story. Rogue Theater Festival believes in equal opportunity for all.

Festival Details:
Performances: August 20-23 (each show will have 1 performance)
Tech Rehearsal: August 17-20 (each show will have 1 tech rehearsal slot)
Location: 13th St. Repertory Theater (50 W. 13th St. Manhattan)

Participants Will Receive:
- Theater space at 13th St. Rep for one performance over the weekend
- Theater space for one tech rehearsal per piece the days beforehand
- Professional Stage Manager to run Lighting and Sound
- Box Office Manager and House Manager
- Professional Assistant Stage Manager to run backstage
- Marketing Services for the festival
- Postcards and Posters
- Use of the theaters various set pieces
- FREE professionally recorded video of your show
- 25% of box office sales for your individual show

Entrance Requirements:
Length: 10 minutes to 1 hour long with no intermission
It may be a play, musical, comedy/clowning, burlesque, one person or dance based show. If you have something else we’d be thrilled to hear from you too! Please reach out!
It must be an original work but having been performed before is fine

Tickets Sold Requirements:
(10- 30 mins) - Must sell 15 Tickets at $15 each per show.
(30- 60 mins) - Must sell 20 tickets at $20 each.
You keep 25% of all box office sales from your individual show
*If the required amount of tickets are not sold the producer must buyout the remaining tickets and Rogue Theater Festival keeps all proceeds from ticket sales

WANNA SUBMIT!?

Please submit your piece (pdf attachment please) to Roguetheaterfestival@gmail.com care of Allison & Kerielle. The deadline for all submissions is Friday, May 1st. We will be reviewing all submissions and contacting future participants by or before Monday, June 1st.

If selected, there will be a one-time participation fee. If submitted prior to April 1st the fee is $75. If submitted from April 1st to May 1st the fee is $100 (non-refundable). If selected to participate you will receive a confirmation and welcome aboard email from us complete with:

- Tech date and time
- Performance date and time
- A contract confirming your committed participation and all specific details and requirements
- Instructions on how to pay the $75 or $100 participation fee (non-refundable)

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

 If you have any questions when submitting please feel free to email us and ask! Read below what two of our participants from last year had to say about their experience. “One thing about the Rogue Festival…it does not go rogue!  The festival is run like a well-oiled machine. The producers are passionate about theater and want to make this the best possible experience for everyone submitting.
- Lisa Yapp, Producer, Prince Musical Improv and The Life of Curtie.

Rogue Theater Festival was definitely one of the most positive theater festival environments I have ever had the pleasure of working in. In a time when I was feeling a little overwhelmed trying to get a brand new show on its feet, RTF made our time with them as efficient and stress-free as possible.
- Rebecca Kane, Producer, Almost Maimed

Thursday, April 2, 2020

The Coming Out Play Festival 2020


Deadline: May 31, 2020

St. Louis MO

SUBMISSION FORM


The Q Collective is seeking submissions for its upcoming original short play festival THE COMING OUT PLAY FESTIVAL.

Plays for THE COMING OUT PLAY FESTIVAL may be submitted via Google form only from March 15 through May 31, 2020, with festival play selection completed by August 1, 2020. Playwrights selected will be notified by August 1.

Plays submitted should be based on a fairy tale, myth, legend, or classic literature. Please make sure works chosen are in the public domain. The playwright may additionally choose to pair a recent headline (two-years-old or less) with their selection.

Performance Dates:

Performances of THE COMING OUT PLAY FESTIVAL will take place Oct. 15-25, Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 PM and Saturday through Sunday at 4:00 PM. All performances will be held at The Chapel.

Playwrights will be invited to the first read through of their play and a performance and are encouraged to invite friends as well as share any interviews and/or publicity materials via their social channels.

Compensation:

Selected playwrights will receive a $50 stipend for their work and two tickets to a performance of their choice. Playwrights may attend any rehearsals but are asked to please arrange ahead of time with the director of their piece. The producer or director may contact the playwright for purposes of clarification, publicity, and other artistic, technical or festival marketing and promotion needs.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES:
  • Scripts must be typewritten using Samuel French guidelines (http://www.playwrightslocal.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/Samuel-French-Formatting-Guide.pdf).
  • Scripts must not exceed fifteen minutes in length. We will NOT accept plays with longer run times. Please time your plays prior to submission. A general page estimate for a 15-minute play includes approximately 14-20 pages, although this is clearly not an exact science.
  • Due to the limitations of our host venue’s theater space (proscenium with apron; stage proper is 12’x28′ and apron is 5’x22′), please limit your script to 1-6 actors. Roles may be doubled within our acting pool.
  • Please keep prop and set demands to an absolute minimum.
  • A fundamental foundational principle of The Q Collective is to be open and welcoming to all gender identities, races, ethnicities, sexualities, ages, abilities, etc. Our play festivals reflect these values and we encourage writers to embrace them.
  • Scripts shall be submitted in PDF format. Submitted scripts should bear only the title of the play. They shall NOT include a synopsis, author’s note, nor the name, address or other author-identifying information.
  • Playwrights may submit multiple works; however, no more than two (2) plays per playwright will be produced in the festivals.
  • Previously produced but unpublished works and well-developed works in progress are welcome; plays previously produced by The Q Collective are not eligible.

To submit a play, please fill out this form and upload your blind copy here: https://forms.gle/8RKsysMqCjrn6J4b8.

Barrington Stage Company’s Bonnie and Terry Burman New Play Award

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Deadline: April 30, 2020

After the success of the inaugural Bonnie and Terry Burman New Play Award in 2018, we are proud to announce the second round of the Burman New Play Award in 2020. Barrington Stage seeks an original, emerging new voice in the American Theatre. The winning playwright will receive $25,000, a staged reading and a possible full production. Two additional $5,000 awards will be given to playwrights who will each receive a staged reading at Barrington Stage.

The 2018 Grand Prize winner was Stacey Rose for her play America v. 2.1: The Sad Demise & Eventual Extinction of The American Negro; and the additional awards were given to Brent Askari for his play American Underground and Christina Quintana for her play Citizen Scientist. Both Rose’s and Askari’s plays received world premiere productions at BSC in 2019.

Submissions will open on January 2, 2020 and will close April 30, 2020. There is no fee for entry.

WHAT/WHO IS ELIGIBLE?

The play…
  • must be a new full length play that has not been produced professionally 
  • must be available for its official world premiere production
  • must be unpublished and not yet licensed
  • must be free and not attached to any producers 
  • must be able to be performed with 8 actors or less 
  • must be wholly original and not an adaptation or translation of an existing foreign language play 
  • must be a play that has not already been sent to Barrington Stage Company for consideration

The playwright…

  • must be a U.S. resident
  • can only submit one play
  • cannot be an immediate family member of a BSC staff or board member. 

WHAT IS REQUIRED TO SUBMIT A NEW PLAY?

  • A brief letter of endorsement from a professional theatre, commercial producer or literary agent must accompany the script. Each endorsing organization/person/agent can only endorse one play.
  • A PDF of the script that does not include the author’s name, agent info, developmental/award history or year written anywhere within the script; please number all pages.
  • 150 word bio of the writer
  • 150 word synopsis of the play (that does not contain the writer’s name)
  • 150 word developmental history of the play, if any
  • Any special needs of the play (live animals, on-stage pool, three children, etc.)

HOW TO SUBMIT

All submissions must be sent through an online application, applications will open January 2, 2020.

You are able to save your work on the application and return to it at a later date. If you have any questions about the award or the application, please email Megan Nussle, Burman Award Project Coordinator, at NewPlayAward@BarringtonStageCo.org.

WHAT ARE THE AWARDS?

Grand Prize (1 recipient)

  • $25,000 
  • a staged reading with a professional cast and director at Barrington Stage
  • a possible full production at Barrington Stage Company
  • all travel and housing covered for the staged reading and production

Runner Up Prize (2 recipients)

  • $5,000 each
  • a staged reading with a professional cast and director at Barrington Stage
  • all travel and housing covered for the staged reading

WHAT IS THE SELECTION PROCESS?

Scripts will be read and evaluated through a blind submission process by committee assembled by BSC. A group of finalist plays will be read and evaluated by the New Play Award Committee, comprised of distinguished artists in Fall 2020. Winners will be announced in late 2020.

WHAT DOES BARRINGTON STAGE ASK OF THE PLAYWRIGHT?

Barrington Stage will ask for the right of first refusal for a world premiere of all award recipients that will expire 90 days after Barrington Stage presents the staged reading of the play.

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

23th Annual Theatre Southwest Festival of Originals

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Deadline - extended to April 15, 2020 

Theatre Southwest of Houston, Texas is now accepting entries from now until April 15th, 2020 for the 23th Annual Theatre Southwest Festival of Originals! The TSW-FOO is FREE to enter and will once again be calling for short one act (20 minute) plays in any and all genres from all over the country and the world. Please check below for submission guidelines and see how you can enter for a chance to win a cash prize and to see your work produced.

Submission Guidelines:

Each playwright may submit up to 2 plays for consideration.

All entries should be unpublished and previously unproduced in the Houston area.

All Genres are accepted.

Monologues or One Actor plays are not accepted.

Plays should be 20 minutes in length (give or take a minute or two). Page count should be no less than 17, but no more than 22 pages. 12 point font (Courier, Arial or Times New Roman)

There is no maximum limit of characters or sets, but common sense should be used as 5 plays will be produced in one evening.

Number all pages of the scripts, and scripts MUST be securely bound or stapled in the upper left hand corner.

Scripts must be submitted by postal mail ONLY. Emailed PDF or Word files will not be considered.

Be sure to include your contact information; phone number, email, and mailing address on the title page of each script.

List all characters with a brief character description.

Please include a one paragraph synopsis of the play.

Make sure all mailed entries are POSTMARKED by April 15th, 2020

Scripts cannot be returned.

One hundred dollars will be paid to all playwrights selected for production.
Scripts should be mailed to:

Theatre Southwest
8944 Clarkcrest St.
Houston, Texas 77063-4004
Attn: TSW-FOO

For more information or background on past productions, go to (but remember the website might not have updated info on the extended deadline date):

http://www.theatresouthwest.org/

Onstage/Offstage Seeks Postponed/Cancelled Short Plays for Podcast

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Deadline: 11:59PM TUESDAY, APRIL 8.

As some of you may be aware, Onstage/Offstage is a podcast that, in its eight years of production, has interviewed theatre artists from across the globe and from all aspects of theatre life.  Right now we're somewhere around 125 episodes, some of which have featured readings of short plays.

In light of the negative effects of COVID-19, I want to bring back our play readings for the next few months.

As of April 1 I will be soliciting short plays—but only short plays that were scheduled to have been produced but were cancelled due to theatres suspending their programs.

We believe that folks who got lucky once should have a second chance to have their work produced, at least on some level.

Only plays that follow the following guidelines will be considered for production:

  • Your play must have been selected either for a production at a theatre that solicited work in an open-to-the-public opportunity or through NPX tagging or as a selection at a major conference which has since cancelled its program. All production dates would have had to be in calendar year 2020. Please provide verification of your work's acceptance;
  • Plays must run no longer than 15 minutes;
  • Two, three, or four characters;
  • No plays with excessive foul language (our shows are broadcast over public radio). Selected plays will be broadcast on WRFI 88.1 Ithaca Community Radio and podcasted on our web site (www.onstageoffstage.org) and iTunes.
  • Submissions will aired/be available as podcast on a date TBD.
  • Submissions are welcome by email ONLY from 12:01AM WEDNESDAY, APRIL 1 to 11:59PM TUESDAY, APRIL 8. Send submissions to: sapiogeorge@gmail.com. The email message header must read OSOS Play submission/ Second Chance/ YOUR LAST NAME/ PLAY TITLE.
  • Selected plays will be cast, rehearsed, and recorded by Onstage/Offstage personnel.
  • Playwrights must agree to do a short interview via Skype at a mutually convenient time to accompany their play.
  • Please do not submit plays that require extensive reading of stage directions. We feel that the work should be overwhelmingly dialogue;
  • But on the other hand, no monologues.
  • No overly excessive language. Not that we are against strong language in a work, but I have to bleep it for public airwave broadcast. I leave it au naturel for the podcast;
  • Plays MUST BE IN PDF FORM with playwright contact and cast/tech/set info on cover page, and pages numbered. (You'd be surprised. No, really, you would.)
  • Please title your PDF documents in the following form: YOUR LAST NAME Play title.
  • No more than ONE submission per author.
  • By submitting, you agree to let Onstage/Offstage produce, air, and podcast your work. No worries: you will have prominent credit.
  • We cannot afford to pay you. We do regret this, as artists should be reimbursed for their craft. But we are a shoestring operation (my wife has banished me to the garage) and without funding. We hope that the podcast with your interview and produced work will suffice.
  • Again: please address submissions and inquiries to: sapiogeorge@gmail.com
  • By submitting you state agreement to all of the above conditions.

Theatre in My Pajamas is looking for new ten-minute plays

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No deadline given

Theatre in My Pajamas is looking for new ten-minute plays, or excerpts of longer plays, to be read in a virtual environment during this time of quarantine. 

Plays should be unpublished; one production is fine if you feel the play needs more feedback/development. 

Total running time should be between ten and twenty-minutes. 

There is no submission fee. 

All writers are welcome, new and established writers - we are happy for any new material. 

This is an open call, as we hope to have these readings continue beyond our time of staying at home. 

Please send submissions and a brief bio to theatreinmypajamas@gmail.com

Please, only one submission per playwright. 

Playwrights will be notified within four weeks of their submission as to whether their play will be read. Theatre in My Pajamas will provide the readers for the play along with a recording of the reading that will be sent to the playwright and posted on our Facebook page.

Theatre in My Pajamas was created to provide readings of new plays through an online platform, at this time, Zoom. Readings take place Thursday night at 9:00 Eastern. 

Our Facebook page is https://www.facebook.com/groups/871165219991067/

We look forward to hearing from you. Stay well.

THE ACRONYM PLAYS An “Urban Stages New Pages” On-Line Publication Opportunity

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Deadline: June 1, 2020

Plays chosen will have the opportunity to be presented live at the
award-winning Off-Broadway theatre, Urban Stages, located at 259 West 30th Street New York NY

While nothing can fully replace live theater, the staff at Urban Stages invites ALL playwrights to participate in our next 10-minute play competition, THE ACRONYM PLAYS.  This opportunity will support our goal to discover and nurture new works by artists of diverse cultural backgrounds.

From the safety of your home, we encourage you to create a brand new play using the springboard and guidelines, detailed below, that will be reviewed by a panel of professional theatre artists.  On a rolling basis, the readers will recommend compelling, well-constructed plays to Bara Swain, our Creative Consultant, who has been spearheading our staged reading festivals for “Urban Stages New Pages” since its inception. If your play is selected, the script will be uploaded to our website and accessible to the public for reading and, yes, commenting on Urban Stages’ FB page (@urban.stages)!  After all, this will be the first time that your words will be presented!

Acronyms! Yes, that is the springboard for our next ten-minute play competition at Urban Stages.  Use your imagination! Acronyms are defined by Merriam-Webster as “a word formed from the initial letter or letters of each of the successive parts or major parts of a compound term.” Huh?  Okay, we’re not going to be heavy handed during this chaotic time. Since an acronym is a kind of abbreviation, we’ll also accept plays that are inspired by a shortened form of a word or phrase. WTF! … and I’m not referring to offensive slang, LOL. WTF is also the acronym for the Williamstown Theatre Festival and Women’s Tri-Fitness Competition.  Oh, and LOL can refer to the now mostly obsolete “lots of luck” or “lots of love” used in letter-writing or, yes, Land of Lincoln, the official state slogan of Illinois, also retired from use.

Your challenge is to write a 10-minute play using an acronym or an abbreviation as the springboard for your piece. There are a wealth of acronyms to choose and explore, from social media, technological, economic and environmental acronyms to political, medical, digital, customer service and school logo acronyms.

As always, everyone – the writers and Urban Stages staff – are donating their time and talent for this online adventure and future live readings at our theatre home in the heart of Manhattan.

NOW, HERE ARE THE RULES

  1. Your play must use one (or more) acronyms/abbreviations in your play, or serve as the springboard for your script. 
  2. Write for 2-3 characters only.
  3. Maximum length is 10 pages.  As we roll this program out, please submit your play in Word or PDF in the event that we need to re-format for our website.
  4. Dazzle me!  The link below provides lists of common acronyms in chat, military, government and business,  as well as informative acronyms (i.e. ADD, OTC, DOA, DIY) and acronyms as identifiers (i.e. AA, NFL, SWF, ESPN).  You may also be inspired by googling “Acronyms” and searching images.  https://abbreviations.yourdictionary.com/articles/common-accronyms.html 
  5. Scripts can be submitted beginning on April 1 through June 1, with a possible extension. We are currently selecting judges and designing our website to support this effort.  Plays will be “published” on a rolling basis.

SUBMITTING YOUR PLAY

It will be helpful if you state your name and the acronym that inspired your work in the subject line.  Please include a summary of your play in the body of your email and a bio.  If you have a website, let us know that, too.  The authors of the plays chosen for “publication” will be notified prior to uploading to the web.  While our assumption is that we have your permission to present your play in the written form on our website, we will confirm your approval at that time.  Note that if we need to set a limit of submissions at a later date, you’ll hear from us.

Submit your play to Bara@UrbanStages.org.  Do you have any questions?  Reach out to Bara at the same email address.  I’m looking forward to hearing from you!

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

International Human Rights Art Festival Short Play Festival

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Deadline: July 1, 2020
New York City's International Human Rights Art Festival (IHRAF.ORG) and Wild Project Theater issue a call for proposals for a ten-minute play festival on Tuesday evening, December 8, 2020 as part of the fourth annual International Human Rights Art Festival, December 7-13 at the Wild Project, 195 E. 3rd Street, East Village, NY.

We are looking for self-produced pieces which are built around a social concern. We are especially interested in work exhibiting the values of beauty, sincerity, vulnerability and engagement; work inspired by the open-heart of the artist, and not their anger, disgust or disapproval.

Selected plays will receive a tech rehearsal, full tech support, PR and marketing as part of the festival and a prime spot in this year's event There is no fee to apply, and a production stipend of $50 per selected play will be paid.

Please send a description of the work, links, resume and any other information which might be of help in our decision to humanrightsartfestival@gmail.com. Deadline is July 1, 2020. Final decisions will be made by August 31, 2020.

The International Human Rights Art Festival has produced more than 80 events featuring more than 300 artists since its inception in March 2017, at Dixon Place (NY).  It has been covered in more than 30 media outlets (including the New York TimesNBCFox5AM-NYMetro-NYHuffington Post and many others); has worked with politicians and performers such as Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Senator Charles Schumer, Congressman John LewisKathleen TurnerBarbra Streisand and many more and WNYC is its media partner.  The Wild Project has been the starting point of plays that have gone on to Off-Broadway and Broadway productions; has had their productions reviewed numerous times in the New York Times and dozens of other outlets, and has offered a nurturing, beautiful theater which brings together local, downtown artists and national and international performers and events.  

Tampa Bay Theatre Festival

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Deadline: April 30, 2020

Submit via SUBMITTABLE

FULL LENGTH PLAYS & MUSICALS:

All Material must be original. Your show can be published or non-published work.

** Your full length show should not exceed 2 hours and 15 minutes including your intermission if you choose to have one. If you do not have an intermission, your show should not exceed 2 hours.

You will have a total of 1 hour to mount your set and to do a tech run. We highly advise that you have a MINIMAL SET. Remember, this is a showcase of full length plays so you may not have time to put up an entire set. Please use the mindset of a black box setting with no panels or a full blown set. Tables, couches, chairs, and small pieces are fine. You must remember to stay within the allotted time frame that you have to set up.

If your play/musical is selected, there is a fee for the usage of the theater where your play will be presented. The fee for the black box/studio theater that seats up to 60 people is $100.00. The fee for a main stage theater which sits between 250 to 260 people is $300.00.

All monies made on your show is 100% yours, the TBTF does not retain any percentage of your earnings.

You must provide your own payment processing service. Eventbrite is the ONLY service that the TBTF allows, you will receive detailed instructions if your play is selected.

The festival DOES NOT produce your show. All entries must be self produced. The TBTF does not provide casting of any sort for your production.

You are allowed to have union actors in your play (EQUITY) but it is up to you follow and abide by union rules when it comes to casting a union actor.

There will be an opening night show at the Straz presented by the Tampa Bay Theatre Festival. This show is simply for entertainment and WILL NOT compete with other full-length plays.

Your sound and lighting will be managed by the staff at the venue where your play is to be performed. You are not allowed to handle their equipment. You can staff one of your team members to sit with the technicians to give them instructions on your cues and lighting.

If your show is in a black box/studio theater, you will have a total of 3 hours and 15 minutes allotted for your entire show. This includes one hour to set up which includes minor lighting and tech/sound run. You will have 1 hour and 45 minutes for your show including 15 minutes for intermission if you don't have an intermission, your show can run for 2 hours.  You will have 30 minutes to strike your set once your show is done.

You must provide your own team of stage hands, stage manager, and crew.
This is a festival and a showcasing of your play. To meet the guidelines provided, we highly advise that you keep your set and lighting to a minimum.
All winnrs will be announced at the Awards Party.

Musicals should also include:

2 to 3  MP3 demo tracks (linked in the cover letter section of the form)
Youtube clips (if available - no promo clips)
Lead sheet (if available)
WHEN YOU PERFORM YOUR MUSICAL YOU MUST USE A LAPTOP, CD, OR AN MP3 WITH YOUR TRACKS ON THEM. NO LIVE INSTRUMENTS ARE ALLOWED, NO EXCEPTIONS.

If your play/musical is selected, you will receive a detailed welcome letter that will cover any additional questions that you may have.  An email and telephone number to reach the TBTF will be provided.

SHORT PLAYS:
  • All Material must be original. Your show can be published or non-published work.
  • The length of short plays cannot exceed 10 minutes and a maximum of 8 cast members.
  • If your play exceeds the 10 minute time frame, it will effect your final score.
  • Short plays are to have a minimum set such as: table, chairs, desk, stoops, stools etc. Once your play is over, you must immediately remove your props as the next show will be waiting to set up. You will have 3 minutes to remove your props and minimal set.
  • The TBTF does not cast or direct your play. Please do not submit your work if you think getting a cast or director will be a challenge for you.
  • Any works previously submitted and performed will not be accepted. 
  • You must be at the theatre on time. If the run through starts and your entire cast is not there your show will be disqualified.
  • The Short-Play competition winner will be announced at the Awards Party.
  • There will be two sessions during the short-play competition. The cast must remain backstage during their session. Cast members do not pay to compete. Tickets must be purchased to attend the additional short-play session that you are not competing in. 
MONOLOGUES AND SCENES
Monologues are not to exceed 2 minutes max. If you exceed your time frame this will count against you and the judges may stop your monologue.
This does NOT have to be an original piece. Your monologue can be from a play, a movie, or something that you wrote.

To enter this competition, please submit a recording by phone of you performing your monologue and email it to tampabaytheatrefestival@gmail.com. If you are selected, you do not have to perform the same monologue that you submitted at the competition, you can perform a different one if you wish.
Winners will be announced at the awards party

HOW TO SUBMIT YOUR PLAY:

Plays can be submitted by way of the website submission page

If you have a recording of your play, you can mail the DVD as an option. Mail it to RL Stage PO Box 4145 Tampa FL 33677. This only for full length shows

WINNERS OF THE SHORT PLAYS, MONOLOGUES, AND SCENE COMPETITION WILL BE ANNOUNCED AT THE AWARDS PARTY.

RELEASE OF LIABILITY
I (We) certify that I have the full right and authorization to submit and enter into a contractual agreement to produce this submission during the Tampa Bay Theatre Festival. I agree to indemnify RL Stage Inc and RQL Productions, its representatives, volunteers, board, sponsors, judges, and affiliates against all claims, losses, damages, and liabilities, from and against any claim or cause of action arising from any claim of infringement or intellectual property rights.

ALL PLAYS/MUSICALS MUST BE SELF PRODUCED AND READY TO MOUNT. THE TBTF DOES NOT PROVIDE ACTORS, DIRECTORS, STAGE HANDS, OR STAGE MANAGERS FOR YOUR SHOW.

I understand that In the event a claim or dispute arises out of this application and/or submission, which parties cannot, with good faith effort resolve in face to face discussions, both parties agree to bring the matter before a member of the American Arbitration Association. The arbitration decision will be binding on both parties. The arbitrator may require the losing party to pay the costs of reasonable attorney fees of the prevailing party. Judgment upon such arbitration award may be entered in court of the competent jurisdiction. The laws of the State of Florida govern this Agreement



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 

Monday, March 30, 2020

Notre Dame Performing Arts New Play Festival

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Deadline: July 15, 2020

South Euclid Ohio

Notre Dame College Performing Arts will host its annual National Playwriting Festival in November 2020, showcasing unproduced plays and musicals for young adults and children.

A national search has begun, looking for the best and most promising theatrical works relevant to young audiences today. The two-day festival will consist of 3-5 staged readings of previously unseen theatrical works, and will take place in the Regina Auditorium on the Notre Dame College campus.

A winner will be chosen through committee/audience voting and will receive a $500 prize, as well as the opportunity to present fully-staged production during the subsequent NDC Spring Semester.

The winner of the 2019 Notre Dame Performing Arts New Play Festival, "MIDNITE" by Rory Leahy and Rena Hardy, received its world premiere production February 2020.

Beginning March 15 of each year, the Notre Dame College New Play Festival will begin taking digital-copy submissions of new plays and musicals. The Director of Theatre will ensure the submitted materials follow specified criteria (see below) and will pass the play to 7-person panel who will judge the merits of each work.

All playwrights will be notified of the status of their submission in September and promotion about the chosen material will begin thereafter.

The festival will take place in late November.

The productions will be showcased in a reader’s theatre format open to the public. The winner will be chosen by the selection panel, with consideration given to an audience vote, and announced at a reception upon conclusion of the festival.

The winner of each season’s new Playwriting Festival will receive a fully-developed and produced show as part of the NDC Spring Semester.

A cash prize of $500 will be awarded to the winner dependent upon funding.

Criteria

- There is no submission fee for the Notre Dame College New Play Festival

- Submission deadline is July 15 of each year. Scripts received after that date will be considered the following year.

- 3-5 finalists will be selected on October 1 of that year and their names will be posted to the Notre Dame College website and social media platforms at that time.

- Must be a full-length play/musical for children or young adults without a prior production

- A brief synopsis must be sent together with a complete digital manuscript. Submission must include a contact phone number and e-mail address on the play’s title page. No hard-copy submissions will be accepted.

- The play must be at least 1 hour and no longer than 90 minutes.

- The play must be appropriate for audiences of all ages.

- Dramas, comedies and farces (with or without music) are welcome.

- Only ONE work per author may be submitted each year.

- Cast size limited to no less than 4 or more than 22.

- The plays selected will be acted by our student actors with a mix of regional artists where necessary. Plays that can be effectively cast within our market will be considered favorably.

- Playwrights who are questioning whether or not their play is a good match for the Notre Dame New Play Festival are strongly encouraged to contact Director of Theatre Pierre Brault at theatre@ndc.edu before submitting.

- All plays that are not selected for the festival will be held on file for 2 years.

- All qualifying submissions will be read by five to seven readers.

Be advised that the following are not considered qualifying submissions:

  • Screenplays submitted as theatrical plays
  • Plays with excessive profanity or violence or are inappropriate for youth audience members

Notre Dame College 2020 New Play Festival Timeline

March 15 – Begin accepting submissions

July 15 – Submission deadline

October 15 - Finalists announced

November - Annual Notre Dame New Play Festival

Length: 60-90 minutes
Cast Size: 4–24
Age Appropriateness: all ages
Unproduced Work Only?: Yes

The 53rd John Gassner Memorial Playwriting Award

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Deadline: April 15, 2020

Winners Announcement: October, 2020
The manuscript and enclosures must be emailed to:
gassner-award@netconline.org

The John Gassner Memorial Playwriting Award Competition fosters new playwrights and scripts through this important competition established by Molly Gassner, wife of theatre historian John Gassner. The Award was created in 1967 to honor the late John Gassner (1903-1967) for his lifetime dedication to all aspects of professional and academic theatre.

This award will be administered by a panel of judges named by the NETC Executive Board. A staged reading of the award-winning scripts, or of selected scenes from those scripts, may be given at the annual NETC convention and awards ceremony.

RULES OF ENTRY
•The competition is open to all playwrights. Submissions must be new full-length plays. Musicals will not be considered.

Plays submitted to the competition
  • must not have been published as of April 15, 2020
  • must not have been produced by a professional or Equity company as of April 15, 2020
  • must not be under option for publication or professional production as of April 15, 2020
  • The play must be submitted, along with:
  • A statement that the play will not have been published or professionally produced as of April 15, 2020, and that it is not under option for publication or professional production and will not be under such option as of April 15, 2020.
  • A list of the play’s workshop and non-professional productions, if any, and awards received, if any.
  • • Only manuscripts submitted electronically will be considered.  Deadline for submission of entries is April 15, 2020. Only winners will be notified. Plays that do not meet the above requirements will not be considered. Playwrights may submit only one play to this or other NETC competitions in one year.

The manuscript and enclosures must be emailed to:
gassner-award@netconline.org

Sunday, March 29, 2020

2020 PLAYWRITING COMPETITION – 29 MARCH 2020

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Deadline: Wednesday April, 2020 9PM EDT

The Rules:
  • Plays should be limited to roughly ten minutes in length. We’ll live with eleven or twelve minutes if necessary, but 15+ minute plays will not be read.
  • Only one entry per playwright.
  • Please use either Samuel French formatting or something comparable. The specific details don’t really matter, but we do want something that results in about one page per minute.
  • Scripts must be blind, i.e. no author-identifying information of any kind anywhere in the file.
  • Files must be in pdf format.
  • File name must be the exact title of the script, with spaces replaced by hyphens, followed by a hyphen and then the last two digits of your phone number (as a random factor). Example: If Jane Smith (with phone number xxx-xxx-xx84) submits a play entitled “The Chess Game”, the filename must be “The-Chess-Game-84.pdf” (capitalization in file names does not matter).
  • Scripts should include a title page with the play’s title, a cast list with genders and any age requirements, and the setting.
  • An brief explanation of relevance, i.e. how the script addresses the topic/challenge, must be included in the submission form (we are sorry to have to ask for this, but past experience has shown that many people submit scripts that don’t have anything to do with the prompt, resulting in a lot of wasted time for the judges).
  • The play must be brand new and written specifically for this challenge. Existing or re-purposed plays are not permitted.
  • The playwright retains all rights to the script, but grants ICRL the right to record a reading of the play and to post that recording online.
  • The submission period ends on Wednesday at 9:00 pm (east coast U.S.A.)


2021 Page 73 Development Programs Application

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Deadline: April 5, 2020 11:59 PM EDT

New York City

Each year Page 73 meets the talented playwrights we work with through this free application. Applicants can choose to apply for the 2021 Page 73 Playwriting Fellowship and/or the 2021 Interstate 73 writers group. Please read below for more information about each program and for instructions on submitting an application.

Applications include a resume, 10-page playwriting sample, and letter of intent addressing specific questions posed below.

Please note that you cannot save your work in the form.

If you have any questions or concerns, please email info@page73.org.

Applicants for both programs:

1. The applicant must be a US resident at the time of participation;

2. The applicant must have completed at least 2 full-length plays or at least 3 one-act plays;

3. The applicant must have made a commitment to playwriting as a professional goal;

4. The applicant must have never received a production of his/her work in New York City that was larger than an Actors' Equity Showcase Code presentation;

5. The applicant must not be enrolled in a full-time degree/certificate program at the time of participation.

Interstate 73 applicants:

Attendance at all Interstate 73 sessions is extremely important; please do not apply for Interstate 73 if you will be unable to attend group meetings in New York City on a regular basis. Playwrights' stipends are tied to attendance. Priority is given to writers who are not involved in a similarly structured institutional writing group and who will be present in the New York City area for the calendar year.

We understand this application occurs well in advance of 2021 and appreciate that schedules and institutional affiliations change. If you are not sure about your involvement in other writers groups or your location for 2021, you are welcome to apply for Interstate 73 and update us accordingly regarding your eligibility.


Page 73 only accepts submissions via this online form.

If for some reason you are unable to submit via this form or have questions about these programs or this application process, please email info@page73.org.


The following materials must be submitted by 11:59 PM EST on April 5, 2020 to be considered for the 2021 development programs.

A. Completed Online Application Form *NOTE: Please have all your PDF documents ready to upload. The work on this form cannot be saved.


B. Letter of Intent (uploaded as a PDF)


1,000 word limit. Please address all of the following questions.

1. Please introduce yourself. Tell us briefly about your work. What interests you? What do you hope to accomplish through your writing?

2. What do you consider to be your greatest artistic challenge at this point in your career?

3. What do you consider to be your greatest professional challenge at this point in your career?

4. Being specific, how do you feel Page 73's program(s) will help you address the challenges you describe in questions 2 and 3?


C. A 10-page sample from a full script (uploaded as a PDF). No title page is necessary; you will list the title of the work in the Online Application Form. We are very open to receiving samples that do not come from the beginning of your play. If you feel your sample requires a brief contextual introduction, feel free to include that on the first page.


D. The full script from which you selected your 10-page sample (uploaded as a PDF)

E. Playwriting Resume (uploaded as a PDF). Note: We do not wish to receive a bio in place of or in addition to a resume.


F. Name and Contact Information of a professional reference.

Alpine Fellowship 2020

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Deadline: April 1, 2020

Awarded for the best playwriting response theme of the 2020 Alpine Fellowship: Forgiveness and Retribution.

Aimed at encouraging theatre writers at the start of their careers to explore and challenge philosophical ideas using the dramatic form.

The prize will be £3,000 plus a rehearsed reading at the Fellowship’s annual Symposium to which the winner will be invited to attend. Runners up will be invited to attend the Fjällnäs symposium to exhibit their work, all food and accommodation covered. Travel expenses will be reimbursed up to a total of £500.

Rules:

Open to all nationalities, aged 18 and above.
All genres permitted.
The final piece must be no more than 45 minutes in length and require no more than four actors.
The winning play will be performed as a rehearsed reading so simplicity in staging is preferred.

Key dates:

Applications open: 1st January 2020
Applications close: 1st April 2020
Shortlist (top 10 entries) announced: 1st May 2020*
Winners announced: 15th May 2020*

SUBMISSIONS VIA SUBMITTABLE

*Please note: we reserve the right to change the date of the shortlist and winners announcement if required for any reason.

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Liberation Theater Company Writing Residency Program 2020-21

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Deadline 11:59 PM EST on Wednesday, April 1, 2020. 

Writing Residency Program 2020-21
For our fourth year we are proud to announce The Writing Residency Program 2020 - 2021 (supported by NYSCA and A.R.T. NY); furthering our commitment to the development of new Black playwrights for the American theatre.

The writing Residency Program will select four early-career playwrights and provide them with dramaturgical and professional support over a ten-month period, during which time they will each be required to complete a new full-length play.

Beginning in May 2020, selected playwrights will attend monthly group meetings to share and refine their works-in-progress in a collaborative, energized setting; meet individually with LTC’s Artistic Director and staff who will provide additional support for their artistic needs, concerns and process; and have the resources of a director and professional actors during a table reading as their play begins to take shape.

Additionally, through connections with the larger New York City theatrical community, LTC will provide access to theatre tickets (when available) and seek to support, inspire, and assist playwrights in any way a small and dedicated company can.

The Residency will conclude in February 2021 with public readings of each playwright’s finished play. Upon successful completion of the program, each playwright will receive a $500 honorarium.

Eligibility:
To be considered for the Writing Residency Program all applicants must be
a) residents of New York City at the time of participation (May 2020 – February 2021).
b) Applicants must have written at least two full-length plays or three one-act plays. The applicant must not have received a production of any of their work that was more developed than a Showcase presentation under the Actors’ Equity Association production code.

Application Submission Procedure:
To be considered for the 2020 - 2021 Writing Residency Program, Liberation Theatre Company will only accept submissions via this online form. If you have questions about the program or the application process, please email: info@liberationtheatrecompany.org.

The following materials must be uploaded and submitted in PDF form no later than 11:59 PM EST on Wednesday, April 1, 2020.

Make sure that all documents are properly labeled with your name.

1. Completed Online Application Form

2. Letter of Intent. This should be limited to 1,000 words and address all of the following points:  
  • Your writing career thus far and where you feel you are in your creative and professional life.
  • Your career goals and how you will use the Residency to further those goals.
  • Briefly describe the play you will complete over the 10-month program. 
  • Why you feel ready for a rigorous residency such as this. 
  • Have you participated in a residency/fellowship before? If so, describe your experience.
  • Anything else you think may be relevant.
 3. A 10-page Work Sample that best represents you as a playwright

 4. The full script from which you selected your 10-page work sample

 5. Your playwriting resume (not a bio). Please include one personal or professional reference, with the person’s title or institutional affiliation, phone number and email address. (Referrer must be someone familiar with you and your work.)​​

SUBMIT VIA SUBMITTABLE

The Bret Adams & Paul Reisch Foundation Emergency Assistances Grants

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Deadline: April 14, 2020

3/25/20 COVID-19 EMERGENCY RESPONSE UPDATE

In response to the COVID-19 Theatre closures, we are redirecting our entire 2020 grant budget into emergency assistance grants of $2500 to playwrights, composers, librettists, and lyricists who have had a full professional show cancelled, closed, or indefinitely postponed due to COVID-19. We hope to be able to give up to 40 grants of $2500.

The direct link to the google form to enter the lottery is here:

https://forms.gle/arerNXYsBGiYwkn2A


Criteria:

You are eligible to enter the lottery for a grant of $2500 from the Bret Adams & Paul Reisch Foundation if you are:

1) A playwright, composer, lyricist, or librettist

2) Have had a full professional production (defined for these purposes as a LORT, Off-Broadway, or Broadway production, not a reading or workshop) of which you are a writer that was cancelled, closed, or indefinitely postponed due to the COVID-19 closures.

The form will be active until April 14th, and after that date we will be doing a random selection, to make sure the process is totally impartial.

Each artist may only submit ONE time, even if you have had more than one production cancelled. If you submit more than once, your entries will be removed.

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!

"Fade to Black" play festival seeks 10-minute scripts

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Deadline: April 1, 2020

Building on the growing success and popularity of our previous years, Shabach Enterprise presents its eight season of the Fade To Black Play Festival, Houston's only short play festival celebrating the new works of African American playwrights.

Festival date: June 25-27, 2020, Houston, TX

SCRIPT SUBMISSIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED FROM SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2020 TO WEDNESDAY, APRIL 1, 2020.

1. No fee is required.
2. No restriction of theme or genre.
3. Three (3) scripts submissions are allowed per playwright.
4. Selected playwright winners will be awarded a cash prize of $100.00.

TO QUALIFY:
1. You must be the sole African-American author of the submitted work.
2. Previously published or produced work by the author or theatre/company is not allowed (See definitions below).
3. Play must run no longer than 8-10 minutes long on stage. (Consider conducting an informal reading to ensure).
4. Play should accommodate a “bare-stage” set requiring only a minimum of removable stage props and require basic lighting and sound cues.
5. Play must not be a musical.
6. Play must not be written for children or youth.
7. Play must not contain characters that are under 17 years old.
8. Play must not be a re-submission of previous Fade To Black play festival seasons.
9. Play must not be considered a translation or adaptation.
10. Play should be "stand-alone", separate body of work that has not been extracted from a larger, previously written play.
11. Author must be at least 18 years of age.
12. Play must be submitted in a PDF format.

TO SUBMIT:
1. Complete the script submissions application.
Submission link:
https://monologuebank.submittable.com/submit/68c3eafa-ba83-43b3-9e61-9994f9a50142/fade-to-black-play-festival-2020


2. Upload pdf of original work.

For more festival details go to www.FadeToBlackFest.com 

 DEFINITIONS:
"Produced” - Your play was marketed for production date(s) by either you (its playwright) or a theatre company and was performed before an audience who purchased tickets to see the event.  

"Published" - Your play is an officially published work and commands royalties from the producing theater each time it is performed.

Staged readings (formal or informal) are not considered productions. If your play has only had public or private readings but has not been produced as a full-scale stage performance, you are permitted to submit the play.

The Theater J Patty Abramson Jewish Play Prize

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Deadline: April 1, 2020

The Theater J Patty Abramson Jewish Play Prize will award $3,000 and a stage reading to a promising emerging woman, trans, or non-binary playwright in honor of a new play that celebrates, explores, and/or struggles with the complexities and nuances of the Jewish experience.

The Prize is dedicated to the memory of philanthropist and venture capitalist Patty Abramson. Plays must not have been produced, but a future professional production (outside of the DC metro region) may be scheduled.

For the purposes of this award, “Jewish” plays are plays in which Jewish identity, history, or culture plays a critical role: if you took it out, the play would change meaningfully.

The play may not have received a full professional production, though one may be scheduled at the time of submission. Readings and workshops are allowed.
  • The playwright must be a citizen or resident of the United States.
  • Plays must be full-length plays.
  • One-act plays and plays for children are not eligible.
  • Musicals are not eligible for the Patty Abramson Jewish Play Prize.
  • Translations are not eligible.
  • Adaptations are eligible provided they diverge substantially from the source material.'
Eligible playwrights must not have had more than two productions at LORT or off-Broadway theaters (multiple productions of the same play will be counted) but may have been produced at other professional theaters. Submitted plays will be read by a committee of Theater J staff and collaborators. A winner will be announced in the fall of 2020.

You will receive an email confirmation that your script was received within ten days of submitting. All playwrights will receive a form letter with notification prior to award announcements in fall of 2020.

For the Patty Abramson Jewish Play Prize ($3,000), we ask that you come to DC (travel and accommodations to be paid for by Theater J) and accept the award in person at Theater J, and simultaneously participate in a professional reading of the play. In accepting the Prize, we require that you agree to acknowledge the prize in future publications of the script. The winning play will be considered under exclusive option by Theater J for full production in the DC metropolitan region for the next two seasons.

 Playwrights may submit one sample of ten consecutive pages, a one-page synopsis, and a bio or resume. Please only send 10 pages; do not send a full script with a note telling us where your favorite 10 pages are. All documents must have your name, contact information, and the title of the script on them. If your script is advanced to the second phase of the Prize adjudication, you will receive an email asking for a full script. We accept electronic files only (either Adobe Reader (.pdf) file formats or Microsoft Word (.doc)).

Playwrights may submit plays directly to Theater J at LitOffice@theaterj.org

More info in the FAQs

Asymptote seeks drama in translation

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Rolling deadline
Asymptote welcomes submissions of hitherto unpublished translated poetry, fiction, nonfiction and drama; certain types of original English-language nonfiction, including literary and critical writing; as well as visual art. 

You may send a one-act play or an excerpt from a full-length play, in either case not exceeding 20 pages, translated into English. For full-length plays, send a brief synopsis first. Rolling deadline.

GENERAL GUIDELINES

1. All submissions should be sent as one Microsoft Word attachment (as a .doc file, please) via Submittable or, only if this is not possible, via email to editors@asymptotejournal.com. The Microsoft Word attachments must be labeled with the last names of the author and translator: authortranslator.doc.

2. For ease of reference, your email header should follow this format: SUBMISSION (Genre)-Submitter Name [e.g., SUBMISSION (Fiction)-James Frey]

3. Your submission must include the following:

The original work and the translation (where applicable).
A statement granting us permission to publish both the original work and the translation online, as well as declaring that you are in a position to grant us such rights (i.e., that you have the author’s permission—or the translator’s, if you are the author—and his/her publisher’s, if required).
Biographical notes, written in the third person, for both author and translator(s), beginning with the name, no longer than 150 words per bio.
 

Optional, but highly encouraged:

A short write-up providing context and discussing the challenges of this particular translation; fewer than 300 words.
An MP3 recording of a reading of the original non-English-language text (for poems and shorter pieces) or an excerpt of the original text (for longer work).
 
4. For poetry submissions, please format your submission so that each original work follows after its translation. [Translation 1, Original 1; Translation 2, Original 2, etc.]

5. Translations must not have been previously published, although the source text may have been.

6. Submissions in English (where permitted: see above) must not have been previously published.


7. Simultaneous submissions are permitted, but we ask in return that you notify us by email as soon as you learn of an acceptance elsewhere.



LANGUAGE GUIDELINES

Asymptote is a journal that celebrates translation and world literatures. Therefore, we mainly consider work translated into English, particularly for poetry, fiction and drama. The exceptions are:


Providing the text in the original language and arranging all necessary permissions are solely the translator's responsibility. Submissions with uncertain rights issues will not be considered at all. Submissions with no source text or introductory material (for poetry) will be at a significant disadvantage versus those that do have them.


OTHER INFORMATION 

1. Rights to the work revert to the author and the translator after publication. We do hope to put out a print anthology one day (after we have recovered the costs of the website). Contributors who have been chosen for such an anthology will be queried for permission.

2. We try to respond to each submission within a reasonable period, but due to the volume of submissions we receive, we may not always be able to do so. Please query after three months if you have not heard back from us, and would like to know the status of your submission.

3. Our finances do not permit us to pay contributors at this time.


4. If you require further clarification on any matter, please send us a query (with the word "QUERY" included in the header) at the email address listed above.

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

Friday, March 27, 2020

Ox-Bow 2020 Fall Artists Residency

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Deadline: May 3, 2020  

Saugatuck, MI
Fall residents are given the time, solitude, and focus often unavailable to so many working artists. Each fall approximately 35 artists and 6 writers participate in the residency creating a community of engaged peers. At Ox-Bow, artists can enjoy 24-hour access to their studios, and an inspirational setting, free from the expectations of commercial and academic demands. The works on paper studio (printmaking and clean space) is available to all residents. Three studios are dedicated specifically to writers. The fall is also an ideal time to propose group or collaborative work. Please complete the application below. If you have any questions, contact us at 1.800.318.3019.

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Athena Project Plays In Progress Series

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Deadline: April 15, 2020

Athena Project is proud to announce the call for submissions for its Plays In Progress Series (PIPS).

Three to six new plays will be selected based on a blind submission process and given a dramaturg, director, and cast for presentation. This PIP Series is an opportunity for new plays to be developed in the model of a Table Reading which includes approximately 3-5 hours of video conference time with the dramaturg, director, and playwright and 1.5 hours of read-through/rehearsal before the performance.

The dramaturg will moderate a talkback following the public performance. Over the course of approximately April and May 2021, conferences will take place with rehearsal and presentation to take place in early June in Denver at a location to be determined. Scripts are accepted from March 1 – April 15, 2020.

Submission Guidelines are as follows:

1. Playwright must be a woman* and may submit only ONE full-length script. Full-length is defined by at least 60 pages in standard playscript format.

2. Previously unproduced plays only. Scripts with prior workshops, readings or academic productions are accepted, but the script should be revised for the playwright to get the most from this opportunity.

3. Submission must include:
BLIND script in PDF format – PAGE ONE of PDF script MUST have TITLE, CHARACTER BREAKDOWN & SYNOPSIS of script, 200-word limit (This PDF must contain NO playwright contact info**)
Resume in PDF format

4. Plays submitted without supporting material will be disqualified. Presently, we cannot accept musicals.

5. We recommend the playwright be able to travel to the area for the performance weekend at her own expense. We will select 3-6 playwrights to participate in the PIP Series and hope to strike a balance between local and national work. Exact schedules will be worked out with the director, dramaturg, and playwright. See the timeline below. Travel stipends are offered.

6. Click here to complete your play submission. After you submit, you will see an immediate confirmation statement in the submission form informing you of receipt of your materials by Athena Project’s Literary Manager. Queries should be directed to LiteraryManager@AthenaProjectArts.org.

7. Click here for answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Timeline:
Deadline to submit all materials is midnight, April 15, 2020***
Three – six finalists will be selected by October 2020
Directors and Dramaturgs will be selected by April 2021
Casting will be in May 2021
Plays In Progress Series will be in early June 2021

*At Athena Project, we believe that “woman” means many things and can be a complicated term. We recognize that the term “woman” does not automatically include all aspects of the gender spectrum.  We want to create a safer space for the expression and growth for all women, trans and gender-nonconforming individuals.

**Contact information must be listed ONLY on resume and submission form, not on the script, the first page of which will be its title, a character breakdown and a short synopsis (submissions will be read blind).

***Athena Project reserves the right to close submissions before April 15, 2020, depending on the number of submissions received.

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Crimson Phoenix seeks scripts

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Deadline: March 31, 2020

Scripts should be formatted and contain a cover page with title, author and character list in PDF. They should be directed to scriptdepartment@crimsonphoenix.co.uk
  • Plays should need no more than three actors.
  • We do accept musicals with a link to the music. These should follow the same guidelines as for plays and be scored for a maximum of three instruments.
  • We realise this is limiting but as we have more resources available in the future, we can expand our reach.

12th Biennial Festival of Ten-Minute Plays

Please note - they are no longer accepting submissions. Per their web site:

"Thank you for your interest. We have received the maximum 500 submissions. Please check back with us in February of 2022 when we will be accepting submissions for Festival of Ten XIII."


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Deadline: April 15, 2020

Brockport New York

The Department of Theatre and Music Studies at The College at Brockport is pleased to announce its 12th Biennial Festival of Ten-Minute Plays.

Brockport’s Festival of Ten began in 1999, and every two years since then audiences have enjoyed these performances consisting of 10 ten-minute plays. Our Festival of Ten has grown over the years and now has an International reputation, with playwrights from as far away as Australia. For each festival we accept 500 submissions, ultimately selecting ten to produce.

Plays can be submitted beginning February 15, 2020 until April 15, 2020, or until we reach 500 submissions.

Submission Guidelines

  • All plays will be submitted online. Submitted plays should have the name of the playwright removed.
  • Each script must have a running time of 7–14 minutes.
  • Only original scripts allowed.
  • Maximum of two scripts per playwright.
  • Plays that have been read or performed in any manner for a paying audience prior to submission are not accepted.
  • Plays written by current  Brockport Department of Theatre and Music Studies faculty and staff (full and part-time) are not accepted.
  • Entries will be acknowledged via email.
  • Only the first 500 scripts received will be considered.
  • The top ten scripts will be produced in fully realized productions as part of the SUNY Brockport’s Festival of Ten XII (February/March 2021).
  • Finalists will be notified by November 30, 2020.
  • If you are unsure how to format your play, view this website for an example. If you have questions or need more information please email play-fest@brockport.edu.

To submit a play click the button online. If you are submitting more than one play, please create a seperate submission for each one.

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

The Seven Short Works Festival

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Deadline: June 1, 2020

Albuquerque New Mexico

 If you wish to submit by standard mail, please send script(s) to the addressed listed on our website. There is no submission fee if you choose to use this method.  

The Seven is one of the nation's premiere short works festivals.  It features seven fully produced world premieres, utilizing seven different directors and a professional ensemble cast.  The scripts are reads by a jury of theatre professionals (blindly, without any identification of the playwright) and the seven highest scoring scripts will be produced.  The overall Jury Award-winner will be awarded the Andaluz Prize, and will receive transportation to/from and lodging at the festival.
Important Dates

June 1, 2020:  Postmarked submission deadline.
June 7, 2020 at 11:59 pm (MST):  Digital submission deadline.
July 1, 2020:  Winners announced.
Performance dates TBD.

Submission Rules
- Scripts must be based on the theme:  "YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS UP.” All theatrical genres are acceptable (drama, comedy, musical, monologues, etc.).
- Do NOT use the phrase: "you can't make this up" in the script or as a title.
- Scripts may be a maximum of 10 pages, in standard playwriting formats. For digital submissions, only .pdf, .doc and .docx file formats will be accepted.
- The Seven is comprised of world premiere productions. The script must never have been produced before July 30th, 2020 in order to be accepted. Scripts that have received public readings only ARE eligible.
- Scripts must be submitted with:

  1. A title page with all playwright contact information
  2. A title page with only the title of the play.  These should be included as a part of the document file.

These pages and any character/title pages do not count against the 10 page script maximum.

- The preferred method of submission is digital, and the process can be accessed below. There is a $5.00 US submission fee to do so.

- If you wish to submit by standard mail, please send script(s) to the addressed listed on our website. There is no submission fee if you choose to use this method.  Script pages should be affixed using a single staple or paper clip ONLY.  No binders or folders.

- Playwrights can submit a maximum of TWO scripts total.

- There are no age/gender/career, etc. limitations in this submission process. It is open to all and scripts from anywhere in the world will be accepted.

- If you are submitting a musical, make sure to include the audio files on a thumb drive. You must submit these scripts via snail mail.

- Make sure to include your email address. Once the submissions have been logged-in, you will receive a confirmation email, which could take up to 72 hours.  

Barter’s Appalachian Festival of Plays and Playwrights

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Deadline: April 5th, 2020

Plays must be written by an Appalachian playwright (currently living in the Appalachian Mountains which, for our purposes, run from New York to Alabama) OR the plays must be set in the Appalachian region.

Plays must be unpublished and must not have had a full professional production.

Full length plays are preferred.

To submit your play electronically:

Send a PDF of the script along with contact info and a brief synopsis of the play to: apfestival@bartertheatre.com

To submit your play by mail:

Please submit the full script in a three-brad folder or unbound, along with your contact info (please include email and phone) and a brief synopsis of the play. Plays will not be returned. Mail to:

Appalachian Festival of Plays and Playwrights
c/o Barter Theatre
PO Box 867
Abingdon, VA, 24212

The playwrights of the selected plays will each receive $250 plus transportation and housing so that they may attend their reading.

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Fifth Avenue Theater (NYC) Spring 2020 Play Festival “Five on Fifth”

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Deadline: April 1, 2020

Submissions are now being accepted for the Fifth Avenue Theater (NYC) Spring 2020 Play Festival “Five on Fifth”, to take place May 9th at noon at 650 Fifth Avenue, NYC.

Seeking twelve short plays (no more than 5 minutes), from playwrights from the five boroughs of New York City only.

Also seeking monologues.

One submission per playwright. The first twelve submitted will be accepted. No unpleasant profanity, as this is a family friendly festival! No submission fee.

Please include name, address, telephone number and email address on your submission.

We do not produce your work, we provide a venue for you to present actors performing your play. There are no costs involved for anyone.

Seeking actors and directors, too!

Deadline: April 1, 2020.

Email: fifthavenuetheatre@gmail.com.

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!

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