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Monday, January 13, 2020

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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