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Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Playwrights Take the Stage: Open Door

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 Deadline: Wednesday, February 5, 2020 @ Midnight

The Players’ Theatre Committee is seeking a new play to conclude our second season of programming. This is a chance to have work heard aloud, amongst a supportive audience of theatre makers and lovers. Our final event is open to the public for submissions.

The performance is in the Dining Room at The Players, 16 Gramercy Park South, New York City.

We are looking for plays that challenge us to see the world; to view the full spectrum of humanity in all its forms.

Event date will be June 26, 2020.

This year we offer dramaturgical feedback to the playwrights of the top three plays as well as developmental support for the final chosen play. The playwright may choose to receive feedback or not depending on the play’s development needs. A Player’s Theatre Committee member will work hard to learn the language of the play and help the writer make the vision clearer to the future audience. This feedback can come in the form of:

•    A single pass of written feedback of a scene or the full play, as requested
•    Phone or video chat
•    In-person conversation(s)

Rehearsal space, casting, and direction will be provided for a full staged reading of the script at The Players.

See BELOW for Submission Guidelines. (Please read the directions carefully; plays not in compliance will not be considered.)

**Reminder, our final event is open to both Players and non-members, so feel free to share the information.

Players Theatre Committee FINAL EVENT Play Submission Guidelines

• Submissions are open to both Players members and non-members.
• Plays must not have been produced at The Players or under an Equity Showcase contract for NYC in the past 12 months or 29 Hour Reading Contract in the past 6 months.
• No solo pieces, children’s shows or musicals.
• Two to seven actors. (If additional characters are double cast, outline who and how.)
• We are seeking plays that exhibit the world in its myriad of forms, showing complex human issues, questions and emotions.
• Plays must be 45 to 90 minutes in length and no more than 95 pages.
• Please be sure to format your play in a standard fashion; quick guidelines follow.

o Paper size: 8.5” x 11”
o Font: Times new Roman, Courier or comparable. Font Size: 12-point.
o Margins: 1 inch all around.
o Include Title Page and Character Page.
o Page must be numbered. Start numbering with the first scene.
o Please indicate Acts, Scenes, and Blackouts.
o Proper spacing in dialogue; no single spacing.

• Two copies (Word or PDF) must be submitted electronically to theplayersnyc.playsubmissions@gmail.com

• Please submit two versions, one with identifying information and one without.

• Plays without identifying information will be distributed electronically to the Theatre Committee for objective vetting.

• For administrative reasons, we are unable to accept hard copies.

Vetting Process

• Plays (two versions) submitted to theplayersnyc.playsubmissions@gmail.com will be monitored by the Theatre Committee Secretary only.
• Plays with playwrights’ names will be kept by the committee secretary until the final three selections are made.
• Plays without identifying information will be shared with all eligible Theatre Committee members.

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