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Tuesday, March 31, 2020

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 

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

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

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

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!

Sunday, March 22, 2020

2020 PLAYWRITING COMPETITION – 22 MARCH 2020

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Deadline: Wednesday March 25, 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.)



Salem State University’s 10-Minute Playwriting Contest

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Deadline: April 1, 2020  

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

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

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

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

Important Dates

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

Contest Rules

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

Judging Criteria

Story

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

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

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

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

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

Play is transformative and memorable

Submitting Your Work

SUBMIT ONLINE

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

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

Questions: email arts@salemstate.edu

Saturday, March 21, 2020

The On(line) and Off(site) Festival of New Writing is looking for short scripts

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Deadline: March 31, 2020

The On(line) and Off(site) Festival of New Writing is looking for scripts that explore relationships in a physically and socially disconnected world. Playwrights are invited to submit short scripts for consideration.

What we’re looking for:

  • Scripts no longer than ten pages (5-10 minutes running time)
  • Four or fewer characters
  • Written to be performed specifically in a video conferencing setting

Most importantly, there needs to be a reason why your play can only be performed in an online chat. Are your characters family who find themselves unable to be together for some reason? Is this a conference call amongst directors of a company? Is one of your characters at an outpost on Mars?

This isn’t a festival about the coronavirus. We want to see your creativity using the medium currently available to us to tell us compelling stories. The best scripts will be performed live (virtual space and date TBD).

Send inquiries and script submissions, in appropriate script format, to onandoffwkshop@gmail.com. Deadline is March 31st.

Facebook/Twitter/Instagram: @onandoffwkshop

Friday, March 20, 2020

Love Sharing: the first International Festival about Peace and Non-violence

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Deadline: April 30, 2020

Cagliari, Sardinia Italy

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Call for Performing Artists 2020

Plays, performances and workshops

All participants will be paid for their participation to the Festival, after the submission of an invoice.

The payment amount will be specifically established on a case-by-case basis.

Other expenses linked to organization (f.e. SIAE, promotion, comunication) will be paid by the Festival.

All participants are guaranteed conventions for the accomodation and inland transfers. Moreover, their names will be in all our promotional material and they will be given the opportunity to enjoy all the activities of the Festival at a special price.

For any extra expenses, we can provide participants with the necessary certificates so that they could also ask for reimbursement in their own country.

Please bear in mind that the artworks must be related to the theme (Madness and Revolution), maintaining the nonviolent approach to conflicts as a reference point.

All applicants will receive a confirmation email. Due to the huge amount of applications received, we are unable to provide any feedback on unsuccessful applications. Only the selected applicants will receive a positive feedback.

Read carefully! The examination will be based on the full video of the performance: trailers do not count as video. Not sending the video means being automatically excluded from the selection.

This year’s theme: Madness and Revolution

The Festival is open to all contemporary artists. Special attention will be paid to innovative and interdisciplinary works.


All kinds of contemporary artworks and performances are acceptable:
theatre, dancing, contemporary music;
street theatre and circus;
visual arts, video, painting, sculpture, photography and illustration

San Diego REPertory Theatre submission guidelines

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San Diego REPertory Theatre is happy to accept scripts from agents and theater professionals with whom we have an existing relationship. In general, we no longer accept unsolicited scripts from unrepresented writers. However, we continue to offer an open submission policy for plays and musicals from Latino(a) writers across the country because we are committed to supporting today’s Latino(a) voices. In addition, local writers residing in the Southern California area may submit a query letter about their new work that includes a current email contact and:

  • A brief biography of your writing history, noting awards and production history
  • A paragraph about why your play is a good match for the San Diego REP
  • A one-page synopsis of the play including number of cast, genre & run-time
  • For musicals, please also include a CD with sample songs from the score

Our six-show season can include full-length plays, musicals with a small cast and band, solo pieces, and adaptations performed on one of two stages (250-500 seats) for about 4 weeks. Past programming has highlighted voices of the Latino, African-Americans, and Jewish communities. Before submitting, please make sure that your script is aligned with our mission. It is also advised that you attend some of our productions to become more familiar with our sensibility.

If we are interested, we will contact you to request a copy of the full script within a few months.

Send to:
San Diego REPertory Theatre
Literary Department
79 Horton Plaza
San Diego, CA 92101

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

The Playwrights Group


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GOOD TIME TO GET SOME 
WRITING DONE. 
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Script Consultations

Have a script you want feedback on?  Just send a PDF of your script and you’ll get the answers you’re looking for via email, phone or video conference. 

Richard Caliban has worked with  individuals on their scripts from all over the world — Indonesia, China, Greece, Australia, Serbia, as well as right here in New York. A script consultation will provide you with feedback on the structural soundness of your story, the dramatic arc of your protagonist, thematic unity and much more.

Online One-on-One Courses

If you’re looking for more, check out our One on One Online Playwriting Courses:

       The Art of Playwriting
       Write a Play in 10 Weeks

Both are One on One with instructor Richard Caliban, who has spent his life in rehearsal rooms getting words on a page up onto a stage. And since it’s One on One, the courses can be adjusted to fit your level of experience. 

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

Trustus Playwrights’ Festival

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Deadline: March 31, 2020

The Trustus Playwrights’ Festival began at Trustus Theatre in 1988. This festival accepts submissions nationally from playwrights seeking production of a full main stage production at Trustus Theatre. Past winners include David Lindsay-Abaire, Jon Tuttle, Deborah Breevort, Stephen Belber, Andrea Lepcico, and Sarah Hammond (to name a few).

Trustus Theatre selects one new play annually as the winner of the Trustus Playwrights’ Festival. Submissions should be full-length non-musical plays that have small casts (6 actors or less) and modest design needs (no fly systems or pyrotechnics please). The festival is welcoming to experimental works. The festival prefers scripts that have not been produced, and that Trustus’ production have “World Premiere” status.

The winning play will be produced in August 2021. Beyond the production, Trustus will provide winning playwright with a $700 prize, and travel and lodging for previews and opening night.

JANUARY 15, 2020 – MARCH 31, 2020

MAY 1, 2020 – FINALISTS’ FULL SCRIPTS REQUESTED

MAY 31, 2020 – WINNER ANNOUNCED

Monday, March 16, 2020

Theatre Conspiracy Annual New Play Contest 2020

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Deadline: March 30, 2019

Please note; In order to properly handle all the entries we receive, we are capping the number of entries we accept at 400.

Entry fee waived for members of The Dramatists Guild, but proof of membership is required in email or snail mail.

Theatre Conspiracy at the Alliance for the Arts Annual New Play Contest cycle is open now through March 2020. All works submitted will be read and judged by a panel of qualified theatre teachers, directors and performers. Work submitted to the contest must be a full length play with seven actors or less and have simple to moderate technical demands. Play having up to three previous productions are welcome. No musicals please, as we are a tone deaf theatre company.

First place winners receive the Janet and Bruce Bunch Play Contest Award, $700 and a full production. However, it is our goal to produce more than one entry each year.

Guidelines:
  • To submit electronically, email your script to tcnewplaycontest@gmail.com. 
  • To send via snail mail, send complete script and check to the Alliance for the Arts ATTN: Bill Taylor 10091 McGregor Blvd. Fort Myers, FL 33919.
  • Include biography of the playwright and character breakdown
  • If submitting through snail mail and you would like to have the script returned, please include a self-addressed stamped envelope (SASE). If not, include SASE for results.
  • We charge a nominal fee of $10 for submissions. If you are submitting a hardcopy of your script, please make checks payable to the Alliance for the Arts. Do not mail cash. Entry fee waived for members of The Dramatists Guild, but proof of membership is required in email or snail mail.
  •  Deadline for submissions is postmark date of March 30, 2019. Do not spend $20 to overnight or second day your script. Save your money!
  • Send your best script. One entry per playwright, per year.
If you are paying the fee, please fill out the below form. If you are part of The Dramatists Guild, please email your script to tcnewplaycontest@gmail.com.

Saturday, March 14, 2020

Princess Grace Fellowship

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Deadline: March 16, 2020

We encourage emerging playwrights to apply at the beginning of their careers so that through the New Dramatists Fellowship, they can develop their work as well as benefit from being a part of a unique, diverse, dynamic community of professional playwrights. An applicant’s status as an emerging playwright is evaluated during the adjudication process.

One playwright will be selected to receive:
• A grant in the amount of $7,500
• A one-season (September – June) artistic residency at New Dramatists, Inc. in New York City (For Award recipients living outside of the New York metro area, your on-site residency can be adapted according to your schedule with reimbursement provided for transportation costs to/from New York.)
• Inclusion of the winning script in New Dramatists’ library
• Advocacy for the recipient and their script to New York and National theatre communities for the duration of the fellowship, including opportunities to gather with the Princess Grace community, New Dramatists writers, and other theatre professionals
• Mentorship from a New Dramatists resident playwright for the duration of the fellowship
• Opportunity for winning play to be licensed and published by Samuel French, Inc.

Submission requirements:
• All candidates must be United States citizens or have permanent resident status.
• Eligible playwrights must not have had more than 3 public productions of their full-length plays mounted by a producing theatre.

Developmental readings and workshops, university productions, and self-productions are admissible.

You must submit one unpublished, full-length play (A full-length play is a single play that constitutes a full evening of theater. For example, a 90-minute intermissionless play is a full-length play.)
• There is no restriction on subject matter
• Co-written material will not be accepted
• No adaptations of previously published material

The Foundation is looking to identify and support original, authentic, unheard voices in the theater. The panel will consider the submitted play in terms of the originality of the storytelling, quality, and offering of new perspectives.

APPLICATION STEP-BY-STEP

The submission Window opens on Friday, February 14, 2020 10:00AM EST, and closes on Monday, March 16, 2020 5:00PM EDT

To begin your application, click on the “Begin Application” button below. You will be asked to create a username and enter your email address. Once you have clicked “Submit,” you will receive an email with instructions on how to log in. From this point forward, you will be guided through a simple process collecting all of your admissions materials in seven easy steps:

1. Log in. You will be asked to confirm you are a US Citizen, or permanent resident, and to certify that you are an early-career artist.

2. Fill in your full name, address, and phone number.

3. Upload your playwriting resume.

4. Upload one full-length work (play or book of a musical) (The following files may be used: txt, pdf, doc, docx, rtf).

5. Upload your personal statement.

6. Enter the name and email of a reference. If you are selected to advance to the final round in June, we will email your reference directly with a brief questionnaire.

7. Review your application, and click “Submit Your Application” to complete the process. You will receive an email confirming your application has been received.

You may save your application at any point and return to it later
before submitting. Once the application window closes at 5:00 (EDT) p.m. on March 16, you may not alter your application in any way.

If you have any questions, please email us.

SUBMIT ONLINE

Young Playwrights Festival 2020

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DEADLINE: March 15, 2020

View or Download Submission Rules (PDF, 16KB)

Submit your play via Submittable.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Scranton Fringe Festival 2020

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Deadline:  Sunday March 29th, 2020

The Scranton Fringe Festival returns for another year of engaging and eclectic theater, music, dance, puppetry, comedy and much much more!

The 2020 Scranton Fringe Festival will take place September 24th - October 4th in several venues throughout downtown Scranton.

We are a fantastic platform for creative works of performing arts and we invite all, from every corner of the globe, to apply to be considered for our 2020 Festival line-up.

Once again the Scranton Fringe Festival is thrilled not to charge ANY application fees - all are welcome to submit and share their submissions freely!

All productions will be compensated with 70% of their box office sales.

This application will close Sunday March 29th

Selected artists will be contacted / confirmed by (approx.) May 1st 2020

PLEASE NOTE: The 2020 Scranton Fringe visual art applications will open at a later date.

ENSURE YOU HAVE READ THE "BEFORE YOU APPLY" information or contact us if you have any questions (which you can view at scrantonfringe.org/apply)

Thank you for sharing your work with the Scranton Fringe Festival!

Si está interesado en presentar una solicitud pero prefiere comunicarse en español, envíenos un correo electrónico a scrantonfringe@gmail.com y alguien se pondrá en contacto con usted lo antes posible.

If selected, all productions are required to pay a production fee. Production fee revenue will be utilized to help cover just part of the festivals many expenses (venue rental, tech, staffing, insurance, printing, general marketing, etc).

Production fees vary depending on number of shows and size of venue. These fees directly fund the festival costs (venue rentals, tech, marketing, insurance, etc.) and help make the festival sustainable. Fringe will try to accommodate your choices as space/schedule allows & the specifics will be noted in each contract. The breakdown of fees is as follows:
$50 x each performance within a small venue ($50, $100, $150, etc)

$70 x each performance within a medium venue ($70, $140, $210, etc)

$130 x each performance within a large venue ($130, $260, $390, etc) 

Friday, March 13, 2020

Madlab 2021 seeks full-length plays

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At MadLab, we love reading new full length plays and we desperately want to read yours!

Comedy, Comedy, Comedy. Are you all okay? Why are you submitting so many depressing plays? We love a good drama but PLEASE submit more comedies. Life is hard enough, we're tired of crying and we'd like to laugh.

The nitty gritty about submitting your brilliant baby to the Lab:

All submissions should be sent to submissions@MadLab.net.  Please use “MadLab 2021 Season” as your subject.

We’re not picky about what format your script is in (though the standard Dramatist’s Modern Stage Play format is most welcome), so send us what you got as a Word or PDF attachment. Do not send us links to anything - we’re not going to click them.

Please be sure to include your name, address and contact information on your title page.
The submission window opens 2/6/20 and closes when we receive 500 submissions. Season decisions will be made by the end of 2020. While we would love to follow up with every playwright individually, we receive too many submissions to make this happen. If you don’t hear from us, we’re sorry and please submit again in the future.

We are only accepting 500 submissions with a maximum of 2 plays per playwright.

If you are submitting 2 plays, 1 must be a comedy, or at least absurd.

Plays should have a run time no shorter than 70 minutes and no longer than 2 hours 15 minutes. Please do not send us 45 page 1-acts or that 200 page beast you’ve been tinkering on for the last five years.  They will not be read.

We are currently not accepting Children’s Theatre pieces, Historical or Period pieces, or Musicals.  Not that we don’t appreciate them, they’re just not up our alley right now.

Please proofread your script before sending it to us. We hate to be “those people”, but nothing will get your script put down faster than a your/you’re or a to/too typo.

You will be Paid!  MadLab currently pays full length playwrights $200 up front and 10% of net ticket sales payable after close of show.

“But what are you looking for?”

What makes a play a “MadLab” play?  Like obscenity, it’s hard to define, but we know it and love it when we see it.  Here’s a few tips as to what we like to produce and what our audiences have come to expect:

Plays with a strong Point of View.  Our audiences expect to not only be entertained for an evening, but to leave the theatre with something to think about and remember.  We want to read plays from and for the marginalized and forgotten. We love new takes on old problems. We adore speaking Truth to Power.
Good Stories with Vibrant Characters.  Now, any play can have that strong POV, but the special ones show us that through strong storytelling and equally strong characters.  So, mesmerize us with your craft and enchant us with your characters. Bonus points for well written female characters and casts that give an accurate representation of our multiracial society, as well as those that challenge the concept of binary sexuality.  We’re not saying we won’t produce your play about 10 white suburban dads and their annual golf outing, but…

Plays that are Visual.  Ok, we’ll be completely honest – we are on a shoestring budget as far as sets/costumes go, but we’ve been doing this for 25 years and we love an artistic challenge.  MadLab is a 75 seat converted garage black box theatre, so plan accordingly. But challenge us. You’d probably be surprised what we’re capable of.

Plays that are modern. We definitely respect your historical masterpiece, but if your play involves iambic pentameter or greek gods it’s probably not our speed.

Make us Laugh.  We’ve been told we have an “offbeat” sense of humor.  We’ve also been told we may require psychological counseling.  Be bold in your comedy writing, don’t worry about offending us (or our audiences), and never be afraid of being silly.

Make us Cry.  See above.

Heck, do both with the same play.  Always the best option to our way of thinking☺

Thanks for your interest.  Good luck with your submission, and regardless of the outcome here, be sure to keep writing and producing new works.
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Thursday, March 12, 2020

The PIT Loft Summer Series

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New York City

No deadline given

The Peoples Improv Theater (The PIT) is looking for projects for The PIT Loft Summer Series. Plays, musicals, solo performance, etc. - projects both finalized and in-progress encouraged to submit! No idea or concept too big or too small.

Productions receive:
-A number of guaranteed performances between June and Mid-September. Frequency and performance schedule based on the needs and goals of each production.  
-Dramaturgical, audience development, and press outreach support from The PIT's Artistic Team.
-Marketing support from The PIT's Marketing Department.
-A split of the ticket sales. Exact split negotiated with regards to each production's specifics.

Production guidelines:
-Projects are ideally under 90 minutes in length. Exceptions can be made at the discretion of the Artistic Team.  
-Projects are ideally without major scenic or storage requirements.
-Projects will perform within The PIT Loft's repertory schedule.  
-Projects are ideally low tech. The PIT does have repertory lighting, sound equipment, and projection capability in all of our spaces.  
-Artists are ideally located in NYC.  
-The PIT provides the space; artist supplies any production cost. Productions can be Equity or Non-Equity; Artist must apply to AEA for appropriate permissions.  

To apply:  
Please send a brief cover letter including project description and bios of artists involved.  
There is NO submission fee.  
Apply by email:  submit@thepit-nyc.com

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Brooklyn Review seeks plays

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Deadline: April 1, 2020

Please submit a single performance text (max. 5000 words). This includes: un-produced one-act plays, excerpts from un-produced full-length plays, choreographic scores, and scripts for live multi-media performances. We do not accept: stand-up comedy, essays, screenplays, speeches, or unsolicited critical responses.

SEND THROUGH SUBMITTABLE

Monday, March 9, 2020

Shawnee Original Playwrights Series seeks one-act and full-length plays 2020

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Deadline: March 31, 2020
Delaware PA

***Submission fee will be waived if playwright submits hard copies of play, with a copy for each reader/character and the Host/Director.***

Each year, Worthington Players will produce and perform the original work(s) of a playwright(s), chosen by our Executive Committee from among submissions received in our open contest and read before a live audience.

Submissions are now being accepted for the 2021 productions. Plays will be read over the summer of 2020 and the winners will be produced in 2021.

Short Plays Should Include:

  • Page Numbers
  • Brief plot summary & setting description
  • Title on every page (footer)
  • List of all characters with description (M/F, age, etc)
  • # # #  or END to assure that all the pages are included

Full Length Plays Should Include:

  • The Full Play  
  • A 30 Minute selection. This a something that could be presented as a representation of your work to our voting committee.
  • Stage directions
  • Synopsis
  • Anything additional you would like the audience to be aware of
  • Page Numbers
  • Brief plot summary & setting description
  • Title on every page (footer)
  • List of all characters with description (M/F, age, etc)
  • # # #  or END to assure that all the pages are included

Submissions must be accompanied by a submission fee and the Shawnee Playwrights Series Form available below

Submission Fees are as follows
$25 for Full Length
$15 for One Act/Short Play
***Submission fee will be waived if playwright submits hard copies of play, with a copy for each reader/character and the Host/Director.***

Click Here For Submission Form

Payment info:
Pay by check
Shawnee Playhouse
PO Box 159
Shawnee on Delaware  PA  18356
Pay with credit card
submission form
or by calling 570-421-5093 during regular business hours.
Electronic files may be submitted to:
shawneeplayhouseexecdir@gmail.com
Electronic files must be submitted in one of the following formats:
.doc, .txt, .rtf, .pdf
Conversion into one of these formats is the responsibility of the playwright.
Other formats will not be accepted.
Paper submissions may be mailed to:
Shawnee Original Playwrights Series
The Shawnee Playhouse
PO Box 159
Shawnee on Delaware,  PA  18356

Shawnee places no limits on the genre, style, or length of plays submitted.
Production of Winning Play
Responsibility for final production of the play lies solely with Worthington Players.  The director will be chosen by the Executive staff of the Shawnee Playhouse.   No monetary prize or compensation is paid.
Each year, Worthington Players produces original submitted works of local and surrounding area playwrights.

Saturday, March 7, 2020

A Light in Dark Places seeks short plays

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Deadline: March 13, 2020, 11:59 PM

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 Feel free to email with any questions you may have!

Best wishes,

The ALIDP Team

LaBute New Theater Festival High School Submissions

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Deadline: April 19, 2020

Winning plays by high school students will be presented in readings. The guidelines are straightforward: The one act should include no more than four characters featuring a clearly developed plot and distinctive characters. No longer than 15 minutes in length. Non-Professional, new and previously unproduced one-act play submissions should include a letter of inquiry and complete script.

Submissions should be sent to:
LaBute New Theater Festival,
St. Louis Actors’ Studio,
360 N Boyle Ave, St. Louis, MO 63108

For more information: 314-458-2978 or help@stlas.org

Thursday, March 5, 2020

The East Village Playhouse Premier NYC One Act Festival

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Deadline:  March 20, 2020

The East Village Playhouse/Premier NYC One Act Festival is accepting submissions of one-act plays and musicals for its annual festival in May 2020 at the East Village Playhouse

The festival provides the use of the 30 seat storefront theater - including a small light and sound package -  for two days of tech rehearsals and two performances over one weekend, as well as inclusion in the festival press release and e-blast marketing, box office and ticketing services, front of house management, and one technical operator to run the light and soundboard. The festival will also be overseen by a producer and a general manager. The fee to participate is $500.

Participants must assemble their own creative team, stage management staff, and cast, as well as rehearse off-site, and cover the costs of sets, costumes, props, and any other production elements which are not part of the East Village Playhouse. Productions must be small in scope and cast size. Musicals must be able to be accompanied by a keyboard only.

Please email submissions to info@citykids.com by March 20th.

Please do not visit or drop off your submissions at the East Village Playhouse.

We look forward to receiving your one-act!

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

OPEN WINDOW NEW PLAY FESTIVAL

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Deadline: Friday, March 6, 2020
TO SUBMIT TO THE OPEN WINDOW NEW PLAY FESTIVAL:

Send a PDF of a full-length play to owtnewplays@gmail.com.

Plays should engage with the themes of redemption, hope, and/or reconciliation, broadly interpreted. Plays which deal in a thought-provoking way with issues of faith and spirituality are particularly welcomed.

Selected playwrights will receive an honorarium for their participation in the festival. Plays will be presented as staged readings with professional directors and cast, and will be considered for full production in a future Open Window season.

Decisions will be made by Monday, April 6th.

Email Managing Director Cole Matson, Ph.D., at cmatson@openwindowtheatre.org with any questions.

We look forward to seeing your work!

Sunday, March 1, 2020

This is Our Story: The Coming Out Monologue

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Deadline: March 3, 2020

interACT is thrilled to be partnering once again with playwright Tommy Jamerson to create a new work. This is Our Story: The Coming Out Monologues will be a project that we will be working on for the next several months in honor of Pride Month to be presented by interACT and a talented group of actors in June 2020 (exact weekend and dates tbd). The best part? The stories will come from you and will be dramatized by Tommy Jamerson and our Artistic Director, Nicholas J. Clarey.

We ask you to share your coming out story with us, keeping in mind that coming out is something that doesn't only happen once, but rather everyday. It is not something that only occurs when dealing with family. We have to come out to ourselves, coworkers, strangers, school administrations, and others. It also creates a shared story for those of us coming out and for those to whom we come out. It is not restricted to only Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual people; Pansexual, Asexual, HIV+, Transgender, Questioning, Allies, and others also have to do this too.

Help us to tell your story as our story.

Guidelines: 
- Please fill out the form online making sure to include your name and a correct email address so that we may contact you should your story be chosen!
- You may submit more than one story.
- You may submit multiple forms under the same name and email address.
- You do not have to write your story in monologue or dialogue format, as that will be done by the playwrights.
- Should your story be chosen for dramatization, names will be changed.
- We are seeking a variety of coming out stories, good, bad, various ages and ethnicities, culture specific, location specific, involving one person or several, etc. Please don't feel that you can't tell us your story because it may not be "good enough" or not stereotypical. There is nothing stereotypical about life, and this project should reflect that.
- The last day to submit stories is March 3, 2020. 
*****Please note: This is not a vote, please only tell each story once.

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McMenamins UFO Festival seeks productions of 10-minute plays

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Deadline: March 31, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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