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Thursday, July 30, 2020

Dragonfly Arts NJ seeks plays by women and POC

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NJ community theater company is looking for short plays for our Zoom reading series. We really want comedies and prefer works by women and POC. The plays should be 10-20 minutes long and must have female characters. Email DragonflyArtsNJ@gmail.com.

Brave New Works: Ditmas Park 2021 Reading Series

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Deadline: August 15, 2020
Brooklyn NY


Brave New World Repertory Theatre is seeking new play submissions for Brave New Works: Ditmas Park 2021 Reading Series. This season, we are building upon our 2019 Brave New Works theme of “Race in America” and are specifically seeking plays that address police brutality. We are especially looking to feature work from Black playwrights.

The submission deadline for the Brave New Works 2021 Reading Series is August 15th, 2020. Due to our small staff, only the first 100 plays submitted will be guaranteed consideration and only finalists will be contacted. Finalists will be notified of their status by September 15th, 2020, and final selections will be made by October 30th, 2020.

Three original, full-length plays (under 120 pages) will be selected and given minimally staged readings between January 10th – March 30th, 2021 (if we are unable to have in-person readings due to COVID19, they will be done virtually). Playwrights must be local to the Tri-state area, ideally within a 90-minute commute to Brooklyn, NY as your attendance is requested. Brooklyn-based playwrights will be given first consideration. Chosen playwrights will receive a $350 stipend.
To be considered, plays must meet the following criteria:

1) No previously produced plays, although previous staged readings/workshops are not disqualifying factors.

2) The play must be completed at the time of submission - unfinished or partial drafts cannot be accepted at this time. Plays may still be in development, but they must be audience-ready at the time of submission. If the play is heavily revised AFTER being submitted, it MUST be resubmitted before the end of the submission period.

3) Plays must be able to be read by no more than 7 actors and someone on stage directions. If double and triple casting is possible please advise. We are interested in plays that feature diverse casts.

4) We are unable to accept new musical submissions at this time, given the limited technical nature of this reading series.

To submit, please attach a 10-page script sample AND your full script to submissions@bravenewworldrep.org. 

The 10-page script sample can include 10 pages of consecutive or non-consecutive content from your script (please clearly label jumps if you choose to submit non-consecutive content). Both the 10-page sample and full script must be submitted in PDF format with numbered pages. In a separate document or in the body of your email please also include a short synopsis of your play, a brief bio, where you found this call for submissions, and any relevant website link(s). Submissions are limited to one play per playwright per season. Multiple play submissions by the same playwright for the same season will not be considered.

Brave New World Rep is committed to giving a platform to voices and stories from underrepresented and historically disenfranchised communities. For this season, we are specifically seeking submissions from playwrights belonging to communities that have been disproportionately affected by over-policing and police violence. Black, Indigenous, Latinx, Muslim, immigrant, LGBTQIA+, disabled, and womxn playwrights are HIGHLY encouraged to submit and will be prioritized.

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

BMI Theatre Workshop 2020

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Deadlines
Composers/Lyricists: August 1, 2020.


Applicants will be notified by August 21, 2020.

Composers/Lyricists
Librettists

Application Materials
Composer: Three contrasting compositions - uptempo, comedy song, ballad. Please include copy of score which includes lyrics.
Lyricist: Three contrasting lyrics in PDF format - uptempo, comedy song, ballad.
Composer/Lyricist: Three contrasting songs - uptempo, comedy song, ballad. Please include copy of score which includes lyrics.

Note that if you apply as a composer and a lyricist, you will be accepted as one or the other (that is, as either a composer or a lyricist) and you will be assigned different collaborators over the course of the year. If you apply as both a composer/lyricist and a librettist and are accepted as both, you will spend your first year as a composer/lyricist only, as the two groups meet at the same time.
Auditions

Select applicants will be invited to audition in early September. Librettist are accepted on the basis of their written materials and are not required to audition.

At the auditions, composers and composer/lyricists will be asked to perform at least two contrasting theatrical compositions; lyricists will be asked to recite samples of their theatrical lyrics. All auditions must be done live, using a piano.
Program upon Acceptance

The Workshop runs September through May in New York City. Prospective members must make their own living arrangements in the city or be able to commute weekly.

During the first year, composers and lyricists are paired off and are asked to create appropriate songs based on scenes from various sources. The writers perform their assignments, which are then discussed by the other writers and the moderators. There are analyses and discussions of current and past musicals, with an eye to understanding form and structure. Every effort is made to insure that each writer retains his or her individual style.

In the Workshop’s final phase (Second Year), teams work on a musical. The Workshop functions as a forum and a sounding board for works in progress, as music and lyrics are critically evaluated and open dialogue is encouraged.

At the end of each Second Year, the Workshop Committee determines which writers from the group are invited to join the Advanced Workshop. Not everyone is asked. This Workshop is intended for writers of professional caliber who are expected to contribute to the vitality of the musical theatre scene.
Schedule

The First Year Workshop meets Monday at 6:15 p.m. The Second Year Workshop meets Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. The Advanced Workshop meets Monday at 4:00 p.m.
Fees

There is no fee to apply for or participate in the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop.

Monday, July 27, 2020

The Yale Drama Series 2021 playwriting competition

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Deadline: August 1, 2020

The Yale Drama Series is seeking submissions for its 2021 playwriting competition. The winning play will be selected by the series' current judge, Paula Vogel. The winner of this annual competition will be awarded the David Charles Horn Prize of $10,000, publication of their manuscript by Yale University Press, and a staged reading at Lincoln Center’s Claire Tow Theater.

The prize and publication are contingent on the playwright's agreeing to the terms of the publishing agreement.

There is no entry fee. Please follow these guidelines in preparing your manuscript:
  • This contest is restricted to plays written in the English language. Worldwide submissions are accepted.
  • Submissions must be original, unpublished full-length plays, with a minimum of 65 pages. Plays with less than 65 pages will not be considered. Translations, musicals, and children's plays are not accepted. 
  • The Yale Drama Series is intended to support emerging playwrights. Playwrights may win the competition only once.
  • Playwrights may submit only one manuscript per year. Only manuscripts authored by one playwright are eligible.
  • Plays that have been professionally produced or published are not eligible. Plays that have had a workshop, reading, or non-professional production or that have been published as an actor’s edition will be considered.
  • Plays may not be under option, commissioned, or scheduled for professional production or publication at the time of submission.
  • Plays must be typed/word-processed and page-numbered.
  • The Yale Drama Series reserves the right to reject any manuscript for any reason.
  • The Yale Drama Series reserves the right of the judge to not choose a winner for any given year of the competition and reserves the right to determine the ineligibility of a winner, in keeping with the spirit of the competition, and based upon the accomplishments of the author.
  • Electronic Submissions

The Yale Drama Series Competition strongly urges electronic submission. By electronically submitting your script, you will receive immediate confirmation of your successful submission and the ability to check the status of your entry.

Electronic submissions for the 2021 competition must be submitted no earlier than June 1, 2020 and no later than August 15, 2020. The submission window closes at midnight EST.

If you are submitting your play electronically, please omit your name and contact information from your manuscript. The manuscript must begin with a title page that shows the play's title, a 2-3 sentence keynote description of the play, a list of characters, and a list of acts and scenes. Please enter the title of your play, your name and contact information (including address, phone number, and email address), and a brief biography where indicated in the electronic submission form.

If you would like to submit an electronic copy of your manuscript please go to: https://yup.submittable.com/submit.

Hadcopy Submissions

The Yale Drama Series Competition strongly urges applicants to submit their scripts electronically, but if that is impossible, we will accept hardcopies.

Submissions for the 2021 competition must be postmarked no earlier than June 1, 2020 and no later than August 15, 2020.

If you are submitting a hard copy of your play, the manuscript must begin with a title page that shows the play's title and your name, address, telephone number, e-mail address (if you have one), and page count; and, a second title page that lists the title of the play only, a 2-3 sentence keynote description of the play, a list of characters, and a list of acts and scenes. Please include a brief biography at the end of the manuscript, on a separate page.

Do not bind or staple the manuscript.

Do not send the only copy of your work. Manuscripts cannot be returned after the competition. If you wish receipt of your manuscript to be acknowledged, please include an email address on the title page or a stamped, self-addressed postcard.

Send the manuscript to Yale Drama Series, P.O. Box 209040, New Haven, CT 06520-9040.
Contact Us

For more information regarding the Yale Drama Series please write to us at:

Yale Drama Series
P.O. Box 209040
New Haven, CT
06520-9040

Or email us at yaledramaseries@yale.edu

Saturday, July 25, 2020

Charles Rowan Beye NEW PLAY COMMISSION

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Deadline: July 31, 2020
Presented by Urbanite Theatre

In honor of one of the earliest, most impactful and devoted Urbanite supporters, we are dedicating an annual new play commission to our dear friend Charlie Beye, who passed away earlier this year.

Along with his husband Richard Deppe, Charlie adored new work, provocative themes and challenging humor. He had a talent for illuminating the social and cultural importance of each production, and regularly wrote Urbanite blisteringly funny, poignant responses to each production, which staff members anticipated as much as reviews from critics.

To celebrate his legacy, we invite early to mid-career playwrights to apply for a $2000 commission for a new work. There will be two proposals selected.

Questions? Email us at submissions@urbanitetheatre.com

For our inaugural commission, submissions for this award are open only to writers of color.

Commissions:

Two proposals will be awarded commissions of $2000 each.
To apply, a playwright must submit:
• A one-page play proposal for a new, full-length, unwritten work
• A one-page resume
• One of your finished plays, for reference only

Free-form proposals for new plays must:

• Investigate a pressing social or cultural issue
• Utilize four performers or fewer
• Explain the use of singular, flexible or representational scenic demands
• Demonstrate how the use of humor will play a role in your script
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Eligibility Rules:

• Submissions may only be from playwrights of color
• Playwrights must reside in the United States
• One submission per playwright

Interested playwrights are encouraged to read Urbanite’s mission statement and look at our production history to get an idea of the type of work we produce.


CLICK HERE TO SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION

(Must have a Google Account to submit - it's free)

Commission contracts will be offered in August, 2020, and will be announced upon signing.

2020 Playwrights and Artists Festival


Deadline: September 6, 2020 Midnight
Binghamton, NY

It is that time of year again. We have chosen our artwork for the 2020 Playwrights and Artists Festival. We, as always, extend first look to those who have submitted to our festival in years previous.

We understand that times right now are vastly different for theatre productions. As of right now we are going ahead with this November’s festival. We will keep you updated via our website if any changes occur.

We will also be offering our prizes for these categories.
  • $300 for Best of Festival.
  • $200 for Artistic Merit.
  • $100 for Audience Favorite.

The artwork will follow a refresher on the rules.
  1. The play must be inspired by one of the works of art below.
  2. The play must be written between the dates June 24, and Sept 6, 2020.
  3. The play length needs to be between 15 - 20 minutes
  4. Cast size maximum, 5 characters. Set should be implied.
  5. Plays submitted MUST be a complete play and must include a beginning, middle and an end and contain a conflict. Our judges will be adhering to strict parameters during the adjudication process.
  6. Playwrights may only submit one play for the festival.
  7. The playwright would need to attend at least one of the two weekend performances (which take place in November). In person is preferred but we have in the past skyped with playwrights. As our festival is starting to reach a greater number of people in wider locations, we feel that we must take this into consideration. We always hope our playwrights can attend in person and feel the energy and excitement of having their work performed onstage for the first time, but we understand that sometimes this is not logistically possible.
  8. Plays must be submitted by midnight of September 6, 2020. This submission must include 2 copies of your play in either word or PDF, one “blind” version without name but including which artwork you were inspired by and one with a full title page. They must be submitted to binghamtoncitystage@gmail.com. Please submit play in a fresh email, do not reply to this email. Please use the title of your work in the file name and whether it is the blind or named copy. This makes it easier on the person coordinating the files and sending them on to the adjudicators. We receive many plays and don’t want anything to get lost in the mix.
There are no exceptions to these rules. We love the idea of fresh work based on the inspiration of our chosen art. We choose our artworks carefully. We love to see where it takes our playwrights. Each piece of art has infinite possibilities of inspiration. We wish all good luck writing and can't wait to see the results.


And now here are this year’s artworks.

 “Untitled” by Jasmine Khamphanthirath





Vietnam Women's Memorial – Frank Bocek







“U Drop Inn” – Greg Chianis




Thursday, July 23, 2020

BYLINES ~ literary opportunities, no fees ~ opps offering prizes




Check out some BYLINES opportunities offering payment.

And as always BYLINES only posts opportunities that do NOT charge submission fees.

Experimental Theater Writing Workshop - Fall 2020


Seeking female or female-identifying experimental writers for the Fall 2020 Experimental Theater Writing Workshop. This is a series of ten Zoom classes/workshops held every Tuesday evening from 09/08 - 10/10. Classes will consist of a prompt followed by readings of experimental work generated in class. The last class will consist of final presentations.


While many theatrical presentations today are rooted in realism, there are still others that resist representing the world in realistic way. Surrealism, absurdism, and expressionism have all generated powerful experiences and points of connection outside of logic and reason. And yet, have the methods that generate these emotional experiences been thoroughly investigated in theatrical writing? If we are seeking a representative experience of our world--writing that reflects who we are--we might continue our search for other techniques that allow us to represent the world as we experience it.

The goals of this course are: 1) to gain additional theater writing techniques which expand the writer’s current theatrical repertoire; 2) to investigate writing techniques as a representation of a writer’s response to the world; and 3) to strengthen a connection between theatre and various other arts forms.

Guidelines:
  • Submit up to 10 pages of theatrical experimental writing. No more than 1 submission per playwright.
  • Title page should contain:
  • title
  • name
  • contact info
  • Second page should contain: 
  • Character breakdown
  • setting
  • time

Writers will be selected based on the experimental nature of the work submitted and availability. By experimental, we mean work that challenges the conventional elements of theater. If selected, the fee is $300. This will cover the cost of actors for the readings.

Apply here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdm1PsMReYKcwZsYAu92P4Byg9D2T4gHapqvwoL7UAQBDTf0Q/viewform?usp=sf_link

Deadline: August 19th, 2020 5 pm.

Web: www.suzannewillett.com
FB: @etww19

We look forward to reading your work!

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

The Courtship of Winds seeks short verse & one-act plays

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No deadline given



The Courtship of Winds publishes poetry, fiction, short dramatic pieces...

We are interested in short verse plays and one-act plays.

We accept submissions throughout the year. Please read the guidelines for the specific type of work you are submitting. Please do not submit work in a particular genre more than once in a six-month period.

Simultaneous submissions are fine, provided the author immediately withdraws any work accepted elsewhere. Courtship does not publish previously published work.

You should expect a response within six months. We regret that we cannot currently pay for accepted work.


Tuesday, July 21, 2020

MarshStream International Solo Fest

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Deadline: August 16, 2020

You can apply for a financial hardship fee waiver by emailing maggiew@themarsh.org.

This fall The Marsh, a solo performance theater in the San Francisco Bay Area, will welcome performers and theater lovers from around the world to its first-ever MarshStream International Solo Fest, an online fete presenting solo work via its online theater platform.

The goal of MISF is to connect solo performers with audiences across the globe while presenting unique solo shows created exclusively for the Zoom “black box” theater. All performances also include a post-show Q & A, a key part of the community building.

The Marsh is currently accepting applications from artists throughout the U.S. and anywhere in the world, to take part in this global performance festival. Interested participants may submit their solo shows (60 minutes and under) for consideration by August 16, 2020, and will be notified between September 7-14, 2020 regarding their acceptance.

We look forward to your submission!

To Apply

Submission Cost: $10-25 sliding scale submission fee.

(You can apply for a financial hardship fee waiver by emailing maggiew@themarsh.org.)

Application Deadline: August 16, 2020

Performers will be notified between September 7-14, 2020 regarding their acceptance.

Festival Dates: October 7 – 11, 2020

All shows must be solo performances.

Performance Length: 10 – 60 minutes. We will curate slots that feature shorter pieces, while longer pieces will stand on their own. All pieces must be 60 minutes or less. There will be a 15 minute Q & A with you and a moderator!

Eligibility: Solo performers submitting must be 16 years or older to apply.

Logistics: Performances will be presented LIVE over Zoom.

Successful submissions will work well within the Zoom format.

Technical support: Minimal tech support will be provided.

Guidelines
  • We invite and encourage artists from all over the world to submit. 
  • We will accept solo performance musicals.
  • There are no language restrictions.
  • If your performance is not in English, you must provide English subtitles with submission to be eligible for consideration.
  • We will accept work that has been previously produced.
  • Solo performances created by the performer, preferred. 
  • Only one submission per person. Compensation: Performers will receive a percentage of ticket donations.

Awards: Performances will be eligible for the following awards

~ Most Watched Performance

~ Audience Choice Award

~ The Marshian Award – a primetime slot on MarshStream’s Solo Performer Spotlight Program.

Website: https://themarsh.org/shows_and_events/marshstream/marshstream-international-solo-fest/

Madwomen in the Attic Featured Writer Project

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As part of Madwomen in the Attic’s literacy mission, we have added a writing component to our monthly meeting tradition: The Featured Writer Project.

MITA meetings are always held on a Monday– and usually on the third Monday of the month. The reason for this is to mirror the tradition of the national holiday Martin Luther King Jr. Day, which is held on the third Monday of January each year.

In honor of literacy, the days on which we will hold our monthly meetings will be known as ‘Mad Mondays’. In celebration, on Mad Monday of each month, we will showcase a featured writer by publishing their work and sharing it (or parts of it) aloud at our meeting.

If you are willing to and interested in being a featured writer, these are the most basic stipulations:
Featured writers need to gender-identify as women or as queer, gender–non-conforming, non-binary, or gender-fluid (i.e., the Featured Writer Project does not feature people who identify as men).
Featured writers need to write something something (from any genre) that relates in some way to MITA’s mission. Featured Writers should have had some kind of experience with the mental health industry or with mental health issues, whether it be firsthand or secondary experience. We leave the perspective and style of the writing completely up to the writer.

We require more than just the central piece of writing– our writers are also asked to write a statement about their piece in relation to mental health. If you submit a piece and are selected as a featured writer, you must submit the additional parts of your submission to us by the first day of the month during the month that it will be published so that the editors will have time to offer editing suggestions or to work with you to make additions or changes to it prior to the feature date.
Featured writers need to assign a writer’s name of some sort to their contributions, whether that be “fictional” (as in Solla Sollew), “actual” (as in Jessica L. Mason), or “anonymousical” (as in Anonymous).

Your subject can be personal, political, both, or neither. You may write poetry, fiction, non-fiction, a book review, a pop culture critique, a rant, an academic essay, a treatise, a list, a resource guide, a dystopian fairy tale, a lesson plan: any kind of writing is welcome, in addition to art, as long as it pertains to and supports the organization’s mission, which is to empower women who have been affected by the mental health industry or the stigma attached to what is called mental illness.

We encourage multi-lingual entries. If a piece is written entirely in a language other than English, we ask that an English translation be provided, as well, secondarily. We also ask that if you are writing about something for which not many people are well-versed that you define unfamiliar terms clearly to make your piece as accessible as possible.

Our hope with this project is to enact radical equality by publishing the work of writers from diverse backgrounds and abilities. In contrast to the literary world of publishing, which might be inclined toward elitism and might favor those who are privileged; Madwomen in the Attic seeks to nurture a sense of equality in the right to express. For novice writers to be able to write alongside veteran writers, despite differences in linguistic prowess, it sends out an acknowledgment of our equality as human beings.

The Featured Writer Project aims to combat the suppression of the voices of those, throughout history, who have had their rights and their voices ignored or taken away by systems of patriarchal power.

Madwomen in the Attic is not funded, sponsored, or financially supported by any source outside of the financial contributions (donations) of its co-founders. The group is a labor of love that relies 100% on the unpaid labor of its co-founders. Thus, MITA cannot and does not provide financial compensation to writers for their contributions to our projects or sites. We are a purely grassroots volunteer organization. Neither of our co-founders receives any financial compensation for anything related to the group. We pay for our website and for materials for our meetings through out of our own pockets. While we cannot offer financial payment for writing, what we do offer is a communal space and writing and advocacy opportunities.

If you wish to be a Mad Monday Featured Writer but do not have access to a pen, paper, or a computer to do so, please contact MITA and we will try our best to offer assistance. If you need assistance with putting your words onto paper or into a textual medium, please contact us and we will work with you to create a solution.

Send submissions to madwomenofwny@gmail.com or visit us on Facebook.

Bedrosian Center seeks plays by Native Americans

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Deadline: August 1, 2020

To support our mission to give opportunities for Native American and non-Native students to learn, collaborate, study and amplify the stories of indigenous peoples, USC Bedrosian Center & Red Nation Celebration Institute are accepting submissions of full-length plays written by American Indian/Indigenous authors.

Email submissions to: RNCIMedia@gmail.com


Monday, July 20, 2020

The Playwrights Group ~ TAKE ADVANTAGE OF OUR ONLINE OFFERINGS


TAKE ADVANTAGE OF OUR 
ONLINE OFFERINGS

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. 

Weekly  Workshop

During the current crisis, the weekly workshop has moved online to a Zoom meeting. We read everything from a one page scene to a full length. Plays, musicals, film scripts — whatever it is you’re working on. This is a great opportunity for those not in the NYC area. 

We meet (virtually) Thursdays from 7 - 9:30pm EST. Check out the website for more details. 


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


Gay4Detroit Festival seeks one-act plays

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Deadline: July 31, 2020

The Ringwald Theatre is sounding a call for new, original one-act plays to be performed at their annual Gay4Detroit Festival (previously the GPS Festival) in September 2020. The Detroit-area’s only LGBTQ+ short play festival is striving to provide early-career writers the opportunity to see their work produced, giving them what is oft-needed exposure.

The plays submitted should have a performance time of 30 minutes or less and deal directly with issues or characters that are identified as LGBTQ+, or contain a queer sensibility. 

In addition, this year the scripts must exclusively be one- or two-person shows that deal specifically with the quarantine and/or the pandemic.
From those performed, an audience poll will be conducted to select one winning script, actor, actress, and director.
  • All submissions must be submitted electronically to: submissions@theringwald.com
  • The submitted script must be the script proposed for presentation, with no major alterations necessary.
  • Please provide an approximate running time and a one sentence synopsis in the body of the email.
  • Only one entry per playwright will be accepted.
  • Neither fax nor paper submissions will be accepted.
  • Submission materials will not be returned.
  • Previously submitted scripts will not be eligible.
  • The deadline for submissions is July 31, 2020.
  • The final line-up will be announced August 17, 2020.

PAC New Venture Reading Series Festival - 10 minute plays

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Deadline: August 1, 2020 5PM
Philadelphia PA



To celebrate PAC’s 10th anniversary season and to celebrate the vitality of classical themes in new work, PAC invites playwrights to submit for consideration for our first ever New Venture Reading Series Play Festival.

​The theme for the plays is Transformation.

Five plays of no more than 10 minutes each will be selected for a staged reading during our festival taking place February 14-15, 2021 at the Louis Bluver Theatre at the Drake.

WHEN?
The Submission window is: June 1 - August 1, 2020.
​The Festival takes place February 14-15, 2021.

All submissions must be received by 5pm on August 1, 2020. No exceptions. Only the first 100 submissions will be accepted. Once the 100 cap has been reached, the submission window will close. Submissions that do not meet the guidelines below will not be accepted to make room for others. One submission per writer, please. Make sure everyone can have a chance.

The selected plays will be announced November 1, 2020.

HOW?
For inspiration, take a walk through our website. Read through our mission, our past production and reading history and even take a look at the adaptations and scripts we have worked on over the years. You can find a selection of our scripts and adaptations here.

Please be mindful that while the scripts are largely in the public domain, our adaptations are not so please don't use these works for any other purpose without permission.

Create a 10-minute play that responds, resonates or retorts the themes, characters and/or essence of the work you discover. Use Transformation as your guide. It may lead to a new verse form or a new language altogether or it may be a direct rebuttal of the themes you encounter. We are looking for creativity and honesty.

THE DETAILS
  • Based on the theme of Transformation, please submit a play that:
  • Is in response to, conversation with, or inspired by classical work and ties into Transformation;
  • Is a finished piece with a beginning, middle and end;
  • Is no more than 10 minutes in length;
  • An original, never published or previously produced new work
SELECTION CRITERIA

Each of the 5 chosen plays will be selected based on:
  • Clearly demonstrated excellence of the work;
  • Relevance to the mission of PAC;
  • Incorporation of theme; and
  • Creative use of language/classical themes/conversation with the classics as outlined in the THE DETAILS section above.
DEADLINE
Please submit by 5PM on Saturday, August 1 OR until the cap has been reached. No exceptions or phone calls, please. PLEASE DO NOT SUBMIT BEFORE JUNE 1. YOUR SUBMISSION WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED. Thank you.

​IF I GET SELECTED…?
  • ​Selected playwrights will receive the following:
  • Two staged readings of their script during the New Ventures Festival on February 14 and 15, 2020 by a core group of incredible Philadelphia-based actors;
  • A dedicated dramaturg and director;
  • A commission fee of $50.00;
  • Final script approval and will be consulted on choices for shared ensemble cast;
  • Submission to National New Play Exchange;
  • The love and admiration of actors, peers, and audiences
​MORE DETAILS
  • Each script must be no longer than 10 pages (excluding title page and character list);
  • Font no smaller than 11 point please;
  • When read aloud, play should not exceed 10 minutes;
  • Please submit in PDF format. Name the file as the exact title of your play.
  • We are new to this so please do not ask for comments on your submission.
  • Please submit only through the submission form
  • ​Please note: We are unable to provide local housing
  • In the event we cannot meet in person, the Festival will be transformed (see what we did there?) to an online format
  • Still have questions? Please contact Charlotte at: charlotte@philartistscollective.org

Sunday, July 19, 2020

Telling Tales for Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity

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Deadline: July 21, 2020 11:00am (UK time)

We’re on the look out for new stories, but with Covid-19 hijacking all the theatres for the time being, we’ve been curating a different kind of theatrical, new writing, online experience. All in aid of Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity. 

This is where you come in. We are looking for new short plays to feature in this online experience. The selected plays will go on to be filmed by professional theatre directors with professional actors. To get you started, we’d like you to use the phrase:

‘a little bit of magic...’ 

Just as inspiration.

The plays must also…

Have a maximum running time of 10 minutes; and

Have a maximum of 2 performers;

That’s all. Remember these are plays which will be filmed, not short films, so no special effects or fancy edits please - the simpler, the better.


THE CHARITY


Roald Dahl's Marvellous Children's Charity supports seriously ill children and young people who have long-term health conditions that are often overlooked or underfunded. You can read more about their amazing work; here. The charity has established 78 Roald Dahl Specialist Nurses who care for over 21,000 seriously ill children across the UK and they now need our help more than ever.

We are looking for submissions from writers of all experiences and backgrounds and want to be fair so submit your play anonymously. You can use your own email as the readers won’t see this, but please DO NOT put your name on your play itself. If we find your name on your play, it will be sad but it will be disqualified. Sorry.

The submissions window is now open and will close at 11:00am on 21/07/20. Any plays submitted before the deadline will be considered and will receive a response.

All submissions should be emailed to:

tellingtales@muckandrumble.co.uk

No payments are involved in this call out - your play is considered your donation to Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity. By submitting your play you are giving muck + rumble the right to film and include it in this project to raise money for the charity. Before the use of your wonderful words outside the project you will be consulted.


GOLDEN RULES

Please only submit 1 play per applicant.

Please use the phrase “a little bit of magic” to inspire your play

Please do not put your name on your script.

Please do not submit work which has been previously performed.

Thank you.


Well, that’s that.

You best get to it…


Ps. Be sure to keep your eye on us, to see what you can get involved in next by following us on social media or signing up for updates below!


PPS. We ran previous new writing nights at the Royal Court and The Other Palace as part of the Angry Bear Productions team; raising over £1800 for charity.

Druid New Writing open for submissions

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Deadline: Friday 31st July 2020 12 noon
Galway Ireland

Scripts are only accepted via our online form which can be accessed on our website from Monday 22 June 2020.

This form allows you to upload your script, supply your contact information and provide us with some basic information. It is imperative that you read the guidelines below before considering submitting a script. You will be asked to confirm that your script adheres to all guidelines.

Please do not email scripts to Druid. Scripts will only be accepted via our online form.

GUIDELINES

Submit only one script per submission window. Once submitted a new draft cannot be resubmitted unless requested.

Submit original work only.

Submit only those plays that have not had a full professional or amateur production. In this light, plays emerging from student productions or from a reading/workshop will be accepted.

Writers whose work has previously been produced by amateur theatre companies are asked to submit only those plays that are not currently intended for a future production.

Druid is not in a position to accept historical / biographical plays. For example, the company is more likely to produce a contemporary, more traditionally-structured play that has a connection to Ireland than an experimental opera about a historical figure with no connection to Ireland.

Druid is not in a position to accept radio scripts, TV scripts or screenplays. Submitted plays must be written for the stage.

Druid is not in a position to accept short, musicals or plays for children. Plays should be fully completed and have a running time of at least 40 minutes.

Please ensure that you are familiar with Druid’s work before submitting your script. You are expected to submit your script to Druid only if you believe it would be of interest to the company.

The aim of the New Writing process in Druid is to find new writers and voices that can be nourished rather than a finished polished piece of work. Druid looks forward to collaborating, guiding and nurturing writers, building a relationship with those voices who will grace our stages for years to come.

FORMATTING GUIDELINES
  • Scripts should be typed on A4 with pages numbered
  • Please ensure you check the spelling in your script thoroughly
  • Font size should not be lower than 12pt
  • Stage directions must be in italics
  • Please save your file in PDF
Your name and contact details should not appear anywhere on the script. Failing to remove your name or contact details from a script will render it ineligible.

Due to the large volume of scripts received annually, Druid cannot provide detailed feedback on each script received.

Scripts will only be accepted via our online form between Monday 22 June 2020 and Friday 31st July 2020.

Saturday, July 18, 2020

Fresh Fruit Festival LGBTQ Monologues

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Deadline: July 23, 2020

APPLICATION FORM

The Fresh Fruit Festival, now in its 19th consecutive year, is requesting works in the following format for development in filmed virtual presentation: LGBTQ MONOLOGUES, on the THEME: “The Ache for Home”

Do you FEEL at home? ARE you home? WHERE is home, and how did you get there? Did your character get to Home Base? Whose Homecoming is it anyway? Are you Home on the Range? -the City? -the Planet?

Works must be 2 to 4 minutes in performance length, and relate to the LGBTQ experience. Works may be stand-alone, or part of a larger piece (but work as a self-contained excerpt). Eight written monologues will be chosen by curators , to be resubmitted as digitized short films for entry into the development program. All of these will receive:
  • Hosted presentation of the finished works.
  • PDF Program, for download.
  • Basic Audio Post-processing: Including our own, customized intros; basic sound FX or ambient sound. (No music unless you guarantee rights, or solo perf of public domain)
  • Basic Video editing (of standard formats), for continuity & scene shaping.
  • Marketing on Social media.
  • Two assisted tech consults: For SOUND (check balance, dynamic range, ambient problems, clarity, mic use) and for VIDEO (placement, ambiance, and setting). Note: Applicants are advised to send us a draft version of your video file in advance of these.

All 8 semi-finalist films will be hosted in a high-definition platform for a set span of 1 to 2 weeks, during which the public will be free to vote for a later audience choice award. A panel of judges will also be voting on more technical criteria to help select 3 finalists. All 3 will receive a cash stipend, and be eligible for awards in several categories at our annual award ceremony, later in the season.

Final, filmed, submissions should be: Rehearsed, stage managed, and directed specifically for intended virtual presentation; Have appropriate costuming; Have some attempt at “setting” – however simple.

TIMELINE: Written submissions due by JULY 23; Semi-finalists announced AUGUST 4. By end of August Semi-finalists will be presented online. Click on Apply button when ready to send a written draft. (Please apply once only; you can always send revisions etc. by email). Thanks! 

Thursday, July 16, 2020

Comedy Writing and Social Media for Artists at Primary Stages ESPA!

There are still spots available in online classes at Primary Stages ESPA starting in August! Whether you’re looking to dive into your comedy writing or build your brand via social media, we’re here to help you continue to learn and grow your art - online!

Instructor: Kate Moira Ryan (Writer (with Judy Gold), 25 Questions for a Jewish Mother and The Judy Show at Primary Stages and DR2 Theatre)
Starting August 4
A solid grasp of the mechanics of comedy writing for the stage is a powerful tool in the hand of any playwright. While comedy is a main element of an over-the-top farce or a burning satire, it is just as essential to delicately lace comic elements into the most serious drama. In this class, you will shape your ideas, structure your plot, develop believable characters, and write witty dialogue.

Instructor: Dana Lerner (Tony Award-Nominated Producer for Broadway's Indecent and Company, Founder and CEO of Red Pelican Creative)
Monday, August 10
Social media has become an instrumental place to promote your work and establish your brand - and whether you love it or hate it, it's one of the best marketing tools that you have as an artist. Whether you're new to this online content or a social media expert, Dana will help you focus your messaging in order to build your brand.

Start and end dates vary. Click here for the full list of writing classes.

Our award-winning faculty, comprised of working professionals in the field, provides practical skills and expert guidance in a collaborative community atmosphere. 

Primary Stages ESPA provides students easy and convenient payment plans to break up tuition. For more information, call 212.840.9705 x215 or email espa@primarystages.org.

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