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Friday, September 10, 2021

Musicals Now Festival

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Deadline: September 30, 2021 midnight EDT

Piper Theatre Productions yearly festival, Musicals Now is seeking submissions. Our first season, Prospect Hill, featured a new queer musical by Mark A. Galinovsky and Lily Ali-Oschatz.

One show will be selected to be the outdoor main stage show of our July 2022 summer season. We are currently looking for submissions.

One musical will be selected for production.

$3000 honorarium will go to Songwriter / Book Writer team or individual.

One play will be selected for second placement and if the winning play cannot be performed then an offer to the second spot. An honorarium of $300 will be awarded to the second place winner.

What we’re looking for...

The Musicals Now Festival is about development. Selected artists are expected to be part of the team; meeting with director and designers, attending casting sessions and rehearsals, and speaking with our summer youth education members about what it takes to put on a new musical.

We’re looking for vital and urgent stories to share, artists with great passion, and characters that touch hearts and challenge minds.

We’re seeking storytellers & musicians from all walks of life, all racial backgrounds, identities, neurodiversities, sexualities, ages. This festival strives to be open to all and aims to represent Brooklyn.

We’re particularly keen on projects that use strong elements of Physical Theatre that adhere to Jerzy Grotowksi’s Ten Principals as taken from the book 'Towards a Poor Theatre' by Grotowski pages 211 - 218.

Things to Consider...

Productions are budgeted at $35,000 which includes: six performances, a small band, professional sound with lavaliers, a director, a three week rehearsal schedule, full technical and design support.

Piper has worked under Equity Showcase Contract in the past. We’re not sure if Equity Showcases will be permitted next year as they weren’t this year.

We’re an outdoor theatre company situated in Washington Park, Park Slope at the Old Stone House in front of a reconstructed Dutch Farmhouse which interprets the first Battle of the American Revolution. All performances are performed against its stone backdrop. Make your play revolutionary! It’s a unique and special place.

Design Realities at Piper…

Sets: We usually use levels and set pieces to tell our stories. Shows with heavy set requirements aren’t our bag. We want to put our funds into people first and don’t want to see a huge set put in a dumpster at the end of a season.

Lighting: Our shows start at 8:00 pm and it doesn’t get terribly dark till 9:00 pm, so lighting is rather limited for the first hour. Clean blackouts for the start of our plays can’t happen. Please consider transitions for that first hour.

Costumes: Solid 20 year Costume stock collection.

Sound: This is our biggest production cost. We use lavaliers / professional rented sound system. Our bands are usually no more than four or five musicians.

Before submitting your play, please carefully read the following eligibility, terms & conditions, and entry requirements. To be eligible plays must

Eligibility

1) Playwrights must be over the age of 18.

2) Be at least 90 minutes in length. And no more than 120 minutes. Our shows cannot go past 10:00 pm

3) Not have been previously produced at a production level - previous readings and workshops are okay.


Terms and Conditions

1) Due to the large volume of entries, Musicals Now is unable to give feedback.

2) Plays submitted may be original ideas or adaptations from other forms providing that permission to adapt the material has been obtained from the copyright holder. The rights for all material in the work must be secured by the playwright prior to entry including any songs, poems or quotes.

3) A limit of one entry per Artist.

4) Artists will retain copyright of their works. Piper will not hold further rights to any productions outside of July 2022 performances. We do request that future publications of your work will cite Piper’s role in the play’s development.


Entry Requirements

To submit your entry, please send the following information to FILM FREEWAY

https://filmfreeway.com/PiperTheatreProductions


1. Your full name, a bio, address, phone number and confirmation that you are over the age of 18. If more than one person is submitting, please give both names.

2. Attach a PDF version of your play with online LINKS to at least 6 of your songs. Please don’t ask us to download songs.

3. Attach a separate PDF with a one paragraph synopsis of your play & a character breakdown.

Questions: Please contact john@pipertheatre.org

Due Dates

Submissions are due midnight (NYC, EST) Friday September 30th, 2021.

The winner(s) will be announced December 2021.

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