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Thursday, January 20, 2022

New Circle Theatre Company’s second annual L.B. Williams BIPOC writers new ten-minute play contest


Deadline: February 1, 2022

New Circle Theatre Company’s Second Annual L.B. Williams BIPOC writers new ten-minute play contest for NYC- area playwrights

New Circle Theatre Company (www.newcircletheatrecompany.org) is a NYC company devoted to the development of new plays. In furthering the company’s commitment to foster diversity, we announce our second annual playwriting contest for new, ten minute plays by playwrights of color, including Black, Indigenous, Latinx, Asian, etc. This contest is different from many out there, in that we are seeking, not so much new plays, but potential new members of our company, who wish to work with us continuously in the future to develop their new plays.

Our development process includes a reading of new plays at company meetings on Monday nights, followed by a 10-hour developmental workshop with a director and cast, and finally, an Equity Showcase production of the play in our intimate theatre space on West 44th St in New York City, upon approval of the Artistic Leadership team. The goal and focus is to allow the playwright to achieve the best possible version of their script.

DEADLINE: February 1st, 2022. Plays should be sent via email as a PDF only to nctcsubmissions@gmail.com, with the writer’s last name and BIPOC Contest in the subject line. (Ex: “Smith BIPOC Contest”)

Winners will be announced in the spring of 2022. Workshops and productions will take place in the fall of 2022.

For this particular contest, the following rules apply:

1. Plays should run no longer than 10-minutes when read aloud.

2. Writers must be available to physically participate in person in the developmental workshop and rehearsal process.

3. Plays may be on any theme and in any style, but should not rely on complicated production values to make them work.

4. No musicals, children’s shows, or adaptations accepted.

5. New work only that has not been produced (staged-readings okay).

6. Winning plays selected for production will result in a royalty payment to the writer of $100. Writers maintain full copyright of their work.

7. Winning plays will follow our development process: a Monday night reading, followed by a 10 hour development workshop with a director and cast, followed by a production. By submitting your play, you agree to participate in this process.

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