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Friday, November 26, 2021

NEW VENTURE PLAY FESTIVAL 2022 - 10-minute plays


Deadline: December 1, 2021 5PM


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 has a chance.

Winners will be announced March 30, 2022.

To celebrate the vitality of classical themes in new work, PAC invites playwrights to submit for consideration for our second annual - and first in-person - New Ventures Play Festival.

The theme for the plays is The Illusion of Time

5 plays of no more than 10 minutes each will be selected for a staged reading during our festival taking place on June 13th and 20th at the Proscenium Theatre at the Drake.

For inspiration, take a walk through our website! Read through our mission, look at our past production and reading history, and even take a look at the adaptations and scripts we have worked on over the years.

Past PAC productions: https://www.philartistscollective.org/past-productions.html
PAC adaptations/script library: https://www.philartistscollective.org/script-library.html

Create a 10-minute play that responds, resonates or retorts the themes, characters, and/or essence of the work you discover. Use The Illusion of Time 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.

  • Based on the theme of The Illusion of Time, please submit a play that:
  • Is in response to, in conversation with, or inspired by classical work and ties into “The Illusion of Time”
  • 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

  • Each of the 5 chosen plays will be selected based on:
  • Clearly demonstrated excellence;
  • Relevance to the mission of PAC;
  • Incorporation of theme; and
  • Creative use of language/classical themes/conversation with the classics as outlined in the TO GET STARTED section above.
  • Submissions will be accepted until 5pm EST on Wednesday, December 1, 2021. 

No exceptions or phone calls, please.

  • Selected playwrights will receive the following:
  • Two staged readings of their script during the New Ventures Festival on June 13th and June 20th, 2022 by a core group of professional Philadelphia-based actors
  • A dedicated dramaturg and director
  • A commission fee of $100
  • 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

  • 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.
  • Please do not ask for comments on your submission
  • Please submit only through the submission form​

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