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Sunday, May 15, 2022

Paradox Theatre Works’ second annual New Works Festival Showcase 2022: THE LIVING ROOM


Deadline: June 1, 2022

Submissions are now being accepted for Paradox Theatre Works’ second annual New Works Festival Showcase 2022, entitled “THE LIVING ROOM”. 

Seeking original short plays 10 minutes in length that have not been produced in the Chicago area before, from playwrights from across the globe. This year’s festival is focused on scenes that occur in “The Living Room”. 
  • There are requirements to the plays so please read the rules carefully.
  • Only 9 entries will be selected. 
  • The winning entries will be produced by Paradox Theatre Works and provided a venue, audience, directors and actors to perform your play live at our “The Living Room” New Works Festival Showcase 2022 in October. 
  • The production will be in front of a live audience and recorded. It will subsequently be posted after the production on our website.
Seeking original monologues and original spoken word pieces. There is no submission fee. There will be 2 prizes awarded. There is no fee to submit nor to be produced if chosen.

  • Scripts must be original.
  • Scripts should stay between 8 and 10 minutes.
  • Each play must take place in The Living Room.
  • Your available set will consist of one coffee table, one rug under the coffee table, two accent chairs and one sofa. 
  • Your play must be limited to between two and four characters.
  • Scripts that copy the exact plotline of existing movies, plays, TV series, and books will not be considered. 
  • No more than five submissions allowed per playwright.
  • Please include a cover sheet for your submissions. This is requested by the play reading committee. Submission cover sheets should have Play title, author’s name, place of residence, mobile number, e-mail that is checked regularly, and an author bio of approximately 75 words. You are welcome to include a brief play synopsis here as well. 
  • The first page of the script should provide the name of characters and brief description of personality.
  • Selected plays will be fully produced live onstage with a video posted on our website after the end of run.
  • We reserve the right to cast plays with the best actor for the work. Actors portraying characters may not be able to match every physical look, attribute or identity. Plays must be typed in 12-point font, pages numbered, double-spaced and sent in PDF format. 
  • Deadline June 1, 2022
  • Send email using subject line: 10 Minute Play Submission
  • Send the email to: ParadoxTheatreWorks@gmail.com
  • $50 prize for the play voted Audience Favorite and $50 prize for the play voted Jury Favorite will be awarded after the final show. 
  • Questions can be addressed to the email above or visit www.paradoxtheatreworks.com for more info.
  • The playwright may submit up to 5 plays.
  • We prefer plays that have never been produced anywhere but require plays never produced in the Chicagoland area. 
  • Submissions will be confirmed after receipt within two weeks. 
  • The 9 Plays selected to be produced will be announced on our website in August 2022 and those playwrights emailed at that time for further instructions. 
  • The 2 winning playwrights of the $50 prizes will be listed in a final email to all of the 9 chosen entrants along with a video link to the production. This info will be also available on our website in November.
  • There are no fees associated with this production to any of the playwrights.

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