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Thursday, September 29, 2022

Philly Cycle Commissions


Deadline: November 11, 2022


Over the next two years InterAct will commission three plays to be written about and with Philadelphia communities that are under-represented on local (and national) stages. 

The first of the three Philly Cycle commissions will focus on the city’s community of African American Muslims, which numbers around 200,000. We are seeking U.S.-based playwrights who would be interested in spending time in conversation with this community and telling a singular story that centers this community. 

We recommend that applicants familiarize themselves with InterAct's mission as they consider applying for the Philly Cycle project. Selected playwrights will receive a $15,000 commission, support for extensive play development both in and apart from the relevant community (including travel & local housing), and a guaranteed production (ideally in InterAct's 2024-25 season). 

InterAct will support the development of each Philly Cycle play in four distinct ways: 

• Facilitating partnerships with community leaders and community organizations as resources for playwrights to fully mine the worlds of their plays. For the first play, we are partnering with the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-PA). 

• Identifying and engaging fully professional artistic teams, including directors, dramaturgs, actors and others, as desired. 

• Coordinating private workshops and public readings of each play, including in-progress readings on-site in relevant communities. 

• Providing ongoing dramaturgical consultation with InterAct’s artistic staff throughout the process.

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