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Friday, April 7, 2023



Deadline: April 15, 2023

The Atlanta Shakespeare Company is launching a new playwriting initiative for historically marginalized artists. The "Muse Of Fire Playwriting Festival'' invites playwrights of the global majority to create a full-length play that reimagines Shakespeare’s themes and plots through the lens of BIPOC America

Script submissions will be accepted through spring 2023, and three finalists will be invited to Atlanta to see their scripts receive staged readings in summer 2023. The winning script will also receive a $5000 cash prize and a staged reading at the January 2024 Shakespeare Theatre Association Conference, hosted by the Atlanta Shakespeare Company.

Three finalists will have staged readings of their scripts at the Shakespeare Tavern Playhouse during the weekend of June 30 - July 2, 2023;

The winning play will receive a prize of $5000.00 U.S., and the possible opportunity to further develop their script with the members of the Atlanta Shakespeare Company;

Opening Date for this competition is October 15, 2022; Final Entry Date is April 15, 2023;

Scripts will be adjudicated by a diverse panel of professional artists (including playwrights, actors, directors, producers, and stage managers), and will be judged on creativity, adherence to the theme, originality, and overall quality;

Plays MUST BE NEW WORKS; scripts that have previously been published or produced will not be accepted; any play which has had more than one consecutive performance by a non-college or university theatre which charged admission and/or had a review will not be considered; furthermore, plays may not be under option, commissioned, or scheduled for professional production or publishing at the time of submission;

Adaptations and collaborations may be considered (please note that the prize money will be awarded to the winning script, not each individual collaborator);

Plays must be submitted by attachment in PDF format under the following guidelines:

Send ONLY 1 copy, in PDF format.

Scripts should be in a standard format, such as Dramatists Guild Modern Stage Play.

Text should be in 12 pt type and in a standard font such as Times New Roman.

Script must include page numbers at the bottom of each page.

The author's name MUST NOT appear anywhere in the script.

DO NOT include resumes, playwright biographies, or a history of the play.

DO include a page with character breakdowns (age, gender, etc.)

DO include a "slug line" or one sentence blurb about the play as well as a synopsis of no more than 100 words.

Special consideration will be given to plays that include any/all of the following:

Full length plays with an intermission, running between 90 minutes and 2 hours 30 minutes;

Use of direct audience address;

Direct reference to Shakespeare (the person or his works);

A prologue and/or epilogue.

The playwright will retain all copyright to the submitted material.

Please send all questions to training@shakespearetavern.com. Allow 24-48 hours for response.

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