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Saturday, July 22, 2023

Short Play Festival BOO - seeks one-act plays for Halloween-related festival


Deadline: July 26, 2023 at 12:00 AM


Want to produce a play at an official off-off-Broadway theatre? Then you’ve come to the right place! For the past 11 years, Be Bold! Productions has held three annual short play and musical festivals upstairs in the Players Theatre’s black box, the Steve and Marie Sgouros Theatre. February 2023 marks the beginning of the 12th year, and over the past decade we’ve learned a few helpful tips and tricks that make the process run smoother. See below for guidance on general areas of the festival.

Submitting your Play:

We love reading your plays—and yes, we read all of them! The best way to ensure your entry is successful is to follow some basic guidelines:

Write to the theme. If the theme is love, please ensure your play contains elements of love. It doesn’t matter if it’s romantic love, familial love, or something in between, but it needs to match the theme of the festival to be selected. Hint* if you have a play you’ve already written that you really want to submit, you can always add elements to it that help it match the theme. For example, if it’s for our NYC-themed festival in June, set your play in NYC, or  make sure your characters mention NYC or that you include things associated with living in NYC, like the subway, Broadway, or other icons. It doesn’t need to be littered with references; one or two will do!

Make sure you submit by the deadline. Our system doesn’t accept submissions after the deadline at midnight, so please make sure you submit before then! Don’t wait until 11:58 pm the day of—things can and have gone wrong with people’s Internet or their files.

Follow the guidelines. Each play can be a maximum of 15 minutes, so please don’t submit a play that is longer than that—it likely won’t get chosen. The best thing to do is to read your play aloud – at the pace it will be performed – a few times and time it. Please make sure to take into account any actions that will take up time. If your play is chosen and ends up running over 15 minutes, it won’t be in the running for the weekly prize. Also, please remember that we put plays in order due to specific criteria — we cannot change the order of the plays.

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