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Saturday, September 16, 2023

Urban Stages (NYC) 40th-anniversary new play festival


Deadline: September 30, 2023

As Urban Stages (NYC) celebrates its 40th-anniversary season, we are thrilled to announce a new play festival and invite submissions.

We are now accepting full-length plays that require 2 actors. Winning plays will receive a staged reading in January-February 2024 and will be seriously considered for a full production on our Off-Broadway stage.

Cast and Character Size: For this festival, we are interested in plays that work within the confines of a two-actor cast. However, there is no limit to the number of characters a play can contain as long as there is doubling, and two actors can perform the entire play.

*This festival will also accept musicals with up to five actors.*

Genre and Theme: There are no limitations when it comes to genre and themes. However, we suggest playwrights take a look at our previous productions to get a sense of the types of works Urban Stages leans towards producing. This includes, but is not confined to, producing plays from underrepresented perspectives, plays that center unknown histories, and plays that address pressing socio-economic issues, amongst many other themes.

How To Submit Plays: Plays should be full-length. For musicals, please include the book and music as well.

Please email your resume and play as .pdfs only to submissions@urbanstages.org by SEPTEMBER 30, 2023.

Due to the high volume of submissions we typically receive, we will only contact playwrights whose works we are interested in including in our festival. Please do not enquire about your work via email or via calling our office.

We are looking forward to reviewing your submissions and thank you for sharing your work with us!

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