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Sunday, October 22, 2023

Capital Repertory Theatre’s Thirteenth Annual NEXT ACT! NEW PLAY SUMMIT


Deadline: October 31, 2023 - end of day

NEXT ACT!, now in its thirteenth year, is an expansion of Capital Repertory Theatre’s (theREP) commitment to the development of new work. The multi-day summit is also designed to complement the Upper Hudson Valley’s rich diverse populations. NEXT ACT! New Play Summit 13 will take place in late April and early May 2024 (exact dates coming soon) and will swirl around the theatre’s World Premiere Production that came from the 2022 Summit. The annual summit will feature readings of several never-before produced plays, with additional events throughout the summit.

theREP is looking for scripts that use theatre to address injustices, inequities, and cultural collisions, providing a voice for the unheard on stage, in the workplace, the Capital Region and beyond. Specifically seeking scripts with racial, ethnic, generational, religious and gender diversity. Scripts that engage art and social justice.

  • Accepting full length plays only.
  • (No Musicals.)
  • Pieces written by and featuring POC stories and characters encouraged.
  • Maximum of 5 actors (doubling is allowed if it works to illuminate the story).
  • Comedy and Drama welcome!
  • Eligible plays cannot have been previously produced, though previous readings are allowed. Plays can have no more than a cast of five (5) actors (doubling is allowed if it works to illuminate the story).
  • Plays previously submitted to NEXT ACT will not be considered!
  • Agent and non-agent submissions accepted – both must adhere to the guidelines.

Submission Deadline: END OF DAY – October 31, 2023

Playwrights should submit all materials in one (and only one) document, either a Microsoft word document or a PDF file, via email attachment. Said document must include: a short one-paragraph synopsis – illuminating the play’s entire plot including its ending; the character descriptions and the first ten (10) pages (and only the first ten pages) of their play. 

Submission documents must be void of playwright’s name and contact information.

Submissions that do not conform to the guidelines stipulated will not be accepted!
Email your submission to nextact@capitalrep.org with 2024 SUBMISSION in the subject line.
A small stipend is available for selected playwrights
Electronic submissions only.


Playwrights selected for the summit will be notified in late March 2024.

No less than two plays will be selected to have readings (with an eye towards a potential future production) during the annual summit, which will take place in late April/early May 2024.

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