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Monday, November 20, 2023

THINK FAST Short Play Competition seeks short plays


Deadline: November 27, 2023

Eight finalists compete online for Audience Favorite and $500 Judges' Prize


15-minute plays are accepted for review October 18 through November 27, 2023 for the event, March 1-3, 2024.
  • Electronic submissions only
  • No fee to submit
  • Plays are accepted for six weeks each fall
  • Only one entry per author

E-mail your short play to: OneActFest@TheTheaterProject.org
Include in the Subject line: “Submission + The Title of Your Play.”

Email submissions must contain this sentence in the body of the email: “If my play is accepted and I choose to take part in the festival, I understand that I will be responsible for the casting and rehearsal of my play and that I will be charged a $100 participation fee.”

If Your Play Is Selected​​​

The Theater Project will supply a stage manager/technical director to oversee the Zoom recording process

Individual productions supply the actors, directors and make their own agreements with actors and directors regarding compensation

Production Fee

​Playwrights will be charged a $100 fee to cover the $500 prize as well as the cost of hiring the stage manager/technical director.

The Theater Project does not charge a submission fee for its THINK FAST one-act festival. We do, however, charge a $100 production fee to help cover the cost of the $500 prize as well as the hiring of a stage manager/technical director to work with the productions on their technical needs as well as supervise a rehearsal and record the final performance on TTP’s Zoom platform.

Although we would rather not charge a production fee, the reality is that without help from participating playwrights, we would not be able to offer this showcase for new works.
About the Competition

​The Theater Project’s annual short play competition awards the winner for Best Play a $500 prize. The contest is open to adult playwrights, 18 and up. There is no fee to submit your play for consideration, but there is a participation fee for the finalists who present (see below). Plays are accepted in the fall for a virtual event in March 1- 3, 2024. Eight to ten short plays are selected for three prerecorded broadcast performances.

At each performance, the audience will vote for their favorite play. After the final performance, judges will award: Best Play ($500 prize), Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Director, and Audience Favorite (play) certificates.

Plays can be either dramas or comedies but must be no more than 15 minutes running time. This restriction is absolute and plays that exceed 15 minutes will not be considered. Sets, lighting and sound requirements must be simple. No elaborate props or effects. Playwrights invited to participate must have plays that are ready-to-perform and supply their own actors and directors who are recorded via Zoom by The Theater Project.

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