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Friday, January 5, 2024



Deadline: January 15, 2024

• Plays should run between forty minutes and one hour including any required or desired breaks.

• The “cast” should be limited to no more than six people. Cast can include actors, musicians, or other artists required to tell the story directly to the audience.

• Plays should have not been produced elsewhere. We are looking to present world premiere plays.

• As an outdoor, summer theatrical experience like no other in Utah, entrants are invited to consider stories and genres suitable to the occasion. Ideas include but are not limited to:
  • Campfire tall tales
  • Backyard ghost stories
  • Summer love stories
  • Action-packed adventures
  • Musical comedies
  • Local histories
• Meanwhile Park celebrates the diversity of humanity and welcomes stories from diverse races, ethnicities, cultures, genders, and sexualities.
  • Submission for the 2024 Meanwhile Park Playwright Prize are now being accepted.
  • The deadline for submissions is January 15, 2024. Submissions should be sent via email to info@meanwhilepark.com
  • The winner will be announced February 16, 2024. All entrants will be informed of the winning entry via email.
  • The winner will be awarded a $500 honorarium no later than March 1, 2024 via Venmo or check.
  • The winning play will be performed six times during July and/or August 2024.
  • Entries will be judged by Jeff Paris and a panel of theatre enthusiasts.
  • The winning playwright will be involved in staffing and casting the production in conjunction with the producer.
  • The production will be granted the following:
  • Onstage performers will each receive $500.
  • The director will receive $500.
  • The stage manager will receive $500.
  • The lighting budget is $250.
  • The sound budget is $250.
  • Costume design will be determined based on the needs of the play.
  • Each performance will feature a pre-performance reception/party with drinks and snacks sponsored entirely by Meanwhile Park. For this reason, ticket sales are limited to individuals 21 and older.
  • Seating will be limited. Comp tickets will be made available solely at the discretion of the producer.
  • Meanwhile Park reserves the right to cancel the competition or the production at any time for any reason.

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