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Sunday, February 4, 2024

Water’s Rising Festival of New Climate Action Plays


Deadline: February 12, 2024
Gloucester, MA 

Submission online

Gloucester Stage is seeking full-length plays with themes concerning climate change. Although coastal climate change is at the top of mind here, we are open to all plays tackling any theme of climate action.
Unproduced plays will take priority, but fully-produced work can also be submitted. 3 plays from the submitted pool will be selected by the Literary Team for the weekend of performances. Once selected, we will find a local director who shares a similar interest and aesthetic for the piece. Casting will be decided amongst the director, playwright, and GSC’s Artistic Director.

By pairing art with advocacy, we can deepen our connection to our earth’s future.
Each play will be paired with a climate expert(s) to keynote the talkback after each performance, addressing the themes of the theatrical piece, highlighting organizations that are taking action, and elaborating on how it affects Gloucester and the global landscape.

Play Submission Form
Submissions are due Monday, February 12, 2024. You will be notified by Friday, March 2 as to whether or not your play has been chosen for a reading.

The readings will take place between Thursday, April 25 – Sunday, April 28, 2024. We would love to have the playwrights participate in the festival weekend, either virtually or in-person, so please note your availability when applying.

Gloucester Stage is committed to upholding the work of local authors and stories from under-represented communities. Learn more about our action steps on Equity Diversity and Inclusion.

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