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Showing posts with label 10-minute plays. Show all posts
Showing posts with label 10-minute plays. Show all posts

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

THE ACRONYM PLAYS An “Urban Stages New Pages” On-Line Publication Opportunity

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Deadline: June 1, 2020

Plays chosen will have the opportunity to be presented live at the
award-winning Off-Broadway theatre, Urban Stages, located at 259 West 30th Street New York NY

While nothing can fully replace live theater, the staff at Urban Stages invites ALL playwrights to participate in our next 10-minute play competition, THE ACRONYM PLAYS.  This opportunity will support our goal to discover and nurture new works by artists of diverse cultural backgrounds.

From the safety of your home, we encourage you to create a brand new play using the springboard and guidelines, detailed below, that will be reviewed by a panel of professional theatre artists.  On a rolling basis, the readers will recommend compelling, well-constructed plays to Bara Swain, our Creative Consultant, who has been spearheading our staged reading festivals for “Urban Stages New Pages” since its inception. If your play is selected, the script will be uploaded to our website and accessible to the public for reading and, yes, commenting on Urban Stages’ FB page (@urban.stages)!  After all, this will be the first time that your words will be presented!

Acronyms! Yes, that is the springboard for our next ten-minute play competition at Urban Stages.  Use your imagination! Acronyms are defined by Merriam-Webster as “a word formed from the initial letter or letters of each of the successive parts or major parts of a compound term.” Huh?  Okay, we’re not going to be heavy handed during this chaotic time. Since an acronym is a kind of abbreviation, we’ll also accept plays that are inspired by a shortened form of a word or phrase. WTF! … and I’m not referring to offensive slang, LOL. WTF is also the acronym for the Williamstown Theatre Festival and Women’s Tri-Fitness Competition.  Oh, and LOL can refer to the now mostly obsolete “lots of luck” or “lots of love” used in letter-writing or, yes, Land of Lincoln, the official state slogan of Illinois, also retired from use.

Your challenge is to write a 10-minute play using an acronym or an abbreviation as the springboard for your piece. There are a wealth of acronyms to choose and explore, from social media, technological, economic and environmental acronyms to political, medical, digital, customer service and school logo acronyms.

As always, everyone – the writers and Urban Stages staff – are donating their time and talent for this online adventure and future live readings at our theatre home in the heart of Manhattan.

NOW, HERE ARE THE RULES

  1. Your play must use one (or more) acronyms/abbreviations in your play, or serve as the springboard for your script. 
  2. Write for 2-3 characters only.
  3. Maximum length is 10 pages.  As we roll this program out, please submit your play in Word or PDF in the event that we need to re-format for our website.
  4. Dazzle me!  The link below provides lists of common acronyms in chat, military, government and business,  as well as informative acronyms (i.e. ADD, OTC, DOA, DIY) and acronyms as identifiers (i.e. AA, NFL, SWF, ESPN).  You may also be inspired by googling “Acronyms” and searching images.  https://abbreviations.yourdictionary.com/articles/common-accronyms.html 
  5. Scripts can be submitted beginning on April 1 through June 1, with a possible extension. We are currently selecting judges and designing our website to support this effort.  Plays will be “published” on a rolling basis.

SUBMITTING YOUR PLAY

It will be helpful if you state your name and the acronym that inspired your work in the subject line.  Please include a summary of your play in the body of your email and a bio.  If you have a website, let us know that, too.  The authors of the plays chosen for “publication” will be notified prior to uploading to the web.  While our assumption is that we have your permission to present your play in the written form on our website, we will confirm your approval at that time.  Note that if we need to set a limit of submissions at a later date, you’ll hear from us.

Submit your play to Bara@UrbanStages.org.  Do you have any questions?  Reach out to Bara at the same email address.  I’m looking forward to hearing from you!

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

International Human Rights Art Festival Short Play Festival

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Deadline: July 1, 2020
New York City's International Human Rights Art Festival (IHRAF.ORG) and Wild Project Theater issue a call for proposals for a ten-minute play festival on Tuesday evening, December 8, 2020 as part of the fourth annual International Human Rights Art Festival, December 7-13 at the Wild Project, 195 E. 3rd Street, East Village, NY.

We are looking for self-produced pieces which are built around a social concern. We are especially interested in work exhibiting the values of beauty, sincerity, vulnerability and engagement; work inspired by the open-heart of the artist, and not their anger, disgust or disapproval.

Selected plays will receive a tech rehearsal, full tech support, PR and marketing as part of the festival and a prime spot in this year's event There is no fee to apply, and a production stipend of $50 per selected play will be paid.

Please send a description of the work, links, resume and any other information which might be of help in our decision to humanrightsartfestival@gmail.com. Deadline is July 1, 2020. Final decisions will be made by August 31, 2020.

The International Human Rights Art Festival has produced more than 80 events featuring more than 300 artists since its inception in March 2017, at Dixon Place (NY).  It has been covered in more than 30 media outlets (including the New York TimesNBCFox5AM-NYMetro-NYHuffington Post and many others); has worked with politicians and performers such as Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Senator Charles Schumer, Congressman John LewisKathleen TurnerBarbra Streisand and many more and WNYC is its media partner.  The Wild Project has been the starting point of plays that have gone on to Off-Broadway and Broadway productions; has had their productions reviewed numerous times in the New York Times and dozens of other outlets, and has offered a nurturing, beautiful theater which brings together local, downtown artists and national and international performers and events.  

Artists' Exchange's 15th Annual One Act Play Festival (OAPF)

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Deadline: Friday, April 10, 2020

Submission Guidelines: Plays should be original, short one act plays; ideal length 10-15 minutes with 20-minute maximum. Previously produced plays acceptable. Playwrights may submit up to three (3) plays maximum.

Seeking Short Plays: Comedic, absurd, dramatic, satirical, farcical, musical, etc. are all welcome for review. Works for actors of all ages (children thru seniors) and abilities are strongly encouraged. Selected plays will be performed at Theatre 82 in Cranston, Rhode Island from July 9-25, 2020 (more performance details below).

Deadline for Submission: All plays must be received by Friday, April 10, 2020. Any plays received or postmarked past April 10th will not be accepted for review. Plays will be reviewed and judged by a panel of community directors and actors on their artistic and technical merits, and collectively decided on whether they are “selected for performance” or “not selected.” Total number of selected plays is TBD, based on factors including number of submissions, length of plays, etc.

Selected Plays for Performance: The One Act Play Festival (OAPF) Panel will finalize and announce all selected plays for performance by the end of May. Playwrights will receive notification only if their play(s) was/were selected for performance, and the selected plays will also be posted on the festival’s webpage. Playwrights will not be notified if their works were not accepted. By submitting works, playwrights agree to allow Artists’ Exchange to produce their play(s) in the festival for the public’s entertainment and benefit with no performance/royalty fees.

Selected Playwrights: Participation is volunteer; no stipends or monetary prizes are awarded to selected playwrights. All monies collected from ticket sales, program ads, and donations will benefit Artists’ Exchange/Gateways to Change, Inc. and the continuation of the OAPF for years to come. Selected playwrights will receive at least two (2) complimentary tickets and recognition in the playbill and festival webpage, including a personal bio and contact information (if provided). Performances are not video recorded.

Festival Performance Schedule:
July 9-25, 2020
Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays @ 7pm

About the One Act Play Festival: Since 2006, Artists’ Exchange has hosted the One Act Play Festival for the entertainment and enjoyment of the Cranston community. Short plays are submitted from local, regional, and national playwrights and then selected for performance by a panel of directors/actors. Casts feature community actors of all abilities ranging in sex, age, and experience levels. This year marks the 15th annual year and aims to showcase new works by emerging and established playwrights and highlight the best short plays that were submitted for review.

To Submit: Please send all plays to Artists’ Exchange by physical mail or email and include your contact information and play title(s). Playwrights may only submit up to three (3) plays maximum. Contact Festival Artistic Director Jessica Chace with any questions or communications at jessica.chace@artists-exchange.org.

By Mail:
Attention: One Act Play Festival Submission
Artists’ Exchange
50 Rolfe Square
Cranston, RI  02910

By Email: In Subject line, please write “One Act Play Festival Submission: [Your Name]” and send to Jessica Chace at jessica.chace@artists-exchange.org.

Contact Information:
Jessica Chace, Artistic Director OAPF
jessica.chace@artists-exchange.org
www.artists-exchange.org 

Sunday, March 29, 2020

2020 PLAYWRITING COMPETITION – 29 MARCH 2020

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Deadline: Wednesday April, 2020 9PM EDT

The Rules:
  • Plays should be limited to roughly ten minutes in length. We’ll live with eleven or twelve minutes if necessary, but 15+ minute plays will not be read.
  • Only one entry per playwright.
  • Please use either Samuel French formatting or something comparable. The specific details don’t really matter, but we do want something that results in about one page per minute.
  • Scripts must be blind, i.e. no author-identifying information of any kind anywhere in the file.
  • Files must be in pdf format.
  • File name must be the exact title of the script, with spaces replaced by hyphens, followed by a hyphen and then the last two digits of your phone number (as a random factor). Example: If Jane Smith (with phone number xxx-xxx-xx84) submits a play entitled “The Chess Game”, the filename must be “The-Chess-Game-84.pdf” (capitalization in file names does not matter).
  • Scripts should include a title page with the play’s title, a cast list with genders and any age requirements, and the setting.
  • An brief explanation of relevance, i.e. how the script addresses the topic/challenge, must be included in the submission form (we are sorry to have to ask for this, but past experience has shown that many people submit scripts that don’t have anything to do with the prompt, resulting in a lot of wasted time for the judges).
  • The play must be brand new and written specifically for this challenge. Existing or re-purposed plays are not permitted.
  • The playwright retains all rights to the script, but grants ICRL the right to record a reading of the play and to post that recording online.
  • The submission period ends on Wednesday at 9:00 pm (east coast U.S.A.)


Saturday, March 28, 2020

"Fade to Black" play festival seeks 10-minute scripts

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Deadline: April 1, 2020

Building on the growing success and popularity of our previous years, Shabach Enterprise presents its eight season of the Fade To Black Play Festival, Houston's only short play festival celebrating the new works of African American playwrights.

Festival date: June 25-27, 2020, Houston, TX

SCRIPT SUBMISSIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED FROM SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2020 TO WEDNESDAY, APRIL 1, 2020.

1. No fee is required.
2. No restriction of theme or genre.
3. Three (3) scripts submissions are allowed per playwright.
4. Selected playwright winners will be awarded a cash prize of $100.00.

TO QUALIFY:
1. You must be the sole African-American author of the submitted work.
2. Previously published or produced work by the author or theatre/company is not allowed (See definitions below).
3. Play must run no longer than 8-10 minutes long on stage. (Consider conducting an informal reading to ensure).
4. Play should accommodate a “bare-stage” set requiring only a minimum of removable stage props and require basic lighting and sound cues.
5. Play must not be a musical.
6. Play must not be written for children or youth.
7. Play must not contain characters that are under 17 years old.
8. Play must not be a re-submission of previous Fade To Black play festival seasons.
9. Play must not be considered a translation or adaptation.
10. Play should be "stand-alone", separate body of work that has not been extracted from a larger, previously written play.
11. Author must be at least 18 years of age.
12. Play must be submitted in a PDF format.

TO SUBMIT:
1. Complete the script submissions application.
Submission link:
https://monologuebank.submittable.com/submit/68c3eafa-ba83-43b3-9e61-9994f9a50142/fade-to-black-play-festival-2020


2. Upload pdf of original work.

For more festival details go to www.FadeToBlackFest.com 

 DEFINITIONS:
"Produced” - Your play was marketed for production date(s) by either you (its playwright) or a theatre company and was performed before an audience who purchased tickets to see the event.  

"Published" - Your play is an officially published work and commands royalties from the producing theater each time it is performed.

Staged readings (formal or informal) are not considered productions. If your play has only had public or private readings but has not been produced as a full-scale stage performance, you are permitted to submit the play.

Thursday, March 26, 2020

12th Biennial Festival of Ten-Minute Plays

Please note - they are no longer accepting submissions. Per their web site:

"Thank you for your interest. We have received the maximum 500 submissions. Please check back with us in February of 2022 when we will be accepting submissions for Festival of Ten XIII."


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Deadline: April 15, 2020

Brockport New York

The Department of Theatre and Music Studies at The College at Brockport is pleased to announce its 12th Biennial Festival of Ten-Minute Plays.

Brockport’s Festival of Ten began in 1999, and every two years since then audiences have enjoyed these performances consisting of 10 ten-minute plays. Our Festival of Ten has grown over the years and now has an International reputation, with playwrights from as far away as Australia. For each festival we accept 500 submissions, ultimately selecting ten to produce.

Plays can be submitted beginning February 15, 2020 until April 15, 2020, or until we reach 500 submissions.

Submission Guidelines

  • All plays will be submitted online. Submitted plays should have the name of the playwright removed.
  • Each script must have a running time of 7–14 minutes.
  • Only original scripts allowed.
  • Maximum of two scripts per playwright.
  • Plays that have been read or performed in any manner for a paying audience prior to submission are not accepted.
  • Plays written by current  Brockport Department of Theatre and Music Studies faculty and staff (full and part-time) are not accepted.
  • Entries will be acknowledged via email.
  • Only the first 500 scripts received will be considered.
  • The top ten scripts will be produced in fully realized productions as part of the SUNY Brockport’s Festival of Ten XII (February/March 2021).
  • Finalists will be notified by November 30, 2020.
  • If you are unsure how to format your play, view this website for an example. If you have questions or need more information please email play-fest@brockport.edu.

To submit a play click the button online. If you are submitting more than one play, please create a seperate submission for each one.

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

The Seven Short Works Festival

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Deadline: June 1, 2020

Albuquerque New Mexico

 If you wish to submit by standard mail, please send script(s) to the addressed listed on our website. There is no submission fee if you choose to use this method.  

The Seven is one of the nation's premiere short works festivals.  It features seven fully produced world premieres, utilizing seven different directors and a professional ensemble cast.  The scripts are reads by a jury of theatre professionals (blindly, without any identification of the playwright) and the seven highest scoring scripts will be produced.  The overall Jury Award-winner will be awarded the Andaluz Prize, and will receive transportation to/from and lodging at the festival.
Important Dates

June 1, 2020:  Postmarked submission deadline.
June 7, 2020 at 11:59 pm (MST):  Digital submission deadline.
July 1, 2020:  Winners announced.
Performance dates TBD.

Submission Rules
- Scripts must be based on the theme:  "YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS UP.” All theatrical genres are acceptable (drama, comedy, musical, monologues, etc.).
- Do NOT use the phrase: "you can't make this up" in the script or as a title.
- Scripts may be a maximum of 10 pages, in standard playwriting formats. For digital submissions, only .pdf, .doc and .docx file formats will be accepted.
- The Seven is comprised of world premiere productions. The script must never have been produced before July 30th, 2020 in order to be accepted. Scripts that have received public readings only ARE eligible.
- Scripts must be submitted with:

  1. A title page with all playwright contact information
  2. A title page with only the title of the play.  These should be included as a part of the document file.

These pages and any character/title pages do not count against the 10 page script maximum.

- The preferred method of submission is digital, and the process can be accessed below. There is a $5.00 US submission fee to do so.

- If you wish to submit by standard mail, please send script(s) to the addressed listed on our website. There is no submission fee if you choose to use this method.  Script pages should be affixed using a single staple or paper clip ONLY.  No binders or folders.

- Playwrights can submit a maximum of TWO scripts total.

- There are no age/gender/career, etc. limitations in this submission process. It is open to all and scripts from anywhere in the world will be accepted.

- If you are submitting a musical, make sure to include the audio files on a thumb drive. You must submit these scripts via snail mail.

- Make sure to include your email address. Once the submissions have been logged-in, you will receive a confirmation email, which could take up to 72 hours.  

Sunday, March 22, 2020

2020 PLAYWRITING COMPETITION – 22 MARCH 2020

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Deadline: Wednesday March 25, 2020 9PM EDT

The Rules:
  • Plays should be limited to roughly ten minutes in length. We’ll live with eleven or twelve minutes if necessary, but 15+ minute plays will not be read.
  • Only one entry per playwright.
  • Please use either Samuel French formatting or something comparable. The specific details don’t really matter, but we do want something that results in about one page per minute.
  • Scripts must be blind, i.e. no author-identifying information of any kind anywhere in the file.
  • Files must be in pdf format.
  • File name must be the exact title of the script, with spaces replaced by hyphens, followed by a hyphen and then the last two digits of your phone number (as a random factor). Example: If Jane Smith (with phone number xxx-xxx-xx84) submits a play entitled “The Chess Game”, the filename must be “The-Chess-Game-84.pdf” (capitalization in file names does not matter).
  • Scripts should include a title page with the play’s title, a cast list with genders and any age requirements, and the setting.
  • An brief explanation of relevance, i.e. how the script addresses the topic/challenge, must be included in the submission form (we are sorry to have to ask for this, but past experience has shown that many people submit scripts that don’t have anything to do with the prompt, resulting in a lot of wasted time for the judges).
  • The play must be brand new and written specifically for this challenge. Existing or re-purposed plays are not permitted.
  • The playwright retains all rights to the script, but grants ICRL the right to record a reading of the play and to post that recording online.
  • The submission period ends on Wednesday at 9:00 pm (east coast U.S.A.)



Salem State University’s 10-Minute Playwriting Contest

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Deadline: April 1, 2020  

Designated a Military Friendly School by G.I. Jobs, a Top College and University by Military Advanced Education, and a Best for Vets College by Military Times, Salem State values our military connected students and their families and the sacrifices they have made for our country. Salem State is committed to supporting Veterans’ voices on and off campus. The arts create unique and powerful opportunities for individuals and groups to share experiences and constructive dialogue. As such, Salem State is proud to announce its second annual Veterans Playwriting contest which will culminate in staged readings of selected plays in November 2020, near to Veteran’s Day.

All playwrights, regardless of military affiliation, are invited to enter Salem State University’s 10-Minute Playwriting Contest. However, preference will be given to those with a direct military connection. This includes: active-duty military, reservists, National Guard, Veterans, and direct family of any of these.

The theme of the play should directly touch on military service and/or how military service affects a community. The contest and festival look to recognize and celebrate those that have served and currently serve. We are looking to bring together a variety of voices exploring both the challenges and the victories and positive influences that Veterans have on our community.

Judges will select finalists, whose plays will be part of a weekend of staged readings in and around Veteran’s Day 2020, exact dates TBD. Our first annual festival was held in the Callan Studio Theatre at SSU in September 2019. This three-night festival was a huge success with eight staged plays, 4 professional directors, 20 professional and student actors, packed audiences, and vibrant community conversations.

Important Dates

April 1, 2020 - Entry deadline
June 15, 2020 - Notification of finalists
November 2020 - Staged readings with post-performance discussions (dates TBD), Callan Studio Theatre, Salem State University

Contest Rules

  • Only submissions through Submittable will be considered.
  • One submission per playwright.
  • Only original plays, not-yet produced or published, are eligible.
  • All plays are judged blind. Do not include any personal, identifying information anywhere on your submission. 
  • Musicals and adaptations are not eligible. 
  • Simultaneous submissions are allowed. If your play is accepted elsewhere, please let us know immediately. If your play is chosen to be performed, you agree to withdraw your play from all other places where it is under consideration. 
  • By submitting, you agree to allow Salem State University to produce the first staged reading of your play. 
  • Scripts meeting the rules and submitted by the deadline will be reviewed by judges.
  • Judging will be done by SSU faculty and members of the SSU Veterans’ community

Judging Criteria

Story

Plot seems fresh, intriguing and original
Something happens; sufficient conflict and tension throughout the play
Plot is active, vital and dramatic on stage
Story moves along; pace is engaging
Voice

Strong, interesting writing style
Clear viewpoint that’s well integrated into the play
Characters

Interesting and compelling characters
Characters seem credible and real
Main character evolves or develops through the course of the play
Dialogue

Dialogue suits the characters
Dialogue sounds natural and credible for the plot and location
Each character has own unique voice
Dialogue seems fresh and compelling (not dull, boring, or generic)
Appropriateness

The play can be staged in the 10-minute time allotment in a black box theatre      with limited set, sound, and design.
Overall effect

Play is transformative and memorable

Submitting Your Work

SUBMIT ONLINE

The script must be in standard playwriting format with 12-point Courier font. Use double spacing when changing from one character to another. Use single spacing everywhere else. If you are unfamiliar with standard playwriting format, please check out this example.

PLAYS THAT FAIL TO MEET THESE CRITERIA WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED.

Questions: email arts@salemstate.edu

Saturday, March 21, 2020

The On(line) and Off(site) Festival of New Writing is looking for short scripts

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Deadline: March 31, 2020

The On(line) and Off(site) Festival of New Writing is looking for scripts that explore relationships in a physically and socially disconnected world. Playwrights are invited to submit short scripts for consideration.

What we’re looking for:

  • Scripts no longer than ten pages (5-10 minutes running time)
  • Four or fewer characters
  • Written to be performed specifically in a video conferencing setting

Most importantly, there needs to be a reason why your play can only be performed in an online chat. Are your characters family who find themselves unable to be together for some reason? Is this a conference call amongst directors of a company? Is one of your characters at an outpost on Mars?

This isn’t a festival about the coronavirus. We want to see your creativity using the medium currently available to us to tell us compelling stories. The best scripts will be performed live (virtual space and date TBD).

Send inquiries and script submissions, in appropriate script format, to onandoffwkshop@gmail.com. Deadline is March 31st.

Facebook/Twitter/Instagram: @onandoffwkshop

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Panglossian Productions seeking full-length and 10-minute plays for Area 51 project

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Deadline: April 13, 2020

Williamsburg, VA

Panglossian Productions is seeking submissions for our Area 51 project  to be presented on July 31 & August 1, 2020.

We are looking for both original full-length and 10-minute plays written around the theme of Area 51.  The full-length play will be presented in staged reading format on July 31st.  The 10-minute plays will be staged and presented on August 1st.  The deadline for submissions is April 13, 2020.

Here is what you need to know:
-You may submit more than one play (as long as you feel that it is worthwhile, submit it)
-Cast size should range between 2-6 people
-You will be notified via email if your play is selected to be featured
-Submissions should be emailed in PDF format to area51@panglossian.org and contain the following information
1. Playwright name
2. Playwright contact information including email address
3. A brief statement about the playwright and the piece itself (be creative, but honest)
-If you have further questions, please email them to area51@panglossian.org

Why are we doing this?
According to our namesake, the dementedly optimistic Dr. Pangloss, “All is for the best in the best of all possible worlds.”

Most of the time, the world falls short.  As any young artist who decides to build a life in the performing arts discovers, it’s hard to get experience without already having it. It’s even harder to convince people to take a gamble on new works and innovative ideas, no matter how exciting they may be.

What’s safe is always… well… safe.  And that’s fine.  But safe things don’t ignite passion in us.  They don’t make us catch our breath or question how we live or want to go running into the streets to tell people what we’ve seen.  So, we choose projects that take risks and that are worth the risk.

We exist in order to boldly and thoughtfully create:

• Unpretentious productions that challenge our audience without patronizing them.
• Opportunities for talented and dedicated young artists to gain meaningful experience.
• Development of new, innovative, substantive, and semi-crazy artistic ventures.

Visit us online at panglossian.org or find Panglossian Productions on Facebook.

Sunday, March 15, 2020

Applause Theatre & Cinema Books seeks work for publication

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Deadline: May 1, 2020

Applause Theatre & Cinema Books is looking for 10-minute plays whose original production is/was in 2019 or 2020 and 1-2 minute monologues from plays produced originally 2018-2020. No stand-alone monologues.

Send submissions to LRHarbison1@gmail.com.

Submission guidelines

Saturday, March 7, 2020

A Light in Dark Places seeks short plays

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Deadline: March 13, 2020, 11:59 PM

If you are interested in submitting a play to ALIDP 2020, please check out the guidelines below.

You’re invited to submit a short-form play to be included in the 5th annual A Light in Dark Places: A Collection of Plays for Hope in accordance with National Suicide Prevention Month.

Selected plays will receive a six-performance run and a $75 prize.

Performances will be the weekends of Sept. 11th-13th & Sept. 18th-20th at the Stella Adler Academy of Acting & Theatre – Los Angeles in Hollywood.

ALIDP is a non-profit that using the arts to bring understanding, resources and hope to those affected by suicide. The plays are to explore themes of suicide prevention and mental health conditions with a focus on community, connection, hope, resources and healing.

Please DO NOT submit any plays that depict the act or glorify suicide, as that is not in accordance with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s safe messaging guidelines.

Up to six plays will be selected from the submissions. A standard option agreement contract will be expected to be signed by both parties upon selection.

Selections will be announced no later than May 15th, directors will then be assigned, and casting will commence in August. A four-week rehearsal period is expected.

To apply, playwrights must submit an original 5 to 15 page, double-spaced script via email to: submit@alightindarkplaces.org. Please include name, address and how you heard about us.

Submission fee will be waived for all applications received by 11:59pm PST, Friday March 13th.

 Submissions received between 12am PST, Saturday March 14th and 11:59pm PST, Friday May 1st will be asked to pay a $20 fee at www.alightindarkplaces.org/shop/submit

For further information on A Light in Dark Places, please visit www.alightindarkplaces.org.

For further information on the subject of Suicide Prevention, please visit: www.afsp.org.

For further information about Stella Adler Academy of Acting & Theatre – Los Angeles, please visit: http:/www.stellaadler.la

 Feel free to email with any questions you may have!

Best wishes,

The ALIDP Team

Sunday, March 1, 2020

McMenamins UFO Festival seeks productions of 10-minute plays

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Deadline: March 31, 2020

MCMENAMINS UFO FESTIVAL PRESENTS THEATRE 33
10-MINUTE PLAYWRITING COMPETITION.

THREE PLAYS WILL BE SELECTED BY THEATRE 33 TO BE PERFORMED AS STAGED READINGS ​MAY 15, 2020 @7:30 PM AT MCMENAMINS UFO FESTIVAL HELD IN MCMINNVILLE, OREGON, AT HOTEL OREGON. THE AUDIENCE WILL VOTE AND THE WINNER WILL RECEIVE A $200. GIFT CERTIFICATE FOR MCMENAMINS.

Submissions Guidelines
  • We will accept unpublished plays only.
  • The play must be about UFOs or anything closely related to them.
  • The play must contain at least two (2) characters, but no more than four (4).
  • The playwright rehearses their team of actors, and director /or self directs the reading to perform at the Festival on May 15th, 2020.
  • One submission per playwright, or collaboration team.
  • By submitting, the playwright permits McMenamins/Theatre 33 to include the play during the UFO Festival. The playwright must be free to give this permission at no cost to McMenamins or Theatre 33.
  • Submitting your play grants McMenamins and Theatre 33 10-minute play Festival the right to use your name, play title, and possible video excerpts from your play or photographs from your play for promotional purposes on Theatre 33’s website in the promotion of future festivals.
  • Plays should be submitted in standard play format via email only in PDF format with the title page. Click the link for more information on formatting: http://www.playwrightslocal.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/Samuel-French-Formatting-Guide.pdf
  • Play selections will be finalized by April 1st by Theatre 33. Everyone who has submitted will receive an email announcing whose work has been selected for the 2020 UFO Festival.
  • Remember, keep your play to no more than 10 minutes in length, approximately 8 to 10 pages. The venue will supply chairs, music stands, and possibly microphones.
  • Three plays will be selected to be performed as stage readings at McMenamins UFO Festival. The audience will vote upon the completion of the three play readings, and one​ playwright will win the Grand Prize of a $200 McMenamins gift card.  Submission deadline March 1st, 2020.​
  • ***If your play is selected you must be available to provide actor/director team and present a rehearsed/polished reading of your UFO 10-minute play at the Festival on Friday, May 15th, in McMinnville, Oregon, during the UFO Festival.***

​Submisson Details:
A brief bio and contact information.
A short synopsis of the play and a list of team members names.
Submission deadline March 1st.
Please email scripts to: THEATRE33ORG@GMAIL.COM
In the subject line write YOUR PLAY TITLE (AND) UFO PLAY COMPETITION.

Thank you for your interest in this competition as part of the McMenamins 21st annual UFO Festival. Good luck, and we look forward to reading your plays!

Saturday, February 29, 2020

Scripps Ranch Theatre 9th Annual Out On A Limb Festival

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Deadline: March 6, 2020

Scripps Ranch Theatre is currently accepting scripts for its 9th annual Out On A Limb new play festival.

Please only submit finished works (no treatments or drafts). Plays must not exceed 10 minutes. Please read below for more information.

After your play has been received it will be reviewed. We will make a final selection of 6 plays to present in performances on July 10-12 and 17-19. If your play is selected you will receive a stipend to present your play in the performances.

This year we are continuing our exciting element of awarding CASH PRIZES! Each play will be judged by a distinguished panel of judges and our audience. At the end of the sixth performance all of the scores from all of the performances will be tallied. We will then award a first, second and third prize. The prize money will be divided among the playwright, director and actors.

Please Note:
  • Your play must not exceed 10 minutes.
  • Please do not submit musicals.
  • Your play must be a new and unpublished work.
  • Please include a brief synopsis of your play.
  • Please include your name and email along with your submission.
  • Your work must be submitted by the deadline of March 6, 2020
  • We will produce your play and you do not need to self produce.
  • There is no fee to submit your work
  • Your play does need to be about San Diego.
  • You do not need to reside in California to submit.
  • Please submit your works to: OOAL@scrippsranchtheatre.org


Charles Peters
Producer and Artistic Director of OOAL 2020

THE WRITER’S VOICE: Ten Minute Play Festival

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Marjorie S. Deane Little Theater at The West Side YMCA
5 W 63rd Street, New York, NY 10023

Submission Deadline: March 1, 2020
Performance Dates: May 8 & 9, 2020

Submit entries at:

tinyurl.com/MSDLT10min4thplayfest

For More Information, Contact:

Cassandra Richards, Director of Community Arts
crichards@ymcanyc.org | 212-912-2635
  • Playwrights are responsible for selecting a cast, director, and rehearsals.
  • Previously produced plays are acceptable; plays must be original works submitted by playwright.
  • Selected plays will be required to sell 5 tickets per performance
  • If you have video of previous performances, please include the link as specified below.
  • Selected plays will receive a video recording of their work and access to production photos.
  • The Marjorie S Deane Little Theater will provide limited set pieces, lighting/sound equipment and the production staff.

2020 5th Annual One-Act Playwriting Jamboree

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Submission Deadline:  March 6, 2020

If playwright is a member of a professional playwright guild or recognized national or international playwright organization, this fee will be waived - but playwright must provided proof of membership with their submissions (a copy of the front and back of a membership card or membership letter on official letterhead).

Writers must submit their one-act plays (with a running time of 20 minutes or less) maximum 2 plays per writer.

Our one-act jamboree is open to writers of all ages, stages, and locations around the world!
We are ESPECIALLY seeking new one-act plays that one might consider ground-breaking or boundary-pushing  and that invite audiences to think deeper or feel more deeply about issues and topics in the play. We also encourage female and minority playwrights to submit their plays for consideration. However, our readings are blind, meaning the members of our panel are not made aware of the age, race, gender, nationality, and/or religion of the playwright during the reading and selection process of plays. We do not discriminate in our play selection based on age, race, gender, nationality, or religion and all plays submitted are ultimately judged for plot, character development, dialogue, and overall quality.

Please send manuscripts, cover letter (see "How to Submit" below)
AND enclosed $20 reading fee***
** (waived for members of professional playwright organization, such as Dramatist Guild.
See below for more information and submission requirements for proof of membership)
(checks made payable to Rhino Theatre Group, LLC) to:

Rhino Theatre Group, LLC,
237 Hamburg Turnpike
Pompton Lakes, NJ  07442
Attention:  One Act Jamboree

You may also email your manuscripts and cover letter (see below for more info)  to joann@rhinotheatre.com  and then pay your $20 reading fee online.

Use the buttons below to submit your manuscript and to pay the reading fee (manuscripts will not be considered until fee is remitted).

If playwright is a member of a professional playwright guild or recognized national or international playwright organization, this fee will be waived - but playwright must provided proof of membership with their submissions (a copy of the front and back of a membership card or membership letter on official letterhead).


Make sure the subject is: One Act Submission

Between 6 and 10 winners will receive the prize of a staged production of his or her play at the 5th Annual Rhino One Act Jamboree, which will be held on August 21 - 23, 2020 at Rhino Studio 237.

The production will have auditioned actors, directors chosen by committee, producers, stage managers, ushers/front of house, ticket takers and tech crew.

2020 5th Annual One-Act Playwriting Jamboree Terms and Conditions

Writers are encouraged to submit their one-act plays (run time of 20 minutes or less)

Plays will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Plot
  • Character Development
  • Dialogue    
  • Overall writing quality 

Submissions deadline: Friday, March 6, 2020

Playwrights are limited to two (2) submissions.

How to Submit:

Please read and follow our submission guidelines. Submissions that are incomplete or do not follow these guidelines will be disqualified. To enter your play, you must submit the following:

(1) Three (3) hard copies of your play (or email in advance for electronic submissions/Paypal payment).
 Plays should run 20 minutes or less and be written in the proper playwriting format (when in the proper format, running time is approximately one minute per page):
A list of characters with a brief physical description of each should also be included.
Plays should contain 15 or fewer actors.
One person plays are accepted.
No musicals, unless you are providing accompaniment.
Plays should have simple staging and technical needs.

 (2) A cover letter with the following information:
The name of your play
Your name full address, full contact information (including your e-mail and phone number)
A brief synopsis of your play (for publicity purposes if your play is selected)
A brief biography

(3) A check in the amount of $20 (US dollars) for each play submitted, made payable to: Rhino Theatre Group, LLC.  Please write "One-Act Jamboree" in the check's memo line.

The submission package must be sent to:
Rhino Theatre Group, LLC,
237 Hamburg Turnpike
Pompton Lakes, NJ  07442
Attn:  One-Act Jamboree

Alternatively, the submission packet may b e-mailed to:
joann@rhinotheatre.com

Additional Information:

Submissions must be postmarked on or before March 6, 2020.
Plays will NOT be returned and will be recycled.
The entry fee is non-refundable.

If your play is chosen, a $50 participation fee will be required prior to auditions your play production.  As the playwright, you are invited to auditions and will have input regarding casting and production presentation.  However, Artistic Director may choose to exercise her authority regarding questionable content and/or presentation of the show with consideration and protection of the reputation of the company in its entirety.

Prizes:
At the conclusion of the jamboree, one winner will receive a $250 cash prize based on audience vote.

Festival @ First 11: Call for Scripts

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Theatre@First seeks scripts for an evening of short plays to be performed in Somerville (MA) over two weekends in August 2020. Our reading committee will be looking for quality plays by new or established playwrights that will draw the broadest possible audience while creating a vibrant evening of theatre. Please read this entire announcement carefully to make sure that your submission adheres to our rules and guidelines.

The festival’s theme is "Myths & Legends," which can be interpreted in many different ways at each playwright’s discretion. We are hoping to see a broad and diverse set of submissions in our inbox over the next few months! Please consider this theme in the spirit of folklore, legends, fables, and ancient myths – remember, myths come from all cultures, not just the Greeks! We encourage you to explore other cultures and mythologies in your writing.

The selection committee will be looking to assemble a cohesive but diverse set of eight plays for our production. Each chosen play will have its own director and cast. All casting will be done through general auditions next June. Playwrights will not be considered for our reading committee but are welcome to apply to direct or audition if they so desire.

The deadline for submissions is March 1, 2020. This will be strictly upheld.

Submission Criteria
  • Plays should be 10 minutes long (or less).
  • Cast size should be 2–5 actors. Shows with larger casts and one-actor plays will not be considered.
  • Theatre@First embraces diversity. Writers are encouraged to include roles for actors across a wide spectrum of race, gender expression, religion, age, body type, and ability.
  • No improvisational or straight dance pieces will be considered.
  • New and previously performed plays are welcome.
  • Published plays are permitted, provided you hold the rights to your work.
  • Plays must be royalty-free as payment will not be offered for the purchase of rights. Theatre@First was founded to provide affordable theatre to our community and to offer an artistic venue to community members wishing to volunteer their skills and talents. Playwrights will receive two free tickets to any performance.
  • Our Festival will be performed on a simple stage with minimum prop and set requirements and a repertory lighting plot. Scripts with significant technical demands may be rejected on that basis.
  • Submissions are limited to two per person. Please send each script in a separate email.
  • Scripts will be read blindly by our committee to ensure fair considerations for all playwrights. Please submit a copy of your play without your name on it.

How to Submit Your Play
Two ways to submit:

  • Fill out this Google Form. You will need a Google login, and you can upload your script to the form when you fill it out.
  • Copy-and-paste the following information into an email and send your answers to festival@theatreatfirst.org along with a copy of your script.

Do not include your name or contact information on the script itself. Scripts and playwrights will be tracked by the Festival Director and read anonymously by the selection committee.

TALOS IV: SCIENCE FICTION THEATRE FESTIVAL OF LONDON SEEKS SHORT PLAYS

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Deadline: Sunday March 1, 2020

TALOS IV: the original Science Fiction Theatre Festival of London will take place 15-21 June 2020 at the Cockpit in London. In addition to its main programme of curated full length productions*, the festival is seeking submissions of short plays with science fiction elements.

Scripts should be no more than 15 minutes long and not previously produced in London;
Talos IV aims to showcase new work and particularly encourages BAME and LGBTQ+ artists to submit their scripts. The accepted plays will be mainly science fiction but related genres [e.g. horror, contemporary fantasy] will also be considered.

 The scripts will be considered for play readings and performances during the 2020 festival, and should be submitted as a PDF attachment to talosfest@gmail.com

Please include a short bio and a synopsis in the body of your email. Please put SCRIPT SUBMISSION: [PLAY TITLE] by [AUTHOR] in the subject line of your email. One submission per writer please. If your submission is accepted, you should hear back by the end of March.

At Cyborphic, the team behind Talos, we accept flexible definitions of science fiction and are looking for projects that feature science fiction or even speculative fiction elements. We’re interested in all kinds of science fiction performance, including but not limited to:

Cyborg Theatre, Robot Theatre, AI Theatre, Weird / New Weird Theatre

  • Afrofuturist Theatre
  • Queer Science Fiction
  • Utopian and/or dystopian theatre
  • Post-Apocalyptic, Post-Modern, Post-Dramatic
  • Science fiction dance performance
  • Solarpunk, Cyberpunk, Steampunk, Biopunk, Hopepunk, Mythpunk

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Scripps Ranch Theatre’s 9th Annual “Out On A Limb: New Plays from America’s Finest City”

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Deadline: March 6, 2020

San Diego, CA

July 10-19, 2020
Friday, Saturday at 8pm, Sunday at 2pm

Scripps Ranch Theatre’s “Out on a Limb: New Plays from America’s Finest City,” is designed to create and stage new one-act plays. The program strives to develop and produce new work that will engage playwrights and theater artists in Southern California.  It is our intention to celebrate diversity, to entertain, educate, and expand the horizons of our patrons and develop new audiences, and to contribute to the cultural and economic growth of our community.

Scripps Ranch Theatre is currently accepting scripts for its 9th annual Out On A Limb new play festival. The deadline is March 6, 2020.

Please only submit finished works (no treatments or drafts). Plays must not exceed 10 minutes. Please read below for more information.

After your play has been received it will be reviewed. We will make a final selection of 6 plays to present in performances on July 10-12 and 17-19. If your play is selected you will receive a stipend to present your play in the performances.

This year we are continuing our exciting element of awarding CASH PRIZES! Each play will be judged by a distinguished panel of judges and our audience. At the end of the sixth performance all of the scores from all of the performances will be tallied. We will then award a first, second and third prize. The prize money will be divided among the playwright, director and actors.

Please Note:
  • Your play must not exceed 10 minutes.
  • Please do not submit musicals.
  • Your play must be a new and unpublished work.
  • Please include a brief synopsis of your play.
  • Please include your name and email along with your submission.
  • Your work must be submitted by the deadline of March 6, 2020
  • We will produce your play and you do not need to self produce.
  • There is no fee to submit your work
  • Your play does need to be about San Diego.
  • You do not need to reside in California to submit.
  • Please submit your works to: OOAL@scrippsranchtheatre.org


Charles Peters
Producer and Artistic Director of OOAL 2020

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