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Friday, September 10, 2021

Cheat Out Podcast Seeking One-Woman Play for Audio Production

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Deadline: October 1, 2021

I'm looking for a meaty, entertaining, one-woman script to produce as an audio play and share on my small solo podcast: https://cheatout.buzzsprout.com/

Open to all genres and subject matter (with the exception of musicals). Minimum Length: 10 Minutes/Maximum Length: 60 Minutes. No fees to participate; no restrictions on eligibility.

Plays may have been published and/or produced before. I do not need exclusive rights, but you must allow the work to exist on my podcast in perpetuity.

Writers may submit up to three (3) queries. Deadline for submissions: October 1, 2021. Chosen writer will be notified via email by October 11, 2021.

Writer will be paid a one-time stipend of $100 (USD) for the audio production rights. Your credit/bio will be posted on the podcast website and included in any marketing.

Please send a brief note of interest and succinct logline or summary of your script, including the character(s), subject and genre. Please don't attach the play at this time; I'll follow-up with those I'm interested in reading within two (2) days of submission. 

Email queries to: cheatoutpodcast@gmail.com

Thank you!

Saturday, August 28, 2021

Veterans Repertory Theater (VetRep) seeks audio plays from veterans

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Deadline: December 31, 2021

Veterans Repertory Theater (VetRep) is launching a 10-minute audio play competition for playwrights who meet one of the following criteria:

- current or former US military, law enforcement, fire, EMS, foreign service, or intelligence service veteran 
 
- immediate family member of a current or former military, law enforcement, fire, EMS, foreign service or intelligence service veteran

Submissions should be emailed in PDF format to vetrep.theater@gmail.com and should include the veteran/immediate family member status of the playwright in the body of the email.

Plays should be:

- 10 minutes or less in length.
- Written as an audio play
- Any genre (but especially comedy and thrillers)
- Any subject matter; does not have to be related to veteran's service

Playwrights may submit more than one play

Plays should not have been previously produced and/or published

Winners and finalists will be notified via email no later than July 4, 2022. (Note: We will make every effort to have results back to submitters ASAP, however, in order to ensure fair treatment of each submission and to plan for any contingencies which may arise, we are providing a worst-case scenario for our timeline).

There is no participation or submission fee.

There is no guarantee that winners’ or finalists’ work will be produced by VetRep.

The competition winner:

- Will receive a $1000 cash prize.

- Will receive feedback from panel of judges.

- Will be invited to join the VetRep Playwrighting Incubator where Winner will have the opportunity to submit plays for commissioning and production at VetRep.

- Will win a one-year PSH Subscription (www.playsubmissionshelper.com).

The second-place finalist:

- Will receive a $750 cash prize.

- Will receive feedback from panel of judges.

- May be invited to join the VetRep Playwrighting Incubator where finalist will have the opportunity to submit plays for commissioning and production at VetRep.

- Will win a one-year PSH Subscription (www.playsubmissionshelper.com).


The third-place finalist:

- Will receive a $500 cash prize.

- Will receive feedback from panel of judges.

- May be invited to join the VetRep Playwrighting Incubator where finalist will have the opportunity to submit plays for commissioning and production at VetRep.

- Will win a one-year PSH Subscription (www.playsubmissionshelper.com).


The fourth-place through tenth-place finalists:

- Will receive feedback from panel of judges.

- May be invited to join the VetRep Playwrighting Incubator where finalists will have the opportunity to submit their plays for commissioning and production at VetRep.

- Will win a one-year PSH Subscription (www.playsubmissionshelper.com).

Founded in February 2021 in Newburgh, NY, Veterans Repertory Theater (VetRep) is a creative hub that brings talented veteran writers and professional New York-based artists under one roof to create compelling live theater and events. 

Our website will go live by the end of July at https://vetrep.org/. You can follow us at https://www.instagram.com/vetreptheater/ and https://www.facebook.com/vetreptheaternewburgh to see our latest events and updates.

Saturday, May 22, 2021

Marion Thauer Brown Audio Drama Scriptwriting Competition is accepting adventure and comedy entries

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Deadline: May 28th 2021

The MTB Audio Drama Scriptwriting Competition celebrates exciting aural storytelling with a $250 first prize and $100 second-place prize. Authors retain all script rights.

The theme for 2021’s competition is adventure and comedy scripts that engage and amuse audiences.

There’s no fee for entry. We simply ask the following:
  • Please keep to one entry per author.
  • Scripts should run no longer than 30 minutes (approximately 30 pages of script)
  • The script should be your original work/story. Adaptations of another author’s works or use of proprietary characters such as Dr. Who, Frankenstein, or Othello will lead to disqualification.
  • Please keep the script appropriate for listeners of all ages by meeting the following conventions:
  • 1) Avoid swearing. which includes “damn,” and “hell” and “God.” Failure to do so will lead to automatic disqualification regardless of context.
  • 2) Avoid implicit or implied sexual context. Romantic affection is fine. Details about intimacy are not.
  • 3) Avoid graphic depictions of killing or torture. It is understood that people can get bumped off for dramatic capital if needed (which is not to say it is necessary to do so) but if you do please avoid disturbing intimate details.
  • Given the current world situation, please refrain from submitting dystopic/pandemic fiction. This isn’t to say the subject can’t make for compelling drama, but a goal of this competition is to foster scripts that provide an escape for audiences of all ages from hearing about this topic.
  • Make sure your script is action/plot driven. To meet this criteria (and prevent repurposed stage plays) each script should have at least one location change.
  • Please make sure it is free of visual stage directions such as “Shonna blows him a kiss. He nods knowingly as Tyler silently walks off stage” or stage play set design details.
Winners will be announced on June 21st 2021.

Monday, May 3, 2021

inspiraTO’s Ten-minute Audio Drama Playwriting Contest

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Deadline: May 16, 2021, 11:59 pm E.S.T.

We are excited to offer our first ever ten-minute audio drama playwriting contest. There is a wonderful intimacy in listening to drama - like a stranger telling you a secret. Theater inspiraTO is ready to add your voice to further showcase the beauty and brevity of this art form.

Please read the terms and conditions below and scroll down to submit your play. Be part of it all.


TERMS & CONDITIONS

Six to ten, ten-minute plays will be selected and be professionally produced as a radio drama and hosted on the Theatre inspiraTO website.

You must submit online (scroll to the bottom of the page) by May 16, 2021, 11:59 pm E.S.T. There are no fees. Once you submit you will be taken to a page confirming that we have received your submission. You may only submit one play (if more than one play is submitted you will be automatically disqualified).

The play must be a ten-minute play. The theme "in-touch" must be an integral part of the play. The story can be a comedy, a drama, a parody, a monologue, absurd or anything in between (in English only). We do not censor scripts for language. We do not accept musicals. This must be drama (a play). The contest is open to anyone, in any part of the world, without geographic or age restrictions (not open to the inspiraTO executive, board members or their immediate families).

What will happen

The plays will be selected by a committee from the Toronto theatre community. If selected, your play will be professionally produced as a radio drama and hosted on the theatre inspiraTO website in late October/early November 2021 for one year. Between six to ten, ten-minute plays will be selected.

Only those playwrights whose plays have been selected will be notified by June 24, 2021. We do not give feedback on any play submitted. The production of the play, including the directors, cast and sound tech will be determined and executed by the inspiraTO artistic team.

Your creativity, our pledge

Should your play be selected, you are giving the non-exclusive right to Theatre inspiraTO to produce the play in inspiraTO’s Ten-minute Audio Drama Showcase. Theatre inspiraTO will find the cast, director, production facility, editing and posting the finished play in audio drama format on the inspiraTO Festival website for one full year. Theatre inspiraTO will be offering this free to listeners and will not be collecting any fees from the public. Playwrights retain copyright and full ownership of their plays. This is an excellent opportunity to showcase your creativity.

Submitting your script

1. You must submit online and fill out the form and attach your script (see below to submit). You may only submit one play (if more than one play is submitted you will be automatically disqualified). The cover page should have the title of the play, the playwright's name and the list of characters. The pages should be numbered. The format should be easy to read. We accept previously produced plays (but not plays that have produced at inspiraTO before). You must own the rights to the play (i.e. the script cannot be owned by a publisher).

2. We only accept electronic submissions in PDF or a Word document. If you produce your work on a Mac, please be sure that your document will open on a PC.

3. Keep the format well-spaced out and easy to read. Examples of script formatting we like:

https://downloads.bbc.co.uk/writersroom/scripts/stageus.pdf

https://downloads.bbc.co.uk/writersroom/scripts/radious.pdf

4. You do not need to include any sound or music cues. The beauty of a well written play is that the director of the play (from inspiraTO) will see the potential of how to incorporate sound. Any sound/music cues you do indicate will be treated as stage direction and used at the discretion of inspiraTO’s artistic team. We want to produce the best radio drama we can and need to ensure the right technology is used and the overall flow and quality is appropriate.

5. The play needs to be ten-minutes in length. We allow a one-minute leeway: the play should not be less than 9 minutes and not more than 11 minutes long. When writing the script allow for sound elements and pauses to be incorporated. The best way to do this is to read your script, including pauses and potential sound cues, into your smartphone and time it. This is not an exact science so there will be room for rough estimates. The committee will disqualify any play that are clearly under or way over ten-minutes.

6. Theme: the play must address the theme, “in-touch”. You decide the story you want to tell that addresses the theme and that works best in an audio drama format.

SUBMIT YOUR PLAY HERE.


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What we’re looking for

We want you to tell a story using all the elements in writing a quality ten-minute play: distinct characters facing obstacles in pursuit of some specific goal – through the exclusive element of dialogue and sound. We want to see a complete story through rising action, conflict, and a climactic moment that addresses the theme, “in-touch”. Don’t be afraid to be bold, daring and imaginative: get the listeners attention fast and keep them interested.

Writing an audio drama

When writing an audio drama keep in mind that you are writing in an art form that relies on telling a story through the element of sound. Below are some links to further explore this fascinating art form.

If you want to be good in writing audio drama listen to audio dramas. Samples:

https://playingonair.org/new-releases/night-vision

Short plays (not necessarily a ten-minute play):

https://playingonair.org/new-releases/359am-a-drag-race-for-two-actors

https://playingonair.org/new-releases/jezelle-the-gazelle

https://playingonair.org/new-releases/2b-or-not-2b

Other websites we recommend you listen to: http://www.playmepodcast.com/

A plethora of audio radio drama resources (and a shout out to Jack Ward for his insight): https://sonicsociety.org/

Options to use in audio drama:


set up the scene in the form of a narration before the play opens


voice-overs: we can be listening into a character’s thoughts


allow room for sounds and sensations to be used that give clues to the environment of the play (i.e. wind, footsteps etc.)

An excellent primer in writing audio drama: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9uE3IHn5IuE

Final words

“You can do so much more in audio, you can go anywhere. Use your imagination; go from the top of Everest to the depths of the Mariana Trench in the Pacific. Travel to new worlds. Go inside someone’s head… go inside and live in their head…you can go microscopic…you can go cosmic.

Good radio drama, good audio drama, is ‘go and make a world’, go and paint a picture in sound, which makes the imagination create huge fascinating pictures…even huge fascinating pictures of tiny things. If it’s a man locked in a cell for twenty years, and you are just with him in that cell, you can still explore everything about the human condition, and you can do it with colour, and texture, and light.

And you’re just working in sound.”

-Dirk Maggs

Audio drama is more than just a blinded stage or screen. It has its own peculiar spectrum of aural shades and textures. Listen to audio dramas. Get to know them.

Hear your story come to life.

FILL IN THE FORM AND SUBMIT YOUR PLAY HERE.

If you have any questions please email: nicolesantospm[at]gmail.com

Thursday, April 22, 2021

StoryWorks: Decarbonizing Cascadia

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Deadline: April 30, 2021

Storyworks and InvestigateWest are soliciting pitches for a new audio play. StoryWorks is a groundbreaking documentary theater company that creates plays based on investigative reporting which are produced in communities across the country. 

StoryWorks has commissioned and produced 14 plays and one audio play . We are currently accepting pitches from playwrights for an upcoming large-scale audio play exploring the pathways to Decarbonizing Cascadia (ending the use of carbon based energy models to improve climate in Washington, Oregon, and British Columbia), based on reporting fromcInvestigateWest. 

StoryWorks is a collaborative endeavor that engages artists with journalists throughout the process to create original plays that reveal the emotional , as well as factual, truths behind the reporting. We are eager to support the work of experienced writers who explore bold and challenging new forms in their writing. This is a call for pitches. Commission fees are competitive with industry standards and timeline.

The following links are reporting examples that will serve as a foundation for the play. InvestigateWest reporters are continuing to report on the issues and new stories are published daily. StoryWorks is an immediate artistic response to the news as it is being reported so these examples should serve as examples of the reporting, not the final source material. Once a playwright is selected, the artist will be given full access to all published and unpublished reporting as needed.

How Climate Action Fizzled in Cascadia

Climate Protection Drift and Despair

A Thin Green Line

Fighting British Columbia Pipelines to the Last Mile

Visualizing Climate Vulnerable Communities

Will Race and Income Inequalities Trip Up Cascadia’s Fight Against Climate Change

Tree Justice? Lawmakers Look to Revive Forests in Washington’s Cities

Pitch guidelines

Pitches will be accepted Friday, March 19, 2021 - Sunday April 30, 2021

Email your submission to: jenna@storyworkstheater.org

Subject line: StoryWorks Playwright Submission

1. StoryWorks pitch guidelines:

a. No longer than one page.

b. Identify important scenes and circumstances from the reporting that will create the foundation of your script.

c. Include the core ideas or themes that you are interested in exploring.

d. Identify sources in the reporting that you are interested in developing as characters in your script.

e. Highlight the emotional arc of the story including elements missing in the reporting that illuminate the humanity of your characters.

f. Explain your stylistic approach to the material and how it will transform the reporting.

*StoryWorks is not looking for a playwright to recreate the reporting on stage. We are looking for a collaborative playwright with a strong artistic vision to transform the reporting into a theatrical work of art. StoryWorks is committed to assembling an excellent team of designers and actors to ensure the best possible artistic standards for this production.

2. Please submit a one-page artist statement.

3. All scripts/work samples must be submitted digitally. Submissions should be attached to the email as a

Word document (.doc or .docx) or PDF.

4. Work sample: Please submit a copy of a previously produced script.

5. We are looking for playwrights whose work employs:

a. strong personal or biographical element.

b. dynamic and imaginative language.

c. innovative structures.

d. strong audio potential.

6. A one-page résumé of the playwright.

7. Playwright finalists will be interviewed by members of the selection committee.

Important information:

Projected Launch Date: December 2021

We understand this process will generate questions. Please feel free to email anytime throughout the add

application process.

Questions regarding the project can be sent to jenna@storyworkstheater.org.

Some travel is required (COVID permitting) and costs will be covered by StoryWorks.

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Call for Original Audio Scripts

Visit The Arlington Players website here: https://www.thearlingtonplayers.org/
Visit the Little Theatre of Alexandria here: http://thelittletheatre.com/

Deadline: March 8, 2021

In a joint project between the Little Theatre of Alexandria (LTA) New Voices Series and The Arlington Players (TAP), we are looking for your original 40-60 minute Audio scripts. Our call is open until March 8, 2021. It is free to submit and no pay is provided. We will select one show to be performed in May. We are hoping to broadcast a recorded performance on a local radio station, but if not possible, we will air via Zoom.

THEME
We do not have a specific theme other than the play must be an audio script. Any genre is welcome. 

SCRIPT REQUIREMENTS
  • Must be an original work, although it can have been performed in other places.
  • Must have a run time of between 40-60 minutes, no intermission. Scripts with run times outside of this will not be considered.
  • As we are attempting to have this broadcast on a local radio station, scripts can not contain strong language, or authors must be open to the exclusion of any strong language in the script. 
  • No musicals/scripts with music/movement pieces will be accepted at this time--no exceptions. Anything else is fair game.
BEFORE YOU SUBMIT
  • We accept scripts from writers of any age. In the event that two scripts are of otherwise equal quality, we will give priority to any writer under 40. You may choose not to identify if you are under or over 40, but will not be given the under-40 preference as a tie-breaker in that case. 
  • Up to 3 scripts may be submitted per playwright.
  • 10 pages of the winning script will be posted online during the audition call in a google doc so that actors may familiarize themselves with the material. The author may select these pages or may ask us to select for them.
THE PROCESS
  • Scripts must be submitted in blind PDF format by March 8, 2021. No late or incomplete entries will be considered.
  • All scripts will receive a notification if they are finalists or not by April. The top five scripts will move on to an in-person reading of the selection committee.
  • One script will be selected. The winner will be notified in April 2021. 
The winner agrees that no rights of any kind will be paid for this performance and that New Voices/TAP will bear the sole responsibility of selecting the director and any/all cast and crew. New Voices/TAP will also be responsible for paying all expenses for the mounting of this show. New Voices/TAP will not pay for the playwright to travel to DC, but will provide the playwright with performance time/station if on the radio or access to the zoom performance if done by that medium. The winner also agrees that no other theater in DC, MD or VA will be allowed to perform the play from the time of selection through June 2021.

To submit a show: https://forms.gle/czhy1w5cHEjfiJQm6
Any questions, please contact newtheatervoices@gmail.com.

ABOUT US
This is a collaboration between The Arlington Players and New Voices, which is is a project of NextGenLTA who represents those under 40 who act, tech, direct and enjoy theater at the Little Theatre of Alexandria. New Voices puts on performances of original works with directors under 40. The Arlington Players produces artistically challenging theater in the grand style, cultivating an environment of artistic excellence and education for artists, audiences and the community of Arlington County, Virginia, by providing opportunities to advance knowledge, skills and participation in the theater arts.

Saturday, January 2, 2021

Dream Realm Enterprises seeks audio plays

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Deadline: January 21, 2021

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Submissions to be sent to strangeparadise1980@gmail.com in a pdf format.

The winner will have their audio play. produced and distributed to 2 different sites (that have a very strong audience: mutualaudionetwork.com and moonlightaudiotheatre.ca)

Everyone is eligible to enter and may enter more than one audio play for consideration.

Please submit only unproduced scripts.

Tone: A Twilight Zone/Alfred Hitchcock kind of vibe

Criteria:

1. Original. This means make sure it’s your own story. (ie nothing based in another author’s world or using characters from another story)

2. An audio play. This means free of visual cues.

3. Horror Genre. Think the Twilight Zone or Alfred Hitchcock Presents (the original series, not the new one)

4. Family-Friendly (ie. No profanity of any kind, keep violence to a minimum, etc)

5. 1950s or prior. (My award-winning audio play, “A Tale of Tierney” is set in the 1950s and this anthology is a spin-off within that same world).

Thursday, May 21, 2020

2020 Marion Thauer Brown Audio Drama Scriptwriting Competition

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Deadline: May 28th 2020

The MTB Audio Drama Scriptwriting Competition celebrates good old-fashioned storytelling with a $250 first prize and $100 second-place prize. All genres considered and authors retain all script rights.

There’s no fee for entry. We simply ask the following:
  • Please keep to one entry per author.
  • The script should be your original work/story. Adaptations of another author’s works or use of proprietary characters such as Dr. Who, Frankenstein, or Othello will lead to disqualification.
  • Please keep the script “family friendly” as determined by meeting the following conventions:
1) Avoid incorporating swearing, which for this context includes “damn,” “hell,” “God” etc. This will lead to automatic disqualification regardless of context.
2) Avoid implicit or implied sexual context. Romantic affection is fine. Details about intimacy are not.
3) Avoid graphic depictions of killing or torture. It is understood that people can get bumped off for dramatic capital if needed (which is not to say it is necessary to do so) but if you do please avoid disturbing intimate details.
Given the current world situation, please refrain from submitting dystopic/pandemic fiction. This isn’t to say the subject can’t make for compelling drama. However, this year’s competition will be adding an additional evaluation criterion rewarding upbeat stories so you’ll be putting yourself at a disadvantage.

Make sure your script is action/plot driven. Having something happen is far more engaging than having characters talk about it.
Please make sure it is free of visual stage directions such as “Shonna blows him a kiss. He nods knowingly as Tyler silently walks off stage” or stage play set design details.
Scripts should run no longer than 30 minutes.

Entry deadline May 28th 2020.

Winners will be announced on June 21st 2020.

Monday, August 19, 2019

THE NYC AUDIO THEATER WRITING CONTEST

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Hosted by Jason Hewett
www.jasonhewett.com

Cash Prizes & Full Production of Your Script

1st Place Winner - $200

Finalist - $100

Semi Finalist - $50

Seeking scripts for Audio Theater up to 10 minutes long

Any Genre; Comedy Preferred

Strongest consideration will be given to ensemble cast pieces that are funny, adventurous, and action packed.

The perfect blend would be a workplace comedy combined with light fantasy/scifi, and action and adventure.

For example, take Community, Parks and Rec, and/or It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, and combine with Star Wars, Harry Potter, LOTR, etc.

Other good titles to mimic:

Archer, Deadpool, Ghostbusters, Monty Python: The Holy Grail.

Yes, non-audio theater plays will be considered

You are welcome to submit a story, script, etc. that wasn’t originally written for audio and we can adapt it… but strong preference will be given to stories that are already written for audio.

-Profanity is fine, but it might be bleeped out for comedic effect

Qualification Checklist

Before submitting, make sure your story satisfies the following criteria


-My script is 100% original and does not infringe on any copyright

-My script is roughly 10-15 pages long (shorter is fine)

-My story is suited for dramatization, it is not a documentary or interview

-My story is not excessively hateful, violent, sexual,  (you get the idea)

-My story isn’t boring!

SUBMISSION DEADLINE

September 06, 2019

To Submit, please send up to 3 scripts to jason@jasonhewett.com

Please include in your submission

-a brief author bio

-Link to website/social (optional)

-what city you live in

-anything else you’d like to share

Winners will be notified shortly after the contest deadline.

Payment via paypal or venmo.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Core Artist Ensemble 2018 Summer Readings Series

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Core Artist Ensemble is currently accepting script submissions for our upcoming 2018 Summer Readings Series. This season, we are fully embracing the resurgence of audio storytelling by focusing on that form as our primary medium.

We are excited to begin development of an anthology-style podcast, which will feature a new audio play every episode. Each story will explore the influence that technology has on our relationships and individual identities — the rapidly shifting and evolving shape of human connection as a consequence of modern advancements.

Let’s face it, modern communication technology now touches every part of our lives, from the nuances of our everyday interactions to its extreme influence on the culture at large, including national politics and storytelling. At Core Artist Ensemble, we’re looking for stories that investigate these changes and make vivid the ramifications of entering this brave new world.

If you’re looking for topical inspiration, there are several excellent non-fiction technology- and culture-related podcasts that might stoke your imagination. Reply All and Note to Self are a couple of our favorites. Salon.com has put together a comprehensive list of others you might might find idea provoking.

This year, writers will not be constrained by page limits. Take as much or as little time as you need to tell your story effectively. Anything from a short play to a series pilot to a full-length audio play is welcome.

As always, the Summer Reading Series will serve as a chance to workshop material for potential future production. This year, we will select a handful of scripts from the reading series to record as fully produced audio plays.  Our hope is to curate a diverse collection of stories that exist within the same alternative present or not-so-distant future.

These stories should be told purely with dialogue and sound effects, with setting and ambiance indicated by sound cues. Keep in mind that during the reading series sound cues will be read like stage directions, but plays chosen for audio production will be fully produced with sound mixing and effects.

Other technical specifications:

  •   On your cover page, please include your name and contact information.
  •   Email your script to lit@coreartistensemble.com by Thursday, June 21st.
  •   Label your script document with your name as follows: last_first_script title
  • You must also include with your submission a very short synopsis of the piece which includes how it incorporates our series theme of "the influence that technology has on our relationships and individual identities — the rapidly shifting and evolving shape of human connection as a consequence of modern advancements."

Selected plays will be given public readings during our upcoming summer development festival, taking place in the 99-seat TBG Theatre at The Barrow Group over three weekends in July and August. It's possible we may organize a writers room / development workshop prior to the readings, as an opportunity for selected writers to further polish their plays in a collective environment.

If you have any questions regarding the prompt or the reading series itself, please don’t hesitate to reach out. We look forward to reading your submissions!

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