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Friday, April 15, 2022

CALL FOR PROPOSALS New TYA Musical Commission

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Deadline: April 30, 2022
(Will be reviewed on a rolling basis)


Theater for Young Audiences at 92nd Street Y (92Y.org/MusicalTheater) is seeking to commission musical theater writing teams for their 2021-2022 season.

Theater for Young Audiences at 92nd Street Y is a series of performances and discussions centering children as theaudience. Our shows are stimulating and compelling, using storytelling as a vehicle for building empathy, and learning essential life lessons. Our shows gather around movement as a shared language, a way to meet each other through the most universally shared experience: moving.

The commission requires writing a 40-60 minute performance piece for children and their families, envisioning choreography as an essential storytelling component in the play. Pieces should contain music as a theatrical element- both Musicals and Plays with Music are eligible.

● Piece should be unwritten original TYA musicals

● Piece should be age-appropriate, for ages 4+

● Piece will be performed in our 2022-2023 season by professional performers (over 18+), Cast/Director/Choreographer/Production provided by 92Y.

● Must be ready for pre-production in July 2022

● Creators retain all rights to their material, but allow 92Y a three-year exclusive option to produce the show with royalty payments.


COMPENSATION

The creative team will receive a minimum stipend of $2000 with increases based on experience and participation in community engagement programs.

To apply, please send:

● A proposal for your musical of no more than 1000 words, including your basic premise as well as how it will incorporate the required elements of movement, where movement is the vital element, and the story is told primarily through movement (as directed by the script).

● A ten-page sample of your writing, preferably something that has been intended for a youth/family market.

● A demo recording of a previous TYA collaboration

● Bio or resume of each member of the creative team

● A statement as to why you think you are a good fit for this project

● A description of your proposed timeline.

Send materials to Attn: Megan Doyle, Artistic Director, Mdoyle@92y.org (PDF and links preferred- please do notattach large files) or 92Y Musical Theater Attn: Megan Doyle, 1395 Lexington Avenue, NY, NY 10128

Saturday, April 9, 2022

Birmingham Children's Theatre New Voices Project

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Deadline: none given

BCT's ongoing New Voices Project has commissioned over 50 original scripts, stories, musicals and adaptations for young audiences since 1982 alone, and maintains a commitment to discovering new voices among playwrights, and the presentation and experimentation in dramatic literature for youth. 

Generally, Wee Folks productions (ages 4 to 8) are limited to no more than 4 actors (doubling possible), Mainstage Touring productions (ages 6 and up) are limited to no more than 8 actors (doubling possible), and Mainstage In-house Only productions vary depending on budget and artistic requirements. 

Unsolicited scripts may be submitted for consideration of upcoming seasons (please note BCT schedules 1 ½ year in advance). In order for your script to be considered, submit each of the following:

a copy of the entire script;

a synopsis of no more than one page;

a character breakdown;

music tracks and lead sheets (if a musical);

playwright’s resume and references.

Submissions with missing components will not be considered. All materials may be sent in electronic format or through the U.S. Mail to:

Birmingham Children’s Theatre
Attn: Rebecca Yeager
P.O.Box 1362
Birmingham, AL 35201

or via email to becca@bct123.org. No phone calls, please. Submissions will not be returned.

Tuesday, April 5, 2022

Via Brooklyn Iron Anthology

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Deadline: April 20, 2022 5PM EDT

Deadline has been moved up to April 13, 2022 5PM EDT

Via Brooklyn is an award-winning 501(c)3 not-for-profit theatre company that develops theatrical productions, coupled with interactive programming, to engage audiences around the world. Our mission is to foster enthusiasm, contemplation, and community by blurring the traditional lines between stage, canvas, camera, music, page, and everything in between. We believe the synergy of artistic media can create visionary live theatre experiences.

Via Brooklyn has produced shows at venues such as 59E59, The Edinburgh Fringe Festival, The Rochester Fringe Festival, The Wallace Collection in London, and the Southampton Cultural Center in Southampton, NY. Our most recent production, “Testament”, won 5 BroadwayWorld Off-Broadway Awards. For more information on our company please visit: www.viabrooklyn.org.

ABOUT "IRON ANTHOLOGY":

“Iron Anthology” will be a series of three, 30-60 minute audio plays (one of which has already been commissioned) that will each be split into three parts for release on all major podcast platforms this Halloween 2022. The first audio play already created for the series looks at three strangers’ search for iron ore in 1820s New Jersey, but when a malevolent presence begins to sabotage their efforts, their quest for riches becomes a struggle for survival. We are seeking two additional playwrights each to write another work for the series.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

-Write an original 30-60 minute audio horror drama

-Incorporate editing notes from the production team as necessary

-Deliver drafts in a timely manner by deadlines agreed upon in advance



PREFERRED SKILLS:

-Experience writing for the horror genre

-Experience with writing for audio drama productions

-Excellent communication skills

-A true team player and ensemble member


PAYMENT:

-$1,300 flat fee for buy out of a 30-60 minute commissioned audio drama

-Candidate will be hired under a 1099.

DATES:

Pre-production is already underway, with recording set for July or August 2022. “Iron Anthology” will be released around Halloween 2022.


CONTACT:

If interested, please submit your CV, a sample of previous work, and a link to your website to info@viabrooklyn.org with “Iron Anthology Playwright Commission Application” in the subject by April 20th, 2022 at 5pm EDT.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Thursday, March 17, 2022

THE CLUBBED THUMB BIENNIAL COMMISSION

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Deadline: March 20, 2022 11:59PM EDT

Every other year Clubbed Thumb invites playwrights to propose plays inspired by a particular prompt. The application is open to all, and read blind. The winning proposal(s) receive (or split) a $15,000 award and two years of development support. We are pleased to announce our next Biennial Commission.

In high school, we put on Noel Coward plays with our friend Mellie Anderson in Strauss Hall—an old library room in Milton, Massachusetts. Mellie eventually moved to Maine where she has been a longtime participant in her local theater scene. She is also an avid Clubbed Thumb fan, and helped us concoct the 2022 Biennial Commission: Your Community Theater.

For this commission, we invite you to write using the constraints common for community theaters – smaller, non-professional theaters operating under specific constraints, in which many or most of the “makers” are not full-time theater artists. But think: Community theater with a Clubbed Thumb aesthetic. Our hope is that these commissions inspire unusual stories, unusually told for small theaters outside of big cities, all across the United States.

THE FORM:
It should have short scenes – no one lasting longer than 15 minutes. (It could be a collection of very short plays, so long as they are cumulative.)
No one ever speaks more than three sentences in a row.
There should only be three stage directions.
Only employ language and situations that you would be comfortable asking a five-year-old or an eighty-year-old to hear, speak and/or enact.


THE CAST:
It’s helpful for much of the casting to be flexible, so the roles can be filled with whomever is in a given community.
That said, the majority of these parts should be for or be able to be played by Women+.
There should be parts for many people of many ages – with roles fairly evenly dispersed (think ensemble instead of star vehicles).

THE PRODUCTION:
It should take place in a slightly heightened, non-naturalistic world.
The design should not require a lot of money to accomplish, nor should it assume that the play will be performed in a neutral space. It should invite a creative, crafty display of virtuosity.

THE CONTENTS:
Your proposed play should involve the solving of a mystery – but not a murder or violent crime.
It should reckon with idealism in an honest or unexpected way.
It should feature a moment of mockery gone wrong.
It must also contain at least four of the following ingredients:
– A loud, delightful, robust cackle of laughter
– A thank-you note or a weekly call
– Unusual female (physical) strength
– Throwing heirlooms into the sea
– An island or a garden or both
– A squandered gift
– A brief reenactment of part of an episode of Columbo
– The phrase “good red herring” or “get the cake” or both

And please consider the general parameters of a Clubbed Thumb play.

TO APPLY: SUBMIT THE FOLLOWING THROUGH THE FORM ONLINE
(this is a BLIND submission, see notes below)

1) A one-page letter of intent describing your proposed project;
2) 10 exploratory pages from the proposed project (either contiguous or from different sections of the proposed play);
3) One of your finished plays, for reference;
4) Your resume

IMPORTANT NOTES

No names please — on the letter, the 10 page sample or the finished play for reference, or in any file names. The panel reads all submissions BLIND — the only place your name should appear is on the info form and on your resume.

The letter of intent should briefly map out the proposed piece and, if need be, orient the reader to the excerpt’s relationship to the whole. You needn’t explain or repeat anything that your 10 page sample makes clear. Then give us an idea of where the piece is coming from and where you think you want to go with it.

We ask you to include one of your finished plays for reference. Note (where prompted in the form) any relationship or similarities the complete play has to the proposed project, and recommend 10 pages for us to start with.

DEADLINE: SUNDAY, MARCH 20th, 11:59PM EDT.

The proposals will be read and adjudicated over the course of the spring/summer, and the commission(s) awarded by the fall. The $15,000 commission — which might be split between writers if the panel so elects — will be paid out in installments, with the first installment following the signing of a contract. Send questions to info[at]clubbedthumb.org

Thursday, March 3, 2022

Theater J Expanding the Canon Commission

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Deadline: March 15, 2022

Established in 2022, Theater J’s Expanding the Canon initiative will commission seven extraordinary racially and ethnically diverse Jewish writers to create new full-length plays that thematically and visually center diverse Jewish narratives. This program is for Jews of Color, Multi Racial/Multi Ethnic Jews, Indigenous Jews, and Mizrachi and Sephardic Jews who seek to correct and broaden the historically limited portrayals of Jewishness on stages in the US and around the world. Expanding the Canon is made possible in large part by funds granted by The Covenant Foundation.

Each writer will receive a $10,000 commission to create a new play over two and a half years; each will also have access to a $5,000 developmental budget that can be used for readings, workshops, research, and travel.

The program will commence in August, 2022 with a three-day intensive “Beit Midrash” led by Rosh Beit Sabrina Sojourner, a Shaliakh Tzibur and nationally recognized Jewish leader, and an exceptional teaching faculty. They will guide the cohort of commissioned writers through a curriculum covering Jewish life, philosophy, history, and literature. This intensive introduction will give playwrights access to texts and understandings of Jewish thought and tradition that will inspire them as they begin to craft their plays. Throughout the commission, writers will meet monthly to continue to learn, share additional resources and workshop written material.

Excerpts of the finished scripts will be shared in a final gathering in December, 2024. All commissioned scripts will be strongly considered for Theater J mainstage productions.

To learn more about playwright eligibility and submission requirements, please see below.

To learn more about the project leaders, click here.

To read Theater J’s Mission, click here; our Response to We See You, White American Theater, click here; our History, click here.


Playwright Eligibility and Submission Requirements

For too long, the American Jewish theater has overwhelmingly consisted of plays by and about white, Ashkenazi Jews. Theater J’s Expanding the Canon program will provide $10,000 commission to seven racially and ethnically diverse Jewish playwrights to create new full length plays that thematically and visually center diverse Jewish narratives.

Eligibility

This program is for Jews of Color, Multi Racial/Multi Ethnic Jews, Indigenous Jews, and Mizrachi and Sephardic Jews who identify as Sephardic and Mizrachi, even if they are members of a majority Ashkenazi community. The commissioned artists may be seasoned playwrights, early-career playwrights, or experienced writers of other genres (novelists, poets, etc). We define “Jewish” broadly to include religious Jews, secular Jews, those with Jewish heritage, and others who have a Jewish identity. All playwrights must reside in North America (Canada, the United States, and Mexico) and be over the age of 18.

Writers must commit to the entire two and a half year commission process, including an initial 3-day on site Beit Midrash in August, 2022 (travel and housing will be provided). They must regularly attend the monthly online cohort meetings with their fellow commissioned writers.

We encourage you to read our “Frequently Asked Questions” below.

Submission Requirements

To submit, please email litoffice@theaterj.org with the subject line “Expanding the Canon Submission” and the following attachments in PDF:
Statement of interest that addresses how you are a fit for this program and why it interests you. Please note that you do not need to describe the play you would intend to write. (Page limit: 1 page)
Two writing samples. Samples can be excerpts from plays, as well as novels, poetry, or any other form of writing. Samples do not need to center racially and ethnically diverse Jews. (Page limit: 10 pages per excerpt).
A resume or C.V.

We may request additional materials as finalists move through the process.

Deadline for submissions: March 15, 2022


Thursday, January 27, 2022

Springville Center for the Arts Artsapalooza playwright commission


Deadline: January 31, 2022

Springville Center for the Arts (SpringvilleArts.org) is seeking to commission a playwright to create a script for a program touring the summer of 2022. Artsapalooza is a free, outdoor, multi-arts program for families with younger children. The two-hour program brings interactive art-making stations, a chance to explore drums and ukulele, theater games and more to rural audiences, culminating in a performance that incorporates giant puppets and live music.

Springville Center for the Arts is a multi-arts center located in Western New York State. Typical programming includes theater, gallery exhibits, concerts and workshops. Our main facility is an 1869 former church. Art’s Cafe is a secondary performance space, workshop, artist residency and public green roof centered around a bakery-cafe environment. 

The commission requires writing a 40-minute performance piece for children and their families that includes audience interaction, use of live music and song, and the incorporation of large scale, multi-operator puppets. 

The piece should lead to highly engaging visuals and the playwright need not avoid pathos, horror, or challenging subject matter as long as it engages young audiences. We are not interested in saccharine retellings of cute fairy tales.

THE SCRIPT
  • Assume a performing troupe size of eight or less plus musicians
  • Piece may be original or an adaptation of a public domain work
  • Piece will be performed outdoors in a mini-arts-carnival atmosphere 
  • Must be ready for pre-production in May 
  • Playwright retains all rights to the material, but allows SCA an nonexclusive option to tour the show for one season (10–15 shows) 
  • Should the play be published, credit for the development and commission must be given to SCA 

RESIDENCY OPTION
SCA believes in the power of artistic residencies for both the creation of new work and to foster community appreciation for the arts. An ideal scenario places a playwright within the community for a period of time dedicated to creating work. The community is engaged with writing workshops or during initial rehearsals while refining the work. Housing is provided in our AIA award-winning space at Art’s Cafe. Additional funding is available for artists who engage in this residency program. Local artists may commute.


COMPENSATION
The playwright will receive a minimum stipend of $2000 with increases based on experience, attendance of rehearsals or performances, participation in community engagement programs, and full residency participation.

To apply, please send SCA:
  • A proposal for your play of no more than 1000 words, but includes your basic premise as well as how it will incorporate the required elements
  • A ten-page sample of your writing, preferably something that has been intended for a youth/family market 
  • Your bio or resume 
  • A statement as to why you think you are a good fit for this project
  • A description of your proposed timeline, participation and fees 
  • If you have interest in the residency program, outline your ideal duration and possible community activities 
Send materials to Attn: Seth Wochensky, Executive Director, scaseth@gmail.com or Springville Center for the Arts, PO Box 62, Springville, NY 14141

Monday, January 17, 2022

June Bingham New Playwright Commission

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Deadline: February 5, 2022 5PM EST

SUBMISSION FORM

June Bingham New Playwright Commission: This commission opportunity provides resources and support toward the creation and development of a new play by early-career women/femme and/or non-binary storytellers.

This opportunity will culminate in a 30-60 min 2 person play that will be workshopped and presented for an audience. Pending the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic this is anticipated for 2 weeks at the beginning of September 2022. 

2021's Commission resulted in the new play "La Egoista" by Erlina Ortiz.

Please note that this opportunity is open to all early-career writers who identify as cis-femme, trans-femme and/or non-binary. This application is designed as the first of a three-round selection process that will be conducted virtually. 

The total fee for this commission will be $3,000; housing, meals, and travel for the retreat are also provided. 

The Play must be able to be performed with 2 actors. 

All submissions should include short (5-page max) writing sample/excerpt in PDF format

Friday, January 7, 2022

EST/SLOAN PROJECT PLAY SUBMISSIONS 2022

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Deadline:  January 15, 2022

SUBMISSION FORM

The EST/Sloan Project commissions, develops and presents new works delving into how we view and are affected by the scientific world. These plays examine the struggles and challenges scientists and engineers face from moral issues to the consequences of their discoveries.

The Project is designed to stimulate artists to create credible and compelling work exploring the worlds of science and technology and to challenge existing stereotypes of scientists and engineers in the popular imagination. The Project commissions and develops new works throughout EST’s developmental season, including one Mainstage Production, as well as workshops and readings in an annual festival called FIRST LIGHT.

COMMISSION AWARDS

Commissions will be awarded to individuals, groups and creative teams for full-length and one-act plays and musicals. Commissions range from $1000 to $10,000. Commission amounts are determined on a case-by-case basis, as are deadlines for drafts, finished work, and research support (if appropriate). Extant, full-length works may be submitted and are judged on a script-by-script basis by the EST/Sloan Project staff. Rewrite commissions for existing scripts range from $1,000 to $5,000.

Commissions are also available for regional theaters who wish to sponsor a local project focused on science and technology, either by commissioning a new script or developing an extant piece. Regional commission amounts are determined on a case-by-case basis, ranging from $2,000 - $5,000.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

The EST/Sloan Project is open to a broad range of topics related to the issues, people, ideas, processes, leading-edge discoveries, inventions, and/or history of the "hard" sciences and technology.

HARD SCIENCES INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING AREAS:

Mathematics
Physics (geological, nuclear, theoretical, etc.)
Biology (evolution, zoology, animal behavior, ecology, molecular, genetics, etc.)
Chemistry (industrial, biochemistry, etc.)
Neuroscience
Anthropology and Archaeology

TECHNOLOGY INCLUDES:

Computer Science
Software Development, Computer Development
Engineering (civil, chemical, mechanical, electrical, aerospace, vehicle design)
Space Research

AREAS NOT CONSIDERED FOR COMMISSIONS INCLUDE:

Science Fiction
Medical Conditions and/or Victims of Disease
Psychology and Human Behavior

Applications are Open

Submissions will be accepted through January 15, 2022, click the relevant button below to submit.

Friday, November 26, 2021

NEW VENTURE PLAY FESTIVAL 2022 - 10-minute plays

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Deadline: December 1, 2021 5PM

SUBMISSION FORM

Submissions that do not meet the guidelines below will not be accepted to make room for others.

One submission per writer, please. Make sure everyone has a chance.

Winners will be announced March 30, 2022.

WHAT?
To celebrate the vitality of classical themes in new work, PAC invites playwrights to submit for consideration for our second annual - and first in-person - New Ventures Play Festival.

The theme for the plays is The Illusion of Time

5 plays of no more than 10 minutes each will be selected for a staged reading during our festival taking place on June 13th and 20th at the Proscenium Theatre at the Drake.

TO GET STARTED
For inspiration, take a walk through our website! Read through our mission, look at our past production and reading history, and even take a look at the adaptations and scripts we have worked on over the years.

Past PAC productions: https://www.philartistscollective.org/past-productions.html
PAC adaptations/script library: https://www.philartistscollective.org/script-library.html

Create a 10-minute play that responds, resonates or retorts the themes, characters, and/or essence of the work you discover. Use The Illusion of Time as your guide. It may lead to a new verse form or a new language altogether, or it may be a direct rebuttal of the themes you encounter. We are looking for creativity and honesty.

THE DETAILS
  • Based on the theme of The Illusion of Time, please submit a play that:
  • Is in response to, in conversation with, or inspired by classical work and ties into “The Illusion of Time”
  • Is a finished piece with a beginning, middle, and end
  • Is no more than 10 minutes in length
  • An original, never published or previously produced new work

SELECTION CRITERIA
  • Each of the 5 chosen plays will be selected based on:
  • Clearly demonstrated excellence;
  • Relevance to the mission of PAC;
  • Incorporation of theme; and
  • Creative use of language/classical themes/conversation with the classics as outlined in the TO GET STARTED section above.
  • DEADLINE
  • Submissions will be accepted until 5pm EST on Wednesday, December 1, 2021. 

No exceptions or phone calls, please.

IF I GET SELECTED…?
  • Selected playwrights will receive the following:
  • Two staged readings of their script during the New Ventures Festival on June 13th and June 20th, 2022 by a core group of professional Philadelphia-based actors
  • A dedicated dramaturg and director
  • A commission fee of $100
  • Final script approval and will be consulted on choices for shared ensemble cast
  • Submission to National New Play Exchange
  • The love and admiration of actors, peers, and audiences

MORE DETAILS
  • Each script must be no longer than 10 pages (excluding title page and character list)
  • ​Font no smaller than 11 point please
  • When read aloud, play should not exceed 10 minutes
  • Please submit in PDF format. Name the file as the exact title of your play.
  • Please do not ask for comments on your submission
  • Please submit only through the submission form​

Sunday, September 26, 2021

2021 Fair Play Initiative Commission

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Deadline: September 27, 2021 11:59 PM

Theatre Lab, the professional resident company of Florida Atlantic University (FAU), is now accepting applications for The 2021 Fair Play Initiative: a commission and development program for LGBTQ+ plays and stories. 

Through generous support from Our Fund Foundation, The 2021 Fair Play Initiative will provide a commission for a new full-length stage play highlighting the stories and issues of the LGBTQ+ community. The commissioned play will receive an in-person, week-long development process culminating in a publicly presented staged reading at Theatre Lab during the 2022 New Play Festival (January 7-9, 2022).

Theatre Lab invites interested playwrights to submit proposals for a commissioned work. Applications are open from September 14, 2021 through 11:59pm on September 27, 2021. Interested playwrights should email a bio (200 words or less), a brief summary of their proposed play (200 words or less), and 3 pages of sample work to theatrelab@fau.edu using the subject line: 2021 FPI STAGE APP.

After reviewing the applications, Theatre Lab will select one playwright to receive the commission no later than October 10, 2021. The playwright will receive an initial stipend of $2000 to begin work with an additional $2000 payable upon completion of the public reading. Selected candidates will demonstrate a lengthy history of supporting and engaging with the LGBTQ+ community and a deep understanding of the issues, stories, and concerns within the community.

The initial drafting process will be completed by November 20. The play will then be scheduled for a week-long development process, receiving no less than 15 hours of rehearsal before a reading for an audience. The playwright will be present for the entire rehearsal process, the reading, and take part in a post-show discussion with the audience about the play and the process. Theatre Lab will then retain “right of first refusal” for a world premiere production during or before the 2023-24 season.

Although not a requirement, Theatre Lab is particularly interested in stories based on or inspired by important events in LGBTQ history. Playwrights who reside in Florida - particularly those in South Florida - are strongly encouraged to submit. If you have any questions please email theatrelab@fau.edu. No phone calls please.

Monday, June 28, 2021

2021 The Greater Good Commission & Festival

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Deadline: July 4, 2021 11:59 PM

LGBTQIA+ LATINX PLAYWRIGHTS HAVE THEIR SAY

Founded by playwright Darrel Alejandro Holnes, the Greater Good Commission offers $500 mini grants to Latinx playwrights to write short plays, innovative in form, that reflect the times. The commission’s second round will focus on LGBTQIA+ Latinx- identifying playwrights. Submissions are open until 11:59 PM on July 4th, 2021.

The year’s commissioned plays will be presented at the second annual Greater Good Theater Festival produced by the Latinx Playwrights Circle (LPC) and Pregones Theater/PRTT. The festival will be streamed online in the fall and the plays will later live in digital archives.

Eligibility Checklist

Do you identify as Latinx (any race may apply)?
Do you identify as a member of the LGBTQIA community?
Are you at least 18 years of age?
Have you had no more than one professional theater productions of a full-length play?

College productions and workshop productions do not count as professional theater productions. College students are eligible to apply. People of the global majority/people of color, women, and individuals with disabilities who meet the above eligibility requirements are strongly encouraged to apply.
Requirements

The Greater Good Commission is open to any self-identified Latinx playwrights who also identify as LGBTQIA+ (Lesbian, Gay, Gender Non-Conforming, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and/or Questioning, Intersex, Asexual, and more).

Please include the following 5 items with your application:

Artist Statement: In 1 page or less, introduce yourself; tell us about your work. Please talk about what work your writing does to represent or engage the Latinx community, and your experience as an LGBTQIA+ community member.

Artist Resume, 1-2 pages

Writing Sample: Your writing sample should be a play that runs ten minutes or less or an excerpt for a full-length play, max 10 pages (English, Spanish, and Spanglish submissions are all welcome)

Short Play Proposal: 1 page or less, describe a short play about ACCESS that you’d like to write if selected for this commission; max of 5 actors per show for digital production

How to Submit

Completed applications must be submitted by July 4, 2021.

Late submissions will be disqualified unless the deadline is extended.

If you have questions, please email greatergoodplays@gmail.com

Sunday, March 28, 2021

Fifth Avenue Theatre FIRST DRAFT: RAISE YOUR VOICE

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Deadline: April 1, 2021

SUBMISSION FORM

Our flagship new musical development program, First Draft: Raise Your Voice was created with three goals in mind: foster new musicals by writers from populations that have been left out of the musical theater canon; encourage and support brand new stories from authentic perspectives; and introduce new, creative voices to theater professionals and producers to amplify their work so that it is seen, heard, and developed by the greater musical theater community.

First Draft is a commissioning program designed to support new musical theater writers through the completion of a first draft of a brand-new musical. Across an 18-month cycle, writers will receive financial, artistic, dramaturgical, travel, and production support as they complete this first draft and will have the opportunity to hear their words spoken and songs sung at preliminary readings. We encourage everyone interested to apply—previous experience writing musical theater is not required. This program is committed to supporting writers on both a local and national scale.

Now Accepting Submissions for First Draft 2021/22!

We will be accepting submissions until April 1, 2021. Interviews will take place in April and selection will be completed by May 7, 2021.

This year, we plan to commission five projects.

WHO SHOULD APPLY

This cycle of First Draft will solicit submissions from the following:
  • BIPOC writers of all gender identities
  • Women writers
  • Transgender writers
  • Gender non-conforming writers
  • Non-binary writers
Writing teams should be made up of a composer, lyricist, and book writer. Teams can be 1-3 people, acknowledging that some writers will take on more than one job. Your team should be assembled and committed at the time of submission.

If you have questions, please contact Associate Artistic Director Kelsey Thorgalsen at nwsubs@5thavenue.org.

THE COMMISSION INCLUDES
  • $15,000 commission fee for the team
  • A week-long Story Summit with support to outline your show
  • One retreat
  • One residency ending in a table read
  • One 29-hour reading in either New York, Chicago, LA or Seattle (This reading will give your team 29 hours in a 5-day period for a cast to learn your material and present it as a complete first draft.)
  • For the official activities listed above, writers will be compensated in addition to the commission
  • Dramaturgical support throughout (Dramaturges of your choice will provide feedback on story structure, character development, historical context, etc.)
This work will take place over an 18-month period with the goal of completing a first draft of your new musical

Additionally, Theatre Latte Da in Minneapolis has committed to presenting a show from First Draft in a future NEXT Festival, which offers 50 hours of workshop and two public presentations to selected projects.


APPLICANTS MUST INCLUDE
A 1-paragraph to one-page description of your idea for a new musical that has yet to be written
A bio for each contributing writer that outlines your previous creative experience
A team statement that describes your interest in storytelling and your passion for your work

Submissions will be reviewed by a diverse panel of external theater professionals who will advise The 5th Avenue Theatre on selection. Ten teams will be selected to participate in an interview and five teams will be selected for a commission.


SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION

Click the button to begin your submission. Teams need only submit under a single application.

We will be accepting submissions until April 1, 2021. Interviews will take place in April and selection will be completed by May 7, 2021.

SUBMIT

Saturday, March 6, 2021

Hedgepig Ensemble Theatre: The Ladies of Castile

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Deadline: March 12, 2021

Hedgepig Ensemble Theatre is seeking to commission a playwright to adapt a verse play by a forgotten woman writer from history. The commissioning award is $1,000; more details below.

Company Mission:
Founded in 2012, Hedgepig Ensemble Theatre elevates the voices of women (cis, trans, non-binary) by reimagining the classics. (www.hedgepigensemble.org)

As part of Hedgepig’s Expand the Canon (www.expandthecanon.com) effort, we are commissioning an adaptation loosely based on Mercy Otis Warren’s verse drama, The Ladies of Castile. This play grapples with revolution, women’s roles in the status quo, and a country divided.

We are especially interested in proposals from playwrights that identify as Global Majority (does not identify as "white") women or non-binary playwrights. Playwrights must be 18+ and based in the New York City Metro Area. The ideal candidate has experience working from historical source material, comfort in a devising setting, and interest in both prose and verse writing.

This project is part of an effort to increase the visibility of classics by women, champion contemporary women writers, and increase the number of producible plays by women based on the classics.

Details:
You can visit this site for a sample of the source material play: http://bit.ly/LadiesofCastile

The playwright will be supported in a brief devising process with Hedgepig’s ensemble of actors, a director and a dramaturg. The process will culminate in a work-in-progress public reading in the fall of 2021 with the hopes of moving to full production in 2022 (with additional stipend).

Timeline:
The project would span March - September 2021, including research, development, and devising work. A public reading of the script will be part of the Expand the Canon Festival in September.

Submit:
To submit, please send a resume, 10-page writing sample, and a cover letter addressing your interest in adaptation and experience in a devising setting to info@hedgepigensemble.org with the subject line: Playwright Submission / Ladies of Castile. Submissions accepted until March 12, 2021.

Saturday, February 27, 2021

AUDIBLE THEATER EMERGING PLAYWRIGHTS FUND


In 2017, Audible launched a theater initiative, intended to radically increase access to exceptional plays and performances. A core pillar of the initiative is the Emerging Playwrights Fund, a program that invests in and nurtures self-identifying emerging playwrights, some of our most inventive, delightful, and provocative storytellers. Through the Fund, Audible aims to connect extraordinary performers with remarkable original work, amplifying new voices and harnessing the power and potential of audio to reach millions of listeners.

The Fund specifically supports the creation of original dramatic work, written with audio in mind, but theatrical in spirit. If you are looking to submit an idea for an audio project that is not a play, please visit www.audible.com/pitch.

Audible is dedicated to commissioning, developing, and producing work that reflects the diversity of our members and our world. To accomplish this, Audible is committed to granting at least 50% of emerging playwright commissions to artists of color and women.

Submission Guidelines

To be considered as an applicant for a commission, please submit all of the following to AudibleTheater@audible.com:

1. One full-length script for an original or adapted play (in English language only) that represents your voice ("Script"). The Script can be in any genre and may include one-acts and solo pieces;

2. A short biography; and

3. A brief statement about why audio plays appeal to you.

If you have an idea for an original audio play, you are welcome to include a pitch or summary along with your statement (this is encouraged, but not required). In your submission, please indicate where you heard about the Fund.

For more information, check here: https://www.audible.com/ep/audible-theater

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

The Misfits Break the Ritual Commission

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Deadline: March 1, 2021 12:00 PM EST

Submission form

Calling all creators: writers, directors, designers, songwriters, technicians, developers, instructors, magicians, chefs, sound engineers, etc. If you create something, you’re who we’re looking for.

About the series: BREAK THE RITUAL was developed out of a challenge we set for ourselves: “In light of current circumstances: how might we bring our mission to life?” (with a main principle of creating community within an experience). The intent of the series is to collectively process the moment we’re living in through our relationship with daily rituals culminating in an experience designed around (or for) that ritual.

About the submission process: this is a PAID opportunity ($500 for each creative lead, per cycle). This is for three different cycles to be produced over the course of 2021 (with the first cycle being produced in mid-April). Applicants must be no younger than 18. You do not have to be a writer (just a creator in some form). If your concept is virtual, you do not have to be located in NYC. You can submit as an individual or with up to one collaborator (note that if you’re submitting as an individual we may explore commissioning you with another individual applicant). We’ll be closing submissions by 12:00 pm ET on March 1st, and conducting interviews in the weeks following (the earlier you submit, the better). We’re looking for starter ideas, not a fully fleshed out concept as we’ll be collaborating with you on refining the final concept (and developing and shaping it along the process).

More about BREAK THE RITUAL: We’re not creating Zoom readings, rather experiences that creatively engage audiences in processing the moment we’re in. We’ve designed this as a rapid-generation commission, time-boxed with limited drafts and limited rehearsal. We’re not going for polish—we’re producing in a spirit of prototype and experimentation. Here are some design principles (and how they showed up in our beta cycle at the end of 2020):

1/ Break into a ritual and consider the audience experience as a build on that ritual
[for our beta test cycle: we created an experience around cooking dinner]

2/ Explore a central question/theme
[for our beta test cycle: our creative leads set out to explore the question of “what does it mean to be alone in quarantine?”]

2/ Co-build the process with the creative leads
[for our beta test cycle: we created a process and a timeline in collaboration with the creative leads]

3/ Engage a community in the development process
[for our beta test cycle: we hosted three “listening sessions” (a hybrid between a focus group and a brainstorm with 3-4 participants) which the creative leads used as inspiration and fodder for the content of the experience]

4/ Create an experience no longer than 60 minutes and no shorter than 5 minutes
[for our beta test cycle: we commissioned a “cookalong experience” that was 60-minutes end-to-end (the time it took to cook the recipe) that had (1) a host introducing the experience, (2) a 20-minute scripted “Zoom date” with recipe preparation built into the script so the audience could follow along, (3) a facilitated discussion coming out of the zoom date where audiences got to connect with one another while their recipe cooked on the stove - by the time the experience came to a close, audience members had a prepared dinner]

6/ Learn and listen; prototype and iterate
[for our beta test cycle: we led with a spirit of experimentation, willing to try different approaches at each test performance]

7/ Build rapidly
[for our beta test cycle: our playwright submitted only two drafts and our creative leads collectively delivered a completed experience within a month, hosting 4 60-90 minute rehearsals (table work, refinement, dry tech, full tech) and 2 performances]

8/ Bring our audience engagement thinking to life
[for our beta test cycle: we worked closely with a playwright and director to build a full experience around the script they created guided by our methodology and principles for audience engagement]

9/ Do it live
[for our beta test cycle: our playwright created a script that explored many realities that came up for the participants of our listening sessions (e.g. race in America, bigotry, online Zoom dating, Tiger King, binge-watching TV shows, unemployment, quarantine, etc.)]

10/ The experience should be live
[for our beta test cycle: we did every performance live, cooking and all]

About The Misfits: The Misfits is dedicated to creating bold theatrical events that push the boundaries of what audiences have come to expect from traditional theatre—experiences that invite social connection and provoke deeper conversation. NYC-based. 501c3 nonprofit. Reimagining the audience and artist experience. Past development work: Bro Lyfe by Justin Kuritzkes (2016, reading), House Plant by Sarah Einspanier (2018, workshop). U.S. Presenter of Oh Heroine How I Love You (2019) at NYPL at Jefferson Market and Consulting Producer of the world-premiere of Sarah Einspanier’s House Plant (2020) at NYTW Next Door. www.themisfitstheatre.org

Monday, February 1, 2021

Consequences Commission

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Deadline: February 8, 2021

Harlem9, Harlem Stage, and the Lucille Lortel Theatre are looking to commission pieces, the first of which will be written by York Walker, to be developed and presented online as part of a series in response to the 2020 presidential election. Each piece will focus on how the election affects the writer, their community, or their country.

If selected, writers will receive a commissioning fee. Development of the piece will be led by Harlem9 and each writer will work directly with an assigned Harlem9 member.

Eligibility:
  • Writers can be from anywhere in the United States.
  • Writers must be 18 years or older.
  • Writers must identify as Black/African-American.
  • Female identifying, LGBTQIA+, and gender non-conforming artists are highly encouraged to apply.
  • Pieces should not exceed 15 minutes in length, and can be either a traditional play format or experimental in nature.
  • Pieces should not directly promote specific candidates or policies, but should instead discuss how the writer will be impacted by them.
  • Content must be original, and writers must have all necessary rights.
  • All pieces must able to be digitally showcased online.
  • All applicants must be authorized to work lawfully in the United States
Application Process

The application process is free and open to all who qualify. Please include the following with your application:
  • Your play and/or a detailed description of your concept for this piece
  • Resume and bio.
  • A previous completed writing sample.
  • A history of previous productions of your work, if available. Applicants are not required to have been produced previously.
  • All pieces must able to be digitally showcased online.
All finalists must be available for an interview which will be conducted via Zoom.

For more information and to apply, please go to lortel.org/consequences

Thursday, December 31, 2020

Paramount Theatre TYA Commission

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Deadline: January 5, 2021

Thanks to the support of the NEA’s Arts Work Grant Program, we are proud to announce the commission of a new play with music for young audiences that will tour greater-Aurora area schools. We will spend the winter and spring of 2021 developing the piece with a workshop reading with the hopes to tour the piece during the 2020-2021 school year.

DEADLINE TO APPLY: JANUARY 5, 2021

For our inaugural commission, submissions for this award are open only to writers of color.

Commissions: One proposal will be awarded with a commission of $3,000

TO APPLY, A PLAYWRIGHT MUST DIGITALLY SUBMIT:
  • A one-page play proposal for a new or in progress, 45-60 minute, unwritten theatre for young audiences play with music
  • A one-page resume
  • A 3-5 page sample scene
  • One of your finished plays, for reference only
  • A completed submission application form

All materials can be submitted to: school@paramountarts.com with the subject line: TYA Commission Submission

PROPOSALS FOR NEW PLAYS MUST:
  • Center the story around global majority people (non-white), particularly interested in stories that center around Mexican-American stories (44% of Aurora’s population)
  • Utilize four performers or fewer
  • Explain the use of singular, flexible or representational scenic elements understanding this play will be toured to schools with various kinds of performance spaces
  • Demonstrate how the use of music will play a role in your script
  • Demonstrate how audience members will be engaged in the storytelling (this could be audience participation of some kind, perhaps they assist in creating an environment, or contribute to the music making)
ELIGIBILITY RULES:
  • Playwrights will need to complete the submission form
  • Submissions may only be from playwrights of color
  • Playwrights must reside in the United States
  • One submission per playwright
  • Submissions must be emailed by 11:59PM CST on January 5, 2021

Commission contracts will be offered in February of 2021, and will be announced upon signing.

Questions? Email us at school@paramountarts.com

Saturday, November 21, 2020

EST/Sloan Project new play commission

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Proposals for new play commissions
will next be accepted from October 1 - December 1, 2020.

Script submissions for rewrite commissions
will next be accepted from November 1, 2020 - January 1, 2021.

Proposals for regional development grants
will next be accepted from October 1 - December 1, 2020.
If your proposal includes a workshop or performance with specific dates, those dates must be after June 1, 2021 to be eligible for consideration.


The EST/Sloan Project commissions, develops and presents new works delving into how we view and are affected by the scientific world. These plays examine the struggles and challenges scientists and engineers face from moral issues to the consequences of their discoveries.

The Project is designed to stimulate artists to create credible and compelling work exploring the worlds of science and technology and to challenge existing stereotypes of scientists and engineers in the popular imagination. The Project commissions and develops new works throughout EST’s developmental season, including one Mainstage Production, as well as workshops and readings in an annual festival called FIRST LIGHT.

Now in its 21st year, the EST/Sloan Project has awarded commissions totaling more than $3,000,000 to more than 300 artists and theatres. Previous commissionees include: Billy Aronson, Mike Daisey, Jason Grote, Ann Marie Healy, Michael Hollinger, Israel Horovitz, Tina Howe, Shirley Lauro, Emily Levine, Romulus Linney, Quincy Long, Cassandra Medley, Dan O’Brien, Carey Perloff, Bill Pullman, Jaquelyn Reingold, Tommy Smith, Caridad Svich, Vern Thiessen, Alex Timbers, Bridgette Wimberly, David Zellnik, Stillpoint Productions, and The Royal Shakespeare Company.
COMMISSION AWARDS

Commissions will be awarded to individuals, groups and creative teams for full-length and one-act plays and musicals. Commissions range from $1000 to $10,000. Commission amounts are determined on a case-by-case basis, as are deadlines for drafts, finished work, and research support (if appropriate). Extant, full-length works may be submitted and are judged on a script-by-script basis by the EST/Sloan Project staff. Rewrite commissions for existing scripts range from $1,000 to $5,000.

Commissions are also available for regional theaters who wish to sponsor a local project focused on science and technology, either by commissioning a new script or developing an extant piece. Regional commission amounts are determined on a case-by-case basis, ranging from $2,000 - $5,000.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

The EST/Sloan Project is open to a broad range of topics related to the issues, people, ideas, processes, leading-edge discoveries, inventions, and/or history of the "hard" sciences and technology.

HARD SCIENCES INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING AREAS:
  • Mathematics
  • Physics (geological, nuclear, theoretical, etc.)
  • Biology (evolution, zoology, animal behavior, ecology, molecular, genetics, etc.)
  • Chemistry (industrial, biochemistry, etc.)
  • Neuroscience
  • Anthropology and Archaeology

TECHNOLOGY INCLUDES:
  • Computer Science
  • Software Development, Computer Development
  • Engineering (civil, chemical, mechanical, electrical, aerospace, vehicle design)
  • Space Research

AREAS NOT CONSIDERED FOR COMMISSIONS INCLUDE:
  • Science Fiction
  • Medical Conditions and/or Victims of Disease
  • Psychology and Human Behavior

HOW TO APPLY

NEW COMMISSIONS

Individuals, creative teams and theatre companies interested in receiving an EST/Sloan Project commission should submit the following as their application for a grant:

A one-page description or a simple outline/synopsis of the project. This document should describe the story you want to put on stage. All the science should be discussed as part of the story, not as a separate section. Focus on plot and character development, as well as the aesthetic style you envision for the piece.

A resume or biography of each collaborator involved.

REWRITE COMMISSIONS

Individuals, creative teams and theatre companies interested in receiving an EST/Sloan Project rewrite grant should submit the following as their application:

A draft of the script.

A one- or two-page cover letter detailing the development history of the play, your goals for a rewrite commission, and any questions you have about the current draft.

A resume or biography of each collaborator involved.

A selection committee evaluates the proposals and makes the final decisions. Candidates may be asked to revise aspects of their proposals, provide writing samples, and/or arrange a meeting to discuss their project as part of the selection process.

REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT COMMISSIONS

Theatre companies interested in receiving an EST/Sloan Project regional development grant should submit the following as their application for a grant:

A current draft of the script, or a one- to two-page description or outline of the project.

A resume or biography of each collaborator involved.

A one- to two-page cover letter detailing the development history of the project and your goals for the commission.


An estimated budget for the project.

DELIVERING YOUR SUBMISSION

A submission form will be available here once submissions are open.

Please contact us with any questions.

Best of luck to you,
EST/Sloan Project Staff
sloanproject@ensemblestudiotheatre.org

Saturday, August 29, 2020

Livermore Shakespeare Festival commission seeks playwright of color

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Deadline:

Up to $6,000 playwright commission (full length play) with Livermore Shakespeare Festival (LSF).

This commission is for a playwright of color to celebrate scientists of color while exploring a current science theme. The selected playwright will be tasked with writing an original play which includes a component about scientific research currently pursued by our local Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories (LLNL). Many possibilities include using supercomputers to identify a COVID-19 vaccine and treatment candidates. We will partner the selected playwright with advisory support from scientists at the LLNL and/or Sandia National Laboratory.

Here is a link to the request for qualifications (RFQ) as well as the details of the commission. www.Livermoreshakes.org/ScienceAtPlay . There you will see our program called “Science At Play” under which this commission falls. The RFQ goes into much greater detail about the commission. Please know that you MUST follow the submission guidelines. Failure to adhere to submission guidelines will disqualify you from the commission opportunity.

Thank you to all who submit according to the guidelines.

Specific details about this commission: www.Livermoreshakes.org/ScienceAtPlay

Type of Opportunity: Semi-staged reading with possibility of full production

Restrictions: 
  • Person of color, US citizen only, must have a B.A. or B.S. 
  • Must have completed at least one full length script, on any subject, that has been produced in a festival, by a professional theatre, writers foundation or as a series of developmental readings with a professional theatre company or playwright's foundation. Self-production does not fit these guidelines. 
  • If you are in an MFA playwright program, please feel free to email if you have not had a play produced.
Submission guidelines:

1. Playwright must submit a 10 page writing sample in pdf format (Do not send more than 10 pages directing us to pages you wish us to consider).

2. Resume (theatrical) in pdf format

3. Letter of interest (3 page maximum, 11-12 point font, in Arial, Times New Roman, Verdana or Calibri) addressing the following questions 4 questions A - D: (in pdf format)

A. Why are you attracted to a science play? And/or what is your connection to science?

B. Have you had a writing project where you collaborated with a dramaturg or an advisor? If so, describe the process and the value you received from said process.

C. Are you willing to work with a dramaturg and/or science advisors? What do you imagine that process would look like?

D. Would you be comfortable with a remote working situation where interactions will take place over the computer and phone?

4. File naming convention for your 3 documents (in .pdf format) must be as follows:

-YourLastname_10Pages_SAP. (Ex. Williams_ 10Pages_SAP.pdf)

-YourLastName_Resume_SAP (Ex. Williams_Resume_SAP.pdf)

-YourLastName_LOI_SAP (Ex. Williams_LOI_SAP.pdf)

5. Deadline: 9/26/2020 One submission per playwright only. No fee.

6. Submit via email to Michael Wayne Rice, Resident Director: Michael@LivermoreShakes.org

Thursday, August 6, 2020

WARREN MILLER PERFORMING ARTS CENTER/ MONTANA REPERTORY THEATRE INDIGENOUS ARTIST COMMISSION

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Deadline: August 31, 2020
The Warren Miller Performing Arts Center and Montana Repertory Theatre seek proposals for a new theatrical work to premiere at Montana Repertory Theatre in its 2021/2022 season, followed by a statewide tour.

We seek proposals from Native American, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, and First Nations theater artists, with a particular interest in supporting a new work by an artist with a personal or ancestral relationship or association with Montana or a tribe in Montana.

While there are no restrictions as to content, we hope the commissioned work will speak directly to Montana and its people. We are especially interested in reviewing proposals for works that attempt to address the epidemic of missing and murdered Indigenous women.

The commissioned artist will receive a fee of $10,000; development support in the form of an artist’s retreat in Big Sky and a workshop in the Bitterroot Lab at Montana Repertory Theatre; and research support from the University of Montana School of Law, the Margery Hunter Brown Indian Law Clinic, and the Payne Native American Center.

Commission parameters: The commissioned work could be a play; a piece of dance theater; an interdisciplinary performance event; or any work meant to be performed live for/with an audience.

Project timeline and process: The commissioned artist will have access to an artist retreat at Big Sky, hosted by the Warren Miller Performing Arts Center, and to a workshop in the Bitterroot Lab at Montana Repertory Theatre. The timing of these development activities will remain flexible, pursuant to ongoing social distancing advisories. The project will culminate in a premiere production at Montana Repertory Theatre in April, 2022, followed by a statewide tour of Montana.

Proposals should include:
  • An introduction to you and your previous artistic work. This could include a biography or brief personal statement; a resume or CV; and/or links to websites/media.
  • A sample of previous artistic work: for playwrights, a full-length play (60+ pages); for dancers/choreographers, performance artists, and others, documentation of a full-length work (including but not limited to script, music, and/or video).
  • A one-page proposal describing the project you would like to make.

The commissioning theaters are eager to receive proposals from any artist who feels called to this opportunity. Artists without formal resumes or CVs or documentation of their previous work are encouraged to apply. Please tell us about yourself and what you would like to make.

How to submit: Proposals will be accepted via Submittable (https://montanarep.submittable.com/submit) until August 31st. If you are not able to submit online, please call Michael Legg at 406-243-5288 to discuss other options.

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