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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Seeking playwright for Mystic Seaport’s 35th Annual Lantern Light Tours

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Mystic Seaport’s 35th Annual Lantern Light Tours

Mystic Seaport is commissioning a playwright for our 2014 season of Lantern Light Tours.  We are seeking a playwright that will bring a unique and exciting voice to this long-running production while still maintaining the traditional format. Submissions should include a script concept, a script outline, and a writing sample. Submissions are due April 18, 2014. The chosen playwright must be available for 3-4 meetings with the production staff in Mystic, CT. The final draft of the play will be due August 22, 2014. Because of the progressive nature of Lantern Light Tours, the chosen script may be edited for timing throughout the rehearsal process. 

Submission Materials:
1. Script Concept
Concepts should describe the proposed plot in one paragraph. Please be clear and concise. All scripts must be appropriate for a family audience. Mystery elements are acceptable, but not required. Comedy is encouraged. 250 word maximum.
2. Script Outline
Outlines should list specific details for each of the five scenes of the script. Please include plot developments, number of characters, and scene locations.
3. Writing Sample
Samples should demonstrate strength of dialogue, character, and facility with language. Scripts and screenplays are preferred. 1,500- 2,000 word maximum. Please do not send full-length scripts. Comedy is encouraged. Historically appropriate language may be used, but is not required.

Lantern Light Tours is a 70 minute progressive or traveling play, set in the year 1876 on Christmas Eve night. The play unfolds through five 8-minute scenes that take place in different exhibit spaces located around the museum grounds. The audience travels the route of the play with the assistance of a Tour Guide who performs as a unique persona from the era. As they travel between scenes, the Tour Guide provides entertainment and historic information through first-person story-telling. This season will be the 35th annual performance of Lantern Light Tours at Mystic Seaport. The production runs for 10 performance nights with up to 40 tours per night. The audience averages a total of 5,000-7,000 people annually.

Script Requirements:
  • The play must contain a total of 13-15 characters. Each character may only appear in one scene. Characters may be any age or gender you wish, but one character must represent Santa Claus in a literal or figurative way. If represented figuratively, the Santa Claus character should be easily discernible to a child.
  • In addition to the 13-15 characters, the play must also include a Tour Guide. For performances, there will be 14 different Tour Guides. Please consider the Tour Guide an interchangeable character of varying age, gender, and social status that may or may not be an active character in the storyline. You may utilize the Tour Guide as much or as little as you wish in your script.
  • The play must contain a total of 5 scenes. Four scenes may be set in different locations of your choice, but the fifth scene must be located onboard a whaling ship that is in port. Each location should be historically appropriate for a small community in the year 1876.  Location options include, but are not limited to:
o    A General Store or  place of business
o    A Cooperage or craftsman’s workshop
o    The Home of a middle class family
o    A Tavern or social meeting place
o    A Meeting House or place of worship
  • Lantern Light Tours is set in the year 1876. All plot points and dialogue should be appropriate to that era but also accessible to a modern audience. Because Santa Claus may be a literal character, magic is an acceptable plot device. Please note that, although set in a specific moment of history, Lantern Light Tours is an entertainment piece and not a historic reenactment. 
  • Lantern Light Tours has traditionally included five elements: a carriage ride, a traditional tavern dance, a fresh-baked ginger cookie, a scene on a historic vessel, and an appearance by Santa Claus. Script outlines may include all of these five elements but are not required to. Please note that the chosen script will be edited to include these five elements for the final draft.
Production Time-Line
  • April 18, 2014: Playwright submission deadline- all materials must be received by 11:59pm.
  • April 25, 2014: Playwright selected
  • May 2, 2014: First production meeting
  • July 11, 2014: First Draft deadline and second production meeting
  • August 22, 2014: Final Draft deadline
  • October 14, 2014: Third production meeting and first rehearsal with the cast
  • November 24, 2014: Dress Rehearsal (optional)
  • November 29, 2014: Opening Night (optional)

The selected playwright will be required to sign an agreement with Mystic Seaport in which the playwright agrees, among other things, that Mystic Seaport will own all rights in all works the playwright creates for the Lantern Light Tours.

How to Apply:
Please send all submission materials to denise.cannella@mysticseaport.org. Files should be labeled in the following format: LLT2014_concept/outline/sample_your initials. Please be sure to include all materials in your submission. If unable to send materials electronically, submissions may also be mailed to the following address:
Interpretation- Denise Cannella
Mystic Seaport
75 Greenmanville Ave.
Mystic, CT 06355

All submissions must be received by April 18, 2014 at 11:59 P.M.  
The fee for this commission is set at $1000. Mystic Seaport has no obligation to return (or retain) any materials submitted.

If you have questions regarding this commission, please contact:
Denise Cannella
Mystic Seaport: the Museum of America and the Sea
Supervisor of Museum Theatre
860.572.0711 x5075

Saturday, September 21, 2013


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For the fifth Biennial Commission we’d like you to consider Robert Altman’s movie Nashville.

No, we aren’t looking for a cast of thousands, a 2 1/2 hour opus, a dissection of country music or of red state culture. But we love the way Altman’s movies move from the ridiculous to the heart-breaking, we love the combo of the highly auteured and the DIY, the obliqueness,  the leitmotifs and the red herrings, the imperfection of the characters and of the movie itself, the excruciating humanity that is never ever mawkish, and the monumental and surprising accrual. So watch the amazing Nashville and if you like, other Altmans, and let ‘em inspire you in whatever way that happens for you.

Please explore the following possibilities:

  • What if you created a cast with no dominant racial or cultural group, or/and in which more than one significant character was from a racial or cultural background different than your own?
  • What if your play started just as something BIG has just ended OR the moment after someone has been terribly hurt?
  • What if temperature is a factor?
  • What if there is at least one scene where there is a difficulty with a light source?
  • What if “close ups” are a factor in your play?  Yes, we are referring to cinematic-style close ups, but how might that translate in world of your play?
  • BONUS (just for fun):  What is the theatrical equivalent of an Altman-style epic tracking shot?

Please submit the following (BLIND submission, see notes below):

  • Completed info form (s)
  • 10 exploratory pages from the proposed project (either contiguous or from different sections of your play – your choice)
  • one page telling us about that project
  • a completed play
  • a resume


No names please, on 10 page samples or complete plays. The panel reads all submissions BLIND — the only place your name should appear is on the INFO FORM AND YOUR RESUME.

This year, in addition to submitting a letter of intent and ten pages and a resume, we are asking for writers to upload a completed play, along with a brief statement to help us understand its relationship to the proposed project, and recommending ten pages to look at for reference.  We are only requesting the completed script so that our committee members can get a greater sense of the writer’s voice, if they feel they need to.

The statement 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.

One last thing: this is a commission for Clubbed Thumb. So scoot around our website take a look at our general submission policy and history for reference, if they are not familiar to you.


DEADLINE: Sunday, September 22nd, 4:44 EST. The Autumnal Equinox, at least according to the internet.

The proposals will be read and adjudicated over the course of the fall, and the commission(s) awarded by Thanksgiving.

The $15,000 commission — which might be split between writers if the panel so elects — will be paid out in three installments every six months, with the first installment following the signing of a contract.  Send questions to info[at]clubbedthumb.org

Click HERE to fill out an application.


Clubbed Thumb will accept submissions that fall within the following guidelines:

  • Unproduced in New York City
  • Running time: 90 min or under.
  • Intermissionless
  • Must feature substantial and challenging roles for both men and women
  • At least a 3 character cast

Clubbed Thumb produces plays that are funny, strange, and provocative. Please check out our history area to get a feeling for our sensibility and a selected chronology.
Please do not send scripts that fall outside these guidelines.

For general submissions, please send scripts to:
Clubbed Thumb 195 Chrystie Street, #401A New York, NY 10002
Please do not bind scripts; pages should be loose or clipped with a binder clip.
Clubbed Thumb does read and respond to every play submitted. However, with a staff of two, this may take many months. Please be patient and do not follow up on the status of your submission. Please wait for a response to one play before sending another.

Scripts will not be returned. Sorry, electronic submissions are not accepted.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Abingdon Theatre Company: Call for One-Act Play Commissions NYC/Metropolitan Area Playwrights Only

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NYC/Metropolitan Area Playwrights Only

Abingdon Theatre Company will commission three playwrights to write an original one-act play.  Each playwright will receive a $250 commission and a staged reading of their script on Saturday, August 17, 2013. This is the second consecutive year Abingdon has been able to offer these commissions.

Playwrights from the New York City metropolitan area are asked to first submit a synopsis to Abingdon’s creative staff. Three synopses will be selected for development.

Abingdon will select directors and actors to present the scripts as staged readings.

A professional theatre artist will attend the festival to choose one script as most outstanding.  The playwright of the outstanding script will receive an additional $250 prize.

Submission guidelines:

  • Synopses and subsequent scripts must be original and not previously presented to the public in any fashion.
  • Plays must address the theme of faith, hope or charity.  The action should show a character in conflict with at least ONE of these three values.
  • Cast must call for two to four actors.
  • The final script will have a running time of 25 to 30 minutes in length. 
  • Send us your story. The only restriction for any synopsis selected for development is that the dialogue should not include profanity.
  • Submission includes a synopsis of no more than 200 words, working title of script and full contact information (name, mailing and email addresses along with phone number) and a professional bio.
  • Submissions are due before midnight on Friday, June 14, and should be emailed to ACCOAF@abingdontheatre.org. All materials should be in the body of the email – NO attachments please.

The commissioned playwrights will be announced Friday, June 28.

Initial drafts are due Friday, July 19.

Suggested revisions from festival staff will be given by Tuesday, July 23.

Final drafts are due Friday, August 2.

Commissioned playwrights will communicate with directors prior to rehearsals and participate in at least one rehearsal.  Rehearsals begin August 5.

Commissioned playwrights must attend the Festival itself on Saturday, August 17, presented at Christ Church Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, New York.

Email any questions concerning the festival to accoaf@abingdontheatre.org.

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