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Showing posts with label full-length plays. Show all posts
Showing posts with label full-length plays. Show all posts

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

The Miranda Family Foundation Voces Latinx National Playwriting Competition

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DEADLINE: Monday, February 1, 2021 (Timestamped)

More Info: www.repertorio.nyc/opportunities

The Latinx/Hispanic Community represents many nations and every corner of the United States. By the mid-21st Century, 1 in 3 people will identify as having raíces Latinx (Latin roots). We have journeys and histories that need to be heard and experienced on stage. The goals of The Miranda Family Foundation Voces Latinx National Playwriting Competition are to discover, develop, promote and amplify Latinx plays and playwrights. Repertorio Español is now in its 53rd season and 2nd decade of championing new works through playwriting initiatives. To that end, this competition and our theatre will prepare the way for an American Theatre that is reflective and representative of the Pan Latinx Community. An endeavor that becomes increasingly more important.

QUALIFICATIONS
  • Latinx culture, history, ideals and characters must be central to the play submitted. The community must be accurately depicted and the focus of the work.
  • No screenplays, one act plays, adaptations or translations will be accepted.
  • New and un-produced plays preferred. Plays that have had readings or a workshop production are acceptable.
  • All plays must be original and full-length (minimum running time: 75 minutes) and can be written in Spanish and/or English.
  • The competition is inclusive of all playwrights who are at least 18 years of age and residents of the United States or Puerto Rico. 
Link to article on winning plays of 2020: https://www.broadwayworld.com/off-broadway/article/Repertorio-Espanol-Announces-Winners-of-2020-Miranda-Family-Voces-Latinx-Playwriting-Competition-20201008

Sunday, November 22, 2020

UCROSS + THE BLANK THEATRE — FUTURE OF PLAYWRITING PRIZE

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Deadline: December 21, 2020

SUBMIT VIA SUBMITTABLE

This award represents a unique collaboration between the prestigious Ucross Foundation in Wyoming, where artists from all disciplines have been supported by residencies since 1983, and The Blank Theatre in Hollywood, which has been developing new plays and new artists since 1990.

The Future of Playwriting Prize will be given annually to an early-career playwright who personifies the future of theatre — someone whose voice will shape theatre for decades to come, and who will bring new thoughts and views to the American theatrical conversation.

The winner will be awarded a $5,000 cash prize and an all-expenses-paid, two-week residency at Ucross’s ranch at the foothills of the Bighorn Mountains. The residency includes transportation, accommodations, meals, and the opportunity to commune with other visiting artists. The winner will also receive a professionally produced staged reading in The Blank Theatre’s Living Room Series new play development program.

Two additional finalists will each be awarded a $500 cash prize.

ELIGIBILITY

  • Inclusion and diversity are vital to the future of theatre; therefore, playwrights from all backgrounds and genders are urged to apply.
  • We encourage application by playwrights who may not have had access to advanced or graduate writing programs.
  • As this is an emerging playwright award, writers who have had Off-Broadway, Broadway, or major regional theatre productions will not be considered.
  • Since the focus is on American theatre, playwrights must reside in the United States.
  • Winning writers must be between 21 and 30 years of age as of April 1, 2021.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

  • Submissions are open now, and the deadline for applications is December 21, 2020.
  • There is no entry fee.
  • Writers must submit:
  1. Resume including creative/educational background.
  2. A personal artistic statement that describes (A) Who you are and what has brought you to this place - your influences and life experiences. Also, what you hope to gain personally from an uninterrupted two-week residency at Ucross. (B) The concept for a new play (a full-length you have not yet initiated) that you would like to begin or work on while you are there - what themes, characters or stories do you want to explore? (C) How do you see the future of theatre, and what is your role as a playwright in it? Your artistic statement should be 1000 words or less. PDF form only, titled FirstName_LastName_STATEMENT
  3. One short play of ANY length not to exceed 45 pages. Please submit only a complete short play, not a sample from a full length play. PDF form only, titled FirstName_LastName_SHORT (e.g., Sally_Jones_SHORT).
  4. One full-length play (60 to 120 pages). PDF form only, titled FirstName_LastName_FULL ( e.g., Sally_Jones_FULL).
  • One submission only per playwright. Please do not submit multiple applications to include different scripts. We want to see what you consider your best work.
  • Plays and other submission materials must be written in English.
  • Translations, musicals, adaptations, and children's plays will not be considered.
  • All scripts must be typed in standard playwriting format.
    • Page numbers must appear with the first page of dialogue as page 1.
    • Scripts must contain a character breakdown and time/place setting.

SELECTION PROCESS

  • The first 300 submissions will be considered. If 300 valid submissions are received before the end of the application period, additional entries may not be accepted, and notice will be posted at TheBlank.com.
  • A jury of professional theatre artists will select one grand prize winner and two finalists, to be announced April 2021.

Joining Sword & Pen Seeking Playwrights of Marginalized Genders

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Deadline: February 18, 2021
Chicago

Babes With Blades Theatre Company’s Joining Sword & Pen (JS&P) competition is live and underway! Since 2005, JS&P has challenged playwrights to write a full-length play based on the story they see in our contest image. The winner receives a full production and the Margaret Woolley Martin Award, which carries a cash prize of $1000.

This year’s image and competition rules may be found here:
babeswithblades.org/jsp-how-to-submit/

We’re seeking submissions from playwrights of underrepresented genders. This includes cis women, trans women, trans men, non-binary people, and those who are otherwise marginalized based on gender.

What We’re Looking For

1. The moment depicted in the inspirational image at the bottom of this page must be physically dramatized/incorporated into the play. We want to (literally) perform that moment on stage. Include the page number of your script where the contest’s image is depicted in your submission email.

2. Scripts must be inclusive of the BIPOC community. Whether the script lends itself to characters being played by actors of any race/ethnicity or whether it includes stories that are race-specific, BIPOC characters must not be limited to secondary or background characters.

3. Submissions are due NO LATER than midnight February 18, 2021.

4. All JS&P submissions must be new, full length, original works, inspired by the artwork that is the focus of the contest. Previously written, workshopped, published or performed submissions will not be considered and we will not contact you. Please do not insert the contest image into an existing script.

5. Please email your JS&P submission in a PDF file to swordandpen@babeswithblades.org. The filename must start with the title of the play (ex. “Patchwork Drifter.pdf”). If the title of the play begins with “the,” “a,” or “an,” please place that article at the end of the title (ex. “Last Daughter of Oedipus, The.pdf”).


IMPORTANT: This will be a BLIND SUBMISSION PROCESS.

Script submissions for JS&P accepted between August 5, 2020 and February 18, 2021. Want more info? Contact swordandpen@babeswithblades.org.

Joining Sword & Pen winners receive full productions with the Babes.

Check out the full list of Joining Sword & Pen winners.

Your email submission should contain two separate attachments:

 a) Your cover page. INCLUDE:
  • The play’s title
  • Playwright’s name and full contact information (phone numbers, email, mailing address).

 b) Your script. INCLUDE:
  • The page number on which the contest’s image is incorporated.
  • A synopsis.
  • A character list specifying the gender of each character. “Open gender” is an option. If it’s important that a character is cisgender or transgender, please specify this.
  • If it’s important that a character is of a particular racial/ethnic background (including white), please specify this. Characters of unspecified racial/ethnic background will not be automatically assumed to be white.

DO NOT INCLUDE ANY contact information, of any kind, in the body of your script. An author’s identity will only be revealed to the ensemble once a selection has been made.


6. The winner of the contest agrees to participation in the Fighting Words new plays program (workshops and festival reading – dates TBD), and grants Babes With Blades Theatre Company rights to produce the world premiere production of the winning play. Production dates are TBD for Spring 2023 (subject to change).


Things to consider:
  • Our mission statement: Babes With Blades Theatre Company uses stage combat to tell stories that elevate the voices of underrepresented communities and dismantle the patriarchy. Through performance, script development, training and outreach, our ensemble creates theatre that explores the wide range of the human experience, and cultivates broader perspectives in the arts community and in society as a whole.
  • We do not accept or produce musical scripts.
  • Both our venues and our budgets tend to be small.
  • If your play does not pass the Bechdel Test, it is unlikely to fit our mission.
  • If your play does not include stage combat, it does not fit our mission.
  • Characters fight as a realization of high narrative stakes. Scenes of characters training to fight are usually lacking in stakes.
  • If your script includes sexualized violence, consider whether the sexualization is truly necessary to the story. Sometimes it is; often it’s not.
Click here to learn more about Joining Sword & Pen

Our Mission Statement: Babes With Blades Theatre Company uses stage combat to tell stories that elevate the voices of underrepresented communities and dismantle the patriarchy. Through performance, script development, training and outreach, our ensemble creates theatre that explores the wide range of the human experience, and cultivates broader perspectives in the arts community and in society as a whole.

We look forward to hearing your stories!!

PLEASE NOTE: The image for the competition can be found on our website. Please do not select your own prompts.

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

IRONDALE ON WOMEN FESTIVAL 2021

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Deadline: December 21, 2020

During the month of March, when women are celebrated and honored all around the world, Irondale hosts the On Women Festival, giving female-identifying artists the platform to celebrate their own experiences. Created in 2018, each iteration of this festival has been different and unique, just like the creators and the shows that are part of it.

For next year’s festival, we have the challenge of re-imagining how to offer good theatrical experiences to our audiences, that are relevant to today’s world, and that are safe for everyone involved. And we must do things differently as well, to make sure we’re uplifting and empowering the voices of marginalized artists.

The 2021 edition will be a hybrid format, with in-person performances, live and pre-recorded videos, and Irondale will work closely with a diverse group of artists to help curate the festival and moderate the Artists Exchangepanel discussions.

WHAT WILL THE FESTIVAL LOOK LIKE?

MAINSTAGE: two different theatrical productions that will be selected with the assistance of a diverse group of curators. The plays will be performed and recorded at The Space at Irondale (with the possibility of a limited live audience for the recordings) and streamed online at specific dates and times, followed by virtual talkbacks with the creative team of each production. Selected Shows will be compensated with a $1,000 fee. (Accessibility: Closed captions)

NEW MEDIA STORYTELLING: this category is open for video submissions of short pieces (between 10-25 minutes) that present elements of theatrical storytelling. All videos will live on an online platform and the audience will vote on their favorites. This category will not be curated but we will offer four money prizes (1st, 2nd and 3rd places for Popular Vote, and Curator’s Pick). We want to make sure we’re giving an alternative for people who don’t feel safe leaving their homes, or artists who are developing work using new media, or even artists who are in different places in the world.

ART BUFFET: live online performances that are flexible in style and genre such as, but not limited to, improv, music, performance, scripted monologue. All content must be original (or an original adaptation), and artists may choose to perform solo or with one other person. These performances will be curated and we’ll select up to 10 pieces.

ARTISTS EXCHANGE: lead and moderated by our Guest Curators, each one of the three conversations will have a theme or topic for discussion, and guest panelists. Audience members will be invited to participate by asking questions or sharing opinions.

We are looking for female-identifying artists that show great passion for their work, and that are able to coherently justify why their work is so important now. Irondale makes no distinction based on ethnicity or cultural background.

Do you want to be part of the festival? Read the Submissions Package and submit your work!

If you have any questions, please contact onwomen@irondale.org.

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

2022 Ecodrama Playwrights' Festival

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Deadline: August 31, 2021

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, EMOS has been postponed until 2022, and the deadline for submissions has been extended.
  • Submissions are online. Go to https://www.judgify.me/emosplays
  • If you are a first-time user of Judgify, create a profile by clicking the link underneath the “submit an entry” button.
  • Upload a PDF copy of your script with NO IDENTIFYING MARKS (beyond the play’s title)
  • First Place Award: Cash prize and professional production
  • Second Place Award: Cash prize and possible workshop production or concert reading
  • Honorable Mentions: Public reading

Guidelines for Playwrights

Scripts must be original works which have not been published and have not had an Equity or full professional premiere production. (Readings or informal workshop productions are okay.)

In general, we are looking for plays that do one or more of the following:
  • Engage the personal, local, regional and/or global implications of man-made climate change.
  • Put an ecological issue or environmental event/crisis at the center of the dramatic action or theme of the play.
  • Critique or satirize patterns of exploitation, consumption, or other ingrained values that are ecologically unsustainable.
  • Expose and illuminate issues of environmental justice.
  • Explore the relationship between sustainability, community, and cultural diversity.
  • Interpret community to include our ecological community; give voice or character to the land, or elements of the land; theatrically examine the reciprocal relationship between human, animal and plant communities; and/or the connection between people and place, human and non-human, culture and nature.
  • Grow out of the playwright’s personal relationship to the land and the ecology of a specific place.
  • Celebrate the joy of the ecological world in which humans participate.
  • Offer an imagined world view that illuminates our ecological condition or reflects on the ecological crisis from a unique cultural or philosophical perspective.
  • Are written specifically to be performed in an unorthodox venue such as a natural or environmental setting, and for which that setting is a not merely a backdrop, but an integral part of the intention of the play.

We are looking for full-length plays that are written primarily (though not necessarily exclusively) in English. Submitted plays should address the thematic guidelines as listed above. Deadline: August 31st, 2021.

Please note: we will NOT consider:
  • ten-minute plays
  • one-act plays (unless they are longer than 30 minutes in length)
  • musicals (though we love them, we cannot financially accommodate their production for this festival!)
  • We are only accepting electronic submissions in PDF format. Please do not submit paper manuscripts, as they will not be considered.
Evaluation Process

A Reading Committee composed of theatre professionals and Emory University students will read and evaluate each script in relation to the guidelines above, as well as theatricality, and overall quality. Each play will receive evaluation from a minimum of 2 readers. Highly-scored plays from the first round will be read again by the Reading Committee until a short list of 5 finalists are determined.

Those five plays will be read in a blind process by a panel of distinguished theatre artists from the USA and Canada and the artistic director of Theatre Emory, who will choose the winning plays from five final scripts. Our 2022 judges will be announced soon.

Questions?

For inquiries about script submissions contact Chantal Bilodeau at chantal1402@me.com

For inquiries about EMOS 2022 contact Lydia Fort, EMOS 2021 Chair, at lydia.fort@emory.edu

General questions, or interested in future hosting, contact EMOS Artistic Director, Theresa May tmay33@uoregon.edu, and/or EMOS Managing Director, Brian Cook brianecook@gmail.com

Friday, November 13, 2020

Stage to Screen seeks full-length plays

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Deadline: December 31, 2020
Morgan Hill, CA

Calling all Playwrights! Do you have a masterpiece of a full-length play completed? Would you love to see it brought to life on both stage and screen?

Submit your play to our experienced judges by December 31, 2020

Any selected play will receive a $1000.00 award

Your play will go through an intensive 1 week “read-through” workshop before production begins.

Your play will be professionally staged as a high quality elevated workshop production

This production is filmed and screened for global audiences

Your new play is a hit

RTO Productions, in association with The Hive SJ, presents the following opportunity to revolutionize the way new plays are brought to mass audiences.

We are looking for unproduced plays to feature in our “Stage to Screen” series. These plays should have 6 or fewer actors, and no previous productions. The chosen play(s) will be produced as an elevated workshop production. Additionally, each production will be filmed and a trailer will be made available to the author as a means to assist in promoting the work. The play(s) chosen will be awarded a monetary prize of $1000.00.

Read through workshop:
This will consist of actors (who have read the play in advance) doing a timed read through of your play while you and the director confer either in person, or electronically. This will be done to AFTER the play has been chosen, and will assist us in all aspects of production.

All types of plays will be considered for production. If a musical is submitted, all music must be original, and you must have the rights for use free and clear. RTO Productions and The Hive SJ have a commitment to diversity and to honoring all traditions. As such, all scripts will be “blind read”, given to the readers with no indication of gender or ethnicity. Our one requirement is “Don’t bore us.”

Submit with no entry fee if submitted by December 31, 2020, 5:00 pm PST! If you submit your play after December 31st, there will be a submission fee of $25.00. 

Submission for consideration closes March 15th, 2021. 

Final production choice(s) will be announced on our website at http://stagetoscreen.org the first week of April 2021.

Submission requirements:
Via Email, submit the following:
  • A one page synopsis of your play
  • A character list and description – Due to space considerations, we would prefer a cast of no more than 6 players.
  • A short playwright bio (one or two paragraphs)*
  • The play in its entirety
*Please make this a separate document as we really are doing a blind reading.

NOTE: Scripts must be submitted in PDF format vis e-mail. You may also choose to submit a brief (no longer than one page) explanation of your vision or what you hope to accomplish from the writing and subsequent production of this play. No format other than PDF will be accepted.

EMAIL TO: submissions@stagetoscreen.org

Shakespeare's New Contemporaries - Cycle 4

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Deadline: November 18, 2020


Shakespeare’s New Contemporaries is a groundbreaking, industry-changing undertaking that is discovering, developing, and producing a new canon of 38 plays that are inspired by and in conversation with Shakespeare’s work.  It’s an opportunity for playwrights of every background, perspective, and style to engage with Shakespeare and his stage practices. It’s our chance to bring living writers into the world’s only re-creation of Shakespeare’s indoor theatre: the Blackfriars Playhouse.

Playwrights get: a world premiere production of their play; $25,000 prize; travel and housing for the rehearsal and development process.

We’re looking for: unproduced plays that engage with Shakespeare’s work and embrace Shakespeare’s staging conditions.

BEFORE APPLYING, CONFIRM THAT YOUR PLAY MEETS OUR QUALIFICATIONS:
  • The play must be able to performed with a cast of 10-12 actors.
  • The play must be able to be performed with minimal sets.
  • The play must be able to be performed with universal (shared) lighting.
  • The play must be able to be performed with any and all music and sound effects created in real time, unplugged, and by members of the acting troupe.
  • The play must be 2(ish) hours long.
  • The play must be inspired by or in conversation with As You Like It, Henry VI (any/all parts), Romeo and Juliet, and Troilus and Cressida.
  • The play must have not yet had a professional production. (Questions about this? Shoot us an e-mail).

PREPARE YOUR APPLICATION:
  • To smoothly navigate the process, we encourage you to prepare your materials before beginning the application. To that end:
  • Remove your name and any contact information from the script. Remove any agent or representation’s name and contact information from the script.
  • Include a Character Breakdown at the start of the script. The breakdown must include age and gender and may include any other information you’d like us to know. If your play contains more than 12 characters, please be sure to include information about actor doubling.
  • Title the document with the title of your play.
  • Save your script as a PDF or Word document.

PREPARE THE APPLICATION FORM:

In addition to contact information and basic information about the play, you will also be asked for answers to the following questions. (Please note: each question has a 4,000 character limit – including spaces):
  • Playwright bio.
  • How does your play respond to Shakespeare’s play?
  • In what ways does your play engage with Shakespeare’s Staging Conditions?
  • Optional: Play History: If your play has had any development or production history, please briefly tell us about it.

Sunday, November 8, 2020

Theatre In My Pajamas is looking for multi-act plays for serial readings

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Deadline: December 18, 2020

Theatre In My Pajamas is looking for multi-act plays for serial readings on Zoom that will be read over multiple weeks from January through March and maybe beyond.

A group that started out as a dozen theatre geeks has grown to a thriving community of nearly 600 members. Since March, we have had readings and open mics of new plays, unrehearsed, and the results have been powerful. Our readings have been ten-minute plays, and they have featured playwrights from Vermont to New Zealand. But we are now ready to grow. Get your pajamas on and send us your work.

Submission requirements:

Length: No more than 120 minutes.

Cast: No more than six characters (double casting is fine but it should be clear in the dramatis personae, and they don’t need to be in search of an author).

Submissions will be accepted up to December 18.

Please send your submissions to: theatreinmypajamas@gmail.com


TIMP will not accept plays that are culturally insensitive or promote cultural appropriation.


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Tuesday, November 3, 2020

2021-22 Woodward/Newman Drama Award

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Deadline: December 1, 2020

NO FEE FOR MEMBERS OF THE DRAMATISTS GUILD

The Woodward/Newman Drama Award is an exclusive honor offered by Bloomington Playwrights Project, remembering the many great dramas Joanne Woodward and Paul Newman performed in together.

It presents the best unpublished full-length drama of the year with a cash prize of $3,000 and a full production as part of the BPP’s Mainstage season, along with travel reimbursement.

BPP is now accepting submissions for the 2021-22 Woodward/Newman Drama Award. Submissions must be submitted by December 1, 2020. The winner will be announced by June 2021.

“Full-length” plays should have a complete running time of between 1 hour 15 minutes (75 minutes) to 2 hours 15 minutes (135 minutes).

Plays submitted must be unpublished at the time of submission.

Each submission should be sent to BPP via email. Send your email to literarymanager@newplays.org

Your email should include the following:

Tell us for which competition you are submitting: Reva Shiner Comedy or the script Woodward Newman Drama

Tell us your name, phone number, and the name of your Play

Tell us how you are satisfying the $10 administrative fee

Agent submitted scripts require no fee.

If via Dramatist Guild membership, attach a copy of your DG card to the email

If you have paid via Paypal on our website, indicate your confirmation number and the email address used.

Paypal is preferred, but if you can’t pay on-line, you may send a check or Money Order, (must be from a US bank). Tell us the check or Money Order number. Make it payable to “BPP” and mail to BPP, 107 W 9th ST, Bloomington, IN 47404

Attach a PDF file containing your script with the following information included in the following order:

Title page with author name

Synopsis (1 page or less)

Character list/breakdown

Production history for the play—Include readings and productions

A brief bio of the playwright,

Full Script

Submissions that fail to include all requested information in the order listed will be disqualified from the contest.

Plays submitted in previous years will be accepted.

Two separate submissions per playwright per annual competition are allowed as long as each submission has all the required materials.


Monday, November 2, 2020

Chain Theatre Now Accepting Submissions for 2021 Playwriting Lab

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Deadline: December 20, 2020

Chain Theatre continues its commitment to developing new plays by diverse artists and underrepresented voices through the 2021 Chain Playwriting Lab.

Eligibility:
  • All playwrights must be NYC based artists. 
  • Must be part of an under-represented community in the arts. Female identifying, a person of color, LGBTQ, or trans artists are encouraged to apply. 
  • Must be full length plays. 70 pages or more with a completed draft. 
  • Playwright must have all necessary rights. 

Application Process:

Applications will be accepted Nov 2, 2020 – Dec 20, 2020. Free to submit and participate. 
  • Include the following with your submission:
  • Resume and Bio. 
  • History of where the play has been previously produced or developed.
  • PDF Attachment of your play. It must be a completed draft. 
  • Include a synopsis of your play.
  • Must be available fora virtual interview.
SUBMIT TO: lab@chaintheatre.org

The Chain Playwriting Lab is an intensive, multi-week, highly collaborative process. All playwrights must be NYC-based artists and part of an underrepresented community. Female identifying, persons of color, LGBTQ, or trans artists are highly encouraged to apply. Plays must be full length (70 pages or more) with all necessary rights provided by the playwright. The Lab is completely free to submit and participate.

Applications will be accepted now through December 20th 2020. Announcements will be made January 5th 2021. For detailed information and requirements, visit: www.chaintheatre.org

The Chain Theatre venue located at 312 W. 36th St, NY 10018 has been closed since March 17th 2020 as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. Due to the current restrictions mandated by the government, all rehearsals and meetings will take place virtually. The Chain Theatre is following state health and government mandates regarding the Covid-19 pandemic. The health and safety of our artists and patrons is priority. Following the 6-week Intensive, a free Virtual Reading will be available online to the public.

“From my first meeting with THE CHAIN, I knew that I'd never been in a better, more supportive arena for a playwright. With them running alongside me, I found renewed love and purpose for a piece that I'd all but given up on, and I couldn't be prouder of the work we did together.” – G.D. Kimble 2020 Playwright.

For more information on the leadership, requirements, and how to apply visit: www.chaintheatre.org Further questions may be sent to Managing Director, Rick Hamilton: rick@variationstheatregroup.com.

The Robert J. Pickering / J.R. Colbeck Award for Playwriting Excellence

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Deadline: December 31, 2020
Coldwater, Michigan

This annual award was established to honor past member and playwright, Bob Pickering, and to provide a vehicle for playwrights to see their works produced. Over 30 plays have been produced over since 1984. In 2020, the award was renamed to also honor longtime BCCT member and Pickering director, J.R. Colbeck. $200 is awarded for first place, $50 for second place and $25 for third place.
Deadline:

Manuscripts must be received by December 31st
Types of plays accepted

Full length, unproduced plays and musicals. Children’s plays accepted. Unable to return without a self-addressed stamped envelope.
Selection Process:

Chairman and committee members read and review each entry and select ten finalists from which the first, second and third place winners are chosen.
Production:

Branch County Community Theatre reserves the right and agrees to produce the first place winner in this yearly competition. First place winners are required to sign a production contract.
Production House:

BCCT productions are staged in the historic Tibbits Opera House in Coldwater, Michigan. Built in 1882, Tibbits is a completely restored 500-seat proscenium theater.

Send submissions to:
Branch County Community Theatre
14 S. Hanchett St.
Coldwater, MI 49036

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Fresh Ink Call for Plays

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Deadline: December 1, 2020 12:00pm (noon) Central Time 



The Public Theater of San Antonio

• There is no submission fee
• Only the first 50 submissions will be considered
• Two scripts will be selected to each receive 4 performances at The Public Theater in June, 2021
• Winners will be announced April 1, 2021
• Playwrights of selected works will receive $300 or 7% of the ticket proceeds to performances of their work, whichever is greater
Submission Criteria

• We encourage entries by U.S. playwrights of any race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status.

• Musicals are not eligible at this time.

• Plays intended for young audiences are not eligible at this time.

• Submissions may have had readings but not have had a prior production.

• Submissions must be in standard format: 12-point font, standard font such as Times New Roman or Courier.

• Submissions must be written in English.

• Submissions must be "blind" with no playwright identification anywhere within the uploaded file.

Cast size is limited to 1 for the 2020-2021 Season (Please note the 1 cast member may play multiple roles.) 

• Anticipated run time must be no less than 50 minutes and no more than 120 minutes

• Professional submissions please. Edit for spelling, punctuation and grammar. Use standard play formatting. If in doubt please use Dramatist’s Guild guidelines, found at the following link 

Thursday, October 22, 2020

Sauk Seeking Scripts for Plays-in-Development 2021

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Deadline: October 30, 2020 EDT

The Sauk, Hillsdale County's Community Theatre, located in Jonesville, Michigan is seeking entries to consider for our seventh annual Plays-In-Development in 2021. We are seeking unproduced plays. These can be any style (comedy, drama, young audience and/or musical) and any length (one-act or full-length). It is understood (and expected) that changes will be made to the script between initial submission and performance.

The selected plays will first go through notes with the artistic director. A show-specific director will then be assigned. The director will work with the playwright prior to an audition draft being submitted. Auditions will take place in early-June with two weeks of rehearsals prior to public readings. It is expected that the selected playwrights will be involved in the process and be in attendance for final rehearsals and the public reading in Jonesville, MI.

Playwrights are encouraged to make changes to their scripts throughout the rehearsal process (often handing in new drafts on a weekly or even daily basis). The public staged readings will take place June 25 and 26, 2021. Playwrights will be on site between June 22-27. A royalty is provided to the selected playwrights and The Sauk will provide travel and lodging.

The goal of Plays-in-Development is to help playwrights improve plays that have yet to be produced. By working with a director and actors, the playwright can learn vital information about their work. After the public readings, playwrights are able to participate in a talkback with the audience. We want playwrights to leave the experience with positive and constructive feedback to improve their plays.

Please e-mail a draft copy of the script, a one paragraph plot description and playwright's contact information to Executive Director Trinity Bird at saukpid@gmail.com. Playwrights may submit up to three scripts. We are NOT looking for scripts intended to be performed online.

The submission deadline is 5 p.m. (EST) on Friday, October 30, 2020.

The play selection committee will review all submissions and select the scripts to be part of the process. The selected plays will be announced on or before December 3, 2020.

To view our 2020 Plays-in-Development online readings and learn more about past Plays-in-Development, visit www.thesauk.org/pid.html.

Reva Shiner Comedy Award 2021 - 2022

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Deadline: October 31, 2020
Bloomington IL

No fee for members of the Dramatists Guild, attach a copy of your DG card to the email

We are currently accepting submissions for the 2021-22 Reva Shiner Comedy Award. The winner will be announced by June 2021.

  • “Full-length” plays should have a complete running time of between 1 hour 15 minutes (75 minutes) to 2 hours 15 minutes (135 minutes).
  • Plays submitted must be unpublished at the time of submission.
  • Each submission should be sent to BPP via email. Send your email to literarymanager@newplays.org
  • Your email should include the following: 
  • Tell us for which competition you are submitting: Reva Shiner Comedy or the script Woodward Newman Drama
  • Tell us your name, phone number, and the name of your Play
  • Tell us how you are satisfying the $10 administrative fee 
  • Agent submitted scripts require no fee.
  • If via Dramatist Guild membership, attach a copy of your DG card to the email
If you have paid via Paypal on our website, indicate your confirmation number and the email address used.
Paypal is preferred, but if you can’t pay on-line, you may send a check or Money Order, (must be from a US bank). Tell us the check or Money Order number. Make it payable to “BPP” and mail to BPP, 107 W 9th ST, Bloomington, IN 47404

Attach a PDF file containing your script with the following information included in the following order:
  • Title page with author name
  • Synopsis (1 page or less)
  • Character list/breakdown
  • Production history for the play—Include readings and productions
  • A brief bio of the playwright,
  • Full Script
  • Submissions that fail to include all requested information in the order listed will be disqualified from the contest.
  • Plays submitted in previous years will be accepted.
  • Two separate submissions per playwright per annual competition are allowed as long as each submission has all the required materials.

Friday, October 16, 2020

Nylon Fusion Theatre Company Calls for Submissions

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Deadlines
The Future - Due August 1st, 2020 
DEADLINE EXTENDED TO NOVEMBER 1, 2020

Nylon Fusion Theatre Company is currently accepting submissions of new works for future projects.

If you are submitting to:
Our short play festival “This Round’s On Us” (about 10 minutes) *info below

The Political Play series (Full Length about 90 min)
NOTE: We appreciate your interest. But due to the amount of submissions we have been receiving we will not be accepting FULL LENGTH and/or TV - STYLE scripts at this time. Until further notice. Thank you!

The TV-style project (Episodic sitcom sample script- 20-30 pages) for **The New Situation Company. We are interested in writers residing in New York, as the team will be meeting frequently during script development. If you do not live in the New York area but would like us to consider your work, feel free to send in your sample script, as we would like to feature guest writers in the project as well.

This Rounds On Us:
RETROSPECT: "The Best of Times, the Worst of Times, The Future"
SUBMISSION DEADLINES (subject to change)

The Future - Due August 1st, 2020

RETROSPECT: The Best of Times
We have some success stories in history of the world. Explore one of them. Was it a success at the time or only in retrospect? Were they good for all or only some? Take any angle you want, even speculating what it would mean if things were different.

RETROSPECT: The Worst of Times
We have some epic fails in our past. Explore one of them. Was this a failure to all or just some? Could it have been prevented?   Should it have been prevented?  Take any angle you want, even speculating what it would mean if things were different.

PROSPECT: The Future
Every era has a “future” style. A future outlook based on the present. What does “future” look like now? What does it sound like? What does it feel like? We look at The Jetsons or Back To The Future and say “where is my flying car?” What do we expect now that we know that flying cars aren’t (yet?) a thing? Speculate. Have fun!

To be considered This Round's On Us please submit/email the following: A cover letter, brief synopsis, resume and full script to nylonsubmissions@gmail.com Please be specific as to which project you are submitting to. Write on the SUBJECT LINE For example: This Round’s On Us: The Worst Of Times, Jane Jones.

NOTE: accepted plays are produced (including casting) by Nylon Fusion Theatre Company. Playwrights are encouraged to attend rehearsals.
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Deadlines for “Political Play Series”
To be considered please submit/email the following: A cover letter, brief synopsis, resume and full script to nylonLIT@gmail.com

Subject Line: Name of Play and Playwright.

We will contact you if your work matches what we’re looking for.
Thank you!

Nylon Fusion Theatre Company

Thursday, October 15, 2020

NATIONAL LATINX PLAYWRITING AWARD

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Deadline: November 1, 2020


Submissions for the 2021 National Latinx Playwriting Award are now open. Latinx playwrights residing in the United States, its territories or Mexico are encouraged to submit scripts for the award. Each script will be read and evaluated by a culturally diverse panel of theatre artists; finalists will be judged by ATC artistic staff.

Submission Procedure

We respectfully ask that you adhere to the following application requirements:
  • Submit a single script via U.S. mail.
  • Scripts must be postmarked by November 1, 2020. Please include a title page on the script that includes the play’s title, the author’s name, and contact information (including a phone number, mailing address, and email).
  • Include a cover letter of no more than one page, describing the play’s developmental history, and how the play fits into the playwright’s broader career trajectory.

Submit manuscripts to:

National Latinx Playwriting Award
ATTN: Elaine Romero, Playwright-in-Residence
Arizona Theatre Company
343 S. Scott Ave. Tucson, AZ 85701

Eligibility

The award is open to all Latino playwrights currently residing in the United States, its territories, or Mexico.

Scripts may be in English, English and Spanish, or solely in Spanish. (Spanish-language and bilingual scripts must be accompanied by an English translation.)

Plays must be unpublished, professionally unproduced, and not currently under option at the time of submission.

Full-length and one-act plays (minimum length: 50 pages) on any subject will be accepted.

Scripts

The physical scripts become the property of Arizona Theatre Company and will not be returned. In this case, “property” means the physical property of the theatre, not the intellectual property or any rights to the play.

The winner will be notified by Fall 2021.

For more information contact Elaine Romero, ATC Playwright-in Residence: info@arizonatheatre.org.

Saturday, October 10, 2020

44th Annual Bay Area Playwrights Festival

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Deadline: October 16, 2020

Pay-what-you-can application fees. If you’d like to request a Fee Waiver, please email literary@playwrightsfoundation.org Thank you! 


Our organization’s maximum capacity for reading is 750 plays. We may close the application process before the October 16th, 2020 deadline if we reach that number, so please apply early. The link to apply will go live on September 4th, 2020, please check back then.

New for this year: Due to the economic hardship impacting our industry from shutdowns because of Covid-19, application fees are Pay What You Can. After uploading your application and script, you will be prompted to a separate form for an application fee. Suggested range ($5-30). If you’d like to request a Fee Waiver, please email literary@playwrightsfoundation.org Thank you!

Thank you for your interest in applying to be a part of Playwrights Foundation’s programming. Playwrights Foundation supports and champions contemporary playwrights in the creation of new works to sustain theater as a vital, dynamic art form.

Every season, we assess a high volume of plays, and we strive to create a process which is equitable and fair to all who apply. Every script will be read fully twice by readers on our National Committee, which are composed of professionals who are advocates and allies of new work. Before any decisions are made regarding our Semi-Finalists round, multiple staff members will evaluate each writer’s individual development goals and resumes.

As one of the leading play development centers in the U.S. with a long history, Playwrights Foundation fosters the creative process of playmaking by sustaining a commitment to the playwright, whom we regard as the creative wellspring of the theater. The organization has a deep familiarity with the work of a large range of playwrights, and work to connect those writers with creative producers interested in new play production. Special attention is given to Bay Area writers, emerging writers of any age, BIPOC and other historically marginalized writers.

You may have questions about applying, including if this opportunity is the right one for you. Our staff welcomes these questions and we are in contact with the Dramatists Guild and LMDA regarding best practices for our organization. We hope you have a good experience engaging with us, as you entrust us with reading and evaluating your latest new play. We welcome writers of all ages, backgrounds and identities, and celebrate both national and local writers.

We invite playwrights to apply for the 44th Bay Area Playwrights Festival, where ultimately, four to five plays will be chosen for development. The reading process spans several months and everyone who applies will receive notification of their status before we announce BAPF’s 2021 summer festival.

Applications for the Bay Area Playwrights Festival are open to any playwrights living in North America and writing primarily in English (multilingual plays are accepted) who consider themselves either an emerging writer (of any age) or mid-career playwright. 

Playwrights Foundation is strongly committed to developing the work of emerging and mid-career writers, and we offer other opportunities for more established playwrights and long-time alums to continue sharing work with us.

Applications must be full-length, unproduced and original plays in PDF form. We do accept adaptations, but not translations. Plays that have previously received a workshop or university production are considered unproduced.

Only one application is allowed per playwright. If you were selected for the 2020 Bay Area Playwrights Festival we ask you observe a one-year hiatus from applying for the festival. Playwrights can submit a new draft of a play they previously submitted during one additional submission cycle. We will not accept new drafts of plays that have been submitted in at least two previous submission cycles. We do not accept musicals at this time.

We define those terms as follows:

‘Emerging’ refers to playwrights who are relatively early in their careers – student, recent playwriting program graduate (up to 3 years), and older dramatists who have had 0-3 professional (paid) productions of their work. You can be emerging at any age and we celebrate that.
‘Mid-career’ as playwrights who have received more than 3 professional productions, and who are generally working professional playwrights, but not yet fully established with multiple regional LORT productions. We are looking for a mix of career experiences to create a cohort, so all writers are welcome. 

‘Unproduced scripts’ we follow the Dramatists Guild’s definition as “a script that has not been “professionally” produced. Readings, staged readings, AEA workshops, development productions, amateur productions, concert versions, etc.” are not professional productions.
‘Full-length’— We ask that your scripts are a minimum of 60 pages in length, but if it is shorter and you know that it does take more than an hour of stage time, simply email our literary team to ask if it is eligible. We are not a 10-Minute play nor One-Act play contest, but looking for more substantial dramaturgy of interest to producing theatre seasons.

Playwrights chosen for the festival will be paired with an artistic team composed of a professional dramaturg, director, and actors, and other artists as needed. The lead artistic team members will go on a 3-day retreat the weekend prior to the festival, and will subsequently receive two staged readings over two weeks, each one separated by five to six days for rehearsals and rewrites. Local and national producers, theater artists and the general public are invited to the festival to see the staged readings and meet the playwrights.

We want to emphasize that the public staged readings are not intended as a showcase for a finished play, and the readings are advertised to our audiences as rehearsals rather than performances; our festival actively fosters the creative process of playmaking, and not “finishing” the work before the public reading. We equally value the creative work in the room and the public readings as opportunities to advance each individual playwright’s developmental goals. Our organization also values connecting playwrights to creative partners and producers.

Checklist before applying:


  • A full-length Script in PDF form, titled LastNameFirstName_PlayTitle_DraftDate
  • Resume in PDF form, titled LastNameFIrstName_Resume
  • A list of three Development Goals (500 words max)
  • A 1-2 sentence synopsis of your play
  • You are a playwright living in North America writing primarily in English (Multilingual plays accepted).
  • You have read our website and acknowledge the defined terms.
  • Application fees will be prompted at the end, and are Pay What You Can. If you would like to request a Fee Waiver, please contact literary@playwrightsfoundation.org

Thursday, October 8, 2020

KC Melting Pot Theatre's 2nd Annual New Play Development Festival

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Deadline: December 31, 2020 or first 50 submissions


KC Melting Pot Theatre is looking for new full-length plays by Black playwrights. 

The play should have no production history (readings are acceptable). 

There are no restrictions on content nor themes except we are not accepting musicals, one-person shows or children shows at this time. 

To submit, please email your script in Word or Pdf format to newplays.kcmpt@gmail.com

Scripts should include playwright contact info on title page, character/cast requirements and a 3-5 sentence synopsis. Plays should be typed in 12pt font in Times New Roman or Courier. Our reading panel will select three finalists who will receive fully staged readings in our New Play Festival over the July 9 – 11, 2021 weekend. 

One winner will then be selected and will receive a $500 stipend and will receive a workshop production in 2022. This is a development opportunity and the winning play will have their play read by professional actors for at least two table readings followed by Q&A with director, cast and crew. Playwright will have time to revise and complete a final draft of play and then the workshop production will be fully staged with audience talkbacks.

Finalists will be notified no later than May 1st, 2021. The winning piece will be selected July 11, 2021 after the completion of our New Play Festival.

Sunday, October 4, 2020

American Stage’s 21st Century Voices: Emerging Plays 2021

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Deadline: October 16, 2020

We are now accepting submissions for the American Stage’s 21st Century Voices: 2021 New Play Festival.

American Stage is committed to producing powerful and relevant professional live theatre. Our 21st Century Voices is an initiative dedicated to developing and presenting new works for the stage that speak to a contemporary audience in fresh and compelling ways. 21st Century Voices programming includes an annual staged reading festival, workshopping of new scripts, playwriting residencies and fully produced new plays receiving one of their first three professional productions at American Stage.
21st Century Voices: New Play Festival Submissions

This year, we are seeking submissions of new plays exploring themes of mental illness, wellness and resilience. Plays on these themes should examine characters grappling with, learning about or advancing in their own mental health or the mental health of someone they love. Our intention is to shine a spotlight on mental health and to contribute to the destigmatization of mental illness. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), almost half of all American adults (46.4%) will experience a mental illness during their lifetime. Mental Health America reports that anxiety and depression is up by nearly 400% since January 2020. With the social isolation due to COVID, the need for connection to mental health resources as well as the need for compassion and education around mental health are greater than ever.

American Stage is interested in probing the individual experience as well as society’s perception of wellness and the mental health industry. We are also interested in plays that can be performed flexibly since the festival will potentially be offered as hybrid performances, with both onsite and virtual readings. The festival may also include panels and workshops on mental health, presented by experts in the field. Submissions will be accepted now through October 16, 2020.

Submission guidelines for the American Stage’s 21st Century Voices: 2021 New Play Festival are as follows:
  • Plays must be full-length in any genre: comedy, drama, multimedia, etc. Musicals will not be accepted at this time.
  • Translations, collections of one-acts, children’s plays and any play that has received more than two full-scale, professional productions prior to submission are not eligible.
  • Plays that have had workshops, readings or non-professional productions are still eligible.
  • Plays with casts larger than 8 people will not be considered at this time.
  • Only one submission per playwright is allowed each year.
  • Plays with flexibility for performance in a digital and in-person setting are preferred.
  • The Selection Process 

American Stage’s competitive selection process consists of two rounds of selection. All 10-page play excerpts submitted during the first round are reviewed by a committee of theatre artists and arts advocates. In the second round, selected playwrights are asked to provide a full manuscript of their play for consideration by the committee. Finally, American Stage invites up to five playwrights to have their work included in 21st Century Voices: New Play Festival in January 2021.
Playwrights invited to participate in our 21st Century Voices: New Play Festival will receive a $250 stipend.

How to Apply

Email your complete submission package to 21stCenturyVoices@americanstage.org by October 16, 2020. Please include the following information in one attached PDF file, not in the body of your email. Please do not attach multiple files. Complete submission packages must include:
  • Your contact information;
  • Your playwriting resume;
  • Title of the play; Character breakdown and description (please include total number of characters); Time and place of the play; Synopsis (no longer than 1 page); and a concise paragraph (no longer than 1 page) describing the development history of the play you are submitting;
  • A statement describing why your play is a good fit for American Stage’s 21st Century Voices’ mission to develop and present powerful plays that speak to a contemporary audience in a fresh and compelling way and our 2021 focus on works exploring themes of mental illness, wellness and resilience
  • A ten page sample of the play.

Full manuscripts and incomplete submission packages will not be considered.

2020-2021 Deadlines

For consideration in our 21st Century Voices: New Play Festival, American Stage is accepting submissions by October 16, 2020. Requests for full manuscripts will be made by November 9, 2020.

Only completed submission packages emailed to 21stCenturyVoices@americanstage.org by October 16, 2020 at midnight EST will be considered.

Thank you for your interest!

Friday, October 2, 2020

Premiere the Play, The Podcast seeks submissions

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Deadline: October 23, 2020

Coming Spring 2021, Premiere the Play is a podcast featuring dramatic readings of new stage plays.
Submissions are now open for our first season.

Guidelines:
  • Our goal is to fill our season with diversity, so all topics, time periods, cultures, etc. are welcome.
  • English, however, must be the main language.
  • The play must be an unproduced STAGE play (not radio play, screen play, or zoom play)
  • The play should run no less than 30 mins and no more than 2 hours
  • Maximum cast size of 6
  • No musicals... yet...
  • Stage directions that provide essential information will be included in the reading so they must be clean and clear.
The plays will be chosen on a BLIND BASIS: All identifying information about the playwright will be removed before the play is distributed to our Play Selection Committee, thus ensuring that the plays are chosen based on the work itself and not the gender, race, age, etc. of the playwright.

Once chosen, each play will be cast, rehearsed, and recorded. The recordings will only be used on the podcast and for promotional purposes. No compensation will be given to the playwright, however, on each episode, we will encourage producers to contact us if they are interested in producing the work. We will then connect the playwright with interested potential producers.

As a theatre company with youth programs, our goal is for at least 50% of the season to not include explicit language.

Submission Instructions:
  • To submit, email the following to submissions@deanproductionstheatre.com:
  • The complete script with the playwright’s identifying information only on the title page
  • A full Character Breakdown
  • A synopsis
  • The playwright’s name, address, email address, and phone number (won’t be seen by the Selection Committee)

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