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Sunday, February 28, 2021

Blue Pearl Theatrics - A Monologue Festival Competition & Short Film

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Deadline: March 1, 2021

Are you a writer that's willing to take an audience down the rabbit hole?

Seeking Submissions for Corruption Inc. – A Monologue Festival Competition & Short Film

CORRUPTION INC. is a powerful two-fold project encompassing an exciting and exclusive livestream monologue festival competition and culminating in a critically important theatrical short film featuring a series of chosen monologues which will be produced and showcased on various digital platforms and submitted to film festivals across the country.

PURPOSE:

This project was conceived based on the need to open the conversation to encompass all points of view regarding the current state of society, and the emotional & mental impact it has on us as a whole. We hope that this project will help us listen to each other, enlighten, and ultimately come together.

CONCEPT:

Living in America has a unique set of challenges. Living in America during the last 12 months has been even more of a challenge.

Although the Media and freedom of the press was formed and protected under the Bill of Rights in an effort to inform American citizens of activities and events with accuracy and impartiality, promote transparency in government and politics and expose corruption in business and government practices, some would suggest it has become a perversion of itself and almost omnipotent in its power to affect perception and general constructions of truth.

The Media – whether Magazines, Newspapers, Internet, Television, Radio, or Social Media Platforms – is one of the most influential factors shaping the opinions and viewpoints of what people believe life and culture to be.

Every day the media tells us who we are, who we should be, who we're not, what we should think, and how we should feel. As a result, many of us take on narratives and identify with them as if they are our own. Though, many of these narratives do not truly belong to us, the majority of people will go along with the media's conditioning out of fear, oblivion, exhaustion and/or a host of other reasons.

However, there are a growing mass of individuals who bravely go the other way, who ask questions, who challenge the status quo, who refuse to blindly accept the stories they've been told to live. The monologues requested are about these outliers.

We are looking for bold playwrights & writers who willconfidently write about today’s controversial topics.

Each monologue should have all of the elements of great storytelling, and be original.
The piece should be no longer than 8 minutes, and be written in the first person narrative.

We want to take the audience on an emotional journey with ebbs and flows from the character's first person perspective as they tackle challenging topics such as the one's listed below.

1. Do government restrictions/lockdowns impact the constitutional rights of the people? What about small business owners?

2. Can mask and vaccine mandates be a violation of someone's right to govern their own body? Do citizens lose those rights during a crisis? If so, is this ethical?

3. Has the media become an antagonist by only permitting a one-sided, limited narrative that purposely shapes the information we consume and serves to divide?

4. Has the Media purposely created exaggerations and false delusions about individuals or events to sway a particular audience or group of people? Should they be held accountable?

5. Has the Media contributed to the loss of culture, tradition and history in the country? Is that important? Do Americans truly care whether the media is reporting the truth or not? How do you know if the media is reporting the truth or not?

6. Has the media participated in the conditioning African-Americans and minorities throughout their lives to feel inferior? Has Media narrative formulated depictions that stigmatize various groups of people? Has that helped to divide us? Could the very people who are in opposition be more similar than they realize?

7. Could social media be distracting people from critical thinking, individual thought and reaching their highest potential? Does social media disconnect us from each other and reality?

Is freedom of speech being compromised? When social media platforms remove posts and censor individuals, does it infringe upon a person's constitutional right to free speech? Are we in danger as a society of losing those rights? Have we become unable to decide what's best for us as a society so that it is necessary for someone else to decide for us?

We know what the official media narrative says about these topics.

  • How is your character's outlook different?
  • Does your character question or disagree with the way these issues are presented by the media? Why?
  • How does your character feel about the media?
  • How has it impacted her/him?
  • Does he/she feel that there is unbiased, neutral reporting taking place in the present day? 
  • Are regulations ethical? Why or not? 
  • What are the psychological, physical, emotional, and mental effects of consuming media regularly? 
  • How have the current events impacted your character’s relationships with family, friends, neighbors and/or fellow citizens?
  • Why do we care?
  • How is this relevant?
  • How can this story empower and/or enlighten others?

**NOTE: We are looking to hear various perspectives from people and characters of different generations, cultures, nationalities, genders, ethnicities, citizens of socialist & capitalist countries, the LGBTQ community and everyone in between. We would like to evoke conversations that make people think and come to their own conclusion of what "the truth" is.


MONOLOGUE FESTIVAL COMPETITION GUIDELINES:

This project is a livestream monologue festival, and competition, ultimately resulting in a theatrical short film featuring a series of monologues which will be produced and featured on various digital platforms and submitted to film festivals.

CORRUPTION INC. Livestream Festival Competition will premiere at The Nubox located at John DeSotelle Studio, Spring 2021. Dates TBA

For immediate consideration, please email submissions@bluepearltheatrics.com.

Place "CORRUPTION INC. Submission" in the email subject. You will be notified if selected.

The monologue must be original and unpublished.

The deadline for submissions is March 1st, 2021.

Maximum number of submissions accepted is 100.

Selection Process:

10 monologues will be selected by a professional theater committee, and voted upon by audience majority at the festival performances.

The top 6 monologues will be featured in the short film, and receive a $100 cash prize.

CORRUPTION INC. Film release TBD. The project will be filmed on location in New York City, NY.

Saturday, January 23, 2021

9TH ANNUAL COLUMBUS BLACK THEATRE FESTIVAL 2021

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Deadline: January 31, 2021

Mine 4 God Productions (M4GP) is now accepting creative works that say something about the state of America and the many challenges "We the people" have had to face in regard to racial equality, political unrest, and division among classes of people in America and beyond, especially during these last four years of political and racial unrest.

Our theme for 2021 is

“Say Something...it might, Change Something.”

We are accepting monologues and one-act plays that have diversity, inclusion, and equity for our 9th Annual Columbus Black Theatre Festival (CBTF) that will be held July 9-11, 2021 at The Abbey Theatre of Dublin, Ohio.

Submission dates are December 1, 2020 to January 31, 2021.

Due to the uncertainty of where Ohio will be in the summer of 2021 regarding social distancing state guideline the entries need to meet the following criteria:

ONE-ACT PLAYS

1) No more than 4 characters (If characters can play double-roles can have 6.)

2) Have minimal set/light requirements.

3) If required, play can be rehearsed/performed effectively by virtual means.

4) 20 to 30 minutes long.

5) Blocking of the play can be rearranged by the Director to meet social distance guidelines.


MONOLOGUES

1) 10 to 15 minutes long.


Complete the Entry form below and send it with your play submission to mine4godproductionsllc@aol.com in pdf or Word document. form before the deadline of January 31, 2021.


2021 CBTF ENTRY FORM

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Beardance Theatre - Texts in Isolation

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Deadline: January 23, 2021 5PM GMT

Beardance Theatre are looking for five new texts for the next instalment of their ‘Texts in Isolation’ series of audio shorts.

Pieces must be up to 5 minutes long and be in response to the theme of ‘isolation’. This doesn’t mean that it should be about COVID or lockdown, but it also doesn’t mean that it shouldn’t! It can be a short scene, a monologue, a poem – almost anything goes! The only requirement is that you give your open, honest response to the brief.

There is no age limit. Entry is free to all and open to everyone, though Beardance are particularly interested in voices that are currently underrepresented in theatre.

This is an international opportunity, but scripts must be in English. Entrants may submit up to two pieces.

Please check their website www.beardance.co.uk for more details and the previous five pieces in the project.

Submissions and further enquiries should be sent to hello@beardance.co.uk

Friday, January 15, 2021

Loud Voices Silent Streets Challenges

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Deadline: January 30, 2021 Midnight

Loud Voices Silent Streets are looking for writers to take part in and submit pieces to their upcoming writing challenges.

Loud Voices Silent Streets are a production company and worldwide artistic community that value the importance of all writers being able to tell their own stories.

They have opened submissions and applications for the following writing challenges:

Just an Illusion

They are wanting writers to submit a poem, monologue or spoken word poem on the theme of illusion. It can be about anything but must link to illusion in some way. The piece must be no longer than six minutes. Writers will be given the opportunity to have their pieces performed and released across the Loud Voices Silent Streets social media pages after the deadline.

Please submit your piece, name and age to loudvoicessilentstreets@gmail.com

28 Days of Stories

They are looking for writers to take part in their writing challenge ’28 Days of Stories’. At 9am every day in February writers will be given a different prompt, they will then have until midnight of the same day to write a nine-line poem or monologue. Writers can take part in as many or as little prompts as they wish. Writers will be given the opportunity to have their pieces performed and released across the Loud Voices Silent Streets social media pages after the deadline.

To apply please email your contact details, name and age to loudvoicessilentstreets@gmail.com

These opportunities are open to writers of all ages and experience.

For further information go to the Loud Voices Silent Streets website

Deadline for both opportunities: Midnight 30th January 2021

Sunday, December 20, 2020

Write a monologue for a Black and Brown Theatre actor

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Deadline: December 27, 2020

Are you interested in submitting an original monologue for our All the Web's a Stage Series? Good news, we've got an all new cast so it's a blank slate on the selection committee!

Follow Black and Brown Theatre on Instagram @bandbtheatre for new videos from our company actors saying what they're looking for in a monologue.

Writers can send a two-minute monologue in the body of an email to BlackandBrownTheatre@gmail.com with the name of the specific Black and Brown Theatre actor (Antoine, Brenda, Ciarah, Harvey, Sebastian, or Tori) they are writing for in the subject line by Sunday December 27. Please follow directions. Submissions that do not follow directions are subject to omission.

***PLEASE MAKE SURE TO WATCH EACH ACTOR'S VIDEO SO YOU CAN BE SURE TO FOLLOW WHAT THEY ARE REQUESTING. MONOLOGUES THAT DO NOT ADDRESS THE ACTOR'S REQUIREMENTS MAY NOT BE SENT TO THE ACTORS. ***

Actors will choose their favorite monologue to perform live via zoom for Anton Art Center's SatARTday presentation of Black and Brown Theatre's All the Web's a Stage Monologue Series on Saturday January 9th at 6pm.

Tuesday, December 15, 2020

some scripts literary magazine seeks submissions for Issue 4: "Outbreak"!

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Deadline December 31, 2020

Who We Are
Publishing twice a year, some scripts literary magazine seeks to uplift the voices of scriptwriters who have fewer opportunities than fiction, poetry, or nonfiction writers to see their work in print. We believe scripts–whether for the stage, screen, radio, or Zoom–have literary merit and deserve recognition for their writing beyond performance. We desire to be a platform to uplift the voices of new and emerging scriptwriters first and foremost before established scriptwriters.

What We're Looking For
We seek stage plays, screenplays, radio plays, monologues, Zoom plays, essays on theatre/film during the pandemic, and script reviews for possible publication in our upcoming issue. All people, within the US and outside of it, are encouraged to submit! You may submit as many pieces as you'd like, but try to keep it under three per writer. (As a note: at this time we cannot publish full-length stage plays or screenplays.)

There is no restriction on scripts that have been previously produced. If you have a script that has been previously published, we will consider re-publication, but we may ask for proof of previous publication and how best to credit them.

At this time, we regret we cannot compensate contributors. We are, however, working to change this by running a fundraiser to help compensate contributors for Issue 5.

Deadline: tentatively December 31, 2020 (depending on the amount of submissions we receive, we may extend the deadline)

How to Submit
Submit via email to submissions@some-script.com or somescriptslitmag@gmail.com in a Microsoft Word or PDF file. The script must be a blind copy and a separate document with the title page and your contact info must be included.


Also find us at: some-scripts.com, facebook.com/somescripts, instagram.com/somescripts

Call for All the Web's a Stage Monologues

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Are you interested in writing an original monologue for an actor? Follow Black and Brown Theatre on Instagram @bandbtheatre for new videos from our company actors saying what they're looking for in a monologue from December 15-20. 

Writers can send a two-minute monologue in the body of an email to BlackandBrownTheatre@gmail.com with the name of the specific Black and Brown Theatre actor they are writing for in the subject line by Sunday December 27. 

Actors will choose their favorite monologue to perform live via zoom for Anton Art Center's SatARTday presentation of Black and Brown Theatre's All the Web's a Stage Monologue Series on Saturday January 9th at 6pm. SatARTdays are presented by First State Bank. 

Saturday, November 14, 2020

Lift Every Voice Black Women Speak Monologue Festival

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Deadline: November 15, 2020 midnight EST

Fantasy Theatre Factory in Miami, Florida, understands that black female playwrights are underserved when it comes to the production of their work. We are holding a call for black female playwrights from the United States to submit monologues that reflect their personal experience. These monologues will be presented by Fantasy Theatre Factory in February, 2021 during Black History Month. An honorarium will be paid to those playwrights whose scripts are selected.


Submission Guidelines:

-Submissions accepted from female black playwrights who reside in the United States.

-Two submissions per writer maximum.

-The monologue may be part of a larger work or a stand-alone piece.

-Deadline for submissions is November 15, 2020; midnight EST.

-Monologue should read between 2 and 5 minutes.

-Preferred format is PDF

-On the cover page, indicate name, address, phone and email address.

Email scripts to: blackfemaleplaywrights@gmail.com

Jewish Women's Theater seeks short plays for At-Home Salon Theatre Season

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Deadline: December 1, 2020


Click to view our themes for the 2021 Season

Three easy steps to SUBMITTING YOUR MATERIAL

Step 1: Click to view our themes for the 2021 Season
VERY IMPORTANT TO SUBMIT TO THE THEME
Step 2: Carefully read Submissions Guidelines
Step 3: Fill out Writers Survey


Submission Guidelines 

JWT produces contemporary American stories that have some Jewish content or Jewish resonance.

Seeking first person narratives or stories.

Most of the stories are true. If you want to see your work performed on our stage, your best chance is to submit a first-person narrative OR a short story that is no longer than 1500 words AND illuminates a theme that JWT is exploring in the upcoming seasons (themes listed below.) Stories, one-acts, poems or songs will be considered. Sometimes we incorporate short, 5-8 minute plays into these salons if they fit the theme.

Submit your material to ronda@jewishwomenstheatre.org. Be sure to let us know the theme to which you are submitting in the subject line of your email. Make sure your name and title of your work appear on your submission. Fill out our writer’s survey HERE to complete your submission.


Themes for 2021 At-Home Salon Theatre Season


Remembrance of Things Present
The legacy of the Shoah in stories from the next generations are not only funny and insightful, but deeply moving.

Star Spangled Sabra
Caught between two promised lands, Israeli Americans share their story of longing, loss and love in the Diaspora.


Family Matters
We love them. We hate them. We can’t live with them; we can’t live without them. The matters of family, and why family matters, are as old as the Bible. This show reveals our most personal family stories.


Deadline for submissions
October 1, 2020


Persian Sunrise, American Sunset

Evocative and humorous Iranian stories that explore the heartbreak and triumph of a new generation forging its own identity while trying to honor its heritage. Email submit@jewishwomenstheatre.org for submissions to this particular show. Thank you!


Deadline for submissions
October 1, 2020

Thursday, November 12, 2020

Currently Seeking 10-Minute Plays & Monologues for Smith & Kraus Publications


Deadline: December 11, 2020 8PM EST

For The Best Men’s & Women’s Monologues 2021, and Best 10-Minute Plays 2021
Edited by Debbie Lamedman

OPEN TO ALL WRITERS
NO SUBMISSION FEE
Website for information

For The Best Men's & Women's Monologues 2021
  • Monologues must be from plays. They cannot be stand-alone pieces.
  • They must be from plays produced between January 2019-September 2021.
  • Staged Readings performed live or virtually during the Pandemic will be accepted.
  • Monologues should be from 1-3 minutes long.
  • Monologues should be active! No stories about something that happened in the past—(those types of pieces are not good for auditions!)
  • Please include a descriptive blurb containing a brief summary of the play; the name/age of character; to whom the character is speaking and the dramatic context of the scene.

For The Best 10-Minute Plays 2021
  • Plays must be produced between January 2019-September 2021
  • Staged Readings performed live or virtually during the Pandemic will be accepted.
  • Plays should not exceed 10 pages.
  • Please include a brief synopsis.
  • No Radio Plays. No musicals.
Click here to submit:
Please fill out this form thoroughly before attaching a PDF of your submission. Only one entry per submission form.

You may submit up to two monologues and two 10-Minute plays.
DEADLINE: DECEMBER 11, 2020 8 PM EST

Thursday, November 5, 2020

Once Upon A Christmas call for submissions are open

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Deadline: November 15, 2020

• RULES •

Submit a short play or monologue under 10 minutes around the theme Once Upon A Christmas. All submissions must include the phrase, "Dear Santa,
It was not my fault."

We will select 5 pieces of work — announced Nov 18 — to showcase on Dec 19!

• DEADLINE •
November 15, 2020

• SUBMIT TO •
info@krispproduction.com with the subject 'Once Upon A Christmas_(your name)_(title of entry' in pdf format.

Saturday, October 10, 2020

Rockford New Words Festival

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Deadline: October 15, 2020 5PM CST

Rockford IL

10 Minutes of Words Written for Live Performance
Theme: WE CAN’T BREATHE
Award: $200

The Rockford New Play Festival is now ROCKFORD NEW WORDS!

Why the change? We’re expanding to include all words written for live performance, including:
  • Spoken Word
  • Poetry
  • Choreopoems
  • Plays
  • Zoom Scripts
  • Raps and Spoken Lyrics
  • Storytelling
  • Monologues
Six new works will be chosen and presented in a staged performance on Jan 21, 2021. Artists/Writers can choose to perform their own works (Live or on Zoom), or have them presented by professional performers.

Artists/Writers each receive $200.

WE CAN’T BREATHE

2020 has been a year like none other with COVID-19 and BLM protests responding to the murders of George FLoyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and so many others.

At the center of it all is our breath: we are breathing in a virus, we are breathing in tear gas, or we are breathing our last breath.

Rockford New Words is looking for personal and passionate works that speak to where we are at in this moment in time.

We Can’t Breathe.


RULES
  • New Words: written after Aug 12, 2020
  • Theme: We Can’t Breathe
  • One Written Work per writer
  • Language: English
  • Originality: no translations, adaptations, or excerpts of other works
  • Copyright: you must own it
  • Eligibility: no published or produced works
  • Length: 10 pages or less
  • Time: 10 minutes or less
  • Format: Any

HOW TO SUBMIT

There are 4 ways to submit. Choose whichever way works for you:

1. ONLINE FORM

Fill out the online application and upload a copy of your work:
ONLINE APP


Have questions? words@thewssr.org


2. EMAIL

Fill out the online email application and then email us a copy of your words:
EMAIL APP

Email your words to words@thewssr.org

3. US MAIL

Print and fill out this application and mail it with a copy of your words:

PRINT APP

Mail the application and a copy of your words to:

The West Side Show Room
PO Box 4041
Rockford, IL 61110

Submissions must be postmarked by Oct 15, 2020. Have questions? words@thewssr.org

(Applications are also available at the Rockford Area Arts Council, see below for more info.)


4. DROP OFF

Print and fill out the application:
PRINT APP


Then drop it off with your words at the Rockford Area Arts Council during business hours, or through the mail slot:

Rockford Arts Council
713 E State St
Rockford, IL 61104

Applications are also available at the Rockford Area Arts Council during business hours. Call or email in advance to make sure there is someone in the office:

Phone: (815) 963-6765
email: info@artsforeveryone.com


Words will be accepted until October 15, 2020 at 5:00pm CST. We will let you know the status of your submission by December 15, 2020.

Have questions? words@thewssr.org

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Fifth Avenue Theatre of New York Virtual Fall 2020 Play Festival seeks 10-minute plays

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Deadline: October 31. 2020

Submissions are now being accepted for the Fifth Avenue Theatre of New York Virtual Fall 2020 Play Festival, to take place in November 2020.

Seeking short plays (no more than 10 pp/minutes), from playwrights from across New York City and surrounding areas.

Also seeking monologues (no more than 4pp/minutes). Musicals welcome! 

One submission per playwright. 

No unpleasant profanity, as this is a family friendly festival! 

No submission fee. 

Please include name, address, telephone number and email address on your submission. We do not produce your work, we provide a venue for you to present actors performing your play virtually. 

There are no costs involved for anyone. Seeking actors and directors, too! 

Send your submission to fifthavenuetheatre@gmail.com for more information.

 Links to videos of your plays will be posted to our website for viewing and voting.

Saturday, September 12, 2020

Rose Theatre Co. seeks monologues

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The Rose Theatre Co., a DC-based professional organization, is seeking short comedic monologues for the creation of a curated digital film series titled IN CHARACTER. Selected monologues will be produced and released by The Rose for use across digital platforms, including Instagram and You Tube. Writers may make multiple submissions. This is an open-ended project. Writers will retain all rights to their words. The Rose Theatre Co. will retain all rights to the audio-video content and their production of the monologues submitted. Please note that all submissions are voluntary and unpaid.

GUIDELINES:

1. For the first round we’re looking for pieces that are COMEDIC (light-hearted) in tone but all genres welcome.

2. Scripts should run 2 to 4 minutes

3. Should require no more than one actor

4. The submission should be devoid of all stage directions and settings. An optional explanatory paragraph of the piece may accompany the submission but should not be a part of the script itself.

5. Your script should be a standalone piece where the audience loosely experiences an entire arc of story ... a sense of a beginning, a middle (turning point, change, revelation) and a sense of resolution.

6. Your script will be assigned to a professional actor contracted by The Rose Theatre Co. and will be performed in one pass. Be advised that scripts may not be assigned according to age, gender, race, or ethnicity.

7. We’re looking for compelling, well-told and entertaining first-person stories. Non-traditional pieces (stand-up, literary, poems, spoken-word) are welcome provided they meet the guidelines.

To apply, or learn more about The Rose Theatre Co, please go to www.rosetheatre.net/submissions To help us reduce our environmental footprint, please make your submission online. Only digital submissions will be considered at this time. Printed or mailed submissions will not be accepted, read or returned. Thank you for your support.

EarthQuake: Moving the Earth with Our Voices A Global Zoom Festival

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Deadline: September 20, 2020, 11:59 PM Pacific Time

Call for Submissions for EarthQuake: Moving the Earth with Our Voices A Global Zoom Festival

Same Boat Theater Collective is soliciting short plays and theatrical pieces for EarthQuake: Moving the Earth with Our Voices, a global Zoom festival of performances to further the cause of environmental justice. 

We are looking for theater pieces that raise the awareness of how specific environmental issues affect the lives and communities of the underrepresented and underprivileged among us. The festival intends to produce work that gives an opportunity for a diversity of voices to be heard, with an emphasis on underrepresented and underprivileged artists. Same Boat will cast and direct the zoom performances.

Submission

10-20 minute scripts, monologues and other theatrical works (movement, puppetry, etc.) that can be performed live on Zoom and give thoughtful, engaging responses to one (or more) of the following questions1. What does being _____________ [an African American woman, e.g.] have to do with the environment?

Urban wilderness.” How has human activity specifically affected the environmentwhere you live?

Is misinformation a pandemic?

Guidelines for Submission:
  • Scripts and monologues must be fully production ready and possible to be performed on Zoom.
  • Pieces must be 10 – 20 minutes in length 
  • Maximum three performers per piece. 
  • While we are looking for work that can be performed live, we will consider presenting video pieces in our livestream productions, such as movement and puppet pieces. For this category, please provide a fully produced video for us to consider.
  • The work must tell a story as opposed to solely creating an impression or mood. 
  • Only work that has not had a professional production will be considered. However, work that has had a reading or non-professional run will be considered.
  • If the work is a collaboration, please ensure the names of all participants appear on the manuscript.
  • At the front of the script, please include a cast breakdown with pertinent details about the characters.
  • Please fill out and submit the application form.

Performances:

There will be three Livestream Zoom performances, one each from: The San Francisco Bay Area, London, and New Delhi on Sunday, October 25, 2020. The festival will be aired at 5pm in each of the respective time zones. Each Livestream will consist of several plays running about 90 minuets. Each play will be performed once in one of the geographical areas of the company’s choice.
How to submit:
Please send submissions to SameBoatTheater@gmail.com by
11:59pm, Pacific Time, September 20, 2020.
Participant choices will be made on October 1, 2020.

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

The Strand Theater Company Brown Sugar Bake-Off

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Deadline: September 7, 2020
Baltimore MD

The Strand Theater Company stands in solidarity with our beloved Baltimore community as we seek justice for Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and all people oppressed by systems of racism. In our efforts to learn more and do more to impact social change, we are proud to team up with Two Strikes Theatre Collective for a virtual bake-off playwrighting festival, focused on Black womxn.

Inspired by Paula Vogel’s Bake-Offs, our Brown Sugar Bake-Off is an artistic response to the worldwide outcry against systemic racism. Though Black Lives Matter was founded by three Black women, the movement (much like liberation movements before it) has historically erased and undervalued Black women.

How this works:
  • Black womxn playwrights have until September 7, 2020 to write a short play using all the ingredients and following the provided “Recipe” (aka the rules)
  • Led by Two Strikes Theatre Collective and the Strand Theatre Company, our panel of readers will then select a collection of plays that will be presented in a virtual performance Festival that launches Strand Theater Company’s 2020-2021 Season. 
  • Each selected submission will be assigned a director and a cast, and will follow a three-week rehearsal period, leading up to the Festival on October 17, 2020. All performances will be pre-recorded. Playwrights will participate in live Q&As on the day of the Festival.
  • The Festival will be presented free of admission fees to the public. Donations will be encouraged to support the participants. Stipends will be provided to all Festival participants.
Brown Sugar FREE Playwriting Workshop (led by Dr. Nae Phillips and Christen Cromwell): Our Festival is open to the Baltimore community and beyond. We understand that there may be some who would like to participate in the Festival but may not know where to begin. Or, perhaps they want a refresher on how to write a short play. This free workshop is designed for you. Interested in joining the workshop? Please email info@strand-theater.org to sign up.

Food for Thought as you prepare your submission:
  • Read this article: “The Reckoning Will Be Incomplete Without Black Women and Girls.”
  • Read this quote: “White women and black men have it both ways. They can act as oppressor or be oppressed. Black men may be victimized by racism, but sexism allows them to act as exploiters and oppressors of women. White women may be victimized by sexism, but racism enables them to act as exploiters and oppressors of black people. Both groups have led liberation movements that favor their interests and support the continued oppression of other groups. Black male sexism has undermined struggles to eradicate racism just as white female racism undermines feminist struggle. As long as these two groups or any group defines liberation as gaining social equality with ruling class white men, they have a vested interest in the continued exploitation and oppression of others.” ― bell hooks, AIN'T I A WOMAN: BLACK WOMEN AND FEMINISM (1981)

The Recipe (aka the rules):
  • Playwrights must identify as Black womxn.
  • Submissions can be a short play, choreopoem, monologue, etc. 
  • The play/submission cannot exceed 10 pages (10 minutes or less).
  • Submission must have 5 characters or less
  • All performances will be pre-recorded. If actors are in the same space, the characters must remain six feet apart from one another.
  • Must include all of the following ingredients. 
The Ingredients:
Submissions must include all ingredients, which can be physical/literal or metaphysical/symbolic.
  • a Black womxn protagonist
  • a wig
  • a sign
  • a gathering 
  • brown sugar


Timeline:
Recipe Drop - July 20, 2020
Free Playwrighting Workshop- August 22, 2020
Submission Deadline - September 7, 2020
Selected plays announcement - Late September 2020
Rehearsal Period - 21 Days prior to the Festival
Virtual Festival performances - October 17, 2020

Completed play submissions should be forwarded to tstc.baltimore@gmail.com with the following subject format:
  • Brown Sugar Bake-Off SUBMISSION [Last Name]
  • The body of the email should contain the playwright’s first and last name, address, and a primary phone number
  • Please attach a character list containing the genders (if needed) and ages of characters if the script calls for them
  • The play should be included as a PDF attachment, with the playwright’s name and contact information removed from the actual script (blind submission)

WE ARE LOOKING FOR ACTORS AND DIRECTORS interested in taking part in the Festival.
Please e-mail your interest to tstc.baltimore@gmail.com with the following subject format:
Brown Sugar Bake-Off ACTOR [Last Name]
Brown Sugar Bake-Off DIRECTOR [Last Name]

Stipends will be provided to all Festival participants

Friday, August 21, 2020

Troubadour Theatre seeks monologues

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Deadline: Friday August 21, 2020 at 8PM GMT.
Brighton UK

WRITERS! Troubadour Theatre @troubadour2018 are calling for submissions for their Dark Work Monologues series.

They are seeking monologues between 2-3 minutes in length that have an element of darkness/sinister theme/unexpected dark twist. They are not in a position to pay, unfortunately.

First submission window is from Sat 15th August – Fri 21st August 8.00pm.

Please send your submissions to: info@troubadourtheatre.org

Attach your monologue as an attachment, (not pasted into the email.)

This is a rolling opportunity. New submission windows will be posted on @troubadour2018.

Get writing!

Deadline: this window is open from Sat 15th August – Fri 21st August 8.00pm (new submission windows to follow).

Monday, August 10, 2020

The Rose Theatre Co is seeking short comedic monologues

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No deadline provided.

The Rose Theatre Co., a DC-based professional organization, is seeking short comedic monologues for the creation of a curated digital film series titled IN CHARACTER. Selected monologues will be produced and released by The Rose for use across digital platforms, including Instagram and You Tube. Writers may make multiple submissions. This is an open-ended project. Writers will retain all rights to their words. The Rose Theatre Co. will retain all rights to the audio-video content and their production of the monologues submitted. Please note that all submissions are voluntary and unpaid.

GUIDELINES:

1. For the first round we’re looking for pieces that are COMEDIC (light-hearted) in tone but all genres welcome.

2. Scripts should run 2 to 4 minutes

3. Should require no more than one actor

4. The submission should be devoid of all stage directions and settings. An optional explanatory paragraph of the piece may accompany the submission but should not be a part of the script itself.

5. Your script should be a standalone piece where the audience loosely experiences an entire arc of story ... a sense of a beginning, a middle (turning point, change, revelation) and a sense of resolution.

6. Your script will be assigned to a professional actor contracted by The Rose Theatre Co. and will be performed in one pass. Be advised that scripts may not be assigned according to age, gender, race, or ethnicity.

7. We’re looking for compelling, well-told and entertaining first-person stories. Non-traditional pieces (stand-up, literary, poems, spoken-word) are welcome provided they meet the guidelines.

To apply, or learn more about The Rose Theatre Co, please go to www.rosetheatre.net/submissions To help us reduce our environmental footprint, please make your submission online. Only digital submissions will be considered at this time. Printed or mailed submissions will not be accepted, read or returned. Thank you for your support.

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

‘Hear Me Out’ New American Monologue Competition Festival

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Deadline: August 15, 2020 Noon EDT
‘Hear Me Out’ New American Monologue Competition.
Labor Day, 2020. Festival Theme: ‘Me & My Masks’

All writers who consider themselves American are invited to submit one monologue on this year’s festival theme ‘Me & My Masks’ to compete for $5,000 in prizes and a shot at being named one of the 12 Finalist Winners which will premiere in a special Labor Day event open to the public and held entirely online via Zoom. The top cash prizes will be selected and awarded by an elite panel of judges including playwrights Kia Corthron, Gary Garrison, Julie Jensen, Kate Snodgrass and Doug Wright.

On Monday, September 7th, 2020, Roland Tec and Pinkplot Productions will host an online festival of monologues on the theme ‘Me & My Masks.’ All writers considering themselves American are invited to submit one monologue on this subject, not to exceed 4 pages or 2,000 words in length. Only one submission will be accepted from each writer.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Saturday, August 15th at Noon, EDT.

Monologues will be judged by a circle of theatre professionals on the following criteria:

Does the character speaking feel fully realized and authentically human?

Is this a monologue rather than just a story, the distinction being that in a monologue, the speaker’s intention drives the language from beginning to end. The person speaking is speaking for a reason, beyond the simple telling of a story.

Does the monologue relate in some way to the theme of the festival, “Me and My Masks?” Please note: The festival theme is intentionally open-ended. You may use the word “mask” literally or figuratively. Please consider the festival theme to be a point of departure, provided as your inspiration for your own wholly original creation. There is no need to incorporate any specific words or language into your entry. Please remember: the best monologues are born of a specific character in a specific situation speaking to a specific person or group of people.

Selection and Public Presentation:

Twelve monologues will be selected for online presentation at the September 7th Festival Event. From these twelve, three prizes will be awarded: The Golden Mask, The Silver Mask and the Bronze Mask. A Special Prize for the Most Daring Monologue will also be announced at the event. Audience capacity at this Labor Day Zoom Event will be capped at 250. Monday, September 7th at 6PM, EDT via Zoom.

In the tradition of so many great playwrights who began as actors, you are strongly encouraged to perform your own monologue. However if you’re absolutely terrified of this, you may bring your favorite actor friend to perform it for you or if that’s not feasible either you may indicate that you prefer we cast your monologue. (If you choose to leave the casting to us, monologues will be assigned to seasoned professional actors who will work on the material alone. If you wish to give notes to your actor before the presentation on September 7th, you may request a private YouTube video of your actor reading the monologue after which you may email notes. But actors who are generously giving their time to this experiment will not be allowed to enter into a formal rehearsal process.)

The 12 Competition Finalists’ entries will be assembled into a PDF and will be distributed to university theatre departments and conservatory training programs.

Regardless of whether your submission is chosen for the Labor Day presentation, all writers are encouraged to submit a video recording of their entry. All writer-created videos will be posted on a designated YouTube channel along with a link to the writer’s website or agent/representative email.

If you submit a monologue to the competition you’re strongly encouraged to attend the Labor Day Festival.

If your monologue is selected as one of the 12 Competition Finalists, your attendance at the September 7th Premiere (held online via Zoom) is mandatory. Any writer failing to attend the September 7th event will forfeit their position as one of the 12 Competition Finalists.


SUBMISSION DEADLINE: August 15, 2020, Noon, EST.

Saturday, July 18, 2020

Fresh Fruit Festival LGBTQ Monologues

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Deadline: July 23, 2020

APPLICATION FORM

The Fresh Fruit Festival, now in its 19th consecutive year, is requesting works in the following format for development in filmed virtual presentation: LGBTQ MONOLOGUES, on the THEME: “The Ache for Home”

Do you FEEL at home? ARE you home? WHERE is home, and how did you get there? Did your character get to Home Base? Whose Homecoming is it anyway? Are you Home on the Range? -the City? -the Planet?

Works must be 2 to 4 minutes in performance length, and relate to the LGBTQ experience. Works may be stand-alone, or part of a larger piece (but work as a self-contained excerpt). Eight written monologues will be chosen by curators , to be resubmitted as digitized short films for entry into the development program. All of these will receive:
  • Hosted presentation of the finished works.
  • PDF Program, for download.
  • Basic Audio Post-processing: Including our own, customized intros; basic sound FX or ambient sound. (No music unless you guarantee rights, or solo perf of public domain)
  • Basic Video editing (of standard formats), for continuity & scene shaping.
  • Marketing on Social media.
  • Two assisted tech consults: For SOUND (check balance, dynamic range, ambient problems, clarity, mic use) and for VIDEO (placement, ambiance, and setting). Note: Applicants are advised to send us a draft version of your video file in advance of these.

All 8 semi-finalist films will be hosted in a high-definition platform for a set span of 1 to 2 weeks, during which the public will be free to vote for a later audience choice award. A panel of judges will also be voting on more technical criteria to help select 3 finalists. All 3 will receive a cash stipend, and be eligible for awards in several categories at our annual award ceremony, later in the season.

Final, filmed, submissions should be: Rehearsed, stage managed, and directed specifically for intended virtual presentation; Have appropriate costuming; Have some attempt at “setting” – however simple.

TIMELINE: Written submissions due by JULY 23; Semi-finalists announced AUGUST 4. By end of August Semi-finalists will be presented online. Click on Apply button when ready to send a written draft. (Please apply once only; you can always send revisions etc. by email). Thanks! 

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