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Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Spooky Action Theater New Works in Action

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Deadline: August 15, 2020 11:59 PM

New Works in Action (NWIA) aims to host a play development experience that is playwright-centered. All plays are read and evaluated by at least one Spooky Action staff member and an experienced reader. At various stages in your writing process, we can give you access to professional directors and actors to help you experience your play. We are here to serve you and your vision. You can read more about our past programming here.

New Submission Criteria for Round 13- Short Play Virtual Reading Series

Send us your most impossible short play. Do you have a brilliant idea for a play but you think can never be put onstage? We are looking to present digitally streamed readings of plays that still fit in the magic realism genre but include a certain epic or unbelievable element. Therefore, we are calling Round 13 “THE IMPOSSIBLE PLAY CYCLE.” We want short plays, ranging from 8 to 40 minutes (ideally between 5 and 35 pages). Selected plays will be rehearsed and presented on YouTube via Zoom in October. Additionally, due to the overwhelming popularity of our last round of submissions, we are only asking local DC/Baltimore area playwrights.

Submissions open July 1st and close August 15th at 11:59pm.

About Spooky Action Theater

Spooky Action’s programming fits within that ambiguous label of “magical realism”, and our definition expands to include stories from every race, culture, background, gender, orientation, and ability. We want plays that are mind-blowers. Reality twisters. We want plays that explore the primality of humanity, experience life in fresh ways, and reach beyond the conscious world. Styles and forms that break ordinary order and bend to a new paradigm of rules.
Please note: we do not typically look for sci-fi or horror scripts; instead, we are committed to scripts that live in the intersection of the cerebral and the soulful.

If you need additional accommodation, please contact
Casting Manager Bridget Grace Sheaff at bgsheaff@spookyaction.org

Please click the button below to submit your script. Thank you and good luck!
ROUND 13 SUBMISSIONS- CLICK HERE

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

The Breath Project 2020 Virtual Festival

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Deadline: August 31, 2020 5:00 PST
To select, curate and archive work from multidisciplinary theater artists of color who are responding to our current moment in history, and to build relationships between artists of color and producers of live theater in their city, state and/or region.

Phase 1 Call for entries to the Breath Project Archive, and a 2020 presentation of selected works in a virtual festival.

100% of any funds raised in connection with the 2020 virtual festival will be given directly to the curating and presenting artists.

Phase 2 Works produced for live audiences, in association with Partner Theaters across the country (as social safety guidelines allow)

Phase 3 The Breath Project is utilized as a tool for activism and education, as an ongoing and living archive of this time in history.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES​
Submissions must be a recording of a live performance of original work, and must be 8 minutes and 46 seconds in length;
  • Submissions will be accepted from artists of color who reside in the United States (work submitted by artists under the age of 18 will be considered in a youth category);
  • Submissions must include a link to your video submission, artist bio and photo.
  • Deadline for submissions for consideration for the 2020 Virtual Festival will be August 31, 2020, 5:00 PST.  At this time, there is no deadline for submissions to the archive.
  • We strongly recommend that you read the Frequently Asked Questions, and check the list of Partner Theaters to see which theaters are able to offer space and other resources. 

Saturday, August 8, 2020

The Company of Fools - the Plague Play Readings

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Deadline: August 30, 2020

To combat woe and create art and community, as well as to keep the metaphorical “stage lights” on during this difficult time, we will be conducting a virtual play reading series via ZOOM.

If you’d like to be involved as a reader, fill out this form!

If you want to tune in, the Zoom conference is here!

The Facebook event, which includes all readings we’ve announced so far, is here!

And if you’re a playwright who wants to submit your original play for us to read, that form is here!

Almost Adults Productions is looking for 10-15 minute LGBTQ+ themed plays

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No deadline given

Almost Adults Productions is looking for 10-15 minute LGBTQ+ themed plays for an ongoing reading series to be presented on Zoom starting this summer. Writers do not have to be LGBTQ+ identified, but their material should be thematically relevant to the queer community. There is no requirement for premiere status. Writers will be asked to participate in the production of their reading but Almost Adults can help out wherever needed. At least one rehearsal will be required prior to each reading.

There is no deadline for submissions as they will be accepted on a rolling basis.

Send plays as Word or PDF documents to Aaron Leventman at writingcoachsf@gmail.com. Questions may be sent to this address as well. Writers may send up to three plays and will be notified within one month of submission.

We are also looking for actors and directors for this series. Please send an email if interested in participating.

Click here to read more about us or find us on Facebook.

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.

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Four Walls Theater call for scripts

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Deadline: August 7, 2020

Four Walls Theater is a grass roots socially responsible theater that produces new plays through online readings, working with diverse artists from around the country. Four Walls Theater honors people of all backgrounds and works to create a safe and supportive community for our artists and audiences.

For our next show which will be in October, 2020, we would like to boost voices of playwrights who are BIPOC and/or who are members of the LGBTQ+ community. If you do not fall in these categories, please do not send work at this time. As we are performing a reading virtually, we have learned to ask for a few things with our scripts technically:

-Between 60-75 pages (no more than 75 pages)
-Between 4-7 actors (can be double cast)
-Diversity in the actors 
-Realistic capabilities for virtual readings
-Trans visibility/rights -weird illness
-health stories
-human rights

As a socially responsible theater, each show that we do chooses its own charity or non-profit that it will spotlight. A portion of all donations from the show will go to support that charity or non-profit. As a result, the topics that we are looking for are rather relevant to today’s world and we ask that playwrights consider this carefully:

- Trans visibility/rights
- political rights
- immigration/ICE
- weird illness
- unemployment
- education reform
- health stories
- gun control
- human rights
- voting rights
We are open to other stories as well but you have to make sure that we will think it is relevant to what audiences will be interested in hearing today as we traverse our current upside down world and barrel towards an election. We are open to biography, drama, comedy, dark comedy, fantasy, magical realism, adventure, historical drama, etc.

Here are a few things to avoid:

-horror
-a lot of violence
-scripts that require a lot of physicality
-TYA scripts
-scripts that require people to be talking simultaneously

To date, Four Walls Theater, founded in March, 2020, amidst the corona virus crisis, has produced three shows: Ageless by Bridgette Dutta Portman, Ghosts of Bogota by Diana Burbano, and Rights of Passage by Michelle Tyrene Johnson.
Submit your play by Friday, August 7 2020 to fourwallstheater@gmail.com. Put “Script Submission” with the title of your play in the subject of your email.

Monday, July 27, 2020

OPEN-DOOR PLAYHOUSE podcast seeks submissions

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Deadline: August 14, 2020
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OPEN-DOOR PLAYHOUSE is a brand new PODCAST being launched this Summer/Fall 2020 that seeks to provide live Radio theater to audiences due to the shutdown of Live Theaters across the country.

Our goal is to introduce emerging and unknown playwrights with an opportunity to have their works, produced in a ‘Radio Play” format to be broadcast on our Open-Door Playhouse Podcast. 

We invite interested playwrights to submit 1 Acts up to 45 minutes and short 10 min plays to be produced for radio production.

If you would like to support this project please go here: https://fundraising.fracturedatlas.org/open-door-playhouse

Ongoing Submissions for OPEN-DOOR PLAYHOUSE

1. We are currently seeking new plays with a cast of up to 6 character roles. 

2. To launch our Podcast we are looking for by​ August 14th, 2020​:

● 10-minute plays that embrace the LGBTQ perspective to feature for October’s Pride Month.

3. Ongoing submissions:

● 10-minute plays that embrace the LGBTQ+, Black Lives Matter, and Senior Citizen perspectives. The 10-minute plays will be recorded and presented in groups of 4 per production.

● Ongoing: 1 Act plays (45 min 50 max) of any genre six characters or less.

4. Work will be chosen by a team of readers. The directors choose the plays we will produce, within the production budget guidelines we give them. Once produced the plays will premiere on the Podcast and remain on the website for up to 60 days.

5. There is no restriction on the subject matter, however, please keep in mind that we are attempting to reach a very broad audience with our programming and subject matter ‘taste’ will be a large part of our selection process.

6. Please ensure submissions have a title page with complete contact information (including email), a character summary, and are in proper script form. There is no charge to enter – however, a tax educatable donation would be greatly appreciated though our fiscal sponsorship with Fractured Atlas.

7. Plays must be non-produced or shown for less than two weeks.

8. Please send PDF copies of your plays to opendoorplayhouse@gmail.com, along with a copy of the signed release form available here.
9. Playwrights will be notified via email once the selection process has been completed.

10. Once selected you will be notified via email with the date and time of the broadcast of your material.

Thank you to all the writers who entrust us with your work, and we appreciate your interest and willingness to share your work with us as we prepare to launch Open-Door Playhouse in the next couple of months.

Thursday, July 23, 2020

Experimental Theater Writing Workshop - Fall 2020


Seeking female or female-identifying experimental writers for the Fall 2020 Experimental Theater Writing Workshop. This is a series of ten Zoom classes/workshops held every Tuesday evening from 09/08 - 10/10. Classes will consist of a prompt followed by readings of experimental work generated in class. The last class will consist of final presentations.


While many theatrical presentations today are rooted in realism, there are still others that resist representing the world in realistic way. Surrealism, absurdism, and expressionism have all generated powerful experiences and points of connection outside of logic and reason. And yet, have the methods that generate these emotional experiences been thoroughly investigated in theatrical writing? If we are seeking a representative experience of our world--writing that reflects who we are--we might continue our search for other techniques that allow us to represent the world as we experience it.

The goals of this course are: 1) to gain additional theater writing techniques which expand the writer’s current theatrical repertoire; 2) to investigate writing techniques as a representation of a writer’s response to the world; and 3) to strengthen a connection between theatre and various other arts forms.

Guidelines:
  • Submit up to 10 pages of theatrical experimental writing. No more than 1 submission per playwright.
  • Title page should contain:
  • title
  • name
  • contact info
  • Second page should contain: 
  • Character breakdown
  • setting
  • time

Writers will be selected based on the experimental nature of the work submitted and availability. By experimental, we mean work that challenges the conventional elements of theater. If selected, the fee is $300. This will cover the cost of actors for the readings.

Apply here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdm1PsMReYKcwZsYAu92P4Byg9D2T4gHapqvwoL7UAQBDTf0Q/viewform?usp=sf_link

Deadline: August 19th, 2020 5 pm.

Web: www.suzannewillett.com
FB: @etww19

We look forward to reading your work!

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

MarshStream International Solo Fest

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Deadline: August 16, 2020

You can apply for a financial hardship fee waiver by emailing maggiew@themarsh.org.

This fall The Marsh, a solo performance theater in the San Francisco Bay Area, will welcome performers and theater lovers from around the world to its first-ever MarshStream International Solo Fest, an online fete presenting solo work via its online theater platform.

The goal of MISF is to connect solo performers with audiences across the globe while presenting unique solo shows created exclusively for the Zoom “black box” theater. All performances also include a post-show Q & A, a key part of the community building.

The Marsh is currently accepting applications from artists throughout the U.S. and anywhere in the world, to take part in this global performance festival. Interested participants may submit their solo shows (60 minutes and under) for consideration by August 16, 2020, and will be notified between September 7-14, 2020 regarding their acceptance.

We look forward to your submission!

To Apply

Submission Cost: $10-25 sliding scale submission fee.

(You can apply for a financial hardship fee waiver by emailing maggiew@themarsh.org.)

Application Deadline: August 16, 2020

Performers will be notified between September 7-14, 2020 regarding their acceptance.

Festival Dates: October 7 – 11, 2020

All shows must be solo performances.

Performance Length: 10 – 60 minutes. We will curate slots that feature shorter pieces, while longer pieces will stand on their own. All pieces must be 60 minutes or less. There will be a 15 minute Q & A with you and a moderator!

Eligibility: Solo performers submitting must be 16 years or older to apply.

Logistics: Performances will be presented LIVE over Zoom.

Successful submissions will work well within the Zoom format.

Technical support: Minimal tech support will be provided.

Guidelines
  • We invite and encourage artists from all over the world to submit. 
  • We will accept solo performance musicals.
  • There are no language restrictions.
  • If your performance is not in English, you must provide English subtitles with submission to be eligible for consideration.
  • We will accept work that has been previously produced.
  • Solo performances created by the performer, preferred. 
  • Only one submission per person. Compensation: Performers will receive a percentage of ticket donations.

Awards: Performances will be eligible for the following awards

~ Most Watched Performance

~ Audience Choice Award

~ The Marshian Award – a primetime slot on MarshStream’s Solo Performer Spotlight Program.

Website: https://themarsh.org/shows_and_events/marshstream/marshstream-international-solo-fest/

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! 

Monday, July 13, 2020

Oklahoma City Repertory Theatre seeks online plays for young audiences

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Deadline: July 31, 2020 11:59 CST
Oklahoma City

Oklahoma City Repertory Theatre (OKC Rep), an Actors’ Equity Association Category 1 Small Professional Theatre, is seeking submissions of previously unproduced plays, written explicitly for online communications platforms (Zoom, FaceTime, Skype, et al) in the following categories:

1. NEW VOICES: Playwrights between the ages of 18-26
  • 50- to 80-minute plays that are written within the context of online communication;
  • Plays can be two or more characters; each character will occupy a single window on screen. Monologues that exhibit innovative use of the form will be considered.

2. YOUNG AUDIENCES: Material to engage young audiences between the ages of 4-11
  • 40- to 60-minute plays that are written within the context of online communication; 
  • Plays can be two or more characters; each character will occupy a single window on screen. Monologues that exhibit innovative use of the form will be considered.
  • Plays must be suitable and engaging for audiences between the ages of 4-11.

Selected play(s) will be produced as an online reading under the auspices of OKC Rep Theatre, and distributed to our audiences via social media. Plays selected for readings will be awarded a $250 honorarium. Selected plays may be considered for full production in a future season.


SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Deadline for all submissions is no later than 11:59 CST on July 31, 2020. Please email the following submission requirements to stageathome@cityrep.com:

1. Script(s): must be in .pdf form, with embedded page numbers;

2. A one-page copy of your resume in .pdf format;

3. A one-page cover letter in .pdf format, containing the following information:
1. Full name
2. Professional name (if different)
3. Mailing Address, City, State, ZIP
4. Website, if available
5. Social media handles
6. Connection to Oklahoma*, if relevant;
7. Title of Play, Category & Year Written
8. Brief Synopsis

*While special consideration is given to playwrights native to or living in Oklahoma, all are welcome to apply.

CityRep's mission is to serve Oklahoma's diverse artistic, educational and civic needs by providing dynamic professional theatre.

We entertain, enlighten and inspire!

For more information please visit okcrep.org.

Friday, July 10, 2020

SEEKING 5-MINUTE COMEDIC PLAYS dealing with Quarantine and COVID-19 for possible publication with Smith & Kraus, Inc.

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Deadline: July 15, 2020


SUBMISSIONS OPEN TO ALL PLAYWRIGHTS
NO SUBMISSION FEE.
Smith & Kraus Publishers, Inc.

Submission guidelines:
  • Only comedies or upbeat pieces will be considered.
  • No monologues.
  • Must be previously unpublished. It does not need to have had any type of reading or production.
  • Plays should have 2-4 characters. No more than 4.
  • Plays should be 3-5 pages long (not including title page, character descriptions, etc.)
  • Please submit plays in standard playwrighting format.
  • Please submit your play in Microsoft Word doc only.
  • One submission per writer.
  • Please be sure to include your contact info with your submission.
  • Please submit a 50-100 word bio with your submission in the body of your email.
  • Keep in mind these plays should be written specifically about the Quarantine and Covid-19 in a funny or upbeat manner. The plays should be written to specifically be performed for a virtual audience on a ZOOM (or something similar) platform. 
  • No monetary compensation. If the anthology is published, copies will likely be the form of payment.
Submit your Microsoft Word document to the editor at:

debbielamedman@gmail.com

Sunday, July 5, 2020

Equity Library Theater of New York Summer 2020 Virtual Play Festival seeks short plays & monologues

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Deadline: August 1, 2020
Submissions are still being accepted for the Equity Library Theater of New York Summer 2020 Virtual Play Festival, to take place in August 2020 in New York City, via video submissions. 

Seeking short plays (no more than 10 pp/minutes), from playwrights from across the globe. Also seeking monologues (no more than 4pp/minutes). Musicals welcome! Basic set requirements. 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. There are no costs involved for anyone. Seeking actors and directors, too! There will be voting for best play.

Email: equitylibrarytheater@gmail.com.

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The Dark Room Zoom readings submission guidelines

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THE DARK ROOM IS NOW TWICE A MONTH AND HELD VIA ZOOM

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION.

The Dark Room is a place where writers take center stage and their work has a chance to grow. Held on the second Tuesday of every month, this ongoing event affords emerging and veteran playwrights the space and resources to develop new works. The Dark Room offers a venue to workshop plays, novels, poems, or any other written work in a supportive, yet critical environment.

Writers – bring your work! Actors – come out and read!

Suggested donation of $5 is welcomed at the door, but not required.

If you are interested in being a featured writer at a future evening of The Dark Room, please send a 20-30 page script along with a short bio, cast requirements, descriptions of the characters, and a synopsis of the piece. Writers wishing to present during the open session portion of The Dark Room may submit shorter works, up to ten pages, in advance of the event or bring them on the night of the event. 

Open session readings are first come, first served until all slots have been filled. All submissions should be e-mailed to Mindy Herman or John Busser.

Friday, July 3, 2020

Theatre Three Offstage/Online seeks short plays

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No deadline given

In an effort to present original content in a unique way, Theatre Three, is seeking short plays to be produced as part of a series of online works. Ideally, the pieces are written or re-conceived for an online platform. We hope that writers will see the constraints of the format as a way to tell stories in a different way.

The Plays:
  • Should run 1 to 10 minutes.
  • Should require no more than 6 actors.
  • Should ideally be able to be performed without stage directions. (The scene may be set at the outset.)
  • Will be rehearsed on Zoom or similar platform.
  • Will be posted on Theatre Three’s website, Facebook page, and YouTube channel.
Playwrights may make multiple submissions. This is an open-ended project.

Selected works will received a $25 stipend; playwrights will retain all rights to future productions.

Questions and pdfs of scripts may be emailed to Jeffrey@TheatreThree.com.

Monday, June 29, 2020

Dramatists Guild Survey on New Media


Interested in Live Streaming Theatre? 
So Are We.

In response to the seismic shift in our industry, the Dramatists Guild leapt into action by creating the New Media Committee. This committee is at the forefront of investigating and researching live streaming practices from at-home DIYs to large non-profit theaters streaming archival performances and you can help. We've created a survey for our members because you are on the front lines and we need your voice.

If you have either put your own work online or have been approached by a theatre to put your work online, we want to hear from you. What did you learn? What do you wish had gone differently? The New Media Committee will collect this information and use it to create a map of industry practices of live streaming theatre. Please answer this survey and pass it along to other dramatists to get their input. It is important that we have all voices represented.

Thank you for taking the time to voice your experience. Your answers will help shape our industry.

Access the New Media Survey

Saturday, June 27, 2020

THE MAXIM MAZUMDAR NEW PLAY COMPETITION

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DEADLINE: June 30, 2020
Buffalo, NY

Entries are accepted in the following categories. Playwrights may submit up to one play to each category per year.

 *New in 2020: there is no submission fee for any category. Submit here: deadline June 30.

Full-Length Play/Musical
— 90 minutes or more, requiring no more than 10 performers
— Finalists will be notified approximately November 1, 2020
— Winning play will be announced approximately December 1, 2020 and will receive its premiere production in the 2021/22 Alleyway season. The playwright will receive an award/royalty prize of $500.

One-Act Play/Musical
— 20 minutes or less, requiring no more than 6 performers
— Finalists will be notified approximately November 1, 2020
— Winning play will be announced approximately December 1, 2020 and will receive its premiere production in the 2020/21 Alleyway production of BUFFALO QUICKIES. The playwright will receive an award/royalty prize of $100.

Special Category for 2020: Digital
— Original plays or musicals written specifically for a tech platform such as Zoom. As theatres face the challenge of moving programming online, please consider the following:
— Creativity. We are not looking for plays that could just as easily be performed on stage. We want you to truly embrace the digital/virtual platform. How can you engage with an audience through this distant reality? How can you make this mediated form immediate?
— Technology. We are only at the beginning stages of understanding all the incredible opportunities technology can afford us. Which platform will work best for your play? How will it be done? What “magic” can you employ to use technology to help tell your story in the most successful way? Is it Zoom? Skype? FaceTime? An app? Something else? Is it live? Live to tape? Filmed previously and heavily edited? The winning plays will be specific and creative in this approach, as emphasis should be placed equally on the story and the form.
— Audience. Who is this for? Is it interactive? Passive? Zoom fatigue is real. How long can your production honestly ask an audience to sit at their screen? 10 minutes? 60? 90? Be realistic in your attempts at engaging your target audience.
— Finalists will be notified by early Fall 2020 and the winning play will receive its premiere production via Alleyway online during the 2020/21 season and will be awarded a royalty/prize of $250.
Mazumdar Competition Submission Requirements for All Categories

— Plays must be unpublished and unproduced at the time of submission (developmental readings and workshops notwithstanding).
— All entries must be withheld from production during the period of the competition, reserving the premiere production for Alleyway Theatre
— A single PDF submission packet must include the following items, in this order. Submissions which do not comply, or fail to meet the following, will not be considered. Each of the first 5 requirements are a single page each. The full script should begin on page 6 of your PDF.

— Page 1: Title page with author name and contact information
— Page 2: Cover Letter. One page maximum, discussing your artistic pov, and detailing why your play fits with the mission and history of Alleyway and should be produced in our season.
— Page 3: One page including a short synopsis of your play, and a character breakdown.
— Page 4: One page listing any developmental history, including readings, workshops, etc.
— Page 5: One page playwright bio
— Page 6+: The script

— Musical submissions must include a link to sample audio files. This URL should be included on Page 1 of the PDF.
— The PDF file must be saved using the following filename format: PlayTitle_LastNameFirstName_Category.pdf, where Category is Short, Full, or Digital

Each year, entries will be accepted during a late-Spring submission window. For 2020, entries are accepted from May 15 through June 30 only. 

*Playwrights who submitted unsolicited work between January 1-May 15, 2020 will be automatically entered into this year’s contest unless you ask otherwise. There is no need to resubmit.

Entry in the Maxim Mazumdar New Play Competition is understood as an indication of the playwright’s willingness, in the event of winning, to grant first production rights to Alleyway Theatre. Selection as Winner requires the playwright’s prior commitment to grant first production rights under the terms of Alleyway Theatre’s Standard Production Agreement, and additional terms will not be negotiated.

Submit to the 2020 Mazumdar Competition
(please tell them you heard about it via NYCPlaywrights - thanks)

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Goodly Frame Theatre seeks short Zoom plays from BIPOC

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Deadline: June 28, 2020

Goodly Frame Theatre, a fringe theatre company based in Greensboro, North Carolina, is now accepting short play submissions for Series 2 of the GFT web series, ​Zoom Fest.​ Series 2 is reserved for Black, Indigenous, Person of Color (BIPOC) playwrights, with an emphasis on BIPOC directors and actors.

Goodly Frame Theatre is committed to focusing Series 2 of the ​Zoom Fest​ platform on the immediate need to address our nation’s current situation, as well as to move beyond the typical American theatre’s general statement of solidarity to a specific, intentional step toward becoming a more inclusive influence in the North Carolina theatre community.

We are looking for plays written specifically for the Zoom medium, not stage plays that have been adapted to work on a computer screen.

Rules for Submission:

All plays must be in line with GFT’s mission to model “innovative staging choices that open minds and challenge typical conceptions about the relationships between texts, actors, and audiences” and “encourage sustainable dialogues among the voices of Greensboro, the region, and across ‘this goodly frame,’ the earth.” All plays must contain a complete plot structure that includes a beginning, a middle, and an end.
  • All plays must be written with a performance time of 8-12 minutes in mind.
  • Characters should be aware that they are online and interacting with other characters on Zoom. As such, stage directions should be limited to what can be done within the Zoom platform.
  • Characters may be written to appear together in one Zoom frame with the understanding that they must be cast with actors who live in the same household.
  • Preference for script selection for Series 2 will be stories that explore an aspect of the human condition with themes related to today’s social and political climate in relation to race and inequality; however, all themes will be considered.
  • Genres may include but are not limited to drama, comedy, tragedy, satire, or farce.
  • While mature and sensitive themes are expected, scripts with nudity or excessive profanity will be rejected. There is no limit to the number of plays a playwright may submit, and plays can have prior productions or submissions to additional theatres outside of central North Carolina.
  • Playwrights of selected scripts will be required to meet (online) with their script’s director and the season producer for one production meeting to discuss story, characters, intent, and the unique tech involved in the Zoom Fest​ project.
Submission Procedure

Each script should be submitted in a separate email with two attachments:
1. script with no name or contact information
2. headshot
The body of the email should include a reference to ​Zoom Fest​, all contact information, and a bio.
Scripts should be submitted by email to submissions@goodlyframe.org.
No script will be accepted that does not follow the rules and procedures guidelines.

The deadline for submissions is midnight on Sunday, June 28. Selections will be announced on or before Monday, July 13.

Saturday, June 20, 2020

Black and Brown Theatre presents All the Web's a Stage Monologue Competition

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Deadline: Sundays June 7 - 21 3PM EST


Instead of a traditional judging panel, we've decided to give the power to the actors who will actually use these monologues. 9 actors will select from the monologues you submit and record their favorite monologue to be posted on our YouTube, Instagram and Facebook Pages.

Who are you writing for? Each Sunday from May 31-June 14 we will post the next group of actors looking for monologues and you can watch their video on our Instagram or Facebook page @bandbtheatre. 

Actors are looking for 1-2 minute monologues. Each actor has different needs so be sure to watch their video to see what they're looking for.

To submit, please email your 1-2 minute monologue in the body of the email to BlackandBrownTheatre@gmail.com and if you are writing for a specific actor from our roster, please include their name in the subject line. If your monologue is chosen, we will need the name you would like to be credited as for our social media channels. Due to our limited staff, we will not be sending out rejection emails, but the actors will send out congratulation emails to those selected. You may submit as many monologues for as many actors as you'd like and you can resubmit a monologue ie: If you submit a monologue for Maurizio in week 1, you can resubmit it for Jillian in week 2 if you feel they both might like it. You may submit monologues that have already been produced, but they must be 100% original and your own material.

Monologues are due Sundays June 7-June 21 at 3pm EST depending which actors you are submitting monologues for. Please note actors will read monologues as soon as you send them so send early if you want to be read first. Each week's deadline will be announced on Black and Brown Theatre's Facebook and Instagram Pages.

To learn more about Black and Brown Theatre's work, please visit: www.BlackandBrownTheatre.org

BandBTheatre on all social media

Friday, June 19, 2020

The Queans Theatre is looking for artists to join REPRESENT: The Digital Performance Fundraiser

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Deadline: July 1, 2020


The Queans Theatre is looking for artists to join REPRESENT: The Digital Performance Fundraiser to help raise money for SARI (Stand Against Racism and Inequality).

Pieces can be a maximum length of 10 minutes and must be filmed and edited in preparation for the digital fundraiser festival. They are looking for work that challenges, educates or inspires.

All funds raised will be donated to SARI (Stand Against Racism and Inequality). They provide support for victims of any type of hate crime including racist, faith-based, disablist, homophobic, transphobic, age-based or gender-based.

REPRESENT: The Digital Performance Fundraiser (YouTube) will take place on the 1st August 2020 from 7:30-9:30pm.

You will also be invited to a post-show Q&A and Networking event via Zoom where you will get the chance to talk about your work and the audience will have the opportunity to ask you questions. This will take place on the 13th August 2020 from 7:30-9:30. (Attendance is optional).

To take part you must email thequeanstheatre15@gmail.com for an application form that you need to submit along with your digital project.

Deadline: Application submissions will close at midnight on the 1st July 2020

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