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Showing posts with label one-act plays. Show all posts
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Wednesday, January 22, 2020

BBC 27th International Radio Playwriting Competition

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The 27th International Radio Playwriting Competition, hosted by BBC World Service and the British Council, is open for submission of scripts from around the world. According to the hosts, the competition “offers the unique opportunity for playwrights to use the medium of radio drama to reach an international audience.” The competition opened for entries on the 1st of October, 2019, and closes by midnight (GMT) on the 31st of January, 2020. Two winners will be selected: those with English as a first language category and the English as a second language category.

Who is Eligible to Apply?
  • Writers from anywhere in the world, who live outside the UK, are eligible to apply.
  • Both established and emerging writers are welcome to apply.
  • Writers must be 18 years or older.
How to Apply
  • Send a script of 53 minutes. Note that the script must have up to six central characters.
  • Send a synopsis which outlines your play. The synopsis must be no longer than 400 words.
  • The play must be written substantially or entirely in English.
  • Entries must be submitted in one of the following ways:
  • By post to the following address: International Playwriting Competition 2020, BBC Radio Drama, Room 6015 BBC Broadcasting House, Portland Place, London W1A 1AA, United Kingdom
  • Or, by email to the following email address: radioplay@bbc.co.uk
  • All entries must be accompanied by a completed copy of the entry form which can be downloaded here. All required boxes must be completed.

Prizes:

£2500 sterling for the two winners.
A broadcast of the winning play on the BBC World Service.
A trip to London for the winner to see the winning play being recorded for broadcast.

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

2020 5th Annual One-Act Playwriting Jamboree

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Submission Deadline:  March 6, 2020

If playwright is a member of a professional playwright guild or recognized national or international playwright organization, this fee will be waived - but playwright must provided proof of membership with their submissions (a copy of the front and back of a membership card or membership letter on official letterhead).

Writers must submit their one-act plays (with a running time of 20 minutes or less) maximum 2 plays per writer.

Our one-act jamboree is open to writers of all ages, stages, and locations around the world!
We are ESPECIALLY seeking new one-act plays that one might consider ground-breaking or boundary-pushing  and that invite audiences to think deeper or feel more deeply about issues and topics in the play. We also encourage female and minority playwrights to submit their plays for consideration. However, our readings are blind, meaning the members of our panel are not made aware of the age, race, gender, nationality, and/or religion of the playwright during the reading and selection process of plays. We do not discriminate in our play selection based on age, race, gender, nationality, or religion and all plays submitted are ultimately judged for plot, character development, dialogue, and overall quality.

Please send manuscripts, cover letter (see "How to Submit" below)
AND enclosed $20 reading fee***
** (waived for members of professional playwright organization, such as Dramatist Guild.
See below for more information and submission requirements for proof of membership)
(checks made payable to Rhino Theatre Group, LLC) to:

Rhino Theatre Group, LLC,
237 Hamburg Turnpike
Pompton Lakes, NJ  07442
Attention:  One Act Jamboree

You may also email your manuscripts and cover letter (see below for more info)  to joann@rhinotheatre.com  and then pay your $20 reading fee online.

Use the buttons below to submit your manuscript and to pay the reading fee (manuscripts will not be considered until fee is remitted).

If playwright is a member of a professional playwright guild or recognized national or international playwright organization, this fee will be waived - but playwright must provided proof of membership with their submissions (a copy of the front and back of a membership card or membership letter on official letterhead).


Make sure the subject is: One Act Submission

Between 6 and 10 winners will receive the prize of a staged production of his or her play at the 5th Annual Rhino One Act Jamboree, which will be held on August 21 - 23, 2020 at Rhino Studio 237.

The production will have auditioned actors, directors chosen by committee, producers, stage managers, ushers/front of house, ticket takers and tech crew.

2020 5th Annual One-Act Playwriting Jamboree Terms and Conditions

Writers are encouraged to submit their one-act plays (run time of 20 minutes or less)

Plays will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Plot
  • Character Development
  • Dialogue    
  • Overall writing quality 

Submissions deadline: Friday, March 6, 2020

Playwrights are limited to two (2) submissions.

How to Submit:

Please read and follow our submission guidelines. Submissions that are incomplete or do not follow these guidelines will be disqualified. To enter your play, you must submit the following:

(1) Three (3) hard copies of your play (or email in advance for electronic submissions/Paypal payment).
 Plays should run 20 minutes or less and be written in the proper playwriting format (when in the proper format, running time is approximately one minute per page):
A list of characters with a brief physical description of each should also be included.
Plays should contain 15 or fewer actors.
One person plays are accepted.
No musicals, unless you are providing accompaniment.
Plays should have simple staging and technical needs.

 (2) A cover letter with the following information:
The name of your play
Your name full address, full contact information (including your e-mail and phone number)
A brief synopsis of your play (for publicity purposes if your play is selected)
A brief biography

(3) A check in the amount of $20 (US dollars) for each play submitted, made payable to: Rhino Theatre Group, LLC.  Please write "One-Act Jamboree" in the check's memo line.

The submission package must be sent to:
Rhino Theatre Group, LLC,
237 Hamburg Turnpike
Pompton Lakes, NJ  07442
Attn:  One-Act Jamboree

Alternatively, the submission packet may b e-mailed to:
joann@rhinotheatre.com

Additional Information:

Submissions must be postmarked on or before March 6, 2020.
Plays will NOT be returned and will be recycled.
The entry fee is non-refundable.

If your play is chosen, a $50 participation fee will be required prior to auditions your play production.  As the playwright, you are invited to auditions and will have input regarding casting and production presentation.  However, Artistic Director may choose to exercise her authority regarding questionable content and/or presentation of the show with consideration and protection of the reputation of the company in its entirety.

Prizes:
At the conclusion of the jamboree, one winner will receive a $250 cash prize based on audience vote.

EAST VILLAGE CHRONICLES, VOLUME 15 Call for New One-Act Play Scripts

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Now entering our 28th season, Obie Award-winning Metropolitan Playhouse is currently accepting submissions for its 15th presentation of East Village Chronicles, a festival of previously un-produced, one-act plays inspired by the diverse population, culture and history of Manhattan’s Lower East Side. Playwrights of all races, religions, ethnicities, nationalities, gender identities, backgrounds, and political views are encouraged to submit.

There is an honorarium of $100 for each script accepted for production.

THEME
Only plays pertaining specifically – though not necessarily exclusively – to the East Village and/or Lower East Side of Manhattan will be considered. Particular consideration will be given to plays that relate this season’s comprehensive theme of Dissent to this subject matter. Playwrights are encouraged to respond directly, indirectly, and creatively to this idea; how a play about the East Village and/or Lower East Side includes Dissent is up to the playwright.

DEADLINE
To be considered, scripts must be received by January 31, 2020.

SUBMISSION DETAILS

If at all possible, scripts should be sent by email to Producer Sidney Fortner, at EVC15@metropolitanplayhouse.org.

Emailed scripts must be in PDF format.

Alternatively, printed scripts may be mailed to:

Metropolitan Playhouse
East Village Chronicles
220 East Fourth Street
New York, NY 10009

SCRIPT FORMAT REQUIREMENTS

Include the playwright’s name, contact information, and a brief, one-paragraph plot summary on the title coversheet of the script. Additionally, scripts need page numbers.

TECHNICAL GUIDELINES
We are seeking new plays of no less than 10, no more than 30 minutes in length that can be played by five or fewer actors. Each play will be presented as part of a program of one-acts and consequently should not require elaborate set or properties.

PRODUCTION SPECIFICS

Performance dates (subject to change): June 2-14, 2020. Rehearsals are estimated to begin approximately four weeks previous to opening. Each play will receive eight performances.

Plays will receive at least one informal reading shortly after selection, in order to give the playwright an early opportunity to hear their new work and respond to any questions raised by actors and any Metropolitan artistic staff who may be in attendance.

Rehearsals and performances will take place on Metropolitan Playhouse’s threequarter thrust stage in our intimate, 51-seat theater located at 220 East Fourth Street, second floor, between Avenues A and B, in Manhattan’s Lower East Side.

A director with significant one-act experience will be selected to direct all festival
plays. Playwrights are welcome at rehearsals, and playwright-director discussion is
encouraged.

Festival plays will be performed by a core company of actors cast specifically for the festival. While playwright input is highly desired, because we are forming a company, final casting decisions remain with Metropolitan's artistic staff.

QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS

Any questions or concerns may be directed to Producer Sidney Fortner by either email or phone. If emailing, please include a reliable phone number.

Phone: 212-995-8410
Email: EVC15@metropolitanplayhouse.org

Monday, January 20, 2020

Theatre Three 24th Annual Festival of One-Act Plays

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  • Only UNPRODUCED works will be accepted.
  • Plays that have had staged readings are eligible.
  • No adaptations or children’s plays.
  • Cast size maximum: 10
  • Length: 40-minutes maximum. No minimum.
  • Settings should be simple or suggested.
  • Playwrights may make multiple submissions. (These need not be made under separate cover.)
  • Please do not submit works that have been previously submitted.
  • Scripts must be post-marked by September 30, 2020.

Each season, THE FESTIVAL receives approximately 400 submissions. To date, THE FESTIVAL has received over 8,000 submissions from across the world. THE FESTIVAL has produced 120 world premieres by 84 different playwrights. THE FESTIVAL presents between five and seven plays each season.

Please submit a cover letter, a synopsis, and a resume along with one copy of the play. Cover-sheet of play should have title, author, author’s address, author’s telephone number, and author’s e-mail. Plays should be neatly bound or stapled on the left-hand corner. (No loose pages and no binders, please.) Any stage play format is acceptable. We do not accept electronic submissions at this time. Please do not call or stop by the theatre.

If playwrights wish to have their works returned, an appropriate SASE must also be included.

Selected plays will be presented for nine performances in April 2021 at the Ronald F. Peierls Theatre, on Theatre Three’s Second Stage.

Playwrights will receive a $125 stipend.

Playwrights are welcome to attend any rehearsals or performances. Playwrights will receive a standard Dramatists Guild-approved contract. Playwrights will receive four complimentary tickets to be used at any performances. Playwrights will receive copies of playbills, flyers, articles, and reviews as well as a link to all publicity and production photos. THEATRE THREE is responsible for all elements of production; playwrights incur no expenses. THEATRE THREE retains no future production rights.

Plays should be submitted to THE 24th ANNUAL FESTIVAL OF ONE-ACT PLAYS, Attn. Jeffrey Sanzel, Artistic Director, THEATRE THREE, PO Box 512, Port Jefferson, NY 11777-0512

Saturday, January 18, 2020

8th Annual Columbus Black Theatre Festival

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Mine 4 God Productions is accepting plays for the 8th Annual Columbus Black Theatre Festival (CBTF) held in downtown Columbus, Ohio from November 1, 2019 to February 29, 2020 midnight. 

US citizens 18 years or older are eligible to submit up to two original works.

FACEBOOK
  • Submit in MS Word format to columbusbtf@aol.com 
  • The length of plays wanted are One Act Plays (30 minutes)
  • Full-Length Plays (60 to 90 minutes)
  • Monologues (5 to 10 minutes) with a theme based on inclusion.
  • Plays submitted must be from the original playwright or have legal rights from the original playwright to submit and/or produce.  Plays that have been previously produced or published are eligible.
The playwright will have the opportunity to self-produce their one act plays and/or monologues or have M4GP provide the actors and director to present it at the festival.  The playwright is responsible to self-produce (cast/director, etc.) their full-length play if selected.

We will also select one act plays to present as readings that we will produce.

  • Submitters will be notified through email by March 30, 2020 (earlier if possible.)
  • Plays shall be full complete works, not a scene or act from a larger work or work-in-progress.  
  • The playwright’s name should not appear anywhere in the script.
  • Include two title pages: One title page should contain a) the name of your play, and b) your name, address, phone number, and email address. The second title page should include only the title of your play, as this will be a blind read. The document should contain no identifying information about the author in any way on any page except the one title page, which will not be revealed until the plays are selected.
  • Plays should run no less than 30 minutes, or more than 90 minutes in length.
  • Plays must be typed in standard play format.
  • Please include a synopsis of your play in 50-100 words.
  • Production criteria include scripts able to be produced with open staging and minimal design/ technical support for a 175-seat black box theater with a 36’ wide and 24’ deep, equipped with an ETC Express 24/48 light board, Mackie 1202, 12 Channel mic/line and a monitor system to the booth.
  • Play must be able to be performed with no more than six actors (double casting is okay) and the story line must involve people of color with 50% of the characters/actors being a person of color. Note that younger actors may be difficult to cast.  The CBTF is a family friendly event.
  • Manuscripts will not be returned and playscripts will be deleted from our server after use. Please do not send return envelopes with postage.
  • Playwrights retain full rights to all works submitted. However, Mine 4 God Productions shall be named as “first produced” if first production of original works.
  • Selected plays will have a production mounted July 10-12, 2020 at The Columbus Performing Arts Center with at least three performances for the One Act plays selected (30 minutes) and two performances for the full-length plays (60 to 90 minutes) selected.
  • Playwrights who have plays selected (One-Act 30 minute) to be performed by CBTF actors are encouraged to attend at least one rehearsal and collaborate with the director – the purpose is to both help the playwright to fine tune the script and the director to collaborate on a new script.
  • Playwrights are requested to attend and participate in a post-show discussion after each performance if available to attend.

 For direct submissions, please email the MS Word format files to: columbusbtf@aol.com with CBTF 2020 PLAY SUBMISSION in the subject heading. 

Friday, January 17, 2020

ARTISTS IN PARTNERSHIP SEEKS 10-30 MINUTE PLAYS FOR FESTIVAL

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Deadline: February 17th 2020

THE SUBMISSION DEADLINE FOR THE MAY 29-31, 2020 FESTIVAL IS NO LATER THAN FEBRUARY 17TH, 2020.
SUBMISSIONS MUST BE TIME STAMPED BY THAT DATE FOR CONSIDERATION.

SUBMISSION:

There is NO FEE to submit your play to be considered for inclusion in this Festival. Playwrights may submit up to two (2) plays, providing a separate application accompanies each submission.

SELECTION CRITERIA

  • Innovative concepts;
  •  Entertainment value;
  •  Depth of characterization;
  •  Quality of narrative and dialogue;
  •  Dynamic vs. Static staging.

Additional weighting will be considered for plays that reflect the following:

  • Playwrights who reside in Long Beach or the other barrier island communities (Atlantic Beach, Lido Beach, Point Lookout);
  •  Playwrights who reside in the other areas on Long Island;
  •  To help provide opportunities for diversity and inclusion in the arts, plays written by, directed by or that include characters/themes/casts with women, people of color, LGBTQ+ and/or the developmentally disabled;
  •  Plays that are topical and have community impact;
  •  Plays that are self-produced and have a clearly stated vision for presentation

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES:

1. A digital copy of your script in PDF format must be emailed to lbshortplayfestsubmissions@gmail.com (hard copy or CD submissions via mail or hand-delivery will not be accepted);

2.  Script pages must be numbered;

3.  On the cover of your script, please include
  a)   Play Title;
  b)   Playwright’s Name;
  c)   Playwright’s Contact information [Address, Telephone Number & Email].

4. On the second page of your script, please Include a character breakdown;

5.  Include the Setting where your play occurs and the Time it takes place (to be used in the program);

6. Provide a statement that the play submitted is original and unpublished.

7.  Provide a short biography of the playwright to be used for Festival promotion (if selected);

8.  If self-producing, provide
   a)    Name, contact information and resume/CV for the director attached to the play submitted;
   b)   Vision statement for how the play submitted will be staged (should be succinct with one-page maximum length).

SELECTION / PARTICIPATION / CONSIDERATIONS:

Submitted plays will be reviewed by a selection panel chosen by AIP, the Festival Artistic Director and the Festival Executive Producer, whom will all also have input. Playwrights will be notified on or about March 16th, 2020 if their play has or has not been selected for inclusion in the Festival.

Playwrights must submit A PARTICIPATION FEE of $100.00 per accepted script to help defray some of the production expenses along with the Release Agreement by no later than March 23rd, 2020 (tickets sold by the playwright will earn reimbursement of the fee in whole or in part post-production). Playwrights will receive one (1) complimentary ticket to each performance.

The Long Beach Short Play Festival will be hosted by AIP at a facility operated by the city in a space that seats 125 patrons (Magnolia Senior/Community Center, 650 Magnolia Blvd., Long Beach, NY 11561). So, please consider the language, situations and themes used in any script submitted. AIP, the Festival Artistic Director and the Festival Executive Producer reserve final say on all decisions regarding selection, content, staging and running time presented.

All submissions must be original and unpublished (but we are not requiring premieres). All production and publication rights will remain the property of the playwright. No royalties or other monetary compensations will be paid to anyone for these performances. Other than reviewing these plays for selection, no critical analysis or feedback will be provided.

Ease of production is a prerequisite for all plays considered for this Festival. The stage is 24’ wide, 13’ deep and 9’ high with masking to provide wing space on stages left and stage right. A simple set footprint and minimalist production requirements (e.g., costuming, props, lighting, sound) are non-negotiable. There will be a basic lighting/sound plot that all plays in the Festival will use. Given the current amplification capabilities, musical plays cannot be considered for this year’s Festival.

Plays submitted for the Festival must run between 10 to 30 minutes at the absolute maximum (if unsure, a minute per page guideline should be used as a guide for estimating). Plays can be comedies or dramas (or in between), as well as monologues. The Festival will present 2-3 performances of each play selected, and the dates, times and order of presentation will be assigned at the sole discretion of AIP, the Festival Artistic Director and the Festival Executive Producer.

Playwrights can submit their play(s) for production by AIP or they can self-produce it(them). If the latter, please note that the performance space will only be available for one (1) cue-to-cue tech/dress rehearsal on a weeknight immediately preceding Festival Weekend and the Festival Artistic Director must have access to see a full run-through by no later than May 17th, 2020. All rehearsals will be scheduled in the order that the plays will be presented on Festival weekend to properly work through the set changes between them (each play’s cast is expected to assist after they perform). Each program may consist of as many as six (6) plays. A subset of plays may be selected by AIP, the Festival Artistic Director and the Festival Executive Producer based on audience feedback for a subsequent performance at the Long Beach Public Library within a week or two following the Festival. Both the AIP and the City of Long Beach will require standard waiver forms on file for the cast and crew of each play presented.

Monday, January 13, 2020

Cold Comfort Theater (Belfast Maine) seeks plays for staged reading

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Deadline February 7, 2020

Submit your work for consideration to be performed before a live audience in Belfast Maine.

  • Plays must be unpublished work.
  • No play should have been previously performed.
  • Must not exceed 30 minutes in length.


Plays should be emailed in blind PDF format with contact info in body of the email to ColdComfortTheater@gmail.com

One submission per playwright.

Preference will be given to works with six actors or less.

Playwrights whose work is selected will pay a $50 non-refundable fee to Cold Comfort Theater to cover production costs. Cold Comfort will provide posters and programs and social/print publicity.

Cold Comfort will receive ticket monies and any gate donations.

The plays will be performed as staged readings at UMaine's Hutchinson Center, Rte 3 in Belfast in May.

A talk-back, Q&A session with the audience will occur after the show for playwrights and directors.

For more information call 207-930-7244  

University of Alaska Famous Fifteen

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Deadline: January 17, 2020

Theatre UAF’s Student Drama Association is pleased to announce a call for scripts to be considered for Famous for Fifteen. FFF is an event for playwrights and screenwriters to have their work read on stage in front of an audience. Submissions must be original scripts that are 15 minutes in length or shorter (approximately 15-20 pages), and must be submitted in either digital format or hard copy.

FFF’s format gives the writer a chance to experience a workshop designed to help them further develop their writing skills. It’s also a great opportunity for new playwrights to experience what it’s like to have their piece seen on stage.  

Scripts are due by January 17th; early submissions are appreciated.

Submit at bcbowling@alaska.edu

More information: Brittany Bowling, Coordinator, bcbowling@alaska.edu

Broadway Bound Theatre Festival

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August 10 - September 6, Theatre One at Theatre Row

APPLICATION DEADLINE: 11:59PM EST on Sunday, March 1, 2020. 

After paying the $25 Reader Fee, PLEASE submit your script immediately. Any script received AFTER 11:59 PM on the deadline date will be returned.


 This fee does not apply to members of the Dramatists Guild with proof of active membership.

All submissions must be made through www.broadwayboundfestival.com/submit. Late applications, applications mailed via the postal serve, e-mailed or faxed will not be accepted – no exceptions will be made.

FINALIST INTERVIEWS: End of March, 2020. Finalists will be interviewed by the Festival General Manager, via telephone/FaceTime/Skype.

PARTICIPANT INVITATION: Final acceptance offers will be made on Wednesday, April 1, 2020.

CONTRACTS AND PARTICIPATION FEE DUE: 12PM (Noon) EST on Sunday, April 5, 2020. If invited to participate, your contract and non-refundable participation fee is due no later than 12PM (Noon) EST. If you miss this deadline, your spot will be offered to another finalist.

- No musicals or performance art pieces will be accepted.

- Performances must run 60-90 minutes, with no intermission. Scripts submitted may not run under 45 pages or over 80 pages in length.

- Scripts should follow standard format. Improperly formatted scripts will be automatically returned. If you have any concerns over script formatting, please visit the following links:
http://broadwayeducators.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/Sample_Format_Page.pdf

- Only 20 plays will be accepted into the 2020 festival. You may submit up to two scripts per season. Only one script will be selected per playwright.

- Only unproduced works are eligible to participate in BBTF 2020. Shows that have had readings or been workshopped ARE eligible. Shows that have sold tickets to performances ARE NOT eligible.

- All participants are fully responsible for producing their own plays. This includes covering the costs of production (e.g. rehearsal space, transportation fees, salaries, marketing, etc.) and operation.

- BBTF will not accept applications filed by anyone other than the playwright themselves (barring legitimate medical reasons explained on the application).

- Playwrights submitting to BBTF are expected to play an active role in the production of their script, such is the spirit of the experience. Productions that have been found to have been handed off to an independent contractor will be subject to cancellation.

- Applicants may not act in or direct their own shows. This includes solo shows. We expect the energy of our participants to be solely focused on the BBTF playwriting/producing experience.

- BBTF participants may not stage any other productions of the accepted play (in part, or in its entirety) in the tri-state area during or up to 12 weeks prior to or post the BBTF opening and closing dates, August 10 - September 6, 2020. This includes productions that decide to participate and later withdraw from BBTF 2020 prior to the festival's commencement.

- International playwrights are welcome to submit to BBTF using the same blind submission process as any other applicant. We strongly suggest international applicants enlist a NYC-based co-producer to help with the marketing, housing, and financing that go hand in hand with producing in NYC.

- Playwrights who receive a “conditional acceptance” are expected to take a second look at their play through the lens of our critique and perform the necessary rewrites to meet the BBTF standard for staging.

- By submitting an Application and choosing to participate in the Festival, applicant acknowledges and agrees that if applicant if selected as a Participant, applicant will not disclose to any person or third party the fact that applicant was selected until notified by BBTF that such disclosure is permitted.

- Applicants understand that BBTF is a professional environment and we hold our participants to a professional standard from commencement. We expect open communication during the rehearsal process so that by your performance dates, you can confidently present a quality finished production, completely off-book, and in adherence to to BBTF festival rules.

Critiques, Fees and Further Production
BBTF takes pride that:
- A blind submission process allows for the selection of the highest caliber of writing. This means that all selections are based on the merits of the submission and does not allow the process not be lead (whether consciously or unconsciously) by the expectations inspired by the author's institutional affiliation, reputation (or lack thereof), gender identity, race, ethnicity, religion, abilities, age, sexual preference or orientation.
- All submissions are read in full by the Festival Director and at least one other professional playwright.
- Upon completion of the decision-making process, BBTF will email you a critique of your script, which should help you understand the reason your play was or was not selected to participate in the festival. Our critiques provide professional feedback of your work.
- We are most proud of the support we at BBTF give our playwrights. If your play is selected to participate in BBTF we promise to never put our stamp on it should it go on to be successful post festival. BBTF neither requires any acknowledgment of its festival in future productions, nor does it take a percentage of any future revenues or require the distribution of producer points, nor will it instigate negotiations for credit should any participating production be approached with financial interest during or after the festival.

- There is a one-time, non-refundable $1000 total participation fee, which includes everything stated in the contract.
- The BBTF participation fee covers three full performances in The Lion Theater in Theatre Row as well as all the tools we feel playwrights need to effectively and affordably produce and market their plays, including regular information packets, workshops, and a private Facebook forum.

Friday, January 10, 2020

Second Annual Playwrights’ CageMatch

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Deadline for CageMatch submissions sent via e-mail is.March 1, 2020; 
post-mark deadline, if mailed, is February 24, 2020.

Town Hall Theatre in Lafayette, California, is accepting submissions for our second Annual Playwrights’ CageMatch. Our CageMatch is a chance for playwrights to show their stuff in an audience-decided live competition.

Five Playwrights enter but only one will emerge victorious. Grand prize for the chosen script.

We are seeking brief scenes (5-20 minutes) which conform to the limitations of the competition. THT staff and community will select the top five submissions. Each of the final scripts will get one rehearsal with the same director and company of actors which Town Hall provides.  On March 23, 2020, the five scenes will be performed at a live staged reading event at Town Hall Theatre. The audience will vote by token to determine the winner!

Our theme this year is: AMONG THE TREES.  The setting is a clearing among the trees, in a forest or woodland area, anywhere in the universe; there may be a doorway, portal or entranceway or two, and maybe even a window. Time period is not restricted. Please limit your scenes to no more than four characters. We are also seeking scripts demonstrating gender parity. A lovers’ encounter or post-apocalyptic tale, perhaps?  We’re looking for creative and elegant back-stories that incorporate the setting into the scenes. Tone, theme or genre is up to you!

Yes, you may submit more than one play.

 There is no restriction on plays that have been previously produced and/or published but they need to fit the theme and setting.

Playwrights will be notified by email whether they are chosen as one of the five performed playwrights.

Admission to the performance is $5 (free to our subscribers), and a token to vote for the winner is $5.

Submissions can be e-mailed in *.doc or *.pdf to cagematch@townhalltheatre.com or mailed to:

Town Hall Theatre, ATTN: Susan E. Evans, Artistic Director, 3535 School Street, Lafayette, CA  94549

PLEASE INCLUDE A MAILING ADDRESS  ON YOUR SUBMISSION.

Thursday, January 9, 2020

A Call to Conscience Interactive Theater for Social Change seeking one-act plays

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Deadline: Friday, January 17, 2020.

A Call to Conscience Interactive Theater for Social Change – seeking plays with a unique voice focusing on social justice issues affecting marginalized communities for its “Plays for Social Justice: A Night of One-Acts” June, 2020.

Plays must be a one-act with a maximum run time of 30 minutes, 4 actors or fewer, minimal set requirements and be producible on a black box stage in an intimate theatre.

Plays must be unpublished or have limited production history.  

Manuscripts must be typed and in standard script format.

Title page should include name and full contact information.  

Submit via e-mail to fannie.c2c@gmail.com  synopsis, letter of inquiry, bio or resume, 10 page sample of the play, character breakdown, number of actors required, and setting requirements.

If you cannot submit electronically, send via snail mail to
C2C, P.O. Box 78156,
St. Louis, MO.
63178-8156.

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION: Friday, January 17, 2020.

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Sip and Play; A Series of Readings for Aspiring Artists in NYC

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Deadline: February 1, 2019

Mariah Sade Ralph & Love City Arts (New York City) is now accepting submissions for Sip and Play; A Series of Readings for Aspiring Artists in NYC. (Open to All)

Ten (10) short plays will be selected in Phase 1 of the Project and performed in two groups of five (5) over the course of two reading sessions in NYC (Winter 2019 - 2020). We will also consider five (5) full length plays for future reading sessions.

Since 2017, Love City Arts has served as an Arts Encouragement Platform dedicated 100% to Encouraging, Empowering and Equipping artists, creatives + all of humanity in NYC and beyond. Love City Arts has celebrated artists of all backgrounds and stages of development. Beginning this year, Sip and Play will serve as an opportunity for artists to chill, engage and enjoy their artistry through the art of play performance. The plays submitted are read blind by a committee and chosen for their alignment with Love City Arts’s mission and guidelines, as well as their unique perspective. All interested playwrights are encouraged to participate (remotely or in-person).

Plays must follow the guidelines listed below:

  • The submission deadline is February 1, 2019.
  • Submissions are only accepted via email and must be in .pdf format. Submissions must accompany google form.
  • Complete a Google Form with contact and play information to receive an email address link to submit your play. Google Form is at  https://forms.gle/iR4rDGbh3dxqv2QE7.
  • Play Submission is FREE but no more than 2 submissions will be accepted. 
  • Plays will require no more than 8 actors.
  • Short Plays will run no more than 10 - 15 minutes. Full length and/or one-acts will run no more than 30 minutes - 1.5 hours. 
  • Plays will have a minimal set, costume, prop, and special effect requirements.
  • Plays must include a title sheet with Title, Playwright, cast of characters (with a brief description), and setting. (The title sheet will be removed for the reading committee so that submissions are blind.)  
  • Plays fall into whatever category the playwright deems appropriate. 
  • Preference will be given to NYC/NJ/CT based playwrights. However, all playwrights globally will be considered.
  • Plays align with Love City Arts’ mission: “Love City Arts seeks to create a community in digital and shared physical space. They believe in artistic, contemplative, and healing spaces. Their goal is to equip, empower and encourage artists from all walks of life.”  This means altruistic playwrights and/or a focus on diverse characters. 
  • The aesthetic of Love City Arts is to highlight the beauty and growth of the artistic community. Please submit your plays with this in mind.

Timeline for submissions:

Semi-finalists will be notified via email by the end of January 2020. All other applicants will be notified around the same time and will be invited to participate in the “Sip and Play” events with hopes of future engagement.

Playwrights whose pieces have been chosen for Reading/Production in Winter 2020 will be notified via email by the end of Febuary 2020.

All inquiries related to this post may be submitted to info@lovecityarts.org.

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

The 18th Annual Fresh Fruit Festival of LGBTQ Arts

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Submissions are now OPEN for the 2020 Main-Stage Festival

The 18th Annual Fresh Fruit Festival of LGBTQ Arts, held July 6 through 19 at The WILD Project and other Manhattan venues

Categories: Full length plays; One-Act Plays; Choreographed Dance pieces; Thematic new Solo Shows, comedic or Dramas; Musicals; Opera; Cabaret; Unimaginable . . . ? – Any kind of performance art featuring LGBTQ characters or themes.

The CREATIVITY is yours; the OVERHEAD is ours. And thanks to the generosity of New York City’s Department of Cultural Affairs and the New York City Council there are no application fees or participation fees required, and all productions earn a box office share.

We provide:

ADA and AEA approved performance venues
AEA approved venue insurance
Technical, Booth, & Front-of-house Staff
Repertory Lighting Plot & Sound system, with Video available
On-line, real-time ticketing service with audit trail
Glossy, full-color Festival brochures
Networking events & Marketing assistance for all shows
Optional co-production plans* for higher box-office shares
Deadline:  Monday, February 10th.

Click on the APPLY button below to go to the full Application Form. Please download a study copy so you can later complete the form in one online session (required). Note: Your planned production cannot have been produced before in the 15 months preceding the July Festival. If you are producing an Out-Of-Town show (25 miles from New York City) be prepared to submit local contracts, and accept one of our co-production plans.

Sunday, January 5, 2020

The Arundel Festival Theatre Trail 2020 Writers’ Competition

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The Arundel Festival Theatre Trail, conceived and presented by Drip Action Theatre Company, is now in its nineteenth year.

It performs at the end of August, on each of the Arundel Festival’s eight days, eight short plays at eight different venues all over Arundel – for example, in a community hall, a restaurant, a football club or Arundel Jailhouse.  An audience of over 2,000 came to see the eight 2018 Theatre Trail plays.

The Trail is firmly established as one of the major components in the Festival and is a great showcase for both new and established writers, both from the UK and beyond.

Writers are invited to submit plays for the 2020 Trail from November 2019.

Plays should be between 30 and 40 minutes long, with practicable casting, props and effects.

All entries should be submitted to Drip Action Theatre Trail 2020

c/o Arundel Festival
Town Hall
Maltravers Street
Arundel
West Sussex
BN18 9AP

Entries must be received by 31st January 2020. There is no reading fee.

One play only per entrant, in hard copy (not e-mail).

Please enclose an SAE if you’d like your play returned.

Our reading committee will select the plays that will be performed, with the best submitted script receiving the Joy Goun award of £250 at our Theatre Trail launch in May 2020.

Each successful playwright will receive a £150 writer’s fee.

For further information call 01903 885250 or email info@dripaction.co.uk

Saturday, January 4, 2020

Revolution They Wrote and MainLine Theatre Short Works Feminist Theatre & Performance Festival

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To apply, please fill the submission form found here 


Revolution They Wrote and MainLine Theatre (Montreal Canada) are proud to present the fifth annual Short Works Feminist Theatre Festival. We are a theatre platform that gives stage to intersections of oppressions, rebellion and resilience. We focus on prioritizing marginalized voices and widening the breadth of feminism, equality and justice. The festival is a 4 day event in two venues that each have a program made up of a number of short works (3-5) that both run for 4 consecutive nights. Readings of in progress works also take place during the weekend days of the festival. We are interested in the ugly, the magnificent, the real, the struggle, the joy and the work that’s in progress. As an organisation we aim to be engaging in deep questioning, transparency and caring communication.

There is no cost involved with applying or being produced in the festival.

Jurying takes place in late January and applicants, wether selected to be featured in the festival or not will be notified shortly after. Some feedback may be given to groups not selected upon request.

Artists featured in the festival will be provided with:
  • Access to 10 hours of rehearsal space at MainLine Theatre;
  • Additional rehearsal space on a case by case basis;
  • A public reading or 4 nights of performance of the work at the festival;
  • 60% of the box office funds shared evenly between the other festival works in the program.
  • Other production-related support: promotional, technical and administrative.

*Dates for the festival are April 30th-May 3rd 2020

Questions in the application form include:
  • Goal in creating this work
  • Why this work now
  • Why are you the person to be exploring the themes of this work?
  • What about this work is important to you?
  • How do you plan to deepen or develop the work?
  • How you believe your work explores feminist values? 

To be eligible:

  • Your work must be 15-35 minutes in Length
  • All applications submitted must include a score, script, or video documentation (please highlight 7 pages for the jury to review if submitting a full script) 
  • be intended for a feminist audience
  • Be an emerging artist/collective
  • The works will be juried according to the following criteria:
  • Is this work giving a platform to unheard voices?
  • Is this work exploring something new, from a new angle or a topic that rarely gets stage time
  • The overall quality of the work
  • How the work fits within the context of the festival programming
  • Feasibility of the work
  • How relevant is the work to questions of feminism
  • Who does it benefit?

If you are looking for a little reminder join our Facebook event for updates!

For questions please contact Artistic Director, Jad at revolutiontheywrote@gmail.com.

Manhattan Repertory Theatre Spring New Works

Seeking fully produced, (cast, directed and ready to be performed by April, 2020 ) 7 -15 minute, 1 act plays for: Manhattan Repertory Theatre's SPRING NEW WORKS  April 17, April 18 & April 19, 2020 at THEATRE 54, 240 West 54th St. NYC (Between 8th and Broadway)

Each 7-15  minute play will be given a short tech rehearsal, a full dress rehearsal with the other plays participating, and a minimum of 2 performances!

To submit your 7-15 minute (fully produced) play production please email:

  • The complete script of the play as a .pdf, 
  • a synopsis of the play,
  • the character breakdown, 
  • the set and lighting requirements, 
  • the approximate running time,
  • the play's production history (if it has been produced before and where)
  • your mailing address, and a creative team leader contact email address to: manhattanrep@yahoo.com by January 28, 2020.

Please put “SPRING NEW WORKS” in the subject heading.

We will contact you within a day or so,  as to your acceptance.

Plays that we love will be accepted on a First-Come First-Served basis.

The earlier you submit the better chances you have of being accepted for we may end submissions before January 28, 2020, if we fill up all available performance slots

There is no submission fee.

We will supply a technician to run the sound and lights and we will orchestrate the play series.

Once accepted, there will be a $95 participation fee.

For more information, log on to manhattanrep.com

Friday, January 3, 2020

HEAR HER CALL 2020

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DEADLINE 1/11/2020

PLAY SUBMISSION FORM

In March 2020, Conch Shell Productions - in collaboration with Milton G. Bassin Performing Arts Center at York College - will present our second annual HEAR HER CALL CARIBBEAN-AMERICAN WOMEN’S THEATER FESTIVAL. The festival is a celebration of the unique, innovative voices of Caribbean American female playwrights and writers from across the nation.

"Hear Her Call" will create an opportunity for diverse audiences to explore and celebrate the unique ethnic/cultural diversity of women whose ancestors or who they themselves immigrated to the Americas from any of the 28 multi-lingual Caribbean cultures.

  • Anguilla
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Aruba
  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • British Virgin Islands
  • Cayman Islands
  • Cuba
  • Dominica
  • Dominican Republic
  • Grenada
  • Guadeloupe
  • Haiti
  • Jamaica
  • Martinique
  • Montserrat
  • Netherlands Antilles
  • Puerto Rico
  • Saint Barthelemy
  • Saint Kitts & Nevis
  • Saint Lucia
  • Saint Martin
  • Saint Vincent
  • Trinidad & Tobago
  • Turks & Caicos Islands
  • US Virgin Islands

We are accepting submissions of fully produced of one-acts,  readings of full-length plays, as well as poetry/monologues/etc.

We will only consider one submission per writer.

Please note, Conch Shell Productions will only provide script feedback to playwrights who opt for the script feedback service.

Featu one act play productions will be allotted 2-3 performance times.

Submission Deadline EXTENDED: JANUARY 11, 2020 at 11:59pm.

“Hear Her Call” will take place March 4-March 7, 2020 (Performance times TBD).

Performance location: Milton G. Bassin Performing Arts Center at York College – 94-45 Guy R. Brewer Blvd., Jamaica New York 11451

The festival will closing/award ceremony will take place on Saturday, March 7th, 2020.

SUBMISSION DETAILS

One-Act Plays

1. No submission fee required

2. Optional script feedback/analysis: This year, Conch Shell Production offers playwright the option to pay $40 to receive a detailed 2-page script analysis.

3. English language scripts with some text in other languages and/or dialects are acceptable.

4. Seeking new plays written by Caribbean American females that feature at least one Caribbean-American or Caribbean character, plus
a. inspires audiences to redefine their stereotypical views about American people of Caribbean heritage,  
AND/OR 
b. explores unique strategies for overcoming challenges, living an enriched life, finding joy, AND/OR inspiring change in society
5. We will be showcasing artist-produced one act plays.
a. The playwright (or indie theater company) is responsible for self-producing the fully produced play or reading (ex. engaging all performers and members of the production/creative team, assuming all production and marketing expenses, renting rehearsal space, etc.)  
b. The play must be original to the submitter, unpublished, complete, and not previously produced in NYC. No adaptations or works that involve third-party rights will be considered.
6. GENRES: Comedy, movement/language performance pieces, one-woman performance pieces, Theater for Young Audiences, magical realism, Afro Futurism, Non-linear storytelling, mystery, or a mixture of genres.

7. Participants should plan on minimal production value: No sets. Basic festival lighting design.   Minimal props/set pieces. QLab is available in the venue.

8. The festival is not being produced under the Equity festival code. Each producer is free to determine whether to do present their play as an Equity or non-Equity showcase.

9.  Plays must be in traditional script format with font size 12, all character names in all caps & aligned to the left, stage directions in italics (click here for example).

10. Only one submission per writer.

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Nomad Theatre seeks submissions for The Art Show

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Webster’s defines “Art” as, “the conscious use of skill and creative imagination”. It can manifest in painting, sculpture, writing, dance, or…theatre! For the next Nomad Theatre production, we want to celebrate our creativity!

Performances will be held at The McLean County Art Center in Bloomington IL

March 5th at 7:00 and March 8th at 5:00

Still accepting submissions:

Please submit plays centering around “The Art Show”. Because Nomad performs in site specific locations, the show will be staged in a local art gallery! Nomad is requesting submissions of plays ranging from 5 to 30 minutes in length that involve any kind of art and have a cast of 4 or fewer. NOMAD has a wide range of actors available, ranging in age from 18 to 81.

Please submit your entry by January 1, 2020, to nomadtheatre.artplays@gmail.com

Short Play & Musical Festival - SEX 2020

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SPF - Sex 2020 submissions are now open.

They close January 2nd, 2020 at 11:00pm.

Submit via Submittable

The festival runs Feb 13th-March 1st (3 weeks) and your show would perform 4 nights during one of the three weeks...per usual!

To submit go to www.shortplaynyc.com and scroll down on the HOME page (the website is in the process of being updated now, but the submission page is ready for you!)

Festival is produced by Be Bold! Productions at
The Steve & Marie Sgouros Theatre at The Players Theatre
115 MacDougal Street, New York, NY  10012 - 3rd floor

3 weeks, 4 performances weekly (Thursday through Sunday),

5 plays featured each week.

 ELIGIBILITY:

Short Plays and Musicals with a performance time of 15 minutes or less, no more than 15 pages in length.

Writers are eligible to submit up to 2 plays.

 THEMES:  "SEX!" (Feb) "NYC" (June) “Boo!” (OC

All plays submitted must be centered on, or revolve around this theme.

** Note **

1) Playwrights are responsible for producing their own play - Host provides Theatre, technicians, marketing and box office

2) If selected, there is a $100 REFUNDABLE deposit required and a $50 NON-refundable tech fee required

Plays MUST be NO MORE 15 minutes in length and no more than 15 pages


Visit our website: www.shortplaynyc.com

Monday, December 30, 2019

Celtic Calling Playwright Contest 2020

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Calling all playwrights, storytellers, bards, jesters, minstrels and other like-minded folk!

Celtic Calling is now accepting submissions of original plays, vignettes, or one-acts, not to exceed thirty minutes, with a Celtic theme, to be performed during the weekend of the Fifth Annual Celtic Calling, March 6-8th, 2020, at a location to be determined. The deadline for submission is December 31, 2019, and the winning submission will be announced no later than January 15, 2020.

A $100 stipend will be provided to the writer(s) of the winning entry.

1.All proposals and scripts must be typewritten and emailed to CelticCallingCopperPintPlay@gmail.com by December 31, 2019, at 5:00pm.
PDFs preferred.

2. Multiple submissions are permitted, as are collaborations between writers.

3. The submission must be original, and the entrant must have the rights of performance and broadcast prior to submission. Celtic Calling will be granted exclusive rights of performance from the time of submission through March 31, 2019. Celtic Calling will be granted the right to permit the broadcast of the winning submissions, all or in part, in perpetuity.

4. The play should not exceed thirty minutes.

5. The play must have at least two characters with speaking roles.

6. Celtic Calling may charge for tickets to the performance, which will go to offset the costs of production of the play(s) and/or festival.

7. The submission must have a ‘Celtic’ theme, which is solely up to the interpretation of the reading committee.

8.The play(s) will be selected by a committee, whose decisions are final, including the decision not to decide, should the entries not meet the requirements or other standards.

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