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Tuesday, July 27, 2021

The Ten-Minute Musicals Project 2021

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Deadline: August 31, 2021

Annual Competition Guidelines

Since the inception of The Ten-Minute Musicals Project, over sixteen hundred submissions have been received, from librettists, lyricists and composers in seventeen nations: Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the United States, Uruguay, Ireland, England, Scotland, France, Denmark, Germany, Italy, South Africa, Egypt, Israel, Saudi Arabia, and Ukraine.

Stories 1.0 is the full-length musical comprised of works selected in the first several rounds. Several works in Stories 1.0 were workshopped in San Francisco, New York City, Miami, and Nashville over the years. Individual segments have been independently workshopped in Dallas, Chicago, London, and Boston.

SEEKING: Complete original stage musicals which play between seven and twenty minutes. Works which have been previously produced are acceptable, as are excerpts from full-length shows, if they can stand up on their own.

MUSICAL STYLE AND THEATRICAL FORMAT: Any musical style: pop, rock, C&W, show, opera, etc; or theatrical format: comedy, mystery, drama, etc.

CAST SIZE: Maximum of ten performers—five women and five men.

SUBMISSIONS SHOULD INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING:

1. A printed script. (Note: printed on paper; not sent as a computer file on disk.) And please make sure your POSTAL ADDRESS appears on it.

2. Lead sheets or piano score. (This need not be at all elaborate; very basic is fine.)

3. A CD or DVD of either the entire piece or just the musical material.

4. A stamped self-addressed large envelope if you want the work returned. (Submissions from outside the USA should enclose four INTERNATIONAL RESPONSE COUPONS to cover postage. These can be obtained at your post office.)

CONCERNING THE ABOVE, PLEASE NOTE: NO ELECTRONIC SUBMISSIONS -- HARD COPIES ONLY

DEADLINE: Simply postmarked by August 31st. (Do not waste money on overnight express, registered, or certified mail. All that's requested is that the package be postmarked by August 31.) Response will be by November 30th.

FINANCIAL REMUNERATION: $250/US royalty advance for each piece selected, with an equal share of licensing royalties when produced.

SEND TO:

The Ten-Minute Musicals Project
Michael Koppy, Producer
P.O. Box 461194

West Hollywood, CA 90046 USA
GENERAL CONSIDERATIONS“The enemy of art is the absence of limitations.” — Orson Welles

“The more restrictions you have, the easier anything is to write.” — Stephen Sondheim

The single most important piece of advice we can offer is to caution that it will surely take much time and effort to create a quality work. (Occasionally a clearly talented and capable writer and composer seem to have almost “dashed” something off, under the misperception that inspiration can carry the day in this format. But all the works selected in previous rounds clearly evince that considerable deliberation, craft, and time were invested.)

We’re seeking short contemporary musical theater material, in the style of what might be found on Broadway, off-Broadway or the West End. Think of shows like Candide or Little Shop of Horrors, pop operas like Sweeney Todd or Chess, or chamber musicals like Once on this Island or Falsettos. (Even small accessible operas like The Telephone or Trouble in Tahiti are possible models.) All have solid plots, and all rely on sung material to advance them.

Of primary importance is to start with a strong story, even if it means postponing work on music and lyrics until the dramatic foundation is complete. This is one reason we suggest (but do not require) that musicals be based on a short story, play, film, poem or teleplay—either in the public domain (usually meaning it was originally published more than seventy-five years ago) or for which adaptation rights have been obtained. (While we’d love to have pieces based on works by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Rod Serling, or Stephen King, getting the rights to adapt a work still in copyright can sometimes be difficult. Stories by writers like Ambrose Bierce, Jack London, and Guy de Maupassant, among many others, are in the public domain and can be freely adapted.)

We prefer works using larger casts. If from six to the maximum of ten voices are used it’s a big plus. (Think “Production Number”.)

Fast-paced comedy material has an advantage.

If adapting a story, you might consider setting it in another time or place, or even changing the character genders.

We’ve found that fairy tales generally end up being too cute and trite.

A narrator often slows things down. Trust audiences to get the story through what characters say, sing and do. And it’s better for a character to share his or her reactions to what is happening than to simply describe events—we can see them unfolding with our own eyes.

Be wary of writing only introspective musical “moments,” as they usually stop the progression of the plot. Solo ballads should be thought of as icing on the cake, as you'll surely still need other sung material—much of it uptempo—which advances the plot in duets, trios, and production numbers.

Don’t worry if an idea seems “unstageable”. That’s what directors, designers, choreographers—and rehearsals—are for.

Finally, please understand that NONE OF THESE OBSERVATIONS ARE GOSPEL. They’re simply recommendations based on what we've learned from seeing works submitted previously. Given that, please take them seriously. However, nearly every one of these recommendations has been ignored by at least one of the works so far selected. In the end what matters most will be the idea and aim of your piece and how effectively they are realized.

Saturday, July 24, 2021

Echo Theatre's BIG SHOUT OUT 3 International New Play Contest for Women+ Playwrights

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Deadline: August 15, 2021
Dallas Texas

If you are a playwright and self-identify as woman+, you are invited to enter one play or play-with-music (45-minute one-acts to full-length scripts) to Echo Theatre's 3rd BIG SHOUT OUT International New Play Contest.

The Contest Winner receives a $1000 Royalty and Echo will present the winning play either as a workshop production or a mainstage regional premiere* in Echo Theatre's 24th Season, which runs during the 2022 calendar year.

Finalist Honorees each receive a $150 Royalty from Echo to present the Finalist scripts one to two times in our 2022 Echo Reads Performance Reading Series.

* Depending on our assessment of the script's state of readiness for production.

Email this form, your bio, and your script to: ShoutOut@EchoTheatre.org.

BIG SHOUT OUT 3 GUIDELINES
  • Please submit your script, our submission form, and your bio via Email.
  • We are requesting Digital Submissions Only. No Paper copies accepted.
  • This is a Blind Reading Contest; please no docs with your name on them.
  • Our Contest Staff will log your entry and reply to you that we received it.
  • We ask that you please limit your submission to one play per playwright.
  • Scripts should be unpublished and past workshop productions are fine.
  • Scripts should be primarily written for English-language audiences. 
  •             (Other languages may be in the script, as long as English is the primary language.)
  • Every submission will be read and assigned points for story/theme, form, language/dialogue, theatricality and aspects unique to itself.
  • Please submit full scripts; no synopses or treatments. Thanks.
  • All cast sizes are considered. Past Winners' cast sizes ranged from 2 to 13.
A Note to Playwrights...
Echo Theatre enjoys plays that encourage learning, growing, and evolving together as people and as an institution. We look for work that cries out to be performed in a theatrical setting. Whether your script is an experiment in form and language, a comedy, a drama, a work about historical characters, or a new translation, we pledge to produce rich and compelling creative work with high quality artistic effort.

Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Trans [Plays] of Remembrance Festival is currently accepting submissions of 10-minute plays

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Deadline: July 15, 2021 11:59pm EDT

The Trans [Plays] of Remembrance Festival is currently accepting submissions of 10-minute plays as well as short (5-min) performances by singer/songwriters, poets and performance artists by members of the transgender community. The plays/performances should fit the theme of The Transgender Day of Remembrance, but that doesn’t mean they need to be sad or somber; we encourage you to submit works celebrating and remembering life not only in the past, but in the present and future as well. We will select 3 plays and 3 performances for our 2021 festival.

The Transgender Day of Remembrance is a day meant to honor and memorialize those in the trans* community lost to anti-transgender bigotry and violence. The origin of the Transgender Day of Remembrance was in 1999 by Gwendolyn Ann Smith as a vigil in tribute to the life of Rita Hester, an African American transgender woman. In remembrance of Rita, and the many other BIPOC members of the trans* community, we aspire to feature their voices in this festival.

PLAYWRIGHTS
To submit a script, you must identify as a member of the trans* community, and we ask that you send a short paragraph explaining your connection to the Transgender Day of Remembrance with your play. Any submission without this will not be considered. Plays should be 10 minutes or shorter in length and be able to be performed digitally over Zoom. We look forward to reading all your brilliant pieces.

POETS, VISUAL ARTISTS, DRAG / PERFORMANCE ARTISTS
Please email tpr.submissions@gmail.com with any and all work that you feel would fit the theme of the festival. Each performance day will feature plays as well as other multimedia, transmedia, and interdisciplinary artists.

Submissions at a Glance:
  • Theme: Transgender Day of Remembrance
  • Must be member of trans* community to submit.
  • Must be able to be performed/read digitally.
  • Length: 10 minute for plays / 5 minutes for performances
  • Cast size (plays): Maximum of 4 characters. 
  • 2 submissions max per person (but the pieces must be contrasting in theme).
  • Paragraph explaining playwrights/performers connection to the theme.
  • Time frame for submissions: Rolling from June 1st until July 15th @ 11:59pm EST.
  • Other information: All types of documents and forms (inclusive of poetry) will be considered.
  • Playwrights and artists will paid a $30 royalty per accepted piece. While we know that this amount is not equivalent to compensation, we hope this amount represents a token of our appreciation for the work being shared in this educational, virtual space.
  • All artists will be featured on the T[P]R website with a headshot and bio and link to portfolios of work, if so desired. 

For more information about the festival, please visit our website at https://transplaysofremembrance.weebly.com/ or our FB page at https://www.facebook.com/TransPlaysofRemembrance.

Wednesday, June 23, 2021

ryga open for submissions

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Deadline: August 1, 2021

ryga welcomes submissions of previously unpublished poetry, prose and short plays from emerging writers. Writers interested in submitting must have no more than three previous publications in other journals or magazines, and must not have published any book-length works to date.

Our reading period is May 1 – August 1 of each year. Submissions received outside of this timeframe will not be considered.

Submit your work by email to rygaeditor@okanagan.bc.ca. Submissions should adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Include a cover letter in the body of the email with your name, email address, date of submission, and the title(s) of your piece(s). You may also include a short bio (no more than 100 words). 
  • Attach your piece(s) as a single document in .doc or .rtf format
  • Poetry should be single-spaced. Prose and plays should be double-spaced.
  • A standard, readable font should be used, in 12-point type.
  • Each page should be numbered and include the author’s name and the title of the piece in the header.
  • Prose and play manuscripts must not exceed 6,000 words, and should indicate a word count on the first page.We will strive to respond to your submission within four weeks, but our response time will vary according to the volume of submissions. Please don’t contact us about the status of your submission unless you haven’t heard from us for two months.

If your work is accepted, ryga buys First North American serial rights and non-exclusive WWW rights. Payment is $50.

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

TNP Readers Theatre “Evening of New Plays” Contest

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Deadline: June 30, 2021

One-Act Play Competition

TNP Readers Theatre “Evening of New Plays” contest is an annual event designed to give playwrights an opportunity to have their one-act plays presented to an audience in a staged reading.

Eligibility

Entries must be one act, non-musical, and no longer than 30 minutes. We suggest that the cast not exceed seven characters.

Writers may submit only one play.

Each play must be the writer’s own original work, not an adaptation, and not commercially published or produced, though it may have been work-shopped or presented in staged readings in other locations than Southwest Florida. A submitted play also may have been entered in an earlier “Evening of New Plays” contest one time, so long as it was not an earlier Finalist.

Submissions are accepted from January 1, 2021 – June 30, 2021. The deadline for submissions is June 30, 2021.

How to Enter

Playwrights must follow the instructions for play submission or the play will be rejected.

All submitted plays must follow our Standard Playwrighting Format. Plays can be submitted by mail OR electronically.
If mailing a hard copy, playwrights must submit a copy of their play to “An Evening of New Plays 2020, The Naples Players, 701 5th Ave. S., Naples, FL 34102.

A title page with the name of the play, synopsis, and list of characters must be attached to the script. A separate page, giving the name of the play, the name of the playwright, and all contact data should accompany the script but not be attached to it.** This is to help assure anonymity during the judging process.
Plays may also be submitted electronically as PDFs to: readerstheatre@naplesplayers.org.

**If submitting electronically, one PDF should be the playwright name and contact data, the other PDF should be the play with title page, etc.

Scripts may not be revised for purposes of this competition once they are submitted.

Judging

Entries may be funny, sad, scary or smart, be about character or ideas; certainly may shock, surprise or amaze, and may be in any genre. Strength of characterization, writing style, dialog, and plot are among judging criteria.

Authors retain all rights and give performance rights to The Naples Players for “An Evening of New Plays” and limited readings in other venues, including possible outreach and electronic media. Finalists and other submitters will be notified by October 31, 2021.

Performance/Awards

Finalists will receive staged readings of their plays, presented in the Tobye Studio on January 23, 2022. A reception follows for all in attendance. Finalists each may receive a $100 performance royalty and two complimentary tickets. The plays and playwrights will be publicized in The Naples Players’ web pages, social, community and national theatre media, event calendars, flyers, programs, TNP playbills and e-mail “blasts” to select lists.

Monday, June 14, 2021

The American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA) is accepting submissions of new plays and musicals

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Deadline: June 25, 2021at 11:59 PM EDT

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The American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA) is accepting submissions of new plays and musicals for the AMDA Plus Staged Readings happening in New York City August-September 2021.

Similar to a 29-hour reading format, this two-week program will function as a professional opportunity for writers to workshop new material as well as an educational opportunity for students to experience the development process. Over the course of the readings, writers will be encouraged to create new scenes and songs as they explore their piece in collaboration with the student performers, a professional director, and a professional music director.

The submission deadline for new plays and musicals is Friday June 25, 2021 at 11:59p Eastern.

● Musicals will workshop August 23 - September 3 evenings; presentations on September 4.
● Plays will workshop September 6 - September 17 evenings; presentations on September 18.

NOTE: We are following local and state COVID protocols for live performances. As of printing, audiences will be limited to the student body, the creative team, and the AMDA Plus faculty.

Submission guidelines

Submissions will be accepted via this Google Form through Friday June 25, 2021 at 11:59p Eastern. Please submit:
  • Show information (Title, writers, length, proof of rights)
  • Synopsis (500 words)
  • Detailed cast and character breakdown, including gender, vocal requirements, potential doubling, and other pertinent identifying information
  • 10-page script sample
  • For musicals, three (3) song samples (audio & score)
  • Creative team bios
  • Development history and goals for the workshop
Eligibility requirements:
  • Authors must be local to New York City in order to fully participate in person
  • Authors are expected to actively rewrite during the workshop, so works with previous full-staged productions are ineligible
  • Authors from underrepresented communities are encouraged to submit
  • Only complete drafts will be accepted
  • For musicals, a notated piano score must be provided

Compensation:
  • Musical writers will receive a flat rate compensation of $1000 per team 
  • Playwrights will receive a flat rate compensation of $750 per team 
  • Pursuant to Dramatist Guild Guidelines, AMDA will retain no copyright, royalty, or any claim of ownership over the material. Any work devised during the AMDA Plus Staged 
  • Readings Workshops will stay the property of the authors. 
  • MDA will video record the presentations for archival purposes and student reels. 
  • AMDA will include the AMDA Plus Staged Readings materials into our student library for potential scene study class work in the future. 

Calendar of events:

June 25, 2021 — Submission Deadline

July 16, 2021 — Notification of Acceptance

August 23 - September 3 — Musicals workshops

September 4 — Musicals presentations

September 6 - 17 — Plays workshops

September 18 — Plays presentations

If you have any additional questions, please contact Bryan Blaskie, Creative Producer, at bblaskie@amda.edu.

Thursday, June 3, 2021

Fred Ebb Award for Composer/Lyricist 2021

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Deadline: June 30, 2021


Please submit applications to fredebbfound@gmail.com

The winner will be selected in November and will receive $60,000.

Each applicant must be a composer/lyricist or composer/lyricist team wishing to create work for the musical theatre, and must not yet have achieved significant commercial success.

Application Materials:
Electronic files of up to four songs from one or more musical theatre pieces, with typewritten lyrics and a description of the dramatic context for each song; and
A completed application form.

Application Guidelines:
  • All applications will be coded as they arrive. Because all submissions will be reviewed blind, please do not place name(s) of writer(s) on electronic file names, lyric sheets, or description of dramatic context. Names should only appear on the Application Form.
  • MP3, ZIP, and M4A files are preferred, but Dropbox links will be acceptable as well. Dropbox files should not have time limits.
  • Only musical theatre work will be considered.
  • Please do not submit recordings with any audience sound.
  • The applicant(s) must have written all the songs included in the submission. For example, a composer cannot submit one song with her own lyrics, and a second song with lyrics by another writer.
  • No individual may appear on more than one application. You cannot apply as an individual and again as part of a team, or as part of more than one songwriting team.

Submission Deadline and Award: Applications will be accepted from June 1st – June 30th.


Wednesday, April 21, 2021

2nd Annual Women’s Voices Play Festival

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Deadline: April 30, 2021

Announcing our 2nd Annual Women’s Voices Play Festival celebrating new plays by Women+ playwrights! After the success of the first festival and subsequent Mini-Fests featuring 15 new plays by women+ playwrights in 2020, this uplifting project returns for a second round of submissions.

Seeking work from emerging and established women+ playwrights.

Festival Performance dates:
August 11-15, 2021
Orlando, FL

Festival Awards:
Winner: $500 and consideration for a full production
All finalists will receive a $100 usage fee


OFFICIAL RULES & GUIDELINES

Interested playwrights are encouraged to read Mad Cow Theatre’s mission statement and look at our production history to get an idea of the type of work we produce. Mad Cow Theatre will only consider submissions that meet the following criteria:

Electronic script submissions (PDF)- emailed to: newplays@madcowtheatre.com with the subject line: Submission & Name of Playwright

In the body of the email include:
Script Name,
Playwright Name,
Playwright Email,
Playwright Telephone Number,
Playwright Postal Address
  • Plays must be unproduced and unpublished with limited development. 
  • Plays must be full length (60 minutes+) and can be single or multiple acts. No musicals.
  • Plays must use no more than 6 actors. 
  • Submissions must include a character breakdown and synopsis
  • One submission per playwright.
  • Playwright must identify as woman+
Any plays that do not follow these requirements will not be considered.

Questions? Email newplays@madcowtheatre.com with the subject line “Question”
  • Up to 3 finalists will be chosen to participate in the Women’s Voices Festival online and up to 10 semi-finalists will receive honorable mentions leading up to the festival with NPX recommendations and social media shoutouts.
  • Finalists will be selected by a panel of readers and notified by Mad Cow Theatre no later than the June 30 announcement
  • Readers will be public knowledge and bios/headshots released on social media
  • We regret that individual feedback will not be possible and only finalists/semi-finalists will be contacted. 
  • Each finalist will receive the following: a professional director, dramaturg and cast, 13 rehearsal hours including a staged reading, and facilitated post-show talkback.
  • Playwrights are required to participate in the rehearsal process and attend the readings and talkbacks for their play in a virtual setting. 
  • Winner of festival will receive $500 and consideration for a full production
  • All finalists will receive a $100 script usage fee
  • No other royalties or payments will be issued. If a full production moves forward, a contract will be negotiated for full production. The playwright holds all rights to their material.
  • Submissions will be capped after the first 200 scripts are received.
The winner will be announced the week following the festival

Friday, February 26, 2021

Red Eagle Souring seeks short plays by Native playwrights

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Deadline: March 8, 2021 11:59 PM PST

Seattle, Washington

Red Eagle Soaring seeks plays between 10 - 30 minutes written by Native playwrights.

These plays will be performed by Native Youth as part of Red Eagle Soaring's inaugural short play festival in June 2021. The playwright of each selected play will be compensated with a licensing fee of $100 per performance.

For this year's play festival we are excited to focus on the question: Who do you want to be?

Plays can explore any facets of this question or answer. Who do you want to become? What challenges or obstacles are you facing to become that person? When do you want to become that person? Are there other expectations or obligations that wish to define you differently?

Please keep in mind in your submissions that the play will be performed by predominantly youth actors via an online platform like Zoom. We are excited for plays that feature multi-generational casts and stories that young actors can relate to.

Plays must be submitted in either Word or PDF format.

The front page of the script must list:

  • Title of the play
  • Full Name
  • Tribal Affiliation
  • Date of Birth
  • Home Address
  • Email
  • Phone Number

Submissions are due Monday, March 8 by 11:59 PM PST via email at AD@redeaglesoaring.org

If you have any questions please don't hesitate to reach out to AD@redeaglesoaring.org

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

The Misfits Break the Ritual Commission

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Deadline: March 1, 2021 12:00 PM EST

Submission form

Calling all creators: writers, directors, designers, songwriters, technicians, developers, instructors, magicians, chefs, sound engineers, etc. If you create something, you’re who we’re looking for.

About the series: BREAK THE RITUAL was developed out of a challenge we set for ourselves: “In light of current circumstances: how might we bring our mission to life?” (with a main principle of creating community within an experience). The intent of the series is to collectively process the moment we’re living in through our relationship with daily rituals culminating in an experience designed around (or for) that ritual.

About the submission process: this is a PAID opportunity ($500 for each creative lead, per cycle). This is for three different cycles to be produced over the course of 2021 (with the first cycle being produced in mid-April). Applicants must be no younger than 18. You do not have to be a writer (just a creator in some form). If your concept is virtual, you do not have to be located in NYC. You can submit as an individual or with up to one collaborator (note that if you’re submitting as an individual we may explore commissioning you with another individual applicant). We’ll be closing submissions by 12:00 pm ET on March 1st, and conducting interviews in the weeks following (the earlier you submit, the better). We’re looking for starter ideas, not a fully fleshed out concept as we’ll be collaborating with you on refining the final concept (and developing and shaping it along the process).

More about BREAK THE RITUAL: We’re not creating Zoom readings, rather experiences that creatively engage audiences in processing the moment we’re in. We’ve designed this as a rapid-generation commission, time-boxed with limited drafts and limited rehearsal. We’re not going for polish—we’re producing in a spirit of prototype and experimentation. Here are some design principles (and how they showed up in our beta cycle at the end of 2020):

1/ Break into a ritual and consider the audience experience as a build on that ritual
[for our beta test cycle: we created an experience around cooking dinner]

2/ Explore a central question/theme
[for our beta test cycle: our creative leads set out to explore the question of “what does it mean to be alone in quarantine?”]

2/ Co-build the process with the creative leads
[for our beta test cycle: we created a process and a timeline in collaboration with the creative leads]

3/ Engage a community in the development process
[for our beta test cycle: we hosted three “listening sessions” (a hybrid between a focus group and a brainstorm with 3-4 participants) which the creative leads used as inspiration and fodder for the content of the experience]

4/ Create an experience no longer than 60 minutes and no shorter than 5 minutes
[for our beta test cycle: we commissioned a “cookalong experience” that was 60-minutes end-to-end (the time it took to cook the recipe) that had (1) a host introducing the experience, (2) a 20-minute scripted “Zoom date” with recipe preparation built into the script so the audience could follow along, (3) a facilitated discussion coming out of the zoom date where audiences got to connect with one another while their recipe cooked on the stove - by the time the experience came to a close, audience members had a prepared dinner]

6/ Learn and listen; prototype and iterate
[for our beta test cycle: we led with a spirit of experimentation, willing to try different approaches at each test performance]

7/ Build rapidly
[for our beta test cycle: our playwright submitted only two drafts and our creative leads collectively delivered a completed experience within a month, hosting 4 60-90 minute rehearsals (table work, refinement, dry tech, full tech) and 2 performances]

8/ Bring our audience engagement thinking to life
[for our beta test cycle: we worked closely with a playwright and director to build a full experience around the script they created guided by our methodology and principles for audience engagement]

9/ Do it live
[for our beta test cycle: our playwright created a script that explored many realities that came up for the participants of our listening sessions (e.g. race in America, bigotry, online Zoom dating, Tiger King, binge-watching TV shows, unemployment, quarantine, etc.)]

10/ The experience should be live
[for our beta test cycle: we did every performance live, cooking and all]

About The Misfits: The Misfits is dedicated to creating bold theatrical events that push the boundaries of what audiences have come to expect from traditional theatre—experiences that invite social connection and provoke deeper conversation. NYC-based. 501c3 nonprofit. Reimagining the audience and artist experience. Past development work: Bro Lyfe by Justin Kuritzkes (2016, reading), House Plant by Sarah Einspanier (2018, workshop). U.S. Presenter of Oh Heroine How I Love You (2019) at NYPL at Jefferson Market and Consulting Producer of the world-premiere of Sarah Einspanier’s House Plant (2020) at NYTW Next Door. www.themisfitstheatre.org

Monday, February 22, 2021

Canthius seeks play excerpts

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Deadline: March 1, 2021

SUBMIT VIA SUBMITTABLE

* Canthius is committed to publishing diverse perspectives and experiences and strongly encourages women of colour, including Indigenous and Black women, to submit. We welcome submissions in Indigenous languages.

GUIDELINES

We consider unpublished work of poetry and prose (both fiction and creative non-fiction – we welcome experimental works and play excerpts). Please limit prose submissions to 3500 words and poetry submissions to five poems. We accept simultaneous submissions, but please let us know if another publication accepts work you've submitted to Canthius.

Along with your submission, please include a cover letter with your name, home address, email address, phone number, the date, and the name(s) of the piece(s) you're submitting. If you are comfortable disclosing your racial background and/or gender identity in your cover letter, we encourage you to do so. This information will be held in confidence and will be used solely to help us uphold our mandate to publish diverse work. For prose submissions, please include a word and page count in your cover letter. Finally, your cover letter should include a short bio that tells us a bit about yourself and lists your previous publications, if any. Please include a header on each page of your submission with your name.

We respond to all submissions by email. Our average response time is 12 to 15 weeks. Please be sure to designate Canthius as an approved sender to prevent our response from being caught in your email spam filters.

Writers accepted for publication will receive $50 for one page, $75 for two pages, $100 for three, $125 for four pages, and $150 for five pages or more, regardless of genre. Contributors will also receive a complimentary a copy of the issue and a discounted price on any further copies of the issue in which their work appears.

Thanks for sharing your writing with us – we can't wait to read it!

Thursday, February 18, 2021

Studio Players Annual 10-Minute Play Festival

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Deadline: March 2, 2021
or until 300 entries are received

Studio Players, Kentucky’s Oldest Community-Involved Theater, located in Lexington, is proud to announce their Annual 10-Minute Play Festival, to be performed in July 2021. This event is growing yearly, with vibrant public response and Donor/Sponsor support.

We are looking for 7 strong plays to feature so, once again, we are holding a competition. This competition is for 10-minute plays only; it is open to any playwright. There is NO submission fee. The judges will be members of the Studio Players theater community: board members, directors and patrons. The rules are simple and are as follows:

1. Any playwright may enter; only one script per playwright.

2. The play must be a 10-minute play (meaning it will be approximately 10 pages long (dialogue). If it’s a monologue/one-person piece, it should come in under 10 pages).

3. All plays should be emailed, with a separate cover page, with: play's title, author's name, email address, mailing address and phone number. The play itself should only have the title; no identifying information contained in or on the 10-page script.

4. To be considered, each script must be received by March 2, 2021. 

5. The contest is open to the first 300 entries received.

6. Winning entrants agree to a full production of their scripts and video recording and presentation of their scripts. (Given the ongoing and fluid situation with covid-19, we are planning to offer the Play Fest as a virtual/livestream production. However, this doesn’t change what we’re looking for in terms of script submissions)

That's it! The top 7 scripts (as determined by the judges) will be performed by active members of the Bluegrass theater community. Each play will be a fully realized, virtual production; each performance showing all winning scripts. The 7 Selected playwrights will each receive $200 in prize money.

All entries should be sent to: sweftdart@yahoo.com with "10-min play fest" in the header.

Saturday, February 6, 2021

MadLab seeks full-length plays

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Submission closes when we receive 500 submissions

THEY HAVE REACHED THEIR MAXIUMUM SUBMISSIONS - DO NOT SEND

To maximize your chance of selection, please read all the guidelines carefully before submitting.

At MadLab, we love reading new full length plays and we desperately want to read yours!

Comedy, Comedy, Comedy. Are you all okay? Why are you submitting so many depressing plays? We love a good drama but PLEASE submit more comedies. Life is hard enough, we're tired of crying and we'd like to laugh.

The nitty gritty about submitting your brilliant baby to the Lab:
All submissions should be sent to submissions@MadLab.net. Please use “MadLab 2021 Season” as your subject. 
  • We’re not picky about what format your script is in (though the standard Dramatist’s Modern Stage Play format is most welcome), so send us what you got as a Word or PDF attachment. Do not send us links to anything - we’re not going to click them.
  • Please be sure to include your name, address and contact information on your title page.
  • The submission window opens 2/6/20 and closes when we receive 500 submissions. Season decisions will be made by the end of 2020. While we would love to follow up with every playwright individually, we receive too many submissions to make this happen. If you don’t hear from us, we’re sorry and please submit again in the future.
  • We are only accepting 500 submissions with a maximum of 2 plays per playwright.
  • If you are submitting 2 plays, 1 must be a comedy, or at least absurd. 
  • Plays should have a run time no shorter than 70 minutes and no longer than 2 hours 15 minutes. Please do not send us 45 page 1-acts or that 200 page beast you’ve been tinkering on for the last five years. They will not be read.
  • We are currently not accepting Children’s Theatre pieces, Historical or Period pieces, or Musicals. Not that we don’t appreciate them, they’re just not up our alley right now.
  • Please proofread your script before sending it to us. We hate to be “those people”, but nothing will get your script put down faster than a your/you’re or a to/too typo.
  • You will be Paid! MadLab currently pays full length playwrights $200 up front and 10% of net ticket sales payable after close of show.
“But what are you looking for?”
  • What makes a play a “MadLab” play? Like obscenity, it’s hard to define, but we know it and love it when we see it. Here’s a few tips as to what we like to produce and what our audiences have come to expect:
  • Plays with a strong Point of View. Our audiences expect to not only be entertained for an evening, but to leave the theatre with something to think about and remember. We want to read plays from and for the marginalized and forgotten. We love new takes on old problems. We adore speaking Truth to Power.
  • Good Stories with Vibrant Characters. Now, any play can have that strong POV, but the special ones show us that through strong storytelling and equally strong characters. So, mesmerize us with your craft and enchant us with your characters. Bonus points for well written female characters and casts that give an accurate representation of our multiracial society, as well as those that challenge the concept of binary sexuality. We’re not saying we won’t produce your play about 10 white suburban dads and their annual golf outing, but…
  • Plays that are Visual. Ok, we’ll be completely honest – we are on a shoestring budget as far as sets/costumes go, but we’ve been doing this for 25 years and we love an artistic challenge. MadLab is a 75 seat converted garage black box theatre, so plan accordingly. But challenge us. You’d probably be surprised what we’re capable of.
  • Plays that are modern. We definitely respect your historical masterpiece, but if your play involves iambic pentameter or greek gods it’s probably not our speed.
  • Make us Laugh. We’ve been told we have an “offbeat” sense of humor. We’ve also been told we may require psychological counseling. Be bold in your comedy writing, don’t worry about offending us (or our audiences), and never be afraid of being silly.
  • Make us Cry. See above.
  • Heck, do both with the same play. Always the best option to our way of thinking☺
Thanks for your interest. Good luck with your submission, and regardless of the outcome here, be sure to keep writing and producing new works.

Friday, January 22, 2021

2ND ACT PLAYERS’ 2021 PLAYWRITING COMPETITION — 2021 ISN’T 2020, OR IS IT?

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Evanston IL

Deadline: January 30, 2020

The Evanston 2nd Act Players is announcing its short-play script competition for the coming year entitled 2021: It’s not 2020, or is it? Plays that look at people changing in a changing world.

“There’s no question 2020 was a year of immense change for America, whether you looked at health issues, social justice issues or political issues. We’re looking for scripts with characters who are dealing with all those changes to create 2nd acts in their lives,” says 2nd Act Players’ Artistic Director John N. Frank. “We want scripts that deal with the issues of the past year and the coming year, either seriously or comically.”

Scripts should be a maximum of 15 pages with a maximum cast size of three characters. 

In keeping with the 2nd Act Players’ mission, characters should be adults, with preference given to plays that look at older adults and the particular challenges they face in today’s uncertain world. “Isolation and loneliness have been major issues for older adults during the Covid-19 pandemic, as an example,” says Frank.

“And many adults have dramatically changed their lives during the pandemic, whether it be where they live or how they make their livings. Others have become actively involved in social issues they have become newly conscious of. All of that could be fodder for scripts for our competition,” Frank says.

The 2nd Act Players will select six winning scripts to be performed online in April 2021.

There’s no cost for playwrights to submit scripts for the contest. Winners will receive small prizes.

To submit scripts, simply fill out the entry form online and we will contact you with instructions on how to forward a copy of your script to us. The deadline for entering is Jan. 30, 2021.


Contest basics:
  • Plots: Plays should deal with 2nd acts in characters’ lives, key turning points or major life-changing events. Comedies or dramas, or dramadies all welcome.
  • Cast size: 2-3 characters
  • Length: 10-15 pages, standard script format
  • No musicals, children’s plays, adaptations to works not in the public domain, and no plays involving nudity of any kind.
  • Prizes: Several scripts will be performed in the spring of 2021.
  • Entry deadline: Jan. 31, 2021

But wait, there’s more…
  • Plays should be new, unperformed works, or works that have been performed for less than 9 performances.
  • 2nd Act Players will retain all Chicago-area performance rights for the winning scripts from the announcement of winners through the end of April, 2021.
  • Playwrights of the scripts selected will receive prize of $50.
  • Contemporary settings that do not require special costuming are preferred.
  • An individual may enter up to three scripts
  • The 2nd Act Players reserves the right to turn down any entry for not following these guidelines.
  • Scripts to be submitted online only, in normal play script format, Word document or PDF and will not be returned. Include a short overview of the story and a short author bio.
  • 2nd Act Players reserves the right to cancel the competition if no suitable scripts are submitted.

Friday, December 18, 2020

Playwright Submissions for “Scenes from the Staten Island Ferry 2021” Now Open

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Deadline: December 31, 2020

Sundog Theatre in NYC is seeking one-act plays for “Scenes from the Staten Island Ferry 2021”
This is Sundog Theatre’s 19th annual presentation of new and original, one-act plays about our favorite boats, the Staten Island Ferries.

THE GUIDELINES
  • Original plays not previously produced or published, with a signed note affirming that.
  • 10-30 minutes in length and set on the Staten Island Ferry (Note: not performed on the Ferry).
  • Set in contemporary time period. Strong priority will be given to plays with 2 characters, however, 3-character plays will be considered. No special set pieces other than benches or railings found on the Ferry, limited and easily accessible props, and no special sound or lighting.
  • Avoid overt and unnecessary sexual/violence situations and language since we cater to a broad audience.
  • No musicals, long monologues, poetry, rants, or verse.
  • Humor, if appropriate, is appreciated.
IMPORTANT NOTE

This year’s theme is anything related to our current circumstances imposed by Covid-19. Again, humor is appreciated. Also note: write your play so that – if necessary – it can be rehearsed/performed online.


REMUNERATION

4 – 6 plays will be chosen, and writers will receive $100 each and be produced in our series of five spring 2021 performances in Staten Island or online.

SUBMISSION
  • Please send two hard copies, bound or stapled, blind submission (removable cover page with title, author and contacts) and the name of the play on each page to Sundog Theatre, “Scenes 2021”, PO Box 183, Staten Island, NY 10301.
  • Submissions should include brief synopsis, play history, a 70-word bio and also full resume of the writer.
  • Should be postmarked from now until December 31, 2020.
  • Do not submit plays electronically.
  • Questions: ferry@sundogtheatre.org. Susan Fenley, Producer
  • NO SUBMISSION FEE

NOTIFICATION

Playwrights of selected plays will be contacted directly and their names listed on Sundog’s website early in 2021.

Saturday, December 12, 2020

B3 Theater Fourth Festival of Shorts

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Deadline: December 15, 2020 11:59 PM MST

B3 Theater of Phoenix, Arizona, seeks scripts for their Fourth Festival of Shorts! The Festival will be held in June/July of 2021. The Shorts will be fully rehearsed shows, whether they take place live or virtually.
  • The shortlisted scripts will be judged in performance by the audience, and the winning scriptwriter(s) will receive $50!
  • The subject matter is open, although preference will be given to experimental and progressive works. There should be minimal setting, prop, and costume requirements. All genres welcome, including monologues, with the exception of musicals. 
  • Entries should be 5-15 pages, including the title and cast page. 
  • One entry per playwright, please.
  • Previous productions are okay.
  • Please refrain from sending material previously submitted to B3.
  • International submissions are welcome, but the text must be in English.
  • Please scrub your submission of your name and personal information. Include that information in the body of your email, along with the title of the play.
  • Please put the following in the subject line of your email: Submission: the name of your play
  • The format may be docx or pdf.
  • There is no fee with this contest.
  • Submissions must be received no later than 11:59 PM AZ time, December 15, 2020.
  • Entries will be capped at 200. Please check our website at www.b3theater.com for a notice of when the cap has been reached.
Send submissions to: ilanab3productions@gmail.com. If you have any questions, you may also ask Ilana Lydia at this address. 

You will hear from us regarding your submission around March 2021.

Sunday, November 29, 2020

Fresh Ink Call for Plays

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



The Public Theater of San Antonio

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

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

• Musicals are not eligible at this time.

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

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

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

• Submissions must be written in English.

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

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

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

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

Sunday, September 27, 2020

FOREWORD: A New Works Series

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Deadline: September 30, 2020

Prologue Theatre is launching FOREWORD: A New Works Series. We will be selecting 5 new works to be workshopped via Zoom from November 2020-March 2021. All necessary info is listed below.

PROLOGUE THEATRE’S MISSION: “Prologue Theatre understands that it can be difficult, at times, to begin conversations about “certain topics” and focuses on presenting theatre that can serve as that starting point. Through theatrical performance, coupled with community discussion, we strive to challenge our community to examine and discuss their views of the world and those around them. Our focus is on those who are in the process of finding their own voice - whether 15 or 115 years old – and are looking for a place where they can hone those viewpoints by examining world issues within (and with) their community.”

BIPOC AND/OR LGBTQIA+ PLAYWRIGHTS ARE HIGHLY ENCOURAGED TO APPLY.

PROLOGUE THEATRE IS COMMITTED TO A MINIMUM OF 50% BIPOC ARTISTS IN ALL CASTING.

WORKSHOP DETAILS:

-Selected works will be workshopped Monday-Friday for 2 weeks.
-Selected playwrights will receive a payment of $500/week.-Selected works will have one closed reading at the end of week 1 for Prologue’s staff, and a public reading at the end of week 2 for a virtual audience.

PLAY REQUIREMENTS:
-Scripts must be original works.
-Must be at least 50 pages long.
-No musicals.
-Must be able to be read with a maximum of 6 actors.
-Must be able to be cast with a minimum of 50% BIPOC artists.
-Must fit Prologue Theatre’s mission.

SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS:
-PDF copy of script.
-A synopsis of your play.
-A cover letter telling us a little bit about yourself and why you think your play fits Prologue’s mission.

Send submissions to Submissions@PrologueTheatre.org by Wednesday, September 30th.

If you have any questions, please email us at Info@PrologueTheatre.org

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

FOREWORD: A New Works Series

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Deadline: September 30, 2020

Prologue Theatre is launching FOREWORD: A New Works Series. We will be selecting 5 new works to be workshopped via Zoom from November 2020-March 2021. All necessary info is listed below.

PROLOGUE THEATRE’S MISSION: “Prologue Theatre understands that it can be difficult, at times, to begin conversations about “certain topics” and focuses on presenting theatre that can serve as that starting point. Through theatrical performance, coupled with community discussion, we strive to challenge our community to examine and discuss their views of the world and those around them. Our focus is on those who are in the process of finding their own voice - whether 15 or 115 years old – and are looking for a place where they can hone those viewpoints by examining world issues within (and with) their community.”

BIPOC AND/OR LGBTQIA+ PLAYWRIGHTS ARE HIGHLY ENCOURAGED TO APPLY.

PROLOGUE THEATRE IS COMMITTED TO A MINIMUM OF 50% BIPOC ARTISTS IN ALL CASTING.

WORKSHOP DETAILS:

-Selected works will be workshopped Monday-Friday for 2 weeks.
-Selected playwrights will receive a payment of $500/week.-Selected works will have one closed reading at the end of week 1 for Prologue’s staff, and a public reading at the end of week 2 for a virtual audience.

PLAY REQUIREMENTS:

-Scripts must be original works.
-Must be at least 50 pages long.
-No musicals.
-Must be able to be read with a maximum of 6 actors.
-Must be able to be cast with a minimum of 50% BIPOC artists.
-Must fit Prologue Theatre’s mission.

SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS:

-PDF copy of script.
-A synopsis of your play.
-A cover letter telling us a little bit about yourself and why you think your play fits Prologue’s mission.

Send submissions to Submissions@PrologueTheatre.org by Wednesday, September 30th.

If you have any questions, please email us at Info@PrologueTheatre.org

Website: https://www.prologuetheatre.org/submissions.html
Facebook: www.facebook.com/prologuetheatre
Instagram: prologue_theatre

Saturday, August 29, 2020

Livermore Shakespeare Festival commission seeks playwright of color

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Deadline:

Up to $6,000 playwright commission (full length play) with Livermore Shakespeare Festival (LSF).

This commission is for a playwright of color to celebrate scientists of color while exploring a current science theme. The selected playwright will be tasked with writing an original play which includes a component about scientific research currently pursued by our local Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories (LLNL). Many possibilities include using supercomputers to identify a COVID-19 vaccine and treatment candidates. We will partner the selected playwright with advisory support from scientists at the LLNL and/or Sandia National Laboratory.

Here is a link to the request for qualifications (RFQ) as well as the details of the commission. www.Livermoreshakes.org/ScienceAtPlay . There you will see our program called “Science At Play” under which this commission falls. The RFQ goes into much greater detail about the commission. Please know that you MUST follow the submission guidelines. Failure to adhere to submission guidelines will disqualify you from the commission opportunity.

Thank you to all who submit according to the guidelines.

Specific details about this commission: www.Livermoreshakes.org/ScienceAtPlay

Type of Opportunity: Semi-staged reading with possibility of full production

Restrictions: 
  • Person of color, US citizen only, must have a B.A. or B.S. 
  • Must have completed at least one full length script, on any subject, that has been produced in a festival, by a professional theatre, writers foundation or as a series of developmental readings with a professional theatre company or playwright's foundation. Self-production does not fit these guidelines. 
  • If you are in an MFA playwright program, please feel free to email if you have not had a play produced.
Submission guidelines:

1. Playwright must submit a 10 page writing sample in pdf format (Do not send more than 10 pages directing us to pages you wish us to consider).

2. Resume (theatrical) in pdf format

3. Letter of interest (3 page maximum, 11-12 point font, in Arial, Times New Roman, Verdana or Calibri) addressing the following questions 4 questions A - D: (in pdf format)

A. Why are you attracted to a science play? And/or what is your connection to science?

B. Have you had a writing project where you collaborated with a dramaturg or an advisor? If so, describe the process and the value you received from said process.

C. Are you willing to work with a dramaturg and/or science advisors? What do you imagine that process would look like?

D. Would you be comfortable with a remote working situation where interactions will take place over the computer and phone?

4. File naming convention for your 3 documents (in .pdf format) must be as follows:

-YourLastname_10Pages_SAP. (Ex. Williams_ 10Pages_SAP.pdf)

-YourLastName_Resume_SAP (Ex. Williams_Resume_SAP.pdf)

-YourLastName_LOI_SAP (Ex. Williams_LOI_SAP.pdf)

5. Deadline: 9/26/2020 One submission per playwright only. No fee.

6. Submit via email to Michael Wayne Rice, Resident Director: Michael@LivermoreShakes.org

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