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Showing posts with label short plays. Show all posts
Showing posts with label short plays. Show all posts

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Benchmark Theatre 3rd Annual Fever Dream Festival

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Benchmark Theatre is currently accepting submissions for the 3rd annual Fever Dream Festival taking place in Denver, Colorado in October 2019. A celebration of science fiction, fantasy, horror and all genres in between, the Festival is a staged reading series of innovative plays with chimerical themes.

Submission Guidelines

Benchmark will be accepting submissions of short plays, one acts and full-length plays from across the United States that are in the spirit of the Festivals' themes. Submissions may be new or previously produced work and there is no fee to submit.

  • Only one submission per playwright, please 
  • Submissions should be sent electronically using the link below
  • Please send a FULL copy of your script in PDF or Word format with no playwright identifying information on the script (i.e., a blind copy)
  • The script should include a logline or brief synopsis and a character breakdown
  • Please note that we will accept scripts previously submitted to the Festival provided the play has undergone significant development and/or changes.

This call for submissions will remain open until May 31, 2019 
OR until we receive 250 submissions, whichever comes first.

Please note, too, that plays must be submitted in PDF or Word, with NO identifying information, and include a synopsis or they will be disqualified. And, unfortunately, we are unable to consider musicals at this time.

COLORADO playwrights, please use the following link to submit your script: https://form.jotform.com/80594360584160

From their web site:

As of Tuesday, April 23, we have reached the submission cap for national and international submissions to our 2019 Fever Dream Festival. 

ALL OTHER national and international playwrights, please use this link for submission:

Any additional questions? Please email info@benchmarktheatre.com

Thursday, May 16, 2019

BoxFest Detroit 2019

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BoxFest Detroit is an annual theatre festival for female identifying directors!

We are looking for 5 – 55-minute submissions for our August 2019 festival. We will only accept three (3) submissions per playwright.

Please submit all plays by June 3rd. 

Submit plays to http://boxfestdetroit.com/playwrights/

Because all artists participate on a volunteer basis, we are unable (at this time) to compensate playwrights if their submission is chosen for the festival. If you have any questions or concerns please contact kelly@boxfestdetroit.com"

Native Voices at the Autry Call for Scripts 2019-2020

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*Please note that we only accept submissions written for the stage or theater by Native American, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, and First Nations playwrights.


Deadline: June 17, 2019

Short plays submitted by June 17, 2019 will be considered for Native Voices’ 9th Annual Short Play Festival, to take place in November 2019 at the American Indian Arts Marketplace at the Autry in Los Angeles. Read more about the theme for the Short Play Festival below.


The 9th Annual Short Play Festival

Whet your appetite for clever, funny, dramatic, and thoughtful 10-minute scripts. Indian gaming has served many roles and goes back to ancient times when the winning bet could be life or death. It’s brought both prosperity and problems to the REZ in modern times. What’s your story?

Short plays are fun.  Tell us the stories you like best.  Make the audience laugh or cry - but make them feel something! Many short plays go on to become full-length scripts.

Native Voices invites playwrights to answer the question: “What has gaming done for you lately?” Plays can be fun-spirited or political, funny or dramatic.

Some ideas to spark the imagination are:

  • Throwing bones - games of life and death
  • Bingo big and small
  • Casinos
  • Casinos and the Mob!
  • Per Cap
  • Wealth
  • Distribution of wealth!
  • Economic Development
  • Self-sufficiency
  • Promoting robust tribal governments
  • Tribes as the primary beneficiaries of gaming activities
  • Impact on local tribes
  • What happens at Indian Gaming and Tradeshow Conventions stays at Indian Gaming and Tradeshow Conventions!
  • National Indian Gaming Association

Scripts that are longer than 15 pages or read aloud at longer than 10 minutes will not be accepted. Fresh, surprising perspectives are welcome, and unique theatricality is a must.

Selection Process: Short plays (15 page maximum) that are related to the theme and are received by June 17th, 2019 will be read and evaluated by a national reading panel comprised of Native American theatre artists and community members along with nationally-recognized theatre artists. The panel will select 5 to 8 plays for the festival based on the creative use of the theme, originality, theatricality, structure, and execution.

Selected plays will be given a staged reading on November 10, 2019, as part of the Autry Museum of the American West’s American Indian Arts Marketplace.  A panel of judges will select the 2019 Von Marie Atchley Award for Excellence in Playwriting, a $1,000 cash prize!

Plays must be submitted using our online submission form and in the correct format. Please see our “Checklist for All Submissions” below for further details.

Checklist for All Submissions

Please label script attachment as follows: PlayTitle_Author’s Last Name, First Initial (Example: MyNewPlay_Doe, J.doc).

All submissions must conform to a standard play-script format (one-inch margins, #12 Times or Courier font, all pages numbered).

Include a title page with full contact information (mailing address, phone numbers, e-mail address) and a draft or revision date.

Include a character breakdown at the beginning of your script.

Provide a biography of 75–100 words. Please label attachment as follows: Bio_Author’s Last Name, First Initial (Example: Bio_Doe, J.doc).

Provide a press-ready photo of at least 300dpi.  Please label attachment as follows: Photo_Author’s Last Name, First Initial (Example: Photo_Doe, J.doc).

Provide development history for the play. Label attachment as follows: DevHistory_PlayTitle_Author’s Last Name, First Initial (Example: DevHistory_MyNewPlay_Doe, J.doc).

To submit, fill out our online form and upload your submission materials here: Native Voices Script Submission Form

Please do not send treatments or outlines. Previously submitted plays should only be resubmitted if the play has undergone significant dramatic changes. Previously produced plays should be submitted under the 2020 General Submission for Production Consideration. Plays that are not selected are kept on file for consideration for future opportunities. Playwrights are encouraged to make multiple submissions (up to three per event), but selection will be limited to only one play per playwright, per event.

Where to Send Submissions

We now only accept electronic submission (preferably PDF format).

To submit, fill out our online form and upload your materials here: Native Voices Script Submission Form

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

North Park Playwright Festival 2019

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1.  Short new plays (no more than 12 pages, less is fine) that are easily staged and have casts with no more than four people.  Our theater is very small and we normally use a minimal set concept in this festival.  We have to be able to change sets in just a few minutes as we do six to seven plays each evening of the festival.  We don't have space for large casts.

2.  We request new work.   A play that has had workshops or one or two previous productions is OK, but we are not interested in work that has been produced in numerous other places.  Our goal in building the theater was to have a place to produce brand new work and let playwrights have a chance to see their work done for the first time.

3.  We seek complete plays rather than excerpts from a larger work.

4.  Work will be chosen by the directors we have in the festival.  It is not a "contest" and we are not really judging plays in the formal sense.  The directors choose the plays we will produce, within the production budget guidelines we give them.

5.  Most subject matter is OK.  We don't do nudity or off color humor.

6.  We ask that all submissions be sent to us via snail mail at the theater.  Address is: North Park Vaudeville and Candy Shoppe, 2031 El Cajon Blvd., San Diego, CA 92104, Attn Summer Golden, Artistic Director.  We have too much trouble with differing email, word processing, and computer platform issues to take them via email.  Additionally, our selection process requires the directors read the plays submitted and the cost of printing all the plays we receive each year is prohibitive.  Please insure submissions have a title page with complete contact information (including email), a character summary, and are in proper script form.  There is no charge to enter.

7.  Submissions must be postmarked by June 30, 2019.  Please do not send plays by any method that requires a signature from us. We are not often at the theater when delivery occurs.  We will email notice of receipt to all playwrights submitting plays.

8.  Send only one script.  Multiple submissions do not increase chances of production.

General information:

We are trying to support new work and involve actors, playwrights, and directors of all experience levels. We have had a wide variety of artists involved from very experienced to first time directors and actors, to an 8 year old playwright (very short, well received play).  We feel having a wide range of experience involved helps the new people learn from the more experienced.

We really appreciate your interest in our theater.

Jeff Bushnell and Summer Golden
North Park Vaudeville and Candy Shoppe
2031 El Cajon Blvd.
San Diego, CA 92104

Tuesday, May 14, 2019


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PARAGON is a short-play festival dedicated to furthering Otherworld's mission of growing the genre of Science Fiction and Fantasy Theatre through the discovery and promotion of new playwrights and works. This annual event began in 2014 and we have presented 40 new science fiction and fantasy plays over this one-weekend festival every year since. 2019 will mark year 5.

Deadline: May 31, 2019
  • Your play must be within the genres of Science Fiction and/or Fantasy, or contain Sci-Fi or fantastical elements.
  • Your play should be between five and 60 minutes in length.
  • Your play should be submitted in a PDF format.
  • The play should unpublished, however we welcome submissions that have been featured in other festivals.
  • You will retain full rights to the play and the text will not be altered in any way without your explicit permission.
  • There is no submission fee. You are encouraged to submit multiple plays if you have them!
  • Due to the number of submissions, we will only be able to contact you if your play has been selected. Rejection letters will not be sent

Sunday, May 12, 2019

International Human Rights Art Festival and Wild Project Theater seek short productions

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New York City's International Human Rights Art Festival (IHRAF.ORG) and Wild Project Theater issue a call for proposals for a short play festival (10-20 minutes) on Tuesday evening, December 10, as part of the third annual International Human Rights Art Festival, December 9-15 at the Wild Project, 195 E. 3rd Street, East Village, NY.

We are looking for self-produced pieces which are built around a social concern.  We are especially interested in work exhibiting the values of beauty, sincerity, vulnerability and engagement; work inspired by the open-heart of the artist, and not their anger, disgust or disapproval.

Selected plays will receive a tech rehearsal, full tech support, PR and marketing as part of the festival and a prime spot in this year's event  There is no fee to apply, and a production stipend of $50 per selected play will be paid.

Please send a description of the work, links, resume and any other information which might be of help in our decision to humanrightsartfestival@gmail.com.

Deadline is June 1, 2019. 

The International Human Rights Art Festival has produced more than 80 events featuring more than 300 artists since its inception in March 2017, at Dixon Place (NY).  It has been covered in more than 30 media outlets (including the New York Times, NBC, Fox5, AM-NY, Metro-NY, Huffington Post and many others); has worked with politicians and performers such as Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Senator Charles Schumer, Congressman John Lewis, Kathleen Turner, Barbra Streisand and many more and WNYC is its media partner.  The Wild Project has been the starting point of plays that have gone on to Off-Broadway and Broadway productions; has had their productions reviewed numerous times in the New York Times and dozens of other outlets, and has offered a nurturing, beautiful theater which brings together local, downtown artists and national and international performers and events.

Saturday, April 27, 2019

Seeking 10-minute plays to commemorate Stonewall

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Seeking 10-minute plays (or shorter) to be curated for an evening of short works to commemorate Stonewall.

There is no limit to the number of submissions each playwright can send.

If it's a scene from a play, it has to be edited so it can stand alone and be a play.

PLEASE NOTE: Just because a work has LGBTQ characters, it does not mean it's appropriate for this call.

***The work must directly relate to the community struggles and fight for civil rights prior to and up to June 1969, or have a direct correlation to Stonewall, not just a mention.***

Please do not send marriage equality plays set in in the past decade and please don't try to change the dates or pronouns to force an existing play into this context unless you're going to do actual revision. I will be able to tell.

To further assist in weeding out inappropriate entries, please include a three-sentence synopsis in the body of your email.

Deadline May 1, 2019

If you want to write to a specific moment, that would be awesome. I already have one about Frank Kameny's firing, but any other pivotal moments are fair game. I'd love to run them in a timeline up to the big event.

The show will run Buffalo United Artists in June for six performances over three weekends.

Pay is $30.

Send submissions and questions to buasubmissions@gmail.com. 

Gi60 2019: Accepting submissions now

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Submissions are now being accepted for the 2019 edition of Gi60. Still the worlds only international One Minute Theatre Festival and New York and the UK's longest running and favorite place to view tiny plays.

Full details about how to submit can be found on this website and the deadline for Submissions is Midnight April 30th in your time zone.

Once again our teams in New York and Yorkshire will read your submissions before choosing 100 of the finest and most diverse creative cuts we receive. We will then work with our fabulous, talented and long suffering actors to bring you two shows of your work in two continents.
What are you waiting for... start writing!

All submissions to screammedia@yahoo.com

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Manhattan Repertory Theatre's Summer Play Celebration

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Seeking fully produced,
(cast, directed and ready to be performed by July 17, 2019 )
7 - 45 minute 1 act plays
for Manhattan Repertory Theatre's
July 17 - July 22, 2019
at Manhattan Repertory Theatre,
17-19 West 45th St. NYC

Each 7 - 45 minute play will be given a short tech rehearsal, a full dress rehearsal with the other plays participating, and a minimum of THREE performances!

To submit your 7-45 minute 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 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 Monday June 3, 2019.

Please put “SUMMER PLAY CELEBRATION” 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 Monday June 3, 2019, if we fill up all available performance slots

There is no submission fee.

We will supply a technician to run the sound and lights.

Once accepted, there will be a $85 participation fee.

For more information, please log on to: www.manhattanrep.com

Saturday, April 13, 2019

The 4th Annual A Light in Dark Places seeks plays

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The 4th annual A Light in Dark Places: A Collection of Plays for Hope in accordance with National Suicide Prevention Week seeks short plays.

Selected plays will receive a six-performance run and a $50 prize.

Performances will be the weekends of Sept. 6th-8th & Sept. 13th-15th at the Stella Adler Academy of Acting & Theatre – Los Angeles in Hollywood.

ALIDP is a nonprofit that uses the arts to bring understanding, resources and hope to those affected by suicide. The plays are to explore the theme of Suicide Prevention with a focus on areas such as the experience of living with mental health conditions, healthy conversations about mental health, suicide loss survivors, and resources for those in need.

Please see the accompanying.pdf produced by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, which will provide some guidance on how these issues may best be safely addressed.

Up to six plays will be selected from the submissions.

Selections will be announced no later than May 15th, directors will then be assigned, and casting will commence in August. A four-week rehearsal period is expected.

To apply, playwrights must submit an original 5 to 15 page, double-spaced script (previously produced scripts, excluding readings, are not eligible) via email to: submit@alightindarkplaces.org.

Applications must be received by 11:59 PM, Sunday April 14th, 2019.

For further information on A Light in Dark Places, please visit www.alightindarkplaces.org.

For further information on the subject of Suicide Prevention, please visit: www.afsp.org.

For further information about Stella Adler Academy of Acting & Theatre – Los Angeles, please visit:


Tuesday, April 9, 2019

KC Melting Pot Theatre is now accepting short plays

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KC Melting Pot Theatre is now accepting short plays (10-15 pages) for their inaugural New Works Development Festival. Six selected scripts will be assigned a director, professional cast and receive a week of rehearsals culminating in a short play festival at the end of the week.

One chosen play from the finalist will then receive a development opportunity to make their short play a full-length show and have a workshop production during 2020-2021.

The development process. At this time we are only accepting plays from African American / Black playwrights at this time.

Theme/topic can by anything however we are not accepting any musicals, children's stories or one-character plays.

1. One script per playwright

2. Please submit blind copies of your script (no identifying information on the script). Include playwright name and contact info in body of email.

3. Scripts should be in pdf or word document and written in standard play format. 12pt font in Times New Roman or New Courier.

4. Minimal tech and set requirements.

5. Playwrights will be responsible for their own travel and accommodations.

6. Submissions will be cut off after 100 entries.

7. Email your script to newplays@kcmeltingpot.com. Please include ONLY the script. No bios, resumes, synopses or headshots. 

Saturday, April 6, 2019


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To submit a proposal for entry into the festival, send a .pdf copy of your adaptation script to Katy Nielsen at AofA@citylit.org.

Proposals must be submitted no later than April 8, 2019. Selections will be announced by April 15, 2019.

City Lit Theater will present THE ART OF ADAPTATION on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, May 31, June 1 and June 2, and is currently soliciting for pieces for the festival. Submitting playwrights may be located anywhere, but a connection to Chicago is strongly encouraged.

City Lit staff will select six to eight adaptations, each of which will be awarded $200.00.

The selected adaptations will be given two performances over the course of the weekend with performances on Friday and Saturday night and a marathon of all pieces on Sunday. A panel of judges will view the Sunday performances and award an additional $300 cash prize to the adapter of the piece judged the best of the festival.

The deadline for submissions is April 8, 2019.

THE ART OF ADAPTATION takes place at City Lit Theater, in the historic Edgewater Presbyterian Church building at 1020 W. Bryn Mawr Avenue. The performance schedule is Friday, May 31 and Saturday, June 1 at 7:30 pm and Sunday, June 2 at 3:00 pm.


1. The piece must be 20 minutes or less. If it exceeds the 20-minute limit, it will not be eligible for the prize.

2. The piece must be an adaptation of non-dramatic material—a short story, an essay, a memoir, poetry, an excerpt from a novel, a video game, and so forth; but not material from a play.

3. The piece must be a world premiere adaptation.

4. The adapter is responsible for any royalties that are due for the piece, as well as for any rehearsal or production expenses. City Lit does not provide rehearsal space prior to tech rehearsal, and does not provide the services of a director or any actors.

5. The piece submitted must be the piece performed - no drastic changes can be made to the script after it is accepted.

6. Each piece selected will be performed on the same simple festival set with the same simple light plot. A stock of furniture will be provided. The adapter is responsible for all scenic elements, furniture, costumes, etc.

7. City Lit has a stock of furniture, costumes and props that is available to adaptors. Adaptors must provide a $20 deposit for any stock used. The deposit will be returned in full when all items are properly returned.

8. City Lit will provide the performance space, festival stage lighting, backstage and front-of-house crew, publicity, programs, tickets and the cash prizes.

How to submit

To submit a proposal for entry into the festival, send a .pdf copy of your adaptation script to Katy Nielsen at AofA@citylit.org. Proposals must be submitted no later than April 8. Selections will be announced by April 15th.

Saturday, March 30, 2019

Fade to Black seeks short plays by African Americans

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  • No fee is required.
  • No restriction of theme or genre.
  • Three (3) scripts submissions are allowed per playwright.
  • Selected playwright winners will be awarded a cash prize of $100.00.

  • You must be the sole African-American author of the submitted work.
  • Playwright must publically and openly identify themselves as African-American, Black, or of the African diaspora.  
  • Previously published or produced work by the author or theatre/company is not allowed (See definitions below).
  • Play must run no longer than 8-10 minutes long on stage. Consider conducting an informal reading to ensure). 
  • Play should accommodate a “bare-stage” set requiring only a minimum of removable stage props and require basic lighting and sound cues.     
  • Play must not be a musical.    
  • Play must not be written for children or youth. 
  • Play must not contain characters that are under 17 years old.    
  • Play must not be a re-submission of previous Fade To Black play festival seasons. 
  • Play must not be considered a translation or adaptation.
  • Play must not be a film. Screenplays will not be accepted.  
  • Play should be "stand-alone", separate body of work that has not been extracted from a larger, previously written play.
  • Author must be at least 18 years of age.  
  • Play must be submitted in a PDF format. 

See submission link: https://monologuebank.submittable.com/submit/75ef900d-f987-4e0f-801d-934965b19f69/fade-to-black-play-festival-2019

Upload pdf of original work.


"Produced” - Your play was marketed for production date(s) by either you (its playwright) or a theatre company and was performed before an audience who purchased tickets to see the event.  

"Published" - Your play is an officially published work and commands royalties from the producing theater each time it is performed.

Staged readings (formal or informal) are not considered productions. If your play has only had public or private readings but has not been produced as a full-scale stage performance, you are permitted to submit the play.


Q. My plays were performed for at no charge to the audience and I did not get paid. Are they eligible for submission? 
A: We diligently research all plays submitted to ensure compliance. Whether payment was received or not, if the performance is not considered as a "reading", it is ineligible for submission. All plays selected have been certified as world premiering new works.

Q: Am I required to attend the festival to have my play produced? 
A: No. You are not required to attend. Fade To Black will cover the full cost of producing, marketing and professionally filming your play.

Q: Will you pay for my travel to Houston, room, board, food, and transportation if I am a selected playwright? 
A: The experience of the Fade To Black Play Festivals is amazing! We encourage you to attend and meet the vast community of artists that will bring your play to life, but we are not able to cover cost outside of the $100.00 honorarium each winning playwright will receive at this time.

Q: Could you expound on "bare-stage"?
A: We have a relatively small area for prop/set piece storage. We must set and strike the stage within 30-60 seconds for each play so your play should be free of the need for excessive props, furniture and major appliances (i.e. stove, refrigerator).  Your play should be very easy to mount.

Q: My play takes place in several different locations, cuts across various chronological timeframes, has lavish special effects and involves a large number of extras. 
A: This may be seen as film disguised as a play. Ideally, your play should be set in one location and if absolutely necessary, one additional "implied location". It should have no more than 5-7 characters. Most things can be adapted for stage performance, but if your piece is really a film, it will not be accepted. You must adapt screenplays into a format that will perform well on stage.

Q: I have the appearance of children written into my play. Will this be OK?
A: No. Your play must not contain characters or extras under the age of 17.

In the Moment One Act Series Playwrights Wanted-SPRING BREAK PROJECT

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Creative Circuit Studios is joining forces with a Graduate Capstone project for the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, TX to bring to light the difficult realities of mental health and graduate students. The Capstone student firmly believes that art, specifically theatre, can and should be used as a tool for social change and awareness.

After having read a recent study about poor mental health in graduate students across our nation, and surveying graduate students representing her own school and multiple universities throughout the nation, she was inspired to join forces with the annual One Act Series Event, which features talented playwrights like yourselves. Together, we can create a powerful evening of performances that gives back to the community and hope to those affected by your works.

Playwrights must submit the following information in an email, plus your script attached in WORD or PDF format to projecttheatre2019@gmail.com by MIDNIGHT March 31, 2019.

There is no submission fee to submit as many plays as you choose within the guidelines.


  • Name of Playwright/Name of Show as subject line of email
  • Contact information (Name, telephone number, email)
  • Play synopsis & Cast breakdown
  • List of previous productions/publishings/applicable pertinent information.
  • All submissions should be between 5-15 minutes.
  • All submissions should explore the topic of mental health (anxiety, depression,
  • PTSD, or other depressive disorders) and graduate school.
  • Submissions should ideally contain between 2-6 characters.
  • Plays with extensive technical requirements will be considered but those with
  • fewer demands will receive stronger consideration.

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Calling all Playwrights – 2019’s Night of 1,000 Plays

UPDATE - they have reached their submission limit - do not submit.

Are you a playwright, or sketch writer? Or, do you dream of being one and seeing your work produced on a stage that’s not in your basement? Here’s your chance! Haddonfield Plays & Players (Haddonfield, NJ) is now accepting original short play submissions for its 3rd annual production of “Night of 1,000 Plays!”

Many area theater folks will fondly recall Philadelphia’s Brick Playhouse on South Street, and its annual short play festival, “Night of 1,000 Plays,” an evening of 20+ very short pieces of mostly five minutes or less in length. With full tribute and homage to The Brick, HP&P has revived this annual tradition featuring dozens of local writers, directors and actors coming together in June for a fun-filled evening of organized chaos!

The call for directors and actors will come later, but at this point we are looking for writers to submit their pieces for consideration. Plays should be 5 minutes or less – although a couple of longer pieces may be considered (8-10 minutes max!) Any genre is welcome; but the length tends to best lend itself to comedy. Writers may submit as many pieces as they like!

Please feel free to send pieces that were previously submitted, as well so that we can take a fresh look for 2019.

This year’s deadline for submissions will be April 28th.

Sunday, March 3, 2019

Cold Comfort Theater's Second Annual Festival of Short Plays for New Works

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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 PDF format to ColdComfortTheater@gmail.com

Deadline is March 15, 2019

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 Friday May 24 & Saturday May 25 2019 at UMaine's Hutchinson Center, Rte 3 in Belfast. Performances will begin at 7PM.

Preference will be give to playwrights who can attend the performances both nights. A dal-back, Q&A session with the audience will occur after the show, led by the playwrights or directors.

For more information call 207-930-7244

Monday, February 25, 2019

Plazapalooza seeks 10-minute plays

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Backstage at SPTC (Santa Paula Theater Center in California) is now seeking scripts for its eighth annual production of original one act plays, Playzapalooza! 2019!

Submission Guidelines

  • Plays should run approximately 10 to 15 minutes in length.
  • Each writer may submit up to two plays.  
  • Submissions will only be accepted electronically.  Send pdf or Word files to SPTCBackstage@gmail.com.
  • Include a list of characters with any relevant description either on the title page or the 2nd page.  A teaser or synopsis is also appreciated.
  • Including a bio or list of credits is optional.
  • Previously produced plays are permissible.
  • Submissions must be received by midnight March 1, 2019.

Backstage at SPTC is a “black box” theater.  Plays are simply staged with minimal set pieces, props and set dressing.  Elaborate set designs, special effects or large casts, unfortunately cannot be considered for production.

Backstage at SPTC is a forum for new and original works.  Strong language and adult situations are common.

Submission of any plays implies that the author grants permission to Backstage at SPTC to produce their work.  Rights of all plays remain the sole copyright and property of its author.

Writers of plays selected for production are invited to the opening night performance along with a guest, will receive two complimentary tickets to another performance during its run, and will be able to experience every performance at no charge.

Due to the sheer volume of submissions, writers of plays not selected for performance will not be personally contacted.

Performance dates are May 24th through June 9th

Please do not call the SPTC Box Office with questions regarding this production Instead, send your inquiries to SPTCbackstage@gmail.com.  You may also visit www.santapaulatheatercenter.org for additional information regarding events.

Sunday, February 24, 2019

Horatio Productions' (London UK) Science Fiction Festival 2019

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We're looking for groundbreaking short science fiction plays, for writers coming from all walks of life, for daring and innovative creators, for new ideas, revolutionary dreams, crazy stories, for the bold, the daring, and the unique. These are the details:
  • Length: Up to 15 minutes per play.
  • Cast: Up to 4 performers.
  • Set restrictions: The stage will be shared with several other companies; time for setting up will be minimal, so don't submit anything that involves complicated set design, or too many props.
  • Submission limit: Writers can submit as many plays as they want. We we'll do our best to read all the material sent, and to get back to every applicant in due time.
  • Deadline: Our current deadline is set on the 28th of February. Plays sent after that date won't be considered for the festival. 
Selection Process:

Once the deadline is closed, we'll read all of the plays submitted. Yes, all of them. From beginning to end. We'll select between 16 and 20 plays, and get back to every writer who has applied. Unfortunately, we won't be able to provide feedback for all but, if you specifically ask for it, we would try our best to get back to you. Sometimes, if necessary, we will ask writers for edits, but only if there is something that we really need changed in order to program the play. Edits are generally related to length, or number of characters.

What happens next:

The selected plays will be paired with directors and cast, and will be given one or two slots during the festival. This means that, as a writer, once you have submitted your play, and done any necessary edits, your work is done (unless you want to get involved in a different capacity as well).Once the festival is over, we will share any profit between all participants. We have an open books policy.
This project is currently on a profit share basis. We are currently applying for funding but are not able to confirm if it will come through until a later date.

Send your plays to:


We are aiming at programming up to 20 short plays during the festival. Depending on the quality of the material received, and the length of the plays selected, that number could change.

We are looking forward to read your science fiction plays!

Saturday, February 23, 2019

Town Hall Theatre Playwrights’ CageMatch

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Town Hall Theatre in Lafayette, California, is accepting submissions for its first 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 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 24, 2019, 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: Building Bridges.  The setting is an apartment building in a large city anywhere in the universe; there’s a fire escape, maybe a corridor, and maybe a bridge in the distance. Time period is not restricted. Please limit your scenes to no more than four characters, and maintain 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.

Deadline for CageMatch submissions sent via e-mail is March 8, 2019; post-mark deadline, if mailed, is March 1, 2019.

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

The Green Room

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In a time when cannabis is moving from taboo to dinner table conversation, we here at The Green Room offer a space for artists to use theater as a medium of discourse. We are a pot-positive environment! Weed/Pot/Bud/Dope and all of its nicknames, we want to collaborate with theater communities, both near and far, with a purpose to open the conversation of cannabis with their unique voices and perspectives.

This is our call to you, Artists. Here is your chance to create a short play ranging from one to five minutes. Comedy or drama is up to you, as we are basing our selection on work we believe is bold, creative and different.

Proceeds from The Green Room will be donated to charities and organizations that care and represents those incarcerated and the communities affected by the war on drugs.

Play submissions will be accepted through the Google Form in the link below until Monday, February 25, 2019.


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