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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

MRT’s LONG One Act Play Competition - deadline is January 31.

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PLEASE NOTE: the deadline for this is today Tuesday January 31, 2012

ALSO NOTE: NO submission fee but a participation fee on acceptance.

Seeking fully produced one act plays (cast, directed and ready to perform)
30 minutes to 1 hour in length for MRT’s LONG One Act Play Competition, Feb. 29 - March 24, 2011 at Manhattan Repertory Theatre, 303 W.42nd St. NYC. FIRST PRIZE for BEST PLAY: $1000.00.

To submit your LONG one act play production please email:
The complete play, a synopsis of the play, the running time of the play, the set and lighting requirements, the play’s production history (if it has been produced before and where)
and a creative team leader contact email address to: manhattanrep@yahoo.com by Tuesday January 31, 2012. Please put “LONG One Act Competition” in the subject heading. Applicants will be contacted by Thursday February 2 as to their acceptance.

There is no submission fee. NON-EQUITY ONLY. Each play will be given a MINIMUM of THREE performances, more if the play moves on to the finals. Once accepted, there will be a $150.00 participation fee. There will be NO additional security fees or Manhattan Repertory Theatre based production fees.

Manhattan Repertory Theatre LONG 1 ACT COMPETITION Guidelines

43 seat theatre space for at least 3 performances
2 Tech/Dress rehearsals in the theatre
Our stock furniture for your show
Web flyers.  Web site support.
Reservation Service, House management and Box Office


An 8 dimmer lighting board with 16 instruments
A surround sound system
A 5 CD changer with support for IPOD and Laptop
1 dressing room

Casting the production
Directing the production
Outside rehearsal space
Sound/Light Board operator to run your show.
Program design and copies of their program
All other miscellaneous production costs – costumes, props, etc.
Inviting friends and family.

All participants must be NON-EQUITY
There is NO PAY

Please do not submit MUSICALS unless staged with pre-recorded music. (We have no room for an orchestra.)

All Productions must run between 30 minutes and 60 minutes with simple sets which can be easily struck.

NO SMOKING in the play!
No LIGHTING OF ANYTHING! (Candles, cigarettes, etc.)
No FURNITURE is to be brought into the theatre for any reason.
We supply more than enough stock furniture for any show.

Due to the myriad of plays in this competition, props and costumes CANNOT be stored at the theatre. Props and costumes for this competition must be brought in and out at each performance.

Participants must keep space clean and organized and treat fellow artists with respect.
Any unruly Creative Teams will be immediately terminated from the Festival and their security deposit will be forfeited.
Any intentional damage to the theatre caused by a production will result in immediate termination of their entire production.
NO SMOKING ANYWHERE IN THE THEATRE OR THE BUILDING. Smokers must go out on to the street to smoke.

Ticket price will be $20.00
(All ticket sales will go to Manhattan Repertory Theatre.)

For this competition, there are no Industry Comps

For this competition, there are no personal comps.

There is no videotaping during live performances due to complaints from audience members.

All videotaping must be done during your dress rehearsal.

Manhattan Repertory Theatre retains NO (0%) percentage of play’s future productions outside of Manhattan Repertory Theatre.

Audience members will receive a ballot with the plays that are performing in the Performance series they are seeing that night. (We usually run 2 shows a night - each with 2 to 3 plays.) The audience will rate EACH play from 5 to 1. 5 being GREAT, 1 being JUST OK. 2 or more plays in a performance could be rated 5. Each play is rated from 5 to 1 on its own merit not in relation to the other plays in a performance series. This evens the playing field so that plays with less friends in the audience can actually move forward to the finals.

The Top 2 plays with the most points after 3 performances each will return on Saturday March 24 for 2 more performances 6:30 pm and 9 pm. The play that evening, which scores the most points that night, will receive the $1000 cash prize!

Please know that Manhattan Repertory Theatre reserves the right to change our policies at any time in order for the Competition to run more effectively.

So we have been running some seasonal One Act play competitions here at Manhattan Rep and they have been a great, fun, theatrical time for all.

But I have felt bad.

Bad because in our One Act play competitions, we have only been accepting plays 30 minutes and under, and all those playwrights with GREAT one act plays that are longer than 30 minutes have been cut out of the mix.

That is why we are running a LONG one act play competition - to give those playwright’s with LONGER awesome plays a chance to put their LONG one act play together and have it compete for a $1000 cash prize.

I am psyched. I love the Short play, but sometimes a Short play needs to be just a little longer so I am really looking forward to this new competition.

If you have any questions about producing your play at Manhattan Rep,
feel free to e-mail us at manhattanrep@yahoo.com.

Over 6000 theatre artists have developed their work at Manhattan Rep since September 2005.
We hope to work with you this Winter in our LONG one act play competition.


Ken Wolf
Artistic Director
Manhattan Repertory Theatre

Monday, January 30, 2012

East Village Chronicles, Volume 8, June 2012

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Deadline - Friday, February 3, 2012


Metropolitan Playhouse, New York's OBIE Award winning explorer of America's Theatrical Heritage, is currently accepting submissions for new plays inspired by the life and history of New York's Lower East Side.

Submissions will be evaluated by Metropolitan's artistic staff, and we will produce up to 10 of the submitted plays in June 2012, as part of our 8th Annual East Village Chronicles festival. As in prior years, the plays selected will pertain to a chosen theme. For Volume 7, plays should respond to Class as it relates to life in the East Village of today and in eras past.  (See below for more information.)

Submission Deadline:
Completed scripts must be RECEIVED, by mail or e-mail, by 5:00 pm Friday, February 3, 2012.

Metropolitan Playhouse
220 E 4th Street
New York, NY 10009


The Festival

East Village Chronicles, Vol. 8 is the 8th seasonal festival of new, one-act plays that celebrate and explore the varied history and eclectic culture that have defined Manhattan's Lower East Side (in all its permutations).  Combined into two, distinct evenings of short plays, which run on alternating nights over three weeks, the presentations will include a variety of styles and tones, unified by their being clearly related to life in the theater's neighborhood.
Metropolitan Playhouse will produce the plays on our 3/4 thrust stage in our 51 seat theater at 220 E 4th Street.

The plays will be directed by directors engaged by Metropolitan to coordinate and rehearse the entire festival.

The plays will be performed by a core company of actors, cast specifically for the festival, each of whom will perform in at least two festival plays.  The cast of any given play will be drawn from this core company, and therefore anyone cast must be suitable for more than one play.  Because we are forming a company, while playwrights' input is highly desired, final decisions remain with Metropolitan's artistic staff.

The Theme for 2012: Class

The Chronicles plays have been connected each year in that they have focused on a certain topic, theme, or timeline.  Selecting plays that are inspired by some such organizing principle helps to give the festival shape and to enrich the experience for audience members.  (See * below for further discussion of the theme idea.)

This year, the Chronicles will be devoted to Class.  We believe this theme is especially resonant within the context of our national conversation and the shifting social paradigms within the neighborhood.  In our neighborhood, longstanding family businesses and residents continue to leave the neighborhood they once created, while newcomers have set up and changed their minds in the course of a year.  As background to these real changes are the sometimes subtle and sometimes obvious divisions between residents seen through their sense of their own social status.
Playwrights are encouraged to respond directly, indirectly, and creatively to this idea; how the plays relate to the notion of "Class" is up to the playwright.

Technical Guidelines

We are seeking plays of no more than 30 minutes that can be played by 5 or fewer actors.
The plays will be presented with at least three others in a given evening, and as a consequence, should not require elaborate set or  properties.

Performance Dates:   June 11 - 30, 2012

Theater:  Metropolitan Playhouse
              220 E 4th Street

Alex Roe
Artistic Director, Metropolitan Playhouse
212 995 8410

Horizon Theatre Company - NEW SOUTH FESTIVAL submissions policy

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WE DO ACCEPT unsolicited resumes, treatments, samples, and summaries (r/t/s/s)

WE ASK ALL PLAYWRIGHTS whose work is unsolicited and not related to the mission of the New South Festival to send us an r/t/s/s first so that we may then request a full script, should we so choose

IF A PLAY ADHERES TO THE MISSION OF THE NEW SOUTH FESTIVAL we will accept a full-length submission, but strongly encourage an initial submission of an r/t/s/s

OUR GENERAL RESPONSE TIME to submissions is 12 months, though this period may extend depending on the size of our submission pool

IF A PLAYWRIGHT WANTS A SCRIPT RETURNED they must include a full-sized SASE

WE STRONGLY ENCOURAGE the inclusion of a SAS response postcard or envelope with all t/s/s submissions

WE DO NOT ACCEPT unsolicited, full-length scripts not directly related to the New South Festival mission

WE DO NOT ACCEPT scripts or t/s/s submissions via e-mail. They must be sent through the post office.

HORIZON'S MISSION: Horizon Theatre Company strives to be a leader in the production and development of contemporary theatre in the Southeast. We present professional are premieres of new and recent plays and develop new artists and audiences for contemporary theatre through education and outreach programs.

New South Play Festival Script Submission Policy

NEW SOUTH FESTIVAL MISSION: The New South for the New Century Festival is dedicated to producing and developing work that gives voice to issues facing the contemporary South.

The festival's mission is to produce and/or workshop new material that addresses issues facing the contemporary South.

The submission guidelines are as follows:

If you have one full-length play you would like to submit for consideration, please send it to us at our mailing address.

If you have more than one full-length piece you would like considered, please send us samples of all the work you would like considered, as well as a SAS envelope or postcard so that we can let you know which, if any, plays we would like to see in their entirety.

Also, it is VERY important that you mark all materials being submitted for the festival as "NEW SOUTH SUBMISSION". Write this phrase in an obvious way on the front of the envelope, somewhere on the cover letter, and somewhere on the title page of the script or sample. (It's important to note that we do not accept submissions via e-mail) We will reply to you as soon as possible regarding your submission.

Expect at least a 6-month response period.

Our mailing address is:
Horizon Theatre Company
PO Box 5376
Atlanta, GA 31107

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Playwrights Festival 2012

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Fourth Annual Playwrights Festival – Performances July 12, 13, 14, 2012 at 8PM and July 15 at 2PM in the Powerhouse Theatre located in the Roger T. Sermon Community Center, 201 N. Dodgion, Independence

City Theatre is currently accepting submission of short plays not previously produced for our Fourth Annual Playwrights Festival. Requirements for this season are;

* 10 to 15 minutes in length
* never previously produced
* content pertinent to adolescents, i.e. self-esteem, bullying, peer pressure (not limited to these subjects but to the adolescent age group)
* received no later than March 1, 2012. Send your submission to our VP Of Funding

Playwrights of all ages are encouraged to submit.

Playwrights Festival Auditions – Saturday April 28, 2012 from noon to 4PM in the North Room of the Roger T. Sermon Community Center.

Auditions will be for all plays and directors at the same time. Since there will be a variety of roles no character descriptions are available at this time.

The Harriett Lake Festival of New Plays

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The Harriett Lake Festival of New Plays (Fall, 2012) is seeking new full-length plays or musicals based on or inspired by works of classic literature or historic events, famous persons, or advances in science. These events, persons, or advances can be from any age in history, including the present. We prefer (but are not limited to) plays that require six actors or less, and have an interest in one-person shows. However, even in the case of one-person shows, we are not looking for history lectures, or museum piece adaptations that are faithful to a fault, but rather dynamic new theatrical versions of classic stories that speak to the contemporary mindset.
In musical submissions, we are interested in musicals based on or inspired by the same criteria as mentioned above.

In order to qualify for PlayFest a play must:

1. NOT have received more than two professional AEA productions

2. NOT have received a Broadway or Off-Broadway production

3. NOT have received Orlando production in current form

4. NOT be published for general distribution with the rights held by the Publisher

We will select seven new works to be presented as readings. One or more may go on to be developed in a workshop or full production. Playwrights will receive a stipend, travel and housing expenses. Some plays may go on to be fully produced as part of a subsequent Orlando Shakespeare Theater season, or produced at the University of Central Florida as part of our partnership with UCF.


At this time we are not looking for full scripts. We are asking for a simpler initial submission:

Submissions must include:

• Cover letter
• Bio/résumé
• A one-page synopsis
• Ten pages of dialogue from the play
• A character breakdown (with potential doubling)
• Your mailing address, email address and direct phone number on the cover letter
• Musicals should include all of the above and the most recent Demo CD of the show
• Please do not send full scripts until requested to do so.

Mail submissions via regular mail to:

Patrick Flick, Associate Artistic Director - or - Mark Routhier, Assoc. Director of New Play Development PlayFest - The Harriett Lake Festival of New Plays Orlando Shakespeare Theater 812 East Rollins St. Suite 100 Orlando, FL 32803

Email submissions will not be accepted.

Initial submission deadline for PlayFest 2012 is March 15, 2012. If you wish to be notified of receipt of your submission, please include a SAS POSTCARD with the name of your play written on it. Otherwise you will only hear from us if we would like to see a full script.
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Literary Director Darcy Hogan is currently seeking full-length play submissions.

Do you have to be gay to see your work produced at Theatre Out?
Absolutely not.

If not, does the play have to have a gay element?

At Theatre Out, we are looking for plays that examine the gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgenered "community" or experience - regardless of the playwright's orientation. But we do also produce pieces that may NOT examine the LGBT community, if we feel the play is good and the writer is an "out" member of the LGBT community.

It's pretty simple - gay themed, or gay written.

What we are NOT looking for is your straight play with an arbitrary character thrown in or quickly re-written to be the "gay ingredient" that makes your play a fit for our theatre. Trust us, we know when we receive these pieces, and they don't work for us. Please avoid it.

Does the play have to be an in-depth look at the LGBT experience? No - plays that feature gay characters or storylines are fine. We are not looking to produce a season full of in-depth looks into what it means to be LGBT or the struggles the LGBT community has faced. While those plays are fine to submit and often very moving, it's also a-okay to submit your gay comedy or your script that's not about "being" gay, but features, say, a lesbian couple or a drag queen.

So, you think your play might be right for Theatre Out? Great! Please follow these submission steps:

1) Please download the submission form - see web site
2) Fill out the form completely.
3) Email only 2 items - the completed form and a 10 PAGE sample to darcy@theatreout.com.

Suggestions, hints, tips ...

1) While your play does not necessarily have to be in proper playscript format, I really REALLY prefer reading scripts that are. Need help with formatting? CLICK HERE.

2) While I fully acknowledge that there are many skilled playwrights out there that have terrible skills when it comes to spelling or grammar, and while I'll definitely read your sample (regardless of the occasional error), excessive errors really make it difficult. I recommend having your script proof-read, using spell-check, etc - whatever you need to do before you send it off (to me or to anyone else.)

3) Send me your best 10 pages. It doesn't have to be the first 10 pages, necessarily. Though, if it is NOT the first 10 pages, please send me a SHORT (please re-read ... SHORT!) explanation of where we are in the script. (Example: "Act II, Scene II - Joe has just revealed that he and Gary ran off to Mexico to be married.") If you have filled out the submission form completely (and you SHOULD), then I won't need more than one sentence, maybe two, to clue me into where your 10 pages fall in the script.

4) You may be tempted to ignore this submission process and send me your whole script, and/or ignore the submission form. Tip: Please don't. I won't read your script. Please respect my submission process and I'll respect your work.

5) You may be tempted to send me a list of who should play which role, detailed drawings of what you think the set should look like, or the costumes, a series of MP3s I should listen to while reading your play, etc. Tip: Please don't.

In closing, I really am excited to read your work. It's important to me that we try to give the stage to a new script or playwright whenever possible. I want to be a part of the inaugural production of your new play. Please don't let the process above scare you away. I love reading good scripts. Is yours good? PLEASE SEND IT TO ME!

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Jewish Womens Theatre submission guidelines

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Please email a cover letter with a brief bio and an attachment of your material in one of the following formats: Final Draft, Movie Magic Screen Writer, Word Document or PDF.
 Submit Your Play - see web site for email address

Parameters for material are:
  • An element of Jewish resonance – does not need to be the prominent theme or subject.
  • It should feature women or a woman’s point of view, but not exclusively. Male characters are welcome.
  • It can be of any length. Even very short pieces are of interest.
  • Previously produced or published work is welcome. Please include production and/or publication history. A new version of a classic or an adaptation from another medium would definitely be of interest.
Although the primary focus of the JWT is on the writing, we are also interested in music at our events. Plays with music are of great interest. Composers, song-writers, and performers are also encouraged to submit individual work.

Artemisia Calls for Submissions

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2012 Fall Festival of Staged Readings Artemisia, A Chicago Theatre, is accepting plays for its 2012 Fall Festival of Staged Readings.

All plays submitted must be full length and fit within Artemisia's mission. They must be about women, have a minimum of one female leading character and must challenge the audience's perception of women. Visit artemisiatheatre.org and view the line up of plays selected for our 2011 Fall Festival of Staged Readings for further guidelines. Please send all submissions electronically to Artistic Director Julie Proudfoot at zippyproud@gmail.com and Associate Artistic Director Jesse Harper at jesserobertharper@gmail.com. Submissions must be received by midnight April 1, 2012 to be considered for our 2012 Fall Festival.

Submissions for the The Ronald M. Ruble New Play Festival

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There is no submission fee for the CCCT Ronald M. Ruble New Play Festival

Submission deadline for the 2012 Festival is February 1, 2012.

Scripts received after that date will be considered the following
year. 5-6 finalists will be selected on March 15 of that year and their names will be posted to the CCCT website at that time.

Must be a full-length play/musical for children or young adults without a prior major U.S. production.

A brief synopsis must be sent together with a bound complete manuscript. Submission must include a contact phone number and e-mail address on the play’s title page. No electronic submissions will be accepted.
The play must be at least 1 hour and no longer than 90 minutes.
The play must be appropriate for audiences of all ages.
Dramas, comedies and farces (with or without music) are all welcome.
Cast size limited to no less than 5 or more than 20.
The plays selected will be acted by our student actors with a mix of regional artists where necessary. Plays that can be effectively cast within our market will be considered favorably.
Playwrights who are questioning whether or not their play is a good match for CCCT are strongly encouraged to contact Artistic Director Brian Marshall at mbrian@bgsu.edu before submitting.
All plays that are not selected for the festival will be recycled. Please do not include return postage.
All serious submissions will be read by at least three readers on the festival committee as well as the members of the Teen Board. Be advised that the following are not considered serious submissions:
Screenplays submitted as theatrical plays and Obvious first drafts
Plays with typos and spelling errors and Plays not formatted to industry standards
Plays with excessive profanity or violence or are inappropriate for child audience members
For more information contact:
Brian Marshall, Artistic Director
mbrian@bgsu.edu, 419.372.0642

Plays should be submitted to:
Caryl Crane Children's Theatre
c/o CCCT New Play Festival
BGSU Firelands
One University Drive
Huron, OH 44839-9719

ATHE's Playwrights and Creative Teams Program (PACT) seeks new, previously unproduced short plays

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ATHE's Playwrights and Creative Teams Program (PACT) seeks new, previously unproduced short plays for its 23rd annual New Play Development Workshop at the ATHE Conference, in Washington, DC, August 2-5, 2012. We invite playwrights to submit plays ranging in length from 4-10 minutes (scripts over 10 minutes will not be accepted); there is no restriction on subject matter, style, or intended audience. A jury of readers will select six to eight scripts. Each playwright will be assigned a director, dramaturg, scenographer, and a group of actors; these creative teams collaborate on the scripts throughout the conference in a developmental process (participants may attend the rest of the conference). The workshop culminates in a public, script-in-hand reading of the plays in a SHOWCASE OF SCRIPTS.

The New Play Development Workshop affords playwrights the opportunity to work on their scripts with artists experienced with original material from all over the country and to have their work presented at a major academic theatre conference. In past years, plays which have gone through this process have been published in a PACT Program anthology. These plays achieve a high rate of success in securing subsequent productions and publication.

PLEASE NOTE NEW SUBMISSION POLICY: Electronic script submissions should be emailed to: charlene@charleneadonaghy.com. Please remove name, mailing address and telephone/fax/e-mail from the script, and include that in a cover letter which indicates your willingness to attend ALL sessions of the workshop. Only one submission per playwright will be accepted. Scripts will not be returned. You will be notified, via email, of the reader's selection no later than April 1, 2012. To be considered for the NPDW, scripts must be RECEIVED by January 30, 2012; late entries will not be read. Scripts should be sent to:

Charlene Donaghy

For additional information, contact Charlene Donaghy at (860) 307-2477, charlene@charleneadonaghy.com or Judith Royer at (310) 670-0362, jroyer@earthlink.net.

Woodward/Newman Drama Award

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Please note: there is no submission fee for this if you are a member of the Dramatists Guild and you provide a photocopy of your membership card with your application.

For information about the fee, see the web site.

The BPP has begun accepting submissions for the 2012-13 Woodward/Newman Drama Award. Submissions are due by March 1, 2012. The top 10 finalists will be announced at the end of May with the winner announced in June 2012.

The Woodward/Newman Drama Award is an exclusive honor offered by Bloomington Playwrights Project, sponsored by the Newman's Own Foundation, remembering the many great dramas Joanne Woodward and Paul Newman performed in together. It presents the best unpublished full-length drama of the year with a prize of $3,000, a full production as part of the BPP's 2012-13 Mainstage season and travel expenses up to $300.

(subject to change):

1. "Full-length" plays will have a complete running time of between 1 hour 15 minutes (75 minutes) to 2 hours 15 minutes (135 minutes).

2. Plays submitted must be unpublished at the time of submission. Plays that have received developmental readings, workshop productions, or productions at small theatre companies are acceptable. No scripts with previous productions at major regional theaters will be accepted. Once entered, subsequent activity does not change the acceptability of the script.

3. Each submission must include a synopsis (1 page or less) including the cast size. A separate page should include a brief bio of the playwright, and production/development history if applicable.

4. Agent submissions require no fee. The fee will be waived for Dramatist Guild members with an enclosed photocopy of a membership card.

5. It is preferable for musicals to include a demo CD. The complete score is not necessary but may be included. All plays are read by BPP's literary personnel led by and including the Literary Manager and Artistic Director.

6. We do not accept email submissions. Scripts will not be returned.

7. The BPP reserves the right not to name a winner and/or name a winner but not commit to a reading or production. These instances are rare but can and do occur.

8. Send to:
Woodward/Newman Drama Award
Bloomington Playwrights Project
107 W. 9th Street
Bloomington, IN 47404

9. Scripts must be postmarked by March 1, 2012, and received no later than March 10, 2012. We are not responsible for postal delays, and recommend you not choose to send Media Mail unless you are submitting several weeks in advance.

10. For further information, write BPP, Attn: Literary Manager, 107 W. 9th Street, Bloomington, IN 47404. For faster replies, please email us at literarymanager@newplays.org.

Timeline Theatre Company submission policy

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TimeLine Theatre Company is committed to developing and producing new work rooted in our mission of presenting stories inspired by history that connect with today's social and political issues.

Due to the volume of scripts considered, TimeLine is only able to accept full length play and musical submissions year-round from literary agents and theatre professionals with whom we have an existing professional relationship. We cannot accept unsolicited material.

The only exception to this is that, in recognition of our commitment to fostering local voices, we invite unrepresented writers in the Chicagoland area to submit a brief bio, statement of how their play fits TimeLine's mission, short synopsis, and 10 pages of sample dialogue during the months of July and August only.

TimeLine only produces plays which fulfill our company's mission. Please familiarize yourself with our production history prior to sending a submission.

Unsolicited submissions that do not meet the criteria above are not read and are either returned (if accompanied by a stamped envelope) or recycled (if an envelope is not provided).

Email submissions are strongly preferred and may be sent to ben@timelinetheatre.com. No phone calls please. If you must mail your submission, please send your materials to:

Ben Thiem
Literary Manager
TimeLine Theatre Company
615 W Wellington Ave.
Chicago, IL 60657

Friday, January 27, 2012

Red Bull 2nd Annual Short New Play Festival – Open Submissions

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New plays! Heightened language! Epic circumstances! 10 minutes long!

After the success of last season’s inaugural Festival, Red Bull Theater’s Short New Plays Festival returns in 2012. Six short plays will be selected from an open-submission process and presented in staged readings with two short plays by commissioned writers (John Guare and one other TBA). Plays will be selected based on relevance to Red Bull Theater’s mission, incorporation of stated theme and excellence of the work. Directors for the plays are Ken Rus Schmoll and Anne Kaufmann.

The Drill
Write a short play of no more than 10 minutes in length that contains heightened language, verse, classical themes, or is an adaptation of a great classic story. This year, each play must respond to the following word:

Take a look through http://www.redbulltheater.com/History to see the kind of work we have done. Respond to a play we’ve produced, or choose a classic of your own. Adapt one, Riff on a character, Create a whole new Jacobean-like world – you choose!

The Rules

• Each playwright may submit ONE SCRIPT only. • Each play may be no more than TEN PAGES in font no smaller than 11pt. • We ONLY accept electronic submissions in PDF form. Do not mail printed scripts. • Include writer contact information on the title page. • Plays should be self-contained with a beginning, middle and end. • Excerpts of full-length works are ineligible.

The Timeline

Email scripts to submissions@redbulltheater.com by the deadline of February 28th, 2012.

Submissions will only be accepted electronically in PDF format.

Selected plays will be announced by April 30th, 2012. New Play Festival is June 18th, 2012.

*Due to the volume of scripts, we are unable to comment on submissions.

Questions? Contact Wendy Anderson, Director of Artistic and Strategic Development at wendy@redbulltheater.com. Thank you!

Roust Theatre Company submissions information

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We accept new, previously unproduced plays from both literary agents and directly from playwrights as unsolicited manuscripts, with some limitations. 'Unproduced' means not previously seen on a stage in a professional capacity, it does not include being previously produced as a staged reading.

Please send an email to submit@RoustTC.com including a cover note, a brief synopsis and your best 10-page selection from the script (either in a Word document or PDF). If the material interests us, we will contact you with a request for the complete script. Please don't email a complete script in the hope that we might, by some crazy chance, print it and read it. We won't, primarily for two reasons: we just don't have the time and we try and care about the environment by saving paper. If we discover you've sent the complete script your submission will be deleted.

A word to the wise, we only like to receive plays that fit our mission. Keep in mind that Roust focuses on important social matters. This doesn't mean we only accept political plays or dark brow-furrowing dramas, though we happen to produce those as well. Straight plays, musicals, comedies, love-stories, experimental pieces; if it's a social 'hot-potato', we want to read it. We need you, and so does theatre!

Thursday, January 26, 2012

The Unknown Artists' PLAY CLUB WEST is currently accepting submissions of new works

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The Unknown Artists' PLAY CLUB WEST is currently accepting submissions of new works for its 2012 reading series. Play Club West fosters a community of actors, writers, and performing artists by sponsoring readings of new and established works. We strive to enhance the performing arts community of Los Angeles by offering weekly table readings, monthly staged readings, and affordable classes and workshops.

PLAY CLUB meets weekly on Wednesday evenings at 7:00 pm at NoHo Stages (4930 Lankershim Blvd).

Material accepted: Any full length plays, one acts, sitcom scripts, screenplays, treatments, or sketches that are yearning for the spotlight.

If selected, Unknown Artists will present your piece during a Wednesday night reading. We will provide:
• A cast
• A theatre space
• A reading free of charge to audience members
• A talk-back session

The Unknown Artists' mission is to provide opportunities for talented, unknown individuals to thrive on a stage enabling them to show off their gifts of music, acting, dance, comedy, film and all categories of art. Founded in 2007 by Emily Clark and Pamela Eberhardt, the Unknown Artists search far and wide for an explosive amount of talent that is of a specific, unheard of, untraveled artistry.

Athena Project

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Athena Project is proud to announce the call for submissions for its Plays in Progress series.  This series will take place at The Aurora Fox Theatre and The Edge Theatre over the course of three weeks, July 12 - 29, 2012.  6-8 plays will be selected based on a blind submission process.  One play from the series will be given a full production in March of 2013.  Scripts are being accepted from now until midnight, February 11, 2012.

Submission Guidelines are as follows:

1.  Playwright must be female and may only submit ONE full-length script
2.  The play must not have ever had a fully mounted production.  Prior workshop presentations are      okay, but the script must be a new version.
3.  Submission must include:
  • Full copy of script (without playwright contact info*)
  • Character breakdown (without playwright contact info*)
  • Short synopsis of script (300 word limit, without playwright contact info*)
  • Resume
  • Cover letter addressing what the playwright would like to accomplish with the workshop presentation and how you heard about the call for submissions
4. Plays submitted without all supporting materials included will be disqualified.
5. We recommend the playwright reside in the Greater Denver area or be able to travel to the area      for rehearsals as needed if selected and for at least one weekend of performances at their own      expense.

*Contact info must be listed ONLY on resume and cover letter, not on script or any other documents (submissions will be read blind).  All documents should include Title of the Play, no playwright contact information.

    Deadline to submit all materials is midnight, February 11, 2012
    6-8 Finalists will be selected in March of 2012
    Directors will be selected in April 2012
    Casting and rehearsals will commence in May and June 2012
    Plays in Progress series opens July 12, 2012

Contact Us for any questions about submitting.  You will receive a confirmation upon receipt of materials.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

2011 One Act Festival

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For 20 years, the Attic Theatre’s One-Act Festival has provided playwrights with the unique opportunity to see their work leap from page to stage, with the help of some of L.A.’s finest theatre & film professionals.  Out of the hundreds of entries submitted to the Festival, between three and six of the strongest contenders will be selected to receive productions in the 2011 ONE-ACT FESTIVAL. A panel of judges selected by the artistic staff of the Attic Theatre Ensemble will choose the two best plays of the festival. The first place winner will receive $300.00 and the second place winner will receive $150.00 in prize money. Additional plays may receive Honorable Mention at the judge’s discretion.


The world is full of human-made divisions: gender, economic, political, religious, sexual to name a few.  This year we are looking for plays that explore these lines in the sand.

What divides us?

What keeps us together?

What happens when we cross those lines?


    Scripts should be intended for mature audiences.
    Scripts should speak to the theme above.
    Scripts must be original one-act plays no longer than 30 (thirty) minutes in length (playing time).
    Author must own the copyright for the script (no adaptations will be accepted, unless the source material is in the public domain).
    We will not accept scripts that have been previously produced.
    Only one entry per writer, please.
    Scripts should require a maximum of 5 actors for performance.
    Include a summary of the story on the title page.

Submit to the 2012 Festival Online

Deadline: May 1, 2012.

More information on the web site.


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Pregones Theater's Asunción Playwrights Project showcases the work of Latino and Latina playwrights exploring issues of difference and transformation at the limits of queer identity. The project fosters fun and genuine dialogue between playwrights, theatermakers, LGBTQ communities, and a general audience. We especially seek works that challenge normative straight/gay binaries. Submissions by women writers are encouraged. Both Spanish and English language manuscripts are welcome.

Finalists commit to a public reading and open discussion. A panel of peers, industry professionals, scholars, critics and previous winners makes the final selection of the year's winning play.

The winner receives a $500 award and the play is given a professionally cast workshop production at Pregones Theater.

Download Application Form - see web site

Selection Process

The selection process is made up of two preliminary rounds.

The first round is open to all. A completed application form must be submitted with a 10 page sample of the work.

The second round is by invitation only. Up to eight playwrights from the first round are invited to submit their work in its entirety for final review. The public readings are selected from this group of finalists.

All plays must be original, full length works for the stage that have never been produced and are not currently under option. Plays may be submitted in Spanish or English. Monologues and/or one-person shows will not be considered. Asunción will only consider works of superior artistic rigor that meet one or more of the project's criteria:

• explore issues of difference and transformation at the limits of queer identity;
• challenge normative assumptions of gender;
• present Latino spiritual and sensual explorations beyond the boundaries of gender and essentialist notions of sexual orientation;
• go beyond coming out stories;
• challenge normative notions of family;
• dwell in alterity and encounter;
• place queer expectations of love and sex in a Latino cultural/historical context;
• are significant to the lives of Latino lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, and queer people.

The Asunción Playwrights Project is recognized with a special merit recognition from HOLA Organization of Latin Actors and a feature in Ollantay Theater Magazine.

APPLICATION guidelines
1. Download and complete the Asunción Application Form or request a hard copy by sending a self-addressed, stamped envelope to: Jorge B. Merced, Associate Artistic Director, Pregones Theater, 571-575 Walton Avenue, Bronx NY 10451.
2. Include a brief description of the play and two copies of a ten-page sample. DO NOT INCLUDE A FULL COPY OF THE SCRIPT.
3. Samples must be typewritten or word-processed in typeface no smaller than 12 point, double-spaced and on 8½" X 11" white paper. You may submit works in either English or Spanish.
4. If you are submitting more than one script, you must complete an application for each work. No more than two entries per writer will be accepted each year.
5. Include a copy of your resume with the application.
6. Please include a self-addressed stamped postcard, or e-mail address to confirm receipt of your entry. COD Deliveries will not be accepted.
7. Please include a return package with sufficient postage if you would like your script returned.
8. All applications must be written, signed, and submitted by the playwright.

The current application deadline is February 14, 2012 (postmarked).
Faxed, e-mailed, or incomplete applications will not be accepted.

Don't forget to submit the Application Form. See web site.

Women's Voices

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The Modern-Day Griot Theatre Company is accepting submissions of one-act plays to be performed in an evening of staged readings for our “Women’s Voices” series in March.

  • We are only accepting original work by women playwrights. 
  • All plays must be production-ready, typewritten, have 1-6 characters, and must have a running time of 20 minutes or less. 
  • Any genre (comedy, tragedy, etc) is accepted, but the plays must have a fresh plot, sufficient conflict, and a provocative and engaging text. 
  • Deadline for submissions is January 31, 2012 at 10pm EST. 
  • The Modern-Day Griot Theatre Company cannot offer royalties but can offer a production opportunity. 
For inquiries or to submit your work, please email: lbulos@moderndaygriot.org.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

The Detroit Repertory Theatre script submission guidelines

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The Detroit Repertory Theatre welcomes new plays for production at our 194 seat, proscenium stage theatre. Our New Playwrights' Program is not a competition, festival, workshop or staged reading program. We consider plays writers feel are ready for production, not development.

We are interested in issue-oriented plays (a comedic approach is fine); 5 to 7 characters; no double casting, and we avoid plays that require children. No One Acts, please. We are not accepting musicals at this time.

Each season we produce, at least, one original work. All plays submitted should be:

    Bound in a folder
    Cast list provided
    Typewritten in proper manuscript form with pages numbered
    Include a SASE for return of the manuscript

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