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Saturday, June 30, 2012

Play of the Month APPLE PIE by Callan Stout

Performed by Larissa Adamczyk

One of the three monologues selected for the June Play of the Month.

Callan Stout on the monologue:
I was writing a series of monologues about baking and knew I had to include APPLE PIE. With each monologue I tried to connect some of the ingredients to an emotional moment in the character's life. In the house I grew up in my parents had five or six apple trees so every summer we'd have tons of apples in the yard. We'd to get rid of them in any way possible, which including foisting them off on friends, making apple pie and mostly apple sauce. So I spent a lot of hours sitting at the kitchen table peeling apples and I knew I had to get that memory into the monologue.
Next monologue for July: PARK THE CAR IN HARVARD YARD by Bara Swain.

More about the Play of the Month project here.

Friday, June 29, 2012

Play of the Week - next submission period begins July 2

The NYCPlaywrights project Play of the Week, which is starting up this month, will be accepting plays for August.

The next script submission period is Monday, July 2, 2012 @12:00 AM to Sunday, July 8, 2012 @11:59 PM 

The plays that were selected for July are being recorded, and the first play will be posted on the Play of the Week web site this week.  For more details see the Play of the Week web site.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

North Park Playwrights Festival

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We are looking for:

1.  Short new plays (no more that 15 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 mind controversial issues, etc., but 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, 2012.  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

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Caffeine Theatre call for script submissions

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We are primarily interested in full-length dramas or comedies for casts of 10 or less, though we will also consider small-scale musicals and one-acts. We also accept adaptations and translations. Due to our small staff and the large number of submissions, our response time is generally one year.

Caffeine Theatre will only read plays within our mission. Caffeine welcomes 10-15 page samples and synopses by mail or by email, as well as full scripts by email only. (Please note that we will not be able to return scripts or samples.)

To see our production history, visit caffeinetheatre.com. As a theatre in conversation with the poetic tradition, Caffeine Theatre produces plays by and about poets, as well as plays that contain poetry/verse (metric or free). While we appreciate plays with beautiful language, our mission concerns a direct relationship to the poetic tradition and its penchant for social questions.

Email submissions to: info@caffeinetheatre.com.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Playwrights Horizons Guidelines for Writers

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Playwrights Horizons accepts unsolicited manuscripts of full-length, original plays by American authors.  As to our tastes, we try to remain open to as wide a variety of different styles and approaches to playwriting as possible.  We are a writer’s theater and we truly believe that, in principle, there are as many styles and worldviews as there are playwrights.  We are looking for distinctive, accomplished, original theatrical voices.

As a rule, we do not produce non-musical adaptations, translations, children’s theater, screenplays, musicals without original scores, one-acts, plays of chiefly biographical or historical nature, or topical “issue” plays.  Playwrights Horizons does not produce plays that have already received New York City productions. We are not a theater that prides itself on being grounded in naturalism, realism or “method” acting.  We therefore tend to shy away from psychological family dramas and from relationship sitcoms that we feel are more suitable for television.  We respond primarily to plays with a sure command of language and a clear dramatic action that truly use the resources of the theater.  Ultimately, of course, tastes are subjective and we are just not the right theater for certain plays.

If you wish to submit a play, please include a complete manuscript (we dislike synopses and dialog samples, but will consider them if submitted), bio, resume, and any other print supporting materials (e.g. reviews) that might help pique our interest in you and your work.  We do not accept scripts via email. Due to the small size of our staff and the sheer number of scripts we receive, we are only able to accept one script at a time from the same author. If you would like your script returned, you may also include an SASE.  Thanks in advance for your patience while we process your script; our typical response time is 6-8 months.

Play submissions should be sent to Adam Greenfield, Director of New Play Development. Musical submissions (script and CD) should be sent to the attention of Kent Nicholson, Director of Musical Theater.

Our mailing address is:
Playwrights Horizons
416 West 42nd Street
New York, NY 10036


We award 4-6 commissions a year. We choose the recipients from a group of writers whose work we already know and wish to encourage. The best way to become a candidate for a commission is to start submitting your work.

Women to the 4- New Play Contest

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American Stage Theatre Company presents:
Women to the 4- New Play Contest
Opportunity Info
Starting immediately, American Stage Theatre Company will begin accepting submissions for new plays that

1. are full-length, female-centered stories, and

2. only require 4 actors.

The winning play will be considered for future fully-realized production.


Playwrights should submit 3 items only:

1. 1 copy of your play (author’s name must not appear anywhere on the script to ensure blind judging)

2. A synopsis not to exceed 200 words

3. On a separate sheet of paper include your name, title of play, cast list, your mailing address, your email address, your phone number, and a statement awarding American Stage Theatre Company the right to produce your play at our Festival, should it be chosen

Mail these 3 items to:

Via Email:  tolson@americanstage.org


Via Snail Mail:


Attn.: Literary Manager

American Stage Theatre Company

PO BOX 1560

St. Petersburg, FL 33731


Submissions must be postmarked by July 1, 2012 to be considered this season. Any received after that date will be considered for the following season.

Plays must not exceed a cast of four actors (double-casting is allowed, but must be clearly stated in your 200-word synopsis). Plays must be original, unpublished, and unsolicited by agents (legal clearances of materials not in the public domain are the full responsibility of the playwright).

Scripts will only be returned if accompanied by a SASE.

We will judge the plays “blindly”, which means that your name will be unknown to us until your play is chosen.

Chosen Authors must be available (via email or phone) for consultation with producer and/or director prior to production dates and are encouraged to attend the Festival.

Seeking Full Length Comic Drama with Female Characters

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Chrysalis Theater Company presents:

 Seeking Full Length Comic Drama with Female Characters

Opportunity Info

Chrysalis Theater Company is seeking a new play to produce this fall. They are a small company based in New York City. They are looking for a new play that has not been previously produced in New York. A comic drama with a strong emotional core with female characters in their late 30s/early 40s with no more than 5 characters is desired.  The ideal length of the play is between 90 min and 2 hours. The play will be produced at the 4th St. Theatre in downtown Manhattan in November of this year.


The playwright will receive a small stipend. This is a showcase production.

Please send a short bio and your script to adinataubman@aol.com.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Monday, June 18, 2012

Translations & Adaptations Staged Readings 2013/14

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Deadline: November 1, 2012

Remy Bumppo seeks translations of foreign-language plays and/or new versions of existing plays, fictions, histories, memoirs, or other source materials. We encourage writers who believe a text needs a fresh voice or particular cultural, political, or social points of view in order to deliver a story to a modern audience. We are especially interested in plays that relate to Remy Bumppo’s mission of producing works driven by vivid theatrical language. Scripts will receive due consideration, not just for future development, but also for public readings and possible future mainstage production.


Send script and cover letter with a stamped, self-addressed envelope if you want your script returned.

Mail to:
Remy Bumppo Theatre Company
3717 N. Ravenswood Ave., Suite 245
Chicago, IL 60613

Make sure to include all up-to-date contact information and a suggested cast/doubling breakdown with submission.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Seeking scripts from New York playwrights for theatre readings series

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Judith Malina and The Living Theatre are seeking scripts from New York playwrights for the theatre’s readings series. Seeking scripts of all lengths and in all styles - except realism. Interested in politics, philosophy, timeless issues – not romance.

 Also seeking scripts of any length and style about famous playwrights (e.g. Ibsen).

Readings are staged in the Living’s Theatre’s space on the Lower East Side. Email scripts to: stevecapra@newyorkcritic.org

Tony Awards & Neil Patrick Harris

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Shelterskelter 2012

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Script Submissions
  • We need your play! The Shelterbelt produces four productions each season, from collections of short one-acts to full lengths. We welcome submissions of new scripts of all lengths and subject matter. Please do read this entire page before you submit your play.
  • We are especially interested in works by local and regional writers! We will be glad to assist local authors - we can review and critique your play, and set up a reading panel or workshop setting. Just let us know!
  •  At this time we are accepting full-length and one-act plays ranging in length from short (up to 15 minutes) to long (1-2 hours or more).
  •  Shelterskelter (our tales of horror, suspense, the macabre, bizarre and Halloween themed anthology) runs in October. This year, we are looking for short scripts inspired by the works of Edgar Allan Poe. SCRIPT DEADLINE IS JULY 1, 2012! Contact McClain Smouse with any questions. Please indicate "Shelterskelter 2012" in the subject line for online submissions.
  • If you are submitting a full length play, or a longer one-act play, there is no specific length limitation.
  • Please Note: If your script is properly formatted, each page should equal a little more than 1 minute.

How to Submit Your Script

Please include the following:
  •     A letter of inquiry with your contact information.
  •     A one page synopsis of your script.
  •     A full version of your script; or at the very least, a 10 page selection from your script.
Make sure you have a title page at the beginning of your document, with your full name and contact info. Failure to do this may result in playwrights not getting contacted or properly credited. The title page must be in the same file, not sent as a separate file.

Submission of script(s) does not mean that we will automatically give you a response. If you do not hear from us right away, it just means that we are very, very busy. We are an all-volunteer organization! We make every effort to review all submissions. If your script is considered for the season, we will definitely contact you.


Please email your submission to:

We accept the following types of files: Microsoft Word; Plain Text, Rich Text Format, and Adobe PDF
Please don't send Final Draft or Movie Magic Screenwriter documents.
Thank you

DMT Playwriting Cage Match

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We are now accepting submissions for our first Playwriting Cagematch! Five playwrights enter, but only one will emerge victorious and receive a grand prize!

We are seeking brief scenes (5-20 minutes) set at the fictional "Hairless Raccoon Saloon," an out-of-the-way, hole-in-the-wall, dive bar somewhere in northern Mississippi. Will two lovers meet for an illicit tryst? Old enemies accidentally reunite? Will crimes be hatched? It's all up to you—anything can come through the doors at the Hairless Raccoon, but please limit your scenes to no more than four characters.

DMT staff will select the top five submissions. Then, on July 2, 2012, the five scenes will compete at a live staged reading event at the Douglas Morrisson Theatre, complete with drinks and refreshments. Each of the five submissions will get a brief rehearsal. The audience will vote to determine the winner. The event will be free to attend but $5 to vote!
The deadline for emailed submissions is June 18, 2012. 

You can email it as a DOC or PDF to seva[AT]dmtonline.org. Or you can mail a hard copy (postmarked by June 15, 2012) to:

H.A.R.D./ Douglas Morrisson Theatre
Attn: Susan E. Evans
1099 E Street
Hayward, CA 94541

We look forward to reading your submission!

Alan Cumming does the Scottish Play

From the National Theatre of Scotland video channel

Spotlight On: A One Person Play writing Competition

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Beginning in 2012, the One Man Play Competition will focus on giving playwrights of all ages, backgrounds, and levels of experience the challenge of writing a one man show. It is an annual competition looking for the best one man (or woman) show in America.

Scripts must be postmarked by June 30st, 2012 to be accepted as submissions to the contest. Anything postmarked after this date will not be considered.

Include a summary of the play. Any genre is accepted but we are not interested in autobiographical testimony plays.

There is a two play submission limit.

We do accept electronic submissions. Email them to: spotlightonplaywriting@gmail.com

No scripts will be returned.

Include a resume with your submission.

Each script must be between a 10 minute minimum and a 95 minute maximum.

Title Page must contain the playwright’s name, address, phone number and email address.

All submissions must be English.

The winner will receive a $500 cash prize and the play will be considered for possible production and performance following the competition. The One Man Playwriting Competition will retain all rights for the winning play to be produced and performed in Los Angeles for up to a year after the award is given.

Address Submissions to:

Spotlight On: A One Person Playwriting Contest
7419 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90046 

Friday, June 15, 2012

Play of the Week selections made

The new NYCPlaywrights project, Play of the Week received many submissions during the past few weeks. After a review of the submitted plays, four have been selected for video-recorded readings, which will be posted on the POTW web site throughout the month of July.

Check out the Play of the Week web site for more information.

PATV One Act Play Competition

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Original “One Act Play Competition” -  We are in our 16th year, and our winning plays have received multiple awards, from both national and international film festivals in the professional categories.  TWO winning plays will be Cablecast on Public Access Television, Channel 20 (Cablevision) and Channel 37 (Verizon FIOS) and other Public Access Stations in various locations around the country.  A Showcase is held with a Q & A with the actors, director and playwrights.

The guidelines for submission are as follows:
Original, Fifteen minutes in length, limited to three or four characters and one set – no children.  Multiple submissions are welcome!  Scripts will not be returned! Winners will be notified by PATV and posted on the website.

Submission entry deadline is July 1, 2012.

Submit typed manuscript to:
The Public Access Television Corporation, ATT: “Playwrights Competition”,
1111 Marcus Avenue, Suite LL27, Lake Success, NY  11042.

Prizes will be a professional production of the two winning plays and $100.00 to each author.  This project is supported in part by North Shore Community Arts Council, and Astoria Federal Savings Bank.

Thursday, June 14, 2012


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Capital Repertory, Albany, NY
Submissions are now being accepted for Capital Repertory Theatre’s NEXT ACT NEW PLAY SUMMIT

Next Act! is an expansion of Capital Repertory Theatre’s commitment to the development of new work, and is designed to complement the Upper Hudson Valley’s recent and future growth explosion in the fields of research and technology.  The summit will directly reflect the theatre’s mission, “to create meaningful theatre generated from an authentic link to the community.”  Next Act! takes place November 2nd thru 4th, 2012 and will feature readings of two never-before produced plays, and special events throughout the weekend.

Capital Rep is particularly interested in scripts that showcase world events as they impact the individual and society, highlighting the common threads that bind the American culture together in a world that is defined more and more by diversity.  The theatre will give preference to character driven scripts that showcase technology’s impact on humanity.

Multi-cultural and ethnically diverse plays welcome.
Comedy and Drama welcome!
(Please do not submit plays about the theatre.)

Eligible plays can not have been previously produced, though previous readings are allowed.  No more than 7 characters.  (Please do not submit works in which actors play multiple roles, unless it is a device used to illuminate generations.)  No musicals.

Agent and non-agent submissions accepted.

Submission Deadline: END OF DAY - Monday July 16, 2012
Playwrights should submit a synopsis, character descriptions and the first 10 pages of their play with a photo/resume and bio.

Email your submission to Margaret Hall, Assistant to the Artistic Director, at mhall@capitalrep.org with NEXT ACT PLAY SUBMISSION in the subject line.

A small stipend and limited travel available for playwrights selected. Electronic submissions preferred. Capital Rep is a professional LORT D theatre, established in Albany in 1981.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Public Access TV seeks scripts

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Original “One Act Play Competition” -  We are in our 16th year, and our winning plays have received multiple awards, from both national and international film festivals in the professional categories.

TWO winning plays will be Cablecast on Public Access Television, Channel 20 (Cablevision) and Channel 37 (Verizon FIOS) and other Public Access Stations in various locations around the country.  A Showcase is held with a Q & A with the actors, director and playwrights.  The guidelines for submission are as follows: Original, Fifteen minutes in length, limited to three or four characters and one set – no children.  Multiple submissions are welcome!  Scripts will not be returned! Winners will be notified by PATV and posted on the website.

Submission entry deadline is July 1, 2012.  

Submit typed manuscript to:
The Public Access Television Corporation,
ATT: “Playwrights Competition”
1111 Marcus Avenue, Suite LL27
Lake Success, NY  11042

Prizes will be a professional production of the two winning plays and $100.00 to each author.  This project is supported in part by North Shore Community Arts Council, and Astoria Federal Savings Bank.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012


The June Play of the Month monologue selections have been made. The selected monologues are:
  •  APPLE PIE by Callan Stout - to be recorded/posted in June
  • PARK THE CAR IN HARVARD YARD by Bara Swain - to be recorded/posted in July
  • THE LAST FIREFLY by Trace Crawford - to be recorded/posted in August
Thanks to all the playwrights who sent monologues - there was lots of good work and it was a tough call to pick only three.

And thanks to the script review team for their recommendations.

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