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Monday, September 17, 2012

Theresa Rebeck on directing your own work

A friend of mine, a gifted playwright who's been in the business for thirty years, was recently told by his much younger director "Oh, sorry, I'm just not used to actually having to talk to a living playwright." And then he laughed. I've heard that line before. It's a variation on a joke that theater directors trade among themselves: Playwrights are so much easier to deal with when they're dead. 
If a living playwright is in the room, who is the author of the production? The playwright or the director? For some directors, this question is simply too threatening to approach. And as the enthusiasm for new plays has shrunk among producers, someone who can give a really swanky new spin on a classic becomes a hot commodity. Star directors are born in such a climate, and the power balance between writer and director is often unclear. Even with new plays, where the voice of the playwright has been traditionally protected both contractually and by the weight of history, the director's authority often carries the day with producers and actors.  
But within this environment, writers still have no reason to suspect their own authenticity. We know that we know how to tell stories because we create them out of whole cloth every day. That aspect of our psyche is unusually (in this business) secure. We know how to tell stories, and a lot of directors, some of whom are wildly overhyped, really don't know how to tell a story, at least not from scratch. So in the face of all the bad logic out there, and in the face of my own personal disinterest in the job, I say, go ahead and direct. What are you waiting for?

Harvest Theatre Festival

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Please note: All playwrights are responsible for producing their own individual plays. Variations Theatre Group will assist with finding actors, directors, and any technical assistants needed.

Variations Theatre Group, Inc (VTG), a vibrant theatrical company, is proud to announce its 3rd annual Harvest Theatre Festival to be held at their own theater in New York City.

Details:  
You may submit up to two (2) plays for the festival. Submissions will only be accepted online to harvest@variationstheatregroup.com. Please include a completed application form, a character breakdown, and a copy of the script in PDF or doc format.

The festival will run for three weeks. There will be three (3) official rounds, with winners of each round chosen by a combination of audience and judges’ votes.

The playwright winning the final round receive a  prize of $1,000.00 and the opportunity to develop the play into a full length production with VTG next season. Awards will also be given out for Best Actor, Best Actress, and Best Director. The awards ceremony and final performances will be on November 17th, 2012 at 10 p.m.
Cast size maximum: 20.
Length:  30 minutes or less.
Deadline: Friday, September 21, 2012.

Variations Theatre Group is a nonprofit organization and its staff consist of  unpaid professional volunteers. Please visit our website at variationstheatregroup.com to learn more about us and  the festival.

Submissions: There is NO FEE to submit an application for consideration in the festival. You may submit up to two (2) plays/applications for the festival. Submissions will only be accepted online to harvest@variationstheatregroup.com. Please include a completed application form, a character breakdown of your play, and a copy of your piece. We will accept either PDF or word documents. All submissions must be received by 5pm on Friday, September 21st, 2012.

If your piece is chosen to participate in the festival there is a NON-REFUNDABLE production fee of $300.00, to be paid immediately upon acceptance.  This cost will help defray some of the expenses such as publicity and space rental. In addition, each production will receive two (2) complimentary tickets to the Awards Ceremony/Final Performance.

Please note: All playwrights are responsible for producing their own individual plays. Variations Theatre Group will assist with finding actors, directors, and any technical assistants needed.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

PLAYBOY OF THE WESTERN WORLD



THE PLAYBOY OF THE WESTERN WORLD script
http://www.gutenberg.org/files/1240/1240-h/1240-h.htm 

THE FOUNDERS - New works for co-production inspired by the Revolutionary Founders

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Production Proposals are Now Being Accepted for Metropolitan Playhouse's 8th Living Literature Festival

Deadline - September 30, 2012

Scheduled for January 14th through 27th, 2013, The Founders Festival is a collection of new plays celebrating the spirit of Founding Fathers (and Mothers.) Works adapted from, inspired by, relating to the revolutionaries' work, life, and spirit are all welcome. Preference will be given to new works directly related to the writings of any of these seminal figures, but all submissions will be considered.

Guidelines: http://metropolitanplayhouse.org/foundersguide

The theater seeks submissions for CO-PRODUCTION and submissions are welcome from individual artists and performance companies alike. Co-producers will take full responsibility for conceiving and creating their contribution to the festival, with use of Metropolitan's space and physical resources. Metropolitan will coordinate and promote the festival as a part of its 21st Season: "The American Dream"

Submissions may be ten-minute plays, one-acts, or full length performances, no longer than 1 hour and 30 minutes. There are NO RESTRICTIONS CONCERNING STYLE. Adaptations, biographies, fantasies, treatises will all be considered. Selection by Metropolitan Playhouse will be based on relevance to the theme, artistic quality, feasibility of production, and suitability for the venue.

The Revolutionary founders are those thinkers, agitators, diarists, lawyers, poets, preachers, etc. who influenced the shape of the country to be. The pool of potential inspirations is broad and deep, including obvious figures such as John Adams, Ben Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, and George Washington. But women such as Abigail Adams, Mary Otis Warren, Phyllis Wheatley, Dolley Madison, and others should not be overlooked. Proposers should FEEL FREE TO MAKE THE CASE for any writer—even the less well known—for being an influential voice. Any figure who bore clear relevance to the shaping of the foundational ideals and principles of the American experiment. Sources must be non-dramatic writing, but can be broadly varied, from Paine’s "Common Sense" to Washington’s Rules of Civility to the Declaration of Independence itself.

Inquiries: Alex Roe 212 995 8410 or founders@metropolitanplayhouse.org

Saturday, September 15, 2012

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS for the seventh annual Six Women Playwriting Festival

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The seventh annual Six Women Playwriting Festival will be held the weekends of: April 11, April 18, and April 25, 2013

The theme of this year’s festival is:
PLANES, TRAINS AND AUTOMOBILES,
The Comings and Goings of Life

Submission Deadline: Friday, October 31, 2012

GUIDELINES
Open to women 16 years or older; limited to one play per playwright.

Your play must be unpublished and not previously professionally produced. Previously submitted plays will not be accepted and will not be returned or receive a response. We are unable to accept electronic submissions. No script will be returned. Entries postmarked after the above deadline will not be accepted.

Your play must follow the above theme and appropriate for our community and theatre. The reading committee and producing theatre are seeking scripts with the potential for “dynamic staging of richly established characters in original dramatic and comedic relationships.” Please no “television sitcom situations” or “talking heads.”Manuscript

  • Typed on standard paper size
  • Bound with one staple
  • Maximum ten pages, double spaced, numbered pages
  • Submit three (3) copies of the script with title only
  • Include one unbound sheet that includes name, address, phone, email, address, and a sixty-word bio.

Awards

  • $100 to each winning playwright
  • $100 stipend to those playwrights attending the April 18-21 

Festival Winner Notification
The six winning playwrights will be notified by February 28, 2013.

Submit your play to:

Six Women Playwriting Festival
% Pikes Peak Arts Council
P.O. Box 1073
Colorado Springs, CO 80901

If you have questions about the submission process please contact:
Linda Nicholos ( lnicholos@msn.com).

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Nylon Fusion Collective’s "This Round’s on Us" short play festival

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Submissions requested for Nylon Fusion Collective’s next "This Round’s on Us" short play festival to be performed October 28-29.  Plays should not be longer than 10 pages/minutes (with monologues no longer than two pages/minutes). Large casts okay but minimal props and costumes. Sorry, no musicals. The premise is up to you, but all plays must be thematically linked to disguises, fear or surprise.  Plays must be original and have never before been produced. Let your imaginations wander beyond the calm façade of the everyday masquerade to find places where things are not what they appear to be.

Authors agree to permit Nylon Fusion Collective to produce their submitted play if the company wishes to do so. The company is responsible for all aspects of production including selecting a director and casting. The author retains full copyright and ownership of their play. Authors must be residents of the NYC metropolitan area or reachable by email. Please write on the subject line your name and play name. Performances will be in NYC. No pay.

Please send a short cover letter with contact information and the full script with title and author’s name on each page in PDF to Ivette Dumeng at nylonsubmissions@gmail.com

Deadline: September 30, 2012.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

ScriptFEST 2013 Submissions

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ScriptFEST, SART’s annual playwrights’ competition, typically receives 150-200 scripts each year. SART volunteers read each submitted script, and those recommended for further review are read again by a committee of theatre professionals. Once all scripts have been reviewed, SART invites up to six playwrights to the annual conference to hear their plays read by professional actors and theatre arts students. Playwrights join the directors, actors, and audiences in discussions and critiques following each reading. One script may be considered by SART to be included and fully produced in an upcoming summer season.

SART’s Annual Playwrights’ Conference is free and open to the public; all are welcome to attend. Playwrights invited to participate in the Conference receive room and board while attending. If a play is chosen for production by SART, it will be scheduled for a one to three week run in the historic Owen Theatre on the campus of Mars Hill College in Mars Hill, North Carolina during June, July or August of one of the subsequent years. The author will receive a $1,000 honorarium plus room and board.

Submission Guidelines

The submission period of scripts for ScriptFEST 2013 will be August 1, 2012 through September 30, 2012. Scripts postmarked before August 1st or after September 30th will not be eligible. Email submissions will not be accepted.

We welcome your submission and hope the following information will answer your questions. If you need more information, please send an email to scriptfest@mhc.edu or call the SART business office at 828-689-1384.

-New scripts of full-length plays and musicals in English that have not been published nor fully produced, either professionally or by community and/or educational theatres. -No One-Acts. No Children’s Plays. Scripts that have gone through a developmental process or other readings are eligible.
-Playwrights may submit only one title each submission period.
-Excerpts and summaries will not be accepted without the FULL script.No film or television scripts, translations or adaptations.
-Adaptations of novels and short stories are acceptable. -Adaptations of movies and stage scripts are not acceptable.
-If you have submitted a particular title in a previous year, it may be submitted again if and only if you have made significant revisions to the script since it was last submitted. It would be best if you explained this in a cover letter so we wouldn’t have to contact you for verification.
-No scripts will be returned.
Submission Requirements:
-TWO “hard” copies of script on white paper are required. One or two-sided paper format is the author’s choice. All pages much be standard 3-hole punched, or better yet, in a binder.
-Synopsis Page(s) (optional) inserted directly behind the Title Page containing play synopsis, character descriptions, and other notes.
-Do not have the author’s name and/or other identifying information anywhere on the title page, synopsis or pages of the script. If you do, your submission may not be accepted!
-Provide one additional and separate Title Page that includes the author’s name, contact information, date, etc.
Author’s Resume, or detailed background information.
-If you include a cover letter, DO NOT include synopsis, notes, or other important information in the letter. Anything you want the reviewers to read must be included on the inserted synopsis page(s) of the scripts.
Other Information:
-Musicals should also include a score and/or a recording of at least four songs on CD or cassette. Only one score/recording is necessary.
-If you wish notification of receipt of your submission, please include a postage-paid card for us to return to you.
-SART will contact you by email if your submission is not chosen as a finalist. If you would prefer postal mail notification, you must provide a self-addressed stamped envelope with your submission.
Submit to:
SART ScriptFEST
P.O. Box 1720
Mars Hill, NC 28754-1720
(Use the U.S. Postal Service, as UPS will not deliver to PO boxes.)

Monday, September 10, 2012

Scripts Needed for October Short Play Lab

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We are looking for a few more scripts for the Oct. 27 - 28 Short Play Lab. New participants are welcome!

The rules are easy-peasy:

Deadline is Oct. 7. Notification will be immediately after submission, if not sooner. The sooner you get your script in, the more time you have to prepare. Get that script in pronto!
Plays should be 1 - 10 pp. in standard playscript format.* (The shorter the better; shorter plays get priority.) Include a title page, as the first page of the script, with contact info.   
Submit scripts in MS-Word.
You produce the play; the SPL provides the theatre (at the Roy Arias Studios, 300 West 43rd Street, NYC).   

Productions must be non-union: no showcases please! (And no Equity waivers, either.)
Keep production values to a minimum: costumes and hand props are okay. We provide rehearsal cubes, chairs, and a table or two.
We provide a board op, box office, and venue management.
There are no fees. The SPL keeps the door.
Tickets are $20. Each playwright and director gets to watch his/her show for free. There are no other comps.

There will be a tech rehearsal on the afternoon of Oct. 27.  
Every play gets 2 performances, 1 on Sat. and 1 on Sun. Each play will be part of 1 of 2 programs: Program A or Program B, but not both. Program A takes place at 7 pm Sat. and 4 pm Sun. Program B takes place at 9 pm Sat. and 2 pm Sun.  
We don't do staged readings. Be off-book, please! Plays not off-book during tech will be removed from the line-up.
THE MOST POPULAR PRODUCTION IN EACH PROGRAM RECEIVES A CASH PRIZE OF $75. Winners are determined by polling patrons at the box office.
*12 pt Times Roman; character names in the middle on their own line; line spaces between speeches and between speeches and stage directions; indented stage directions.   
The SPL is a lot of fun and a good way to see your work on its feet in a supportive environment. It's also a
great way to see actors and directors at work, so you can recruit people for later productions.

Our Associate Artistic Director, Tom Thornton, also coordinates Times Square Playwrights. He is in charge of all details of reading/curating plays for the Lab.
To submit a script, send it as an attachment to tt91457@yahoo.com. Any questions, don't hesitate to shoot Tom an E-mail!
Thanks,
John Chatterton
Executive producer, Short Play Lab
Tom Thornton
Artistic Director

Michigan State University Department of Theatre presents: New Play Commission

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The MSU Department of Theatre is searching to produce the world premiere of a full-length play.  The work should address the theme of “The Changing Face of Global Culture in the 21st Century”.  The play should address issues of race, ethnicity, migration and exile, globalization, and/or cultural identity.  Plays dealing with issues of gender, class, sexuality, language, and technology are also encouraged.  The script to be produced will be chosen by a committee consisting of both undergraduates and graduate students.  Works that have received readings, staged readings, or workshop productions will be considered.  However, scripts that have already received full productions will not.

Playwrights (both represented and unrepresented) should send a full electronic version of their script to:
MSUPlayCommission2012@gmail.com
The script should be in .doc, .docx, .pdf, or .rtf format, in English.

The deadline for script submission is September 28, 2012. 


Please allow two months for processing.  The final selection will be made and the playwright will be contacted by November 7.  This new play will be produced as part of the Department’s 2012-13 Season: March 19-24, 2013.  The chosen playwright will receive a $500 commission with possibility of a multiple-day paid residency.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Alas, poor ghost

2013 Playwrights Retreat and Festival of New Plays

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Native Voices at the Autry is the nation’s premier Equity theatre company dedicated to the development and production of new works for the stage by Native American, Alaska Native, and First Nations artists. We accept full-length play submissions year-round, but to be considered for the specific events listed below all submissions must be received by the specified due date. 

2013 Playwrights Retreat and Festival of New Plays

The retreat/festival brings artists together from across the globe to continue work on a select number of plays through a rigorous directorial and dramaturgical commitment for a week in June, with public presentations at the Autry National Center. Selected playwrights receive directorial and dramaturgical support as well as an honorarium; out-of-town artists receive roundtrip airfare plus lodging in Southern California.

Selection Process: Full-length plays (60+ pages) received by September 14, 2012, will be read and evaluated for each event. A select number of playwrights will be invited to submit formal proposals detailing their developmental goals should their play be chosen. Scripts will then be sent to a committee of nationally recognized theatre artists for further evaluation. With their help, Native Voices selects up to five plays for the Playwrights Retreat and Festival of New Plays. Playwrights will be notified in January 2013.

2013 First Look Series

Selected plays receive a ten-hour workshop and public presentation at the Autry National Center. Selected playwrights receive directorial and dramaturgical support as well as an honorarium; out-of-town artists receive roundtrip airfare plus lodging in Southern California.

Selection Process: Full-length plays (60+ pages) received by September 14, 2012, will be read and evaluated. Select scripts will then be sent to a committee of nationally recognized theatre artists for further evaluation. With their help, Native Voices selects up to five plays for workshops and readings. Playwrights will be notified in May 2013.
A Note About the Native Voices Developmental Process

Months prior to residencies at the Playwrights Retreat and Festival of New Plays or the First Look Series, selected playwrights participate in dramaturgical conversations with an assigned director and dramaturg. Workshops with these creative teams and a cast of professional actors commence once the playwright arrives on-site. It is important to note that these conversations and workshops are playwright driven, allowing the writer to shape his/her own developmental path.
Checklist for ALL Submissions

  1. Please label script attachment as follows:
    PlayTitle­_Author’s Last Name, First Initial (Example: MyNewPlay_Doe, J.doc)
  2. Use a standard play-script format (one-inch margins, #12 Times or Courier font, all pages numbered).
  3. Include a title page with full contact information (mailing address, phone numbers, e-mail address).
  4. Include a character breakdown.
  5. Provide a biography 75–100 words long, including tribal affiliation. Please label attachment as follows: Bio_Author’s Last Name, First Initial (Bio_Doe, J.doc)
  6. Provide development history for the play. Label attachment as follows: DevHistory/PlayTitle_Author’s Last Name, First Initial (DevHistory/MyNewPlay_Doe, J.doc)
DO NOT send treatments or outlines. Previously submitted plays should only be resubmitted if the play has undergone significant dramatic changes. 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 submissions (in PDF or Word format):

E-mail your materials to nvliteraryassociate@gmail.com.

Type “SUBMISSION – [Indicate either SHORT or FULL-LENGTH] – [Title of Play]” in the subject line.

See web site for more information.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Playwrights First at The National Arts Club 2012-2013 PLAYWRIGHTS COMPETITION

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Playwrights First announces its 2012-13 playwright competition. 

One original, full-length unproduced play. No translations or adaptations. Please submit resume with the play. Plays cannot be returned.

No electronic submissions will be accepted.  

Submission period: Aug. 1, 2012-Oct. 15, 2012

Notification of winner: June 2013
 
We offer playwrights:
$1000 grant
Professional Readings, when appropriate
Introductions to actors, literary managers, directors, etc.
Committee feedback, if desired
 
Send entries:
Playwrights First
The National Arts Club
15 Gramercy Park South
New York, NY 10003
 
Questions? Contact  emilyandren@earthlink.net

2013 International Mystery Writers' Festival "Discovering New Mysteries"

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The  International Mystery Writers' Festival is accepting submissions of original plays, screenplays, teleplays, and short stories for both adult and youth audiences.

Deadline is October 13, 2012

Eligible works may not have been professionally produced (for profit) at any time.

Send FULL SCRIPT Submissions with a separate cover page with author information to:

info@newmysteries.org

or             

"Discovering New Mysteries" at RiverPark
Attn: Donna Conkwright
101 Daviess Street
Owensboro, KY  42303

Please do not list the author's name or contact information on script pages or title page.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Short Holiday Plays sought

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The New American Theatre is seeking short one act plays about one or more of the Fall and Winter holidays. We are looking for pieces about Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah or New Year’s Eve.

Unproduced Production in another area okay. One acts with simple staging requirements encouraged. The top plays will be presented in November and December at the McCadden Theatre in Hollywood and will be performed by our company of actors.

Please Submit: Full script, typed and securely bound; No contact info on script/separate title page with contact info; Letter-sized SASE for notification. Seeking one act plays (10-15 minutes maximum playing time) with a holiday theme. Each play must address itself to one or more of the Fall and Winter holidays. We are looking for pieces about Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah or New Year’s Eve.
Our goal is to present theatre which addresses the passionate struggle which continually challenges our ability to love and be loved in return. Nothing provokes that challenge more than the upcoming holidays. We are especially interested in plays which integrate humor into their stories.
Notification
Only those playwrights whose plays are selected as semi-finalists will be notified
Fee: None
Preferred Deadline : (Postmarked) August 31, 2012
Final Deadline: (Postmarked) September 12, 2012

 
Send to:
Joe Bays, Literary Coordinator
The New American Theatre
PO Box 586
Culver City, CA 90232
baystein@earthlink.net
www.newamericantheatre.com

City Circle calls for New Play Festival submissions

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NOTE: Any author is welcome to submit up to three original plays or musicals, but priority is given to local authors or authors with strong Iowa ties

City Circle Acting Company is seeking new, original, unpublished plays for inclusion in its bi-annual New Play Festival. Any author is welcome to submit up to three original plays or musicals, but priority will be given to submissions that:
  • are created by a local author or an author with strong Iowa ties;
  • are able to be performed with simple set, costume and technical demands;
  • are approximately 10 minutes in length;
  • are receiving their debut performance at this festival.
The chosen plays will be performed as part of City Circle’s New Play Festival March 8-10, 2013, at the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts. Interested playwrights may send plays or request information by contacting CityCircleNewPlay@gmail.com.

Deadline for submissions is Oct. 1, 2012.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Thespian Production seeks submissions

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Thespian Production is seeking submissions for its 2013 schedule of one-act play showcases.  Plays can be any genre and playwrights may make multiple submissions.  Guidelines are as follows:  scripts should be no longer than 15 minutes in length and require a simple set.  Please include copy of play, synopsis, and authors contact information.

Please email submissions to charsunshine64@gmail.com or to submissions@thespianproduction.com.

Submission deadline:  9/30/2012   

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Tuesday, September 4, 2012

WordBRIDGE Playwrights Laboratory Call for Scripts

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Applications for WordBRIDGE 2013 will open October 15th, 2012 and close November 30th, 2012.
WordBRIDGE Playwrights Laboratory, produced through a partnership with Baltimore’s CENTERSTAGE, seeks bold, innovative scripts that illustrate potential, but are nascent in their development and able to profit from two weeks of work in our professional laboratory. WordBRIDGE provides a safe, supportive environment that allows each playwright to engineer a unique process in consultation with a roster of compassionate, critical professionals and artists from a variety of fields that have included theatre, psychology, visual arts, storytelling, mathematics, music, movement and more. 
WordBRIDGE accepts full length works or long one acts, including solo performance projects. Only pre-professional playwrights are eligible to apply (Pre-professional playwrights include undergraduate and graduate playwrights, and playwrights who have not received a professional  production of their work. A professional production is one that has been produced under an Equity contract). Housing, food and travel will be provided to selected playwrights. 
For more information, including full application guidelines and requirements, please visit http://www.wordbridge.org.  

Reva Shiner Comedy Award

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NO SUBMISSION FEE FOR DRAMATIST GUILD MEMBERS:  The $10 submission fee will be waived for Dramatist Guild members with an enclosed photocopy of a membership card. 

No submission fee for agent-submitted submissions.

We are currently accepting submissions for the 2013-14 Reva Shiner Comedy Award (deadline Oct. 31, 2012). The top 10 finalists and the winner of the 2012-13 Reva Shiner Comedy Award will be announced at the end of March.

The Reva Shiner Comedy Award presents an unpublished full-length comedy with a cash prize ($1,000), a full production as part of the Bloomington Playwrights Project's Mainstage season, and travel expenses up to $300. Previous winners have gone on to enjoy productions around the world and to garner additional honors such as the National Play Award. Past winners of the award include Amanda Rogers, Anne Flanagan, Lynda Martens, Johnna Adams, Terri Wagener, Sarah Treem, Buzz McLaughlin, Janet Burroway, Jamie Pachino, Itamar Moses, Judy Sheehan, and Alan Brody.

The Bloomington Playwrights Project is a not-for-profit theatre with non-Equity performers. The theatre is a black box with 90 seats. Because the BPP is a script-developing organization, winning playwrights are expected to become part of the development process, working with the director in person or via long-distance.

The winning play receives a production during the Mainstage season following the selection; the winning playwright receives $1,000.

Rules and Submission Guidelines

GUIDELINES FOR SUBMISSION (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. Each submission must include a cover letter with contact information and a $10.00 reader fee. Agent submissions require no fee. The fee will be waived for Dramatist Guild members with an enclosed photocopy of a membership card. The BPP only accepts U.S. checks or money orders (Make check payable to "BPP").  No international checks or money orders will be accepted.  If submitting internationally or if you want to avoid paying by check, pay online with your credit card here:

Make sure to note with your submission that you have paid the reader fee online.

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 e-mail 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:
Reva Shiner Comedy Award
Bloomington Playwrights Project
107 W. 9th Street
Bloomington, IN 47404

9. Scripts must be postmarked by Octobery 31, 2012, and received no later than November 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 e-mail us at literarymanager@newplays.org

Monday, September 3, 2012

Thunderclap Productions wants comedic scripts and songs about sex

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Deadline: December 31, 2012

Material type: Comedic sketches, songs, or sketches with songs

Length: Shorts; recommended length 3-5 minutes (no longer than about 7 minutes)
Thunderclap Productions and the creative team behind Death, the Musical are now accepting open submissions from lyricists, book writers, and composers from anywhere in the world. Please direct submissions to submissions(at)thunderclapproductions(dot)com or questions to Aaron Alon, the project’s creative director.

GUIDELINES
  1. Every sketch/song must be related to some aspect of sex and must be comic.
  2. You may use up to 2 men and 2 women in your sketch/song.
  3. You can write a sketch, a song, or a sketch with a song in it. Songs may include lyrics and music or just lyrics.
  4. Those interested in writing music alone are asked to forward samples of their previous work.
  5. Limit your set requirements to a table and chairs. Keep props to a manageable minimum as well.
  6. Your submission can be up to about 7 minutes in length. Most selected sketches/songs will run 3-5 minutes.
  7. Submissions are due by December 1, 2012. We will announce the selected sketches/songs in March 2013. Writers whose works are included will earn a share of any profits/royalties.
Please follow these instructions to submit:
  1. Submit a script and/or score with your name removed.  Include a cover page with the title, a breakdown of characters by gender (e.g., 2m/1w), and a 1-2 line synopsis.
  2. Provide an identical second script and/or score that now also includes your name and contact information.
  3. Please also include a short bio and a performance history of your sketch and/or song if it has been previously performed.
  4. Send all of your files to submissions(at)thunderclapproductions(dot)com with “Sex Musical Submission” as the subject line.
  5. For sending large files, we recommend zipping them and sending them through yousendit.com or a similar service.
Accepted File Types:
  • SCRIPTS or STAND-ALONE LYRICS: pdf, WORD (.doc, .docx, .rtf, .txt), Final Draft (version 7 or below)
  • SCORES: pdf, Finale (.mus)
  • AUDIO: mp3 strongly preferred (other formats may also be accepted)

Sunday, September 2, 2012

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS Abingdon Theatre Company’s BENEFIT CHALLENGE SERIES

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NYC/Metropolitan Area Playwrights

THE OFFICE REVENGE COMEDIES

OFFICE REVENGE is taking action against a person or organization in response to a perceived wrong.  It is purposeful retaliation within an office in an attempt to seek justice.  The retaliator believes such behavior is justified due to the offender’s unwarranted and unfair behavior.  It is deemed necessary to create a level playing field.  The planning and/or execution of revenge is satisfying, even cathartic in nature.

Dear Playwright,

You are invited to submit an original 10-minute play to Abingdon Theatre Company’s THE OFFICE REVENGE COMEDIES Benefit Challenge Series. This effort engages artists who support a theatre dedicated to new plays.

Our Office Revenge Comedies Benefit Challenge Series asks you to unleash your creativity by writing a short comedy where a character uses confrontational or non-confrontational acts to inflict harm in return for perceived wrong in the workplace.  Be creative!  Consider all forms of office revenge:  physical retaliation, gossip, manipulation, mind games, workplace deviance (i.e. co-worker backstabbing, cyber-loafing, and harassment).  We are especially interested in plays where the retaliator’s actions manipulate existent office procedures, practices or norms to extract their revenge.  Blackmail could also work nicely. Keep in mind, payback is sweet when it works and s**ks when it backfires.

We strongly encourage original play submissions that are developed for this presentation.

Using your skills and imagination, write an original play that will be presented as a staged reading on the set of Abingdon’s next production, MARCH MADNESS, by Mike Vogel and directed by Donald Brenner.   This new American play opens Abingdon’s 20th Season.  The Benefit Challenge Series seeks plays written in any style that reveal a fresh plot, sufficient conflict and a running time of 10 minutes, maximum. Plays are due at midnight on Friday, October 5, 2012.  SERIES A performs on Tuesday, October 30, and SERIES B performs on November 11. Are you ready? Here are the guidelines. Please read carefully!  

GENERAL GUIDELINES: 
  1. Abingdon presents the play. We provide the actors, directors, stage manager, rehearsal space and the theatre (the 55-seat Dorothy Strelsin Theatre at the Abingdon Theatre Arts Complex, 312 W. 36th Street, NYC).  There is no fee or cost to the playwright!
  2. This is also a fundraiser to support Abingdon’s New Play Development Program. ALL participants are donating their time and talent, and HELPING TO RECRUIT AN AUDIENCE. Our goal is to fill every seat in the house!  The suggested audience donation is $10.
  3. Each playwright and director will be able to attend the staged reading of their script in designated seating.
  4. Every play gets two performances.

Please make sure you follow all submission requirements.

SCRIPT GUIDELINES:
  1. Your play must adhere to the theme of office revenge.
  2. Your play must be set in an office.  Available set pieces are several workstations and chairs.  Each station will have a telephone.
  3. Write for a cast of 2-3 actors (any age, race, ethnicity, or gender). 
  4. We prefer scripts that can be staged without relying on stage directions. If stage directions are necessary, please keep them to a minimum.
  5. Your script will be presented as a staged reading in accordance with AEA guidelines. Keep production values to a minimum. Costumes are at the discretion of the director and the willing cooperation of the actors. No hand props can be used.
  6. Plays should be in standard script format: 12 point font, 1” margins on all sides, and character names on a separate line. On your title page, please include your contact information (phone, email and address).  Be sure to number all pages.
  7. Submit scripts in MS-Word - preferred - or PDF format.
  8. Scripts longer than 10 pages – title and character breakdown pages are not counted – will NOT be considered.  Regardless of the number of pages, the running time MUST be no more than 10 minutes!
  9. You may only submit one script for consideration.
  10. Playwrights must attend the staged readings of their play.  Please specify your availability for SERIES A (10/30), and/or SERIES B (11/11). If you are available for either slot, let us know that, too!
  11. We encourage you to attend rehearsals, if possible.  The schedule will be determined later.
  12. The deadline for script submission is midnight, October 5. Up to 12 scripts will be chosen.

HOW TO SUBMIT:
  1. Email your scripts to Bara Swain at Bswain@abingdontheatre.org 
  2. Write in the subject line: OFFICE COMEDIES SUBMISSION / Your Name
  3. In the body of the email, send your complete contact information (name, phone, email address) and a one-line summary of your play as well as your availability (Series A and/or Series B).
  4. You will be contacted regarding your script’s status in mid-October.

If you have any questions, contact Bara Swain or Kim T. Sharp, Co-Producers. For more information on Abingdon Theatre Company, see our website at www.abingdontheatre.org. We look forward to hearing from you!

Sincerely,

Bara Swain
Kim T. Sharp
Co-Producers
Abingdon’s Benefit Challenge Series

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