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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

last ticket give-away for the week - MODERN TERRORISM by John Kern

The voucher has been claimed.

A voucher for a pair of tickets to MODERN TERRORISM by John Kern will be given to the first person who emails us asking for the voucher, on  Thursday, September 27 at 8:00 PM.

To request the voucher email info@nycplaywrights.org

PLEASE do not email for the voucher until that date and time.

If you don't get the voucher, they are offering discount tickets to the visitors of this web site  (see below)

 
A world premiere comedy from the writer of “The Simpsons”


By Jon Kern

Directed by Peter DuBois

2econd Stage Theatre - 305 West 43rd Street (between 8th and 9th Avenues)

In the spirit of Dr. Strangelove comes Modern Terrorism, or They Who Want to Kill Us and How We Learn to Love Them, a provocative satire about a rogue group of 21st Century terrorists and their darkly comic misadventures.  As a young bomber develops feelings for his beautiful, secretive conspirator, he is torn between his duty and his heart. When his hipster neighbor accidentally gets caught up in the plans, circumstances spiral out of control.

Winner of the 2012 Laurents/Hatcher Foundation Award

LIMITED ENGAGEMENT! SEPTEMBER 21 – NOVEMBER 4
  
$25 TICKETS (reg. $75)
Select performances 9/21-10/14

three Easy Ways to Buy:

ONLINE:  Visit www.2ST.com and enter code TPG1

PHONE: Call 212.246.4422 and mention code TPG1

IN PERSON: Bring a printout of this offer to the 2econd Stage Theatre box office- 305 West 43rd Street (between 8th and 9th Avenues)

FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT www.2ST.com

*Offer valid for select performances 9/21-10/14. Blackout dates apply. All sales are final. Regular service fees apply. All artists/schedules subject to change without notice.  

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HotCity Theatre's GreenHouse Festival of New Plays

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NOTE: submissions are not accepted before June 1, 2012.
Deadline is October 1, 2012

Eligible submissions must meet the following criteria:
  • Received in the submissions window described below
  • Require a maximum of six actors
  • Running time of between 75 and 120 minutes
  • Never before published
  • Never before professionally produced, no pending productions.
Submissions must include:
  • One-page cover including plot synopsis, reading/production history
  • Cast requirements
  • Technical requirements (special or unusual set, lighting, costuming, sound, prop requirements)
  • A ten-page sample from the script.
All requested information must be formatted into a SINGLE attached Word Document. Scans or pdfs will not be considered. Do not send entire text.
Submissions should be sent via email to: submissions@hotcitytheatre.org
Approximately 20 plays are selected as semi-finalists at which time full scripts will be requested. To be selected, playwrights must be able to attend the entire festival and workshop week, which begins on the Sunday prior to the festival weekend. HotCity Theatre offers playwrights travel and lodging for the Festival.


Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Voucher give-away - FALLING

The voucher has been claimed.

A voucher for a pair of tickets to FALLING, a new play by Deanna Jent will be given to the first person who emails us asking for the voucher, on  Wednesday, September 26 at 12:30 PM.

To request the voucher email info@nycplaywrights.org

PLEASE do not email for the voucher until that date and time.

If you don't get the voucher, they are offering discount tickets to the visitors of this web site  (see below)




Family’s not the most important thing: it's everything.

A New Play by Deanna Jent

Directed by Lori Adams

Minetta Lane Theatre - 18 Minetta Lane (one block south of West 3rd Street, just off of Sixth Avenue)
Falling is a new drama about how 18-year-old Josh, who has autism, affects the lives of everyone around him. When a relative comes to visit, the entire family is thrown out of equilibrium, with everyone trying to balance what is best for the family and what is best for them. Who will be there to catch you? Lori Adams directs a cast that features Daniel Everidge (Grease, Fat Camp), Celia Howard, Daniel Pearce (The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee on Broadway), Jacey Powers (Our Town) and Julia Murney (Wicked, Drama Desk nominee for Andrew Lippa’s The Wild Party).

“A gripping piece of theatre, emotionally wrenching and theatrically astute…Like many other plays (Awake and Sing!, A Thousand Clowns, The Three Sisters), it’s a thoughtful portrait of a family struggling to hold on in particular and challenging circumstances.      You don’t want to miss it…” - St. Louis Post-Dispatch

“It will kick your guts.” - Riverfront Times

“It’s a compelling, gripping evening of real, intense, drama…the most powerful, moving new play I’ve seen in years.” - KDHX Radio

PERFORMANCES BEGIN SEPTEMBER 27

Performance Schedule:*
Tuesday 7pm | Wednesday 2pm & 8pm | Thursday 8pm | Friday 8pm|
Saturday 2pm & 8pm | Sunday 3pm

*No performances on Tuesday 10/16, Thursday 11/22 and Tuesday 12/25
No evening performance on Wednesday 10/31

Talkbacks with members of the cast & the creative team will take place after each performance September 27 – October 14. Beginning October 23, talkbacks will take place every Tuesday evening following the 7pm performance.
Talkbacks are also available upon request for special group performances.

$37.50 Tickets (reg. $69.50)**

THREE EASY WAYS TO BUY:

ONLINE: Visit www.Ticketmaster.com and enter code MARK

PHONE: Call 800.982.2787 and mention code MARK

IN PERSON: Bring a print out of this offer to the Minetta Lane Theatre box office –18 Minetta Lane (one block south of West 3rd Street, just off of Sixth Avenue)
Box Office Hours: Sept. 24-Sept. 26: 1pm-6pm; Starting Sept. 27: 1pm-7pm on Sunday and Tuesday, 1pm-8pm Wednesday through Saturday, and closed Monday.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, visit www.FallingPlay.com
**Ticket price includes $1 facility fee. Additional fees apply to online/phone orders. Schedule is subject to change. All sales are final. Offer may be revoked at any time.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Voucher give away - MARY BROOME

UPDATE: the voucher has been claimed. But tickets for another show will be given on Wednesday - see blog post.

On Tuesday, September 25 at 8AM, NYCPlaywrights will give a voucher good for a pair of tickets to see the Mint Theater's MARY BROOME to the first person who emails us asking for the voucher. Please email info@nycplaywrights.org

If you don't get the voucher, the Mint Theater Company is offering discount tickets to the visitors of this web site  (see below)



MINT THEATER COMPANY presents



The Mint Theater - 311 West 43rd Street, 3rd Floor (between 8th & 9th Avenues)

By Allan Monkhouse

Directed by Jonathan Bank

“She’s the best housemaid the wealthy Timbrell family have ever had; but little do they know that Mary Broome has been performing rather more personal services for their household’s youngest son… An enduringly pungent piece of provocation.”   -The Times, 2011

“What’s striking about the play today is that it not only transports us back to a bygone era of high and mighty middle-class mores and lowly working-class expectations but that it also continues to speak to modern confusions about what men and women can expect from life—and from each other.”  - Telegraph, 2011

EXTENDED! Now – October 21 ONLY!

Performance Schedule:*
Tuesday 7pm | Wednesday 7pm | Thursday 7pm| Friday 8pm
Saturday 2pm & 8pm | Sunday 2pm

*Additional performance on Wednesday 10/10 at 2pm
No evening performance on Tuesday 10/9

$45 TICKETS (reg. $55)*


THREE EASY WAYS TO BUY:

ONLINE: Visit www.MintTheater.org and enter code GEN45

PHONE: Call 866.811.4111 and mention code GEN45

IN PERSON: Bring a printout of this offer to the Mint Theater box office - 311 West 43rdStreet, 3rd Floor (between 8th and 9th Avenues)

NYCPlaywrights September 2012 Play of the Month: THE LOST MELODY by Bridgette Portman



Thanks to Bridgette Portman and cast members Tim Lueke and David Lamberton for their great work.

Bridgette Portman on the play

This play was partially inspired by a true story -- I had an old cassette tape containing a beautiful piece of classical music I couldn't identify. The frustration involved in trying to track down the title and composer of that piece was something I tried to magnify and channel into the character of Anthony.  Then, as his backstory emerged, the music became symbolic of something else. I originally wrote the play as part of the "31 Plays in 31 Days" challenge (http://31plays31days.com/), but also had this competition in mind. I'm thrilled to have been selected as the play of the month!

More information about the author, cast and the Play of the Month

SART's ScriptFEST seeks full-length plays

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ScriptFEST 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.)

Sunday, September 23, 2012

PlayPenn new play development conference

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Beginning on September 4, PlayPenn is accepting applications for its 2013 new play development conference and we are pleased to request your full length, unproduced script for consideration. Application materials will be accepted between September 4 and September 30, 2012. Your application must be uploaded and complete by September 30, 2012 or it cannot be considered.

The 2013 conference will be held in Philadelphia, PA from July 12 – 28 at the Adrienne Theatre in Philadelphia, PA. Invited playwrights will have the opportunity to work with a director, dramaturg, designer and Philadelphia-based, professional actors over a 17 day period that allows for 29 hours of rehearsal and staged reading time along with ample time to reflect and write.

The work will be preceded by a three-day pre-conference retreat (July 12 – 14) that will help in laying the collaborative groundwork for the development time ahead. The conference concludes with public staged readings that are intended as a part of the process, giving playwrights an opportunity to measure the efficacy of their work and provide an opportunity to gauge the work ahead.

PlayPenn will provide travel for casting for both writer and director, travel to and from the conference, housing, per diem and a stipend.

Applicants should be aware that we are a development conference rather than a festival or showcase for new work. The distinction is important and meaningful to us in the current climate of the increasing commercialization of play development. We seek to avoid participation in what has become known as "development hell" by fostering an environment in which risk is rewarded and honest assessment is provided and encouraged. TO THAT END, WE FOCUS ON THE NEEDS OF THE TEXT. THE END-OF-CONFERENCE READING IS INTENDED TO PRESENT A GLIMPSE INTO HOW THE TEXT LIVES OFF THE PAGE RATHER THAN HOW THE HOW THE PLAY MIGHT BE STAGED IN PRODUCTION.

To apply go to the following link – http://www.literarymanager.org/submit_step_one_u.php?t=8

Please follow the instructions to upload your play into our system. Because script reading by our evaluators is a blind process, you must include the following documents, absent your name or any identifying information. Because the data base identifies you through your registration, NO NAME SHOULD BE INCLUDED ON ANY DOCUMENT, INCLUDING YOUR RESUME.

1. An original script in .pdf format with no identifying indicators (no name on the document). Applications that are submitted in non-pdf format will not be considered
2. Your current resume (pdf) (no name on the document)
3. A casting breakdown and the number of actors required (pdf) (no name on the document)
4. The play's development and production history (pdf) (no name on the document). Plays that have been produced or that have been through an extended development process are not eligible. Plays that have had readings are eligible.
5. An articulation of your goals for the development process using the resources offered by PlayPenn (pdf) (no name on the document).

PlayPenn does not accept applications by agents.
And as stated above, applicants should be aware that we are a development conference rather than a festival or showcase for new work. The distinction is important and meaningful to us in the current climate of the increasing commercialization of play development. We seek to avoid participation in what has become known as "development hell" by fostering an environment in which risk is rewarded and honest assessment is provided and encouraged. TO THAT END, WE FOCUS ON THE NEEDS OF THE TEXT. THE END-OF-CONFERENCE READING IS INTENDED TO PRESENT A GLIMPSE INTO HOW THE TEXT LIVES OFF THE PAGE RATHER THAN HOW THE HOW THE PLAY MIGHT BE STAGED IN PRODUCTION.

Your application must be uploaded and complete by midnight September 30, 2012 or it cannot be considered.

Looking forward to reading your work,

The PlayPenn Staff

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Theater Costume Design


The Dark Lady of the Sonnets
Haymarket Theatre, 1910
Costumes designed by Charles Ricketts

Charles Ricketts (1866-1931)
Costume design for The Dark Lady of the Sonnets, 1910
Suzanne Sheldon as Queen Elizabeth



A Midsummer Night's Dream
Drury Lane, 1924
Costumes designed by George W. Harris

Costumier's copy, after George W. Harris (1878-1929)
Costume design for A Midsummer Night's Dream, 1924
Allan Jeayes as Theseus
http://www.hrc.utexas.edu/exhibitions/web/bjsimmons/shakespeare/504_1.html#1




The King and I
Drury Lane, 1953
Costumes designed by Irene Sharaff

Irene Sharaff (1910-1993)
Costume designs for The King and I, 1953
Valerie Hobson as Anna


Friday, September 21, 2012

Kudos, Red-Handed Otter

Congratulations to the Playwrights Realm for the good review in the NYTimes for their production of RED-HANDED OTTER. You can jump right to the show web site by clicking the RED-HANDED OTTER ad on the right-hand side of this page.

Charles Isherwood writes in his review:

If your favorite time killers include overindulging in cute kitty videos on the Web — you know who you are, and you are legion — you will surely lend a sympathetic ear to the befuddled and bereaved hero of “Red-Handed Otter,” a modest but nicely observed comedy by Ethan Lipton that opened on Thursday night at the Cherry Lane Theater, in a production from the Playwrights Realm. 
Paul (Matthew Maher, of Annie Baker’s “Uncle Vanya”), who works as a security guard, has just lost his beloved cat, Jennifer, who was a youthful 17. Sitting zombie-eyed before a bank of monitors as the hours crawl by, poor Paul cannot help brooding on the world’s cruelty, responding to all attempts at cheering him up with bitter gusts of self-pity. 
“I mean, I’ve had other cats,” he says with exacting clarity. “As a kid we had cats, they were great cats, but compared to Jennifer? If you just look at it objectively? We’re talking about one of the best cats in history!”

More at the NYTimes

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Yes Festival seeks full-length plays

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Scripts accepted between May 1 and September 30, 2012

1. Scripts must be standard sized, legibly typed, and bound. Standard Dramatist Guild form is preferred.

2. Submissions (ONE per playwright) must be full length and should include a one-page synopsis and a cast list with brief character descriptions.

3. A play may not have had a previous professional or university production.

4. Scripts are not returnable (unless specifically requested and accompanied by a self-addressed stamped envelope).

5. Enclose a self-addressed stamped postcard if you wish the project director to acknowledge receipt of your script.

6. All rights must be fully owned by the author.

7. No children’s theatre, one-acts, or reader’s theatre pieces will be considered. Adaptations will be considered only if the adapted work is in the public domain.

8. in deciding which play to submit, a writer should know our actors will be students ranging in age from 17-30. Some faculty members or guest artists may be available for the festival. However, a play with especially strong demands for mature character roles would not be as likely for selection as one of equal quality with roles for young adults.

9. Musicals with small orchestra demands will be considered. Musicals should be submitted only if a vocal score and piano conductor score is available.

10. A Y.E.S. entry form must accompany a submitted script - see this flyer (PDF Format.)

11. Scripts may be submitted from May 1 until September 30, 2012 to this address:
Northern Kentucky University
Sandra Forman,
Project Director
NKU Y.E.S. Festival of New Plays
Department of Theatre and Dance
Nunn Drive
Highland Heights, KY 41099
12. Selections will be made and winners notified no later than December 31, 2012. Returnable scripts will be mailed back after the winners have been notified.

13. An honorarium of $500 will be awarded to each selected playwright as well as travel expenses and housing while attending the festival.

14. it is important that selected playwrights be available to visit the festival about a week before opening so their visit can be arranged to include late rehearsals and the premiere of their play. Festival dates are April 11-21, 2013. The visiting dates are at the discretion of the festival. Playwrights and the directors of their plays will participate in one post-show question-and-answer session with the audience.

15. in addition to the three plays selected for full productions, one script may be selected for a staged reading during the festival. The playwright of this script will also be brought in for late rehearsals and opening.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Mario Fratti-Fred Newman Political Play Contest 2013

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All scripts must be postmarked by October 1, 2012

The Castillo Theatre sponsors the Mario Fratti-Fred Newman Political Play Contest annually. In its sixth year, the purpose of the political play contest to encourage the writing of scripts for the stage that engage the political/social/cultural questions affecting the world today and/or historical events and issues that impact on our political/cultural heritage.  While Castillo recognizes that in the broadest sense, all theatre is political, the contest is seeking politically progressive plays that: look at social and/or economic problems and challenges; explore possibilities of social transformation; and, reflect the concerns and interests of communities and/or which explore the importance of community. The contest also welcomes scripts that experiment with form and seek new ways of seeing and new ways of experiencing theatrical performance. The plays submitted to the Fratti-Newman Contest may be written in any style, set in any historical time, geographic or imaginary location, contain any number of characters and be of any length. The plays must be in English and cannot be musicals or adaptations. No scripts will be considered that have previously been submitted to this contest, have received a production or won other contests. Only one script per playwright will be accepted.

DETAILS


The contest is judged by a team of distinguished theatre artists. The winning script(s) will receive a reading and/or a production at the Castillo Theatre in New York City during the theatre’s 2013 summer season.
All scripts should be submitted in hard copy and must be accompanied by:
A statement of the political/social/cultural questions that the script engages (scripts without a statement will not be considered);
A brief synopsis;
A character breakdown, including gender, age and ethnic requirements, if any;
A 100-word biography of the playwright;
A current email address
Please note:
Receipt of script will be acknowledged via email.
Scripts will not be returned.
Castillo will not give critical feedback to playwrights/contestants.
Contest winners are required to sign a letter of agreement, which will include but not be limited to granting the right for Castillo to produce one or more readings and/or a full production of the winning play.
Contest winners are responsible for travel expenses or any other expenses incurred as a result of participating in the development of the play with Castillo, or as a result of attending the reading and/or full production.
All scripts must be postmarked by October 1, 2012. The winner(s) will be publicly announced at the Otto René Castillo Awards for Political Theatre in New York City in May of 2013.

Send all submissions to:
Castillo Theatre
543 West 42nd Street
New York, NY 10036
Attn: Fratti-Newman Political Play Contest
Questions and inquiries should be addressed to Madelyn Chapman at 212-356-8485 or mchapman@allstars.org

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   

www.thespianproduction.com

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

September 2012 Play of the Month: THE LOST MELODY

The September 2012 Play of the Month selection has been made: THE LOST MELODY by Bridgette Portman. The video recording will be posted soon.

Matthews Opera House presents: Call for Plays for Production

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Deadline: September 30, 2012

Matthews Opera House seeks submissions of scripts (60-100 minutes) to be considered for an April 2013 production. The script may or may not have been produced elsewhere but they would like to be able to market it as a premiere or regional premiere. They also would like to host the playwright for the final few days of rehearsal and a couple of performances. The playwright would travel and arrive on day 1, attend two or three days of final rehearsals and be available for a couple of marketing appearances (local newspapers, radio or tv), a reception on opening night and a post show discussion the following evening - most likely one week including travel days. The theater will pay travel expenses, provide lodging and a daily per diem. They do have a budget for paying royalties based on community theater rates. MOH is not a wealthy theater. Production budgets are small and actors come from the community. Actors, directors and support personnel are not compensated financially for their time and talent. This opportunity is open to writers in the US and Canada. 

DETAILS

The community is not racially diverse so non white characters are a challenge to cast. The strongest portion of the acting pool are middle-aged although younger as well as older actors do occasionally audition.

We're wide open on genres. However the play should have a theme, or themes, that will resonate with our audience. Extreme or offensive material will not be suitable. This audience is intelligent but not necessarily sophisticated. A majority of the audience will not have attended professional level productions and will struggle with edgy material.

Emailed scripts in a pdf format are preferred. Submissions by mail are okay as well.

Submissions by mail should be addressed to:

Spearfish Arts Center and Matthews Opera House

ATTENTION: JON STEVEN WILEY, THEATRE SELECTION COMMITTEE

612 N Main St

Spearfish, SD 57783

NOTE:  Mailed scripts will not be returned.

Email submissions should be sent to   mshann@theatrixltd.com

Notifications will be made by December 30, 2012.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Political Theatre

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Pussy Riot was sentenced to two years in jail for this:




Invisible Obama

ACME NEW WORKS WINTER FESTIVAL 2013


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Acme Theater of Maynard, MA is proud to announce that it is now accepting submissions for our 12th annual New Works Winter Festival. The festival will be performed over two weekends in January 2013. Selected plays will be divided into two festival tracks and will be performed once per weekend. At the conclusion of each festival track, one playwright will be awarded the audience choice award, known as "The Charlie".

Submission Guidelines:
1) Scripts must be limited to a length of ten (10) pages or less in standard script format and be able to be legitimately performed in 10 minutes. Please keep type sizes at 10 pts or greater, double spaced, and leave some margin space.
6 standard wooden chairs
1 dining room table
1 coffee table
1 tall table/desk
1 end table
1 podium
1 small love seat
1 park bench

Tom Berry
Acme Theater Productions
Producer, New Works Winter Festival 2013

2) Maximum submission of 2 plays per playwright. Any subject matter welcome. Comedy or drama. Please no overuse of strong language.
3) Plays may have already been produced elsewhere, but any published works will not be considered.
4) Your script will be limited to the use of any/all of the following set pieces provided by Acme:
Hand props will be allowed, but nothing else.

5) Selected playwrights will be given the option to provide their own director, actors, props, etc., or have Acme provide someone from our pool of eager and capable directors for you and cast the play from our festival auditions in November 2012.
Acme Theater is a 72-seat black box in Maynard, MA with full light and sound equipment. Acme will provide sound and light operators, the stage and a 45 minute tech time the week before we open so that casts can become familiar with our space prior to the festival.

Submission Deadline: Saturday, September 15, 2012
Please email scripts in .doc or .pdf format to Tom Berry at acmenwwf@yahoo.com . Scripts sent to any other email address will not be accepted.

Selected playwrights will be notified by November 2012
Best regards,

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