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Saturday, March 2, 2013

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Scripts Wanted for March Short Play Lab - Cash Prizes

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Dear Friend in the Theatre,

We are looking for scripts for the Mar. 16 - 17 Short Play Lab. New participants are welcome! The rules are easy-peasy:

  • Deadline is March 4. 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 your contact info (preferred means of contact is by email).   
  • Submit scripts in MS-Word.
  • You produce the play whether or not you live in New York.  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.
  • 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 Mar. 16.  
  • 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

Thursday, February 28, 2013

BBC Writers Room: The Windsor Fringe Kenneth Branagh Award for New Drama Writing

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FEE WAIVER OPTION: BBC writersroom applicants will be granted a waiver of the £5 reading fee if the words “Writers room” appear in the top right- hand corner of the cover page.

The Windsor Fringe is now accepting unpublished one-act plays from amateur playwrights for the Tenth Anniversary Special Award. Three winning scripts will be selected for performance in October during the 2013 Windsor Fringe Festival. The winner writer will receive a £500 cash prize and The Windsor Fringe will underwrite the staging of the winner and the two runners -up with selected directors.

Deadline for submissions: March 5th 2013

Criteria:
  • Amateur playwrights only, one script per entrant. 
  • Plays must not have been previously performed, be the original work of the entrant and be suitable for staging in a studio theatre with no more than six actors. 
  • Plays must be no more than 30 minutes long.

Submission guidelines:

Submit two copies of each script, printed on loose sheets of A4 paper, no binding or stapling. Pages must be numbered. No submissions by email, no scripts returned. Judging is on a blind-submission basis – author’s name must not appear in the script. Cover page must include name of the play, author’s name, contact details and signature.

BBC writersroom applicants will be granted a waiver of the £5 reading fee if the words “Writers room” appear in the top right- hand corner of the cover page.

Judges:
Fay Weldon CBE . Second to be confirmed

Send scripts to:
Windsor Fringe Drama Writing Award
Suite 640, 24-28 St Leonard’s Road
Windsor, Berks. SL4 3BB

Additional information:
Contact Ann Trewartha Tel: 01753 863218 email: ann.trewartha@btinternet.com

Visit the Windsor Fringe Festival website for information on the festival and previous Award winners.

Aspiring Playwrights Contest

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Sponsored by East Valley Children’s Theatre

East Valley Children’s Theatre is searching for aspiring playwrights to become a part of the theatre’s future seasons of performances. Contest rules and prizes are listed below.
  • All Plays must be submitted to EVCT no later than March 15, 2013. Must include a cover sheet with name, address, phone number, email address.)
  • Plays must be suitable for children to perform for children. (Small casts are not as likely to be chosen for performance.)
  • Plays must be one hour to one hour and a half in length. (Shorter plays may be submitted but they will not be considered for production by the theatre as one of its season’s productions.)
  • Plays and Musicals must not have been previously performed.  They must be original and unpublished.
  • Musicals must include a copy of the music in some form, either manuscript or recorded.
  • Cash prizes will be given for the first, second and third place entries.
  • The first place entry will not only receive a cash prize but also will be produced by East Valley Children’s Theatre in its upcoming season, if it meets all the criteria for performance.


Send entries to:
East Valley Children’s Theatre
P.O. Box 20514
Mesa, AZ 85277-0514
Or email them to: Karen@evct.org
For more information or questions call EVCT at 480-756-3828.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

CENTRE STAGE'S NEW PLAY FESTIVAL

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If you would like to be considered for our New Play Festival Committee, please submit your request to glenda.manwaring@centrestage.org.

Centre Stage's annual New Play Festival  features the works of three or four finalists selected from submissions of playwrights.  These plays will be presented in staged readings that begin each evening at 7 p.m. and are free and open to the public.

Each performance will be followed by an in-depth discussion of the work, led by the Festival Chairman and a guest playwright-in-residence.  On the last evening of the Festival, Centre Stage will present the latest work in development by the playwright-in-residence, followed by a discussion of that work with the playwright.

Submission guidelines

  • There is no submission fee for the New Play Festival.
  • The submission deadline for the 2013 NPF is March 1, 2013. Scripts received after that date will be considered for the following year. Three or Four finalists will be selected on July 1, 2013 and their names will be posted to this page at that time.
  • Must be a full-length play without a prior full production.
  • Send brief synopsis together with a bound complete manuscript. Please include a contact phone number and e-mail address on the play's title page.
  • The play must be at least one hour and thirty minutes in length, and no longer than two hours.
  • Dramas, comedies and farces are all welcome. No musicals or plays for young people, please.
  • Cast size limited to 7.
  • Playwrights are encouraged to become familiar with our thrust space and submit plays that are suited to our physical space. A 360 degree view of the theatre is available here.
  • Providing playwrights with the highest quality actors is a priority. Plays that can be effectively cast within our market will be considered favorably.
  • Playwrights who are questioning whether or not their play is a good match for Centre Stage are strongly encouraged to contact information@centrestage.org before submitting.
  • All plays that are not selected for the festival will be recycled. Please do not include any type of return postage. Please check our website July 1 for announcement of current year's finalists.
  • All serious submissions are read by at least two readers. Please be advised that the following are not considered serious submissions:
  • Screenplays or teleplays submitted as theatrical plays
  • Obvious first drafts 
  • Plays with typos and spelling errors
  • Plays that are not formatted according to industry standards
  • Plays with excessive profanity or violence will receive limited consideration.
Notification: We appreciate you offering our theatre the opportunity to consider your work. Our New Works Coordinator screens submissions for eligibility and for content as they are received. The final selections will be made in July 1 and the finalists' names will be posted to this page at that time.

SUBMISSION PROCESS

Send manuscripts to:

Centre Stage - South Carolina
c/o New Play Festival
PO Box 8451
Greenville, SC 29604-8451

1 – A synopsis of the story including stylistic and thematic content and a completed bound script.

2 – The complete casting requirements (limited to seven actors)

3 – The development history of the play (if any)

4 – A brief bio (please be assured that past professional experience is not required)

You will receive a confirmation response by early April.

E-mails received after March 1 will be considered for next year’s festival.

Semifinalists will be contacted by the early June.

Finalists will be contacted and posted to our website in early July.

Playwrights accepted into the festival will receive travel and lodging as well as one-on-one time with the playwright in residence. Each play will receive at least three rehearsals with a professional director and actors. The play selected for the production will be produced according to a standard Dramatist Guild contract. Playwright selected for the production will receive travel and lodging for the opening week of the production.

The Venus Theater Festival seeks scripts from women

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NOTE: this is only open to writers in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut
NOTE: playwrights selected for the festival will be responsible for all aspects of their play's production

The Venus Theater Festival is a playwright’s contest created uniquely for women. It was designed to offer women writers a chance to direct their own never-before-seen shows, helping them to develop a sense of casting, staging, use of lights and direction. With Venus, it is our intention to give female writers a unique chance to create their vision from the first stroke of their pen to the last scene of their play. Venus is not only a festival; it’s a competition as well. That means there are prizes! The winner of Best Play will receive a prize of $2,500. Winner of Best Actress will receive $500. Venus, as well as our summertime festival, Thespis, is hosted by Cabrini Repertory Theater, a beautiful, 200-seat proscenium theater in uptown Manhattan.

General submission to Venus is free-of-charge and submissions will be accepted until March 1st.

Submissions must be between 40 and 50 minutes long.

ALL PLAYS MUST BE FIRST RUNS AND MUST
NEVER HAVE BEEN PRODUCED BEFORE
VENUS THEATER FESTIVAL IS FOR
NON-UNION / NON-EQUITY MEMBERS ONLY

Each applicant is fully responsible for all elements of their production. These include directing, casting, stage-managing and hiring a sound & light board operator.


Submission Rules
In order to submit a play please send the following via email:
1. A 60-word blurb describing the play you are submitting
2. A 200- to 300-word synopsis of the play
3. The complete script
4. Your telephone number and home address, plus the phone number of one other person in your production that we can contact
5. Your bio with age included
As soon as your play is accepted, you will be sent the festival guidelines. After carefully reading the guidelines, should you decide to be part of Venus, you will be asked to send in the deposit, which will be returned at the end of the festival if you’ve brought the minimum number of audience members.
All plays will be given a three-performance run at the theater.
Each show is paired with a second, and the two will perform on the same nights.

Rules
Only plays from New York, New Jersey and Connecticut will be accepted.
Submissions must be between 40 and 50 minutes long.
ALL PLAYS MUST BE FIRST RUNS AND MUST NEVER HAVE BEEN PRODUCED BEFORE - VENUS THEATER FESTIVAL IS FOR
NON-UNION / NON-EQUITY MEMBERS ONLY

Each applicant is fully responsible for all elements of their production. These include directing, casting, stage-managing and hiring a sound & light board operator.

What the Theater Offers

For those playwrights who want to incorporate live music into their play,  Cabrini Rep offers a fully-tuned, baby grand piano. We also offer a choice of stage furniture and props to all productions, as well as a large projection wall at the back of the stage and a quality projector that will create a wide range of possibilities for your set. In this way, productions need not be as concerned about moving their props in and out of the theater before and after each performance.

Again, only women playwrights can apply to the Venus Festival. If the playwright chooses not to direct, either a female director must be chosen or a female lead must be cast in at least one of the main roles.

Prizes

Winners:

Choosing Nominees for Best Play

After all plays have had their three-performance run, the best 8 plays will be selected by the Venus jury as nominees for the $2,500 prize of Best Play. Those 8 shows will be given a fourth performance that will be advertised to the surrounding community, which is full of artists and theater-goers who are aware of Cabrini Repertory Theater. So if, after your three-performance run in Venus, your play is selected as one of the 8 nominees, you are not only in the running for Best Play, but in addition to other audience members you’d like to invite, we will invite our supporters to your fourth performance.
Along with audience members from the theater’s neighborhood, three judges will also attend your fourth performance. This panel of outside judges will make the final decision about the winning play.

There will also be several nominations for best actress. In addition to the winning actress ($500 prize), there will be a third and second runner-up. These runner-ups will receive surprise prizes!

Winners will be announced during a special prize ceremony at the end of the festival to which the cast and crew of all nominated productions will be invited.

We look forward to seeing each one of your productions. Good luck and have a great time!

Video

All plays will be filmed. At the end of the festival, or after your show’s run, you can purchase a video of your show for $75.

Please be aware that the festival is not directly involved with the filming of the plays. You must connect with the videographer on your own in order to purchase your show’s video.

There is no fee to submit your play to the Venus Festival.

Rather, those who are accepted are required to send in a deposit check of $250. The deposit will be returned as long as the production is able to bring a minimum of 33 audience members in total to all three performances assigned to each show; that means at least 11 people per performance.

Again, only those plays that are accepted will be required to send in the $250 deposit.

Contact us at
Venustheaterfestival@gmail.com

PLEASE BE AWARE THAT THE CABRINI REPERTORY THEATER HOSTING VENUS IS INVOLVED IN SEVERAL HUMANITARIAN EFFORTS TO AID THE LOCAL COMMUNITY. THEREFORE, A NUMBER OF PEOPLE ARE ALLOWED TO SEE ANY OF THE SHOWS RUNNING IN VENUS FOR FREE FROM THE 4TH PERFORMANCE ON. THESE PEOPLE WILL BE A NICE ADDITION TO YOUR AUDIENCE. THE THEATER CAN SEAT UP TO 200 PEOPLE. ANYONE WHO WALKS IN WILL BE GIVEN A SEAT.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

HORIZON SCRIPT SUBMISSION POLICY

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HORIZON'S MISSION: Horizon Theatre Company's mission is to connect people, inspire hope, and promote positive change through the stories of our times. We work towards achieving our mission by creating a welcoming home for a diverse community of audiences and artists to connect with each other, their communities, and the world. We create new diverse plays with developing artists, while also developing new audiences to experience those plays.

NEW SOUTH FESTIVAL MISSION: New South Play Festival, which has been dedicated to producing new plays from, for, and about the contemporary South since 1999. The Festival focuses on new plays by writers who live or have roots in the South, creating stories that our relevant to our community today. The Festival is particularly interested in plays by women and African-Americans.

SUBMISSION POLICY
We accept the following types of submissions:

Agent submissions that meet our mission
Previously professionally produced plays that meet our mission
For plays with no previous professional productions, the play must meet the mission of the New South Play Festival
We do not accept submissions of unproduced plays by individual writers that do not meet our New South Play Festival mission
If your plays meet one of the criteria listed above, please submit the following to submissions@horizontheatre.com (scripts are only accepted electronically):

1. Name, cover letter addressing how your play fits with our mission, brief bio and/or resume
2. One-page synopsis including brief description of the play, character breakdown and setting.
3. 10-page dialogue sample from the script

If we are interested in further exploration of the play, we will request a full script (please do not send a full script with your initial inquiry).

Please submit your work to us only if it meets our mission statements. You will receive an electronic acknowledgment of receipt of your materials. After that, we will be in touch ONLY if we are interested in reading the entire script.

We wish that we could read and comment on every script that is submitted to us, but unfortunately we only have time to look at those scripts that meet our mission!

Monday, February 25, 2013

Her life as Lady Gaga


Friend of NYCPlaywrights Renee Cole writes about her adventures as the foremost Lady Gaga impersonator:
The Littlest Gay 
...When I sift through my years of kids party memories, there is one that will forever stick with me.  
I had been booked for a little girl's 6th birthday and just finished my performance. As I walked around the room for photos, I noticed a little boy, about 3 years old who kept following my every move. Whenever I turned around he would be right behind me, staring up adoringly. 
I knelt down to his eye level to say hello and he put his little hand in my hair, and said the last thing I ever expected to come out of his mouth... "FIERCE!" 
I had all I could do not to double over laughing, and asked what his name was.  
He told me his name was Henry, that he knew that my favorite designer was Alexander McQueen and that he liked him too. He also told me he knew all the words to Bad Romance, and liked my dress with the bubbles. 
Then my littlest gay checked out all of my rings, accessories and even tried on my hat.  
His super straight Dad came over after a few minutes, and we took a few photos with the little guy in my lap. 
As I got up to say goodbye to Henry, I had a flash forward of his life in my head. How many obstacles he would have to face in the future just because of his sexuality, which was so strongly present already. 
All I could think to say to him as I left was "Remember to always be yourself." 
He hugged me and with a giant smile said, "I love you Gaga!". 
From that day on the song Born This Way took on new meaning for me. 
Read more at My Life As Lady Gaga.

Renee performed in last summer's Play of the Week project:

Renee and Larissa Adamczyk perform in A LESSON by Emily Cutler.

Theatre Southwest is accepting scripts for our 8th annual Reader's Theater.

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Theatre Southwest is accepting scripts for our 8th annual Reader's Theater. The best scripts will be chosen and given staged readings on March 17th. At the end of the readings, the audience will vote for their favorite and the winner will receive a $100 "thank you." 

Deadline: Must be received by March 8, 2013

There is no entry fee.
  • Scripts should be 5 to 15 minutes in length.
  • All entries should be previously unpublished.
  • You may submit up to 3 plays.
  • Number all pages of the scripts.
  • List all characters with a brief character description.
  • A one paragraph play summary is appreciated although not mandatory.
  • Scripts can not be returned.

Scripts should be mailed to:

Theatre Southwest
Attn: Ananka Kohnitz
8944 Clarkcrest 
Houston, Texas 77063
Attention: Readers Theatre

Ten Minute Play Workshop (TMPW)

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Deadline: 3/1/2013

Each week of the 2012-2013 school year Ten Minute Play Workshop (TMPW) will pick a ten-minute play to workshop. The Ten Minute Play Workshop project will recruit student actors to read your play, record it, and then get a faculty member and a handful of fellow writers to workshop the reading, and record that. And then, to top it all off, we invite you to be the capstone in the workshop, and record that! All of this is published on the internet as a podcast for the world to hear. But wait, there's more! We put your script on the TMPW website alongside the podcast, so folks can read along and, if you're lucky, give you feedback even after the workshop is over.

TMPW is now accepting submissions of ten-minute plays that authors are interested in having workshopped during the 2012-2013 academic year. How do you know if you should submit your ten-minute play? First, you need to be ready to have your script workshopped. We take this stuff seriously, and anyone who has had a good workshop done on their writing knows it can be a valuable experience and give you insight into your characters, their voices, and your story.

We use the TMPW Workshopping Principles when doing the critique, and when we get you on the horn to be a part of the workshop, we expect you to subscribe to the TMPW Author Workshopping Principles. We are all active writers and our aim is always to help each other along the writing road, but, as you know, being a writer means always having to hone your words, your craft. You need to be open and, you need to have enough perspective to be able to hear your work through someone else's ears.

If you've made it this far and are still reading, you should definitely submit that manuscript that you were writing before you started cruising the web and found tenminuteplayworkshop.com. Come on - you know you want to!

Now, the Mandatory Legal Part of Ten Minute Play Workshop
By submitting your script to the e-mail address listed below, you agree to the following:
Ten Minute Play Workshop is a totally volunteer effort; if you're lucky, we may send you a Ten Minute Play Workshop t-shirt. If you choose to submit your script, and it is selected, you agree to have it be workshopped by TMPW volunteers which is comprised of a reading of your script and the workshop comments recorded and posted as a public podcast on the internet. You agree to release all TMPW workshop participants, their heirs and assigns, from any and all liability related to all Ten Minute Play Workshop activities. No one at TMPW receives any kind of income from the workshops, and you shouldn't expect to, either. You will not be paid for your script being workshopped. If your script is selected to be workshopped and the podcast is published, you agree to have the manuscript you submitted published on the Ten Minute Play Workshop website (tenminuteplayworkshop.com) as a downloadable PDF file until such time as that website no longer exists. You, of course, retain all copyright to your work.

OK, you got through the legal part - congratulations! To submit your play, e-mail your submission as a PDF file to  jen@tenminuteplayworkshop.com. Scripts should be no more than ten pages, excluding the title and cast pages. Please use the standard playwriting format; it makes your play so much easier to read (NYCPlaywrights, a great playwriting resource, provides two formatting guides on their website). Jen responds to every e-mail message she gets; you can expect a confirmation within a few days of submission.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Subversive Theatre is currently accepting unsolicited scripts

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Subversive Theatre is currently accepting unsolicited scripts for consideration for forth-coming staged readings and full productions.

 Of course, to be eligible, plays must be in keeping with Subversive Theatre's overall mission to produce plays of a political nature that serve to raise consciousness -- and hopefully encourage action -- on socially relevant issues.  Plays that address these issues in a particularly inventive and unconventional manner -- in terms of content and/or presentational style -- are especially welcome.

Plays can be submitted in one of the two following categories.

SHORT WORKS:

     Short plays -- less than 30 pages in length and less than 30 minutes in running time -- can be submitted to our sUBVERsIVE sHORTs Program.
     Works selected for this program will be performed in our annual sUBVERsIVE sHORTs Showcase which is held in the late Spring/early Summer of our Theatre's yearly season of plays.  This Showcase is a cabaret-style presentation of multiple vignettes performed in repertory.

Click here to make a submission and/or read about the guidelines, rules, & general information about this year's competition

The submission deadline for this year's competition is March 5, 2013.  

Selections will be announced no later than May 1st, 2013.  Playwrights are welcome to submit up to three scripts.

Click here to read more about our sUBVERsIVE sHORTs Program

FULL-LENGTH PLAYS:

     Due to Subversive Theatre's limited resources, we are very rarely able to undertake full productions of previously unproduced works . . . but we will of course make exceptions for particularly strong material.

     Stage readings of new "subversive" works are also possible.
     To find out how to submit a full-length play to Subversive Theatre, contact our Overall Dramaturg Susan Forbes at submissions@subversivetheatre.org.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR INTEREST IN OUR THEATRE!

Playwrights Initiative

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A Central Virginia retreat

The Sweet Briar College campus is an ideal setting for a writer seeking an opportunity to focus on their craft. The campus’ beauty, facilities, and serenity are inspiring and create an extremely productive writing environment. Add to this a company of actors and you have the perfect location for a playwright’s intensive.

Endstation’s Playwrights Initiative brings three playwrights to the Sweet Briar College campus during Endstation’s Blue Ridge Summer Theatre Festival to write, workshop, and develop new plays. This program promotes the work of the next generation of playwright by providing a laboratory for young playwrights to write and rework their plays in a supportive atmosphere, and with access to other theatre artists.

Submissions
Endstation Theatre’s Playwrights Initiative asks that you not only send work best representative of your talents, voice, and aesthetic but work that is the most recent. We learn most from you as a candidate when we are reviewing work that is exciting you currently, moving your work in new directions, and could benefit most from the time spent at Sweet Briar. This work, alongside a concise background of your career and training, is all that is required to submit for the coming year.

Next submission period: November 1, 2012 – March 1, 2013.

Odds and Ends Festival

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ALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

The Odds and Ends Festival is an annual festival hosted by Newborn Theatre targeted towards celebrating new, young playwrights with bold, new ideas.  Last year’s festival featured 13 plays written by 10 playwrights from across the continent. For more information, please see our website at http://oandefest.weebly.com/

The 2013 festival is set for next summer and we’re looking for new, diverse, short works by young playwrights from across North America.

We will consider
  • New, works shorter than 30 minutes written by playwrights who are younger than 30
OR
  • Recent one-act productions under 30 minutes, written by young playwrights and produced by other indie theatre companies who would like to collaborate with us
This year, the festival will take place in Toronto’s downtown core and it will feature the works of up to thirty young playwrights.

Submit your work for your chance to be featured as part of Toronto’s emerging arts scene

Deadline to submit: March 1 2013, midnight E.S.T.

HOW TO SUBMIT

Email oddsandendsfestival@gmail.com with your submission.
Make sure to include the following:

  • Your name
  • Address
  • Phone Number
  • Email Address
  • Birthday
  • Bio
  • A recent photo of yourself

Attach your script in .doc or .pdf format.

Please include a cover page with the title of the play, the playwright's name and the list of characters. The pages should be numbered.

 The playwright must own the rights to the play up to the end of June 2013 (i.e. plays cannot be owned by a publisher).   Any style is acceptable, including musicals.

Only those playwrights whose plays have been selected will be notified by March 25th 2013.   The plays will be selected by our festival dramaturgical committee committee.

If selected, your play will be performed either as a staged reading or a full-scale production in Toronto, Canada in August 2013.

Should your play be selected for inclusion in the festival, you are giving the non-exclusive right to Newborn Theatre to produce and perform the play  in the 2nd Annual Odds and Ends Festival Festival (Toronto Canada), in the August 2013.  In the event that you are an independent playwright, Odds and Ends Festival will find the cast, crew and market your play.  In the event that you are a collaborating company, the festival will expect you to provide a completed production of your own show.

The submission must be a thirty-minute or shorter one-act play.
Authors retain copyright and full ownership of their plays.

JANE CHAMBERS PLAYWRITING AWARD

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Submission Guidelines 2013

 All Plays received by March 1, 2013 will be considered!!

The Women & Theatre Program of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education invites submissions from female playwrights for the annual Jane Chambers Award!

For the Jane Chambers Student Playwriting Contest, guideline and application form click on "Student Guidlines"

The Jane Chambers Playwriting Award recognizes plays & performance texts created by women that present a feminist perspective & contain significant opportunities for female performers.  Experimentations in form and subject matter welcome. This annual award is given in memory of lesbian playwright Jane Chambers who, through her plays such as A Late Snow, My Blue Heaven, Kudzu, & The Quintessential Image, became a major feminist voice in American theatre.

The Award for the primary Jane Chambers Contest consists of $1000, free registration to attend the Association in Theater in Higher Education’s conference in early August & a rehearsed reading of the winning piece at that conference, hosted by WTP, with ATHE. The winner should attend the conference’s awards ceremony. The student winner is also recognized.

To enter, please send three copies of a typed script,  resume, application form, JANE CHAMBERS APPLICATION FORM 2013 (click here), brief description of the piece, and your email contact information. Please, only one submission per applicant, and no email submissions.  NO FEE is Required (voluntary donations, blind to jurors, are welcome).

Mail submission to:
Jane Chambers Award

C/O : Maya E. Roth
108 Davis Performing Arts Center
Department of Performing Arts, Box 571063
37 & O Street, NW
Georgetown University
Washington DC, 20057-1063


All entries MUST be received by MARCH 1 2013

The Women & Theatre Program will announce the winner by June 30, 2013.

Black History Month - theater edition

Kenneth Branagh and Laurence Fishburne in OTHELLO


Paul Robeson on OTHELLO


Saturday, February 23, 2013

CALL FOR ONE-ACT PLAYS INSPIRED BY THE THEME "SUPERSTITION"

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Eastbound Theatre seeks short one-act plays for production in July.  The theme of Eastbound Summer 2013 will be “Superstition”.  5 finalists will receive a production of their play, and compete for the Summer Audience Award.

Deadline is March 1, 2013.

There is no submission fee.

There is no compensation for performance or for winning the Summer Audience Award.

Playwrights will maintain all rights to their material.

Additional performances may be requested, but will not be performed without the permission of the playwright.

Playwrights may submit more than one play.

Finalists will be notified via email unless playwright requests otherwise.

Submissions must be unpublished, original one-act plays of 10-15 pages in length, inspired by the theme “Superstition”.

We prefer submissions to be completely new plays, written specifically for this event.

Please submit your script and a cover letter explaining how the theme inspired your work.

Email submissions to ZenRipple@yahoo.com.  Attachments can be doc, rtf or pdf files.

Hard copy submissions can be sent to:

Eastbound Summer 2013
Milford Fine Arts Council
40 Railroad Avenue South
Milford, CT  06460

Transient Theater submission guidelines

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Currently, Transient Theater is only producing one show a year. This isn't to discourage you from submitting your play; we just want you to understand we don't have a big staff and accepting submissions is something new for us. That being said, we'll be looking for a play to do in 2013 and we're willing to explore lots of possibilities. If you think we should read your play, please ask yourself the following questions:


  1. Does my play have 3 characters and minimal technical requirements? (We know that's harsh, but it's the only sort of play we're currently capable of producing.)
  2. Does my play speak to the mission* and values of Transient Theater?
  3. Is my play past the developmental stage and ready for a full production?

If you can answer "yes" to all 3 questions, then send us an email with a one page synopsis of the play. If we're interested in reading the full script, we'll let you know within a few weeks.

* Transient Theater strives to inspire new levels of understanding and empathy in its audience members by producing brave and smart plays in a sustainable way. We challenge our audience members to sympathize with someone they wouldn’t normally identify with in their day-to-day lives. At our most successful, we plant the seeds for a revolution of empathy to replace our culture of separateness. At the very least, we have fun trying.

Free tickets for NYCPlaywrights ~ PAS DE DEUX and JOE


See the first of the Cherry Lane Theatre's Mentor Project plays this season. Free tickets are available for the Monday February 25, 2013 7pm show.

Email your request to be placed on the comp list to Seri Lawrence at Seri Lawrence slawrence@cherrylanetheatre.org - put "Mentor Project" in the subject of your email.

Red Bull Theater presents: NEW SHORT PLAY FESTIVAL

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3rd Annual Short New Play Festival – Open Submissions

New plays! Heightened language! Classical themes! 10 minutes long!

The Deal
Building on the success of our last two Festivals, Red Bull Theater’s Short New Play Festival returns in 2013. Six short plays will be selected from an open-submission process and presented in staged readings along side two short plays by commissioned writers (past writers have included Constance Congdon, Elizabeth Egloff, David Grimm and John Guare). Plays will be selected based on relevance to Red Bull Theater’s mission, incorporation of stated theme and excellence of the work.

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

GREED

Take a look through our history to see the kind of work we have done. Respond to a play we’ve produced or choose a classic of your own. Adapt something, Riff on a character, Borrow a language structure, Create a whole new classical world – you choose!

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

The Timeline
Email scripts to submissions@redbulltheater.com by the deadline of March 8th, 2013.
Submissions will only be accepted electronically in PDF format.
Selected plays will be announced by April 15th, 2013.
New Play Festival is May 13th, 2013.

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

Friday, February 22, 2013

HONKY: Discount ticket code for NYCPlaywrights

Award-winning theatre, URBAN STAGES, presents HONKY - a darkly comedic look at five people, white and black, as they navigate the muddy waters of race, advertising and basketball shoes. 

NYCPlaywrights are welcome to check out this poignant new comedy for just $20 during previews (March 8th - March13th). Simply head directly here http://www.smarttix.com/show.aspx?showcode=HON5&Dcode=NYCP to grab the discount or head to urbanstages.org with code NYCP. 

More about HONKY
When a black sneaker company hires a white CEO, their commercials begin glorifying the “ghetto" and sales triple among white teens. But when violence erupts in a black community, the shoe designer blames the ads and promises revenge. Meanwhile, the writer of the ads is paralyzed by white guilt – which only gets worse when his therapist turns out not to be what he expected. Luckily, there’s a new racism pill on the market advertising, "If you don't think you need it, you're probably a racist!" HONKY takes a comedic look at the symbiotic relationship between racism and commercialism. 

Written by Greg Kalleres. Directed by Luke Harlan. 
Starring Scott Barrow, Philip Callen, Dave Droxler, Danielle Faitelson, Anthony Gaskins, Chris Myers, Reynaldo Piniella and Arie Bianca Thompson

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