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Sunday, March 31, 2013

Shakespeare scholars unite to see off claims of the 'Bard deniers'

A group of 22 of the world's leading Shakespeare scholars have come together to produce a book that details what they consider to be definitive evidence that the Bard really did write his own plays.

Since the 1850s, 77 people have been suggested as the likely author, with Francis Bacon, Edward de Vere – the 17th Earl of Oxford – and Christopher Marlowe the most popular candidates, and Queen Elizabeth I among the most outlandish. The academics feel the anti-Shakespeare campaign has intensified lately, and that the elevation of Shakespeare authorship studies to master's degree status has been the final straw.
Three eminent experts on Bacon, Oxford and Marlowe are among the Shakespeareans who demonstrate in a series of essays precisely why only Shakespeare could have written his plays and poems, apart from his collaborations. Cambridge University Press will publish Shakespeare Beyond Doubt: Evidence, Argument, Controversy on 18 April, days before the Shakespeare birthday celebrations in Stratford-upon-Avon on 20-21 April. The publication – which they say will be scholarly, but accessible for general readers – is co-edited by Paul Edmondson and Stanley Wells, noted scholars from the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, the academic charity.

More at The Guardian

Broadway Workshop’s Children’s Musical Theater Festival seeks original family-friendly musicals

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Broadway Workshop’s Children’s Musical Theater Festival provides up-and-coming theater writers with the opportunity, space and resources to develop and showcase new family-friendly musicals. In addition, we nurture and educate aspiring young actors through educational programming, rehearsals and performances of these original works. Our annual festival is held for one week every July in New York City.

We are looking for original family-friendly musicals, appropriate for an audience of ages 9 and up, to showcase at our annual festival from Saturday, July 13-Sunday, July 21, 2013. Here is some information on our submission process.

submission process
We are currently seeking submissions for our 2013 season.

Who is eligible: All writers, with or without industry representation, produced or unproduced, may submit a show for consideration. All musicals must be original family-friendly musicals, which have not received a commercial production. Shows that have previously received staged readings and developmental workshops are welcomed. CMTF will also consider musicals intended for older audiences which we will help the writers adapt for young actors.

HOW TO SUBMIT :: DEADLINE FOR MATERIALS IS APRIL 1, 2013
1. Determine whether your show is:

  • Category 1 (appropriate for performers ages 9-12)
  • Category 2 (appropriate for performers ages 13-18)

2. Download a form. Click here to download Adobe Acrobat.

3. Please fill out a submission form and mail it, along with a script of your show and a CD sampling of 3-4 songs to:
Broadway Workshop
ATTN: CMTF Show Submission
692 10th Avenue, Ste. 2C
New York, NY 10019
4. OR submit electronically. E-mail all of the above materials (completed form, script and 3-4 musical tracks) to info@cmtfnyc.com. Please be sure to indicate whether these items are being sent in multiple e-mails.

REGARDLESS OF CATEGORY, SHOWS MUST BE:

  • Under 90 minutes in length
  • Have appropriate storylines, themes and language usage for the indicated age group
  • Offer multiple lead and ensemble roles for a large cast of 20-25
  • Include music that can be taught and perfected to performance level during the Festival’s one week educational program

Selection Process: All submissions will be read by the Festival Artistic Director, who will select 4 shows (2 in each category) to be reviewed by a reading committee of 6-8 young members of Broadway Workshop, from which the final two will be selected.

Notification: We will contact you by May 1, 2013 with submission results. If selected, you must be available from June 1 - July 21 via email or in person in NYC for revisions and development of your show in preparation for the Festival.

Festival Rehearsals/Performances: Your show will be rehearsed and performed by young performers selected by Broadway Workshop, to participate in an educational program from Saturday, July 13-Friday, July 21, which includes 50 hours of rehearsals, workshops and seminars in preparation for the performances on Saturday and Sunday, July 20 & 21. All activities take place at Ripley-Grier Studios and New York Live Arts in Manhattan.

Benefits: If accepted into the Festival, CMTF will develop, promote and produce a workshop presentation of your musical, at no expense to you. There will be two performances of your show on the final Festival weekend with licensing/publishing representation in attendance. Past shows have received licensing offers as a result of participating in the Festival. In addition, shows will have visibility on Festival press and marketing materials.

For questions about the Festival please feel free to email info@CMTFnyc.com or call 212.262.2636.

Saturday, March 30, 2013

GIRL PLAY - short lesbian-themed plays by women wanted

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The Women's Theatre Project, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida is presenting: GIRL PLAY, their Fourth Lesbian Short Play Reading Series.

The staged readings will take place June 22, 23 and 24, 2013 at Art Gallery 21 at The Woman's Club of Wilton Manors, FL.  We will choose between 14-16 scripts and present them in two programs, Friday and Saturday night.  Audiences will vote on their favorite scripts and the “Best of the Fest” will be presented again at the Sunday matinee.

Seeking short plays (5-12 minutes-figure one minute a page); written by women with a lesbian theme; cast limit (women and men) is 2-8.

Limited submission:  No more than 2 scripts per playwright.

Scripts may be submitted to:
girlplaytwtp@yahoo.com with Lesbian Playwriting Festival 2013 written in subject line. 

Scripts must be received by midnight (EST) on March 31, 2013.

Thespian Production is seeking one-act plays

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Thespian Production is seeking one-act plays for its June and August 2013 "Theatre Madness" showcase.  Plays should be no longer than fifteen minutes and consist of minimal set and props.  Multiple submissions are accepted.  We accept all genres, but no nudity.

Send submissions along with a short synopsis to submissions@thespianproduction.com.

Deadline is March 31, 2013.

MILK CAN THEATRE COMPANY ANNOUNCES 2013 READING SERIES Call for Submissions

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The Milk Can Theatre Company is currently accepting submissions for the Spring 2013 COW Reading Series. COW or Comments on Work is a new reading series hosted by The Milk Can Theatre Company in New York City. Designed to be a casual reading of excerpts from new works, works in progress or otherwise un-produced plays, the COW series is meant to foster the development of original and exciting work. Taking place in unexpected locations and featuring unexpected talent, each COW will hopefully spark interesting conversation and commentary, providing feedback for the playwrights at a much earlier stage.

The Milk Can Theatre Company, founded in 2003, is a collective of directors and playwrights. The name of the company reflects our belief that there is power and elegance in simplicity. We provide a collaborative home for artists. Each season allows every company member to take risks: the chance to explore, the opportunity to fail – it’s all a process.
The selected playwrights will have the opportunity to present their work for an audience and receive valuable feedback and commentary.

GUIDELINES FOR SUBMISSION:

1.    Submissions will be accepted until March 31, 2013. All submissions must be postmarked by this date or they will not be considered for the current series. Another submission window will be posted in late summer of 2013.

2.    Submissions must be no more than twenty (20) pages in length. Send us your best scene, short script or work in progress but please stay within the page limit. Any submission over this limit will be immediately disqualified.

3.    Previously produced works will not be considered. This is the first step in our development process and therefore we are seeking new, unproduced works.

4.    We are unable to accept electronic submissions. All submissions must be mailed to the following address:
The Milk Can Theatre Company – COW 19-19 23rd Drive Astoria, NY 11105

5.    No submissions will be returned. Due to volume, we will not be able to comment or provide feedback on individual work.

6.    Each submission must be typed and stapled.

7.    Please include a title page with the following information:
Play Title (if any), Playwright’s name, Address, Phone Number, Email address, Short Synopsis of the work and a character breakdown.
 This page will NOT count towards the total page number of the submission.

8.    Please also attach a current résumé.

9.    All playwrights submitting must be available to attend at least ONE reading in New York City.
The Milk Can Theatre Company will NOT provide travel or housing accommodations.

10. Readings will be held on April 22, May 20 and June 17, 2012. The readings will begin at 7:30.

11. The Milk Can Theatre Company will provide space and actors for the reading.

12. This will be a free, public reading followed by talkback with the playwright and company
members.

13. Playwrights will only be notified if they have been selected for this series. These notifications will be sent out by April 1st. Please do not contact us to check on submissions.

For more information please visit www.milkcantheatre.org.

ARCADIANA REPERTORY THEATRE 2013 New Works Festival

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The Acadiana Repertory Theatre (Lafayette Louisiana) is now accepting submissions for its 2013 New Works Festival.

Acadiana Rep's second annual New Works Festival will run the last week of May and we are looking for 4 shows to fill the remaining slots. Shows will be given a full reading and audience members will be voting to decide which show they would like to see in our 2014 season, which has the theme of Commit.

Last years winners included BARRIER ISLAND by David Stallings of MT Theatre Works in New York and A PLACE TO LAND by Chelsea Marcantel, which just received its world premiere production this past weekend.

Please submit your play electronically to: stevenlandry@acadianarep.org
For more information about ART, please visit www.acadianarep.org

Epiphany Theatre submission guidelines

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SUBMISSION GUIDELINES:

  • original script
  • 90 minutes or less
  • may be full-length plays, one-acts, translations, adaptations, and musicals
  • any subject matter
  • preference will be shown for scripts that emphasize the fantasical (think Neil Gaiman or Terry Pratchett - though no adaptations of these authors, please).

Submissions can be sent to Epiphany Theatre at Epiphanytheatreco {at} gmail {dot} com.
Please include:

  • mailing and email address
  • a synopsis of the script
  • cover letter detailing the development and/or production history of the play

Questions? Email: Epiphanytheatreco {at} gmail {dot} com
Note: At this point in time we are hoping to focus on adaptations of royalty-free work. As we get our ducks in a row, we will eventually be looking for adapters to work with some well-known authors' writing.

Thank you for submitting!

Our Wish List:

  • A post-apocalyptic Tartuffe
  • A steampunk version of Offenbach's Tales Of Hoffman (this does not need to remain in opera format -- but the opportunity to integrate Barcarolle or The Doll Song would be great)
  • Grimm's Fairy Tales (done in any style!)
  • Any H.G. Wells, H.P. Lovecraft, Edgar Allan Poe, Bram Stoker or Mary Shelley
  • Shows with a post-apocalyptic, steampunk, fantasy, or comic book feel (or all of the above!)

There is no pay (yet!), but you will have the opportunity to attend rehearsals (if desired), and sell your work at our box office.

The Very Short Play Festival

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NOTE: Writers will be required to produce their selected play for stage and provide their own actors. Therefore, even if YOU live far away from Northfield, MN, you will be responsible for getting your play to Northfield For JUST ONE DATE, EITHER on May 3 or 4, 2013


CALL FOR PLAYWRIGHTS
FOR THE 7th ANNUAL VERY SHORT PLAY FESTIVAL
Submission Deadline: April 2, 2013

The Arts Guild is calling for plays for our Very Short Play Festival. Submissions cannot exceed TEN MINUTES IN LENGTH when fully staged. Writers of ANY AND ALL AGES are encouraged to submit their work. There are no restrictions on genre or content, just on the length of the play. Submissions can be complete short plays or stand-alone excerpts from longer works.

The selected youth plays (those rated G or PG) will be performed on Friday night, May 3. The selected adult plays (those rated PG-13 and up) will be performed on Saturday night, May 4, 2013. On their performance night, each team will need to set up and clear the stage quickly, and there will be only one 30 minute tech rehearsal per team. Thus, all technical elements of the play must be as minimal as possible.

You can submit your play either by e-mail OR by regular mail.
DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS: April 2, 2013.
Winning playwrights will be notified by e-mail on or before April 8, 2013.

E-MAIL SUBMISSIONS should be sent to vspf@northfieldartsguild.org with Very Short Play Festival in the Subject Line. Submissions must be formatted as a Microsoft Word document or .pdf file.
OR
If you prefer to send a PAPER COPY instead of an electronic one, it should be mailed to:
The Northfield Arts Guild
Attn: Very Short Play Festival VII
304 Division Street
Northfield, MN 55057

Please be sure to include your full name, mailing address, email address, and telephone number on your submission. If more than one person contributes to the play, please include the same contact information for each individual.

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Friday, March 29, 2013

2013 Turner Cassity Literary Festival ONE-ACT VERSE PLAY COMPETITION

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Open to all U.S. & international writers
Postmark deadline -- March 31, 2013
NO FEE

First place prize – Staged reading of the winning play and up to
$250.00 travel costs for winning playwright to attend the performance.

One-act verse plays: no more than 20 to 30-minute in length, should not require costumes, sets or lighting. Author retains all rights. No flash fiction or erotica.

Submission requirements: All manuscripts must be in Times New Roman, 12 point. Author's name should not appear on text. Submissions may be sent via regular mail or submitted by email. Submissions must be accompanied by a separate cover sheet with the writer's name, mail and e-mail addresses, phone number, the title(s) of the piece(s), and a short (100 word maximum) biography. Simultaneous submissions acceptable, but author must notify the Cultural Arts Council if a work wins an award prior to our June 1st announcement.

Submissions by U.S.P.S. should be mailed to--
2013 TCLF Verse Play Competition
Cultural Arts Council of Douglasville/Douglas County
P.O. Box 2018
Douglasville, Georgia 30133

Online submissions sent to: cultureassistant@earthlink.net. Subject line of email: 2013 TCLF Verse Play Competition.

Announcement of Winners and Honorable Mentions: We will announce winners on June 1, 2013, at www.artsdouglas.org. Winning entrant will be notified personally. The winning play will be read at the Cultural Arts Center at 8 p.m. on Saturday, July 13, 2013 and will be open to the general public. For more information, contact CAC at 770.949.2787, visit the www.artsdouglas.org, or e-mail Andrew Badger, awiglaf@gmail.com.



ONLINE JOURNAL SEEKS PLAYS FOR PUBLICATION

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Silent Revelations Press will begin accepting submissions on January 1st, 2013 until March 31st, 2013.   

What are we looking for?

Silent Revelations Press seeks to publish original works from authors, poets, and playwrights.  Our primary focus is to consider the "silences" by questioning, probing, and displaying these issues from a unique perspective or point of view, while maintaining an anti-oppressive approach.  

For more information regarding our mission, and/or submission process, please visit:   http://www.silentrevelationspress.com

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Indie Boots is currently accepting play submissions under 15 minutes in length

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Deadline: April 1, 2013

Indie Boots is currently accepting play submissions under 15 minutes in length for   Indie Boots Theatre Festival: The Rebecca Plays.

All plays must be world premieres and must use "Rebecca" in the title of the piece ("Rebecca's Room," "When Rebecca Fell," etc.). The finalists will be performed as part of a festival in Chicago, IL in the spring. An audience award will be presented.
  • No entry fee / free to submit. 
  • No monetary compensation. 
  • Plays must require less than 10 actors. 
  • Once submitted, scripts may not be withdrawn.
  • All genres welcome. Comedies and scripts   featuring underrepresented characters (women, LGBTQ characters, etc) highly encouraged.  
  • Multiple entries from one writer accepted. 
Email info@indieboots.org with "Rebecca - Playwright Name" in the subject line.

For more information, visit: www.indieboots.org

Indie Boots: Bringing independent theatre, film, and music to audiences through annual festivals, special events, and curated programs.

Indie Boots
Chicago, IL
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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

The Players Theatre: Accepting Submissions for Short Play Festival

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The historic Players Theatre, in the heart of Greenwich Village, is accepting short play and musical submissions for the June Festival competition.

This June our theme will be “Only In New York!” Starting June 6th, five short plays/musicals will be presented each week for three weeks. The Short Play and Musical Festival will run Thursday through Sunday in the Steve & Marie Sgouros Theatre.

Each week, a Best of the Festival winner will be selected by audience and judge’s votes. The winner will receive a cash prize of $100. The Short Play and Musical festival is running Thursdays through Sundays from June 6 - 23, 2013.

All completed submissions must be received by 5:00 PM, Friday, April 12th.

Email Submissions to PlayFestival@ThePlayersTheatre.com and mail two (2) copies of your script (BLIND COPY ONLY) and application to:

The Short Play Festival
The Players Theatre
115 MacDougal Street
New York, NY 10012
212-475-1449

GUIDELINES

1. Submissions should be of a NEW YORK theme in honor of ONLY IN NEW YORK. Should be focussed on New York experiences and ideas.

2. Each production will have four performances; Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. (Tech will be the previous Sunday.)

There will be three separate weeks. Festival staff will try to pair up one-acts according to theme and running time. Please let us know if you have any date conflicts.
We will try to work around conflict of selected plays but be aware that conflicts might exclude you from the festival.

3. Please mail or hand-deliver two (2) bound, hard copy, blind submissions, of your play not to exceed 15 pages/15 minutes, with the application form (link) to the above address. Please include a CD of music if you are submitting a musical.
 Make sure that a cast breakdown and synopsis is included. In addition, you must e-mail one copy. There is no submission fee but we limit the number of plays by each playwright to two (2). Plays will not be returned so please do not send SASE.

Blind submission: Pages should have no identifying marks other than the title and/or page numbers. The application should have all identifying information.

4. DEADLINE:

All completed submissions must be received by 5:00PM, Friday, April 12th.

5. Playwrights or their representatives are responsible for all aspects of their production; costs, casting (non-Equity), rehearsals, props. A list of available set pieces will be provided at pre-Festival meeting. The load-in and load-out will be done by the actors and staff in under 2 minutes so, please, limit your requirements. There will be a meet and greet for authors or representative which is mandatory. Please limit lights and sound cues to maximum of 5 (five) which should include lights up and black out.

6. Selected plays will be asked to contribute a $50 technical fee to assist producers in covering the cost of staffing and programs. (The Players’ Theatre will provide production stage manager (lighting/sound technician), house manager, box office personnel and media.) Lights will be a general wash.
 There is no storage space for props or costumes so limit them to what you can carry back and forth. Festival staff will provide each accepted production with one half-hour tech time. Each production will tech the Sunday before performance week and all cast members are required to be there.

7. There is a piano in the theatre. Any additional music requirements must be approved by and are at the discretion of the Festival staff. We have limited space and prefer that it is used for audience.

8. Festival staff will contact accepted play/musical authors and a list will be available on our website after April 19th.

9. There will be a mandatory meeting set for participants to provide information and answer questions. Rehearsal space will be available at a discounted rate for Festival participants.

One large dressing room will be available for all actors.

10. The Producers will schedule an audition for directors/authors to select cast.
(No double casting.)
The Festival will also try to assist any author in securing a director for those who do not have one. Please be aware that the larger your cast, the more difficult it will be for your directorto schedule rehearsals. It is not necessary to use The Festival casting service should your play already be cast.

11. There will be a $100 deposit to cover cancellation or damages. This will be returned at the end of The Festival.

12. Complete contact sheet and program info will be required two weeks in advance of performance date.

13. Audience voting will determine each week’s favorites. Only audience member who have seen all plays will be allowed to vote. Weekly winners will be awarded $100

Applications and more guidelines available at:

http://www.scribd.com/doc/129466268/SPF-Application-Only-In-New-York

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Fly-by-Night Theater submissions accepted Feb 1 - April 1 2013

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Due to the high volume of submissions we have received, submissions are now accepted from February 1st thru April 1st ONLY. Submissions submitted any time other than the specified dates will not be eligible for consideration. 

Fly-By-Night Theatre is always on the lookout for new works. And though we prefer to work with artists local to the North Carolina Triad area, we are happy and willing to work with like-minded artists anywhere.

Here are some ground rules for all submissions:

Please keep in mind that we do exclusively new work, and by new  we mean unproduced.

We are active collaborators. We aren't going to rewrite your piece for you, nor are we after any authorial credit or future production percentages or any of that nonsense – but we are a process-oriented group. Please just understand that going in.

If we agree to work with you on your piece, we will pay you a small stipend.

PLAYS

We're really open to any length. Full-length plays (75-120 pages) are your best bet, but we'll look at one-acts as well.

We tend to favor plays that are ambitious in form and content over the standard family/relationship squabble, but we'll look at anything.

HOW TO SUBMIT: Send us a brief synopsis (anywhere from a sentence to a page) and the first ten pages in format of your play, each in PDF format.

More information about us at www.flybynighttheatre.com

Dark and Twisted Fairy Tales wanted

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BHP is now accepting submissions with a "dark and twisted fairy tale" theme for our next showcase opening June 22, 2013.
The set will be one large rectangle cube and two small square cubes and you can use these in any way you see fit. Be creative! What constitutes a fairy tale? 5-15 minutes in length, please. Basic lighting and sound cues preferred. The deadline for submission is April 1, no foolin'.

We are now selecting plays for 2013 and beyond. Basic lighting and sound cues preferred. Otherwise, go nuts! There are no other restrictions - language, sexual situations, drugs, violence - the sky's the limit.

Our space is a black box with a thrust configuration and seats 85-100.

Please mail your submissions in PDF format to submissions@obsidianartspace.org by April 1, 2013. 

Monday, March 25, 2013

Seeking New 10-Minute Plays

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The Collective NY's Permanent Ensemble is searching for the best unpublished/unproduced short plays to be practiced, produced and published this summer.

The plays for this inaugural festival will be chosen blindly: we won't know who wrote what until we've made our selections.

Chosen pieces will appear in a week-long festival at a prominent NYC venue in summer 2013.

We are seeking stories that speak to the tenets of our Mission Statement and the work we do:
The Collective unites professional artists who share a responsibility to create work in the contemporary American Theatre that is emotionally truthful, socially relevant, and defiantly accessible.
To register, please e-mail: Collective10@thecollective-ny.org
Include your name, mailing address, phone number and the title of your play.
Registration deadline is APRIL 4th. 

Upon receipt of registration email, details for submission will be provided.

For more information, please visit thecollective-ny.org

We are looking for scripts for the April 13 - 14 Short Play Lab

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Scripts Wanted for April 13 - 14
Short Play Lab -- Cash Prizes!!
Dear Friend in the Theatre,

We are looking for scripts for the April 13 - 14 Short Play Lab.
New participants are welcome!

The rules are easy-peasy:

Deadline is April 1. 

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 April 1.

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

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Geva Theatre submission guidelines


Plays we want

Geva Theatre Center accepts submissions for full-length plays, translations and adaptations. New plays are considered for possible inclusion in all our play development programs, as well as for production on our stages. Unfortunately, we cannot accept submissions of musicals for development at this time. We are looking for bold, theatrical voices, and are passionate about supporting the craft of both emerging and established writers in service of our commitment to developing new work for the American theatre.

The purpose and power of the theatrical event has always been to come together in the theatre and discover a new understanding of ourselves. By developing and producing work that explores and celebrates the human experience, we engage in a dialogue about what it means to be human, what it means to be an American, and what it means to be a global citizen, in the 21st century.

We try to stay open to a diversity of aesthetic, topic and approach, but plays that we are interested in frequently share some of the following characteristics:

  • Strength and depth of writing which would indicate that this is not the first draft of the play 
  • Strong, interesting characters that offer actors something to explore, and rich relationships between the characters onstage
  • A compelling narrative which presents a new story, or a new take on a familiar tale
  • Smart, compelling use of language
  • Action which befits a story told onstage, rather than on film or in print.

Before submitting your work to use, please read our full vision and mission for new play development here.

How to submit a play

Playwrights with professional representation may have their agents send full manuscripts at any time. Please note that lawyers and law firms do not qualify as "professional representation.”

To best accommodate our schedule of new play activities, we have an Inquiry Window, during which playwrights who are not working with an agent may send a submission inquiry. The current window is from November 1, 2012 to January 31, 2013. Inquiries submitted in any other time period cannot be processed. Before submitting a play for consideration, please look at our production history and at the list of new plays we have commissioned or produced, as an indication of the kind of work we are likely to produce.

Please do not send us the first draft of a play. Due to the amount of scripts we receive, we can only read any play one time, so make sure you are sending us your best work. Plays for consideration in our play development series must not have had more than one production at another theatre.

To have your play considered, submit the following (please note: electronic inquiries cannot be responded to):

  • A cover letter introducing yourself, with your full contact information
  • Your creative resume and a development or production history of this play. If the play has had other developmental readings or productions, they must be included here.
  • A description of this play, no more than ½ page. This need not be a summary of the plot – we welcome a description of the play’s world, characters and conflict, and your reasons for writing it.
  • A complete list of characters
  • A ten-page dialogue sample. Pages do not need to come from the beginning of your text but must be sequential.
  • Please include a stamped, self-addressed envelope if you would like materials to be returned.

Direct your inquiry to:
Jean Ryon
New Plays Coordinator
Geva Theatre Center
75 Woodbury Blvd.
Rochester, NY 14607

After reviewing your query, we will let you know whether or not we wish to read the entire script. Playwrights submitting Inquiries can anticipate hearing from us by June 30. Agents submitting plays should expect a response within 6-12 months. Please note: Due to the amount of inquiries we receive, we cannot respond to materials submitted electronically.

For more information, please call Jean Gordon Ryon, Geva Theatre Center’s New Plays Coordinator (585) 232-1366 ext 3034.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Eastbound Theatre seeks original monologues

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Eastbound Theatre seeks original monologues for inclusion in its SideTracks program of staged readings.

The SideTracks program was created last year. Three performances of original plays were held at theMilford Library. The program generally features readings of both monologues and small cast one acts.

Guidelines:
There is no deadline. This is an ongoing call.
Playwrights may submit more than one monologue.
Playwrights will be notified of any performances via email.
There is no submission fee.
There is no compensation for performance.
Playwrights will maintain all rights to their material.
Submissions must be unpublished, original monologues of 5-7 pages in length.

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

Hard copy submissions can be sent to:
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Eastbound Theatre: SideTracks
Milford Fine Arts Council
40 Railroad Avenue South
Milford, CT 06460

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