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Friday, September 20, 2013

Libra Theater Company is now accepting submissions of new, full-length plays

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Libra Theater Company is now accepting submissions of new, full-length plays for consideration for upcoming development and/or production opportunities. Plays submitted must be unproduced in NYC. In addition, writers with both unproduced plays as well as plays that have premiered outside of NYC but are seeking second or third productions should feel free to submit.

If interested, please submit the following to submissions@libratheater.org:
  • One-page summary of the play
  • 10-20 page excerpt
  • Playwright resume (emerging writers are encouraged)
  • Brief artistic statement detailing why you are passionate about the submitted play and what excites you about writing for the theater (optional, but encouraged… We’d love to get to know you a little more in addition to reading a bit of your play.)
All submitted plays should have a minimum of 4 actors, with at least half playable by 20-something performers. In addition, much of Libra’s past work has included music to some degree. In keeping with this, we would love to see plays that have the opportunity to incorporate original music or song. However, this is certainly not a requirement. We are not accepting full musical submissions at this time.

Please submit initial excerpts and supplemental materials by September 30, 2013. 
We will be sure to be in touch if we would like to read your entire script.

Founded in 2010, Libra is dedicated to producing quality theater that honors and works with the time commitments of our artists. This commitment to balance also extends to our annual programming, which includes both musical and non-musical theater as well as new work and revivals of classics. Recent productions of note include Will Reynolds’ Poems & Moon Songs, William Shakespeare’s 12th Night (2012 NY Innovative Theatre Award – “Outstanding Original Music”) and the world premiere of Joshua H. Cohen’s The Thirteenth Commandment (recently nominated for seven 2013 NY Innovative Theatre Awards including “Outstanding Premiere Production of a Play”).

Thursday, September 19, 2013

PlayPenn seeks full-length plays

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Beginning September 2, PlayPenn will be accepting applications for its 2014 New Play Development Conference; we are pleased to request your full length, unproduced script for consideration. Application materials will be accepted between September 2 and September 30, 2013.

Your application must be uploaded and complete by September 30, 2013 or it cannot be considered.

The 2014 Conference will be held in Philadelphia, PA from July 11 – 27. Invited playwrights will have the opportunity to work with a director, dramaturg, designers 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 11 – 13) that will help lay the collaborative groundwork for the development time ahead. These three days give the artistic teams the opportunity to get to know each other and the six scripts at the center of the Conference. The Conference concludes with public staged readings that are intended as a part of the process, not a final product, 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 work 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 PLAY MIGHT BE STAGED IN PRODUCTION.


Please follow the instructions to upload your play into our system. Because the data base identifies you through your registration, NO NAME SHOULD BE INCLUDED ON ANY DOCUMENT, INCLUDING YOUR RESUME. Please submit the following:

1. An original script in pdf format with no identifying information. Applications that are submitted in non-pdf format will not be considered (pdf) (no name on the document).
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 Plays that have been produced or that have been through an extended development process are not eligible. Plays that have had readings are eligible. (pdf) (no name on the document).
5. An articulation of your goals for the development process using the resources
offered by PlayPenn. Please be specific in regard to what aspects of your text you would like to focus on during the course of the conference. (pdf) (no name on the document).

We cannot consider plays for children, plays under one hour in length or musicals.

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 PLAY MIGHT BE STAGED IN PRODUCTION.

Your application must be uploaded and complete by midnight September 30, 2013 or it cannot be considered.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Urban Stages is looking for full-length plays

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Open Play Submissions for Urban Stages
Urban Stages - an award-winning Off-Broadway theatre celebrating its 30th year - is looking for full-length plays for the following reading series (and simultaneously plays to consider for future productions):

WORDS BY WOMEN Reading Series:
To celebrate and champion female playwrights, we are opening submissions for new works for our 3rd annual Words by Women reading series. Strong female characters and exploration of diverse social/cultural themes are strongly encouraged. 
Plays must be postmarked by October 31st, 2013.
PAN-ASIAN Reading Series:
To shine the spotlight on new plays by Asian and Asian-American playwrights, we are opening submissions for full-length plays for our new Pan-Asian Reading Series. Submissions from the U.S. and abroad are accepted. Plays must be postmarked by October 31st, 2013.
Submit plays to: 
Urban Stages
555 Eighth Avenue, RM 1800
New York, NY 10018

Email submissions will not be accepted.

- Mail submissions to 555 8th Avenue, RM 1800. New York, NY 10018. No Electronic Submissions.

- INCLUDE: a BRIEF SYNOPSIS, a BRIEF BIO AND/OR RESUME, A CHARACTER BREAKDOWN and a SELF-ADDRESSED STAMPED ENVELOPE (if you would like your play returned, please include a large envelope and the appropriate postage otherwise, plays will be recycled).

- Plays must require 7 actors or less (small-cast plays are given special consideration)

- Plays with previous NYC productions are not eligible (staged readings and workshops are OK).

- Plays on any topic are accepted but special consideration is given to plays that explore social or cultural concerns. Musicals ARE accepted.

It may take us 6-8 months to consider a play, please do not call our office about a play’s status.

There is no submission fee and no limit to number of submissions (we ask that you do not submit the same play a second time unless there have been significant revisions)


Urban Stages' EMERGING PLAYWRIGHT AWARD is presented to innovative playwrights whose works speak to the whole of society. Special attention is given to plays that touch on social issues. Submissions are accepted throughout the year (there is not a deadline) from around the United States and internationally. However, special attention is given to those who live in or near New York. 

Full-length plays only: 
- scripts must be firmly bound
- No changes or revisions accepted after submission
- No double-sided pages.
- 7 actors or less (Doubling is okay)

With your submission, please include:
- Biography and/or author’s history of the play
- Character breakdown
- Brief synopsis of the play. 
- SASE (a small one for a response letter OR a large one so we can return your play)

Plays MAY HAVE BEEN developed elsewhere, BUT NEVER PRODUCED in New York City.

There is no limit to submission. Subject matter and character variations are open.

There is no submission fee.

It usually takes two to six months for us to read and process your script. We ask that you do not call or email our offices to inquire on the status of your play.

Plays from overseas and throughout the United States are accepted and considered. BUT special attention will be given to playwrights who live in or near New York.

There is no deadline for The Emerging Playwright Award. 

Catchy Name Theatre Lab Call for Submissions

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The Catchy Name Theatre Lab, the development arm of Catchy Name Theatre Company, is seeking new plays for potential development at Catchy Name Theatre.

There are no submission fees. The Catchy Name Theatre Lab is non-exclusive and does not retain ownership of any play created for it, beyond the initial staged reading.

Participating writers should ideally be local (San Francisco and the greater Bay Area, to enable the playwright to be present during the development process), however submissions will be accepted nationwide.

Playwright(s) selected will be expected to attend rehearsals for the reading in addition to attending the reading itself. Playwright(s) will be expected to help promote the reading.

Writers are encouraged to submit as many scripts as they want. There is no limitation as to topic/theme. Deadline for submission is no later than midnight (Pacific Time) Tuesday, October 15, 2013.

Selected playwright(s) will be notified no later than November 1, 2013. The public reading will take place in November 2013, at a theatre space in San Francisco to be announced. This is an opportunity for new and emerging playwrights to hear their work and get feedback from Catchy Name Theatre Company and the public.

Plays of exceptional potential will be considered for further development and future full production by Catchy Name Theatre Company.

WHAT: New Script Submissions for public reading; NO SUBMISSION FEE

DETAILS: Any length, from short 10-minute plays to full-length plays will be accepted. No submission fees. CNTL may opt to select multiple entries for reading, or a single full-length play. All scripts not selected will be considered for future development in our Reading Series. Open to all playwrights nationwide and writing primarily in English. Selected playwright(s) will be notified by email by November 1, 2013.

WHEN: Deadline of OCTOBER 15, 2013 

HOW: Files must be properly formatted (Dramatist’s Guild guidelines) and emailed in PDF format to: submission@catchynametheatre.org
No hard copies will be accepted.

QUESTIONS? Email Scott Tignor, Executive Producer – Catchy Name Theatre Company: scott@catchynametheatre.org

T. Schreiber Studio Presents the 2014 New Works Project

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The T. Schreiber Studio New Works Project is committed to supporting the development of new plays in a safe and nurturing environment-one that serves the playwright and enriches the T. Schreiber Studio community as a whole. The studio provides the playwright access to the expertise of experienced theatre professionals, sophisticated and well trained actors, and a supportive, interactive, audience. In the New Works Project, T. Schreiber will develop new theatrical productions through a series of staged readings and collaborative refinement, culminating in a professional workshop production. The goal is to foster and elevate writers’ work to its fullest potential.

The winning play will receive two staged readings, in Winter and Spring, 2014, performed by T. Schreiber Studio actors. To further develop the play, audience feedback is solicited and the production staff of T. Schreiber will work directly with the playwright to refine the play.  The New Works Project culminates in a workshop production of the winning play for a short run in the of Summer 2014.  There will be no cash prize provided for the selected play.  However, the developmental assistance provided for the selected playwright is invaluable.

The New Works Project is committed to script development and successful production of new works.  Winning playwrights are expected to participate fully in the development process: working directly with the director and T. Schreiber staff during staged readings; interacting with audiences post-readings; and participating in the workshop production.  While T. Schreiber cannot provide transportation or housing to playwrights submitting works from outside the NYC area, every effort will be made to help selected playwrights find local accommodations.


Submission deadline for the New Works Project is December 1st, 2013.

Submission must be full-length in any genre.

Plays must not have received a full-scale, professional production prior to submission.
Playwrights with past production experience are especially encouraged to submit new work.

Productions should be developed for the stage, not other media: e.g. screenplays or teleplays submitted as theatrical plays.

One script per author.

Character age range:  16 and up

There is NO submission fee for the New Works Project.

Do not send more than the materials requested below. No incomplete submissions will be accepted.

Please NO PHONE inquiries.

Submission is a two-phase process.

Phase I: Submit a two page maximum treatment of the play including title, character breakdown (please include age range and gender), and brief story synopsis. Also include 5 pages of consecutive sample dialogue. Playwrights should also include a one page bio and resume including contact information. All abstracts and dialogue samples will be read. From these, selected manuscripts will be solicited for Phase II.

Please do not submit a manuscript with or instead of the abstract. Unsolicited manuscripts will not be read. Electronic copies must be emailed to tschreibertheatre@gmail.com with “New Works Project:  Phase I” in the subject line.
Send treatment, sample dialogue and resume to:  tschreibertheatre@gmail.com

Phase II: All manuscripts that have been solicited for Phase II will be read and reviewed by the selection committee. Manuscripts should be properly formatted and have the playwright’s name, contact address and phone number on the front page. PDF’s and MS Word file formats preferred. No unsolicited manuscripts. Please email manuscripts to tschreibertheatre@gmail.com with “New Works Project: Phase II” in the subject line.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Fort Point Theatre Channel seeks play to accompany KRAPP'S LAST TAPE

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In 2014, Fort Point Theatre Channel will produce an evening of two dramatic works: "Krapp's Last Tape," by Samuel Beckett, and a new woman-centered play or other performance work. For that second work, we seek a play or other performance work that would in some way be an appropriate accompaniment for "Krapp's Last Tape."

With your submission, please include a statement of up to 150 words stating why it is an appropriate accompaniment to "Krapp's Last Tape." No submission will be considered without this statement.

-Length: Up to one hour. Works of at least 30 minutes are preferred.

-Theme: Any, but the work must center on one (or more) woman/women just as "Krapp's Last Tape" centers on a man.

-Honorarium: $500

-Submission Deadline: October 1, 2013

-Cast Size: Small (ideally one to three performers)

-Production date: 2014; exact date to be determined

-We primarily envision a play but will accept queries for other types of work.

-The design concept will encompass both plays. Thus, a simple set or no specification for the set is preferred.

-We seek new work, with no prior full productions. (Prior readings or workshop productions are okay.)

Submit scripts and other works, along with the required statement, by email to marc@fortpointtc.org

Truffle Theatre Company seeks 10-minute Halloween plays

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The Halloween hunt is on! We are now accepting 10-minute play submissions for our Halloween New Play Festival and 2014 Season Launch.

This year we're giving it the theme of "Fears and Phobias!" Wherever this theme takes you is fabulous. Use it to stretch your writing muscles and get to know us for a season full of writing opportunities.

Plays should be about 10 minutes long and can include up to 4 characters. Comedies and dramas are all welcome! Hell, you can even write a spooky musical.

Submissions and questions can be sent to Virginia@truffletheatrecompany.com by September 29th. 

We will choose five plays for our frightening, fun, and beer-filled evenings on October 28th and 30th at 61 Local Public House in Brooklyn, NY. Go to our website www.truffletheatrecompany.com for more.

Submissions Now Open for Playwrights’ Week 2014

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Deadline: OCTOBER 15, 2013 (11:59pm EST)

The Lark’s Open Access Program seeks to provide development opportunities for new and diverse voices for the theater by identifying and advancing promising plays that reveal unheard and vital perspectives.  This submissions program allows the Lark to serve a wide range of playwrights through a blind reading process.

Our support criteria emphasizes ambitious, fresh, playful, engaging, energizing, provocative, powerful and theatrical work by writers with clear statements of purpose who are open to a collaborative development process.

Writers Selected for Playwrights’ Week are Provided with:

- A creative team for ten hours of rehearsal to address self-defined developmental goals

- A public staged reading

- Opportunities to engage with other Playwrights’ Week participants in a peer-based community of support and conversation

A Complete Submission is  Composed of Two Parts:

1.) A completed application form.

2.) A full-length script, with your name or any identifying information removed. We are committed to a blind reading policy and it is important that each writer remains anonymous for the initial review.

We strongly encourage you to submit your application form and script (in Word or PDF form) electronically.

Email/Postmark Deadline

Deadline: OCTOBER 15, 2013 (11:59pm EST)

Submission Guidelines

Before submitting your materials, please review the following SUBMISSION GUIDELINES:

- Submit ONE completed application and ONE full-length play.

- No more than ONE play per playwright will be considered.

- List ONLY the play title on the cover page. NO personal information.

- If you are emailing your submission, please attach only Word or PDF files.

- If you are mailing your submission, double-sided pages are appreciated if possible.  Application materials should not be attached to the script itself.  Hard copies will not be returned.

- If you are submitting a musical, you must mail the script/libretto together with any recorded part of the score to the office.

Other Important Information

- Each applicant should expect a confirmation of application receipt by November 2013 and a final response by July 2014.

- While there is no official minimum number of pages for submitted plays and a one-act play can qualify as full-length, we do not accept 10-minute or multiple, short one-act plays.

- Writers living outside of the United States can apply if the script was originally written in English. Housing and travel will be provided for all out of town writers.

- Due to the volume of submissions to this program, we will be unable to accept revised drafts of scripts during the selection process.

- If you have any questions or would like more information, please email submissions@larktheatre.org.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Ensemble Free Theater Norway seeks 10 minute plays

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Ensemble Free Theater Norway is now accepting submissions of plays for inclusion in Belarusian Dream Theater.  The deadline for entry is 1 October 2013.

  • Each play must be no longer than 10 pages in length, or approximately 10 minutes in length.  
  • Plays may be written in any genre, style, or aesthetic.  
  • Plays must relate to Belarus in some way (ie the country´s politics, people, language, history, art, economy, etc), and may be inspired by anything from a news article to an interview, or a play based on personal experience to theater based on imagination and research.
  • Entries by dramatists of every nationality are welcome to apply, including students.
  • Plays by Belarusian writers are particularly welcome.

For submission details, please contact us here.

The LSU Department of Theatre presents Outworks 2014, a festival of LGBTQ themed one-act plays

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Deadline for Submission: December 6, 2013 
Award:  $150 and production videotape

The Louisiana State University Department of Theatre in Baton Rouge, LA is pleased to announce that we are now accepting submissions for Outworks 2014, a festival of new lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered or queer (LGBTQ) themed one-act plays.

Submission Guidelines
Submissions must be the author's own original work. Each entry shall be free from copyright restrictions and the author agrees to hold LSU, its officers, and directors free and harmless from all copyright claims.
Scripts must be LGBTQ-themed.

  • Submissions must be one-act plays, ranging from (10) ten to (30) thirty minutes in length.    
  • There is a limit of two scripts per playwright. 
  • All Entries should be submitted in Microsoft Word or PDF format via e-mail to outworksfestival@gmail.com with “Outworks 2014” in the subject line.
  • Deadline is December 6, 2013
  • Scheduled production dates are April 29 - May 4, 2014 
Submissions will be read and scored by a faculty/student committee. The committee will select six plays.  These six playwrights will receive $150 in monetary compensation, each play selected will be guaranteed three staged performances, and each playwright will receive a video of his/her production.  Playwrights wishing to attend the festival are responsible for all travel expenses.

The LSU Theatre Lab season retains all rights and privileges concerning casting, production, and programming for Outworks. LSU Theatre reserves the right to:

  • Reproduce as many copies of the play as are necessary for distribution to the judges and participants in the production. 
  • Videotape the performance for archival purposes. 
  • Use the title, author's name and images from the production for publicity purposes related to the Outworks Festival.   

The final play list will be announced January 16, 2014.

Submissions sent via email are preferred.  Please send submissions or inquiries to:

Macy Jones, Outworks Festival Curator, at:

outworksfestival@gmail.com and put “Outworks 2014” in the subject line.

The LSU Theatre Lab season, produced by the Louisiana State University Department of Theatre, offers audiences an “alternative” theatrical experience. Providing a diverse and exciting schedule, the LSU Theatre Lab Season highlights the tremendous talents of the LSU graduate and undergraduate students (B.A., M.F.A., and Ph.D.) both on and behind the stage.

Theatre World wants to document your Off-Off Broadway Production

Hello Off-Off-Broadway Producers and Companies!

Shay Gines here on behalf of Theatre World.  I hope you had a fantastic and very productive 2012-2013 season. I want to document and archive your theatrical activities from this last year.

For the last 69 years, Theatre World has been documenting Broadway and Off-Broadway productions and has become the leading archivist of information for American Theatre. In 2009 they began to include Off-Off-Broadway.

The editors of Theatre World recognized the legitimacy of our community and felt that it deserved a place in this archive.

It is so important that our community is represented in this important work. It helps to bring to light the importance of this sector and demonstrates, the number of productions, the variety, the innovation and the determination of the work being created in our community. 

 I need your help.

 1. Please complete the online forms documenting your company's season (see below)

 2. Please forward this to your fellow OOB producers and ask them to do the same.
What I need is your production information from the 2012-2013 season (shows that played between June 1, 2012 and May 31, 2013), for inclusion in Volume 69, including individual production information as well as festivals, readings, workshops, etc.
I know as an OOB producer your time is valuable, but the annual Theatre World publications are one of the premiere archives for American Theatre and it is so important for our community to be represented. I ask you to take this time to provide the information requested, so that your company's production(s) will be recorded and referenced everywhere by theatre scholars, students, casting directors, producers, and other industry professionals daily. In addition, it will be a part of the permanent record of Off-Off-Broadway and placed in important research and reference libraries from The Library of Congress to most colleges and universities across the country.

Here’s the link to the form:  http://goo.gl/QfNdxB

Photos of your productions: If you would like to submit one or two production photographs (in the form of a .JPG or .TIFF file), you may do so, as long as the pixel width is at least 1,050 pixels wide or wider and 300dpi. If you are unsure of the photo dimensions, look under “File Info” when viewing the photo in Preview or PhotoShop. We cannot make enlargement adjustments to photos. (please be aware that if it is not large enough, we will not be able to include it in the publication).

It is very important when you submit photographs that you provide:
   -  photographer credit
   -  performer credits for all actors in the photograph.  (If there are five or more performers pictured, you may choose to simply list "The Company" as the performers’ credit.)
   - If no photographer credit is listed, then it will be assumed that no photographer credit is required.

  1. Please note that due to page limitations from our publisher we regretfully have a limited numbers of photos that we can use in the Off-Off-Broadway section, and can not include all photographs submitted from every company. As there are listings for over 1,000 shows, the primary focus of the section is to feature as many listings as possible. It should be more of a priority to complete the online forms rather than hold it while you wait on retrieval of photographs from other sources. EMAIL Photos (.JPG, and/or .TIFF FILES) with the title of the production in the subject line or questions to:  TWOffOff@gmail.com
  2. Rental Space & Production Company: If you are a rental space only and not a production company, we would appreciate if you could forward this email to the companies that rented your facility, or look through your records of rentals between June 1, 2012 and May 31, 2013, and if you do have the time and the resources complete the form for shows that were performed in your space during that time. 
  3. Off-Broadway: If any of your productions were actually under an Off-Broadway contract, please email that information separately to twoffoff@gmail.com and I'll forward that it on appropriately. For the purposes of this e-mail, I am currently just asking for the Off-Off-Broadway information. If the production extended under an Off-Broadway contract, please note in the text.
Our publisher is making every effort to release this volume early in 2014, so we need to get your submissions as soon as possible. Since we are under a tight schedule, it is virtually impossible for our staff to research and compile all of the Off-Off-Broadway listings for this volume and we are relying on your help to make sure we include as many productions as possible.

Theatre World is the oldest pictorial and statistical record of the American theatre, published annually as a hardcover book by Applause Theatre & Cinema Books (America's foremost publisher of theatre and cinema books) and has been continually published since 1945. It is the most comprehensive and definitive record of Broadway, Off-Broadway, regional theatre, and Off-Off-Broadway (which is where you come in), and is available for purchase at many fine online establishments, including applausepub.com, amazon.com , or barnesandnoble.com.

Thank you for your cooperation in helping us to maintain the most complete annual record of the American theatre!

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Thanks again.

Shay Gines
OOB Editor Theatre World v69

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Theatre Three Festival of One-Act Plays

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  • Only unproduced works will be accepted.
  • Plays that have had staged readings are eligible.
  • No adaptations, musicals or children's plays.
  • Cast size maximum: 8
  • Length: 40-minutes maximum. No minimum.
  • Settings should be simple or suggested.
  • Playwrights may make multiple submissions.

(These need not be made under separate cover.)
Please do not submit works that have been previously submitted.
Scripts must be postmarked by September 20, 2013.

Please submit a cover letter, a synopsis and a resume along with one copy of the play. Cover sheet of the play should have a title, author, author's address, author's telephone number, and author's email. Plays should be neatly bound or stapled on the left-hand corner. (No loose pages and no binders, please.) All submissions must include a standard SASE for correspondence. Or, if playwrights wish to have their works returned, an appropriate SASE must also be included.

Selecte plays will be presented for ten performances. Playwrights will receive a small stipend.

Plays should be submitted to
17th Annual Festival of One-Act Plays,
attn. Jeffrey Sanzel, Artistic Director
Theatre Three, PO Box 512
Port Jefferson, NY 11777-0512
We do not accept electronic (e-mail) submissions.
Please do not call of stop by the theatre.


Milwaukee Repertory Theater’s annual Rep Lab Short Play Festival

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Milwaukee Repertory Theater’s annual Rep Lab Short Play Festival features The Rep’s Artistic Intern ensemble in an evening of short plays. In the past, Rep Lab festivals have included work by established playwrights and emerging playwrights, funny plays and serious ones, published and unpublished scripts, and even a short musical.

Submissions due September 16, 2013 

As we plan our fourth season of Rep Lab, we welcome submissions of short plays for the 2014 festival. Plays should be between thirty seconds to twenty minutes in length with a cast size between one to twelve actors. Plays will be cast from The Rep’s multi-ethnic ensemble of intern actors between the ages of 22 and 35, directed by a combination of staff, Artistic Associates, and Directing Interns, and produced and designed by The Rep’s Production Interns, all under the guidance of The Rep’s professional staff.

Playwrights whose plays are selected for production will receive commensurate royalty payments.

Selection Process:

Short plays received by September 16, 2013 will be considered for the 2013/14 season festival.

Scripts may have received productions at other theaters or may be as-yet unproduced work.

Playwrights may submit as many pieces as they like that they feel fit the stated criteria.

Note: Due to the volume of submissions, we cannot respond to every submission. We will notify you by January 15, 2013, if your script has been chosen for the festival.  Additionally, all scripts received will be kept on file for consideration in future Rep Lab festivals.


1. Submissions should be emailed to Milwaukee Rep Literary Coordinator Leda Hoffmann at lhoffmann@milwaukeerep.com with the subject line “REP LAB – [Title of Play]”

2. Please email scripts in PDF or Word format.

3. Please include your name and contact information for you or your agent (if applicable), on the front page of the script.

4. Please label the script file as follows: PLAY TITLE (Playwright’s Last Name)

DEADLINE HAS PASSED: NYCPlaywrights October 2013 Play of the Month - Monologue: You put a spell on me

The deadline for monologues for NYCPlaywrights' October 2013 Play of the Month has passed.

The monologues will be reviewed next Sunday, September 22 and the winner will be announced shortly after. Thanks to everybody who submitted work.

New American Voice Play Reading Series

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Submissions will be accepted September 1st through October 31st.

Play Submissions

The Landing Theatre Company and Wordsmyth Theater Company are now accepting ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­full-length plays for ­­­­­­­­­­­­the 2014 New American Play Reading Series in Houston, Texas. Four plays will be selected for staged readings during the Landing Theatre Company's Spring Festival. Selected playwrights must attend the readings. Playwrights must cover their own travel expenses. 


There are no fees for submitting.


  1. Selected playwrights must attend the festival.  
  2. Each playwright will be paired with a local director prior to the festival to prepare for the event.
  3. Director will cast the play prior to the festival.
  4. Each production will receive at least two rehearsals prior to the official reading.
  5. One rehearsal will be scheduled when the playwright can attend.  
  6. The play will then be read in front of an audience, with a moderated discussion of the play afterwards.

Submissions must meet the following criteria:

  1. Playwright must be a citizen or legal resident of the United States of America. 
  2. Play must not have been produced.
  3. Play must not have had a public reading in the Houston area.
  4. Submission must be received on or before October 31st.
  5. Submission must be a minimum of 30 pages long and have a minimum run time of 45 minutes.
  6. Submission must be in .doc, .pdf or .rtf format. 
  7. Plays are given blind reads, so there should be no playwright identifiers anywhere on the script.  Your name and/or contact information should only be in the email.
  8. Only one play per playwright per submission period.
  9. No musicals, children's plays, or one-person plays.  
  10. Playwrights will only be notified if your play is selected.

Submit the play via the play submission form.

The 2014 New American Voices Play Reading Series will be presented March 7-9.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Mystery Plays

Mystery plays and miracle plays (sometimes distinguished as two different forms,[1]although the terms are often used interchangeably) are among the earliest formally developed  plays
 in medieval Europe. Medieval mystery plays focused on the representation of Bible stories in churches as tableaux with accompanying antiphonalsong. They developed from the 10th to the 16th century, reaching the height of their popularity in the 15th century before being rendered obsolete by the rise of professional theatre. 


Thursday, September 12, 2013


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We are looking for amazing “pieces” for a book-length collection from a variety of genres and/or mediums that demonstrate how black women are approaching eldering in the 21st century.  These amazing “pieces” should be done by women with lived experiences or by those who have particular (perhaps observed or researched) knowledge and insight.  Some of the questions that might be answered in these amazing “pieces” are: What has the past taught us that guarantees that the “rest of our lives will be the best of our lives?” How have we resolved troubling issues from our past that will insure peace in our eldering? How do we manifest our eldering knowledge and our experiences in our daily lives? What does eldering “look” like on us?  What are we doing with our eldering experiences individually and/or collectively? How do we use our eldering experiences to prepare our young—pre-50s—for their journey into eldering? And a host of other questions we may not yet have imagined. The collection will be divided into chapters based on the questions raised and/or answered by our respondents (you).
These amazing “pieces” can be in any genre—critical or personal essay, poetry, short fiction, creative non-fiction, 1st person reflection, one-act play or any other literary form.  Additionally, they can be any artistic medium that lends itself to a printed publication—musical notations with lyrics; drawings, paintings, sketches, photography, textile art—and any other art form that can express the sentiments of the theme of the collection and can be articulated on the printed page. 

All submissions must be the original work of the submitting author or artist.
Abstract of 600 words or less (no more than 1½ pages) due by midnight September 30:
(Include the following in your abstract):
1.      Title (can be working title)
2.      Your medium/genre
3.      Summary/description of your submission, especially as it relates to the theme; give specifics where possible.
4.      What questions about black women eldering do you raise/answer in your piece?
5.      We will let you know by October 30 if your abstract has been accepted; if so, your final submission will be due to us by January 30. 
6.      Do not send final work in place of abstract. Abstract is required.
For questions or concerns and for sending abstracts, send to:  blackwomeneldering@comcast.net

Full Submissions due by January 30, 2014

Guidelines: For final submission of literary pieces (and for all abstracts, 2-8 apply):
1.  The maximum length is 20 pages; 
2. Use a single, clear font, 12 point size, Calibri or Times New Roman.
3. On the cover page, put an accurate word count at the top right. Put the title half-way down the page, centered, followed on separate lines by your name and contact information.
4. Left-justify your paragraphs. Right margins should be “ragged”.
5. Ensure there is at least a 1 inch margin all the way around your text.
6. Use double spacing for all your text.
7. Do not insert extra lines between paragraphs.
8. Indent the first line of each paragraph by about 1/2 inch.
Guidelines: For final submission of all other artistic works:
Must be accompanied by a one-page (maximum) artistic summary of piece and its relationship to the theme.

If your amazing “piece” is accepted for publication, you will receive two copies of the completed book.  There is no monetary compensation.

For questions or concerns and for sending abstracts, send to:  blackwomeneldering@comcast.net
Final submissions will be selected based on the following:
1.      Must be “amazing” in its reflection of the theme.
2.      Must raise and answer important questions about black women eldering.
3.      Must be an excellent example of the art form or literary genre.    

All submissions will be peer reviewed prior to publication. Only one submission per author accepted. Where a style guide is necessary, please use MLA.  

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Insomniacs 24 Hour Play Festival

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The Grex Group Theatre is pleased to announce our 2nd Annual Insomniacs 24 Hour Play Festival set for October 18th and 19th at Theatre 54!

How Does It Work?

Friday night, October 18th, at 6:30pm we will meet for our Insomniacs orientation meeting. Directors, playwrights, and actors will be introduced and assigned to a groups. The groups will have time to meet and briefly get to know one another before the writing begins!

The playwright will then seclude themselves somewhere in the city as they compose the most brilliant script ever written! As soon as the play is complete, the actors will be called in for an all-night rehearsal process with their director. The next morning (Saturday the 19th), tech rehearsals will begin at Theatre 54 and evening performances will be given in front of live audiences at 7:00pm and 8:30pm.

What Are the Rules?

  • Participants must be available for a full 24 hours prior to the performance. NO EXCEPTIONS.
  • If accepted, there is a non-refundable $10.00 participation/registration fee. This fee is payable online and must be paid to secure your spot in the festival.
  • All participant groups will be provided with limited rehearsal space during the festival.
  • Participants will be able to see the performance for free if audience availability allows.
  • Each team agrees to have a fully memorized and rehearsed play to present for our live audience!

How Do I Apply?

Please send an email to grexgrouptheatre@gmail.com with the following information:
ACTORS (non-union) - your headshot and resume. Please put “Insomniac Actor" in the subject line.
WRITERS - a brief writing sample (no more than 10 pages). Please put "Insomniac Writer" in the subject line.
DIRECTORS - your resume. Please put "Insomniac Director" in the subject line. 

How Does Casting Work?

The Grex Group Team will contact you after receiving your application! If you are offered a slot as an actor, director, or writer, you will have 48 hours to accept the offer!

All registration fees will be due by October 1, 2013.

Thank you!
Clayton Guiltner, Producing Artistic Director

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Indra’s Net Theater Company welcomes submissions of new works

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NOTE: Writers must be able and willing to engage fully in developmental process, including re-writing parts of the script where appropriate, traveling to Berkeley for rehearsals and performances, and responding constructively to feedback. 

Indra's Net Theatre Company is dedicated to developing and promoting promising new works for the theatre that focus on science and its philosophical and ethical implications. Indra’s Net Theater Company (http://www.indrasnettheater.com) welcomes submissions of new works, including plays, adaptations and translations.
Indra’s Net Theater produces professional quality plays that explore the “big questions” at the modern intersection of science and philosophy. We seek to serve the greater scholarly and intellectually engaged community through the highest quality productions of challenging plays about the world we live in, what we know and how we know it. This includes the inquiries of science, what it may say about who we are, and what the world around us (and within us) is really like.

Selected scripts will undergo a developmental process, which includes:
Staged reading in Berkeley, CA for invited audience, often including industry professionals; professional actors; Pre-performance response and suggested re-writes from company producing artistic director, Bruce Coughran ; Post-performance audience feedback.

Accepting full-length plays on an ongoing basis.

Scripts submitted by September 15 will be considered for development beginning the following spring and summer.

Scripts should be emailed to: indrasnettheaterliterary@gmail.com

Scripts should be sent to:        
Indra’s Net Theater Company
1933 Russell Street, #A
Berkeley, CA 94703

Truffle Theatre Company submission guidelines

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Founded on the principals of discovering new works, we are always in the market to hear from new playwrights. While we do accept submissions of new plays, we have a few submission guidelines:

All plays must be previously unpublished/not performed on a major stage (college and community theatre is acceptable).

At this time, we do not accept musicals.

Please only submit the best (or at least your favorite) 10 page selection from your play at this time. We will contact you if we are interested in reviewing the entire manuscript.
Please also include a brief cover letter that includes information about the author(s), approximate run time, information about the play (characters, description, brief synopsis, etc.) and anything else you would like for us to know about your or the play.

For Electronic Submissions:
Please email: submissions@truffletheatrecompany.com
Subject: “Play Submission – Title – Author”
Attach: PDF only! ****No .doc or .docx*****

For Mailed Submissions:
c/o Stephen Hood
108 Park Terrace East, #4E
New York, NY 10034

*Include self addressed envelope if you wish to have the play returned.

We usually respond to plays we are interested in within four to six weeks after receipt of submission.

If you are submitting for the reading series, please indicate so in the subject of the email “Reading Series Submission – Title – Author”

Monday, September 9, 2013

Youth Theatre Press is currently accepting submissions of youth and children's plays.

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Announcing Youth Theatre Press, a new publisher of plays for young audiences that continues the tradition and philosophy of such pioneering publishers as Sara Spencer and Louise Dale Spoor who believed that plays for young audiences deserved their own publishing company where the sole purpose is to publish and licenses new youth plays.

Youth Theatre Press believes in the importance of children's theatre and that it deserves a publisher whose only interest is bringing new plays to this special audience. YTP is currently accepting new plays to be included in their first catalog of plays for children, ages 5 through 11, and plays for youth, ages 12 and up.

Plays for consideration include adaptations of new literature and classic tales, innovative original plays, plays that deal with topical issues and musicals for both adult performers as well as musicals for young performers.

Submissions should include the script along with a short synopsis of the play, production history (if any) and playwright's bio. All submissions should be a PDF file and included all files as a single attachment. Submissions can be emailed to submissions@youththeatrepress.com.

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Fury Theatre, Chicago is soliciting for original 15 minute one act plays for Short Attention Span Theater II

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Fury is proud to bring new talent to the stage with our second annual original One Act Play Festival celebrating our propensity to change the channel every 15 minutes!
8 original plays will be selected to be cast and directed by Chicago’s theatre professionals and performed for 6 nights in November.

All topics and themes are on the table and all plays must be developed beyond first draft and performance ready.

Deadline is September 8th.

No more than three play submissions per playwright.

E-mail scripts to Katie@furytheatre.org  with “Play submission” in the title


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Acme Theater of Maynard, MA is proud to announce that it is now accepting submissions for our 13th annual New Works Winter Festival. The festival will be performed over two weekends in January 2014. 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.

2) NEW! Maximum submission limit of ONE (1) play per playwright.

3) Any subject matter welcome. Comedy or drama. Please no overuse of strong language.

4) Plays may have already been produced elsewhere, but any published works will not be considered.

5) Your script will be limited to the use of any/all of the following set pieces provided by Acme:

  • 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
  • Hand props will be allowed, but nothing else.

6) 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 2013.

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: Sunday, September 8, 2013

Please email script 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 2013

Native Voices at the Autry Annual Call for Scripts

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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, Pacific Island, 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.

Please note that we only accept submissions written for the stage or theatre by Native American, Alaska Native, Pacific Island, and First Nations artists.

Full-Length Plays (60+ pages)
Submissions due September 9, 2013

2014 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 May/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 9, 2013, 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 2014.

2014 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 9, 2013, 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 2014.

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.

For Short Plays (5–16 pages)
Submission due August 1, 2013

Third Annual Short Play Festival
Selected short plays and one-acts will be presented during the Autry National Center’s American Indian Arts Marketplace in Los Angeles. This year’s theme is “Legal Briefs: Lawmakers and Activists,” for which we invite a wide range of short scripts. Plays can explore a wide range of stories about how the American legal system, the law, and our daily lives are shaped by Native American identity and culture and the lawmakers and activists it has given us. How do Native Americans uphold and honor, question and investigate, or create and change law within our society? There is a maximum of four characters and limited decor. Plays do not need to be biographical or autobiographical. Use your imagination!

Selection Process: Short plays and one-acts (5-page min., 16-page max.) received by August 1, 2013, will be read and evaluated by a national reading panel composed of Native American theatre artists and community members, along with nationally recognized theatre artists. They will select 6 to 10 plays for the festival based on the creative use of the theme, originality, theatricality, and execution.

Selected plays will be given a staged reading in November 2013, and a panel of judges will select the 2013 Von Marie Atchley Award for Excellence in Playwriting, a $1,000 cash prize based on the creative use of the theme, originality, theatricality, execution, and audience response.

Checklist for Submissions

Please complete the Online Script Submission Form before submitting the script at Online Script Submissions.

  • Please label script attachment as follows: PlayTitle­_Author’s Last Name, First Initial (Example: MyNewPlay_Doe, J.doc)
  • Use a standard play-script format (one-inch margins, #12 Times or Courier font, all pages numbered).
  • Include a title page with full contact information (mailing address, phone numbers, e-mail address).
  • Include a character breakdown.
  • 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)
  • 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 – [Title of Play]” in the subject line.

Additional Information

Plays are evaluated on originality, theme, theatricality, and execution.

Plays workshopped at Native Voices at the Autry have gone on to productions and/or readings at such venues as New York’s Public Theater, La Jolla Playhouse, VSA North Fourth Art Center, Workshop West in Canada, Pennsylvania Center Stage, Trinity Repertory Company, and Montana Rep. They have also been featured at the Kennedy Center’s New Visions/New Voices Theatre for Young Audiences in Washington, D.C.; the Two Worlds Native American Theater and Film Festival in New Mexico; the City University of New York Indigenous World Theatre Reading Series; Idyllwild Native Arts Week; the Originals Festival in Brisbane, Australia; the ASSITEJ 16th World Congress and Performing Arts Festival; and the Origins Festival in London.

Writing about theatre: SUBWAYS ARE FOR SLEEPING

From the Museum of Hoaxes

The ad would have appeared in all the leading New York City papers, but an editor at one paper noticed something puzzling about it before he gave the okay to publish it. Small pictures of the theatre critics accompanied their quotations. However, the picture of Richard Watts showed a black man, and the editor knew that Richard Watts, the theater critic, was white. He notified the other city papers that something was wrong with the ad, and so none of them ran it except for the Herald-Tribune, which had already gone to press.

Upon closer inspection, it turned out that the picture of Richard Watts was indeed not a picture of the theater critic Richard Watts. Nor did any of the pictures display an image of a professional theater critic.

The man responsible for the ad was David Merrick, the producer of "Subways Are For Sleeping." Faced with lukewarm reviews of the play, he had devised an elaborate stunt to bring it publicity. He found seven people in New York City who happened to have the same names as seven well-known theater critics. He then invited these seven people to a free performance of the play and afterwards wined and dined them until they agreed to let him use their names in the ad for the show. Therefore, the ad was entirely truthful. Richard Watts really did say that the play was "a knockout from start to finish." However, the theater critic Richard Watts had never said those words.

TalkStory Theater seeks 10-minute plays

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 We are now seeking submissions of ten minute scripts to be included in our first show, ‘Something Wicked This Way Comes.’

We will choose three scripts to be showcased either late October or early November.

Local playwrights from the New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, or Massachusetts area may send their submission (limit one pp) as an attachment to TalkStoryco@gmail.com.

We are searching for plays that challenge expectations and leave us feeling haunted. As the theme suggests, we would like to receive scripts with darker undertones, and some ties to fable and folklore. While these plays may be scary, they should also be appropriate for younger audiences, so no nudity/ sex/ graphic language etc.

Submission deadline is September 11 at 11:59pm, plays received any later than this date will not be considered. 

We are looking for plays with simple set requirements and no more than four characters. Unfortunately, we cannot offer any kind of compensation at this time, and we would prefer the chosen playwrights to be present the night of the show. We can, however, offer gratuitous amounts of coffee and support, as well as an excellent atmosphere to work within. We look forward to hearing from you!

The Actors Training Center is seeking play submissions for its inaugural Ten Minute Play Festival.

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We are seeking NEW 10-MINUTE PLAYS that give voice to the teenage experience. Our goal is to provide young actors with 7th-12th grade appropriate materials and characters. Submissions may be dramatic or comedic and should include between 1-8 roles.

The deadline for submissions is Monday, September 9th. 

Selection will take place by October 12th.

Chosen scripts will be workshopped by select ATC students during a 9-week course, Sundays 5:30-8, October 13 to December 15. The Ten Minute Play Festival will take place on Saturday, December 14th at the Wilmette Theatre, home of the Actors Training Center. There may be the opportunity for occasional playwright involvement in the workshop/development process.

Submissions should be directed to ATC Education Administrator, Becky Blomgren at Becky@actorstrainingcenter.com no later than Monday, September 9th.

Bare Fiction Magazine seeks plays

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We feel that playwrights get a raw deal in literary magazines and we’re here to change that once and for all. Submissions for play extracts or short plays should be limited to 10 pages of text. Please give a full synopsis in your covering letter and, if applicable, include details of any performances of the text you have received or productions planned.

Bare Fiction Magazine will be independently published three times a year, with issues in March, July & November, plus a special launch issue in December 2013.

We read personal submissions of work in the English language all year round, therefore we aim to respond quickly (usually within 28 days). Though we do accept simultaneous submissions, please do keep in mind this time frame when submitting and ensure that you contact us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere. Likewise, if we are unable to accommodate your writing in our pages, we will let you know in plenty of time should you wish to submit elsewhere. If you have not heard from us within 50 days, please do get in touch to enquire as to the status of your submission.

Please do not send more than one active submission at a time. We do not accept translations or work that have been previously published in print. Only work submitted by the author will be read. No submissions by publishers, presses or agents please. If your work has been published online then you must state in your cover letter all details of the prior publication, including web page url and contact details so that we can attribute prior publication accordingly.

Contributors will receive a digital copy of the magazine issue in which their submission is printed.

Please ensure that your name does not appear on the uploaded documents. The uploaded file/s will of course be electronically tagged so that we know who they're from, but we operate a blind submission policy so that we can truly appraise your work on merit alone, with at least 2 or 3 different editors reviewing all submissions before passing comments to the editor.

Only online submissions will be accepted for Bare Fiction Magazine, and only those submitted via our submissions forms will be read. Bare Fiction Magazine is a fully independent literary magazine, staffed by part time volunteers who love words dearly but need their editorial process to be streamlined, therefore any submissions sent in by email or by post will be deleted and/or recycled.

Only online submissions will be accepted for Bare Fiction Magazine, and only those submitted via our submissions forms will be read. Bare Fiction Magazine is a printed fully independent literary magazine, staffed by part time volunteers who love words dearly but need their editorial process to be streamlined, therefore any submissions sent in by email or by post will be deleted and/or recycled.

Full copyright of any submitted work remains with the author. Submissions chosen for publication are deemed to grant to Bare Fiction, a non-exclusive, worldwide licence over each piece of work submitted. Selected pieces may be printed in publications, anthologies and journals hosted by Bare Fiction and may appear in electronic format on the Bare Fiction Magazine website, or in other electronic forms.


We receive a lot of submissions and are therefore unable to give personal feedback. We would ask that you please refrain from re-submitting for the same issue if your initial work is not accepted for publication at that time, unless specifically requested to do so by a member of the editorial team.

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Wednesday, September 4, 2013

We are looking for scripts for the Sept. 28 - 29 Short Play Lab

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Scripts Wanted for Sept. 28 - 29
Short Play Lab -- Cash Prizes!!
Dear Friend in the Theatre,

We are looking for scripts for the Sept. 28 - 29 Short Play Lab and subsequent Labs in the 2013-4 season. New participants are welcome! The rules are easy-peasy:

  • Deadline is Sept. 14. 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. You can't leave your stuff in the theatre overnight. 
  • 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 Sept. 28.  
  • 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.
To submit a script, send it as an attachment, in Word format, to john.chatterton@gmail.com. Any questions, don't hesitate to shoot me an E-mail!
John Chatterton
Executive producer, Short Play Lab

Monday, September 2, 2013

Southend 2014 Playwriting Festival seeks submissions

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The Festival is open to everyone.  Entries must be submitted to amanda@fullcircletheatre.biz between 1 June and 30 September 2013 for the 2014 Festival.

Any length of play or genre is eligible.  All work must be written in English, certified as original, and copyrighted by the playwright prior to submission.  The Festival will not be responsible for any plagiarism or false submissions.

Entries must be submitted free of performance rights and fees as none will be paid by the Festival organisers.  Instead playwrights get the chance to hear their work performed by professional actors in front of an audience.

Full Circle Theatre will choose the best submissions to form the main Festival programme and will inform playwrights of their decision by the end of October.

NYCPlaywrights October 2013 Play of the Month - Monologue: You put a spell on me

NYCPlaywrights is seeking one-page monologues for its October 2013 Play of the Month.

The theme: You put a spell on me.

The speaker of the monologue can be any age, gender, ethnicity, etc. but must address the theme of "you put a spell on me."

This can be approached in a variety of ways  - it could be in the romantic sense of "I'm so in love with you that you must have put a spell on me" or in the literal sense of "you used magical powers on me" - and this could be true in the world of the monologue, or the speaker could be delusional. Your choice, as long as it addresses the theme in a discernible way.

NOTE: the theme is YOU put a spell on ME.  The theme is not "somebody put a spell on me" or "you put a spell on somebody." The monologue must be addressed TO the entity who put a spell on the speaker.

Monologues that don't meet the theme will be discounted.

The deadline is Sunday, September 15, 2013 at 11:59 PM EDT.

We will select one monologue and video-record it, and the video will be posted (with author permission) to the NYCPlaywrights web site.

  • Send only one one-page monologue per author to info@nycplaywrights.org. 
  • The monologue can be no longer than 1 page. Yes, it's a challenge. Choose your words carefully. Edit and re-edit.
  • The script must be submitted by the author of the script, no agents or others may submit. 
  • The script submission should be sent by email, with the monologue itself as a file attached to the email. File format should be in either Microsoft Word (.doc) or pdf. Most preferable is .pdf (Portable Document Format) because it will retain your original script formatting. 
  • Make sure you have your name and your email address on the script. 
  • Monologues can be submitted by anybody, anywhere in the world, but must be primarily in English (a few non-English phrases are acceptable, but the phrases must include English translations in production notes or stage directions.) 
  • There is no fee for submission. 
  • The author of the selected monologue will be awarded $20. 
  • The NYCPlaywrights selection decision is final and NYCPlaywrights reserves the right to select no monologues from those submitted. 
  • A monologue that has had a production is acceptable, although we prefer a new monologue written for this project. 
  • A monologue that has been published is not acceptable.
  • All rights will remain with the playwright. 
  • The selected monologue will be video-recorded and posted during October 2013.
  • The video recording of the monologue will be posted to the NYCPlaywrights YouTube account and from there embedded into the NYCPlaywrights blog. The playwright will be asked to review the video recording and approve it before it is made public.
Any questions email info@nycplaywrights.org

For more information about the Play of the Month project check out this page:


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Following the appointment of an Associate Director we are now in a position to be able to accept script submissions again. Submission guidelines are below.

Before submitting your work for consideration please take a moment to consider the suitability of your play for the SJT.  You can find out more about the theatre on our website

Please also note that is it is rare for unsolicited scripts to be programmed by any theatre. By accepting script submissions we are looking to identify talented writers and nurture them as part of our commitment to new work.

There will be some specific projects for new and emerging writers over the next 18 months so please keep an eye on the website for more details.

Submission Guidelines

In order to avoid a backlog of unread scripts we will only receive scripts during certain periods of the year. The first submission window will be from Monday 5th of August 2013 until to Friday 30th of September.

Please send a synopsis, a writing CV and a short extract from your completed play (maximum 15 pages).

To prevent waste, we prefer to read plays on a Kindle so scripts should be e mailed as .pdf and formatted with this in mind. Your synopsis and CV should be attached as .doc or .docx files.

The e-mail address to send them to is: henry.bell@sjt.uk.com

If you would like to send your submission pack as a hard copy please attach a SAE if you would like it to be returned. All submissions without a SAE will be recycled.

Please send to:

Henry Bell
Stephen Joseph Theatre
North Yorkshire
YO11 1JW

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Ars Nova Uncharted 2014

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This year, Ars Nova expanded its Uncharted program, which has provided a forum for burgeoning musical theater writers to showcase original work since 2003. The program, initially co-conceived with Ars Nova’s first Composer-in-Residence Andrew Lippa, has grown to include two-year residencies in a writers group designed to support the development of first drafts of new musicals.  The Uncharted writers group brings together four writing teams for monthly meetings, curated by Kent Nicholson, providing them with peer support and artistic support as they work on their new pieces. Near the end of the first year of their residency, members of the group will also receive public concerts produced by Ars Nova offering the writers the chance to debut their new material in front of a live audience. During the second year of their residency, the writers will participate in weeklong workshops of their musicals with top-notch directors and performers, culminating in a full public reading.

We are excited to announce that we are now accepting open submissions for Uncharted 2014.

Selection Criteria:

All emerging writers and musicians are eligible to apply.  Unique and unusual approaches to the idea of musical theater are welcome.  We encourage applications from women, writers of color, writing teams who haven’t worked together before, and playwrights and musicians who haven’t worked in musical theater before.  Please note that applications must include a complete writing team.

In selecting new members, we will take into account the strength of the submitted project idea, what the writers stand to gain from membership at this point in their careers, and the overall balance of voices and styles within the group.

All music for the proposed project must be original.  Applications for the development of new musicals including previously published music will not be considered.

How to Apply:

Please click here to apply online.

Applications require the following supporting materials: a work sample for each team member (this could be a full-length play or book of a musical, recordings of five songs, or sample lyrics) a resume for each team member, and a one-page artistic statement describing the musical your team plans to write and explaining why you feel membership in the group will help you to do so.  Word docs of all text documents are preferred, but PDFs are acceptable.

Please attach an artistic statement (please save as PROJECT TITLE, STATEMENT) along with a resume (please save as LAST NAME, FIRST NAME RESUME) and work samples (please save as LAST NAME, FIRST NAME WORK SAMPLE) for each team member to your completed online application form and submit it by October 1, 2013. 

All applications will be reviewed and finalists will be notified by December 16, 2013.

For any questions regarding applications, please email artistic@arsnovanyc.com.

Left Coast Theatre Co. seeks LGBT comedies

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Attention all Playwrights!
Left Coast Theatre Co. wants your comedic brilliance for our 2014 shows!

It is the mission of the Left Coast Theatre Co. to develop and produce quality LGBTQ theater featuring new works by both Bay Area and national playwrights as to promote diversity and encourage community involvement.

What we’re looking for?
Comedic plays dealing with personal journeys; exploring ideas such as confessions, secrets, acceptance, etc.

LGBTQ themed shorts and/or one-acts; 10-30 minutes in length, which includes one or more LGBTQ characters present and included within the plot/story-line.

When is the deadline?

All submissions are due by September 1, 2013

How should I submit my work?
When submitting please insure your submission has a title page which includes title of piece; name of playwright, contact information and mailing address; character names and brief description; pages numbered.

Where do I submit?
Please submit your play as a PDF to: submissions@lctc-sf.org

Please be aware that failure to follow these guidelines may prevent your submission for consideration. If you have any questions, please send them to: INFO@lctc-sf.org

Rodney R Taylor
Executive Director, Left Coast Theatre Co.

Website: www.leftcoasttheatreco.org
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Comedies and dramas, 20 minutes or less

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We are interested in comedies and dramas, 20 minutes or less, that address an experience that transformed the way you view the winter rite you celebrate, either positively or negatively.  Please include a cover letter telling us a little about yourself and this experience, a resume or bio, and a copy of the play in standard submission format to:

Jeremiah Munsey, Literary Manager
North By South Theatre Los Angeles
c/o The Parish Church of St. Mark
1020 North Brand Boulevard
Glendale, CA  91202

We no longer have to charge a submission fee for this program.

Submissions must be postmarked by September 4, 2013.

Call for Scripts for NYC 2014 Festivals

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ThisMyShow Industries is a new and upcoming theatre company based out of New York. We are now accepting script submissions for entry to the NY Fringe Theatre Festival and/or Thespis Theatre Festival for the Summer 2014. The play selected will also be subject to more submissions as they come up in both New York and Florida. This My Show Industries is produced by Jeremy Wein whose credits include “Godspell” (Broadway), “The NYC Podcast Festival” (Covered In The Wall Street Journal) and is a Co-Producer of the comedy documentary “The Bitter Buddha”. ThisMyShow is also currently producing “Faux Snow” in the 2013 Thespis Festival .

New plays that require minimal scenery and a cast of 2 to 5 persons. All scripts should be full length plays and submitted in a PDF format. All scripts should be copyright to the playwright as well. It is preferred that the play has not been produced before.

We will look to put together a reading in South Florida so our director can familiarize himself with the work. There is a chance of a full production being held in South Florida in December 2013 depending on space, success of the reading, and budgetary restraints. We will put together the creative and marketing teams to work with our office in drawing up a budget for the production. A playwright's fee will be minimal but negotiable. Any money won during production and through the Festivals will be distributed through the Company (Including Playwright, Creatives and Management).

Send all of the requested materials to NYCTheaterProject2014@gmail.com with the subject line “PLAY SUBMISSION”
1. A brief Synopsis and Character Breakdown of the play in PDF format.
2. A copy of the full play in PDF format.
3. A brief biography of the playwright. (under 500 words)
4. Any past production or reading history of the play.


If you have any questions please feel free to contact us at the above email address.
We are very excited to see your work and work with you in making your creative art into a full fledged production!

Looking for short plays for The Rainbow Theatre Project

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Looking for short plays (10-20 minutes in length) to be produce as readings alongside full length plays (already chosen) for the first season of The Rainbow Theatre Project.

They should deal directly with the LGBT experience (i.e., The Normal Heart) or deal obliquely with the LGBT experience (i.e., Design for Living) or have a kinship with the LGBT experience (i.e., The Elephant Man) or is a work by a LGBT playwright, ideally relating to the LGBT experience. I would like new work but plays that have had a limited life span are acceptable.

Deadline for submissions is September 3, 2013. 

Submissions can be sent directly to hleegable@aol.com.

Selected plays will receive a commission/stipend.

Check out our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/RainbowTheatreProject/info.

Independent Theater Ten Minute Play Contest

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Do you love to stretch the limits of what is possible on stage? Are you a master of fleshing out characters, building a fascinating arc, plotting an explosive climax that packs a punch… and all of it in ten minutes?  At Independent Play(w)rights we read lots of really incredible ten minute play scripts every month. This month, we want to give masters of the ten minute play script their moment to shine. Send us your ten minute masterpieces for a chance to win a cash prize and publication in our anthology!

The Rules:

  1. Submissions must be no longer than 15 pages long.
  2. You may submit a maximum of one play to each category.
  3. The deadline for submissions is September 30th. Winners will be announced on October 22nd.
  4. All submissions must be submitted electronically.
  5. Submission categories are intentionally broad. Interpret the prompt whatever way you like!

The Categories:

Submissions should fall into one of the following categories: The Female Anti-Hero, Refurbished Fairy Tales, Deadly Comedies, The Empty Space, A Night at the Opera, The Not so Distant Future…, A Question of Life and Death, or Dear Reader. There will be one winner selected from each category. For the final category, Dear Reader, we will select ten finalists and then open up the voting to allow you to choose the winner!

The Prizes:

Winning playwrights will receive $75 and their plays will be featured in an anthology to be published on Independent Play(w)rights. We will be offering the anthology for free on our website and playwrights will share royalties from the sale of performance rights.  Our winning plays will also be at the core of an upcoming contest we will be holding for directors and producers—stay tuned for more information on that!

Submit your play via the online form.

Saturday, August 31, 2013

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