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Saturday, May 31, 2014

Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab

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The Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab was founded in 1998 to explore and develop the work of a new generation of theater artists and to foster new collaborations between writers and directors in the beginning stages of the creative process. Writers and directors must apply separately. At the start of the cycle, writers and directors invited to join the Lab are paired with a partner.

Writer Applicants should submit a 10 page writing sample from a full-length play, as well as a short description / synopsis (no more than 250 words) of that full-length play. Applicants should also submit a resume, as well as one reference and contact details for that reference. Second round applicants will be asked to submit the play that the writing sample came from. This play should not be the play you wish to work on in the Lab, as Lab writers will write brand new play. In the late summer, writer finalists will be asked to interview and also to propose an idea for a new play.

Director Applicants should submit a resume, one reference and contact details for that reference, as well as written responses to the following two prompts. Each response should be limited to 250 words.
Tell us about a current “non-theater” artistic obsession of yours (for example, the work of a particular sculptor, the historical idea of conversation as art, etc.). How does this obsession influence, challenge, or otherwise weigh on your work and/or your process as a director.
From your perspective, what are the skills required of a new play director?

Participation includes attendance at all Lab meetings and readings during the 2014/15 cycle. The Lab meets approximately every other week to discuss the plays. In the spring, each play is given a public reading at Soho Rep., directed by the director matched with the play.

Eligibility Writers and directors must be able to attend all Lab meetings and readings at Soho Rep in New York City during the 2014/15 cycle. They may not be full-time students at the start of the Lab. Past participants of the Lab are not eligible to apply.

Application instructions are included on the following page. Applications must be submitted electronically to us on June 1, 2014 by 5pm EST. Second round applicants and finalists will hear from us in the late summer. All other applicants will hear from us in the early fall. The first lab reading will be held on Sunday, October 5, 2014.

Thank you for your interest in the Writer/Director Lab. If you have further questions please email us at lab@sohorep.org.

2014/15 Writer/Director Lab Application Instructions

Our application process is now 100% paperless!

IMPORTANT: Both documents you submit must be saved in the PDF file format. Instructions on saving Word documents as PDFs are downloadable from our website.

STEP 1: Prepare a PDF resume
Prepare a current resume and save it in the PDF format.
File name should be “FirstName_LastName_resume.pdf”

STEP 2: Prepare a PDF dramatic writing sample (writers) or one-page statement (directors)
Writers should submit a 10 page writing sample from a full-length play, as well as a short description / synopsis (no more than 250 words) of that full-length play.
Directors should submit a one-page statement, as described above.
File name should be “FirstName_LastName.pdf”

STEP 3: Fill out the online application
Click the “APPLY NOW” link at the bottom of this page.
Enter the requested information into each field.
Upload your PDF documents.
Click the “Send” button.

PLEASE NOTE:
Online application form and PDF documents must be submitted no later than June 1st at 5pm EST. LATE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. Unfortunately, no exceptions can be made.

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More about the Bad Theater Fest

Rising Sun Performance Company is looking for short plays for readings

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Rising Sun Performance Company is looking for short play script submissions for an evening of readings at The West in Williamsburg on July 8th. Submitted plays should be inspired by the theme of "Independence," and be submitted to (playsubmissions@risingsunnyc.com) no later than June 16th

As the purpose of the ongoing reading series is to foment new artistic relationships, these plays must be unpublished and the playwrights must be available to attend the reading event.

The Roots of the Bluegrass New Play Festival is seeking submissions

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1) Entries accepted JUNE 1 through AUGUST 31, 2014

2) Any Kentucky playwright, of any age,-- whether currently living in Kentucky or not may enter the contest one or more times. However, entries must be the original work of the playwright, submitted separately to ky.playwright@yahoo.com and not have been previously been produced.

3) Entries will be judged blind. For EACH play submitted please submit a title page with name and contact information in one attachment and in a second attachment submit the complete script without the name of the playwright anywhere within it. Failure to abide by this rule will result in the disqualification of the script.

4) Plays of any length (full-length, one act or 10-minute) may be submitted. Likewise, they may be either comedy or drama, on any topic. Plays for children and musicals are NOT accepted.

5) Plays must be written in a standard format in 12 font and in either Times New Roman or Courier.

6) Neither an entry fee nor form is required.

7) Plays will undergo two rounds of judging. Semi-finalists will be announced in late September, finalists in late October. The winner will be announced at the Kentucky Theatre Association Conference in November at Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, KY.

8) The winner will receive $250 and a plaque. The runners-up will receive plaques recognizing their achievements. Cuttings from each of the three finalist plays will be given readings at the KTA conference.

9) Judges may accept or reject any script for any reason.

10) Decisions of the judges are final.

11) Everyone who submits a script, by virtue of doing so, agrees to accept and abide by these rules.

Friday, May 30, 2014

Lakes Area Theatre script submission guidelines

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Lakes Area Theatre (LAT) accepts script submissions from writers. Your original radio plays can be in any genre. Please see below for further guidelines regarding scripts.

Format
Your script must be in a radio play format which differs from stage plays and screenplays. There are no stage directions, visual cues, lighting directions. The scripts should include easily discernible audio cues such as dialogue, sound effects (sfx), and music cues. Number the pages and number the lines starting over with 1 on each page for the lines.

Content
We ask that content be suitable for all ages and family friendly. If you include innuendo and/or adult humor, please keep in mind some “children’s shows” which appealed to adults as well: Rocky and Bullwinkle, Fractured Fairytales, and the like. We broadcast our shows on a growing network of radio stations.

Length
LAT has a 30 minute broadcast space to fill every other week. Plays can be 29-31 minutes in length. Script lengths are in the range of 5000 +/- words.
We will accept scripts for single shows
We will accept scripts that would run for 2 installments
We will accept a series of shorter plays which would fill the time frame

Fame Not Fortune
We pay a royalty fee of $30 per half hour of entertainment. This is based on input from radio script playwrights from around the USA as well as a BBC radio script writer.

Royalty Agreement
If we accept and use your script, we will send you a writer’s agreement. This agreement will grant us the right to produce the script; it will grant us the right to reproduce as many copies of the script as needed to produce the script; it will grant us the broadcasting and rebroadcasting rights to the taped production (radio and podcasts); the writer retains all rights to their original and/or adapted work.

Return Policy
We may not take the opportunity to use your script. There could be a number of reasons for this such as its length, content not deemed suitable for our audience, or just that we believe it needs more work. We will try to give feedback so that writers can edit and resubmit their work.

Script Submission
We accept hard copies and electronic copies of scripts. Electronic copies are preferred. Please send them to:
Ann C. Hermes, Artistic Director
Lakes Area Theatre
2214 Geneva Road NE
Alexandria, MN 56308
lakesareatheatre@gmail.com

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Accepting applications for the 2014-2015 Harold Clurman Playwright-in-Residence

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The Stella Adler Studio of Acting is currently accepting applications for the 2014-2015 Harold Clurman Playwright-in-Residence. This is a collaborative residency that is mutually beneficial to the mission of the studio and the playwright. We are seeking playwrights who:

- are in their early careers
- are unpublished
- have not yet had professional productions other than those using the showcase code
- have a vested interest in working with a community of artists
- are interested in engaging in a discussion about how the studio can support and challenge their work

While this is a merit-based residency search, we are particularly interested in diversity – diverse writers, voices, viewpoints, perspectives. The studio is interested in co-designing a residency with the playwright that will support and challenge their process. The course of the residency is not regimented, but may be described as “playwright’s choice” within the resources and capabilities of the studio. Past participants have chosen some of the following:

1) a series of readings on a play written during the course of the year
2) a series of readings on a variety of plays/pages
3) writing a new work for an ensemble of graduate level actors
4) a showcase production

The resident will engage in a discussion with the Artistic Director and other staff to explore what activities might be most helpful to their process during the year. Residencies typically begin in September and culminate in June. Resident playwrights receive a $1000 stipend and have access to the Studio’s space, members of the Clurman Lab Theatre Company, and student actors for readings and workshops.

Completed applications must include a required application form, a full-length, polished but unpublished play (a full-length play is one that constitutes a full evening of theater; a 90-minute one act play is acceptable); a statement of objectives of no more than a page discussing how you would benefit from a collaborative residency at the studio; and a brief biography emphasizing your history as a playwright. Playwrights must read and agree to the Letter of Agreement before applying. By applying for this residency, playwrights confirm that they have read and agree to the Letter of Agreement.

Your play submission should be “blind”. The cover page should ONLY include the title of your play. This copy will be shared with the committee of play readers who will not know the authors of the plays they are reading.

Completed applications must be received by Friday, May 30, 2014.
Applicants will be considered for the playwright-in-residence position as well as:
- participation in the First Breath New Play Reading Series (Spring 2015)
- participation in the Teen Program Ten-Minute new play program (Summer 2015)

Send complete applications to: community@stellaadler.com with subject line PLAYWRIGHT-in-RESIDENCE

Please note: Paper applications will not be accepted; all applications must be sent via e-mail to community@stellaadler.com.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

That Uppity Theatre Company is looking for short play submissions for our third annual Briefs: A Festival of Short LGBT Plays.

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It is that time of year again, and we are looking for short play submissions for our third annual Briefs: A Festival of Short LGBT Plays, which will be held in late winter or early spring 2015 in St Louis. We are looking for plays that are 10-15 minutes in length, that can be done with simple staging/props, and that are LGBT themed.

If you are interested in submitting a play, please send a PDF copy BriefsFestStl@outlook.com with a subject line Briefs 2014/ Playwright Last Name/name of play. In body of email, please include contact information including address, phone, email, a short synopsis of the play and a 100 word bio of the playwright. 

We are reading plays now, and would like to have the plays by June 15. Please let us know you get this, and we hope to read some of your work soon!

If there is a fellow playwright you think this festival would be a good fit for, please feel free to forward the submission information to them, and have them tell us who sent them.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Smithfield Little Theatre seeks one act submissions for their 8th Annual One Act Play Festival Competition

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Deadline: May 31, 2014

We invite you and/or your team or cast to perform at Smithfield Little Theatre in Historic Downtown Smithfield, Virginia. Please bring your special creativity to this unique event. The 8th annual SLT ONE ACT PLAY Festival Competition will be held Friday evening, August 1 and Saturday, August 2nd. This is a fantastic opportunity for local playwrights, directors, and actors to showcase talents. The SLT ONE ACT PLAY Festival Competition will be held at the Smithfield Little Theatre located at 210 N. Church Street, Smithfield, VA 23430.

This is a fun-filled thespian competition to award best actor/actress, best director, etc. It is also a great platform for original work as there are otherwise limited opportunities for playwrights to showcase their originals works. This event should appeal to those who want to perform but may be nervous to audition, those who want to direct but have not had the opportunity to do so yet, and those who want to get involved buy have not found the right show. This is really a great opportunity to be guaranteed a chance to participate. And there are fabulous prizes to the successful! There will be $100 prizes for the first place in each of the following categories: Monologue, Vignette, Best Play, and Best Playwright (for original work).

Bring all your questions! We can discuss the competition criteria, timeline, scheduling, submissions, censorship, any question you may have.

There are three competitive categories to be judged/awarded equally.

Please let us know your interest as soon as possible. Contact Marv Rose, Festival Director, at maryrose1962@hotmail.com or (757) 472-8691. Advance tours of Smithfield Little Theatre facilities available upon request.

CATEGORIES
Monologue - between 1.5 - 5 minutes
Vignette - between 6 - 30 minutes
One-Act - between 31 - 50 minutes
  • Each entry will have 5 minutes to set up and 5 minutes to tear down the set, which must be portable.
  • Casting is up tot he director - conduct auditions/select your performers
  • Rehearsals can be conducted on your own as the set will have to be portable anyway. It is possible to practice in your back yard.
  • The theater will be reserved for approximately one week prior to the festival so all acts can have at least one technical rehearsal in the theater.

Menagerie is now accepting entries for the One Page Play Competition

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Menagerie is now accepting entries for the One Page Play Competition which will take place at this year’s Hotbed, Cambridge’s premier new writing festival.
All entries will be read and the best will be performed by professional actors throughout the Hotbed weekend at Cambridge Junction. We are looking for 24 scripts. Audience members will vote on the best play out of those presented and the winner will receive £100 to donate to a charity of their choice. This is a fantastic opportunity for everyone to put their words to the test and get the chance to see their work come to life in a professional theatrical arena.

The one page plays can be about ANY subject from current politics to soap opera relationships. The possibilities are endless. The only RULES are:

  • 1 Page of A4 only (10-12 point text) 
  • No more than 8 actors featured in the play 
  • The duration should be no longer than 4 minutes 

All we need now is some creative writing! To enter, just email your one page play to
office@menagerie.uk.com before 12th June 2014.

  • Please put ONE PAGE PLAY clearly in the subject line of your email 
  • Also, please present your play as an attachment. Your attachment needs to be named with THE TITLE OF YOUR PLAY and YOUR NAME 

Please note the One Page Play Competition also has a Young Writers category for under 18s- please specify if you belong to this category.

A full list of events will be published in May. For more information, go to: www.menagerietheatre.co.uk.

One Page Play Terms & Conditions
All plays will be performed anonymously. If a play is to receive a performance, the writer will be notified as early as possible. All plays will be produced by Menagerie and only the best submitted plays will be performed; Menagerie’s decisions regarding the selection of plays are final. The overall winners will be decided by an audience vote.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Clockwork Playwriting Contest - Steampunk themes

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Entry fee is waived for active members of the Dramatists Guild - you must provide proof of current enrollment or membership at time of submittal

RULES

Plays may be on any subject and written in any style. Plays MUST be inspired by and include Steampunk themes, images, characters, or plots.

About Steampunk

Must not exceed 30 minutes - shorter works are preferred. Time will be strictly enforced.

Must be an original unpublished work, previously produced work okay.

Will be judged as to style, content, and concept. We are especially interested in comedies that could pair with a short burlesque piece - so adult humor is okay.

Cover page should include title, author’s name, address, telephone number, and email.

Scripts must be typed, double spaced on 8x10 (or A4 for international submissions) white papers. Hand written scripts will not be considered.

Must be in English or provide English translation for dialogue or stage direction in another language

Multiple entries may be submitted by an author.

Hard Copy Submissions ONLY. Script submissions should be stapled or bound. Scripts should be mailed to:
The Leeward Theatre
Leeward Community College
One Act Submissions - Clockwork
96-045 Ala ‘Ike; Rm. TH-207
Pearl City, Hawaii 96782

An Entry Form must accompany each submission. Entry Forms can be found at the Theatre’s web site http://LCCTheatre.hawaii.edu).

A $5.00 entry fee (check or money order) must accompany each script entry, made payable to:

UH Foundation, Friends of LCC Theatre.
(Entry fee is waived for Current University of Hawaii System Students or active members of the Dramatists Guild - you must provide proof of current enrollment or membership at time of submittal)

Scripts must be received by June 1, 2014.
Scripts will not be returned. Applicants will be informed by July 1, 2014, if their play is to be included in the Clockwork Festival.

No revisions will be accepted after the original submission.

Winning playwrights will have a funded production of their work. Production will take place in The Leeward Theatre’s Black Box Lab Theatre

The decisions of the judges will be final.

The Leeward Theatre and University of Hawaii System are not responsible for lost, damaged or not received scripts.

The Leeward Theatre will select a director who shall control all artistic interpretation of the script, casting and production. No script changes will be made without the playwright’s written approval.

For more information contact Contest Coordinator Chelsea Campbell at clcampbe@hawaii.edu

Kemuel DeMoville
Theatre Manager
The Leeward Theatre
Leeward Community College
96-045 Ala 'Ike; TH-207
Pearl City, HI 96782
Ph: (808) 455-0381 ~ Fax: (808) 455-0384
kemuel@hawaii.edu

Saturday, May 24, 2014

4x4=Musicals seeks ALL NEW ten minute musicals

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4x4=Musicals seeks ALL NEW ten minute musicals written to fit on a 4" by 4" stage. Last year, we decided all the musicals needed to dance- and it resulted in an exciting and challenging program that delighted sold-out audiences. This year, we want to be EPIC. Epic is wildly inclusive- your piece could be epic in scope of story or characters, epic in a period-piece-bodice-ripping way, epic in terms of tonality (an epic rock score), or any other of a million variations we haven't thought of as yet.

Previous premises have included Subway Cars, Elevators, Music Boxes, Life Rafts, Seven Minutes in Heaven, World-Record Phone Booth Occupation, Occupy Portland, Bloodstream of a Dog, Road Trip, and Tech Booths, amongst others. Shows vary in tone, but should always have genuine emotional arcs and characters. They frequently benefit from a premise that includes limitation as a concept of some sort. Writers who are interested in this experience are encouraged to sit in a four-foot square while they think of ideas to avoid many common pitfalls. It's really very little space, depending on how it is used! Do not write in scenic elements and please minimize props, etc. This is a project about talent and invention, not items.

To apply: Email an intent-to-submit with your premise by June 1st. Feedback will be given, mostly for practical purposes. Scripts with demo recordings of songs and vocal scores are due August 1st. Electronic copies are preferred, but hard copies are accepted. Production will take place in January of 2015 as part of the Fertile Ground New Works Festival. Writers receive a modest stipend. No fee to apply.

4x4=Musicals
Attn. Mark LaPierre
info@4x4musicals.com
6109 NE 7th Ave.
Portland, OR 97211




Submissions are now being accepted for Capital Repertory Theatre’s Third AnnualNEXT ACT! New Play Summit!

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NEXT ACT! is an expansion of Capital Repertory Theatre’s commitment to the development of new work, and is designed to complement the Upper Hudson Valley’s recent and future growth explosion in the fields of research and technology. The summit will directly reflect the theatre’s mission, “to create meaningful theatre generated from an authentic link to the community.” The NEXT ACT! New Play Summit 3 takes place November 1– 3, 2014 and will feature readings of two never-before produced plays, and special events throughout the weekend.

theREP is particularly interested in scripts that showcase world events as they impact the individual and society, highlighting the common threads that bind the American culture together in a world that is defined more and more by diversity. The theatre will give preference to character driven scripts that showcase technology’s impact on humanity.

Accepting full length plays only.
Multi-cultural and ethnically diverse pieces welcome.
Comedy and Drama welcome!
(Please do not submit plays about the theatre.)

ELIGIBILITY
Eligible plays cannot have been previously produced, though previous readings are allowed. No more than 7 characters. Please do not submit works in which actors play multiple roles, unless it is a device used to illuminate generations.

Plays previously submitted to NEXT ACT! will not be considered for this years’ Summit.

Agent and non-agent submissions accepted.

Submission Deadline: END OF DAY – Sunday June 1, 2014

HOW TO SUBMIT
Plays: Playwrights should submit a synopsis, character descriptions and the first 10 pages of their play with a photo/resume and bio.
Email your submission to Margaret Hall, Assistant to the Artistic Director, at mhall@capitalrep.org with NEXT ACT SUBMISSION in the subject line.
A small stipend and limited travel available for playwrights selected.
Electronic submissions preferred.

PLAYS SELECTED:
Two plays will be selected to have readings (with an eye towards a potential future production) during the annual 3-day summit, which takes place November 1 – 3, 2014. Like last years How Water Behaves is being produced as part of Capital Repertory Theatre’s 2014-15 Season.

9Thirty Theatre Company (9TTC) accepts submissions from March to May

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9Thirty Theatre Company (9TTC) accepts submissions from March to May each season. Please note that due to our small staff we are unable to respond to submissions that are not accepted. Please adhere to the guidelines below. Send submissions in either a .doc or .pdf format to Submissions@9ttc.org. In respect of our commitment to the environment please do not mail submissions to our office.

Guidelines

9TTC produces works that incorporate environmental issues as part of the part, characters, or theme. We are uniquely dedicated to Eco Theatre, connecting humanity and nature, in various forms.

We accept original one acts, and full length plays and musicals.

We do not accept one-person shows, children's shows, screenplays, or works without environmental themes. 9Thirty Theatre Company also does not produce works that have already been produced in New York City.

To have your work considered, please submit the following as one file:
• cover letter, including your contact information
• brief synopsis of piece (500 words or less)
• character descriptions
• 20 page dialogue sample
• brief production history of the work (if applicable)
• bio for yourself and any other collaborators
• if submitting a musical, please include at least 3 recorded demo tracks

To be considered for 9TTC's all submissions must be received by midnight on May 31st.

March Forth Summer Salon

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We here at March Forth love good stories, and without writers… well we don’t have many good stories, now do we? That is why this summer we are providing writers with a chance to have their work read and shared informally in an environment that will promote collaboration, thoughtful feedback and the building of our artistic community.

Every Monday in August we will gather writers, actors, directors and dramaturgs to read a new play along with the playwright. We'll have a glass or two of wine, discuss what we’ve just experienced, and address any questions or concerns the playwright might have. This is a perfect opportunity for early-career writers or seasoned veterans looking for a supportive arena to try out their newest venture!

Summer Salon Guidelines
Full Length, original plays only (no musicals)

Play must be complete at the time of submission. Revisions to submitted scripts are allowed, however incomplete texts will not be considered.

Playwright must be able to attend the Salon (Brooklyn NY) August 4th, 11th, 18th or 25th.

All submissions materials must be provided in PDF format.

Multiple submissions accepted, however only one slot will be awarded per playwright

Preference will be given to plays that stretch the bounds of theatrical storytelling

To be considered for our Summer Salon, please send a resume, character breakdown and ten-page sample of the play you wish to submit to MarchForthSubmissions@gmail.com by May 31st. 

Please note in the body of your email which Salon date(s) you are available for. Writers whose work is selected for further review will be asked to submit their full script no later than June 15th. Final selections will be made by July 15th.

Stella Adler seeks ensemble plays

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Seeking new, full-length ensemble plays for young actors (age 16-25). One or more play will be selected for a student production (this is a curricular project for full-time acting students). Plays must be new, unproduced works and require minimal set, props, costumes.

Completed applications must include a required application form and a ten-minute play.

Please note: Your play submission should be “blind”. The cover page should ONLY include the title of your play. This copy will be shared with the committee of play readers who will not know the authors of the plays they are reading.

Completed applications must be received by Friday, May 30, 2014.

Send complete applications to: community@stellaadler.com with subject line ENSEMBLE PLAYS
Please note: Paper applications will not be accepted; all applications must be sent via e-mail to community@stellaadler.com

THIRD ANNUAL WARNER INTERNATIONAL PLAYWRIGHTS FESTIVAL

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The Warner International Playwrights Festival recognizes the work of emerging and established playwrights from across the country and around the globe. The Festival gives playwrights a forum for production of their one-act plays that engage and entertain audiences through exploration of the human experience and the human spirit.

Please read submission policy carefully:

We invite playwrights to submit plays via electronic script submissions, in standard Samuel French playwriting format - 12 point font, character name centered or 3.5 inches from left margin, 1” margin all around. 

Plays should be emailed to: charlene@charleneadonaghy.com

Submitted plays should be one-act plays of no less than 12 and no more than 30 pages long, not including your cover page.

Submissions will be limited to the first 200 scripts received.

Scripts will be accepted internationally but must be written in English.

Previously produced scripts are accepted.

There is no submission fee.

Please remove all playwright identification from the script including name, mailing address and telephone/fax/e-mail.

In the body of the email include:

· Script Name

· Playwright Name

· Playwright Email

· Playwright Telephone Number

· Playwright postal mailing address.

Please do not send a synopsis or playwright resume.

Only one submission per playwright will be accepted. Scripts will not be returned.

If your play is selected, you will be notified, via email, of the readers’ selection on/about August 1.

Selected scripts will receive minimal-set (table, 4 chairs, 2 cubes), minimal-tech production (lights up, lights down, 2 sound cues) production. Please be sure your play will adhere to these parameters.

Selected playwrights are invited to attend the festival by their own means. Accommodation recommendations are available.

To be considered for the Warner International Playwrights Festival scripts must be RECEIVED by 11:50pm Eastern Standard Time on June 1; 
late entries will not be read.

For additional information, contact Charlene Donaghy charlene@charleneadonaghy.com

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2014 Met Life Nuestras Voces National Playwriting Competition

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Online submissions now being accepted for FULL LENGTH LATINO STAGE PLAYS  (In Spanish or English or both!)

Guidelines: repertorio.org/opportunities 

Time stamped Deadline:  Sunday, June 1, 2014.  (Time stamped)

MISSION: Since 2000 MetLife Foundation and Repertorio Español joined forces to establish The MetLife Nuestras Voces National Playwriting Competition to discover --our voices --the best Latino plays and bring them to the attention to the American theatre community. These original works relate to Latino culture, history and life in the United States while at the same time reflecting the universality of the human condition.  In 2013 we received a record breaking number of scripts proving once again this outreach effort is important and so very necessary. It has been our privilege to promote and develop new plays, encourage bright new talent by providing this forum. We have produced over 100 readings to date and many plays that have placed within the competition over the years have gone on to have subsequent workshop and full productions at regional theatres across the country!

NUESTRAS NEWS

Winners (2013):

1st Place: Your Name will Follow you Home by Carlos Murillo Chicago, IL
2nd Place: El traje de novia by José R. Arroyo García San Juan, PR
3rd Place: El Coqui Espectacular & the Bottle of Doom by Matt Barbot Brooklyn, NY
Runners Up: María García is Having Your Baby by Stephanie Weber Chicago, IL
Hielo by Dania Ramos   Bloomfield, NJ

Winner (2012): Barceló con hielo by Marco Antonio Rodríguez from Dallas, TX will open in June of 2014

Published: Nuestras Voces: Latino Plays from Repertorio Español’s MetLife Playwriting Competition (Bilingual) Volume 1 and Volume 2 (Available at lulu.com)

Volume 1: Vieques (2000)by Jorge González, Momma’s Boyz (2004)by Cándido Tirado and No Where on the Border (2005)by Carlos La Cámara

Volume 2: Cartas a una madre(2005) by Marcelo Rodríguez and Locuras en Wichita(2010) by Lina Gallegos

Playwrights CageMatch

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The Douglas Morrisson Theatre in Hayward is accepting submissions for its third annual Playwrights CageMatch! Our CageMatch is a chance for playwrights to show their stuff in an audience-decided live competition!

Five Playwrights enter but only one will emerge victorious! Grand prize for the chosen script.

We are seeking brief scenes (5-20 minutes) which conform to the limitations of the competition. DMT staff will select the top five submissions. Each of the final scripts will get one rehearsal with the same director and company of actors. On July 13th the five scenes will be performed at a live staged reading event at the Douglas Morrisson Theatre. The audience will vote by token to determine the winner!

Our theme this year is: THE CAFETORIUM CHRONICLES: LOST & FOUND. The setting is a high school cafetorium in Anywhere, USA. Time period is not restricted. Please limit your scenes to no more than four characters. We’re looking for creative and elegant back-stories that incorporate the setting into the scenes. Tone, theme or genre is up to you! Class reunion? Bingo game? Polling place? PTA meeting? Bomb shelter? Inside the cafetorium anything can happen.

Admission to the performance is free, but a token to vote for the winner is $5.

Deadline for scene submissions sent via e-mail is June 1, 2014;
post-mark deadline, if mailed, is May 30, 2014.

Submissions can be e-mailed in *.doc or *.pdf to cagematch@dmtonline.org or mailed to:

Douglas Morrisson Theatre
ATTN: Susan E. Evans 
c/o H.A.R.D.
1099 E St.
Hayward, CA 94541

The Ingram New Works Lab

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Application Deadline: June 1, 2014
Tennessee Repertory Theatre has been gifted with the funds to support the creation of new works for the theatre, and with this mission Tennessee Rep has created the Ingram New Works Project, which includes the New Works Lab.

The Ingram New Works Lab is intended to be an artistic home for emerging playwrights to share and develop new work, hone craft, receive direction, and springboard themselves into the next phase of their writing career, providing a fertile environment for the emergence of great new plays.

Tennessee Rep seeks committed playwrights for residency in the 2014-2015 Ingram New Works Lab.

Tennessee Rep will serve and support selected playwrights as they work in residence to create new work for the theatre. Tennessee Rep will provide the playwrights-in-residence:
A season-long playwright-run script lab that meets once a month.

Access to professional actors, providing a choice of collaborators amongst theatre artists in Nashville.
Workshop sessions involving professional directors, designers, and dramaturgs.
Access to professional marketing and audience development resources.
A symposium with the Ingram New Works Fellow, a playwright with a national reputation.
Participation in the Ingram New Works Festival, giving the playwrights the opportunity to work with a professional director and actors in rehearsal and hear their script read in front of a live audience.
A supportive environment to foster and support the playwright’s process.
A small stipend to defray expenses.
Monthly Script Lab

The New Works Lab will meet once a month to provide playwrights-in-residence with a supportive but disciplined environment to workshop their scripts. By definition a laboratory is a testing ground inasmuch as it offers opportunities for observation, practice and experimentation. Every playwright will have the opportunity to hear multiple drafts of their script read aloud by actors and receive feedback from their fellow playwrights. The lab will provide the opportunity for playwrights to shape, mold, and develop as many drafts as they feel necessary before festival rehearsals begin.

Lab Meeting dates (a full day commitment on the following dates):
2014: Sept. 5; Oct. 10; Nov. 14; Dec. 12
2015: Jan. 11-17; Feb. 13 and 14; March 13 and 14
Collaboration Opportunities

Tennessee Rep will facilitate for playwrights-in-residence opportunities to work with their choice of collaborators from amongst top theatre artists in Nashville. Playwrights-in-residence will have access to Tennessee Rep’s professional staff throughout the season, and will have ongoing opportunities to meet with a director, costume designer, set designer, and dramaturg to explore what it would take to get their script from page to stage. Each playwright will also have the opportunity to consult with marketing and audience development staff to gather ideas about resources available to best promote their new work.

Lab Symposium with Ingram New Works Fellow

Playwrights-in-residence will participate in a week-long New Works Lab symposium with the recipient of the Ingram New Works Fellowship, a nationally recognized playwright. The symposium will take advantage of the New Works Fellow’s experience and skill, focusing on a wide variety of issues related to working as a playwright: everything from how an emerging playwright gets a script produced to how to manage the pitfalls of the development process to specific guidance on the art of playwriting. The New Works Fellow will serve as a mentor to the playwrights-in-residence throughout the season via electronic communication. Lab participants should be prepared to clear their schedule for the entirety of the week-long symposium.

Symposium dates:
January 11-17, 2015
Participation in Ingram New Works Festival

Work in the Lab will be focused on goals established by the Lab Playwrights. However, each playwright will be expected to work toward the creation of a new play that will be presented in a staged reading at the New Works Festival, whether completed or as a work in progress. Please note the following criteria for New Works festival plays being developed in the lab:
Full-length plays (prefer 80-120 mins. running time).
Plays that utilize no more than 8 actors.
Plays that have not previously been produced by any professional company.

Festival dates:
May 6-16, 2015
Application Guidelines for the Ingram New Works Lab

Tennessee Rep will award up to four residencies in the New Works Lab. Each playwright who accepts the residency will commit to participating in the monthly Lab meeting, the New Works symposium, rehearsals for the New Works Festival, and assisting with the New Works Festival in May 2014 as auxiliary artistic staff. Lab Playwrights will also be invited to participate in Tennessee Rep staff and outreach events. All playwrights who accept a residency must commit to be available for all lab, symposium, rehearsal and festival dates. Should a playwright-in-residence miss multiple commitments, they may be asked to forgo their place in the New Works Lab. Tennessee Rep does not provide monetary compensation for playwrights-in-residence and encourages regional playwrights to consider travel commitments before applying.

All applications should include the following material:
  • A letter stating your objectives for working on a new play in the Ingram New Works Lab at Tennessee Rep. Please include a description of your proposed play.
  • One Page Bio with history as a playwright.
  • One Page Artistic Statement.
  • A play that best represents your writing skill. Full-length is preferred, but a substantial one-act play (minimum of one hour running time) will be acceptable for this application. Author and contact information must appear on the title page. Please do not submit musicals, screenplays, TV scripts, or children’s theatre.

Application Instructions

Please use the online form for your submission. Upload your letter of intent, one page bio, one page artistic statement, and play (4 files) in PDF, doc, or docx format. You will receive a confirmation email shortly to verify your submission. If you have any problems using the form please email Shane Burkeen at shane@tennesseerep.org.

Seeking plays for THE LAST DAYS OF MANKIND project

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The project explores what Kraus’s play The Last Days of Mankind means in Great Britain nowadays. What relevance does this play have in our time and to a British audience? We will look at one of the most influential Austrian plays from a different angle by using it as starting point to enter an intercultural dialogue about the first World War, global conflicts nowadays, and the part the people are playing in them.

Kraus’s play centers around the absurdity of war, the lifes of people who are forced to continue their lives under these morbid circumstances, and the role the media plays. We are interested in thought-provoking plays and are open to all kind of work, which can also be inspired by thoughts such as:

War - absurdity or necessity?
Glorification vs. Vergangenheitsbewältigung: Different perceptions of the war in the UK and Austria.
Propaganda: Which role plays the media in global conflicts nowadays?
From 1914 to 2014: What has changed?

The aim of this project is to encourage intercultural collaboration and to make one of the most important Austrian playwrights known to and accessible for a greater public. We encourage playwrights to use Kraus as inspiration, but also to challenge the play and its relevance nowadays, and to write their very own response, which will lead to an interesting intercultural dialogue.

Criteria for submitted work

  • Plays should have a running time between 60 and 80 minutes.
  • Plays must require a cast NO GREATER THAN 4 (the play can have more characters).
  • Plays must be relevant to our time and Great Britain and should use Kraus's play as inspiration, this can be with regards to content and/or style. However, we are looking for original plays and Kraus's work should be nothing more than an inspiration. 
  • The play can either lead into Kraus's epilogue and use it as its last scene, OR it can be a self-contained play. The running time of 60-80 minutes applies in any case to the ORIGINAL PART OF THE PLAY.
  • Plays must be suitable to be performed in a studio space with an approximate size of the stage of 6.40m x 6.80m.
  • The call is open to writers with any level of experience.

What next

If you are interested in participating, please send an email to info@timezonetheatre.com to receive a copy of Karl Kraus's The Last Days of Mankind.

To submit, please send
  • A CV (max 2 pages)
  • A short summary (max 500 words)
  • A treatment 
  • A draft of the first 5 - 10 pages 
Submissions should be send via email to info@timezonetheatre.com with "play submission" in the subject line. The deadline is 6pm on Wednesday 4th June 2014. We will meet a shortlist of writers in the w/c 9th June, and the successful writer will be announced on 15th June.

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