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Sunday, February 8, 2015

Greyman Theatre Company seeks musicals

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Greyman Theatre Company is looking to foster the development of a new musical to be considered for the Araca Project, which culminates in an Off-Broadway production in Fall 2015. Writers will be given the opportunity to work with a full creative team through readings and workshops in order to prepare the piece for consideration.

Submissions may be in any stage of development but may not be licensed by a major licensing house or have had a fully-realized production in New York City. Shows that have had previous readings and workshops in the New York City area are eligible.

Writers interested in applying should submit the following by February 16, 2015:

Contact information and bios for the creative team.

Lyric sheets and demo recordings for 2-3 songs.

10-15 pages of the script. Please include a character breakdown.

A statement of objective describing your hopes for the future of the piece and specifically what you hope to accomplish by working with Greyman.

Previous production/development history as well as any upcoming dates.

Please send all materials to greymantheatreco@gmail.com. If we believe the piece is a good fit for this opportunity, we will reach out with next steps by February 23, 2015. Due to a high volume of submissions, we may not be able to respond to every submission. Thank you for your interest and we look forward to hearing from you.

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Free theater: SPEAK OF THE DEVIL

by Richard F. Stockton
Revised by Marsha Lee Sheinnes
Directed by Robert Kalfin

Sunday, February 8th at 3PM
520 Eighth Avenue, 3rd Floor, NYC
No reservations required.
A wine & cheese reception with artists will follow.

In Robert Ingersoll’s words:
“If a man would follow, today,  the teachings of the Old Testament, he would be a criminal,  If a man would follow strictly the teachings of the New, he would be insane.”

“It is a thousand times better to have common sense without education, than to have education without common sense.”

About the Play:

A two-act comedy-drama by Richard F. Stockton, revised by Marsha Lee Sheiness, SPEAK OF THE DEVIL is based on the life of the 19th century "Great Agnostic", Robert Ingersoll. The play encourages people to lead active, thoughtful, responsible and independent lives, rejecting interference from a religious right committed to insinuating ideology into politics, civil rights, education, our health care systems, and our daily lives. SPEAK OF THE DEVIL dramatizes what happens when a man, rich with native wit, robust humor, love of family and extreme courage, refuses -- at risk to himself and those he holds dear -- to neither put a padlock on his tongue, nor shackles on his brain.

SPEAK OF THE DEVIL is a call for conscientious, caring decisions, not only for ourselves but for society at large.

Bechdel Group Readings seeks plays

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The Bechdel Group Readings is a series of new work and works in progress.

We accept brand new plays and screenplays, scripts in development, partial scripts, drafts - anything in progress. Our readings are designed to provide an opportunity to further script development, so we're excited about work that is not yet 'complete'. We typically feature 20 - 40 pages of a script, although every reading is different. Questions? Email us at bechdelgroup@gmail.com

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We are looking for plays and screenplays that include the feminine experience beyond a woman’s romantic relationships. While we acknowledge that love, sex, and romance are all primal parts of being female, we insist that no real, three-dimensional woman lives in a romantic bubble. We are hoping to read, write, and hear stories about women who are more like us, women who talk to their friends about many subjects, including, but not limited to, sex. Our name, The Bechdel Group, comes from Alison Bechdel’s comic strip "Dykes To Watch Out For" (1985), where one of the characters outlined the above criteria for seeing a movie.

On the last Monday of each month, The Bechdel Group produces readings of new works that meet the following criteria:

Somewhere in the script …
1. two female characters
2. who have names
3. speak to each other
4. about something other than their romantic relationships
5. for the entirety of at least a complete scene/conversation.

The intention is to …
1. promote writers writing for women,
2. create more roles for women,
3. challenge the accepted portrayal of women in film and on stage.

Through this series, playwrights will have the unique opportunity to have their work read by a community of actors and to participate in a workshop format that includes:

A guided feedback discussion with the actors and audience directly following the reading.
A pre- and post-reading discussion with our resident dramaturg.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Wait, what is this?
This is a series of workshop readings of new plays/screenplays. The actors and audience participate in a festive discussion after the reading.

I don’t identify as female, can I still submit a script?
Yes! Our primary aim is to examine and challenge the roles being written for women. We’d love to hear from all writers.

Does the whole play have to be just two women talking about not-sex?
No. Your script can have as many characters as you want, and they can talk about all kinds of things.

Including sex and relationships?
Yes, including that. The Bechdel Test stipulates that at least one scene contains two women talking about something else.

I’m an actor who doesn’t identify as female. Can I participate in readings?
Many scripts will indeed feature non-female roles. Also, we very much want to have anyone who likes talking about plays participate.

But I have this amazing script with an incredibly layered and dimensional female character! Can’t I submit it anyway?
We know there are many, many, many amazing roles for women in plays and films that do not pass the Bechdel Test. This series, though, is for plays and screenplays that do.

Trustus Theatre Annual Playwrights' Festival

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Trustus Theatre announces its Annual Playwrights' Festival, a national contest culminating in a production of a new play in Columbia, South Carolina.

Now in our 26th year, we are one of America's longest-running play festivals. Since 1988, many of our winners have been published and produced off-Broadway, in Hollywood or at the Actors Theatre of Louisville.

The winning play will receive a staged-reading and $250 in Fall 2015. During the following year, the playwright will develop the script for production as he/she wishes and in consultation with members of the Trustus staff and company. In August 2016, the play will receive a full production on the Trustus mainstage with local actors (mostly non-equity) -- and the playwright an additional $500, plus travel/lodging for the Festival opening.

1. Full-length plays only, with no previous professional productions. Academic productions and workshops are okay. We are looking for innovative comedies and dramas on any topic, raw or polished, profane or polite—but please: no musicals or children's shows.
2. One set, minimal production needs preferred.
3. Cast of eight or fewer preferred, ages 15-60.
4. One script per author, please.
5. No re-submissions. Write something new.


We are now taking submissions electronically. We do not accept paper submissions sent through the regular mail. All materials should be submitted using the online form.

Step One:
Submit the online form by March 1, 2015:

Step Two:
From the applications/synopses, we will identify 25-30 semi-finalists. If your play is selected as a semi-finalist, you will be notified and invited to send a full script. From those scripts, the artistic director will select a winning play by July 2015.

Questions may be directed toshammond@trustus.org.

Friday, February 6, 2015

Adaptive Arts seeks monologues and short scenes

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Share Your Voice With Adaptive Arts!

Early this Spring, Adaptive Arts Theater Company is producing a brand new theatrical event.

As part of our ongoing efforts to bring awareness to stories and voices missing from the stage, we are seeking pieces for our newest performance night entitled: I Don’t Belong Here: Theatrical Snapshots from Self-Proclaimed Outsiders.

These “theatrical snapshots” are open to interpretation, we want to hear from you! Send us a monologue, a story, a short scene, a song...anything that you think showcases the voice of an “outsider.”

Submissions are accepted through February 9th, 2015
Please email your piece to Marielle Duke and Matilde Keizer at adaptivearts@gmail.com.

We will notify playwrights by February 15th.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

PLAYWRIGHTS ON PARK Reading Series submission guidelines

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PLAYWRIGHTS ON PARK Reading Series is a new and exciting artistic endeavor for Playhouse on Park. Our mission is to develop and produce original plays and musicals, to foster emerging and established playwrights, and to become a leader in new play development. We aim to help establish the Greater Hartford Area as a premiere destination for the cultivation and exploration of innovative theatrical work.

Playwrights on Park is an opportunity for emerging and established playwrights to bring the earliest incarnations of their plays directly to the Playhouse on Park audience. It will serve as an immediate connection between the words (and world) of the play and the audience for which it is intended.

Our focus will be on the playwright and the play. We will select several plays throughout the season and give the playwright and our audience an opportunity to hear the work read aloud, in some cases for the first time. This process will allow our audience an exciting look into the development of new work, as well as an early look at the plays that may premiere at the Playhouse on Park in subsequent seasons. It will allow the playwright an opportunity to develop their work, with feedback from our audience. We hope to develop and sustain open and ongoing relationships with the playwrights selected for the reading series.

We will accept year-round submissions for the Playwrights on Park Reading Series. Throughout each season, there will a presentation of the selected works. The plays will receive a cast of professional actors and a director and will be presented as a staged reading for a public audience. After the reading, a moderated audience discussion with the actors, the director, and most importantly, the playwright, will give both the Playhouse on Park and the playwright constructive feedback to further develop the playwright's vision for the play.

Playwrights on Park seeks to unveil the best new material from playwrights across the country. Submitted plays will be considered for our Playwrights on Park Reading Series.

Most importantly, the Playwrights on Park Reading Series is an experience for the playwright and our audience. There are only a limited number of readings per season. As the playwright is the focus of our reading series, selected playwrights must be available to come to the Playhouse on Park for the staged reading of the play and the audience discussion that follows. The presence of the playwright is the cornerstone of Playwrights on Park reading series.

We are happy to consider your play, provided you submit according to these guidelines:

• Please submit a FULL script and character breakdown (Please submit in PDF format).
• Playwrights may submit their plays through a literary agent.
• Playwrights who are not represented may submit their plays as well.
• For musicals please submit the music on a CD or by mp3.
• Include any production or workshop history, as well as biographies of the playwright, and any collaborators
• Connecticut-based playwrights are strongly encouraged to submit

Electronic submissions are preferred (email Sasha), but hardcopy can be mailed to:

Sasha Brätt
Playwrights On Park Reading Series
c/o Playhouse Theatre Group
244 Park Road
West Hartford, CT 06119

Materials will be reviewed by our Literary Manager, as well as our Literary Committee. Plays recommended by this committee may be included in our Playwrights on Park Reading Series. Playwrights will receive a confirmation of receipt within a week of submission. Playwrights may also expect a response from the Literary Manager as to whether or not the play will be considered for the Playwrights on Park Reading Series within 2-4 months, after the play is reviewed by the Literary Committee in the order it was received.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Write a Play in One Weekend

A Play in One Weekend with Julian Sheppard

Primary Stages Einhorn School of Performing Arts (ESPA)

Saturday, March 28 and Sunday, March 29
10:00am – 5:00pm

Instructor: Julian Sheppard (Writer, Los Angeles at The Flea Theater)

This 2-day writing extravaganza is designed to push you to write an inspired first draft in 48 hours. Sounds crazy, right? But it can be done! The class is specifically focused on using your intuition and liberating you from the trap of over-thinking. You will be given assignments by email in the week leading up to the course in order to start planting seeds, and throughout the weekend Julian will lead you in exercises that will shake up tired assumptions about how to create. This is an adventure in character, setting, structure, and conflict, and will help you find the play you need to write RIGHT NOW. Bring in a preliminary idea or simply come in with an open mind, and by Sunday evening you will have—at the very least—the foundation of your next play.

Register now: http://primarystages.org/aplayinoneweekend

Stella Adler seeks ten-minute plays

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Now seeking 10-minute plays that address one of the following themes:
  • Global Gender Violence: from street harassment and slutwalk protests to Boko Haram kidnappings and bus rapes
  • Environmental crisis: “food shortages, mass extinctions and flooding are likely without immediate action”. Click here to read the New York Times article quoted.
  • School to prison pipeline

  • Seeking and new, unproduced works
  • Scripts should be a maximum of 10 pages
  • No excerpts from a longer work please
  • No adaptations please
All submissions should be blind. Your name should not appear in the title, on the cover page or anywhere within the manuscript. This ensures that the committee of readers do not know the name of author of the plays they are reading and can consider artistic merit alone.
Please do not include synopsis/summary, developmental history or your representative’s information on the cover page or in the manuscript.

Completed submissions must be received by Monday, March 2, 2015.

Please consider sending your script as a PDF which helps to streamline our process.

Please note: We are especially interested in plays that broach the subject matter with an interesting use of dramatic writing. In the last round, we received many “slice of life” plays and wanted to point out that the manuscripts that use metaphor and drama in unique ways often had a better chance of advancing through the rounds of consideration.

Please fill out a submission form by clicking here.
Please e-mail your play to community@stellaadler.com. The subject line should read “Ten-Minute Plays GENDER VIOLENCE” OR “Ten-Minute Plays ENVIRONMENTAL CRISIS” OR “Ten-Minute Plays SCHOOL TO PRISON PIPELINE”
Completed submissions must be received by Monday, March 2, 2015.

Please note: Your submission will only be complete if you follow both of the steps above.

Please note #2: Paper applications will not be accepted; all applications must be sent via e-mail to community@stellaadler.com

All plays will be read by a committee composed of alumni and upperclassmen in the first round. Plays that advance to the second round will be read by theater professionals and staff.
Selected plays will receive readings in a June 2015 event that is free and open to the public.
Playwrights will be notified of results by May 15, 2015.

Monday, February 2, 2015

The FOURTH Annual StrangeDog Beer Battered Play Festival

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NOW Accepting Submissions for The FOURTH Annual StrangeDog Beer Battered Play Festival.

The Beer Battered Play Festival is a celebration of new work, held in the raucous environment of Tierney's Tavern Upstairs, Montclair NJ. (An easy train ride from NYC via NJ Transit.)

We endeavor for this play festival to be :

1) A great night of entertainment in a non-traditional venue,

2) an opportunity to reach out and expand our artistic community,

3) a chance for writers to get their work in front of a new audience,

4) a really excellent time.

Online submissions ONLY at www.strangedogtheatre.com!

Deadline is February 14th.

Plays should be…
Ten minutes (ish) in length.
Simple production requirements. (Say could be performed on a blank stage in a bar. Or at the bar itself.)

This is one of those "Self Production" Festivals.

You know the ones! Playwright's are completely responsible for assembling and organizing the "production" of their play, i.e. finding a director, casting, and rehearsing. All plays must be staged and performed "off book."
During the day on the first date of the festival is a mandatory tech day, where the StrangeDog crew will accommodate any lights or sound, along with focusing on evening cohesiveness to achieve not just a festival, but a solid night of entertainment. (If you would like to tech or see the space before this day, that can be arranged.)
If selected, you can reach out to StrangeDog for any help you'd need in putting your production together, but please don't submit if you feel you will not be able to self-produce your play.

What kind of plays should you send?
Here's the kind of plays we like: Funny plays. Sad plays. Funny plays. Scary plays. Smart plays, funny plays, really funny plays, plays about characters, plays about ideas, plays that surprise us, and worry us, make us marvel and that make us think. And plays that are funny.

More info at www.strangedogtheatre.com

Greyman Theatre Company seeks new musicals

Greyman Theatre Company is looking to foster the development of a new musical to be considered for the Araca Project, which culminates in an Off-Broadway production in Fall 2015. Writers will be given the opportunity to work with a full creative team through readings and workshops in order to prepare the piece for consideration.

Submissions may be in any stage of development but may not be licensed by a major licensing house or have had a fully-realized production in New York City. Shows that have had previous readings and workshops in the New York City area are eligible.

Writers interested in applying should submit the following by February 16, 2015:
  • Contact information and bios for the creative team.
  • Lyric sheets and demo recordings for 2-3 songs.
  • 10-15 pages of the script. Please include a character breakdown.
  • A statement of objective describing your hopes for the future of the piece and specifically what you hope to accomplish by working with Greyman.
  • Previous production/development history as well as any upcoming dates

Please send all materials to greymantheatreco@gmail.com. If we believe the piece is a good fit for this opportunity, we will reach out with next steps by February 23, 2015. Due to a high volume of submissions, we may not be able to respond to every submission. Thank you for your interest and we look forward to hearing from you.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

First Acts: Funding Opportunities for Playwrights

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Wed, February 4, 2015, 5:00 pm

Are you a playwright developing a new performance piece and in need of financial and technical resources? Read more for an exciting opportunity from Kupferberg Center for the Arts in Queens NYC.

The “First Acts: New Plays in Development” series supports theater artists who are in the early stages of developing new performance pieces. “First Acts,” which is a project of the Kupferberg Center for the Arts at the exceptionally diverse Queens College, aims to amplify the voices of playwrights who are writing from minority or immigrant perspectives, in other words, voices that are not often heard in mainstream theater. By offering financial as well as technical resources for new play development, this program helps playwrights work through the question “what does my play need now?” “First Acts” supports the Queens College campus and community by providing relevant artistic programming and allowing for inter-disciplinary conversations and interactions on a wide range of topics. It also offers its audiences the rare opportunity to connect directly with art makers, and to be active participants in their processes. All performances are free and
open to the public.


Funding is made possible through the generosity of the Natalie Bailey and Herbert J. Kirshner Foundation. Awards range from $1000 to $2500, depending on the scope of the project. The award is given directly to the grantee, and can be used at the grantee’s discretion for such expenses as actor, playwright and director stipends, extra rehearsal space, props, costumes pieces, etc. A detailed projected budget should accompany the application.


In addition, the grantee will receive in-kind support from the Kupferberg Center for the Performing Arts:
  • Use of Colden Auditorium. Generally, “First Acts” performances are offered with the audience seated onstage (approximately 125 seats.) Grantees will be given two rehearsals in the space, along with one performance. Opportunities for further performances in other Flushing spaces can be arranged.
  • Access to technical staff for minimal lighting and sound cues if needed (25-30 cues.)
  • Promotion via Kupferberg Center for the Arts
  • Printing and distribution of fliers and programs.
  • Access to highly diverse Queens College campus community
Rehearsal March 11th, Tech Rehearsal and Performance March 12th
Rehearsal March 23rd , Tech Rehearsal and Performance March 24th
Rehearsal April 21st , Tech Rehearsal and Performance April 22nd
Rehearsal May 4th, Tech Rehearsal and Performance May 5th

All performances are in Colden Auditorium with audience seated onstage. They commence at 7pm.


Please send the following to Sophia McGee at sophia.mcgee@qc.cuny.edu
A one paged description of the proposed project
A synopsis of your piece
A proposed budget
Your first and second choice of dates


Saturday, January 31, 2015

Fourth Wall Review is seeking play submissions

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We are welcoming scripts of any genre and length, and searching for great plays to feature as "Play of the Month" on the Fourth Wall Review website, and in the Fourth Wall Review journal. The next issue being published is the Spring Issue in April 2015. Submissions by email only, please.

E-mail Play Submissions:

1. Please submit plays as an attachment to submissions@fourthwallreview.com.

2. Email subject line: Your Last Name, First Name, Play Title.

3. All plays must be submitted with a synopsis of the play as a seperate attachment. One or two paragraphs.

4. File formats: Word or PDF.

Play Formatting Guidelines:

Submit your play with a synopsis of the play.

We do not require a specific script format at this time. With that said, we have two formatting preferences outlined here:

1. Use the generally agreed upon formatting rules such as character names being placed center, or somewhat center, of the page above the dialogue, etc. For anyone new to playwriting, there are many formatting resources on the web that can be referenced through a Google search of "play formatting". Below are a couple of web sources for formatting. At the bottom of the page is the email for manuscript submissions. Please submit your script as a Word or PDF file only.




2. You can place the character names in ALL CAPS on the same line as the dialogue followed by a colon. Any stage direction immediately after the name is italicized and in parenthesis.


JIM: Hello. How are you doing today.

JIM (Frightened): How are you doing today.

Play of the Month:

Submissions for "Play of the Month" should be previously unpublished, and ideally have no production history or have had a very limited production history.

Submissions guidelines for Art, Audio and Video files:

We are always looking for talented artist, filmmakers, graphic artists, performers to publish in the Fourth Wall Review or to premier work on the Fourth Wall website.
Email Graphics, Art, Audio or Video to: Email to: mediasub@fourthwallreview.com

Friday, January 30, 2015

Write the Next Great American Musical

Great musicals are the result of great collaboration. You’ve got a lyricist writing the lyrics, a librettist writing the book, and a composer setting it all to song. And in the end, it all has to seem like it was written by a single voice. This semester, Primary Stages Einhorn School of Performing Arts (ESPA) offers two classes that are perfect for the playwright who wants to venture into the world of musical theater writing. 

LIBRETTO with KAIT KERRIGAN (Librettist/Lyricist, ...Samantha Brown at Goodspeed)
A musical is only as good as its libretto, the piece that marries the plot and character development with musical composition. This 10-week class tackles the techniques of plot structure, story development, and adaptation, as well as how to write for various musical genres such as pop, rock, and musical theater. By the end of the class, you will have a solid treatment of your musical and be prepared, with or without a composer, to embark on the first draft.

LYRIC with ADAM GWON (Lyricist/Composer, Ordinary Days at Roundabout Theatre)
Lyrics are the foundation of musical theater storytelling and, for many playwrights, the final frontier. An understanding of this discipline is essential not only for lyricists themselves, but also for their collaborators. This 10-week class will cover song structure, scansion, and rhyme, teaching you to apply your existing storytelling impulses to a lyric format. 

Collaboration is at the heart of what we do here at ESPA, which is why Kait Kerrigan’s LIBRETTO class will be working closely with Adam Gwon’s LYRIC 1 class this semester.  

Classes begin the last week in February.  Payment plans available. 

Thursday, January 29, 2015


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  • You must be 18 years or older to enter.
  • The play must be unpublished, original works only.
  • The play must be full length, at least 90 minutes. Dramas, comedies, and farces are accepted. No adaptations or musicals.
  • Cast size is limited to five characters, with interesting storylines.
  • The play should require only a single set.
  • Scripts should be typewritten on standard paper size, bound with staple only and pages numbered.
  • Submit three copies with title only. Include unbound sheet which includes the title of the play, playwright's name, address, email, and telephone number.
  • Entries are accepted from October 1 to March 1. Entries postmarked after March 1, 2015 will not be considered.
  • The Playwright's Biography
  • The development/history of the play 
  • Character breakdown, and brief synopsis of the play.
  • Your complete mailing address, email address, and telephone number.
  • All scripts must be firmly bound. No changes or revision accepted after submissions. 
  • No double-sided pages.
  • UpStage Theatre Company will not assume responsibiliity for lost or damaged scripts. 
UpStage Theatre Company
Emerging Playwright Project
1713 Wooddale Blvd
Baton Rouge, LA 70806

Wednesday, January 28, 2015


NYCPlaywrights has made the selections for the TAKE BACK THE ROM-COM reading.

We had almost 300 submissions and we’re sorry we couldn’t include all the plays we liked. Thanks to everybody for participating.

Special thanks to Alice Anne English, Bryn Packard, Nilsa Reyna and Doug Rossi for their good work in the selection process.

The reading will be held at the end of March. The date/time/location will be announced soon.

Congratulations to the authors of these plays:

  • GOING UP? by Cynthia Morrison
  • GOODNIGHT IRENA by Rhea MacCallum
  • HAPPY CHRISMUKKAH by Jack Feldstein
  • SEMICOLON IS A DOUBLE by Larry Rinkel
  • VERSAILLES by Jason Rainey
  • YOU’RE DRIVING ME CRAZY #3 by Todd Wallinger
  • YOU CAN'T BE THE ONE by S. L. Daniels

Wings to Fly 6th Annual Young Playwright’s Festival

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SAY Sí is currently accepting submissions for its 6th Annual Young Playwright’s Festival, Wings to Fly. The ALAS Youth Theatre Company will select and produce an evening of short plays written by emerging young writers from the San Antonio area. The selected scripts will culminate into a 2-day festival where local audiences will enjoy a diverse collection of new works written by San Antonio’s next generation of playwrights.

High School students and young adults have a chance to get their new and original script produced by SAY Sí’s ALAS Youth Theatre Company. San Antonio is full of talented young playwrights, and ALAS wants to take their work from the notebook to the stage!


SAY Sí will accept short plays, one-acts and full-length scripts until February 9, 2015. Scripts must be suitable for all audiences. There is no restriction on subject matter or style. Scripts must be written by individuals or groups ages 21 and under. The script can be submitted by the playwright themselves, a parent/guardian or a teacher. The selected scripts will be produced and performed by ALAS Youth Theatre Company at SAY Sí’s Black Box Theatre for the Wings To Fly festival, which takes place April 3 & 4.

Script Submission:
Scripts must be submitted by February 9, 2015 to joy@saysi.org or as a hard copy to:

Joy Jimenez @ SAY Sí
1518 S. Alamo St.
San Antonio, TX 78204

Please attach a cover sheet with your contact information.

If you have questions please contact Joy Jimenez at 210.212.8666.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Watermelon One-Act Festival (Lexington Park Maryland)

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Welcome to watermeloninc.org - home of Watermelon Inc.'s production of the Watermelon One-Act Festival (WOAF)!

Now accepting scripts for WOAF 2015!

Please email scripts to watermelon@watermeloninc.org. Up to three scripts per playwright may be submitted. Please complete a script submission form for each play.


The 2015 Watermelon One-Act Festival will be hosted by The Newtowne Players (NTP) at the Three Notch Theater located at 21744 Coral Pl, Lexington Park, MD 20653.

a. Plays will be selected by February 28th. Playwrights will be contacted by March 1. The $100.00 participation fee must be received by March 14th.

b. A phone conference will occur on March 21 at 6 pm among all production representatives, the WOAF Coordinator, and the WOAF Technical Director. This phone conference provides an opportunity to review information and answer questions. A conference call phone number will be distributed via email prior to the meeting.

c. A technical package with additional information and requirements (e.g., program format, poster image criteria for website) will be distributed to all production representatives before the phone conference. The technical package is due 4 weeks prior to the technical rehearsal.

We welcome all original and unpublished works between 10 and 65 minute running time (includes set up/breakdown and curtain call). Ten to fourteen entries will be selected based on the quality of the writing, story/plot, and character development. Minimal technical requirements is advised as there are only 60 minutes for a technical rehearsal, all props and actors must fit into a 10- by 10-foot space, and there is no technical award. To submit a play is completely free and up to three scripts can be submitted per participant. 

However, if selected, a non-refundable $100 entry fee is required to assist with defraying festival expenses.

Further information, including festival rules and script submission forms, are available for download.

Watermelon is NOT producing the play, merely presenting the finished product, which may be performed a total of two times if selected as a finalist.

Please email us if you have any questions.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

International Playwrights Group Residency at the Royal Court

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Since 1989 the Royal Court Theatre has collaborated with emerging playwrights from all parts of the world, working in over 70 countries and in more than 40 languages. The International Playwrights Group (formerly the International Residency) is part of this programme that offers the opportunity for international playwrights to spend time at the Royal Court Theatre in London, developing a new play. It also offers international theatre artists a forum to meet and work with leading British writers, directors, practitioners and performers.

In summer 2014, seven international playwrights were invited to London to take part in a focused, residential writers group, working with members of the Royal Court Theatre artistic team in July 2014.

International playwrights will be asked to develop a new play during their time in London in collaboration with members of the Royal Court artistic team. Writers will follow an intensive programme that combines group sessions led by leading British theatre makers with individual one-to-one meetings. Each playwright will be teamed with a Royal Court script advisor and translator who will work with them to help realise their new play. There will also be an opportunity to share work with the rest of the group in a workshop environment, working with a company of professional actors.
The Royal Court Theatre will arrange complimentary tickets to all shows at the theatre for the duration of the programme, as well as a selection of productions at other venues in London.

Writing facilities can be provided throughout the programme, but applicants are asked to bring a laptop computer or tablet with them where possible.

The International Playwrights Group is the latest incarnation of the Royal Court Theatre’s development work with international writers in London. This started in 1989 as the Summer School before becoming the International Residency for Emerging Playwrights from 1993 with support from the British Council. This evolution has taken many forms, focusing ever more closely on international playwrights and their plays.

Many new and exciting theatre projects have evolved in different parts of the world as a result of these programmes, including seasons of new international work at the Royal Court which have often included the work of former participants, many of whom have gone on to become some of the most celebrated playwrights in their countries. These include Marcos Barbosa (Brazil); Pedro Miguel Rozo Florez (Colombia); Marius von Mayenburg (Germany); Anupama Chandrasekhar and Abhishek Majumdar (India); Amir Reza Koohestani (Iran); Dalia Taha (Palestine); Anna Wakulik (Poland); Olivier Choinière (Québec, Canada); Gianina Cărbunariu (Romania); Juan Mayorga (Spain); and Natalia Vorozhbit (Ukraine).

The Royal Court Theatre is one of Europe’s leading theatres, which since 1956 has presented a programme of new and innovative drama that has become known throughout the world. Since its foundation, it has presented premieres by almost every leading contemporary British playwright, from John Osborne’s Look Back in Anger to Caryl Churchill’s Top Girls to Jez Butterworth’sJerusalem. The Royal Court Theatre is the only British new writing theatre with a commitment to working with playwrights across the world to develop new plays.

The Royal Court Theatre may seek funding for successful candidates in order to pay for their participation. Playwrights may be asked to help in researching and applying for grants available in their home countries. Please note that acceptance on the International Playwrights Group is NOTdependent on funding.

Playwrights will be expected to write in their mother tongue and this work will be translated by the Royal Court. However, participants will need to have a good working knowledge of English as all meetings and group sessions will be conducted in English.

Travel and Accommodation
International travel, subsistence and accommodation will be provided by the Royal Court Theatre, supported by a number of local and international funding bodies. Accommodation is self-catering and in single rooms, within walking distance or a short bus ride from the theatre.
The Royal Court Theatre will also reimburse any UK entry visa costs.

The 2015 International Playwrights Group will take place from Monday 6th – Friday 24th July 2015 (inclusive)
Successful candidates will arrive in London on Saturday 4th or Sunday 5th July, departing on Saturday 25th July.
Applicants must be exclusively available for all dates.

The deadline for completed applications is 6pm GMT on the 30th January 2015.
Please note, applications will not be accepted after this date under any circumstances.

Applications are now open and will be accepted until the closing date.
No preference is given to early applications – all will be considered equally as long as they are received by the closing date.

Between 5 – 7 participants will be selected from all applicants to take part in the 2015 residency.

Please provide us with the following:
A completed application form in English (download here)
A recent example of your work (this should be an original, full length stage play in the original language and not an adaptation)
Two letters of recommendation from people who know your theatre work.
A personal statement as to why the International Playwrights Group would be of particular benefit to your development as a writer.

Applications are accepted by email or post. E-Mail applications are preferred.
Where possible, please complete the electronic form in Microsoft Word.

All e-mail attachments should be titled as follows:

All postal applications should be printed single sided and unbound. Please do not send ring-bound or stapled scripts. Please ensure that all scripts contain page numbers. If hand-writing your application form, please ensure your writing is legible, in black ink.

We will acknowledge your application within two working days of receiving it.
Please send your completed application to:
Elyse Dodgson, Royal Court Theatre, Sloane Square, London, SW1W 8AS, United Kingdom
Email: residencies@royalcourttheatre.com

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Free theater in Portland Oregon

Arundel Festival Theatre Trail

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The Arundel Festival Theatre Trail, conceived and presented by Drip Action Theatre Company, is now in its fifteenth year. It performs at the end of August, on each of the Festival’s eight days, eight short plays at eight different venues all over Arundel – this year, for example, in a community hall, a restaurant, a football club and Arundel Jailhouse. An audience of over 2,000 came to see the eight 2014 Theatre Trail plays.

The Trail is firmly established as one of the major components in the Festival and is a great showcase for both new and established writers, both from the UK and beyond


Writers are invited to submit plays for next year’s Trail.

Plays should be between 30 and 40 minutes long, with practicable casting, props and effects. All entries should be submitted to

Drip Action Theatre Trail 2014

c/o SCGIS Ltd
65a High Street
West Sussex
BN18 9AJ

Entries must be received by 31st January 2015. There is no reading fee.

One play only per entrant, in hard copy (not e-mail). Please enclose an SAE if you’d like your play returned.
Our reading committee will select the plays that will be performed, with the best submitted script receiving the Joy Goun award of £250 at our Theatre Trail launch in May 2015.
Each successful playwright will receive a £150 writer’s fee.
For further information call 01903 885250 or email info@dripaction.co.uk

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