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Monday, September 7, 2015

2015 Short Play Festival

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15 short plays will be selected – Submit today!!

October 8-25, 2015

The Steve & Marie Sgouros Theatre at The Players Theatre
115 MacDougal Street, New York, NY 10012 – 3rd floor
3 weeks, 4 performances weekly (Thursday through Sunday),
5 plays featured each week.
$100 prize award each week for best play of the week

Submissions close: September 10, 2015 at 5pPlay selection announced on; September 14, 2015


Short Plays and Musicals with a performance time of 20 minutes or less, no more than 20 pages in length.

Writers are eligible to submit up to 2 plays.

THEME: “Boo!”

Scare us or force us to laugh till we die – horror plays and musicals including a great spoof
All plays submitted must be centered on or revolve around this theme.

** Note **

1) Playwrights are responsible for producing their own play – Host provides Theatre, technicians, marketing and box office

2) If selected, there is a $100 REFUNDABLE deposit required and a $50 NON-refundable tech fee required

Plays MUST be NO MORE 20 minutes in length and no more than 20 pages

Submit online at: http://www.shortplaynyc.com/

The Players Theatre Short Play Festival
June 4 - 21
Submission Deadline: April 15 at 5p
Visit our website: www.shortplaynyc.com

Playwrights: Submit Your Solo Pieces for ROAR

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Playwrights--Let us hear you roar!

Send us your weird, wild and wonderful short solo work to be considered for

ROAR: A weird, wild and wonderful night of original solo work.

(You may be familiar with Riverside Theatre’s long-standing monologue festival Walking the Wire—ROAR is a re-imagined version of that programming.)

Ten - twelve pieces will be selected to be performed at Riverside Theatre, March 4-13 2016. We can’t pay royalties, but we’ll credit you in our promotional materials, and we’ll give you two tickets to a performance.

What we want

Work that is compellingly theatrical. It will be performed so it should have physical, visual and aural elements.

We won’t rule out excerpts from longer pieces, but we want you to know—they can be harder to appreciate. Funny pieces, on the other hand, always get our attention.

Memoir is a fine starting point, but we encourage you to take it to a fictionalized place. Again, it needs to be theatrical.

Our best advice: Work from your heart. Be honest and truthful. Daring, not earth-bound. Follow your instincts rather than logic to arrive at a piece you’d be excited to experience.

Submission guidelines
  • Must be original, unpublished and unproduced work
  • Less than 10 minutes in length
  • Submit up to 3 pieces as a Word document or PDF by email to admin@riversidetheatre.org
  • Be sure to include your name, city/state, email and phone.
  • Submission deadline is September 28, 2015.
Final selections will be announced on riversidetheatre.org by mid-November 2015.

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Lama Theater Company and the Playwrights Project

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Lama Theater Company (NYC) and the Playwrights Project (Israel) presents:

The Monthly Swap October 2015

We are NOW accepting submissions for The Monthly Swap!

What is the Monthly Swap?

Well it is very similar to Lama Theater Company’s Monthly Question (Our cold reading series of new and bold writing around Lama’s monthly question) but this time the question is with a TWIST...

Throughout the month of September we are going to ask the same question in New York and in Tel Aviv, and receive submissions of short plays /Monologues/Poems and songs until the beginning of October.

We will choose five/ six pieces that address the question differently from each country.

THEN… we SWAP the artist’s work so that Israeli artists work will be pres ented in New York and the American artists work will be presented in Tel Aviv.

Our Mission: Lama means WHY in Hebrew. The Lama Theater Company is a writer/director-driven company that continually raises questions and fearlessly searches for artistic exploration.

Important Dates:

Oct 4th- Playwrights/ Poets/ Song writer’s submission deadline

Oct 8th -Announcement of chosen works.

Oct 19th - performance night at 8:30pm in New York and Israel.

Casting on the spot starts at 8pm, show at 8:30pm.

New York Location: The Kriane Theater (85 East 4th Street, NYC)

Tel Aviv Location: Ozen Bar (King George St 48, Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel)

  • Scripts must be related to our monthly question. 
  • The Monthly Swap Question is: WHAT IS YOUR ENEMY? 
  • What inspires you when you read the question? We are interested in what you are thinking about and how the question might affect the work you do. Gather whatever inspiration the questions give you, and use it to fuel your chosen discipline. The questions are open to many interpretations! When you submit please keep in mind that Lama encourage artistic exploration, provoking and risk-taking writing. 
  • Short plays are limited to 10 pages or less (we find less is better) in standard playwriting formats. 
  • Poems/ Monologues are limited to 2 pages. 
  • Song samples should be mp3 and no more than 3 minutes. 
  • One submission per artist. 
  • Only submissions by electronic attachment will be accepted, Microsoft Word document or PDF. 
  • Playwrights can be from anywhere in United States or Israel, but plays must be in English. 
  • Submit a BLIND copy of your script and include a list of characters/descriptions. 
  • E-mail your Play/Poem/ Song to: lamatheatercompany@gmail.com
  • Please include the title of the play and the country you’re submitting from in the subject line. 
  • Please fill your personal contact info and the name of your play here: http://www.lamatheatercompany.com/

Any Questions about Lama's monthly question? Please email us lamatheatercompany@gmail.com and we’ll help you out!

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Thunderclap Productions submission guidelines

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Deadline: Rolling (submit anytime)
Material type: Plays or musicals (no children’s or liturgical plays)
Length: Any

Please follow these instructions to submit:
Prepare a script with your contact information on the cover and a complete listing of characters (with descriptions) inside. Please also provide a short (one paragraph) synopsis of the play on the cover page or in the front matter of the script.
Save your script as a pdf file, WORD file, or Final Draft file (version 7 or below). Make sure that your file name contains your first and last name.
For musicals, please also prepare three (3) audio samples (mp3 or MIDI). Make sure that your file names contain your first and last name. Please also submit the corresponding scores for these audio samples (Finale or pdf files).
Please also send a short bio and information on if the play/musical has been previously performed, published, or awarded any honors.
Send all of your files to submissions(at)thunderclapproductions(dot)com with a cover email about your submission. For the subject line, please use “Rolling Call Submission.”
For sending large files, we recommend zipping them and sending them through wetransfer.com or a similar service. Please copy info(at)thunderclapproductions(dot)com on any emails containing files whose downloads are time-sensitive.

Specific calls for scripts will also be posted here.

Questions about past submissions? Please send questions about past submissions to info(at)thunderclapproductions(dot)com. Questions sent to the submissions address may receive very delayed responses. Please note that we receive hundreds of submissions, so it can take well over a year before a final decision is reached.

Can I mail my script/CD? While we strongly prefer scripts submitted online using the above instructions, scripts and recordings may be mailed to us (Thunderclap Productions, 5248 Arboles Drive, Houston, TX 77035). Please include all of your contact information in a cover letter and format your script to letter-size (8.5″x11″) paper. Also, please note that we do not return scripts or materials that are mailed to us.

Friday, September 4, 2015

Solo Performance

Seeking writers who are aching to tell their very own story.  In SOLO PERFORMANCE at Primary Stages ESPA, Emmy Award-winning actor, comedian, and solo performer JUDY GOLD will help you create engaging characters and craft solo sketches. Like other brave solo performers who have come before you, you will be encouraged to theatricalize your personal stories by learning the necessary structural and performative elements of the medium. You will leave this 8-week class with a performance piece based on your own fascinating life and a new perspective on the art of solo storytelling. Payment plans available. Register: http://primarystages.org/espa/acting/solo-performance

MBS Productions submission guidelines

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MBS Productions specializes in "New Theatre": World Premiers, New Translations, or New Adaptations. We are currently looking for "New" full length plays/musicals for consideration for our upcoming season.

To be considered "New" the play as written must not have been performed in front of a paying audience, unless:

+ It was in an academic setting such as a school or university.

+ If the work in a shorter format has been performed but it has been developed and expanded substantially since its initial performance. You will be asked to submit the initial version to verify this.

+ The play was billed as a "Staged Reading"

If you have a "New" translation or "New" adaptation of an established literary work we would also encourage you to send it in. For translations and adaptations, please be sure all rights have been cleared with the original playwright before submitting to us.

To submit please email to scripts@MBSProductions.net the following:

1) A synopsis of the plot of the play no longer then 500 words.

2) A brief paragraph to describe how you came up with the concept of the play

3) Please list the basic production requirements such as all characters, their ages, and description along with the minimum number of actors needed. The set and costume requirements. The number of Acts and Scenes. The estimated length of performance (rule of thumb: each page of dialogue equals 1 minute)

4) The first 30 pages of your script. We don't need the entire script unless you want to submit it. We want to get a feel for it and will ask you for the rest if we are interested. If we are interested we will ask you to mail us a hard copy. Please submit this to us in .doc or .pdf format.

5) Lastly, and most importantly: Please be sure to include your name, a contact telephone number, your address, your e-mail, and your resume.

A few things to look at before you submit it:

+ Can it be physically produced on a stage? Bringing a tractor trailer onto the stage and demolishing the set is not quite feasible nor having a live ostrich follow stage directions.

+ Can the play be cast? Asking for the character to be tall is one thing, but requiring the actor to be 7 feet makes it hard to cast. Requiring 70 people on a stage is also quite impossible. Even Broadway shows shy from such requirements.

+ The title. Does the title make sense with the play, and will the general public be able to understand what it means or even pronounce it? Uxmal’s Huitzilopochtli is a hard play to sell to a potential audience, let alone pronounce it.

+ If submitting a musical can the musical requirements be met? Very few singers have a 5 octave vocal range. It is also hard to find people that play the Oud, Cura Saz, or other lesser known musical instruments. We do not have the physical space to house a full orchestra.

Deadline submission is May 1st, every year. Needless to say, the sooner you can submit the better it is for us. While we will read all submissions, it's smart to avoid the "crunch" of the deadline. We will only notify you if we are interested in your script. We contact playwrights by June 1st.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at info@mark-briansonna.com or call 214-477-4942. We pay royalties on all works but please be aware we do not discuss contracts/royalties unless we are interested in producing your work.

Queer Scare II

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The Village Playwrights is accepting 10 minute plays for Queer Scare II, staged reading of 8 short plays at New York City's LGBT Community Center to celebrate Halloween. Continuing the Gay Holiday reading series, the Village Playwrights will present Queer Scare II on October 28, 2015. But there are a couple changes this year.

This year playwrights compete for cash awards. The Awards for Queer Scare II will be $100 for Best Play, $75 for Scariest Play and $50 for Funniest Play. The audience (except for playwrights, actors and directors in the competition) will judge the plays. Only one award will be given to a playwright.

This year playwrights must self-produce their plays. The entails casting, direction and rehearsing for a staged reading of their play. The readings will be script-in-hand with minimal staging and no sets.


1. Scripts should have a Halloween theme from a LGBTQ perspective
2. Playwrights must be from the metro NYC area
3. Scripts must be 10 minutes or under
4. Deadline for submission is 5 pm, October 1, 2015
5. Plays will be read script-in-hand and minimally staged
6. Playwrights must self-produce (cast and rehearse a minimum of one hour.)
7. No fee to submit

To Submit:

Email your 10 minute script as an attachment to Village Playwrights@gmail.com

Include your name, address and telephone in the body of the email but not on the script. Your name should not appear on the script. Please write your play title on subject line of email.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

PLAYWRIGHTS FIRST seek full-length plays

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Submission period: August 1, 2015 - September 20, 2015
Winner will be announced on this website in June 2016.

Due to reading constraints, to give the best attention to your plays,
we will accept only the first 200 plays received.
We will announce on this site when that limit has been reached,
if it that occurs before September 20, 2015.
Unfortunately, plays will not be returned if sent in after capacity has been reached.

We require one play per author, original, full-length, unproduced prior to submission, in English.
For this years contest only, we are making the transition from paper to electronic format and will require BOTH paper and electronic copies of your play. Please DO NOT send your electronic portion prior to August 1, 2015.
  • No adaptations, translations or musicals will be accepted.
  • Please submit a resume with your play.
  • No electronic submissions will be accepted. 
  • Please do not send plays before submission date.
  • Plays cannot be returned.

We offer to the playwright whose play is selected:
$1,000 grant
Professional reading when feasible
Listing of winning author and play title on our web site
Letters of results will be sent to the winning and semifinalist playwrights only. All others should check this web site in June 2016.

Please mail your play and experience summary to:
c/o John E. Donnelly
250 East 73rd Street, #12G
New York, NY 10021

EMAIL your play and experience summary to:


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Submit your “LONGER” SHORT ONE ACT PLAY (21 minutes to 45 minutes) for Manhattan Rep’s SHORT PLAY DEVELOPMENT PROJECT

October 1 - October 10, 2015

There are a myriad of ONE ACT FESTIVALS for short one act plays 7 to 20 minutes in New York City, but how do you develop a “Longer” Short One Act play? How do you try it out in front of an audience to see if it works, so you can possibly develop it into a full-length play? Our Short Play Development Project might be the solution you are seeking.

Manhattan Repertory Theatre is seeking New, Never-Produced before “Longer” Short One Act Play productions to participate in our Short Play Development Project Play Series at our theatre on 42nd St (at 8th Ave.) in October. We are seeking short one act plays (21 to 45 minutes) which will be brought into our theatre by you, fully cast, directed and ready to be performed. We will provide a lighting and sound technician to help you with your tech and run the sound and light board the nights of your show. We will also help you with anything you might need in terms of developing your play - script discussion, set, lighting and sound concerns, direction and more. Since we began our play development focus here at Manhattan Rep, we have run a number of these Short Play Development Projects and they have been hugely successful for all involved and many have built their short plays into full-length plays after presenting their work here. And it is fun too!

Each play will be given a minimum of two performances, (possibly more,) a Tech rehearsal with our technician, and a Full Dress rehearsal.

To submit your 21 - 45 minute new, never been produced before one act play please email:

The complete draft of your play, a synopsis of the play, the aprox. running time of the play, the set and lighting requirements, the playʼs history, (readings, when it was written, etc etc.) your mailing address, and a creative team leader contact email address to:


by September 12, 2015
Please put SHORT PLAY DEVELOPMENT PROJECT in the subject heading.

Plays that we love will be accepted on a First-Come First-Served basis.
The earlier you submit the better chances you have of being accepted for we may end submissions before September 12, 2015, if we fill up all available performance slots.

Any questions about any of this, please email us at manhattanrep@yahoo.com

Wednesday, September 2, 2015


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Amy’s Horse is seeking short plays, up to 15 minutes in length, to be produced as part of our podcast.

What is Amy’s Horse?

Amy’s Horse is a bi-weekly theatre podcast that produces two short plays per episode. Actors in multiple locations connect to our Vermont studio via the internet for the live recording of the show. The podcast launched in June, and we've produced 8 plays over 4 episodes. These are available on our website or through the iTunes Store.

The goal is to bring together emerging playwrights and established actors to read new works, then chat about them. At the end of each reading, the actors and author stick around to speak about the play and promote their current projects. It’s a very light-hearted and relaxed environment.


- Plays must be unpublished at time of submission
- Small casts preferable
- We are mainly seeking comedies, but dramas also considered
- Plays must be a maximum of 15 minutes in length

Further, if you listen to our existing episodes, you’ll see that the plays we select lend themselves to an audio only production. We use minimal sound effects and stage directions, so plays with extensive visual elements or action may not work well in our format.

How to submit:

Please send a PDF copy of your script to submissions@amyshorse.com

We are seeking scripts on an ongoing basis, but if you’ve previously submitted there’s no need to re-submit. Thank you.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

The Secret Theater’s Flying Solo Festival

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Festival Dates: Oct 28th - Nov 1 , 2015

Call for Submissions for Flying Solo 3!

APPLY HERE: Flying Solo 3 Application

READ THIS FIRST : We can accept all shows from short 10- 20 shows that are workshopping to fully fledged 60minute finished pieces. We will consider previously produced shows if you believe that you will attract an audience. Our criteria is that the show is good and deserves a platform.

What is Flying Solo?
Flying Solo is a festival of solo shows that doesn't charge participation or submissions fees. That's right - NO FEE - Cheaper and better than the rest. Seriously.

Flying Solo doesn't ask for any rights, royalties or residual payments
Flying Solo is presented in the Secret Theatre's 99 seat house.
We can accept shows that have premiered or even in workshop mode - apply first and we'll talk. We'll only refuse a show that has prior if we both feel its gonna be hard to get an audience. [for us and you this is not a good scene!]
Preferential consideration given to students of Go Solo or Flying Solo alumni
If your show is 'on book' or very short [20 mins or less] you may be invited to participate in a showcase show of multiple shows. If your show is 30 - 60 mins then you will either be asked to do a stand-alone or a double bill.
Flying Solo presents a $250 CASH PRIZE to the audience vote winner along with a tacky award.
In addition to the CASH PRIZE! there will be a door split too at 50/50% after the first 11 tickets! Therefore if we sell 40 tickets you will make $260! If we sell 60 tickets you make $440! not bad huh?
Sellout and you'll make $791 hey then if you win add $250 thats $1041 freakin dollars boy! We won't add the tacky award to this since it has no value whatsoever APART FROM BRAGGING RIGHTS! 

All from one Show??? You bet your sweet aspercreme!
Plus we provide a tech/lighting designer/Board op for your run!
Lastly we would accept shows that have already appeared in Flying Solo if you and we both feel that it will find an audience.
We have already received submissions! What are you waiting for? To be discovered?!? That can happen at the Secret!

No fee to submit or produce.

We supply all the basic production elements needed to support a new work – a stage, a small crew, box office and lobby staff, great sound and lights.

You supply a great show and invite audience members
$250 Cash Prize for Best Show


We accept all shows from 10 minutes to 6o minutes
Finished 6o minute shows are offered either a stand alone or double bill slot. Shows of longer than 30 and not more than 60 minute get one hours tech per show.
Short shows of 20 mins or less are accepted but will be presented as part of a multi-show showcase. Up to 6 shows but tech requirements must be minimal due to the between show change over.
Dedicated Tech/Lighting person assigned for entire run/all shows.
Submit via our dedicated form

Submission deadline : Sept 21st – please submit as soon as possible. We have space for around 16 shows and already have 7 submissions on hand.

Please email submissions to: submissions@secrettheatre.com

Selected shows will be presented Oct 28 – Nov 1 at the Secret Theatre.

The Secret Theatre is located at 44-02 23rd St, Long Island City, NYC 11101

Between Us Productions is seeking full-length plays

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Between Us Productions is seeking full-length plays by emerging artists for their 2015-2016 season. Plays must be about or related to socio-political issues. Plays should be between 1 and 2 1/2 hours. To submit, please email a summary of your play (including the socio-political issue it deals with) and the full play to betweenusproductions@gmail.com

Check out our website at: http://betweenusproductions.wix.com/betweenusprod
or you can check us out on Facebook and twitter.

University of Houston 10-Minute Play Festival Call for Submissions

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The University of Houston School of Theatre & Dance is excited to announce our second annual 10-Minute Play Festival for spring of 2016. We will begin accepting submissions for this festival on July 1, 2015; the submission period closes on September15, 2015. Nine selected 10-minute plays will receive productions as part of a multi-evening festival, produced in the newly upgraded José Quintero Theatre on the University of Houston campus. This festival is open to all applicants, amateur or professional.

Submission rules:

  • Scripts will only be accepted during a submission window of July 1 through September 15, 2015. Scripts received outside this window will not be accepted. The list of winning plays will be announced in November.
  • We will accept only one play per playwright.
  • Scripts should fall in the range of 8-12 pages and run roughly ten minutes. (Page count does not include the title page.)
  • Characters in submitted plays should fall between the ages of 16-30 or else there should be no specific restrictions on the ages of the characters.
  • Previously produced plays are not eligible.
  • Musicals and plays for children are discouraged.
  • Submissions will be acknowledged via email, but we do not offer critiques.
  • Nine winning plays will receive productions in the José Quintero Theatre at the University of Houston in spring of 2015.
  • There is no financial compensation for winning entries.

How to submit:

Plays must be submitted via email. There should be no identifiable information in the script.Your email should include all of the following information:

  • play title
  • your name
  • your mailing address
  • your phone number
  • your email address

Email play to: uhplayfest@gmail.com

Monday, August 31, 2015

Exquisite Corpse Company is seeking playwrights for its 2015 Fall Writers’ Lab

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The Lab is an intensive, designed to create a safe space for playwrights to come together, experiment, and inspire each other to create new and refreshing work that departs from what writers might be more inclined to write on their own. The Lab will be led by ECC Literary Director, Blake Bishton.

After voting and agreeing on a theme that gets everyone's creative juices flowing at the initial meeting, writers will begin to receive and submit prompts. The group will use these prompts as jumping off points for the work they create. All writers will be expected to produce approximately 10 pages of work a week. The goal is for every writer to have a draft of a new short one-act play by the end of the process.

At the conclusion of the lab, ECC will produce a public reading of each play as part of ECC's Drinks and Drama Reading Series. This 4 week series features a different Brooklyn bar as a setting for each reading!

Writer’s Lab meets on Tuesday evenings and Saturday afternoons from September 22nd - October 13th. Drinks & Drama will run on Tuesday evenings from October 27th - November 17th.

Exquisite Corpse Company is a Brooklyn-based, performance and integrated arts company. ECC focuses both on promoting the work of women within the theatre - on or off stage - and on creating pieces that integrate other creative mediums. For more about the company, please visit: www.exquisitecorpecompany.com.

To submit, please send us a resumé and a sample of your writing approximately 10 pages in length. This can be taken from a larger work, or be a stand alone piece.

Deadline for submissions is September 7, 2015.

For more information or to submit, please email contact@exquisitecorpsecompany.com.

We look forward to reading your submissions!

The Bechdel Fest

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The Bechdel Fest is a celebration of stories about women, utilizing the famous Bechdel Test (for more info on the Bechdel Test, visit http://bechdeltest.com/).

Ampersand Artists is seeking new 10-minute plays that feature:
(1) At least 2 female characters*,
(2) Who talk to each other,
(3) And speak about something other than a man,
(4) And that has a “Yes, and…” moment that changes the course of the story.

*May also have more than 2 female characters and may also include a few male characters.

This evening of plays will likely be performed in a bar, café, or small black box space, so please keep the focus on the story and not on technical demands.

Submission deadline: September 1st
Performances will be in mid/late-October

Send submissions to: ampersandartists@gmail.com
Be sure to include contact information, character descriptions, and please edit your script for spelling and grammar.

Every submission will be read thoroughly and respected. If you have interests beyond writing (directing, acting, design, producing), please let us know!

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Playwrights and Artists Festival 2015 ~ Binghamton, NY

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When we look at a piece of art each person has a different interpretation of what they see. That is the beauty of art and the challenge to our playwrights. Each year we take three works of art and ask writers to write a play as they are moved or inspired by the artwork. We blind-read the submissions, select the best and produce them. The art is exhibited, we perform the play and ask the audience for feedback. It is our annual mixed media event that draws inquisitive art and theatre lovers to KNOW. Come join us.

As in previous years there will be 3 plays chosen for each artwork. Those chosen will need to be present for one of the performances. In person is highly preferable but we do understand monetary constraints and do not want to discourage our far away writers from participating. We have in the past used skype for playwrights to both watch their play and participate in the talk back. As always is the case the experience is best in person but we are an understanding lot.

So we look forward to seeing your submissions and wish you all the best of luck!

Please submit plays to
binghamtoncitystage@gmail.com subject should be “playwrights festival submissions”

Please include a front page with name and title (which will be removed upon sending to adjudicators). Please ONLY put your name at the front of the script as we are trying to keep the submissions anonymous for the adjudication process. And please indicate what piece of artwork you were inspired by.

November dates are TBA. All performances are at 8 pm.

*The deadline for play submissions is August 31 at midnight. There will be no exceptions. Plays will then be sent to be adjudicated and those chosen will have some time for tweaking if needed.*

Criteria for Playwright Submissions are:
  1. Play must be inspired by one of the artworks.
  2. Play length is limited to 15-20 minutes maximum (no exceptions).
  3. Cast size no greater than 5 characters. Set should be implied
  4. Playwright, if chosen, must be available to attend performances.

Tales from the Script

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Please consider the following guidelines for Därkhorse Drämatists “Tales from the Script”! It’s important to note, that while we favor newer plays, this festival is not limited to original work. Your submissions may have been produced at other venues, so long as it is unpublished and wasn’t featured in last year’s festival. Besides one-act plays, we are also looking for 1-person shorts & monologues. Please refer to the guidelines below.

One-acts: 25 page maximum / 10 page minimum. (No minimum page count for 1 person shorts or monologues). No exceedingly violent or pornographic material. Adult language allowed within reason.

Plays may have a maximum of 3-4 characters and should take place in a limited setting and minimal props.

2 submissions allowed per playwright.

Playwright must provide contact information including their location and previous production history of the play where applicable. Regional playwrights are given first consideration.

Submissions preferred in stageplay format. E-mailed no later than September 1st to: darkhorsedramatists@gmail.com

Plays can be any genre; comedy, satirical, farce, drama, horror or gothic as long as they fall into a loose ‘Halloween theme’. No musicals or murder mysteries please.

Plays will be mediated in a forum comprised of local playwrights, directors and actors to determine which will be produced.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Santa Fe Performing Arts Playwright's Competition

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Santa Fe Performing Arts Playwright's Competition was developed to support American Playwrights. The competition is not merely a competition of words, but a venue for recognition and a demonstration of appreciation - truly a celebration of the writer's contribution. SFPA and many other theatre companies around the country with similar programs, support playwrights and ensure the future of American Theatre. Without the writers, the actors would have nothing to say.

Submissions are limited to unproduced new American plays and must be postmarked by the first of September of each year. 

Send play synopsis and character break-down via email office@sfperformingarts.org

or mail to: Santa Fe Performing Arts P.O. Box 22372 Santa Fe, N.M. 87502. 

Full scripts upon request only.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Write the First Season of a Web Series

“Web Therapy”, “Very Mary-Kate”, and “Broad City” are just three hilarious examples of successful web series: short-form programming created especially for the internet and designed with the immediacy of the audience in mind. This digital marriage of screen and television writing is a platform for writers to do what they want, unrestricted by producers or censors and uniquely positioned to go viral.

Instructor: Adam Szymkowicz (Writer, "Tyler Perry's House of Payne," the web series "Compulsive Love")
Tuesdays from 6:30pm – 9:30pm
Starts September 29
Over the course of this 10-week class, our studios will transform into a TV writer’s room as you develop the first season of your very own dramatic or comedic web series. In ten weeks, you’ll pitch, outline, and write an 8-episode series that will be ready to shoot.

ESPA is a home for all artists, in all stages of their careers. We provide students easy and convenient payment plans to break up tuition. For more information, call 212.840.9705 x211 or email espa@primarystages.org.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Four Quarter Theater-TRANSITIONS

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Four Quarter Theater involves theatrical writers, directors, and actors in collaboration to develop and to workshop previously unproduced ten-minute works. In each quarter of the year, and aligning with the seasons, Four Quarter Theater aims to produce a new set of ten-minute works. Each season is framed around a theme, which relates to the season in which the quarter falls.

Four Quarter Theater is currently accepting 10 minute plays for Four Quarter Theater’s upcoming play series. The theme for our upcoming Fall series is TRANSITIONS. The theme is open to artistic interpretation and is provided as a thematic framework to guide the playwright. Below please find our submission requirements and additional guidance to successfully submit your piece to Four Quarter Theater. We are currently accepting submissions until September 7, 2015.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our Play Selection Committee Chair, Dana Trottier, at 4qtsubmissions@gmail.com. For more information, please collaborate with us at Four Quarter Theater.

Submission Requirements

§ Only original and never before produced plays are eligible for consideration.

§ The play must be presentable in ten minutes (generally between seven to ten pages of dialogue).

§ Cast should not exceed 5 actors.

§ The performance will be held on October 23rd at The Drama League Theater Center. The format of the performance will be staged readings.

§ There is a submission limit of three plays. Plays not chosen for this quarter may be considered for future series if considered by the company to be theme appropriate.

§ Please do not submit first drafts. Due to the number of submissions, Four Quarter Theater can only read any play one time. Please submit the best and final version of your play for consideration.

§ Submissions should include two separate PDF documents: 1) cover letter 2) script of play.

§ Submissions are accepted electronically only at 4qtsubmissions@gmail.com and our current deadline for submissions is September 7, 2015.

Cover Letter

§ Title, author’s name, address, phone number, email address.

§ Cover letter is the only document that the playwright’s name should appear on.

§ A description of the play that is no more than ½ page in length—this need not be a summary, but may include description of the play’s world, the characters, the conflict, reason for writing the piece, connection to series theme, etc.


§ Playwright’s name should not appear anywhere on the actual script document.

§ Title and page number must appear at the top of each page of the script.

§ Title page should include at least the title, cast of characters, time and place.

§ Script should be approximately 7 to 12 pages not including title page and include completed dialogue as plays cannot be edited after submission.

Selection of Plays

The play selection process is conducted by the Play Selection Committee. Plays are read blindly and at no time during the selection process will the playwright’s name be directly associated with the submitted script. As many as six plays are selected each series (approximately 4 times a year).

Four Quarter Theater is committed to highlighting work of emerging artists. There is no financial compensation for entries, nor is any financial commitment required by the playwright.

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