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Saturday, November 21, 2015

Discount tickets: DEAD AND BREATHING


National Black Theatre Inc., 2031 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10035
Limited engagement October 28th thru November 23rd

“Dead and Breathing is provocative, simultaneously heart-tugging and comedic and refreshingly unapologetic in its exploration of sexual identity, the right to die, and faith.

Be prepared for a few unexpected twists and an ending that will leave you on the edge of your seats. This production of Dead and Breathing is a must see! The National Black Theatre is the perfect venue for this type of work, because NBT has a legacy of bringing to the forefront conversations that shifts paradigms, and this is what this production will challenge the audience to do: have a new conversation.” ~Woman Around Town

A New York City Premiere by Chisa Hutchinson, directed by Jonathan McCrory. Cranky old broad, Carolyn Whitlock, has been in hospice for far too long and just wants to die already. When she tries to convince a loud, oversharing, and very Christian nurse to assist her suicide, she has to work harder than she ever has in her privileged life to end it. Through surprising humor and persistent questioning, Dead and Breathing investigates morality, mortality and the intense tug-of-war between the right to die with dignity and the idea of life as a gift.

Special Offer
$25 (Regularly $30) - November 5th – 15th


ONLINE: Visit Ovationtix.com and use code riseatNBT

PHONE: Call 212-352-3101 and mention code riseatNBT

Restrictions: Not valid on November 2nd. Phone and Online Service Fees will be applied at checkout. Subject to availability. Not valid on prior purchase. Offer cannot be combined with other discounts or promotions. Additional blackout dates and restrictions may apply. No refunds or exchanges. Offer may be revoked at any time. Discount is not valid at box office.

Discount tickets: PROMISING


The Beckett Theatre at Theatre Row
410 West 42nd Street (between 9th and 10th Avenues)

Limited engagement November 14th thru December 5th

Save 20% on Promising, a scandalous new political drama

Local politician David Carver's meteoric rise has caught the eye of the heavy political hitters in NYC and beyond. But the burgeoning career of the charismatic campaigner is threatened by a startling accusation. With a media circus in full swing just outside his apartment, David and his inner circle of supporters hunker down to strategize damage control for his campaign and to salvage any chance for a long-term future in politics. What no one completely understands, until this day, is how the maelstrom on the outside affects even his most loyal allies within. PROMISING is at once a scathingly funny and shocking indictment of our current political climate.

Special Offer
$20 (Regularly $25)


  1. ONLINE: Visit TelechargeOffers.com and use code TRPROMRRM
  2. PHONE: Call 212-947-8844 and mention code TRPROMRRM
  3. IN PERSON: Bring a print out to Theatre Row Box Office - 410 W 42nd St. Box Office Hours: Monday - Saturday: Noon - 6pm, Sunday: Noon - to curtain. There are no advance sales 1 hour before showtime!

Restrictions: $1.25 Facility Fee will be added at check out. Normal service charges apply to online and phone orders. Subject to availability. Not valid on prior purchase. Offer cannot be combined with other discounts or promotions. Additional blackout dates and restrictions may apply. No refunds or exchanges. Offer may be revoked at any time.

YonderSpeak Theatre Co. 10-Minute Play Call for Submissions

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YonderSpeak in alliance with the Shippensburg University Dept. of Music and Theatre Arts is looking to celebrate unique voices from the Appalachian Region in a night of Theatre and Reception - Spring 2016. YonderSpeak Theatre Co. goal is to create a space to promote new works and emerging playwrights. We are looking for scripts that bold and invigorating.


- Plays must be between 10-15 minutes in length.
- Playwright must reside in one of the 13 Appalachian regional states: (New York, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina.)
- Setting should be simple or suggested (easily performed on an open platform/cabaret stage)
- NOTE: Script setting does not have to be tied to Appalachia.
- Cast Size Maximum: 6
- Submission Deadline: November 27, 2015.

Submissions should include:

- Your name, contact info, mailing address
- A title page
- Brief synopsis including setting and character breakdown.
- Playwright Bio (100 words or less)

How to submit your play:

Electronic submissions only.

Submit your full script as an email attachment (PDF preferred to bypass any technical issues) to: yonderspeak@outlookcom

Free creative writing class

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Hello all. Equity Library Theater is hosting a creative writing (fiction, playwriting and more) class starting November 28th at 3pm at the Queens Library at 40-20 Broadway Long Island City, NY 11103.

It is FREE and all are welcome to attend! It will run every three weeks until June 2016. Bring your scripts, stories, poems and more. We will read and discuss and will finish off the course with a performance of our finished works. More to come. Thanks Queens Library for putting it all together! Feel free to pass this on, thanks!

Friday, November 20, 2015

MRT seeking short and long plays, performance art, etc.

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December 8 - December 20, 2015

Submit your:
SHORT PLAY PRODUCTION (7 - 40 Minutes), DANCE PIECE (2 - 15 minutes)

This December, Manhattan Repertory Theatre continues our celebration of 10 years of creating cutting-edge theatre and more in the heart of Times Square and we are celebrating by presenting a a HUGE 10th Anniversary HOLIDAY Event with Short Plays, Full-Length Plays, Dance pieces, Live Musical Acts,

Passionate Poetry Readings, and Performance Art.

There is NO FEE to submit and NO FEE to participate. This celebration event is FREE for artists to participate!

What we are looking for:


  • Short plays (7 - 40 minutes) - cast, directed, ready for performance!
  • Full - Length Plays (41 - 90 Minutes) - cast, directed, ready to perform!
  • Dance Pieces (2 - 15 minutes) -choreographed - rehearsed, ready to fly!
  • Passionate Poetry Readings (3 - 8 minute set, performed by the poet!)
  • Performance Art (3 - 10 minutes) - fully produced, ready to roll.

Live Musical Acts (20 minute set) to open up the shows.
(Music acts need not be new, original or Never produced before.)
Each play/dance/act/reading/presentation will be given at least 2 performances with a short tech and a full dress rehearsal with the other "acts" performing in a performance series.

We will run the Sound and lights for the Short Plays, Dance pieces, Live Musical acts, Passionate Poetry Readings and Performance Art.

The Full-Length Plays will be given a 2 hour Tech/ Dress weekend days or weeknights, and at least 2 performances. Full-Length plays will be responsible to bring in their own sound and light board operator.

To submit for this event, please email us the following:

For NEW, ORIGINAL short plays (7 - 40 min) & New Original full-length plays (41- 90 min) please email:

The complete short play as a .pdf file. A synopsis of the short play, the running time of the short play, the set and tech requirements, the play's reading history (if it has been read and where) your postal address,and creative team leader email address.

For Dance pieces please email:

A synopsis of the Dance piece, the running time of the Dance piece, the set and tech requirements, your postal mail address, and creative team leader email address.

For Live Musical Acts please email :

A brief demo of your music, mp3 file or similar is fine. How many and what instruments are involved. your postal mail address and a "band" leader email address.

For Passionate Poetry submission:

The complete poetry you wish to present, your poetry performance history, your postal mail address, and your email address.

For Performance Art submission:

A synopsis of the the piece, the running time of the the piece, the set and tech requirements, your postal mail address, and creative team leader email address.

Please email all to:

by Monday November 23, 2015

Please put "10th Anniversary Holiday Event" in the subject heading.


Submissions will be accepted on a First-Come, First-Served basis. The earlier you submit the better chance you have of being accepted. If we fill up all the performance slots before Monday November 23, we will end submissions early, so please submit early so that you don't get closed out.

All performances will be at Manhattan Repertory Theatre, 303 W. 42nd St at 8th Ave.

Please come join us! It is going to be a blast!!

Followed by the Biggest Holiday Party in our 10 year history!

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Prime Playmaking Project

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Do you have a sizzler where a read-aloud of just the dialogue could transform any playing space into a chamber of story delight?

Our *Prime Playmaking Project is a "shortcut cooking" method for producing quality theatre. Chosen submissions are loaded onto tablets, rehearsed with fine actors for a few hours, then taken varieties of venues, from formal playing spaces to bars, to living rooms. No stage directions are read out loud. The actors "enter" by standing and "exit" by sitting. It's a pure reading; something akin to campfire storytelling-- through theatrical dialogue. 

Do you have a piece that could be categorized as Science fiction, Fantasy or Suspense? Are you interested in having it boiled down to just characters using words to battle?

Chosen authors receive $5.00 for each performance of works under 20 minutes and $10.00 for each performance of works 20-50 minutes and $20.00 for pieces 50 minutes or more. Pieces are frequently used for more than one performance. Prime Playmaking also gives authors an excellent marketing angle for their pieces: A play that needs little to no budget to mount and has been proven (through our performances) able to carry an evening.

(please read all before submitting)

The piece must fit under the categories of either Science Fiction, Fantasy or Suspense.

Though not necessarily limited to 5 characters, the piece requires no more than 5 actors (less is even better).
Contains no physical actions OR it has tastefully-placed interludes of narration to cover actions.
The changes in setting and circumstance are very easy to track just through the dialogue.
Establishes high stakes from the get-go or an atmosphere of danger/outrageousness from the get-go.
Extra points for scripts with more roles for women!
If you don't have anything that fits our qualifications, feel free to refer friends to us and send suggestions of existing published works.

You can send word docs or pdfs to


If you do not receive a response within 30 days of your submission, please contact us and you will have an update within the week.


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Deadline: December 15, 2015
Venus/Adonis is not only a festival, it’s a competition as well.
That means that there are prizes! The winner of the Best Play award will receive a prize of $2,500. Best Actor, Best Actress and Best Director will each receive $500. Best Original play will receive $200, Best Musical $300.

Please know that all genres are welcome, including MUSICALS. Several of our winners over the years have been musicals. We are all musicians, and know exactly what you need to make your show a success.

Submissions Accepted from Everywhere in the US
Shows from outside NY and NJ can only run if the entire cast and crew are from New York City.
Submissions must be between 30 and 90 minutes long.


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Wednesday, November 18, 2015


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American Alliance for Theatre and Education


The American Alliance for Theatre and Education (AATE) announces a call for unpublished plays for young audiences as part of the 2015-2016 Unpublished Play Reading Project (UPRP).

The UPRP provides an opportunity for playwrights to receive constructive critiques of their work from noted and professional playwrights, producers, directors, actors and others in the field of youth theatre. An annotated list of plays deemed highly producible is distributed by the AATE Playwrights Network to theatre companies and play publishers, and rehearsed readings of cuttings from selected plays are featured at the annual AATE conference. The AATE Playwrights Network is dedicated to promoting the process of developing new works and informing producers and artistic directors of high quality new scripts for young audiences.

To be considered for the 2015-16 project, scripts must be submitted December 17, 2015, and must conform to the following guidelines.

Guidelines for submissions:

l. Plays should be intended for young audiences ages four through high school age and have a minimum performance length of approximately 35 minutes.

2. Scripts may be previously produced, but must be unpublished and not committed to publication.

3. Supporting materials (resumes, photos, reviews, etc.) should not accompany submissions.

4. Playwright may submit up to two scripts.

5. We do ask that scripts be submitted via email as a PDF to Jeremy Kisling, project coordinator, jkisling@lctonstage.org

6. The playwright's name must not be visible anywhere on the script. Please include the playwright's name, address, phone, and play title in your email submission.

7. If you choose to send a manuscript via mail – please note that the script cannot be returned. Playwrights should include a self-addressed, stamped postcard for confirmation of receipt of their scripts.

8. Musicals are eligible. Submissions must include three recordings of the music and lyrics. Please do not send a written score.

9. Playwrights shall allow the release of their names, addresses, and play titles to producers, professional publications, and AATE members. Playwrights also grant permission to AATE to read portions of their work in activities that promote AATE/UPRP, with proper credit given to the playwrights.

10. Mailed submissions may be should be sent to
Jeremy Kisling, AATE/UPRP
Lexington Children's Theatre
418 W. Short Street
Lexington, KY 40507

Monday, November 16, 2015

2016 New Voices Play Festival

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Greenbrier Valley Theatre (GVT) is pleased to announce that we are now accepting submissions for our 2016 New Voices Play Festival! This festival is an opportunity for up­ and­ coming or accomplished playwrights to submit their work which, upon selection, will be produced on the mainstage at GVT, the State Professional Theatre of West Virginia. The performance of these plays is an invaluable tool for playwrights to workshop what’s working in the play and what may need revision. The New Voices Play Festival has become a popular event among our patrons who are eager to enjoy these new works.

Play Submission Guidelines:

● Plays must be 5­ to 10 ­minute one ­act plays.
● Playwrights may submit up to two works for consideration.
● Plays must be unpublished and must not have had a full professional production.
● The subject matter of submitted plays is open; however, excessively strong language is discouraged.

Is this your first time submitting? Here's what happens: A brief rehearsal process (approximately 10 hours/play) takes place in January with an emphasis placed on clarity, not effect—getting the playwright’s words and story out to the audience. The plays are directed by theatre professionals and experienced community directors who cast actors from our local Lewisburg community. These plays are performed together before a panel of theatre professionals and local audience in attendance. Recognition will be given to the playwright of the 1) audience’s choice and 2) artistic panel’s choice. Additionally, the artistic team will also be providing comments for all of the selected plays with their initial reactions and ways to move forward.

Important to note:

● It is a challenge for us to cast youth actors during this time of year. The inclusion of youth characters is not forbidden, but be aware that we may not be able to appropriately cast young characters.

● It is also difficult to accommodate larger casts for this festival. We recommend including no more than 6 characters.

● There will be no financial award for these plays, even if selected to be performed. However, it will be an opportunity for them to be rehearsed, performed, and received by the Artistic Team of GVT and patrons of GVT who are excited to hear new works.

● Submissions will not be returned.

Submission forms are available at: h​ttp://www.gvtheatre.org/#!__education/new­voices­play­festival 

To submit your play electronically,​please send a PDF of the script along with a submission form to: newvoicesplayfestival@gvtheatre.org.

To submit your play by mail:​Please submit the full script in a three­brad folder or unbound, along with a submission form. Plays may be submitted to this address:

Greenbrier Valley Theatre
c/o Education Department
113 E Washington St.
Lewisburg, WV 24901
Deadline for Submissions: D​ecember 2, 2015

The playwrights of the selected plays will be notified of this decision by December 21, 2015.

For more information, contact: Micah Hein, GVT Teaching Artist

teachingartist@gvtheatre.org No phone calls, please.

Thank you so much for your time. We look forward to reading your submissions! ­The GVT Education Team

Sunday, November 15, 2015

The Blockheads are seeking new work

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The Blockheads are seeking new work. We want to hear from new playwrights with interesting and relevant ideas, to be developed as part of our 2016 season.

There are a million stories out there, countless voices and immeasureable ideas. The more that get to be heard the better. We want to help you shout. Our 2016 season will see us produce a brand new piece of work and we want to hear from you. Our focus will always be on text with a social justice angle; we are looking for the relevant and the contemporary. Something that can engage with a 21st century audience, challenge conventional ways of thinking and inpsire new ways of experiencing theatre.

Submission Guidelines:
  • You must complete and attach the submission form along with your work
  • The piece must already have, or can be developed to, a 90 minute run time
  • The piece must not have been fully produced or received any reviewed previews
  • Minimum 2 characters
  • Submissions must be in Times New Roman, font size 12
  • Submissions must be double spaced
  • Must include page numbers
  • Include the title of your piece in either a header or footer
  • Comedy sketches are not eligible

Submission Deadline is December 21st 2015


COMPLETED SUBMISSIONS MUST BE EMAILED TO theblockheadscollective@gmail.com with "NEW PLAY 2016" in the subject line. Looking forward to hearing from you.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Ohlone Playwrights Festival 2016 Seeks Submissions

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Playwrights Festival 2016 Seeks Submissions- 2015-2016 Season of the Theatre and Dance Department

Deadline for submission: November 20, 2015
Festival dates: May 2016 in the NUMMI theatre in the Smith Center at Ohlone College
Submission Guidelines
Plays must be world premieres.
Plays must be 10 minutes in length.
2 out of every 3 characters should be of college age (18-26). We seek plays that speak to and from an 18-26 year old male or female perspective in a diverse society.
The plays do not have to take place in a college setting.
All plays chosen will receive a fully produced production by Ohlone’s Student Repertory Theatre Company.

Financial arrangements: No fee for submissions. Playwrights will receive royalties if their plays are chosen for the festival.

Notifications: Playwrights will be notified by February 2016.

Submissions can be emailed to Michael Navarra at PlaywrightsFestival@ohlone.edu.

* Please include your bio, short character descriptions, and a brief synopsis of the play. (Submissions must be in PDF form.)

Jewish Women's Theater Culture Klatch

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Culture Klatch

Jewish women used to sit around in coffee klatches sharing everything from family to refrigerators, feminism to free market economies. But those days of sharing have changed. We’re still drinking coffee, only now, we’re at our computers sipping our java and writing our stories.

The Jewish Women’s Theatre, responding to this societal shift, is creating a “Culture Klatch” — a gathering of women in homes to listen to new stories and share thoughts. And oh, drink coffee and eat dessert, too!

Be a part of this culture klatch by submitting your play, monologue, poem, essay, story, song, etc. to the Jewish Women’s Theatre. Material will be read in the JWT signature Salon Theatre with a professional cast.

Please read the guidelines below, and when you’re ready to submit, please send it to info@jewishwomenstheatre.org

Submission Guidelines

Okay, you’re Jewish, that’s a good start, but how “Jewish” do you have to write? When submitting material, consider the following parameters for your submission:
  • Please check the themes of the season and submit accordingly. We will not accept late submissions this year. Thank you!
  • An element of Jewish resonance is important, but your submission does not need to feature being Jewish as the prominent theme or subject.
  • Feature women or a woman’s point of view, but not exclusively. Male characters are welcome.
  • Short one-acts (10 minutes max) and monologues (7 minutes max) are preferred. Will read full-length, but unlikely will produce.
  • 1500 words or less preferred
  • Must be topical for the 21st century. While we consider plays set in another time period, we mostly select contemporary pieces.
  • Small cast a must. One-person shows okay.
  • Previously produced or published work is welcome. Please include production and/or publication history. A new version of a classic or an adaptation from another medium would definitely be of interest.

Although the primary focus of the JWT is on the writing, music is often a part of our events. We encourage composers, song-writers, and performers to submit individual work. Musicals are welcome.
New Themes For 2016 At-Homes Salon Season


A delicious and dangerous discovery of secrets of Jewish women in this shocking and surprising show that will surely evoke laughter and tears, but most of all, remind you how seductive temptation can be. Jan 17-Feb 1.

Write about those moments in your life in which temptation got the better of you. OR how your resisted that which tempted you. Share a secret temptation and how you succumbed. Share how someone saved you from that which you were tempted by. Temptations could arise from love, food, parenting or just about any subject! Be creative. Be truthful.

Deadline for submissions: Oct 30


Ripped from the pages of our sacred text and reimagined for the modern age, this hilarious and provocative show of newly commissioned pieces explores yearning, betrayal and loss, and just might upend your preconceptions about the bible. March 6-March 21

Find the archetypes and universal themes of the stories of Jacob in the Bible and then share how these themes play out in your own life today. Don’t retell a biblical story, tell us a contemporary story–your story. Jacob traveled widely, fell in love with one sister, but married another. He was betrayed. He yearned. He loved. He had many children. What do we learn from his story and how is his journey relatable to your life? Tell us a story that illuminates a universal theme.

Deadline for submissions: Nov 15


Our sisters south of the border serve up funny, poignant and pivotal moments in their lives as they share what it means to have a Latina heart and a Jewish soul. May 15–May 30

Are you Latina? Do you have a Latina soul? Tell us what it’s like to be a Jew and Latina. Did you move to the USA from another country? What was that like? Tell us your stories of being a stranger in a strange land. Tell us about your family. Tell us what it is to be Jewish from a very different culture!

Deadline for submissions: Dec 15

Florida Studio Theatre seeks 10-minute plays

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Florida Studio Theatre, a LORT D regional Theatre in Sarasota, FL seeks compelling, provocative, hilarious, insightful, heart-breaking, surprising, dramatic, timely short plays and sketches for inclusion in our annual New Play Festival, Lab Programming, and other possible production.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES: review thoroughly before submitting. Submissions not following the guidelines will not be considered.
  • Any genre or style (including musical, TYA, multi-lingual)
  • Ten minutes max length. Technically this mean 10 pages from top of show, not including title page.
  • Short plays and sketches will be accepted from 9am on November 16 until 6pm on December 16.
  • Electronic submissions should be sent to FSTshorts@floridastudiotheatre.org as a PDF.
  • Include a page with title, contact info, synopsis, bio, and production history.
  • Plays and sketches longer than 10 minutes will not be accepted.
  • The volume of scripts we receive prevents us from providing feedback or contacting any playwrights other than those selected for production.
  • Selected playwrights will be contacted in Feb/March.
  • One submission per playwright.
  • For questions please contact Associate Artist/Literary Manager Catherine Randazzo at crandazzo@floridastudiotheatre.org. 

Submissions sent directly to Catherine will not be considered, submit ONLY to FSTshorts@floridastudiotheatre.org

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The Owl and Cat Theatre seeking provocative new plays

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One of Melbourne’s leading independent theatres in Melbourne (Australia) is seeking new provocative plays to produce.

Submission Guidelines:
  • MUST be in pdf format ONLY
  • Plays should be 50min-120min in length
  • Should explore contemporary themes
  • Should be thought-provoking/confronting in nature.
  • Should be professionally formatted (e.g. using scriptwriting software such as celtx)
  • Not accepting musicals.
Deadline:  November 16th 2015, 5pm

Applications should be emailed to Thomas@owlandcat.com.au with the subject heading ‘2016 Script Submission.'

Friday, November 13, 2015

Ruddy Productions submission guidelines

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Ruddy Productions is looking for emerging artist including writers, directors, designers and technicians to further our mission of fostering an environment of collaboration and community which will translate into authentic, captivating experiences for our audiences.


Ruddy Productions is looking for strong writers to have your work put up on its feet and showcased in front of an audience. We will be producing a reading series to develop works for future productions, in addition to short scripts for our New Works Festival. Send submissions to ruddyproductionsco (at) gmail dot com.

Thursday, November 12, 2015


Seeking fully produced one act plays (cast, directed and ready to perform)
7 minutes to 20 minutes in length for

Jan. 6 - Jan. 29, 2016
at Manhattan Rep, 303 W.42nd St.

$1000 PRIZE for BEST PLAY!!!
(And an additional 4 performances if the play goes on to the FINALS - Jan. 28 and 29, 2015 )

To submit your one act play production please email:
The complete play, a synopsis of the play, the character breakdown, the running time of the play,
the set and lighting requirements, the playʼs production history (if it has been produced before and where)
your mailing address,and a creative team leader contact email address to:


by Tuesday November 24, 2015 at Midnight.

Please put “Winter One Act Competition” in the subject heading.
We will contact you within a week as to your acceptance.
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 November 24, 2015, if we fill up all available performance slots

There is no submission fee. NON-EQUITY ONLY.

Each play will be given a MINIMUM of FOUR performances, with 4 more performances if the play moves on to the finals. We will supply a technician to run the sound and lights.

Once accepted, there will be a $150.00 participation fee.There will be NO additional security fees or Manhattan Repertory Theatre based production fees.

For more information log on to: www.manhattanrep.com

Wednesday, November 11, 2015


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The Theater Project’s annual short play competition awards the winner for Best Play a $500 prize. The contest is open to adult playwrights in the New Jersey and New York metropolitan area. There is no fee to submit your play for consideration. Performances will be in February, 2016.

Deadline for submissions are November 19, 2015. All performances will be at The Burgdorff Center for the Performing Arts in Maplewood, NJ in February 19-21, 2016.

Plays can be either dramas or comedies but must be no more than 15 minutes running time. This restriction is absolute and plays that exceed 15 minutes will not be considered. Sets, lighting and sound requirements must be simple. No elaborate props or effects. Playwrights invited to participate must have plays that are ready-to-perform and supply their own actors and directors. Those selected for participation will be charged a $200 fee to cover expenses (venue, stage manager, lighting/sound director).


Electronic submissions only. No fee to submit.

E-mail your short play to:
Include in the Subject line: “Submission + The Title of Your Play.”

Email submissions must contain this sentence in the body of the email:
“If my play is accepted and I choose to take part in the festival, I understand that I will be responsible for the casting and rehearsal of my play and that I will be charged a $200 participation fee.”

Submission Deadline: November 19, 2015 

​The Theater Project will supply the venue, a stage manager and a lighting/sound director.

Individual productions supply the actors, directors and make their own agreements with actors/directors regarding compensation.

​Playwrights will be charge a $200 fee to cover production expenses for venue, stage manager


Plays selected advance through the opening rounds with two (2) performances:
Friday, February 19 and
​Saturday, February 20, 2016.

Those plays selected by audience vote will advance to the Sunday, February 21 final performance and compete for a $500 Critics Choice grand prize.

Patrons will also participate by voting for an Audience Favorite award.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

BBC 25th International Play Writing Competition 2016

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The Prizes and the Rules for the 25th International Play Writing Competition 2016

The International Playwriting Competition - from the BBC World Service & British Council in partnership with Commonwealth Writers and co-produced by The Open University

The competition is open from 1 October 2015 to 31 January 2016. The competition is open to new and established writers, provided they live outside the UK.

In order to enter you need to send:

• A script for a 53 minute radio play with up to 6 central characters - we are unable to return these, so make sure you keep a copy

• A synopsis which outlines your play is no longer than 400 words

• A completed form (download here), attached to your play and synopsis.

Full rules below

There are three prizes

English as a First Language Winner

£2200 sterling will be given for the overall winning playwright of the best play written with English as a first language and a trip to London to see the play being recorded for broadcast on the BBC World Service and to attend a prize-giving evening.

English as a Second Language Winner

£2200 sterling will be given for the overall winning playwright of the best play written with English as a second language and a trip to London to see the play being recorded for broadcast on the BBC World Service and to attend a prize-giving evening.
The Georgi Markov Prize

In memory of the writer, BBC World Service journalist and broadcaster Georgi Markov (1929-1978) who championed freedom of creative expression, this prize is for the writer of the script identified by the judges as showing most promise. The script will be selected from the International Radio Playwriting Competition shortlist and will be an entry which, whilst not deemed ready for broadcast in its current form, shows outstanding potential.

The Georgi Markov Prize includes a standard return flight to London, with 2 weeks accommodation – a week of which will be spent with the BBC’s London Radio Drama department and a week with BBC World Service. These 2 weeks will coincide with the making of the winning plays from the International Radio Playwriting Competition and the winner of the Georgi Markov prize will attend the prize-giving ceremony and receive recognition at the same time.

This prize does not include recording or broadcast of the script and there is no cash alternative. The prize has been established by the BBC World Service and the Open University, in association with Annabel and Sasha Markova.


1. Entry is only open to anyone who is over the age of 18 as at 31 January 2016 who is not normally a resident of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Channel Islands or Isle of Man (“UK”). Individuals who have lived or worked in the UK on a temporary basis for no more than 12 months at the time of entering the competition are also eligible. Professional and previously published writers are eligible to enter, but this is not a requirement of entry. We may require proof of eligibility.

2. Entrants must not be BBC or British Council or The Open University or Commonwealth Foundation employees, their close relatives or any person connected to the competition. Proof of age, identity and eligibility may be requested.

3. Entrants should write a radio play of approximately fifty three minutes’ length on any subject of their choice. Adaptations of novels are not eligible.

4. Plays entered must not have been professionally produced in any medium (an informal play-reading is acceptable; a play-reading with a professional director and in front of a non-paying audience is acceptable, but a performance involving payment to actors and/or a paying audience is not).

5. Plays entered in the competition must not, at the time they are submitted, have been offered for publication, performance or broadcast in any other form or medium to any other person or company. Nor can they, at the time of entry or during the course of the competition, have been entered for any other competition. The winning playwrights will be deemed to have entered into an undertaking not to accept offers for their entries from other broadcasters or publishers before December 2016.

6. All scripts submitted must be approximately 53 minutes in length – this usually equates to a minimum of 45 pages of A4 paper (or equivalent) and a maximum of 65 pages (note, a rough guide is a minute per page; please read and time your play before you send it). The play should have a maximum of six central characters (there may be up to 3 small “doubling” characters too, who don’t have more than a few lines each). There must be no central roles for children.

7. Your script must be accompanied by a short synopsis which outlines the complete story of the play. This must be no more than 400 words.

8. There are two categories for entry. One is for entrants who speak English as a first language and the other is for entrants with English as a second language. The BBC may require proof of eligibility for the selected category before announcing a winner. For translated entries, it is the responsibility of the entrant to ensure the translated script fully complies with these rules and entry requirements and the entrant must have the right to enter into a contract on the translator or translators’ behalf as per Rule 21. No additional payment can be made by the BBC for translations.

9. The play must be written substantially or entirely in English. Unfortunately, we do not have the facility to offer a translation service. Entries that have been translated must acknowledge this fact by giving a credit to the translator or translators. Entries that have been translated will be entered in the English as a first language category.

10. The competition opens on 1 October 2015 and closes on 31 January 2016.
Entries must be received at your British Council office or at the BBC in London by midnight GMT on 31 January 2016. Entries received after this time will not be considered.

11. Entries must be submitted either by by post to the following address: International Playwriting Competition 2016, BBC Radio Drama, Room 6015 BBC Broadcasting House, Portland Place, London W1A 1AA, United Kingdom, or to your local British Council office, or by email to the following email address: radioplay@bbc.co.uk

12. All entries must be accompanied by a completed copy of the entry form which can be downloaded here

13. Entrants can enter individually or as part of a group. If entering as a group, all entrants must meet the entry requirements and be eligible for the same category. No member should have also entered individually. Please note, the prize only includes payment for one airfare per category.

14. In the case of an entry by two or more writers, the BBC will need written or email confirmation from each writer involved that they are prepared to take a share of the prize money and are prepared to receive those funds from a nominee who will be one of the writers, as the prize money will be paid to one individual only. The nominee will be selected by the writers and it will be his or her responsibility to distribute these funds to the other writers and the organisers can take no responsibility for that aspect. As per Clause 8, there will be no additional payment from the BBC for translations.

15. Only one entry per person is permitted including any group entries. If you submit more than one entry, only the first entry received will be considered. Please do not submit plays you have entered before.

16. You may choose to submit your entry under a pseudonym (which will be the name it shall be promoted and published under), however you must include your real name on each entry for verification purposes.

17. All entries must be the original work of the entrant and must not infringe the rights of any other party. The BBC accepts no liability if entrants ignore these rules and entrants agree to fully indemnify the BBC against any claims by any third party arising from any breach of these rules.

18. Entries must not contain defamatory, obscene or any other unsuitable material, such as that which may cause offence to a wide audience of all ages. Content should not contain excessive swearing or obscene language.

19. Entrants retain the copyright in their entries but grant to the BBC an exclusive licence to broadcast their entry on radio, as well as use it on any online platforms in line with the BBC’s Radio Drama Agreement as agreed with the Radio Writers’ Forum (see 23 below). Entrants reserve certain secondary rights in other media subject to BBC short exclusive options. Entrants also grant a licence to Commonwealth Writers and The Open University to publish extracts of their scripts, along with their name(s), on the Commonwealth Writers and Open University websites and to The Open University to make their content available within OU courses for teaching and learning purposes, including to OU registered students on any secure platform or copy-protected medium.

20. The prize for each of the winners of the English as a 1st language category and the English as a 2nd language category will consist of £2200 sterling and a trip to London (standard airfare and accommodation for one person) to see the winning play being recorded for broadcast on the BBC World Service and attend a prize-giving event. The prize is as stated and cannot be deferred or transferred. There will be no cash alternatives.

21. As with any new play, the BBC may require further drafts and revisions of the winning plays. Winners must be willing and able to undertake redrafting and revision work in conjunction with the BBC and accept that they will work with the Producer on re-writes of the play. This work is likely to take place between June 2016 and September 2016 and the winning entrants will need to keep time free, and remain contactable, to achieve this. This work will be completed with the winning entrant using email or the most suitable method available. We reserve the right to revoke a play’s prize winning status if this work is not completed.

22. The BBC will reserve the right to make minor cuts, changes and edits to the winners' final draft scripts and all editorial control rests with the BBC.

23. You must inform the BBC if any character/s or situation/s in the play relate to real situation/s or real people, either living or dead

24. Subject to a satisfactory recording being made, the winning plays will be broadcast on BBC World Service at some point around Spring 2017. Winners will first be required to enter into a contract with the BBC on the standard terms and conditions applicable for broadcast of BBC Radio Drama. No fee will be payable other than the £2200 sterling offered as prize money for one broadcast cycle and the BBC's standard package of rights under that contract. If repeated on the World Service, a sum of £1100 will be payable for the first repeat cycle and thereafter the BBC will have certain broadcasting and other rights all in accordance with the contract.

25. This competition accords with the BBC's Code of Conduct for Competitions, details of which can be found on the BBC's Standards and Guidelines website:

Monday, November 9, 2015

Last Frontier Theatre Conference seeks submissions for developmental Play Lab

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The deadline for submissions to present plays in the Play Lab at the 2016 Last Frontier Theatre Conference is November 23, 2015. The 24th annual Conference will take place June 12-18, 2016, in Valdez, Alaska.

Selected plays receive public readings, with both public and private feedback sessions led by theatre professionals. Authors must register for the Conference and be in attendance for their reading.

Accepted writers will also have an additional opportunity to present their work in the 10-Page Play Slam, the Monologue Workshop, and the late-night Fringe Festival.

Authors are asked to submit through the call for plays on the website, www.theatreconference.org using the on-line form on the Play Lab link. Guidelines:

· Plays must be received by November 23, 2015

· One submission per author.

· Submissions should run between 20 minutes and 2 hours.

· They can be of any genre except musical.

· The play should not have received a professional production; readings and amateur productions are acceptable. Authors should be interested in developing this play.

Plays presented at the Conference have gone on to productions throughout Alaska, the rest of the United States, and internationally due to the exposure received there. Questions can be addressed to Conference Coordinator Dawson Moore at 907-834-1614 ordmoore@pwscc.edu.

Sunday, November 8, 2015

4th Annual New Works Festival

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Working Title: comedy Comedy COMEDY!? or #LoLz

Team Z and our team of directors will select six “10 minute” plays to be featured in this year's festival!

We are now accepting submissions for our 4th Annual New Works Festival. This year's theme: Comedy. All types of comedy: farce, camp, satire, dark comedy, melodrama, rom-com, parodies, surreal etc.

We look specifically for pieces dealing with LGBTQ issues and or written by a member of the LGBTQ community.

This is a 4-5 night event in February 2016 where the writers of the pieces have an opportunity to discuss their work in a safe open forum on one evening. This year's festival will be held at the Eclectic Theater on Capitol Hill in Seattle WA.

  • Submissions due no later than November 12, 2015
  • All scripts must be 10 minutes in length or under
  • Must be a comedic piece
  • Speak to the LGBTQ community
Send all submissions and questions to submissions@fantasticz.org


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2016 Festival: April 22-24

The Pacific Playwrights Festival (PPF) annually presents seven new plays in staged readings and full productions during a three-day period. Audiences consist of local playgoers and representatives from theatres nationwide.

PPF provides a gathering place for writers and theatre professionals to connect and share ideas and interests in the context of a festival that promotes the latest and best in American playwriting.

South Coast Repertory launched the first annual Pacific Playwrights Festival in June 1998. The first festival consisted of five staged readings, workshops and the world premiere of Richard Greenberg's Hurrah at Last, in the final performances of its five-week run.

Since then, the Pacific Playwrights Festival has showcased as many as 10 new American plays each year, including the world premieres of Beau Willimon's The Parisian Woman, Julia Cho's The Language Archive, Amy Freed's The Beard of Avon, Lynn Nottage's Intimate Apparel, Rolin Jones' The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow, Noah Haidle's Mr. Marmalade and Richard Greenberg's Our Mother's Brief Affair.

SCR is currently considering material for the 19th annual Pacific Playwrights Festival, drawing from commissioned work, projects nominated by other theatres and scripts submitted for production consideration.

Playwrights without representation may send a query letter, brief synopsis, complete list of characters and 10-page excerpt to:

Literary Department
South Coast Repertory
P. O. Box 2197
Costa Mesa, CA 92628-2197

After review, we will contact you if we wish to read the entire script. Unsolicited full-length scripts will not be reviewed.

Please Note: We do not accept materials submitted electronically.

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

SCR accepts submissions for full-length plays, musicals, translations and adaptations and works for young audiences (approximately fourth-grade level). Unproduced plays are considered for possible inclusion in the NewSCRipts reading series, the Pacific Playwrights Festival and for production on SCR stages.

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Amy’s Horse is seeking short plays

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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 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 July, and so far we've produced 14 plays in our first 7 episodes, featuring the work of 13 playwrights and 30 actors! The episodes are available on our website or through the iTunes Store, where the podcast is consistently rated as “New & Noteworthy”.

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, fun, and relaxed atmosphere.


- Plays should 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

Most importantly, 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. Please submit accordingly.

How to submit:

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

We are seeking scripts on an ongoing basis. If you have previously submitted there’s no need to re-submit. Thank you.


Thursday, November 5 @ 7pm
A satirical musical comedy cabaret about what it means to be 
American in 2015.  Up & Down Theater. 

Thursday, November 5 @ 8pm 
An evening of the unpredictable hosted by Darian Dauchan, 
with special guest poets and anyone who wants to participate. 

Friday, November 6 @ 7pm 
A presentation of a new edgy, thought-provoking play by  Brian Dykstra about two young people who fight for free speech in a society hostile to any change in the status quo. 
Directed by Margarett Perry 

Saturday, November 7 @ 7pm 
Drama, comedy, satire, and songs by Michael Bradford, 
Brian Dykstra, Libby Emmons, Colin Greer, Arthur Kopit, Israela Margalit, and Dominique Morisseau, directed by John Eisner, John-Martin Green,  Margarett Perry, and Christina Roussos. 

Sunday, November 8 @ 2pm 

The same program as on November 7th (minus the Living Theater). 

12 Annual Ten-Minute Playwriting Contest

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Play Contest Details

Lakeshore Players Theatre is accepting submissions for 10-minute plays. Finalist plays will be produced at our Annual Festival in June 2016.

Play submissions will be accepted through November 15, 2015.

Pellets, winner of the 2015 Audience Favorite at Lakeshore’s 11th Annual 10-Minute Play Festival.
Contest Schedule
January 2016: Quarter-finalists for the Festival will be announced
Mid-March 2016: Semi-Finalists will be announced
April 2016: Finalists will be announced

High School Playwrights

High school-aged playwrights are encouraged to enter. Plays must include a letter from a teacher or school administrator, written on school letterhead, verifying that the play was written during high school, in addition to the guidelines below. If the committee chooses to name a high school entry as a finalist for the 12th annual contest, the play will be produced with the other finalists in our festival in June 2016.

All Playwrights

Please read the following rules and requirements carefully. Plays not meeting the requirements will be disqualified.

Submission Guidelines
  • The play should be approximately ten-minutes in length.
  • The play must have no more than five on-stage (speaking and non-speaking) characters.
  • You may submit only one play, so send us your best! Please do not make more than one submission.
  • The play should be in a “play format” making it easy for the readers. (We like 12-point, easy to read fonts, such as Times New Roman or Arial)
  • The play must be unpublished and unproduced at the time of submission to our contest. We do screen for this, so don’t send us your play if it has been produced. (Staged readings are not counted as “produced.”)
  • Submitting your play to our contest grants Lakeshore Players the right to produce your play in our annual festival and photograph and/or videotape it for archival purposes, if it is chosen as a finalist.
Additional Guidelines
The play should have simple technical requirements. There won’t be a set — a few furniture pieces and a few props only — we only have about one minute in between plays to change scenes.
As a community theatre, we want to appeal to the largest possible audience, therefore plays with excessive offensive language are less likely to be selected – please keep that in consideration.
Two ways to submit: Email or Mail.

Your play must be received no later than November 15, 2015 to be eligible.
Submission Options

Email two PDFs or mail two copies. Only plays submitted exactly as outlined below will be accepted.
Email Two PDFs:

VERY IMPORTANT – Email submission rules below MUST be followed, or your submission will be disqualified.
  • Send one copy of the play with ALL contact information on the title page:
  • Play title
  • Your name
  • Your mailing address
  • Your phone number
  • Your email address
  • Send ANOTHER copy of play for the judges with NO contact information on the title page: just the title of the play.
  • Email Instructions
  • Subject line: Include the title of your play, for example: 10 Min Contest: MY GREAT PLAY
  • Include your complete contact information in the body of the email.
  • Tell us where you heard about the contest.
  • Please include the title of your play in the file name. For example:
  • My Great Play-Blind.pdf
  • My Great Play.pdf
  • Email plays to: office@lakeshoreplayers.org.
Or Mail Two Copies:

Don’t know how to PDF? No problem.
Send one copy of the play with ALL contact information:
  • Play title
  • Your name
  • Your mailing address
  • Your phone number
  • Your email address
  • Include ANOTHER copy of play for the judges with NO contact information – just the title and the play.
Mail to:
12th Annual Lakeshore Players 10-Minute Play Committee
4820 Stewart Ave.
White Bear Lake, MN 55110
Plays will not be returned to you.
If you would like confirmation that we have received your script, please include a self-addressed, stamped postcard with your script.

Plays chosen for production in our festival will receive $10 per Lakeshore performance of the play, and a copy of the program from the festival within 60 days of the festival weekend. Production photos will be uploaded to Flickr and available for viewing, sharing, and downloading.

Any questions? E-mail: office@lakeshoreplayers.org.

Friday, November 6, 2015

The 23rd International MiniFest

A juried showcase of the year’s best original one-act plays
Lower Denton Theatre. Wolfville, Nova Scotia
March 31 - April 2, 2016,

The Acadia Theatre Company (ATC) is pleased to announce its 22nd annual MiniFest, to be held in Wolfville, Nova Scotia, Canada March 31 - April 2, 2016.

Once a year, hundreds of the best plays from around the world are submitted for a juried evaluation. The best make it to the short list, from which the winning plays are chosen by the Executive Committee.

In addition, awards will be presented for Best Play, Best Director, Best Male/Female Character and Best Ensemble, as chosen by the audience.

General seating tickets are only available at the door. MiniFest is always a popular event, and our friends and patrons are advised to come early to avoid disappointment!

For further information or clarification, please e-mail the ATC Administrator at english.theatre@acadiau.ca

The deadline for all submission materials is November 15th, 2015.

Rules and Guidelines

  1. Anyone can submit an original script, provided that it has not been professionally performed.
  2. Playwrights can only submit two (2) scripts in total each year.
  3. The running time of the script can be no longer than 30 minutes in length.
  4. The scripts selected will be chosen not only for their dramatic quality and writing, but also for their suitability for the actors (and numbers of actors) available in any year. As MiniFest is modestly funded, scripts will also be considered from the point of view of their production requirements.
  5. Scripts must be submitted electronically no later than midnight on November 15, 2015, AST. No late submissions will be accepted.
  6. Rehearsals start in the first week of March, 2016.
  7. MiniFest may choose to present as many as eight plays over two consecutive nights. Each evening of plays may be presented as many as three times.
  8. Successful playwrights will not be offered royalties.
  9. Script submissions will only be accepted after a correctly completed application has been received.

  1. Your script can only be submitted electronically in Word format.  If you do not have Microsoft Word, or program that will save as a Word document, you can download the free Open Office and save the file as a Word document No PDF or other formats will be accepted.
  2. You can only enter two (2) plays in the competition.
  3. The first page, the Covering Page of your script, include:
    1. the name of your play
    2. the playwright’s name
    3. the contact information of the playwright (address, telephone number & email address).
  4. On the second page, the Character Breakdown and Setting Page, include:
    1. the character breakdown in your script (e.g. Sally – a CEO.)
    2. the setting (e.g. An apartment in NYC.) that your play occurs.
    3. the Time (e.g. The present.)
  5. As the play goes to the jury anonymously, please make sure that the pages of the script following the Covering Page (including the Character Breakdown Page) do NOT contain your name.
  6. Please make sure the document editing features are unlocked or disabled. This to enable removal or manipulation of pages for jury and production purposes. No changes to the text itself will be made.
  7. Please make sure your actual script pages are numbered, and contain (header or footer) the name of your play.
The deadline for all submission materials is November 15, 2015.

ONSTAGE Festival

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Little Black Dress INK is creating production opportunities for female playwrights through its Female Playwrights ONSTAGE Project; a short-play festival dedicated to producing peer-selected works by women. In addition to contributing to the selection of plays, participating playwrights are able to review and revise their work via online-streaming of play readings, and are encouraged to blog about the process along the way.

Submissions are now being accepted from awesome female playwrights for consideration in this year’s festival! This festival utilizes a peer-review process for evaluating submissions.

Please make sure to read over the following guidelines carefully before submitting. Incomplete submissions, or submissions that do not meet the following criteria will not be considered:
  • You must be a female playwright to enter the ONSTAGE Festival.
  • This year’s festival theme is Curves Ahead. Playwrights are invited to submit short plays and/or monologues written on this theme. In the past we’ve had great success with short scenelets as well (10-minute plays comprised of a couple of scenes, which we can sprinkle throughout the show)
  • LBDI strongly suggests you do not submit plays or monologues longer than ten minutes. Keep in mind that in all instances, shorter truly is better. Plays running longer than ten minutes stand very little chance of making it into the festival, as we strive to produce as many playwrights as possible.
  • Little Black Dress INK utilizes a peer review process for evaluating plays. By submitting to this fest, you agree to participate in this unique opportunity to help select plays for production.
  • Once our submission window is closed, you will receive a selection of plays to read and score using the LBDI online eval form. You MUST read and submit your evaluations by the required date in order for your play to remain in consideration.
  • Submitted works will be read by other participating playwrights and LBDI artistic personnel. By submitting to the festival, you agree to share your work for review in this process.
Submission materials must be emailed to LBDI by November 15th, 2015 and should include:
The following information in the body of your email:

Your name
The title of your play
Your contact information *It is very important that you use a reliable email address as all correspondence will be done via email*
A blind PDF of your script – do NOT include your name anywhere on the script!
Email materials to submissions@LittleBlackDressINK.org

LBDI will be producing readings of the top scoring plays at locations nation-wide. The top eight to ten scoring plays will also move on to full production in Prescott, AZ.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Insomnium seeks plays & playwrights

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We are currently seeking a playwright to participate in devising our new show. This will be a collaboration between playwright, directors, sound designer, and actors to create a horror adaptation of a fairytale by the Brothers Grimm. We are seeking a playwright that is interested in creating in the rehearsal room.

To submit, please email us at insomniumtheatrecompany@gmail.com with a brief bio and/or resume, as well as a one-page horror adaptation of any Grimms' fairytale that interests you. You can write in any form that feels fun to you; a scene of dialogue, a one-page synopsis, or anything in-between.

Playwrights - Submissions!

Have a creepy, dark, mystical, and/or horrific play? Insomnium Theatre Company is now accepting play submissions for future projects. Please email insomniumtheatrecompany@gmail.com with your play and the following information:
  • Subject Heading: JACK TORRANCE
  • Brief play synopsis 
  • Character breakdown

Nor’Eastern Play Writing Contest

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This is the tenth year of premiered staged readings of three winning one-act plays in showcase at the Brick Box Theatre housed in the beautiful Paramount Theatre in downtown Rutland, Vermont. Vermont Actors’ Repertory Theatre is in its eleventh season. The Nor’Eastern Contest winners will receive an intense day and a half’s work on each play, and two evenings of Showcasing as well as three nights lodging. The Nor’Eastern Showcase rehearsal and performance dates for this year will be May 19, 20 & 21, 2016. First, each script goes through a rigorous screening process with panels of readers. The scripts with the highest scores are submitted to a second panel, and then the finalists are read by a single reader who selects the three scripts to be showcased.

This contest is open to playwrights of all ages and experience who are residents of Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey or Pennsylvania.

● One­ act plays must be readable in the s​howcase in 45​ minutes or less. Readers are instructed to disqualify​ plays that are, or appear to be, longer.

● Submissions must be original, unpublished, one­ act plays. Plays that have had staged readings or productions may be submitted, however, plays that have received Vermont productions or readings, or that have been published, may not.

● Legal clearance of materials not in the public domain is the full responsibility of the playwright.

● Individual playwrights may submit a maximum of two (2) entries per year.

● The author will maintain all literary rights to his or her own material.

● All submissions are judged blind. We require four (4) bound copies with four (4)

cover pages: A​ll four​(4) with the title of the play, B​UT ONLY ONE​with the author’s name, address, E­mail & phone numbers. E​lectronic copies will not​b​e accepted due to the costs of printing.​

● If you would like your scripts returned, you M​UST​ include an S.A.S. mailing envelope covering the F​ULL return mailing costs​with your submission. If no S.A.S.E. is included, your scripts will be recycled.

● Plays must be processed, page numbered, and securely bound in an ably bound soft cover, in standard professional play format. Write to Samuel French Inc., 45 West 25th ​Street, New York, NY 10010­2751 for their format guidelines, or copy them from www.vcu.edu/artweb/playwriting/format.html​ on line.

● All submissions will be handled with care. However, Vermont Actors’ Repertory Theatre assumes no responsibility for lost or damaged scripts.

● Submission fees: Following the guidelines of the Dramatists Guild of America there is no entry fee.

● Mail f​our (4)​copies of your script(s) to: Nor’Eastern Play Writing Contest, Vermont

Actors’ Repertory Theatre, PO Box 580, Rutland, Vermont 05702­0580.

Deadline for submissions is postmarked by November 15, 2015, notification of winners will be on or about March 5, 2016 and the staged readings in Showcase will be in May 19, 20 & 21, 2016, with winning playwrights expected to attend.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Articulate Theatre Company seeks 10-minute plays

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Call for Plays
Articulating the Arts: Folk Music of the 60s & 70s
“Voices Of and For the People”
***** Only the first 50 submissions will be accepted. *****

Articulate Theatre Company is, for the first time, inviting submissions for our signature series, Articulating the Arts. The foundation of Articulating the Arts is deriving inspiration for plays from works of arts from other disciplines. Our Company members and guest artists review unique works of art to use as a springboard and source of inspiration for new theatrical works. The source this season is folk music of the 60s and 70s, specifically the songs listed below. You can read about our past AtAs, and see pictures, by following the links at this web page.

Articulating the Arts: Voice Of and For the People will be performed under a Theatre Authority contract for two performances - February 26th and 27th, 2016. No one in the production will receive any stipend or monetary compensation.
Who: Articulate Theatre Company
When: Deadline for Submissions is November 13th, 2015 - midnight

Performance: February 26th and 27th, 2015
Timing: Plays cannot be longer than 10 minutes PRODUCED.

It is suggested that you aim for an 8-minute script in order to leave time for actors and directors to work.
Limit: Only the first 50 submissions will be accepted. Double check the website to see if that limit has been reached before submitting.
Send entries to: ArticulatePlays@gmail.com (see below for submission parameters)

Theme and Submission Guidelines
This season’s plays for Articulating the Arts will be inspired by the folk songs of the sixties and seventies. Playwrights are encouraged to compose plays in reaction to the specific folk songs selected and shown on our webpage. Plays can be comedic, dramatic, surreal, historic, political, farce, etc. They can be pro-folk music, or against it, or both. A storyline based on the song’s artist is also welcome (some of these folk singers have incredible life stories!) Plays do not have to exactly represent the song, but there should be creative connective tissue between the song and the play. (e.g., just because there’s a tree in the lyrics doesn’t mean there has to be a tree in the play; but if the song is about a person’s love of pop-rocks, a play about the angst of filling pot holes for a living would be a stretch.)

  • New works based on the songs listed below, on this page. To see information about the songs and artists, visit this page. No pre-written plays, please.
  • Written with the Articulate acting ensemble in mind. The goal is to only cast from our membership, with few, if any, exceptions. This is a guideline, not a hard rule. You can view headshots and bios of the acting company on this page.
  • Play must be no more than 8 minutes long.
  • Ideally, plays will have between 2-4 characters, but this is a guideline not a restriction.
  • Plays should be in English, though submissions from playwrights outside of the U.S., and stories set in other lands are welcome
  • Sets and costumes should be minimal. These are the basic pieces of furniture we will use: bar, barstools, tables, chairs, bench. Plays with other furniture needs will be considered, but simple is best for all involved.
  • Musical scenes are welcome, but note that resources are slim for rehearsal and accompaniment.
  • Plays with extreme violence and/or nudity will not be considered.
  • Limited to one submission per playwright. Send entries to: ArticulatePlays@gmail.com with the subject "AtA Folk” in the subject line.
  • Submissions must be sent as an attachment in PDF format only; no hard copy submissions will be accepted. Submissions must be formatted as follows: 
  • Email must contain the play's title, author's name, phone number, and email address. 
  • These are blind submissions: the playwright’s name cannot appear anywhere on the attached script, including the title page, header/footer areas, or within the text. 
  • The first page of the script must contain the title, list of characters, and basic setting information. 
  • The second page will be considered the first page of the script. The other pages of the play follow. 
  • Include the title and page numbers in the header of each page of the submission. - All submissions must be in a standard professional play format.
The Legal Stuff
By submitting an entry, you are affirming you are the sole creator of the play and entitled to confer performance rights. You further affirm that, if your play is chosen, you will grant performance rights, royalty-free, to Articulate Theatre Company for two performances on February 26th and 27th, 2015. The play remains the sole property of the playwright. Any future productions will be negotiated separately.

Submission Procedure
Playwrights should submit their script electronically to ArticulatePlays@gmail.com no later than midnight of November 13, 2015. A committee of readers will evaluate the scripts and finalists will be notified by November 27th. We will not offer commentary and feedback on the scripts. There is no fee for submission.

Monday, November 2, 2015

Women's Project Theater Lab Application

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“The Lab is a force to be reckoned with. It’s like a cross between a creative think tank, a stimulating lecture series, a new works development lab, and a ridiculously fun artists’ retreat happening smack in the middle of NYC.”–Mia Rovegno, Director

“The WP Lab was an amazing experience for me. To have my ideas and creativity fostered in a group of talented women playwrights, producers, and directors was empowering. Not only has the Lab helped me to feel clearer about my voice as a playwright, it has inspired my confidence as a woman with something important to offer our greater theatre continuum. I am extremely thankful to WP for continuing to nurture my art.” -Dominique Morisseau, Playwright

“To look at the list of people who’ve been through the WP Lab is to look at a Who’s Who of American Theater.” -Sarah Krohn, Director

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION: November 8, 2015 11:59PM

WP Theater is looking for 15 female-identified playwrights, directors, and producers who crave an artistic home, professional support, and the resources to launch them into the next phase of their careers to join the 2016-2018 WP Lab.

Lab provides up to fifteen artists with community, a vital professional network, entrepreneurial and leadership training, free rehearsal space and, most significantly, tangible opportunities for the development and production of bold new work for the stage.

Must be a female-identified artist living within 90 minutes of Women’s Project Theater via car or rail.
Must be able to attend evening meetings at Women’s Project Theater twice each month for the duration of the two years, as well as other events throughout the year, such as master classes, retreats, observerships and other special events at WP.
Regular attendance is mandatory and therefore applicants should view the program as a two-year-long commitment.
Must be available for an in-person interview.

Receive a stipend
Participate in a monthly lab meeting led by Women’s Project Theater’s Artistic Staff
Participate in a bimonthly meeting of the five artists in their concentration led by a mentor in their field.
Participate in master classes led by established artists.
Receive complimentary tickets to WP shows, invited dress rehearsals and other special events
Receive artistic support and professional development guidance from the artistic staff.
Participate in The Pipeline Festival, a festival of five new plays, written, directed and produced by the WP Lab, to be presented during the second year.

For further clarification of Requirements for Eligibility, please see the Frequently Asked Questions section below.

All applicants must submit a PDF document containing:
Current resume
One page statement that describes your artistic vision and the specific process behind it and why this residency would be useful for you in this moment of your career.
A list of 3 professional references, including title/affiliation, phone and email
In a separate PDF, the full length script most representative of your work and that you believe to be ready for production.
The draft should not have your name or any other identifiers.
The play must be at least 60 pages long, and must be a completed draft, though it need not be a final draft.
Directors & Producers:
A list of upcoming productions, workshops, readings and other projects with dates, venues, and your role.
You may also include a link to your website, or other online resources.
Additional materials should not exceed 3 pages and may include reviews (no excerpts) and photos
Hard copy applications will not be accepted.

All materials will be reviewed by a panel of theater professionals. Finalists will be notified by early May and asked to interview in June 2016. The 2016-2018 Lab will begin in September 2016.

For further clarification of materials required for application, please see the Frequently Asked Questions Section below.



Subject Line: WP Lab Application Submission
Hard copy applications will not be accepted
If you have specific questions, please email wpinfo@womensproject.org after reading the Frequently Asked Questions section below. No phone calls please.


What kind of conflicts would make me ineligible?

We accept that every artist will wind up missing one or two meetings, but if you know now that you will be away for more than three weeks in total in during the lab dates, you should not apply. Applicants should view the program as a two-year-long commitment and we will only accept applicants who can take full advantage of the program.

I’m not available for an in-person interview—may I still apply?

If you are unavailable for an in-person interview or have a limited conflict in regards to attending biweekly meetings, please make note of such conflicts in your application. We will try to accommodate such situations on a case-by-case basis.

When will the monthly meetings be held?

We will work with the artists selected to find a time that works for the group, so you need not worry about this question at the application stage.

If I am selected for the group and then my eligibility status changes, would I be automatically suspended from the program?

No, we will handle this situation on a case-by-case basis. Please do not let such a concern keep you from applying.

What kind of resume should I submit?

Your resume should list all readings, workshops or productions. Your resume should also include any other relevant theater experience. We would be glad to see a resume detailing your education or other work experience, though this is not required. Please feel free to submit multiple resumes if you think that this would be helpful as we consider your application. As long as you have a resume that details your theatrical experience, you need not tailor a resume to this application process alone.

If I can’t decide between two plays or have an additional writing sample that I am very proud of, may I include more than one play with my application?

No, we only read one play per applicant, so please only submit one writing sample.

May I send in music along with the book of my musical?

Please do, and give credit to the composer and lyricist.

Is there an age limit? Are you looking for young writers?

No, there is no age limit and we would be glad to admit a talented artist of any age into the program?

Will you let me know that you received my application?

Yes, we will email you once we have processed your application.

May I follow-up with you about my application status?

Yes, please email wpinfo@womensproject.org.

If I have had some contact with a WP staff member, would it be better to contact them directly with my question rather than write to wpinfo@womensproject.org?

No, please write to wpinfo@womensproject.org, but feel free to mention any contact with a WP staff member in your email.

Thank you for your interest in the WP Lab—we look forward to your application!

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Call for Plays - Women Playwrights Series

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The Centenary Stage Company, a Professional Equity Regional Theatre in residence on the campus of Centenary College in Hackettstown, NJ is accepting submissions for the 2016 Women Playwrights Series (WPS) and the 2016 Susan Glaspell Contest.

Now in its 24th year, the WPS is a developmental program dedicated to providing a working forum for the unique and underserved voice of women writing for the theatre today. Each season three new plays are selected for a collaborative workshop process, with a professional director and actors, which takes place in a brief rehearsal period, over a period of a approximately 1 week, allowing time for the playwright to hear and adapt their work with other professionals. The process culminates in a presentation of the work for the public as part of the Series giving CSC audiences larger exposure to new work, as well as offering the playwright an opportunity to get feedback from the audience during the development process.

Playwrights selected for the workshop process will receive a $200 honorarium. Additional funds for travel and housing are available for one playwright each season.
The 2016 Susan Glaspell Contest:

One play from the WPS Festival will be selected by a panel of judges as the winner, to be featured in a subsequent CSC main-stage season as a full production, with an additional award of $1500 to the playwright.

Guidelines for WPS Susan Glaspell Contest:

Submit Full-length play, no more than ONE Non-Equity or workshop production.

(If play has had one production, please include information in your cover letter about the company, # of performances, and contract, if applicable)

Please include 1 letter of recommendation from a professional colleague or professor/instructor familiar with your work.

Note: we are rarely able to consider work with over 7 cast members.

Call CSC for more details (908 979-0900)

Deadline for Open Submission: November 2nd, 2015

Send to:

Attn: Catherine Rust, Prog. Dir
Centenary Stage Co. WPS
400 Jefferson St.
Hackettstown, NJ 07840

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