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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Tree City Playhouse 10-Minute Play Competition

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Fee will be waived for members of the Dramatists Guild.

Cash awards of $250 for 1st place, $100 for 2nd place, and $50 for 3rd place will be presented.
Winning plays will be produced by Tree City Playhouse.

To enter please send the following items to the address below:

1. Completed entry form
2. Bio of the playwright(s) – must be 100 words or less
3. Play synopsis including character descriptions
4. Three copies of the script
5. $5 entry fee or copy of current Dramatist Guild membership card

 (checks should be made out to SCAC)

Mail to: Keith Ramsdell 
Tree City Playhouse  
10-Minute Play Competition
5632 North Main Street 
Sylvania, OH 43560

Competition Rules:

1. The competition is open to all playwrights 18 years of age and older. Only one play per playwright may be entered per year. Plays may be co-written by more than one playwright, but the names of all playwrights must appear on the entry form.

2. Entries must be one-act stage plays with performance times of 8 to 15 minutes. Full-length plays, musicals, children’s plays, film and TV scripts, and plays previously entered in this competition are ineligible.

3. Submissions are restricted to original dramatic works – no adaptations – that have not been previously published or submitted to this playwriting competition.

4. While all reasonable care will be taken, Tree City Playhouse and SCAC do not assume any responsibility for lost, misplaced or damaged scripts.

5. There are no restrictions on genre or theme.

6. Scripts will be judged on concept, dramatic action, characterization and dialogue. Preference will be given to plays with 2 to 4 characters, limited staging requirements, and content/language sensitive to the “family-friendly” value of Tree City Playhouse. The decisions of the judges are final. No critiques will be given, and no scripts will be returned.

7. Tree City Playhouse will produce the winning plays royalty-free during its 2017 Festival of 10-Minute Plays. This includes the right to make rehearsal copies of the script, to use the title of the play and the author’s name in publicity and promotion, and to videotape the play for archival purposes. The playwright will receive a program and DVD from the production. All future production and publication rights remain the property of the playwright.

8. The deadline for entries is a postmark of November 1, 2016. Late scripts will not be accepted, and revisions cannot be made once a script has been submitted.

Formatting Instructions:

1. To ensure anonymity during the judging process, no personal information should appear anywhere on the submitted script. The entry form will contain this information.

2. All scripts should be printed on 8-1/2” x 11” white paper, typewritten on one side only and submitted in acceptable play manuscript format. Each copy should be bound with a staple. Pages must be numbered, and the name of the play should appear on each page.

3. The entry form, bio, synopsis and fee or copy of DG card should be clipped together.

More Information:

Please contact Keith Ramsdell at keith@sylvaniaarts.org with any questions you may have.

You may also visit us on the web at www.sylvaniaarts.org/treecityplayhouse

Monday, October 24, 2016

Tenth Annual Original One-Act Festival

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Festival prizes to be awarded: Six plays shall be selected for production in the spring (March/April/May) of 2017. Of those six selected, one shall win the Grand Prize $150 and one shall win runner up $100 as determined by the festival play readers. Of the remaining four, one shall will an Audience Favorite Prize $100 to be determined by the audience attending the festival performances.

Guidelines for submission:

All submissions must be original, unpublished one act plays of 20 pages or less.
Submissions must be received by email between August 1, 2016 and November 1, 2016
Any submissions not adhering to the following guidelines may be eliminated from consideration.
Additional information and guidelines:
  • All scripts must be submitted electronically via email in .pdf format. Please email sdponeactfestival@gmail.com
  • All scripts should include a short biography of the playwright for publication on website, programs, and publicity materials to be considered for evaluation.
  • Playwrights will be notified via e-mail when their manuscript is received.
  • Scripts should include:
  • A separate title page with name of the playwright, address, telephone number and e-mail address
  • A cast of characters with descriptions
  • A brief synopsis
  • Numbered pages
  • Playwrights shall not submit more than two plays to be considered per festival year.
  • Playwrights will be notified by February 15, 2017, if their play has been selected for production.
  • Plays selected for production will be listed on our website, www.stagedoorproductions.org
  • All production and publication rights remain the property of the playwright.
  • Stage Door Productions shall have the right to produce selected scripts without payment of royalties.
  • Production will be at the discretion of Stage Door Productions.
  • Only stage plays will be considered. Musical, film or TV scripts will not be selected for production.
  • All submissions must be original and unpublished.
  • Scripts will be judged on concept, dramatic action, characterization, cast size, and dialogue. Technical requirements will be noted.
  • Critical analysis or feedback will not be provided.
  • Playwrights should be aware that the size of our stage is limited. There are no opportunities for elaborate scene changes.
  • Please consider our audience and do not send sexually explicit or gratuitously violent scripts.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Theatre Southwest 12th Annual Readers Theatre

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Theatre Southwest is NOW accepting short plays for its 12th Annual Reader's Theatre Matinee! This year the TSW-RTM will happen on Sunday, Nov. 20th, 2016 at 3:00 P.M. and our new event producers Brian Heaton and Scott McWhirter will be accepting 5-10 minute scripts from NOW until November 7th, 2016 (postmarked by). Selected plays will be read and voted on by the audience in attendance and the Audience Favorite will receive a $100 prize!
Guidelines for this this year's event are as follows:
  • Scripts will be accepted via snail-mail only (no emails, no PDF's).
  • Scripts entered cannot be returned.
  • Limit of 2 entries per playwright.
  • There is NO ENTRY FEE.
  • ALL scripts should be numbered with title, list of characters, brief synopsis of play and playwright's contact info on title page.
  • ALL scripts should be stapled in the upper left hand corner.
  • No Monologues or one man/woman plays will be accepted.

ALL genres of plays will be accepted (light comedies, heavy dramas, thrillers, mystery, sci-fi, satire) with no regard to language or subject matter content.

ALL plays should be able to be read within 5 to 10 minutes, no longer, no exceptions. If using standard play format a good gauge would be if the play's text is 4 to 11 pages long (excluding title page).

Please make sure the play you are submitting is conducive to Reader's Theatre, simple stage directions, story mostly expressed through dialogue, not action.

Approximately 8-12 plays will be selected to be given a performance level read, and the playwrights selected will be informed prior to the event.

ALL entries should be mailed to:

Theatre Southwest
8944-A Clarkcrest
Houston, TX 77063

To learn more about Theatre Southwest's Special Events go to the below link:


Note: At present the section on How to submit a play to the TSW-RTM has not been updated from last year's (2015) guidelines, so please refer to the guidlelines listed HERE when submitting.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Residency - Writers Omi at Ledig House

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Since its founding in 1992, Writers Omi at Ledig House has hosted hundreds of authors and translators, representing more than fifty countries. We welcome published writers and translators of every type of literature. International, cultural and creative exchange is a foundation of our mission, and a wide distribution of national background is an important part of our selection process.

Guests may select a residency of one week to two months; about ten at a time gather to live and work in a rural setting overlooking the Catskill Mountains. Ledig House provides all meals, and each night a local chef prepares dinner. Daytime is reserved for writing and quiet activities, while evenings are more communal. A program of weekly visits bring guests from the New York publishing community. Noted editors, agents and book scouts are invited to share dinner and conversation on both creative and practical subjects, offering insight into the workings of the publishing industry, and introductions to some of its key professionals. Click here for a list of former guest speakers.

German publisher, Heinrich Maria Ledig-Rowohlt, for whom the program is named, was noted for his passionate commitment to quality in literature. His list of authors included Thomas Wolfe, William Faulkner, Yukio Mishima, Jean-Paul Sartre, Vladimir Nabokov, John Updike, Toni Morrison and Thomas Pynchon.

Writers Omi has hosted hundreds of writers and translators from roughly 50 countries around the world. The colony's strong international emphasis reflects the spirit of cultural exchange that is part of Ledig's enduring legacy.

Each applicant is required to provide 4 (four) separate items in total:

1. A cover letter, which provides the following details: country of birth, country of residency, the language in which you write, your preferred residency dates. Additionally, please let us know how you heard about Writers Omi at Ledig House, why you want to come to Writers Omi and what you expect to get from the experience.

*Important Note*: If you are eligible for one of our sponsored residencies, such as the Amazon.com Translation Fellowships or the residency set aside for a Whiting Award winner please indicate so in your cover letter. For a full list of sponsored residencies, please see the "Sponsorships & Endowments" tab on our webpage.

2. A brief (2 pages, maximum) statement about your work history, referencing publications, performances and writing credits. This can be submitted in CV format.

3. A writing sample, no more than 50 pages. (Please be sure to indicate if the writing is published or unpublished; if it is published please provide details.)

4. A one page description of the work to be undertaken while at Writers Omi.

Your writing sample does NOT have to be an English translation; please submit your writing sample in your mother tongue. All other documentation must be submitted in English.

Your cover letter should be provided in the designated Cover Letter field. Items 2-4 should each be provided as separately uploaded files.

In addition to these requirements, every applicant must arrange to have a letter of recommendation submitted separately. The letter can be provided by a fellow writer, teacher, editor, literary agent, or any informed individual who can speak to your character and work.

Please use the Reference Letter field in your online application to send a request for a letter to the individual who will provide your recommendation. Once that individual receives this prompt he or she will be able to upload a letter separately to your application file.

To be considered for a 2017 residency, your application (including separate letter of recommendation) must be received electronically by the end of the day, October 20, 2016 (11:59 p.m. EDT).

We look forward to receiving your application.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Discount tickets: ONE FLEA SPARE

Playhouse Creatures presents
One Flea Spare
written by Naomi Wallace
directed by Caitlin McLeod



This 20th Year Anniversary Production of One Flea Spare will be directed by Caitlin McLeod and marks the play's first appearance in New York City since it's Public Theatre production in 1996. One Flea Spare is set in plague-ravaged 17th-century London, where a wealthy couple is preparing to flee their home when a mysterious sailor and a young girl appear sneaking into their boarded up house. Now, quarantined together for 28 days, the only thing these strangers fear more than the Plague is each other. Definitions of morality are up for grabs and survival takes many forms in this dark, fiercely intense and humorous play. 

New Plays for Young Audiences seeks full-length play scripts

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New Plays for Young Audiences seeks new unpublished and unproduced full-length play scripts for young audiences (ages 4-21) for our 20th season, June 2017. The final date that submissions for 2017 will be accepted is October 31, 2016.

Submission Guidelines:
In your email submission, please include your name, the name of the play, and where we can contact you.

Also include in your submission your goals for the week of development – questions about the script you hope to answer, characters you want to further develop, story areas you want to look closer at, etc. Scripts received without goals are automatically disqualified, as this is an important part of our process.

If you are submitting an adaptation, we ask that you include proof that the original author has agreed to you adapting their work.
Finally, also rank, from most to least preferred, the development week that works best for you. Please also note any scheduling conflicts you have during that 3 week period. We cannot guarantee a preferred slot, but this information will help facilitate the scheduling process once scripts are selected. The 2017 series is slated to run June 4-25: June 4-11, June 11-18, and June 18-25.

Please note that we only accept previously unpublished and unproduced full-length play scripts. If your script has had a fully produced production, we cannot accept it. We accept musical submissions, but do not generally develop a musical every season. If you are uncertain if your script meets this requirement or believe there is cause for an exemption, feel free to contact us (David Montgomery or Teresa Fisher).

We welcome scripts of any cast size, but are limited to 10 actors due to the size of our stage. If your script requires more than 10 actors, include doubling suggestions with your submission.

To submit your new previously unpublished and unproduced play for young audiences for consideration in our 2017 series, send your script between June 27 and October 31, 2016, to Artistic Director, David Montgomery. We reply to all submissions within 7 days of receiving them.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Gary Garrison Playwriting Festival - 2016 Guidelines

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1. All play submissions are due no later than October 21, 2016.

2. Please send 2 files including your play. (The selection committee will read the versions without a byline.)
a. With byline
b. Without byline

3. You may submit only ONE 10 Minute Play.
a. Your play must have 5 or less speaking/non-speaking roles

4. This year's festival will have a theme. Please ensure your play aligns with the theme of the festival.

THEME: This is My Life

5. Your play must be in play format making it easy for the readers.
a. 12 point or greater font
b. Courier New, Times New Roman or Arial

6. Submit plays keeping in mind minimalist setting and lighting.

7. The play must be unpublished at the time of submission.

8. Submitting your play grants The Gary Garrison Playwriting Festival the right to produce your play in our annual festival. Studio 33 will have the right to photograph and/or video it for archival purposes.

9. Please include your play’s suggested rating based on language, nudity, violence, drug and alcohol use. We reserve the right to alter ratings.

10. Playwrights must be open to discussion with directors and potential re-writes. You MAY NOT direct your own show.

11. The first 50 submissions will be accepted by email and read by our readers.
a. Send 2 emails to: studio33theatre@yahoo.com
a. Subject: Name of Play - with Byline
b. Subject: Name of Play - without Byline

Theatrical Botanicum Seedlings


According to this web page:

ATTN Playwrights: We have reached our limit and no longer accepting submissions for 2017 opportunities.


Play Submission Guidelines

With its roots in the McCarthy Era Blacklisiting, Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum has provided a home in Southern California for professional Shakespeare and the classics in its scenic, outdoor amphitheatre in rustic Topanga Canyon for over 40 years. Theatricum is also committed to finding new works and furthering new voices in theatre through Botanicum Seedlings.

The submission window is September 1 – November 1 annually. We will close this window after the first 200 submissions are received. These works will be considered for development and also production.

Opportunities through Botanicum Seedlings include Playreadings, Play Festivals, private GreenReads (for a fresh look at early drafts) and Playwrights Workshops through Theatricum’s Academy, culminating in developmental GreenReads. Since its creation in 2002, the program has supported well over 100 new plays.

The goals of Botanicum Seedlings are:
  1.  to maintain focus on the needs of the playwright in regard to a play’s growth;
  2.  to foster relationships with emerging playwrights around the globe;
  3.  to act as an advocate whenever appropriate in recommending plays to other companies;
  4.  to establish Theatricum Botanicum as a guiding force in the development of original material; and
  5. to provide a nurturing environment in which Theatricum company members can expand and stretch in new directions as actors as well as directors, writers and dramaturgs.

For consideration, please keep in mind that Theatricum encourages provocative, political and socially relevant material, and prefers works that are uniquely theatrical and character-driven. Although the company is classically based, Seedlings is by no means traditional in its sensibilities and is not looking for classical translations or adaptations unless they are highly original. Nor are we interested in scripts which might be better suited to film or television. In addition, Botanicum Seedlings is committed to gender parity, with a goal of 50% or more women playwrights and directors involved in its public readings.

Submissions may also be considered for production as part of Theatricum Botanicum’s Summer Repertory Season. Please note that the theatre very rarely includes new works in its season; both of our performance spaces are outdoor amphitheatres in a natural setting.

From September 1 – November 1, we accept the first 200 electronic submissions of 10-15 page dialogue samples from full length plays (sorry, no queries for one-acts or short plays) accompanied by playwright’s bio and play history as MS Doc or PDF attachments sent to seedlings@theatricum.com. (Only one play per year, please!)

If electronic submission is not possible, send complete plays, musicals and accompanying materials to Botanicum Seedlings c/o Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum, P.O. Box 1222 Topanga, CA 90290. All materials will be recycled unless special arrangements are made beyond including an SASE. (Note: receiving hard copies may significantly add to our response time.)

Our goal is to acknowledge receipt of all submissions and queries. Please know that while we read and review all materials we receive, we are not able to personally follow up with every submission.

For more information on Seedlings writing workshops, private dramaturgy and other Theatricum events and programs, visit www.theatricum.com or contact seedlings@theatricum.com. The business office can be reached at (310) 455-2322. Thank you in advance for your submission, and for your patience if our response is delayed.

Jennie Webb
Seedlings Program Director

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Manhattan Repertory Theatre Fall 10 Minute Play Series

Seeking fully produced, (cast, directed and ready to be performed by Mid November)
10 minute (or under) 1 act plays
for Manhattan Repertory Theatre's
Fall 10 Minute Play Series.

November 16, 17, 18, at the new Manhattan Repertory Theatre,
at 17-19 West 45th St.

Each 10 minute or less play will be given a short tech rehearsal, a full dress rehearsal with the other plays participating, a minimum of 2 performances.

To submit your 10 minute or less play production please email:
  • The complete script of the 10 minute or less play as a .pdf, a synopsis of the play,
  • the character breakdown, the set and lighting requirements, 
  • the play's production history (if it has been produced before and where)
  • your mailing address, and a creative team leader contact email address to:
manhattanrep@yahoo.com by October 31, 2016.

Please put “Fall 10 Minute Play Series” in the subject heading.
We will contact you within a week, if not sooner, 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 October 31, 2016, if we fill up all available performance slots

There is no submission fee. NON-EQUITY ONLY.

We will supply a technician to run the sound and lights.

Once accepted, there will be a $30 commitment fee.

For more information, please log on to: http://www.manhattanrep.com/

Eden Prairie Players Accepting Submissions of One Act Plays for 2017

PLEASE NOTE: they are no longer accepting submissions - the following appears instead of a submission form.

Submissions have closed
Collection of One Acts 2017
Eden Prairie Players
We have reached the maximum number of submissions for this production. We are unable to accept more submissions at this time.

Eden Prairie Players is accepting submissions of unpublished one act plays for its 2017 Collection of One Acts to be produced in September of 2017.

Please read the submission guidelines, then go to the One Acts Submission Form.

Submission Guidelines
  • We allow only one submission per playwright.
  • We are seeking unpublished one-act plays: dramas, comedies, etc. (previously-produced or stage readings OK)
  • Length 30 minutes or under (we typically select most in the 10-25 minute range)
  • The play must be submitted as a PDF file through our submission form. 
  • Submit through the online submission form:
  • Playwright contact information - name, email, address, phone.
  • Name of play.
  • Approximate duration.
  • List of characters / descriptions: age, gender, race if specified, etc. (please list allowable deviations) 
  • Short synopsis of the play, including a description of recommended set pieces and props
  • Has it been performed before? Where?
  • After the form is submitted, you will receive a confirmation email. 
  • Plays will be reviewed on a first come-first served basis. We limit consideration to an arbitrary number of plays, so submissions will be closed after we reach that limit.


Selected plays will be paid a royalty of $25 per performance (we usually have 5-7 performances).
No compensation for selection process: By submitting your play(s) for consideration, you give Eden Prairie Players permission to make copies as needed for the selection process. You also give permission for your play to be performed without payment at an unrehearsed table readings as part of the selection process.

To begin the submission process, go to the One Acts Submission Form.


Q: Are works by international playwrights accepted?

A: Yes

Q: How are plays selected?

A: We provide access to each play for one or more authorized reviewers to read and rate as part of the selection process. Plays are narrowed down to a smaller subset of candidate plays. From this subset, plays are read at a public table reading and selected by our advisory committee.

Q: What format should I use for the play?

A: We only accept play files in PDF format.

Q: How can I convert my play to PDF?

A: There are several ways to convert your play to PDF:
Most modern word processors have a Save as PDF or Export to PDF command.
If you use Mac OS X, and your application doesn’t have one of these commands, you can save any file to PDF using the Print command and the PDF button in the Print dialog. This feature is built into the operating system and works with any application that has a Print command.
Google Docs is a free service from Google at docs.google.com. This service has many useful features for writers, including online storage (through the integrated Google Drive service), sharing, and collaborative editing of documents. It also allows you to upload files from Word or other applications to convert them to Google Docs. And Google Docs has a Download as PDF feature.

Q. What about language in my play?

A: While we bill these productions as intended for mature audiences due to subject matter and language, we strongly consider what our audience's reaction to each piece will be.

Q: How long has Eden Prairie Players produced unpublished one-acts?

A: 2010 was the first year that EPP produced unpublished works as part of our Collection of One Acts, and it was immediately successful. The response from our audience was overwhelmingly positive. We now like to include a mix of published and unpublished works. In 2012, all of the plays we selected were unpublished when they were submitted to us, although some were published before we presented them. We hope to carry that enthusiasm forward each year by continuing to introduce our audience to fresh new works written by exciting playwrights. Thank you for your hard work, we are honored that you are considering EPP for your submission!

2017 Last Frontier Theatre Conference

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Play submissions are now being accepted for the Play Lab at the 2017 Last Frontier Theatre Conference. There are two submission deadlines this year. October 20 is the general date.
Past participants and Alaskan writers may submit as late as November 21. The 25th annual Conference will take place June 11-17, 2017, 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.

  • 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 receiving feedback and developing their submission.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Manhattan Repertory Theatre's FALL PLAY SPECTACULAR

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At our brand new 52 seat theatre on 45th St. November 8 - December 21, 2016

You receive 100% of the ticket sales!

Seeking fully produced plays 30 minutes to 90 minutes.

So we have been trying to find a better way for producers to put up their full length shows and get something back, and have the producing costs be at a price point that will work.

So from November 8 - December December 21, we offering our Fall Play Spectacular at our new 52 seat theatre on West 45th St.

For only a $500 fee:

you get a 2 hour tech/dress in the theatre (Nights and weekends), and TWO performances, and YOU GET ALL OF THE TICKET SALES!

So if you have a free space to rehearse, a good team, and friends and family that can fill the house, you can actually make money putting up your play. (And more performances are available for additional fees.)

You also received free ticketing service, a webpage for your show, a venue manager, reduced rate rehearsal rental space in the theatre if you want, and a beautiful, clean, new theatre on West 45th St to present your work.

We are only accepting 12 plays for this event so if you are interested, submit today for space is very limited.

To submit your 30 - 90 minute play, please forward:
  • the complete draft of your play as a .pdf file, 
  • a synopsis of the play, 
  • the running time of the play,
  • the set and lighting requirements, 
  • your mailing address, 
  • and a creative team leader contact email address to:

by October 24, 2016
Please put "Fall Play Spectacular" in the subject heading.

Other than added performances or reduced rate theatre rehearsal rental, there are no additional Manhattan Rep based fees.

Windy City Playhouse is accepting submissions for its Monday evening play reading series

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Windy City Playhouse is accepting submissions for its Monday evening play reading series. All submissions must be full-length comedies aligned with the theater’s mission of presenting contemporary, relevant, approachable plays accessible to audiences of all kinds.

Deadline: October 30, 2016
Only 10 pages from a full-length comedy may be submitted;
Playwrights must be able to travel to Chicago for reading

Please submit a PDF with the following information:
  • A one-paragraph synopsis of the play 
  • A one-paragraph statement explaining how the play fits into the theatre’s mission. 
  • The playwright’s bio 
  • Production history 
  • A one-line description of each character 
  • Playwright’s contact information 
  • A 10-page scene from the script– do not send the entire play. 
  • Applications that do not adhere to the guidelines cannot be considered. 
  • Readings will take place on Monday nights. 
  • Readings can be rehearsed at Windy City Playhouse for five hours on each of the two days prior to and on the day of the reading. 
  • Playwrights have the option of selecting a director or working with Windy City Playhouse to choose a director. 
  • All actors involved in the reading must be non-equity. 
  • Playwrights have the option of selecting some or all of their actors. Windy City Playhouse can also supply a list of actors and resumes. 
  • Actors and directors will not be compensated by Windy City Playhouse. The reading series will be promoted on Windy City Playhouse’s website and social media

Playwrights will provide the following information:

o Title of the play
o Playwright’s name
o A one to two sentence description of the play
o The names of the director and any actors selected by the playwright

Send submissions to carl@windycityplayhouse.com. Please include “Play reading application” in the subject line of your email.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Free reading: Aphra Behn UN/MASKED

On November 10 at 7PM Join author Donna Kaz aka Aphra Behn for a reading from her new book, “UN/MASKED, Memoirs of a Guerrilla Girl On Tour” at Bluestockings 172 Allen Street, New York, NY 10002

“A vivid memoir of an eager, energetic woman of the theatre confronting sexism in love and art. It’s also a rare first-hand account of life inside the famed Guerrilla Girls, those gorilla-masked artists and performers who made feminist protest daring, original and fun.” - Katha Pollitt, The Nation Columnist, poet, essayist and author

“A compelling and page-turning read, and a testament that fighters for fairness and justice are not born: they are made.” – Kia Corthron, playwright

Saturday, October 15, 2016

New York Theater Workshop 2017 Fellowships

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For 20 years, NYTW has honed an inclusive fellowship program for emerging theatre makers with a multiplicity of perspectives. These fellowships have taken many forms, supporting playwrights, directors, designers and administrators.

In its current iteration, the 2050 Fellowship is a yearlong residency for emerging playwrights and directors. The 2050 Fellowship provides a space for experimentation, artistic and administrative support, and mentorship. The 2050 Fellows are emerging artists who, with their unique voices, give us perspective on the world in which we live; and who challenge us all to contend with this changing world.

The following materials must be submitted by 5PM on Monday, October 17th. Incomplete or improperly formatted applications will not be accepted. Review the following requirements carefully.

A completed online form, available here, that includes the following:

Contact/Personal information
Names and contact information for two references (Recommendation letters are NOT required at this stage; however, they will be requested if you are invited to submit a full application.)
In a Single PDF to be uploaded into the form with your name as the subject:
In a total of 750 words or less, please respond to the following questions:
What kind of work are you interested in making? Why?
What about a fellowship at New York Theatre Workshop specifically appeals to you as an artist?

NYTW will accept up to six 2050 Fellows per season. These fellowships will entail a one year commitment from June to June. Playwrights and directors are eligible to apply.

NYTW’s 2050 Fellowships consists of five basic components:
Monthly fellowship meetings where fellows meet with each other and artists from the NYTW community to discuss craft, aesthetics, and artistic development
Access to rehearsal space and two opportunities to share works-in-progress with the NYTW Artistic staff and entire fellowship cohort
Mentorship from the NYTW Artistic staff and contemporary theatre artists
An invitation to participate in the artistic life of the theatre by attending staff meetings, developmental readings, dress rehearsals, and other NYTW functions
A three-day weekend retreat at the start and end of the fellowship

2050 Fellows are awarded a modest stipend and an artistic development fund to support fellowship projects, see work, research and travel.

Relationship Theatre seeks short plays

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Relationship Theatre is looking for 5 to 6 minute plays to be done at their Monthly venue in NYC. Our mission is to allow writers and actors to come together in a casual environment and have an outlet to explore there potential.

  • No more than 3 Characters
  • Can be an essay then 3 pages
  • Can be from a larger play that has been cute down
  • 5-6 Pages one sided 
  • Be about a relationship, any kind. Lover workmates dog etc.
  • No stage props
  • No special lighting
  • NYC resident is a plus
  • No fee no pay. By submitting you are giving us permission to produce your work
  • Anything over 5 or 6 pages will be disqualified

Due to the large number of submissions we receive we will try and get back to you, if you are not notified then we are not using your script.

Send scripts with a list of Characters and contact to Rdesena40@gmail.com

DEADLINE OCT 15th 2016

please have contact on the title page.

DUAF seeking staged plays

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The Downtown Urban Arts Festival (DUAF) is currently accepting staged plays that illustrate city life for its 2017 annual season to be held during April and May in downtown New York City at the Cherry Lane Theatre and Joe’s Pub at The Public Theater.

For more info about DUAF, visit: www.duafnyc.com

THEATER @ DUAF (15th Anniversary season) will accept 18 theatrical works (plays, musicals and solo works) with running times up to 70 minutes. Each work is performed only once during the festival. There will be $1,000 awards in the categories of Best Play, Best Short and Audience. There is no submission or participation fee and each playwright will receive a monetary production stipend at the start of the festival to defray some of the production costs of presenting their work.

To submit, please forward the following to duafnyc@gmail.com.
(1) Playwright’s bio with contact info – name, address, phone # and email
(2) Photo of playwright
(3) Synopsis of theatrical work
(4) Complete script of theatrical work
(5) Estimated running time of work
(6) Actor/director/crew bios, if available
(7) Description of stage set (if any) and production needs (i.e. sound and lighting)


New Paradigm Theatre's Holiday Show 2016 to Accept Submissions of Short Plays

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Seeking: A 25-35 minute contemporary holiday tale inspired by all or part of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol," with an overall message of hope for the holiday season.




• Play should be written to accommodate 3-5 adult and 1-3 child actors. While doubling and non-traditional casting is always an option, the play should be written with these logistics in mind. We encourage diversity in gender, ethnicity, and age in your work.

• Social justice is a big part of the NPT mission; we mentor in-need students alongside our Broadway and other professionals. Locally relevant issues to Fairfield County Connecticut are strongly encouraged.

• Since we typically perform in black box theatres on limited budgets, less is often more. We suggest scripts that require fewer than 10 actors and uncomplicated/limited scenery. Production value will be one step above that of a staged reading.

• Musical numbers are fine, so long as the rights are your own or public domain. We are not interested in a musical but a play with a couple insert carols is fine.

• Advice on script formatting: http://nycp.blogspot.com/p/playscript-formattingtemplate.html

• Please take a few moments to peruse our website to familiarize yourself with our mission, our directors, and our history.


Scripts not meeting the following requirements will NOT be considered.

• Please email your submission by October 22 at 8PM in two PDF files to Kristin Huffman, Artistic Director at: info@nptheatre.org

The PDF files should contain:

1 Your cover page. INCLUDE the play's title, playwright's name, and full contact information (name, phone number, email, mailing address)

2 Your script. INCLUDE a list of characters and descriptions. Submissions should be 25-35 minutes only. Longer or shorter submissions, incomplete submissions, excerpts, and synopses will be rejected.

• Please let us know in your email how you heard about NPT.

For any additional questions, please email Kristin: info@nptheatre.org.

Due to the volume of submissions accepted, we will only contact playwrights selected for the show. Scripts submitted will be considered the original creations of the authors, not Works for Hire. The author will retain all copyright rights and privileges granted thereto. If the winning script is subsequently published, we ask authors to note "New Paradigm Theatre" as the original producing company. Deadline: October 22, 2016 at 8PM 

Submit to: info@nptheatre.org

Friday, October 14, 2016

White Rabbit Productions seeks a team of writers

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White Rabbit Productions seeks a team of 6-7 writers to create new short comic one-act plays for our 2017 Valentine’s Day Event – WHITE RABBIT SEXCAPADES, going up at The Duplex Cabaret Theatre on February 11 and 14, 2017.

1. Deadline for submission is Sunday, October 23 at 11:59 p.m. Submissions received after this time cannot be considered.

2. Writers must be local to NYC, as we will be meeting in person 3-4 times between November 1 and December 11, 2016. (Meetings will likely take place on Saturday or Sunday afternoons, but we will work around writer schedules when possible.)

3. Writers will be given further details regarding the 7 – 10 minute piece they are to write at the first team meeting. Some details will be drawn randomly from a hat.

4. While we appreciate good taste and decorum, the situations will all be very sexual in nature. Writers must be comfortable with this. The types of characters within each piece will be included in what is randomly drawn, so regardless of one’s orientation, writers should be willing to write engaging and funny one-acts for people of all types – heterosexual, homosexual, bisexual, transgender, and of all types, races and ages.

5. We will be reading the pieces amongst ourselves – and with actors – and discussing the pieces in depth. Thus, we seek open, collaborative-types who are willing to share their thoughts and opinions in helpful, supportive ways.

6. Meetings may take place in Manhattan, Brooklyn or Queens. (You will have a chance to let us know where you are willing and not willing to go.)

7. There is no fee for submissions.

8. All writers will receive one comp for him/herself, a tiny cut from every ticket sold, and a small bonus for every ticket buyer who lists his/her name upon the purchase of a ticket. (Further details will be specified upon receipt of materials and/or by special request.)

9. For consideration, please send the following materials to Sexcapades2017@hotmail.com by Sunday, October 23 at 11:59 p.m.:

* A short COMIC one-act or a cutting from a longer comedy of 10 pages or less;
* A resume or bio highlighting your work as a dramatist;
* Your completed application, found here at:

Responses may be attached or copied and pasted into your email.

For further information, please visit www.WhiteRabbitProductions.org. Questions may be addressed to Sexcapades2017@hotmail.com.

The chosen team will be announced on or before November 3.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

EST Marathon of One Act Plays

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EST has presented the Marathon, its celebrated festival of new one-act plays, for over 30 years. It is the longest-running, most celebrated one-act play festival in the country. Playwrights presented include David Auburn*, Leslie Ayvazian*, Horton Foote*, Tina Howe*, Shirley Lauro*, Romulus Linney*, David Mamet*, Cassandra Medley*, Jacquelyn Reingold*, José Rivera*, Cori Thomas,* and John Patrick Shanley*, among many others.

The marathon is now presented every other season.


Submissions for the 2017 Marathon of One Act Plays will be accepted from September 1, 2016 through October 15, 2016. Non-member playwrights may submit a single script, no longer than 40 pages, which has not been reviewed in New York. We prefer email submissions, which can be sent to literary@ensemblestudiotheatre.org. Please include your name and contact information in the body of your email but send the script without identifying information.

Ten Minute Plays Wanted for Festival

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Between Us Productions is seeking 10 minute plays for its fifth annual Take Ten Festival running April 3-9, 2017. Though this is a self-producing festival, Between Us Productions will provide the performance space, a tech time, a sound and board op, and general festival marketing. The winner willbe awarded monetary and production prizes. There is no application fee, but there is a participation fee of $150. Email submissions to betweenusproductions@gmail.com

Last submission date is Saturday, October 15, 2016

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Rover Dramawerks 10-Minute Play Contest

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Rover Dramawerks announces our third annual 10-Minute Play Contest! We are seeking 10-minute comedies or farces to be a part of our Seventeenth Season.
  • Submissions will be accepted from September 20 to October 20.
  • Only the first 300 10-minute plays will be accepted.
  • No musicals.
  • Plays may have been produced previously but not in the DFW Metroplex.
  • Plays may not be published.
  • Playwrights may submit only one 10-minute play. Additional plays submitted by a single person will result in disqualification.
  • A cast list and brief synopsis must be included.
  • Only PDF files will be accepted.
  • Name and contact info must not appear anywhere on the script (i.e. this is a blind submission process). 
  • Submissions will ONLY be accepted using the form provided: https://form.jotform.com/62550556608156
  • There is no fee.

Five to eight plays will be chosen to be a part of Rover’s 10-Minute Play Festival, July 20-29, 2017, with all winners receiving a $50 prize. The audience will also vote on the “Best of the Fest,” and that overall winner will receive an additional $100.

Rover Dramawerks performs in a reconfigurable black box theatre that seats 80-120. Please take this into consideration when presenting your work to us for consideration. We recommend that you check out our website at www.roverdramawerks.com to see the types of plays we generally produce.

Please note: The judges reserve the right not to award prizes or productions if they feel the caliber of plays received does not warrant a winner.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Discount tickets: COMMUNION

On stage at Urban Stages is the American premiere of COMMUNION written and directed by OBIE, GLADD and Governor General's award-winning playwright Daniel MacIvor.

A shrink, an Alcoholic and an Evangelical. Three Women. Three Lives in Flux.

The distance between recovering alcoholic Leda and her Born-Again daughter is filled with silence, anger and humor. Upon the advice of a therapist dealing with her own host of troubles, Leda tries to bridge that distance and prepare her daughter for the calamity just ahead.

Communion explores the dark places of relations and what is needed to repair a familial bond under the pressures of religion, recovery and a ticking clock. It asks whether or not some bonds are too damaged to mend.

With code NYCP get $15 tickets and a free glass of wine (this offer is limited and will end once it has reached its cap of 40)

http://urbanstages.org/communion for more information and tickets.

Onion Man Productions seeks ten-minute plays

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Onion Man Productions is accepting submission for its 2017 Summer Harvest collection of 10-minute plays. The shows will be staged at Onion Man’s theatre space in Chamblee, GA in June of 2017.

The deadline for submissions is October 31st, 2016.
  • Maximum of 2 plays per playwright
  • It should be a 10 minute play
  • Must be an original work with no prior production
  • Submissions are open to any writer although Georgia and southeastern playwrights will receive preference.
All submitted plays must be written to the following set requirements:
Either a boardroom or a breakroom.

If written for a boardroom, there will probably be some representation of a large table with chairs looking out toward the audience.
If written to the breakroom, there will probably be two to three small tables with chairs.

Some suggestions for a submitted play:
Smaller casts (prefer 2-3, 4-5 max), simple staging, strong choices (bold is good), address the question of “why this day?” What is unique about the day the play takes place? Also, the characters need to impact on each other in such a way that will require change (or possibility of change), and characters should “do” in order to reveal their motives, not just talk.

Plays should be submitted in a PDF format without name or contact information for the writer on the script. Please place the writer’s name and contact information in the text of the email or on a separate cover page. Scripts should be emailed to jpbeck99@gmail.com

2017 Van Lier New Voices Fellowship

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The Van Lier New Voices Fellowship program is a critical component in The Lark’s acclaimed portfolio of fellowships, which includes the PoNY and Jerome New York programs. The portfolio is designed to engage a diverse community of extraordinary playwrights—at various places in their careers—who represent, collectively, a contemporary national vision. The Lark believes that targeted support to early-career playwrights from underrepresented backgrounds is essential to a culture of equity, access and inclusion, and a national theater that represents the vibrancy of our collective cultural voices. Van Lier New Voices Fellows will be in residence at The Lark as part of a community of artists at various career levels from across the country and around the world, gathered to explore and illuminate the most important issues of our time.


The Lark is accepting applications for the second round of its Van Lier New Voices Fellowship program, supported by The New York Community Trust’s Edward and Sally Van Lier Fund.

The Van Lier New Voices Fellowship supports playwrights of color under 30 who demonstrate financial need. During a year-long residency, Fellows will work on multiple artistic projects through an individually-tailored program of Lark play development programs, and form relationships with other theatermakers at various career stages from all parts of the world. The Fellowship includes a cash award of $15,000, plus a $3,000 health insurance allowance, along with access to a wide range of Lark resources, including artistic program participation, financial literacy workshops, office and rehearsal space and staff support.

In the 2017 cycle, the Lark will award two Fellowships.

Applications will be accepted from August 15 to October 31, 2016. Selected fellows will be notified in early December 2016.

The 2017 Fellowship period begins January 1, 2017 and ends December 31, 2017.


Fellows will:
  • Work with Lark staff to identify individual artistic goals for the fellowship year, toward generating and developing new plays through a series of Lark programs appropriate to those goals;
  • Meet, collaborate, engage and work with a community of other professionals in the field, including playwrights, directors, actors, agents, producers and other industry leaders as appropriate;
  • Participate in and/or observe a variety of Lark’s play development processes, whether on or offsite, including retreats, workshops, readings, etc.;
  • Receive support for the advancement and advocacy of work generated during the Fellowship year, along with continued access to Lark development programs beyond the fellowship period.


Fellows will receive:
$15,000 fellowship stipend
$3,000 health insurance stipend

Please note that the fellows will receive a Form 1099 for the 2017 calendar year and be responsible for their own taxes. Both stipends are taxable.

Fellowship applicants must:
  • Be legal residents of New York City;
  • Identify as playwrights of color under the age of 30 at the time of application;
  • Not be enrolled in a college, conservatory or advanced training program during the fellowship period;
  • Not be a previous recipient of a Van Lier fellowship at The Lark or any other organization;
  • Demonstrate financial need; and
  • Make a case for how the Fellowship and participation in The Lark’s community would promote transformative artistic and professional growth.


Please submit:
  • A cover sheet, including your name, address, date of birth, phone number, and email address.
  • A current artistic resume, along with one personal or professional reference (listing the referee’s title or institutional affiliation, along with their phone number and email address). Referrer may be an artistic collaborator, professor, or educator familiar with you and your work;
  • A one-page Artistic Statement that describes (1) where you feel you are in your creative and professional life; (2) career goals; (3) a proposed strategy for using the Fellowship’s resources towards those goals;
  • A one-page Description of Financial Need, describing current income, expenses, and any outstanding financial commitments (such as student loans or other debt), including a statement on how the fellowship stipend might be used and why it would be transformative.
  • A ten (10) page sample of recent work that best represents you as a playwright (Sample may be an excerpt or self-contained 10-minute play). Finalists will be asked to submit a recent full-length play as additional support material.

Finalists will be notified in November. Selected fellows will be announced in December.

Applications may be emailed in MS Word or PDF to VanLierNewVoices@larktheatre.org.

Electronic submissions are encouraged. Mailed submissions can be sent to: The Lark, Attention: Van Lier New Voices Fellowship, 311 W. 43rd Street, Suite 406, New York, NY 10036. Applications are due October 31, 2016.

Acadia Theatre MiniFest

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MiniFest is a week-long festival of one-act plays featuring limited cast sizes and scenographic demands. Every year hundreds of plays from around the world are submitted for juried evaluation. A Play Reading Committee creates a short list which is then submitted to an Executive Committee that selects four to six plays for an actor-centered staging by members of the Acadia Theatre Company.

Submission Deadline: September 30, 2016
  • Anyone may submit up to two original scripts, provided that neither has been professionally performed.
  • All script submissions must be in WORD format and be accompanied by a completed electronic application.
  • Scripts will be chosen for their dramatic quality, but also for their suitability for staging by students in our Theatre program. Scripts with limited number of characters and modest production requirements will be preferred. Running times should not exceed 30 minutes.
  • Minifest may present as many as eight plays over three consecutive nights. Each may may be presented as many as three times.
  • No recording of performances will be permitted.
  • Successful playwrights will not be offered royalties.
  • Late submissions will not be accepted.
  • All scripts must be submitted electronically in Word format. No other formats will be accepted.
  • Each playwright may submit only two (2) plays for the competition.
  • The Covering Page of each script should include:
  • the title of the play
  • the playwright's name
  • contact information for the playwright (address, telephone number & email address)
  • All subsequent pages should be numbered and should include the play's title in a running header or footer. As the jury process is anonymouse, plase do NOT include the playwright's name on these pages.
  • Please ensure that all document editing features are unlocked in order to enable removal or manipulation of pages for jury and production purposes. No changes to scripts proper will be made.
Click here to begin your application and submit your script.

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Babes with Blades: Joining Sword & Pen

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JS&P 2017-18 Submission Guidelines

The winner of Joining Sword & Pen 2017-18 will receive the Margaret W. Martin Award:
  • The winning script will be workshopped through Fighting Words in 2017.
  • The winning script will be produced as part of Babes With Blades’ 2018-19 Season.
  • The winning playwright will receive a $1000 cash prize.

U.S. and International submissions accepted.

In order for their scripts to be considered, playwrights must observe and adhere to ALL of the following SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS.

1. Please email your submission in a PDF file to Delia Ford:

IMPORTANT: This will be a BLIND SUBMISSION PROCESS. Your email submission should contain two separate attachments:
a) Your cover page. INCLUDE the play’s title, playwright’s name, and full contact information (name, phone numbers, email, mailing address). 
b) Your script. INCLUDE a list of characters, and the page number where the contest’s image is incorporated. DO NOT INCLUDE ANY contact information, of any kind, in the body of your script. An author’s identity will only be revealed to the ensemble once a selection has been made.

2. Submissions are due NO LATER than March 9, 2017. By submitting a script, you are agreeing to adhere to the deadlines on the workshop and production schedule.

3. All submissions must be new, original works, inspired by the artwork that is the focus of the contest. Previously written, workshopped, published or performed submissions will not be considered and we will not contact you. Please do not insert the contest image into an existing script.

4. The moment depicted in the inspirational image must be physically dramatized/incorporated into the play. We want to (literally) perform that moment on stage. Please include the page number of your script where the contest’s image is depicted in your submission email.

Please note: the models in the inspirational images are intended as prompts, to provide an emotional starting point for your reference. You are NOT required to incorporate those specific people, body types, races, ages, etc. into your script – rather, take the moment depicted and make it your own.

5. Only FULL LENGTH submissions will be accepted: at least 60 pages (75-120 minutes) in length. Do not send incomplete submissions, excerpts, or a synopsis. They will be rejected.

6. Please include a list of characters. Both all-female and mixed-gender casts will be considered, but women must be in most/all of the primary roles, and women must be featured in most/all of the combat.

7. Scripts submitted will be considered the original creations of the authors, not Works for Hire. The author will retain all copyright rights and privileges granted thereto. If a winning script is subsequently published, we ask authors to note “Babes With Blades Theatre Company” as the original producing company.

8. Please let us know in your submission email where you heard about JS&P.

Additional Considerations

1. Physical conflict is a big part of what we do, so the inclusion of fights is important as long as they serve the story and the characters. Quantity is not key – quality is.

2. We typically perform in black box theatres on limited budgets, so less is often more. Scripts that require fewer than 12 actors and uncomplicated/limited scenery tend to work best for us.

3. Please take a few moments to peruse our website to familiarize yourself with the
mission and direction of our company, our acting ensemble, and our past shows, including previous JS&P winners.

Still have questions?

1. Try visiting our FAQ for more information.

2. Please email Delia: swordandpen@babeswithblades.org

SPOOKTACULAR seeks ten-minute plays

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Dear Friend in the Theatre,

Whether you've thought about doing a short play in New York but have never tried, or if you're a regular at such events around town, please give a thought to producing a show in MITF:Fall's Short Play Lab. Not only do you rub shoulders with your fellow short-play playwrights, but you get to showcase your work to people you don't know yet. The rules for submitting to the Short Play Lab are easy-peasy:
  • Deadline is October 15. We would love to see Halloween-themed plays, but all plays that fit the criteria listed below will be considered. Notification will be soon after submission, depending on number of submissions. The sooner you get your script in, the more time you have to prepare. Get that script in pronto!
  • Plays should be 1 - 10 pp. in standard playscript format.* (The shorter the better; shorter plays get priority.) Include a title page, as the first page of the script, with your contact info (only means of contact is by email). 
  • Submit scripts in a MS Word document or PDF file. 
  • You produce the play whether or not you live in New York. The SPL provides the theatre. This Lab will take place at The WorkShop Theater's Jewel Box Theater, 312 W.36th Street, NYC.
  • Productions must be non-union: no showcases please! (And no Equity waivers, either.)
  • Keep production values to a minimum: costumes and hand props are okay. We provide rehearsal cubes, chairs, and a table. You can't leave your stuff in the theatre overnight.
  • Scripts requiring the use of guns are not accepted. 
  • Lit cigarettes and herbal cigarettes are not permitted. E-cigarettes are fine.
  • We provide a board op, box office, and venue management.
  • There are no fees. The SPL keeps the door. 
  • Tickets are $20. Each playwright and director gets to watch his/her show for free. There are no other comps.
  • There will be a tech rehearsal in the daytime on Saturday, Oct 29. The production dates are Saturday, October 29 - Sunday, October 30.
  • Every play gets 2 performances, 1 on Sat. and 1 on Sun. Each play will be part of 1 of 2 programs: Program A or Program B, but not both. Program A takes place at 7 pm Sat. and 4 pm Sun. Program B takes place at 9 pm Sat. and 2 pm Sun. 
  • We don't do staged readings. Be off-book, please! Plays not off-book during tech will be removed from the line-up. 
  • THE MOST POPULAR PRODUCTION IN EACH PROGRAM RECEIVES A CASH PRIZE OF $75. Winners are determined by polling patrons after the performance. Playwrights, directors, and cast cannot vote for their own play. We reserve the right to break ties.
*12 pt Times Roman; character names in the middle on their own line; line spaces between speeches and between speeches and stage directions; indented stage directions.

The SPL is a lot of fun and a good way to see your work on its feet in a supportive environment. It's also a great way to see actors and directors at work, so you can recruit people for later productions.

To submit a script, send it as an attachment, in a Word document or PDF file, to john.chatterton@gmail.com. Any questions, don't hesitate to shoot me an E-mail!

John Chatterton
Executive producer, Short Play Lab

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Episcopal High School Seeks Musical Theatre Submissions

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The theatre department at Episcopal High School in Alexandria, VA is considering producing a new work for their late winter musical.

Submissions are welcome from musical theatre writers across the country. Royalties, as well as travel/room/board to see production, are provided.

There are no content requirements, but writer(s) must be willing to work with production team to address any language/situational issues.

Shows must:
1) Be full length.
2) Fit a cast of 25+.
3) Be completed (no partial scripts/scores)
4) Have full (or nearly full) demo tracks.

Submissions are welcome through Monday, October 17th.

Email only: wdp@episcopalhighschool.org

*Please note that there are no guarantees that any submission will be used.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Native Voices seeks full-length plays

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Deadline: October 21, 2016

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

Native Voices is currently accepting submissions of full-length plays (60+ pages) by Native American writers addressing all themes and topics.

2017 Playwrights Retreat and Festival of New Plays

The retreat and festival brings artists to Los Angeles to work on 3–5 plays through a rigorous directorial and dramaturgical commitment for 8–10 days in May/June. The retreat culminates in public presentations of the plays at the Autry Museum of the American West in Los Angeles and La Jolla Playhouse in San Diego. Selected playwrights receive directorial and dramaturgical support as well as an honorarium; out-of-town artists receive roundtrip airfare plus lodging in Southern California.

Selection Process: Full-length plays (60+ pages) received by October 21, 2016 will be read and evaluated. A select number of playwrights will be invited to submit formal proposals detailing their developmental goals should their play be chosen for the short list. Scripts will then be sent to a committee of nationally recognized theatre artists for further evaluation. With their help, Native Voices selects up to five plays for the Playwrights Retreat and Festival of New Plays. Playwrights will be notified in January 2017.

A Note About the Native Voices Distance Dramaturgy Process

Months prior to residencies at the Playwrights Retreat and Festival of New Plays, selected playwrights participate in dramaturgical conversations with an assigned director and dramaturg. Workshops with these creative teams and a cast of professional actors commence once the playwright arrives on-site. It is important to note that these conversations and workshops are playwright driven, allowing the writer to shape his/her own developmental path. Selected playwrights should be prepared to dedicate adequate time to this process prior to arriving on-site.
Checklist for All Submissions

Please label script attachment as follows: PlayTitle_Author’s Last Name, First Initial (Example: MyNewPlay_Doe, J.doc).

All submissions must conform to a standard play-script format (one-inch margins, #12 Times or Courier font, all pages numbered).

Include a title page with full contact information (mailing address, phone numbers, e-mail address) and a draft or revision date.

Include a character breakdown at the beginning of your script.

Provide a biography of 75–100 words. Please label attachment as follows: Bio_Author’s Last Name, First Initial (Example: Bio_Doe, J.doc).

Provide a press ready photo of at least 300dpi. Please label attachment as follows: Photo_Author’s Last Name, First Initial (Example: Photo_Doe, J.doc).

Provide development history for the play. Label attachment as follows: DevHistory_PlayTitle_Author’s Last Name, First Initial (Example: DevHistory_MyNewPlay_Doe, J.doc).

To submit, fill out our online form and upload your submission materials here: Native Voices Script Submission Form

Please do not send treatments or outlines. Previously submitted plays should only be resubmitted if the play has undergone significant dramatic changes. Plays that are not selected are kept on file for consideration for future opportunities. Playwrights are encouraged to make multiple submissions (up to three per event), but selection will be limited to only one play per playwright, per event.

Where to Send Submissions
We now only accept electronic submission (in Word or PDF format).

To submit, fill out our online form and upload your materials here: Native Voices Script Submission Form

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

FIRST FLIGHT New Play Festival

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The FIRST FLIGHT New Play Festival is one of the premiere new play development festivals in Indie Theatre. Each play selected to participate in the festival received 6 hours of rehearsal time over the course of one week, culminating in a public reading of the play for a supportive audience.

The upcoming Open Submission Season for the 2017 First Flight Festival begins Wednesday September 15th, 2016 and closes Saturday October 15th, 2016 at 11:59 PM EST

Boomerang only accepts electronic submissions. No hard copy submissions will be considered.

Please submit your resume, a synopsis of your play, and a 10 page sample of the play. Note: this does not have to be the first 10 pages; merely the 10 pages that best represent the play and your writing.

Please Note:

1) FIRST FLIGHT develops only new full length plays--comedies or dramas, adaptations or wholly original--that speak to the current cultural and historical moment in time.

2) We are especially interested in theatrical use of language and style.

3) Plays are not limited to cast size, period or setting.

4) We do not accept musicals, nor do we accept one act plays less than 60 minutes.

Please submit materials and questions to: Literary@boomerangtheatre.org

2017 Jewish Plays Project Season

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Artists can submit projects to be for considered for the Jewish Playwriting Contest, our competition for full-length plays dealing with contemporary Jewish themes; for OPEN: Festival of New Jewish Theater at the 14th Street Y; and other developmental and advocacy opportunities as they arise.

To date, the JPP has advanced 34 new plays, 18 of which have gone on to production in New York, Boston, London, Detroit, Tel Aviv and around the US (see www.jewishplaysproject.org/success for more). Together with the OPEN Festival, the JPP has featured some of the country’s most exciting next-generation artists (Yehuda Hyman, Daniella Topol, Robert Askins, Brooke Berman, Sarah Gancher, MJ Kaufman, Irene Sankoff and David Hein, Lauren Feldman, Jonathan Caren, Marc Bruni, Resident Director Benjamin Kamine, and tons of others).

IMPORTANT NOTE: SUBMISSIONS ARE OPEN TO ARTISTS OF ALL BACKGROUNDS, DENOMINATIONS, FAITHS, CREEDS, RELIGIONS and other IDEALS. We believe that Jewish identity and culture are specific manifestations of universal human cravings for spiritual, ethical, moral and worldly joy. “Matrilineal descent” is neither important nor necessary.

CONTENT PREFERENCES: The JPP seeks plays that find the intersection between Jewish identity and global self.

We want to look at the places where Jewish ideas, traditions, stories, myths, culture (and yes, religion) impact, inform, and hopefully improve our lives.

While we value history, we will always lean toward plays that tackle vibrant strands of today’s world: social justice, economic justice, diversity, strong women in Jewish life, LGBTQ inclusion, new perspectives on Israel, environmentalism, and interfaith relations.

Be bold. Think differently about what Jewish theater can be. Strive for epic size and impact. Embrace the emotional, mystical, the theatrical. Tackle the challenging, the controversial, the provocative. We are unafraid to walk these roads with you.

SUBMISSION: Entries are due by October 15, 2016 at 11:59 pm. Each submitting playwright must fill out the Project Application form (www.jewishplaysproject.org/submit). Playwrights will upload their play to the form as a PDF with their name removed (all plays are reviewed blind). There is no fee to submit, but there is a one (1) submission per person rule.

ELIGIBILITY: Full-length plays that deal with contemporary Jewish themes that have never been produced in New York City. The following must be true of a submitted play:

1. It contains significant Jewish themes, characters, content, or points of view.

2. It is not a Holocaust play (stories that deal directly with the history of the Shoah, its survivors and their children, or the World War II period more generally).

3. It does NOT fall into the beloved category of "ethnically stereotypical comedy" (No 'Yiddishemammeh" plays, no "My Afternoon With Bubbe", no "Jewtopia")

4. It is in English. (We welcome translations).

5. It runs at least 75 minutes.

6. It has not had a full production in the NY Metro region, or a major regional theater (LORT C or above).


Every submitted play is reviewed by members of our staff or our 50-member Artist Panel.

Plays submitted to the 6th Annual Jewish Playwriting Contest: The Contest strives to engage a broad audience in a discussion of what new Jewish theater should be; more than 500 people in as many as 10 cities will take part in the process. (learn more here: www.jewishplaysproject.org/jpc).

The Top 10 Finalists will be announced in December, 2016. These Top 10 plays will receive industry and community advocacy through a series of Playwriting Contest Events around the country. At each event, 20-minute sections of 3 of the plays will be read and voted on by taste-making audiences. Plays will be assigned points based on the selection results. At the conclusion of the Contest period, the play with the most points at the end of the Contest period (which ends on Pesach – April 11, 2017), will be crowned the winner.

The winning play will receive a workshop production as part of the JPP’s 6th OPEN Festival of new Jewish Theater at the 14th Street Y in June of 2017, including artist travel to New York.

Plays Submitted to OPEN and Other Programs: Senior JPP artistic staff and advisors will review non-Contest project submissions, submissions by agents and managers, and work by recent alumni of major graduate writing programs for consideration for other developmental opportunities, including:

OPEN: Festival of New Jewish Theater at the 14th Street Y

A limited number of projects, subject to available resources will appear in OPEN along with the Contest Winner.

Renegade Reading Series: a periodic, as-needed in-house reading series for plays that spark the JPP’s interest.

DEVELOPMENT PROCESS: The JPP specializes in what we call Jewish Dramaturgy. We base our exploration of the theatrical needs of a play around the central issue of its Jewish content and ideas, continuing to ask the question

“What is the Jewish here?” When possible, we will bring prominent Jewish thought leaders (clergy, scholars, professionals and artists) into the room to join the development process, and extend the Jewish learning. This specific intentionality is what distinguishes the JPP from other high-level new play development houses.

MUSICALS: Because of its format, musicals cannot be directly entered into the Contest, but we are eager to survey the field, and to provide development opportunities in the future. We invite you to submit your musical and select the “Non-Contest Submission” tag. We will contact you when and if future opportunities arise.

REPEAT SUBMISSIONS: Plays that were submitted to the 2012-2016 Contests ARE eligible (with the exception of the previous year’s winners). We operate on the principle of “passionate advocacy” developed by the Lark – if your play hits the right chord with the right reader, it can go far. Give us a chance to be passionate advocates for your play.

ABOUT THE JEWISH PLAYS PROJECT: The Jewish Plays Project puts bold, progressive Jewish conversations on world stages. The JPP’s innovative and competitive development vehicle invests emerging artists in their Jewish identity; engages Jewish communities in the vetting, selecting and championing of new voices; and secures mainstream production opportunities for the best new plays. 


David Winitsky, Artistic Director

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Open Call: New Plays from the World

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Milano Playwriting Festival and its producer It’s Time Produzioni Srls are looking for new plays from across the globe. The selected plays will be presented as reading/mise en espace/staging during Milano Playwriting Festival, March 31 – April 2, 2017. If an agreement between the parts is reached, It’s Time Produzioni Srls will also act as literary agent by presenting the plays to Italian and foreign artistic directors / producers.

The submitted play needs to be recently written and possibly never staged before. We are not interested in monologues. There are no script-length, subject or playwright’s age limits.

All applications need to be sent to : info@milanoplaywritingfestival.it with the following subject: “New Play World 2017 – Playwright’s Surname and Name – Play’s Title” (example: “New Play World 2017 – Smith John – The game ”).

The email needs to have attached:
The full play.
  • Logline: 6 lines maximum that summarise the core of the story and highlight its originality.
  • The playwright’s phone number.
  • The playwright’s CV
  • If the play has already received or will received before April 2017 a reading/mise en espace/staging, please let us know where and when.
Deadline to send the play: 9th of October 2017
An answer will be given once the material has been received. In case of interest we will get back to you by the 9th of November 2016.

We take extremely seriously copyright issues: the material received will only be read by Milano Playwriting Festival’s artistic director and not shared with anyone else without the prior consent of the author or his legal representative.

The files (play, information required and CV) need to be sent in English, Italian or French language. Italian playwrights that has already submitted a play for the previous 2017 Open Call (see here) don’t need to send the play twice.

For further information about Milano Playwriting Festival please visit: http://www.milanoplaywritingfestival.it/en/ For all other enquiries please contact us at: info@milanoplaywritingfestival.it

Monday, October 3, 2016

Discount Tickets: SWEET

Dr. Barbara Ann Teer's National Black Theatre

Written by Harrison David Rivers 

Directed by Raelle Myrick-Hodges
Limited engagement October 19th thru November 20th

National Black Theatre Inc., 2031 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10035
Retha and Nina Baker have always been close—folding laundry together, chasing fireflies together, and enduring the summer heat together. But when their mother dies unexpectedly and their neighbor, George, returns home from college, the sisters’ relationship begins to fray and long-held desires threaten to tear them apart. Set on the outskirts of an all-black town in rural Kansas, SWEET is a coming of age story about the sacrifices we make to hold on to the ones we love.
ALL PREVIEWS: $20 tickets from October 19th – 21st (no code required)
Special Offer:
$25 (reg. $35) – October 23rd thru November 13th 


ONLINE: Visit Nationalblacktheatre.org and use code RISE
PHONE: Call 212-352-3101 and mention code RISE

Restrictions: 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.  Code not valid November 14th through November 20th.  
Groups of 15 or more: $15 tickets
Schedule & pricing may change at any time.  Not available during previews (Oct 19 – Oct 21) or on Opening Night (October 22nd at 7:30PM). Group pricing for the final week of performances (November 14th – November 20th) must be purchased by November 1st.  After this point, regular price resumes for that week regardless of ticket quantity.  Submit order by fax to (212) 860-8004 or email your request to denzel@nationalblacktheatre.org 

Link for Ovationtix.com: https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/962620/prm/Rise

MiniFest seeks one-act plays

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MiniFest is a week-long festival of one-act plays featuring limited cast sizes and scenographic demands. Every year hundreds of plays from around the world are submitted for juried evaluation. A Play Reading Committee creates a short list which is then submitted to an Executive Committee that selects four to six plays for an actor-centered staging by members of the Acadia Theatre Company.
New Submission 

Deadline: October 15, 2016
Rules and Guidelines
  • Anyone may submit up to two original scripts, provided that neither has been professionally performed.
  • All script submissions must be in WORD format and be accompanied by a completed electronic application.
  • Scripts will be chosen for their dramatic quality, but also for their suitability for staging by students in our Theatre program. Scripts with limited number of characters and modest production requirements will be preferred. Running times should not exceed 30 minutes.
  • Minifest may present as many as eight plays over three consecutive nights. Each may may be presented as many as three times.
  • No recording of performances will be permitted.
  • Successful playwrights will not be offered royalties.
  • Late submissions will not be accepted.
  • All scripts must be submitted electronically in Word format. No other formats will be accepted.
  • Each playwright may submit only two (2) plays for the competition.
  • The Covering Page of each script should include:
  • the title of the play
  • the playwright's name
  • contact information for the playwright (address, telephone number & email address)
  • All subsequent pages should be numbered and should include the play's title in a running header or footer. As the jury process is anonymouse, plase do NOT include the playwright's name on these pages.
  • Please ensure that all document editing features are unlocked in order to enable removal or manipulation of pages for jury and production purposes. No changes to scripts proper will be made.

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