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Sunday, December 16, 2018

SITTING SHOTGUN seeks proposal submissions for the Spring 2019 Mainstage Season

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The Spring Season will take place February - May 2019

Qualifying proposals must be:

-full length performance based projects of any discipline
-ready to be presented to an audience
-able to be produced on an indie budget (please see the link below for specifications about space)
-created by and with emergining artists
-prioritize and highlight intersectional and equitable theatre making
-based in NY and willing/able to travel to Brooklyn
-non union only

Exceptional candidates will:

-be able to attract and engage with an audience outside of our existing network
-engage with innovative methods of performance making
-present new and bold ideas, seeking to investigate uncharted territory in the current world of theatre-making

Submissions are due December 21st by 11:59pm. 

There is NO FEE to submit.

Please see www.sitting-shotgun.com/submit for more information. You can also see the work we have previously produced at www.sitting-shotgun.com/archive.

Please note - submissions for shorts are not accepted at this time. Sign up for our mailing list at www.sitting-shotgun.com to stay tuned for information about a festival of short work coming Summer 2019.

SITTING SHOTGUN is a theatre production company that aims to foster a diverse community of emerging artists, prioritizing equitable and intersectional theatre-making. With the intention of making space for artists to collaborate, create, share their practice, and expand their network, Sitting Shotgun seeks to fill a void in the emerging artist community, providing support and affordable opportunities for artists to pursue their craft and produce new work.

Saturday, December 15, 2018

McFarland & Company seeks English-language plays

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Seeking: “First-Person” plays of any length and genre for publication in an upcoming anthology exploring the intersection of Disability and the Performing Arts

Submission timeline: Friday, September 14, 2018 – Friday, December 28, 2018

Overview: This first-of-its-kind critical anthology, to be published by McFarland & Company and slated for a 2020 release, seeks English-language plays (or English-language translations) that explore the realities of being both a performing artist and a person who identifies as—or is seen by others as—disabled. The collection focuses on the labor, the perceptions, the economics, the expectations, and the creative expression inherent in working in the performing arts, and the ways in which disability—in its many forms and faces—interacts, interrupts, and/or transforms those aspects, whether in pragmatic concerns, battling the charitable and freakshow models, or simply attempting to create ones art within a disability context. In addition to encouraging diversity in content, style, structure, and point of view, we are looking for plays that share the following commonalities:

• Scripts told in the “first person” – i.e., they feature one or more characters that speak directly to the audience in a seemingly autobiographical fashion. This may be a one-person show (as in I Am My Own Wife, Black N Blue Boys, etc.) or a show with a larger cast (as in Wit, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, etc.). These “autobiographical” characters can either be fictionalized (as with Wit and Hedwig), true representations of the playwright’s lived experiences (as with Sherry Jo Ward’s Stiff or Neil Marcus’s Storm Reading), or somewhere in-between. The possibilities include everything from “TED talk”-style solo works to ensemble-devised post-dramatic explorations to meta-theatrical treatments of Richard III. Authors are encouraged to submit boldly!

• In addition to having experience in the performing arts, playwright(s) should be one of the following:
(1.) someone who self-identifies as Disabled (under any model of the word)
(2.) someone who belongs to a group/demographic that is often deemed disabled by society/the medical community, whether they accept that term or not (example: those who identify Deafness as cultural rather than medical, etc.)
(3.) In some cases, “Disability-adjacent” playwrights (i.e., playwrights who have an immediate family member/loved one who is disabled, who have served as a caretaker, aid, or assistant for someone with a disability, etc.) may be considered, however, their submission must be specifically from that point of view, and not attempt to “wear” disability themselves.

• “Disability,” for the purposes of this project, is an intentionally broad term. It includes “impairments” and “disorders” (whether physical, emotional, or cognitive, and whether the term is adopted by the person in question, their doctor, or society); alternative limbs; neurodiversity; disfigurement, life-threatening illness, etc., as well as chronic pain, prescription medication addiction, and other related situations that often carry medical and social stigma. Considerations of medical, social, labor, and/or any other models of disability are welcome into the submissions process.

• “Performing Arts” has also been intentionally left as a very broad term. Though the collection currently focuses on traditional stage theatre, authors with other ideas are encouraged to get in touch.
Other important information:

• Plays which explore intersectional aspects of disability and performance, including race, gender identity, economics, sexuality, religion, citizenship, age, etc., are especially encouraged.

• Playwrights whose plays are selected for inclusion will be asked to grant limited, non-exclusive rights to the editor and publisher, restricted to the singular purpose of this anthology. The playwright will retain all rights to the play, both for performance and other publishing opportunities.

• Plays of any length and any genre, previously performed or not, are welcome. Musicals/plays with original songs are welcome for consideration if accompanied with either sheet music or audio recordings.

Please submit scripts in PDF to TheAccessibleStage@gmail.com.

The author’s name should *not* appear on the script. Instead, please include a separate PDF with a cover letter, all contact information, a brief biography, and—if applicable—any reviews/materials from past productions of the submitted play.

Accessibility note for users of screen-readers: the email address for submissions is The Accessible Stage at g mail dot com.

Friday, December 14, 2018

Discount tickets: FRANKENSTEIN

about the human need for love and companionship
including New Year's Eve
(no performance on Christmas Eve)

$39 discounted tickets are available at the box office, or through Telecharge calling (212) 239-6200, or at www.TelechargeOffers.com, using the code "ACT"(regularly $60)

FRANKENSTEIN, a new musical based on Mary Shelley's novel, with book, music and lyrics by Eric B. Sirota, is directed by Clint Hromsco. The production opened in 2017, and continues into 2019 on Mondays at 7:00 PM. 
(There is a performance on New Year's Eve, Monday, Dec. 31; However, no performance on Christmas Eve, Dec. 24.). 

FRANKENSTEIN, is a two-act sweeping, romantic musical about the human need for love and companionship. Published in 1818, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is entering its 201st year, and this musical honors its source material. Having lost his mother at a young age, Victor Frankenstein seeks to end human mortality and arrogantly enters territory beyond his control. While he enjoys unconditional love from Elizabeth, Victor grants none to his creation. For more info, please visit TheFrankensteinMusical.com

"soaring new score . . . a musical love letter . . . infused with enough emotion to send chills down the spine" – Local Theatre NY

“Frankenstein is alive! . . . it is a success of a show that should be considered something great in the realm of musical theater.” - BroadwayWorld

“Sirota…imbues his show with the serious philosophical underpinnings of Shelley’s original” -Off Off On Line

“an ambitious theater piece that is refreshingly buoyed up by its music … takes the audience by the ears” - Theater Scene

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Panglossian Productions seeking submissions for Weekend of Women

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Panglossian Productions is seeking submissions for our Weekend of Women on March 29-30, 2019.

We are looking for both full-length and 10-minute plays written by and featuring women.

Here is what you need to know:
- You may submit more than one play (as long as you feel that it is worthwhile, submit it)
- Cast size should range between 2-6 people
-You will be notified via email if your play is selected to be featured
- Submissions should be emailed in PDF format to wow@panglossian.org and contain the following information

1. Playwright name
2. Playwright contact information including email address
3. A brief statement about the playwright and the piece itself (be creative, but honest)

-If you have further questions, please email them to wow@panglossian.org

Why are we doing this?

According to our namesake, the dementedly optimistic Dr. Pangloss, “All is for the best in the best of all possible worlds.”

Most of the time, the world falls short.  As any young artist who decides to build a life in the performing arts discovers, it’s hard to get experience without already having it. It’s even harder to convince people to take a gamble on new works and innovative ideas, no matter how exciting they may be.

What’s safe is always… well… safe.  And that’s fine.  But safe things don’t ignite passion in us.  They don’t make us catch our breath or question how we live or want to go running into the streets to tell people what we’ve seen.  So, we choose projects that take risks and that are worth the risk.

We exist in order to boldly and thoughtfully create:

• Unpretentious productions that challenge our audience without patronizing them.
• Opportunities for talented and dedicated young artists to gain meaningful experience.
• Development of new, innovative, substantive, and semi-crazy artistic ventures.

Visit us online at panglossian.org or find Panglossian Productions on Facebook.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Athena Writes Fellowship

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Athena Theatre seeks submissions for their annual Playwriting Fellowship, Athena Writes. In addition to producing NYC premieres in venues including 59E59 Theaters and Theatre Row, Athena Theatre actively supports emerging playwrights with this fellowship. Athena Writes is an emerging playwrights’ group assembled for a one-year exploration of an open-ended theme.

Next year, we will be exploring “A Deafening Silence”. Athena Theatre is committed to supporting new work that pushes at the boundaries of live theatre. We especially encourage playwrights with an eye for diverse characters, strong points of view, and action-focused dialogue to apply.

As a part of Athena Writes, playwrights will meet twice a month on Wednesdays (or a day that works best for the group), beginning in mid-January 2019, for three hour sessions, to discuss the year’s theme, share new work and talk playwriting and the business of theatre. During the course of the year, each playwright will complete a short 10-minute play that will be produced at Athena’s yearly New Play Festival, currently scheduled for May 2019, at a NYC theatre. Before the end of the fellowship year, each playwright will also complete a full-length piece reflecting the year’s theme. The playwright group will be facilitated by an Athena Theatre Company resident dramaturge.

By applying to this fellowship, you acknowledge that you are able to make this time commitment to attend these sessions twice a month for the duration of 2019. Your attendance is instrumental for the development of your own work as well as support for your fellow playwrights. Other than cases of illness, an emergency or theatre related conflict, each playwright is permitted four absences per year, which must be approved by the Artistic Director in advance.

All playwrights will offer a ten-minute play for the play festival. Athena Theatre will provide the theater space and PR outreach; playwrights will be responsible for any specialty costumes, props or scenic items. The compilation of all ten-minute plays created in residence will be submitted for publication consideration.

At the end of the year, 10-minute excerpts from each full-length play will be presented as a staged reading at a NYC venue TBA.

The playwrights’ full-length plays will also be considered for full production by Athena Theatre in its next season. In addition, the next year’s playwright-in-residence will be chosen from this group of playwrights.

Those selected for the playwriting fellowship (limited to eight participating playwrights) will be asked for an admission fee of $300 to join Athena Writes 2019. This contribution goes directly to theatre rental, actor and crew stipends for the Evening of Ten-Minute Plays and the Year-End Staged Reading.


To be considered for Athena Writes 2019 Playwright Fellowship please submit the following by December 21st, 2018, to Founding Artistic Director, Veronique Ory, at: Veronique@AthenaTheatre.com:

-Cover Letter detailing your interest

-Full-length play, which highlights your style of writing


More information may be found at www.AthenaTheatre.com

January 14, 2019 – December 13, 2019

Monday, December 10, 2018

Discount tickets: GLORIA A LIFE

Buy Now and Save Over 25% 
$65 Orchestra Seats (reg. $89)

Use this Promo Code to access your offer: GLP65

GLORIA: A LIFE brings us a richly detailed tapestry about one of the most inspiring and remarkable women of our time. Five decades after Gloria Steinem began raising her voice for equality and championing those of others, her vision is as urgent as ever. Gloria's life's work and philosophy on the necessity of conversation as a catalyst for change offer us all a path forward in a way that only live theater can. The first act is her story; the second is our own. 

Written by EMILY MANN 
Directed by DIANE PAULUS 

CHRISTINE LAHTI as Gloria Steinem 


Green Stories seeks Stage Plays around building a sustainable society

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This competition is free to enter.
There will be prizes and routes to production.
Green Stories is in the UK

General Competition Information

We are looking for Stage Plays that in some way touch upon ideas around building a sustainable society. If you’d prefer to create your story in a different format, click here. We will consider all genres – rom-com, literary fiction, science fiction, mystery, crime etc. – but stories must engage with the idea of environmentally sustainable practices and/or sustainable societies.

Most stories set in the future are dystopian, meaning they have a pessimistic view of society. We will consider all stories, but we encourage you to imagine a more positive settings and practices for your stories. You can find out more about why we recommend positive stories by clicking here. Do feel free to draw upon the resources in this Green Stories website to write your story (found in the menu on the homepage. Each page provides links to articles/videos that describe the ideas and also ideas for how such ideas may be integrated into stories.

The story doesn’t have to be about sustainability or climate change directly. A rom-com, for example, could be set in a society that replaces ownership with borrowing and the heroine goes to a clothes library to pick up a posh dress and borrow jewellery for her big date; or the hero in a crime drama could use a carbon credit card and hear the news in the background reporting on the wellbeing index instead of GDP; or the characters in a legal drama could live in a city where everyone has gardens on their roofs and generates energy from their own waste.

Our short story competition (deadline April 2018) has resulted in an anthology of the 20 best stories called ‘Resurrection Trust’  which will be published 20th March 2019 and available on Amazon. This may well provide some inspiration.

Stage Play Guidelines

Deadline: 30th June 2019

Length: min 1 hour 15 minutes max 2 hours (typically 60-80 pages)

Prizes: £750: 1st prize £500, 2nd prize £100, third prize £50 plus £50 for best student submission (18-25 years) and £50 for best < 18 year submission.

Staging of winning play: Live Your Values production company have said they will read all top-rated scripts with a view to putting on a production in 2020 with a community based theatre group.

Writing workshop: 19/20 Jan 2019. This may be helpful – register here

Full Guidelines

  1. The competition is open to all nationalities, but plays must be written in English and unpublished for the duration of the competition.
  2. Green Stories competitions aim to increase positive views of the future. All plays must contain ideas that solve the environmental, social or economic challenges our world faces today; or be in a world that has moved past environmental damage and extreme economic inequality.
  3. Plays must be written for the stage for more than one actor with a running time of 70  – 120 minutes. (full length)
  4. By entering the competition, the writer affirms that their entry is original, and they have sole rights to all matters contained within the play.
  5. The authors name and contact details must be removed from all pages of the script. All pages to be numbered.
  6. The first page of each script should include a completed play synopsis of no more than 200 words, a list of characters, a description of setting.
  7. The organisers will not accept responsibility for the loss of scripts in transit.
  8. The judge’s decision is final and no correspondence concerning the results will be entered into.
Play submissions that do not comply with all competition rules will be read in their entirety but may be discounted from the competition without notification to the writer.

The closing date for all entries is 30th June 2019.


  1. Live Your Values Ltd will consider all scripts for production in a community theatre with volunteer performers.
  2. If a winning script is produced by the Live Your Values Ltd, the prize money will replace royalties for a three-night run.
  3. Judges will consider:
  • Entertainment – is the audience’s attention captured and held?
  • Characters – distinctive characters people can identify with, so they care what happens to them.
  • Message – a clear idea for the future that the audience is likely to understand.

Sunday, December 9, 2018

DYSPLA residency in London

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DYSPLA are looking for 3 storymakers that are keen to write a script for screen or stage. We have three residences available on our 12-month program (part-time) and will offer full development and support during the whole process.  DEADLINE - 16th December 2018 

The residency will be tailored to each resident and will take place in London throughout 2019. Along with Surgery Scripts sessions, dramaturgy, a rehearsed reading and mentoring, DYSPLA will provide travel subsidy for anyone outside of London, desk space and rehearsal rooms.

Surgery Scripts (SS) sessions,
A professional rehearsed reading
Industry mentoring
1 full script SS rehearsal
Dramaturgy sessions
2 hrs a week story development and production advice
Script notes from some of our SS Directors Pool of over 130 directors
Travel & subsistence, desk/rehearsal space
Access to our industry database and networking support;
Online marketing thoughout 2019

Saturday, December 8, 2018

St. Paul’s Arts Council 2019 Short Play Festival

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The St. Paul’s Arts Council is showcasing original, never before produced short plays in a Short Play Festival, February 24, 2019. Plays are to be in one of two categories: 2-Minute and 10-Minute plays.
The theme for this year’s festival is “Coming Together: Healing Our Divisions.” Topics may include such issues as racial, cultural, and economic divisions. The goal of the festival is to provide positive and encouraging ways to bridge our differences and bring us together.

Plays selected to be a part of the 2019 Short Play Festival will receive rehearsals with professional quality actors and directors, then presented in a staged reading for our audience.


We are looking for original works which have not been published and have not had a full premiere production. Plays are to be either two minutes or ten minutes in length. We are not accepting musicals and the cast shall be limited to six.


Submitted plays should address the thematic guidelines as listed above and be submitted by the deadline. Early submission is encouraged. We are only accepting electronic submissions in PDF format. Please do not submit paper manuscripts.

Send an email to parishoffice@stpaulna.org with the following in the body of the email: Play Title, Name of Playwright(s), Contact information (email and phone), Synopsis of the play and cast requirements.

Attach a PDF copy of your script with just the title on the cover. As our readers are reading blind we request that you please not include playwright or contact information on the submitted
script. Email all submissions by December 15, 2018.

One submission per playwright.


All submissions will be screened by a blind panel of readers for appropriateness of topic, theatricality, and overall quality. Each play will receive scores from a minimum of 2 readers. Highly-scored plays from the first round will be read by additional readers and scored until a short list of plays is determined.

Contact parishoffice@stpaulna.org

Friday, December 7, 2018

Rants & Raves selected

Three monologues have been selected to be performed for the upcoming NYCPlaywrights Podcast on the theme of Rants & Raves:
  • CASHIER by Meny Beriro
  • CHARLOTTE by Glenn Alterman
  • I LOST IT AT THE DMV by Connie Schindewolf
Would you like to be a part of the Podcast? 

First check out the Podcast - we are on iTunes

But you don't need any special applications or high-tech knowledge to listen to the podcast - you can listen to the latest episode right now by clicking this link.

And here is the Playwrights Podcast web site: http://www.playwrightspodcast.com


In celebration of its 15th anniversary, New York City's own RADIOTHEATRE offers an alternative to your usual Scrooge and Nutcracker-filled holiday entertainment with two of the greatest, most influential science fiction stories ever written!  They'll be reprising their Drama Desk-nominated Mary Shelley's classic tale
FRANKENSTEIN in repertory with the NY Innovative Theater Award-winner H.G.Wells' THE TIME MACHINE. Radiotheatre is going all out for these two thrilling adaptations, packing them with their usual combination of cool visual effects and award-winning sound design, not to mention original orchestral scores. These exciting, yet poignant, family-oriented tales for the holiday season come alive within the 190-year-old St. John's Sanctuary in the heart of historic Greenwich Village, NYC.

212 868-4444
INFO: www.radiotheatrenyc.com 

Written by a 19 years old girl in 1818, FRANKENSTEIN is celebrating its 200th Anniversary this year! THE TIME MACHINE (1898) was written by the Father of Modern Science Fiction and has never been surpassed in its theme about the dangers of traveling into the past and future. Both novels have NEVER been out of publication around the world and continue to influence countless students, writers, filmmakers, artists, scientists and theologians alike. These stories are timeless in themselves as their protagonists, a scientist and an inventor,  boldly go where no man has gone before... challenging both God and the boundaries of morality and science...an issue that is still hotly debated in our times, as well! Will mankind ever succeed in this quest...or will it all lead to our inevitable doom?

"Phantasmic!" - NY TImes
"Hot aural action!" - Time Out
 "A sound extravaganza!" - Variety
"Marvelous sound design" - Village Voice
"Innovative, yet traditional!" - Total Theatre Magazine, London
"Stunning!" Syfy Channel
"Utterly spellbinding!" Columbia University Spectator

St.John's Sanctuary 81 Christopher St.
Greenwich Village, NYC NY

 Now entering its 15th Season, RADIOTHEATRE has produced over 80 live stage shows in NYC and tours; Drama Desk Award nom, 3 NY Innovative Theatre Awards; 16 noms; 5 yrs in row BEST PERFORMANCE GROUP.  Artistic Director Dan Bianchi, the 2014 recipient of the annual NY Innovative Theatre Award for Artistic Achievement. RT performances are
NOT readings of short stories but dramatic adaptations complete with a wonderful cast of storytellers...award-winning sound design and original orchestral accompaniment!


For Info And Individual Shows Schedule:

Alive in Plasticland: Improv Workshop FREE

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Sat, December 8th 5PM EST
Central time: 4PM
Mountain time: 3PM
Pacific Standard Time: 2PM

Featuring UCB and Second City performers.

Watch or participate from anywhere in the world, with or without a VR headset.

Improv show December 15

Have you ever wanted to learn Improv? This popular acting style is being taught in the safety of virtual reality. Alive in Plasticland is a workshop that will feature games and techniques to help you learn this popular acting style in a fun social atmosphere.
Classic Improv Teachings:

  • Spontaneity, creativity, and collaboration
  • Making strong choices
  • Creating characters
  • Overcoming hesitations
  • Having fun and enjoying life
Improv theater has been the driving factor in many popular TV shows and movies. Everyone is encouraged to join this safe and creative environment. Especially if you've always wanted to try but have been hesitant.

Alive in Plasticland works with performers and artists across practices through immersive technologies including virtual reality. Professional improv actors and teachers in the NYC theater scene create this VR Improv Troupe, the first of its kind in the VR industry.

There is a $5 suggested donation for this workshop. It can be paid directly to the acting company using High Fidelity Coin - stable cryptocurrency - from your wallet at the event.

Special thanks to sponsor VRBAR, Brooklyn's First Virtual Reality Arcade, for hosting the performers.

More info:



GNU Journal submission guidelines

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We are currently accepting submissions until December 15, 2018.  

Please send previously unpublished fiction (any genre), poetry, essays, plays, and artwork to: gnujournal@gmail.com.

Please submit only one story, play, or one nonfiction piece at a time, and no more than five poems at a time. You may submit work as many times as you wish, but we ask that you wait to hear back from us before submitting further work for consideration. The maximum word count for submissions is 7,000, and we are not currently seeking work about any particular theme or topic.

All work should be in 12 point font and double-spaced. Please make sure the subject line of your email includes the following: SUBMISSION – GENRE – TITLE OF WORK – WORD COUNT. The piece itself should only include a title. Please include your contact information within the body of the email.

The Robert J. Pickering Award for Playwriting Excellence

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This annual award was established to honor past member and playwright, Bob Pickering, and to provide a vehicle for playwrights to see their works produced. Over 30 plays have been produced over since 1984. $200 is awarded for first place, $50 for second place and $25 for third place.


Manuscripts must be received by December 31st

Types of plays accepted

Full length, unproduced plays and musicals. Children’s plays accepted. Unable to return without a self-addressed stamped envelope.

Selection Process:

Chairman and committee members read and review each entry and select ten finalists from which the first, second and third place winners are chosen.


Branch County Community Theatre reserves the right and agrees to produce the first place winner in this yearly competition. First place winners are required to sign a production contract.

Production House:

BCCT productions are staged in the historic Tibbits Opera House in Coldwater, Michigan. Built in 1882, Tibbits is a completely restored 500-seat proscenium theater.

Send submissions to:
Branch County Community Theatre
14 S. Hanchett St.
Coldwater, MI 49036

Thursday, December 6, 2018

The 13th Annual Women’s Work Festival

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We are now open for submissions for our 13th Women's Work Festival that will be taking place March 4-8 2019 in St. John's Newfoundland Canada.

If you would like to submit your play please email it to womensworkfestivalnl@gmail.com.

We are an international festival of plays-in-progress featuring play readings, music performances, workshops, and panels, promoting work by women (self-identified). Despite some bumps in 2017, we're still here and we're delighted that our festival is happening in 2018!

Our festival has a history of success  in helping to launch playwrights from the page to the stage. In our first 10 years, there were 21 professional productions of 17 WWF plays from new, emerging, and established playwrights. As we approach this year's festival, we'll feature some of the writers and hear about their experiences here and where it led them.

WWF gratefully acknowledges support from Canadian Heritage’s BCAH Fund for their continuing, generous support of our festival in 2018. We are delighted to have the long-term support of RCA Theatre, and support from the City of St. John’s.

Village Playwrights announce a call for submissions for Love is Love

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The Village Playwrights announce a call for submissions for Love is Love,  staged readings of 10 minute plays to celebrate Valentine's Day on Thursday, February 14, 2019 from 7 to 9 pm at the LGBT Community Center, 208 W. 13th St., NYC.  


  • Playwrights must be from Metro New York area
  • Plays must be under 10 minutes (no more than 10 pages in standard format.) 
  • Plays must about the LGBTQ experience and have a Valentine's Day theme. 
  • Plays are to be read script in hand, minimally staged with no props; actors must stand 
  • You must produce the reading of your own play including casting and a minimum of 2 hours rehearsal.
  • Deadline for submissions is Monday, January 14, 2019, 5 pm.
  • No fee to submit

To Submit:

  • send your play as an attachment to villageplaywrights@gmail.com
  • your name and contact information should be in the body of the email but not on the script.
  • only put the name of your script on the subject line
  • For more information call 614-285-2515.


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The Carlo Annoni Award is for theatre plays on gay themes and on diversity in love.

In the year of fifth centenary of Leonardo Da Vinci, who was discriminated for his sexual orientation, we dedicate the Carlo Annoni Prize 2019 to all those who in Italy and in the world fight for having recognized the right to love and against discrimination.

“Once you have experienced the flight’s flightiness, when you are back on the ground again, you will continue to look at the sky.” Leonardo Da Vinci

The plays can be written in Italian or in English

The prize is € 1000 for texts for each language (Italian and English).

Special mentions 2019

– What’s more, among the asylum seekers every year there are many people who leave their country because they are victims of persecution concerning sexual orientation. A special prize will be awarded to a text that deals with this theme.

– A special mention will be given for 10-minute theatrical shorts to promote  the theater in schools, clubs and events.

Plays must be sent by April 30, 2019 to: info@premiocarloannoni.eu

Participation is free of charge.

Texts already represented in the previous two years will also be taken into consideration.

The award ceremony will take place in September 2019 with an event in Milan.

Individuals can submit one play only.  There is no length or character numbers limitation. Plays can be submitted in Italian and English . An award will be assigned to one play in each language.

When submitting your play, please state clearly the author’s name, their email address and a phone number for any further communication.

The plays will be assessed by a jury selected by the organisers. Plays will be assessed for their creative contents, their form, their pertinence with the topics, and their social impact. The results will be unanimous and unappealable. The winners will be notified with a phone call and/or an email.

The competition is valid if at least five texts in each language are received.

The artists submitting their plays must abide fully to the rules, in pain of preclusion for any application made in disagreement with the above mentioned points.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Playwright's Showcase at Manhattan Rep

Seeking fully produced, 

(cast, directed and ready to be performed by January 25 - March 31, 2019)

10 - 25 minute 1 act plays 

for Manhattan Repertory Theatre's 

Winter 2019

January 25 - March 31 at Manhattan Repertory Theatre, 

17-19 West 45th St. NYC

Each 10 - 25 minute play will be given a short tech rehearsal, a full dress rehearsal with the other plays participating, and a minimum of 2 performances!

To submit your 10-25 minute play production please email: 

The complete script of the 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:

by January 9, 2019.

Please put “Playwright’s Showcase” in the subject heading. 

We will contact you within a day or so 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 January 9, 2018, 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 $85 participation fee.

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

Monday, December 3, 2018

Spring Writing Classes at Primary Stages ESPA!

Spring 2019 classes at Primary Stages ESPA are now open for enrollment! Here are just some of the classes in our lineup of opportunities in the writing department:

This class will guide you through the development of your first draft, providing concrete deadlines, constructive feedback, and a collaborative environment that will encourage you to get your ideas on the page.
Michael Walkup (Producing Artistic Director, Page 73)
Adam Kraar (Writer, New World Rhapsody at MTC, Wild Terrain at EST)
Crystal Skillman (Writer, Geek, Rain and Zoe Save the World)
Eddie Sanchez (Writer, Barefoot Boy with Shoes On at Primary Stages)
Abe Koogler (Writer, Obie-Winning Fulfillment Center at MTC, Kill Floor at LCT3)
Leah Nanako Winkler (Writer, God Said This at Primary Stages, Kentucky at EST)

Instructor: Stefanie Zadravec (Writer, The Electric Baby at Two River Theatre Company)
Over the course of ten weeks, you will work to complete your draft, ideally with some idea of what you’d like to explore or fix and knowing, of course, that everything may change.

This class is for those with complete drafts who are ready to hear the play in full and embark on strategic rewrites.

Instructor: Kate Moira Ryan (Writer (with Judy Gold), The Judy Show at DR2 Theatre)
A solid grasp of the mechanics of comedy writing for the stage is a powerful tool in the hand of any playwright.

Instructor: Stefanie Zadravec (Writer, The Electric Baby at Two River Theatre Company)
The Artistic Statement is a deeply dreaded, but required, field of most playwright development opportunities. This 2-day workshop will help you conquer the overwhelming task of writing about yourself and your work.

Instructor: Winter Miller (Writer, In Darfur at The Public)
Sometimes it’s inevitable: writers just get stuck. This 2-day workshop will inspire you to get cracking on your next play.

Classes begin in February. Click here for the full list of writing classes.

Our award-winning faculty, comprised of working professionals in the field, provides practical skills and expert guidance in a collaborative community atmosphere.

Primary Stages ESPA provides students easy and convenient payment plans to break up tuition. For more information, call 212.840.9705 x215 or email espa@primarystages.org.

Jane Addams Festival of New Plays

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The Jane Addams Festival of New Plays is seeking submissions from playwrights inspired by the life and work of Jane Addams. The festival will run March 7-9, 2019 and will include four fully produced ten-minute plays in addition to a one-act play. The Jane Addams Festival of New Plays is produced by Highland Community College in Freeport, Illinois.

The Playwrights of the selected plays will receive a DVD of the production of their play. The plays will be directed by theatre faculty and experienced community members and the cast will consist of Highland students and local actors.

Jane Addams was a Nobel Peace Prize winner and a founding member of the NAACP and the American Civil Liberties Union. She was a pioneer in the field of modern social work.

Addams was born in 1860 in Cedarville, Illinois located in Stephenson County. Highland Community College is located five miles south of the birthplace of Jane Addams.

The New York Times calls Jane Addams “an incredible role model for our time.”

Theme and Submission Guidelines

Playwrights are encouraged to write on themes related to and inspired by the work of Jane Addams. Biographical plays about Jane Addams are also accepted. Possible themes related to the life and work of Jane Addams include, but are not limited to, peace advocacy, women’s rights, the plight of immigrants and the poor, sociology, settlement homes, community, education, social work, civil rights, and civil liberties. In addition to plays about the life of Jane Addams, we are interested in plays about issues of social change embodied in the life and work of Jane Addams. Playwrights are encouraged to think broadly about these ideas.

The plays must not be more than ten pages long, excluding title pages and character lists. Plays longer than ten pages will not be considered.
Each playwright may submit only one script, so send us your best effort.
Please note that we are unable to offer feedback and commentary on the scripts.
 Submission Procedure

Playwrights should submit their plays in electronic format to playwriting@highland.edu no later than December 10, 2018. Please be sure to include current contact information with your submission.

A committee of readers made up of faculty and community members will evaluate the scripts and playwrights selected for inclusion in the festival will be notified no later than January 15. For more information or questions about the festival, please contact Laura Early, Theatre Arts Instructor and Director of the Theatre Arts Program at Highland Community College laura.early@highland.edu

For more information about the life and work of Jane Addams go to https://www.hullhousemuseum.org/about-jane-addams


Sunday, December 2, 2018

NYCPlaywrights Podcast: Writers & Friends

Check out the latest episode of the NYCPlaywrights Podcast on the theme of Writers & Friends

In this episode we:
  • talk to Ralph Sevush of the Dramatists Guild about the Guild and lawsuits that dealt with playwrights rights including the one over a production of Terrence McNally's LOVE! VALOR! COMPASSION!, the one about the musical RENT, the URINETOWN lawsuit and the lawsuit involving the host of the NYCPlaywrights Podcast
  • hear Neil Simon talk about the third-act problem of his play about friendship THE ODD COUPLE
  • learn about Primary Stages and the National New Play Network via Chelsea Anderson-Long
  • perform the selected play from the call for submissions A NEW PLAY BY MATTHEW WEAVER by Matthew Weaver - it's super-meta

You can check out the podcast web site at www.playwrightspodcast.com

B Street Theatre Second Annual ​New Comedies Festival​​,

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B Street Theatre is now taking submissions for the Second Annual ​New Comedies Festival​​,​ ​​which will take place from June 16 – 23, 2019 at The Sofia, their new venue on Capitol Avenue.

In the ever-changing landscape of our country and the American theatre, B Street is soliciting submissions of comedies in all shapes and sizes for their inaugural New Comedies Festival.

We encourage local, national and international artists to submit full-length comedic plays during our open submission process. We encourage pieces to include elements of romance, dark comedy, farce, satire, physical comedy, commedia dell’arte, improv, stand-up, audience participation, music, etc. Following the submission process, B Street will select four plays to receive staged readings in the festival.

Following the festival, the audience members who attended all four readings will vote to select which script they would like to see fully produced on the B Street Theatre Mainstage. Their selection will be vetted by B Street Artistic Staff and the winning script will receive a full production on the Mainstage within a year of the festival closing.

● The works submitted must meet the following criteria:
o The playwright must be 18 years of age and have the right to work in the United States. o The play must not have had a professional production, or be scheduled to have a
professional production, prior to January 1, 2020. A professional production means that the artists working on the show were compensated for their time, and that all of the theatrical elements one hopes to see in a production were present.
o We are seeking to develop comedies of all shapes and sizes; however, we request that all plays be ​full-length​​. Solo pieces and theatre for young audience pieces will be accepted.
o We accept both original and adapted works, provided that the rights to any material not in the public domain have been granted in writing, and a copy of the release is emailed along with the script.
o The script must meet the script formatting requirements set by B Street Theatre that are listed below.
● Submissions that do not meet the above requirements will not be accepted. Selection Process
● We will solicit the help of volunteer readers to read the submitted scripts. These readers may include but are not limited to the following: B Street Artistic Staff, B Street Company Members, industry playwrights, industry dramaturgs and other industry professionals.
● There will be two rounds of reading for outside readers and each reader will read between 5 and 10 scripts each round. There will be a third, final round of reading for B Street Artistic Staff only in order to choose the finalists from a short-list of scripts that have been evaluated in rounds one and two of reading.
  ● The reading of scripts will take place over a two-month period and the four scripts will be chosen no later than four months prior to the first day of the festival.

Playwrights interested in submitting a play for consideration in the New Comedies Festival should send the following to B Street Theatre between October 15, 2018 – December 15, 2018.

Email submissions are preferred but playwrights may mail their submissions to the address below.
Attn: New Comedies Festival, B Street Theatre, 2700 Capitol Ave, Sacramento, CA 95816 or
SUBJECT LINE: New Comedies Festival Submission

In your submission please provide the following:
1. Your contact information – Include First/Last Name, Email, Phone Number
2. A concise paragraph stating your previous playwriting credits. Please also note any previous
experience with B Street Theatre in this section.
3. Title of the play
4. Character breakdown and description
5. Time and place of the play
6. A five sentence synopsis of the play
7. A PDF of your play that does not include the playwright’s name.

Any play that does not meet the above requirements will not be accepted.

Please note that B Street will only be accepting the first 350 submissions.

Spokane Stage Left Theater - Fast & Furious VI seeks play submissions

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Spokane Stage Left proudly continues its ONE PAGE play festival running March 15-17, 2019. We are currently accepting plays for the festival from all over the world. Each play is presented in traditional reader's theater format. It is FREE to submit! We will choose 30-40 plays for the festival and playwrights will be informed by February 1, 2019.

Submission Guidelines:

  1. Plays must be ONE page in length (not including title page). 
  2. Plays must be original works and submitted by the playwright or rights holder. 
  3. Plays can be submitted as a Word Document or PDF (Word is preferred when possible). 
  4. Plays must be in traditional script format with font size 12, all character names in all caps & aligned to the left, stage directions in italics (see link below for example). All scripts are put together into book form for the actors, so preference will be given to scripts who follow directions.
  5. The deadline for entries is 11 PM PST, Sunday, December 2, 2018. Late submissions will not be considered. 
  6. Only ONE submission per playwright.
  7.  Plays must be primarily in English.
  8. No Musicals. 

This form must be filled out in its entirety for play to be considered:

Questions can be emailed to festival producer, Rebecca Cook at racook321@gmail.com. 

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