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Sunday, January 20, 2019

17th Annual Fresh Fruit Festival of LGBTQ Arts,

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Submissions OPEN for the 2019 Main-Stage Festival
The 17th Annual Fresh Fruit Festival of LGBTQ Arts, held July 8 through 21 at The WILD Project and other Manhattan venues

The CREATIVITY is yours; the OVERHEAD is ours. And thanks to the generosity of New York City’s Department of Cultural Affairs and the New York City Council there are no required application fees or participation fees, and all productions receive a box office share! We provide:

ADA and AEA approved performance venues
AEA approved venue insurance
Technical, Booth, & Front-of-house Staff
Repertory Lighting Plot & Sound system, with Video available
On-line, real-time ticketing service with audit trail
Glossy, full-color Festival brochures
Networking events & Marketing assistance for all shows
Optional co-production plans* for higher box-office shares
Deadline:  Tuesday, January 29th.
Late Submission Deadline:  ($35 Late Reading Donation due) Monday, February 25th. (NO Fee if you are on NY Medicaid)

Click on the APPLY button to go to the full Application Form. Please download a study copy so you can later complete the form in one online session (required).

Saturday, January 19, 2019

The Theatre of Western Springs (IL) Directors’ Workshop Program One-Act New Plays Workshop 2019

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NEW PLAYS WORKSHOP August, 2019.

Anyone interested in submitting a script for consideration should follow these One Act
Play Submission Guidelines:

Submission Deadline: January 21, 2019

Notification of Selected Plays: June, 2019 (earlier if possible)

Entry Fee: None
  • Plays must not have been previously produced or published.
  • Plays shall be full complete works, not a scene or act from a lager work or work-in-progress.
  • The playwright’s name should not appear anywhere in the script.
  • Include two title pages: One title page should contain a) the name of your play, and b) your name, address, phone number, and email address. The second title page should include only the title of your play, as this will be a blind read. The document should contain no identifying information about the author on any page except the one title page, which will not be revealed until the plays are selected.
  • Plays should run no more than 40 minutes in length.
  • Plays must be typed in standard play format.
  • Please include play’s development history as a separate document. e.g. had a staged reading at Chicago Dramatist. If none, not necessary.
  • Please include a synopsis of your play in 50-100 words.
  • Production criteria include scripts able to be produced with open staging and minimal design/technical support for a 117-seat black box theater.
  • Play must be able to be performed with no more than six actors (double casting is okay). Note that younger actors may be difficult to cast.
  • Manuscripts will not be returned. Please do not send return envelopes with postage.
  • Playwrights retain full rights to all works submitted. However, TWS shall be named as “first
  • produced”
  • Selected plays will have a production mounted in August 2019 at The Theatre of Western Springs with at least three performances.
  • Playwrights are encouraged to attend rehearsals and collaborate with the director – the purpose is to both help the playwright to fine tune the script and the director to collaborate on a new script.
  • Playwrights are requested to attend and participate in a post-show discussion after each performance.


Submission process:
You may mail your submission to:
2019 New Plays Workshop Submission
The Theatre of Western Springs
4384 Hampton Avenue
Western Springs, IL 60558
Email submissions:
Any Questions should be directed to: TWSnewplaysworkshop@gmail.com
Please do not call TWS.

For direct submissions, please email the two files to:
DW@theatrewesternsprings.com with “2019 NEW PLAYS SUBMISSION” in
the subject heading.

Vulcan Theatre Company seeks plays

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We are excited to announce we are starting 2019 off right by accepting new one-act play scripts for our 2nd installment of our fully staged Forge Nights.

Have a new play you want to see on its feet? All you need is a script and a $30 participation fee to help us cover the cost of the one night performance space.

We'll take care of casting, finding directors, and rehearsing the plays. Just bring us your scripts and we'll see you on opening night!

To be considered, please send scripts along with a short synopsis and character breakdown to vulcantheatre@gmail.com.

All scripts must be 20 pages or less to be considered. Deadline for submissions is January 25th. Accepted playwrights will be notified by January 31st.

Interested in directing or auditioning for one of the shows? Be sure to shoot us an email or message us to let us know.

Happy New Year from all of us at Vulcan Theatre Company. Here's to all the great work to come in 2019!

Vines Art Festival

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Vines Art Festival takes place on the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh peoples in Vancouver Canada.

Are you passionate about social justice, environmental justice? Are you interested in creating in the outdoors this summer? Do you want to experience perform or create an installation in nature? With a growing community? If so we want to hear from you! Apply to present or create a work for Vines Art Festival 2019.

Vines is inviting artists of all disciplines interested in creating outdoor site-specific works at Trout Lake and other local parks to apply. Performers and visual artists will be given the opportunity to select a specific “earth-stage”. Collaboration is encouraged; applicants can choose to submit new material, as well as pre-existing works that they wish to present within the framework of Vines. Interactive art that allows audience participation is also recommended to connect the art with the community. We love experimental work and both durational and shorter pieces are accepted. In other words—we are very open! The only stipulation is the theme of work should be connected to the earth, community and/or systemic change. We value the intersectionality of social issues with environmental issues, as humans are a part of, not separate from nature, we invite you to explore what that means to your body.

APPLICATION DUE:
January 15, 2019 at 11:59 PM PST

ONLINE APPLICATION FORM

RESULTS RELEASED:
February 28, 2019

PAID:
Honorarium, project dependent

DATES OF FESTIVAL:
August 7-18, 2019 (main event on August 17)

POSSIBLE LOCATIONS:
Trout Lake Park (South end), Vanier Park, Crab Park, Stanley Park, Kits Beach, Strathcona Park, Pandora Park

Art reveals the emotive tissues connecting science, data and policy to humankind, welcoming people to connect to a story or idea. There are many campaigns and strategies that could use your voice.
The following are local environmental campaigns that we you may consider when creating a new work:

Friday, January 18, 2019

NYCPlaywrights Podcast seeks 10-minute romantic comedies

The theme for the next NYCPlaywrights Podcast is "romantic comedy."
  • The play must be romantic in the sense of romantic love - not only sex.
  • The play doesn't have to be uproariously funny to be a romantic comedy but must have a happy ending - or at least not a downbeat or cynical ending.
  • Romantic comedies involving couples who are not heterosexual are welcome.
  • The Podcast pays actors for their performances - having many characters will count against your play due to the expense. And 10-minute plays usually work best with fewer characters.
These are the submission rules:
  • The deadline is Sunday, January 27, 2018 at 11:59 PM EST.
  • There is no fee for submission 
  • The script must be a romantic comedy.
  • The play can be no longer than ten pages (not counting title, list of characters etc.)
  • Only one submission per playwright.
  • The submission should be sent by email, with the script itself as a file attached to the email as a PDF file.
  • Send the script to hello@playwrightspodcast.com
  • All rights will remain with the playwright.
  • The script must be submitted by the author of the script, no agents or others may submit. 
  • Make sure you have your name and your email address on the script. 
  • The play may be submitted by any writer in the world but must be in English - non English phrases or words are fine but please include English translation.
  • It's OK if the play has been produced before. But not published.
  • The NYCPlaywrights decision is final.
  • We will notify submitters of the decision and announce the winning play on the NYCPlaywrights Podcast web site by Sunday February 3, 2018.
  • A recording of the selected play will be included in the next NYCPlaywrights Podcast.

We did a staged readings of eight romantic comedies in 2015 for a previous "Take Back the Rom Com" - you can see the web page for that here.

We recommend you listen to a podcast episode before submitting - especially to the segment in the "Rants and Raves" podcast where we talk about what makes a ten-minute play good.

If you have any questions write to us at hello@playwrightspodcast.com


Heartland Theatre Company is seeking eight short original plays

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Heartland Theatre Company is seeking eight short original plays to be considered for production in June of 2019 as part of our 18th annual 10-minute play festival. This year, the theme is THE LIBRARY.

The competition is open to all playwrights who wish to submit a play. Eight plays will be selected and performed from among all the submissions

PLEASE FOLLOW THESE RULES:

1. Your play must fit the theme – THE LIBRARY– or it will not be considered.
2. Your play must fit our theater and its performance space.
3. We require internet submissions in MS Word or PDF.
4. When formatting your play, we ask that you follow our style sheet.
5. We are looking for NEW plays. Please do not send us anything that has previously been produced.
6. Your play must contain at least two (2) characters, but no more than four (4).
7. Heartland Theatre Company has a pool of actors ranging in age from 18 to 80. Make sure that your characters can be played by actors within that range.
8. Your play should consist mainly of dialogue, not monologues.
9. No children’s plays, musicals, or plays which were previously chosen as winners in any Heartland Theatre playwriting competition will be considered.
10. Do not put your name on the play itself, as submissions are judged blind. Make sure your title and page numbers appear on every page of the play, however.
11. If your play cannot be considered for any reason, we will notify you as soon as possible. If, in the judges’ opinion, the problem is easily fixable and the play otherwise has merit, we may ask you for revisions. Asking for revisions is completely up to the judges. If you’d like to see what criteria the judges consider, please read the Judging Sheet (PDF or Word).
12. Those plays which win and are staged will be videotaped for archival purposes.
13. No contracts beyond the guidelines mentioned here will be offered.
14. Only one entry will be accepted from each playwright.
15. Your play must be written in English.
16. Keep your play under ten minutes in length.
17. Remember that something has to happen in those ten minutes.
18. MAKE IT GOOD!

All entrants must complete and submit

Heartland Theatre 10-Minute Play Entry Form.

You must attach your script in MS Word format (preferred) or PDF when you send the entry form.

If you have any questions, please email playfest@heartlandtheatre.org

DEADLINE FOR ALL ENTRIES IS FEBRUARY 1, 2019.

 Finalists will be notified approximately March 10. Winners will be announced approximately March 31.

2019 10-MINUTE PLAY FESTIVAL PERFORMANCES: June 6,7,8 | 13,14,15,16 | 20,21,22,23 | 27,28,29 – 2019 

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Brick Playhouse The Pool

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What Is The Pool?

Founded by The Present Company in 2005 and now working under the aegis of The Brick,
The Pool is a workshop group of writers, actors, and directors that has developed some of indie theater’s most recognizable works.

The Pool is a rigorous (but laid-back) play development group that allows playwrights, directors, and actors to hear new work and receive feedback. We meet every other week for three hours a session through the fall, winter, and spring at various spaces.

Writers are encouraged to claim reading slots in advance and write to the deadline. Slots usually consist of approximately 30 pages of new work, though this can vary widely. Participants are strongly encouraged to invite actors in to read their work, and The Pool will endeavor to keep an informal directory of actors willing to come play with us. Entire scripts may be read on an on-needed basis, and participants are strongly encouraged to arrange these in advance.

The mission of The Pool is to develop new plays, and is structured around the growth of the work itself. As such, most of its active participants are playwrights, however other artists are welcome to bring in new work as well. It is the interests and needs of the work that predominate.

Participants may decline comments, read whatever length piece they need to hear, or bring in ideas to brainstorm... however best the resources of The Pool may be used to meet the needs of the work.

The Pool provides a consistent and safe peer environment for dedicated artists to experiment with their work. A respect for the needs of the play, no matter the stage of development, and a dedication to the voice of the project inform spirited feedback sessions. Flexibility and consistency are the keys to providing the group with inspiration, community, and a sense of purpose.

Admission to The Pool

The Pool works with a steady rotation of 6-8 projects. Playwrights, directors, or actors may submit a project to the Pool. Admission is on a rolling basis.

Artists wanting to submit a project to The Pool should send either a script or a brief treatment, a bio, and a short statement that briefly answers these three questions: how would you describe what you are working on, what are your goals for the project, and why do you think working in a group such as the Pool can help you reach them?

Send above materials to thepool [at] bricktheater.com.

Pool Performances

As part of its association with The Brick, The Pool will present projects developed in its workshops for performance as staged readings twice during the year (dates TBD). These reading will be free and open to the public.

Theatre Suburbia Mellerdramer 2019

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Theatre Suburbia, Northwest Houston's longest running all volunteer playhouse, is looking to produce a new Summer Mellerdramer in 2019.

Our theatre has produced crowd pleasing mellerdrammers each summer for many years. We have worked with published scripts like Little Nell the Orphan Girl by Nelson Goodhue, Deadwood Dick by Tom Taggert, Rascality on the Rig by William S Davis, and Curse of an Aching Heart by Herbert E Swayne as well as unpublished works by Eddie Cope, Paul Hager, Dave Brandl and other local writers.

Theatre Suburbia invites the playwriting community to submit new unpublished scripts for consideration. Deadline for submissions is January 31, 2019.

GUIDELINES
To qualify for consideration, the scripts should conform to the following guidelines:
• The script must have a running time between 90 and 120 minutes.
• The script should have 2 acts with one intermission.
• The main characters (villain, hero and heroine) should make their stage entrances within the first 10 pages of the script.
• The script should contain from 8 to 12 characters. Characters must be a minimum of 10 years old. Remember: children can be difficult to cast and this may affect final selection.
• The scripts should contain asides (in mellerdrammer fashion) for the characters. The villain should have the most, followed by the hero and heroine, and remaining cast should have a few. The asides help generate the audience responses for the main characters - boos and hisses for the villain, oohs and ahs for the heroine, and of course cheers for the hero.
• This is to be a family type show so absolutely no vulgar, offensive or suggestive language is allowed.
• Set requirements should be simple with a minimum number of locations (house, yard, street scene, etc) because the show is to be performed in the round and the popcorn must be easily cleaned after each performance.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
• Any agreed to production can be subject to Royalty, and will be subject to written contractual agreement between Playwright and Theatre Suburbia.
• Author may, at the theatres discretion, have limited input into the producing of the script. The director and Theatre Suburbia have final authority on the production i.e. casting, set etc.
• The script should be submitted to Theatre Suburbia, Inc., attention Doris Merten, 4106 Way Out West Dr, Suite N, Houston, TX 77092. No later than January 31, 2019. If the script is to be returned if it not accepted, please enclose a self-address envelope for the return. Scripts may be submitted via email to info@theatresuburbia.org.
• For questions or clarifications a message may be left on Line #4 for Doris, at 713-682-3525 or via e-mail at info@theatresuburbia.org. attn: Doris Merten We welcome your scripts.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Summerfest 2019 Festival Seeks Play Productions

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FIRST PRIZE $4,000

Total Prizes Granted $ 7,600

to submit
http://newyorktheaterfestival.com/summerfest-festivals/

Now calling all playwrights: Here’s a chance to have your play live on a New York City Stage!  Submit your work to the Summerfest 2019 festival competition. Accepting plays and musicals of all genres between 5-90 minutes in length.  New York Theater Festival has been a haven for playwrights for 15 seasons.

Submissions Accepted from the Tristate Area and Shows from beyond a 30-mile radius outside of Manhattan can only run if the entire cast and crew are from New York City. Plays are considered on a first-come first-served basis. The earlier you submit, the better your chances are of having your script invited to the festival.  Each applicant is fully responsible for all elements of their production, including directing, casting, stage-managing.

We offer:

§  A quality venue.
99 beautiful red fabric seats and 4 wheel-chair friendly spots. A stage the side of your average 2 bedroom apartment in Manhattan (29’x22’) with plenty of backstage space, room in the wings, a large dressing room complete with mirrors, sink, clean and functional bathroom.

§  Need set/prop pieces? No problem.
What other festival offers you the use of 86 set props/furniture in their storage for free? Not only do we invite you to use our items, we offer free storage.  It’s not fun double parking your truck outside of theaters to find your windshield sporting a new parking ticket. It’s annoying lugging all your props, set items, and costumes back and forth on the subway throughout the length of your run.  Don’t sweat it.  We have space- and that’s not easy to come by in NYC!

§  Easy to use technology.
Where else will you get a lighting plot of 94 lights, complete with LED lights that can flush a full range of deep color to your scenes.  You are also free to use our two projectors that project a back stage image of 21×12′ and a a top image of 12×8′.

§  If MUSIC be the food of love, play on!
Need music?  We also have a Yamaha brand 88-key electric piano, complete with a suspension pedal, music stand, piano stool, and a light to read the music.

Do you know how important it is to have ample tech rehearsal time?
For a Full-Length (45-90 minute long play) we give you 4,5 hours for tech.
For a One-Act (20-45 minute long play) we give you 2,5 hours for tech.
For a Short (5-20 minute long piece) we give you 60 minute for tech.

§  What’s more important than advertising your show?
Large posters, detailed information, and a catchy blurb of your show… That’s more like it! You can copy the link and share that post without embarrassment.  Additionally, we will send you a link for tickets that is easy to share with your family, friends, colleagues, and community. All cast and crew from all productions however earns free tickets to see all other shows in the festival

§  Prime performance hours
 We give you only ideal prime time slots, 45 minutes of ample set-up time before performances, and since the festival runs for 3 months each production has time to breathe.

§  No seasonal volunteers
One of our principle team members is always at the theater to support you during your tech, box office times and performances. You will always see a familiar face!  Feel free to ask for help or special guidance to make your performance a success. Your questions will be answered in a matter of hours from the festival’s team.  You will never have to wait days for a response.  Our staff is knowledgeable and experienced, providing you with real answers and a personal touch.

§  Award ceremony

East West Players now accepting unsolicited manuscripts

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Play Submission Guidelines

Thank you for your interest in submitting your script to East West Players.

Please note that our mission focuses on the Asian Pacific experience, and the majority of the new works we workshop and produce revolve around Asian and Asian American characters and/or themes. We are interested in both plays and musicals. Works need not be “issue-oriented,” in that race/immigrant issues can be an unspoken component in the work.

We are particularly interested in new comedies, musicals, and works that unearth the history of Asians in America.

Writers are strongly encouraged to browse through our production history, which can be found here, to see what kinds of plays we’ve produced in the past and who our audience is.

Manuscripts are now being accepted via email. Scripts should be emailed to literary@eastwestplayers.org. Emailed versions of scripts are preferred.

Scripts should be submitted in a PDF format and must include the following:

1. A cover sheet, including your name, address, telephone number, website, and email address
2. A theatrical resume (two pages max) listing major productions, workshops, readings, commissions, publications, awards, education, and training information
3. A 100-word max synopsis of the play

Our Literary Committee will read all scripts we deem to be in line with the mission of the theater. Due to the large volume of submissions, we will only reach out to playwrights whose work we are interested in.

If you have questions as to whether your work might be suitable for our theater, or if you are a playwright with multiple works and not sure what to submit, email literary@eastwestplayers.org for assistance.

Monday, January 14, 2019

PlayFest 2019 New Play Submissions

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PlayFest 2019 will present readings of seven new plays during two weekends at the beginning of November 2019 in the Margeson Theater at Orlando Shakes. Each reading receives about 20 hours of rehearsal time with professional actors, director and a public reading–all with the playwright in attendance.

The seven plays will be selected from solicited and unsolicited scripts. We welcome submissions from agents and from PlayFest alumni as well as ten-page samples from unsolicited writers. If you are interested in submitting a play, please read the following guidelines carefully.

WHAT TYPES OF PLAYS ARE WE LOOKING FOR?
We generally look for scripts with cast sizes of 1–8. We are especially interested in scripts that speak to the issues that our audiences are experiencing right now. Past PlayFest plays have dealt with issues of racism, autism, gender, Alzheimer’s, immigration, etc., sometimes set in contemporary times and sometime set in an historical context. Our Shakespeare and classical productions deal with “timeless issues” and we like for our new plays to deal with modern “issues of our times.” We seek plays of various genres by diverse writers with diverse characters.

“NEW PLAY” ELIGIBILITY
For a script to be eligible for inclusion in PlayFest 2019, a play does NOT have to be a world premiere, but it must be a “new” play. For our purposes, that means:


  • The play CANNOT have had more than two previous professional (AEA) productions before PlayFest 2019.
  • The play CANNOT have been published.
  • The play CANNOT have had an AEA production in New York City or Orlando.
  • Most importantly, the author must still be developing and working on the script. They must be available to join us in Orlando for one of the two PlayFest weeks.

TEN-PAGE SAMPLE OF UNSOLICITED PLAY:
If you are a playwright with no prior working relationship with Orlando Shakes and no agent, then you should submit a TEN-PAGE SAMPLE. (Do NOT send the full play but pick ten pages to submit along with the rest of the packet.) See below.

Please send to Submissions@orlandoshakes.org between January 5 and January 19, 2019. Please note: Due to overwhelming interest, we will cap unsolicited submissions at the first 100 received.

  • A brief bio about you (100-150 words)
  • A brief synopsis of the play (100-200 words)
  • A brief character breakdown (1-2 sentences that describe each character)
  • 10 pages from the script
  • You will receive a return email when your submission has been catalogued.
  • We plan to request full-length scripts from these samples by March 1, 2019.
  • Please send us your BEST consecutive ten pages, not necessarily the first ten. We want to be able to get a strong sense of your use of language and dialogue to tell your story. We do not have the staff necessary to read full unsolicited scripts, but we are excited to read your best 10 pages and will consider asking for your full script.

All submissions should be emailed as PDF electronic submissions. Please send to: Submissions@orlandoshakes.org.
SOLICITED PLAYS or PLAYS FROM PLAYFEST ALUMNI OR AGENTS:
If you have an agent, please have your agent send a query or one script to Submissions@orlandoshakes.org.

If you are a PlayFest alumni or have another working relationship with Orlando Shakes, then please send your play to Submissions@orlandoshakes.org.

Please send only one play per author. If you are debating which play to send, please read “What Types of Plays We Are Looking For?” above or send a query to Submissions@orlandoshakes.org.

Please send by February 1 (sooner is better):

A brief bio about writer
A two-three sentence synopsis of play
A basic character breakdown
An electronic copy of the play
Our goal is to select 15–20 semi-finalists by March 20, 2019 and the seven PlayFest 2019 Finalist scripts by May 1, 2019.

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Ain't I a Woman Playfest

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Play must be an original, unpublished and unproduced piece written by a Woman-of-color  playwright (female-identified, transsexual, transgender, or gender-queer encouraged to apply).
Maximum Length: 10-12 pages not including title page. Play should run in the 10-15 minute range.
Submissions should require minimum set, costume and technical needs.
Submissions should have a title page with the following information:
                                       
*Playwright's name
*Mailing Address
*Phone Number
*Email Address​

Submission must be submitted as a PDF to aintiwomanfest@gmail.com by January 31, 2019 .
Email header should read: SUBMISSION: AIN'T I. YOUR NAME. TITLE OF PLAY      

London Theatre Podcast seeks monologues

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Playwrights, we’re looking for new writing to be performed as part of our 2019 season for The London Theatre Podcast! One minute monologues centred around the theme of: New Year, same me.

The selected piece will be performed and broadcast during an upcoming episode in January 2019. 

Email your submission by Sunday 13th January to thelondontheatrepodcast@gmail.com Best of luck & happy new year!

Elephant Room Productions (Philly/NYC) seeking ten playwrights

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We here at Elephant Room Productions (Philly/NYC), are currently seeking ten playwrights to submit 10-20 minute plays concerning the opioid crisis (to be submitted no later than 1/15/2019).

These plays will be read and discussed in our Elephant Ears Reading Series readings, produced as audio plays in our podcast, The Trumpet, and then be produced as staged-readings in an evening-of-readings performance in October to support National Substance Abuse Prevention Month and Red Ribbon Week. A generous portion of proceeds from this production will be donated to a related organization to help end the opioid crisis.

If you or someone you know would like to submit a piece, please do so by sending it to TheHerd@elephantroomproductions.com

Feel free to message us for more details!

Union Theater seeks short plays

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The team that brought you Shorts @ The Canal 1 & 2, Shorts @ The Union, The Twilight Hour season 1 & 2 and with Love Shots currently in production are inviting all writers to submit a play no longer than 20-minutes for their next show.

Plays selected will be performed for a week at the Union Theatre, Off-West End award winning theatre in Southwark.

Dates 9th– 13th April

Things to bear in mind:
  • One play per writer
  • No character limit
  • Minimal set
  • Up to 20-minutes stand-alone play
Please send your short play to:
shortsatthecanal@gmail.com

Header: Union Theatre
Deadline: 13th January

Headwaters New Play Program

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UPDATE: their web site indicates they have met the 250 script limit.


What kind of plays are we looking for? The Headwaters program is the source of new plays of the West. However, our definition of West is extremely broad. It may include plays set in the current, historic, or mythic western United States; plays that reflect the diverse cultures and experiences of the West; plays that examine the American urban/rural divide; and plays that completely re-imagine what “West” means.

To be considered for the Headwaters New Play Festival, a play must never have had a professional production and the playwright must be available to attend the workshop week (typically in late August).

Since 2015’s festival, our goal has been to more accurately reflect the diversity of human experience by reserving one of our two slots for women and playwrights of color. We are seeking full-length plays, musicals, and plays with music, one submission per playwright.

Submissions close when 250 scripts are received or February 17, 2019, whichever comes first.

Submissions are currently: OPEN.

Plays must be submitted digitally in PDF format. Hard copies will not be considered. We accept one play per playwright, and please do not resubmit a play from a previous year. Responses will be sent out sometime in May 2019. CRT provides travel, a food stipend, and cozy accommodations for the two finalist playwrights. The scenic mountain beauty of this remote and quaint arts town will provide endless inspiration as you develop your work. Plays read at the festival will be considered for full production in CRT’s 2020 season.

Submission Form

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Free Theater Event: Tea with Jackie

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Tea with Jackie: Page By Page, Being a Playwright in Philly, Getting Produced, and More

Our monthly online publication of PAGE BY PAGE offers a balance of creative and industry knowledge to support playwrights. However, sometimes, you just need to sit with someone in-person and ask questions in order to get the information that you need to take the next step in your career. This is that opportunity. Jackie (and possibly some of her Page By Page colleagues) will sit down with a group of playwrights and aspiring playwrights to answer their questions, share experiences, and toast the future of Philly playwrights. Only 12 seats per conversation to ensure that everyone has a chance to ask their questions and we have enough time to respond fully. Tea and cookies will be provided.

February 7th Special Guests: Jill Harrison (director, Directors Gathering), Michael Hollinger (playwright, The Foundry Co-Founder, Villanova University), Allison Heishman (director, producing artistic director, Simpatico Theatre), Alice Yorke (performer, co-director, Lightening Rod Special)

February 14th Special Guests: Maura Krause (director, producer, Azuka Theatre, Orbiter 3), Erlina Ortiz (playwright, producer, Power Street Theatre), Erin Washburn (literary manager, dramaturg, producer, InterAct), Kevin Glaccum (director, producing artistic director, Azuka), Alice Yorke (performer, co-director, Lightening Rod Special)

February 17th Special Guests: Josh Wilder (playwright), Doug Williams (playwright, producer, Orbiter 3), Meghann Williams (performer, producer, director, Flashpoint Theatre, Chlamydia dell'Arte: Sex-Ed Burlesque)

Address: 1010 Waverly St, Philadelphia, PA 19147

Philly Theatre Week:
Thursday, February 7th - 1pm
Thursday, February 14th - 1pm
Sunday, February 17th - 1pm

Tickets: Free - RSVP

Discount tickets: PSYKIDZ: A New Musical


A CLASS ACT NY to Stage Concert Performance of 
Bobby Cronin’s 
PSYKIDZ: A New Musical


$25 discount with the code NYCPLAYWRIGHTS
which brings the ticket price down to $10. 
(This does not include the two-beverage minimum.)

A Class Act NY, the award-winning acting studio, will produce a concert presentation of PSYKIDZ: A New Musical by award-winning composer and lyricist Bobby Cronin on Sunday, January 20th at the historic Triad Theatre in Manhattan. The creative team includes producers Jessica R. Grosman and Jonathan Grosman, director Lauren Cohn, and music director Sean Mayes.

The concert will star Broadway veterans Stacia Fernandez (The Drowsy Chaperone, Mamma Mia!) and Brian Charles Rooney (The Threepenny Opera), alongside A Class Act NY students Natalie Schroeder, Hannah Jane Peterson, Vanessa Antoinette Danese, Heather Batezel, Meilani Rea, Michael Kaplan-Nolan, Samantha Deutsch, Alex Vacchiano, William Tom, James Borrelli, Judith Ann DiMinni, Lee Rosenthal, Zoë Latanision, Maya Maloskey, Timothy Foley, Kylie Wu, Grace Wolfe, Xander Matik, and Reese Bruning.

A Class Act NY previously staged a reading of PSYKIDZ: A New Musical in August 2018. Upon its success, writer Bobby Cronin and producers Jessica R. Grosman and Jonathan Grosman sought out larger venues to bring Cronin’s story to a wider audience. 

“What’s great about this show is how flexible it is, in terms of casting,” said producer Jessica R. Grosman. “This cast can be entirely comprised of adults playing children, like You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown. It could be kids playing adults, like Really Rosie, or a combination of the two, like Matilda. Right now, we have two adults who are Broadway performers – plus A Class Act NY students, many of whom work professionally.”

After this concert, they hope to sponsor a full-scale production that will resonate with audiences of all ages. “You could produce this show anywhere,” said Grosman. “On a professional level, in schools, or community theatres.”

The score utilizes Cronin’s signature contemporary musical theatre style, which has established itself as the current industry trend. But as far as the plot goes, Cronin draws from tropes that defined the 1980s. Anyone who grew up in the age of E.T. may find themselves familiar with the timeless story of children empowering themselves.

This duality between the past and present was intentional on Cronin’s part, fueled by memories of his preteen years. “I remember being obsessed with The Goonies as a kid,” he says, “because they were misfits who went on adventures. I wanted to write about that kind of exploration, but I also wanted the show to feel very current.”

Magnolia Donovan is a pre-teen who "sees things" in her room, much to the dismay of her father, Leo, who believes she is seeking attention due to the recent break-up of her parents’ marriage. Along with Leo's mother, “Nana,” the family heads to an old inn in Vermont for a getaway where they encounter two families who have been chosen by world-renowned psychic-medium Skylar Quinn (Nana's favorite TV star) to get specialized on-site psychic training. After Nana convinces Skylar to let Magnolia join, the psychic kids develop their skills while helping a ghost family separated in the afterlife. Facing her demons head-on, Magnolia stands up for herself to exorcise the Shadow Man haunting her and the inn. Their success subsequently heals the conflicted relationships within their own families as the psychic kids each become more confident and accepting of their special abilities.

Bobby Cronin is the award-winning composer/lyricist of: Mary and Max (World Premiere at Theatre Calgary fall 2018, Pace New Musicals winner 2017/2018, MUT Critic’s Prize Germany 2018, and 2017 finalist for SigWorks, DC); The Concrete Jungle (London, International Cast Recording); 'Til Death Do Us Part with bookwriter Caroline Prugh (winner 2018 SDSU New Works Award); Daybreak (US & London, NJ Playwrights Award); and book, music & lyrics for Psykidz (A Class Act NY commission)and the music for Christine Toy Johnson’s Till Soon, Anne. He was part of "From Broadway with Love" concert at for Florida's Stoneman Douglas School, is on the album "So Much To Say: Songs for Everytown,” and his first album, "Reach The Sky," is on all digital platforms. Graduate of Yale University. You can find him on the web at www.BobbyCronin.com.

PSYKIDZ is about accepting yourself for who you are,” says Cronin. “In theatre, we’re lucky because we celebrate our differences. I’m trying to inspire that feeling in anyone who sees the show. I’m hoping it motivates families to communicate with each other.”

Tickets are available now at http://bit.ly/PyskidzTix

Call A Class Act NY at 212.315.3010 or visit their website at www.AClassActNY.com for information about future productions, weekly classes, workshops, agent showcases, cabarets, summer programs, privates and more.

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Write Your Next First Draft this Spring at Primary Stages ESPA

Whether you're writing your first play or your hundredth, it's not always easy to set the creative wheels in motion. This 10-week class at Primary Stages ESPA will guide you through the development of your first draft.

Faculty and Start Dates
February 20: Section F with Suzanne Bradbeer (Writer, Confederates, Pulitzer-nominated The God Game)
February 24: Section D with Eddie Sanchez (Writer, Barefoot Boy with Shoes On at Primary Stages)

This class might be for you if you:
  • Are a playwright of any level looking to start the first draft of your new play.
  • Are starting out in the world of playwriting or want to write your first play.
  • Want concrete deadlines and constructive feedback to encourage you to get your ideas on the page.
In this class you will:
  • Bring in new pages to hear them read aloud in class.
  • Strengthen your writing skills with exercises and assignments from your instructor. 
  • Engage in discussion with fellow writers, making connections with your artistic peers.
By the end of this class you will:
  • Have a solid start on—or even complete!—a first draft of a full-length play. 
  • Be ready for our Completing Your Draft class!
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.

Nextfest Arts Company Festival

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The Nextfest Arts Company (Alberta Canada) is delighted to share the submission calls for Theatre and MainStage Projects for Nextfest 2019.

Emerging creators, theatre makers, playwrights, and artists of all disciplines are invited to fill out the submission form and send scripts or pitches for consideration for our mainstage presentation and development streams (progress showings and readings) during Nextfest 2019 (May 30- June 9, 2019).

The Nextfest Arts Company presents Nextfest: an annual arts festival dedicated to the cultivation and presentation of emerging professional artists in the disciplines of music, visual art, dance, poetry, film, theatre, and multi-disciplinary performance.

“Emerging” is defined as any artist in any discipline practicing within the first ten years of their career.

Questions, concerns, or queries about submitting? Have an idea, but not sure how to write about it? Putting together your first pitch and need some guidance? Not too sure which form your should fill out? Hit up our Festival Director Ellen Chorley at ellen@nextfest.ca and she’ll help you out!


Script Submission
Due: January 25, 2019 at 11:59 pm.

Fill out this submission form and submit a script to be considered for a staged reading, progress showing presentation or full production.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

IASH/Traverse Creative Fellowship

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The 2019 fellowship is now open for applications. Interviews will be held in the second week of February 2019.

IASH and the Traverse Theatre will commission a play on or inspired by any aspect of the Institute’s current interests. The stipend will be £10,000 and the recipient will have a private office and full Fellowship at IASH, and contribute to the Institute’s events, including giving at least one work-in-progress seminar during the tenure of the Fellowship.  During the period of the fellowship the playwright will receive dramaturgical support from the Traverse’s Literary Department. The recipient must be Edinburgh-based for the duration of the residency, as their regular presence at IASH is expected and they will be encouraged to play a part in the artistic life of the theatre.

The tenure of the Fellowship will be between 6 and 10 months, by agreement, with the intention that the playwright will submit a complete play to the Traverse at the end of 2019.

The ideal candidate will be a writer who wants to engage actively with the Traverse and is eager to make the most of the unique environment that IASH provides to further their thinking and develop their work. You can find out more about IASH via the About page.

The application process is now open. Applications are required to be submitted by the deadline of 5pm on Thursday 31st January 2019.

We encourage ideas from writers that want to actively engage with both the Institute's interests and the Traverse Theatre's desire to entertain, excite, provoke and delight audiences alike - whether through a brilliant story, an innovative new form or use of technology, or with a striking new theatrical concept.

Please send a cover letter and CV to iash@ed.ac.uk. Interested applicants are invited to put in writing why they would like to take up this Fellowship and what they would like to explore in their commissioned play.  Applications should demonstrate an awareness of the work and ethos of the Traverse and IASH and a sense of how the writer and their work might fit into this. Applicants should have had a minimum of two professional productions of their work. Interviews will be held in the second week of February 2019 in central Edinburgh.

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

NEXTFEST 2019: THEATRE & MAINSTAGE PROJECTS CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

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Emerging creators, theatre makers, playwrights, and artists of all disciplines are invited to fill out the submission form and send scripts or pitches for consideration for our mainstage presentation and development streams (progress showings and readings) during Nextfest 2019 (May 30- June 9, 2019).

The Nextfest Arts Company presents Nextfest: an annual arts festival dedicated to the cultivation and presentation of emerging professional artists in the disciplines of music, visual art, dance, poetry, film, theatre, and multi-disciplinary performance.

“Emerging” is defined as any artist in any discipline practicing within the first ten years of their career.

Questions, concerns, or queries about submitting? Have an idea, but not sure how to write about it? Putting together your first pitch and need some guidance? Not too sure which form your should fill out? Hit up our Festival Director Ellen Chorley at ellen@nextfest.ca and she’ll help you out!

SUBMIT A SCRIPT

Script Submission
Due: January 25, 2019 at 11:59 pm.

Fill out this submission form and submit a script to be considered for a staged reading, progress showing presentation or full production.

Please send the complete script for consideration in either a Word Document or PDF file to ellen@nextfest.ca (other formats will not be accepted.)

Monday, January 7, 2019

Sarah Isom Center for Women and Gender Studies/University of Mississippi Residency

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The Sarah Isom Center for Women and Gender Studies and the Department of Theatre and Film at the University of Mississippi, in partnership with the Yoknapatawpha Arts Council, seek an emerging, unpublished woman playwright (transgender inclusive) for a 20 day summer residency in Oxford, Mississippi. Participation in the residency does not require the completion of a work but is designed to provide support to advance the creation, production, and presentation of theatrical works by women writers. Our goal is to create an immersive opportunity that provides experiences, connections, and exposure for both the artist and the community to the creative process. We aim to create support for female voices in theatre and aid in the development or creation of new work that may be a play, monologue, devised performance or experimental theatrical work.

For the 20 day summer residency, we will provide a stipend of $4,000, housing, local transportation and some meals. In addition, the successful applicant will be expected to take advantage of the opportunity to have immersive experiences within the Oxford community provided by the residency organizers.

Oxford and the surrounding region features cultural, culinary and music resources including Rowan Oak, the home of William Faulkner, the Southern Foodways Alliance, the University of Mississippi’s Blues Archives, as well as the rich, cultural communities of Clarksdale, Greenwood, Water Valley, and Holly Springs.

The Resident’s work need not reflect, be based on, or cover topics related to the South. However, the selected artist will be encouraged to utilize the resources of the Oxford community in their creative process and to foster engagement that will help build support for this residency and women playwrights.

After completion of the residency in Oxford, we expect the artist to partner (off-site) with students, faculty and community members through the following academic year. These local contributors will offer dramaturgical support in preparation for a production/presentation of the Resident’s work, in Oxford, the following summer or fall. A stipend, travel and housing will be provided for the Resident’s return to Oxford for the presentation of the work.

There is no fee for application. The deadline for submitting an application is March 1, 2019.

Please send:
Resume or CV with a list of references.

Writing sample, does not need to be a completed work but should be appropriate for theatrical presentation, sample may take the form of an outline, a scene, character study, treatment, concept, etc., whatever you feel best represents you as a artist.

A letter of application in which you tell us about yourself, your artistic goals in general and for this residency, and why you would like to spend time in Oxford.

Please submit any questions and your application to:

rhonajusticemalloy1@gmail.com

Rhona Justice-Malloy
Professor of Theatre Arts
Department of Theatre and Film
University of Mississippi

Sunday, January 6, 2019

Persistent & Nasty seeks scripts from women, trans-women and non-binary individuals

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Deadline: January 7, 2019

We are inviting script submissions from women, trans-women and non-binary individuals. The prompt for writers this time around is fairly broad; we are looking for scripts that explore / respond to the phrase hope for the future. Writers are invited to interpret this however they wish.

CRITERIA FOR INTERESTED WRITERS:

  • 15-30 minutes in length (approximately 20-30 pages).
  • The script can be written for theatre, film, TV or radio.
  • Priority will be given to scripts that explore themes of gender equality, diversity and representation. 
  • Priority will be given to scripts that have more than one female character.
  • Casting will be age, ethnicity and disability blind (unless clearly justified within the narrative)
  • If the submitted script is an excerpt from a longer piece, the excerpt should be able to stand alone and be understood.
  • Please use as close to industry standard formatting as possible. Minimum requirement is 12pt font size, double line spacing and page numbers.
  • Alongside the script itself, please provide the following:
  • a brief synopsis
  • character descriptions
  • a few words on what inspired you to write this particular piece
  • a short biography

Follow our Facebook page to receive updates/details.

Twitter: @PersistentNasty

Instagram: @PersistentandNasty

HOW TO APPLY:

Please send the above information to our script submission inbox at persistentandnasty@gmail.com

B3 Theater Festival of Shorts

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B3 Productions of Phoenix, Arizona, seeks scripts for their Second Festival of Shorts in June 2019.  These will be fully rehearsed shows.  Performance dates are June 7-16.

The audience will vote on their favorite play each night, and the winning scriptwriter will receive $50.
  • The subject matter is open, although preference will be given to experimental and progressive works. There should be minimal setting, prop, and costume requirements.  All genres welcome, including monologues and musicals.  (If you are submitting a musical, please also attach a link to the audio files on google drive.)
  • Entries should be 5-15 pages, including the title and cast page.
  • One entry per playwright, please.
  • Previous productions are okay.
  • International submissions are welcome, but the text must be in English.
  • Please scrub your submission of your name and personal information. Include that information in the body of your email, along with the title of the play.
  • Please put the following in the subject line of your email: Submission: Name of Play
  • The format may be docx or pdf.
  • There is no fee with this contest.
  • Submissions must be received no later than 11:59 PM, January 15, 2019.
  • Entries will be capped at 200. Please check our website at b3theater.com for a notice of when the cap has been reached.
  • Send submissions to: b3theater@gmail.com.  If you have any questions, you may also contact Ilana Lydia at this address.

You will hear from us regarding your submission around March 2019.
Good luck, one and all!

Saturday, January 5, 2019

FailSafe Festival 2019

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FailSafe Festival is a five-day festival of live performance, taking place in the Times Square/Hell's Kitchen area of New York City. FailSafe Festival provides a space for artists to push beyond what they consider "safe" to present, giving them an opportunity to present work that may not have a home elsewhere.

FailSafe Festival submissions are open to live performance projects, including but not limited to theater, performance art, and dance/movement.

  • Submitted projects can be finished, portions of larger/longer works, or works-in-progress.
  • There are no submission fees, participation fees, or festival fees.
  • Submitted projects should be between 30 minutes (minimum) and 60 minutes (maximum) in length. Sorry, submissions that are either shorter or longer in length will not be considered for participation.
  • Sorry, no AEA showcases or AEA readings will be accepted.
  • Live performance submissions only, please. No work that is wholly pre-recorded. For example, a film by itself will not be accepted. Live work with multi-media elements including film may be accepted.
  • Submissions can come from an individual artist, group/collective, or producer. Up to two different projects from an individual artist, group/collective, or producer can be submitted. 
  • A project can consist of one work from an individual artist, group/collective, or producer, or can be multiple works from multiple artists as long as it meets the time length criteria. For example, three playwrights can collectively submit three 20 minute one-acts as one project/submission (maximum time length: 60 minutes). As another example, five performance artists can submit a concert of five 10-minute pieces as one project/submission (time length: 50 minutes).
  • Persons submitting to FailSafe Festival should either have obtained or own all necessary presenting rights for the material submitted.

If you have any further questions, please e-mail: failsafefestival[at]gmail.com


Babes with Blades Seeking Female, Trans or Gender Non-Conforming Playwrights

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(*New for this round)

What We’re Looking For

1. Please email your Joining Sword & Pen (JS&P) submission in a PDF file to swordandpen@babeswithblades.org.

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. JS&P submissions are due NO LATER than midnight February 7, 2019.

3. The winner of the contest agrees to participation in the Fighting Words new plays program (workshops and festival reading – dates TBD), and grants Babes With Blades Theatre Company rights to produce the world premiere production of the winning play in our 2020/2021 Season (dates TBD).

4. All JS&P 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.

5. 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. Bear in mind that Babes With Blades Theatre Company encourages scripts that allow for a diverse world of characters onstage!

Inspirational Images for JS&P 2018-2019 Competition:



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Helpful Hints:

  • If your script does not pass the Bechdel Test, it is unlikely to be a good fit for us.
  • Our roots are in stage combat (Fights are the realization of high narrative stakes).
  • We do not accept or produce musical scripts.
  • Our venues are generally small black box spaces. So is our cashbox.

Friday, January 4, 2019

Seeing Between the Lines Dramaturgy Workshop

The dramaturg's job is to read between the lines and enhance a script with specificity and accuracy. This 1-night workshop will teach you to watch and read a play from the perspective of a dramaturg.

Instructor: Ken Cerniglia (Dramaturg and Literary Manager, Disney Theatrical Group)
Wednesday, February 6
6:30pm – 9:30pm

This workshop might be for you if:
  • You would like the ability to translate what you see on stage to your own work. 
  • You are a theater artist seeking to refine your analytical skills when talking about live theater. 
  • You are a theater lover who would like a new perspective on what you see.
In this workshop you will:
  • Watch a performance of the Primary Stages production of God Said This by Leah Nanako Winkler prior to the class date. (Tickets will be provided at no additional cost.) 
  • Meet with your class after viewing the production. Ken will facilitate a class discussion about the production, exploring the questions of why this play, in this place, at this time. 
  • Discuss what it means to be a dramaturg, what dramaturgical inquiry is, and how you can incorporate dramaturgical practice into your work no matter your role in a production. 
By the end of this workshop you will:
  • Have a better understanding of the role of a dramaturg and dramaturgy in any play. 
  • Be able to bring dramaturgy into your work as a writer, actor, or director. 
  • Be equipped to see any production with a more discerning eye. 
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.

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Manhattan Repertory Theatre's SHORT PLAY PROJECT

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Seeking fully produced,
(cast, directed and ready to be performed by February 7)
21 - 40 minute 1 act plays
for Manhattan Repertory Theatre's
SHORT PLAY PROJECT
February 7 - March 31, 2019
at Manhattan Repertory Theatre,
17-19 West 45th St. NYC

Each 21 - 40 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 21-40 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:

manhattanrep@yahoo.com by Jan. 23, 2019.

Please put “SHORT PLAY PROJECT” in the subject heading.
We will contact you within a couple days, 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 Jan. 23, 2019, 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

Short Play & Musical Festival - SEX 2019

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February 7 – February 24, 2019

The Steve & Marie Sgouros Theatre at The Players Theatre
115 MacDougal Street, New York, NY  10012

3 weeks, 4 performances weekly (Thursday through Sunday),

5 plays featured each week.

 ELIGIBILITY:

Short Plays and Musicals with a performance time of 15 minutes or less, no more than 15 pages in length.

Writers are eligible to submit up to 2 plays.

 THEME:   “SEX!”

A little bit naughty and slightly steamy but very sexy.  No one under 18 will be admitted to the performance so .....

All plays submitted must be centered on, or revolve around this theme.

** Note **

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

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

Plays MUST be NO MORE 15 minutes in length and no more than 15 pages

Submissions open: December 21, 2018
Submissions close: January 5, 2019 at 11p
Play selection announced on or about; January 10th

For more festival information visit: www.shortplaynyc.com

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Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Articulate Theater seeks 10-minute plays

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January 31st, 2019 or 100 submissions, whichever comes first
Location: New York, New York
No Fee
Website: http://www.articulatetheatre.com/ata5-protest-art-images.html

Theme and Submission Guidelines

This installment’s plays for Articulating the Arts will be inspired by protest art. Playwrights are encouraged to compose plays in reaction to the specific images selected and shown on our webpage. Plays can be comedic, dramatic, surreal, historic, political, farce, etc. They can be pro-protest, or against it, or both. They can be contemporary or historic. We encourage you to shy away from the low hanging fruit of pummeling specific politicians. This is more about how artists use their skills to help or hinder issues in our world. Plays do not have to recreate the incident that the artwork is associated with, but there should be creative connective tissue between the artwork and the play. The strength of the connection between the image and the play will be one of the criteria used to select plays for performance.

PLEASE NOTE: Plays MUST be in reaction to one of the images on this PAGE. 

Parameters
New works based on the images listed on this page.  The overarching sentiment behind this production is the art of story-telling through imagery, we are "articulating" the art of protest imagery via the art of theatre. Take the image and be inspired by it, and let it go where it leads you. The production is not about simply bashing one political party or another, it's about how protest imagry helps/hurts/impacts a protest and subsequently, the issue being protested.

Meat, please! We like plays of substance, plays with something to say. Doesn't mean it can't be comedic or silly, but a bit of heart is much appreciated.

Written with the Articulate acting ensemble in mind. The goal is to only cast from our membership, with few, if any, exceptions. This is a guideline, not a hard rule. You can view headshots and bios of the acting company on this page. Please note that writing with an actor in mind will not guarantee casting of that actor.

Play must be no more than 10 minutes long PRODUCED. Playwrights are strongly encouraged to shoot for 8 minutes written to lessen the need for cutting later in the process.
Ideally, plays will have between 2-4 characters, but this is a guideline not a restriction.
Plays should be in English, though submissions from playwrights outside of the U.S., and plays set in other lands are welcome.

Sets and costumes should be minimal.  These are the basic pieces of furniture we will use: bar, tables, chairs, bench. Plays with other furniture needs will be considered, but simple is best for all involved.
Musical scenes are welcome, but note that resources are slim for rehearsal and accompaniment.
Plays with extreme violence and/or nudity will not be considered.

Limited to one submission per playwright. Entries must be "blind" submissions. Send entries to: ArticulatePlays@gmail.com with the subject "AtA Protest Art” in the subject line.

Submissions must be sent as an attachment in PDF format only; no hard copy submissions will be accepted. Submissions must be formatted as follows:

  • Email must contain the play's title, author's name, phone number, email address, and the name of the story you were inspired by.
  • These are blind submissions: the playwright’s name cannot appear anywhere on the attached script, including the title page, header/footer areas, or within the text.
  • The first page of the script must contain the title, list of characters, name of the story you were inspired by, and basic setting information.
  • The second page will be considered the first page of the script. The other pages of the play follow.
  • Include the title and page numbers in the header of each page of the submission. - All submissions must be in a standard professional play format.


Articulate Theatre Company announces its Request for Submissions for the next iteration of its series "Articulating the Arts" (AtA). The AtA series comprises productions of new plays inspired by works from other artistic disciplines. Our first AtA event had playwrights take "one picture" and give us "A Thousand Words." The second AtA took pictures "Off the Wall" and put them on the stage; the third AtA, "Folk City Scenes," let us riff off of music; and the fourth, "Tales in Time," reconceived folk/fairy tales from around the world. You can learn more about these past productions on our website.

Given the atmosphere these days, Articulate thought now would be a good time to address the artist's role in activism with the Art of Protest. So we found some prime examples of protest images from around the world, and are sharing them with playwrights to request that they write short plays inspired by those images.

The connection between artists and social justice is a long and storied one. Artists have frequently been at the forefront of pointing out problems in society, and pushing, prodding, provoking citizens to effect change. The visual artist, whether professional image-maker or passionate protestor, creates images that stick in our collective minds, nag at our souls, and nudge us toward change. Playwrights, inspired by these images, can create plays that further the provocation – perhaps bringing the topic to the scale of the individual; perhaps magnifying it to affect people across the world.

Are you a playwright? Then we invite you to view these images, become inspired, and write the play that will further inspire our audiences. Deadline for submission is January 31st or when we reach 100 submissions - whichever comes first. Tech/Performance dates will be April 1st-April 6th. To learn more, please visit the Art of Protest page on our website at: http://www.articulatetheatre.com/ata5-protest-art-images.html

Happy New Years NYCPlaywrights ~ here's to a wonderful 2019!

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