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Tuesday, June 11, 2019

PBS Free streaming event: Terrence McNally



This Friday, PBS is presenting the broadcast premiere of a new doc,Terrence McNally: Every Act of Life.

The film premieres Friday, June 14 at 9/8c, and it will be available to stream for 21 days on pbs.org and the PBS Video app—for free!

McNally is really having a moment this spring (as you know, he just received the Tony Lifetime Achievement Award on Sunday night!) and we are so thrilled to join in the celebration of his groundbreaking career.

Monday, June 10, 2019

Sprout Works is seeking full-length plays

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Sprout Works is seeking full-length play submissions for our Fall 2019 Mainstage Production!

Sprout Works is a non-profit 501(c)(3) status company. Our Mission is to support the creation of new works, community growth, and provide professional opportunities to early career artists.  We’ve been overjoyed with the success of our last season - a sold out play festival, mainstage production, and reading series. We can’t wait for what’s next!

We are particularly interested in works by female identifying and gender nonconforming individuals, playwrights of color, and queer artists.


GUIDELINES
Manuscripts may not exceed 150pgs and must be unpublished works with 8 or less roles (ideally fewer).  Current versions of plays cannot have been previously staged.

We strongly value the privilege and process of development and want to give playwrights the opportunity to work with directors in the rehearsal room, therefore preference will be given to NYC based writers. 

*Please note: At Sprout Works, our values center around uplifting emerging artists - including ourselves. We are Actors/Producers, and scripts with parts that we can play will be given preference.To learn more about us, visit sprout-works.com/meettheproducers

HOW TO SUBMIT
Email submissions@sprout-works.com with the title of your play in the subject line.

Please include your bio, resume (if applicable), a short play synopsis, and any of the play's reading or previous production history.


SELECTED PLAYS
We put care into reading all submissions. If your script is not selected for the fall mainstage, it will be archived and considered for future production.

We are also accepting submissions for our upcoming projects including our second annual Planter’s Reading Series, a spring One-Act, and the Lavender Festival: highlighting Queer+ stories made with and by entirely queer creative teams.

DEADLINE
Plays must be submitted no later than June 12th at 11:59pm. 

To learn more about us and our past productions, visit sprout-works.com or connect with us on any of our social media platforms.

Instagram: @sprout.works 
Facebook: www.facebook.com/sprout.works.nyc/

Sunday, June 9, 2019

East West Players now accepting unsolicited manuscripts

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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.

The Center at Park West Performing Artist Residency 2019

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Applications for the Winter-Spring 2020 Season (January 6 - May 31) are now open and are due by Sunday, July 14 at 11:59 PM. 

Applicants will be notified by Friday, August 16.

Email questions to programs@centeratwestpark.org.

ETHICS & AESTHETICS

We value work that challenges aesthetic and cultural boundaries, builds lasting relationships among artists and audiences, engages with under-served and underrepresented communities, and is created and presented in inclusive contexts. Resident Artists are encouraged to engage with these values during their residencies.

We are building a welcoming and inclusive community that spans diverse points of view; cultural, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds; national origins and immigration statuses; ages, abilities, orientations, and gender identities; and religious and spiritual affiliations (or none at all). We call the diverse members of our community into relationship through our shared commitment to creative and intellectual expression. People of color, LGBTQ people, and anyone who encounters barriers to their work because of their personal background or identity are especially encouraged to apply.

PERFORMANCE SPACE

Resident Artists will be provided with one to four weeks of performance space in the 60-seat Balcony Theater (available January through May) or the 200-seat Sanctuary Theater (available in May only). Resident Artists will perform at least three to five shows per residency week.

REHEARSAL SPACE

Resident Artists may book up to 40 hours of rehearsal space at the Center in advance of their residency at a subsidized rate of $10 per hour in the theaters (subject to limited availability) the Chapel.


ARTIST FEE

Resident Artists are paid an Artist Fee of 50% of box office revenue at the end of the residency. The artist fee is paid by check or direct deposit upon completion of load-out at the end of the residency.


TICKETS

Tickets for artist residency performances are usually set at $25 General Admission. Discounted and premium tickets may be sold by arrangement between the artist and the Center. All tickets are sold through the Center’s box office and all ticket revenues are collected by the Center.

Complimentary tickets are provided for press, industry professionals, and Center/production staff at the discretion of the Center. Comps are provided for members of Actors Equity as required under applicable Equity rules. Comps for friends and family are not allowed.

BOX OFFICE & HOUSE MANAGEMENT

Front of house duties are shared by the Center and Resident Artists. The Center is responsible for Box Office Management and Resident Artists are responsible for House Management within the theater. All advance tickets will be sold through the Center’s online box office, and the Center provides a box office manager for in-person cash and card sales at the door up to one hour before curtain.

Resident Artists are responsible for providing a House Manager to be stationed in the theater during performances and in the lobby during intermission and after each performance until all audience members have left. The Center can provide a House Manager for $20 per hour, deducted from the Artist Fee.

Resident Artists my sell pre-packaged food and non-alcoholic beverage concessions and are entitled to all the proceeds thereof. The sale of alcohol at the Center is prohibited. Resident Artists may provide beer and wine free of charge only and may accept donations. If a Resident Artist wishes to offer concessions or complimentary alcoholic beverages, they must provide a bartender for each performance.


MARKETING

Resident artists are responsible for marketing their shows. The Center provides some marketing support, including:

An event page and ticketing on our website

Space for two posters up to 18” wide x 24” tall in our exterior window boxes

Listing with image and blurb in our monthly email newsletter



RESIDENCY DATES & TIMES

Residencies are offered for one to four weeks, beginning and ending on Mondays at noon. Resident Artists are expected to present at least three performances during the first week and at least four performances each subsequent week. Evening performances start at 7:30 or 8:00 PM and must end by 10:30 PM, with audiences out by 11 PM. Weekend matinees are usually not available, but if they are, they start at 1:30 or 2:00 PM and must end by 4:30 PM, with audiences out by 5:00 PM. The theater will be open and available to Resident Artists on the following schedule:

Week 1:

Load-in starts at 10am on Monday

Monday-Wednesday: 10am to 11pm (load in, rehearsal, tech)

Thursday-Saturday: 6pm to 11pm (performances)

Sunday: usually 6pm to 11pm, occasionally 12pm to 11pm (performances)

Weeks 2-4:

Mondays: dark

Tuesdays-Saturdays: 6pm to 11pm (performances)

Sundays: usually 6pm to 11pm, occasionally 12pm to 11pm (performances)

End of Residency:

Load-out ends by 11pm on Sunday

Saturday, June 8, 2019

Manhattan Repertory Theatre Summer Shorts

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Seeking fully produced,  (cast, directed and ready to be performed by August 14, 2019 )
10 -25 minute 1 act plays  for Manhattan Repertory Theatre's SUMMER SHORTS
August 14 - August 18, 2019

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 THREE performances!

To submit your 10-25 minute (fully produced) 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 Monday July 22, 2019.

Please put “SUMMER SHORTS” 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 Monday July 22, 2019, if we fill up all available performance slots

There is no submission fee.

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

Once accepted, there will be a $85 participation fee.
For more information, log on to manhattanrep.com

Friday, June 7, 2019

Civilians’ R&D Group

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The Civilians’ R&D Group provides writers, composers, directors, and/or performance makers in NYC with a space to develop investigative theater projects.

The group meets 12 times over 9 months, during which time each artist or team of artists shares the progress of their project. The creative process may include interviewing, community engagement, research, or other experimental methods of inquiry. Teams are given a very short rehearsal process to address development goals at the end of the season, culminating in public presentations of the works-in-progress.

Applications are due by June 17, 2019
Please apply below or via this link
Direct questions to rdgroup@thecivilians.org
Learn more about the current R&D Group HERE

APPLY HERE – The Civilians R&D Group 2019-2020 Application

Questor's Student Playwriting Competition

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As part of our 90th birthday celebrations, The Questors Theatre is seeking submissions for our student playwriting competition 2019.

Do you have ideas whizzing around your head that you’d love to put to pen and paper? Are you itching to see your stories come to life? Or perhaps you’ve already written a promising play that you haven’t shown anyone yet? If so, this is the perfect opportunity for talented writers to enter our competition to be in with the chance of seeing your work be developed from the page to the stage.

Eligibility
•    You must be a current student at university
•    Plays must be in primarily in English
•    Adaptations must only be of out of copyright work
•    Plays must not have been commercially published
•    Plays must not have been professionally produced
•    Plays can have had one amateur production staged previously
•    Plays must be full length - not one act plays
•    Collaborated entries are allowed

How do I enter?
•    Plays must be submitted in PDF or Word format by email
•    Email to: submissions@questors.org.uk
•    Your subject line must be: ‘Script submission by (your name)’
•    The front page of the script must display your name, course, home and university contact details, and cast list.
•    Maximum of three submissions each

Deadline
The deadline for all submissions is 31 July 2019

Prizes
First prize
•    £2,000
•    A performance of your play staged at The Questors Studio in spring 2020
Second prize
•    £750

Judging panel to include:
•    Oliver Ford Davies (playwright, producer and actor)
•    Tamara von Werthern (Nick Hern books)
•    Carl Grose (Deputy Artistic Director of Kneehigh Theatre)

Patron:
Dame Judi Dench

Native Voices at the Autry Call for Scripts 2019-2020

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

SHORT PLAYS

Deadline: June 17, 2019

Short plays submitted by June 17, 2019 will be considered for Native Voices’ 9th Annual Short Play Festival, to take place in November 2019 at the American Indian Arts Marketplace at the Autry in Los Angeles. Read more about the theme for the Short Play Festival below.

BONES, BINGO & BLACKJACK!

The 9th Annual Short Play Festival

Whet your appetite for clever, funny, dramatic, and thoughtful 10-minute scripts. Indian gaming has served many roles and goes back to ancient times when the winning bet could be life or death. It’s brought both prosperity and problems to the REZ in modern times. What’s your story?

Short plays are fun.  Tell us the stories you like best.  Make the audience laugh or cry - but make them feel something! Many short plays go on to become full-length scripts.

Native Voices invites playwrights to answer the question: “What has gaming done for you lately?” Plays can be fun-spirited or political, funny or dramatic.

Some ideas to spark the imagination are:


  • Throwing bones - games of life and death
  • Bingo big and small
  • Casinos
  • Casinos and the Mob!
  • Per Cap
  • Wealth
  • Distribution of wealth!
  • Economic Development
  • Self-sufficiency
  • Promoting robust tribal governments
  • Tribes as the primary beneficiaries of gaming activities
  • Impact on local tribes
  • What happens at Indian Gaming and Tradeshow Conventions stays at Indian Gaming and Tradeshow Conventions!
  • National Indian Gaming Association

Scripts that are longer than 15 pages or read aloud at longer than 10 minutes will not be accepted. Fresh, surprising perspectives are welcome, and unique theatricality is a must.

Selection Process: Short plays (15 page maximum) that are related to the theme and are received by June 17th, 2019 will be read and evaluated by a national reading panel comprised of Native American theatre artists and community members along with nationally-recognized theatre artists. The panel will select 5 to 8 plays for the festival based on the creative use of the theme, originality, theatricality, structure, and execution.

Selected plays will be given a staged reading on November 10, 2019, as part of the Autry Museum of the American West’s American Indian Arts Marketplace.  A panel of judges will select the 2019 Von Marie Atchley Award for Excellence in Playwriting, a $1,000 cash prize!

Plays must be submitted using our online submission form and in the correct format. Please see our “Checklist for All Submissions” below for further details.

Checklist for All Submissions

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

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

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

Include a character breakdown at the beginning of your script.

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

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

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

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

Please do not send treatments or outlines. Previously submitted plays should only be resubmitted if the play has undergone significant dramatic changes. Previously produced plays should be submitted under the 2020 General Submission for Production Consideration. Plays that are not selected are kept on file for consideration for future opportunities. Playwrights are encouraged to make multiple submissions (up to three per event), but selection will be limited to only one play per playwright, per event.

Where to Send Submissions

We now only accept electronic submission (preferably PDF format).

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

Thursday, June 6, 2019

American Stage’s 21st Century Voices: New Play Festival Submissions

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We will be accepting submissions for the American Stage’s 21st Century Voices: 2020 New Play Festival April 15 through June 15, 2019.

American Stage is committed to producing powerful and relevant professional live theatre. Our 21st Century Voices is an initiative dedicated to developing and presenting new works for the stage that speak to a contemporary audience in fresh and compelling ways. 21st Century Voices programming includes an annual staged reading festival, workshopping of new scripts, playwriting residencies and fully produced new plays receiving one of their first three professional productions at American Stage.

21st Century Voices: New Play Festival Submissions

This year we are seeking submissions of new plays that promote the exploration of themes relevant to our world today, featuring characters who inspire us.

Play submissions should align with our 40-year history of productions that celebrate the most powerful stories of the moment, the most defining stories from our past and our mission to reinforce the power of live theatre with high-quality productions of compelling plays that excite and challenge a diverse audience.

Submission guidelines for the American Stage’s 21st Century Voices: 2019 New Play Festival are as follows:

  • Plays must be full-length in any genre: comedy, drama, musical, etc.
  • Translations, collections of one-acts, children’s plays, or any play that has received more than two full-scale, professional productions prior to submission are not eligible.
  • Plays that have had a full production in the state of Florida are not eligible.
  • In order to be eligible as a finalist for our 2020 New Play Festival – you must grant American Stage the right to produce the Florida premiere and one of the first three full productions worldwide if it is selected for production in our 2020-21 Season.
  • Plays that have had workshops or readings in the state of Florida or worldwide are still eligible.
  • Only one submission per playwright is allowed each year.
  • Plays that have been submitted to 21st Century Voices in the past two years are not eligible.
  • Local, national, and international playwrights are encouraged to submit.

The Selection Process

American Stage’s competitive selection process consists of two rounds of selection. All 10-page play excerpts submitted during the first round are reviewed by a committee of theatre artists and arts advocates. Requests for full manuscripts will be submitted in August 2019. In the second round, selected playwrights are asked to provide a full manuscript of their play for consideration by the committee. Selections will be made by November 2019. Finally, American Stage invites four to five playwrights to have their work included in 21st Century Voices: New Play Festival in January 2020.
Playwrights invited to participate in our 21st Century Voices: New Play Festival will receive a $250 fee and will be provided a $250 travel stipend and accommodations during the festival.

How to Apply

Email your complete submission package to 21stCenturyVoices@americanstage.org between April 15 through June 15, 2019.

Important Submission Information: Full manuscripts and incomplete submission packages will not be considered.  We cannot accept submissions that do not fulfill the above requirements.

Step 1. Complete the online submission form to provide American Stage with information about the playwright and the play.

Step 2. Email your submission package to 21stCenturyVoices@americanstage.org. In order to be accepted, your submission package must be submitted as a single PDF file that meets the following requirements.

File name must be “Title of Play_Author Last Name”
The file must include:

  • Title of the play;
  • Character breakdown and description; please include total number of characters
  • Time and place of the play;
  • Synopsis of the play that helps to provide context for the 10 page sample (no longer than 1 page);
  • A concise paragraph (no longer than 1 page) describing the development history of the play you are submitting;
  • A statement describing how your play is a good fit for the 2020 American Stage 21st Century Voices’ focus on plays that promote the exploration of themes relevant to our world today, featuring characters who inspire us
  • A 10-page sample of the play.

Please only include the last name of the author in the submission. DO NOT include the full name of the author on any of the pages.

Please note: Agents submitting on behalf of a playwright may submit following these same instructions.

Some Recommendations

Make sure that your synopsis sets the reader up to understand what is going on in your sample. Remember that the reader only has this synopsis and the ten pages that you provide to get to know your work, and that is difficult to do if they are confused about the plot. Also, make sure you are submitting the best ten pages of your work! The sample does not need to be the first ten pages of the play; you should select whichever 10-page section you think presents the best argument for why we should want to read the whole thing.

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Silverthorne’s Short & Sweet Festival of New (tiny) Plays

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Silverthorne‘s Short & Sweet Festival of New (tiny) Plays will be held in spring 2020.

STC invites submissions of original, unpublished works for the stage, in any style, with:
  • No more than 20 minutes’ playing time
  • No more than four actors (reasonable doubling okay)
  • Simple production values

Scripts selected for the Festival will be given full, low-tech productions.  We will pay a small royalty.  This is not a workshop opportunity.  Submissions must be finished scripts, not works-in-progress.

Submission protocol:
  • Electronically, in PDF format.
  • The filename should be the title of the play (or a reasonable abbreviation).
  • Include a title page and character descriptions.
  • Number the pages.
  • Submissions that do not meet these and the criteria above will not be considered.

Playwrights are welcome to submit more than one script to the Festival, as long as they meet the guidelines.

Deadline for submissions: August 1, 2019   

Please note that due to the overwhelming number of entrants for the 2020 Short and Sweet Festival of New (tiny) Plays, we will be closing submissions on July 1, 2019 (not August 1, 2019, as previously announced).
Send pdf files to Rebecca Daniels, STC Literary Manager: stcliterarymanager@gmail.com

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

June Workshops: A Play in 2 Days and Television Writing at Primary Stages ESPA



Instructor: Julian Sheppard (Writer, Los Angeles at The Flea Theater (dir. Adam Rapp), Drama Desk-nominated Buicks

Saturday, June 22 and Sunday, June 23
10:00am – 5:00pm both days

This 2-day writing extravaganza is designed to push you to write an inspired first draft in 48 hours. Sounds crazy, right? But it can be done!

This class might be for you if you:
  • You're a playwright with a seed of an idea that you'd like to explore in a fun, intensive situation.
  • You've got an open mind and you're the kind of crazy person who wants to attempt to write a play in 48 hours!

In this class you will:
  • Use your intuition and liberate yourself from the trap of overthinking.
  • Be given exercises by email in the week leading up to the course in order to start planting seeds.
  • Dive into exercises that will shake up tired assumptions about how to create.

By the end of this class you will:

*******


Instructor: Kara Lee Corthron (Writer, "You" on Netflix, AliceGraceAnon at New Georges)

Saturday, June 29 and Sunday, June 30
11:00am – 4:00pm both days

Writing for television has the potential to be not only artistically satisfying, but lucrative as well—just ask Aaron Sorkin from "The Newsroom", Sarah Treem from "The Affair", or Joshua Allen from "Empire". This 2-day workshop is your opportunity to learn the structure and language of television writing so you can work to join the ranks of these distinguished playwrights-turned-television writers.

This class might be for you if you:
  • Are a playwright who wants the tools to transition from stage to screen.
  • Need a stronger grasp of the components of this form and want to start writing.
In this class you will:
  • Discuss the elements of a television script, particularly focusing on structure, form, and language.
  • Do exercises to understand the form and put these elements into practice.
  • Bring in a basic pilot idea that you would like to explore within class, addressing character, story arc, structure, and what a pilot would look like and need to include.
By the end of this class you will:
  • Have a broad understanding of the components of television writing.
  • Be able to use these tools to develop an idea of your own into a pilot.
  • Be ready to write in our full-length Television Writing 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.

The Vermont Playwrights Circle - Ten-minute play

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Postmark deadline July 1, 2019

  • Plays can be accepted by Mail only at 32 Main Street #184, Montpelier, VT 05602
  • 2019 FantasyFest: A TenFest Halloween Extravaganza”. For the first time ever, our program will include only of the fantastic, the weird and the wonderful. Specifically, we are looking for plays of a speculative nature, dealing with fantasy, fairy tales, science fiction, and horror. Well, it is Halloween weekend. Plays must deal with this theme to be eligible.
  • will be going up on October 31st and run through November 3rd
  • Our Ten-minute play festival produces 10 winning plays a year. 
  • Playwrights must either live currently in Vermont or have lived in Vermont at any point in their lives for at least 3 months consecutively.

We also recommend you include the following:

  1. A ten-minute play is usually no longer than 8-10 typed pages. We are now stricter about running time and will time your play before passing it along to our readers. Please read your script aloud to check the time. Remember to add time for any non-verbal actions. Please do not send us a play that you know is longer even though you have squeezed it into 10 pages.
  2. Only plays with five or fewer characters will be considered. Please note that we tend to have many more women actors than men, so plays with roles for women (or that can be cast as any/either gender) are encouraged.
  3. Although, of course, there are exceptions, especially in dealing with the fantastic, please keep in mind that some of the very best ten-minute plays of any genre take place in one scene, with one set, in one continuous time span, i.e., without time lapses.
  4. Simple sets with limited set pieces are encouraged and appreciated. This helps facilitate quick set changes between plays. Remember much of the fantastic is there in the audience’s imagination.
  5. Only one ten-minute play per author will be accepted.
  6. Previously staged or published plays as well as re-submissions will be accepted. Please double check that you have followed all the guidelines and have made significant revisions if necessary to comply with any changed guidelines.
  7. Format for submissions:
  • Please submit FOUR titled copies of the script, typed and in standard play format, such as http://playwrightscentersf.org/submissions/docs/PCSFPlayFormat2012.pdf. Use a font such as Courier, Arial, or Times, 12-point, with one-inch margins.
  • The playwright’s name should not appear on any pages of the script. However, the title of the play and pagination SHOULD most definitely be included on all pages.
  • Include the playwright’s name and contact information on a separate cover page only. No bound scripts. A simple staple in the top left hand corner will suffice.
  • Submit a one-page sheet with a full character listing, including a brief description of each character, synopsis of no more than 50-75 words, and a single tag line (ex: Two artists meet in a park, confusion ensues)
      8. There is no reading/submission fee.
      9. Playwrights will be notified on or near September 1st, 2019

Sunday, June 2, 2019

The Landless Theatre Company seeks rock musicals

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The Landless Theatre Company of Washington, DC, (landlesstheatre.com) is accepting ongoing rolling submissions of original rock musicals for potential production in an upcoming season.

Please send librettos and links to demo recordings to abaughman@landlesstheatrecompany.org for consideration.

A+ Playwriting Contest for Teachers

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Fifty years as one of the leading play publishers for the educational market has taught us that some of our best-selling shows are written not by professional playwrights, but by teachers who create a play based on the specific needs of their drama program.  Once published, these plays are quickly embraced by other teachers who share the same opportunities, challenges and limitations that seem universal in schools.

We want to encourage the development of quality plays written specifically by teachers and other educators.  Our A+ Playwriting Contest for Teachers is open to all teachers employed at an accredited K-12 public or private school in the US or Canada.  All plays submitted through this contest must have been produced within the past two years at the school where the playwright teaches.

Submissions will be accepted on an on-going basis with a June 30 cutoff each year.  All qualifying manuscripts accepted for publication will be considered contest finalists.  The contest winner, selected from contest finalists and announced September 30, will receive a $500 royalty advance and a one-time $500 donation to the school theatre program where the play was first produced.

Contest Rules

  • Only entries submitted in accordance with all rules will be eligible for consideration.
  • Playwright must be a current or retired faculty member at an accredited K-12 public or private school in the US or Canada.
  • Only entries submitted with an Official Contest Entry Form will be considered.
  • Only entries that have been fully staged at the teacher’s school no more than two years prior to the submission date will be considered.  We encourage you to take advantage of this production to revise your script as needed before submitting your manuscript.
  • All entries must be accompanied by proof of production in the form of a copy of the program, a newsletter or newspaper article, a review, a photo or a letter from the school principal.
  • Contest entries must meet all Pioneer Drama general guidelines and requirements for play submission, which can be found at pioneerdrama.com/playwrights/submit.asp.
  • Individuals currently published by Pioneer Drama Service are not eligible for this contest.  Pioneer Drama Service employees and their families are also excluded.
All manuscripts submitted for this contest will automatically be simultaneously considered for our annual Shubert Fendrich Memorial Playwriting Contest, which is open to all individuals not previously published by Pioneer Drama Service.  See pioneerdrama.com for more details.

Questions?  Contact us by email or by calling 800-333-7262.

Saturday, June 1, 2019

VIOLET SURPRISE: FEMSLASH FEST

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VIOLET SURPRISE: FEMSLASH FEST is a short play festival that reimagines the possibilities for well-known, well-loved female-identifying characters to be in queer relationships, and for those relationships to be parodied positively and within the world of the original fandom.

Whether you're down with OTP (One True Pairing) or you have an entire fleet of 'ships, we invite you to create a Sapphic spoof of the characters' signature sizzle that celebrates and elevates the perfection of their connection.

Write the subtext you see and the maintext you want to see. Inspiration – and subtext – can be found anywhere and everywhere: from Anne of Green Gables to The Baby-sitters Club to A League of Their Own. It's particularly present on TV: Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Call the Midwife, Designing Women, A Different World, Downton Abbey, Gilmore Girls, The Golden Girls, Grace and Frankie, I Love Lucy, Laverne & Shirley, Living Single, Once Upon a Time, SVU, That's So Raven, Xena: Warrior Princess.

The possibilities are limitless, which is why submissions are open to romantic pairings of female-identifying characters in any fandom in any medium and in any genre. Whether your leading ladies come out of science fiction and fantasy, Disney or Shakespeare, classic literature (love Jo in Little Women?) or classic sitcoms (love Jo on The Facts of Life?), we request only that your writing be in 'ship shape and in playscript format, and that the material be kept PG. Onstage intimacy is acceptable (what's femslash without a first kiss?), but we want the show to be appropriate for audiences of all ages.

VIOLET SURPRISE: FEMSLASH FEST is curated and produced by Iris Sowlat and Allison Fradkin in collaboration with Otherworld Theatre Company, and will be presented in Chicago August 9-11, 2019.

Guidelines

Submissions are open to playwrights who identify as female, trans, or non-binary.

Plays can be up to 10 pages and include up to 4 characters.

Playwrights may submit 2 scripts for consideration.

Send your scripts in PDF format to allisonfradkin@aol.com with "Violet Surprise" in the subject line. Questions may also be directed to that address.

The deadline for submissions is June 8, 2019.

Playwrights will be notified of our selections by June 22.

Web site: https://www.otherworldtheatre.org/

BoxFest Detroit 2019

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BoxFest Detroit is an annual theatre festival for female identifying directors!

We are looking for 5 – 55-minute submissions for our August 2019 festival. We will only accept three (3) submissions per playwright.

Please submit all plays by June 3rd. 

Submit plays to http://boxfestdetroit.com/playwrights/

Because all artists participate on a volunteer basis, we are unable (at this time) to compensate playwrights if their submission is chosen for the festival. If you have any questions or concerns please contact kelly@boxfestdetroit.com"

THE COMING OUT PLAY FESTIVAL and THE TRANSLUMINATE ARTS FESTIVAL

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The Q Collective will begin seeking submissions for its upcoming original short play festivals THE COMING OUT PLAY FESTIVAL and THE TRANSLUMINATE ARTS FESTIVAL on June 1, 2019.

Submission and Selection Period:

Plays for THE COMING OUT PLAY FESTIVAL may be submitted via email only from June 1 through August 15, 2019, with festival play selection completed by September 1, 2019. Playwrights selected will be notified by September 1 and announced by September 15.

Topics of interest in this year’s festival include: Intersexuality, Bisexuality, Pansexuality, Polyamory, Coming Out in Immigrant Communities, Coming Out in Communities of Color, Coming Out as a Conservative Queer Person, Coming Out in Religious Communities, Coming Out Later in Life. Plays do not necessarily have to fall in one of these categories nor must they only explore the LGBTQIA+ experience of coming out.

Plays for THE TRANSLUMINATE ARTS FESTIVAL may be submitted via email only from June 1 through December 15, with festival play selection completed by January 5, 2020. Playwrights selected will be notified by January 5 and announced by January 15.

Topics of interest in this year’s festival include: Trauma associated with coming out as trans expansive, experiences of gender affirming surgery, experiences with starting hormones, dating someone with your deadname. Plays do not necessarily have to fall in one of these categories but must fall under the trans expansive experience in some way.

Performance Dates:

THE COMING OUT PLAY FESTIVAL will be held October 17 – 19, 2019, at The Monocle, in the Grove neighborhood of St. Louis.

THE TRANSLUMINATE ARTS FESTIVAL will be held February 27 – 29, 2020, at The Chapel, in the Wydown-Skinker neighborhood of St. Louis.

Playwrights will be invited to the first read through of their play and a performance and are encouraged to invite friends as well as share any interviews and/or publicity materials via their social channels.

Compensation:
Selected playwrights will receive a $50 stipend for their work and two tickets to a performance of their choice. Playwrights may attend any rehearsals but are asked to please arrange ahead of time with the director of their piece. The producer or director may contact the playwright for purposes of clarification, publicity, and other artistic, technical or festival marketing and promotion needs.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES:

Scripts must be typewritten using Samuel French guidelines (http://www.playwrightslocal.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/Samuel-French-Formatting-Guide.pdf).

Scripts must not exceed fifteen minutes in length. We will NOT accept plays with longer run times. Please time your plays prior to submission. A general page estimate for a 15-minute play includes approximately 14-20 pages, although this is clearly not an exact science.
Due to the limitations of our host venues’ theater space (proscenium with no apron, approximately 16 feet wide and 8 feet deep), please limit your script to 1-4 actors. Roles may be doubled within our acting pool.

Please keep prop and set demands to an absolute minimum.

A fundamental foundational principle of The Q Collective is to be open and welcoming to all gender identities, races, ethnicities, sexualities, ages, abilities, etc. Our play festivals reflect these values and we encourage writers to embrace them.

Scripts and cover pages shall be submitted in PDF format. Submitted scripts should bear only the title of the play. They shall NOT include a synopsis, author’s note, nor the name, address or other author-identifying information. To ensure blind review, please include a separate cover page document with the title of the play, name of the author, address, phone number, email, and university/college, theatre, or state affiliation, as applicable, as well as a synopsis of your play.

Playwrights may submit multiple works; however, no more than two (2) plays per playwright will be produced in the festivals.

Previously produced but unpublished works and well-developed works in progress are welcome; plays previously produced by The Q Collective are not eligible.

Works may be submitted for both

Submit plays and cover pages by email attachment in PDF format to: submissions@theqcollective.theater with the subject COMING OUT 2019 or TRANSLUMINATE 2020.

Plays to be submitted to both festivals for consideration can be sent with the subject PLAY FESTIVAL SUBMISSION.

Please direct any questions to Sean Michael at the same email address.
Have something you want us to read? Send it to submissions@theqcollective.theater with the subject SUBMISSION.

Friday, May 31, 2019

New Thrills Theatre Festival 2019 10-Minute Play Submission

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New Thrills Theatre Festival (NYC)

1) One entry per applicant.
        Anyone is able to apply, as there is no application fee.
        However, a $50.00 fee (non-refundable) will be induced if your play is accepted into the festival (all accepted money will be put toward the grand prize).

FIRST PLACE GRAND PRIZE WINNINGS:
1) $350.00 (paid by check)
2) A meeting with No Frills’ Staff about producing
a full length play in our 2020 Season

2) Plays should be e-mailed in a PDF format to nofrillstheatrecollective@gmail.com

3) Plays will be accepted until June 15th, 2019.
       Winners will be announced June 30th, 2019.

4) If selected for the festival, Playwright understands that they must provide actors, a director, etc. and fully produce their 10 minute play.
         If needed, we may be able to provide management, if available.
         Those who are associated with No Frills Theatre Collective (i.e. artistic directors, management, crew, etc) may NOT participate in the festival, unless hired as crew for productions or judging the outcome of the entered plays.
         Associates may not direct, act, write or do anything creative within the festival. -No photography or videography are allowed inside the performance space. We will capture the festival and send you what you need.


4) Plays must not have been in fully produced or published before (readings are acceptable).

5) You may not have your play produced anywhere else from May until September. To do so will disqualify you from the festival.


CREATIVE RULES OF ENTRY

1) Your play must have a title page, in the correct format, and have page numbers.

2) Plays must be written in English (exceptions are phrases/words in other languages to forward the plot).

Shows must be delivered in English so as to facilitate the varying capabilities of our staff and judges and to maintain an equitable ejudication process. No Frills is accepting of all languages, cultures and religions. This rule is in place so as to not negatively effect a playwright’s end score amongst judges’  who may not all be familiar with multiple languages.

3) Provide a brief synopsis of your play (200-word maximum).
 Relevant information such as casting requirements, genre, plot, imagined technical requirements, character names, age, and brief descriptions.

Plays for children will not be considered.

4) Submitting author is (or authors, when in collaboration, are) sole owner of script copyright

TECHNICAL INFORMATION FOR PRODUCTION

1) If you do not have a tech crew, you may employ one from No Frills Theatre Collective for $20.00 for your tech rehearsal and performance.
         The fee will not incur if you would like them to watch your last rehearsal before your tech rehearsal.

2) Plays must be 10 minutes and no longer than 15 minutes when fully performed.
         You can gauge this by your page numbers (I.E. 1 Page = 1 Minute).
         If your production goes over your allotted time it will negatively effect your score with the judges.

3) There is a strict 5 minute to load in, 5 minute to load out rule.
         If your production goes over your allotted time it will negatively effect your score with the judges.

4) You may not have an expansive amount of set, costumes, props, etc.
         This is a No Frills festival, so the point is to get to the root of the play, without hindering it with cumbersome set pieces or props.

5) You may not use the following: live flame, haze, guns that fire blanks, prop weapons that are not under permit/not marked that they are props, sugar glass, confetti, live animals, drugs, alcohol.

6) You may not change the light plot. Whatever the light plot is, stays as is. We may be able to change the wash of color, if need be.

7) If your play involves singing or live music, this all must be set up within the 5 minute load in/load out timeframe.

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company Generations 2020

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In order to support the work of parent playwrights, BETC is seeking full-length plays written by a parent with at least one child 18 years of age or younger as of June 15, 2019.

Please read carefully before submitting.

The winning playwright will receive

  • a week-long workshop residency in Boulder, Colorado, from January 6-11, 2020, with daily rehearsals, culminating in a staged reading of the selected script;
  • the chance to rewrite and revise during the week as part of the script development experience;
  • a stipend for travel and lodging;
  • a $500 prize; and
  • a $500 childcare stipend to defray the costs associated with childcare during the residency.
  • During the residency, the selected play will be rehearsed with a cast of professional actors, director, and dramaturg. The week will culminate in a public reading.

Specific date arrangements will be made directly with the winning playwright, but the playwright must be available to be in residence in Boulder for at least five consecutive days during the window of January 6-11, 2020.

Entry Guidelines:
Plays must be full-length scripts, submitted by playwrights with at least one child 18 years of age or younger as of the submission deadline
Each playwright is limited to submission of one script for consideration. 
Plays must be in the English language. Playwrights must be U.S. residents. 
No musicals will be accepted.  
We will not reconsider scripts that have already been submitted to this competition in previous years. 
Scripts that have been produced by Equity or professional companies or that have been published are ineligible. 
Scripts may not be under option or scheduled for production or publication as of June 15, 2019. 
We will consider scripts that have had a workshop, reading, or academic production. BETC will negotiate an option on the winning play and have right of first refusal on the world premiere production. The winning play will receive full consideration for production in an upcoming season.

The application deadline is June 15, 2019, or when our 250-script submission cutoff is reached. Our winning playwright will be notified by October 15, 2019.

The submission form will require you to submit a blind copy of your full script as a PDF file. Please do not include your name anywhere in the sample file. The biographical and demographic info you submit will not be referenced during the selection process.

Selection process:
In our initial reading round, we read the first 20 pages of a script. Script excerpts nominated by two readers continue to the semi-finalist round, in which two readers read the full scripts and complete thorough reader responses. Highly regarded scripts become finalists. Our full committee reads all finalist scripts, then advises our producing artistic director in selecting the winning play.

FAQ’s:
Because of the volume of submissions we receive, we do not provide feedback on submitted scripts during or after the competition. We will confirm that an initial submission has been received, and notify applicants of the competition winner.

Due to available program funding and staff capacity, we will not consider scripts from grandparents or others who are not currently custodial parents of a child 18 years of age or younger. We hope to be able to expand our program to additional generations in future years, but at this time our focus is on assisting playwrights with young families.

SUBMISSION FORM ONLINE

Jewish Women's Theatre seeks short plays and monologues

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Okay, you’re Jewish, that’s a good start, but how “Jewish” do you have to write? When submitting material, consider the following parameters for your submission:

Please check the themes of the season and submit accordingly. We will not accept late submissions this year.  Thank you!

Sex Addiction & Love in the 21st Century
Deadline for submissions June 1st 2019

  • Please make sure your name and title of your work appear on your submission.
  • An element of Jewish resonance is important, but your submission does not need to feature being Jewish as the prominent theme or subject.
  • Feature women or a woman’s point of view, but not exclusively. Male characters are welcome.
  • Short one-acts (10 minutes max) and monologues (7 minutes max) are preferred.  Will read full-length, but unlikely will produce.
  • 1500 words or less preferred
  • Must be topical for the 21st century. While we consider plays set in another time period, we mostly select contemporary pieces.
  • Small cast a must. One-person shows okay.
  • Previously produced or published work is welcome. Please include production and/or publication history. A new version of a classic or an adaptation from another medium would definitely be of interest.

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

Submit your material to ronda@jewishwomenstheatre.org. Be sure to let us know the salon you are submitting for in the subject line of your email.

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