Friday, July 28, 2017

At the Table submission guidelines

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Are you a Playwright or Actor and interested in taking part in an episode of At the Table: A Play Reading Series? Fill out the form and submit your play or resume for consideration. 

We are always looking for new artists to work with, and we aim to bring a new face in on every project we do. We read every submission as we can. If your play is selected for consideration, we will be in touch for more information. We do not have any specific genre or topical requirements for our plays, beyond that their primary language should be English. They can be short, long, small cast, big cast, written for today, or written in pastiche. We are interested in all submissions and look forward to reading yours!

NBYT’s Short Play Festival

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PLAYWRIGHTS: Submit your scripts to SPF@nbyt.org or by hand to Executive and Artistic Director Darren Farrington by July 31, 2017.

To be considered for production, all play submissions must follow these guidelines:
  1. Plays may be written by one or more people, but all contributing writers’ names must be credited.
  2. No person may submit more than three scripts for consideration.
  3. Plays may be original works or adaptations. Adaptations must be based on works in the public domain or permission of the author of the underlying work must be obtained and proven.
  4. Plays must be no more than twenty (20) pages and must be typed in 12-point size of a standard font with one-inch margins on all sides of each page. A character list must be included at the beginning of the play, along with any notes on possible double casting and the setting. Pages must be numbered. There is no minimum length for submissions.
  5. Plays must be suitable for either all ages or middle school age and up.
  6. Plays submitted by email must be submitted in Microsoft Word or PDF formats.
  7. Plays must be able to be produced with minimal design elements and no required special effects.
  8. Playwrights must agree to license plays for production by New Britain Youth Theater for up to four (4) performances. No compensation will be paid to playwrights.
  9. If a play cannot be considered for any reason, NBYT will notify writers as soon as possible. If a problem is easily fixable and the play otherwise has merit, writers may be asked for revisions.
  10. Early submissions (before July 31) are permitted and encouraged.

Questions may be directed to NBYT Executive and Artistic Director Darren Farrington at darren@nbyt.org.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Discount tickets: THE CRUSADE OF CONNOR STEPHENS


THE CRUSADE OF CONNOR STEPHENS

Jerry Orbach Theater, The Theater Center
1627 Broadway, NYC 10019

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From the writer of the critically acclaimed Death of the Persian Prince comes the award-winning new play, The Crusade of Connor Stephens by Dewey Moss.

AUDIENCES ARE JOINING THE CRUSADE! The most emotional, truthful play you can see this summer, The Crusade of Connor Stephens has audiences cheering and on their feet every night at New York’s premier Off-Broadway location, The Jerry Orbach Theater.

Come and be a part of the audience for the special LIVESTREAM performance on August 3rd at 8PM!

Special Ticket Offer:

$10 (reg. $59) on August 3rd only
*All other performances will be $39 with the code below

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

Sundog Theatre is seeking one-act play

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Sundog Theatre is seeking one-act plays for  "Scenes from the Staten Island Ferry 2018"

This is Sundog Theatre's 16th annual presentation of new, original, short one-act plays about our favorite boats that take us from Staten Island to Manhattan and back
--the Staten Island Ferries.

Guidelines:

--Submit original plays not previously produced or published, with a signed note affirming that.

--Plays should be at least 15 minutes long (max 25) and should be set on the Staten Island Ferry.

--Plays should be contemporary, involve 2-3 characters and require no special set pieces other than benches or railings found on the Ferry, limited and easily accessible props, costumes, and no special sound or lighting requirements.

NOTE: This year, please incorporate a science fiction and/or supernatural element.

--Avoid overt and unnecessary sexual/violence/language since we cater to a broad audience.

No musicals or long monologues since plays are memorized by actors in a short time.

--As in life, a little humor is good.

Remuneration: The six authors whose plays are chosen will receive $100 each and their plays presented five dates: April 14, 15, 20, 21, 22, 2018 in Staten Island.

Submission:

--Please send two copies, bound or stapled, blind submission
(removable cover page with title, author, and contacts) to
Sundog Theatre, "Scenes 2018", PO Box 183, Staten Island, NY 10301.

For "blind submission" requirements: please do NOT put your name on each page.

Do include the title of your play on each page.

--Include a brief synopsis and 70-word playwright bio.

--Postmarked no later than December 31, 2017.

--No electronic submissions.

--Questions: ferry@sundogtheatre.org. Susan Fenley, Producer

--There is no fee for submission

Notification: Playwrights of selected plays will be contacted directly and their names listed on Sundog's website early 2018.

Please do not contact Sundog to see whether or not we are using your play.

Some possible topics to get your creative juices flowing (do not limit to these):
  • Space travel
  • Time travel
  • Superhuman
  • Apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic
  • Fantasy 
  • Supernatural Fiction 
  • Superhero Fiction 
  • Ghost Stories 
  • Spirits 
  • Seances 
  • Past Life Stories

South Street Players seeking original, short plays

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Call for original short plays by playwrights from tri-state area.

South Street Players (southstreetplayers.org) is seeking original, short (10 minutes preferred, 15 minutes maximum) plays for its 7th Annual Tri-State Theatre Festival. The event will take place October 20-22, 2017 in Spring Lake, NJ.

The festival, which receives more than 300 scripts annually, is committed to presenting the finest and most unique original short plays written by local playwrights from New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania. The event also serves as an artistic fundraiser, with all proceeds going to SSP to help maintain its commitment to producing high-quality, extremely engaging theatrical experiences for our audiences.

Submission Rules and Process:

Seeking original comedic and dramatic short plays from playwrights currently living in the Tri-State area only (NJ, NY and PA).
Plays must be 15 pages or less. Submissions of longer than 15 pages will be declined for consideration.

Plays must be in standard playscript format.

Playwrights may submit more than one play, but please be sure your name and email address is on the title page of each script.

SSP is a family theatre – no excessive swearing, no nudity.

No royalties or payment will be provided to playwrights should his or her play be chosen for the festival.

Plays will only be accepted via email: southstreetoneacts@gmail.com

Deadline: July 31, 2017, 11:59pm.
For more information, please email Rob Sullivan, Festival Producer, at southstreetoneacts@gmail.com.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

BVT New Works Initiative

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Bristol Valley Theater, a professional summer theater located in Naples, NY is accepting submissions for the BVT New Works Initiative which seeks to introduce our audience to new theatrical voices and to help create new works for the American Stage. 

Each year, the Initiative consists of three staged readings of works in various stages of development as well as one fully staged world premiere production. The BVT New Works Initiative has received support from The Wilson Foundation and the Dramatists Guild Fund.

Past World Premiere productions include:
"Elijah" by Judith Leora (2017)
"The Cookie Fight" by Judith Leora (2016)
"Who Is Theo?" by David L. Kimple (2015)

If you are a playwright with a new work that you would like to be considered for the BVT New Works Initiative, we are accepting submissions of full length plays and musicals. 

Submissions should be of previously un-produced material - plays that have received readings and workshops are acceptable. 

Playwrights should email a copy of the play AND a one page synopsis, including character breakdown, to bvt@bvtnaples.org

Additionally, if your play is a musical, please submit a link to a sample of the musical score or a cd sample of the music. 

Be sure to place NEW WORKS INITIATIVE SUBMISSION in the email's subject line. 

If you prefer to submit via U. S. post, mail to 
ATTN: New Works Submission, 
BVT, PO Box 218, Naples, NY 14512. 

Manuscripts cannot be returned. Plays are considered on a rolling review basis. Playwrights will be contacted if we are interested in moving forward. No phone calls, please.

Submissions will be considered for both staged readings and full production. Participation in readings does not indicate a guarantee of future production.

Compensation is as follows:

For readings, playwrights will receive a small stipend as well as round-trip travel (via Megabus) to and from NYC as well as housing accommodations in Naples for a few days leading up to the reading date. BVT will provide rehearsal space, a director and a cast of actors drawn from our professional company. Writers are expected to participate in a post-reading discussion with the audience and may be asked to participate in another community engagement event, to be determined on a case-by-case basis.

For full productions, playwrights will receive a guarantee of $1000 against a percentage of the box office revenue. Our contract has been reviewed by the Dramatists Guild. 

Round-trip travel and housing accommodations are provided in order to allow the writer to be in residence for a portion of the rehearsal period and for the play's Opening. Writers will be asked to participate in an Opening Night reception and may be asked to participate in another community engagement event, to be determined on a case-by-case basis. Plays will run for a total of 10 performances and will be supported by a professional director, design team, production staff and cast as well as a production budget equal to all other productions in our Main Stage season.

To learn more about Bristol Valley Theater, visit our website: www.bvtnaples.org

New Britain Youth Festival (New Britain CT)

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PLAYWRIGHTS: Submit your scripts to SPF@nbyt.org or by hand to Executive and Artistic Director Darren Farrington by July 31, 2017.

To be considered for production, all play submissions must follow these guidelines:
  • Plays may be written by one or more people, but all contributing writers’ names must be credited.
  • No person may submit more than three scripts for consideration.
  • Plays may be original works or adaptations. Adaptations must be based on works in the public domain or permission of the author of the underlying work must be obtained and proven.
  • Plays must be no more than twenty (20) pages and must be typed in 12-point size of a standard font with one-inch margins on all sides of each page. A character list must be included at the beginning of the play, along with any notes on possible double casting and the setting. Pages must be numbered. There is no minimum length for submissions.
  • Plays must be suitable for either all ages or middle school age and up.
  • Plays submitted by email must be submitted in Microsoft Word or PDF formats.
  • Plays must be able to be produced with minimal design elements and no required special effects.
  • Playwrights must agree to license plays for production by New Britain Youth Theater for up to four (4) performances. No compensation will be paid to playwrights.
  • If a play cannot be considered for any reason, NBYT will notify writers as soon as possible. If a problem is easily fixable and the play otherwise has merit, writers may be asked for revisions.
  • Early submissions (before July 31) are permitted and encouraged.

Questions may be directed to NBYT Executive and Artistic Director Darren Farrington at darren@nbyt.org.

92nd Street Y Opportunity for Playwrights

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Musical Theatre Development Lab (MTDL) is a program devised and directed by Megan Doyle for the 92nd Street Y, and is the umbrella for intersectional opportunities for artists. The Collective supports up to 10 emerging hybrid artists for a one-year residency of educational and creative events. The Resident Artist series provides up to 2 years of both financial and production support towards their Lab Production, an original evening-length Musical Theatre work presented by the 92nd Street Y.

We are pleased to announce the application process for artists to take part in the inaugural season of The Collective, a group of artists working on their own projects within a supportive and challenging environment of feedback and group attention. The forum provides resources, mentorship, performance opportunities, and community support to the artistic process. Geared towards makers who cross genres between dance, theatre, musical theatre and music, the lab is a year-long structure comprised of monthly showings and discussions, lectures and master classes, and informal performances. We are looking for directors, choreographers, playwrights, composers, and artists who highly hyphenate any of these, or more, titles!

Applications accepted on a rolling basis until August 1
2017-2018 Collective Members announced September 5

Application: https://form.jotform.us/71855360954161

For more information email Megan at Mdoyle@92y.org

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

The Madison Short Play Festival : Unpresidented

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Broom Street Theater seeks submissions of ten-minute scripts for
The Madison Short Play Festival : Unpresidented

Unpresidented will be performed at Broom Street Theater in Madison, WI in October/November 2018. (Exact dates TBA)

Plays should somehow revolve around the theme of the American Presidency. Authors may feel free to take that as currently/historically/fictionally as they please.

Authors will receive full credit and complimentary admission to the show, plus a DVD of the performance, but unfortunately, we cannot pay royalties. Playwrights retain all rights to their own work. If selected for production, playwrights will be asked to sign a waiver granting Broom Street Theater performance rights to the work, and the right to use the playwright’s name and image in associated publicity.

Previously published/produced work is admissable, provided that the playwright includes a publication/production history with their submission.

As a courtesy, if your play is a world premiere, we ask that any future productions of your play mention Broom Street Theater in the program or publicity.

There is NO FEE for submission, as submission fees are loathsome and befoul the nostrils of the angels.

We will accept no more than two submissions per playwright.

Playwrights from the Madison, WI area – or with ties to the Madison, WI area – will be given precedence. However, we’re suckers for excellence coming from anywhere (especially overseas!) and we love establishing new relationships with playwrights.

The deadline is March 1, 2018, but you don’t want to be that writer whose work is buried under an avalanche of last-minute submissions. Submit early for leisurely consideration!

How to Submit

Email your script in pdf or Microsoft Word format to submissions@bstonline.org. Please make sure your contact information is included in the file with the script.

Use the subject line – “Unpresidented”.

In the body of your email, tell us how your play relates to the theme of the festival. Tell us a little bit about yourself. Tell us what, if any, ties you have to Madison, WI. (It’s okay if you don’t have any.) Include the word Roosevelt somewhere in the body of your email. That’s how we identify people who carefully read the submission instructions.
Restrictions

Your play must fulfill the following restrictions:

Plays must be ten minutes or less in length.

Plays may only feature speaking roles for up to four actors. Four additional actors are available for crowd scenes/background, etc…

That’s it for restrictions. We’re okay with nudity, swearing, entrails… – or naked, swearing entrails.

If you have questions, please email Doug@bstonline.org. (Do not, however, send your submissions to Doug or he will become cross.)

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The Lark's Jerome New York Fellowship 2018-19

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The Lark’s Jerome New York Fellowship provides substantial artistic and financial support to an emerging writer of extraordinary promise and vision through an intensive two-year residency that provides resources and guidance to generate and develop a significant body of work.
Activities:

The Fellowship Period is January 1, 2018 to December 31, 2019.

In the first year, the Fellow will receive a stipend of $25,000, paid in monthly increments. In addition, the Fellow will have access to an “Opportunity Fund” of $5,000 for the purposes of travel, research, autonomous workshops, and so forth, for the duration of their fellowship and for up to one year after its completion. (The Fellow will request these funds in writing to the Artistic Director and no reasonable request will be refused).

In the second year, the Fellow will receive a stipend of $15,000, paid in monthly increments. In addition, the Fellow will continue to have access to any remaining balance in the Opportunity Fund.

Because the Lark's programs are philosophically designed to put artists at the center of their own process, all residency activities will be based on an initial Fellowship goal-setting meeting at the start of the term in January 2018. The Fellow will be expected to work with Lark staff to design a regular schedule of program activities, including participation in several of Lark’s new play development programs, such as Roundtables, Playground, Monthly Meeting of the Minds, Winter Writers’ Retreat, New York Stage and Film Vassar Retreat, Project Residencies or Studio Retreats. The exact structure is flexible based on the specific needs of the selected Fellow, who will participate in a range of these or similar programs throughout the course of the residency.
Additional activities will include:

  • Monthly one-on-one meetings with Lark's Artistic Director John Eisner;
  • Regularly scheduled meetings with Lark's artistic staff, including Director of Artistic Programs Lloyd Suh and Director of Scouting & Submissions Andrea Hiebler, as mutually decided;
  • At least 3, and up to 10 Roundtable readings of the Fellow’s' new plays in progress, to be scheduled throughout the residency period, at the Fellow’s request;
  • Opportunities to participate in offsite programs and partnerships in the U.S. or abroad;
  • Finance and entrepreneurial workshops including Lark’s Business of Art workshop.


Application deadline is 5:00pm EST, Monday, July 31, 2017.

Selection Process:

  • By application. The Fellow is selected by a diverse panel of theater professionals familiar with Lark programming and philosophy, but will not include current Lark Staff or Board Members.
  • Eligibility requirements:
  • Must be a New York City or Minnesota state resident (though the Fellow must commit to maintaining residency in New York City throughout the fellowship period);
  • Must be a citizen or permanent resident of, and eligible to work in, the United States;
  • Must self-identify as an "emerging" playwright;
  • Must not have had more than two different works professionally produced at the time of application (meaning works produced on professional Actors Equity contracts or similar international contracts; Equity showcase/waiver productions are not included).

Finalists will be notified in September 2017. Additional work samples will be required from all finalists, including a copy of one full-length play.

Notification for all applicants will take place by November 2017.
2018-19 Application:
Please submit:

  • A cover sheet, including your name, address, telephone number and email address.
  • A one-page theatrical resume listing all productions, workshops, readings, commissions, publications, awards, etc., as well as education and training information;
  • A 10-page work sample of theatrical writing that best represents your current work as a playwright;
  • An Artist Statement (not to exceed two total pages) that answers the following questions:
  • In what way(s) do you consider yourself an "emerging" playwright?
  • How would this Fellowship and the activities described above be transformative to your work and/or life as an emerging playwright?
  • What specific goals do you have in your work for the upcoming year and beyond?


Applications may be emailed in MS Word or PDF format to jerome@larktheatre.org. Electronic submissions are encouraged. Mailed submissions can be sent to: The Lark, Attention: Jerome New York Fellowship, 311 West 43rd Street, Suite 406, New York, NY 10036. Applications are due by 5:00pm EST, Monday, July 31, 2017.

Monday, July 24, 2017

MANHATTAN REPERTORY THEATRE'S FALL PLAY PRODUCTION PROGRAM

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We are making it possible for anyone with a good play, and for a nominal fee, to have their play produced at Manhattan Rep. We supply the director, the cast, the rehearsal space, set and props, and we bring your play to life in Midtown Manhattan where one can invite friends, family, producers and literary agents to come and see it. And it doesn't cost an arm and a leg!

Yes, you need to workshop your play to develop it further! This is a fantastic opportunity where you don't have to do the work.

Self-producing is challenging. Here is an opportunity to make it easy.

WE NOW HAVE SLOTS AVAILABLE SEPTEMBER THROUGH NOVEMBER 2017!

For a 10 minute play with 1 to 3 characters:
For Manhattan Rep to put up your production in one of our short play events the fee will be $695.00

For a 11 - 20 minute short play with 1 to 3 characters:
For Manhattan Rep to put up your production in one of our short play events the fee will be $895.00

For a 21 - 35 minute 1 act play with 1 to 4 characters:
For Manhattan Rep to put up your production in one of our short play events the fee will be $1195.00

For a Full - Length play with up to 6 characters:
Fee based on the play and production requirements.

(The fee for a full-length play is usually at least 4 to 6 times the amount of a shorter play due to rehearsal time, stand alone performance time and full-length plays get 3 - 8 performances depending upon what you want. Submit your play if you are interested, and we will send you a Budget/Fee.)

If you are interested in this program, please email your submission to:

manhattanrep@yahoo.com
Please include the complete play as a .pdf,
  • a synopsis of the play, 
  • the aprox. running time, 
  • set and lighting requirements, 
  • your contact email address, 
  • your mailing address, 
  • and your contact phone number. 
Please put "Play Production Program" in the subject heading.

We will get back to you in a day or so as to your acceptance to this program.

Discount tickets: Puffs, or: Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic and Magic


Tilted Windmills Theatricals presents
Puffs, or: Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic and Magic

An Epic journey that reimagines what a boy wizard hero can be.
Written by Matt Cox
Directed by Kristin McCarthy Parker
New World Stages - 340 West 50th Street (Between 8th and 9th Aves)


“Any Potter fan visiting New York City absolutely must take in this play.”
–Hypable

“Leviosa yourselves to the new Off-Broadway hit, Puffs!”
–Edge Media Network

The hit Off-Broadway show already enjoyed by over 20,000 people just got a little bit more

Off-Broadway-er. Puffs transfers to a new production at New World Stages this summer.

For seven years a certain boy wizard went to Wizard School. This, however, is not his story. This is the story of the Puffs… who just happened to be there too. A play for anyone who has never been destined to save the world. “An alternative narrative for the underdog” (Wall Street Journal).

Puffs, or: Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic & Magic is a Potter inspired comedy for anyone who has ever felt like a secondary character in someone else’s story. The play that “never goes more than a minute without a laugh” (Nerdist) gives you a new look at a familiar adventure from the perspective of three new heroes just trying to make it through magic school. Alongside them are the Puffs, a group of well-meaning, loyal rejects with a thing for badgers "who are so lovable and relatable, you’ll leave the theater wishing they were in the stories all along” (Hollywood Life). Their “hilariously heartfelt!” (Metro) and epic journey takes the classic story to new places and reimagines what a boy wizard hero can be.

“Buy a ticket immediately. I can promise you won’t regret it.” –MuggleNet

As a special treat for parents and families, all matinee performances are appropriate for young wizards from ages 8 and up.

On Stage Through 1/14/18!

Performance Schedule:

July 10 – September 3:

Mondays: 8pm | Fridays: 8pm | Saturdays: 2pm & 8pm | Sundays: 3pm & 7:30pm

September 7 – January 14, 2018:

Mondays: 8pm | Thursdays: 8pm | Fridays: 8pm | Saturdays: 2pm & 8pm | Sundays: 3pm

Performance Schedule Subject to Change.

Buy Now and Save – Tickets as low as $27!

$27 & $47 Tickets ($67 Reg.)


THREE EASY WAYS TO BUY:

ONLINE: Visit TelechargeOffers.com and enter code PUMAGIC47

PHONE: Call (212) 947-8844 and mention code PUMAGIC47

IN PERSON: Present this offer at the New World Stages box office - 340 W 50th St, (Between 8th and 9th Aves).

Box office hours: M, W, F: 1pm until Final Curtain; T: 1pm – 7pm; Th, Sat, Sun: 10am – Final Curtain.

For more information, visit www.PuffsThePlay.com

*Tickets regularly $67. Offer valid through 1/14/2018. Blackout dates may apply. All prices include a $2 facility fee. All sales are final - no refunds or exchanges. $27 seats may be obstructed/partial view. Offer subject to availability. Not valid in combination with any other offers. Normal service charges apply to phone and internet orders. Performance schedule subject to change. Offer may be revoked or modified at any time without notice. Limit 8 tickets per order.

Henley Rose Playwriting Competition For Women (Knoxville TN)

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NO FEE OPTION:
  • Fee is waived for members of the Dramatists Guild with verification of current membership
  • Fee is waived for snail-mail submissions: 
Henley Rose Playwright Competition
810 Vista Oaks Lane
Knoxville, TN 37919
The first 200 submissions to be received between June 30th and August 31st will be considered. Once 200 scripts have been submitted an announcement will be made and the application will be closed.
  • Submissions must be completed full-length or one-act plays.
  • Submissions must be the original work of the submitting female playwright.
  • Submissions may not have been previously produced or fully staged.
  • Submissions are due by August 31st, 2017 and must include all of the submission materials to qualify.
  • One script may be submitted per applicant.
  • International submissions are welcome. 
There is a $20 submission fee. ($20 submission fee is waived for members of the Dramatists Guild with verification of current membership.)

Applicants who choose to submit materials via e-mail must also pay an additional $8.00 printing fee.

A small group of finalists will be announced in January, 2018. From that list, 3 winners will be selected and will be invited to attend the staged reading of their play, which will take place in Knoxville, TN in Spring of 2018.

The First, Second, and Third Place winners will be announced by January 31st, 2018 and will receive the Henley Rose Award. In addition, submission fees will go toward creating a cash prize for the winners of the Henley Rose Award.

If you have any questions, please let me know and thank you for the opportunity to share our competition with your subscribers.

http://yellowroseproductions.org/henleyrose/

Theatre InspiraTO's 13th Playwriting Contest

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The contest is now open. Deadline to submit: November 20, 2017
This year's creative challenge: All about her.
The theme "all about her" must be an integral part of the play.

Details

The play must be a ten-minute play. The theme "all about her" must be an integral part of the play. The story can be a comedy, a drama, a parody, absurd or anything in between (in English only). We also accept musicals. The contest is open to anyone, in any part of the world, without geographic or age restrictions.

Please note: Just because one of the characters or all the characters are female does not necessarily make the theme “all about her”. Ensure that the play highlights a distinct female/feminine voice about the way she engages with the world or how she views the world.

How to submit

You must submit online (scroll to the bottom of the page) by November 20, 2017, 11:59 pm E.S.T. There are no fees. Once you submit you will be taken to a page confirming that we have received your submission. You may only submit one play.

The cover page should have the title of the play, the playwright's name and the list of characters. The pages should be numbered. The format should be easy to read. We accept previously produced plays (but not plays that have produced at InspiraTO before). The playwright must own the rights to the play up to June 17, 2018 (i.e. the script cannot be owned by a publisher).

We are particularly interested in scripts that aren't afraid to make bold choices: quality writing backed by imaginative staging.

What will happen

The plays will be selected by a committee from the Toronto theatre community. If selected, your play will be performed in Toronto, Canada from June 1 - June 16, 2018. 

Between eighteen to twenty four, ten-minute plays will be selected and performed. 1st Prize: $500 CDN. Should your play be selected for inclusion in the festival, you are giving the non-exclusive right to Theatre InspiraTO to produce and perform the play in the 13th Annual InspiraTO Festival in Toronto (Canada's largest ten-minute play festival), in June 2018. The InspiraTO Festival will find the cast, crew and market your play. Authors retain copyright and full ownership of their plays.

Only those playwrights whose plays have been selected will be notified by January 1, 2018 (more likely by mid-December).

What does a good ten-minute play need?

A ten-minute play is distinct from a sketch, or a skit; it is a compact play, with a beginning, middle and an end. You need a character facing obstacles in pursuit of some specific goal. You need rising action, conflict, and a climactic moment and your play must tell a complete story.

Generally speaking, scripts (including the stage directions, character names and dialogue) that are over 1,900 words are more than ten minutes long on stage. This does not mean that all plays under 1,900 words are under ten minutes, so be wise: use Word Count and read the play out loud while timing the length (including all pauses). You don't want your hard work rejected because it was too long.

Get inspired. See your story come to life!

The Yale Drama Series is seeking submissions for its 2018 playwriting competition.

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The winning play will be selected by the series' current judge, Ayad Akhtar. The winner of this annual competition will be awarded the David Charles Horn Prize of $10,000, publication of his/her manuscript by Yale University Press, and a staged reading at Lincoln Center's Claire Tow Theater. The prize and publication are contingent on the playwright's agreeing to the terms of the publishing agreement.

There is no entry fee. Please follow these guidelines in preparing your manuscript:

1. This contest is restricted to plays written in the English language. Worldwide submissions are accepted.

2. Submissions must be original, unpublished full-length plays written in English. Translations, musicals, adaptations, and children's plays are not accepted. The Yale Drama Series is intended to support emerging playwrights. Playwrights may win the competition only once.

3. Playwrights may submit only one manuscript per year.

4. Plays that have been professionally produced or published are not eligible. Plays that have had a workshop, reading, or non-professional production or that have been published as an actor’s edition will be considered.

5. Plays may not be under option, commissioned, or scheduled for professional production or publication at the time of submission.

6. Plays must be typed/word-processed, page-numbered, and in Yale Drama Series play format.

7. The Yale Drama Series reserves the right to reject any manuscript for any reason.

8. The Yale Drama Series reserves the right of the judge to not choose a winner for any given year of the competition and reserves the right to determine the ineligibility of a winner, in keeping with the spirit of the competition, and based upon the accomplishments of the author.

ELECTRONIC SUBMISSIONS:
The Yale Drama Series Competition strongly urges electronic submission. By electronically submitting your script, you will receive immediate confirmation of your successful submission and the ability to check the status of your entry.

Electronic submissions for the 2018 competition must be submitted no earlier than June 1, 2017 and no later than August 15, 2017. The submission window closes at midnight EST.

If you are submitting your play electronically, please omit your name and contact information from your manuscript. The manuscript must begin with a title page that shows the play's title, a 2-3 sentence keynote description of the play, a list of characters, and a list of acts and scenes. Please enter the title of your play, your name and contact information (including address, phone number, and email address), and a brief biography where indicated in the electronic submission form.

If you would like to submit an electronic copy of your manuscript please go to: https://yup.submittable.com/submit.

HARDCOPY SUBMISSIONS:
The Yale Drama Series Competition strongly urges applicants to submit their scripts electronically, but if that is impossible, we will accept hardcopies.

Submissions for the 2018 competition must be postmarked no earlier than June 1, 2017 and no later than August 15, 2017.

If you are submitting a hard copy of your play, the manuscript must begin with a title page that shows the play's title and your name, address, telephone number, e-mail address (if you have one), page count, and (if applicable) a list of acknowledgments; and a second title page that lists the title of the play only, a 2-3 sentence keynote description of the play, a list of characters, and a list of acts and scenes. Please include a brief biography at the end of the manuscript, on a separate page.

Do not bind or staple the manuscript.

Do not send the only copy of your work. Manuscripts cannot be returned after the competition. If you wish receipt of your manuscript to be acknowledged, please include an email address on your title page or a stamped, self-addressed postcard.

Send the manuscript to Yale Drama Series, P.O. Box 209040, New Haven, CT 06520-9040.

CONTACT US
For more information regarding the Yale Drama Series please write to us at:

Yale Drama Series
P.O. Box 209040
New Haven, CT
06520-9040

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Radio Theater Project Submissions

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The Radio Theatre Project accepts submissions of original scripts where the story depends on dialogue instead of visuals.

The beauty of radio theater is that it’s voices, and it’s storytelling.

Radio plays can be startlingly intimate – the thoughts inside somebody’s head. Or as wide-ranging as the universe, a story way too big for a stage. It’s easy and inexpensive to go to Mars on the radio, or converse with a dragon or your dog – this is theatre your audience builds with you, and each person designs the set and casts the characters in their imagination.

That said, we tend toward new work and only rarely do old-timey scripts. We welcome writers who have radio in mind, and writers willing to reshape scripts that have had a life onstage or screen.

If you’re adapting a work from another medium, remember that audio is a different animal. What got you screams and cheers onstage may need to be rethought if it’s delivered without visuals.

Selected plays are performed for a standing-room only crowd in downtown St. Pete, with professional actors on book and a sound effects artist. Recordings are distributed via podcast and writers receive a stipend of $50 when the script is performed.

Short plays are very welcome. Full-length plays will need to be condensed to one hour with an intermission.

Stage plays can be submitted as-is for consideration, though if selected some adaptation may be necessary.

This is an ongoing opportunity.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES FOR RTP SCRIPTS
  • Plays should have a running time of 50 minutes or less. Brevity is the soul of.
  • Plays longer than 30 minutes will need to be able to be split in two parts with an intermission.
  • Plays that originated as stage, film or prose are fine, but we produce radio theater – works originating in other forms will need to be adapted for radio.
  • The Radio Theatre Project reserves the right to make any edits necessary for length, clarity or FCC regulations. We’ll suggest those to you, if your script is being considered for production.
  • Florida writers and plays with Florida settings and subject matter are always welcome.
Send plays for consideration to Jim Wicker, Literary Manager, at jimwicker.actor@gmail.com.

REQUIREMENTS
Please include a cover sheet with title, name of author and contact information.
On the second page, please include a plot summary and brief bio of the author.
Please submit scripts in 12-point type with page numbers in the upper right-hand corner.
Think about sound and sound effects.
The scripts will be broadcast, so FCC language restrictions apply—no seven deadly words, obscenity, overt sex or graphic bodily functions.

Before your script is produced, you will need to put it into radio play format – see guidelines here.

TIPS
Any action must be made clear by dialogue and sound effects.
Characters should be identified frequently by name, and there can’t be too many characters in the same scene. If characters aren’t part of the conversation, they disappear.
Be judicious in your use of narration and monologue, or avoid them altogether. Dialogue is more engaging.

RESOURCES TO EXPLORE

Tips from the BBC, including sample scripts. They do know all about it.

An excellent article on Writing for Audio Drama by author Robyn Paterson. Many thanks to Radio Theatre Project fan Alexander Balanda for sharing this terrific resource.

Wonderfully detailed guidelines from Independent Radio Drama Productions in the UK.

An introduction to writing NPR-style radio. All the rules about writing and the way listeners listen, apply.

If you have questions, please contact Jim Wicker, RTP Literary Manager at jimwicker.actor@gmail.com.

Lakeshore Players Theatre Active Voice: Staged Reading Series

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  • A play to be performed by no more than 10 performers.
  • Full-length in any genre.
  • If a musical, the score should be original and able to be played by one pianist.
  • Translations, collections of one-acts, and any play that has received a full scale professional production prior to submission are not eligible.
  • Opportunities for diversity are preferred.
We respond primarily to plays with a sure command of language and a clear dramatic action.
A complete submission package includes:
  • Title of the play
  • Your contact information
  • A concise paragraph describing why your play is a good fit for Lakeshore Players Theatre
  • Character breakdown and description
  • Time and place
  • Synopsis
  • 10-page sample minimum, full manuscript welcome if complete
Submission Deadline: August 7, 2017

Submission Method:

Send a PDF via email to office@lakeshoreplayers.org.
Company Contact Information:

Lakeshore Players Theatre
4820 Stewart Ave White Bear Lake, MN 55110
Office: 651-426-3275 | Tickets: 651-429-5674
office@lakeshoreplayers.org | ben@lakeshoreplayers.org
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Mission:

Lakeshore Players Theatre’s (LPT) mission is to provide community enrichment and education through the performing arts. A community based nonprofit theater under professional management, LPT is committed to strengthening our community by helping people of all ages and experiences to participate in the performing arts. The 2017-2018 season is Lakeshore Players Theatre’s 65th season.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

INGRAM NEW WORKS LAB

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The Ingram New Works Project was launched by Nashville Repertory Theatre in 2009 thanks to the generous support of Martha Ingram. With the mission to support the creation of new works for the theatre, Nashville Rep created a project that includes the New Works Lab.

The Ingram New Works Lab is intended to be an artistic home for early career playwrights to share and develop new work, hone craft, receive support, and springboard themselves into the next phase of their writing career.

Nashville Rep seeks committed playwrights for residency in the 2017-2018 Ingram New Works Lab. Submission deadline is July 24, 2017.

THE INGRAM NEW WORKS LAB

The Ingram New Works Lab is an artistic home for playwrights and a fertile environment for the creation of great new plays. During monthly Lab meetings in Nashville, playwrights share and develop a new work and receive transformative support and project guidance from dedicated staff.

In addition to the monthly meetings, each playwright will participate in Playwrights Week January 13-19, 2018, developing their play under the guidance of the 2017/18 Ingram New Works Fellow.

During their 2017/18 residency, each playwright will be expected to work toward the creation of a new play that will be presented in a staged reading featured at the Ingram New Works Festival in May 9-19, 2018.

The Ingram New Works Lab is a generative residency in which selected playwrights will create a new work for the theatre. Nashville Rep will serve and support selected playwrights as they work to develop their play from the idea stage to a muscular full draft. Nashville Rep will provide the playwrights-in-residence:
A season-long playwright-led script lab that meets once a month in Nashville
A supportive environment to foster and support the playwright’s process
Access to professional actors
Workshop sessions involving professional directors, designers, and dramaturgs
Access to professional marketing and audience development resources
A week-long development lab with the Ingram New Works Fellow
A staged reading presented as part of the Ingram New Works Festival
Housing during residency dates in Nashville
Travel reimbursement for each trip to Nashville
A small stipend to defray additional expenses


PARTICIPATION IN MONTHLY SCRIPT LAB

The New Works Lab will meet once a month to provide playwrights-in-residence with a supportive but disciplined environment to workshop their scripts. Every playwright will have the opportunity to hear multiple drafts of their script read aloud by actors and receive feedback from their fellow playwrights. The lab will provide the opportunity for playwrights to shape, mold, and develop as many drafts as they feel necessary before festival rehearsals begin.

Lab Meeting dates: October 20-21, 2017; November 17-18, 2017; December 15-16, 2017; February 16-17, 2018; March 16-17, 2018; April TBA

PLAYWRIGHTS WEEK WITH NEW WORKS FELLOW

Playwrights-in-residence will participate in a week-long New Works Lab with the recipient of the Ingram New Works Fellowship, a nationally recognized playwright. Lab playwrights should be prepared to clear their schedule for the entirety of the week.

Playwrights Week: January 13-19, 2018
PARTICIPATION IN INGRAM NEW WORKS FESTIVAL

Work in the Lab will be focused on goals established by the Lab Playwrights. However, each playwright will be expected to work toward the creation of a new play that will be presented in a staged reading at the New Works Festival. Please note the following criteria for New Works festival plays being developed in the lab:
Full-length plays (prefer 80-120 mins. running time)
Plays that utilize no more than 8 actors
Plays that have not previously been produced by any professional company

Ingram New Works Festival dates: May 9-19, 2018.

APPLICATION GUIDELINES FOR THE INGRAM NEW WORKS LAB

Nashville Rep will award up to three residencies in the New Works Lab. Each playwright who accepts the residency will commit to developing a new play from its earliest stages to a full draft, participating in monthly Lab meetings, participation in the New Works symposium week, rehearsals for the New Works Festival, and assisting with the New Works Festival in May 2018 as auxiliary artistic staff.

All playwrights who accept a residency must commit to be available for all lab, playwrights week, rehearsal and festival dates:

October 20-21, 2017; November 17-18, 2017; December 15-16, 2017; January 13-19, 2018; February 16-17, 2018; March 16-17, 2018; April TBA; May 9-19, 2018

Should a playwright-in-residence miss multiple commitments, they may be asked to forgo their place in the New Works Lab.

All applications must include the following material:
  • A letter stating your objectives for working on a new play in the Ingram New Works Lab at Nashville Rep. You must include a description of your proposed play.
  • One Page Bio with history as a playwright.
  • A play that best represents your writing skill. Full-length is preferred, but a substantial one-act play (minimum of one hour running time) will be acceptable for this application. Author and contact information must appear on the title page. Please do not submit musicals, screenplays, TV scripts, or children’s theatre.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

Please use the online form for your submission. Upload your letter of intent, one page bio, and play in PDF format. Your application must include all three files. You will receive a confirmation email shortly to verify your submission. Submission deadline is July 24, 2017.

Additional questions can be sent to Nate Eppler, Ingram New Works Lab Director, at nate@nashvillerep.org.

Find answers to commonly asked questions about the Ingram New Works Project ar LAB FAQ

WE LIKE SHORT-SHORTS: A FESTIVAL OF 10-MINUTE PLAYS

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We are accepting submissions for our 6th annual 10-minute play festival to be presented on March 3 and 4, 2018. A blind panel of judges with broad theatre experience will select 8-10 plays to be presented as concert readings and will choose a first place winner who will receive a cash award of $100.00 and a second place winner who will receive a cash award of $50.00. Other selected playwrights will receive 2 complimentary tickets. Recently read or produced plays are acceptable; published plays are not. No musicals, no plays requiring children or teens in the cast. 

We cast 6 actors – 3 female, 3 male. Ages range from early 20s to early 60s. Plays should be intended for a general audience. Please use a standard format and font size no smaller than 12 and no color other than black. One submission per playwright in Word or PDF.

Please submit by email as follows:

The subject line should contain ONLY the title of the play – no other words, letters, numbers, or symbols. (Example subject line: Pedro’s Revenge.)

The body of the email must include the title of the play and the playwright’s contact information:
• playwright’s name
• mailing address
• phone(s)
• email

Do not send contact information as an attachment to the email.

Attach the play to the email. The title of the play must match the title in the subject line. (Example subject line: Pedro’s Revenge. Example attached play title: Pedro’s Revenge).

The attached file should include cast and script.

Do not include your name and/or contact information on the attached play. These are blind submissions. If your name appears on the title page or any other page of the script, it will be disqualified.

Submissions that fail to meet these guidelines will not be accepted.


SUBMISSIONS DEADLINE:
Midnight July 31, 2017
SUBMIT TO:
mail@thestorefronttheatre.org

Award-winning playwrights and all playwrights to be included in the festival reading will be notified by December 31, 2017.

CALLING ALL PLAYWRIGHTS OF MUSICAL AND PLAYS

NYWINTERFEST 2108 FESTIVAL COMPETITION - FIRST PRIZE $2,500

PLAY AND MUSICALS, FULL LENGTH, ONE ACT, SHORTS FESTIVAL COMPETITION.


Are you looking for a way to stage your writing? Do you want to see your production up and running, but know the enormous cost it takes to even put on a small reading? Are you looking to connect with other playwrights who are supportive and want the best for you and your production?

If you answered yes to one or all of these, the NYWinterfest 2018 is for you.

This is our 12th festival season in just 7 years, due to the commitment we give to our participants.

No other festival offers over $6000 in prizes honoring not only the Best Play or Musical, but your director, actors, singers, stage managers, set and lighting designers and score.

For an incredibly low participation fee you not only get 3 nights to perform your work in a state of the art 99 seat theatre, but we provide the following:

Extra long techs.

A professional lighting and sound system–with 92 professional lights in the plot including LED lights and color gels – that’s easy to use, even for non-techies. This includes a free tutorial on how to use the light/sound/projection system.

Storage for your props, costumes and set pieces during the entire run of your play. No other festival  offers this luxury.

74 set props, including varied pieces of real furniture. (http://newyorktheaterfestival.com/props/). 

2 projector – back stage that covers a 21×12 and stage right 14×8.

An 88 electric piano that all productions can use.

Free box office management.

We offer free tickets to all shows for the cast and crew of every production, participants to learn from your colleagues.

Guidance to help make your show a success. We answers to all questions in a matter of hours.

A knowledgeable staff to offer that personal touch.

We have a personal theatre expert who for a small fee will offer marketing, consultations and reviews.
An incredible website with a dedicated page/post where you can upload all you needs.

Above all, you will be treated with great respect, support and a real spirit of friendship.


Submissions Accepted from Everywhere in the US Shows from outside NY and NJ can only run if the entire cast and crew are from New York City. Submissions must be between 5 and 90 minutes long. 

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.)

We know exactly what you need to make your show a success and we welcome you into our community of playwrights and theater innovators!

NYWINTERFEST THEATER FESTIVAL A NON-UNION AND EQUITY SHOWCASE. Each applicant is fully responsible for all elements of their production. These include directing, casting, stage-managing.

Urban Stages: SMALL CAST PLAYS

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Due: August 31, 2017
We are a small theater and while we do take on projects with large casts, we are more likely to produce plays that expertly utilize small casts. We are looking for plays with four (4) characters or less – doubling is fine. Plays entered under this category are given special attention and considered more immediately by our Literary Committee.

To enter, follow instructions above and write SMALL CAST PLAYS on the envelope you send your play in.

*These submissions ARE eligible for The Emerging Playwright Award.


HOW TO SUBMIT?
Submit plays to:
Urban Stages
555 Eighth Avenue, RM 1800
New York, NY 10018

Email submissions will not be accepted.

Full-length plays only:
- scripts must be firmly bound
- No changes or revisions accepted after submission
- No double-sided pages.
- 7 actors or less (unless otherwise noted)…doubling is fine

With your submission, please include:
- Biography and/or author’s history of the play
- Character breakdown
- Brief synopsis of the play.
- A small SASE envelope for a response letter.
*Whole plays will no longer be returned. All plays will be recycled.

Plays MAY HAVE BEEN developed or produced elsewhere, BUT NEVER PRODUCED in New York City.

There is no limit to submissions.
Subject matter and character variations are open.

There is no submission fee.

It usually takes up to six months for us to read and process your script.
We ask that you do not call or email our offices to inquire on the status of your play.

Plays from overseas and throughout the United States are accepted and considered.
BUT special attention will be given to playwrights who live in or near New York.

We recommend not spending extra money to send your play express, overnight or via other expensive services. We accept plays year-round and for special deadlines, we accept plays postmarked on the deadline date. For special deadlines, late plays are just entered among our general year-round submissions.

An evening of Monologues & Shorts

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A medium-brow charity event to benefit the NY Foundling. The 90 minute show will be made up of original and contemporary monologues and shorts followed by a reception.

The event will be a wonderful opportunity for artists, actors and writers alike. It is a chance to perform, to workshop new pieces and ultimately to share and create fantastic stories.

The arts are as important and vital to our world as ever and this evening will be a charitable experience in more ways than one. While benefitting the NY Foundling and the amazing work that they do, it will also be a special opportunity to share gifts, to give from your heart, and to be delightfully entertained amongst friends, colleagues, fellow artists, and an appreciative audience.

The show will be mostly made up of original monolgues and short plays.

Monologues - 2-4 min.
Short Plays - 10 min. up to 4 characters

The submission deadline is Monday August 8th.

Once the plays have been selected, casting will take place and there will be a short rehearsal period before the performance on October 21st.

Email written work in either PDF or Word doc format.
2entertaintheidea@gmail.com

Friday, July 21, 2017

Narratively submission guidelines

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Most of what we publish comes from freelance submissions and pitches, so if you've got a great, untold, character-driven story, we want to hear from you!

What we're looking for:
-As you may have guessed from our name, we like stories with a narrative; stories where something actually happens.
-That means active, engaging scenes described vividly.
-The human element: Narratively stories always focus on either one incredible character, or a group of incredible characters. If you want to write about a phenomenon, find the person or group of people who embody it. Most of our stories can be described with the phrase "ordinary people doing extraordinary things."
-Something new: check to make sure your story hasn't already been covered, we want to uncover untold stories, not rehash old ones. We love stories that show unique access to people and places often unseen and unheard in traditional outlets.
- We publish pieces from all over the world and are interested in untold human stories, regardless of location.

What we're NOT looking for:
-Think pieces or op-eds. While your story should engage with big, interesting ideas, it should do so through scenes and narrative.
-Diary entries. We love solid first-person narratives, but, just like our reported pieces, they need to bring something new, exciting, maybe even shocking to the table. Anecdotes from your life, no matter how heartbreaking/hilarious/odd, aren't enough to make a good memoir piece, they need to illuminate some bigger idea, to teach the reader something about what it's like to be you, and what it's like to be human.
-Anything written in a second-person or letter format
-Stories about your time in the Peace Corps or your experience using Tinder. Memoir pieces should be extraordinary stories only you can tell, not your take on a common story.
-Profiles of your friends or colleagues. Reported stories should not focus on anyone with whom you have a personal or business relationship.
-Stories about alien abductions, demonic possessions, or ghosts. Your story should be fact-check proof.
-Fiction or poetry. No matter how great it is. We only publish non-fiction stories.


Themes: In addition to current, rotating themes (which can be found on the category submission pages), here are a few themes/series for which we’re always looking for stories:

Ordinary Obituaries: Some of the best narrative journalism out there shows up in the obit section of publications like the New York Times. But why should only the rich and famous have their full life stories told? This series is all stories of recently deceased ordinary people--those who perhaps had a two-line obit in a local paper--but whose lives deserve a full-length treatment. (Past examples include: A Gitmo Defense Attorney Who Refused to Toe the Line and The Man Who Elevated the Art World.)

Humans Behind the Headlines: Stories that go behind the scenes and below the surface of big, current news stories. These can be national stories or local stories with a universal appeal, but since this is still Narratively, they need to be brand new, untold, and human-driven. (Past examples include: Faces of Ferguson, Inside ISIS: The Making of a Radical, and That Time the Internet Sent a SWAT Team to My Mom’s House.)

The Naked Truth: Revelations about sex, sexuality or gender that expose a larger truth about all of us. Profile or memoir. (Past examples include: Sexless in the City, When a Father’s Son Becomes His Daughter, and I’m a Straight Man and He’s My New Sugar Daddy.)


Secret Lives: The people who make things happen behind the scenes. We want detailed accounts of the jobs you never think about. These pieces are quirky, informative, unexpected. They can be profile or memoir. (Past examples include: Secret Life of a Crime Scene Cleaner, Secret Life of a Telemarketing Peon, Secret Life of a Ghost Hunter.)


We will also always consider a good story idea regardless of theme. So don't wait around until you see a theme that fits, pitch away!

The Robert J. Pickering Award for Playwriting Excellence

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

Deadline:
Manuscripts must be received by December 31 2017
Types of plays accepted

Full length, unproduced plays and musicals. Children’s plays accepted. 

Unable to return without a self-addressed stamped envelope.
Selection Process:

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

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

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

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

Thursday, July 20, 2017

NEO Ensemble Theatre is accepting one act plays

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NEO Ensemble Theatre is accepting 15-40 minute one act plays for our 2018
season.

All styles and subjects will be considered as our themes vary throughout the season. If chosen, writers may be asked to rewrite aspects of their play to fit a specific production theme.

Submissions will be accepted between July 20th and August 30th, 2017.

Submissions received outside of this period will not be considered. Only one play per playwright may be entered.

Submissions are free, however no royalties or payments will be provided to playwrights should their play be chosen for the production.

Plays should be submitted electronically in PDF format with "NEO One Act Submission" in the subject line to: PlaySubmissions@NEOEnsembleTheatre.org

In your email please include your name, a brief bio, contact information, and the plays production history (if it has been previously produced where and when).

Due to the number of submissions playwrights will only be contacted if their play is selected.

FUNHOUSE II SCRIPT SUBMISSIONS: Original theatre inspired by The Twilight Zone, Black Mirror, and Adult Swim

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If you identify as part of any historically or presently marginalized groups, we are able to waive your submission fee. Please indicate in your submission email if you would like the fee to be waived.

The fee will be waived if any playwright can prove they are a member of the Dramatists Guild.


FUNHOUSE II
SCRIPT SUBMISSION
Performances October 19-21
@ The Slate Theater in Seattle, WA
Directed by Brian Toews, Dylan Gervais, Maddy Noonan, and Mario Orallo-Molinaro

What is Funhouse?
Funhouse is quarterly late-night play anthology inspired by “The Twilight Zone”, “Black Mirror”, “Mr. Show”, “Saturday Night Live,” and Adult Swim. Funhouse is a collection of subversive and experimental original content. Our show serves as a rotating platform for up-and-coming playwrights, directors, actors, and designers with ties to the Pacific Northwest. The creators of Funhouse want artists to take bold risks in their storytelling.

Funhouse was created by Brian Toews. The first show was co-produced and directed by Anna Ly, Brian Toews, and Chris Quilici. It received its premiere at Eclectic Theater in Seattle, WA June 2017 to a sold-out run.

Submit Your Original Script
Submissions of original ten-minute plays will be accepted beginning July 2nd, 2017. The deadline is August 25th, 2017. No plays will be accepted after August 25th, 2017. The number of plays to be produced will be at our discretion and will depend on the mix of submissions. Writers will be notified of our selections September 1, 2017. The pieces selected will be given a full production within the capabilities and budget of the producers. There will be a $25 honorarium given to all selected playwrights.

Submission Fee (w/ no-fee options)
There is a $5 submission fee.
After submitting your script, the email listed on your submission will be invoiced via PayPal. We will read/consider your script only after we have confirmed the submission fee.
Our PayPal is registered to funhouseanthology@gmail.com

The submission fee will go toward our design budget and the cost needed to rent the space.
No-fee options:
If you identify as part of any historically or presently marginalized groups, we are able to waive your submission fee. Please indicate in your submission email if you would like the fee to be waived.

The fee will be waived if any playwright can prove they are a member of the Dramatists Guild.


Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
We believe that theatre should reflect the community it serves. As such, we encourage people of all experiences, backgrounds, and identities, to submit their work. This includes people of any race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age, ability, class, or religion. If you identify as part of any historically or presently marginalized groups, we are able to waive your submission fee. Please indicate in your submission email if you would like the fee to be waived.


SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

● Submission must be an original, unproduced 10-minute play at time of submission. Plays that have had staged readings will be accepted. Plays that have received full productions, either professional or amateur, prior to submission will not be accepted. Legal clearance of materials not in the public domain is the full responsibility of the playwright.

● Playwrights may submit multiple scripts but the max number of plays produced will be one per playwright.

● Maximum length: Plays should run in the 10-15 minute range but can be shorter. Longer submissions will not be considered.

● Scripts may be comedy, drama, horror, fantasy, sci-fi, parody, musical, anything. NOTE: Funhouse II will premiere close to Halloween. You may or may not let that inform your narrative.

● This is a show for mature audiences (18+), and we encourage subversive and/or experimental work.

● Plays must be submitted with numbered pages and include on the title page the following contact and bio information:

○ Playwright’s first, last name, and preferred pronouns
○ Mailing address
○ Phone number
○ E-mail address
○ A brief biography (100 words or less)
○ If you are a member of a historically or presently marginalized group, please indicate if you would like your submission fee to be waived.

● Submissions may be emailed to funhouseanthology@gmail.com
Email submissions must be received by August 25th, 2017 to be considered.

● Preferred document format: Microsoft Word or PDF files ONLY. No other formats will be accepted.

● Selections will be made by directors Brian Toews, Dylan Gervias, Maddy Noonan, and Mario Orallo-Molinaro and is solely at their discretion. All decisions are final.

● Notification of final selections will be made via email by September 1, 2017.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Urban Stages: Words by Women

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Due: August 31, 2017
Only a small fraction of new plays produced every year are written by women. To encourage the development and production of plays by women, we put out a special call for our Words by Women Reading Series periodically. These plays are given special attention and considered more immediately by our Literary Committee.

Write WORDS BY WOMEN on the envelope you send your play in.

Plays must be written by female playwrights. While not mandatory, we encourage casts with a majority of women and plays exploring social issues facing women today.

*Words by Women submissions ARE eligible for The Emerging Playwright Award.

HOW TO SUBMIT?

Submit plays to:
Urban Stages
555 Eighth Avenue, RM 1800
New York, NY 10018

Email submissions will not be accepted.

Full-length plays only:
- scripts must be firmly bound
- No changes or revisions accepted after submission
- No double-sided pages.
- 7 actors or less (unless otherwise noted)…doubling is fine

With your submission, please include:
- Biography and/or author’s history of the play
- Character breakdown
- Brief synopsis of the play.
- A small SASE envelope for a response letter.
*Whole plays will no longer be returned. All plays will be recycled.

Plays MAY HAVE BEEN developed or produced elsewhere, BUT NEVER PRODUCED in New York City.

There is no limit to submissions.
Subject matter and character variations are open.

There is no submission fee.

It usually takes up to six months for us to read and process your script.
We ask that you do not call or email our offices to inquire on the status of your play.

Plays from overseas and throughout the United States are accepted and considered.
BUT special attention will be given to playwrights who live in or near New York.

We recommend not spending extra money to send your play express, overnight or via other expensive services. We accept plays year-round and for special deadlines, we accept plays postmarked on the deadline date. For special deadlines, late plays are just entered among our general year-round submissions.

The Players Follies Play Reading Festival

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The Players Follies Group (a 55 and older theatre troupe) will be producing a Senior Play Reading Festival November 18 & 19, 2017. The festival coordinator is looking for 1 to 10 minute non-published plays to be performed in The Players Backstage Theatre. Plays are being accepted now through July 28, 2017. Local theatre artist Cinda Goeken will coordinate and lead the event. A committee of judges will select the plays to be presented in a “Reader’s Theater“ style. Plays should be sent to The Players, 838 North Tamiami Trail, Sarasota FL. 34236. Attention FOLLIES Play Reading Festival.

There is no remuneration if a play is chosen as a part of the series. Previously submitted short plays that were not chosen for production, but have been rewritten, may be re-submitted for consideration.

A complete listing of the winning plays will be posted on the Players website by August 31st, 2017. Non-chosen entries will not be notified.

Guidelines
  • Plays should be 1 minute to 10 minutes in length.
  • Playwrights should be aware the Players Follies is a 55 and older theatrical troupe.
  • Maximum number of performers needed to produce the play is 8. Playwrights are asked to delineate if there are multiple roles that can be doubled.
  • Manuscripts must be typed and bound, with playwrights’ biographies included.
  • No evaluations will be rendered with any rejected entries.
  • Author may submit a maximum of 3 scripts.
  • Published plays are not eligible.
  • Musicals are not accepted.
  • Submit one hard copy to: “The Players Follies Reading Festival”, The Players, 838 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34236.
  • Postmark deadline is July 28, 2017. No submissions will be accepted past that date.

Winning selections

A full presentation of plays will be chosen to be read in front of a paying audience on The Players Backstage Theatre November 18 & 19, 2017. The chosen plays will be announced via The Players website by August 31, 2017.

Winning Playwrights will be notified by August 25th, 2017.

Plays not following proper guidelines or meeting the requirements will be disqualified.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

NBYT’s Short Play Festival

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We’ve produced a collection of short plays before (Comic Shorts, April 2013) but this time we’re inviting aspiring playwrights of any age to submit scripts, and we’re inviting aspiring directors age 12 to 18 to direct. Teens are also welcome to be involved as designers, stage managers, or producers. Don’t have any experience as a director or in any of these other roles? Not to worry! Each production will have an NBYT staff member working on it for guidance; in some cases, a staff member may even be directing the production. Auditions for actors will be held in the fall.

PLAYWRIGHTS: Submit your scripts to SPF@nbyt.org or by hand to Executive and Artistic Director Darren Farrington by July 31, 2017.

To be considered for production, all play submissions must follow these guidelines:
  1. Plays may be written by one or more people, but all contributing writers’ names must be credited.
  2. No person may submit more than three scripts for consideration.
  3. Plays may be original works or adaptations. Adaptations must be based on works in the public domain or permission of the author of the underlying work must be obtained and proven.
  4. Plays must be no more than twenty (20) pages and must be typed in 12-point size of a standard font with one-inch margins on all sides of each page. A character list must be included at the beginning of the play, along with any notes on possible double casting and the setting. Pages must be numbered. There is no minimum length for submissions.
  5. Plays must be suitable for either all ages or middle school age and up.
  6. Plays submitted by email must be submitted in Microsoft Word or PDF formats.
  7. Plays must be able to be produced with minimal design elements and no required special effects.
  8. Playwrights must agree to license plays for production by New Britain Youth Theater for up to four (4) performances. No compensation will be paid to playwrights.
  9. If a play cannot be considered for any reason, NBYT will notify writers as soon as possible. If a problem is easily fixable and the play otherwise has merit, writers may be asked for revisions.
  10. Early submissions (before July 31) are permitted and encouraged.

Questions may be directed to NBYT Executive and Artistic Director Darren Farrington at darren@nbyt.org.

Discount tickets: FUCK LA VIE D'ARTISTE


Eccentric Theater Company Presents:
FUCK LA VIE D’ARTISTE
a new play by Georgette Kelly
Directed by Chelsea Anderson-LongWith Nayib Felix, Hannah Karpenko and Mouna R'miki

July 26-30 (Wed-Sat at 8pm, Sunday at 2pm)
Theater 54 @ Shetler Studios (244 W 54th St.)

https://www.eccentrictheatercompany.com/fva

What does it mean when your own country sees you as an outsider? France, 2005: Zenab is an aspiring French-Moroccan artist, stuck giving tours of the room where Vincent Van Gogh died. When Vincent’s ghost begins to speak to her, she finds herself torn between her art and Avery, the American woman she’s fallen in love with. Meanwhile, riots explode near Paris after two young men of color are killed in a police chase. Zenab joins the riots, easel in hand, to paint her own version of France—one that digs deeper than the postcard-perfect veneer sold to tourists. Based on the true story of Bouna TraorĂ©, 15 and Zyed Benna, 17, whose deaths inspired weeks of sustained rioting across France.

All NYCPlaywrights are invited to attend at the $15 artist rate. In order to get the artist rate, select a show date and then select the "Artist" drop-down option in the online ticket order form.

https://www.artful.ly/etc/store/events/12435

You must show proof of professional artist status (ID, website, etc.) at the door to use ticket price.


NOTE: NYCPlaywrights will give away a voucher for a free pair of tickets for the Sunday July 30, 2017 performance, in this Saturday's weekly e-mail blast (July 22, 2017). 
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