Wednesday, July 27, 2016

2016 Playwrights and Artists Festival

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It is that time of year again. We have chosen our artwork for the 2016 Playwrights and Artists Festival. We, as always, extend first look to those who have submitted to our festival in years previous. The artwork will follow a refresher on the rules.

1. The play must be inspired by one of the works of art below.

2. The play must be written between the dates June 13 and August 7 2016

3. The play length needs to be between 15 – 20 minutes

4. Cast size maximum, 5 characters. Set should be implied.

5. The playwright would need to attend at least one of the two weekend performances (which take place in November). In person is preferred but we have in the past skyped with playwrights. As our festival is starting to reach a greater number people in wider locations we feel that we must take this into consideration. We always hope our playwrights can attend in person and feel the energy and excitement of having their work performed onstage for the first time but we understand that sometimes this is not logistically possible.

6. Plays must be submitted by midnight of August 7 2016.

There are no exceptions to these rules. We love the idea of fresh work based on the inspiration of our chosen art. We choose our artworks carefully. We love to see where it takes our playwrights. Each piece of art has infinite possibilities of inspiration. We wish all good luck writing and can’t wait to see the results.

And now here are this years artworks.

Artist: Adam Schultz

Artist: Sungchul Hong 

Artist: Blazo Kovacevic

Submissions must be made to this email address ( with “2016 playwright submission” in the subject line. 

Please send 2 copies of your play, one with your name and information on the title page and one completely blind with only the title and the piece that inspired it. I realize there are no titles with the artwork so a description of the piece is fine. Hopefully I will have titles for the pieces soon. 

Once the deadline hits I will be taking each play and categorizing it by artwork and the plays will be sent to our adjudicators. There will be 2 plays chosen for each artwork. Once they are chosen I will contact all those who submitted. Please allow for at least 3 weeks to adjudicate. 

Again I wish good luck to all those who choose to submit this year!

Happy writing!

Park Playhouse seeking new musicals

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Park Playhouse Inc. in Albany, NY, is seeking submissions for new musicals by unpublished and emerging composers, lyricists and librettists.

Submissions will be considered for possible inclusion in upcoming first annual new musical festival in New York’s Capital Region. 

Submissions may be workshopped through a staged reading or concert production as part of new annual festival, and may be considered for full-scale professional productions in future seasons.

The ideal submissions will be full length (at least 90-minute) musicals of either one or two acts, and will not have been produced in a professional setting to date. All genres and subject matter are welcomed.

Please send brief description of piece, PDF of libretto/score, and any links to examples/recordings of music from the piece. 

Submissions selected for workshop and development will be notified before the fall season. 

Please send materials by email to Owen Smith, Producing Artistic Director of Park Playhouse and Managing Director of the Palace Performing Arts Center, at 

Or send hard copy materials/recordings to: Park Playhouse, Attn: Owen Smith, 19 Clinton Avenue, Albany, NY 12207. Submissions accepted through July 31, 2016.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Fall Writing Classes at Primary Stages ESPA!

Fall 2016 classes at Primary Stages ESPA are now open for enrollment! We're thrilled to announce this semester’s lineup of opportunities in our writing department:

This 10-week class will guide you through the development of your first draft, providing concrete deadlines, constructive feedback, and a collaborative environment that will encourage you to get your ideas on the page.
Annie MacRae (Associate Artistic Director, Atlantic Theater Company)
Michael Walkup (Producing Director, Page 73)
A. Rey Pamatmat (Writer, House Rules; Co-Director, Mi-Ya Writer's Lab)
Sofia Alvarez (Writer, Friend Art at Second Stage)
Bess Wohl (Writer, Small Mouth Sounds at Ars Nova)
Kara Lee Corthron (Writer, Julius By Design at Fulcrum Theater, "Kings" on NBC)

Melissa Ross (Writer, Of Good Stock at MTC, Nice Girl at Labyrinth)
This new class is for those with complete (or nearly complete!) first drafts who are ready to hear the play in full and embark on strategic rewrites.

Edwin Sanchez (Writer, Barefoot Boy with Shoes On at Primary Stages)
Whether you choose to embark on a rewrite of your entire play or focus on individual scenes, writing exercises and in-class discussion will inspire you to ask new questions of your play, look at it from various angles, and deconstruct it with your fellow writers

Leah Nanako Winkler (Writer, Kentucky at EST)
Developing a strong portfolio of short plays is one of the fastest ways to become a produced or even published playwright. In this class, you’ll learn how not to waste a single word, cut mercilessly for the sake of the story, think outside of the box of structure, and have some fun.

Kate Cortesi (Screenwriter, New Line Cinema)
In this 10-week class, you will apply the concepts of character development, visual storytelling, theme, plot, and dialogue to your own original script. Class time will be devoted to the development and discussion of new stories as well as screenplays-in-progress, with assignments and feedback tailored to the needs of your project.

Ken Urban (Writer, The Happy Sad at The Public)
This class is for playwrights who want the tools to transition from stage to screen. Writing for television has the potential to be not only artistically satisfying, but lucrative as well.

Kate Wetherhead (Writer, Director, Creator of "Submissions Only"; Actor, Broadway's Legally Blonde and ...Spelling Bee)
Over the course of this 10-week class, our studios will transform into a TV writer’s room as you develop the first season of your very own dramatic or comedic web series with the creator of “Submissions Only”, Kate Wetherhead.

Jill Rafson (Director of New Play Development, Roundabout Theater Company)
In this 2-day workshop, Jill Rafson (who personally shepherded the original commission, development, Off-Broadway and Tony-winning run of the Pulitzer-nominated The Humans) will help you conquer the overwhelming task of writing about yourself and your work.

Our award-winning faculty, comprised of working professionals in the field, provides practical skills and expert guidance in a collaborative community atmosphere. For a full list of classes, including workshops and Online Classes, visit Classes begin in September. Start and end dates vary.

ESPA provides students easy and convenient payment plans to break up tuition: ESPA is a home for all artists, in all stages of their careers. For more information, call 212.840.9705 x211 or email

London Horror Festival 2016

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Calling all writers! Creators of horror! Macabre storytellers! Nightmare sculptors!

Following the success of last year’s short play competition ‘It’s Not What It Seems…’, which crowned the beautifully disturbing psychological thriller ‘CHEW’ by Sarah Tejal Hamilton the winner, we are once again calling for playwrights of all abilities to submit a 10-15 minute script.

This year’s theme … BADASS WOMEN!

Give our female actors a leading role they can really sink their teeth into! Good or evil, we want to see women at the centre of the story, as highly developed characters and forces to be reckoned with.

Submissions are open from now until Sunday 31st July, after which the festival team willshortlist 3 plays to be staged by a professional cast and crew at The Old Red Lion Theatre, one of London’s top fringe venues and host of the London Horror Festival 2016. The plays will be performed on Monday 10th October and the winner will be picked on the night by a special guest judge and awarded with the opportunity to stage a fully developed production of their play!

Please Click the Documents & Guides link at the top of this page for a brief.

2017 Prize: Submissions Now Open

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We are pleased to announce that submissions for the 2017 Milken Playwriting Prize are now open. Starting this year, both produced and unproduced plays written in the past two years will be accepted. Please review the Submission Policy below and submit your play by Thursday, September 15, 2016.

What is the Milken Playwriting Prize?

The Milken Playwriting Prize is a biennial theatre prize for plays that are written for teen actors to perform. The prize is $2,000, with a play development process culminating in a full production at Milken Community Schools. The goal is to encourage skilled playwrights and authors to write extraordinary plays that are suited to teen actors: shorter plays with large casts and more roles for females. Most playwrights today are focused on writing small cast shows for theatres, even though many opportunities exist for larger high school productions throughout the English-speaking world. The Milken Playwriting Prize winner will be widely publicized.

Submission Policy
  • Professional playwrights and authors are especially encouraged to submit. There is no fee and produced plays are now also accepted. Plays must:
  • Be written for teens to perform. This does not mean roles must be teenagers.
  • Have a cast size greater than 10 actors, not 10 roles.
  • Have a majority of female roles (both major roles and total roles).
  • Be between 40 and 100 minutes in length.
  • Be plays, not musicals, adaptations, or screenplays.
  • Be nominated by agents, theatres, major play publishing companies, college theatre professors, and recognized regional playwright organizations. NOTE: Plays that are not nominated can still be submitted online with a query letter, brief synopsis, and the full script. Nominations are strongly preferred.
  • Be uploaded as a PDF, in standard stage play format, with information identifying the playwright ONLY on the script’s title page.
  • Use the "Submit Your Play" button on this page.
  • Only one (1) submission per playwright.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Rainbow Theater Festival

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The AlphaNYC Theater Company is seeking plays written with at least one LGBT character and/or that deals with themes or causes important to the LGBT community, for its first ever Rainbow Theater Festival. There is no charge to participate or submit a play. Plays must be 15 minutes in length or LESS. Performances will take place at the new 60 seat Roebuck Theater for two weekends in September in Midtown, New York City. Deadline for submissions is August 15th.

 The AlphaNYC will supply the actors, actresses, and directors. Playwrights receive billing and a bio in the program for shows as well as comp. tickets to a performance of their choice.

 Please submit plays in PDF or Word document format to

Yale Drama Series Competition

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The Yale Drama Series is seeking submissions for its 2017 playwriting competition. The winning play will be selected by the series' current judge, Nicholas Wright. 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 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 standard professional 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.


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 2017 competition must be submitted no earlier than June 1, 2016 and no later than August 15, 2016. 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:


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 2017 competition must be postmarked no earlier than June 1, 2016 and no later than August 15, 2016.

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.

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

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

Or email us at

Sunday, July 24, 2016

EU seeks monologues & short plays

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Call for submissions - Monologues & Short Plays

EU presents an evening of monologues & short plays to benefit the NY Foundling.
Monologues - 2-4 min. max
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 20th.

Submissions may be emailed to:

365 Women A Year: a playwriting project

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Plays can be ANY length and you can have ANY number of characters.

PLAYS DUE DECEMBER 31, 2016 (There are no extensions.)
FIRST STEP: Choose a woman or women to write about. We are looking for 365 NEW women that our project has not yet covered. We do not accept repeats from previous years yet. You can make sure you don’t claim a repeat by searching through our historical women alphabetically. If you are not sure who to write about, scroll down for a list of available women.

Once you have chosen some options, you will fill out the CLAIM FORM. You will be asked to choose at least 3 options, in case your lady has already been claimed.

SECOND STEP: You will receive a confirmation email. You are not officially writing about anyone until you have received this confirmation email from It can take up to two weeks to get a confirmation email depending on the volume of claims we receive.

THIRD STEP: Happy writing. If at any point throughout the year, you get a hankering to write about someone else, simply fill out a new claim form.

Plays can be any length, any number of characters, and the playwriting format you are most comfortable with. PLEASE INCLUDE A LIST OF CHARACTERS at the beginning of the play.

FOURTH STEP: Submitting your piece. Please follow the directions, as your piece will not be officially submitted otherwise.

You will email your piece to Follow the directions below:

(1) In the subject line you will put: 2016/Name of historical woman/Play Title/Page Number/Your Name. (If you have many historical women in your piece, simply write MANY WOMEN, in place of the name of the historical women in the subject line.)

(2) Include your 100 word bio in the BODY of the email

(3) Getting the information from your piece onto the web site is important. We need you to write it out in a specific format. Here’s an example of what we need from you about your piece and the historical women in it to properly database it.

Historical Women: ***Each historical woman needs to be listed separately, include ANY existing woman who appears in your piece, even if you didn’t specifically claim them.****

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Ars Nova Residency

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Play Group is a two year residency in which members become a part of the Ars Nova Resident Artist community. In addition to biweekly meetings where members share new work and receive feedback from their Play Group peers, members also receive dramaturgical support and artistic match-making advice from the Ars Nova artistic staff; invitations to Ars Nova shows, Resident Artists mixers, and to see the work of Play Group alums around the city; two Play Group writing retreats; and the opportunity to further develop and showcase one of their plays in a weeklong workshop that can culminate in a public reading. 


All playwrights who identify as emerging are eligible to apply. In selecting new members, we will take into account the strength of the submitted play, what the writer stands to gain from membership at this point in her/his career and the overall balance of voices and styles within the group. Writers of all genders, races and abilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Please click HERE for the application form. Applications require one full-length play, a resume, two professional references and a personal statement describing what the playwright hopes to gain from membership. Applications for Play Group 2017 will be accepted beginning June 30th and must be submitted by midnight on July 31st to be eligible for consideration.

Still Crazy (After All These Years!)

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Looking for short plays with characters 55 or older

A Festival of new short plays for and about Seniors.

Looking for as yet unpublished, short plays in which ALL the characters are over 55 years old. This will be a non-Equity, short run festival in Fall 2016 in CT. Playwrights will be paid a small honorarium.

Deadline: August 1, 2016.

1. ALL CHARACTERS MUST BE OVER 55 YEARS OLD. Maximum of four actors.

2. Plays must be 15 minutes long or less. Monologues are accepted.

3. Plays must be unpublished. Previous productions are allowed (congrats!).

4. Simple, easily changed sets will be looked on favorably. No helicopters.

5. No more than two play submissions per author. Send us your best!

6. Please include your contact info on title page and in cover letter. Please include character and set descriptions on page 2 of your script. Previous production history may be included in cover letter, not required.

7. We are only accepting submissions by e-mail. Please attach your script as a Word document or PDF. PDF preferred. No hardcopy submissions.

How to submit:

E-mail submissions only, send to:

Please put "Senior Festival Submission" in the subject line of your e-mail.

We will announce our final selections in early Sept. 2016.

We look forward to reading your plays. Thanks!!!

Friday, July 22, 2016

David Calicchio Emerging American Playwright Prize Guidelines

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We will be accepting submissions for the 2017 David Calicchio Emerging American Playwright Prize from July 1 - 31, 2016.
We will no longer be accepting submissions via email or standard post. Please complete the application form and upload your materials below.

David Calicchio Emerging American Playwright Prize Guidelines
• Submissions will be accepted from July 1 – 31, 2016
• Submissions must be original, unpublished full-length plays in English in any genre
• Musicals, translations, one-acts, and any play previously submitted for the prizes are not eligible
• Plays may not have received or be scheduled for a full-scale, professional production prior to submission
• Playwrights must be citizens of the United States
• One submission per playwright is allowed each year; if you plan to submit for the 2017 Sky Cooper Prize, you must submit the same play for both prizes
• Playwrights submitting on their own behalf should submit a 10 page dialogue sample; Agents may submit full scripts for consideration. We prefer submissions as PDF of word documents (.pdf or .doc) with last name, first name, (title of the play) as the document title. For example: Wilson, August (Seven Guitars).pdf

The LIC One Act Festival 2016

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Oct. 27 – Nov. 13

The LIC One Act Festival 2016 is now accepting submissions for this year's festival.
Deadline for submissions is September 12th and acceptances will be awarded from now until September 19th.

The LIC One Act Festival 2016 is a competition style one-act play festival. The plays are divided into three different programs each program will run eight times during the course of the festival.

The Audience will vote for best plays. At least 6 perhaps 8, [depends on the plays length], nominated plays will then compete on November 13th at 8pm for Best Actor, Best Actress, Director and Best Play. Best Actor wins $50, Actress $50, Director $100 and Best Play $200.

All types of short play are considered but please remember to keep the staging simple with minimal set and props. We are ideally looking for plays that are 10 – 20 minutes in length. We will give special consideration to plays that are of the Halloween nature due to the time of year that this festival takes place during.

The LIC One Act Festival 2016 plans to run a rotating schedule of performances beginning Thursday, Oct. 27th through Sunday, Nov. 13th. Each Play is responsible for providing their Director and Actors for their production.

Break a leg! Equity Showcases permitted but acts will obtain their own code, The Secret Theatre will provide Equity compliant Insurance to the productions.

No submission or participation fee

Scripts may be submitted to

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Lagos Literary and Arts Journal submission guidelines

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Lagos Literary and Arts Journal is always in search of exceptional talents to promote.

If you feel you believe you are a good writer whose voice should be heard all over the world, send us your best short fiction, essay or poem.
If you have taken some extraordinary photographs, and you think you should rank amongst the best, send them to us with your bio.
If you have written a review about a book you have just read, and you want other people to know about the same book, send us the review and we will pass the message along.
If you have met a great artiste (writer, musician , artist) you think is so amazing and is worth promoting, send us your report .
If you have interviewed any of them, all the better, send us the interviews and some pictures, we will do our best

Lagos Literary and Arts Journal publishes all genres of creative writing and media related to creative endeavors – including but not limited to poetry, fiction, essay, memoir , drama; political essays, satire, profiles, book reviews, anything to stimulate public interest in Nigerian art and culture. As much as possible please keep the length of all submissions below 2500 words; and the size of other media (image. video. audio) less than 3MB
You may submit files of following type; doc , rtf, jpg , gif , png,
Submissions are invite from all over the world.
All work to be considered for publishing should be sent to the editor at the following :

LLAJ is primarily a promotional publication, aiming to bring to light the work of new talents. We generally only pay an honorarium of $20 ($10 for poetry) for any work used in the print edition.

To obtain a sample copy of the journal (N800), visit our editorial and fulfillment office at:
AM Book and Team Publishing Limited
1 Olanipekun Street, Ososami Road,

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Generate 31 New Plays in 31 Days

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Brooklyn, New York – The 31 Plays in 31 Days Project, an annual event challenging playwrights to write 31 original plays during the month of August will be accepting submissions beginning August 1st. Participation is free and open to the public.

The project was founded in 2012 by Rachel Bublitz and Tracy Held Potter and as a way to motivate playwrights to generate a large quantity of material in a short period of time. Since 31 Plays in 31 Days’ inception, hundreds of playwrights from around the world have participated each summer, many of whom have gone on to produce or publish the work they had begun during the project.

In addition to posting daily writing prompts and playwright interviews, 31 Plays will be hosting two free writing workshops in New York City and Los Angeles to further motivate participants. The New York workshop will be held at the historic Drama Book Shop in the heart of Manhattan’s theater district, and the Los Angeles event will be announced closer to August. The workshops will be streamed live on Facebook.

Topher Cusumano, Executive Director of 31 Plays in 31 Days, hopes this year’s project will offer playwrights even more inspiration and motivation to help them complete the month. As an organization dedicated to helping writers produce more work, 31 Plays is also bringing back the popular optional submissions process. “Last year we didn’t ask laywrights to submit their 31 plays through digital submission because we wanted playwrights to feel like they only had to answer to themselves during this process,” Cusumano explains. “However, participants in years past thought the submissions helped them stay on track, so we’re bringing it back for the folks who benefit from that ype of structure.”

The submission link will go live on the website August 1st at 12:00am when the project officially kicks off. Playwrights interested in participating are encouraged to follow the project on Facebook ( and Twitter ( for further updates.

New York's Equity Library Theater One Act Play Festival Winter 2017

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Submissions are now being accepted for the New York's Equity Library Theater One Act Play Festival, to take place in the Winter of 2017 at the new NYPL 53rd street branch auditorium in New York City.

Seeking short plays (no more than 10 pp), from playwrights from the Tri State area only. Also seeking monologues (no more than 4pp). Musicals welcome.
Basic set requirements.

One submission per playwright. No profanity, as this is a family friendly festival! No submission fee! Please include name, address, telephone number and email address.

Seeking actors and directors, too. We do not produce your work, we provide a venue for you to present actors performing your play. There are no costs involved for anyone.

Deadline: October 1, 2016


Snail mail:
Equity Library Theater Theater Festival
22-73 43rd Street - JC
Astoria NY 11105

Seeking short plays for young audiences

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Lit on Fire will be a collection of roughly ten-minute parodies of common titles from high school English class reading lists. Selected plays will be published as part of the collection, and licensed individually for performance.

Plays should be aimed at high school performers, but with the ability to cross over to universities, and middle schools looking for a challenge.

Our preference is for parodies of novels or other non-dramatic material (i.e. not plays).

To see examples of the kind of thing we're looking for, check out these plays that are already published by YouthPLAYS ( and destined for the collection:
  • Everything you need to know about The Scarlet Letter in 10 minutes or less by Don Zolidis
  • HKFN: The Abbreviated Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Jeff Goode (ten-minute version) 
  • Moby (No Last Name Given) by Arthur M. Jolly
Submit by August 1, 2016 through the YouthPLAYS website Submit a Play page.

Some potential ideas:
- The Count of Monte Cristo
- The Three Musketeers
- Robin Hood
- Arabian Nights
- Little Women
- Jane Eyre
- Wuthering Heights
-The Time Machine
- Sherlock Holmes
- 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea - The Lady of the Lake
- Edgar Allen Poe
- Alice in Wonderland
- Swiss Family Robinson
- War & Peace
- Great Expectations
- Gulliver's Travels
- Don Quixote
- Rip Van Winkle
- The Headless Horseman
- The Illiad or The Odyssey
- The Art of War
- The Tao Te Ching
- Call of the Wild
- Dracula
- Ulysses
- The Picture of Dorian Gray
- Beowulf

Naughties 2016

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Image Theater of Lowell, MA ( is seeking submissions of short plays, sketches, songs, or monologues for our “adult only” evening of original works to be performed on Saturday, November 12, 2016.

We are looking for sexy, silly, scandalous pieces, limit four characters or less, single set… have fun, because that’s what this evening of theater is all about!

To submit your play, monologue, or song, please send your work in a WORD format, along with full contact information on the cover page. Songs may be sent in Mp3 format, but lyrics should be included separately, along with sheet music.

Heading of submission: “ Naughties 2016”

Submission deadline: August 31st, 2016 no exceptions

E mail your submission(s) to:,
attention Jerry or Ann.

Image Theater is a not for profit theater company that has produced the original works of playwrights since 2005

Tuesday, July 19, 2016


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Seeking never produced before ORIGINAL 1 ACT PLAYS (7 minutes to 30 minutes)
(cast, directed and ready to perform)
And never produced before DANCE PIECES (7 - 20 minutes)
August 10 - August 27, 2016 at Manhattan Repertory Theatre,
303 West 42nd St. (at 8th Ave) NYC

We are looking for passionate playwright/producers from the Tri-State area who wish to participate and try out a new short play (7-30 minutes) or a DANCE PIECE (2 - 20 minutes) in front of a live audience!

This is an opportunity to bring your NEW short 1 act play or dance piece to life!

And it is FREE to participate!


We will supply a technician to run your sound and lights for your production.

And again, there is no fee to participate.

Please know this Event is NON-EQUITY ONLY.

To submit your NEW, never produced before short 1 act play production or dance piece, please email:
The complete play, or synopsis of the dance piece,
a synopsis of the play,
the running time of the play or dance piece,
the set and lighting requirements,
your mailing address,
and a creative team leader contact email address to:

by August 8, 2016 at Midnight.

Please put “THE AUGUST EVENT" in the subject heading.

1 act play productions and dance pieces will be considered on a first - come first-served basis.
(The earlier you submit, the better your chances of being accepted.) If we fill up all production slots early on, we will end submissions earlier than August 7, 2016. Once submitted, we will get back to you within a couple days as to your acceptance.

Again, there are NO Manhattan Repertory Theatre based production fees of any kind.

If you have any questions about THE AUGUST EVENT 2016,
please drop us a line at:

Can Serrat Residency

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ONE full granted writer is invited for a two-months residency at Can Serrat, including accommodation, workshop spaces, local food supplies [the grant does not include travel costs ]

Then, a shortlist of artists are selected for a 50% or 30% support.

Can Serrat, is a rustic house close to an old and mysterious mountain – there is no topic to answer, although jury expects proposals who take in consideration the place and environment – as well as it is expected from the artist a position regarding contemporary creation .

Send an application between July 1st to August 1st

Documentation required:
-One and only pdf file named: “lastname-canserrat-Wcall-july-2016”

This file must contain:

3 pages sample of recent works (prose, poems, screenplays, etc…)
Cover letter introducing yourself and short summary of the project.
Curriculum Vitae

We accept applications in English, or Spanish. We will not accept applications in any other language.

Send application using the application form at the end of this page.

Total file size not to exceed 5MB

21st Annual One Act Festival - Ten Below

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The Fine Arts Association will once again showcase original, never been produced 10-minute plays. Those chosen will be fully produced as part of the 21st Annual One Act Festival - Ten Below in February, 2017 at The Fine Arts Association.

Submissions of original ten-minute plays will be accepted beginning Friday, July 1, 2016.

Submission deadline is Monday, August 15, 2016. 

NEW THIS YEAR: Only ONE 10-minute submission will be accepted per playwright. Submit your favorite!

The number of plays to be produced will be at The Fine Arts Association's discretion and will depend on the mix of qualified submissions. Original plays accepted for the Festival will be announced between October 17 and October 28. The plays selected will be given full production within the capabilities and budget of The Fine Arts Association. There are no submission fees for this Festival. There will be no monetary stipend for plays used in the Festival.

Festival 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.
  • Limit of ONE play may submitted by each playwright.
  • Maximum Length: 10 pages not including title pages. Play should run in the 10 minute range. Longer submissions will not be considered.
  • Scripts may be comedy and drama. Not open to musicals. No more than 6 characters.
  • Simple set and costumes needs and minimal technical requirements. Only basic furniture and minimal props available for the production.
  • Plays must be submitted with pages numbered and include on the title page the following contact and bio information:
  • International submissions are welcome. All scripts must be in English.
  • All play submissions will be handled with care. However, The Fine Arts Association assumes no responsibility for lost or damaged scripts.
  • Submissions may be e-mailed to E-mail submissions must be received by The Fine Arts Association by Monday, August 15, 2016 to be considered.
  • Preferred document format: Microsoft Word or .PDF files ONLY. No other formats will be accepted.
  • Mail submission to: Ann Hedger, Ten Minute Plays, The Fine Arts Association, 38660 Mentor Avenue, Willoughby, Ohio 44094.
  • Mailed submissions must be securely bound with a title page containing full contact and bio information as outlined above.
  • Scripts will not be returned. Scripts not selected will be shredded then recycled.
  • Selections will be made by The Fine Arts Association Performance Department and inclusion in the festival is solely at their discretion. All decisions are final.
  • All submitting playwrights will receive an email notification upon receipt of their scripts. Notification of final decisions will be made by e-mail between October 17 and October 28.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Relationship-rants seeks monologues, etc.

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Are you a frustrated Writer or Actor? Do you need to “Rant” do you long to have eyes and ears pay attention to you. Join Us Tuesday Nights for “RELATIONSHIP-RANT'S”

If being on stage makes your hair stand on end, bring an actor Friend to perform your piece. (They should be somewhat trained and familiar with the text)

The Relationship Theater is looking for short pieces for its weekly Tuesday night show “Relationship Rants” beginning September 12th, 2016. The pieces can be monologues, stand up snippets, sketches or humorous songs with a theme of the relationships we have with lovers, friends, co-workers, employers, pets and family. All submissions should not exceed 6 minutes. has a mission to develop new work and allow performers/ writers to do what they crave (be in front of an audience).

We are very excited to host this event at our Lower East Side Venue. (NYC)

No Fee, Note this is an unpaid performance and writing opportunity.

Deadline for the first show is August 12, 2016
Submission Process: scripts /video (Video is a plus)
  • Upload your video to your personal YouTube channel
  • Label it with your name and Relationship Theater audition and date
  • And then send the public link to info@


Push Down Gently and Turn
By Carrie Hart Stratton
2015 New Works of Merit Honoree

Staged Reading:
July 21st, 7:00 p.m.
Theater 54, Shetler Studios
244 West 54th Street, 12th Floor

The Players Theatre Short Play & Musical Festival – Boo! 2016 Now Accepting Submissions

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October 13-30, 2016
The Steve & Marie Sgouros Theatre at The Players Theatre
115 MacDougal Street, New York, NY 10012 - 3rd floor
3 weeks, 4 performances weekly (Thursday through Sunday),
5 plays featured each week.
Short Plays and Musicals with a performance time of 15 minutes or less, no more than 15 pages in length.
Writers are eligible to submit up to 2 plays.

THEME: “Boo!”
Scare us or force us to laugh till we die – horror plays and musicals including great spoofs.
All plays submitted must be centered on, or revolve around this theme.
** Note **
1) Playwrights are responsible for producing their own play - Host provides Theatre, technicians, marketing and box office
2) If selected, there is a $100 REFUNDABLE deposit required and a $50 NON-refundable tech fee required
Submissions open: June 25, 2016
Submissions close: September 05, 2016 at 5pmPlay selection announced on; September 12, 2016
For more festival information visit:

115 MacDougal Street, New York, NY 10012

The Redemption Series - Landing Theater

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The series will feature 16-18 new plays by American writers, presented over 2 weekends. We are asking the writing community to submit play that respond to the current state of tragedies and conflicts in the world. How do we come out of it, and move forward? What perspective has it given us? What place does redemption or hope play in how we come to terms with crisis? What rises from the ashes? We believe that American playwrights have a lot to say right now. The Redemption Series is a collection of voices that reflect on our world and how we move forward.

  1. Plays must be written by American playwrights
  2. We are seeking original works
  3. Must be between 8-12 minutes long 
  4. The submission deadline is August 15th at 5pm, by email only
  5. One play per playwright
  6. Plays are given blind reads, so no personal identifiers should be in the script
  7. Please send your full name and contact info in the email only
  8. Send submissions to
  9. Playwrights will be notified only if their play is selected
The Redemption Series will be presented
September 22-September 25, 2016 - Group A Plays
September 29-October 2, 2016 - Group B Plays

Here is a url to our submissions webpage.!submissions/c59z

Caleb Reese Festival of New Plays and Musicals

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Fees are waived for members of WGA or Dramatists Guild

We're now accepting full length play submissions for the 2017 Caleb Reese Festival of New Plays and Musicals.

The Festival will be held between May 1st and May 14th 2017. 

The Festival presents four staged readings of new unproduced plays or musicals, an Evening of New Short Plays and a Composer/Lyricist Cabaret. Playwrights whose work have been presented include Beau Willimon, Y York, Donna Hoke, Kris Bauske, Jack Heifner, Janet Neipris, Craig Bohmler, Hal Corley, James McClure, Rich Orloff, Eric Coble, Dale Wasserman, & Richard Warren.

The Festival is accepting submissions for the following:

Full Length Plays:
  • Both dramatic and comedic.
  • Plays should be original, un-produced full length scripts
  • Plays should be in a development phase that would profit from a staged/concert reading by a professional creative team and open to additional development process.
  • Please no screen plays.
  • No multiple authors or collaborations will be accepted.
  • Scripts may not exceed 120 pages of dialogue and must be submitted bound or in a folder or by e-mail (send fee separately to the address below).
  • Cast size must be limited to 5 actors or less (actors may play more than one role)
  • No more than 5 locations.
  • Submission fee: $10 Fees are waived for members of WGA or Dramatists Guild
  • Please make checks, money orders, etc., payable to Phoenix Theatre. Payments must be included with your script. Do not send cash. 
  • Please mail a full bound script/libretto to Phoenix Theatre, C/O Robert Harper 100 E McDowell Rd Phoenix, AZ 85004
  • Or send your submission to with Full Length Submission in the subject line. Please make sure the script is submitted as a PDF.
  • A notice of receipt will be sent by email once your script has been received.
  • Airfare and lodging are provided for the festival

Full Length Musicals:
  • Musicals should be original and un-produced
  • Please send librettos/scores bound or in a folder or by email.
  • CD’s of studio recordings are accepted as well.
  • Musicals should be in a development phase that would profit from a staged/concert reading by a professional creative team and open to additional development process.
  • No more than 3 authors (book writer, lyricist and composer) will be accepted.
  • Librettos may not exceed approximately 120 pages of dialogue/lyrics.
  • Cast size must be limited to 8 actors (could play multiple characters) or less.
  • No more than approximately 5 locations.
  • Full Length Musicals would receive a staged reading/concert reading.
  • Submission fee: $10 Fees are waived for members of WGA or Dramatists Guild
  • Please make checks, money orders, etc., payable to Phoenix Theatre. Payments must be included with your script. Do not send cash. 
  • Please mail a full bound script/libretto to Phoenix Theatre C/O Robert Harper 100 McDowell Rd Phoenix, AZ 85004
  • OR send email submissions to 
  • Please put Full Length submission in the subject line. Please make sure that the libretto/score is submitted as a PDF and send fee separately via email.
  • A notice of receipt will be sent by email once your script has been received.
  • Airfare and lodging are provided for the festival.
Short Plays
  • No fee required
  • Plays should use 5 or fewer actors, comedy or drama (please no musicals).
  • Selected short plays will receive a staged reading in our annual Evening of New Short Plays.
  • Plays should be unproduced.
  • Please email submissions to (Robert Kolby Harper: Associate Artistic Director)
  • Please put Short Play Submission in subject line.
  • Please make sure that the play is submitted as a PDF.
  • No more than 2 submissions per playwright are accepted.
  • Please include phone number.
  • Travel and lodging for the festival not included.

For full length scripts we offer a staged reading, with professional actors, directors and dramaturges, to be held May 1st – May 14th 2017 in Phoenix. If your script/musical is selected, you must be available to be in residence for a 8-10 day time span during the span of the festival.

Scripts will NOT be returned.

All submissions will be accepted starting May 1, 2016.

Deadline for submission postmarked by: August 1, 2016

Finalists will be chosen and contacted by: November 1, 2016

For questions please email:

Mr. Robert Kolby Harper at
(Associate Artistic Director/Festival Director)

To submit your script:
Please send to:
Phoenix Theatre
C/O Robert Kolby Harper
100 E. McDowell Rd.
Phoenix, AZ 85004

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Proscenium Journal seeks plays

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Proscenium Journal (, a free literary journal for publishing plays, is accepting submissions for its fifth issue. The deadline is August 20th and there is no submission fee.

Submission Procedures:

Proscenium accepts original plays of any length and style, original adaptations (as long as the rights for the adapted work are secured) and musicals.

We accept all submissions via email. Please email your original play or article to with the subject “Submission: [Title], [Author]” Please submit your play as both a Word Document and PDF file (If you cannot convert your play into a Word Document you may submit a PDF file, but we will request a Word Document if your play is accepted for publication). In addition, please submit a brief author bio. If your play has been produced, please feel free to send us information about production history and production photos.

The deadline to be considered for the fifth issue of Proscenium is August 20th, 2016. However, we accept submissions year-round and will consider submissions after the deadline for future issues.

Due to the large number of submissions we receive, we regret that we cannot acknowledge all submissions. Proscenium reserves the right to reject any submission for any reason.

More information is at If you have any questions about our submission process, please contact

Monsterpiece Theater Collective is seeking new plays for its New Work Series.

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Monsterpiece Theater Collective, a non profit independent theater company based in New York City, is developing a vehicle for new playwrights with its New Work Series. Playwrights are encouraged to electronically submit one new work to be considered for a reading series and the possibility of a full production, produced by the Monsterpiece Theater Collective. In order to be considered your play must meet the following criteria:
  • all works must be complete, no treatments or works in progress
  • only one piece per playwright
  • no more than 8 actors needed for production 
  • approximately between 30 - 90 minutes in length with no intermission 
  • sent as a PDF in standard script format
  • plays must not be previously produced in New York (readings and staged readings are ok) 
  • musicals submissions will not be considered without submitted demo tracks for all songs
  • playwright must hold copyright for any material used that is not original to the playwright 
  • playwright must be local or able to travel at own expense
  • playwright is encouraged to be involved in rehearsal process and must be present for all performances. 

Playwright will be contacted upon receipt of submission and again when selections made.

Monsterpiece Theater Collective will choose no more than 6 pieces to be presented in a staged reading format with directors and cast chosen by the Collective. Of those readings, one will be chosen by audience vote to receive a full production. Reading series to take place in late September or early October 2016 with full production slated for November 2016.

To submit please email a brief synopsis with contact information and attached script to the address below. Direct submissions only.

Santa Fe Performing Arts Playwright's Competition

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Santa Fe Performing Arts Playwright's Competition was developed to support American Playwrights. The competition is not merely a competition of words, but a venue for recognition and a demonstration of appreciation - truly a celebration of the writer's contribution. SFPA and many other theatre companies around the country with similar programs, support playwrights and ensure the future of American Theatre. Without the writers, the actors would have nothing to say.

Submissions are limited to unproduced new American plays and must be postmarked by the first of September of each year

Send play synopsis and character break-down via email

or mail to: 
Santa Fe Performing Arts 
P.O. Box 22372 
Santa Fe, N.M. 87502. 

Full scripts upon request only.

Saturday, July 16, 2016


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Fraud & Phony, a new theatre collective in Chicago, is seeking submissions of ten-minute plays for "UNPRODUCEABLE", an upcoming live reading event. We're looking for your biggest, weirdest, least produceable ideas. The kind of scripts you might otherwise be embarrassed to send, or that you aren't sure are actually GOOD but that you find really funny, or even the Sex and the City fan fiction scene that you wrote that one time when you tried to imagine what it might be like if Samantha dated an astronaut.

We're looking for your best worst ideas, basically, to be a part of this one night live reading at Trap Door Theatre in Chicago on Thursday, August 4 at 8 p.m. This will be a free event, and will be it's a great opportunity to get your untenable ideas performed by some talented actors in front of an audience and SEE WHAT HAPPENS.

· Submissions should be sent to:,
ATTN: UNPRODUCEABLE by Monday, July 18

· All applicants will be contacted regarding the status of their application by Wednesday, July 20

· Length: Up to 15 pages

· Characters: As many as you want, with the understanding that we may multicast if you have like...40 people or something


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The Initiative seeks to develop new plays by and about women, and the issues that shape their lives. Friendship, political and economic advocacy, sexual satisfaction, aging, gender equality, racial issues, marriage, singlehood, motherhood, careers, and power. The Women Playwright’s Initiative will provide a safe, nurturing environment for play development. Our intention is for the Initiative to culminate in a reading workshop/festival.

The Ivoryton Playhouse invites submissions by women playwrights. For this first season, we are seeking one act plays, with a running time of no longer than about an hour.

Interested playwrights should submit a hard copy and email version (for musicals include a script and CD, and email version with audio link), bio/resume, including a telephone number and email address.

Scripts will be returned only if a SASE is included.

The DEADLINE for One Act submissions is September 15, 2016.

Play submissions should be sent to Laura Copland, Director of Play Development at Ivoryton Playhouse, PO Box 458, Ivoryton, CT 06442. For questions, please email Laura at

Generations Residency

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2016-17 Residency Competition Guidelines:

BETC is now accepting submissions for our next Generations residency. In order to support the work of parent playwrights, BETC is seeking full-length plays written by a parent with at least one child under 18 years of age as of September 1, 2016.
The winning playwright will receive:
· a week-long workshop residency in Boulder, Colorado, 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;
· reimbursement for travel and lodging;
· a $250 prize; and
· a $250 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. The residency will take place in May 2017; specific date arrangements will be made directly with the winning playwright.

Competition submissions are due September 1, 2016.
Entry Guidelines:
Plays must be written in the English language. Plays that have been produced by Equity or professional companies or that have been published are not eligible. Plays that have had a workshop or reading will be considered. Plays may not be under option or scheduled for production or publication as of September 1, 2016. BETC will negotiate an option on the winning play and have right of first refusal on the world premiere production. The winning play will be given full consideration for production in an upcoming season.

To enter our 2016-17 competition, please submit the following two files in PDF format by email to

File 1:
Cover sheet, containing within a two-page limit:
1. Contact information: name, phone, email, mailing address, and a paragraph bio for yourself and any other collaborators.
2. A brief synopsis of your play (500 words or less)
3. A brief production history of the work (if applicable)
4. Character descriptions

File 2:
A 20-page dialogue sample. Please do not include your name anywhere in the sample file. Full-length scripts will not be accepted.

The application deadline is September 1, 2016. A shortlist of playwrights will be contacted in early October, and we will request a full-length draft of selected works at that time. Our winning playwright will be notified by December 1, 2016.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Five Minute Mile – Theatre on the Run

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Cone Man Running Productions is announcing a nationwide call for the second iteration of our series ‘Five Minute Mile – Theatre on the Run.’ The series will perform at Obsidian Theatre in Houston Texas on November 10th – 19th, 2016. Michael Weems will serve as Artistic Director for the series.

We will be staging a one-of-a-kind theatre festival. Each evening, twenty (20) plays will be performed off book by a core ensemble of actors. Eight (8) of those plays will be set for each evening, six (6) will be drawn at random by audience members and the last six (6) will be voted on by the audience. Every night will be a different experience! If the playwright is able to attend, we will work with them to assure their play is one of the five set plays performed that evening. Requirements:

· Submissions will be accepted through Sunday July 31st.

· This festival is open to current residents of the United States. English language plays only.

· Five minute plays or monologues. No scenes or parts of other plays. We’re looking for compact plays/monologues with a start, middle, and end.

o Special note for monologues: PLEASE take the time to read them out loud, time them, and allow for inflection and beats.

· For plays, no more than 4 pages (12 pt font and 1” margins), for monologues, no more than 1.5 full pages (12 pt font and 1” margins)

· Please put ‘Cone Man Running – 5 Minute Mile’ in subject line.

· Please include a short blurb describing your plays/monologues.

· No published works. Previous productions okay if not staged within Texas.

· No work that has been submitted previously to Cone Man Running or Five Minute Mile.

· Minimal set and properties.

· No musicals, screenplays, adaptations, or theater for young audiences.

· Three submissions per playwright - however no more than one piece by a playwright will be accepted. If you have co-authored a work, this counts as one of your three submissions.

· If your play is optioned for publication anytime in this process, please contact us ASAP as this will make your play ineligible for our purposes.

· Please submit all files in only: MS word or pdf.

· If plays do not meet all of these requirements, they will be illegible for consideration.

· Please note, all plays will be photographed and recorded for archival and marketing purposes. In submitting your work, you acknowledge and allow for your show to be performed on the dates listed above, photographed, and recorded.


· Please do not include any identifying information on your script – in your cover letter/email please list your name, phone number, email address, physical address and your play’s title.

· We will not provide any feedback on scripts.

· From the submissions, 50 plays will be shortlisted as semi-finalists and will be read by our board. We plan to announce the selected thirty-two (32) plays by Sunday, August 28th, 2016.

· No submission fee.

· Please submit all the requested materials to Email submissions only.

· Cone Man Running reserves the right to decline scripts for any reason we see fit.


· If one of your plays are selected and you are able to attend, you will be provided with two complimentary tickets to the show. We will be unable to provide any additional compensation or funding towards transportation or lodging. Your show will be guaranteed a minimum of two performances.

· Please email us at if you have any questions.

For more information on Cone Man Running, please visit:

Discount tickets: VISITING HOURS

Om Shanti Productions presents
an Equity Showcase Code production of

Visiting Hours

written by Joshua Kaplan
directed by Dina Vovsi
featuring Richarda Abrams*, Adam Bemis, Amy Gaipa*, Michael Grew*, Dan Grimaldi*, Karen Tsen Lee*, Maureen Shannon*, Joel Stigliano
set by Frank Oliva, lighting by Jason Fok, sound by Emma Wilk
stage manager Ryan Keller

Presented at Theaterlab NYC
357 W 36th Street New York, NY 10018
Thursday, July 28, 8pm
Friday, July 29, 8pm
Saturday, July 30, 3&8pm
Sunday, July 31, 3pm

Decades of conflict has left the Stein family set in an unspoken state of war. But when the family’s crazy – though not insane -- matriarch lands in the ICU, the perpetual silence is permanently broken, uncovering old wounds and creating new ones. Visiting Hours follows the Steins as they attempt to navigate the present in the shadow of the past.

*These Actors are appearing courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association

NYCPlaywrights readers and subscribers offer -- HALF-PRICE TICKETS FOR THURSDAY 8PM SHOW.  
Email to purchase, write "VisitingHours2016 Special" in the subject line. Limit one per customer.

Cimientos 2016

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There is no submission fee for Cimientos.
Submissions lacking any of the following guidelines will not be considered.
  1. Submission will only be accepted through the online form here. (only visible in June 2016.)
  2. Submissions must be the author's own work. The piece shall be free from copyright restrictions and the author agrees to hold IATI Theater and directors free and harmless from all copyright claims.
  3. The playwright must commit to be present on the staged reading performance of his/her work.
  4. The playwright must commit to be present on the PPP (Pal Playwrights Panel) assigned to his/her work.
  5. This program is open to authors from anywhere in the world with original works in English or Spanish who are interested in a New York audience feedback. However, because of the PPP (Pal Playwrights Panel), every playwright must be present to take part in the monthly meetings or commit to presenting feedback electronically or in written form on the dates of the PPP's and with no delay.
  6. Only one play may be submitted per playwright, per season.
  7. Submissions must not exceed 90 minutes in length.
  8. The play must require 5 actors or less. Plays that have more than 5 actors and do not provide a clear and stageable doubling explanation will not be reviewed. If doubling is possible, it must be expressed clearly on the online form.
  9. The submission must be a completed full-length play that has not previously been produced in any setting. If the play has undergone a workshop, staged reading or development of any kind, the playwright must inform IATI Theater of the specifics on the online form.
  10. The author’s name(s) should be nowhere within the script, any authorship information must not be visible in the play document. Scripts will be read ‘blind’.
  11. Submissions for the 2017 Season will only be accepted from June 1 to June 30, 2016.
  12. Please use a standard playwriting format.
*The 2017 Cimientos will consists of two main components:

*PPP (Pal Playwrights Panel): Playwrights accepted to the program, IATI Theater’s artistic staff and other specially invited theater professionals will converge in workshop meetings to discuss the new works that make up the particular season. Every meeting will be dedicated to a single playwright in the program, the focus being in further advancing the text before it is presented in front of a live audience.

*SRP (Staged Reading Presentation): Each playwright in the program will be given the opportunity to present his/her play in a directed, professionally acted staged reading. Thus, the piece will be exposed to a receptive audience that further develops the featured script through a post-reading talkback.

To submit go to the following link and fill out the application:

NewTown Writers Press seeks short plays

NewTown Writers Press is delighted to announce that our annual print publication, Off the Rocks: An Anthology of GLBT Writing, is now accepting submissions for Volume 20.

Off the Rocks publishes poetry and prose (fiction and nonfiction) by the GLBT community and its advocates. For this volume we also invite submissions of short plays, and we are seeking photography and artwork to be considered for the anthology's front cover as well.

The theme of this year's anthology is "Coming Out on Stage." Submissions should explore the GLBT community's relationship to the performing arts.

How are we presented and represented onstage, as well as backstage? What role has theatre played in your life? What roles have you played in the theatre? What are the ways in which gays influence and are influenced by the performing arts?

You are welcome to write about all styles of performance: dance, drama, drag, stand-up, musical theatre, you name it. Reminisce about a show that made a lasting impression on you, share the details of a play date, or shine a spotlight on the technical aspects of theatre. It's your call—and possibly your callback.

Fiction and non-fiction submissions should be a maximum of 5,000 words. Short plays should be no longer than 10 pages. Reprints are acceptable. We will consider up to three submissions per person.

Please send your work as an attachment in .doc or .jpg format to Editor Allison Fradkin at allisonfradkin [at] aol [dot] com. All submissions will be acknowledged and everyone will be notified of the Editor's selections.

Contributors will receive a complimentary copy of the anthology upon publication.

The deadline for submissions is August 15, 2016.

For more information about Off the Rocks, please visit:

Labels: LGBT, 10-minute plays

Thursday, July 14, 2016

MRT'S Summer One Act Play Competition seeks immediate replacement play!

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We just had a play pull out of our Summer One Act Competition (with a $1000 prize for best play) due to an actor conflict, so we are seeking a short play production (7 - 20 minutes - cast, directed, ready to be performed) for the following dates:


On the date below you will be given a 15 minute time slot to go through your tech with our technician. This 15 minute slot will be for you to set up your sound and light cues with our technician, and to work out set, props etc etc.

Monday July 25, 2016 at 9 pm


Monday August 1, 2016
6 pm to 8:20 pm


Follows are the 3 dates minimum that you will be performing in the competition - 4 more if you move on to the Finals.


Tuesday August 2 at 6:30 pm
Thursday August 4 at 6:30 pm
Friday August 5 at 9 pm

And IF your play moves on to the FINALS your team must be available to perform in the Finals with 5 other plays on these dates:

Thursday August 11 at 6:30 pm AND 9 pm
Friday August 12 at 6:30 pm AND 9 pm

To submit your one act play production please email:
  • The complete play,
  • a synopsis of the play,
  • the character breakdown,
  • the running time of the play,
  • the set and lighting requirements, 
  • the playʼs production history (if it has been produced before and where) 
  • your mailing address,
  • and a creative team leader contact email address to:

by ASAP.

Please put “Summer One Act Competition” in the subject heading.

We will contact you within 24 hours if not sooner!

There is no submission fee. NON-EQUITY ONLY.

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

Once accepted, there will be a $155.00 participation fee.

There will be NO additional security fees or Manhattan Repertory Theatre based production fees.

Discount tickets: A DAY AT THE SEA


By N.C. Hunter

Directed by Austin Pendleton

The Beckett Theatre at Theatre Row – 410 West 42nd Street (between 9th and 10th Avenues)

A Day by the Sea is a warm, human and often humorous depiction of the "crisis" of middle age. Julian Anson, a once-promising Foreign Service employee, confronts professional disappointment and personal failure while picnicking along the English seaside. Jolted into the realization that maybe it’s not too late - he seizes an opportunity to correct his past mistakes and start fresh - but will the results be any different?
“A subtle, civilized comedy… humorous, touching, gentle, wistful, and wise.”
Brooks Atkinson, The New York Times

“As bright as the sunny days in which the scenes take place.” 
– The Stage, 1953


Special Offer - $49.75

(Regularly $57.50)

Performance Schedule*

Tuesday – Saturday 7:30pm | Saturday & Sunday 2:30pm

*Added Performances: Wednesday 8/24 & 9/21 2:30pm


ONLINE: Visit and enter code TRG49

PHONE: Call 212-947-8844 and mention code TRG49

IN PERSON: Present this offer at Theatre Row Box Office – 410 West 42nd Street
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Box Office Hours: Monday – Saturday, Noon – 8pm; Sunday, Noon – 6pm.

For more information, visit

**Ticket price includes a $2.25 facility fee. Service fees apply to online/phone orders. Schedule is subject to change. All sales are final.

Offer subject to availability. Offer may be revoked at any time. Maximum 8 tickets per order. Valid until 9/24/16.