Wednesday, February 22, 2017

JETFest 2018

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$15 non-refundable submission fee. This fee will be waived (with hard copy submissions only) for members of the Dramatists Guild and submissions by legitimate literary agents 
(not lawyers/attorneys/friends).
Checks and money orders should be made payable to “Jewish Ensemble Theatre.” Contact the theatre should you wish to pay by credit card.

For those submitting digitally – the $15 fee cannot be waived, and may be mailed separately or processed by contacting the theatre.


ELIGIBILITY

JET encourages all playwrights over 18 to submit their work. JET's programming generally reflects issues of social conscience and human rights both in drama and comedy. Use our past productions as a guide and if you have questions, contact us at 248-788-2900.

Entry must be a full length original work or adaptation with a minimum running time of 85 minutes that has not been produced prior to the festival in 2018. Cast size of 7 or less is preferred. Staged readings/workshop productions are not disqualifying factors.

ENTRIES ACCEPTED

Submissions will be accepted December 1, 2016 - May 31, 2017 at 11:59 PM. (checked by postmark or time stamp).

SCRIPTS

Submit a blind copy of your script, securely bound, typed in standard play format, with pages numbered. Include a list of characters/descriptions, scene breakdown, and a brief synopsis of your play. Your script(s) should be accompanied by a cover letter, including playwright contact information (name, address, phone number, e-mail address) and resume. Musicals must include a demo CD. If applicable, also submit a photocopy of your Dramatists Guild membership card.

The acceptable electronic format is an Adobe PDF file.

Please note that entries that do not comply with our guidelines will not be accepted. If you would like your script returned, please include a SASE. Script evaluations will not be provided.

CONSENT

The playwright gives the Jewish Ensemble Theatre permission to photocopy scripts for reading/production purposes. Should your script be selected as one of the finalists, you are encouraged to attend the readings and talk backs.

The finalists award the Jewish Ensemble Theatre the option to produce any of the finalist plays as part of its main stage season. Finalists must acknowledge the Jewish Ensemble Theatre if/when the script is published

AWARDS

Each of the four finalists will receive a $500 honorarium. No other expenses will be paid.

SELECTION PROCESS

Each entry is guaranteed a minimum of 2 evaluations. The committee narrows down the entries to 15 – 20, which are then read by the entire committee who selects the finalists.

NOTIFICATION

Finalists will be notified no later than December 31, 2017.

SUBMIT TO

Mail: Jewish Ensemble Theatre
Jet Fest
6600 West Maple Rd.,
West Bloomfield, MI 48322.

Email: c.bremer@jettheatre.org

QUESTIONS

Contact:
Christopher Bremer, Executive Director
248.788.2900

HUDSON THEATRE WORKS IS LOOKING FOR PLAY SUBMISSIONS

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HUDSON THEATRE WORKS IS LOOKING FOR PLAY SUBMISSIONS FOR ITS ACCLAIMED

PLAYWORKS SERIES OF NEW PLAY READINGS

WHEN: MAY 2017
WHERE: THE HISTORIC WEEHAWKEN WATER TOWER, 4100 PARK AVENUE, WEEHAWKEN, NEW JERSEY

Hudson Theatre Works, a member of the New Jersey Theater Alliance, whose production of “A Steady Rain” was chosen as one of the best productions in New Jersey for 2016 by the Star Ledger and who was nominated for a New Jersey Stage Award as one of the "Best Places to See a World Premiere,” is currently accepting submissions for its acclaimed reading series PlayWorks.

Submitted plays should not have been previously produced and should be works in progress or new scripts. Preferably, the plays chosen for our PlayWorks series are being presented to an audience for the first time, offering the playwright the opportunity to receive valuable feedback at the end of the reading. We are interested in character-driven stories that comment on society. Several of the plays read in our PlayWorks series have subsequently been produced at HTW and elsewhere.

Submissions from New Jersey based playwrights will be given priority.
Please include the playwright's bio, a brief synopsis of the play (no longer than one page) and the full script in pdf format. Submissions will only be accepted electronically at hudsontheatreworks@gmail.com. In the subject line, please write: PlayWorks Submission.

Deadline for submissions is March 1, 2017.
Hudson Theatre Works is a not for profit, professional equity theatre committed to ensemble collaboration as well as artistic risk through its work with its permanent company, guest artists, partner institutions and the surrounding community. It is dedicated to a rugged aesthetic and will seek to tell stories, both new and old, classic and contemporary, which reflect our lives, relationships and world today.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Left Coast Theatre Co. seeks 10- to 15-Minute Plays

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Left Coast Theatre Co. seeks 10- to 15-Minute Plays of any genre (comedy, drama, etc.) that relate to the theme listed below.

We encourage innovative/humorous/surprising scripts that address the following:

THE MORNING AFTER

Left Coast Theatre Co. returns to its roots with “The Morning After,” an anthology of original LGBTQ shorts. This year we are looking for plays that address big moments we experience in life: weddings, funerals, breakups, proposals, birthdays, coming out. But sometimes it’s the morning after that really changes our lives. We are looking for shorts that showcases the hilarity, the joy, the grief, the angst, and the uncertainty of the morning after the big event. #LCTCmorning

Submission Guidelines:
Playwrights may submit no more than two 10- to 15-Minute Plays.
Plays may be no longer than 10-15 pages, exclusive of your title and character pages.
Plays must include an LGBTQ theme, character, event, etc.
Plays must contain no more than 5 characters.
Set, props and costume requirements should be minimal.
Script should include title page with play title, playwright’s name and contact info as well as a character page that includes a brief summary of the play and how it relates to the theme.
Plays must be submitted in PDF format.
To submit your Play to the LCTC, please email info@lctc-sf.org with your name and title – which must include “The Morrning After…” – in the subject line (i.e. “Jane Doe – The Morning After I Told My Parents”).

Due: April 30th, 2017 at 5:00pm PST. No late entries. No exceptions.

Playwrights whose scripts have been selected for “The Morning After” will be notified in late May 2017.

$50 stipend is available for selected playwrights.

“The Morning After” runs at the Shelton Theater in San Francisco from November 2-18, 2017.

Script Submissions for Playwrights’ Revolution

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Every summer Capital Stage presents professional staged readings of new works through the PLAYWRIGHTS’ REVOLUTION. We seek submissions for new plays from December 1, 2016 – February 28, 2017.

Script submissions are accepted as follows:
Playwrights wishing to submit work should refer to our Playwrights’ Revolution submission deadlines and criteria below. Please note: PDFs of script submissions are preferred.
Agents may send full-length manuscripts via email to: literarymanager@capstage.org
or
Literary Manager
Capital Stage
2420 N Street #120
Sacramento, CA 95816
Playwright’s Revolution 2017

Description
As Sacramento’s leader of bold, thought-provoking theatre, Capital Stage created the PLAYWRIGHTS’ REVOLUTION. This series of staged readings seeks to identify and develop exciting new plays and playwrights. These new works are brought to theatrical life through a series of staged readings performed by professional actors in Capital Stage’s intimate theatre. Capital Stage invites audiences to take part in the new play development process by attending readings and participating in post-reading discussion.

Qualifications
Capital Stage is particularly interested in plays that fulfill our mission to bring bold, thought-provoking work to the region. Plays must be full-length in any genre: comedy, drama, musical, etc. Translations, collections of one-acts, children’s plays and any play that has received a full-scale, professional production prior to submission are not eligible. Plays that have had a workshop, reading or non-professional production are still eligible. Only one submission per playwright is allowed each year.

The Selection Process
Capital Stage’s competitive selection process consists of two rounds of selection. All play excerpts submitted during the first round, averaging 300 submissions, are reviewed. Then, selected playwrights are asked to provide a full manuscript of their play. Finally, Capital Stage invites 4 to 6 playwrights to have their work included in PLAYWRIGHTS’ REVOLUTION.

Preference will be given to those plays that are aligned with Capital Stage’s mission to bring bold, thought-provoking work to our community.

How to Apply
Playwrights interested in submitting a play for consideration should send the following to Capital Stage between December 1, 2016 – February 28, 2017. PDFs of script submissions are preferred.

Attn: Literary Management, 2215 J Street, Sacramento, CA 95816
or
literarymanager@capstage.org
Your contact information;
A concise paragraph stating your previous playwriting credits;
Title of the play;
Character breakdown and description;
Time and place of the play;
Synopsis; and
A ten page sample of the play.

2017 Deadlines

Capital Stage is accepting submissions from December 1, 2016 – February 28, 2017. Local, national, and international playwrights are encouraged to submit. We will only accept submissions received between December 1, 2016 and February 28, 2017.

Thank you for your interest!

Monday, February 20, 2017

End of The Road New Short Play Festival and Beach Party

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South Baldwin Community Theatre of Gulf Shores, Alabama is seeking submissions for the third annual End of The Road New Short Play Festival and Beach Party. The End of the Road New Short Play Festival will be held July 14,15 and 16 2017 in beautiful Gulf Shores, Alabama located on the Gulf of Mexico. It will con- sist of three staged readings of the nine winning ten minute plays. By submitting your play you are agreeing to participate in the production of the play. Attendance by the playwright is a requirement for winning scripts.

Plays should not exceed 10 minutes in length and should be appropriate for a family friendly theatre. Submissions can be made via US mail to:

South Baldwin Community Theatre
PO Box 722
Gulf Shores, Al 36547

Submissions can also be sent via email to pfizplays@gmail.com. Please include

your name and contact information on a separate cover sheet. The author’s name should not appear anywhere in the body of the script.

Deadline for submissions is April 1, 2017. Winners will be notified by May 1, 2017.

The weekend will include an opening night beach party reception and a closing reception with talk-back. A $100.00 first prize will be given to the Judges’ Choice and a $50.00 prize will be given to the Audience Favorite.

For more details or questions call 251-968-6721 or visit the theatre online at: www.sbct.biz.

We are looking forward to reading your play!

Theatre Southwest's Festival of Originals 2017

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Theatre Southwest of Houston, Texas is now accepting entries from now until March 15, 2017 for the 20th Annual Theatre Southwest Festival of Originals! The TSW-FOO is FREE to enter and will once again be calling for short one act (20 minute) plays in any and all genres from all over the country and the world. Please check below for submission guidelines and see how you can enter for a chance to win a cash prize and to see your work produced.

Submission Guidelines:

Each playwright may submit up to 2 plays for consideration.

All entries should be unpublished and previously unproduced in the Houston area.

All Genres are accepted.

Monologues or One Actor plays are not accepted.

Plays should be 20 minutes in length (give or take a minute or two). Page count should be no less than 17, but no more than 22 pages.

There is no maximum limit of characters or sets, but common sense should be used as 5 plays will be produced in one evening.

Number all pages of the scripts, and scripts should be securely bound or stapled in the upper left hand corner.

Scripts must be submitted by postal mail ONLY. Emailed PDF or Word files will not be considered.

Be sure to include your contact information; phone number, email, and mailing address on the title page of the script.

List all characters with a brief character description.

Please include a one paragraph synopsis of the play.

Make sure all mailed entries are POSTMARKED by March 15, 2017 (the Ides of March)

Scripts cannot be returned.

One hundred dollars will be paid to all playwrights selected for production.

Scripts should be mailed to:

Theatre Southwest
8944 Clarkcrest St.
Houston, Texas 77063-4004
Attn: TSW-FOO

For more information or background on past productions, go to

http://www.theatresouthwest.org/

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Next Act! New Play Summit 6

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Submissions are now being accepted for Capital Repertory Theatre’s Sixth Annual NEXT ACT! NEW PLAY SUMMIT!

Next Act! now in its sixth year, is an expansion of Capital Repertory Theatre’s (theREP) commitment to the development of new work. At the same time, the weekend long summit is designed to complement the Upper Hudson Valley’s rich diverse populations. The summits directly reflect the theatre’s mission, “to create meaningful theatre generated from an authentic link to the community.” Next Act! New Play Summit 6 takes place October 20 - 23, 2017 and will feature readings of four never-before produced plays, with additional special events throughout the weekend.

As in years past, the theatre is devoted to finding a play that can be produced in an upcoming season. Evidence of this devotion can be found in theREP’s productions of Suzanne Bradbeer’s The God Game (2015) and Naked Influence (2016), Sherry Kramer’s How Water Behaves (2015), and Bob Morris’ (2017) production of Assisted Loving; Dating With My Dad, all of which started at Next Act.

Accepting full length plays only.

(No Musicals.)

Multi-cultural and ethnically diverse pieces encouraged.

Comedy and Drama welcome!

ELIGIBILITY

Eligible plays can not have been previously produced, though previous readings are allowed. No more than 7 characters. (Please do not submit works in which actors play multiple roles, unless it is a device used to illuminate generations.)

Plays previously submitted to Next Act will not be considered for this years’ Summit.

Agent and non-agent submissions accepted.

Submission Deadline: END OF DAY – Friday March 31, 2017.
HOW TO SUBMIT

Playwrights should submit one document, as a Microsoft word or PDF file attachment. This document must include: a short one-paragraph synopsis – that illuminates the plays entire plot including its ending; the character descriptions and the first 10 pages (and only the first ten pages) of their play. Submission documents must be void of playwright’s name and contact information.

Submissions that do not conform to the guidelines stipulated will not be accepted.

Email your submission to mhall@capitalrep.org with 2017 SUBMISSION in the subject line. (There is a spam filter on this email account to protect it from hackers. First time users please prove that you are human by following the link to ensure your submissions delivery.)

A small stipend and limited travel available for playwrights selected.

Electronic submissions preferred.


PLAYS SELECTED:

Playwrights selected for the summit will be notified at the beginning of August.

Three plays will be selected to have readings (with an eye towards a potential future production) during the annual 4-day summit, which takes place October 20 – 23, 2017.

Capital Rep is a professional LORT D theatre, established in Albany in 1981.

The Parsnip Ship seeks plays

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THE PARSNIP SHIP IS ALWAYS LOOKING FOR NEW PLAYS AND NEW VOICES...

but for our third season, especially as we experience the current administration’s policies, we are incredibly interested in plays that address the modern world or are written by playwrights whose voices are underrepresented in it. As a play series who believes there are as many distinctive styles and voices as there are playwrights, we remain open to a wide range of plays that will engage audiences in an intimate setting and on a podcast format. We see our recordings as a fun collaborative effort between us, the playwright, the directors, musicians and the actors.

Some questions we like to ask ourselves as we consider a play:
1. Does the play work in an audio only format?
2. Is the play diverse and/or innovative in perspective, voice or content?
3. Is the play exciting and unexpected?

Before you send in your play for consideration, take a listen to one of our episodes from Season Two as it best encompasses what we strive for both for the actual play reading and for our published readings. A couple of logistical items to know before applying: a) we can easily accommodate up to 5 actors and one stage directions reader, for more actors we need to make special arrangements so preference is given to plays of that size; b) we can accommodate 3 inputs for our musical guest, i.e. 1 mic and 2 instruments/2 mics and 1 instrument/3 mics.

We will be accepting full length submissions by individual playwrights, playwrights/director teams, playwright/director/music teams from February 15 - March 31, 2017 for our third season (September 2017 - June 2018). We fully encourage individual playwrights to apply; Iyvon will work with you to pair a director, cast, and musical guest from our pool of amazing collaborators. Please follow the instructions below to apply:

***Once you hit "Submit" you will be given an email address to send your play to,
do not close your window before you receive the email address.***

SUBMIT A PLAY


We will update playwrights on the status of their submission on May 15, 2017.

Broadway Bound Theatre Festival

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The Broadway Bound Theatre Festival (BBTF) is a new festival based in NYC, proudly proclaiming 'Where Playwrights Take Center Stage.' All applicants undergo careful scrutiny by our panel of talented playwrights, before being accepted to the only curated theatre festival dedicated to transforming playwrights into producers.

Enter Now
Submission Deadline: March 15, 2017
Acceptance Offers will be made in early April 2017
Participation Fee: $750, payable upon acceptance

Performance Dates: July 31 through Aug. 20, 2017
Opening Night Ceremony: July 29, 2017

Closing Night Ceremony: Aug. 20, 2017


There are two steps which must BOTH be completed in order to submit to Broadway Bound Theatre Festival 2017:

1. Application: Applicants must fill out the Broadway Bound Theatre Festival - Playwright Application below.

2. Materials Email: Applicants must email a PDF version of their script, as well as a headshot to the email address provided upon the completion of this form. All submitted files MUST be PDFs and saved as "Full Name - Title."

Optional:

3. There is no cost to submit your script for consideration in BBTF 2017. However, if you would like to purchase an in-depth critique of your work, please visit our online store and provide your order number in the cover letter of your materials submission email.

Unlike any other festival, upon completion of the decision-making process, you will receive a brief critique of your work which should help you understand the reason for our decision. You may submit up to two scripts per season. However, only one will be selected. A total of 20 plays will be accepted into the 2017 festival.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Celebration Barn Residency

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Show Incubation Residencies

August 14 - August 26

TWO WEEK-LONG RESIDENCIES IN AUGUST

Celebration Barn is an incubator for physical theater with an emphasis on collaborative process. Residencies provide artists a retreat from daily demands, allowing them to fully immerse themselves in creating and refining work. Located in the beautiful countryside of western Maine, Celebration Barn’s 45 year history fuels a super-charged atmosphere that encourages artists to play on their creative edge, to be nurtured and challenged by collaborators, and to launch performance in new directions.

Thanks to generous support from the Nowlin Family Foundation, the program, including our meal plan, is now available without charge to the participants!

Residency dates: There will be two Show Incubation Residencies, each of which will be one week long. Artists will only be accepted for a single week.
August 14-19, 2017: Arrive anytime on Monday, August 14. We will enjoy dinner as a group at 6:30 PM. Public Sharing TBD. Departure is on Sunday, August 20 by no later than 10 AM.

August 21-26, 2017: Arrive anytime on Monday, August 21. We will enjoy dinner as a group at 6:30 PM. Public Sharing TBD. Departure is on Sunday, August 27 by no later than 10 AM.



Who is eligible: Individual artists (age 18+ and at any stage of their career) working with a director/production team and ensembles (with up to 8 members) are encouraged to apply. Accommodations are only provided for those who are creative participants in the project. Up to 3 artists/ensembles may be in residency at one time, depending on the needs of applicants.

Expenses paid by artists: Travel, Breakfast, and Bedding

Resources provided by Celebration Barn:
Private on-site accommodations in single or double-occupancy rooms (for participating artists only; singles as available)
Delicious, healthy lunches and dinners prepared in buffet style, always with a vegetarian option
30’x22’ rehearsal studio
A shared well-equipped kitchen for breakfast preparation (with industrial fridge, two ovens, two sinks and lots of prep space) and bathrooms
Shared use of 20’ x 25’ stage with 17’ ceiling height
Opportunity to share work and process with other artists
Limited tech support. Be sure to include specific technical requirements in application.
Wi-fi access in the theater
11 acres of lush, private fields and forests with amenities including a fire pit, volleyball court, horseshoe pit, and laying hens
The beautiful historic Paris Hill neighborhood within walking distance
Local amenities include a large grocery store, public lake access, food co-op, fine dining, and a fantastic cafe, and are within a 15 minute drive in near by villages of South Paris, Norway and Oxford.
One hour from the closest major airport in Portland (PWM). Feel free to share your travel itinerary with us to see if any ride-share opportunities may be available. Otherwise, we recommend Oxford Hills Taxi (207) 743-7963 for transportation between the airport or bus station and Celebration Barn.

Expectations of the artist:
Present informal work-in-progress at end of residency
Help maintain a clean live-work space
Provide written report describing how this residency served to advance work
Agreement to provide Celebration Barn visibility on artist’s website, in program for final production, or in other ways (to be agreed on prior to start of residency)

How to apply:

Fill out the following online application, including all supplimental materials, by May 1, 2017. Decisions will be announced will be announced on May 15, 2017. For answers to questions regarding the application and residencies, please email Ian@CelebrationBarn.comor call (207) 743-8452.

Equity Library Theater Summer 2017 Play Festival

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Submissions are now being accepted for the New York's Equity Library Theater Summer 2017 Play Festival, to take place over two weekends in August at the NYPL Alvin Ailey Theater and the George Bruce Theater in New York City.

Seeking short plays (no more than 10 pp), from playwrights from all over the USA. Also seeking monologues (no more than 4pp). Musicals welcome!

Basic set requirements.

One submission per playwright. No unpleasant profanity, as this is a family friendly festival! No submission fee! 

Please include name, address, telephone number and email address. 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. Seeking actors and directors, too!

Deadline: April 15, 2017
Email: submissions@pineyforkpress.com

Friday, February 17, 2017

THE PLAYWRIGHTS GROUP — A WEEKLY WORKSHOP

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Whether you’re a novice or a pro you’ll find yourself at home at TPG.

Here’s how it works: You bring in material — anywhere from a few pages to an entire script. It can be a full length, 10 minute play, webisode, musical, film, whatever. We divvy up the parts, read it and give you feedback. You get some ideas. You go back to work. Simple.

Participating in a group is a great way to stay focused and motivated throughout the process of writing a play. And it sure doesn’t hurt to get some exposure to other writers and see how they approach the particular projects they’re working on.

We’re a loose group. We have fun. And we love new faces. We have people who are just starting out, trying to get their first production; and people who have had quite a bit of success. And there’s always a nice mix of writers who have been members for years along with new folks.

The best way to see if TPG is a good fit for you, a place where you’ll feel comfortable and able to thrive — is to sit in on a session and see if you like the vibe. 

So contact us at scripts@theplaywrightsgroup.com and we’ll schedule your visit. Hell, why not?
Since 2007
Thursdays 7 - 9:30pm
Midtown Manhattan Location

Check out our website for more info: www.theplaywrightsgroup.com.

Yale Repertory Theatre submission guidelines

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Yale Repertory Theatre accepts submissions of full-length plays, musicals, translations, and adaptations. All submissions are considered for productions at Yale Rep and for development opportunities with the Binger Center for New Theatre.

Playwrights must submit their work either through established agents or by first sending a letter of inquiry, accompanied by a brief synopsis, cast breakdown, a ten-page dialogue sample, and a résumé. The Literary Office will review these materials and contact playwrights regarding Yale Rep's interest in reading a full manuscript.

Submissions are accepted year-round. Unsolicited manuscripts will not be reviewed.

Yale Rep prefers electronic submissions. You may send files (as either .doc, .docx, or .pdf) to literary.office@yale.edu.

Materials may also be sent to the address below. Please include a self-addressed, stamped envelope if you wish to have your materials returned.

P.O. Box 208244
New Haven, CT 06520

Babes with Blades JS&P 2017-18

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BWBTC’s international playwriting competition, founded in 2005 to increase the number of quality scripts featuring fighting roles for women. Since its inception, JS&P has been sponsored by Fight Master David Woolley, SAFD.

The winner receives the Margaret W. Martin Award: the play undergoes development via BWBTC’s Fighting Words program prior to premiering as part of an upcoming BWBTC season, and the playwright receives a $1,000 cash prize.The winner is chosen through a blind selection process: company members find out the identity of the playwright only after voting in the piece to be produced.
Use either one of the images below (or, if you’re feeling particularly art-y, both) as the basis for a new play that 1) features complex roles for women, and 2) explores staged violence as a storytelling tool.

(Click images to view at full size)




JS&P 2017-18 Submission Guidelines

The winner of Joining Sword & Pen 2017-18 will receive the Margaret W. Martin Award:

The winning script will be workshopped through Fighting Words in 2017.
The winning script will be produced as part of Babes With Blades’ 2018-19 Season.
The winning playwright will receive a $1000 cash prize.

U.S. and International submissions accepted.

In order for their scripts to be considered, playwrights must observe and adhere to ALL of the following SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS.

1. Please email your submission in a PDF file to Delia Ford:
swordandpen@babeswithblades.org.
IMPORTANT: This will be a BLIND SUBMISSION PROCESS.
Your email submission should contain two separate attachments:
a) Your cover page. INCLUDE the play’s title, playwright’s name, and full contact information (name, phone numbers, email, mailing address).
b) Your script. INCLUDE a list of characters, and the page number where the contest’s image is incorporated. DO NOT INCLUDE ANY contact information, of any kind, in the body of your script. An author’s identity will only be revealed to the ensemble once a selection has been made.

2. Submissions are due NO LATER than March 9, 2017. By submitting a script, you are agreeing to adhere to the deadlines on the workshop and production schedule.

3. All submissions must be new, original works, inspired by the artwork that is the focus of the contest. Previously written, workshopped, published or performed submissions will not be considered and we will not contact you. Please do not insert the contest image into an existing script.

4. The moment depicted in the inspirational image must be physically dramatized/incorporated into the play. We want to (literally) perform that moment on stage. Please include the page number of your script where the contest’s image is depicted in your submission email.
Please note: the models in the inspirational images are intended as prompts, to provide an emotional starting point for your reference. You are NOT required to incorporate those specific people, body types, races, ages, etc. into your script – rather, take the moment depicted and make it your own.

5. Only FULL LENGTH submissions will be accepted: at least 60 pages (75-120 minutes) in length. Do not send incomplete submissions, excerpts, or a synopsis. They will be rejected.

6. Please include a list of characters. Both all-female and mixed-gender casts will be considered, but women must be in most/all of the primary roles, and women must be featured in most/all of the combat.

7. Scripts submitted will be considered the original creations of the authors, not Works for Hire. The author will retain all copyright rights and privileges granted thereto. If a winning script is subsequently published, we ask authors to note “Babes With Blades Theatre Company” as the original producing company.

8. Please let us know in your submission email where you heard about JS&P.

Additional Considerations

1. Physical conflict is a big part of what we do, so the inclusion of fights is important as long as they serve the story and the characters. Quantity is not key – quality is.

2. We typically perform in black box theatres on limited budgets, so less is often more. Scripts that require fewer than 12 actors and uncomplicated/limited scenery tend to work best for us.

3. Please take a few moments to peruse our website to familiarize yourself with the
mission and direction of our company, our acting ensemble, and our past shows, including previous JS&P winners.

Still have questions?

1. Try visiting our FAQ for more information.

2. Please email Delia: swordandpen@babeswithblades.org

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Marion Thauer Brown Audio Drama Scriptwriting Competition

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The MTB Audio Drama Scriptwriting Competition celebrates good old-fashioned storytelling with a $250 first prize and $100 second-place prize. All genres considered and authors retain all script rights.

There’s no fee for entry. We simply ask the following:
  • Please keep to one entry per author.
  • The script should be your original work/story (no adaptations of another author’s works)
  • Please keep the script “family friendly”
  • 1) Avoid incorporating swearing, which for this context includes “damn,” “hell,” “God” etc.
  • 2) Avoid implicit or implied sexual context
  • Make sure your script is action/plot driven
  • Scripts should run no longer than 30 minutes

Entry deadline May 28th 2017.
Winners will be announced in June 21st 2017.

Rules, past winners and entry information can be found at http://mtbscriptcompetition.com/

SUBMIT YOUR SCRIPT

Please click on the link below to send a note expressing your interest in entering the 2017 MTB Audio Drama Scriptwriting Competition. Please DO NOT attach your file in this note.

We will get back to you (hopefully within a couple of hours) with your entry form. Although this seems a bit cumbersome it will prevent my overzealous spam filter from diverting your entry.

Again, please DO NOT attach your script file with your interest to enter note.

info@mtbscriptcompetition.com

The First Draft at Primary Stages

Write THE FIRST DRAFT of your next play this spring at Primary Stages ESPA. You’ll receive concrete deadlines, constructive feedback, and a collaborative environment that will encourage you to get your ideas on the page. Whether it's your first play or your hundredth, this class will give you the tools and support you need to complete a full first draft.

Which instructor is right for you? For writers who want...
  • A collaborative environment where you are encouraged to bring in unfiltered pages and give and receive feedback from classmates in a safe space, choose Leah Nanako Winkler (Writer, Kentucky at EST).
  • To write whatever you want without worrying that it'll be good or bad alongside a safe peer group, choose A. Rey Pamatmat (Writer, House Rules at Ma-Yi Theatre Company; Co-Director, Mi-Ya Writer's Lab).
  • To be an active participant in your own development as a writer, as part of a sacred team who are all working to elevate the work, choose Winter Miller (Writer, In Darfur at The Public).
  • To passionately pursue imagination, focusing on what is theatrical and must be a play, choose Crystal Skillman (Writer, Geek and Rain and Zoe Save the World).
  • A safe place to try things, and dive into whatever you’re passionate about, choose Eddie Sanchez (Writer, Barefoot Boy with Shoes On at Primary Stages).

Not in New York? Want more flexibility? This class is also offered online!
  • Starting February 27 with Caridad Svich (Writer, 2012 OBIE Winner for Lifetime Achievement)
  • Starting March 8 with Jeni Mahoney (Writer, Fata Morgana at BCT; Founding Artistic Director, Seven Devils Playwrights Conference)

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

We provide students easy and convenient payment plans to break up tuition. Primary Stages ESPA is a home for all artists, in all stages of their careers. For more information, call 212.840.9705 x215 or email espa@primarystages.org.

Young Playwrights Festival 2017

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Ends on March 16, 2017

The Blank Theatre Young Playwrights Festival is a 24-year-old nationwide playwrighting competition for writers ages 9 to 19.

The 12 best plays are chosen by a panel of theatre professional from submissions across America.

No other national competition awards young playwrights with seeing their vision come to life on stage in a professional production.

Winning playwrights are provided careful mentoring and direction from industry professionals to help prepare their work for public performance and hone their skills, talent and confidence.

DEADLINE: Submissions must be postmarked or submitted by March 15, 2017FEES: There are NO fees for submitting your play(s)
ELIGIBILITY: Playwrights must be 19 years old or younger on March 15, 2017; co-written plays are allowed, provided all writers meet age requirement. If submitting online each playwright MUST submit a copy of their play with their own contact information.
CONTENT: Original plays and musicals on ANY subject.
LIMIT: Up to 3 plays per playwright or playwright team.
FORMAT: All script pages must be numbered. If submitting by mail, plays must be printed on one side per page and unbound. Plays submitted via theblank.submittable.com must be in Word or PDF format.
COVER SHEET: Online submissions should ONLY include contact information in the submission form and NOT in a cover sheet or anywhere else in the attached document. Mailed in submissions must include a Cover Sheet with: Title, Playwright Name, Playwright Date of Birth, Age, School Name, E-Mail Address, Contact Phone Number, Mailing Address.

NO RETURNS: Scripts will NOT be returned so please do not send any originals.
NOTIFICATION: We will contact Festival Competition winners in April 2017
PERFORMANCE: Winning plays will be performed in the Festival in Los Angeles in June 2017.

JANE CHAMBERS PLAYWRITING AWARD

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This award is administered by the Women in Theatre Program. The Jane Chambers Playwriting Award recognizes plays and performance texts created by women that present a feminist perspective and contain significant opportunities for female performers. This annual award is given in memory of lesbian playwright Jane Chambers who, through her plays A Late Snow, Last Summer at Bluefish Cove, My Blue Heaven, Kudzu, and The Quintessential Image, became a major feminist voice in American theatre. For questions or concerns, contact Vice President for Awards Jocelyn L. Buckner.The awardee will receive an award of 1k from the WTP Program, and, from ATHE $500 towards travel expenses (reimbursement), in addition to conference registration and two nights in the conference hotel.

To apply, please complete the form online and submit your play electronically by using the link at the bottom of this form. We strongly urge electronic submissions. If you strongly prefer to send hardcopy you may return the application form with two copies of your script to arrive by the deadline (however, scripts will not be returned); also include your e-mail info or SASPC to the name below to enable confirmation of receipt:

Jennifer-Scott Mobley
East Carolina University
School of Theatre and Dance
Messick Building
Mail Stop 553
Greenville, NC 27858-4353

NB: STUDENT Submissions should be sent separately and directly to the Coordinator as per the WTP Website and student guidelines. All Guidelines Must be followed, including sending the play to the current coordinator’s address, to be considered. Thank You!!

View the Jane Chambers Playwriting Award FAQ and Guidelines here.

SUBMISSIONS MUST BE RECEIVED BY MARCH 1, 2017.
Please note that Google Chrome is the suggested browser to use when submitting your application.

To learn more about the Women in Theatre Program, visit their page here.

PLEASE NOTE: Your submission will not be reviewed if it was submitted after 11:59 pm (CST) on March 1, 2017.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

MANHATTAN REP'S PLAY PRODUCTION PROGRAM


How you can have your play produced in NEW YORK CITY!

So this is an idea that we have been kicking around for some time, but now that we have settled in to our new Theatre space on 45th Street, we are going to make it possible for anyone with a good play, and for a nominal fee, to have their play produced at Manhattan Rep. We will supply the director, the cast, the rehearsal space, set and props, and we will bring your  play to life in Midtown Manhattan where one can invite friends, family, producers and literary agents to come and see it. 

For a 10 minute play with 2 to 3 characters:

For Manhattan Rep to put up your production in one of our short play events the fee will be $595.00

For a 11 - 20 minute short play with 2 to 3 characters:

For Manhattan Rep to put up your production in one of our short play events the fee will be $795.00

For a Full - Length play with up to 5 characters:

Fee based on the play and production requirements.

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.

FROM PAGE TO STAGE

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FROM PAGE TO STAGE is a festival of new musical theatre dedicated to showcasing un-produced work and work in development to an audience to garner feedback and create new opportunities for the artistes involved.

We are delighted that the fifth annual FROM PAGE TO STAGE festival has been invited to Andrew Lloyd Webber's newest theatre The Other Palace.

The 2017 festival will open for submissions on November 28, 2016 and close February 28, 2017.

To submit for an application, you will need:

- Information about the piece and its writers (names, cast sizes, etc.)
- A 100 word summary of the show
- 3 mp3 song files
- a pdf of the first 20 pages of the libretto
- 1 piano/vocal sheet music example

From Page to Stage funds and arranges the inclusion of the selected pieces, endeavouring to pay a fair wage to all contracted artistes. The festival is not intended for profit but to allow new work a platform on which to be developed and exposed to new audiences. Our aim is to develop new work, excite audiences about the opportunity to see pieces in the first stages of development, and support the creatives involved in the process.
For the 2017 season, there will be a number of ways that your piece could be included.

Pieces will be selected to receive fully-staged, rehearsed readings. This includes a week of rehearsal, a cast of up to 8, a creative team, and three performances each. The readings are a perfect opportunity for a piece that is finished but perhaps has not been put on its feet yet.

Pieces will also be selected to be a part of the showcase evenings. They will be performed by rep casts and will also receive a week’s rehearsal, creative teams, and multiple performances each. The showcases are 30 minutes long per piece and we will adapt or abridge each piece to suit. (Shows with larger casts are therefore able to submit for showcases, as material shown can be arranged to fit within casting limits.)

One piece will receive a fully produced production. With three weeks of rehearsal, a cast of 8-10, a creative team, and 10-12 performances, depending on the schedule, the headline musical is a piece that is ready to be performed and simply has not had the opportunity.

We will also have a number of Gala Performances, highlighting songs from submitted shows. (A perfect opportunity for shows that are not yet complete.)

There will also be opportunities for writers/writing teams to present cabaret-style evenings of their back catalogue or work in development. These songwriter showcases will be musically driven, not productions, and should be applied for only by writers with three or more shows to draw upon.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

New Light Theater Project Darkroom 13

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What is the criteria for submission?

First, submitted material needs to be in development. We want the artist to learn something from the 2 nights of performance, and the ultimate goal is to inspire a continuation of the work.

Next, we ask the artist to bring in 10 people to see the show. Admission is free, and an audience is an important factor for understanding what works/doesn't work in the piece. Since the idea is to blend performance and party, socializing, drinking, and talking about the evening is highly encouraged.


Call for Submissions: “8 in 48” Idaho Short Play Festival for Young Audiences

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Treasure Valley Children’s Theater seeks new short plays for young audiences for the second “8 in 48 Idaho” Short Play Festival. 

Submissions are accepted February 1, 2017 through May 31, 2017.

 Winning selections are mounted as a part of the 8 in 48 Idaho Short Play Festival on September 9, 2017 in Meridian, Idaho. Cash prizes are offered to 3 of the 8 plays. '''

Submission criteria: Entries must be ten (10) minutes or less in length, previously unproduced, and suitable for families and young audiences.

No more than two submissions per playwright will be accepted. submissions relating to this year's theme (Courage) will be given strong consideration.

All entries must be submitted via the website submission link at www.8in48idaho.org. No email submissions please. For submissions questions, email vabaugh@msn.com.

EVCT Aspiring Playwrights Contest 2017

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East Valley Children’s Theatre is searching for aspiring playwrights to become a part of the theatre’s future seasons of performances. Contest rules and prizes are listed below.
  • All plays must be submitted to East Valley Children’s Theatre no later than March 1, 2017.
  • Must include a cover sheet with name, address, phone number and email address
  • Plays must be suitable for children to perform and for an audience of children. (Plays with small casts are not as likely to be chosen for performance; casts of 15 or more are preferred)
  • Plays must be 60-90 minutes in length. Shorter plays may be submitted but will not be considered for a seasonal theatrical production.
  • Plays and musicals must not have been previously performed. They must be original and unpublished.
  • Musicals must include a copy of the music in either manuscript or audio recording format.
  • No entry fee is required.


* The first place entry will receive a $500 cash prize, a stipend for travel, and will be produced by East Valley Children’s Theatre in its upcoming season, if it meets all the criteria for performance. Second and third place winners will be announced and recognized.

• Winner will be announced in April, 2017

Send entries to:
East Valley Children’s Theatre
P.O. Box 20514
Mesa, AZ 85277-0514
Or email them to: Karen@evct.org
For more information or questions call EVCT at 480-756-3828.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Four Quarter Theater accepting 10 minute musicals

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Four Quarter Theater, a NYC based theater ensemble, is currently accepting 10 minute musicals for our spring season Musicals.

In each quarter of the year, and aligning with the seasons, Four Quarter Theater aims to produce a new set of ten-minute plays. Each season is framed around a theme, which relates to the season in which the quarter falls. Each theme is open to artistic interpretation and is provided as a thematic framework to guide the playwright. The format of the performances will be staged readings in New York City.

Four Quarter Theater is currently accepting 10 minute musicals for our spring 2017 season Musicals. The term “musicals” is understood to include musicals, plays with music, thematic revues, or any comparable iteration.

Below please find our submission requirements and additional guidance to successfully submit your piece to Four Quarter Theater. Please note that playwrights are eligible to submit one piece per season only. 

We are currently accepting submissions until March 10, 2017.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our Director of Submissions, Dana Trottier, at 4qtsubmissions@gmail.com, or view additional information on our website at fourquartertheater.com.

Submission Requirements and Eligibility

§ The musical must be a stand-alone musical and presentable in ten minutes.

§ Cast should not exceed 5 actors.

§ Submissions must include script and libretto/lead sheets/piano score in PDF format only.

§ Music files of songs are also needed and should be submitted in MP3 or MP4. Each song should be submitted separately or as one piece with labeled tracks. The submission of music can be as simple as composer singing tracks with piano. Please place all required music files in a shared folder or drop site (Drop Box, Google Drive) and send a folder link with submission.

§ Music for each piece will be performed live and should be able to be performed with a single piano.

§ There is a submission limit of one play per theme. The playwright must designate the theme submitted for in the subject line of the email (Musicals).

§ Original and never before produced musicals are highly encouraged.

§ Please submit all necessary materials electronically to 4qtsubmissions@gmail.com by March 10, 2017

Electronic submission must include

§ Title, author’s name, address, phone number, email address.

§ A brief description (100 words max) of the musical.

§ PDF of script and link for music.

Selection of Musicals

The play selection process is conducted by the Play Selection Committee. As many as seven plays are selected for each series (approximately 4 times a year). Only selected playwrights will be contacted. Plays not chosen for this quarter/year may be considered for future series if considered by the company to be theme appropriate.

Four Quarter Theater reserves the sole right to make all production decisions with regard to the plays selected. Four Quarter Theater reserves the right to photograph, audio and video record selected plays to be utilized for promotional materials; promotional video and audio recordings will only include clips of performances and never the full performance of the selected play. Any recordings will be shared with selected playwrights.

Four Quarter Theater is committed to highlighting work of emerging artists. There is no financial compensation for entries, nor is any financial commitment required by the playwright.

We look forward to reading your submissions.

Science Playwriting Competition

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The Simons Center for Geometry and Physics, in collaboration with the C. N. Yang Institute for Theoretical Physics, announces a CALL FOR PLAYS for the 2017 SBU Science Playwriting Competition:

Calling all talented playwrights with an interest in the sciences, and talented scientists with an interest in the theatre to compose a ten-minute play with a substantial science component. This contest is open to the general public:

First Prize Winner: $500
Second Prize Winner: $200
3rd Prize Winner: $100

The deadline for submissions is April 1, 2017.
Bringing science and theatre together can provide the inspiration for a play of exceptional artistic merit and lead to exciting new ways of learning about science. Indeed, we believe the best science plays can be great works of art because of the science they contain and great educational tools because of their artistic value. We are recruiting Stony Brook University’s brightest minds to write great plays that make science accessible to a wide audience.

ENTRIES MAY BE SUBMITTED ELECTRONICALLY BELOW. ‚ALL submissions must be received by midnight April 1, 2017.

A public staged reading of the winning entries will be performed during the Fall 2017 semester at the Simons Center for Geometry and Physics.

Guidelines:
– Plays should be around 10 minutes in length (usually around 10 pages).
– Winning playwrights will receive a directed, staged reading of their work in the Fall 2017 semester.
– Plays must have a title page that includes the playwright’s name, address, phone number, and email address.
– Plays must be unpublished work.

The awards committee will consist of Professors Christopher Herzog, George Sterman, and Steve Marsh.

*Note: please submit electronic entries as a pdf file. Submitting your play implies permission to have your play performed in a staged reading in the fall semester; all submissions remain the property of the playwright.

QUESTIONS? CONCERNS? CONTACT US AT scienceplays@scgp.stonybrook.edu

This is the fourth annual science playwriting competition. This competition is made possible by the generous support of the Simons Center, the C. N. Yang Institute for Theoretical Physics, and the SBU Department of Theatre Arts. Information about the previous competitions can be found here:

SUBMIT YOUR PLAY

The 8th Annual Festival of Shorts

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Thank you for your interest in the 8th Annual Festival of Shorts hosted at the Wade James Theater by Edmonds Driftwood Players. The Festival this year will be presented in four performances – Friday and Saturday, July 7 and 8 at 8pm; Saturday and Sunday, July 8 and 9 at 2pm.

We are so excited to announce our theme for 2017 ”Unintended Consequences”.

How many times have you never meant to do something but ended up doing the very thing you tried to avoid? Or perhaps you wanted to help someone and ended up creating a bigger mess? Maybe you didn’t want to help someone and ended up being the biggest blessing they ever received. So often, our actions produce consequences that we never thought, never foresaw, never believed could happen. For good, for bad, for ugly, for interesting, for hilarious…the details are up to you!

In order to enter the festival, please DO the following:
  • Submit an original, never before produced script for a play that will last no longer than 15 minutes with 6 characters or less, which can be staged with minimal sets, props, and costumes.
  • Incorporate the theme of “Unintended Consequences” into your story.
  • All scripts should be submitted electronically to: shorts@edmondsdriftwoodplayers.org
  • Submit your play by 5pm Pacific Standard Time on Friday, March 31, 2017.
  • Submit two documents:
  • A cover page with the name of the title and your full name, address, email address and phone number.
  • Your play in ‘Standard Stage Play Format’ with the title of the play ONLY. No identifying information about the playwright is to appear in this “blind” copy. All plays which fail to submit a blind copy of their play will be disqualified. The blind copy of the script preserves anonymity in our judging process.

In order to enter the festival, please DON’T do the following:
  • Don’t submit a play with a single character. This means NO monologues, please!
  • Don’t submit a play that includes nudity, excessive bad language or could in any way be construed as a hard ‘R’ or ‘X’ rating.
  • Don’t include excessive props or things like glitter or feathers that would be hard to clean up and delay transitions for our festival. Eight plays will be presented at each performance (4 plays before intermission, 4 plays after intermission). Please don’t make it hard for our production team to stage your show.
  • Don’t submit a play that has been produced on any stage, anywhere prior to March 31, 2017. We will do a search for each play before notifying our 8 finalists. Any evidence that a play has been previously produced will result in disqualification of the script from our festival.

If you have any questions, please email: md@edmondsdriftwoodplayers.org

We look forward to hearing from people all over the planet, so have fun! Hopefully your story about unintended consequences will be a hit with our judges and we’ll see you in July for our 8th Annual Festival of Shorts!

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Bacchanalia 2017 New Play Readings Festival

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We are now accepting submissions for our Bacchanalia 2017 New Play Readings Festival!

 Submissions are due by February 14, 2017, with the festival to open in New Orleans in May. 

 One play from the festival will be selected for a full production

This year’s theme is Protest Plays.

Show us your discontent and artistic ire with the coming regime! All new plays adhering at least broadly to the theme will be accepted, but preference will be given to plays with:
  • Five or less actors required
  • Multiple speaking roles for women
  • Less than an hour running time

A focus not merely on the Orange One, but the larger problematic culture in American politics.
Please understand that by submitting your play, you grant performance rights to Blunt Objects Theatre and any associated company through 2017. If your play is selected for a full performance, monetary compensation will be determined, but there is no monetary compensation for participating in the festival. 
 
Multiple entries are acceptable.

Please submit your play as an attachment to BluntObjectsTheatre@gmail.com with a brief bio in the body of the email.
We look forward to hearing from you!

New Aesthetics two-week summer intensive

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Application Deadline: February 15th, 2017
New Aesthetics is a two-week summer intensive for mid-career artists.
Each year a pair of international artists are invited to share their practice
with a group of twenty working artists from around the world.

New Aesthetics accepts 20 participants annually. Applicants must have at least five years of professional experience. Please email a Letter of Intent and your CV to corbin@theatrereplacement.org. Your application will be reviewed by committee and you will hear back from us by the end of February. If accepted, a $250.00 deposit will be required early in the year.

In the letter (no more than 2 pages) let us know:
– a little bit about the work you’ve made or helped to make,
– two or three questions you’re considering within your practice,
– why you are interested in New Aesthetics at this point in your career, and
– whether you’d like to be considered for financial support

Please remember to check your respective funders for deadlines on professional development grants. These normally fall in March or early April.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Park Plays Festival

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Park Plays is a festival of ten short plays exploring and celebrating the events, environs, and denizens of Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Five plays will be commissioned from internationally known playwrights, and half will be selected from an open submissions process.

Performed by an ensemble of eight actors, Park Plays will celebrate some of what makes Flushing Meadows Corona Park unique: from the Unisphere, the US Open and Arthur Ashe Stadium, Citi Field, the Playground for All Children, the Hall of Science, and the NY State Pavilion to wheelchair basketball and dragon boat races. Flushing Meadows Corona Park represents much of what the borough of Queens and the city of New York aspire to be: a commons for all, a place for learning and relaxation, an inclusive and nurturing playground for young and old.

Playwrights interested in submitting their work for consideration should send their play and a short bio as two PDFs to parkplays@queenstheatre.org. Plays must be no longer than ten pages. Previously produced plays will not be accepted.

Submissions will close February 12, 2017. 

 We encourage all writers to visit the park and investigate its many traditions and cultures. You can find more information about the park online at https://www.nycgovparks.org/parks/flushing-meadows-corona-park/

Headwaters call for submissions

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CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

The Headwaters program is the source of new plays of the West: plays set in the current, historic, or mystic western United States; plays by playwrights originally from or living in the West; plays that deal with themes connected to the real or mythic West; and plays that re-imagine what “West” means.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

To be considered for the Headwaters New Play Festival, a play must never have had a professional production and the playwright must be available to attend the workshop week (August 21-26, 2017 - Creede Colorado). Since 2015’s festival, our goal has been to more accurately reflect the diversity of human experience by reserving one of our two slots for a female playwright. We will continue this at this season’s festival.

We are seeking full-length plays, one submission per playwright.

2017 Submission Deadline is February 16, 2017.
Any plays submitted after this date, will go into consideration for our 2018 Festival. Responses will be sent out by May 1, 2017. CRT provides travel, food stipend, and cozy accommodations for the playwright. The scenic mountain beauty of this quaint arts town will provide endless inspiration as you develop your work. Plays read at the festival will be considered for full production in CRT’s 2018 season. For more information or to submit a pay, please visit www.creederep.org/headwaters-submissions

The Princeton Theatre Group New Works Festival - seeking 10 minute and one-act plays

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Two categories

One-Act Scripts and Ten-Minute Plays

Winners will receive a staged reading by professional actors during Festival 56, Illinois’ largest summer theatre festival. The New Works Festival will also include a playwrights’ reception and opportunities to receive feedback of the winning works. No entry fee — No cash prizes

Timetable

Submission deadline: 1 March 2017

Winners will be notified by 1 May 2017

Production dates: August 4 and 5 2017

Competition Rules

Only complete scripts will be considered; no excerpts from longer works.

Scripts must be original, unpublished, and not previously produced.

Each playwright may submit only one script per category. It is possible for a playwright to win in both categories.

Competition is open to adult playwrights around the English-speaking world. No juvenile writers.

Target audience: adults, including young adults.

Genre: comedy, drama, tragedy, farce, hybrid; theatrical storytelling. No monologues, children’s plays, adaptations, or musicals.

Cast may contain any number of characters of any race, ethnicity, or gender.

Theme and subject matter are open; however, excessively strong language is discouraged.

Winners will grant Festival 56 and Princeton Theatre Group first production rights. Playwrights retain copyright.

At least one One-Act and up to six Ten-Minute scripts will be selected for staged readings. Total number of winners will depend upon the number and range of submissions.

The decision of the judges is final. Judges will not provide any written or verbal critiques.

• Winning playwrights are strongly encouraged to attend their readings, although attendance is not a requirement for winning. If the playwright is present, a talkback with the audience and actors will immediately follow the reading of each script.

Criteria for selection
  • Well developed storyline within a short work 
  • Natural and creative dialogue 
  • Quality of writing and dramatic structure 
  • Ability of script to connect with an audience 

Submission Guidelines

Type script with 1-inch margins on all four edges, using a 12-point serif type such as Times New Roman, Palatino, or Courier.

Use standard script format including cast of characters, setting, etc.

Do NOT put your real name on your script! On the first page of the script, under the title, put a pen name of your choice.
Use the script title as the name of this document.

Create a separate document giving your real name, address, email, phone, the title of your script, and either your real age or the statement “I am over 18.”
Use your pen name as the name of this document.
This document will not be opened until after winners have been selected.

Attach both the script document and the identifying document to an email as a Word doc, Pages doc, or PDF.

Send One-Act entries to Festival56oneact@gmail.com by 1 March 2017. 
Send Ten-Minute entries to Festival56tenmin@gmail.com by 1 March 2017.

For a list of winners, see the Festival 56 website after 1 May 2017.

Princeton Theatre Group Grace Performing Arts Center 316 South Main Street Princeton IL 61356

Friday, February 10, 2017

Prism Festival

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Stay Awake! is accepting original 10-minute play submissions for its second Prism Festival. Selected plays will receive a full staging in New York City at Shetler Studios in The Bridge Theatre, June 2017. A panel of professional theater artists will select the final plays. We request one submission per playwright. Deadline for submission is February 15, 2017. 

Plays must be no longer than ten minutes, must be original, and previously unproduced works (student productions are acceptable). We seek pieces that pose a philosophical question, confront the status quo, or somehow empower unheard voices.
Given Stay Awake!'s commitment to education, in particular, the intersection between arts and learning, we actively seek artists who affiliate with an academic institution as a student, staff, or faculty member.

To submit a piece, please visit our website and create an account: http://stayawaketheatre.org/node/add/play-submission. A cover letter is greatly appreciated but not required. Account information will not be given to third parties.

Detailed Submission Instructions:
To submit a play for the this year's Stay Awake! Prism Festival, please register at http://stayawaketheatre.org/user/register. Once you've completed the simple form, a confirmation email message will be sent to you with instructions to create a password. Once your password is created and saved, login here: http://stayawaketheatre.org/user.

If you already have an account and need to reset your password, use this form: http://stayawaketheatre.org/user/password.
to submit a play, go here: http://stayawaketheatre.org/node/add/play-submission.

Equity Showcase (pending).
No Fee.
If you have any questions, please contact maryanne@stayawaketheatre.org.

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Book, Music, and Lyrics by Max Vernon
Directed by Scott Ebersold

Choreography by Al Blackstone

The Lynn Redgrave Theater at Culture Project – 45 Bleecker Street (at Lafayette St.)

The View UpStairs is a provocative new musical that pulls you inside the UpStairs Lounge, a vibrant '70s gay bar in the French Quarter of New Orleans. This forgotten community comes to life in all its gritty, glam rock glory when a young fashion designer from 2017 buys the abandoned space, setting off an exhilarating journey of seduction and self-exploration that spans two generations of queer history. Inspired by one of the most significant yet all-but-ignored attacks against the LGBTQ community, The View UpStairs examines what has been gained and lost in the fight for equality, and how the past can help guide us all through an uncertain future.

Performances Begin 2/15!

Performance Schedule:

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Run Time: 1 hour 45 minutes, no intermission

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Sunday 2/19 at 8pm
Tuesday 2/21 – Thursday 2/23 at 8pm

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Artists' Exchange 12th Annual One Act Play Festival (July & August 2017)

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CALL FOR PLAY SUBMISSIONS

Submission Guidelines: Plays should be original, short one act plays; ideal length 10-15 minutes with 20-minute maximum. Previously produced plays acceptable. Playwrights may submit up to three (3) plays. There is no cost to submit work. Comedic, absurd, dramatic, farcical, musical, etc. are all welcome and encouraged for review. Selected plays will be performed at Theatre 82 in Cranston, Rhode Island, on two consecutive weekends between July 21 and August 12, 2017 (more performance details below).

Deadline for Submission: All plays must be received by Saturday, April 15, 2017. 

 Any plays received or postmarked past April 15th will not be accepted for review. Plays will be reviewed and judged by a panel of community directors and actors on their artistic and technical merits, and collectively decided on whether they are “selected for performance” or “not selected.” Total number of selected plays is TBD, based on factors including number of submissions, length of plays, etc.

Selected Plays for Performance: The OAPF Panel will finalize and announce all selected plays for performance by the end of May/early June. Playwrights will receive notification only if their play(s) was/were selected for performance, and the selected plays will also be posted on the Festival’s webpage. Playwrights will not be notified if their works were not accepted. By submitting works, playwrights agree to allow Artists’ Exchange to produce their play(s) in the Festival for the public’s entertainment and benefit with no performance/royalty fees.

Selected Playwrights: Participation is volunteer; no stipends or monetary prizes are awarded to selected playwrights. All monies collected from ticket sales will benefit Artists’ Exchange/Gateways to Change, Inc. and the continuation of the One Act Play Festival for years to come. Selected playwrights will receive at least two (2) complimentary tickets and recognition in the playbill, including a personal bio and contact information (if provided). Performances are not video recorded.

Festival Performance Information:

July 21 - August 12, 2017

Fridays @ 7:00 PM and Saturdays @ 3:00 & 7:00 PM

Venue: Theatre 82 (82 Rolfe Square, Cranston, RI 02910)

Presented in Two Waves

- Each Wave is separate and features different plays

- Four performance dates per Wave

Wave I: July 21-29

Wave II: August 4-12



About the One Act Play Festival: Since 2006, Artists’ Exchange has hosted the One Act Play Festival (OAPF) for the entertainment and enjoyment of the Cranston community. Short plays are submitted from local, regional, and national playwrights and then selected for performance by a panel of directors/actors. Casts feature community actors of all abilities ranging in sex, age, and experience levels.

This year marks the 12th annual year and aims to showcase new playwrights mixed in with patron favorites, highlighting the best short plays that were submitted for review.

About Artists’ Exchange: Artists' Exchange is a nonprofit arts collaborative whose mission is to create an atmosphere in which creativity, learning and discovery converge and individuality is celebrated. We are operated by Gateways to Change, a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for all human beings.

Artists' Exchange is home to multiple art studios, a gallery, art boutique and café, along with secondary venue Theatre 82, a multi-use performance, meeting and instructional space. Enriching classes and summer camps are offered year-round in art, ceramics, theater, and music; and a variety of events – including plays, music concerts, birthday parties, and fundraisers – are hosted at our venues.

To Submit: Please send all plays to Artists’ Exchange by physical mail or email and include your contact information and play title(s). Playwrights may only submit up to three (3) plays maximum. Send any questions or communications to Jessica Chace, Festival Artistic Director (contact information below).

By Mail:

Attention: One Act Play Festival Submission
Artists’ Exchange
50 Rolfe Square
Cranston, RI 02910

By Email: In Subject line, please write “One Act Play Festival Submission: [Your Name]” and send to Jessica Chace at jessica.chace@artists-exchange.org.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Screenwriting Structure at Primary Stages ESPA

This 10-week class will focus on all the "pre-work" that goes into transforming the glimmer of an idea into a full-length screenplay. You will first screen several contemporary films and analyze the basic principles of the traditional three-act story structure seen in most mainstream Hollywood films today. Drawing upon those principles, Kate will take your original ideas through the development process—from log line, to treatment, and to a detailed scene-by-scene three-act outline. By the end of your ten weeks, the challenging, doggedly-detailed pre-work will be complete, and you can dive head-first into the fun part: actually writing your screenplay!

Instructor: Kate Cortesi (Screenwriter, New Line Cinema)
Wednesdays from 6:30pm – 9:30pm
Starts March 1

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

We provide students easy and convenient payment plans to break up tuition. Primary Stages ESPA is a home for all artists, in all stages of their careers. For more information, call 212.840.9705 x211 or email espa@primarystages.org.