Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Special offer for NYCPlaywights: HOW I LEARNED TO DRIVE

HOW I LEARNED TO DRIVE

By Paula Vogel
Directed by Kate Whoriskey

With Norbert Leo Butz, Kevin Cahoon, Elizabeth Reaser, Jennifer Regan, Marnie Schulenburg

2econd Stage Theatre- 305 West 43rd Street (between 8th and 9th Avenues)

Two-time Tony Award® winner Norbert Leo Butz (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Catch Me If You Can) and Emmy® Award nominee Elizabeth Reaser (The Twilight Saga, ABC's "Grey's Anatomy") star in this Pulitzer Prize-winning drama that explores the complex relationship between Li’l Bit and her Uncle Peck, as a series of driving lessons progresses from innocence to something much darker. Told with surprising wit, Paula Vogel’s acclaimed play,How I Learned to Drive returns to New York City for the first time since its world premiere 15 years ago.

“FIRST RATE.
One of the most discomfiting love stories to emerge from the American theater has
returned with its emotional power undilutedand two actors at the top of their games.”
– Ben Brantley, The New York Times
—    BEN BRANTLEY, THE NEW YORK TIMES
“Elizabeth Reaser is WONDERFUL!
Norbert Leo Butz is SPELLBINDING!”
- Marilyn Stasio, Variety

“A MARVELOUS MUST-SEE.
Missing it is out of the question!”
- Rex Reed, The New York Observer

LIMITED ENGAGEMENT! Now – March 11 ONLY!

Performance Schedule:*

Tuesdays 7pm | Wednesdays 2pm| Wednesdays 8pm |
Thursdays 8pm| Fridays 8pm| Saturdays 2pm & 8pm| Sundays 3pm


$59 TICKETS (reg. $75)*

 THREE EASY WAYS TO BUY:

ONLINE:  Visit www.2ST.com and enter code PEKO

PHONE: Call 212.246.4422 and mention code PEKO

IN PERSON: Bring a printout of this offer to the 2econd Stage Theatre box office- 305 West 43rd Street (between 8th and 9thAvenues)

**$30 Youth Advance and $18 Student Rush tickets are also available for purchase at the box office.


FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT www.2ST.com

*Offer valid through 3/11. Blackout dates may apply. All sales are final. Regular service fees apply. All artists/schedules subject to change without notice.
**One student rush/youth advance ticket per valid ID, full time high school or college students and age 30 & under.

Simply Scripts submission form

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SimplyScripts - links to hundreds of free, downloadable scripts, movie scripts, screenplays, and transcripts of current, classic and maybe a few soon-to-be-released movies, television, anime, unproduced and radio shows.

Submit a script through the online form here:

http://www.simplyscripts.com/submit_a_script_link_new.html

Sunday, February 26, 2012

THE NEW YORK AVANT-GARDE ARTS FESTIVAL

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NOTE: there is no submission fee but there is a $300 production fee. This is a self-production festival.

Variations Theatre Group (VTG) is seeking short plays for their second Avant-garde Play Festival. The selected plays will receive a showing at the Hudson Guild Theatre, beginning July 11, 2012. During the course of two (2) weeks, there will be three (3) official rounds of play-staging, with winners of each round chosen by a combination of audience and judges’ votes. The winning playwright will receive a prize of $1,000.00 and the opportunity to develop the play into a full length production with VTG next season. There is a possibility that selected shows will be webcast through subscription channels and would also be shown later through youtube.com in a video subscription channel. VTG pays a good deal of attention in obtaining publicity for the festival through social media, subject to rules and constraints from various professional unions.

You may submit up to two (2) plays/applications for the festival. Submissions will only be accepted online to submissions@variationstheatregroup.com. Please include a completed application form (available at the web site), a character breakdown of your play, and a copy of your script as a PDF or Word document. All submissions must be received by 5pm on April 13th, 2012.

If your piece is chosen to participate in the festival there is a NON-REFUNDABLE production fee of $300.00, to be paid immediately upon acceptance.  This cost will help defray some of the expenses such as publicity and space rental. In addition, each production will receive two (2) complimentary tickets to the Awards Ceremony/Final Performance.

Variations Theatre Group defines a “submittable piece” as any medium that can be given a proper showing in a 30-minute time slot. These include, but are not limited, to short one-act plays, performance art, cabaret acts, improv troupes, comedy acts, dance pieces or short films. Pieces should be engaging, daring, and “push the envelope.” Ideal pieces would be those that deal with the human condition in an innovative manner!

Please note: All groups are responsible for producing their own individual pieces. However, Variations Theatre Group will assist with finding actors, directors, and any technical assistants needed. 

VTG is a nonprofit theater committed to public service and its founders or management work as volunteers, without compensation, to promote American theatrical talent.  For more information please visit our website www.variationstheatregroup.com.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Native American New Play Festival

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NOTE: Playwright must be a registered Native American on a federally recognized roll.

OKC Theatre Company is pleased to announce that SALVAGE by Diane Glancy has been selected to be the cornerstone production of the THIRD annual Native American New Play Festival in June 2012. The festival will also feature staged readings of two or three finalists. We are currently accepting scripts for the 2012 Festival.

Submission guidelines:

Finalists will be selected from submitted plays which meet the criteria outlined below. These selected plays will then be presented in a readers’ theatre format which will be open to the public. Audience feedback is encouraged. The play selected as the most outstanding in the 2012 Festival will receive a fully-staged production at our theatre as the featured event of the next Native American New Play Festival (2013).

    Submission deadline for the 2012 Native Play Festival is March. 15, 2012. Scripts received after that date will be considered for the following year.
  •  Playwright must be a registered Native American on a federally recognized roll.
  •  Must be a full-length play without a prior full production.
  • E-mail/ Send brief synopsis together with a complete manuscript. Please include a contact phone number and e-mail address on the play’s title page
  • Dramas, comedies and farces are all welcome.
  • Playwrights who are questioning whether or not their play is a good match for OKC Theatre Company are strongly encouraged to contact Rachel Irick at rachel@okctc.org before submitting.
  • All plays that are not selected for the festival will be recycled. Please do not include any type of return postage. An announcement about the 2012 Finalists will be made by May 1, 2012.
  • All serious submissions are read by at least two readers. Please be advised that the following are not considered serious submissions:

  •  Screenplays or teleplays submitted as theatrical plays
  •  Obvious first drafts
  •  Plays with typos and spelling errors
  •  Plays that are not formatted according to industry standards

Notification: Our Artistic Director screens submissions for eligibility as they are received. Plays are then read by a panel of readers who recommend finalists for the festival readings.

Email/ Send manuscripts to: rachel@okctc.org

OKC Theatre Company
ATTN: Native American New Play Festival
PO Box 18226
OKC, OK 73154

VICTORY GARDENS ANNOUNCES CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS FOR THE THIRD IGNITION FESTIVAL

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Submission Deadline: March 1, 2012

Victory Gardens is searching for new, challenging, and innovative plays by writers of color for the 2012 festival.

The third IGNITION festival will create a productive environment for both emerging and established playwrights of color to explore and develop their new work. Six new plays will be presented in a festival of readings scheduled July 29-August 5, 2012. The plays will be directed by leading artists from Chicago and around the country. Following the readings, the plays may be considered for further development and possible production at Victory Gardens Theater.

Victory Gardens provides selected playwrights with housing and transportation as well as a stipend for one rehearsal week beginning July 29th through the final event of the festival weekend on August 5, 2012.

Submission Deadline: March 1, 2012
Announcement of Six Festival Participants: May 1, 2012
Festival Dates: July 29 – August 5, 2012

Submission Guidelines:
  • There is no restriction as to subject matter. Victory Gardens hopes that a diversity of perspective will inform the plays, but the plays do not have to deal specifically with race, ethnicity or identity issues.
  • The initiative is open to all playwrights of color.
  • Submitted plays must be unproduced and must be in English or primarily in English.
  • Playwrights may only submit one full-length play.
  • Plays must be submitted by mail, not electronically, and should not be permanently bound.
  • Please include a biography or resume as well as the reading/development history of the submitted script. Please be sure to include your email address as well as your phone number(s).
  • Please include a return addressed postcard if you wish to be notified when the script arrives. All scripts will be recycled after reading and will not be returned.
  • There is no submission fee.
Submission should be mailed to: IGNITION, Victory Gardens Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Avenue , Chicago , Illinois 60614 . For further information, please call Sandy Shinner, 773-549-5788 ext 2139.

eGarage.tv seeks scripts

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We are looking for enthusiastic writer for our new media company: www.egarage.tv. This company produces shows with a social network interface, is looking for talented writers who can write generic comedy script, monologues, skits and up to date political comedy/satire with a progressive liberal bent. Pays $10-50 a clip, on production. Send submissions and personal info to Submissions@egarage.tv To join egarage community, sign up at egarage.tv

Sitcome Trials - scripts wanted now

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Deadline for entries - midnight Weds 29th Feb, 2012
Deadline for voting - midnight Weds 7th March, 2012


The Sitcom Trials will take place on Friday March 30th,
2012, at the Wardrobe Theatre, St Michael's Hill, Bristol.

This will be a rehearsed-reading/script-in-hand/radio-style affair. These sitcoms will be in competiton with each other, the winner to be decided an audience vote.

THE BRIEF for submission to The Bristol Sitcom Trials.

The Sitcom Trials wants situation comedy scripts that a small group of actors can perform in a live environment with minimal stage in front of an audience, who will hopefully laugh. Ideally these sitcoms will be so marvellous that the TV & radio industry representatives in the audience will snap them up immediately.

THE FORMAT:

Your script must have a first 'half' of less than 8 minutes
This first half should end in a cliffhanger, or something that leaves
the audience wanting more.

It must then have a final scene of 2 or 3 minutes long. This will be
performed only if your sitcom is the winner on the night

Your script must have NO MORE THAN 4 CHARACTERS. Ideally 2 boys 2 girls.
If you can write a script with just 2 or 3 characters, all the better.

The sitcoms we are to test out in our regular pub theatre shows with an eye to them being developed for TV must be
PERFORMABLE LIVE (ie no filmed or location inserts)
&
ON ONE MINIMAL SET.

Think in terms of a radio script.

WRITER-PERFORMERS - INCLUDE YOUTUBE DEMO

We are particularly interested to hear from writer-performers, especially those with an on-stage track record (eg Edinburgh) who would present their own sitcom as a self contained package. To demonstrate your live potential we would need to see a video, ideally a link to a YouTube video, which we can judge alongside the script. Please include the video link as part of the script.

UPLOAD SCRIPTS TO THE FILES:

Upload your entries to the appropriate folder in the files section of the egroup. You will need to join the free egroup to do so:
http://tv.groups.yahoo.com/group/SitsVac/files

Deadline for entries - midnight Weds 29th Feb, 2012
Deadline for voting - midnight Weds 7th March, 2012

VOTING:

All members of the SitsVac egroup/British Comedy Guide Sitcom Trials thread, you included, will be invited to read, review, and vote on all scripts in contention. Vote YES, MAYBE or NO as to each one's potential and add a short one paragraph review. Your votes will not be counted unless you include a review.

Send reviews to the Sits Vac TV group message board
http://tv.groups.yahoo.com/group/SitsVac
 

or to the Sitcom Trials thread at the British Comedy Guide Forum http://www.comedy.co.uk/forums/thread/23202

Writers are welcome to vote on their own scripts.

Votes are then totalled thus; Yes = 2 points, Maybe = 1 point, No = minus -1 point. This way we draw up a shortlist for a script reading, from which we select the items to go into the stage show.

PERFORMANCE:

The top five entries (as voted by you) will be performed on Friday March 30th, 2012, at the Wardrobe Theatre, St Michael's Hill, Bristol. This will be a rehearsed-reading/script-in-hand/radio-style affair. These sitcoms will be in competiton with each other, the winner to be decided an audience vote.


PRIZE:

We aim to stage the winning sitcom as a full 30-40 minute one act play sometime later in the year.

Any questions, contact Vince Stadon: stadonclan@hotmail.com

Happy scribbling

Vince Stadon
Producer, Spring Season, Bristol Sitcom Trials

Friday, February 24, 2012

The Puzzle: Marble's Festival of New Work

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THE PUZZLE: Marble's Festival of New Work
Monday, June 25 - Saturday, June 30, 2012

The Puzzle is in its second year! We are currently looking for plays, musicals, and the spoken word that illuminate the human condition staying within Marble Collegiate Church’s positive, inclusive, and welcoming nature. Last year’s festival brought together over 100 participants from across the country, over 500 audience members, and proved to be an eclectic, yet interlocking, mosaic of creative people and expression for the Marble Community and New York City.

If you are interested in submitting a piece of creative work for this year’s festival, download the application (available on the web site) and send it with your proposed project.

Submissions must be postmarked by Monday, March 5, 2012.

2012 Helen McCloy/MWA Scholarship for Mystery Writing

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2012 Helen McCloy/MWA Scholarship for Mystery Writing

What Is It? The Helen McCloy/MWA Scholarship for Mystery Writing seeks to nurture talent in mystery writing—in fiction, nonfiction, playwriting, and screenwriting.

Who May Apply? The scholarship is open to U.S. citizens or permanent residents only. Membership in Mystery Writers of America is not required to apply. Because the McCloy Scholarship is intended for serious aspiring mystery writers who wish to improve their writing skills, we expect that most applicants will be college students or adult learners.

How Shall the Scholarship Be Used? The scholarship shall be used to offset tuition and fees for writing workshops, writing seminars, or university/college-level writing programs taking place in the U.S. in summer, fall or winter of 2012 or early spring 2013. Applicants must select a specific writing class/workshop/seminar to which scholarship funds would be applied.

What Is the Scholarship Amount? MWA will present two scholarships for up to $500 each. Scholarship checks are issued in late Spring and are made out jointly to scholarship winners and their chosen educational institutions.

Submission Details Applicants are required to submit:

* ONE Scholarship application form, completed - download application on the web site

* ONE copy of the official description of the writing class/workshop/program (from college catalog, workshop brochure, or other.)

* TWO letters of recommendation (e.g., from teachers who can speak to the applicant’s writing ability)

* FIVE COPIES of a 300- to 500-word essay explaining the applicant's interest in mystery writing

* FIVE COPIES of a sample of mystery writing for judging: either a synopsis and 3 chapters from a novel, or 3 short stories, or 3 short nonfiction pieces, or 1 screenplay or 1 play script

The scholarship committee may also require a letter of acceptance and/or syllabus or other documentation from the writing class/workshop/seminar to be attended.

Mail all materials in one complete package to:
 2012 Helen McCloy/MWA Scholarship Committee, PO Box 16265, High Point, NC 27265

Application Deadline All applications must be postmarked by February 29, 2012. No late applications or emailed applications will be accepted.

Questions? For individual answers and a copy of scholarship FAQs and submission tips (recommended) For a copy of scholarship FAQs and individual answers, mail the scholarship committee at the PO box (above) or send an email to mccloy-mwa@lycos.com. No phone calls, please.

About Helen McCloy Helen McCloy (1904-1994) was a mystery author, editor, publisher, and agent. Creator of psychiatrist sleuth Dr. Basil Willing, McCloy served as president of MWA in 1950, won the Edgar® Award for mystery criticism in 1954, helped to establish MWA's New England Chapter in 1971, and was named an MWA Grand Master in 1990.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Aural Stage Studios is now accepting submissions for Aural Traditions and Dialed In

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Submissions: Aural Traditions and Dialed In

What is Aural Traditions ?
Aural Traditions is a new media presentation that brings writers and performers together in order to showcase both in an inexpensive and easily distributable medium with potential for world wide exposure.

What is  Dialed In ?
Dialed In is a anthology connecting the audience to a series of horrific, comedic, twisted and utterly absurd phone conversations.

Guidelines
Aural Stage Studios is looking for pieces specifically fit for audio performance.  We are a performance-based group seeking submissions that are heavily character-based with audio performance in mind.

All script submissions should be in or adaptable to an audio format, to be featured on one of our audio drama programs.

Submissions for Aural Traditions should have no more than five characters, including the narrator.

Submissions for  Dialed In  should take the form of a telephone conversation.

Submissions for stand alone pieces and alternative series may also be submitted and will be reviewed for potential future projects by our producers and crew.

What genres do you produce ?
  • While we don’t really specify genres, we can tell you a little about our tastes:
  • Matthew is partial to the absurd, surreal, horrific and strange, which are great for audio.
  • Samantha would like to see pieces on both ends of the spectrum, both humor and heavy relationship stuff.
  • Monique is compelled by things that have a history or back story to them.
  • Strong, unusual characters lure actors, but characters should try to take themselves seriously (camp pieces excepted).
  • Holiday themed pieces are great and will be produced and released accordingly.
  • Dynamic plot lines, characters and ideas are what makes us happy.
  • In the phone series, we’d like to see some entries with established relationships.  Our entries so far have been phone calls between strangers. These are fine, but we’d like to see a little of both.
Submissions are made via their web site: http://www.auralstage.com/submit/

FROM THE DESK OF GARY GARRISON

Dramatists Guild web site

To Fee or Not to Fee – Is There a Question?

Several times a month a member will write in and ask why we publish submission opportunities that have fees attached when the Guild vehemently does not support submission fees of any kind. The answer is really simple: your Council believes that the choice to submit for an opportunity that has a submission fee should be up to the individual dramatist; we should not make that decision for you (by not posting the opportunities).

I know most of you know how I feel about paying a fee to submit your work, so I won't raise my blood pressure (or yours) by stating how outrageous, unjust, disrespectful, unfair, unnecessary and. . . oh, wait. I wasn't going to do that. Okay, what I should simply say is this: I won't pay them. I hope you won't either. But that should be a choice you make, and not me for you, or anyone else for that matter.

What I absolutely love, by the way, is when one of you copies me on an email you write to a theatre that essentially says, "I'd love to submit to your contest, but my Guild does not support submission fees of any kind. When and if you rid yourself of this unfair tax on a community of starving artists, I'll gladly reconsider submitting my material."

That said, and reading what I've written above, I know some of you pay submission fees. I understand – genuinely I do. There are fewer and fewer opportunities for more and more dramatists. But here's what I'd ask you to think about: if a theatre knows they can get just one fee from one dramatist, their led to think there are more dramatists where that one comes from. Imagine if a theatre opened a contest with a submission fee and the only thing that was submitted were letters that said, "I'd love to submit to your contest, but I can't and won't pay your fee."

Gary Garrison is the Dramatists Guild's Executive Director of Creative Affairs
Thanks to Gary for permission to post.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

The Brick Theater - Democracy

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The Brick Theater invites you to participate in their Great Theater Experiment this summer, DEMOCRACY.  For more information on how YOU can get involved, visit http://bricktheater.com/?type=show&id=674 and watch our informative, entertaining, and historic video:

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Manhattan Repertory Theatre Spring Playfest

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Manhattan Repertory Theatre is seeking fully produced plays (cast, directed & ready to perform) 40 minutes to 120 minutes for MRT's SPRING PLAYFEST 2012, MARCH 28 - APRIL 21, 2012

To submit your play production please email: The complete play, a synopsis of the play, the running time of the play, the set and lighting requirements, the play's production history (if it has been produced before and where) and a creative team leader contact email address to:
manhattanrep@yahoo.com by Wednesday FEB. 29, 2012.

Please put "SPRING PLAYFEST SUBMISSION" in the subject heading. Applicants will be contacted by SUNDAY MARCH 4, 2012 as to their acceptance.

There is no submission fee. NO PAY.    NON-EQUITY ONLY.

Each play will be given a MINIMUM of THREE performances. A REFUNDABLE security deposit of $300 will be required upon acceptance.

For more information and complete guidelines, log on to www.manhattanrep.com

Monday, February 20, 2012

Jane Chambers Playwriting Award

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Deadline Extended!  All Plays received by March 1, 2012 will be considered!!

The Women & Theatre Program of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education invites submissions from female playwrights for the annual Jane Chambers Award!

The Jane Chambers Playwriting Award recognizes plays & performance texts created by women that present a feminist perspective & contain significant opportunities for female performers.  Experimentations in form and subject matter welcome. This annual award is given in memory of lesbian playwright Jane Chambers who, through her plays such as A Late Snow, My Blue Heaven, Kudzu, & The Quintessential Image, became a major feminist voice in American theatre.

The Award for the primary Jane Chambers Contest consists of $1000, free registration to attend the Association in Theater in Higher Education’s conference in early August & a rehearsed reading of the winning piece at that conference, hosted by WTP, with ATHE. The winner should attend the conference’s awards ceremony. The student winner is also recognized.

To enter, please send three copies of a typed script,  resume, application form, (see web site) Jane Chambers Application 2012.doc , brief description of the piece, and your email contact information. Please, only one submission per applicant, and no email submissions.  NO FEE is Required (voluntary donations, blind to jurors, are welcome).

NORTHNORTHWEST - CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

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The Northwest Playwrights Alliance is now accepting submissions for its 7th edition of "NorthNorthwest," an annual anthology of ten-minute plays.

This year's theme: "A Better Life."

No fee to submit. Limit two ten-minute scripts per playwright. Deadline for scripts: April 20, 2012.
If selected, notification will be no later than July 15, 2012.

NPA will not retain rights of any kind. Payment: international fame and 3 complimentary copies. Scripts will also be considered for NPA's annual tour to NYC and England, as well as production with our 14th annual summer festival with the Academy of International Education (AIE), co-sponsored with the Broadway Center for the Performing Arts in Tacoma, WA.

Please send your PDF or Word submissions as an attachment to nnw.submissions@gmail.com.
Questions? Please email Senior Editor, Samantha Cooper nnw.submissions@gmail.com for further inquiries.

NorthNorthwest is co-sponsored by NPA, Seattle Repertory Theatre and generously published by Western Washington University.

SENSES ASKEW COMPANY 2012 Script Submissions

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Accepted through March 1, 2012; email scripts/proposals tosensesaskew@gmail.com.

The Senses Askew Company is currently seeking script submissions, under fifteen minutes in length, for workshop productions in the 2012/2013 season. We will announce more specific details at a later date. Submissions may be an excerpt from a full length play, an one act play, or a scene.

While there are no limitations as to style or subject matter, Senses Askew is particularly interested in experimental works that compliment the company's mission statement:

Senses Askew Company seeks to transcend our similarities and differences as artists and educate our viewers utilizing theatre, dance, music, and multi-media. We aim to encourage new perspectives that dissolve barriers. Through the performing arts, the major sources of inspiration which we work with will embody the five senses of humanity. With what we have or lack: the senses of hearing, sight, smell, taste and touch; we wish to promote a sense of unity and understanding among our artists and viewers. As a result, we empower ourselves to reconnect, celebrate and reflect upon our common trait: humanity.

We are encouraging original works that have never been done before an audience. We are supportive of works that stretches the imagination of innovative storytelling on stage. We are also open to works that may have been adapted from materials - classic or contemporary. We only ask that these works have been done with new interpretations. This may include but not be limited to bi-lingual presentations, choreography, and/or include multi media concepts. We are reaching out nationwide, but prefer to promote playwrights based locally (New York City) and/or the Tri-State region (NY/NJ/CT).

At this time, we are unable to cover any/all of your expenses if your script/proposal makes it to final selection and goes into production. However, you will receive credit for your work.

If interested, email sensesaskew@gmail.com either a full script of a short play or a ten page excerpt from a script or a proposal NO LATER THAN March 1, 2012.

The plays will be reviewed by a panel selected by Senses Askew Company.

Please include a cover sheet with your personal information and how we may contact you. Along with the script or proposal, also indicate whether the submitter would also like to direct his/her own work or would prefer to have someone else take on that role. Last, but not least, please be sure your work is watermarked.

Seventh Annual Very Short Play Festival

NOTE: must be able to get to Northfield Minnesota to self-produce, but playwrights may be from anywhere.
The Northfield Arts Guild is proud to invite submissions for its Seventh Annual Very Short Play Festival (VSPF VII) to be held on April 27 and April 28, 2012. The Northfield Arts Guild Theater will host the festival.

Submissions cannot exceed TEN MINUTES IN LENGTH when ACTED FULLY on stage.
Writers of ANY AND ALL AGES are encouraged to submit their work. There are no restrictions on genre or content, just on the length of the play. Submissions can be complete short plays or stand-alone excerpts from longer works.

If selected, WRITERS will be required to PRODUCE their play for stage and PROVIDE their own ACTORS. Therefore, even if you live far away from Northfield, MN, you, as the playwright, will be responsible for getting your play to Northfield on April 27 and 28, 2012.

The selected youth plays (those rated G or PG) will be performed on Friday night, April 27. The selected adult plays (those rated PG-13 and up) will be performed on Saturday night, April 28.
On each performance night, each team will need to set up and clear the stage really quickly, and there will be only one 30 minute tech rehearsal per team. Thus, all technical elements of the play must be as minimalistic as possible.

You can submit you play either by email OR by ground mail.

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS: March 15, 2012.

Winning playwrights will be notified by email on or before March 30, 2012.

E-MAIL SUBMISSIONS:
Should be sent Anna Moltchanova at amoltcha@carleton.edu

Please format your script as a Microsoft Word document, plain text file, or PDF file.
OR
If you prefer to send a PAPER COPY instead of an electronic one, it should be mailed to:

Northfield Arts Guild
Attn.: Very Short Play Festival VII
304 Division St. S
Northfield, MN 55057

Please be sure to include your contact information, including first and last name, mailing address, telephone number, and email address.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

The 8th Biennial Festival of Ten-Minute Plays

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The Department of Theatre at The College at Brockport - State University of New York is pleased to announce its 8th Biennial Festival of Ten-Minute Plays

Please note that are several important changes to the Festival submission guidelines and script format that must be followed or the scripts will not be considered for the Festival.
Please read and follow all of the guidelines listed below:
  • All Submissions are Online.  (Click on Button on web site to Submit Plays)
  • Do Not Mail Entries
  • Each submission must have a cover sheet (See web site for cover sheet form; copy file, fill out and attach with submission)
  • Please follow the Dramatist Guild format for plays or the suggested script format available here (See web site for script format sheet)
  • Each script must have a running time of seven to fourteen minutes
  • Only original scripts allowed
  • Maximum of two scripts per playwright
  • No musicals
  • Previously produced plays, for which admission was charged, are not accepted
  • Plays written by the College at Brockport - Department of Theatre faculty and staff (full and part time) are not accepted
  • Entries will be acknowledged by e-mail
  • Scripts must be submitted by April 15, 2012 midnight EST
  • The top ten scripts will be produced in fully realized productions as part of the College at Brockport Festival of Ten VIII in February 2013
  • Awards will be given to the top three selected plays
  • Finalists will be notified by December 1, 2012
  • Complete Festival of Ten VIII Policies and Procedures as Established by The College at Brockport - Department of Theatre (See web site to download)

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Aspiring Playwrights Contest

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Sponsored by East Valley Children’s Theatre

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 EVCT no later than March 15, 2012. Must include a cover sheet with name, address, phone number, email address.)

• Plays must be suitable for children to perform for children. (Small casts are not as likely to be chosen for performance.)

• Plays must be one hour to one hour and a half in length. (Shorter plays may be submitted but they will not be considered for production by the theatre as one of its season’s productions.)

• Plays and Musicals must not have been previously performed. They must be original and unpublished.

• Musicals must include a copy of the music in some form, either manuscript or recorded.

• Cash prizes will be given for the first, second and third place entries.

• The first place entry will not only receive a cash prize but also will be produced by East Valley Children’s Theatre in its upcoming season, if it meets all the criteria for performance.

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.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Seeking Short Play and Script Submissions

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Nylon Fusion Collective seeks plays for  "This Round’s on Us", an April Fools' weekend short play festival. Plays should not be longer than 10 pages and/or minutes (monologues not longer than two pages and/or minutes.) Large casts okay but minimal props and costumes. Sorry, no musicals. The premise is up to you, but all plays must be thematically linked to April Fools Day, be original and never been produced before. Allow your imagination to explore the themes of mischief, deceit and surprise!

Authors agree to permit Nylon Fusion Collective to produce their submitted play if the company wishes to do so. The company is responsible for all aspects of production including selecting a director and casting. The author retains full copyright and ownership of their play. Participation in the rehearsal process may be needed; authors must be residents of the NYC metropolitan area. Performances will be in NYC. No pay.

Please send a short cover letter with contact information and the full script with title and author’s name on each page in PDF to Ivette Dumeng at nylonfusioncollective@gmail.com

DEADLINE: MARCH 1st

Nylon Fusion Collective, a non-profit theatrical ensemble, is also seeking aspiring television writers and playwrights for a new comedic theatrical project. Writers must have an interest in and knowledge of classic television shows of the last fifty years. Experience writing web-series or campus television shows a plus. Writers should submit a cover letter, resume and sample 20-30 minute sitcom script. Scripts based on actual televison shows or episodes are allowed. Playwrights should live in NYC area to participate in development and rehearsal process. Please send scripts, cover letters, and resumes to Ivette Dumeng, Artistic Director at nylonfusioncollective@gmail.com.

DEADLINE: April 25th

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Mercia Entertainment seeks new, full-length plays

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Mercia Entertainment (MerciaEntertainment.org) seeks new, full-length plays, never produced for the 2012-2013 season.  We have an open submission policy, accepting full-length scripts year round. Selected plays will be given a full production, while others we find intriguing, but not quite ready will have the option of a staged reading or workshop during the 2012-2013 season.

If you would like to submit a script, please e-mail a cover page with all of your contact info, a synopsis, character breakdown, and the full script to scripts@merciaentertainment.org. Please no mail submissions.

East West Players submission policy

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Play Submission Guidelines: EWP now accepting unsolicited manuscripts

Please be aware that we are an Asian American theatre, and most of the new works we produce revolve around Asian Pacific American (as opposed to Asian) characters and/or themes. We are looking for both comedy and drama, in English and financially viable (which includes considerations such as cast size, number of sets, etc.), and they don't necessarily have to be "issue-oriented", in that race can be an unspoken component in the work.

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

Manuscripts should be bound, preferably with brads and three-hole punch paper, with a title page containing all contact information for the author. Please also include cover letter and resume.

If you'd like to send a SASP (self-addressed stamped postcard) for confirmation of receipt, we'll send it back to you when we receive your materials.

If you'd like us to return your script, please send a manuscript-sized SASE with the appropriate postage. We typically keep all plays for our archives; please let us know if you would NOT like us to do so.

If you have Internet access and prefer to be notified via email, we can do that as well.

Please allow 3 - 9 months for consideration. All scripts are read by our Literary Committee and a single script is read by a minimum of 2 readers, sometimes more, before we make a recommendation.

Address your scripts to:
Jeff Liu, Literary Manager
East West Players
120 Judge John Aiso St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012.

PLEASE DO NOT EMAIL SCRIPTS. Good luck!

If you live in Los Angeles and would like to volunteer for the EWP Literary Committee, please email jliu@eastwestplayers.org.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

National NewBorn Festival

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IMPORTANT DATES

Submission Dates:

March 1st - June 1st, 2011 (plays sent outside of these dates will not be considered)

Selection Announcement:
Around November 1st, 2011

The 2012 NewBorn Festival:

Late January - Early February 2012 Location TBA

The National NewBorn Festival is our flagship program, created to find talented emerging playwrights from across the US, introduce their work to the New York community, and open new doors to regional voices.

Submitted plays and musicals must meet the following criteria:
•    The world of the play/musical must take place in a region outside of New York City.
•    The play/musical must not have had a prior production in NYC.
•    MTWorks strongly encourages writers living in any region of the United States to apply.

The selected playwrights will be awarded:
•    One full reading of their work in a festival environment.
•    Assigned professional director / musical director and cast to work on their
play.
•    “Playwright Spotlight” Newsletter received by over 3,000 members of the NY Theatre Industry. •    Networking "Meet the Playwrights" Event.
•    Complimentary tickets to MTWorks shows, invited dress rehearsals and
other special events.
•    Artistic and professional support from the MTWorks staff.
•    Second reading if your play/musical wins The Audience Favorite Award.
•    Eligibility for the MTWorks Board of Director's Excellence in Playwriting Award.
•    Consideration for future MTWorks productions.

REQUIREMENTS:

We are only interested in full-length plays and full-length musicals at the moment (at least 90min in length).

Applicants must submit the following:

•    A Cover Letter (can be in the body of the email).
•    A ten (10) page excerpt of your play.
•    A half (1/2) page synopsis.
•    If you are submitting a musical also include one mp3 that best represents
your score.
•    If you applied for NewBorn before, you must submit a different play.
•    You can only submit one play per year.
•    All material must be emailed (all together in one email) to plays@mtworks.org with [title of the play and your name] on the subject line.

If your contact information changes between your submission date and November, you are required to update your information by sending an email to plays@mtworks.org with [updated contact information for-your name] on the subject line.

SELECTION PROCESS

MTWorks will select the strongest candidates based on the plays/musicals overall theme, dialogue and structure.

MTWorks encourages scripts with large casts, different ethnicities and diverse backgrounds. We accept applications from all cities in the United States. Whether the play/musical is a drama or comedy, it must fit within MTWorks mission.

The request for your complete work is determined by David Stallings, Artistic Director. The final selection committee is comprised of David Stallings, Artistic Director and other artistic staff. This process is what we call “The Living Room Series."

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Treehouse Theatre submission guidelines

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PLAY SUBMISSIONS

We fully support the development of new American plays and playwrights, as each season is solely made up of new works. In this respect, we have an open submission policy, accepting full-length scripts year round for our mainstage season. Each play selected will be given a full production, while others we find intriguing, but not quite ready will have the option of a staged reading or workshop.

As mentioned in our mission statement, we seek to produce plays that focus on and explore the human condition and the various ways that we relate to each other as people.

If you would like to submit a script, please e-mail (and only e-mail) a cover page with all of your contact info, a synopsis, character breakdown, and the full script to submissions@treehousetheatre.org.

Monday, February 13, 2012

ANT Fest 2012

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NOTE: self-production

ARS NOVA is now accepting submissions for its fifth annual ANT Fest, a month-long festival of all new talent showcasing fresh material from New York’s most exciting emerging artists. This year's Fest runs from June 1 to 28.

Ars Nova is on the prowl for talented artists who see the future of live entertainment and want the chance to show off their skills. We’re interested in edgy, offbeat, charged performances that tell a story, make us laugh, showcase musicians with a vibrant new sound, or blur the boundaries between theater, music and comedy. If it can be performed live on stage, we’re interested!

Think you’ve got the skills?

Send us a completed application form (see web site for link to form), a description of your evening (one page max); and a script, CD or DVD if you have one.

A range of unique submissions will each be given a night to perform in Ars Nova’s intimate 99-seat theater and the opportunity to be a part of artist-driven parties and events throughout the festival. Please refer to the Additional Information section on the application form for further important Fest logistics and details.

Applications must be postmarked by Wednesday, February 8. Artists chosen for the festival will be notified by April 6.

February 2012 Play of the Month selected: BEAUTIFUL BOY

The February Play of the Month has been selected: BEAUTIFUL BOY by Joseph Jude Zito.

Thanks to the review team who read and evaluated the finalist submissions: Alice Anne English, Bruce Barton, Diane Quinn and Laurence Cantor. And thanks to all who submitted their work. It was unfortunate we could only select one play.

A performance of the play will be video-recorded and posted to the NYCPlaywrights web site by the end of February 2012.

Bread & Water Theatre submission guidelines

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BWT is always looking for new dramatic voices for possible future productions.  Due to limited funding, shows that require elaborate sets, special effect cues, and costumes are difficult to consider for production.  Please follow these other guidelines below.


General Rules

Playwrights must first send a letter of introduction with details of a play they would like to submit for consideration prior to sending a full length script.
  1. Do not send a S.A.S.E.  All scripts that are declined will be recycled.
  2. A current theatrical resume (preferred, but not required).
  3. If your letter of introduction is met with approval send only that script to be considered.
  4.  Do not send large bulk packages of plays.  Some playwrights have sent up to eight scripts at once and that is not something that we recommend.
  5. Choose book or media rate to save on shipping costs.
  6. No children's, 10 minute or short one-act plays.
BWT: New Play Development
c/o 7 Bly Street
Rochester, New York 14620

Sunday, February 12, 2012

New Voices for a New Generation

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What is New Voices for a New Generation?
Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte has been working for more than 3 years to develop and fund New Voices for a New Generation, an annual new play festival scheduled for August 2012. Beginning in September 2011, Actor’s Theatre will begin taking submissions for new, previously unproduced plays by emerging American playwrights. Actor’s Theatre envisions New Voices being a springboard for new plays to catapult to the national stage through our existing relationship with the National New Play Network, as well as a program to mentor the next generation of professional artistic talent in the Charlotte region.

The goals of New Voices are three-fold:
  • To celebrate and cultivate new plays by emerging American playwrights.
  • To incubate professional artistic talent in the Charlotte region.
  • To educate the public on the process of taking new plays from page to stage.
NEW VOICES FOR A NEW GENERATION was created by Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte to honor and encourage emerging playwrights of the American Theatre. Four authors of selected works will be awarded a $500 honorarium, with transportation and housing provided. There will be a four-day residency and two script-in-hand public readings to take place in August 2012. Following the end of the four-day festival, the audience favorite will be invited by the Theatre for a full production in the 2012 – 2013 season.

Theatre staff will select the four festival plays, and the decision will be announced in May 2012.
Eligibility
  • Scripts must be unpublished and non-professionally produced at the time of the Festival. Workshops and readings are acceptable.
  • Selected playwrights must be in attendance for the Festival in August 2012.
Guidelines for Submission
  • All submissions MUST be received electronically at newvoices@actorstheatrecharlotte.org.
  • Email subject line must read: “New Voices Script Submission” (see note below on NNPN Only submissions).
  • One script submission per playwright.
  • Full-length, original plays only (no musicals, translations, adaptations or children’s plays).
  • Your resume.
  • Submitted using Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) or PDF formats with observance to the following:
    • Text in 12pt type and in a plain font such as Times New Roman.
    • Script must include title and page numbers at the bottom of each page.
    • Script must include title page and list of characters and settings.
Entries will be accepted through March 1, 2012.
Please Note:
  • Submissions not adhering to all guidelines will not be considered.
  • Plays not selected will be deleted.
  • Upon submission you will receive an email confirmation within one week.
  • If you do not receive confirmation, please email us at newvoices@actorstheatrecharlotte.org.
*NNPN Submissions:
Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte is a contributing member to the National New Play Network (NNPN). All submitted scripts will be considered for entry into the New Voices for a New Generation Summer Play Festival, as well as into the NNPN’s National Showcase of New Plays. For more information on the National Showcase, please NNPN’s website.
I’m interested in being considered for a mentorship. What types of artists is New Voices looking for?
Although we are currently not announcing mentorship opportunities, Actor’s Theatre will accept applications for emerging/aspiring directors, designers, technicians and actors. We will announce the application process soon.
I have more questions!
Please email us at newvoices@actorstheatrecharlotte.org.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

The New American Theatre (Circus Theatricals) submission guidelines


Full Length Submissions
Circus Theatricals welcomes full length play submissions.

Guidelines:
  • Play may have been previously produced, but not in Los Angeles or Southern California.
  • Plays with simple production value are preferred.
  • Previous production history is required for all submitted plays.
  • Playwrights may submit more than one play.
  • All styles (comedies, dramas, etc) considered.
    Please Submit:
    • Short synopsis of play
    • 15 representative pages
    • Cast breakdown
    • Set requirements
    • Please do not include SASE, scripts will NOT be returned.
    • NO electronic submissions.
Submit to:
The New American Theatre
Attn: One Act Plays Festival 2012
PO Box 586
Culver City , CA 90232
EMAIL: Jeannine@NewAmericanTheatre.com
310 701-0788

Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre submissions information

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FOR PLAYWRIGHTS:
In our mission to foster new dramatic voices, for years Rattlestick has accepted full, unsolicited scripts; and it is of the utmost importance to us that every script we receive is given thorough consideration and review. As Rattlestick has grown though, it has become increasingly harder to handle the sheer volume of scripts we are sent. In order to best serve playwrights, we are asking that instead of full scripts, interested parties please send the following:

*Cover Letter
*Resume
*Synopsis
*Actor Breakdown
*15 Page Sample (or a scene)


After consideration from our readers’ group, we may ask you for a full script, and the process will continue from there. Please do not include a self-addressed stamped enveloped for the return of your materials. For organizational purposes, we cannot guarantee that we will return your submission once we have completed our review. Also, while we do try to review all materials sent to us and to get back to playwrights in a reasonable period of time, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to review every single script that is sent to us.

Reviewing our mission and the plays we have produced in past seasons will help you get a sense of our work and sensibilities. Submissions should be sent to the following:
Literary Department
Script Submissions
Rattlestick Playwrights Theater
224 Waverly Place
New York, NY 10014

Friday, February 10, 2012

Bare Knuckle Theatre Festival Contestants

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The groundhog didn’t hide because it saw its shadow, it hid because the Bare-Knuckle Theatre Festival has come out of hibernation!
After a three month break, Altruistic’s hit late-night one act competition is back and harder-core than ever. Playwrights don’t miss your opportunity to showcase your talent to a packed house and maybe win our unrivaled cash prize.

Five shows go in, one show comes out on top.

The Rules
- Submit your best 10-20 minute play. After 20 minutes we will fade to black.
- Bring your own cast. We can supply a stage manager the night of.
- “Bare-knuckle” plays require minimal sets (Tables and chairs provided), no major lighting or sound cues.
- No submission fee, only paying attendees can vote.
- Any theme or topic, no casting limitations.
- Winner by audience ballot gets 50% of the profits, so bring fans.

Hosted by your well-intentioned friends at the Altruistic Theatre Company.

Submission guidelines below.

To Enter:
To apply, contact us by email to submissions.altruistic@gmail.com.

Submit:
- A character break down and short synopsis of the work.
- A full script
- Writer/Company Bio and website
- Producer contact information

Deadline is February 24th
Participants will be notified by March 1st.
The show will be hosted March 30th at 10pm.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

THE NEW JEWISH THEATRE RESIDENCY AT THE 14TH STREET Y

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REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS

The National Laboratory for New Jewish Culture at the 14th Street Y and the Jewish Plays Project are seeking five collaborative teams of theater artists for a three-week pilot residency program. Modeled on the Space residency at Mabou Mines (and to some extend ART-NY's Creative Spaces Grant), the residency is designed to give selected artists time, space and support to create vibrant new work that extends the Jewish conversation through cutting-edge theater forms and techniques.

At the same time, the residency is a key pilot program in the Project's mission to engage Jewish audiences in the future of Jewish theater. Projects are selected using a curated jury process that gives equal voices to a 30-member Community Panel and a ten-member Artist panel.

Selected artists will also participate in the revolutionary artists' Beit Midrash process developed at LABA, learning how ancient texts can inspire and inform their artistry.

IMPORTANT NOTE: THE CONTEST IS OPEN TO ARTISTS OF ALL BACKGROUNDS, DENOMINATIONS, FAITHS, CREEDS, RELIGIONS and other IDEALS. We believe that Jewish identity and culture are specific manifestations of universal human cravings for spiritual, ethical, moral and worldly joy. "Matrilineal descent" is neither important nor necessary.

SUBMISSION: Proposals are due by March 15 at 6 PM, and are expected to contain multimedia descriptions of the project that give a full sense of the work to be created. Use short videos, slide presentations and/or audio support – not just text. Each proposal must submitted electronically and consist of three individual documents:

1. Artists: Resumes/bios of the three primary artists on each project.
* Show us your personality. Give us a sense of who you are and the kind of work you make.
2. Project: Scripts, treatments or concept pieces that describe the project and give a full sensory description of the proposed work.
*Be creative. If your piece has a full script, don't let that be the end of your proposal. Think broadly about how to communicate, visually and aurally, the work to be made.
3. Target Audience Demographic: A breakdown of the expected audience for the piece. Describe your ideal producer, in or out of New York, and the key demographics that you believe your piece is meant for.
* This is not a business test – we are looking for an understanding of where the project fits into the wider New York and regional theater culture, so that we may best assist in the future life of the pieces developed.

All three sections must be in emailed as attachments to open@jewishplaysproject.org. No single file can exceed 1.5 GB. Try to make each section into one document or zip file. PLEASE – email all sections from the same email address!

Each submitting project leader must also fill out the LABA Application form, which is available on the Project's website: http://www.jewishplaysproject.org/open
There is no fee to submit, but there is a one (1) submission per artist rule.
For more information, go to http://www.jewishplaysproject.org/laba/

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Discount for NYCPlaywrights visitors

Taken from the works of Eugene Ionesco

Music and Lyrics by Mildred Kayden

Original Concept by Robert Allan Ackerman

Music Direction by Christopher McGovern
Directed and Choreographed by Bill Castellino


Now in performances…
Get Your Tickets TODAY!

The York Theatre Company- 619 Lexington Avenue at 54th Street
www.yorktheatre.org

"A kaleidoscope of satire and smartly executed silliness! Resoundingly resonant!"
- Huffington Post & Associated Press

Ionescopade, "A Musical Vaudeville," premiered Off-Broadway in 1974. To continue its season celebrating Off-Broadway, York Theatre Company presents a new look at the works of the prolific and influential absurdist playwright Eugene Ionesco, famous for his plays The Bald Soprano, Rhinoceros, The Chairs and Exit the King (which recently enjoyed a hit revival on Broadway starring Geoffrey Rush, Susan Sarandon and Lauren Ambrose). Plays, playlets, and poetry by this master of the absurd transport us into a zany musical vaudeville, where humor is the antidote to the world’s realities.

SPECIAL OFFER: $40.00 tickets (regularly $67.50)

TO REDEEM: 

1. Visit YorkTheatre.org and mention code IONESCOHHC
2. CALL 212-935-5820 and mention code IONESCOHHC


RESTRICTIONS:

* Offer not valid in conjunction with any other offer or on previously purchased tickets. Subject to availability and prior sale. All sales final. No refunds or exchanges. Offer may be revoked at any time.  Blackout dates may apply.    Valid for performances through February 26; buy by February 24.

Monday, February 6, 2012

March 2012 Play of the Month

10-Minute Play of the Month: MARCH 2012

The theme is "year of the Dragon"

The year 2012 is the Chinese year of the Dragon. The play can be about the Chinese New Year observation of the year of the Dragon, or about dragons in Asian folklore, in European folklore, in American folksong (Puff the Magic Dragon), etc. Basically, the play has to feature a dragon in some significant way.

More information about dragons at Wikipedia.

The deadline is Sunday, March 4th at 11:59 PM.

1. Send only one ten-minute play per author to info@nycplaywrights.org

2. The script submission should be sent by email, with the play itself as a file attached to the email. File format should be in either Microsoft Word (.doc) or pdf. Most preferable is .pdf (Portable Document Format) because it will retain your original script formatting.

3. The script can be no longer than 10 pages (not including title page, setting info page, etc. - pages will be counted only from where the actual on-stage directions and dialog begin.)

4. The script should be in standard playscript format. If you are not sure what that is, see this page on the NYCPlaywrights web site:

http://nycp.blogspot.com/p/playscript-formatting-template.html

Plays that are not in standard format, or that have more than 10 pages (not counting title page, etc.) will be rejected immediately.

5. Make sure you have your name and your email address on the title page of the script.

6. Plays can be from anybody, anywhere in the world, but must be primarily in English (a few non-English phrases are acceptable, but the phrases must include English translations in production notes or stage directions.)

7. There is no fee for submission - and no payment given for the plays selected. Do not send a submission if you are expecting monetary compensation.

8. The NYCPlaywrights selection decision is final and NYCPlaywrights reserves the right to select no plays from those submitted.

9. The play must have been written by the person making the submission.

10. The play can have had a previous production but cannot have been published.

11. All rights will remain with the playwright.

12. The selected play will be videotaped and posted during the month of March.

13. The video recording of the play reading will be posted to the NYCPlaywrights YouTube account and from there embedded into the NYCPlaywrights blog. The embedded section may be an excerpt of the play reading rather than the entire reading. The playwright will be asked to review the video recording and approve it before it is made public.

14. The play must reflect the month's theme in some meaningful way.

15. The readings that are recorded are actual script-in-hand readings, not productions - although there may be some video production work, such as multi-camera views, music, titles; or minor stage work such as hand props or actor movements. To get an idea of what to expect for the video recording see the page on the NYCPlaywrights web site with samples of past readings of Plays of the Month: http://nycp.blogspot.com/p/play-of-month.html

Any questions email Nancy at info@nycplaywrights.org

January 2012 Play of the Month - BOUND BY BLOOD by Clinnesha D. Sibley



The January 2012 Play of the Month is BOUND BY BLOOD by Clinnesha D. Sibley, performed by Keona Welch and Lorenzo Scott. Thanks for your wonderful work and for sharing your talent.

Clinnesha writes:
The most riveting part of my experience when visiting the National Civil Rights Museum (formerly known as the Lorraine Motel) in Memphis, TN, was my encounter with Jacqueline Smith, a Black woman who occupies an outdoor table and talks to visitors about why she boycotts the museum and why we should, too. It turns out this woman was the last holdout tenant and employee at the Lorraine and was evicted in 1988 so that the sacred ground could become the National Civil Rights Museum.

In 2009, Life magazine released these photos taken by Henry Groskinsky. These images captured the gruesome aftermath of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s murder. Among the photos were two images of a man named Theatrice Bailey sweeping up King’s blood from the motel balcony and even more eerie, scraping his blood into a jar.

Although the piece would not exist without the MLK “event”, I was drawn to how everyday people were possibly affected that intense night of April 4, 1968. I wanted to create an imaginary and foreshadowing discourse between these two real-life individuals: Jackie and Theatrice. To me, they are great representations of ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances.

More about Clinnesha and the cast can be found here.

The next Play of the Month will be in February 2012. The deadline has passed - a winner will be announced soon.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Hobo Junction seeks 10-minute plays

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Hobo Junction Productions, the Chicago theater company behind the original musicals “Bad Guys in Suits” and “The Regulars,” is seeking ten-minute comedies for their 4th annual short play festival, Hobo Robo 4: Hobos in Hollywood.

Every year, Hobo Junction selects a new theme that all submitted plays must adhere to – this year's theme is, as the title suggests, Hollywood. Be it a humorous statement on celebrity lifestyle, a satire of the film industry, a parody of your favorite film, or a dark comedy about a drug-abusing rock star (stereotypes are beautiful), the play must deal in some way with the entertainment industry. Oh, and it should be hilarious.

Guidelines:
  • Playwrights may submit up to three scripts each, so long as none of the three have been previously published or professionally produced. Staged readings and workshops are acceptable. Scripts should not be longer than ten pages each.
  • Please include writer contact information on the title page of each script, as well as a cover letter telling us a little bit about yourself.
  • Electronic submissions only. Please e-mail all materials to hobojunctionsubmissions@gmail.com, with the subject line “Hobo Robo 4 (title of the play).”
  • Documents in PDF and DOC formats accepted.
  • Submission deadline is February 18th, 2012. Selected plays will be announced no later than March 1st.
  • Hobo Robo 4 will be hosted at the Strawdog Theatre from March 19th through the 21st. A winning play will be determined by the audience at festival's end. 
  • Due to the high volume of submissions we receive each year, we will be unable to comment on individual scripts. We look forward to reading your work!

Saturday, February 4, 2012

12th Annual Colonial Quickies Festival

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Colonial Playhouse is seeking new short plays for "Colonial Quickies!", our annual summer short play festival.

DETAILS
  • Plays should be approximately 10 minutes in length, minimal production values, and small cast. All genres welcome.
  • Festival runs June 8 through June 23rd at Colonial Playhouse in Aldan (Delaware County), PA.
  • Please send submissions to colonialplayhousetheater@yahoo.com.
  • Send in word or pdf format. Please limit submissions to three per playwright.
Submission deadline: 3/31.

Please include complete contact information including phone number with submission.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Pavement group submissions policy

web site MISSION STATEMENT Pavement Group is a Chicago based collaborative of theatre artists who seek emerging voices to produce fresh plays that make contact with new audiences. We commit ourselves to immediate and immersive work and aspire to create experiences that can unlock a conversation between the audience and their humanity. Pavement Group accepts un-produced full-length plays in correlation with our mission. We are particularly interested in young writers and writers of color. In an attempt to minimize our environmental footprint as a company, Pavement Group is now accepting unsolicited electronic submissions. Email in PDF or DOC format to our literary department. If you prefer to submit the old fashioned way, please send a non-returnable manuscript, resume, and cover letter to: Pavement Group 2239 N Kimball Ave Rear C Chicago, IL 60647 Response time is approx. 6 Months. Thanks for your patience. Thanks for writing plays. Keep doing it, we need you.