Sunday, September 30, 2012

Culture*Park Theatre & Performing Arts Collaborative presents: Call for Short Plays

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Culture*Park is now accepting submissions of short original plays for the 11th Annual Short Plays Marathon, taking place this year in downtown New Bedford, MA, on Saturday, November 24.  The deadline for submissions to reach Culture*Park is Monday, October 1, 2012. We welcome your play submissions!

DETAILS

Please note the following guidelines for submitting a play to the C*P Marathon 2012: 

>  Plays should have a 15 minute maximum running time (15 pages or fewer)

>  Please submit one copy via email, as a .pdf or doc.

>  Submissions should be in "standard play format"

>  One play submission per playwright, please

>  Include a (separate) cover page with playwright name and contact information

>  Include a brief synopsis of the play, and character breakdown

>  Plays should be recent and never produced

>  No re-submissions, please

>  Please confirm your availability to attend the Marathon on November 24, and participate in a brief panel discussion about the play/process

> Deadline for submission is 10/1/12

> Seeking plays with regional and/or waterythemes (Not required, though. We consider all plays, always!)

>Please email a copy of the play, cover page and synopsis to:

culturepark.ed@earthlink.net with “Marathon Submission” as the subject.

Plays will be read and selected by a committee of theater artists and writers. Selected plays will be posted on the Culture*Park website by Monday, October 8, 2012, and playwrights will be contacted.  The plays will be presented as staged readings by an ensemble of actors and directors on Saturday, November 24, 2012, in the New Bedford Whaling Museum Theater. For more information, please email culturepark.ed@earthlink.net, or call Culture*Park at 774-202-0588. 

Visit the web site at www.culturepark.org for information about Culture*Park, and to view clips from previous Marathons.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

NYCPlaywrights October 2012 Play of the Month


Submissions are now being accepted for the October 2012 Play of the Month.

The theme is "Amendments to the U.S. Constitution." The play must involve an issue addressed by one of the 27 Amendments to the U.S. Constitution in some significant way.

The best-known of the Amendments are the 1st - freedom of speech; the 2nd - the right to bear arms; the 5th - right to due process and against self-incrimination; the 13th - outlawing of slavery;  the 18th - prohibition; and the 19th - women's right to vote.

For all 27 Amendments see the Wikipedia list:

The deadline is Sunday, September 30, 11:59 PM EDT.
  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.
  8. The writer of the selected play will be awarded $10.
  9. The NYCPlaywrights selection decision is final and NYCPlaywrights reserves the right to select no plays from those submitted.
  10. The play must have been written by the person making the submission.
  11. A play that has had a production is acceptable.
  12. A play that has been published is not acceptable.
  13. All rights will remain with the playwright.
  14. The selected play will be video recorded and posted during the month of October 2012.
  15. The video recording of the play will be posted to the NYCPlaywrights YouTube account and from there embedded into the NYCPlaywrights blog. The playwright will be asked to review the video recording and approve it before it is made public.
  16. The play must reflect the month's theme in some meaningful way.
  17. The play should be a complete 10-minute play, not an excerpt from a longer work.
NOTE: The play recordings may be anything from a script-in-hand reading to a movie-like production. To get an idea of what the possibilities are for the video recordings of the selected scripts 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 info@nycplaywrights.org

New Harmony 2013 Call for Entries

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Welcome to New Harmony’s script submission section. We are currently accepting submissions of unproduced stage play scripts, musicals, screenplays and teleplays through October 1. 

Our streamlined online process will facilitate your uploading your materials in only a few minutes. 

What is the Project looking for in a script? If you’ve read our mission statement and you’re still not sure your work is right for NHP, you can gain a fuller sense of our aesthetic and philosophical interests by perusing our roster of writers and scripts that have recently found an artistic home at our conference. New Harmony recognizes that we live in complex times, and we seek stories that honor a multiplicity of perspectives.

If you are new to the Project, click here to create an account or, if you already have an account with us, click here to begin the submission process.
We announce 2013’s participating artists in March. Meanwhile, thank you for your submission; we look forward to reading your writing.

Friday, September 28, 2012

Theatre Three Festival of One-Act Plays

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Now accepting submissions for the 16th Annual Festival of One-Act Plays to be held during March 2013.

Submission Guidelines:
  •     Only UNPRODUCED works will be accepted.
  •     Plays that have had staged readings are eligible.
  •     No adaptations, musicals, or children’s plays.
  •     Cast size maximum:  8
  •     Length:  40-minutes maximum.  No minimum.
  •     Settings should be simple or suggested.
  •     Playwrights may make multiple submissions. (These need not be made under separate cover.)
  •     Please do not submit works that have been previously submitted.
  •     Scripts must be post-marked by September 30, 2012.
Please submit a cover letter, a synopsis, and a resume along with one copy of the play.  Cover-sheet of play should have title, author, author’s address, author’s telephone number, and author’s e-mail.  Plays should be neatly bound or stapled on the left hand corner.  (No loose pages and no binders, please.)  All submissions must include a standard SASE for correspondence.  Or, if playwrights wish to have their works returned, an appropriate SASE must also be included.

Selected plays will be presented for ten performances.  Playwrights will receive a small stipend.

 Plays should be submitted to The 16th Annual Festival of One-Act Plays, Attn. Jeffrey Sanzel, Artistic Director, THEATRE THREE, PO Box 512, Port Jefferson, NY  11777-0512.  We do no accept electronic (e-mail) submissions).  Please do not call or stop by the theatre.

    Final selection of plays will be in late 2012.

Source Festival seeks 10-Minute Plays

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Each year, Source Festival produces 18 new 10-Minute Plays. Scripts are staged by a wide cross section Washington theatre directors, from early career to seasoned veterans. The 18 selected playwrights receive a $100 stipend and 5 performances of their play in Source’s 100-seat black box theatre in DC’s buzzing Mid-City District. The Source Festival is driven by creativity, collaboration and invention. The most successful scripts tell an original story in a fresh distinctive voice.

Other requirements are as follows:
  • Plays may not have been previously produced or published prior to October 2, 2012.
  • Playwrights may submit only one 10-Minute Play
  • Plays may be no longer than 10 pages and must be submitted as a PDF.
  • Playwrights must be based in the United States. We are not currently accepting international submissions.
Submit your ten minute play here.

(Scripts must be submitted as a PDF file. If you’re unsure how to convert your document to PDF file, this website may be of assistance)

All submissions must be submitted online by 5 PM, EST, October 2, 2012

Thursday, September 27, 2012

The Ten Minute Play Workshop project is seeking writers and actors

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The Ten Minute Play Workshop project is seeking writers and actors as
workshop participants to read and critique scripts in live, on-line
workshop sessions. What does it take to participate? A computer with
an internet connection and twenty minutes of your time. That's it!
What's in it for you? Being a part of the new way to workshop, reading
some great scripts, and helping other writers develop their scripts in
a great workshop session.

Join in the fun! http://www.tenminuteplayworkshop.com

DOWNTOWN URBAN THEATER FESTIVAL IS ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS FOR 2013 SEASON

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The Downtown Urban Theater Festival (DUTF) is currently accepting submissions for its 11th annual season to be held at HERE (here.org) in SoHo, NYC February 25-March 17, 2013.

DUTF, produced by Creative Ammo Inc., is a three-week celebration of urban theatrical expression by a cross-section of playwrights. This annual event showcases theatrical works that echo the true spirit of urban life and speak to a whole new generation who lives defy categorizing along conventional lines. For more info about DUTF, visit us at www.dutfnyc.com and also check out their facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Downtown-Urban-Theater-Festival/152194641470752.

DUTF is supported, in part, by the National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts and New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

For 2013, DUTF will accept 15 theatrical works comprised of full-length productions (60-90 minutes) and shorts (under 45 minutes). Each work is performed only once during the festival. Three of the outstanding works produced during the festival will receive $1,000 awards in the categories of Best Play, Best Short and Audience.  There is no submission or participation fee and each playwright will receive a monetary production stipend at the start of the festival to defray some of the production costs.

To submit for DUTF 2013, please forward the following to dutfnyc@gmail.com:

(1) Bio with contact info of the playwright - name, address, phone # and email
(2) Photo of playwright
(3) Synopsis of theatrical work
(4) Complete script of theatrical work
(5) Actor/director/crew bios, if available
(6) Description of stage set (if any) and production needs (i.e. sound and lighting)

THE SUBMISSION DEADLINE IS MONDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2012.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

last ticket give-away for the week - MODERN TERRORISM by John Kern

The voucher has been claimed.

A voucher for a pair of tickets to MODERN TERRORISM by John Kern will be given to the first person who emails us asking for the voucher, on  Thursday, September 27 at 8:00 PM.

To request the voucher email info@nycplaywrights.org

PLEASE do not email for the voucher until that date and time.

If you don't get the voucher, they are offering discount tickets to the visitors of this web site  (see below)

 
A world premiere comedy from the writer of “The Simpsons”


By Jon Kern

Directed by Peter DuBois

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

In the spirit of Dr. Strangelove comes Modern Terrorism, or They Who Want to Kill Us and How We Learn to Love Them, a provocative satire about a rogue group of 21st Century terrorists and their darkly comic misadventures.  As a young bomber develops feelings for his beautiful, secretive conspirator, he is torn between his duty and his heart. When his hipster neighbor accidentally gets caught up in the plans, circumstances spiral out of control.

Winner of the 2012 Laurents/Hatcher Foundation Award

LIMITED ENGAGEMENT! SEPTEMBER 21 – NOVEMBER 4
  
$25 TICKETS (reg. $75)
Select performances 9/21-10/14

three Easy Ways to Buy:

ONLINE:  Visit www.2ST.com and enter code TPG1

PHONE: Call 212.246.4422 and mention code TPG1

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

FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT www.2ST.com

*Offer valid for select performances 9/21-10/14. Blackout dates apply. All sales are final. Regular service fees apply. All artists/schedules subject to change without notice.  

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HotCity Theatre's GreenHouse Festival of New Plays

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NOTE: submissions are not accepted before June 1, 2012.
Deadline is October 1, 2012

Eligible submissions must meet the following criteria:
  • Received in the submissions window described below
  • Require a maximum of six actors
  • Running time of between 75 and 120 minutes
  • Never before published
  • Never before professionally produced, no pending productions.
Submissions must include:
  • One-page cover including plot synopsis, reading/production history
  • Cast requirements
  • Technical requirements (special or unusual set, lighting, costuming, sound, prop requirements)
  • A ten-page sample from the script.
All requested information must be formatted into a SINGLE attached Word Document. Scans or pdfs will not be considered. Do not send entire text.
Submissions should be sent via email to: submissions@hotcitytheatre.org
Approximately 20 plays are selected as semi-finalists at which time full scripts will be requested. To be selected, playwrights must be able to attend the entire festival and workshop week, which begins on the Sunday prior to the festival weekend. HotCity Theatre offers playwrights travel and lodging for the Festival.


Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Voucher give-away - FALLING

The voucher has been claimed.

A voucher for a pair of tickets to FALLING, a new play by Deanna Jent will be given to the first person who emails us asking for the voucher, on  Wednesday, September 26 at 12:30 PM.

To request the voucher email info@nycplaywrights.org

PLEASE do not email for the voucher until that date and time.

If you don't get the voucher, they are offering discount tickets to the visitors of this web site  (see below)




Family’s not the most important thing: it's everything.

A New Play by Deanna Jent

Directed by Lori Adams

Minetta Lane Theatre - 18 Minetta Lane (one block south of West 3rd Street, just off of Sixth Avenue)
Falling is a new drama about how 18-year-old Josh, who has autism, affects the lives of everyone around him. When a relative comes to visit, the entire family is thrown out of equilibrium, with everyone trying to balance what is best for the family and what is best for them. Who will be there to catch you? Lori Adams directs a cast that features Daniel Everidge (Grease, Fat Camp), Celia Howard, Daniel Pearce (The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee on Broadway), Jacey Powers (Our Town) and Julia Murney (Wicked, Drama Desk nominee for Andrew Lippa’s The Wild Party).

“A gripping piece of theatre, emotionally wrenching and theatrically astute…Like many other plays (Awake and Sing!, A Thousand Clowns, The Three Sisters), it’s a thoughtful portrait of a family struggling to hold on in particular and challenging circumstances.      You don’t want to miss it…” - St. Louis Post-Dispatch

“It will kick your guts.” - Riverfront Times

“It’s a compelling, gripping evening of real, intense, drama…the most powerful, moving new play I’ve seen in years.” - KDHX Radio

PERFORMANCES BEGIN SEPTEMBER 27

Performance Schedule:*
Tuesday 7pm | Wednesday 2pm & 8pm | Thursday 8pm | Friday 8pm|
Saturday 2pm & 8pm | Sunday 3pm

*No performances on Tuesday 10/16, Thursday 11/22 and Tuesday 12/25
No evening performance on Wednesday 10/31

Talkbacks with members of the cast & the creative team will take place after each performance September 27 – October 14. Beginning October 23, talkbacks will take place every Tuesday evening following the 7pm performance.
Talkbacks are also available upon request for special group performances.

$37.50 Tickets (reg. $69.50)**

THREE EASY WAYS TO BUY:

ONLINE: Visit www.Ticketmaster.com and enter code MARK

PHONE: Call 800.982.2787 and mention code MARK

IN PERSON: Bring a print out of this offer to the Minetta Lane Theatre box office –18 Minetta Lane (one block south of West 3rd Street, just off of Sixth Avenue)
Box Office Hours: Sept. 24-Sept. 26: 1pm-6pm; Starting Sept. 27: 1pm-7pm on Sunday and Tuesday, 1pm-8pm Wednesday through Saturday, and closed Monday.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, visit www.FallingPlay.com
**Ticket price includes $1 facility fee. Additional fees apply to online/phone orders. Schedule is subject to change. All sales are final. Offer may be revoked at any time.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Voucher give away - MARY BROOME

UPDATE: the voucher has been claimed. But tickets for another show will be given on Wednesday - see blog post.

On Tuesday, September 25 at 8AM, NYCPlaywrights will give a voucher good for a pair of tickets to see the Mint Theater's MARY BROOME to the first person who emails us asking for the voucher. Please email info@nycplaywrights.org

If you don't get the voucher, the Mint Theater Company is offering discount tickets to the visitors of this web site  (see below)



MINT THEATER COMPANY presents



The Mint Theater - 311 West 43rd Street, 3rd Floor (between 8th & 9th Avenues)

By Allan Monkhouse

Directed by Jonathan Bank

“She’s the best housemaid the wealthy Timbrell family have ever had; but little do they know that Mary Broome has been performing rather more personal services for their household’s youngest son… An enduringly pungent piece of provocation.”   -The Times, 2011

“What’s striking about the play today is that it not only transports us back to a bygone era of high and mighty middle-class mores and lowly working-class expectations but that it also continues to speak to modern confusions about what men and women can expect from life—and from each other.”  - Telegraph, 2011

EXTENDED! Now – October 21 ONLY!

Performance Schedule:*
Tuesday 7pm | Wednesday 7pm | Thursday 7pm| Friday 8pm
Saturday 2pm & 8pm | Sunday 2pm

*Additional performance on Wednesday 10/10 at 2pm
No evening performance on Tuesday 10/9

$45 TICKETS (reg. $55)*


THREE EASY WAYS TO BUY:

ONLINE: Visit www.MintTheater.org and enter code GEN45

PHONE: Call 866.811.4111 and mention code GEN45

IN PERSON: Bring a printout of this offer to the Mint Theater box office - 311 West 43rdStreet, 3rd Floor (between 8th and 9th Avenues)

NYCPlaywrights September 2012 Play of the Month: THE LOST MELODY by Bridgette Portman



Thanks to Bridgette Portman and cast members Tim Lueke and David Lamberton for their great work.

Bridgette Portman on the play

This play was partially inspired by a true story -- I had an old cassette tape containing a beautiful piece of classical music I couldn't identify. The frustration involved in trying to track down the title and composer of that piece was something I tried to magnify and channel into the character of Anthony.  Then, as his backstory emerged, the music became symbolic of something else. I originally wrote the play as part of the "31 Plays in 31 Days" challenge (http://31plays31days.com/), but also had this competition in mind. I'm thrilled to have been selected as the play of the month!

More information about the author, cast and the Play of the Month

SART's ScriptFEST seeks full-length plays

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ScriptFEST Guidelines

The submission period of scripts for ScriptFEST 2013 will be August 1, 2012 through September 30, 2012. Scripts postmarked before August 1st or after September 30th will not be eligible. Email submissions will not be accepted.

We welcome your submission and hope the following information will answer your questions. If you need more information, please send an email to scriptfest@mhc.edu or call the SART business office at 828-689-1384.

  • New scripts of full-length plays and musicals in English that have not been published nor fully produced, either professionally or by community and/or educational theatres. No One-Acts. No Children’s Plays. Scripts that have gone through a developmental process or other readings are eligible.
  • Playwrights may submit only one title each submission period.
  • Excerpts and summaries will not be accepted without the FULL script.
  • No film or television scripts, translations or adaptations.
  • Adaptations of novels and short stories are acceptable. Adaptations of movies and stage scripts are not acceptable.
  • If you have submitted a particular title in a previous year, it may be submitted again if and only if you have made significant revisions to the script since it was last submitted. It would be best if you explained this in a cover letter so we wouldn’t have to contact you for verification.
  • No scripts will be returned.


Submission Requirements:

TWO “hard” copies of script on white paper are required. One or two-sided paper format is the author’s choice. All pages much be standard 3-hole punched, or better yet, in a binder.
Synopsis Page(s) (optional) inserted directly behind the Title Page containing play synopsis, character descriptions, and other notes.
Do not have the author’s name and/or other identifying information anywhere on the title page, synopsis or pages of the script. If you do, your submission may not be accepted!
Provide one additional and separate Title Page that includes the author’s name, contact information, date, etc.
Author’s Resume, or detailed background information.
If you include a cover letter, DO NOT include synopsis, notes, or other important information in the letter. Anything you want the reviewers to read must be included on the inserted synopsis page(s) of the scripts.

Other Information:

Musicals should also include a score and/or a recording of at least four songs on CD or cassette. Only one score/recording is necessary.
If you wish notification of receipt of your submission, please include a postage-paid card for us to return to you.
SART will contact you by email if your submission is not chosen as a finalist. If you would prefer postal mail notification, you must provide a self-addressed stamped envelope with your submission.
Submit to:

SART ScriptFEST
P.O. Box 1720
Mars Hill, NC 28754-1720

(Use the U.S. Postal Service, as UPS will not deliver to PO boxes.)

Sunday, September 23, 2012

PlayPenn new play development conference

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Beginning on September 4, PlayPenn is accepting applications for its 2013 new play development conference and we are pleased to request your full length, unproduced script for consideration. Application materials will be accepted between September 4 and September 30, 2012. Your application must be uploaded and complete by September 30, 2012 or it cannot be considered.

The 2013 conference will be held in Philadelphia, PA from July 12 – 28 at the Adrienne Theatre in Philadelphia, PA. Invited playwrights will have the opportunity to work with a director, dramaturg, designer and Philadelphia-based, professional actors over a 17 day period that allows for 29 hours of rehearsal and staged reading time along with ample time to reflect and write.

The work will be preceded by a three-day pre-conference retreat (July 12 – 14) that will help in laying the collaborative groundwork for the development time ahead. The conference concludes with public staged readings that are intended as a part of the process, giving playwrights an opportunity to measure the efficacy of their work and provide an opportunity to gauge the work ahead.

PlayPenn will provide travel for casting for both writer and director, travel to and from the conference, housing, per diem and a stipend.

Applicants should be aware that we are a development conference rather than a festival or showcase for new work. The distinction is important and meaningful to us in the current climate of the increasing commercialization of play development. We seek to avoid participation in what has become known as "development hell" by fostering an environment in which risk is rewarded and honest assessment is provided and encouraged. TO THAT END, WE FOCUS ON THE NEEDS OF THE TEXT. THE END-OF-CONFERENCE READING IS INTENDED TO PRESENT A GLIMPSE INTO HOW THE TEXT LIVES OFF THE PAGE RATHER THAN HOW THE HOW THE PLAY MIGHT BE STAGED IN PRODUCTION.

To apply go to the following link – http://www.literarymanager.org/submit_step_one_u.php?t=8

Please follow the instructions to upload your play into our system. Because script reading by our evaluators is a blind process, you must include the following documents, absent your name or any identifying information. Because the data base identifies you through your registration, NO NAME SHOULD BE INCLUDED ON ANY DOCUMENT, INCLUDING YOUR RESUME.

1. An original script in .pdf format with no identifying indicators (no name on the document). Applications that are submitted in non-pdf format will not be considered
2. Your current resume (pdf) (no name on the document)
3. A casting breakdown and the number of actors required (pdf) (no name on the document)
4. The play's development and production history (pdf) (no name on the document). Plays that have been produced or that have been through an extended development process are not eligible. Plays that have had readings are eligible.
5. An articulation of your goals for the development process using the resources offered by PlayPenn (pdf) (no name on the document).

PlayPenn does not accept applications by agents.
And as stated above, applicants should be aware that we are a development conference rather than a festival or showcase for new work. The distinction is important and meaningful to us in the current climate of the increasing commercialization of play development. We seek to avoid participation in what has become known as "development hell" by fostering an environment in which risk is rewarded and honest assessment is provided and encouraged. TO THAT END, WE FOCUS ON THE NEEDS OF THE TEXT. THE END-OF-CONFERENCE READING IS INTENDED TO PRESENT A GLIMPSE INTO HOW THE TEXT LIVES OFF THE PAGE RATHER THAN HOW THE HOW THE PLAY MIGHT BE STAGED IN PRODUCTION.

Your application must be uploaded and complete by midnight September 30, 2012 or it cannot be considered.

Looking forward to reading your work,

The PlayPenn Staff

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Theater Costume Design


The Dark Lady of the Sonnets
Haymarket Theatre, 1910
Costumes designed by Charles Ricketts

Charles Ricketts (1866-1931)
Costume design for The Dark Lady of the Sonnets, 1910
Suzanne Sheldon as Queen Elizabeth



A Midsummer Night's Dream
Drury Lane, 1924
Costumes designed by George W. Harris

Costumier's copy, after George W. Harris (1878-1929)
Costume design for A Midsummer Night's Dream, 1924
Allan Jeayes as Theseus
http://www.hrc.utexas.edu/exhibitions/web/bjsimmons/shakespeare/504_1.html#1




The King and I
Drury Lane, 1953
Costumes designed by Irene Sharaff

Irene Sharaff (1910-1993)
Costume designs for The King and I, 1953
Valerie Hobson as Anna


Friday, September 21, 2012

Kudos, Red-Handed Otter

Congratulations to the Playwrights Realm for the good review in the NYTimes for their production of RED-HANDED OTTER. You can jump right to the show web site by clicking the RED-HANDED OTTER ad on the right-hand side of this page.

Charles Isherwood writes in his review:

If your favorite time killers include overindulging in cute kitty videos on the Web — you know who you are, and you are legion — you will surely lend a sympathetic ear to the befuddled and bereaved hero of “Red-Handed Otter,” a modest but nicely observed comedy by Ethan Lipton that opened on Thursday night at the Cherry Lane Theater, in a production from the Playwrights Realm. 
Paul (Matthew Maher, of Annie Baker’s “Uncle Vanya”), who works as a security guard, has just lost his beloved cat, Jennifer, who was a youthful 17. Sitting zombie-eyed before a bank of monitors as the hours crawl by, poor Paul cannot help brooding on the world’s cruelty, responding to all attempts at cheering him up with bitter gusts of self-pity. 
“I mean, I’ve had other cats,” he says with exacting clarity. “As a kid we had cats, they were great cats, but compared to Jennifer? If you just look at it objectively? We’re talking about one of the best cats in history!”

More at the NYTimes

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Yes Festival seeks full-length plays

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Scripts accepted between May 1 and September 30, 2012

1. Scripts must be standard sized, legibly typed, and bound. Standard Dramatist Guild form is preferred.

2. Submissions (ONE per playwright) must be full length and should include a one-page synopsis and a cast list with brief character descriptions.

3. A play may not have had a previous professional or university production.

4. Scripts are not returnable (unless specifically requested and accompanied by a self-addressed stamped envelope).

5. Enclose a self-addressed stamped postcard if you wish the project director to acknowledge receipt of your script.

6. All rights must be fully owned by the author.

7. No children’s theatre, one-acts, or reader’s theatre pieces will be considered. Adaptations will be considered only if the adapted work is in the public domain.

8. in deciding which play to submit, a writer should know our actors will be students ranging in age from 17-30. Some faculty members or guest artists may be available for the festival. However, a play with especially strong demands for mature character roles would not be as likely for selection as one of equal quality with roles for young adults.

9. Musicals with small orchestra demands will be considered. Musicals should be submitted only if a vocal score and piano conductor score is available.

10. A Y.E.S. entry form must accompany a submitted script - see this flyer (PDF Format.)

11. Scripts may be submitted from May 1 until September 30, 2012 to this address:
Northern Kentucky University
Sandra Forman,
Project Director
NKU Y.E.S. Festival of New Plays
Department of Theatre and Dance
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Highland Heights, KY 41099
12. Selections will be made and winners notified no later than December 31, 2012. Returnable scripts will be mailed back after the winners have been notified.

13. An honorarium of $500 will be awarded to each selected playwright as well as travel expenses and housing while attending the festival.

14. it is important that selected playwrights be available to visit the festival about a week before opening so their visit can be arranged to include late rehearsals and the premiere of their play. Festival dates are April 11-21, 2013. The visiting dates are at the discretion of the festival. Playwrights and the directors of their plays will participate in one post-show question-and-answer session with the audience.

15. in addition to the three plays selected for full productions, one script may be selected for a staged reading during the festival. The playwright of this script will also be brought in for late rehearsals and opening.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Mario Fratti-Fred Newman Political Play Contest 2013

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All scripts must be postmarked by October 1, 2012

The Castillo Theatre sponsors the Mario Fratti-Fred Newman Political Play Contest annually. In its sixth year, the purpose of the political play contest to encourage the writing of scripts for the stage that engage the political/social/cultural questions affecting the world today and/or historical events and issues that impact on our political/cultural heritage.  While Castillo recognizes that in the broadest sense, all theatre is political, the contest is seeking politically progressive plays that: look at social and/or economic problems and challenges; explore possibilities of social transformation; and, reflect the concerns and interests of communities and/or which explore the importance of community. The contest also welcomes scripts that experiment with form and seek new ways of seeing and new ways of experiencing theatrical performance. The plays submitted to the Fratti-Newman Contest may be written in any style, set in any historical time, geographic or imaginary location, contain any number of characters and be of any length. The plays must be in English and cannot be musicals or adaptations. No scripts will be considered that have previously been submitted to this contest, have received a production or won other contests. Only one script per playwright will be accepted.

DETAILS


The contest is judged by a team of distinguished theatre artists. The winning script(s) will receive a reading and/or a production at the Castillo Theatre in New York City during the theatre’s 2013 summer season.
All scripts should be submitted in hard copy and must be accompanied by:
A statement of the political/social/cultural questions that the script engages (scripts without a statement will not be considered);
A brief synopsis;
A character breakdown, including gender, age and ethnic requirements, if any;
A 100-word biography of the playwright;
A current email address
Please note:
Receipt of script will be acknowledged via email.
Scripts will not be returned.
Castillo will not give critical feedback to playwrights/contestants.
Contest winners are required to sign a letter of agreement, which will include but not be limited to granting the right for Castillo to produce one or more readings and/or a full production of the winning play.
Contest winners are responsible for travel expenses or any other expenses incurred as a result of participating in the development of the play with Castillo, or as a result of attending the reading and/or full production.
All scripts must be postmarked by October 1, 2012. The winner(s) will be publicly announced at the Otto René Castillo Awards for Political Theatre in New York City in May of 2013.

Send all submissions to:
Castillo Theatre
543 West 42nd Street
New York, NY 10036
Attn: Fratti-Newman Political Play Contest
Questions and inquiries should be addressed to Madelyn Chapman at 212-356-8485 or mchapman@allstars.org