Thursday, November 29, 2012

Call for scripts for Queer Shorts 8

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StageQ invites you to submit a short play for our eighth annual festival of short queer plays, Queer Shorts 8. Queer Shorts 1 – 7 were sold-out smash hits, and you could be part of the fun during our 2013 playfest!

Plays should be no longer than 15 minutes in length, and are due December 14, 2012.

Please include a one-page précis, including:

One-paragraph description of the plot
Casting requirements (number of actors, gender, ages, special requirements, if any)
Set requirements (remember, this is a playfest with 10 – 12 plays in one evening; we use cubes to create the sets; simple is better!)
Running time (no more than 15 minutes!)
Special technical requirements, if any
Who is the intended audience?
Is there lesbian, gay or other queer content? (Required)
Is there nudity? Adult language?
If a musical, is there a written score?
o If a musical, what are the instrumental requirements? Vocal requirements?

Please send us no more than 3 scripts. And please don’t re-submit scripts that you have sent us
in the past.

You can email your script and précis to QueerShorts@stageq.com.

We have a strong preference for receiving scripts electronically. But if that’s not possible for you, send via snail mail to:

Queer Shorts c/o StageQ
113 E Mifflin Street
Madison, WI. 53703

We’re serious about the 15 minute time limit. 5 or 10 minutes would be even better. We’d love to have a musical in the fest! And call us language snobs, but synopses and scripts full of typos, spelling, grammatical and syntactical errors are not going to knock our socks off. We read almost 300 scripts for Queer Shorts each year and accept 10 or 11, so make yours easy for us to love.

We acknowledge all scripts received, so if you don’t hear back from us within a couple of weeks, we didn’t receive your submission. We’ll also let you know by early April, 2013 whether or not we selected your script, but please don’t start bugging us about it on April 1st. Queer Shorts 8 will be performed June 7-15, 2013 at the Bartell Theatre in Madison, Wisconsin, with possible teaser performances as part of other events in the spring and summer of 2013.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

10-minute plays wanted for literary journal

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Middle Tennessee State University seeks 10-minute plays for possible publication in its literary journal Poems & Plays. There is no fee. Limit of one play per playwright.

Deadline is November 30, 2012.

Send play to:

Poems & Plays
Gaylord Brewer, Editor
English Department
Middle Tennessee State University
Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Monday, November 26, 2012

Emerging Artists deadline extension

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Emerging Artists Theatre has extended their submission deadline to November 30th for their upcoming New Works Series. Seeking original solo shows for men and women as well as new musicals both short form and full length for their developmental 2013 series, now in its 9th year. Free to submit! Free to participate!


Any questions, email us at EatTheatre@gmail.com

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Phoenix Theatre Ensemble First Stories Festival

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Phoenix Theatre Ensemble, a resident theatre ensemble now in its 9th season, announces its inaugural “FIRST STORIES FESTIVAL” to coincide with the company’s March 2013 production of Sophocles’ ELECTRA, which is the final installment of the company’s three-year trilogy of the House of Atreus.

The FIRST STORIES FESTIVAL is inviting submissions of productions of Greek themed plays, contemporary, comic, dramatic, one person shows, that are inspired by the Greek classical cannon. Productions may be  translations, adaptations, derivations, or inspirations. The festival will run concurrently with the company’s production of Sophocles’ ELECTRA in March of 2013. All performances will take place at The Wild Project in New York’s East Village.

Information and Festival Guidelines may be obtained by emailing festival@PhoenixTheatreEnsemble.org

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Ian McKellen on his process

3rd Kulture Kids is pleased to announce a general call for submissions of new full-length plays

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3rd Kulture Kids is pleased to announce a general call for submissions of new full-length plays by writers defining themselves and/or exploring themes related to the “third culture kids” culture (i.e. having grown up in a different culture then that of parents and/or having lived in various countries; making it hard to identify their own individual culture). Submissions will be considered for the upcoming In Transit annual reading series in Spring 2013, as well as possible future productions.

GUIDELINES
We are accepting full-length plays previously unproduced in New York City
We are interested in the various perspectives of writers belonging to the third culture generation  and/or stories related to those themes: such as immigration, exile, identity, belonging etc..
Please include the following with each submission: a bio and/or resume, production or development history if applicable.
Open to potential existing relationship with a director or actor(s).

The deadline for submissions is December 10th, 2012. 

Scripts can be sent by email to submissions@3rdkulturekids.com or by postal address to: ​(please note, they will not be returned).

3rd Kulture Kids ​
151 First Avenue # 124
New York, N.Y. 10003


Theatrix USA seeks plays

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Theatrix USA currently is accepting script submissions from previously unpublished playwrights.

Theatrix USA welcomes such submissions from novice playwrights working in any genre. Theatrix USA produces everything from comedy to drama to experimental pieces.

A playwright interested in making a submission to Theatrix USA by contacting the company at info@theatrixusa.org.

Theatrix USA is a 2 Corners company.

During the 2013 season, Theatrix USA is slated to produce 20 plays in 20 cities.

The headquarters of Theatrix USA is 2443 S. University Blvd., Denver, Colorado

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Shoah Stories seeks full-length, one-act plays, musicals

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 Shoah Stories
Official Call for Artists

The Holocaust Council of MetroWest and the Jewish Plays Project are seeking two new plays and musicals on Holocaust themes written by members of, and featuring the stories of Survivors from, the Metrowest Community. One play will be for adult audiences; the other for students in grades K-12. Selected plays will receive professional direction and staging.

These scripts will form the basis of Shoah Stories, a series of staged presentations of Holocaust-related plays and musicals. Created with a two-year grant from The Jewish Community Foundation and the Daviroff Family Foundation, these presentations will tour to adult and student audiences in New York and New Jersey, adding an innovative and engaging level to Holocaust education throughout our area.

IMPORTANT NOTE: THE CONTEST IS OPEN TO ARTISTS OF ALL BACKGROUNDS, DENOMINATIONS, FAITHS, CREEDS, RELIGIONS and other IDEALS.

The Holocaust remains a pivotal event in world history, and the HCM and JPP are eager to hear all points of view on the subject.

ELIGIBILITY:

Material: Full-length and one-act plays and musicals that deal with Holocaust themes and history that have never been produced in New York City.

Authorship: At least one principal artist involved in the piece (playwright, lyricist, composer, director, etc.) must be from, or have strong ties to, the Metrowest New Jersey Community.

Productions limits: Plays must be able to be performed by up to six actors and one musican/technician. Plays must be able to be produced in theatrical and non-theatrical spaces (20 x 30 feet staging area).

Intended audiences: General audiences, schools (K-12) and universities, synagogues, senior residences and nursing homes.

SUBMISSION: Entries are due by December 14 at 6 pm.  There are two steps to apply:
1. Email your play as an attachment to shoah@jewishplaysproject.org, with the playwright's name removed from ALL pages of the script.

2.  Click here and fill out the Shoah Stories Application form.

There is NO fee to apply, but there is a one (1) submission per person rule.

SELECTION PROCESS: Shoah Stories seeks to discover and develop new plays and musicals that reflect a 21st Century understanding of the Holocaust experience and history, and strives to engage a broad audience in a discussion of what that experience may be. Each script will be reviewed by a Community Panel of up to 30 lay leaders involved in the Metrowest Jewish Community who will score the play on the clarity, importance and personal connection of the historical ideas in it. A separate Artistic Panel of noted actors, directors, writers and academics will evaluate scripts for their aesthetic value, structural and stylistic innovation, and production feasibility.

Submissions will be due on December 14. Panel reviews will be completed in February 2013, and rehearsals will begin in March 2013.

PRODUCTION: The selected plays will receive their first staged-reading presentations on or near Yom HaShoah 5773 to an invited audience of supporters in the community. Following feedback and revision, the presentations will tour to a minimum of six sites by Spring 2014. All performances will be directed and performed by professional artists with ties to the Metrowest Community.

Authors will receive a royalty for all performances. If the play is premiered by Shoah Stories, a future percentage of royalties will be due to United Jewish Communities of New Jersey (such percentage to be negotiated at the time of selection).

ABOUT THE HCM: Our mission is to remember the Holocaust and convey its history and lessons. In this context, we address the central tenets of what it means to be a moral and responsible citizen. We serve the MetroWest community; the general community, including public, private and parochial schools, colleges and universities, synagogues, churches, museums, corporations, civic, professional and service organizations and entities such as the City of Newark; eyewitnesses to the Holocaust (Survivors, Rescuers, POWs and Liberators;) the New Jersey State Commission on Holocaust Education; and the various Holocaust centers around the state.
http://www.ujcnj.org/

ABOUT THE JEWISH PLAYS PROJECT: The Jewish Plays Project is a development house for 21st Century Jewish theater. We seek to ignite an explosive engagement between cutting-edge theater artists and Jewish audiences by developing and advocating for a new generation of plays and musicals that embrace and investigate the intersection of Jewish identity and secular self.
www.jewishplaysproject.org



QUESTIONS? CONTACT:

David Winitsky
Director, Jewish Plays Project
david@jewishplaysproject.org  
347.878.5771

Barbara Wind
Executive Director, Holocaust Council
bwind@ujcnj.org
973.929.3066

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

One-Act Playwriting Competition

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Drury University is proud to announce its biennial One-Act Playwriting Competition.

Entries due by December 1, 2012

FIRST PRIZE:
$300
HONORABLE MENTION:
(Two Awarded)
$150 each
Winning plays will be considered for production by Drury University.
For further information please contact Dr. Mick Sokol (417) 873-6821 or msokol@drury.edu.

COMPETITION RULES:

1. The competition is open to all playwrights.

2. Scripts are to be original, unpublished and unproduced. Staged readings or workshop productions will not disqualify a script. Musicals, monologues, children’s plays, adaptations, film scripts, and television scripts are ineligible.

3. Preference will be given to small cast, one-set shows with running times of no less than 20 minutes and no more than 45 minutes.

4. No more than one script can be submitted from a playwright.

5. All scripts are to be typewritten and firmly bound.

6. Scripts cannot be returned unless accompanied by a self-addressed stamped
envelope with sufficient postage. For confirmation of receipt, include a self-addressed stamped postcard. For results of your script, please include a self-addressed stamped
#10 business envelope or a current e-mail address.

7. No written or verbal critiques will be tendered.

8. The decision of the judges is final. Drury University reserves the right to produce any of the winning plays royalty-free during our 2013-2014 or 2014-2015 seasons, to withhold production, and to modify cash awards as deemed necessary by the judges.

9. Drury University does not assume any responsibility for the loss, damage, or return of scripts. All reasonable care will be taken.

10. Deadline for entries is a postmark of December 1, 2012. Plays should not be submitted before May 1, 2012.

11. Winners will be notified by mail no later than April 1, 2013.

Address scripts to:
Drury University One-Act Playwriting Competition
c/o Mick Sokol, Associate Professor of Theatre
900 North Benton Avenue
Springfield, MO 65802

Monday, November 19, 2012

WordBRIDGE seeks plays

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Applications for WordBRIDGE 2013 open from October 15th – November 30th, 2012.
WordBRIDGE seeks bold, innovative scripts that illustrate potential, but are nascent in their development and able to profit from two weeks of intensive work in our professional laboratory. WordBRIDGE provides a safe, supportive environment that allows each playwright to engineer a unique process in consultation with a roster of compassionate, critical professionals and artists from a variety of fields that have included theatre, psychology, visual arts, storytelling, mathematics, music, movement and more.

WordBRIDGE Application Guidelines

Applications for WordBRIDGE 2013 open October 15th and close November 30th, 2012.
Pre-professional playwrights are welcome to apply (Pre-professional playwrights include undergraduate and graduate playwrights, and playwrights who have not received a professional production of their work).

WordBRIDGE accepts full length works or long one acts, including solo performance projects, that have not been produced and will not be produced before August 31, 2013.
Nominators:

  • Nominate playwrights by uploading a brief nomination letter that details the playwright’s vision and potential, aptitude for collaboration, and desire to work in a development laboratory.
  • Your letters of nomination can be uploaded through our website after October 15th:  www.wordbridge.org.

Playwrights:

  • A playwright online application, available on the Application Page (this page will go live on October 15th) and  includes the following:
  • Your contact information. You must include complete and correct contact information, as this is the only way we have of reaching you if any problem occurs with your application.
  • An electronic copy of your script in PDF format, uploaded to our database via the application page mentioned above.
  • The name of your nominator.

A letter of nomination from a theatre professional or playwriting professor.
Playwrights, if your nominator has not already contacted us, you must supply your nominator with:

  • The e-mail address with which you applied to WordBRIDGE (they will be asked for it, and this will be how we match their nomination to your application).
  • The following web address to the Nomination Page: http://www.wordbridge.org/nominate.php
  • There they will be able to submit their contact information and upload the letter of nomination.
  • Nominations are accepted between October 15th and November 30th, 2012
  • Once your application is complete, we will send you an e-mail confirmation. Applications must be complete by November 30th, 2012.


WordBRIDGE Playwrights Laboratory is produced through a partnership with Baltimore’s CENTERSTAGE.

Housing, food and travel will be provided to selected playwrights.

For information on previous WordBRIDGE labs, click here.

If you have questions about the WordBRIDGE Playwrights Laboratory, or the application process, please e-mail us at: info(at)wordbridge.org
If you have any questions/difficulties with the online forms, or if it has been more than a week since you submitted your application and you have not received a confirmation e-mail from us, you can e-mail : help(at)wordbridge.org

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Friday, November 16, 2012

The LSU Department of Theatre accepting submissions for Outworks

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The LSU Department of Theatre presents Outworks 2013, a festival of LGBTQ themed one-act plays.

Deadline for Submission: December 8, 2012
Award:  $150 and production videotape

After a successful Outworks 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012, the Louisiana State University Department of Theatre in Baton Rouge, LA is pleased to announce that we are now accepting submissions for Outworks 2013, a festival of new lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered or queer (LGBTQ) themed one-act plays.  

Submissions must be the author's own original work. Each entry shall be free from copyright restrictions and the author agrees to hold LSU, its officers, and directors free and harmless from all copyright claims.
  • Scripts must be LGBTQ-themed.  
  • Submissions must be one-act plays, ranging from (20) twenty to (30) thirty minutes in length.   
  • There is a limit of two scripts per playwright.
  • All Entries should be submitted in Microsoft Word or PDF format via e-mail to outworksfestival@gmail.com with “Outworks 2013” in the subject line.
  • Deadline is December 8, 2012
  • Scheduled production dates are April 30 – May 5, 2013
Submissions will be read and scored by a faculty/student committee. The committee will select six plays.  These six playwrights will receive $150 in monetary compensation, each play selected will be guaranteed three staged
performances, and each playwright will receive a video of his/her production.  Playwrights wishing to attend the festival are responsible for all travel expenses. 

The LSU Theatre Lab season retains all rights and privileges concerning casting, production, and programming for Outworks. LSU Theatre reserves the right to:
Reproduce as many copies of the play as are necessary for distribution to the judges and participants in the production.
Videotape the performance for archival purposes.
Use the title, author's name and images from the production for publicity purposes related to the Outworks Festival. 

The final play list will be announced January 21, 2013. 

Submissions sent via email are preferred.  Please send submissions or inquiries to: 

Nichole Ingalsbe and Macy Jones, Outworks Festival Curators, at:
outworksfestival@gmail.com and put “Outworks 2013” in the subject line.


The LSU Theatre Lab season, produced by the Louisiana State University Department of Theatre, offers audiences an “alternative” theatrical experience. Providing a diverse and exciting schedule, the LSU Theatre Lab Season highlights the tremendous talents of the LSU graduate and undergraduate students (B.A., M.F.A., and Ph.D.) both on and behind the stage.
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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Manhattan Rep's Winter One Act Play Competition

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Submit your One Act Play for Manhattan Rep's Winter One Act Play Competition

$1000 cash prize for best play!

JANUARY 7 - FEB 1, 2012

Seeking fully produced one act plays
(cast, directed and ready to perform)
7 minutes to 30 minutes

To submit your one act 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 Thursday Nov. 29, 2012 
 
Please put "Winter One Act Competition" in the subject heading.

Applicants will be contact by Wednesday December 5, 2012 as to their acceptance.

There is no submission fee.

Each play will receive a MINIMUM of 3 performances. More if the play moves on to the semi - finals and the finals.

NON-EQUITY ONLY

Manhattan Rep will supply a Sound and Lighting Board operator to run all the tech.  

Once accepted, there will be a $150.00 participation fee.

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

For more information and complete One Act Play rules and guidelines,  log on to:
www.manhattanrep.com

Monday, November 12, 2012

NYCPlaywrights October 2012 Play of the Month: AMMO by Jeremy Kehoe

NOTE: This video contains obscene language.



Performed by Bruce Barton and Nancy McClernan.

Jeremy Kehoe on the play
Why "Ammo"? Americans cherish liberty. And, they adore guns. Yet, while most Americans recognize that every Constitutional liberty requires limitation (freedom of speech, the right to protect against unreasonable searches and seizures, the right to face our accusers in court, etc.), a majority deem placing restrictions on the right to bear arms as a treasonous offense. The argument? "There it is, right there in the Constitution. Boom, bam, that's it. Next topic." The Second Amendment is somehow judged by a different standard, and our culture has slowly transformed into one where acquiring a gun is easier than buying a beer, and where problems more frequently get resolved with the squeeze of a trigger than with a fist or, god forbid, a reasoned thought. Something is amiss. I wrote "Ammo" as a dialogue between a father and son hunting deer in the woods not as a diatribe against proponents of gun rights -- if you want to shoot a deer, knock yourself out (but if you wanted to prove your manhood, impress me by wrestling a bear) -- but as an attempt to ask questions. And, who better to ask grown-up questions than a 12-year-old boy? I am working to expand on this theme and create a full-length play with multiple vignettes where guns play a peripheral, but not central, role between characters, but force them to make critical decisions.

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

Ingenue Theatre seeks 4 - 6 writers

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Ingenue Theatre is seeking between 4 and 6 new writers to develop brand new short plays with over an 8 week period, to be presented all together in January. Specifically looking for immigrants, first and second generation Americans or visitors to the country and the subject matter is 'Home'. 

We will meet for 4 hours weekly (NYC area) where we can share our writing, ideas and inspiration and help encourage each other in the process. 

Please get in touch if you are interested! ingenuetheatre@gmail.com 

We accept unsolicited scripts. We read all of them, too! We respond to every single writer that sends their work in but please be patient and be assured that we are going to get back to you as soon as we can! We especially encourage short plays/ sketches/ short performances for our current short play season, which runs on a monthly basis. Please send material and resumes to tenminuteplaysubmissions@gmail.com.  


Sunday, November 11, 2012

Pregones Theater's Asunción Playwrights Project

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Pregones Theater's Asunción Playwrights Project showcases the work of Latino and Latina playwrights exploring issues of difference and transformation at the limits of queer identity. The project fosters fun and genuine dialogue between playwrights, theatermakers, LGBTQ communities, and a general audience. We especially seek works that challenge normative straight/gay binaries. Submissions by women writers are encouraged. Both Spanish and English language manuscripts are welcome.
Finalists commit to a public reading and open discussion. A panel of peers, industry professionals, scholars, critics and previous winners makes the final selection of the year's winning play.

The winner recieves a $500 award and the play is given a professionally cast workshop production at Pregones Theater.


The selection process is made up of two preliminary rounds.
The first round is open to all. A completed application form must be submitted with a 10 page sample of the work.

The second round is by invitation only. Up to eight playwrights from the first round are invited to submit their work in its entirety for final review. The public readings are selected from this group of finalists.
All plays must be original, full length works for the stage that have never been produced and are not currently under option. Plays may be submitted in Spanish or English. Monologues and/or one-person shows will not be considered. Asunción will only consider works of superior artistic rigor that meet two or more of the project's criteria:

  • explore issues of difference and transformation at the limits of queer identity;
  • challenge normative assumptions of gender;
  • present Latino spiritual and sensual explorations beyond the boundaries of gender and essentialist notions of sexual orientation;
  • go beyond coming out stories;
  • challenge normative notions of family;
  • dwell in alterity and encounter;
  • place queer expectations of love and sex in a Latino cultural/historical context;
  • are significant to the lives of Latino lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, and queer people.
APPLICATION guidelines:

1. Download and complete the Asunción Application Form.
2. Create a PDF sample with a brief description of the play and a selectio of NO MORE THAN 10 CONSECUTIVE PAGES from any part of your script. DO NOT SUBMITT A FULL COPY OF THE SCRIPT.
3. PDF samples must be word-processed in typeface no smaller than 12 point, and double-spaced. You may submit works in either English or Spanish.
4. If you are submitting more than one script, you must complete an application for each work. No more than two entries per writer will be accepted each year.
5. Include a copy of your resume with the application.
6. Email your completed application, work sample and resume to: jmerced@pregones.org
7. All applications must be submitted only by the playwright. No agents or representatives.

APPLICATION Deadline
The current application deadline is November 14, 2012.


Wednesday, November 7, 2012

The LIVING ROOM SERIES is The Blank’s New Play Development Program


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Since its inception in 1991, LRS has been giving artists of all levels an opportunity to grow and stretch their talents in a safe and nurturing environment.

Presented nearly every Monday night from Labor Day to Memorial Day, the Living Room Series presents new plays free to the public. These are “workshop” presentations and have a small rehearsal process.

They are not “readings” with actors getting one 2 hour rehearsal. These are “Workshops” which allow a rehearsal process and an opportunity for the playwright, director and actors to explore the material while putting it on its feet. They are simply staged, presented with “book in hand” (meaning actors carry scripts), and are a wonderful opportunity for audiences and the playwright to get a sense of the plays full presence and how it might be staged in a full production.

Submissions – Playwrights
The Blank accepts plays for consideration for our Living Room Series (workshops of new plays) via e-mail only. They cannot have received a fully produced production elsewhere. Plays must be full length.

The Submission Package should include:
A one page synopsis of your play (story and themes)
A character breakdown list (including ages and gender)
a 1 sentence logline (play description)
Twenty-page writing sample (FIRST 10 PAGES and representative/best ten pages of the play)

Please e-mail your submission package as a Word or PDF file to: info@theblank.com
The synopsis need not include every plot detail, but it should cover the setup, what's at stake, and how the story resolves in the last act.
Submission material will not be returned.

The work submitted must be entirely the property of the author. Reworks or adaptations of plays by other authors will be considered only if you control the rights or if the material is in the public domain.

No phone calls or personal deliveries will be accepted. We usually will read the material within three months, though we do not offer critiques on submissions.
Many times we are forced to pass on plays we admire because they don't fit our production needs. If your material looks right for us, we will contact you and request the full script.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Plays about American Presidents

GIVE 'EM HELL, HARRY!



THE MISSILES OF OCTOBER



FROST/NIXON



David Hare on STUFF HAPPENS


1776 - Molasses to Rum to Slaves

University of the Arts New Play Festival 2013

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Deadline: November 9, 2012

The New Play Festival at the University of the Arts intends to cultivate artists through developing their plays and musicals. It also provides an invaluable opportunity for our students to work with professionals in new play development.  This January, we will develop 1 new full-length play and 1 new musical at the University.

Selected pieces will be given rehearsal time in our studio spaces as well as two staged readings in the 230-seat Arts Bank Theater at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia. The New Play Festival will be held between January 21st-February 3rd, 2013 at University of the Arts in Philadelphia.

We will provide:

  • Travel and Housing (as required 
  • Modest per diem
  • Rehearsal Time and Performance Space
  • Actors / Directors / Music Directors
  • Public Staged Reading

Please submit the following materials to newplaysfestival@uarts.edu :

FOR A PLAY & MUSICAL
1)   A brief synopsis of the show including time period and number of scene locations.
2)   A character breakdown including: age, sex, and a short description of each character.
3)   Development goals for the project.
4)   A developmental history of the play, no submission should have received a full production.
 FOR A MUSICAL (we welcome large casts)
5)   CD or mp3 files of three songs along with sheet music (lead sheets are acceptable)
*Please send all files in PDF format.

For more information contact:
newplayfestival@UARTS.edu

Friday, November 2, 2012

ASUNCION PLAYWRIGHTS PROJECT

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Pregones Theater's Asunción Playwrights Project showcases the work of Latino and Latina playwrights exploring issues of difference and transformation at the limits of queer identity. The project fosters fun and genuine dialogue between playwrights, theatermakers, LGBTQ communities, and a general audience. We especially seek works that challenge normative straight/gay binaries. Submissions by women writers are encouraged. Both Spanish and English language manuscripts are welcome.
Finalists commit to a public reading and open discussion. A panel of peers, industry professionals, scholars, critics and previous winners makes the final selection of the year's winning play.

The winner recieves a $500 award and the play is given a professionally cast workshop production at Pregones Theater.

Selection Process
The selection process is made up of two preliminary rounds.
The first round is open to all. A completed application form must be submitted with a 10 page sample of the work.
The second round is by invitation only. Up to eight playwrights from the first round are invited to submit their work in its entirety for final review. The public readings are selected from this group of finalists.
All plays must be original, full length works for the stage that have never been produced and are not currently under option. Plays may be submitted in Spanish or English. Monologues and/or one-person shows will not be considered. Asunción will only consider works of superior artistic rigor that meet two or more of the project's criteria:

  • explore issues of difference and transformation at the limits of queer identity;
  • challenge normative assumptions of gender;
  • present Latino spiritual and sensual explorations beyond the boundaries of gender and essentialist notions of sexual orientation;
  • go beyond coming out stories;
  • challenge normative notions of family;
  • dwell in alterity and encounter;
  • place queer expectations of love and sex in a Latino cultural/historical context;
  • are significant to the lives of Latino lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, and queer people.

The Asunción Playwrights Project is recognized with a special merit recognition from HOLA Organization of Latin Actors and a feature in Ollantay Theater Magazine.

APPLICATION guidelines:

  1. Download and complete the Asunción Application Form.
  2. Create a PDF sample with a brief description of the play and a selectio of NO MORE THAN 10 CONSECUTIVE PAGES from any part of your script. DO NOT SUBMIT A FULL COPY OF THE SCRIPT.
  3. PDF samples must be word-processed in typeface no smaller than 12 point, and double-spaced. You may submit works in either English or Spanish.
  4. If you are submitting more than one script, you must complete an application for each work. No more than two entries per writer will be accepted each year.
  5. Include a copy of your resume with the application.
  6. Email your completed application, work sample and resume to: jmerced@pregones.org
  7. All applications must be submitted only by the playwright. No agents or representatives.
The current application deadline is November 14, 2012.

Don't forget to complete the Online Application Form.