Saturday, March 29, 2014

The Bards Town Theatre is seeking submissions for its 2014 Mainstage season

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The Bards Town Theatre is seeking submissions for its 2014 Mainstage season.  While we embrace comedies and dramatic pieces, we look in either case for plays that focus on engaging characters, honesty, and a love of words.  Our space is intimate, and thus we seek plays that would translate well in such an intimate space.  Small casts, great stories with pace, unit sets--we love these.

MAIN STAGE (FULL-LENGTH) SUBMISSIONS

SUBMISSIONS ACCEPTED OCTOBER 1 - MARCH 31

PLEASE READ CAREFULLY.  SUBMISSIONS NOT FOLLOWING GUIDELINES ARE LIKELY TO BE MISPLACED, AND THUS NOT GIVEN CONSIDERATION.

Submissions received during our reading "dead period" are not considered.

All submissions are eligible for our annual Bard Award. For more info, visit http://www.thebardstowntheatre.org/bard-award-world-premieres.html

All genres accepted.  Full length plays only for the main stage.  Typically, we either produce world premieres or newer plays that have done well elsewhere but have not been seen in the Louisville area.

On average, we receive 400-500 full-length play submissions annually (and 300+ ten-minute plays).  It typically takes us 6 months to get to scripts.  We do not provide feedback, nor can we confirm each individual submission.  If we are interested in producing the piece, we will, of course, be in touch.
Please include a short bio/resume and brief synopsis and production history (if any) with your submission.

We tend to do scripts that (1) Have cast sizes of 2-6; (2) Run under 1 hour, 45 minutes...we typically like to have the audience out in 2 hours or fewer, and we always have an intermission; (3) Have characters that fit with at least some of our resident ensemble.  If your script  calls for numerous actors under 18 or over 50, we will most likely pass; and (4) have minimal technical requirements. We are about telling stories.  We prefer simple lighting and unit sets...or at least something that allows us to be creative with the requirements.

Our reading process goes as follows: (1) We check the cast, set, and technical requirements.  If they do not meet our needs, we do not read the piece...as we could not do it, even if we loved it; (2) We read the synopsis; (3) We read the first 20 pages, judging characters, dialogue, and pace; (4) If we like it thus far (about 10% of ones submitted), we then get a team of readers on it and compare notes; and (5) We contact the playwright if interested in securing rights.

The Bards Town Theatre prefers electronic submissions, PDF or DOC.

Electronic submissions from playwrights outside of KY (neither a native or a current resident) should be sent to submissions2015@thebardstowntheatre.org.

KY residents or natives should submit to submissionsky@thebardstowntheatre.org.

If you would prefer to mail your script, please send to
Doug Schutte,
The Bards Town Theatre,
1801 Bardstown Rd,
Louisville, KY 40205.

SCRIPTS WILL NOT BE RETURNED.

Questions should be directed to Executive Artistic Director Doug Schutte, doug@thebardstowntheatre.org.