Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Playwrights Project - Playwrights in Process


Cygnet Theatre’s New Play Festival, produced in partnership with Playwrights Project

The deadline for submitting is May 16, 2014.
Playwrights Project, in association with Cygnet Theatre, requests original, full-length, un-produced plays for Cygnet’s 3rd Annual Playwrights in Process: New Play Festival (PiP). The Festival is three days of audience-focused workshops, readings, and post-show discussions. The festival takes place November 7 – 9, 2014 at Cygnet Theatre.

As part of PiP, chosen playwrights will be afforded an exciting opportunity to work with a dramaturg/director in a three-step development process from selection confirmation through the festival itself. Steps one and two consist of private table readings with professional actors provided by Cygnet Theatre. After each, the playwright will work with her/his mentor to further develop the play. The final step is a rehearsed, staged-reading of the final draft in front of a discerning theatre audience. Playwrights are required to attend one or two rehearsals as part of the development process. Through a facilitated post-show discussion, the audiences will provide the writer feedback to help playwrights further develop their plays with the ultimate goal of helping to prepare the works for future productions.

WHAT TO SUBMIT:
Playwrights are asked to submit their choice of 10-12 consecutive pages of a completed, full-length play that can be performed by five actors or fewer. The works can be comedies or dramas. Musicals, with the same cast-size restrictions, will be accepted, and the music must be able to be performed with piano-only and/or minimal instrument accompaniment. Each submission must be accompanied by a one-page (maximum) synopsis of the whole play; musical submission must also include a three song sample of the music. All works must be new plays (or musicals) that have not received a previous production. Additionally, playwrights must assure that they have full rights to the works submitted.

WHO MAY SUBMIT:
We seek writers with a strong commitment to developing their scripts, a collaborative attitude, and a self-motivated work ethic. Southern California writers are given a preference; however, playwrights outside of the geographic area are welcome to submit. As script development is a central tenet of Playwrights in Process, selected playwrights will need to attend the table readings of their work, commit to working collaboratively with their dramaturgs, meet revision deadlines, attend the staged readings, and participate in the post-performance discussions. While we hope to provide accommodations, stipend, and travel in the future, at this nascent stage of the festival, there is no funding for these allowances, hence, the preference for local/southern California playwrights. Playwrights outside of the area will be responsible for meeting rehearsal and performance attendance requirements.

HOW TO SUBMIT:
Fill out the form and upload your materials online here: Submit to Playwrights in Process 2014

DEADLINE:
Selected pages, synopses, and submission forms must be submitted by 5PM, May 16, 2014.

After a review of the initial submissions, approximately ten writers will be asked to email copies of their full, completed scripts (and scores, if applicable). These must be received within 48 hours of the request.

QUESTIONS:
Questions about submitting to the Playwrights in Process: New Play Festival may be directed to write@playwrightsproject.org.