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Saturday, January 20, 2018

Aberrant Theatre is currently seeking short, horror themed plays

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Aberrant Theatre is currently seeking short, horror themed plays to be produced as part of our upcoming Ghost Light Anthology.
Working from an anthology model akin to Creepshow or Tales from the Crypt, Aberrant Theatre will be presenting an evening of short, scary plays as part of what we hope will become an annual event.

The event will take place at The Box in Toronto during the last half of October, with each play receiving 8 performances. Exact performance schedule TBA.

Please read the following information carefully:

- Plays selected will feature small casts, and will have a run time of no more than 20 minutes.

- Preference will be given to pieces requiring minimal sets, costumes, props and / or effects.

- Aberrant Theatre is committed to creating a platform for marginalized identities and experiences, including race, ethnicity, nationality, gender, class, sexuality, education, ability, and accessibility. Selected pieces will reflect this commitment.

- Pieces must not contain any intellectual property which doesn't belong to the author. Pieces featuring intellectual property from the public domain will also be accepted.

- There is no fee to submit your play, nor will monetary compensation be guaranteed for participating in the project. An honorarium may be awarded to plays selected for production, dependant on funding.

Otherwise, the blood-red sky is the limit. Send us your monsters, your killers, your things that go bump in the night. Join us as we add a spooky new tradition to the Toronto theatre scene.

Submission Deadline: June 1st, 2018. 

Successful applicants can expect to be contacted shortly after this date, however due to the volume of submissions only those selected for production will be contacted.

Please email your submissions to aberranttheatrecreations@gmail.com using the subject line "Ghost Light Submission". If applicable, please also include details on any past performances of your piece, including when & where any past productions have occurred.

About the Company:

Based in Toronto, Ontario, Aberrant Theatre was founded in 2017 with the intention of bringing the horror genre to the stage through a lens of social responsibility. This will be it's inaugural production, with the intention of becoming an annual event.

Please visit our Facebook page for updates! https://www.facebook.com/AberrantTheatre/

5 Minute Short Play Festival (La Jolla CA)

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Deadline: January 31 2018

San Diego Center for Jewish Culture (SDCJC) Straight From The Page, a staged reading series, is around to announce the 5th Annual 5 Minute Play Festival.

Plays will be performed by professional actors on Monday, May 7, 2018 at Larence Family Jewish Community Center Jacobs Family Campus 4126 Executive Drive, La Jolla, CA.

  • The play must speak to Jewish identity, heritage, cultural experiences or values
  • Submission must be five minute original play (approx. 750 words)
  • Play can have 2 or 3 characters - no monologues
  • No musicals - if there is any music it must be sung a cappella.
  • Comedy, drama, historical, political are all welcome.
  • Plays must be submitted as a MS Word document - PDF is not accepted.
  • Play must be created in 12 pt Ariel font
  • Plays will not be returned

Submit plays to jewishplays@lfjcc.org

Finalists will be notified by March 1, 2018.

All plays submitted will be read as "blind readings" by the Straight from the Page committee.

Top scripts will be chosen to be cast and directed for a staged reading.

Casting and directing of the top scripts to be done sole by Straight From The Page producer9s) or their designate - playwrights do not have input in casting or directing decisions.
(Editor's note: the Dramatists Bill of Rights specifies playwrights should have final say in such decisions.)
Selected scripts will be performed at the Lawrence Family JCC as a staged reading immediately following the winning play will be selected by audience hand-written ballots
Top three scripts will be published in L'Chaim Magazine www.lchaimmagazine.com

SDCJC reserves the right to cancel and/or modify the program at any time.

Straight From The Pages is unable to compensate for any travel and accommodation expenses.

Friday, January 19, 2018

Strange Sun Theater is now accepting submissions for the 2018 Greenhouse New Play Development Project

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This year, Strange Sun Theater will select two plays as part of its Greenhouse Project, and we are proud to announce that each of the two playwrights will receive a $500 award, and be a part of our ‘ON BOOK’ series, which explores and develops the plays through a rehearsal process culminating in a public staged reading of the plays in New York City.*

This year Strange Sun Theater invites playwrights to submit their COMIC PLAYS to our Greenhouse Project.  In today’s fraught world, we look to the power of laughter for release, for the off-beat way it allows us to interrogate our society, and for it’s ability to shine a light on human behavior with all its complexities, absurdities, and joys.  Submit your comedies - Satirical, Topical, Farcical, Situational, Dark, Absurd, Odd - anything that makes us laugh!

The submission deadline is February 16th, 2018.

*The $500 award will be awarded only if the playwright agrees to participate in our ON BOOK development process.  Although face-to-face involvement in the process is not strictly necessary, we are hoping the $500 award may help to defray some off the costs of participating in the ON BOOK process.


We are using Google Forms to process our submissions, which requires a Google account to use.  If you do not have a Google account, you may email your script as a .pdf, along with your contact information, to: info@strangesuntheater.com

Click here to submit to this year’s Greenhouse Project – Please read our submission guidelines below before submitting.

  • Plays must be submitted on or before February 16th, 2018 in order to be considered.
  • Please use the form to submit your entire play, along with a brief synopsis and playwright bio.
  • We are accepting submissions of “COMIC PLAYS.”  Although our theme this year is purposefully broad and may include plays of many genres and styles, we will reject any submissions which are not related to the theme of “Comic Plays.”
  • We are looking for playwrights who are interested in actively developing their play in a collaborative environment with Strange Sun Theater artists.
  • Please submit only one play per playwright.
  • Please do not submit plays which have had previous productions, either amateur or professional.
  • Please do not submit a play you have previously submitted to the Greenhouse, even if it has undergone major revisions.
  • If you are submitting a musical, please include links to samples of the music.
  • We are not accepting dance pieces, though plays with a dance component will be considered.
  • We are looking at theatrical pieces which constitute a full evening of theater. At least 70 minutes.
  • Strange Sun encourages submissions from artists of diverse backgrounds and experiences to support our mission of exploring our shared humanity.
  • Due to the large number of submissions, we will only be contacting our finalists.
  • Finalists can expect to be contacted in late February, and our On Book development process scheduled in April of 2018.
  • If any of the guidelines are disregarded, your submission will not be considered.

Heartland Theater Company 2018 10-minute play festival

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2018 10-Minute Play Festival Rules

Heartland Theatre Company is seeking eight short original plays to be considered for production in June of 2018 as part of our 17th annual 10-minute play festival. This year, the theme is MAGIC!

The competition is open to all playwrights who wish to submit a play. Eight plays will be selected and performed from among all the submissions


1. Your play must fit the theme – MAGIC– or it will not be considered.
2. Your play must fit our theater and its performance space.
3. We require internet submissions in MS Word or PDF.
4. When formatting your play, we ask that you follow our style sheet.
5. We are looking for NEW plays. Please do not send us anything that has previously been produced.
6. Your play must contain at least two (2) characters, but no more than four (4).
7. Heartland Theatre Company has a pool of actors ranging in age from 18 to 80. Make sure that your characters can be played by actors within that range.
8. Your play should consist mainly of dialogue, not monologues.
9. No children’s plays, musicals, or plays which were previously chosen as winners in any Heartland Theatre playwriting competition will be considered.
10. Do not put your name on the play itself, as submissions are judged blind. Make sure your title and page numbers appear on every page of the play, however.
11. If your play cannot be considered for any reason, we will notify you as soon as possible. If, in the judges’ opinion, the problem is easily fixable and the play otherwise has merit, we may ask you for revisions. Asking for revisions is completely up to the judges. If you’d like to see what criteria the judges consider, please read the Judging Sheet (PDF or Word).
12. Those plays which win and are staged will be videotaped for archival purposes.
13. No contracts beyond the guidelines mentioned here will be offered.
14. Only one entry will be accepted from each playwright.
15. Your play must be written in English.
16. Keep your play under ten minutes in length.
17. Remember that something has to happen in those ten minutes.

All entrants must complete and submit

Heartland Theatre 10-Minute Play Entry Form.

You must attach your script in MS Word format (preferred) or PDF when you send the entry form.

If you have any questions, please email playfest@heartlandtheatre.org


Finalists will be notified approximately March 10. Winners will be announced approximately March 31.

2018 10-MINUTE PLAY FESTIVAL PERFORMANCES: June  7, 8, 9 | 14, 15, 16, 17* | 21, 22, 23 | 28, 29, 30* – 2018

For a complete listing of previous 10-Minute Play winners, click here.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Comedy Writing

A solid grasp of the mechanics of comedy writing for the stage is a powerful tool in the hand of any playwright. While comedy is a main element of an over-the-top farce or a burning satire, it is just as essential to delicately lace comic elements into the most serious drama.

Instructor: Kate Moira Ryan (Writer (with Judy Gold), The Judy Show at DR2 Theatre)
Thursdays from 6:30pm – 9:30pm
Starts March 1

This class might be for you if you are:
  • A playwright in any stage of your career interested in the comedic form. 
  • Looking to infuse your playwriting of any genre with smart, well-structured comedic elements.

In this class you will:
  • Study the specialized set of rules for comedy, which are vastly different from the dramatic form. 
  • Complete writing assignments and workshops focused on these unique rules to develop your comedic work over ten weeks. 
  • Shape your ideas, structure your plot, develop believable characters, and write witty dialogue. 
By the end of this class you will:
  • Have a solid understanding of the principles of comedy and how to weave them into any script.

Our award-winning faculty, comprised of working professionals in the field, provides practical skills and expert guidance in a collaborative community atmosphere.

Primary Stages ESPA provides students easy and convenient payment plans to break up tuition. For more information, call 212.840.9705 x215 or email espa@primarystages.org.

Helen McCloy Scholarship

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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. The McCloy Scholarship is intended for serious aspiring mystery writers who wish to improve their writing skills. Applicants should not have received monetary compensation for novels, short stories, non-fiction, screenplays or play scripts in the crime-writing genre.

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 2018 or early spring 2019. Applicants must select a specific writing class/workshop/seminar to which scholarship funds would be applied.  To be eligible, the chosen writing program must require the applicant to produce writing and to have writing critiqued. Writing conferences featuring only panels and agent conferences are not eligible.

 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 – 2018 McCloy Application Form

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

* One copy of a 300- to 500-word essay explaining the applicant’s interest in mystery writing

* One copy 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.

Email all materials in one complete submission package to: 
Put “submission” in the subject line of the email.

Application Deadline All applications must be postmarked by February 28, 2018. 

No late applications or emailed applications will be accepted.

Questions? For individual answers and a copy of scholarship FAQs and submission tips (recommended), e-mail the scholarship committee at:   McCloy.MWA@gmail.com

Theatre Southwest 21th Annual Theatre Southwest Festival of Originals

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Theatre Southwest of Houston, Texas is now accepting entries from now until March 15, 2018 for the 21th Annual Theatre Southwest Festival of Originals, offering a cash prize of $100 to the winners!

The TSW-FOO is FREE to enter and will once again be calling for short one act (20 minute) plays in any and all genres from all over the country and the world.

Please check below for submission guidelines and see how you can enter for a chance to win the play writing component of the festival and to see your work produced.

Submission Guidelines:

Each playwright may submit up to 2 plays for consideration.

All entries should be unpublished and previously unproduced in the Houston area.

All Genres are accepted.

Monologues or One Actor plays are not accepted.

Plays should be 20 minutes in length (give or take a minute or two). Page count should be no less than 17, but no more than 22 pages, using standard play format.

There is no maximum limit of characters or sets, but common sense should be used as 5 plays will be produced in one evening.

Number all pages of the script.

Scripts should be securely bound. Three hole punch with brads or held in a three hole folder is mandatory this year. NO STAPLING.

Scripts must be submitted by postal mail ONLY. Emailed PDF or Word files will not be considered.

Be sure to include your contact information; phone number, email, and mailing address on the title page of the script.

List all characters with a brief character description.

Please include a one paragraph synopsis of the play.

Make sure all mailed entries are POSTMARKED by March 15, 2018 (the Ides of March)

Scripts cannot be returned.

One hundred dollars will be paid to all five of the playwrights selected for production.

Scripts should be mailed to:

Theatre Southwest

8944 Clarkcrest St.

Houston, Texas 77063-4004


For more information or background on past productions, go to


Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Punk Monkey Productions seeking one-act plays

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Punk Monkey Productions is now accepting one-act plays for their seventh season of PL.A.Y Noir. Submissions should ideally range from between 10 to 20 and are required to fall in the genre of Film Noir and tradition of the vintage crime novels of the 30s and 40s by Chandler, Hammett, and Cain (think private detectives, femme fatales, unscrupulous villains, etc.).

For a frame of reference, please look at movies like The Big Sleep, The Maltese Falcon, and The Third Man. Entries may include dramas or comedies, and may be set in classic Noir period (40s-50s) through the present day, or even future, as long as they fall under the umbrella of noir.

Selected pieces will receive a four-week/twelve performance run in the fall of 2018 at The Actor’s Workout Studio in the North Hollywood Arts District, as well as, non-exclusive publication in a collection of the season’s selected plays.

For more details, visit www.playnoir.com.
Scripts may be emailed to info@punkmonkeyproductions.com.

Submission deadline is May 31, 2018.

The Bridge Award

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The Bridge Award was established in honor of Arts in the Armed Forces upcoming tenth anniversary with the purpose of recognizing an emerging playwright of exceptional talent within the United States military. The award consists of a $10,000 prize, and an AITAF produced reading of the winning work. The head judge will be Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks.

In addition to bringing world-class theater to the military, AITAF is committed to supporting and sharing the talents of those who serve. This Award will offer a deserving current military service member or veteran artist important connections with the theater community and access to developmental resources, helping to facilitate a deeper understanding and more active dialogue between military and civilian communities.

  • Submissions will be accepted December 1st 2017 through March 1st 2018.
  • Please submit your play in PDF form with the title: Title of Play.pdf
  • Please include a brief accompanying statement, including a description of your service (dates, military branch, foreign countries served in, if applicable.) This description may be 250 words or fewer.
  • Only finalists will be notified of their status.
  • When the winning playwright is named, finalists will also be announced.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

2018 FailSafe Festival

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FailSafe Festival is a five-day festival of live performance, taking place in the Times Square/Hell's Kitchen area of New York City. FailSafe Festival provides a space for artists to push beyond what they consider "safe" to present, giving them an opportunity to present work that may not have a home elsewhere.

FailSafe Festival submissions are open to live performance projects, including but not limited to theater, performance art, and dance/movement.
  • Submitted projects can be finished, portions of larger/longer works, or works-in-progress.
  • There are no submission fees, participation fees, or festival fees.
  • Submitted projects should be between 30 minutes (minimum) and 60 minutes (maximum) in length. Sorry, submissions that are either shorter or longer in length will not be considered for participation.
  • Sorry, no AEA showcases or AEA readings will be accepted.
  • Live performance submissions only, please. No work that is wholly pre-recorded. For example, a film by itself will not be accepted. Live work with multi-media elements including film may be accepted.
  • Submissions can come from an individual artist, group/collective, or producer. Up to two different projects from an individual artist, group/collective, or producer can be submitted. 
  • A project can consist of one work from an individual artist, group/collective, or producer, or can be multiple works from multiple artists as long as it meets the time length criteria. For example, three playwrights can collectively submit three 20 minute one-acts as one project/submission (maximum time length: 60 minutes). As another example, five performance artists can submit a concert of five 10-minute pieces as one project/submission (time length: 50 minutes).
  • Persons submitting to FailSafe Festival should either have obtained or own all necessary presenting rights for the material submitted.
  • If you have any further questions, please e-mail: failsafefestival[at]gmail.com

PAST PERFECT Benefit Performances

PAST PERFECT by Rita Lewis returns to Manhattan Rep for two benefit performances for The LGBT National Help Center on Saturday January 20 at 8 pm and Sunday January 21 at 3 pm. 100% of the ticket sales for these performances will go to benefit The LGBT National Help Center.

PAST PERFECT by Rita Lewis is a passionate love story between two female childhood best friends who reconnect thirty years later after a childhood incident caused a bitter estrangement. And how one friend's teenage daughter will now fit into this new scenario. It is funny, moving and a testament to the universal truth that love is love is love.

The play features Gerry Glennon, Jennifer Pierro and Erika Yesenia, and is directed by Ken Wolf, Artistic Director of Manhattan Repertory Theatre.

The LGBT National Help Center, an out growth of the New York Gay and Lesbian Switchboard, the oldest and longest running hotline of it’s kind in the world works every day to help end the isolation and fear that many in our community still face.  The LGBT National Help Center runs multiple hotlines and online services to connect highly training peer support volunteers with callers dealing with concerns such as coming out, school bullying, gender identity, relationship concerns, sexual orientation, suicide, fear, depression and so much more.

Ticket reservations for the PAST PERFECT benefit for The LGBT National Help Center can be made online at:


All Tickets are $20.  Please book early for there is limited seating for this event.

Manhattan Repertory Theatre is located at 17-19 West 45th St. (between 5th and 6th Aves) on the Third Floor.
For more information: www.manhattanrep.com

​Living Room Theater New Play Incubator: Immigration

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Living Room Theater is seeking playwrights to develop plays on the theme “Immigration” for its New Play Incubator.  In the course of 3 weeks, the playwrights individually will create a 10 minute play related to immigration. Each group will culminate in a staged reading for the public. Actors and director will be provided for the reading.

There is no fee to submit or to participate. Playwrights that have participated in the previous incubator are not eligible to apply at this time. Playwrights must be able to attend all meetings. Please do not submit if you cannot make all the meetings. All meetings/rehearsals/readings will be held in Manhattan. Non-New York based playwrights may apply but must be able to travel to the meetings/reading. No travel stipend is provided.

02/04/18 Sun from 1-3pm
02/11/18 Sat  from 1-4pm (First draft due)
02/17/18 Sat from 1-4pm
3/3/18 Sat from 6-10pm Staged reading at the National Opera Center

Please submit a resume, a 10 minute play, and a short paragraph in the email why you would be interested in writing about the theme “Immigration” to lvtnewplays@gmail.com Only selected finalists will be asked to interview the week of 01/22/17.

Submission deadline is January 20, 2018.

Past playwrights include: Nina Ki, Kareem Ayas, Joseph Zaydon, Jue Yang, SofĂ­a Weitz, Olivia Reevell, Ran Xia, Xavier Toby, Kendra Augustin, Alex Rubin, Adam Seidel, Tidtaya Sinutoke, Cayenne Douglass, Corbin Went, Lora Danley, J.Thalia Cunningham and Bingcong Zhu

Living Room Theater has been producing and developing new plays in New York City since 2010. Our mainstage productions include Thicker than Water, The Ephemeral Lightness of Dreams, The Procedure, Pretty Little Mouth, 29x/y, Slam Team, Lola and the Planet of Glorious Diversity. Work we have developed through our Writers’ Circle and other readings include Micro Shrimp, Lost at Sea, Flappers In Chains, Frank, The C Word, For Our Own, Apples from Eve, and An Orchid In Winter.

Monday, January 15, 2018

The 16th Annual Fresh Fruit Festival of LGBTQ Arts

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Deadline: Monday January 29th, 2018 - Regular Deadline - No Submission Fee!

Monday February 26th, 2018 - LATE Submissions Deadline - $35 Late Reading Fee.

The 16th Annual Fresh Fruit Festival of LGBTQ Arts, held July 9 through 22 at The WILD Project and other Manhattan venues

Categories: Full length plays; One-Act Plays; Choreographed Dance pieces; Thematic new Solo Shows, comedic or dramatic; Musicals; Opera; Cabaret; Unimaginable . . . ? -any kind of performance art featuring LGBTQ characters or themes.

The CREATIVITY is yours; the OVERHEAD is ours. And thanks to the generosity of New York City’s Department of Cultural Affairs and the New York City Council there are no required application fees or participation fees, and all productions receive a box office share! We provide:
  • ADA and AEA approved performance venues
  • AEA approved venue insurance
  • Technical, Booth, & Front-of-house Staff
  • Repertory Lighting Plot & Sound system, with Video available
  • On-line, real-time ticketing service with audit trail
  • Glossy, full-color Festival brochures
  • Networking events & Marketing assistance for all shows
  • Optional co-production plans* for higher box-office shares
  • Deadline:  Monday, January 29th.
  • Late Submission Deadline:  Monday, February 26th. ($35 Late Reading-Fee due)
Click on the APPLY button below to go to the full Application Form.

The Social Club of Brooklyn seeks plays

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Darlings, thank you so much for joining us!
The Social Club of Brooklyn is calling on all playwrights and storytellers, both in our NYC community and beyond, to submit their shows for a chance to have it produced as part of our opening season starting in Spring 2018! We are open to all material, and will be reading through each piece we get.

All submissions should be sent to thesocialclubofficial@gmail.com.

Please include:

  • A short paragraph introducing yourself and who you are as an artist plus a two sentence or less summary of your play.
  • Your play in PDF format, please include a title page with your name
  • The word "SOCIALITE" somewhere in the subject of the email

Submissions end at 11:59pm on Friday, January 19th.

Nylon Fusion Theatre Company - Can you HEAR Me?

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Nylon Fusion Theatre Company is currently accepting submissions of new works for future projects.

If you are submitting to:
1- Our short play festival “This Round’s On Us” (about 10 minutes) *
2- The Political Play series (Full Length about 90 min) Note: Submissions do not have to be about Politics per se, but must be about  topics that are socially and/or culturally significant.
3- The TV-style project (Episodic sitcom sample script- 20-30 pages) for **The New Situation Company. We are interested in writers residing in New York, as the team will be meeting frequently during script development. If you do not live in the New York area but would like us to consider your work, feel free to send in your sample script, as we would like to feature guest writers in the project as well.

This Round’s On Us: The - Making Sense - Festival
SUBMISSION DEADLINES (subject to change)
Can You HEAR Me?  - January 26, 2018 
Can You SEE Me? - April 1st, 2018
Can you TOUCH Me? July 8th, 2018

Technological advances have always been a part of life from the wheel, loom, and engine to the computer, internet and now virtual reality.  Most of these we can say with certainty aided us in our lives and helped make the world a better place.  But with the increased reliance on (and use of) technology, have we lost a bit of what makes us human and binds us together?  For our 2018 season, we will focus on the human sensory experience in any and all interpretations and perspectives.  We look forward to your submissions.

To be considered This Round's On Us please submit/email the following: A cover letter, brief synopsis, resume and full script to nylonsubmissions@gmail.com Please be specific as to which project you are submitting to. Write on the SUBJECT LINE For example: This Round’s On Us: Can You Hear Me? and your name.

NOTE:-- all chosen plays are produced (including casting) by Nylon Fusion Theatre Company.
Deadlines for “Political Play Series”
To be considered please submit/email the following: A cover letter, brief synopsis, resume and full script to nylonLIT@gmail.com
Subject Line: Name of Play and Playwright.

We will contact you if your work matches what we’re looking for.
Thank you!

Nylon Fusion Theatre Company

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Sound Bites seeks 10-minute musicals

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SOUND BITES is an annual musical theatre festival which showcases ten 10-minute musicals or musical excerpts in one evening.  Do you have a 10-minute musical or 10-minute musical stand-alone excerpt of a full-scale musical?  Any 10-minute piece that can be performed and includes music can qualify! The Fifth Annual Sound Bites 5.0 Festival of little musicals is perfect for you.  SOUND BITES offers a unique opportunity for talented writers, composers, and lyricists to showcase their work in front of audiences and industry professionals.  Through an open submission process, Theatre Now New York will select the ten best 10-minute musicals or musical stand-alone excerpts which will then be presented in New York City in the Spring of 2018.

Each musical will compete for festival awards and for possible inclusion in future new works development programming with Theatre Now New York.  SOUND BITES gives an exhilarating opportunity for artists of all theatrical disciplines at any point in their careers in getting their work seen and possibly developed further or even produced.

  • Theatre Now New York (TNNY) will ONLY be accepting online submissions.
  • The submissions will be accepted beginning  SEPTEMBER 1, 2017 until FEBRUARY 1, 2018 at Midnight -- Any request for an extension must be received before the February deadline at soundbites@tnny.org and approval is not guaranteed.
  • There are NO FEES to submit and NO participation FEES if your show is accepted.
  • Please feel free to contact us at soundbites@tnny.org with any questions.
  • There is no limit to the number of musicals that an individual may submit, but each musical must be submitted separately.
  • Scripts must be submitted in Word or PDF format and must have a cover page with the project name, names of all members of the creative team and contact information of one primary contact person. Music file(s) of song(s) should be uploaded at the time of submission. Please also upload bios of all creative team members and a production history of the piece submitted, if any.  Finally, a letter from a theatre professional recommending your work must also accompany your submission.
  • Ten finalists will be chosen to present their musicals.
  • Each entry must be no more than 10 minutes.  It can be either a stand-alone musical or an excerpt from a larger full-scale musical or another performance piece that includes music.  If it is an excerpt, the excerpt is strongly encouraged to have a beginning, middle, and end and able to stand on its own.
  • The top ten finalists will need to be hands on responsible for producing their own musical with the TNNY staff regardless of whether they live in NYC or not. 
  • Each musical finalist will be responsible for direction and casting of their own piece.  TNNY will help in casting and securing a director if needed.
  • TNNY will work with you on your production helping you throughout the process. TNNY will provide up to 20 hours of rehearsal time 2 weeks prior to SOUND BITES. Any additional or prior rehearsals needed will be your responsibility. TNNY will provide the venue and will run the final rehearsal run-thru of all the pieces and the tech rehearsal on the day of the performance.  TNNY will also provide assorted stage cubes, stage chairs and electric keyboard. Your team, your director & cast will be responsible for costuming & providing props and any simple scenic elements needed for your show. Your team is responsible for any and all expenses not provided by TNNY as listed here.
  • All actors, dancers, and singers must be off book.
  • TNNY handles publicity, promotion and ticket sales.
  • Performance dates will be in the SPRING of 2018.  Based on venue availability we expect the performance date to be Memorial Day, Monday May 28, 2018, subject to change
  • If you have other questions please look at our F.A.Q. page first.  Please submit any other specific questions not covered to soundbites@tnny.org.
  • Click SUBMIT when you are ready to submit your 10-minute musical. 

Sixth Theatre Brut Short-Play Festival

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New Jersey Repertory Company invites playwrights to submit plays for its Sixth Theatre Brut Short-Play Festival. The theme is “WHEN THE CIRCUS COMES TO TOWN".

Plays can be dramatic, political, comedic, musical, monologue, or whatever sparks your interest. Although the theme is specified, we are not prescriptive with regard to style, and how you interpret the theme is the province of each playwright. Keep in mind that Theatre Brut seeks to foster “the creative impulse unfettered by social and artistic convention” so let your imagination soar and be adventurous. If you have ever aspired to "experiment" or stretch the boundaries of theater, this is the time to do so. Prior festivals have received 300-450 submissions and approximately 25 plays are chosen for each event. There is no compensation and playwrights retain all copyright of their works. Performances will be September 21 - 30, 2018 at NJ Rep - West End Arts, Long Branch, NJ and will be supplemented by other arts events including live music, poetry readings, an art show and photography exhibit.

Submitted works must adhere to the following guidelines:
• Must be previously unpublished.
• Although previously unproduced work is preferred, you may submit plays that have had no more than one professional production, as long as it was not produced in New Jersey or New York City.
• Must be 10-15 minutes in length.
• Cast should not exceed 4 actors, including any musicians.
• No doubling - one actor cannot play more than one role.
• The stage is small so set requirements must be simple, and prop requirements modest.
• No set or costume changes, please.
• No consumables other than liquids.
• No nudity.
• Only one submission per playwright.

The deadline for submissions is March 15, 2018.

How to Apply:

SUBMISSIONS: Should be emailed to njrep@njrep.org. Make sure you include:
• An attachment of the full script in word or PDF.
• A brief synopsis.
• A character breakdown.
• Playwright bio.
• Playwright address, phone number, and email.

In the subject line please put “Theatre Brut submission”. If your play does not follow these guidelines or does not include the submission materials, it will not be considered. The deadline for submissions is March 15, 2018. Please feel free to forward this request to interested parties. Thank you.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

TELLING TRIFLES, a festival inspired by Susan Glaspell

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In order to honor this auspicious woman, Hunger & Thirst will present TELLING TRIFLES, a festival inspired by Susan Glaspell, American drama’s best-kept secret.  The cornerstone of the festival will be performances of Glaspell’s most recognized work, Trifles (featuring artistic associates Natalie Hegg and Emily Kitchens, directed by artistic director Patricia Lynn).

Along with Trifles performances, Hunger & Thirst is excited to announce that we will be hosting a series of readings, workshops, and/or performances of new short works inspired by Trifles or Susan Glaspell’s life, all of which will be written by current female playwrights and directed by female directors. We feel the best way to honor such a pioneering female theatre artist like Susan Glaspell is to give voice to our current female theatre artists.

If you are a female or female-identifying writer who wishes to submit a piece for us, please view the PDF below for a list of guidelines and submission information. Deadline for submissions is January 15, 2018. 

If you are a female or female-identifying director who wishes to be involved, please submit a resume to hungerandthirstglaspell@gmail.com  by January 15, 2018. You will be contacted if we wish to interview you.

​If you have any questions about the festival, please contact us at: hungerandthirstglaspell@gmail.com


  • SUBMISSION DEADLINE IS JANUARY 15, 2018 AT 5:00PM EST. No submissions received after that time will be considered. You will be notified by early February if we would like to invite you to participate.
  • All submissions should be sent to hungerandthirstglaspell@gmail.com as a PDF.
  • Presentations/performances would take place April 4-14, 2018 at the West End Theatre on the Upper West Side. Rehearsals would take place in mid/late March and scheduled based on artist availability. Playwrights are welcome to be as involved as they wish in the rehearsal/workshop process.
  • Works will be considered to be presented as a reading, workshop, and/or full performance within the festival. Each work will receive a minimum of 10 hours of rehearsal and have at least one presentation with an invited audience
  • Playwrights may submit multiple submissions, but in order to involve as many artists as possible, only one will be selected.
  • If selected, Hunger & Thirst will take care providing the needed artists (actors, director, designers if need be), necessary materials (scripts, any needed design elements, etc), booking and scheduling rehearsal space, and invite audiences for the event. No additional compensation is being offered at this time.


  • Playwright must be a female or female-identifying artist.
  • Shorts or one-acts are preferred, but will consider any full-lengths you may wish to submit. Please note that full-lengths would not be considered for a full performance.
  • All works must fulfill at least one of the following of the criteria
  • Are clearly inspired by the themes and relationships in Trifles
  • PDF available here: http://www.english.unt.edu/~simpkins/Trifles.pdf
  • Clearly honor or relate to Susan Glaspell’s life

Link to biography written by the International Susan Glaspell Society: http://blogs.shu.edu/glaspellsociety/about-susan-glaspell/

Honor Hunger & Thirst’s mission to bring classic stories to modern audiences. Our definition of a classic story is one that has timeless themes and universal emotional resonance and relevance. Learn more about our mission by visiting www.hungerandthirsttheatre.com

Looking for another prompt to get you started? Feel free to use any of our favorite lines of text from Trifles as a launching point!

  • "I know how things can be--for women...we live close together and we live far apart. We all go through the same things--it's all just a different kind of same thing."
  • "I never liked this place. Maybe because it's down in a hollow and you don't see the road...it's a lonesome place and always was."
  • "She was kind of like a bird herself--real sweet and pretty, but kind of timid and--fluttery."
  • "Wright wouldn't like the bird--a thing that sang. She used to sing. He killed that, too."

Silver Spring Stage is seeking original one-act scripts

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Silver Spring Stage is seeking original one-act scripts for its upcoming annual One-Act Festival.  The Festival will run for two or three weekends, beginning mid-August 2018.

Silver Spring Stage will award Playwrights’ Prizes at the conclusion of the Festival.  Prizes will be $150 for Best One-Act Play and $100 for One-Act Runner-Up.  All plays presented as part of the Festival will be eligible for prizes.

Submission requirements:

  • All submissions must be emailed in Word or .PDF format to oneacts2018@ssstage.org.  Hard copies will not be accepted and will not be returned.
  • Scripts must be submitted blind - all mentions of the author’s name or contact information must be removed from the script. Any scripts that do not meet this requirement will not be considered.
  • Please include the author’s name and contact information including email address, mailing address and phone number in the body of the email.
  • All scripts must be submitted in standard professional play format.
  • There is no minimum length, but plays may not exceed 50 pages.
  • Scripts must be original and unpublished, but may have been previously performed.
  • Playwrights may submit no more than two scripts.
  • Plays that have previously been submitted to Silver Spring Stage may not be submitted again.
  • All submissions must be received by January 31, 2018.
  • Plays will be selected based on artistic merit, technical and casting requirements, adherence to submission rules, length, and originality.  Selected playwrights will be notified by April 1, 2018.

Silver Spring Stage is an all-volunteer, non-profit community theater located in Silver Spring, Maryland. We offer the best of what you like about theater – an intimate space, top-quality productions of plays that are smart and challenging and affordable prices.

Questions?  Email us at oneacts2018@ssstage.org.

Attic's Christmas Playwriting Contest & Festival

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Attic Productions announces its First Annual Christmas Playwriting Festival. Attic will accept original, unpublished one-act plays to be considered for productions as part of the Christmas Playwriting Festival tentatively scheduled for November 17, 2018. Following are the guidelines for submission.
1. There is no charge for playwrights to submit their scripts.
2. Submissions must be received between November 18, 2017 and February 28th, 2018.
3. Playwrights are limited to one play per festival per year.
4. Only One-Act plays with a Christmas or Holiday theme, no longer than 30 minutes run-time will be considered for this festival.
5. Plays will be submitted by email as a pdf file to atticproductions@ntelos.net with the subject line “Christmas Festival Submission.” In addition, submissions will include:
a. A separate pdf including Title Page with Name of the Playwright and contact information. This will be a blind submission contest, do not include playwright’s name and contact information in the script pdf.
b. Original, Unpublished One-Act script of no longer than 30 minutes run-time in length.
c. Cast List of Characters
d. A Brief Synopsis
e. Numbered Pages
f. Attic Productions is a family friendly community theatre. Scripts should NOT include foul language, sexually explicit or gratuitously violent scenes or language.
6. All production and publication rights remain the property of the playwright.
7. Attic Productions shall have the right to produce selected scripts without payment of royalties.
8. Production will be at the discretion of Attic Productions.
9. All submissions must be original and unpublished.
10. Scripts will be judged by committee on concept, dramatic action, characterization, cast size, and dialogue. Technical requirements will be noted. As the plays selected will be part of an evening of several one-act plays, submissions should not be overly reliant on elaborate sets or technical elements.
11. Playwrights will be notified of the results by April 30, 2018.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Paragon Journal submission guidelines

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We want to read your play blind, so make sure that you do not include your name on the work or file name, but please make sure to include the title of your play on the first page.
We are not going to reject your play over a few spelling mistakes, but we want you to be sure of what you are writing. If you have any questions on whether or not something will work in your play, please feel free to contact us.

We would only like one play or play excerpt submission per submitter. All manuscripts sent to us should be no longer than 15 pages. If your play is longer than 15 pages that is no problem. Just send us the best 15 pages from your play.

We also ask for this category that you include a brief synopsis (100-150) words that includes a character breakdown in your email.

Manhattan Rep's New Works Short Play Series

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Manhattan Rep's New Works Short Play Series is created to showcase your new work in the heart of the theatrical capital of the world:
Times Square!  And we make it easy.

We supply the technician for lights and sound. We supply the poster and the ticketing pages. We curate, organize and orchestrate the program with 3 or 4 other short plays... And we supply our beautiful new theatre space on West 45th St. right in the middle of Broadway and more!

Seeking never produced before 1 act plays 10 to 25 minutes
(cast, directed and ready to be performed Late January - March 2018)
for Manhattan Rep's
at the New Manhattan Repertory Theatre, 17-19 West 45th St.

Each 10 - 25 minute play will be given:
A tech rehearsal with our technician to run your sound and lights,
a full dress rehearsal with the other plays participating,
a minimum of 2 performances, (even more if your show is selling well), at the brand new Manhattan Repertory Theatre on 45th St. in Midtown Manhattan!

To submit your 10 - 25 minute play production please email:
The complete script of the play as a .pdf,
a synopsis of the play,
the character breakdown,
the set and lighting requirements,
the play's history (readings etc etc.)
your mailing address, and a creative team leader contact email address to:
manhattanrep@yahoo.com by January 31, 2017.

Please put “NEW WORKS PLAY SERIES” in the subject heading.

We will contact you within a week, if not sooner, as to your acceptance.
Plays that we love will be accepted on a First-Come First-Served basis.
The earlier you submit the better chances you have of being accepted for we may end submissions before January 31, 2017, if we fill up all available performance slots.

There is no submission fee.
Once accepted, there is a $40 participation fee.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Sundog Theatre is seeking one-act plays

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*Deadline Extended Until January 15, 2018*

Sundog Theatre is seeking one-act plays for  "Scenes from the Staten Island Ferry 2018"

This is Sundog Theatre's 16th annual presentation of new, original, short one-act plays about our favorite boats that take us from Staten Island to Manhattan and back
--the Staten Island Ferries.


--Submit original plays not previously produced or published, with a signed note affirming that.

--Plays should be at least 15 minutes long (max 25) and should be set on the Staten Island Ferry.

--Plays should be contemporary, involve 2-3 characters and require no special set pieces other than benches or railings found on the Ferry, limited and easily accessible props, costumes, and no special sound or lighting requirements.

NOTE: This year, please incorporate a science fiction and/or supernatural element.

--Avoid overt and unnecessary sexual/violence/language since we cater to a broad audience.

No musicals or long monologues since plays are memorized by actors in a short time.

--As in life, a little humor is good.

Remuneration: The six authors whose plays are chosen will receive $100 each and their plays presented five dates: April 14, 15, 20, 21, 22, 2018 in Staten Island.


--Please send two copies, bound or stapled, blind submission
(removable cover page with title, author, and contacts) to
Sundog Theatre, "Scenes 2018", PO Box 183, Staten Island, NY 10301.

For "blind submission" requirements: please do NOT put your name on each page.

Do include the title of your play on each page.

--Include a brief synopsis and 70-word playwright bio.

--No electronic submissions.

--Questions: ferry@sundogtheatre.org. Susan Fenley, Producer

--There is no fee for submission

Notification: Playwrights of selected plays will be contacted directly and their names listed on Sundog's website early 2018.

Please do not contact Sundog to see whether or not we are using your play.

Some possible topics to get your creative juices flowing (do not limit to these):
  • Space travel
  • Time travel
  • Superhuman
  • Apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic
  • Fantasy 
  • Supernatural Fiction 
  • Superhero Fiction 
  • Ghost Stories 
  • Spirits 
  • Seances 
  • Past Life Stories

Online Playwriting Classes at Primary Stages ESPA

Primary Stages ESPA offers online classes as an extension of our time-tested writing curriculum! Our online classes help you create or polish a draft of your new play through weekly assignments and written lectures, providing the necessary structure and deadlines to those outside the New York area or with unpredictable schedules.

This 10-week online class will guide you through the development of your first draft, providing concrete deadlines and constructive feedback that will encourage you to get your ideas on the page.
Instructor: Kara Lee Corthron (Writer, AliceGraceAnon at New Georges)
Begins February 20

As soon as you finish your last line of dialogue, the need for rewrites begins. This 10-week online class will guide you through the process of rewriting your play into a stronger draft.
Instructor: Caridad Svich (Writer, 2012 OBIE Winner for Lifetime Achievement)
Begins February 26

Our award-winning faculty, comprised of working professionals in the field, provides practical skills and expert guidance in a collaborative community atmosphere.

Primary Stages ESPA provides students easy and convenient payment plans to break up tuition. For more information, call 212.840.9705 x215 or email espa@primarystages.org.

2018-19 Woodward/Newman Drama Award

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The fee will be waived for Dramatist Guild members with an enclosed photocopy of a membership card.

The BPP is accepting submissions for the 2018-19 Woodward/Newman Drama Award. Submissions must be postmarked by March 1, 2018. The top 10 finalists will be announced at the end of May with the winner announced in June 2018.

"Full-length" plays will have a complete running time of between 1 hour 15 minutes (75 minutes) to 2 hours 15 minutes (135 minutes).

Plays submitted must be unpublished at the time of submission. Plays that have received developmental readings, workshop productions, or productions at small theatre companies are acceptable. No scripts with previous productions at major regional theaters will be accepted. Once entered, subsequent activity does not change the acceptability of the script.

Each submission must include a synopsis (1 page or less) including the cast size. A separate page should include a brief bio of the playwright, and production/development history if applicable.

Each submission must include a cover letter with contact information and a $10.00 reader fee. Agent submissions require no fee. The fee will be waived for Dramatist Guild members with an enclosed photocopy of a membership card. The BPP only accepts U.S. checks or money orders (Make check payable to "BPP"). No international checks or money orders will be accepted. If submitting internationally or if you want to avoid paying by check, pay online with your credit card here:
 Pay Reader Fee  
Make sure to note with your submission that you have paid the reader fee online.

It is preferable for musicals to include a demo CD. The complete score is not necessary but may be included. All plays are read by BPP's literary personnel led by and including the Literary Manager and Artistic Director.

We do not accept e-mail submissions. Scripts will not be returned. Blind submissions are not necessary. Please include all contact information. Plays submitted in previous years will be accepted.

The BPP reserves the right not to name a winner and/or name a winner but not commit to a reading or production.
Send to:
Bloomington Playwrights Project
107 W. 9th Street
Bloomington, IN 47404

For further information, write BPP, Attn: Literary Manager, 107 W. 9th Street, Bloomington, IN 47404. For faster replies, please e-mail us at literarymanager@newplays.org

International Radio Playwriting Competition 2018

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Would you like to win £2,200 sterling, a trip to London and have your play broadcast across the world on BBC World Service?

If so, the 2018 International Radio Playwriting Competition is now open to entries!

There are three prizes to be won.

Two first prizes – for the best radio plays by writers with either English as their first language or English as their second language. Both winners’ plays will be broadcast on BBC World Service.

In addition, there’s the Georgi Markov prize - for the most promising script, this prize gives the winner a chance to come to London for two weeks and work alongside BBC Radio Drama and with BBC World Service journalists.

Who can enter?

Anyone aged 18 or over and living outside the UK – whether you’re an established writer, completely new or anywhere in between.

How to enter

The competition is open from 3 October 2017 to 31 January 2018.

The competition is open to new and established writers, provided they live outside the UK and are 18 or over.

In order to enter you need to send:

• A script for a 53 minute radio play with up to 6 central characters - we are unable to return these, so make sure you keep a copy

• A synopsis which outlines your play is no longer than 400 words

• A completed entry form (here), attached to your play and synopsis.

Or you can complete and submit your entry online (here) by uploading your play and synopsis along with your personal details.

We are very happy to run this year’s competition in partnership with the British Council, and our co-producers, The Open University, which has allowed us to offer these three prizes.

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