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Friday, November 17, 2017

Manhattan Rep seeks play productions

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Seeking new, original, never produced before, fully produced PLAYS 45 to 90 minutes
(cast, directed and ready to be performed in JAN./FEB/MARCH 2018)
for Manhattan Rep's
at the New Manhattan Repertory Theatre, 17-19 West 45th St.
January - March, 2018

Each 45 - 90 minute play will be given:
3 performances in our beautiful new theatre on West 45th St, a block and a half from Times Square.
5 hours of DRESS/TECH time in the theatre - (5 pm to 10 pm on a weekday evening.)
An option to rent the theatre for rehearsal at a discounted rate.
Production consultation and support.
Ticket page for reservations.
House staff and more.

We make it easy to present your 45 to 90 minute play in the heart of the theatrical center of the World  - TIMES SQUARE. Manhattan Rep is a 52 seat theatre with stock furniture, a private dressing room, 22 lighting instruments and a great sound system. Easily accessible from almost all of the major subway and bus lines, only 2 and a half blocks from Grand Central,  the new Manhattan Repertory Theatre on West 45th St. is located a great block with fantastic restaurants and bars in MIDTOWN Manhattan! The perfect place to debut your new play!

Don't debut your play somewhere way down lost in a dusty old theatre in the East Village or way over West in a cluttered theatre in the middle of a housing community.  Bring your play to TIMES SQUARE!  Meet your friends and family after the show at a great bar or restaurant and have the time of your life bring your play to life!

To submit your 45 - 90 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 December 31, 2017

Please put “TIMES SQUARE CELEBRATION” 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 December 31, 2017, if we fill up all available performance slots.  We are only accepting 12 plays for this Theatrical Celebration!

There is no submission fee.

Once accepted, there is a $225 participation fee.


Fast & Furious Playwright Festival

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Stage Left Theater in Spokane, Washington is seeking new one minute plays for our "Fast & Furious Playwright Festival" to be performed as staged readings on February 2, 3, 4, 2018 - Free to Submit.

* One minute play

* One Script per Playwright - make it your best!

*All Genres welcome (no musicals)

*Playwrights welcome from anywhere, but play must be in English

*Standard Play format preferred

*There are no restriction on content, but our audiences prefer more PG-13 fare

*Cast size, no restrictions though we prefer more than one if possible

*Deadline: November 30, 2017
Notification: If selected - by January 15, 2018

Submission Procedure:

1. Send the full script with your contact information and character breakdown. Include all the information in one document. The document should be labeled the play's name _ your last name (i.e. Hamlet_Shakespeare)

2. Email your script as a Microsoft Word document or PDF to tiajowooley@spokanestageleft.org. The subject line should include FAST and the title of the play.

3. Include your name and email address and a short one sentence bio in the body of your email that will be used in the playbill if your play is selected.

Fee: None. No payment to writers as this is an all-volunteer event.

Stage Left Theater is a non-profit 501(c)3 community theater. You can read about the "Fast & Furious Playwright Festival" on our website at www.SpokaneStageLeft.org or email questions to Stage Left Managing Director Tia Wooley at tiajowooley@spokanestageleft.org

Thank you. We look forward to reading your work. Please share this, forward it, let any groups or friends who may be interested know about it!

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Blue Pearl Theatrics seeks 10-minute plays

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Submission Requirements

 We are currently seeking submissions for unproduced, one act, original plays by living writers.
We are seeking a variety of genres and interesting stories of all kinds.

Stories with LGBT characters are welcome!

-no musicals-
There is no monetary compensation. A video reel of your play will be provided.

If you would like your play to be considered, please send an email with the subject line "PLAY SUBMISSION" with the following:

• a copy of your script in .PDF or Word format
• a brief synopsis of your play
• a short bio and/or resume
• contact information

The play should be around ten-minutes in length.

The play must have no more than four characters.

The play must be unpublished and unproduced at the time of submission. Please do not send your play if it has been produced.

For immediate consideration email: info@bluepearltheatrics.com

Call for Submissions: Pride Films & Plays Seeks Short Plays for History Lezons Festival

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We already observe Women's History Month.

Now it's time to celebrate Women-Loving-Women's History Month.

Pride Films & Plays is seeking short plays about women who refine, define, and redefine the expression "out with the old."

Whether you're spotlighting women once considered yester-gay's news or reminiscing of days gone bi, we want to pay homage to the formidable fortitude of our foremothers, be they factual figures in history or fictional figures of your own creation.

As long as your play explores some aspect of women-loving-women's history, it can be set in any historical time period and can be in any genre.

The "History Lezons" festival of short plays will be curated by Allison L. Fradkin, Literary Coordinator of Pride Films & Plays' LezPlay Contest, and Iris Sowlat, director/producer and member of our LezPlay InQbator program.

Performances will take place at Pride Arts Center in Chicago the first two weeks of March 2018.


  • Submissions are open to playwrights who identify as women.
  • Plays can be up to 10 pages and include up to 5 characters.
  • Playwrights may submit 2 scripts for consideration.
  • Scripts that have been previously produced will be accepted, but they must have been produced outside of Chicago.
  • To be on the write side of history, send your scripts in PDF format to pridewomen@gmail.com with "History Lezons" in the subject line.
  • The deadline for submissions is December 15, 2017.
  • Playwrights will be notified of our selections by January 1.

To learn more about Pride Films & Plays, please visit pridefilmsandplays.com.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Seeking non-binary monologues for non-binary actors

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Seeking non-binary monologues for non-binary actors—they don’t have to be from a full-length play, and playwrights are encouraged to write a stand-alone monologue specifically for the site.

Please send to nonbinarymonologues@gmail.com
1) Character name (and pronouns, if desired.)
2) Text of monologue - either as an attachment in MS Word or pasted into the body of the email
3) Name of playwright.
4) Context about the play and where the monologue falls if it’s from a full length play.
5) Email or website that folks can use to contact the playwright if they have questions/suggested edits/would like info on how to produce the play.

No deadline - rolling submissions posted within 7 - 10 days of receipt.


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Submissions are now open for the 2018 Republican Theater Festival.

We are looking for new plays (full length, one act, and 10-minute) that present a conservative theme or message and do not stereotype or vilify conservative principles. While we are primarily seeking un-produced works, we will accept plays with a production history as long as they fit the vision of the festival.

We encourage you to read our About page, if you haven’t already, to get a clear understanding of what we’re hoping to achieve and why we’re producing this festival. To get an idea of the types of plays we’re looking for, read about the plays from the 2012 Republican Theater Festival.

Submissions will be accepted until January 31, 2018.

The Republican Theater Festival is seeking plays that dramatize conservative themes/idealogy/messages without stereotyping or vilifying conservatives or conservative beliefs. At the same time, we will not accept submissions with content that vilify liberal beliefs. We simply want to tell conservative stories truthfully. The RTF is an initiative to change how people listen and to provide a platform for conservative voices, characters, and messages, it is not meant to change how people vote.

All submissions must be 100% original content of the playwright(s). The Republican Theater Festival will provide actors, directors, and basic sets/props for the plays selected for the 2018 festival. Playwrights will receive complimentary tickets to the festival, extensive promotion of their work, and will be invited to participate in discussions and panels during the festival.

If you receive an error that the file is too large when uploading your script or supporting documents, please submit the form and then email the documents to colt@republicantheaterfestival.com.

 Submission form


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The Theater Project’s annual short play competition awards the winner for Best Play a $500 prize. The contest is open to adult playwrights in the New Jersey and New York metropolitan area. There is no fee to submit your play for consideration. Performances will be in February, 2018.

Deadline for submissions are November 17, 2017.
All performances will be at The Burgdorff Center for the Performing Arts in Maplewood, NJ in February 2018

Plays can be either dramas or comedies but must be no more than 15 minutes running time. This restriction is absolute and plays that exceed 15 minutes will not be considered. Sets, lighting and sound requirements must be simple. No elaborate props or effects. Playwrights invited to participate must have plays that are ready-to-perform and supply their own actors and directors.

​Those selected for participation will be charged a $150 fee to cover expenses (venue, stage manager, lighting/sound director).

Electronic submissions only. No fee to submit.

E-mail your short play to:


Include in the Subject line: “Submission + The Title of Your Play.”

Email submissions must contain this sentence in the body of the email:

“If my play is accepted and I choose to take part in the festival, I understand that I will be responsible for the casting and rehearsal of my play and that I will be charged a $150 participation fee.”

Shakespeare's New Contemporaries

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We're looking for remarkable playwrights from all walks of life. Do you have a great play that vibes off of Shakespeare's canon? Can you write a great play to be a companion piece to one of Shakespeare's plays? We want to see it.

Is your play ready to go? For the first round, we're looking for submissions that vibe off of The Merry Wives of Windsor; Henry IV, Part 1; The Comedy of Errors; or The Winter’s Tale.

The first two productions will be mounted during our 2018/19 Artistic Year. The first, in the 2019 Actors’ Renaissance Season (January - early-April) will accompany either The Merry Wives of Windsor or Henry IV, Part 1. The second, during the 2019 Spring Season (mid-April - mid-June) will accompany either The Comedy of Errors or The Winter's Tale. ​​

Submissions are accepted on a rolling basis. However, to be considered for the first year, please submit by February 15, 2018. ​

The play should take advantage of and be producible using Shakespeare's Staging Conditions*:
  • Cast size 10 - 12
  • Universal lighting
  • Direct address
  • Character doubling and cross-gendered casting
  • 2(ish) hours
  • Minimal sets
  • All sound effects created in real time, unplugged, by the cast
Each winning playwright will receive a $25,000 cash prize, plus travel to and housing in Staunton, Virginia for the rehearsal period and opening of their production.


We will announce the next round of plays approximately 1.5 years before the deadline of each cycle. Check this site for updates or sign up for e-mail notifications.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

About Face Theatre is currently accepting submissions

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About Face Theatre is currently accepting submissions of new full-length plays for OUT FRONT: Babes On Stage, a showcase of readings of new and developmental works by LGBTQA women-identified playwrights.

Submissions for this series are open until December 31, 2017.

To Submit

Please send a PDF of your full script to us at literary@aboutfacetheatre.com with the subject line BABES ON STAGE-[Play title],[author name] (e.g. “BABES ON STAGE-A Raisin in the Sun, Lorraine Hansberry”), and title the pdf [PLAY TITLE][Author last name] (e.g. “A RAISIN IN THE SUN Hansberry.pdf”).

Accompanying your script, please attach a brief 1-to-2-paragraph bio, giving some of your own background as well as any production history for the play, and list any prior commitments you have in April or May of 2018

While PDF scripts are preferred, if absolutely necessary we will accept paper script submissions to 5252 N Broadway, 2nd floor, ATTN: Literary.

Any further questions can be directed to the literary office (literary@aboutfacetheatre.com)

We are still accepting submissions not related to Babes on Stage for future Out Front Series or Mainstage seasons. You may submit your play according to the following guidelines:

Query Submission – TITLE OF YOUR PLAY, Your Name (e.g. MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM, William Shakespeare)

In a single PDF document attached to your email, please include the following:

The title of your play, your name, and your contact information
One-page synopsis of your play including relevant information such as casting requirements, genre, plot, etc.
Production history, beginning with the year the play was written
List of upcoming productions
Short bio for yourself, and contact information for you and your agent (if applicable)
A ten page sample of the play that you think best represents the work as whole.  Should we be interested in your piece, we will contact you for the full text.
Please include your play title (without beginning articles such as a, an, or the) and your last name in the name of your PDF file (e.g. MidsummerNightsDreamSHAKESPEARE.pdf).

Additional information:

The best times to submit materials and/or submission inquiries are July through November in order to be considered for the following season. (i.e. July – November 2014 submissions will be considered for the 2015-2016 season).
In addition to the script or script sample, your submission should include a query letter, your contact information, brief synopsis, character breakdown, and any relevant production history.
Please do not call the Artistic Director, Andrew Volkoff.
Any further questions should also be directed to the Literary Office at literary@aboutfacetheatre.com

Night of Shorts

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B3, Bare Black Box Productions, of Phoenix, Arizona, seeks scripts for their Night of Shorts in May 2018.  These will be fully rehearsed shows.  Performance dates are May 11, 12, 18, and 19.  The audience will vote on their favorite play each night, and the winning scriptwriter will receive $50.

The subject matter is open, although preference will be given to experimental and progressive works. There should be minimal setting, prop, and costume requirements.

Entries should be 5-15 pages, including the title and cast page. The number of slots we will be filling depends on the length of the top contenders, but roughly an hour and a half of theater will be mounted.

One entry per playwright, please.

Previous productions are okay.

Please scrub your submission of your name and personal information. Include that information in the body of your email, along with the title of the play.

The format may be docx or pdf.

There is no fee to enter this contest.

Submissions must be received no later than11:59 PM, November 15, 2017.

Send submissions to: ilanab3productions@gmail.com.  If you have any questions, you may also ask Ilana at this address.

The Joust Theatre Company's Writers' Round Table

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The Joust Theatre Company is currently accepting applications for our Writers’ Round Table, a new developmental playwriting group. We are seeking playwrights to submit in-process, unproduced plays that reimagine and/or challenge systemic norms (political, societal, religious, etc.).

The Writers’ Round Table will meet 1-2 times per month over a 6 month period to exchange ideas and develop their plays. Each play will then receive 2 workshop performances produced by The Joust, to be presented in repertory with another workshop. If selected for the group, the Joust will provide you with:
  • Creative space to develop ideas, as well as rehearsal and performance space for the workshop performances.
  • Actors and a director.
  • 360 marketing for workshops.
  • A modest stipend.
To be considered, please send the following in PDF form to joustliterary@gmail.com by NOVEMBER 30th, 2017:

A Writing Resume

A Cover Letter that addresses the following:

Why you would like to be a part of the Writers’ Round Table.

How your proposed play reimagines or challenges systemic norms.

Any conflicts spanning more than four consecutive weeks in the 2018 calendar year.

A draft or sample of the play you would like to work on in the group.

A finished play that you feel best showcases your writing abilities.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Monday, November 13, 2017

Page-to-Stage Festival

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Wasatch Theatre Company is looking for playwrights to participate in their annual Page-to-Stage Festival. For this year’s Festival, playwrights will craft a new script through a series of workshops scheduled every few weeks starting in January and running through April, 2018. We are hoping to include five to seven playwrights.

Those interested should submit a representation of their work to wasatchtheatrecompany@gmail.com by November 15, 2017. Those chosen to participate will be notified by December 15, 2017.


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Submissions are now being accepted for Arizona Theatre Company’s (David
Ivers, Artistic Director; Billy Russo, Managing Director) 2018 National Latino Playwriting

The award is open to all Latino playwrights living in the United States, its
territories or Mexico. Scripts will be read and evaluated by a culturally diverse panel of
theatre artists. Finalists will be judged by ATC artistic staff and the winner will be
notified by Aug. 1, 2018.

Submission procedures:
• Submit a single script via U.S. mail.
Scripts must be postmarked by Nov. 15, 2017. Title page should include the
play’s title, author’s name and contact information including phone number,
mailing address and email.
• Include a cover letter of no more than one page describing the play’s
developmental history and how the play fits into the playwright’s broader career

Scripts may be in English, English and Spanish or only Spanish. Spanish language
and bi-lingual scripts must be accompanied by an English translation.

Plays must be unpublished, professionally unproduced and not currently under
option at the time of submission. Full-length and one-act plays on any subject will be
accepted. Minimum length is 50 pages.

The physical scripts become the property of Arizona Theatre Company and will
not be returned. Playwrights retain intellectual property rights and any rights to the play.

Manuscripts should be mailed to:
National Latino Playwriting Award
Attention: Elaine Romero, Playwright-in-Residence
Arizona Theatre Company
343 S. Scott Ave.
Tucson, Ave. 85701
For more information, contact Elaine Romero, ATC Playwright-in-Residence at
info@arizonatheatre.org. For more information about Arizona Theatre Company, visit

Playthings Theatre Seeking New Musical Works For PlayFresh 2018 Gala Concert

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The Playthings Theatre is a young theatre company devoted to bringing works of the LGBT community to the New York Stage.

On January 15, we will present PlayFresh 2018, Playthings’ annual gala concert introducing new works by LGBT writers or involving LGBT themes.

Seeking submissions of comic or dramatic solo, duet or group numbers and scenes for any gender or sexual preference with content that affects the LGBT community. Sheet music and/or demo recordings accepted; but if selected, providing full sheet music will be the writers’ responsibilit

Submission deadline: December 15, 2017 

Submit to Playthingstheatre@gmail.com

Sunday, November 12, 2017

6th Annual Take Ten Festival

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Between Us Productions is seeking ten minute plays for the 6th annual Take Ten Festival. 16 plays will compete for the titles of Best Play, Best Director, Best Actor, and Best Actress (actors will be categorized by their preferred gender identity). All winners will receive monetary prizes and the winner of best play will have a workshop of a longer play fully produced by the company.

The festival is in midtown Manhattan in May 2018 and is a great opportunity to show your work to a wider audience. Between Us Productions provides the performance space and general festival marketing, but this is a self producing festival. We are happy, however, to provide suggestions for producing your work on a budget (we have done it many times before). You will have 2 guaranteed performances, but can have up to four if you move on. Again, there are monetary prizes for all the winners and the winner of best play will have a workshop of a longer play fully produced by the company.

Please email all submissions by December 4, 2017.

For more information on the company, please visit our website at: http://betweenusproductions.wixsite.com/betweenusprod

The Premiere Play Festival seeks full-length plays

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Submissions due DEC 15 2017

From September 15, 2017 through December 15, 2017, Premiere Stages will accept submissions of unproduced plays written by playwrights affiliated with the greater metropolitan area. All plays submitted to the festival are evaluated by a panel of professional theatre producers, directors, dramaturgs, playwrights, and publishers. Four finalists are subsequently selected for public Equity readings in March 2018. Following the readings, one play is selected for an Equity production in the Premiere Stages 2018 Mainstage Season and receives an award of $2500. The runner-up receives a 29-hour staged reading and $1000. The two other finalists will each be awarded $750.

Premiere Stages is committed to supporting a diverse group of writers; playwrights of all backgrounds, ages, and experience levels are encouraged to apply.
  • Plays must be full-length and have a cast size of no more than eight.
  • Plays must be unpublished and unproduced (readings and workshops are okay).
  • Playwrights must have strong affiliations with the greater metropolitan area (New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and Delaware).
  • Musicals, adaptations (of existing plays or other sources), and solo shows will not be considered at this time.
  • Submissions are limited to one script per playwright.
  • Playwrights must be available for the development of their script (see schedule at right).
  • Submissions are accepted September 15, 2017 through 11:59 p.m. on December 15, 2017.
  • Submissions sent early in the submission window are strongly encouraged.
  • All plays must be submitted as a PDF via email to pfsubmit@kean.edu.
  • Hard copies will not be accepted.
Festival winner and runner-up are selected for expanded development

Equity 29-hour staged reading of runner-up at Premiere Stages.

Equity production (LOA referenced to LORT) of festival winner at Zella Fry Theatre

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Short Play Submissions Sought for Christmas Playwrights Bizarre

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Wimbledon based Attic Theatre Company (Beacons at the Park Theatre, Ivan Ilyich and Great Expectations pop up productions in Wimbledon Library) are seeking submissions for a Christmas scratch night as part of Bobblehat’s (http://www.wearebobblehat.co.uk) live advent calendar in Wimbledon this Christmas. The location is TBC but it will be an unexpected pop up space.

Plays should be no longer than 15 minutes (there is no minimum length) and should require no more than two actors (1m/1w). They should contain the idea of Christmas in someway. They should have minimal set and costume requirements though this doesn’t necessarily mean naturalism.

Entries are open to all writers, emerging and experienced, who would like the opportunity to have their work performed by two actors at this pop up theatre event and directed by Jonathan Humphreys our Artistic Director.

Winning entrants will receive £50.

The closing date for submissions is Friday 24th November. Submit to jonny@attictheatrecompany.com

ATHE Award for Excellence in Playwriting

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The Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) is pleased to announce the fourth year of the ATHE Award for Excellence in Playwriting. The award honors a new play marked by sophisticated and nuanced storytelling, with the potential to make a major artistic impact on contemporary theatre.
Plays must have been written during the two years preceding the upcoming national conference (August 2018) by playwrights engaged with an institution of higher education (be it student, faculty, artist in residence, guest artist, etc.) during that time period. Only full-length plays, in Samuel French Playwriting Format, may be nominated for this award. Self-nominations and nominations from ATHE members are permitted. Only one play may be submitted per playwright in any given year. The plays can be produced or unproduced, but must be unpublished.
Qualifying plays should be submitted to email:  aepsubmissions@gmail.com. No submission fees are required. The winning playwright is expected to attend the ATHE Conference and participate in a development workshop and staged reading of the play. The conference takes place August 1-5, 2018 in Boston, MA. The playwright will receive conference registration, four nights in the conference hotel, $500 towards travel expenses (reimbursement), and a one-year membership in the Dramatists Guild. Additionally, the winner will receive a plaque at the annual ATHE Awards Celebration and attend a reception. 

View a list of past awardees here

Submission Guidelines

  • Electronic submissions are required. Word, PDF, and Rich Text formats preferred.
  • Samuel French script formatting required.
  • Although we do permit the submission of musicals, the limitations of staff and resources will make it difficult for us to produce such material.
  • We do not accept screenplays.
  • Your play must not include material that you do not have permission to use.
  • Your play must not be previously published.
  • Previous production of your script is allowed 
  • Do not submit a play that is incomplete, unfinished, or a rough draft. Send us the entire completed play.
  • The ATHE Award for Excellence in Playwriting committee has no problem with you submitting your play to other competitions simultaneously.
  • Plays must be full-length. The rule of thumb is that plays under an hour are not full length. 
  • The screening for the award will be done by blind reading. Therefore we would request that names not be put on each page of the manuscript, but ONLY on the cover page. The readers for the award will not receive the cover page. 
  • Qualifying plays should be submitted to email:  aepsubmissions@gmail.com
Please include:
  • A Cover sheet with the name of the play, your name as you expect to see it on publicity material, and contact information.
  • A brief synopsis of the play
  • A rough casting breakdown (3M, 4W)
  • Brief descriptions of the characters
  • Pertinent production notes
Please submit here: aepsubmissions@gmail.com. For further information contact Charlene Donaghy at aepsubmissions@gmail.com or cdonaghy@unomaha.edu.
Deadline: November 12, 2017.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Life-sized Meme looking for a full length script

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Life-sized Meme productions is looking for a full length script (60-90 mins) for an upcoming production in March at the Phoenix Theatre in Minneapolis MN that will be performed in a 5 show run over one week.  LSM is a production house that endeavors to:

  • Bring relevant ideas and discussions to the community through entertaining plays
  • Connect local theater artists with the twin cities community
  • Produce plays at minimal cost in order to keep the ticket prices low
  • Share profits with artists and empower local artists to confidently express their talent

With those goals in mind we want to find a new script that meets the following three criteria:

  • Script has never been performed in twin cities before.
  • The script can be a comedy, drama, tragedy, mystery or a combination. 
  • Script length should be between 60 and 90 mins

The following three criteria will make our script ideal, but we will definitely consider scripts without the following criteria as well:

  • Our ideal script would be an adaptation of a famous well known play with creative adaptive take on it. (Please ensure that the original one is a royalty free work so that the writer owns the rights to adapt and perform)
  • Our ideal script will be one that delivers a message around currently relevant topics.
  • Our ideal script will have a cast size of less than 10 cast members.

The chosen script will be provided with a contract for the production and will be compensated with a guaranteed amount of $75, two free tickets to the play (for one of the shows) and credit in the program. Scripts will be accepted from authors outside of the Twin Cities!!

Please send a PDF copy of your script to lifesizedmeme@gmail.com no later than November 24th at 5pm CST.

While submitting please mention to what extent you are open/able to work/discuss with the director on any minor changes to the script during its production process.

Theatre InspiraTO's 13th Playwriting Contest

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The contest is now open. Deadline to submit: November 20, 2017
This year's creative challenge: All about her.
The theme "all about her" must be an integral part of the play.


The play must be a ten-minute play. The theme "all about her" must be an integral part of the play. The story can be a comedy, a drama, a parody, absurd or anything in between (in English only). We also accept musicals. The contest is open to anyone, in any part of the world, without geographic or age restrictions.

Please note: Just because one of the characters or all the characters are female does not necessarily make the theme “all about her”. Ensure that the play highlights a distinct female/feminine voice about the way she engages with the world or how she views the world.

How to submit

You must submit online (scroll to the bottom of the page) by November 20, 2017, 11:59 pm E.S.T. There are no fees. Once you submit you will be taken to a page confirming that we have received your submission. You may only submit one play.

The cover page should have the title of the play, the playwright's name and the list of characters. The pages should be numbered. The format should be easy to read. We accept previously produced plays (but not plays that have produced at InspiraTO before). The playwright must own the rights to the play up to June 17, 2018 (i.e. the script cannot be owned by a publisher).

We are particularly interested in scripts that aren't afraid to make bold choices: quality writing backed by imaginative staging.

What will happen

The plays will be selected by a committee from the Toronto theatre community. If selected, your play will be performed in Toronto, Canada from June 1 - June 16, 2018.

Between eighteen to twenty four, ten-minute plays will be selected and performed. 1st Prize: $500 CDN. Should your play be selected for inclusion in the festival, you are giving the non-exclusive right to Theatre InspiraTO to produce and perform the play in the 13th Annual InspiraTO Festival in Toronto (Canada's largest ten-minute play festival), in June 2018. The InspiraTO Festival will find the cast, crew and market your play. Authors retain copyright and full ownership of their plays.

Only those playwrights whose plays have been selected will be notified by January 1, 2018 (more likely by mid-December).

What does a good ten-minute play need?

A ten-minute play is distinct from a sketch, or a skit; it is a compact play, with a beginning, middle and an end. You need a character facing obstacles in pursuit of some specific goal. You need rising action, conflict, and a climactic moment and your play must tell a complete story.

Generally speaking, scripts (including the stage directions, character names and dialogue) that are over 1,900 words are more than ten minutes long on stage. This does not mean that all plays under 1,900 words are under ten minutes, so be wise: use Word Count and read the play out loud while timing the length (including all pauses). You don't want your hard work rejected because it was too long.

Get inspired. See your story come to life!

Thursday, November 9, 2017

M. T. Pockets Theatre 5th Annual One-Act Play Contest

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Winning entries will run in February 2018 One Act Play Festival


November 15, 2017: Deadline for submissions. 
​All entries MUST be submitted online.

December 18
Winning submissions announced

December 20-21, 2016
Auditions for all productions and casting

December 26, 2016
Cast Lists Posted

February 2018 - Specific Production Dates TBA Soon!

Sponsorship funding is sought to afford us the ability to make cash prizes to the top 2 productions in the festival.

Limit TWO entries per playwright.

Each entry must:

  • be unpublished, with 3 or less productions
  • (excluding readings, self-productions and/or contest productions);
  • require two to four (2 to 4) characters
  • be no more than 10 minutes in running time
  • require minimal props and costumes
  • excluding the title and cast pages, be no more than ten (10)
  • pages long.

Six to eight finalists will be chosen for production in our annual One-Act Play Festival to be held in 2018 (dates to be announced).

Winning playwrights agree to permit  M. T. Pockets Theatre to produce their play without compensation. Authors will retain copyright and full ownership of their plays.

Audience members will have the opportunity to vote for the favorite one act play at the festival.

Vermont Pride Theater at Chandler (VPT) requests submissions

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Vermont Pride Theater at Chandler (VPT) requests submissions for its eighth annual Summer Pride Festival, July 20-22 and 27-29, 2018 in the historic Chandler Center for the Arts, Randolph (VT).

We are seeking full-length scripts with strong LGBTQ content that present the issues and concerns of today's LGBTQ persons, especially those living in rural areas, in a positive way. Scripts should have a mid-sized ensemble, preferably all adults. Staging in a community-theater setting should be feasible. No musicals, please.

Plays that have been previously produced or published are welcome, and their performance history would be of interest. These should be e-mailed to VPT producer Sharon Rives <kenrives@gmail.com>, no later than January 1st.

For more information about the festival or VPT, feel free to contact Ms. Rives.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017


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The Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center, through a combination of conferences and residency programs, supports the work of scholars, artists, thought leaders, policymakers, and practitioners who share in the Foundation’s pioneering mission to “promote the well-being of humanity around the world.” The Center has a strong interest in proposals that align with The Rockefeller Foundation’s efforts to promote the well-being of humanity, particularly through issues that have a direct impact on the lives of poor and vulnerable populations around the world. These issues include but are not limited to health, economic opportunity, urban resilience, as well as food and agriculture.

The open application period for Academic Writing and Arts & Literary Arts Residencies begins October 1, 2017 with the deadline of December 1, 2017.

Little Festival of the Unexpected Submissions

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Submissions for the upcoming Little Festival of the Unexpected are accepted September 1st through December 31st for consideration the following May.

Only scripts and samples of full-length plays are considered for the Festival.

  • Literary agents may submit complete scripts on behalf of their clients.
  • Playwrights who do not have agents may submit 10-page dialogue samples for consideration. Dialogue samples must be accompanied by a synopsis, production history and character breakdown.
  • Plays are eligible for development at the Little Festival of the Unexpected only if they have not previously been professionally produced or workshopped with Equity actors. This restriction includes Actors Equity showcase and waiver productions. Plays that have had readings or non-AEA productions are still eligible.

Only one submission is accepted per playwright in a given year.
Submissions of 10-page samples (from playwrights) must be sent by U.S. Mail only – no e-mails, faxes, etc.

Portland Stage rarely produces scripts with more than 8 characters. When doubling occurs, a full character track breakdown should be included.

Submit by mail to:
Portland Stage Company
Attn: Literary Manager
P.O. Box 1458
Portland, ME 04104

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