We never post calls for submissions that require a submission fee. Learn more here.

Friday, May 31, 2013

TWISTED FAIRY TALES ~ LGBT

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The title says it all. Stories inspired by The Brothers Grimm, Aesop’s Fables, Mother Goose Tales, Hans Christian Anderson, Disney, etc. are welcome. Original fairy tale-esque submissions are also welcome. The more twisted, the better. We’re looking for entries that push boundaries beyond the obvious. Think beyond the “Prince Charming is secretly in love with The Knight in Shining Armor” or “wicked step-sisters played by drag queens” narratives. Think outside the tale!
  • When is the deadline?
All submissions are due by June 01, 2013
  • Where do I submit?
Please submit to: submissions@lctc-sf.org
  • How long should the play be?
Shorts/One-Acts; 10-30 minutes

If you have any questions, please send them to: submissions@lctc-sf.org

Website: www.leftcoasttheatreco.org
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Thursday, May 30, 2013

The Producers Club Short Play Contest for fall

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The Producers Club Short Play Contest for fall is back! This Contest is to encourage emerging writers and find original shows we can produce. There is no fee to submit your play to the contest. We select the best of 5 plays from the submissions we receive. We are in the middle of producing previous contest's five short plays. We have have directors like Richard Kline, Bob McAndrew and John J Bruno directing the plays. They are scheduled for July 21st, July 22nd and July 23rd at the Producers Club.

Once you are accepted, a $300 refundable deposit will be required. The deposit will be returned as long as your play sells 20 tickets in total to all three performances assigned to your show.

All plays selected will be given a three-performance run at the Producers Club on 44th Street and 9th Ave in Midtown Manhattan, NY.

Submission Rules
In order to submit a play, please send the following via email:
1. A 200- to 300-word synopsis of the play
2. The complete script in either a word document or PDF file
3. Your telephone number and home address
4. Your bio

Play Guidelines

Entries must be submitted by June 21st 2013.
All entries must the writer?s original work.
The entries should be between 10 and 15 minutes.
Maximum number of actors/actresses is 5 per entry.
The play will be produced with minimal set/props/costuming.
The judges will announce their selections on or about June 28th and the successful writers will be notified via email.
As soon as your play is accepted, you will be sent the festival guidelines. The refundable $300 deposit should be paid before the show rehearsals and will be refunded after the sales of the first 20 tickets; that means an average of 7 people per performance = 20 audience members in total to all three performances assigned. Each ticket will be $15.00 and will be admission to 5 short plays, that's a full evening of great theater for $15.00 for your friends and family.

Prizes
After all plays have had their three-performance run, the first place play will receive the $2,000.00 video package. The video will be a three-camera shoot of the play with pickup shots, close ups, etc.  The video will then be edited and a DVD will be created.  The producer/submitter of the play will be given 10 copies of the DVD.  You will own the video and can use it for any legal and non-derogatory purpose.

During the course of the performances three judges will attend, one per performance, to judge the plays. This panel of judges will choose the winning play and all decisions are final decision. Winners will be announced one week after the last performance.

Again, there is no submission fee. Only those plays that are accepted will be required to send in participant deposit, which is fully refunded if at least 20 people buy a ticket to see your play. (Each play will be listed separately on our website for ticketing purpose)

Contact us at
ShortPlays@egarage.tv

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

MADLAB 2014 SEASON seeks full-length plays

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Send us your full length plays.  Long one-acts, two-acts, three-acts if you think you have what it takes! We can take it, and...well...we want it.  These will be considered for our regular theatre season (not for THEATRE ROULETTE, I repeat...not for THEATRE ROULETTE).

To maximize your chance of selection, please read all the guidelines carefully before submitting.

All submissions should be send to andy@madlab.net
Please put “MADLAB 2014 SEASON” in the subject line.  If you do not have email, please call 614.221.5418 to set up different arrangements.

Submissions must arrive no later than June 1st, 2013.


SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

Though we are up for anything, ideally, scripts should be long one-acts (70-90 minutes) or two-act plays (100-120 minutes). If you have something else longer, please feel free to send it on.

You may submit multiple scripts.

Script submissions WILL NOT be returned to the applicant; MadLab will destroy all evidence of your creative instincts upon a funeral pyre at an undisclosed location in order to protect both the innocent and the guilty.  Ashes will NOT be returned to you unless you purchase a commemorative urn from MadLab at the bargain basement price of $999.95.

Due to our environmentally conscious president, you must email your script to us.  If emailing is absolutely impossible for you, please call us at 614.221.5418 so we can make alternate arrangements.

Please send your script attached as a Microsoft Word document or PDF format.

Scripts should be emailed to andy@madlab.net.

Please put “MADLAB 2014 SEASON”  in the subject line.

If “MADLAB 2014 SEASON” is not in your subject line, your submission may not be received.  All submissions will receive a reply email to ensure that your submission was received.

MadLab pays a royalty of $200 + 10% of our box office for any playwright that is gracious enough to allow us to produce his/her work.  We know this will not be anywhere near worth the time and effort you put into writing your play, but we are happy that every little bit helps.

If you’ve made it through all of this, congratulations.  At least you’ve got the potential patience to deal with the travails of theatrical production. If you have any questions, please email them to Managing Director Andy Batt at andy@madlab.net

Thanks for your interest.  Good luck with your submission, and regardless of the outcome here, be sure to keep writing and producing new works.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

9Thirty Theatre Company (9TTC) accepts submissions

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9Thirty Theatre Company (9TTC) accepts submissions from March to May each season. Please note that due to our small staff we are unable to respond to submissions that are not accepted.

Send submissions in either a .doc or .pdf format to Submissions@9ttc.org. In respect of our commitment to the environment please do not mail submissions to our office.


9TTC produces works that incorporate environmental issues as part of the part, characters, or theme. We are uniquely dedicated to Eco Theatre, connecting humanity and nature, in various forms.

We accept original one acts, and full length plays and musicals.

We do not accept one-person shows, children's shows, screenplays, or works without environmental themes. 9Thirty Theatre Company also does not produce works that have already been produced in New York City.

To have your work considered, please submit the following as one file:
• cover letter, including your contact information
• brief synopsis of piece (500 words or less)
• character descriptions
• 20 page dialogue sample
• brief production history of the work (if applicable)
• bio for yourself and any other collaborators
• if submitting a musical, please include at least 3 recorded demo tracks
To be considered for 9TTC's all submissions must be received by midnight on May 31st.

Monday, May 27, 2013

The Leslie Scalapino Award FOR INNOVATIVE WOMEN PLAYWRIGHTS

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Potential applicants will find a familiarity with the works of Leslie Scalapino a useful reference - we are not looking for imitators or conventional playwriting, but writing that is challenging, poetic and innovative.

Initial applications should consist of a cover letter*, a 10-page excerpt, and a 150 word (maximum) summary of the full piece. We will request full scripts from a shortlist of selected candidates.

The Award for Innovative Women Playwrights intends to support new writing by female-identified people, inclusive of transwomen.

The prize is open to international submissions in English.

Only one performance text / script may be submitted. The work should not have been previously produced, as the intention is to support new works.

*The play must be accompanied by a letter containing the writer's name, address, email address, and a short biography (one paragraph).

Timeline:

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: MAY 30th 2013 11:59 pm

Shortlist announced: July 30th

Deadline for full scripts from shortlisted candidates: August 15th 11:59 pm

Announcement of winning work and reading details: September 30th, 2013

Reading and announcement of round 2: October 2013, details tbc

Ready to submit? Click Here (must create a submission account)

City Lit Theater Company seeks submissions to The Art of Adaptation

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City Lit Theater Company seeks submissions to The Art of Adaptation, its sixth-annual festival of stage adaptations of non-dramatic literature.

The festival will take place July 19th, 20th, and 21st at City Lit Theater, 1020 W. Bryn Mawr Avenue. We anticipate it will consist of 6 to 10 adaptations presented in various combinations over the course of the weekend. A panel of Jeff Award winning judges will view all performances and award a $500 cash prize to the adapter of the piece judged the best of the festival.

THE RULES:
  1. All pieces must be between 5 and 20 minutes.
  2. It must be an adaptation of non-dramatic material—a short story, an essay, a memoir, poetry, an excerpt from a novel, a video game, what have you; but not material from a play.
  3. Each adapter is responsible for whatever royalties might be due on your piece, as well as for your own rehearsal process. City Lit will not provide rehearsal space prior to tech rehearsal, nor will it provide services of a director or any actors for any piece.
  4. All pieces will be performed on the same simple unit set with the same simple light plot (including one special per piece). A stock of furniture will be provided. If your piece requires furniture beyond the provided stock, it is your responsibility.
  5. City Lit will provide performance space, backstage and front-of-house crew, publicity, programs, tickets and the $500 cash prize.

To submit a proposal for entry into the festival, send a one-page description of the project you are proposing, and ten pages of your adaptation script, to Katy Nielsen at City Lit Theater, 1020 West Bryn Mawr Avenue, Chicago IL 60660.

Proposals must be postmarked no later than May 31st.

Sunday, May 26, 2013

2013 Met Life Nuestras Voces National Playwriting Competition

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Online submissions now being accepted for FULL LENGTH LATINO STAGE PLAYS
In Spanish or English or both!

MISSION:

Since 2000 MetLife Foundation and Repertorio Español joined forces to establish The MetLife Nuestras Voces National Playwriting Competition to discover --our voices --the best Latino plays and bring them to the attention to the American theatre community. These original works relate to Latino culture, history and life in the United States while at the same time reflecting the universality of the human condition.   It has been our privilege to promote and develop new plays, encourage bright new talent by providing this forum.


+REQUIREMENTS:
*PLEASE READ CAREFULLY*
PLAYS THAT DO NOT MEET THE REQUIREMENTS WILL NOT BE READ.

-Playwrights may be Latino or of any other ethnic or racial background as long as the play’s subject matter and characters resonate with Latino audiences and accurately depict the Hispanic experience.

-No screenplays, one act plays, musicals, adaptations or translations will be accepted.
-New and un-produced plays preferred. Plays that have had readings or a workshop production are acceptable.
-All plays must be original and full-length (minimum running time: 1 hr., 30 min) and can be written in Spanish and/or English.
-Playwrights must be at least 18 years of age and residents of the United States or Puerto Rico.
-Previously submitted scripts are accepted unless they have already placed in the top 10.

+SELECTION PROCESS:
-Each script will be read by two qualified independent judges selected by Repertorio Español, on a blind submission.
-Winners will be announced six to seven months after the deadline.
-Each participant will be notified of the results by e-mail. We request that participants do not contact the office to inquire about the competition’s results.

+PRIZES:
Round 1:
Finalists will receive a staged reading at Repertorio to further develop the script.

Round 2:
-Grand Prize Winner: $3,000 and a full production at Repertorio Español
-2nd Place: $2,000
-3rd Place: $1,000

Grand Prize Winner must be available for Awards Ceremony

+SUBMISSION GUIDELINES:
Follow instructions in the Application Form to Submit
[+] CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE APPLICATION FORM.

+DEADLINE:
Saturday, June 1st, 2013

Please direct any questions regarding this competition/application to nuestrasvoces@repertorio.org.

NYCPlaywrights June Play of the Month


Submissions are now closed for the NYCPlaywrights June 2013 Play of the Month.

The scripts will have readings/reviews by a group of NYCPlaywrights actors/writers on Wednesday, June 5 and the selected scripts will be announced shortly after.

We are looking for monologues - and we have specific monologues in mind. Your challenge is to send us a monologue (only one) that matches any one of these 4 monologue descriptions.

  1. Monologue #1 - for a female actor under 35. She's been mutually flirting with someone at work but just found out the person is  involved in a long-term relationship with someone else. 
  2. Monologue #2 - for a male actor under 35. He thinks his partner might be having an affair with a massage therapist. 
  3. Monologue #3 - for a female actor over 35. She's a college professor and tried marijuana for the first time. 
  4. Monologue #4 - for a male actor over 35. His partner wants to move to the suburbs but he likes the city. 

Except for the age, gender and basic premise, you can do anything you want with the character and their story - they can be LGBT or straight, any ethnicity, the story can be in any mood (comedic, tragic etc.)

The deadline is Sunday, May 26, 2013 at 11:59 PM EDT.

We will select up to four monologues and video-record them, and the videos will be posted (with author permission) to the NYCPlaywrights web site.

THE RULES - YOU MUST READ THEM BEFORE SUBMITTING A MONOLOGUE

  • Send only one one-page monologue per author to info@nycplaywrights.org. The monologue can be no longer than 1 page. Yes, it's a challenge. Choose your words carefully. Edit and re-edit.
  • The script must be submitted by the author of the script, no agents or others may submit. 
  • The script submission should be sent by email, with the monologue itself as a file attached to the email. File format should be in either Microsoft Word (.doc) or pdf. Most preferable is .pdf (Portable Document Format) because it will retain your original script formatting. 
  • Make sure you have your name and your email address on the script. 
  • Monologues can be submitted by anybody, anywhere in the world, but must be primarily in English (a few non-English phrases are acceptable, but the phrases must include English translations in production notes or stage directions.) 
  • There is no fee for submission. 
  • There is no monetary compensation. 
  • The NYCPlaywrights selection decision is final and NYCPlaywrights reserves the right to select no monologues from those submitted. 
  • A monologue that has had a production is acceptable, although we prefer a new monologue written for this project. 
  • A monologue that has been published is not acceptable.
  • All rights will remain with the playwright. 
  • The selected monologues(s) will be video-recorded and posted during the summer of 2013.
  • Video recording(s) of the monologue(s) will be posted to the NYCPlaywrights YouTube account and from there embedded into the NYCPlaywrights blog. The playwright(s) will be asked to review the video recording and approve it before it is made public.
Any questions email info@nycplaywrights.org
For more information about the Play of the Month project check out this page:
http://nycp.blogspot.com/p/play-of-month.html 

Thespis Play Festival

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NOTE: This is a self-production opportunity restricted to playwrights in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania 

Thespis Theater Festival / Competition is organized to help bring never-before seen work of playwrights, directors and actors to the stage in a way that may lead to future performances. The Festival presents an opportunity to stage first-run plays for audiences with the chance to win prizes for Best Play and Best Actor. The Festival will be presented in the Cabrini Repertory Theater in Manhattan.

Submission Rules

In order to submit a play please send the following via email:
  1. A 200- to 300-word synopsis of the play
  2. The complete script
  3. Your telephone number and home address, plus the phone number of one other person in your production that we can contact
  4. Your bio with age included
Submissions must be between 75 and 90 minutes long.

As soon as your play is accepted, you will be sent the festival guidelines.

All plays will be given a three-performance run at the theater.

Prizes

After all plays have had their three-performance run, the best 6 plays will be selected by the Thespis jury as nominees for the $3,500 prize of Best Play. Those 6 shows will be given a fourth performance that will be advertised to the surrounding community, which is full of artists and theater-goers who are aware of Cabrini Repertory Theater. So if, after your three-performance run in Thespis, your play is selected as one of the 6 nominees, you are not only in the running for Best Play, but in addition to other audience members you’d like to invite, we will invite our supporters to your fourth performance.

Along with audience members from the theater’s neighborhood, three judges will also attend your fourth performance. This panel of outside judges will make the final decision about the winning play.

There will also be several nominations for best actor. In addition to the winning actress ($500 prize), there will be a third and second runner-up. These runner-ups will receive surprise prizes!

The winners are chosen buy a well know group of Judges that operate in the city of New York… This is the real deal.

Winners will be announced during a special prize ceremony at the end of the festival to which the cast and crew of all nominated productions will be invited.

Video

All plays will be filmed. At the end of the festival, or after your show’s run, you can purchase a copy of your show’s video for $75.

Please be aware that the festival is not directly involved with the filming of the plays. You must connect with the videographer on your own in order to purchase your show’s video.

There is no fee to submit your play to the Venus Festival.

Once you are accepted, there are two methods of participant payment and ways to make a profit at your show’s box office:

1. You can send in a $300 refundable check. The deposit will be returned as long as the production is able to bring a minimum of 39 audience members in total to all three performances assigned to each show; that means at least 13 people per performance = 39 audience members in total to all three performances assigned.

2. You can send in a $500 non-refundable check and receive 50% of every ticket sold for your play. That means you’ll receive $10 for every ticket sold. If you get 17 audience members for each of your 3 shows, you will break even and from there on, make a profit. Nominees for Best Play will be given a fourth performance and have even more of a chance to make a profit at their box office.

Plays from last year’s festival whose creators came from the Tri-state area brought an average of 70 audience members for their show’s run.

Again, there is no submission fee. Only those plays that are accepted will be required to send in participant payment.

General submission to Venus is free-of-charge and submissions will be accepted until June 10th.

Contact us at Theaterfestival@thespisny.com

PLEASE BE AWARE THAT THE THEATER HOSTING THESPIS NY IS INVOLVED IN SEVERAL HUMANITARIAN EFFORTS TO AID THE LOCAL COMMUNITY. THEREFORE, A SMALL NUMBER OF PEOPLE ARE ALLOWED TO SEE ANY OF THE SHOWS RUNNING IN THESPIS FOR FREE. THESE PEOPLE WILL BE A NICE ADDITION TO YOUR AUDIENCE.


Accepted plays will be considered on a first – come first served basis. (The earlier you submit, the better your chances of being accepted.) Acceptance might close before June 10 if the number of plays that will run in the Festival will be reached earlier.
Cabrini Repertory Theater wants to make staging your show a pleasure.
First-time writers are more then welcome!

We’ll help you with everything you need to stage your play.

What The Thespis Festival offers:

  • Shows will be not be packed into a cramped festival schedule.
  • Musical playing life music are more then welcome, we offer a large area in front of the stage for the orchestra to play. The stage is 4′ elevated from the floor level
  • Your play will be the only one that performs on your scheduled nights, so no rushing your production on and off the stage.
  • Five-hour tech/dress rehearsal (as opposed to getting just double your show’s run time)
  • Professional, easy-to-use lighting/sound system that anyone on your cast can learn to use
  • Free lessons in how to use the system
  • Free venue director from the Cabrini Repertory Theater team–you won’t have to hire an outsider.
  • Constant contact with the Art Director of the venue should you have any questions about staging, lighting, sound or theater rules. You will never be forced to wait on answers, causing your production process to be held up.
  • A strong, effective and aesthetically beautiful ad campaign run in the theater’s neighborhood, which means access to audience members in the surrounding area
  • Email blasts announcing your show to the theater’s mailing list
  • Set pieces and props that are already stored in the theater, saving you time, energy and money in transporting stage sets
  • Storage space for your own props and set pieces should you decide to keep them in the theater during your show’s run
  • The possibility to drive your props to the front door of the theater and temporarily park your vehicle there
  • Free box office management
  • A beautiful 21′ by 18′ proscenium theater that stands out and has a reputation in the neighborhood. (So many small theaters are located on 42nd Street that many tend to get lost. Cabrini Repertory Theater is the only theater in a neighborhood of artists and theater lovers. So getting an audience is far more likely than on the crowded streets of midtown where many theaters fight for attention.)
  • Three performances, all during prime theater-going hours
  • Every show in the festival will be performed in the Cabrini Repertory Theater—no outside venues will be rented.
  • All festival participants can see all other festival shows for free.
  • The possibility to be covered by reviewers
  • A $3,500 prize for Best Play and $500 for Best Actor, and an exciting Prize Ceremony

Rules
  • Only plays from New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania will be accepted.
  • Submissions must be between 75 and 90 minutes long.

ALL PLAYS MUST BE FIRST RUNS AND MUST NEVER HAVE BEEN PRODUCED BEFORE THESPIS THEATER FESTIVAL IS FOR BOTH NON-UNION AND UNION

Each applicant is fully responsible for all elements of their production. These include directing, casting, stage-managing and hiring a sound & light board operator.

What the Theater Offers

For those playwrights who want to incorporate live music into their play, Cabrini Rep offers a fully-tuned baby grand piano. We also offer a choice of stage furniture and props to all productions, as well as a large projection wall at the back of the stage and a quality projector that will create a wide range of possibilities for your set. In this way, productions need not be as concerned about moving their props in and out of the theater before and after each performance.

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Broadway Showtunes online



The entire Donmar Warehouse production of Cabaret online






NYCPlaywrights April 2013 Play of the Month part 4: MOLES. EAT WORMS. by Steve Mielczarek


Steve Mielczarek on the play:  
INSPIRATION FOR THE PLAY 
Often, we are paralyzed by events, circumstances outside our control. So I took my cues from the mass exodus of the Jews from Egypt back in the old testament. Nothing comes from nothing. Everything comes from something.
More about the author and the cast here.

The final April 2013 Play of the Month selection, SPRING CLEANING by Penny Jackson will be posted soon.

Bottle Alley Theatre Co Seeking Scripts & Directors by May 31, 2013, for Second Season

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Bottle Alley Theatre Company is seeking new and original scripts for production as well as directors interested in directing experimental projects.

We are currently in the midst of Make-Believe, our fourth production as well as our final show in what we are calling our "first season" of shows. We would like to start planning for the future and to read new words and meet new, talented people who can come in and bring a fresh perspective.
 
A little bit about us, and the kind of theatre that we do: We produce experiments. New work. Unapologetic, smashmouth theatre that makes the audience THINK and FEEL. Theatre that is not afraid. If you can dream it, we might be able to produce it. Puppet shows. Theatre in warehouses. Movement pieces. Poetry. Theatre that will move us and the audience to discuss the work, long after the performance is over. Drab theatre, works by playwrights that have been dead for years, curtains and blackouts are not our style.
 
Still interested? Hope so!

Scripts: Pretty simple: Send your scripts! It might take a while to get back to you, but know that your words are being read and kicked around by our talented group of minds. We might or might not suggest edits and you might or might not be interested in making them. Either way, we'd love to read these words.
 
Unfinished scripts/proposals are kind of a risky business. We LOVE hearing new ideas, but would greatly prefer finished product. But if you feel so passionate about an idea that you just have to share it, then please do!
 
So, yeah. Send your script along with a brief bio about it (where'd the inspiration come from, how long have you been working on it, etc) as well as any production history that it has (if any) as well as a little bit about yourself. Just simple stuff. Are you a student, a graduate, you work at a record store, stuff like that.

Directors: Pretty simple as well: send your resume! If we are interested, we'll set up a interview so we can get to know you a little better. Now, maybe you come with your own scripts and ideas. That's fantastic! Include it in a brief cover letter. Like so: "Hello Bottle Alley. My name is Chris Fontanes, a director here in Austin. I have an idea to direct a play about bugs."

Maybe you are a director in search of a project or the right script for you. That's great too! Send us your resume! If we're interested, we'll set up an interview, and try and find the right script/project for you.
 
Contact: Email Artistic Director Chris Fontanes at his personal email address cmfontanes@gmail.com. SERIOUS INQUIRIES ONLY, PLEASE
 
Deadline: The deadline for ALL submissions is the end of May - the 31st, to be exact.  

Hope to hear from you soon!

Monday, May 20, 2013

The Actors' and Playwrights' Workshop

NOTE: Submission is open to playwrights residing in Bergen County, NJ, or playwrights residing anywhere who attend the June 5 workshop

The Actors' and Playwrights' Workshop of Bergen County, NJ solicits short scripts for staged reading to be held in September, 2013.

The A & P workshop, which meets on the first Wednesday of each month at the Oradell Library, 375 Kinderkamack Road in Oradell, NJ  will have its last meeting before the summer on June 5 at 7 pm.

Scripts of less than 15 minutes of length will be considered for the reading if they are brought in hard copy to the workshop or sent by email to Songbird228@yahoo.com before June 5. 

Playwrights may direct their own work, or assistance in finding a director will be given. Work must be suitable for a family audience, but all genres are welcome.

Submission is open to playwrights residing in Bergen County, NJ, or playwrights residing anywhere who attend the June 5 workshop.  For further information, please email LadyXoc2@hotmail.com

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Next Act! New Play Summit 2 Call for Entries

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Capital Repertory, Albany, NY Announces
Next Act! New Play Summit 2
Call for Entries

Submissions are now being accepted for Capital Repertory Theatre’s NEXT ACT! NEW PLAY SUMMIT 2!

Next Act! is an expansion of Capital Repertory Theatre’s commitment to the development of new work, and is designed to complement the Upper Hudson Valley’s recent and future growth explosion in the fields of research and technology. The summit will directly reflect the theatre’s mission, “to create meaningful theatre generated from an authentic link to the community.” Next Act! takes place November 2nd thru 4th, 2013 and will feature readings of two never-before produced plays, one musical and special events throughout the weekend.

Capital Rep is particularly interested in scripts that showcase world events as they impact the individual and society, highlighting the common threads that bind the American culture together in a world that is defined more and more by diversity. The theatre will give preference to character driven scripts that showcase technology’s impact on humanity.

Accepting plays and musicals.
Multi-cultural and ethnically diverse plays welcome.
Comedy and Drama welcome!
(Please do not submit plays about the theatre.)

ELIGIBILITY
Eligible plays can not have been previously produced, though previous readings are allowed. No more than 7 characters. (Please do not submit works in which actors play multiple roles, unless it is a device used to illuminate generations.)

Eligible musicals can not have been previously produced, though previous readings are allowed. No more than 6 characters. Accompaniment must be able to be provided by a pianist for the reading. Scripts that allow creative ways for execution in the intimate atmosphere of Capital Rep’s thrust stage are particularly welcome. (There is no limit on subject matter. Adaptations of literature welcome.)

Agent and non-agent submissions accepted.
Submission Deadline: END OF DAY – Thursday May 30, 2013

HOW TO SUBMIT
Plays: Playwrights should submit a synopsis, character descriptions and the first 10 pages of their play with a photo/resume and bio.
Musicals: Playwrights should submit a synopsis, character descriptions, one sample scene and 3 songs (demo’s are acceptable). Music may be sent via CD or electronically. Playwrights should include a photo/resume and bio.

Email your submission to Margaret Hall, Assistant to the Artistic Director, at mhall@capitalrep.org with NEXT ACT SUBMISSION in the subject line.

A small stipend and limited travel available for playwrights selected.

Electronic submissions preferred.

Capital Rep is a professional LORT D theatre, established in Albany in 1981.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Puppet Theater







InterAct Theatre Company is pleased to announce that the sixth round of submissions for its 20/20 New Play Commissions

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InterAct Theatre Company is pleased to announce that the sixth round of submissions for its 20/20 New Play Commissions will have a deadline of Friday May 31, 2013.

Long established as one of the country’s most devoted producers of provocative new plays, InterAct uses the 20/20 Commissions to fund the most adventurous, complex, and engaging plays of tomorrow.  We are engaged by the wide range of stories that unfold when the larger forces of our world impact the individual.  Fifteen commissions and awards have already been awarded to plays ranging in style from hard-hitting drama to absurd surrealism.

Since inaugurating the 20/20 commissions in 2007, four commissioned plays and a development award recipient have all been produced on our main-stage.  Also two plays recently submitted for 20/20 awards – IN A DAUGHTER’S EYES by A. Zell Williams and MICROCRISIS by Mike Lew – ended up receiving productions on our main stage.  So there is additional value to submitting a proposal!

Currently celebrating its’ 25th season, InterAct is the flagship for new work in Philadelphia.  It is also a founding member of the National New Play Network and the Philadelphia New Play Initiative.

About InterAct’s 20/20 Commissions

There are two types of awards associated with the program:

• Development Awards - through which InterAct commits funds toward the further development of a play, including dramaturgical consultation, readings and workshops.  Development Awards are given to works already in progress, but not yet production ready.

• New Play Commissions - in which a new and wholly or substantially unwritten play is commissioned and then aided in its development by InterAct.

How to Apply for an InterAct Theatre Company 20/20 Commission/Award

The application consists of three parts, which must be submitted simultaneously and received by midnight on May 31, 2013:

1.  Statement of Interest

Please provide a description of the proposed project, including why the issues and themes of the project will be significant over the next twenty years, and what your goals would be should you be granted the opportunity to work with InterAct on the project’s development.  If you are applying for a Development Award, you may additionally discuss the status of the current work and its development history.  Statements of interest should not exceed 2 pages.  We prefer proposals with specificity, but also flexibility.  We will not be reading any submissions prior to May 31, so please use the time.

 2.  Up-to-Date Playwriting CV

Please be thorough and be sure to include the development history, if any, of the proposed work

3.  For Commission Applicants – A Sample of your work in the form of a Completed Full-length Script

Sample scripts need not have received previous productions for submission. If possible, please submit a script that falls within InterAct’s central mission. If you do not feel that you have a script suitable to our mission, then please send whatever script you feel best exemplifies your work.

For Development Awards – One Copy of the Proposed Script:  Scripts need not be complete, although truly fragmentary works are difficult to evaluate. (An additional sample script is not necessary.)

Please note: We can only accept one submission per applicant – for either a Development Award or a Commission.

The deadline for completed sixth cycle applications is Midnight EST May 31, 2013, and InterAct will notify all playwrights of its decision via email by November 1, 2013.

All parts of the application should be submitted as PDF’s sent to commissions2013@interacttheatre.org

Please label the PDFs clearly following this format:

(Your Name) Statement
(Your Name) CV
(Your Name) (Title of Sample Play)
(Your Name) (Title of Play) – DA

For example, for a commission:

Kittson O’Neill Statement
Kittson O’Neill CV
Kittson O’Neill Best Play Ever

For a development award:

Kittson O’Neill Statement
Kittson O’Neill CV
Kittson O’Neill Best Play Ever – DA

Only full-length plays are eligible for commission or development.  Musicals and bills of related one-act plays will not be considered. Collaborations are welcome. Submissions which do not follow these guidelines cannot be considered.

For all 20/20 New Play Commissions and Development Awards, InterAct reserves the right of first production.

Be sure to email applications to commissions2013@interacttheatre.org

If you have questions, please feel free to email Kittson O’Neill, Artistic Associate.

Independent Play(w)rights accepts plays of any length, genre or style

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Independent Play(w)rights offers a catalog of provocative, original and unique plays and is always open for submissions. 

Independent Play(w)rights accepts plays of any length, genre or style. If you've written something fantastic, we want to read it. Production history and resume is not a factor. We judge the play on its own merits.


Independent Play(w)rights is pleased to announce its launch this month. A publishing and licensing company for emerging playwrights, it offers eBooks as well as performance and archival film rights.

With outreaches to schools and universities and projects to connect playwrights with theater groups and promote communication, Independent Play(w)rights will strive for a more open collaboration between author and director.




Wanted - Bollywood Superstar Writer

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NOTE: there are no geographic restrictions on who may enter, but the winner must be available for meetings in Bradford, UK with the director to discuss the script and be able to complete any rewrites required for performance.

Fancy winning £1,000 in our playwriting competition?

To celebrate 100 years of Indian Cinema, Freedom Studios and Bradford UNESCO City of Film are looking for a script for a 10-minute play that recreates the magic of Bollywood to be performed live in the heart of Bradford.

That’s where you come in. We’re looking for a talented writer to bring Bollywood to Bradford.  Do you have what it takes to write a slice of Bollywood? Can you transport us into a world of excitement, escapism and entertainment? The theme is up to you. Love, loss, hate, comedy or tragedy. Anything goes as long as it has that Bollywood spirit.

One more thing, Bollywood is all about glitz and glamour so we’re giving 82,585 rupees * to the lucky winner or if you prefer £1,000! Currency Converter

The winning entry will be performed live in Bradford in either outdoor or indoor venues for family audiences to enjoy in August 2013. It’s up to you what you write about and even what language it’s in (as long as it entertains the audience).

  • Make sure it’s 10 minutes long with a maximum of 3 characters.
  • No sets, but costumes and music encouraged.
  • Only one script entry per person and remember it’s for live performance rather than film.
  • All submitted scripts must be original and have not been previously performed professionally.
  • The lucky winner must be available for meetings in Bradford with the director to discuss the script and be able to complete any rewrites required for performance.
  • The winner must be willing to take part in publicity events organised by Freedom Studios.
  • The winning script will be announced on the website on 18th June 2013.

For a full list of terms and conditions, see here Freedom Studios T&C.

Download and complete entry form. Bollywood writer application form (MS Word format)

To enter, please complete an entry form and send together with your script to hello@freedomstudios.co.uk.

Alternatively send the entry form and script in the post to
Freedom Studios,
The Design Exchange,
34 Peckover Street,
Little Germany, Bradford, BD1 5BD.

Deadline: May 31, 2013

Please note scripts will not be returned unless a stamped self-addressed envelope is included.

Freedom Studios is committed to promoting intercultural theatre practice and welcomes applications from a diverse range of artists from all backgrounds.

So what are you waiting for? Bollywood needs you!

Freedom Studios are working in association with Bradford UNESCO City of Film on this project who will be documenting the making of the live performance.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Looking for four 30-minute plays that engage with the Arab world

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Following the sell-out success of Bulbul 2012, we’re really excited to announce Bulbul 2013 our second annual playwriting competition for new writers.

We’re looking for four 30-minute plays that engage with the Arab world. This year’s theme is: crying over the ruins.

We’re going right back to the ancient poets as they stand nostalgically at the deserted campsites. How you respond to this is entirely up to you. All we ask is that your work is courageous, displays a unique voice, a strong storytelling element and a cohesive narrative.

The deadline for submission is 31st May 2013. The winning entries will be performed by a professional cast at Brighton’s Nightingale Theatre in autumn 2013. As with Bulbul 2012, two of these plays will be selected for further development for the Brighton Fringe 2014.

The winning plays will be chosen by an independent panel of judges. Last year’s panel was made up of Chris Taylor (director, New Writing South), Julian Caddy (managing director, Brighton Fringe) Steven Brett (artistic director, The Nightingale Theatre), Tanushka Marah (artistic director, Company:Collisions) and Diyan Zora (creative director, Swivel Theatre Company).

Our current productions at the Brighton Fringe – Tunnel by Mags Chalcraft, and Gather Ye Rosebuds by Silva Semerciyan – were both winners of Bulbul 2012.

We welcome submissions from all over the world. Last year, we received entries from Muscat to Norwich!

Guidelines for entry

  • Entry is free.
  • Scripts must have a playing time of approximately 30 minutes.
  • Scripts must have a maximum playing cast of four actors.
  • Scripts should require minimal set and/or props. Our focus is on the writing!
  • Please do not send us monologues, musicals, adaptations or plays for children.
  • Only original, previously unproduced/unpublished scripts that are inherently theatrical with live staging at their core will be accepted. Please do not send scripts for television, radio or film.
  • All scripts must be in English, typed in 12pt font and double spaced.
  • Scripts (either in Word or PDF) must be submitted with a completed application form to bulbul@sandpitarts.org. Please do not put your name or contact information anywhere on your script as all submissions will be read anonymously.
  • Applicants must be aged 16 or over. There is no upper age limit.
  • The competition is open to writers around the world. There is no restriction on nationality or residency.
  • You can submit up to three plays.
  • Please note, we are unable to return scripts.
  • Please do not send any amendments or further drafts once your script has been submitted.
  • Please do not send cassettes, CDs, videos or sheet music with your script.
  • We are unable to enter into any correspondence about scripts (except with shortlisted entries).
  • The deadline for submission is 31st May 2013.
  • The four winning entries will be announced on 31st July 2013.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

The National Newborn Festival

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Submission dates for MTWorks' The National NewBorn Festival:

April 1st - May 31st, 2013 (There is no reader's fee for plays submitted during these dates)
June 1st - July 1st, 2013 (Require a $10.00 reader's fee)

Plays submitted outside of the above dates will not be considered.

MTWorks’ National NewBorn Festival sponsored by the Psychology Club and Department of the City College of New York is our annual full-length playwriting competition and reading series. We celebrate today’s innovative playwrights that boldly take risks in theme, structure, time-period, location and diversity (ethnic, economic, gender, sexuality or creed). MTWorks’ mainstage productions are selected from National NewBorn Festival winners.                                                                                                            

Finalists automatically enter The Living Room Series, a private cold-read performed by our exceptional MTWorkers.

The winning playwrights will be awarded:

  • One full reading of their work in a festival environment.
  • Assigned professional director and cast to work on their play.
  • “Playwright Spotlight” Newsletter received by over 3,000 members of the NY Theatre Industry. 
  • Networking "Meet the Playwrights" Event.
  • Complimentary tickets to MTWorks shows, invited dress rehearsals and other special events.
  • Artistic and professional support from the MTWorks staff.
  • Eligibility for the MTWorks Board of Director's Excellence in Playwriting Award.
  • Eligibility for MTWorks' Audience Favorite Award.
  • MTWorks' Mainstage productions are selected from National NewBorn Festival winners.
  • Talk-Back. 


REQUIREMENTS:

We are currently only interested in full-length plays (at least 90-min in length).

Applicants must submit the following:

  • A full copy of your play in word or pdf format.
  • A half (1/2) page synopsis.
  • If you applied for NewBorn before, you must submit a different play.
  • You can only submit one play per year per program (it is OK to submit one play to FIRE-WORKS and one play to the National NewBorn Festival the same year).
  • We are interested in plays that have not been produced in New York City (readings are OK)
  • All material must be emailed (all together in one email) to plays@mtworks.org with [NEWBORN: title of the play and your name] on the subject line.

If your contact information changes you are required to update your information by sending an email to plays@mtworks.org with [NEWBORN: updated contact information for-your name] on the subject line.

Submission Dates for The National NewBorn Festival:

April 1st - May 31st, 2013 (There is no reader's fee for plays submitted during these dates)

June 1st - July 1st, 2013 (Require a $10.00 reader's fee)

Plays submitted outside of the above dates will not be considered.

Finalists will be contacted around September. Winners will be contacted around November.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

The Douglas Morrisson Theatre in Hayward is accepting submissions

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The Douglas Morrisson Theatre in Hayward is accepting submissions for its second annual Playwrights CageMatch! Our CageMatch is a chance for playwrights to show their stuff in an audience-decided live competition!

Five Playwrights enter but only one will emerge victorious! Grand prize for the chosen script.

We are seeking brief scenes (5-20 minutes) which conform to the limitations of the competition. DMT staff will select the top five submissions. Each of the final scripts will get one rehearsal with the same director and company of actors.  On June 10th  the five scenes will be performed at a live staged reading event at the Douglas Morrisson Theatre. The audience will vote by token to determine the winner!

Our theme this year is: THE KEYS TO THE HOTEL BARBARY. The setting is a ramshackle basement hotel room in the fictional “Hotel Barbary” of San Francisco. Time period is not restricted. Please limit your scenes to no more than four characters. We’re looking for creative and elegant back-stories that incorporate the setting into the scenes. Tone, theme or genre is up to you! Futuristic sci-fi dystopia? Turn of the century romance? Modern-day holiday? All are welcome at the Hotel Barbary!
Admission to the performance is free, but a token to vote for the winner is $5.

Deadline extended for scene submissions sent via e-mail is May 27, 2013; post-mark deadline, if mailed, is May 24, 2013. 
Submissions can be e-mailed in *.doc or *.pdf to cagematch@dmtonline.org or mailed to:
Douglas Morrisson Theatre
ATTN: Susan E. Evans c/o H.A.R.D.,
1099 E St., Hayward, CA 94541

Monday, May 13, 2013

NYCPlaywrights April 2013 part 3: MY NEW YORK SPARE ROOM by Kevin Jones



Kevin Jones on the play:
MY NEW YORK SPARE ROOM explores the life experience of art students, after they have settled down, had kids and moved to suburbia. It’s founded on the belief that creative people can always find a way to express themselves.
The New York trip described in the play is autobiographical. I still hope to return one day. 
More about the author and the cast here.

 The following plays were also selected for the April 2013 Play of the Month - video recordings will be posted soon:

  • MOLES. EAT WORMS. by Steve Mielczarek 
  • SPRING CLEANING by Penny Jackson

Sunday, May 12, 2013

The Truth podcast is looking for new writer/collaborators

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Writers are involved in the creation and development of pieces to air on the podcast and events to which The Truth is invited to participate.

More information on The Truth can be found at http://thetruthapm.com/

Requirements:

  • Solid grasp on classic story structures and grounded, believable characters and plot
  • Honest cooperation in a collaborative environment re writing and revising work (often several times) following feedback
  • Ability to attend weekly meetings
  • Discipline to see a project to its conclusion
  • An active interest in podcasting and creating stories specially for the medium based on personal or public interest, or commissioned by the group

Please submit your resume and a short fiction writing sample (short story, 10 pages from a script, etc) to jonathan@thetruthapm.com

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Women's Project submission guidelines

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Submission Procedure:
WP does not accept unsolicited scripts. Plays must be submitted through a bona fide industry agent. Unrepresented playwrights may send: 1) Cover letter; 2) a brief synopsis (under 100 words); 3) a ten-page dialogue sample; and 4) Two letters of recommendation.

Send to:
Women's Project, Attn. Literary Department
55 West End Avenue
New York, New York 10023

Please submit clean copies, and not originals. Submissions will NOT be returned.

FULL SCRIPTS SHOULD NOT BE SUBMITTED UNLESS REQUESTED.

Type of Material:
WP produces full-length plays written by women. We are open to a variety of styles, perspectives and topics; however, we do not generally produce “kitchen sink” plays. We respond to plays that contain the universe - intellectually rigorous, boldly theatrical, and emotionally audacious.

We recommend that you see a show at WP and/or study our recent production archives to get a better understanding of the kind of material we produce.  We do accept musicals, although we have a very limited history of producing them.

Response time and method of response:
Please be patient. Response time for material sent to our office is 9 – 12 months. We read every submission, and after reading a synopsis/sample, may ask to see the entire script. Due to the high volume of submissions, we can only respond to the projects that we wish to pursue.

Best Submission time:
Scripts are accepted May - December.

If you would like to invite a WP staff member to come see a reading, workshop or production, please send invitations to "literary at womensproject dot org". We receive many requests and are only able to attend a limited number of events.

RTÉ Radio Drama Submission Guidelines

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The Drama On One team are always eager to find new voices and to bring new stories to our audience. Here are some guidelines to keep in mind if you are submitting a script.

1. Submissions must be typed or printed, double spaced, and should be on one
side of the paper only.
2. We can only conisder plays written specifically for Radio. We cannot accept film scripts and stage plays.
3. We are seeking plays of no longer than 40 minutes duration. The script for a 40 minute play should not exceed 40 pages. Dramatic monologues will be considerably shorter at about 25 pages. In either case, the maximum word count should be 6,500 words. (Wordcount under Tools on the Toolbar is a useful guide.)
4. The standard size of a radio script is A4.
5. In the interest of clarity, it is important that the names of characters should be in capital letters and be clearly separated from their speech.
6. The names should be given in full throughout. You may know the characters well enough to call them, for example, Mr B, Miss C etc. after the first page, but the reader coming to the play for the first time does not, and their appreciation of the play will suffer if they have to continually check the first page to find out who is talking.
7. It is also important for clarity that any description of sound effects or other technical directions should be clearly differentiated from the parts of the script intended to be spoken.
8. It is of great assistance to the RTÉ Radio Drama Department if you attach a synopsis of the play to the beginning. A cast list, with brief notes on each character, is also very useful.
9. For ease of reference, the pages of a script should be numbered consecutively throughout. Please note that each speech should be numbered and each new page should begin with speech number 1.
10. Scripts should be firmly fastened together to prevent the loss of single pages in transit, and should be covered to protect the outer pages.
11. We accept scripts in hard copy only. The Postal address is RTÉ Radio Drama, Scripts, Radio Centre, Donnybrook, Dublin 4
12. Please remember to include your name and full postal address with your script

THE NATURE OF THE MEDIUM
Radio is a deceptive medium. On the surface it has obvious attractions for the writer in its very simplicity and freedom from technical restrictions. It offers greater freedom from the bounds of time and space than any other medium. It can span centuries and continents and can present extremes of action and movement without the limitations imposed by the cost of sets and costumes. It can explore the recesses of a person's mind without the problem of how to fill the rest of a stage or screen. In short, it is bound only by the limits of the individual listener's imagination.
It would be wrong to assume, however, that this freedom makes radio easier to write for than other media. While it may be comforting for the writer to imagine that directors, designers, lighting and costume experts and so forth will not be imposing their creative ideas on the production of the play, there is a corresponding burden on them to supply, in the dialogue, a richness of content and implication.

The dialogue of the play, in most media, represents only a part, however important, of the total emotional and intellectual impact of the whole production. Indeed, the burden of the emotional impact in many stage or screen plays is frequently conveyed by visual factors in the production which are wholly unspoken.

In radio, the writer must provide everything in the dialogue. The producer can underline, heighten or embroider by skilful casting, timing and use of effects and music, but can seldom, if ever, create from scratch an idea which is not originally planted in the dialogue. At the same time, the writer's dialogue must be capable of the same naturalistic style in radio as in any other medium.

It follows that radio dialogue and construction make the highest possible demands on the writer's skill. The idea that a radio play is "all talk" in a conventional, conversational sense is pure fallacy.

SOME PRACTICAL POINTS ON CONSTRUCTION
1. In radio, scenes should only be as long as is necessary to make their point. "Padding" is unattractive in any medium. In radio it is fatal. Radio is very easy to switch off. It is also worth noting that too many extremely short scenes do not work well on radio.
2. When nearing the end of a scene, it is important to prepare the listener, as subtly as possible, for the next one. It is easy enough to make a rapid change of scene from a technical point of view, but the listener needs help. They have no programme and cannot see.
3. "Stage directions" for the producer's benefit only should be avoided. If it is important, it should be in the dialogue. If it is not, then nobody needs to know.
4. It should be remembered that the listener will always, quite involuntarily, supply their own mental images in response to what they hear. They should be given enough ideas to work on, but never so many that they become restricted or confused. Radio is not a definitive medium. At all levels, it should stimulate only.
5. When deciding the number of characters in a scene, it should be borne in mind that the only ways of establishing someone's presence unequivocally are either to have them speak or to have them be addressed by name. If there are too many characters in a scene, the listeners will lose track or become confused.
6. Sound effects, either singly or in sequence, should certainly be part of the writer's concept but they should be regarded normally as useful additions to, and only rarely as substitutes for, the dialogue.
7. Since radio involves only one of the senses, it is important to construct each individual scene, and the play as a whole, to produce a variety of sound which will hold the listener's attention.
This variety can be achieved in length of scenes, number of people speaking, pace of dialogue, volume of sound, background acoustics and location of action. For example, the difference between an interior and an exterior acoustic is considerable.
8. There is no formula for writing a successful radio play. It requires all the basic techniques of good dramatic writing plus an imaginative awareness of the restrictions and advantages of a medium where nothing is seen. It is only by listening as often as possible to radio plays that a writer can begin to judge what works and what does not work well.

Original Playwrights Festival 2013

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  • Play submissions will be accepted until May 15. 
  • Send to jkmstone@comcast.net.
  • Plays must be original, never published and never previously performed.
  • Each play should be between 10 and 15 minutes run time.
  • The theme for this year is “Waiting.”
  • There will be one set on stage,  consisting of 2 doors, 1 stage right and 1 up stage left, 1 side table and 2 chairs

(if more chairs are needed the actors will carry on and off stage).

Fifth Annual Original Playwrights Festival – Performances July 11, 12, 13, 2013 at 8PM and July 14 at 2PM in the Powerhouse Theatre located in the Roger T. Sermon Community Center, 201 N. Dodgion, Independence, MO.
Tickets are $10 at the door for general seating.

Sunday, May 5, 2013

NYCPlaywrights April 2013 Play of the Month video part 2: THE CLUTTERED MIND by Robert S. Robbins



Robert S. Robbins on the play:
My play is somewhat autobiographical since my small house is very cluttered. I had the idea that a hoarder's living space would make for an interesting set design since it is the exact opposite of the bare stage that is favored in theater.
More about the author and the cast here.

The following plays were also selected for the April 2013 Play of the Month - video recordings will be posted soon:
  • MOLES. EAT WORMS. by Steve Mielczarek
  • MY NEW YORK SPARE ROOM by Kevin Jones
  • SPRING CLEANING by Penny Jackson

The Producer’s Club Short Play Contest

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The Producer’s Club Short Play Contest is to encourage emerging writers and find original shows we can produce. There is no fee to submit your play to the contest. We select the best of 5 plays from the submissions we receive.

Once you are accepted, a $300 refundable deposit will be required. The deposit will be returned as long as your play sells 20 tickets in total to all three performances assigned to your show.

All plays selected will be given a three-performance run at the Producer’s Club on 44th Street and 9th Ave in Midtown Manhattan, NY.

Submission Rules
In order to submit a play, please send the following via email:
1. A 200- to 300-word synopsis of the play
2. The complete script in either a word document or PDF file
3. Your telephone number and home address
4. Your bio

Play Guidelines

  • Entries must be submitted by May 10th 2013.
  • All entries must the writer’s original work.
  • The entries should be between 10 and 15 minutes.
  • Maximum number of actors/actresses is 5 per entry.
  • The play will be produced with minimal set/props/costuming.
  • The judges will announce their selections on May 24th and the successful writers will be notified via email. 
As soon as your play is accepted, you will be sent the festival guidelines. The refundable $300 deposit should be paid before the show rehearsals and will be refunded after the sales of the first 20 tickets; that means an average of 7 people per performance = 20 audience members in total to all three performances assigned. Each ticket will be $15.00 and will be admission to 5 short plays, that’s a full evening of great theater for $15.00 for your friends and family.

Prizes
After all plays have had their three-performance run, the first place play will receive the $2,000.00 video package. The video will be a three-camera shoot of the play with pickup shots, close ups, etc.  The video will then be edited and a DVD will be created.  The producer/submitter of the play will be given 10 copies of the DVD.  You will own the video and can use it for any legal and non-derogatory purpose.

During the course of the performances three judges will attend, one per performance, to judge the plays. This panel of judges will choose the winning play and all decisions are final decision. Winners will be announced one week after the last performance.

Again, there is no submission fee. Only those plays that are accepted will be required to send in participant deposit, which is full refunded if at least 20 people buy a ticket to see your play. (Each play will be listed separately on our website for ticketing purpose.)

Video
All plays may be filmed for a fee. There are different levels of video production ranging in price from $500.00 to $2,000.00. To know more about the services please visit our site www.cierimedia.com

Contact us at
ShortPlays@egarage.tv

Saturday, May 4, 2013

JMPP SCRIPT SUBMISSION GUIDELINES 2013

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NOTE: A donation of $10 is appreciated, but not mandatory, to help cover the administrative costs of reviewing your work. (Make checks payable to Scranton Public Theatre).

The Jason Miller Playwrights’ Project reviews one-act and full-length plays throughout the year. Selected scripts are eligible for presentation as part of the project’s ongoing series of developmental readings and production workshops.

Please prepare your submission with respect to the following guidelines.

  • At the present time, we are only interested in playwrights/screenwriters residing in the Northeastern Pennsylvania region (roughly the 570 area code) or in plays set in the region.
  • Original full-length plays, adaptations, translations, and solo works will be considered. All subject matters are of interest, particularly those relevant to contemporary life. Short plays (5-15 minutes) are reviewed only as a collection or with regard to our annual Dyonisia Invitational.
  • We are not interested in traditional, large cast musical theatre at this time. Small cast, limited orchestra works will be reviewed only if the JMPP developmental process could be of benefit.
  • We are open to bi-lingual work but scripts should be written in approximately 50 percent English.
  • Works must be typed in standard industry manuscript format (U.S. preferred).
  • Include a cover page with the title of the script, your contact information, including address, email and phone number. Also requested are a character breakdown and brief synopsis of the play.
  • Not necessary, but of interest, are your resume and a brief biography. Information regarding the development history of the work is appreciated, if applicable. If play has been previously produced, copies of reviews and/or press coverage are welcome.
  • Limit your submission to one script at a time. If you have additional scripts that may be of interest, please include a cover letter with this information.
  • E-mail digital .doc or .pdf files as attachments to nepaplaywrights@live.com. Manuscripts may be mailed to: The Jason Miller Playwrights’ Project c/o Scranton Public Theatre; P.O. Box 1451; Scranton, PA 18501.
  • Please do not send us your original manuscript. Materials will not be returned.
  • A donation of $10 is appreciated, but not mandatory, to help cover the administrative costs of reviewing your work. (Make checks payable to Scranton Public Theatre).
  • You will receive an email message upon receipt of your submission.
  • Each script will receive at least one or as many as four evaluations by professional writers, scholars, theatrical directors and producers or other qualified project associates.
  • Response time may take two to three months. We may invite you to meet with a project representative for further discussion.

Arena Stage Kogod Cradle Series

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Arena Stage is now accepting proposals for the Kogod Cradle Series dates in our 2013-2014 season. We are looking for exciting new work that has a sense of inquiry in form and process: works in progress, workshop productions, open rehearsals, etc. This work may come from companies, ensembles or individual artists.

The Kogod Cradle Series supports the exploration and development of new and emerging work in the Arlene and Robert Kogod Cradle with visiting companies, artists and ensembles.

To apply for inclusion in the 2013-2014 season of the Kogod Cradle Series, please submit the following forms by May 17, 2013 to kogodcradle@arenastage.org.

Details about the Kogod series here.

Audition monologue advisory

Actors have been telling us they've used some of the monologues/dialogs from the NYCPlaywrights online videos in their auditions. We're glad to hear it but please actors, ask the playwright for permission ~ chances are they'll be happy to give it, and will be glad to know you like their work. And you might make a useful theater connection too.

If you can't find contact information for the playwright let us know at info@nycplaywrights.org and we'll forward your message to them. Thanks!

Friday, May 3, 2013

The Good Ear Review is dedicated to publishing monologues

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The Good Ear Review is dedicated to publishing monologues that share a moment in time with the reader (and, eventually, the audience).  A sense of character, place, and circumstance should be evident in a successful monologue.  We accept comedy, drama, and all the complexities in between.  We are committed to posting original and quality writing from both established writers and emerging playwrights from across the globe.

Before submitting your work, we strongly encourage you to read the monologues on this website so that you may get a sense of the monologue layout and the work that we publish.

Read the following guidelines carefully to ensure that your monologue is read by our editors and reaches us safely:
  • Email all monologues—individually if making more than one submission—to submit@thegoodearreview.com.  Include the words “Monologue Submission” in the email’s subject line.
  • The limit of submissions is no more than 3 monologues.
  • Most important:  no attachments—monologues must be in the body of your email, otherwise the email will not be opened.
  • Please do not format your monologue in an unusual way, e.g., no coloured or unconventional fonts.  Keep the formatting simple but do include paragraphs, parenthesis for stage directions, etc.
  • Monologue needs to include:  Setting (a particular room?  particular city or country?  bare stage?), Time (year?  morning?  evening?  transcending all space and time?),  Character (name, sex, age, ethnicity or nationality, any other pertinent attributes), and any necessary Set Up.
  • If the monologue requires a set up in order to be understood, particularly if the monologue is an excerpt from a larger work, the set up must not exceed 2-3 lines.  Brevity is the soul of description.  We want the reader to jump into the monologue without being hampered with excessive exposition.
  • Please title your monologue otherwise our editors will assign one.  If the piece is an excerpt from a play, include the name of the play.  Also include the year the monologue or excerpt was written.
  • The word limit on monologues is ideally no less than 600 words, no more than 1000.  A little over 1000 words may be considered, depending on the flow and content.
  • We do not accept revisions of an already submitted monologue unless you are specifically asked to revise by a GER editor.
  • Include a writer’s biography with your submission, at the bottom of your email.  The word limit for writer’s bios is 60 words.
  • If we decide to publish your monologue on The Good Ear Review website, you will be notified via email.  The time in which we will contact you should span anywhere between 3 weeks to 3 months, depending on the submission flow and the availability of our editors.
  • Due to the high volume of submissions, we are unable to provide the service of individual feedback for monologues.
  • The ugliness of money:  we wish we could pay writers, but we are unable to at this time.  For now, your reward is guts and glory, a far-reaching readership, and a deep, deep sense of pride.
Any questions apart from monologue submissions may be sent to info@thegoodearreview.com.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

New Theatre Project submission guidelines

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The New Theatre Project regularly accepts script submissions. Here’s what we’re looking for:

Full scripts. One acts are fine but we are most interested in full length scripts.
Character list and descriptions. If doubling is possible, please make this clear. It is difficult for us to do a show with more than 8.

A brief synopsis that could be used to publicize the play in the event of a reading.
We make every effort possible to respond to the script submissions within 2-3 months upon receiving them.

Any script that we would like to take a closer look at will receive a public reading in our New Work Series and some may receive staging workshops. Local playwrights are more than welcome to attend in person to get some feedback on their script and non-local playwrights can join via Skype.

We will not accept snal mail script submissions. Please send scripts to:

Emilie C. Samuelsen
Associate Artistic Director
emilie@thenewtheatreproject.org

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

The Douglas Morrisson Theatre in Hayward is accepting submissions for its second annual Playwrights CageMatch

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Our CageMatch is a chance for playwrights to show their stuff in an audience-decided live competition!

Five Playwrights enter but only one will emerge victorious! Grand Prize goes to the playwright with the chosen script.

Our theme this year is: KEYS TO THE HOTEL BARBARY. The setting is a ramshackle basement hotel room in the fictional "Hotel Barbary" of San Francisco. (There will be a claw footed bathtub onstage if you choose to incorporate that into your stage directions.) We're looking for creative and elegant back-stories that incorporate the setting into the scenes. Time period is not restricted. Please limit your scenes to no more than four characters. Tone, theme or genre is up to you! Futuristic sci-fi dystopia? Turn of the century romance? Modern-day holiday? All are welcome at the Hotel Barbary!

We are seeking brief scenes (5-20 minutes) which conform to the limitations of the competition. (Scripts which do not meet the restrictions will not be considered.) DMT staff will select five finalists to be presented. Each of the final scripts will get one rehearsal with the same director and company of actors. On June 10th the five scenes will be performed at a live staged reading event at the Douglas Morrisson Theatre. The audience will vote by token to determine the winner!

Admission to the performance is free, but a token to vote for the winner is $5.
Deadline for scene submissions sent via e-mail is May 6, 2013; post-mark deadline, if mailed, is May 3, 2013. 
Submissions can be e-mailed in *.doc or *.pdf to cagematch@dmtonline.org or mailed to:
Douglas Morrisson Theatre
ATTN: Susan E. Evans
c/o H.A.R.D.,
1099 E St., Hayward, CA 94541

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