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Thursday, August 29, 2013

Attention, playwrights: The Mobtown Playwrights Group wants your scripts

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Last season, the play development wing of Baltimore’s Mobtown Players workshopped three new plays. One of them, Erica Smith’s Come Out and Say It, will receive a full production on the Mobtown stage this summer (July 13-28). For the 2012-2013 season, we will again devote 4 slots to the development of new work by area writers.

Each of the first 3 slots will consist of back-to-back weekends of public readings. The Mobtown Players will supply actors, directors, and marketing acumen. Playwrights will have a chance to revise their drafts based on feedback from the first weekend’s readings, and to rehearse those revisions for the second weekend’s readings.  The goal for the 4th slot is to select one script to receive a full production by the Mobtown Players.

Scripts for the first slot, which will run October 5-13 (2012), should be submitted by July 31. Scripts for the remaining two slots, which will run February 1-9 (2013) and March 29-April 6 (2013), should be submitted by August 31. If you prefer a particular slot, please include that information with your submission; otherwise, we will consider you for all three.

Plays may be any length, genre, or style and may be written on any topic. Please include with your submission 3-5 questions you still have about your play or scenes/moments you’d like to develop. (You won’t be held to this, but it will provide a starting point if we select your play.) You must be able to attend most rehearsals and each reading of your play. If you have questions, please contact Brent at mobtownplaywrights@gmail.com. Scripts should be submitted electronically to the same email address.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Panowski Playwriting Competition

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The theme for this year's playwriting competition is "The Economy". We will be accepting submissions between the dates of Feb. 15, 2013 and Sept. 1, 2013. 

Playwriting Competition Rules

1. There is a broad theme selected each year for the competition that entries for that year must adhere to.  There is no restriction to style.

            1.2 Theme: The Economy

2. The competition is open to any playwright, but only one play per playwright may be entered per year.

3. Entries must be original, full-length plays or musicals. They also may be co-authored, based upon factual material or an adaptation. The applicant must be the owner and controller of the copyright.  The legal clearance of materials not in the public domain is the full responsibility of the playwright.

4.One-act plays and works previously entered in playwriting competitions sponsored by Northern Michigan University are ineligible.

5. Submission is restricted to plays that have not been previously produced or published.

6. No revisions will be accepted once a script has been submitted.

7. No written or oral critique will be given on plays submitted.

8. Entries may be submitted starting February 15, 2013 and must be received no later than September 1, 2013 to be considered for the current theme. The winner will be announced in December.

9. Northern Michigan University reserves the right to accept or reject any play entered in the contest.

10. Paper scripts must be securely bound within a notebook, cover or folder and clearly identified. All entries must be accompanied with a synopsis, unbound from the script, of no more than one page.  Scripts bound with staples or fasteners are not acceptable. They must be either typewritten or word processed. Entries not meeting these criteria will be disqualified.

11. By submitting a paper copy of the script the playwright agrees to allow their work to be scanned into a PDF.

12. Each paper script must be accompanied with a stamped, self-addressed envelope and a 3 X 5" index card with:

Name
Address
City, State & ZIP
Area Code & Phone Number
E-mail Address
TITLE OF PLAY

Index card should be paper-clipped to the script!

IMPORTANT:

13. Paper entries not accompanied by a self-addressed stamped envelope with sufficient postage will not be returned.

14. All entries will be handled with extreme care, but Northern Michigan University cannot assume responsibility for lost or damaged scripts. It is suggested that playwrights retain copies of their scripts.


The Playwriting Award was established in 1977 by the Forest Roberts Theatre at Northern Michigan University. From 1978 through 1993, the Shiras Institute, a prominent Upper Michigan philanthropic fund, participated in this event, which was known as the Shiras Institute/Forest Roberts Theatre Playwriting Award. Beginning with the fourteenth annual competition, Dr. James A. Panowski, director of the Forest Roberts Theatre, has provided financial assistance for the competition in memory of his parents, Albert and Mildred Panowski. In 1993, Dr. Panowski became the sole benefactor of the competition, which now bears the name of his parents. The award is designed to encourage and stimulate artistic growth among educational and professional playwrights. It provides students and faculty the unique opportunity to mount and produce an original work on the university stage. The playwright will benefit from seeing the work on its feet in front of an audience and from professional adjudication by guest critics.

Judging
Submissions will be accepted biennially, and must adhere to the theme of that competition cycle.  Each play will be blinded then read and judged by members of a screening committee.

Award
$2,000 cash award to the winning playwright.
A fully-mounted production during the following year’s theatre season.
The winning playwright will be flown to Marquette to serve as Artist-in-Residence the week of the show.
The production of the winning play may be entered in the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival.
Transportation, room and board will be provided.
Classroom and media appearances, along with conducting seminars and workshops will be part of the residency.
The winning playwright may be asked to participate in a script development workshop, working with a professional dramaturge, the director, and an assembled cast.
Winning Playwright
Northern Michigan University has the right to produce the play as part of the theatre season and for any additional performances if entered in the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival.
Northern Michigan University has the right to use the name of the play and the author's name in publicity and promotion.
Northern Michigan University has the right to negotiate with the playwright for future productions of the work.
In the event of all subsequent publications or productions of the winning manuscript (or versions thereof), and as one of the stipulations of the award, the author agrees to indicate in a footnote or in the playbill that the script won the  Mildred and Albert Panowski Playwriting Award by the Forest Roberts Theatre at Northern Michigan University.
Northern Michigan University will not make any additional claims to the use of the script.
The Forest Roberts Theatre reserves the right to video tape the production for archival purposes.

WAREHOUSE PAC

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Warehouse PAC is seeking submissions for its third short comedy fest. Guidelines are as follows:

1. Plays should take place in a "salon," of sorts. The set will consist of three 1960s/70s salon hair dryers, one styling chair, a counter, etc... Although the location is a "beauty, barber, and bait shoppe," writers need not include references to all. Nor does "Eunice" need to be present.
2. Five characters or less. (Quirky characters and situations welcome.)
3. Must be comedies.
4. Plays must be 10-minutes running time.
5. Thank you.

Submission Requirements:
Please submit three scripts with title only. Please bind each script with a paper clip—no staples or binders. Include a separate page with title and contact information.

Send to:
The Warehouse PAC
9216-A Westmoreland Rd.
Cornelius, NC 28031
ATTN: Short-play fest

Deadline: August 30th, 2013

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Santa Fe Performing Arts Playwright's Competition

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Santa Fe Performing Arts Playwright's Competition was developed to support American Playwrights. The competition is not merely a competition of words, but a venue for recognition and a demonstration of appreciation - truly a celebration of the writer's contribution. SFPA and many other theatre companies around the country with similar programs, support playwrights and ensure the future of American Theatre. Without the writers, the actors would have nothing to say.

Submissions are limited to unproduced new American plays and must be postmarked by the first of September of each year. 

Send play synopsis and character break-down via email office@sfperformingarts.orgor mail to: Santa Fe Performing Arts P.O. Box 22372 Santa Fe, N.M. 87502. Full scripts upon request only.

Monday, August 26, 2013

DARK LAUGHTER: comedies about the seriousness of contemporary American life

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Raven Theatre is now accepting submissions for their 2014 New Play Workshop. The selected play will receive a workshop presentation in June 2014. Playwrights are invited to submit script samples as follows:

  • Plays must be comedies about contemporary American life. Farce and sitcom material will not be considered. 
  • Submission period: July 15 - September 1, 2013 
  • Playwrights must be available to attend a minimum of 4 weeks rehearsal (approximately May-June 2014) at Raven Theatre (in Chicago.) 
  •  Unproduced plays only; however previous readings and developmental workshops are acceptable. 
  • Include a 15-page sample only, plus a brief synopsis and character breakdown. We will contact you if we would like to see the full script. 
  • Please include your LAST NAME and PLAY TITLE in the subject line. 
  • Please email script sample and contact information to susan@raventheatre.com between July 15 - September 1, 2013. 

For further information, please contact Susan Lieberman at susan@raventheatre.com.

Production Proposals are Now Being Accepted for Metropolitan Playhouse's 9th Living Literature Festival

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THE GILDED AGE
New works for co-production inspired by Leading Lights of the Gilded Age

Scheduled for January 13th through 26th, 2014, The Gilded Age Festival is a collection of new plays celebrating the spirit of work and spirit of the Gilded Age: America from 1875 to 1901. Works adapted from, inspired by, relating to prominent authors' and leaders' works, lives, and spirit are all welcome.

Guidelines: http://metropolitanplayhouse.org/gildedguide

The theater seeks submissions for CO-PRODUCTION and submissions are welcome from individual artists and performance companies alike. Co-producers will take full responsibility for conceiving and creating their contribution to the festival, with use of Metropolitan's space and physical resources. Metropolitan will coordinate and promote the festival as a part of its 22nd Season: "Justice"

Submissions may be for works of any length, up to and no longer than 1 hour and 30 minutes. There are NO RESTRICTIONS CONCERNING STYLE. Adaptations, biographies, fantasies, lectures, dialogues will all be considered. Selection by Metropolitan Playhouse will be based on relevance to the theme, artistic quality, feasibility of production, and suitability for the venue.

The Gilded Age, for the festival's purposes, is the period of American history from 1875 to 1901, and submissiions may relate to any prominent thinkers, diarists, poets, dramatists, novelists, and artists, AS WELL AS industrialists, philanthropists, politicians, and crusaders who influenced the character of the age. The pool of potential inspirations is broad and deep, including obvious figures such as Edith Wharton, Henry James, Henry Adams, Kate Chopin, Frank Norris, Frank Baum, Stephen Crane, or Theodore Dreiser, but figures such as Thorstein Veblen, Andrew Carnegie, Theodore Roosevelt, Frederick Taylor might also be considered. Proposers should FREE TO MAKE THE CASE for any writer—even the less well known—for being an influential voice. Source material must be non-dramatic writing.

NOTE: The theater has, in past years, already presented festivals devoted specifically to Mark Twain and Horatio Alger, and consequently these authors will be less interesting as central figures to any submission.

Please note: these are co-productions. We are looking for proposals from producers (or authors, directors, actors who will produce themselves) of performances that YOU will stage at our facility.  We are NOT looking for scripts for Metropolitan to produce. 

Submissions will be accepted by e-mail (preferred) or snail mail (possible).
E-mail submissions should be in pdf format.
Submissions must include:
1.  Cover sheet with
  • Name of Company/Artist taking responsibility for producing the work
  • Project Title
  • Relation to a writer and his/her writing
  • Performance Length (Max. 1 hr, 30 min.  This is extremely important for scheduling.)
  • Contact Person
  • Telephone Contact
  • E-mail Contact
2. Project narrative of no more than 2 pages
3. Key artist biographies and, if applicable, company history
4. Sample text (may be the proposed script or a comparable work by the key artist(s))

Submission Deadline: September 1, 2013

E-mail (Preferred):
Please send proposals or scripts as pdf documents.
gilded@metropolitanplayhouse.org

Mail (possible):
Metropolitan Playhouse
220 E. 4th Street
New York, NY  10009
Attn: Guilded Age

Inquiries: Alex Roe 212 995 8410 or gilded@metropolitanplayhouse.org

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Nylon Fusion seeks 10-minute scripts on independence.

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

If you’re submitting:

1- To our short play festival “This Round’s On Us” (about 10 minutes) *
2- Political Play series (Full Length-about 90 min)
 Note: It does not have to be about Politics per se. Just about a topic that is socially and/or culturally significant. If you have questions please contact us at nylonsubmissions@gmail.com — currently working on our 2013-2014 (6th) season
3- To the TV style project (Episode sample- 20-30 pages) for **The New Situation Company.

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*Our festivals are each linked to major holidays:  Valentine’s Day, April Fools’ Day, Independence Day, and Halloween. We look for plays approximately 10-minutes in length either directly or indirectly linked to each holiday or some related themes–respectively: love/hate, mischief/deceit/surprise, independence/ dependence/ patriotism, fear/disguises. While the writer should be concerned with the theme in their submissions, the categories are fairly broad and there is no need to be overt and obvious in working them into the script. We will select and arrange the plays so that they work best together and with the theme. Please, don’t send us any 1-2 page plays or anything over 20 pages.

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*DEADLINES for Festival:

“This Round’s On Us: Halloween is August 24th 2013

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Please be specific on your form- write on SUBJECT LINE the title of your project and which project you’re submitting to.

To be considered please submit the following: a cover letter, brief synopsis, your resume, and script. If you’re having trouble with our form please email us with proper subject line at nylonsubmissions@gmail.com

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Obligatory Theatre Co. is seeking unpublished and unproduced full-length play submissions

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Obligatory Theatre Co. is seeking unpublished and unproduced full-length play submissions for its staged reading series. Actors, directors, space, and marketing will be provided by the company. Playwrights involvement with casting and rehearsals is at the discretion of the creative team. Plays may be any subject or genre.

To apply, submit the following:

  • Complete draft of a full-length play
  • Brief synopsis
  • Character breakdowns
  • Playwright’s Resume
  • Cover letter

Deadline for submission is August 30th. 
One script per author.
Scripts should be properly formatted and submitted as a PDF. Readings will be produced at no cost to the writer. Tickets to the reading are free. An audience talkback will follow the reading at the discretion of the playwright and creative team. Submissions accepted on a rolling basis. Submissions should be sent to submissions@obligatorytheatre.com.

Visit www.obligatorytheatre.com for more information.

The Modern-Day Griot Theatre Company is accepting submissions of one-act plays

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ATTENTION MALE PLAYWRIGHTS!

The Modern-Day Griot Theatre Company is accepting submissions of one-act plays to be performed in an evening of staged readings for our “See, Hear Taste, Touch” series which will be held this October in New York City.

This October’s “See, Hear, Taste, Touch” will be a celebration of male artists and their work.

We are only accepting original work by male playwrights. All plays must be production-ready, typewritten, have 1-6 characters, and must have a running time of 20 minutes or less. Any genre (comedy, tragedy, etc) is accepted, but the plays must have a fresh plot, sufficient conflict, and a provocative and engaging text.

Deadline for submissions is August 30, 2013 at 6pm EST. 

The Modern-Day Griot Theatre Company cannot offer royalties but can offer a production opportunity.

For inquiries or to submit your work, please email:
lbulos@moderndaygriot.org.

Off the Fence Theatre Company (UK) is looking for scripts to mark the centenary of World War I

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Off the Fence Theatre Company is looking for scripts to perform during 2014 to mark the centenary of World War I.

Scripts should be for one actor, initially for performance at Upstairs at the Western and with a view to tour.

Please forward a 200 word synopsis, a 400 word script extract and a 100 word writer’s biography to script-editor@off-the-fence.com by 31st August 2013. 

Inspired by the theme ‘The Great War’, the play should be between 60 – 70 minutes.

Firehouse Theatre Project 12th Annual Festival of New American Plays

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NOTE: Must have a letter of recommendation

Rules for Submission
  • Full length scripts only. 
  • Plays must not have been previously produced. Readings are acceptable if no admission was charged and actors read from the script. 
  • Submissions should be made in standard manuscript form and with no fancy binding. This means no discs, no e-mails. Please just use a binder clip to secure the script pages, no folders, no plastic covers, etc. All author information must be on a title page separate from the body of the manuscript and no reference to the author is permitted in the body of the script. 
  • Scripts must be accompanied by a letter of recommendation from a theater company or individual familiar with your work. Letters of recommendation do not need to be specific to the play submitted; they may be general recommendations of the playwrights work. All letters must be received with the script, not under separate cover. Scripts received without a letter will not be considered. 
  • Entries must be postmarked no later than September 1, 2013 but no earlier than January 1, 2013. 
  • Due to volume of mail, manuscripts cannot be returned. 
  • Send submissions to: 
Firehouse Theatre Project
11th Festival of New American Plays
1609 W. Broad St.
Richmond, VA 23220 
  • Two winners receive staged readings and prizes of $1,000 and $500. In the case of a tie, each winner will receive $750. 
  • Winners will be announced March 1, 2014. 

Emerging Writers Group applications open

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Deadline is August 30, 2013 

The Emerging Writers Group, now accepting applications for its fifth cycle, targets playwrights early in their careers, creating an artistic home, support, and resources for a diverse group of up-and-coming playwrights.

Through an open application process, The Public Theater will select 10 emerging playwrights to join the Emerging Writers Group from January 2014 through December, 2015.

The participating playwrights will:

  • Receive a stipend of $6,000
  • Participate in a biweekly writers group led by The Public’s Literary Department
  • Receive at least one reading at The Public
  • Participate in master classes led by established playwrights
  • Observe rehearsals for productions at The Public
  • Receive an additional stipend for theater tickets to productions at other theaters
  • Receive complimentary tickets to Public Theater shows, invited dress rehearsals and other special events
  • Receive artistic support and professional development guidance from the literary department and artistic staff

REQUIREMENTS FOR ELIGIBILITY:

  • Cannot have professional representation for playwriting including, but not limited to, agent, manager or lawyer.
  • Cannot be a full-time student at any point during the duration of the program.
  • Cannot be enrolled in any academic playwriting course during the duration of the program.
  • Must not have had productions in New York other than those using the showcase code or in an off-off Broadway theater with 99 or fewer seats. (If your New York show used a higher contract tier than the showcase code, you are not eligible to apply. If your New York show received a festival production in a theater with more than 99 seats and did not use an Equity contract, you are eligible to apply.)
  • Must live within 90 minutes of The Public Theater via car or rail.
  • Must be able to attend evening meetings at The Public Theater every other week in 2014 and 2015 as well as other events throughout the year, such as master classes, retreats, observerships and other special events at The Public.
  • Regular attendance is mandatory and therefore applicants should view the program as a two-year-long commitment.
  • Must be available for an in-person interview in early December 2013.

If you are unavailable for an in-person interview or have a limited conflict in regards to attending biweekly meetings, please make note of such conflicts on the Application Form. We will try to accommodate such situations on a case-by-case basis.

For further clarification of Requirements for Eligibility, please see the Frequently Asked Questions section below.

Applicants must submit the following:


  • Completed Application Form. Click here to download.
  • Names of and contact information for two references (to be listed on the application form). The references can be a theater professional, teacher of any discipline, or workplace supervisor.
  • Resume (in PDF or MS Word).
  • One-page artistic statement (in PDF or MS Word) incorporating answers to the following questions:
  • Why do you want to participate in the Emerging Writers Group at The Public Theater?
  • Have you participated in a writers group before?
  • If so, what was it like and why was it meaningful to you? If not, how do you hope this writers group would contribute to your artistic growth?
  • If you were selected for the Emerging Writers Group, what would your goals for the program be?
  • One full-length play or book of a musical (in PDF or MS Word)
  • Play/musical must be at least 60 pages long.
  • If your play is a solo show, it must be at least 20 pages long.
  • The script must be a completed draft, though it need not be a final draft. The script cannot summarize scenes-yet-to-be-written or contain any other hallmarks of an incomplete draft.
  • If you applied for the program previously, you must submit a different script; revised drafts of the play previously submitted will not be accepted.

NOTE: Writers selected for the group will be asked to begin a new play; the play you send with your application should be your strongest writing sample, not a play you propose to develop during the EWG program.
If your contact information or eligibility status changes between August 30th and your notification, you are required to update The Public Theater by mailing a letter to the address below or sending an email to EWGquestions@publictheater.org.

For further clarification of materials required for application, please see the Frequently Asked Questions Section below.

Please email materials to: EWGapplications@publictheater.org with your name and title of your play in the subject line of your email.
(Please include any messages to us on your application form, not in the body of your email. This email address is for applications only; please email questions to EWGquestions@publictheater.org)

We encourage email submissions for the sake of going green, but you are also welcome to mail or deliver materials to:
Emerging Writers Group
The Public Theater
425 Lafayette Street
New York , NY 10003

If you mail your application: please do not bind or staple your script; a binder clip will suffice. We encourage you to save paper by printing your play on recycled paper or double-siding your script. If you would like confirmation that your application materials have been received, please include a self-addressed, stamped postcard for us to mail back to you. Your application materials will not be returned.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: AUGUST 30, 2013. Materials must be postmarked August 30th or received at the theater or emailed by midnight EST of August 30th.

CRITERIA AND SELECTION PROCESS
The Public Theater will select the strongest candidates based on the overall strength of the applicant’s play submission, artistic statement, and interview.

The Public will look for candidates from diverse backgrounds who show tremendous artistic promise and talent, as well as responsible and dedicated individuals who are serious about a career in the theater. The Public is especially interested in playwrights who have not begun their writing career via the traditional channels.

The selection committee will be comprised of Oskar Eustis, Artistic Director; Mandy Hackett, Associate Artistic Director; Liz Frankel, Literary Manager; and Jesse Alick, Artistic Associate.

TIME TABLE
Application Deadline: midnight EST August 30, 2013
Finalist interviews: Early December, 2013
Notification: Mid-Late December, 2013
Program start date: January, 2014
Program end date: End of December, 2015

All applicants will be notified of their status by email by the end of December. Applicants without email addresses will be notified by mail. Please do not call or email to ask your status. Please rest assured that if we would like to interview you, we will contact you, so you need not call or email to inquire.

If you have specific questions, please email EWGquestions@publictheater.org after reading the Frequently Asked Questions section below. No phone calls please.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

If an agent or agent-in-training represents my writing but I have not yet officially signed with them, am I eligible to apply? No. Since we are most eager to find playwrights who have yet to reach this step in their career, you are not eligible to apply.

If I have an agent/lawyer/manager for work other than my playwriting (ex. acting, translation work), may I apply? Yes, you may, but kindly note this relationship on the application form.

If an agent/lawyer/manager has represented my playwriting on one project but does not represent my whole body of work or plan to represent anything I write going forward, may I apply? Yes, you may, but kindly note this relationship on the application form.

If I am working with a lawyer on legal issues regarding my artistic work, may I apply? Absolutely. We define professional representation as having an agent/manager/lawyer who will submit and promote your work as well as negotiate contracts on your behalf. If you are working with a lawyer in any other capacity, you are eligible to apply.
If I am in a graduate playwriting program at present but am willing to suspend or end my student status if accepted to the Emerging Writers Group, may I apply? Yes, you may, but kindly note this status on the application form.

If I am in the third year of a graduate playwriting program of which the third year does not involve attending any classes, may I apply? No, we cannot accept writers who are currently affiliated with a graduate playwriting program.

If I am applying to an MFA playwriting program with a start date in 2014, may I apply? Yes, and please fill out the application form accordingly.

If I have graduated from an MFA playwriting program, am I eligible to apply? Yes, you are eligible, so long as you are not currently enrolled in any graduate playwriting program.

What kind of conflicts in 2014 and 2015 would make me ineligible? We accept that every writer will wind up missing one or two meetings, but if you know now that you will be away for more than three weeks in total in 2014 and 2015, you should not apply.Applicants should view the program as a two-year-long commitment and we will only accept applicants who can take full advantage of the program.

When will the biweekly meetings be held? We will work with the writers selected to find a time that works for every member of the group, so you need not worry about this question at the application stage.

If I am selected for the group and then my eligibility status changes, would I be automatically suspended from the program? No, we will handle this situation on a case-by-case basis. Please do not let such a concern keep you from applying.

What kind of resume should I submit? Your resume should list the plays you have written and any readings, workshops and productions they have received. Your resume should also include any other relevant theater experience. We would be glad to see a resume detailing your education or other work experience, though this is not required. Please feel free to submit multiple resumes if you think that this would be helpful as we consider your application. As long as you have a resume that details your playwriting experience, you need not tailor a resume to this application process alone.

I have revised my play so much since I submitted it last year that it can hardly be considered the same play; may I submit it? Unfortunately, you cannot. We require that you submit a new play.

Will you check to see if each applicant is applying with a new play? Yes, we will.

If I change the title of the play I submitted last year, will you even know that it’s the same play? Yes, once we read your submission we will review our notes from when we considered your work last, and then we will know if you have submitted the same play with a new title.

My play is not 60 pages long but I think that if you read it, you will surely want to admit me to the program. May I apply? Unfortunately, you may not. We feel strongly about admitting writers who have written at least one full-length piece.

If I can’t decide between two plays or have an additional writing sample that I am very proud of, may I include more than one play with my application? No, we only read one play per applicant, so please only submit one writing sample.

May I send in music along with the book of my musical? You are welcome to do so and we will likely listen to it. Please give credit to the composer and lyricist if it is not you.

Is there an age limit? Are you looking for young writers? No, there is no age limit and we would be glad to admit a talented writer of any age into the program.

Will you let me know that you received my emailed application? Yes, you should receive an auto-response as soon as your application is received. If you do not, please try again. If this fails, please email EWGquestions@publictheater.org.

Will you let me know that materials sent by mail have arrived safely at your office? We will not routinely notify applicants when we receive their materials by mail, but if you would like confirmation, please enclose a self-addressed, stamped postcard or note-card with a box for us to check upon safe receipt. We would be glad to mail this back to you. Please be aware that it may take us until the end of September to do so as we anticipate a high volume of submissions. If you do not send such a card with your application but wish to do so afterwards, please feel free to send us such a form at any time.

If I don’t hear from you by 2014, may I follow-up with you about my application status? Yes, please email EWGquestions@publictheater.org.

If I have had some contact with a Public Theater staff member, would it be better to contact them directly with my question rather than write to EWGquestions@publictheater.org? No, please write to EWGquestions@publictheater.org, but feel free to mention any contact with a Public Theater staff member in your email.

How long will I have to wait for a response to an email I send to EWGquestions@publictheater.org? We will respond to every email within 2-3 days of receipt.

Thank you for your interest in the Emerging Writers Group!

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Discount tickets for NYCPlaywrights: PHILIP GOES FORTH

MINT THEATER COMPANY presents


The Mint Theater - 311 West 43rd Street, 3rd Floor (between 8th & 9th Avenues)
By George Kelly
Directed by Jerry Ruiz
With Cliff Bemis, Teddy Bergman, Bernardo Cubría, Jennifer Harmon, Carole Healey, Christine Toy Johnson, Natalie Kuhn, Brian Keith MacDonald, Jennifer McVey, Rachel Moulton

PHILIP GOES FORTH by George Kelly, tells the story of a young man who rebels against his father and a career in the family business and ventures to New York to write plays. He leaves home without his father's support or blessing, but with this warning: "Don't imagine, whenever you get tired floating around up there in the clouds that you can drop right back into your place down here;—that isn't the way things go—"
 “Nothing Mr. Kelly has written is lacking in distinction and Philip Goes Forth is no exception…a gripping character study – human, unhurried and gently edged with satire.”         
– Robert Garland, New York World-Telegram

LIMITED ENGAGEMENT! August 24 – October 20 ONLY!
Performance Schedule:*
Tuesday 7pm | Wednesday 7pm | Thursday 7pm| Friday 8pm
Saturday 2pm & 8pm | Sunday 2pm

*Special Wednesday Matinees: September 4, October 2 and October 9 at 2pm
No performances: August 24 at 8pm, September 3, September 17, October 1 and October 9 at 7pm

$45 TICKETS (reg. $55)**

The Mint continues its popular CheapTix program, offering a limited number of 1/2 price tickets ($27.50) for EVERY PERFORMANCE!

THREE EASY WAYS TO BUY:

ONLINE: Visit www.MintTheater.org and enter code GEN45
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IN PERSON: Visit the Mint Theater box office - 311 West 43rd Street, 3rd Floor (between 8th and 9th Avenues)

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FaithProjectNYC seeks original short plays (10-20 minutes long) for The Faith Project

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Deadline August 31, 2013

FaithProjectNYC seeks original short plays (10-20 minutes long) for "The Faith Project," an evening exploring faith in contemporary life, to be produced in Fall 2013 in New York City.

Notes:
Play must involve or at least touch on some aspect (positive or negative) of religion, faith or spirituality as it applies to contemporary life.

No more than 6 characters, please. Simple settings and tech requirements.

Sophisticated, quality writing and a compelling story are essential.

Not interested in educational "drama ministry" type fare or other works that were written with the church/religious school market in mind.

Previously produced work is fine. Excerpts from longer works are fine provided they stand on their own with no "set-up" of any kind.

This evening will be directed by an award-winning veteran stage director with Off-Broadway credits.

Submission Process:

Email submissions to FaithProjectNYC@gmail.com.

In the body of the email, please provide a one or two sentence description of the play as well as your most recent bio. Attach the complete script as a PDF. No MSWord, please.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

The 7 DAYS of PLAY

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This fall, The Seven Collective presents a week-long festival of distinctive events that will include works from three selected playwrights produced over four nights at THEATERLAB (357 W 36th St).

Be one of them!

Submit up to 2 plays along with your bio here: writers@sevencollective.org
* One-Act plays are preferred but all will be considered.
Submission Deadline: 11:59 p.m. on Saturday, August 31, 2013
**Selected plays will be announced on September 7th.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Playwrights' Round Table of Orlando, Florida is now accepting full-length scripts

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NOTE:  If the playwright (of the selected work) is not currently a PRT Member, they are required to join PRT prior to production for a minimum of one season. Dues must be submitted before production can begin. These dues are $30 for one year's membership.

Playwrights' Round Table of Orlando, Florida is now accepting full-length scripts for the third edition of the Premiere Series, running through August 31st, 2013. Our Reading Committee will read and score the plays throughout this period. We hope to have the selected play announced by the start of October.

Following are the submission guidelines:

1. Plays must be original, previously unproduced works. Plays that have been previously workshopped, or presented as a staged reading, are acceptable.

2. Plays must be approximately 90-120 minutes long (generally speaking, 2 acts, lasting around 75-90 pages).

3. Scripts should be properly formatted and submitted electronically in .doc (MS Word 2003) format. Please do not send as PDFs. Please number the pages.

4. Please include the following information on the title page of your submission: name, e-mail address, contact phone number, city/country of residence, and a brief synopsis of the play. Please also include a resume or CV, in a separate attachment from the play submission.

5. The play will be performed April 2014 in the Mandell Theatre at the John and Rita Lowndes Shakespeare Center. This particular venue features a proscenium-style stage in a space that seats up to 100 people. Thus, we are able to produce a play that is a little more detailed than our usual black-box arrangement, and we can configure the space a number of ways. However, keep in mind that overly elaborate sets and technical requirements may impact our ability to perform the piece. Sticking with a unit set is usually a good idea. Keep it simple.

6. Cast sizes should be manageable. 5-6 is the preferred number, 10 or more is probably too many.

7. Any subject matter is acceptable. We welcome a wide range of viewpoints, experiences, and stories to present on our stage, so ALL playwrights, regardless of age, gender, sexual preference, or ethnicity, are highly encouraged to submit plays to the script call.

8. Plays should be emailed to submissions@theprt.com. The deadline for consideration for the script call is 11:59 pm Eastern Time, August 31st, 2013. If you experience difficulty e-mailing scripts or attachments to this address, as a backup, please send them to info@theprt.com or charlesrdent@hotmail.com.

9. The writer of the selected play will be notified via email, and granted the option of being produced. If the playwright is not currently a PRT Member, they are required to join PRT prior to production for a minimum of one season. Dues must be submitted before production can begin. These dues are $30 for one year's membership. If dues are not submitted in a timely manner, the play will be replaced in the lineup.

10. Please submit no more than 2 plays per writer. There is no charge to submit a play, only to join the group as a member if your play is selected.

If you have further questions regarding this call, please contact us at info@theprt.com.

We look forward to your submissions. Good luck, everyone!

Saturday, August 17, 2013

The NYTimes wants to know: What Inspired You to Work in Theater?

This summer, The New York Times is publishing essays by its critics about the moments or works that prompted them to write about the arts, along with stories from readers about their own epiphanies. Previously we heard from readers who work in television, classical music, dance, pop music, video games and the visual arts.

Next week, Charles Isherwood will write about what set him on the path toward becoming a theater critic for The Times. We want to hear from theater professionals about what inspired their careers.

Whether you’re a playwright, a community theater manager, an actress, her agent, her understudy, a sound technician, a set painter or a Broadway usher, we want to hear about the theatrical works or experiences that led you to dedicate yourself to the field.

Please submit a comment at this link describing what you do and how an experience in theater led you to your career. Keep submissions under 250 words.

We will present some of your stories alongside Mr. Isherwood’s essay. We look forward to reading about your theatrical inspirations.




Poison Apple Initiative is accepting submissions

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Poison Apple Initiative is accepting submissions of unproduced, production-ready work to premiere during its 2013-2014 season. Work that has received readings or workshops is encouraged.

SUBMISSIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED FROM JULY 18TH TO AUGUST 20TH.

ELECTRONIC SUBMISSIONS ONLY.

Please include:

  • A cover letter with brief synopsis.
  • A .doc or .pdf copy of the script.

A few things:

  • We tend to favor intermission-less plays. We think an hour-twenty is the perfect amount of theatre.
  • Small, female-heavy casts requiring actors in the 18-35 age range are preferable.
  • A PAI play has a dark sense of humor, a jagged bite, a bright imagination, and immediate social relevance on a large scale. "Kitchen sink" is not our bag. Please no returns of prodigal children, sobering losses of parents, or families being ripped asunder by dark secrets unearthed at a dinner party in a tony East Side apartment.

If it can be effectively filmed, it's not for us.

  • No musicals, children's plays, or translations. Adaptations are welcome if they are less faithful and more a response to the original text (think Phaedra's Love by Sarah Kane.)
  • Please send only one play. 
  • Selected playwrights will receive an honorarium of $450.


Please submit plays and/or questions to: poisonappleinitiative@gmail.com

Friday, August 16, 2013

The Thistle Dew Theatre seeks plays for Stage and Radio

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Call for play submissions: monologues, short plays, one act or full-length plays for stage and radio. 

Rules for engagement: 
  • Your play can be either a comedy or a drama. 
  • Your play calls for one (1) to six (6) characters. 
  • Your play exhibits freshness, sufficient conflict and engaging text. 
  • Your play must be production ready. 
  • Your play is in simple standard format, 14pt. Times or Times Roman font. 
Example:
"Jane:  (Interrupts.)
I prefer my script writing format: KISS."
  • Your complete play is in .doc format with numbered pages.
  • Page One: Your Title, contact information and 200 word biography. 
  • Page Two: Your Character breakdown and 300 word synopsis. 
  • The subject line of your email submission to sheamusoshea12@gmail.com reads TDDT Play Submission . There is no entry fee. 
The deadline for submissions is August 31, 2013. 
Address your queries to Tom at seamusoshea12@gmail.com

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

2nd annual BAD Theater Fest

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2nd annual BAD Theater Fest
Oct 29 - Nov 2, 2013 at The Tank

Submission fee: FREE
Deadline: August 15, 2013

WHY “BAD” THEATER?
Part of our motivation behind starting a festival openly searching for bad theater is to make a venue available to people who want to write but are worried about what others may think about it. We can get trapped in the need for others to like our work, to the point that it prevents us from finishing (or even starting). So don’t worry, just get it done… your play may not even be the worst one out there.

WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR?
If you feel strongly about doing it – we want to see it. Plus, the “bad” in Bad Theater is definitely a fun way of saying that we want to program the most eclectic festival as possible.

WHAT WE ARE NOT LOOKING FOR?
We don’t want anything filled with hate speech. I mean… let’s have fun out there – make some friends instead of enemies.

Submission form: http://www.badtheaterfest.com/home/submit/

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Between Us Productions is looking for ten minute plays

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There is no submission fee, but there is a $100 participation fee if chosen. This fee goes toward renting the space and marketing.

Between Us Productions is looking for ten minute plays for their Take Ten Festival. Maximum length is 10 pages. The festival will run April 7-13 2014.

It is a competition style festival with cash prizes for best play, best director, best actor, and best actress. The winner of best play will also get a longer one act produced as a workshop by the company.

This is a self-producing festival. The company will only provide the performance space and general festival marketing (including sending out to agents, major theater companies, and press). The show's team will be responsible for funding the rest of the production and preparing it to be performed. This is a great way for new and emerging artists to have their work seen. There will also be a pool of directors available for writers to choose from if they do not know a director themselves or live out of town.

Winners will receive a cash prize and the winner of best play will receive a workshop production of a longer one act that will be fully funded by the company.

Please send a summary and the full ten minute play to betweenusproductions@gmail.com by August 15, 2013

Sunday, August 11, 2013

NYCPlaywrights June 2013 Play of the Month: RACHEL by Jennifer Calhoun



RACHEL by Jennifer Calhoun is the fourth monologues selected for the NYCPlaywrights June 2013 Play of the Month to be recorded.

We asked Jennifer about the inspiration for her monologue and she replied:
I dunno what to say without incriminating myself! 
For more information about the author and the actor see the NYCPlaywrights Play of the Month page.

Friday, August 9, 2013

The Yale Drama Series is seeking submissions

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The Yale Drama Series is seeking submissions for its 2014 playwriting competition. The winning play will be selected by the series' current judge, award-winning playwright Marsha Norman. The winner of this annual competition will be awarded the David Charles Horn Prize of $10,000, publication of his/her manuscript by Yale University Press, and a staged reading at Lincoln Center Theater.

There is no application form or entry fee. Please follow these guidelines in preparing your manuscript:

1. This contest is restricted to plays written in the English language. Worldwide submissions are accepted.

2. Submissions must be original, unpublished full-length plays written in English. Translations, musicals, and children’s plays are not accepted. The Yale Drama Series is intended to support emerging playwrights. Playwrights may win the competition only once.

3. Playwrights may submit only one manuscript per year.

4. Plays that have been professionally produced or published are not eligible. Plays that have had a workshop, reading, or non-professional production or that have been published as an actor's edition will be considered.

5. Plays may not be under option or scheduled for professional production or publication at the time of submission.

6. The manuscript must begin with a title page that shows the play’s title and your name, address, telephone number, e-mail address (if you have one), page count and (if applicable) a list of acknowledgments; a second title page which lists the title of the play only; a 2-3 sentence description of the play, a list of characters; and a list of acts and scenes.

7. Plays must be typed/word-processed, numbered and in standard professional play format. A brief biography may be included at the end of the manuscript, on a separate page, but is not required.

8. Electronic Submissions: The Yale Drama Series Competition strongly urges electronic submission. By electronically submitting your script, you will receive immediate confirmation of your successful submission and the ability to check the status of your entry.

Electronic submissions for the 2014 competition must be submitted no earlier than June 1, 2013 and no later than August 15, 2013.

If you would like to submit an electronic copy of your manuscript please go to: https://yup.submittable.com/submit

9. Hard Copy Submissions: The Yale Drama Series Competition strongly urges applicants to submit their scripts electronically, but if that is impossible, we will accept hard copies.

Submissions for the 2014 competition must be postmarked no earlier than June 1, 2013 and no later than August 15, 2013.

Do not bind or staple the manuscript.

Do not send the only copy of your work. Manuscripts cannot be returned after the competition. If you wish receipt of your manuscript to be acknowledged, please include a stamped, self-addressed postcard.
Send the manuscript to
Yale Drama Series,
P.O. Box 209040,
New Haven, CT 06520-9040.

10. The Yale Drama Series reserves the right to reject any manuscript for any reason.

11. The Yale Drama Series reserves the right of the judge to not choose a winner for any given year of the competition and reserves the right to determine the ineligibility of a winner, in keeping with the spirit of the competition, and based upon the accomplishments of the author.

CONTACT US
For more information regarding the Yale Drama Series please write to us at:

Yale Drama Series
P.O. Box 209040
New Haven, CT
06520-9040

Or email us at yaledramaseries@yale.edu

FEMFEST 2013: Revelation & Revolution

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CALL FOR FEMALE PLAYWRIGHTS

Winnipeg’s 11th Annual Festival of Plays by Women for Everyone

Sarasvàti Productions is accepting applications for their 11th annual FemFest “Bake–Off” which will take place in September 2013. For this portion of the festival we are seeking five courageous female playwrights, of varying levels of experience, to participate.

On Saturday, August 31st at 10 a.m. the five playwrights chosen for the event, will be given eight hours to write a scene anywhere from five to 10 minutes in duration. Writers will also be provided with three key “ingredients”they must incorporate into their scene. Prior to the festival, each scene will receive a few hours of direction with a team of ensemble players.

On Monday, September 16th the scenes will be performed before a live audience who will vote for the scene they would most like to see developed into a play. The following year, the winner of the 2013 Bake-Off will receive a workshop or full production of their play in FemFest 2014.

If you are a playwright looking for a deadline or a little motivation to get that first scene for your new play out of your head and onto the page, then the FemFest BakeOffs for you! All interested playwrights should send in an application.

Please include:
1. A cover letter
-with full contact information (mailing address, phone # and e-mail)
-expressing why you feel you should be a participant in FEMFEST’S Bake-off 2013
-detailing any production history
2. A 100 word bio of the playwright
3. A 5-10 page writing sample (Can be a scene or monologue) 
All applications must be received in the office by August 12th, 2013. Applications should be mailed to:
FemFest 2013-Bake-Off
c/o Cairn Moore
Sarasvàti Productions
242 Cathedral Avenue
Winnipeg, MB R2W 0X3
Ail applications will not be accepted. For more information please contact us at (204) 586-2236 or info@sarasvati.ca. To view details on past FemFests check out our website www.sarasvati.ca.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Small Fish Radio Theatre and Thespinarium seeks scripts

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We're looking for short plays, poems, stories, and music for our horror/Halloween show, which will be recorded live at Playwright's Pub at Chicago Dramatists in October.

DEADLINE - August 15th.

Please send your submissions to:
submissions@smallfishradio.com

Please follow the guidelines listed below.

Radio Play categories by running time:

  • 6-10 Minute Radio Play (maximum 10 minutes)
  • Short Story and Poetry running times:
  • Short Story - no more than 5 minutes in length.
  • Poetry - no more than 5 minutes in length.

Script Guidelines:

Five Actors or Less – This does not mean five characters or less, it simply means your play must be able to be performed by a maximum of five actors.

Avoid Traditional Stage Directions – While this may seem obvious given our “radio” format, it is important to remember that your play is conveyed through the dialogue, music, and sound effects.

Theme/Genre – Small Fish Radio Theatre and Thespinarium encourages imaginative plays that transport the listener. Whimsy, fantasy (other than Sci-Fi), fable, fairy tale, melodrama, mystery are among the types of radio plays we look for.

Short Stories and Poetry –
 We accept short stories and poetry in written form (PDF preferred) or an audio file may be sent (MP3 please). If an audio file is too large to email, please send an email to submissions@smallfishradio.com to request an invitation to submit a recorded short story or poem via DropBox. Please do not submit recorded radio plays. We are not accepting produced radio plays.

MULTIPLE SUBMISSIONS ARE FINE!

Small Fish Radio Theatre presents curated programs of original theatre, storytelling, poetry, and music. Hosts Herzovi and Green serve up our latest catch from emerging playwrights, poets, and other artists with a different theme each episode. To listen to our latest program, you may download the FREE podcast from iTunes and listen at your  leisure, or go to our home page to listen there.

Monday, August 5, 2013

Players Theatre will accept short play and musical submissions for SPF / BOO

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The historic Players Theatre in the heart of Greenwich Village will accept short play and musical submissions for SPF / BOO in October.

Theme: Horror

Deadline: August 16, 2013

This October five short plays will be presented each week for three weeks. The Festival will run Thursday through Sunday in the Steve & Marie Sgouros Theatre.  Each week a Best of the Festival winner will be selected by audience and judge's vote.  The winner will receive a cash prize of $100.

So sharpen your pencil and get to work - it's only 15 minutes!

More submission info is available, along with our application, here: http://goo.gl/pKKAUa

Visit us Online! ShortPlayNYC.com

Specifics

  • Plays MUST be NO MORE 15 minutes in length!
  • Submissions MUST be submitted both as digital and hard copy submissions.
  • Hard copy submissions must be Blind Copy.
  • Plays WILL NOT be accepted without an application.

The Short Play Festival does not produce the plays accepted into the festival. SPF hosts the productions. The plays and playwrights accepted will be responsible for any additional costs.

How To Submit:

Complete the Application and attach it to your digital and hardcopy submissions.

Email Submissions to Admin@shortplaynyc.com.
Mail two (2) copies of your script (BLIND COPY ONLY) and application to:
The Short Play Festival

The Players Theatre
115 MacDougal Street
New York, NY 10012
212-475-1449

Please feel free to contact us via email if you have any additional questions.

Admin@shortplaynyc.com.

GUIDELINES:

1. Submissions should be of a HALLOWEEN theme in honor of HALLOWEEN. Should be focussed on scary, haunting, and Halloween experiences and ideas.

2. Each production will have four performances; Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

(Tech will be the previous Sunday.)

There will be three separate weeks.

Festival staff will try topair up one-acts according to theme and running time.

Please let us know if you have any dateconflicts.

We will try to work around conflict of selected plays but be aware that conflicts mightexclude you from the festival.

3. Please mail or hand-deliver two (2) bound, hard copy, blind submissions, of your play not to exceed 15 pages/15 minutes, with the application form (below) to the above address. Please include a CD of music if you are submitting a musical.
Make sure that a cast breakdown and synopsis is included.
In addition, you must e-mail one copy.
There is no submission fee but we limit the number of plays by each playwright to two (2).
Plays will not be returned so please do not send SASE. Blind submission: Pages should have no identifying marks other than the title and/or page numbers.

The application should have all identifying information.

4. DEADLINE: All completed submissions must be received by Friday, August 16th.

5. Playwrights or their representatives are responsible for all aspects of their production; costs,casting (non-equity), rehearsals, props.
A list of available set pieces will be provided at pre-Festival meeting.
The load in and load out will be done by the actors and staff in under 2minutes so, please, limit your requirements.
There will be a meet and greet for authors or representative which is mandatory.
Please limit lights and sound cues to maximum of 5 (five)which should include lights up and black out.

6. Selected plays will be asked to contribute a $50 technical fee to assist producers in coveringthe cost of staffing and programs.

(The Players’ Theatre will provide production stage manager (lighting/sound technician), house manager, box office personnel and media.)

Lights will be general wash.

There is no storage space for props or costumes so limit them to what you can carry back and forth. Festival staff will provide each accepted production with one half-hour tech time.

Each production will tech the Sunday before performance week and all cast members are required to be there. There is a piano in the theatre. Any additional music requirements must be approved by and are at the discretion of the Festival staff. We have limited space and prefer that it is used for audience.

8. Festival staff will contact accepted play/musical authors and a list will be available on our website after AUGUST 25th.

9. There will be a mandatory meeting set for participants to provide information and answer questions. Rehearsal space will be available at a discounted rate for Festival participants. One large dressing room will be available for all actors.

10. The Producers will schedule an audition for directors/authors to select cast.
(No doublecasting.)
The Festival will also try to assist any author in securing a director for those who do not have. Please be aware that the larger your cast, the more difficult it will be for your directorto schedule rehearsals. It is not necessary to use The Festival casting service should your playalready be cast.

11. There will be a $100 deposit to cover cancellation or damages. This will be returned at the end of The Festival.

12. Complete contact sheet and program info will be required two weeks in advance of performance date.

13. Audience voting will determine each week’s favorites.
Only audience member who have seen all plays will be allowed to vote.
Weekly winners will be awarded $100

Download the application form here:

http://www.scribd.com/doc/152477521/SPF-Application-October

Sunday, August 4, 2013

NYCPlaywrights June 2013 Play of the Month: RUB ME THE WRONG WAY by L. Zephyr

Viewer advisory: this video contains obscene language.



RUB ME THE WRONG WAY by L. Zephyr is the third of four monologues selected for the NYCPlaywrights June 2013 Play of the Month to be recorded.

L. Zephyr on the inspiration for this monologue:


My inspiration for this piece was simple. In a past life, I dated a therapist. One of us played a racquet sport. One of us cheated. No one died.
For more information about the author and the actor see the NYCPlaywrights Play of the Month page.

The final monologue to be recorded and posted is 
RACHEL by Jenn Calhoun, coming soon.

Saturday, August 3, 2013

The art of mime







ONE ACTOR BLACK THEATRE IS SEEKING BLACK PLAYWRIGHTS

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ONE ACTOR BLACK THEATRE IS SEEKING BLACK PLAYWRIGHTS OF ONE MAN & ONE WOMAN PLAYS ABOUT THE AFRICAN AMERICAN, CARIBBEAN AND AFRICAN EXPERIENCE.

THERE IS NO SUBMISSION FEE, HOWEVER THERE IS PAY IF PRODUCED.

To submit a play for consideration for " One Woman Plays" email: pgaffney@oneactorblacktheatre.com

For " One Man Plays" email: jsmith@oneactorblacktheatre.com

Friday, August 2, 2013

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: HUNGER IN THE SUBURBS

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Play submissions will be accepted through August 10, 2013

Lakeshore Players, in collaboration with community partners “COLLAGE”, announces a new 10-Minute Play Contest to raise awareness about the changing face of hunger, as experienced by people living in the suburbs.

COLLAGE organizations include Lakeshore Players, Century College, White Bear Area Food Shelf, Solid Ground (former known as East Metro Women's Council), and White Bear Center for the Arts. These organizations are coming together to present a one night event at Century College using the arts as a catalyst to raise awareness about social issues. As part of this event, three 10-minute plays will be presented, with facilitated discussion about the issues between each show.

We are seeking 10-Minute Plays for this event. Unlike our annual 10-Minute Play Contest for Lakeshore's June 10-Minute Play Festival, the COLLAGE contest entries need not be new, unpublished works.

Potential topics and some thoughts on hunger.

  • Breaking Stereotypes: Families, senior citizens, children, soccer moms, the working poor and other suburbanites are increasingly turning to food banks to meet a basic need: hunger.
  • Food for Thought: Hunger affects learning
  • Hard Choices: Some people are having to choose between other basic needs, such as housing, heat, and medicine or food.
  • Hunger is a Temporary Problem: IT CAN BE FIXED! What are some success stories?
  • WHY? Job loss, disability, the rising cost of food, etc.

ALL PLAYWRIGHTS

Please read the following rules and requirements carefully.
Plays not meeting the requirements will be disqualified.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES - submit either by email or postal mail

  • The play should be approximately ten-minutes in length.
  • The play must have no more than five on-stage (speaking and non-speaking) characters.
  • The play should be in a "play format" making it easy for the readers. 
  • (We like 12-point, easy to read fonts, such as Times New Roman or Arial)
  • Submitting your play to our contest grants Lakeshore Players the right to produce your play in our annual festival and photograph and/or videotape it for archival purposes and for possible airing on TV, if it is chosen as a winner.
ADDITIONAL GUIDELINES
  • The play should have simple technical requirements. There won't be a set — a few SMALL furniture pieces and a few props only.
  • As a community theatre, we want to appeal to the largest possible audience, therefore plays with excessive offensive language are less likely to be selected - please keep that in consideration.
  • Two ways to submit: Email or Postal Mail.
  • Your play must be received no later than August 10, 2013 to be eligible.

Only plays submitted exactly as outlined below will be accepted.

SUBMIT BY EMAIL
VERY IMPORTANT – Email submission rules below MUST be followed, or your submission will be disqualified.

1. Send one copy of the play with ALL contact information on the title page:
  • play title
  • Contact information including:
  • your name
  • mailing address
  • phone number
  • email address
2. Send ANOTHER "blind" copy of play for the judges with NO contact information just the title of the play.

3. Email Instructions
  • Subject line: Include the title of your play, for example: COLLAGE Contest: NAME OF PLAY
  • Include your complete contact information in the body of the email.
  • Tell us where you heard about the contest.
  • Please include the title of your play in the file name. For example:
  • Name of Play Only.pdf
  • Name of Play With Info.pdf
4. Email plays to: office@lakeshoreplayers.com

SUBMIT BY POSTAL MAIL
Don't know how to PDF? No problem.

1. Send one copy of the play with

  • ALL Contact information including:
  • your name
  • mailing address
  • phone number
  • email address

2. Include ANOTHER copy of play for the judges with NO contact information - just the title and the play.
3. Mail to:
Lakeshore Players
COLLAGE Play Contest
4820 Stewart Ave.
White Bear Lake, MN 55110
4. Plays will not be returned to you.
5. If you would like confirmation that we have received your script, please include a self-addressed, stamped postcard with your script.

WINNERS
Plays chosen for production in our festival will receive a $50 stipend and a copy of the program from the event within 30 days of performance. Production photos will be uploaded to PhotoBucket and available for viewing, sharing, and downloading.

Any questions? E-mail: office@lakeshoreplayers.com

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