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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Happy New Year NYCPlaywrights

NYCPlaywrights wishes all its theater friends a happy new year and a wonderful 2015.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

The Renaissance Guild ActOne Series Festival

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TRG’s ActOne Series Festival:
We are holding an open call for One Act Scripts & Directors

Submission Deadline: Jan 1, 2015

Playwrights and Directors Wanted

The AOS was developed to provide a venue and a voice to writers. Once the pieces are selected, if needed, local playwrights will have the opportunity to work with a dramaturge to hone their script before it goes into production, and they will have the opportunity observe rehearsal. The process culminates in two evenings of performances, when the writers get the opportunity to see their works come to life, local actors show their stuff on stage and the San Antonio community gets the opportunity to celebrate the work of their neighbors, friends and promising new theatre voices.

Playwrights:
Email: actoneseries@thereniassanceguild.org
Please put the name of your play and your name in the Subject box.
In the email please include:
• Cover Letter, including your contact information
• Play Genre and Synopsis
• Cast breakdown
• Script in word or PDF format
• List of previous productions/publishing (do not include readings)
• Any other pertinent information

SUGGESTIONS: These are one acts, not TV shows. The focus should be the writing and the acting, not set pieces or scene changes. Plays with extensive technical requirements will be considered, but those with fewer demands will receive stronger consideration. Keep in mind this is an Act Series, so show should be no longer than 30 minutes, the shorties being 5 minutes.

The Furious Gazelle seeks short plays and monologues

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The Furious Gazelle (thefuriousgazelle.com), an online literary magazine, is seeking writing submissions, including short plays and monologues.

Before you submit to the Furious Gazelle, ask yourself the following about your submission: Does it have a good story? Is it compulsively readable? Are you a living human being who has written some words? If you answered “yes” to any of those questions, we encourage you to submit.

We consider short fiction, micro fiction, poetry, short plays, novel excerpts, and creative non-fiction. Submissions should be anywhere from 100 to 8,000 words, in a .doc or .pdf format, 12 point font in Times New Roman or Courier. Submit to submit@thefuriousgazelle.com. If you don’t, we’ll find you. And make you.

Just kidding. But we are angry.

Monday, December 29, 2014

Midwinter Madness 2015 Seeks History Plays

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SUBMISSION DEADLINE: January 1, 2015

Dear Friend in the Theatre,

I'm not only looking for more plays to round out our lineup for the Fifth Annual Midwinter Madness Short Play Festival, I'm also looking for plays with a special interest - History. We've successfully presented historical plays in Midwinter Madness before - plays about the building of the Brooklyn Bridge, about Mussolini, about Beethoven, about the struggle for blacks to achieve parity in America. The result has usually been absorbing, well-done, and popular. We're looking for more. Here are the details:
Dates for the Festival are Feb. 9 - Mar. 1, 2015.
Submission deadline is January 1, 2015.
We are looking to expand on last year's Festival, with 2 theatres.
Plays should run 30-45 minutes or 45-60 minutes. Better short than long. The plays will be timed at tech and cannot go over.
Scripts should be submitted in standard playscript format.*
Any subject matter okay, including musicals.
All plays must be off-book. There will be no staged readings. We have no interest in shows that require projections or other special effects. Smoke and fire are prohibited.
Production requirements must be minimal: rehearsal cubes, a table or two, some chairs (all provided by the Festival), and your own props and costumes. There is some storage during your run only.
There is a $100.00 participation fee, to pay an increased staff. Shows receive half the net (revenue from any tickets sold over 40% of the total available).
Tickets will be $15-20 depending on length of show.
Festival participants may see their own and other shows for free, seating permitting. Seating is reserved for producers, writers, and directors at their own shows. We honor press comps, by reservation. No comps may be transferred to anyone else. There are no other comps.
We prefer shows to be non-Equity. Equity showcases may be permitted under special circumstances, by prior arrangement with the Festival.
The Festival will provide a press agent, venue manager, lighting designer, box-office manager, and a board op.
While the Festival provides the venue and staff, you must provide the production. Roy Arias Studios may offer discounts on rehearsal space, at its own discretion.
There will be a tech rehearsal running 2.5 times the running time of your show, during business hours Mon. thru Wed.
All performances will take place from 6 pm to 11 pm weekdays or 11 am to 11 pm weekends.
Each show will receive at least 3 performances, probably all in the same week. Shows that sell the most tickets in advance may receive more performances.
The Festival will provide a program "wrapper": you must provide a program specific to your show, and insert it into the wrapper for distribution to your patrons.
There will be a juried award ceremony after the Festival. Last year's awards were combined with the Midtown International Theatre Festival Awards, held in Oct. 2014.

*12 pt Times Roman; character names in the middle on their own line; line spaces between speeches and stage directions; indented stage directions; 1" margins all around. \\

I've presented a lot of Festivals, and I have a special interest in one-act plays. They're an easy, cheap, and fun way to see your work on its feet. To submit a script, send it as an attachment in ms word to: john.chatterton@gmail.com. Any questions, don't hesitate to shoot me an E-mail!


Thanks,
John Chatterton

Executive producer, Midwinter Madness Short Play Festival, Midtown International Theatre Festival, and Short Play Lab

Carnaval of New Latina/o Work

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Produced in Association with Teatro Vista & ALTA Chicago

Hosted by The Theatre School at DePaul University

The Latina/o Theatre Commons (LTC) announces its inaugural Carnaval of New Latina/o theater—a showcase of new work by Latina/o playwrights and theatermakers in the United States hosted by The Theatre School at DePaul University in Chicago. The Carnaval endeavors to increase the visibility of work by Latina/o playwrights and to encourage the production of that work in the nation’s theaters. The gathering will include artistic directors, literary managers, new play development directors, and producers seeking new work/artists to present and support. It will welcome playwrights, directors, dramaturgs, and performers involved in the readings, as well as scholars, members of the LTC community and members of Chicago’s vibrant Latina/o theater community. As a programming extension of the LTC, the Carnaval seeks to connect producers to theatermakers, scholars, and the LTC community at large.

For more information on the ideas that inspired the Carnaval, go here.

Workshop Details

Eight scripts or non-text-based pieces will be selected to be workshopped over the course of one week, resulting in a public readings/showings. Readings will be produced under an AEA Staged Reading Contract, allowing fifteen hours of rehearsal and performance combined. Each script will be assigned a professional director, actors, and dramaturg. Writers will be in the rehearsal room and may rewrite as much or as little as they prefer. Travel and lodging will be provided by the festival to selected writers. Writers will also receive a modest stipend.

Selection Guidelines—Eligibility

Works by Latina/o playwrights living in the United States, as well as non-text based works by Latina/o theatermakers will be considered. Submissions in both English and Spanish will be accepted. Small-scale musicals will be considered as resources allow (cast-size less than ten, piano only). Solo pieces as well as TYA pieces will also be considered. Submissions are limited to one play/piece per writer/artist. Selection will be based upon:

• Artistic merit: quality, impact, purpose, and aesthetics of the work.
• Geographical representation.
• Generational representation.
• Aesthetic representation: the Carnaval will feature a variety of aesthetic points of view.

Selection committee members from the Eastern, Western, Northern, and Southern regions of the country will choose two pieces from each region. Only new full-length pieces that have not yet received a full-production or been reviewed will be considered. Carnaval of New Latina/o Work Produced in Association with Teatro Vista & ALTA Chicago

Hosted by The Theatre School at DePaul University

Submission Procedure

All applicants must send the following two documents:

1.) Your script (for non-text based projects this may be a performance outline, treatment, video documentation or anything that will give a clear sense of the work)

2.) An application document which includes:

• Your name, email address and phone number.

• A one-paragraph synopsis of the work.

• Number of performers required.

• Please list any prior development work for this play.

• Describe how you would use the resources provided by the Carnaval to

accomplish specific development goals for the play.

• Playwright biography (1 page limit).

All entries must be emailed. Please email your script and completed application document as

two separate attachments in the same email. Hard copies via snail mail will not be accepted.

PDF documents are strongly recommended to avoid formatting discrepancies.

EMAIL SUBJECT LINE: Your Name, Work Name

APPLICATION DEADLINE: January 1st 2015 at 11:59pm EST

APPLICATION EMAIL: carnavalsubmissions@howlround.com

Selected playwrights will be notified by March 1, 2015. 

Have questions? Look for our FAQ page at http://howlround.com/latina/o-theatre-commons. 

About the Latina/o Theatre Commons (LTC)

The LTC is a movement made up of passionate, articulate, driven Latina/o theater artists, producers, and scholars from across the country. The LTC advocates for Latina/o theater as a vital, significant presence in the not-for-profit theater sector. Infrastructure for the LTC is provided by HowlRound: A Center for the Theater Commons. For more information, go here:

http://howlround.com/latina/o-theatre-commons

Pigs Do Fly Productions is seeking 10-minute contemporary comedies

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Pigs Do Fly Productions is seeking 10-minute contemporary comedies for vibrant, healthy people over 50 who are doing interesting things with their lives, for a new production in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, fall of 2015.

1. The simple setting is limited to: use of a small rectangular table, a pedestal table and four chairs. (No bedrooms, full kitchens, etc.)

2. Cast of two to four people (All must be age range 50 or older). (No monologues).

3. Must be a comedy for casts all over the age of 50.

4. Firm: 10 page limit on scripts using 12 point font.

5. Straight, gay and bi comedies sought.

6. Limited to two submissions per playwright.

7. Playwrights may be from anywhere, but scripts must be in English.

8. Plays must be in standard play format with numbered pages.

9. Email your scripts as a pdf document.

10. The subject line of your email should include your name and the title of the play.

11. No submission fee.

12. Please don’t raise ages in a script currently on your computer and send it along. It rarely works.

13. Not looking for skits. Play should have a beginning, a middle and an end.


Submit via email to:

PigsDoFlyFL@yahoo.com


Submissions must be received by midnight (E.S.T.) January 2, 2015

-Questions? Contact Artistic Director Marj at PigsDoFlyFL@yahoo.com

Sunday, December 28, 2014

The Cape Cod Theatre Project

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The Cape Cod Theatre Project began as an experiment between two actors in 1995. Andrew Polk and Jim Bracchitta sensed that Cape Cod provided the perfect sanctuary for developing new work, combining an idyllic and comforting atmosphere with a community that enjoys and engages with the arts.

20 years later, CCTP is proud to continue supporting the most exciting voices in American theater in one of the most beautiful locations in the country. Each summer during the month of July, four playwrights are invited to develop a piece, utilizing a full week of rehearsal with a director and actors that culminates in a series of readings and talkbacks.

The Cape Cod Theatre Project has an open application policy.

Playwrights may send us one play per season for consideration. The proposed play must still be in development and cannot be receiving a professional production prior to August 2015.

To apply, please email a PDF of the script to capecodlit@gmail.com. Please label the document using your first and last name as well as the play’s title. For example: janesmithplaytitle.pdf

In addition, please include in your email a short biography and a brief artistic statement on how you propose to use your development time at CCTP. The bio and statement of intentions should be one page combined, sent as a PDF or Microsoft Word Doc and labeled with your first and last name. For example: janesmithbio.doc

As of November 1, 2011, we no longer review hard copies of scripts sent by mail.

Applications will be accepted from September 1, 2014 through December 31, 2014.

The CCTP staff regrets that we cannot provide feedback on any submitted materials.

We look forward to reading your work.

Midwinter Madness Seeks Children's Plays

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Dear Friend in the Theatre,

Every small theatre company in the country is aware of the possibilities of children's theatre (meaning, for me, theatre performed by adults for children and their parents). Why? Because children's-theatre audiences are populated by people whose only requirement is that they have children (or be children). If you perform children's theatre and market it properly, you can expect regular audiences of people who otherwise wouldn't think of going to a play.

The Midwinter Madness Short Play Festival, now in its 5th season, is continuing with its Children's Theatre Division, inaugurated successfully last year. We are searching for companies who want to try out new material in this genre, either to see it on its feet, test it with a young audience, or develop an audience for themselves. To create a special focus for the genre, we're reserving special slots early on weekend mornings and in the daytime on Thursdays and Fridays (Mondays through Wednesdays are reserved for tech rehearsals). Details are straightforward:
Dates for the Festival are Feb. 9 - Mar. 1, 2015.
Submission deadline is January 1, 2015.
We are looking to expand on last year's Festival, with 2 theatres.
Plays should run 30-45 minutes or 45-60 minutes. Better short than long. The plays will be timed at tech and cannot go over.
Scripts should be submitted in standard playscript format.*
Any subject matter okay, including musicals.
All plays must be off-book. There will be no staged readings. We have no interest in shows that require projections or other special effects. Smoke and fire are prohibited.
Production requirements must be minimal: rehearsal cubes, a table or two, some chairs (all provided by the Festival), and your own props and costumes. There is some storage during your run only.
There is a $100.00 participation fee, to pay an increased staff. Shows receive half the net (revenue from any tickets sold over 40% of the total available).
Tickets will be $15-20 depending on length of show.
Festival participants may see their own and other shows for free, seating permitting. Seating is reserved for producers, writers, and directors at their own shows. We honor press comps, by reservation. No comps may be transferred to anyone else. There are no other comps.
We prefer shows to be non-Equity. Equity showcases may be permitted under special circumstances, by prior arrangement with the Festival.
The Festival will provide a press agent, venue manager, lighting designer, box-office manager, and a board op.
While the Festival provides the venue and staff, you must provide the production. Roy Arias Studios may offer discounts on rehearsal space, at its own discretion.
There will be a tech rehearsal running 2.5 times the running time of your show, during business hours Mon. thru Wed.
All performances will take place from 6 pm to 11 pm weekdays or 11 am to 11 pm weekends.
Each show will receive at least 3 performances, probably all in the same week. Shows that sell the most tickets in advance may receive more performances.
The Festival will provide a program "wrapper": you must provide a program specific to your show, and insert it into the wrapper for distribution to your patrons.
There will be a juried award ceremony after the Festival. Last year's awards were combined with the Midtown International Theatre Festival Awards, held in Oct. 2014.

*12 pt Times Roman; character names in the middle on their own line; line spaces between speeches and stage directions; indented stage directions; 1" margins all around.

I've presented a lot of Festivals, and I have a special interest in one-act plays. They're an easy, cheap, and fun way to see your work on its feet. To submit a script, send it as an attachment in ms word to: john.chatterton@gmail.com. Any questions, don't hesitate to shoot me an E-mail!


Thanks,

John Chatterton
Executive producer, Midwinter Madness Short Play Festival, Midtown International Theatre Festival, and Short Play Lab.

Theatre Three 19th Annual Festival of One-Act Plays

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Submission Guidelines:
  • Only UNPRODUCED works will be accepted.  
  • Plays that have had staged readings are eligible.
  • No adaptations or children’s plays.
  • Cast size maximum:  8
  • Length:  40-minutes maximum.  No minimum.
  • Settings should be simple or suggested.
  • Playwrights may make multiple submissions. (These need not be made under separate cover.)
  • Please do not submit works that have been previously submitted.

Scripts must be post-marked by September 30, 2015.


Please submit a cover letter, a synopsis, and a resume along with one copy of the play.  Cover-sheet of play should have title, author, author’s address, author’s telephone number, and author’s e-mail.  Plays should be neatly bound or stapled on the left hand corner.  (No loose pages and no binders, please.)   if playwrights wish to have their works returned, an appropriate SASE must also be included. 

Selected plays will be presented for ten performances IN March 2016. Playwrights will receive a small stipend.

Plays should be submitted to The 19th Annual Festival of One-Act Plays, Attn. Jeffrey Sanzel, Artistic Director, THEATRE THREE, PO Box 512, Port Jefferson, NY  11777-0512.  We do no accept electronic (e-mail) submissions).  Please do not call or stop by the theatre.
Final selection of plays will be in late 2015.

Ocean County College seeking 10-minute comedies

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Ocean County College (Toms River, NJ) is seeking 10-minute comedies for its Comic Shorts one-act festival in April, 2015.

Submission guidelines:

Limit two submissions per playwright.

Plays must have a running time of 15 minutes or less.

The simpler your setting is the better. Plays are performed in a black box with limited technical capabilities.

Must be a comedy.

There is no fee for submission or production. There are no royalty payments to authors, all plays are performed for free. If your play is chosen, you will receive a copy of the program, four complimentary tickets to be used any night of the run, and lots or appreciation.

Submit scripts in PDF format via email to:  gshaffer@ocean.edu
Please use subject line: Comic Shorts

Submissions must be received by midnight (E.S.T.) December 30, 2014

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Midwinter Madness 2015 Seeks Plays About Science

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SUBMISSION DEADLINE: January 1, 2015

Dear Friend in the Theatre,

The Fifth Annual Midwinter Madness Short Play Festival is looking for plays with a special interest - Science. Plays about science have not been prominent in previous Midwinter Madness festivals, though they have flourished in its big sister, the Midtown International Theatre Festival (held in July). American education has realized it has slipped in world rankings, especially in the area of STEM (Science, Technology, Education, and Mathematics). Only by making these subjects interesting and even entertaining can we catch up again, and that effort includes the time-honored role of theatre. Here are the details:
Dates for the Festival are Feb. 9 - Mar. 1, 2015.
Submission deadline is January 1, 2015. 

We are looking to expand on last year's Festival, with 2 theatres.
Plays should run 30-45 minutes or 45-60 minutes. Better short than long. The plays will be timed at tech and cannot go over.
Scripts should be submitted in standard playscript format.*
Any subject matter okay, including musicals. 

All plays must be off-book. There will be no staged readings. We have no interest in shows that require projections or other special effects. Smoke and fire are prohibited.
Production requirements must be minimal: rehearsal cubes, a table or two, some chairs (all provided by the Festival), and your own props and costumes. There is some storage during your run only.
There is a $100.00 participation fee, to pay an increased staff. Shows receive half the net (revenue from any tickets sold over 40% of the total available).
Tickets will be $15-20 depending on length of show.
Festival participants may see their own and other shows for free, seating permitting. Seating is reserved for producers, writers, and directors at their own shows. We honor press comps, by reservation. No comps may be transferred to anyone else. There are no other comps.
We prefer shows to be non-Equity. Equity showcases may be permitted under special circumstances, by prior arrangement with the Festival.
The Festival will provide a press agent, venue manager, lighting designer, box-office manager, and a board op.
While the Festival provides the venue and staff, you must provide the production. Roy Arias Studios may offer discounts on rehearsal space, at its own discretion.
There will be a tech rehearsal running 2.5 times the running time of your show, during business hours Mon. thru Wed.
All performances will take place from 6 pm to 11 pm weekdays or 11 am to 11 pm weekends.
Each show will receive at least 3 performances, probably all in the same week. Shows that sell the most tickets in advance may receive more performances.
The Festival will provide a program "wrapper": you must provide a program specific to your show, and insert it into the wrapper for distribution to your patrons.
There will be a juried award ceremony after the Festival. Last year's awards were combined with the Midtown International Theatre Festival Awards, held in Oct. 2014.

*12 pt Times Roman; character names in the middle on their own line; line spaces between speeches and stage directions; indented stage directions; 1" margins all around.

I've presented a lot of Festivals, and I have a special interest in one-act plays. They're an easy, cheap, and fun way to see your work on its feet. To submit a script, send it as an attachment in ms word to: john.chatterton@gmail.com. Any questions, don't hesitate to shoot me an E-mail!

Thanks,

John Chatterton
Executive producer, Midwinter Madness Short Play Festival, Midtown International Theatre Festival, and Short Play Lab

Kitchen Dog Theater New Works Festival Script Submission

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Scripts must be received by January 1, 2015 to be considered for the 2015 Festival.

Each year, Kitchen Dog Theater selects one original script to receive:
* A fully staged production (as part of our regular season – a six-week run)
* Paid travel to Dallas, TX (if necessary) to work with the Director, Cast and Crew
* Royalty stipend (amount TBD)

Six other original scripts will be selected to receive:
*A staged reading (as part of our New Works Festival)
*Each selected playwright will receive a honorarium. Travel not included.

Prospective scripts must meet the following guidelines:
* Full-length plays only (preferably one hour or longer)
* Submitted scripts must be type-written
* Completed scripts only
* Do not include a synopsis and/or reviews (if any) of the play
* Ideally have between one and five actors (character doubling acceptable)
* There are no restrictions on play content.
* Only ONE script per playwright may be submitted.

All unproduced scripts will be recycled.

Please send your script with cover letter to:
Attn: Tina Parker, Co-Artistic Director
Kitchen Dog Theater
3120 McKinney Avenue, Ste. 100
Dallas, TX 75204.

DO NOT EMAIL SCRIPTS. ONLY COMPLETE SCRIPTS WILL BE ACCEPTED.

DEADLINE for 2015 New Works Festival: RECEIVED BY JANUARY 1, 2015

Little Festival of the Unexpected Submissions

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Submissions for the upcoming Little Festival of the Unexpected are accepted year-round on a rolling basis (we are currently reading for the 2015 festival). All submissions received after January 1 will be considered for the following year’s Festival. Only scripts and samples of full-length plays are considered for the Festival.

Literary agents may submit complete scripts on behalf of their clients at any time.
Playwrights who do not have agents may submit 10-page dialogue samples for consideration. Dialogue samples must be accompanied by a synopsis, production history and character breakdown.

Plays are eligible for development at the Little Festival of the Unexpected only if they have not previously been professionally produced or workshopped with Equity actors. This restriction includes Actors Equity showcase and waiver productions. Plays that have had readings or non-AEA productions are still eligible.

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

Submit by mail to:

Portland Stage Company
Attn: Literary Manager
P.O. Box 1458
Portland, ME 04104

2015 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!)

Time stamped Deadline: Monday, June 1, 2015. (Time stamped)

MISSION: Since 2000 MetLife Foundation and Repertorio Español joined forces to establish The MetLife Nuestras Voces National Playwriting Competition! It has been our privilege to promote and develop original works that relate to Latino culture, history and life in the United States while at the same time reflecting the universality of the human condition and encourage bright new talent by providing this forum.

Winning play Produced in Spanish at Repertorio Español.

Finalists receive staged reading.

*PLEASE READ CAREFULLY*

Plays that do not meet these requirements will not be considered.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 CeremonyFollow instructions below to participate.

Send all this information and the requested materials via e-mail to nuestrasvoces@repertorio.org using the subject line "Nuestras Voces: Title of Your Play".

Send the following information within the body of the e-mail:
  • Your full name
  • Your phone number
  • Your cell phone number
  • Your mailing address (street address, city, state, zipcode)
  • How did you hear about the competition?
  • Title of play
  • 4-6 line synopsis
  • 4 -6 line description of how your play relates to the Latino / Hispanic American community
Send the following as an attachment:
  • One ELECTRONIC COPY of your script
  • (PDF, Microsoft Word, Plain or Rich Text Formats Accepted)
  • The ELECTRONIC COPY of the script must have numbered pages and a title page that lists the title and year the play was written ONLY.
  • Please OMIT your name from the script
Do not send other biographical information or reviews

Unfortunately, we cannot accept changes or re-submissions once the script has been submitted.

By submitting your play to the competition, Repertorio Español shall have a right to produce the play for a period of two years. Such production shall be done in accordance with an agreement acceptable to both the playwright and Repertorio Español. If the playwright receives an offer within the two year period from a third party to produce the play, the company has the right to decide to produce the play on terms no less favorable than offered.

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

Venus Theatre new play submissions

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Venus is taking additional submissions for our 2015 season.

We prefer two acts so we can sell things at intermission to pay the bills

- all submissions must empower women.

Online Submissions: Please submit an introductory paragraph, a synopsis and script to: submissionsofvenus@gmail.com

* SUBMIT: November 21, 2014 - January 5, 2015

* ROYALTY: If selected playwrights will receive a percentage of box office sales under the Dramatists Guild contractual guidelines.

* ELIGIBILITY: Full length plays are preferred. MUST have strong female characters with interesting storylines.

*GENRE: Drama or Comedy for adult audiences.

*CAST SIZE: Cast size is limited to no more than seven actors.

*SPACE: The Venus Theatre Play Shack seats 30 audience members, alley staging, immersion theatre.

*TO BE INCLUDED WITH EVERY SUBMISSION: A biography and/or author’s history of the play, character breakdown, and brief description or synopsis of the play.

* SUBMISSION REVIEW: 2015 Venus Theatre Season will be announced by February, 2015.

*SUBMISSION FEE: First submission is free, a readers fee of $10 must be included in advance for each additional script submitted because I read every play myself and time is precious. This is also true of online submission due to time restraints. Recommend choosing your best/most appropriate singular work.

Submissions and complete outline of guidelines:

*SUBMISSION FORM: All scripts must be firmly bound. No changes or revisions accepted after submission. No double-sided pages.

* PLAYS RETURNED: The play should be accompanied by a manuscript size SASE with appropriate postage. If there is no manuscript size SASE, the play will not be returned. Please do not include loose cash, stamps, labels or metered postage. A SAS Post Card should be included if you want acknowledgment of arrival. If you do NOT want your manuscript returned, but want a response letter of our decision, include a #10 SASE. If no SASE’s are included with your submission, it will be discarded at time of rejection. If we are interested in your play, we will contact you by phone, email, or mail. Please include the name, address, email, and phone number of author on the title page.

*HANDLING: All scripts will be handled with care, but Venus Theatre will not assume responsibility for lost or damaged scripts.

RETAIN A COPY OF YOUR SCRIPT.

*WHERE TO SEND

Please send manuscripts to:

Venus Theatre Company
The Venus Theatre Play Shack
21 C Street
Laurel, MD 20707

Friday, December 26, 2014

Main Street Theater Company seeks play submissions

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Our Season consists of 2 Large Cast Musicals, 1 Junior Cast Musical, 2 plays (Comedy or Drama) and a Holiday Show

Winter 2015: Play

Spring 2015: Musical

Summer 2015: Junior Musical

Summer/Fall 2015: Musical

Fall 2015: Play

December 2015: Holiday Musical

Please send your submissions to our artistic committee at playselection@smstc.org

Include:

Resume with Contact Information

Up to 3 submissions with:
  • Full synopsis of the proposed play or musical
  • Brief statement of your production vision for set, costumes, lights and sound
  • Estimated costs and other financial considerations.
  • History of past local productions and/or future scheduled productions.

Thursday, December 25, 2014

City Theatre of Independence Playwright Festival

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Playwright Festival 2015
The eighth annual City Theatre of Independence Playwright Festival will be held July 9, 10, 11, and 12, 2015.

Please refer to the following guidelines before submitting your play(s):
  • Our theme for 2015 is “Reunion”
  • Each play submitted must have no more than 4 characters, and a minimal set
  • Must run 10-15 minutes in length
  • Plays with an excess of offensive language will not be accepted; if you have to ask, assume it’s excessive
  • Plays will be accepted beginning January 1, 2015
  • Only the first 85 plays received will be accepted for consideration
  • Please email two copies of each play submitted: one with your full contact information, one without any identification
  • Plays cannot be published or produced prior to June 1, 2015, nor be subject to any royalties
  • No entry fee required

Plays that do not meet these guidelines will not be considered. Please note that plays will not be returned.

Thank you for your interest! We look forward to another successful festival!

Send to jkmstone@comcast.net. Please review guidelines before sending your submission.

The Promising Playwright Contest

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The Promising Playwright contest was created in 1973 to celebrate The Colonial Players’ 25th anniversary and to honor the memory of Virginia M. Hefler, a patroness and member of the Annapolis art community.

Entries to this biennial contest may be submitted between September 1 and December 31, 2014. The winner will be announced by May 1, 2015 and will be awarded $1,000 and a workshop weekend centering on the play and playwright. The workshop weekend will take place in July of 2015 at the theater at 108 East Street in Annapolis, Maryland.

To be eligible, plays must be full-length or one act and never produced. Cast size is limited to 10 actors or fewer. Musicals are not eligible. 

Playwrights must reside in states descendent from the original 13 colonies: Maryland, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, West Virginia, and Washington, D.C. 

Entries must be postmarked or received between September 1 and December 31, 2014 to receive consideration. Entries must be free of royalty or copyright restrictions, which would preclude workshopping or producing the play by The Colonial Players.

Complete details of submission requirements can be found on the Promising Playwright Contest Guidelines, available on the Downloads section of our website. Scripts can be submitted by mail or electronically and must be returned with the Promising Playwright Application Form, also available on the Downloads section of our website. Submissions must be received or postmarked no later than December 31, 2014. 

For more information, contact promisingplaywright@thecolonialplayers.org.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

BRANCH COUNTY COMMUNITY THEATRE - PICKERING AWARD

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· Deadline: December 31, for each year’s competition. Annual production follows in late winter or early spring, date varies from year to year.

· Type of manuscripts: Full length, unproduced plays and musicals. Children’s plays accepted. Unable to return without an SASE.

· Selection Process: Chairman and five committee members read and review each entry and select ten finalists from which the first, second and third place winners are chosen.

· Production: Branch County Community Theatre reserves the right and agrees to produce the first place winner in this yearly competition. First place winners are required to sign a production contract.

· Production House: All BCCT productions are staged in the historic Tibbits Opera House in Coldwater, Michigan. Built in 1882, Tibbits is a completely restored 500 seat proscenium theater.

· Branch County Community Theatre: BCCT is an amateur theater group founded in 1980. Todays membership produces four full productions each year.

· The Award: This annual award was established to honor past member and playwright, Bob Pickering, and to provide a vehicle for playwrights to see their works produced. Full production and $200 is awarded for first place, $50 for second place and $25 for third place.

Send submissions to:

BCCT
14 S. Hanchett St.
Coldwater, MI 49036

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Hudson Warehouse seeks Valentine monologues

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Writers-A-Go-Go is accepting submissions for their "Many Faces of Love" Valentine's Day Monologue Festival.

Submit a monologue (no more than two minutes long), in prose or verse, extolling the man expressions of love: celebration, obsession, possession, passion, heartbreak, loss, regret, jealousy, exhilaration, gratitude.

An evening of monolgues, from you, the writers of our time.
Monologues will be directed and performed in celebration of Valentine's Day.

Please submit to: Waggreadings@yahoo.com
Deadline is January 10, 2015

The Magnetic Theatre is seeking submissions

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The Magnetic Theatre is seeking submissions for its third installment of Brief Encounters, a production of new short works for the stage.

We are looking for scripts 10-20 minutes in length for production in April at our new space, Magnetic 375, in the River Arts District. The run will be four weekends long, and we will produce 4-6 short scripts as an evening-length show. Please submit your script for consideration, in the appropriate playscript format, electronically (as a PDF or Final Draft file) to ldv@themagnetictheatre.org by January 1, 2015.

Additionally, auditions for the production will take place in January. Please stay tuned to TMT’s Facebook page and website for announcements about dates.

And if you are interested in being considered as a director for Brief Encounters 2015, please get in touch with Kate Anne Towner at k.a.towner@gmail.com.

Free Theater: Live Reading of "The Interview" Screenplay


December 27 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Treehouse Theater154 W 29th St, New York, NY

In the wake of recent events surrounding the controversial film The Interview, the feeling that a threat to free speech has been imposed is inescapable and terrifying. In response to this, three comedians have acquired a draft of the script for the banned film and are producing a live-read at the Treehouse Theater on Saturday, December 27th at 7pm. Featuring some of the finest performers from the Upright Citizen’s Brigade theater, this is an opportunity for people to come together in the name of free speech, in defiance of all who have threatened it.

The script is close to the final version, and the performers are top notch. As the event is as much a political statement as a theatrical event, the show will be free. Come out and be part of something special.

The producers of this event are Dave Hensley, Sean Perrotta, and Benny Scheckner. They are New York City comedians who feel very strongly about bringing this film to you by whatever means necessary.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

2015 National Latino Playwriting Award

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Submissions for the 2015 National Latino Playwriting Award are now being accepted. Latino playwrights residing in the United States, its territories or Mexico are encouraged to apply. Each script will be read and evaluated by a culturally diverse panel of theatre artists. Finalists will be judged by ATC artistic staff.

Scripts must be postmarked by December 31, 2014.

Submission Procedure
We respectfully ask that you adhere to the following application requirements:
Submit one script, securely bound by brads, a three ring binder, a presentation folder or any other non-permanent binding system. Please no spiral-bound submissions.

Please include a title page that includes the play's title, the author's name and contact information (including a phone number, mailing address and email).

Include a cover letter of no more than one page, detailing the play's developmental history and a description of how the play fits into the playwright’s broader career trajectory.

Mail manuscripts to:

ATTN: Katherine Monberg, Literary Assistant
Arizona Theatre Company
343 S. Scott Ave.
Tucson, AZ 85701
We do not accept scripts via email.Eligibility
The award is open to all Latino playwrights currently residing in the United States, its territories, or Mexico.

Scripts may be in English, English and Spanish, or solely in Spanish. Spanish language and bilingual scripts must be accompanied by an English translation.

Plays must be unpublished and unproduced (professionally) by the time of submission; plays previously submitted for the National Latino Playwriting Award are not eligible for re-submission.

Full-length and one-act plays on any subject will be accepted (minimum length: 50 pages).

Scripts
The actual physical scripts become the property of Arizona Theatre Company and will not be returned. In this case, "property" means the physical property of the theatre, not the intellectual property or any rights to the play.
The winner will be notified by August 1, 2015.
For More Information:
Katherine Monberg, Literary Associate
kmonberg@arizonatheatre.org

National Latino Playwriting Award

Plays about US Marine Corps wanted

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Drama - The Bill Broyles Award is given for a distinguished play or screenplay by a playwright or screenwriter, dealing with U.S. Marine Corps heritage or Marine Corps life.

Submission requirements: Submission must include a brief synopsis of the work, as well as a copy of the play or screenplay.

The Marine Corps Heritage Foundation awards program is now accepting submissions for 2015 awards. Each year, the Foundation presents a series of awards to both Marines and civilians, to recognize their exemplary work in advancing and preserving Marine Corps history. Individuals will be honored at the Foundation’s annual Awards Ceremony on April 25, 2015.

All winners receive a $1,000 cash prize, a medallion and a commemorative brick along the Semper Fidelis Memorial Park pathway at the Marine Corps Heritage Center.

Applicants may self-nominate or nominate another individual for his/her work. If the piece is selected for an award, the awards committee will contact the applicant for any additional information needed to get in touch with the author/creator of the original work.

Applicants who are nominating someone else´s work must indicate this in the overview that is part of each submission detailed below. Submissions must be submitted electronically in PDF form, by website URL (in the case of blogs/dispatch reporting) or mailed on a DVD. All video submissions should include three copies on DVD format, mailed in a case, along with the category for the submission and the applicant´s name and contact number. All parts of the submission including overview must be sent electronically or by mail together, rather than in multiple parts. Electronic submissions are preferred but the Foundation understands that not all submissions can be sent in electronic format.

The deadline for this year´s awards submissions is January 9, 2015.

Be sure to fill out the Awards Program Submission Form and include it with all submissions.

All award submissions must include the Awards Program Submission Form and should be sent to Susan Hodges at the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation.

E-mail: hodges@marineheritage.org
Mail to: Susan Hodges
Vice President of Administration
Marine Corps Heritage Foundation
c/o Awards Program
3800 Fettler Park Drive, #104
Dumfries, VA 22025





Saturday, December 20, 2014

Thanks for the kind words

Thanks to Don Grimme for his kind words about the web site:

What a valuable resource for playwrights! All other clearinghouses for submission opportunities pale in comparison. 
For over two years now, you have kept me busy sending my plays to theatres in North America and the U.K. A few of my plays have been accepted for production and/or publication, but just the process of customizing and polishing my work for specific solicitations has been of immense benefit to me as relatively new playwright.
More information about Don's work at dongrimme.com.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Las Vegas Little Theater New Works Competition

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NOTE: Las Vegas Little Theater has extended its deadline to January 31st, 2015 at midnight PST. 

LVLT 2014 - 2015 New Works Competition

Is NOW accepting submissions through Dec 31, 2014

CLICK HERE to Email your Submission OR EMAIL to NEWWORKS@LVLT.org

CLICK Here for RULES

CLICK HERE for the APPLICATION FORM

The submission must include both a copy of the play and your completed application. 1 application must be submitted with each Play. We will only be accepting 2 submission per person, if we receive more than 2 submission from an individual only the first 2 received will be considered. (THANK YOU!)

THE RULES
  • All plays must be full length (90 minutes or more). No musicals please.
  • Plays must have no more than 8 characters – doubling is allowed
  • The set must be simple or representational.
  • Ideally looking for subject matter that will appeal to an age range of 18 – 30.
  • Seeking new plays that have not been professionally produced or published.
  • Plays will be screened by the competition committee. The top 5 will be submitted to the judges.
  • Prizes – 1st prize = Production of the play in the Fischer Black box in May plus $150, 2nd prize = $75
  • 3rd prize = $50
  • Contestants must sign a release form to authorize production
  • Scripts cannot be returned
  • Materials that are adapted from or otherwise derived from copyrighted source material must also submit permission to use the material at the time of submission.
  • The winning author agrees to the production of his/her play with no royalty payment. The author also agrees to allow LVLT to video tape the production. LVLT cannot provide transportation, lodging or other compensation for the author to travel to Las Vegas for the production.
  • Members of LVLT’s board of directors may not submit for this competition
  • Submissions will be accepted through Dec 31, 2014. The winner will be announced no later than March 30, 2015
  • Decision of the judges is final. Any disputes will be decided by the LVLT board of directors.
  • Only 2 submissions per person please. If more than 2 submissions are received from an individual, only the first 2 received will be considered.
  • Each submission will be assigned a number and author’s names will not be provided on judges copies of the script to prevent any bias.

2015 Musical/Play Writing Competition for Young Audiences

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The Maryland-National Capital Park & Planning Commission
Department of Parks and Recreation, Arts & Cultural Heritage Division

Call for Scripts

The M-NCPPC announces a call for submission of original scripts, in English, musical or non-musical. The script will be used for an annual children’s theatre production that tours Prince George’s County as part of M-NCPPC programs. Intended audience is children 6 to 12 years of age. The play will be developed as a musical and will be performed by actors from 16 to 20 years old. The plays are required to be 45 minutes to one hour in length.

Deadline for submissions is January 6, 2015 at 5 p.m.

 Awards of $1,200.00 will be presented to finalists, whose plays shall be developed during the Spring of 2015 and produced by M-NCPPC during the Summer of 2015, at its sole discretion. Up to two First Prize Awards may be chosen. A play submitted with full musical score including recorded soundtrack suitable for performance use shall be eligible for an additional award of $1,200 for Musical Composition. Please email Christel Stevens, Performing Arts Specialist, via christel.stevens@pgparks.com, for complete guidelines of the competition.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

2015 Adrian Pagan Award

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Thank you for your interest in the Adrian Pagan Award. We really look forward to reading your play.

Below, please find submission rules and guidelines, as well as a few tips from the reading team.

Sending us a submission indicates you understand and consent to these rules and guidelines.

Failure to comply with the rules and guidelines may lead to disqualification.

1. Please send scripts as a PDF or Word document.

2. Do not include your name on any part of the script. Entry must be anonymous.

3. Please send your name and contact details in a document that is separate to the script.

4. Please send an equal opportunities monitoring form. This information helps us understand our reach as an organisation and will help us improve our outreach efforts.

5. Plays should be full length; a minimum running time of one hour.

6. Please include a character list and information about how many performers your play requires. For example, if you have eight characters but two actors can play two characters,
please indicate that your play requires six performers.

7. Plays which were submitted to the 2013 competition are not eligible.

8. Anyone may submit a script, providing s/he has not had more than one professional
production of their work. We define a professional production as a three week run, with
press coverage. Edinburgh Fringe productions count as a professional production.

9. Multi-authored works will be accepted, provided all authors of the work are eligible as
specified in item 8 above.

10. Your submitted play must be original, new, and must not have been previously produced, optioned, or published. Translations and adaptations will not be considered.

11. The decision of the judges is final.

12. The winning play is immediately under option to the King’s Head Theatre for eighteen
months from the date of selection.

A word from the reading team:
We really look forward to reading your play. Before you submit, there are a few things you should know about the reading process, and a few words of advice we’d love to share.

1. Take every effort to ensure your play is easy to read. Things like formatting and spelling may seem trivial, but the easier you make it to read your play, the better the chances that we’ll really understand your play and your writing voice.

2. What are we looking for? Quite simply: a good story, well told, that engages with big ideas, is relevant to our times, and engages in some way with the live nature of theatre.

3. What we are not looking for: scripts for TV, film, or radio.

Your submission checklist:
- Full length script as a PDF or Word document with no identifying information anywhere in the document.
- A cover letter with the play’s title, your name and contact details. This information will be kept separate to your script during the reading and judging processes.
- An equal opportunities monitoring form.

Please send all three documents as attachments in an email to apaward@kingsheadtheatre.com.

Thank you very much once again for submitting to this year’s award. We wish you the very best of luck.

With best wishes
Nika Obydzinski, Literary Manager
And the Members of the Literary Department
King’s Head Theatre

2015 LaBute New Theater Festival


Submissions will be accepted October 1 through December 31, 2014.

Successful entries will have no more than four characters and be crafted specifically to exploit our intimate performance space. (18′ x 18′ stage) Changes in scenery or setting should be achievable quickly and with few major set moves. Our focus is on fundamental dramaturgy: plot, character and theme.

PROFESSIONAL SUBMISSIONS

Professional, new and previously unproduced one-act play submissions should include a letter of inquiry, a synopsis and a 10-page sample from the script. Running time for each performance should not exceed 45 minutes. Up to Eight plays will be chosen. In addition, a new piece from Mr. LaBute will be performed every night for the run of the festival.

HIGH SCHOOL SUBMISSIONS

Winning plays by high school students will be presented in readings. The guidelines are straightforward: The one act should include no more than four characters featuring a clearly developed plot and distinctive characters. No longer than 15 minutes in length. Non-Professional, new and previously unproduced one-act play submissions should include a letter of inquiry and complete script.

Submissions should be sent to:
LaBute New Theater Festival,
St. Louis Actors’ Studio, 
360 N Boyle Ave, 
St. Louis, MO 63108

For more information: 314-458-2978 or help@stlas.org

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Whoop 'n' Wail Represents (Bechdel Test)

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Playwrights open submission brief – Whoop ‘n’ Wail Represents..Desire

What is Represents…?

With brand new plays from both male and female writers, Represents… is a showcase with a difference.

Whoop ‘n’ Wail have committed to achieving gender equality on the UK stage by creating a night of entertaining, engaging theatre with all plays having significant roles for women.

Consisting of six fifteen-minute shorts, each piece of writing must pass the Bechdel Test - they must include at least two named female characters who, at some stage, talk to each other about something other than a man. Inspired by Alison Bechdel’s 1987 comic strip, The Rules, the Bechdel Test has become the benchmark for gauging fair representation on stage and screen.

The sold-out launch of Represents… in Nov 2014 featured work by both established and emerging playwrights and directors invited by the curators to kick off the inaugural event. For future nights, each will have an overarching theme, with pieces selected via an open submission process. Each submission will be read, six pieces selected, and successful writers paired with a director.

What we are looking for:

A 10 minute piece of new and original writing using the theme Desire as a stimulus.
Stage plays – either complete short plays or a self-contained extract from a larger work.
Plays written by individuals or writing teams.

Plays that pass the Bechdel Test:
There is no limit to the number of characters your play can have, however at least two must be female. We will accept gender-neutral characters, provided a female-female interaction can be achieved through casting.

The qualifying female characters must have names (not ‘wife’, ‘mum’, ‘woman’, etc.)
Two female characters must interact with each other directly about a subject other than men. This interaction should be significant and have a bearing on the plot.

NB: Plays do not need to be all-female to achieve this. It is entirely possible to pass the test and have male characters in the play and we welcome submissions that achieve this.

What we do not accept:
Scripts that do not pass the Bechdel Test.

Plays that do not pass the test will not be read, and Whoop ‘n’ Wailwill not accept further submissions from the writer.
Scripts that have been previously produced

We will accept scripts that have had rehearsed readings, but not ones that have been staged. Represents… is a new writing night, so we want to showcase your original work.
Scripts that do not relate to the theme

Please do not send old work hoping it will fit the bill: we are looking for new plays written in response to the set theme or existing (unperformed) work that clearly relates to it.
Adaptations of another writer’s idea

We want to see your original work. The only exception to this if you have adapted your own work from another medium.
Multiple submissions at one time

We can only accept one script from each writer/writing team in a given submission window.


How to submit:
Submit scripts in Word Format only via email tosubmissions@whoopnwail.com by the deadline, 17:00 on Friday 2nd January 2015. Submissions sent after the deadline will not be read or considered.

Attach a character breakdown, including each character’s gender, and a three-line synopsis.

What we provide:

  • The performance space
  • A director
  • Your cast
  • The marketing for the showcase
  • Basic lighting
  • Basic set
  • Basic props


Important Information:
Successful writers will be paired with a director, and that director will have sole responsibility for casting the piece and arranging rehearsals. Writers may be invited to rehearsals, however this will be at the director’s discretion.

Directors may make minor changes to dialogue, such as word substitutions or line order.

Suggested cuts or changes that fundamentally change the plot or structure of the piece will be discussed with the writer.
Writers will be entitled to a complimentary ticket for each performance for their own use only. These tickets cannot be transferred.

Due to venue restrictions, complimentary tickets for press and industry professionals are only available to the producers. No other complimentary tickets will be available to cast or creatives, however requests to allocate tickets can be submitted to the producers for use by legitimate industry professionals such as casting directors.Whoop ‘n’ Wail will consider all requests, however this does not guarantee approval. The producers’ decision is final.

No naked flames, smoking or fire will be permitted in the venue (this includes candles).
The final deadline for script submissions is 17:00 on Friday 2nd January 2015. Submissions sent after the deadline will not be read or considered.

Successful writers will be notified by 17:00 on the 10th January 2015. Regretfully, due to time constraints, Whoop ‘n’ Wail are only able to respond to successful applicants and are unable to provide any feedback on unsuccessful submissions. Whoop ‘n’ Wail will not respond to requests for such.

PLEASE NOTE

This is not a paid commission – everyone involved in the project (including the producers) contribute their time and talent for free.Whoop ‘n’ Wail will be applying for funding so this may change as the project develops and we will update you if there are any changes. All accounts for Represents… will be available to any member of the company at any time by request.

CALL OUT FOR WRITERS (AND ONE SPOKEN WORD POET)

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NOTE: We welcome submissions from anybody, but do keep in mind the plays will be performed in London, by British actors, and we're unlikely to choose plays where they would have to put on American accents.
Heavy Weather are now accepting submissions for the second edition of our new writing night LOVER, as part of the Black Box Festival at the Etcetera Theatre in January. We are looking for 4 plays, and one piece of spoken word.

Your play should be ten minutes long, with minimal tech requirements, and with a same-sex relationship at its core. We’re looking for exciting, dynamic writing that would work well in the Etcetera Theatre’s black box space.

A cast of up to four actors - 2 male, 2 female - will perform all the plays, so please bear this in mind when writing (your play can use as many or as few of these actors as you’d like).

SPOKEN WORD ARTISTS: we are looking for a short (5 minute) piece of spoken word. Please submit both the poem itself, and some footage of a previous performance so we can get a sense of your style. Spoken word artists can either hand over their piece to an actor or perform their own work.

We want to see on stage the diversity of relationships that exist in our lives. We want same-sex relationships to be explored in theatre in as much complexity and depth as heterosexual relationships. Last year, LOVER (Park Theatre) sold out and received 4 and 5 star reviews, and we hope to make this event even more successful.

Please submit your play to heavyweathertheatre@gmail.com by Monday 22nd December.

18th Annual Black Box New Play Festival

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The Gallery Players, Brooklyn’s premier, award-winning Off-Off Broadway theatre, is seeking plays for its 18th Annual Black Box New Play Festival to be held in June, 2015. Each play selected will be given a Black Box production at Gallery Players and will be performed in a festival format with non-equity actors. Playwrights must be available for rehearsals and use this as an opportunity to continue work on their play. We are particularly interested in shorter pieces.

Submission guidelines:

1. Plays must be un-produced (readings are o.k.)

2. Length may be from 10 minutes to full-length.

3. Playwrights may not direct their own work.

4. The deadline for submission is December 31st 2014
5. Please mail two copies of your play, a plot synopsis and a resume to:

Gallery Players
Black Box New Play Festival
199 14th Street
Brooklyn N.Y. 11215

We will only contact you if your play has been accepted into the festival. If you wish to receive confirmation that your play was received by us, please include a stamped, self-addressed postcard. If you wish to have your plays returned, please include a stamped, self-addressed envelope.

SUBMIT YOUR ONE-ACT PLAY FOR SCI-FEST 2015

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SCI-FEST LA: The 2nd Annual Los Angeles Science Fiction One-Act Play Festival is now accepting submissions for their next festival scheduled for May, 2015. 

Sci-Fest only accepts one-act stage plays with a sci-fi themes and a running time of 20 minutes or less. 

Deadline for submissions:  December 15th 2014.  

There is no fee to submit to SCI-FEST LA.  

Last year’s festival featured a cast of over 40 actors including Tony-Winner L. Scott Caldwell (“Lost”), Dean Haglund (“The X-Files”), James Kyson (“Heroes”), Jasika Nicole (“Fringe”), Tim Russ (“Star Trek: Voyager”) and Armin Shimerman (“Star Trek: Deep Space Nine”).  

Directors included Dan Castellaneta (“The Simpsons”) and Jack Kenny (“Warehouse 13”).  Last year’s festival received press coverage from The Hollywood Reporter, NPR, The Huffington Post and the BBC.  

Sci-Fest LA is produced by Michael Blaha, Lee Costello and David Dean Bottrell (“Boston Legal”).  

To learn more or to submit a one-act sci-fi script, please visit our website: www.Sci-Fest.com.

Live Girls! Theater Quickies

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We are currently seeking submissions of 10-minute plays written by women for our 16th annual festival of short plays, Quickies. The deadline for submissions is DECEMBER 15, 2014.

Email submissions only. Please read the submission guidelines below carefully and follow the instructions!

MORE ABOUT QUICKIES 16:

Quickies is a Live Girls! trademark event and our longest running program. Our 16th installment of this short play event will include 7 short plays by women, as well as feature up and coming local directors and actors. This spring we will be working with the themes of “Risk” & “Reward.” Plays that fit with either or both of these themes in some way are highly encouraged, though not required. Quickies Volume 16 will be performed in association with Annex Theatre in June 2015.

New works are encouraged but submissions that have had previous productions outside of Seattle will be accepted.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES
Please send all submissions to submissions@lgtheater.org
Themes for Quickies 16th edition are “Risk” & “Reward.” Plays that fit with either or both of these themes in some way are highly encouraged, though not required.
Playwrights may submit up to 3 short plays total. They should be close to a 10-minute running time.

In the body of your email please introduce yourself; we are always excited about meeting new playwrights! You should also include any previous production history for plays submitted. You may include a bio or resume if you like, but they are not required.
Deadline for submissions is December 15, 2014. Submissions will receive a reply no later than February 15, 2015.
Keep in mind we are a small theater taking the risk to produce new works, and we may not be able accommodate very large casts or long lists of tech requirements.
Plays submitted should be sent as attachments; MS Word is preferable (More compatible with e-readers) but PDFs are also accepted.

Bare Fiction Magazine: Theatre Submission - March 2015 Issue

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Deadline: January 11th 2015
We feel that playwrights get a raw deal in literary magazines and we're here to change that once and for all. Submissions for short plays of around 15 minutes in length or approximately 10 pages of text are preferred. Please give a brief synopsis in your covering letter and, if applicable, include details of any performances of the text you have received or productions planned.

PLEASE ONLY MAKE A SINGLE SUBMISSION FOR ANY DEADLINE.

You must create an account or sign in. See web site for more information.

Y2E is currently accepting play script submissions for the upcoming 2015 season

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NOTE:  Submission fees are waived for All NYCPlaywrights Members and anyone that submits via the NYCPlaywrights site.

Simply follow the submission guidelines on our website. When you submit your play add NYCPlaywright to the subject line. Please do follow the submission guidelines and requirements for submission. Only the fee is waived.

Submission Deadline: December 28th, 2014
  • Topic must be political/ controversial issues that are present in today's society
  • Maximum of 6 characters total
  • Maximum of 1hr. 45 minutes in length (105 pgs.)
Email your submission documents toyet2evolve@gmail.com.


We are seeking new, strong, controversial plays about current events or subject matters. (Eg: the first black president, stop and frisk, stand your ground, Mike Brown, health care, immigration, economy, justice/prison system,etc).

If you are a playwright that also directs and your play follows our submission guidelines, submit your play today. We will be accepting 6 winning plays into our 2015 season. A stipend will be awarded to the winners.

You may review our Submission Fees/ Guidelines/ and Criteria here:

http://www.yet2evolve.com/#!theatre/cj42

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Saturday, December 13, 2014

The Writer's Monthly Review Magazine submission guidelines

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Submissions must follow standard manuscript format. List your full name, address, telephone and email address on the front page of each manuscript.

Features - Instructive or motivational articles for writers, especially how-to-write or how-to-sell to specific market areas. Length should be 1,500 to 1,800 words; submit full manuscript. Also needed: interviews with editors of freelancer-friendly publications.

End Piece - A strong, thoughtful, first-person essay of 550 to 1000 words, related to writing. May be humorous, motivational or philosophical.

Departments - First $ale carries 250-500 word accounts of a writer's first sale. Writing-related humor of 50 to 500 words.

Markets Column: We are looking for a regular columnist who can provide our readers with new markets every month. Columns must be between 1500-2000 words with several market listings accepting freelance material.

Writer's Contests, Conferences & Workshops: We are looking for a regular columnist who can provide our readers with updated information on contests, conferences and workshops every month. Columns must be between 1500-2000 words with several market listings accepting freelance material.

Poetry - We look for well-crafted poetry in any style and on the subject of writing. Due to space limitations, we generally only accept shorter poems of 20 lines or less. Slight preference for topics related to writing, the creative process, famous poets or writers, the use or power of language, and for seasonal topics.

Poetry-related features should be about the elements of craft, marketing, form poetry, poetics, or the influence of specific poets. 1500-1800 words. Poetry Book Reviews should be thoughtful, well-written reviews on books about writing, reading, or marketing poetry. Reviewed books must be helpful tools for the writing poet, such as books on form, poetics or the elements of craft. 500 words.

We do not pay at this time. All accepted submissions will receive one copy of the magazine in which the submission appears.

Contact Marcella Simmons, Editor, at marcies04@yahoo.com for further information.

ArtAge Publication guidelines

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Writers Guidelines (PDF)

How to Submit:
Send hard copies of your play to our office:

ArtAge Publications
7845 SW Capitol Hwy Ste 12
Portland OR 97219

We do not return scripts. Thank you for understanding that it takes a while to read, approve, and accept new scripts and materials for our collection. Your patience is appreciated.

Thank you for your interest in ArtAge Publications. We’re excited to read your work. In these guidelines you’ll learn how to format the play, where to send your script, and other related information. Please understand that accepting new works is often a lengthy process. Your patience is appreciated. Again, thanks for sending us your shows!

What to submit: Senior Theatres perform plays and musicals of all lengths, but short shows which run up to 20 minutes are the most popular. Directors look for plays with mainly female or women-only casts in comedies that require few technical elements for ease of touring and can be done as readers theatre. Successfully performed shows have a majority of, or senior-only, up-todate, feisty older characters in current situations playing roles that challenge performers, yet are fun to stage.

Use our format:

Type your play on standard size 8.5" x 11" paper. Always number your pages consecutively. Never reset page numbers when you change acts or scenes.

Use 1 inch margins all the way around. If your play will be in a binder, add 1/2 inch to the left margin so the text will be at 1 inch when it is read.

Use a common, easy to read 12 point font such as Palatino, Courier New, or Times New Roman. Type dialogue in regular font and stage directions in italics. Avoid bold and excessive underlining. Also avoid indents and tabs. Your text should run margin to margin.

Begin with a title page that follows the attached example page. Your title and name go in the middle of the page. Put your name, address, telephone number and email in the lower right corner. If you wish, you may put a copyright statement in the lower left corner.

The next page is for your cast list. Using the example, center your title and name at the top. Double space. Type CAST. Double space. Put character names in CAPS with a colon at the left margin. Follow with a brief description. After your cast list designate Time and Place. Be brief.

ArtAge Senior Theatre Resource Center, 800-858-4998

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Portland Theatre Works submission guidelines

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Portland Theatre Works (Portland, OR) is always accepting submissions for our FreshWorks reading series. While most of our projects involve the submission of a complete draft of a script by a playwright, we are also interested in exploring different models and processes of developing new work. Please keep in mind that our mission is to develop new work, so while our readings do involve a public presentation, that is just a part of the process. If you are looking for a theatre to simply present your work for the purposes of gaining exposure, we are not that theatre. Please take a look at the guidelines below, and then send us your stuff!

Please also note: While we are very excited to work with playwrights from places near and far, you should know that we do not have the resources at this time to provide you with transportation to Portland or housing (or food) while you are here for the reading or workshop. We hope to in the future, but we can't at the moment.
We do not accept submissions for our LabWorks series. Given our scarce resources we've chosen to select plays for further development in LabWorks from out of our FreshWorks series, allowing us deepen our support of a play and playwright with whom we've established a relationship.

Playwrights submitting a script:

  • Your play may not have had a professional Equity production (previous workshops or readings are okay).
  • Submit your script as well as a cover letter.
  • Please include a statement which addresses the following in any order (don't feel you need to limit yourself to one page):
    • What led you to begin work on this play?
    • Why are you seeking a reading? (In other words, what are your goals, or what do you wish to find out about your play in a reading?)
  • Please attach a bio and resume (or you can just tell us a little about yourself in the cover letter).
  • Lastly, please attach a sheet outlining this play's production/workshop/reading history, if any.
  • Please do not submit a synopsis.

Please Note: Your statement of intent is just as important to us as your script. Since our goal is to support the development of a piece, we're very interested in what your developmental goals are for the play so that we can be sure we have the resources to support those goals.

Folks not submitting a script:

  • Submit a cover letter and any supporting materials you have.
  • Please write a statement of intent for the project which addresses the following (don't feel you need to limit yourself to one page) in any order:
    • Describe the work you wish to develop.
    • What has led you to pursue this project?
    • What is your plan for developing this project? (Be very specific!)
    • Describe what you have done so far in developing this project (e.g. preparation, research, previous workshops, if any).
  • Please give a brief overview of your background (tell us a little about yourself).
  • Tell us about any other collaborators you plan to involve.

All submitters: Make sure your materials include your contact information, including mailing address, phone, and e-mail address!
Send the requested information to:
Portland Theatre Works
PO Box 8582
Portland, OR 97207-8582
Or submit via e-mail: submissions@ptwks.org.

We can handle Microsoft Word format, rich text files, and PDF format.

We will contact you via e-mail (or if you do not wish to be contacted by e-mail, please include a SASP) informing you of the receipt of your submission and giving you an idea of when you will receive a response from us.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

LTG Productions seeking plays

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LTG Productions is currently looking for 10 minute, one act and full length plays for our 2015 season. Our season includes readings and panels, two productions and a monthly theatrical podcast (think old time theater). New and established playwrights are encouraged to submit. All genres welcome.

Please include:

- One page summary of play (including character breakdown)
- Full Script

Electronic Submissions in PDF or Word only, using standard format guidelines.

Send to: ltgproductionsny@gmail.com with the subject: LTG Submission

Monday, December 8, 2014

Ghost Light Theatricals is currently looking for a 30 to 50 minute script

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Due: December 15

Ghost Light Theatricals is currently looking for a 30 to 50 minute script for our Night Lite series. This show would be performed in January directly after upcoming performances of "The 4th graders present an unnamed love suicide."

The ideal submission would be a comedy, ready to perform and have a cast of 4 to 8 actors.

Please include:
-one page summary of play (including character breakdown)
- Full Script

Electronic Submissions only

Send to: info@ghostlighttheatricals.org with the subject: Night Lite Submission

If your script is chosen you will be paid $25, a couple of drink tickets and love.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

All For One seeks solo shows

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All For One is always looking out for new solo shows by performers in all stages of their careers. We accept submissions on a rolling basis year-round for consideration for production and our Works-In-Progress Series, submissions are also open for the Artist in Residence program in the fall of every-other year.

Before submitting, please be aware that All For One is moving from a festival model to a full season. To learn more, check out the Submissions FAQ.

All For One produces a season of solo performance, opening in the fall and closing in the spring. With a focus on shows that inform, inspire, move, and matter, All For One seeks to produce the best in solo theater form both emerging and established artists.

Shows are considered on a rolling basis, meaning that you may submit at any time, and though that submission might not be chosen for production in the upcoming season, it may still be kept on file for consideration in future seasons.

All For One current accepts unsolicited scripts and has no submission fee.

Please read the Submissions FAQ and information on how to submit before submitting.

If you have any questions that aren’t answered on our site, please emailsubmissions@allforonetheater.org

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Actorly Productions is seeking play submissions

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Actorly Productions is seeking play submissions for their first set of productions in a downtown theatre this January and February 2014

Requirements: 

All the characters can be played 1 character-Male

You can the plays directly at support@actorly.com


Deadline is 12/25/2014

Teatro Diablo is looking for plays on "border" issues

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Teatro Diablo , a new student run theater company at Arizona State University, is looking for plays on "border" issues for an event in the spring of 2015 in Tempe, AZ. A "border" issue can include, but is not limited to· immigration/anti-immigration· undocumented persons/students (e.g., Dreamers)· border security/violence· human trafficking/drug trafficking Plays do not need to concentrate on the US-Mexico border but any "border" between nations and plays can be written in either English, Spanish, or bilingual English/Spanish.
Plays must be no longer than 12 pages and in proper play format as a .doc or .pdf. This is a blind submission process. No identifying information (name, address, email, phone number) should be included in your play script submission.

In a separate title page or document, please include the following:
Name:
Address:
Email:
Phone:
Bio (no more than 100 words):
Your bio will not be read with your submission. It will be used for promotional purposes if your play is selected.

Please include the words Border Submission: [NAME OF YOUR PLAY] in the subject line and email your play submission and title page as an attachment to TeatroDiabloASU@gmail.com.

We are particularly interested in plays with small casts, simple staging and technical elements. Accepted playwrights will be notified via email. Anyone who submits to this call will receive a press release announcement of the accepted plays. There is no submission fee and no compensation if your play is selected. Deadline for submissions is Monday, December 15, 2014.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Leah Ryan's Fund for Emerging Women Writers

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To Apply

All women who consider themselves emerging playwrights (as distinct from fledgling or mid-career playwrights) are eligible to apply for the FEWW Prize. Playwrights from all over the world are encouraged to apply, but the play must be written in English. 

Eligibility does not require that a submitted work adhere to the traditional three-act structure. One-acts, two-acts (even four-, five-, six- acts), monologues, adaptations, and any other wild (or deceptively tame) format will be considered with equal seriousness. The only absolute requirement is that the submitted text be a completed full-length work for theater.

The 2015 winner will be chosen by a committee selected by the board members of Leah Ryan's FEWW, and will be presented her award as part of the 2015 Lily Awards, which honors the work of women in American theater.

The winner will also receive a cash award of $1,000 as well as a staged reading of her play hosted by FEWW at a theater in New York City. In addition, a stipend of up to $700 for travel and accommodation may be provided by FEWW if necessary.

We will begin accepting applications for this year’s prize on November 3, 2014.

The deadline for submissions for the 2015 FEWW Prize is Monday, January 12th, 2015 at 5pm EST.

Applications must include the following:

1. Ten pages excerpted from a fully developed, completed script. Please note: finalists will be required to submit the complete script to the FEWW;

2. A cover letter of no more than 300 words describing yourself and your work. Be sure the letter includes your contact information including mailing address, daytime telephone number, and email address;

3. Your resume or a bio;

4. The name, address, email and phone number of one reference. This person should know you well and be able to speak about your work if called to do so.

Finalists will be contacted by April 1st and will have one week within which to to submit their full play.

TO SUBMIT AN APPLICATION TO THE 2015 PRIZE, CLICK HERE.

Midwinter Madness Seeks One-Act Plays for February 2015


SUBMISSION DEADLINE: January 1, 2015

Dear Friend in the Theatre,

I'm looking for new one-act plays for the Fourth Annual Midwinter Madness Short Play Festival, happening in February 2015 at Roy Arias Studios. People are already submitting scripts, which I hope is a harbinger of a massive increase in this season's Festival (last year we had about 30 plays and musicals). Details are straightforward:
Dates for the Festival are Feb. 9 - Mar. 1, 2015.
Submission deadline is January 1, 2015.

We are looking to expand on last year's Festival, with 2 theatres.
Plays should run 30-45 minutes or 45-60 minutes. Better short than long. The plays will be timed at tech and cannot go over.
Scripts should be submitted in standard playscript format.*
Any subject matter okay, including musicals.
All plays must be off-book. There will be no staged readings. We have no interest in shows that require projections or other special effects. Smoke and fire are prohibited.
Production requirements must be minimal: rehearsal cubes, a table or two, some chairs (all provided by the Festival), and your own props and costumes. There is some storage during your run only.
There is a $100.00 participation fee, to pay an increased staff. Shows receive half the net (revenue from any tickets sold over 40% of the total available).
Tickets will be $15-20 depending on length of show.
Festival participants may see their own and other shows for free, seating permitting. Seating is reserved for producers, writers, and directors at their own shows. We honor press comps, by reservation. No comps may be transferred to anyone else. There are no other comps.
We prefer shows to be non-Equity. Equity showcases may be permitted under special circumstances, by prior arrangement with the Festival.
The Festival will provide a press agent, venue manager, lighting designer, and box-office manager. You must provide your own board op. (The Festival has a list of available qualified technical staff from which you may draw. They are competent and reasonably priced.)
While the Festival provides the venue and staff, you must provide the production. Roy Arias Studios may offer discounts on rehearsal space, at its own discretion.
There will be a tech rehearsal running 2.5 times the running time of your show, during business hours Mon. thru Wed.
All performances will take place from 6 pm to 11 pm weekdays or 11 am to 11 pm weekends.
Each show will receive at least 3 performances, probably all in the same week. Shows that sell the most tickets in advance may receive more performances.
The Festival will provide a program "wrapper": you must provide a program specific to your show, and insert it into the wrapper for distribution to your patrons.
There will be a juried award ceremony after the Festival. Last year's awards were combined with the Midtown International Theatre Festival Awards, held in Oct. 2014.

*12 pt Times Roman; character names in the middle on their own line; line spaces between speeches and stage directions; indented stage directions; 1" margins all around.

I've presented a lot of Festivals, and I have a special interest in one-act plays. They're an easy, cheap, and fun way to see your work on its feet. To submit a script, send it as an attachment in ms word to: john.chatterton@gmail.com. Any questions, don't hesitate to shoot me an E-mail!

Thanks,

John Chatterton

Executive producer, Midwinter Madness Short Play Festival, Midtown International Theatre Festival, and Short Play Lab

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