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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Small Fish Radio seeks horror scripts

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Deadline is September 15th at Midnight.

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Please send your submissions to:
submissions@smallfishradio.com

General Radio 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.

NO 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.

Length –
 Short plays around 10 minutes (or less); stories, poems, and songs no more than 5 minutes.

Short Stories, Poetry, and Song –
 We accept short stories, poetry, and songs in written form (PDF preferred).

Please do not submit recorded radio plays, stories or music.
We are not accepting produced radio plays.

Multiple submissions are acceptable, as long as you follow the guidelines listed above.

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.

Halloween-themed scripts wanted

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Please consider the following guidelines for Därkhorse Drämatists “Tales from the Script”! It’s important to note, that while we favor newer plays, this festival is not limited to original work. Your submissions may have been produced at other venues, so long as it is unpublished and wasn’t featured in last year’s festival. Besides one-act plays, we are also looking for 1-person shorts & monologues. Please refer to the guidelines below.

One-acts: 25 page maximum / 10 page minimum. (No minimum page count for 1 person shorts or monologues). No exceedingly violent or pornographic material. Adult language allowed within reason.

Plays may have a maximum of 3-4 characters and should take place in a limited setting and minimal props.

Due for submission by September 1st.

2 submissions allowed per playwright.

Playwright must provide contact information including their location and previous production history of the play where applicable. Regional playwrights are given first consideration.

Submissions preferred in stageplay format. E-mailed no later than September 1st to: darkhorsedramatists@gmail.com

Plays can be any genre; comedy, satirical, farce, drama, horror or gothic as long as they fall into a loose ‘Halloween theme’. No musicals or murder mysteries please.

Plays will be mediated in a forum comprised of local playwrights, directors and actors to determine which will be produced.

Monday, August 29, 2016

The Rewrite at Primary Stages

As soon as you finish your last line of dialogue, the need for rewrites begins. This class at Primary Stages ESPA will start by establishing individualized writing goals to conquer over ten weeks. Whether you choose to embark on a rewrite of your entire play or focus on individual scenes, writing exercises and in-class discussion will inspire you to ask new questions of your play, look at it from various angles, and deconstruct it with your fellow writers. You will leave this class with a stronger version of your play, and with the tools you need to transform any first draft into a polished, compelling work that’s ready to submit.

Starts September 18
Sundays from 11:00am – 2:00pm
Instructor: Edwin Sanchez (Writer, Barefoot Boy with Shoes On at Primary Stages)
Eddie’s class is all about being a safe place to try things. One week you may bring in a scene that totally slays, the next week, not so much. But this is the room where you can try. As a playwright, Eddie writes everything (including novels!) and doesn’t ascribe one specific style to his work. He believes that you should dive into whatever you are passionate about, so his class is dedicated to making a commitment to yourself as a writer—to really write and just go for it.


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

We provide students easy and convenient payment plans to break up tuition. ESPA is a home for all artists, in all stages of their careers. For more information, call 212.840.9705 x211 or email espa@primarystages.org.

Naughties 2016

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Image Theater of Lowell, MA (www.imagetheater.com) is seeking submissions of short plays, sketches, songs, or monologues for our “adult only” evening of original works to be performed on Saturday, November 12, 2016.

We are looking for sexy, silly, scandalous pieces, limit four characters or less, single set… have fun, because that’s what this evening of theater is all about!

To submit your play, monologue, or song, please send your work in a WORD format, along with full contact information on the cover page. Songs may be sent in Mp3 format, but lyrics should be included separately, along with sheet music.

Heading of submission: “ Naughties 2016”

Submission deadline: August 31st, 2016 no exceptions


E mail your submission(s) to: imagetheater@comcast.net,
attention Jerry or Ann.

Image Theater is a not for profit theater company that has produced the original works of playwrights since 2005

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Diez Minutos 2017 seeks 10-minute plays

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Players Workshop seeks plays for its Fifth Annual International 10-Minute Play Festival. This fully-staged festival will be in English, and will take place in late March of 2017 in the international arts center of San Miguel de Allende, Mexico — a World Heritage Site brimming with charm, history, and culture. San Miguel was voted Conde Nast Traveler Magazine 2013 "Best City in the World.”

There is no fee for submitting.

Each playwright whose script is selected and performed will receive a $25 USD cash honorarium and two complimentary tickets to the production. One play will be selected as the Audience Favorite and its playwright shall receive an additional $50 USD cash award. No other remuneration will be provided, and any playwright attending must do so at his or her own expense.

Submission Guidelines

Players Workshop may delete, without reading, any submission that does not comply with these rules.

Only one play may be submitted per entrant. In honor of our fifth anniversary, we’re making this year’s festival a “Free for All.” In other words, there is no theme. Just send us your best.

Only the first 100 plays entered are guaranteed to be considered.

We’re asking for blind submissions again this year.

No musicals or children’s plays, please.

The play must be submitted by email, as an attached PDF file. No MS Word files or other formats will be accepted. The subject line of your email should include your name and the title of the play.
The submission shall include all contact information for the playwright, including name, address, telephone number and email address on a separate title page; the script must be in standard play format, with a title page, a character listing, the setting, props, and any technical requirements or other production considerations. Your name must not appear on the script. The two files should be titled "Submission [Name Of Play]” and "Title Page [Name Of Play].”

The play must be in English and no longer than 10 pages in standard format, with a calculated running time of no less than eight minutes and no more than twelve minutes.

Submission period opens on August 1, 2016. Entries must be received prior to midnight U.S. Central Standard Time, August 31, 2016. No late submissions will be accepted because of transmission problems.

The play must be unpublished, but may have had previous productions. If the play has had previous productions, a production history must be included with the submission. The submitting playwright must own all rights to the play.

Selection of plays will be at the absolute discretion of the judges.

Selection of a play does not guarantee production. Producers may decline to produce a selected play because of casting, directing or any other consideration, in which case no payment will be due the playwright.

Selected entrants will receive a list of the festival scripts by email. Notification is expected to be made no later than December 1, 2016. Only playwrights whose plays were received in the first 100 submitted will receive first-round notification. Only playwrights whose plays have been selected for performance during the festival will receive notification of acceptance. Producers reserve the right to consider additional plays not received in the first 100.

Scripts are limited in subject matter or content. However, there must be no nudity, and suitability for performance before a general adult audience will be a factor in selection.
Plays are restricted to 4 or fewer characters. Small casts are preferable, as the stage size is modest, with minimal set, props, sound cues, and costuming. Our talent pool is composed mostly of actors aged 40 and older. This will be a factor in selection.
Entering playwrights grant the producers of Diez Minutos permission to perform the play a maximum of twelve times during the Diez Minutos 2017 festival, and to make as many copies of the script as are necessary for production. All other rights remain with the playwright.

Submitting Your Play
Please address your submission to: diezminutosfestival@yahoo.com. Any inquiries should be addressed to the same address.

Michael Gottlieb, Players Workshop
Producer of Diez Minutos 2017

MITF: Fall Call for Scripts

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MITF: Fall is a combination of full-lengths, short plays and musicals, children’s plays, a Variety division (Magic Acts, Improv, Stand-up, Cabaret, Sketch Comedy, etc), the Short Play Lab, and staged readings. (There is a $250 fee for Staged Readings).

Short plays and musicals are the mainstay of the MITF Short Subjects but we're looking for any kind of play or musical that fits the guidelines:

• Short Subjects and musicals 30 - 60 min. long
• Full-lengths and musicals 61-90 min. long
• Easy to produce in a no-frills festival.
• AEA showcases are welcome.
• Any genre. (Short subjects using guns as props will not be considered; full-lengths can use guns as props).
• Plays must be sent in Word Document or PDF File.
• Pages MUST be numbered and script must be in standard playscript format.**
• The estimated running time of the play must be clearly indicated.

The Festival will take place at the Workshop Theater's Jewel Box Theater, 312 W. 36th St., NYC. MITF: Fall runs from October 29-November 20, 2016.
The Festival provides the WorkShop Theater's Jewel Box Theater, shared scenery (rehearsal cubes, a table, and 4 chairs), and front-of-house staff. Shows must be off book and provide their own board operator, stage manager, and company manager.

To submit a project, mark it clearly "MITF: Fall," and let us know whether it is a full-length, short subject, a musical, a variety act, a 10-min. play for our Short Play Lab, or a staged reading. We'll curate the entries as they come in, so you can start working on them as soon as possible. As this year’s SPL’s are the weekend before Halloween, plays with a “Halloween” or macabre theme are in demand. Please send all playscripts and all Variety submissions (video reels, YouTube, etc.) to: john.chatterton@gmail.com.

We look forward to your submissions!

Submission Deadline For Short Subjects and Full-lengths is September 30, 2016.
Submission Deadline For Variety Acts and the Short Play Lab is October 15, 2016

(We curate the scripts as we receive them, and will let you know if you are accepted as soon as possible, so as to give you more time to prepare for your production. So, the sooner you get your script in, the better. For all submissions, only one show per writer, per Festival).

*Please read the Festival Manual to learn about MITF's Profit Sharing Policy (PSP), the participant's options and our requirements. SPL’s and Variety Acts are not eligible to participate in the MITF’s Profit Sharing Policy.
**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.

Black and Brown Theatre currently seeking 10 minute plays from artists of color

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Black and Brown Theatre, a Detroit area theatre which seeks to create opportunities for theatre artists of color is currently seeking 10 minute plays and/or 10 minute excerpts from larger pieces for our inaugural showcase at the Charles H Wright Museum in Detroit.

For this showcase, we are particularly interested in Black playwrights, Latinx playwrights, Arab American playwrights and Southeast Asian playwrights. 10 minute plays or 10 minute excerpts can be about any topic so long as it is possible for all of the roles to be cast with actors of color (Please note that the plays do not have to discuss race or ethnicity to be considered). Small casts (1-3 actors) preferred. We would also love one of the plays to be either bilingual (Spanish/English) or entirely in Spanish.

Playwrights whose work is accepted will receive a small stipend for their piece. The showcase is a one time performance on Sunday October 30, 2016 in Detroit. Playwrights are not required to attend performance or rehearsals. Playwrights may reside anywhere.

We have already had our auditions so we are looking for pieces ASAP (No later than Sept 4, 2016). We will read pieces as soon as they come and may select a piece before the official deadline as we need to begin rehearsals immediately. Please do not hesitate to send something.

Please send scripts as a PDF or Word Doc to BlackandBrownTheatre@gmail.com. Scripts do not have to be world premieres. Please include your name and contact info (Phone number, email, and mailing address) on the script. Also, please include a synopsis and cast breakdown in the body of the email. No more than 3 submissions per playwright.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

CUNY professor seeks theater production survey participation

CUNY professor Teresa Fisher is conducting research study in the area of new play development, focusing on how the process differs when done in an academic versus professional theatre setting.

She invites NYCPlaywrights to participate in this study in one of two ways:

1. An anonymous online survey located here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/QRWMD9C

2. Interviews with individuals who have participated in new play development (in professional and/or academic settings). If you would like to participate via interview, please contact her via email at teresa.fisher@bcc.cuny.edu

Friday, August 26, 2016

Dionysian seeks short plays

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The Dionysian is constantly looking for new and upcoming playwrights while also presenting established playwrights. Any content is fair-game, as we would like to present a range of styles and themes, whether it be two lines of dialogue or a stream of consciousness monologue. We want to showcase your work.

If you:
Have a completed short play ranging from 1-10 pages

Please send a PDF copy, along with a short bio (not to be published alongside the play), and a quick blurb about the piece to:

submissions@dionysianmagazine.com

The deadline for Issue 001 is Aug 31st. Anything received after that date will be considered for the following Issue.

Please remember Copyright and Performance Rights always remain with the writer and our publication is used only to highlight the Playwright. That being said please ensure that you, the Playwright, has full ownership of the material before submitting.

Sky Cooper New American Play Prize Guidelines

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We will be accepting submissions for the 2017 Sky Cooper New American Play Prize from August 1 - 31, 2016.

We will no longer be accepting submissions via email or standard post. Please complete the application form and upload your materials below.

  • Submissions will be accepted from August 1 – 31, 2016
  • Submissions must be original, unpublished full-length plays in English in any genre
  • Musicals, translations, one-acts, and any play previously submitted for the prizes are not eligible
  • Plays may not have received or be scheduled for a full-scale, professional production prior to submission 
  • Playwrights must be citizens of the United States
  • One submission per playwright is allowed each year; if you submitted for the 2017 David Calicchio Prize, you must submit the same play for both prizes
  • Playwrights submitting on their own behalf should submit a 10 page dialogue sample; Agents may submit full scripts for consideration. We prefer submissions as PDF of word documents (.pdf or .doc) with last name, first name, (title of the play) as the document title. For example: Wilson, August (Seven Guitars).pdf 
  • For the Sky Cooper prize, the submission is required to include a professional recommendation.

Apply Now

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Call for One-Act Comedies

Starlite Players produces a collection of short comedies for one weekend each month in Sarasota’s Starlite Room and has presented over 50 new plays since our debut in July 2015. (See History and Gallery.) We usually stage four plays per month and prefer short comedies that are LAUGH-OUT-LOUD FUNNY. We invite submissions at any time from playwrights who live in the Tampa Bay area. We also accept scripts from other playwrights during the dates specified under “Themes.”

THE PLAY’S THE THING

Scripts must be production-ready. We strongly discourage first drafts and welcome prior productions. Please include development history but no playwright resume, bio, marketing materials, reviews, etc.

• What we offer you: No submission fee. For chosen plays: full production at no cost to playwright, plus a small royalty. All rights remain with the playwright.

• What we ask of you: Before submitting, invest a few minutes to learn about us at www.starliteplayers.com and our Facebook page. Then follow our guidelines.

• Submissions that do not comply with the guidelines cannot be considered.

GUIDELINES (Mandatory)

• Consideration will be limited to the first 50 scripts received that comply with ALL guidelines


• Open to playwrights from the Tampa Bay area at any time and from others at specific times (See “Themes”).

• Comedies only, preferably contemporary.

• Please, no plays requiring guns.

• Length: 11-25 pages. We are not accepting 10-minute plays.

• Cast: up to 4 actors.

• Production requirements: simple.

• Previous productions permitted and even encouraged.

• Original, unpublished work only. Must include a grant of rights if script is an adaptation or requires song lyrics, music, poetry or any other creative input by someone other than the playwright.

• Slightly risqué is OK; raunchy is not.

• Please, no resubmissions.

• Limit: one script per author within a 6-month period so send us your best. EXCEPTION: one submission will be accepted per playwright for each of the four themes listed below.

• Standard script format is REQUIRED: One-inch margins, 12-point type, single-spaced stage directions and dialogue (no space between character name and dialogue), character name centered above dialogue, pages numbered with first page of dialogue as page 1.

• No screenplays, musicals or children's plays.

THEMES

You may interpret the themes as you understand them. Please don’t send emails requesting a definition or description.

Scripts will be accepted with no geographic restrictions on the dates stated with each theme. Because we’re deluged each time we issue a script call, we must regrettably limit the submission window to just a few days for each theme. We appreciate your understanding.
  • Love, Actually—Aug 25 through midnight Eastern time on Aug 28, 2016.
  • Thanksgiving—Sept 29 through midnight Eastern time on Oct 2, 2016.
  • Looking Back, Looking Ahead—Oct 27 through midnight Eastern time on Oct 30.

HOW TO SUBMIT

Please send email to scripts@starliteplayers.com with two attachments as follows:

1 pdf containing the script with title, cast of characters, set requirements but no information identifying the playwright anywhere in the script. File name should be: “(TITLE OF PLAY), (THEME), Script” (without quotation marks).
1 single-page pdf containing title of play, author name/address/contact information, short synopsis (about 50 words) and play’s development history. File name should be: “(TITLE OF PLAY), (THEME), Cover page” (without quotation marks).

We look forward to discovering exciting new work and genuinely appreciate your interest. However, due to the high volume of scripts and our very small staff, we are unable to enter into correspondence about guidelines or submissions. If we are interested in producing your play, we will contact you.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Seeking plays with Halloween themes


The AlphaNYC Theater Company is seeking plays written with scary, suspense, thriller, or Halloween themes for its Fear Theater Festival (previously announced as the Vampire Festival). Performances will take place the last two weekends of October. There is no charge to participate or submit a play. 

 Plays must be 15 minutes in length or LESS. The AlphaNYC will supply the actors, actresses, and directors. Playwrights receive billing and a bio in the program for shows as well as comp. tickets to a performance of their choice. Performances will take place at the new 60 seat Roebuck Theater in Midtown, New York City. 

 Please submit plays in PDF or Word document format to adam@thealphaNYC.com. Previously submitted plays do not have to be resubmitted.

One-Act Play Festival

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Thespian Production is seeking one-act plays for its one-act play festival in NYC on Nov. 12th, 2016.

Plays should be between 10-15 minutes in length and have no more than four characters. We prefer to have comedy plays and those that are light-hearted. We love producing new and unpublished works but do accept works already produced. Multiple submissions are accepted. Plays should have simple set requirements. Since we are a community theater, plays with vulgar language will not be accepted. 

Please include synopsis and contact information. 

Plays will be accepted through Aug. 30, 2016

Submit plays to info@thespianproductioninc.com

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Online Writing Classes at Primary Stages ESPA

Our online classes are an extension of our time-tested in-studio writing curriculum, designed for writers anywhere in the world! We will help you create or polish a draft of your new play or screenplay through weekly assignments and lectures, providing the necessary structure and deadlines to those outside the New York area or with unpredictable schedules.

This 10-week online class will guide you through the development of your first draft, providing concrete deadlines and constructive feedback that will encourage you to get your ideas on the page.
Section A Instructor: Adam Szymkowicz (Writer, Hearts Like Fists, Clown Bar, and prior member of Primary Stages Writers Group)
Section B Instructor: Caridad Svich (Writer, 2012 OBIE Winner for Lifetime Achievement)

Whether you choose to embark on a rewrite of your entire play or focus on individual scenes, writing exercises and online lectures will inspire you to ask new questions of your play, look at it from various angles, and deconstruct it with individualized feedback from Jeni.
Instructor: Jeni Mahoney (Writer, Fata Morgana at BCT; Founding Artistic Director, Seven Devils Playwrights Conference)

This 10-week class will be run just like real-life television writing room, interacting with Andrea and your classmates live via the Citrix platform. You will pitch your show and jump into rigorous timed exercises that will help you create character backgrounds and establish a specific and truthful world.
Instructor: Andrea Ciannavei (Screenwriter, "The Path" on Hulu)

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

We provide students easy and convenient payment plans to break up tuition. Primary Stages ESPA is a home for all artists, in all stages of their careers. For more information, call 212.840.9705 x211 or email espa@primarystages.org.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Living Room Theater New Play Incubator: Immigration

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Living Room Theater is seeking playwrights to develop plays about immigration for its New Play Incubator this October/November. Playwrights will be divided into 2 groups and meet 3 times. In the course of 3 weeks, the playwrights will create a 10 minute play related to immigration. Each group will culminate in a staged reading for the public. Actors and director will be provided for the reading. Playwrights may attend auditions and rehearsals if they like.

There is no fee to submit or to participate. Playwrights must be able to attend all meetings of at least one group. Please do not submit if you cannot make all the meetings of at least one group. All meetings/rehearsals/readings will be held in Manhattan. Non-New York based playwrights may apply but must be able to travel to the meetings/reading. No travel stipend is provided.

Group A Meetings

10/15/16 from 1-3pm

10/22/16 from 1-3pm (First draft due)

10/29/16 from 1-3pm

Staged reading on 11/13/16 at 3pm



Group B Meetings

10/16/16 from 4-6pm

10/23/16 from 1-3pm (First draft due)

10/30/16 from 1-3pm

Staged reading on 11/17/16 at 8pm

Please submit a resume, a 10 minute play, and a short paragraph in the email why you would be interested in writing about immigration to lvtnewplays@gmail.com Please specify which group you are applying for or if both groups work for you. Only selected finalists will be asked to interview between October 1, 2016 to October 9, 2016. Submission deadline is September 25, 2016.

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

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Shakespeare Society Residency

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Calling ACTORS, DIRECTORS, and small theater COMPANIES!
Have a great idea for exploring a Shakespeare play?
Want to spend a week doing it?

We are pleased to announce the opening of applications for our two 2016-17 Shakespeare Works Artist Residencies. These week-long residencies are the cornerstone of our Shakespeare Works program. Residencies offer artists a unique - and rare - opportunity: spend a week asking questions, developing your knowledge, and acting on your creative impulses as you immerse yourself in the Shakespeare play of your choice.

Each Residency provides a director and 6-8 actors with
  • a week's worth of free space (25 to 30 hours); 
  • study materials, including various editions of the Shakespeare play of the artists' choice, dictionaries, etc.; 
  • modest stipends for all participants; 
  • visiting academic, artistic and voice-text advisors; and 
  • the time to think, read aloud, discuss and discover.
  • The week concludes with a public panel discussion reviewing the week's work in front of an audience. The program is designed to give participants the time and space to learn, experiment and explore the plays with a freedom that producing theater companies can rarely provide. The only Residency requirement is that every word of the chosen play be read aloud. 

Complete your application HERE.

Deadline to be considered for an October Residency is Friday, September 2, 2016. Please contact Artistic & Development Associate Jackie Tralies with questions. Email only, no phone calls.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Seeking 1 act play scripts 7 - 15 minutes for Manhattan Repertory Theatre's NEW ARTIST PLAY SERIES

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September 27 and 28, 2016 at Manhattan Repertory Theatre,
303 West 42nd St. at 8th Ave.

In our effort to support new playwrights, we are seeking new short 1 act play scripts 7 - 15 minutes from playwrights that have NEVER had a play produced before in New York City, which we will present on Tuesday September 27, and Wednesday September 28 here at Manhattan Rep as part of our New Artist Play Series. If accepted, we will cast, rehearse and bring your play to life here at Manhattan Rep.

To submit your short play script (7 - 15 minutes) please email:

  • The complete script of your never produced before 1 act play as a .pdf,
  • a synopsis of the play,
  • a cover letter with more information about yourself and your work,

your mailing address, and a contact email address to:

manhattanrep@yahoo.com by Thursday September 1, 2016.

Please put “New Artist Play Series” in the subject heading.
We will contact you within a week, if not sooner, as to your acceptance.

Plays that we love will be accepted on a First-Come First-Served basis.
The earlier you submit the better chances you have of being accepted for we may end submissions before September 1, 2016, if we fill up all available performance slots

There is no submission fee.

Again, this is solely a script submission. We will create a team to present your play here as part of this event.

Once accepted, there is a $30 commitment fee. There are no other production fees or costs to the playwright involved in this event.

For more information, please log on to: http://www.manhattanrep.com/

Owl and Cat Season Seeking Scripts

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Melbourne based company, The Owl and Cat Theatre, is currently seeking script submissions to produce for its fourth season of works.

Website: www.owlandcat.com.au
Enquires: Thomas@owlandcat.com.au

Guidelines:

Email to: owlandcatscripts@gmail.com

-MUST be a World Premiere
(must not have been previously staged, however play readings are acceptable)

-Must explore current themes/ideas.

-Provocative and confrontational works are favoured.

-Musicals are not accepted.

-Must be one act or full length (short plays are not accepted)

-Must be in pdf format.

-Successful playwrights will receive a one off payment of AUD$100.


Happy writing,

The Owl and Cat Theatre

Bindlestiff Studio - LOVE EDITION: TIME AFTER TIME seeks plays 25 minutes and under

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Bindlestiff Studio, the nation's only theater dedicated to showcasing Filipino-American performing arts, is bringing back the LOVE and soliciting short plays to be staged in February 2017 for THE LOVE EDITION : TIME AFTER TIME.
The Love Edition has been one of our most celebrated shows, featuring short plays about Love, Heartache, and the Weirdness in between.

This year’s theme, Time After Time, will spotlight melodramas through the ages. Tales of the star-crossed and lovelorn have captivated generations of audiences across the world through soap operas, teleseryes, telenovelas, Korean dramas and the like. While the call is open to diverse and unique interpretations of love stories, we encourage writers to submit plays that embrace/celebrate/critique/reinvent the emotional spectacle of the melodrama genre.

We will be accepting electronic submissions until
12AM (PST) OCTOBER 7TH, 2016. Bindlestiff Studio does not charge reader's fees. Selected playwrights will receive a minimum of $50 and comp reservations for the run of the show.

To have your script considered for production, your script must follow the Love Edition submission guidelines:

1) Written in stage play format
2) 5-20 pages / 25 minutes or under. 5 powerful pages can impress us just as much (and probably more so) than 20 so-so pages.
2) Written about Love, Heartache, and the Weirdness in between.
4) Formatted as PDF, DOC, or DOCX. Include your contact info (Name, Email, and Phone).
5) Attach and email script to TheLoveEdition@gmail.com with “SCRIPT SUBMISSION” in the SUBJECT line by midnight October 7th.
Only 2 submissions per writer please.

*Women, people of color, and LGBTQ individuals encouraged to apply.

We'll send a confirmation email upon receipt of each submission. Because of the amount of scripts received, we will be unable to give feedback on every submission. Selections will be announced in November 2016.

We look forward to reading your scripts. Show us the love!

SHORT PLAY PROJECT


Seeking fully produced, (cast, directed and ready to be performed by Sept.)
original, never produced before
15 - 40 minute 1 act plays
for Manhattan Repertory Theatre's
SHORT PLAY PROJECT

September 7 & September 8, 2016
at Manhattan Repertory Theatre, 303 West 42nd St. at 8th Ave.

Each 15 - 40 minute play will be given a short tech rehearsal, a full dress rehearsal with the other plays participating, and a minimum of 2 performances!

To submit your 15 - 40 minute play production please email:

The complete script of the play as a .pdf, a synopsis of the play,
the character breakdown, the set and lighting requirements,
the play's production history (if it has been produced before and where)
your mailing address, and a creative team leader contact email address to:

manhattanrep@yahoo.com by Tuesday August 23, 2016.

Please put “SHORT PLAY PROJECT” in the subject heading.
We will contact you within a week, if not sooner, as to your acceptance.

Plays that we love will be accepted on a First-Come First-Served basis.
The earlier you submit the better chances you have of being accepted for we may end submissions before August 23, 2016, if we fill up all available performance slots

There is no submission fee. NON-EQUITY ONLY.

We will supply a technician to run the sound and lights.

Once accepted, there will be a $30 commitment fee.

For more information, please log on to: http://www.manhattanrep.com/

Friday, August 19, 2016

The Thistle Dew Reader’s Theatre and Senior Theatre seeks one act and full-length plays.

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Call for submissions: one act and full-length plays for Reader’s Theatre and Senior Theatre.
One weekend engagement: One (1) or two (2) performances.
Compensation: one act, $30.00, full-length $60.00.

Contact Tom: tddtheatre@aol.com .
Expect immediate response.

Rules for engagement:
  • Your play must be production ready: fully workshopped. 
  • Your play can be either a comedy or a drama for family audiences and any subject matter. 
  • Your play calls for less than six (6) characters. 
  • Your play exhibits freshness, sufficient conflict and engaging text. 
  • Your play is in simple standard format, 12-14pt. Times or Times Roman font. 
  • Your complete play is in .doc format with numbered pages. 
  • Page One: Your Title, contact information and 200 word biography. 
  • Page Two: Your Character(s) breakdown(s) and 300 word synopsis. 
  • The subject line of your email submission to tddtheatre@aol.com reads “TDDT Play Submission” . 
  • There is no entry fee. 
  • There is no deadline.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Casa de Beverly seeking female playwrights

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Join us at the Casa for dinner Saturday 8/20.

Dear Playwrights,

Because community is one of Casa de Beverley's core values, we're inviting you join us for a dinner to share your work and have first shot at being a part of One Acts and Snacks Season Three.

We're looking for 18 female-identifying playwrights to feature. (Guys we love you, and we'd love you to come perform or direct, but this seasons' for the LADIES! Please do forward this message on to your female playwriting peers. Or come and make a connection to be a performer or director!)

What To Bring:
  • Yourself. 
  • Your ten-minute-no-more-than-4-character-finished-OR-work-in-progress script 
Where To Bring it:
Casa de Beverley in Brooklyn (RSVP to Katie@casadebeverley.com for exact address)

When:
6pm, Saturday August 20th

Why? 
  • To have a fun meal with some great folks
  • To learn more about the Casa and OAS
  • To guarantee your spot in the season lineup.
There is no charge for this event. We want to meet our future season three playwrights, tell you all about how you can be a part of the community, and, together, design season three which starts September 17th and runs every third Saturday of most months thru April. While we may not read your entire script on Saturday, we'll definitely share synopsis' (and food!), learn all about us and have the option of confirming your scheduled performance date during Season 3.

Those who make it in person and want to work with us are guaranteed a spot in the season. If you cannot make it and still want to possibly participate, email your script and we'll get you the info you need to decide if you want in.

Season Three participating playwrights will be notified by August 25th.

IMPORTANT ALLERGY NOTE - Our location for the dinner and future performances is also home to one dog and two cats. They are very loving. Unfortunately their fur is occasionally not so. If you know you are sensitive, please take whatever precautions you need to keep yourself comfortable while here.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

The Web Series at Primary Stages

“Web Therapy” and “Broad City” are just three hilarious examples of successful web series: short-form programming created especially for the internet and designed with the immediacy of the audience in mind. This digital marriage of screen and television writing is a platform for writers to do what they want, unrestricted by producers or censors and uniquely positioned to go viral for maximum exposure. Over the course of this class, our studios will transform into a TV writer’s room as you develop the first season of your very own dramatic or comedic web series with the creator of “Submissions Only”, Kate Wetherhead. In ten weeks, you’ll pitch, outline, and write an 8-episode series that will be ready to shoot.

Instructor: Kate Wetherhead (Writer, Director, Creator of "Submissions Only"; Actor, Broadway's Legally Blonde and Spelling Bee)
Tuesdays from 6:30pm – 9:30pm
Starts September 20

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

We provide students easy and convenient payment plans to break up tuition. ESPA is a home for all artists, in all stages of their careers. For more information, call 212.840.9705 x211 or email espa@primarystages.org.

Elliott Hayes Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dramaturgy

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Application Information

Named in honor of Elliott Hayes, the former dramaturg and literary manager at The Stratford Festival and a dual citizen of Canada and the USA, this award recognizes excellence in dramaturgical work on a specific project over the past two years. Eligible projects may include, but are not limited to, production, season planning and implementation, educational programming, or advocacy for the profession.

The recipient of the 2017 Elliott Hayes Award, presented at the annual LMDA conference, will receive $1000 US.

There is no application fee. Applications will be evaluated through a blind submission process. The application is open to all.

Applications will be accepted from 1 August 2016 through 31 August 2016 at midnight EDT. All applicants will be notified of the panel decision and the winner will be notified by 30 November 2016. However, the public announcement will be embargoed until the presentation of the award at the LMDA Conference in Summer 2017.

Application Guidelines

1. For the purposes of this application, if you self-identify as a dramaturg, you are a dramaturg. If you come from a culture that does not view dramaturgy as separate from other parts of the creative process, or does not have a word for dramaturgy, and you feel your work fits within the rubric above, please contact me at awards@lmda.org to speak further.

2. All applications must meet the above-mentioned standards for eligibility.

3. Only one application per person.

4. Although we welcome applicants from anywhere in the world, the application must be in English.

5. The application must be a minimum of 500 and a maximum of 4000 words. The will be no reward for brevity nor punishment for length. Within the already stated boundaries, the essay should be exactly as long as it takes for you to make a strong, clear, and cogent argument for the nomination you are putting forth.

6. At this time, we do not have the capability to review secondary materials such as videos or slideshows. Although their inclusion will not disqualify an application, they will not be reviewed. No letters of reference are needed - nor will they be read if sent. As well, please do not include a resume in your application, as we are concerned with only the strength of your proposal and what currently engages you, not your history.

7. In order to facilitate the blind submission process, you must provide two separate documents in.doc or.docx format - the first discussing the work with no identifying information (including the name of the work, your name or the name of the person you are nominating, or the city, state or country in which the event took place. In other words, nothing can be included which is searchable on Google or any other search engine. The phrases "the work”, “the director”, and “the process” are all fine substitutes. The second document will include all of the identifying information not present in the first, including your name and contact info or the name and contact information of the person/work you are proposing. Your application will be reviewed by a panel of dramaturgs who represent the extraordinary talent and diversity found within our profession. As VP of Grants and Awards, I am the only person who will see the identifying information, and the panelists will not know the identity of the winner until after a decision has been reached.

8. Although you are welcome to propose the work of others, that other person must be known to you, you must have had a real-life interaction with said person, and you must be able to provide contact information for them.

9. Any project you propose cannot have been completed on or before 31 December 2015. It is fine if the project is still underway. Ideally, it should be completed by 15 June 2018, though exceptions may be made for extraordinary work.

10. The winner of the award must appear at two conferences, either in person or virtually (using an application such as Skype.) The first appearance would be to accept the award, and the second to present it to the next year’s winner.

11. The winner of the Elliott Hayes Award is required to sit on the next year’s adjudication panel.

If you have any further questions, feel free to contact me (Brad Rothbart, VP of Grants and Awards) at awards@lmda.org

We look forward to reading your applications.

To Submit:

Send your essay without identifying information in .doc or .docx format per the instructions here and a separete .doc or .docx with all of the identifying information outlined here to eha@lmda.org.

If you don't receive an acknowledgement of your application within 48 hours, please contact lmdanyc@gmail.com.

Proscenium Journal seeks plays

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Proscenium Journal (prosceniumjournal.com), a free literary journal for publishing plays, is accepting submissions for its fifth issue. The deadline is August 20th and there is no submission fee.

Submission Procedures:

Proscenium accepts original plays of any length and style, original adaptations (as long as the rights for the adapted work are secured) and musicals.

We accept all submissions via email. Please email your original play or article to submissions@prosceniumjournal.com with the subject “Submission: [Title], [Author]” Please submit your play as both a Word Document and PDF file (If you cannot convert your play into a Word Document you may submit a PDF file, but we will request a Word Document if your play is accepted for publication). In addition, please submit a brief author bio. If your play has been produced, please feel free to send us information about production history and production photos.

The deadline to be considered for the fifth issue of Proscenium is August 20th, 2016. However, we accept submissions year-round and will consider submissions after the deadline for future issues.

Due to the large number of submissions we receive, we regret that we cannot acknowledge all submissions. Proscenium reserves the right to reject any submission for any reason.

More information is at prosceniumjournal.com/submit. If you have any questions about our submission process, please contact info@prosceniumjournal.com.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Manhattan Repertory Theatre's SEPTEMBER PLAY CHALLENGE


Seeking fully produced, (cast, directed and ready to be performed by Late-September)
11- 25 minute 1 act plays
for Manhattan Repertory Theatre's
SEPTEMBER PLAY CHALLENGE
$200 prize for best 11 - 25 minute play production.

September 21 - Oct 1, 2016 at Manhattan Repertory Theatre,
303 West 42nd St. at 8th Ave.

Each 11- 25 minute play will be given a short tech rehearsal, a full dress rehearsal with the other plays participating, a minimum of 2 performances and 2 more performances if your play production goes on to the Finals.

To submit your 11-25 minute production please email:

The complete script of the play as a .pdf, a synopsis of the play,
the character breakdown, the set and lighting requirements,
the play's production history (if it has been produced before and where)
your mailing address, and a creative team leader contact email address to:

manhattanrep@yahoo.com by Wednesday September 7, 2016.

Please put “SEPTEMBER PLAY CHALLENGE” in the subject heading.
We will contact you within a week, if not sooner, as to your acceptance.

Plays that we love will be accepted on a First-Come First-Served basis.
The earlier you submit the better chances you have of being accepted for we may end submissions before Sept. 7, 2016, if we fill up all available performance slots

There is no submission fee. NON-EQUITY ONLY.

We will supply a technician to run the sound and lights.

Voting will be done by audience ballot with graduated voting of each of the audience members 4 favorite plays. There is NO raising of the hands, or a "Panel of Experts?” like at some other play contests across the country. The voting is solely crowd-sourced and works incredibly well.

Once accepted, there will be a $30 commitment fee.


For more information, please log on to: www.manhattanrep.com

Seminars at the Institute of Prophetic Activist Art

TWO COURSES FOR NEXT SEMESTER AT THE INSTITUTE:
all courses take place at Dixon Place in New York's Lower East Side

Great Books: An exploration of mystical core of all religions
September 19; October 10, 17, 24; November 7, 14, 21, 28; December 5, 12 and 19, 2-5 pm.

The great Sufi saint Abu Hamid al-Ghazali said: "You only truly possess that which can't be lost in a shipwreck."  This course concerns the things which cannot be lost in a shipwreck.  The course will involve moderate reading (30-50 pages excerpted from each mystical master's work for each class).
Cost: $150, with all reading materials provided as pdf documents

Prophetic Activist Art: A seminar exploring how to build specific activist art projects along the "Prophetic Activist Art" model, as outlined in my manifesto/handbook: Prophetic Activist Art: Handbook for a Spiritual Revolution (Centre for Human Ecology, Glasgow, Scotland 2014)
September 20, 27; October 11, 25; November 15, 29; December 6 and 20, 2-5 pm.      
Cost: $125, includes a copy of the manifesto/handbook: Prophetic Activist Art: Handbook for a Spiritual Revolution 

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION AND HOW TO APPLY: http://propheticiactivistart.blogspot.com/2016/06/great-books-exploration-of-mystical.html

Any questions, please email Tom Block at thomasablock@gmail.com.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Generations Residency

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2016-17 Residency Competition Guidelines:

BETC is now accepting submissions for our next Generations residency. In order to support the work of parent playwrights, BETC is seeking full-length plays written by a parent with at least one child under 18 years of age as of September 1, 2016.
The winning playwright will receive:
· a week-long workshop residency in Boulder, Colorado, with daily rehearsals, culminating in a staged reading of the selected script;
· the chance to rewrite and revise during the week as part of the script development experience;
· reimbursement for travel and lodging;
· a $250 prize; and
· a $250 childcare stipend to defray the costs associated with childcare during the residency.
During the residency, the selected play will be rehearsed with a cast of professional actors, director, and dramaturg. The week will culminate in a public reading. The residency will take place in May 2017; specific date arrangements will be made directly with the winning playwright.

Competition submissions are due September 1, 2016.
Entry Guidelines:
Plays must be written in the English language. Plays that have been produced by Equity or professional companies or that have been published are not eligible. Plays that have had a workshop or reading will be considered. Plays may not be under option or scheduled for production or publication as of September 1, 2016. BETC will negotiate an option on the winning play and have right of first refusal on the world premiere production. The winning play will be given full consideration for production in an upcoming season.

To enter our 2016-17 competition, please submit the following two files in PDF format by email to submissions@betc.org:

File 1:
Cover sheet, containing within a two-page limit:
1. Contact information: name, phone, email, mailing address, and a paragraph bio for yourself and any other collaborators.
2. A brief synopsis of your play (500 words or less)
3. A brief production history of the work (if applicable)
4. Character descriptions

File 2:
A 20-page dialogue sample. Please do not include your name anywhere in the sample file. Full-length scripts will not be accepted.

The application deadline is September 1, 2016. A shortlist of playwrights will be contacted in early October, and we will request a full-length draft of selected works at that time. Our winning playwright will be notified by December 1, 2016.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

FWD Theatre Project seeks new musicals

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Deadline September 1, 2016
Selected projects will be previewed for Chicago audiences as part of FWD's annual high-profile industry concert produced in February 2017 (date and venue TBD,) then given a week-long 25-hour Equity contract workshop plus public staged reading by leading Chicago actors and directors between May and August 2017.

Selected writers/teams will receive a $200 honorarium for their scheduled reading. NOTE: Only completed projects will be considered and finalists will be asked to submit the full libretto, score, and complete recorded demos (must be unpublished with no prior large-scale production - requires proof of underlying rights if the work is based on copyrighted material.)

FWD does not charge a fee to apply and accepts only electronic submissions. All requested files must be placed in a single folder posted to a drop site such as Dropbox, Mediafire, Box, Google Drive, OneDrive, etc. Send the folder link to Michael Gillis, FWD Artistic Director at michael@fwdtheatre.org and please ONLY include these exact requested materials.
  • 100 word synopsis
  • Cast size and character breakdown
  • Writers bio/s
  • The show's development history
  • First 30 pages of libretto only - must start on page 1 and must include title and credits page
  • 6 mp3 demo tracks - must include the show's first two songs
  • Any songs not in the first 30 script pages must include a description including placement in the show and the song's function in the play
  • A list of attached parties if any (director, music director, actors, agent/s, current contracts, etc.)
  • Incomplete submissions or writers not following specified submission guidelines will not be considered
All writers will be contacted by the end of 2016. Projects selected as finalists will be asked to submit the full book, complete score, and all show demos - these must be available at the time of request. FWD's artistic leadership will schedule a short interview with the writers to discuss their project and expectations for inclusion in the 2017 Festival.

Please email questions to michael@fwdtheatre.org

Thursday, August 11, 2016

3rd National Winters Playwrights Retreat

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The HBMG Foundation and Creede Repertory Theatre (CRT) are welcoming writers to their community in Colorado for the 3rd National Winters Playwrights Retreat.

Last winter, 30 playwrights from throughout the country accepted our invitation for an extraordinary creative retreat. This year, we are extending invitations to dramaturgs and directors as well. We want to share our winter with any playwright or group of artists who seek a place to recharge and create. If you are a playwright, director, dramaturg or producer, we invite you to apply.

Nestled in between the cliffs of this winter Colorado wonderland is a Lord D Theatre boasting some of the best performances in the western United States. HBMG Foundation and CRT want to use the serenity and creative energy of the Rocky Mountains to set the stage for new play development. You’ll stay in CRT housing, meet with artistic staff, enjoy dinner with staff and friends, and potentially have an opportunity to have your play read out loud by equity actors who have stayed the winter.

Details: You are welcome to stay and write for one week (Sunday through Saturday) January 1st –February 18. The retreat is divided into solo weeks and two group weeks. We want you to use this time for writing, networking and recharging. This is not a competition. We want you to create. If you choose, you may elect to have your play read by actors in an intimate salon setting. Afterward, you will receive feedback from the actors, staff and invited guest. We do not expect your work to be completed. In some cases, you may only have a few scenes in development if any. The reading could be at the beginning or end of your stay. Our goal is not to judge your work, but to provide you feedback for its development. Artists whose works are ready, may be encouraged to submit a piece to CRT’s Headwater’s Festival for New Plays. CRT has invited playwrights from the past two years to be a part of CRT’s Headwaters Festival.

If you can get yourself here and get yourself fed, we’ll provide the gorgeous scenery, and accommodations. You are welcome to bring actors, director or co-creators with you – for readings or planning pow wows.

Wanna know more about us? The internet has the answers!
www.hbmgfoundation.org
www.humanstage.org
www.creederep.org



To apply for your “week of writing getaway,” contact Ann at apittman@hbmginc.com . Introduce yourself professionally and personally, and include details on what you’ll be working on and the dates you would be interested in staying.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Discount tickets: Roundabout Theatre Company's THE CHERRY ORCHARD











Roundabout Theatre Company presents a special $10 ticket offer for their upcoming Broadway production of the reimagined classic, THE CHERRY ORCHARD. 

This new version by the Tony Award®winning writer of THE HUMANS stars Academy Award® nominee Diane Lane (“Man of Steel”, “Unfaithful”).

As a not-for-profit institution, Roundabout is committed to providing affordable and accessible tickets, and offers a limited quantity of $10 tickets to the first four preview performances of each Broadway and Off-Broadway production.

The code to receive discounted tickets for The Cherry Orchard is COACCESS. 

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Free class: SING A SECRET

"Sing a Secret" @ Judson Memorial Church, NYC (FREE)

Whether you are a seasoned professional, a proud shower singer, or someone who has never opened their mouth to sing, Inside Voice allows singers and non-singers alike to uncover the power and beauty of their full 5-octave range while developing a deep, emotive connection to their own unique sound. Through exercises and group songs that are as silly as they are revelatory, Inside Voice shows that the only limits on our voices are the ones we impose on them and that to work on the voice is to work on the self. You’ll learn to harness powerful, heartbreaking, visceral, fragile, and otherworldly sounds you never dreamed were inside you all the while dramatically extending your range, building your confidence, and strengthening the emotional links between you and your voice. Inside Voice synthesizes Jon Stancato's research and training in the extended voice techniques of Roy Hart/Richard Armstrong and Thomas Richards/Grotowski Workcenter.

(Read a review of the class from Brash Pursuits' Timothy French)

Classes are 100% free and are held other Saturday, 10am-1pm at Judson Memorial Church.

Free theater in Chicago: THE FEAST be Celine Song




Gage Wallace*, Director and Founding Member

Chicago Premiere

Directed by Gage Wallace*

Dates: Sept. 17 – Oct. 15, 2016

Captioned Performances: 9/18, 9/23, 10/13
Touch Tour: 10/2

Price: FREE!

Red Theater is supported by our Comrade Patron Program. For every $10 monthly donation we receive, Red Theater is able to provide three #FreeTheater seats over the course of our season.

Location: The Den Theatre 1333 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL 60622

Welcome to The Feast- where no meat is served. To fill the void, we reach for whatever is in our grasp – scientific facts, routines, memories, words and even each other. Red Theater presents this urgently consuming Chicago Premiere set in a post-meat apocalypse that asks just how far civilized people will go to fill their hunger.
Featuring original music by Pavi Proczko *

Ticket Information:

Tickets will be made available to Comrade Card holders on August 15th. Sign up here.

Tickets will be made available to the general public on September 1st, 2016
Visit redtheater.org/tickets

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21st Annual One Act Festival - Ten Below

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The Fine Arts Association will once again showcase original, never been produced 10-minute plays. Those chosen will be fully produced as part of the 21st Annual One Act Festival - Ten Below in February, 2017 at The Fine Arts Association.

Submissions of original ten-minute plays will be accepted beginning Friday, July 1, 2016.

Submission deadline is Monday, August 15, 2016. 

NEW THIS YEAR: Only ONE 10-minute submission will be accepted per playwright. Submit your favorite!

The number of plays to be produced will be at The Fine Arts Association's discretion and will depend on the mix of qualified submissions. Original plays accepted for the Festival will be announced between October 17 and October 28. The plays selected will be given full production within the capabilities and budget of The Fine Arts Association. There are no submission fees for this Festival. There will be no monetary stipend for plays used in the Festival.

Festival Submission Guidelines
  • Submission must be an original, unproduced 10-minute play at time of submission. Plays that have had staged readings will be accepted. Plays that have received full productions, either professional or amateur, prior to submission will not be accepted. Legal clearance of materials not in the public domain is the full responsibility of the playwright.
  • Limit of ONE play may submitted by each playwright.
  • Maximum Length: 10 pages not including title pages. Play should run in the 10 minute range. Longer submissions will not be considered.
  • Scripts may be comedy and drama. Not open to musicals. No more than 6 characters.
  • Simple set and costumes needs and minimal technical requirements. Only basic furniture and minimal props available for the production.
  • Plays must be submitted with pages numbered and include on the title page the following contact and bio information:
  • International submissions are welcome. All scripts must be in English.
  • All play submissions will be handled with care. However, The Fine Arts Association assumes no responsibility for lost or damaged scripts.
  • Submissions may be e-mailed to ahedger@fineartsassociation.org). E-mail submissions must be received by The Fine Arts Association by Monday, August 15, 2016 to be considered.
  • Preferred document format: Microsoft Word or .PDF files ONLY. No other formats will be accepted.
  • Mail submission to: Ann Hedger, Ten Minute Plays, The Fine Arts Association, 38660 Mentor Avenue, Willoughby, Ohio 44094.
  • Mailed submissions must be securely bound with a title page containing full contact and bio information as outlined above.
  • Scripts will not be returned. Scripts not selected will be shredded then recycled.
  • Selections will be made by The Fine Arts Association Performance Department and inclusion in the festival is solely at their discretion. All decisions are final.
  • All submitting playwrights will receive an email notification upon receipt of their scripts. Notification of final decisions will be made by e-mail between October 17 and October 28.

Monday, August 8, 2016

The Rewrite at Primary Stages

As soon as you finish your last line of dialogue, the need for rewrites begins. This class at Primary Stages ESPA will start by establishing individualized writing goals to conquer over ten weeks. Whether you choose to embark on a rewrite of your entire play or focus on individual scenes, writing exercises and in-class discussion will inspire you to ask new questions of your play, look at it from various angles, and deconstruct it with your fellow writers. You will leave this class with a stronger version of your play, and with the tools you need to transform any first draft into a polished, compelling work that’s ready to submit.

Starts September 18
Sundays from 11:00am – 2:00pm
Instructor: Edwin Sanchez (Writer, Barefoot Boy with Shoes On at Primary Stages)
Eddie’s class is all about being a safe place to try things. One week you may bring in a scene that totally slays, the next week, not so much. But this is the room where you can try. As a playwright, Eddie writes everything (including novels!) and doesn’t ascribe one specific style to his work. He believes that you should dive into whatever you are passionate about, so his class is dedicated to making a commitment to yourself as a writer—to really write and just go for it.


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

We provide students easy and convenient payment plans to break up tuition. ESPA is a home for all artists, in all stages of their careers. For more information, call 212.840.9705 x211 or email espa@primarystages.org.

MRT September 10 Minute Play Contest

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Seeking fully produced, (cast, directed and ready to be performed by Mid-September)
10 minute (or under) 1 act plays
for Manhattan Repertory Theatre's 10 Minute play Contest.
$250 prize for best 10 minute play production.

September 14 - 22, 2016 at Manhattan Repertory Theatre,
303 West 42nd St. at 8th Ave.

Each 10 minute or less play will be given a short tech rehearsal, a full dress rehearsal with the other plays participating, a minimum of 2 performances and 2 more performances if your play production goes on to the Finals.

To submit your 10 minute or less play production please email:

The complete script of the 10 minute or less play as a .pdf, a synopsis of the play,
the character breakdown, the set and lighting requirements,
the play's production history (if it has been produced before and where)
your mailing address, and a creative team leader contact email address to:

manhattanrep@yahoo.com by Monday August 29, 2016.

Please put “10 Minute Play Contest” in the subject heading.
We will contact you within a week, if not sooner, as to your acceptance.


Plays that we love will be accepted on a First-Come First-Served basis.
The earlier you submit the better chances you have of being accepted for we may end submissions before August 29, 2016, if we fill up all available performance slots

There is no submission fee. NON-EQUITY ONLY.

We will supply a technician to run the sound and lights.


Voting will be done by audience ballot with graduated voting of each of the audience members 4 favorite plays. There is NO raising of the hands, or a "Panel of Experts?” like at some other play contests across the country. The voting is solely crowd-sourced and works incredibly well.

Once accepted, there will be a $30 commitment fee.

For more information, please log on to: http://www.manhattanrep.com/

Yale Drama Series Competition

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The Yale Drama Series is seeking submissions for its 2017 playwriting competition. The winning play will be selected by the series' current judge, Nicholas Wright. 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. The prize and publication are contingent on the playwright's agreeing to the terms of the publishing agreement.

There is no 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, adaptations, 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, commissioned, or scheduled for professional production or publication at the time of submission.

6. Plays must be typed/word-processed, page-numbered, and in standard professional play format.

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

8. 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.

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 2017 competition must be submitted no earlier than June 1, 2016 and no later than August 15, 2016. The submission window closes at midnight EST.

If you are submitting your play electronically, please omit your name and contact information from your manuscript. The manuscript must begin with a title page that shows the play's title, a 2-3 sentence keynote description of the play, a list of characters, and a list of acts and scenes. Please enter the title of your play, your name and contact information (including address, phone number, and email address), and a brief biography where indicated in the electronic submission form.

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

HARDCOPY SUBMISSIONS:

The Yale Drama Series Competition strongly urges applicants to submit their scripts electronically, but if that is impossible, we will accept hardcopies.

Submissions for the 2017 competition must be postmarked no earlier than June 1, 2016 and no later than August 15, 2016.

If you are submitting a hard copy of your play, 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; and a second title page that lists the title of the play only, a 2-3 sentence keynote description of the play, a list of characters, and a list of acts and scenes. Please include a brief biography at the end of the manuscript, on a separate page.

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 an email address on your title page or a stamped, self-addressed postcard.

Send the manuscript to Yale Drama Series, P.O. Box 209040, New Haven, CT 06520-9040.

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

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