Wednesday, April 23, 2014

The Dramaturgy Open Office Hour Project at the Drama Book Shop

Every Tuesday from 4-7pm at The Drama Book Shop,  dramaturg Jeremy Stoller and a different guest dramaturg each week will be hanging out, available to answer questions, provide feedback, etc. to any writer or other theater artist who might be interested in stopping by. This is a free event.

Additional information is on The Dramaturgy Open Office Hour Facebook page.  

Scripts Wanted for May 31 - June 1 Short Play Lab

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Dear Friend in the Theatre,

It's time again to think about the Short Play Lab. New participants are welcome! We had a good turnout last time (Mar. 29 - 30) and have a full load for the April Lab (Apr. 26 - 27). The next Lab is at Roy Arias Stage II, 300 W. 43rd St. 4th floor, New York. 
Whether you've thought about doing a short play in New York but have never tried, or if you're a regular at such events around town, please give a thought to producing a show in the upcoming Short Play Lab. The rules are easy-peasy:
  • Deadline is May 20. Notification will be soon after submission, depending on number of submissions. The sooner you get your script in, the more time you have to prepare. Get that script in pronto!
  • Plays should be 1 - 10 pp. in standard playscript format.* (The shorter the better; shorter plays get priority.) Include a title page, as the first page of the script, with your contact info (preferred means of contact is by email).   
  • Submit scripts in MS-Word.
  • You produce the play whether or not you live in New York.  The SPL provides the theatre.   
  • Productions must be non-union: no showcases please! (And no Equity waivers, either.)
  • Keep production values to a minimum: costumes and hand props are okay. We provide rehearsal cubes, chairs, and a table. You can't leave your stuff in the theatre overnight. 
  • We provide a board op, box office, and venue management.
  • There are no fees. The SPL keeps the door.
  • Tickets are $20. Each playwright and director gets to watch his/her show for free. There are no other comps.
  • There will be a tech rehearsal in the daytime on May 31.  
  • Every play gets 2 performances, 1 on Sat. and 1 on Sun. Each play will be part of 1 of 2 programs: Program A or Program B, but not both. Program A takes place at 7 pm Sat. and 4 pm Sun. Program B takes place at 9 pm Sat. and 2 pm Sun.  
  • We don't do staged readings. Be off-book, please! Plays not off-book during tech will be removed from the line-up.
  • THE MOST POPULAR PRODUCTION IN EACH PROGRAM RECEIVES A CASH PRIZE OF $75. Winners are determined by polling patrons after the performance. We reserve the right to break ties.
*12 pt Times Roman; character names in the middle on their own line; line spaces between speeches and between speeches and stage directions; indented stage directions.   
The SPL is a lot of fun and a good way to see your work on its feet in a supportive environment. It's also a great way to see actors and directors at work, so you can recruit people for later productions.
To submit a script, send it as an attachment, in Word format, to Any questions, don't hesitate to shoot me an E-mail! 
John Chatterton
Executive producer, Short Play Lab

2014 IGNITION Festival of New Plays

Victory Gardens Theater Artistic Director Chay Yew announces a call for submissions of new, challenging, and innovative plays to be a part of the 2014 IGNITION Festival of New Plays, which will take place July 21-27, 2014.

The fourth IGNITION festival will create a productive environment for both emerging and established playwrights to explore and develop their new work. The deadline for submission is Thursday, May 15, 2014.

IGNITION’s six selected plays will be presented in a festival of readings scheduled for summer 2014 and will be directed by leading artists from Chicago and around the country. Following the readings, two of the plays will be selected for intensive workshops during Victory Gardens 2014/15 season, and Victory Gardens will produce one of these final scripts in an upcoming season.

For More Information and Submissions 

Submission can be mailed to:
IGNITION, Victory Gardens Theater
2433 N. Lincoln Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60614.

Work can also be submitted electronically to

All submissions must be received by May 15, 2014. For more information about IGNITION Festival of New Plays, visit

Center of the World Festival seeks ten minute plays

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This Playwrighting competition is open to "every person" without age and geographic restriction, but honoring all laws relating to citizenship and under-age minors participation. Non-citizens must certify legal right to participate in this competition. Minors (children to age 18 years) must have signed parental consent.

Competition is restricted to English language submissions only. No collaborations are accepted--single authorship only.

There are no contractual obligations, or royalties paid to playwrights whose scripts are selected as finalists or competition winning plays for the Festival. However, all finalists will receive recognition awards. Grant Award is $500.

The Festival is a charity fund-raising event for Center of the World Festival, Inc. (hereafter COWFEST). COWFEST is a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation. As a public charity, all contributions and donations made to COWFEST are tax-deductible under section 170 of the Internal Revenue Code. COWFEST sponsors special events for charitable purposes. For further donation information, please see our profile at Kern Community Foundation-- Click Here.

Script submission donation: There is a suggested minimal donation of $10.00 which can be paid by check to Center of the World Festival, Inc. Send donation with submitted scripts. Or you may donate online at this link: Events, Tickets, Donations

These donations are used to pay for the advertising expenses associated with conducting this Festival. No donation is expected from under-age minor amateur playwrights nor adult hardship cases.

The play must be original and unpublished and unproduced in any type of setting or venue.

The play must be complete in and of itself and not be an incomplete fragment (such as a monologue, etc.) taken from a longer play nor an adaptation of another person's material already published. However, edited (shorten versions) of your own work may be accepted, if source is identified and available for comparison. Adaptations of public domain material, published before year 1900, may be considered if source is identified.

The play must be appropriate for readers’ theatre presentation (no elaborate sets or stage directions). Please read the section on Readers Theatre for more information. We do not conduct, nor send, written evaluations of scripts to playwrights. Play theme must adhere to Social issue topics, such as ecology, justice, peace, equality, crime prevention, freedom of speech, etc. See Theme Rules for more details.

The Festival is for a General Audience base. DO NOT SUBMIT "Mature Audience Only" material. Please consider general audience for appropriate language in your script dialogue.

The plays are limited to 10-minute scripts, which are about ten pages long. Some flexibility: no shorter than 8 minutes and no longer than 12 minutes.

The Play Submission Form must be used as the cover page. The next page shall be the Play Title Sheet, which includes the title of the play, the playwright's name, the list of characters, and setting. Playwrights Agreement also must be signed and sent with your script.

You acknowledge that this is a competition for playwrights who self-identify as amateurs, in various meanings of that word, but excludes playwrights who identify themselves as professionals.

Play must be typewritten (or Word Processed) on 8.5" by 11" paper. Pages should be secured only with a removable binder clip (no staples). Please number each page of the play. The play must be typed in standard play format, using one side of each page only.

You may submit three plays for consideration. However, only one play per author will be chosen as a finalist. A separate submission donation is requested for each different play.

Two entry ways:

1) E-mail transmission to:

You may submit the play in Word Doc or ".pdf" format by e-mail, accompanied by a ".pdf" of your signed Playwright's Agreement, and ".pdf" of Play Submission Form and Play Title Sheet. In the event that your signature is delivered by e-mail delivery, such signature shall create a valid and binding obligation with the same force and effect as if such ".pdf" signature page were an original of your signature.

2) "Hard-copy" paper "snail-mail" submitted applications with Play Submission Form, Play Title Sheet, and Playwright's Agreement. Send to:

The Center of the World Festival
P.O. Box 1929
Frazier Park, CA 93225-1929

If you wish to be notified that script was received, please enclose self-addressed, stamped envelope. Do not send manuscripts by certified mail, or signature required.

Please retain your original and send us only one (1) printed copy. COWFEST will keep this copy in its private archives to validate non-profit mission fulfillment. You give permission for sufficient copies to be made by Festival staff to fulfill the preliminary reading, Festival production, and other requirements for cast, staff, and directors. PLEASE DO NOT SEND YOUR ORIGINAL COPY!

You may wish to copyright your material. Check writers' guides for more information, or visit

Deadline for play submission is April 30, 2014. All submissions will be judged by reader/actors of a non-professional community reader’s theatre in Pine Mountain Club, California.

Finalists will be announced by June 30, 2014. All playwrights will be notified of the results. For further information, read section on Selection Process.

Should your play be selected as a finalist, you are giving the non-exclusive right to the Center of the World Festival to produce and perform the play in readers theatre format from August 15 through August 17, 2014. We encourage the playwright (or a proxy) to be in attendance at this Festival production.

Playwrights will retain copyright and full ownership of their plays. Playwrights will receive sole credit for writing their play.

No changes will be made to the script without permission of the playwright. The director shall be the sole person to give cast and crew notes of production; however, playwrights may give any notes regarding the play production to the director.

After the play is accepted as a finalist, the play may not be withdrawn for any reason. If you are concerned about the quality of production by an amateur readers theatre, please do not submit for this Festival.

The play chosen for grant award will be determined by the spectator audience of the Festival.

At this time, we are not accepting phone calls. If you would like to talk to someone personally about the Festival, please send a letter with your submission, explaining your questions. Or contact us by e-mail at the link on this website. Please provide a phone number, e-mail or fax number, and the best times to reach you by phone. We will contact you as soon as possible.


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Seeking fully produced original plays
(cast, directed and ready to perform)
40 minutes to 120 minutes in length for:
Manhattan Repertory Theatre’s
June 3 - August 14, 2014
at Manhattan Repertory Theatre,
303 West 42nd St. (at 8th Ave) NYC

To submit your play production please email:
  • The complete play, a synopsis of the play,
  • the running time of the play, the set and lighting requirements, 
  • the playʼs production history,
  • (if it has been produced before and where)
  • your mailing address, and a creative team leader contact email address to:

by Monday April 28, 2014 at Midnight.

Please put “SUMMERFEST PLAY SERIES” in the subject heading.

Plays will be considered on a first - come first-served basis.
(The earlier you submit, the better your chances of being accepted.)
If we fill up all festival production slots early on, we will end submissions earlier than APRIL 28, 2014

Once submitted, we will get back to you within one week as to your acceptance.
There is no submission fee.


Each accepted play will be given a minimum of FIVE HOURS of TECH & DRESS rehearsal time weekday evenings or Saturday and Sunday days in the theatre you will be performing in on 42nd St and 8th Ave. NYC., and a each accepted play will be given a MINIMUM of THREE performances.

A refundable security deposit of $300 will be required upon acceptance which will secure the theatre for damages, and for an average of 10 audience members per performance (a total of 30 for three performances.)

See guidelines here

Black Rabbit Theatre seeks short plays

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Submission Deadline: Wednesday, April 30th, 2014 at 5:00PM
Black Rabbit Theatre is looking for submissions from emerging playwrights of 5 to 10 minute theatre pieces regarding the five stages of grief (Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression and Acceptance). The show will consist of 6 actors (3 Men, 3 Women) all in their twenties. You do not need to use all six actors in your piece. The idea is to choose one of the five stages of grief, and write a piece based on that concept (and feel free to be creative with your ideas!). The pieces will be put together in the proper order so that the audience will get to watch the grieving process happen throughout the show, and see how no matter what you are grieving about, the same stages apply. The show will be performed on Sunday, June 15th, 2014, at the The Box Toronto Studio and Theatre.

Submit to:

Dan Thompson
Artistic Director
Black Rabbit Theatre

(Please write “Themes of Grief: [title of your piece] as the subject line)

Twitter: @blackrabbitthea

Lone Star Theater seeks Texas plays

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Lone Star Theatre company invites submissions of full-length plays by Texan playwrights or plays dealing with Texas subjects for full production or to be included in our 2014-2015 Texas Reads series in New York City.

  • You must be from Texas or have lived in Texas long enough to understand Texas life.
  • OR your play must be related to Texas themes. 
  • Submissions are only accepted electronically in PDF form.
  • Deadline to submit is Cinco de Mayo, 2014. (May 5)
  • Please also include a brief bio or personal statement telling us a little bit about yourself in 300 words or less.
  • No fee to submit. 
  • Applications must be e-mailed to

4th Annual Shakespeare's Birthday Sonnet Slam - free event

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A reading of all Shakespeare's sonnets in Central Park at the Bandshell, Friday, April 25 beginning at 1PM.

Would you like to read a Sonnet?

All of our Sonnets are now allocated but PLEASE consider enrolling to Wait-list or Standby.

There is a high likelihood we will have cancellations and if you wait-list, you will get a Sonnet #.
Or just show up on 4/25 and get on the Standby list because we will have No-Shows and we NEED you to hop up to Sonnetize!!

Page 73 Fellowship

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All of Page 73′s programs are specifically for early-career playwrights. Each year, Page 73 offers five primary programs:

  1. a New York City or world premiere production of a new play that marks the professional premiere of that playwright in New York City;
  2. the P73 Playwriting Fellowship to one playwright;
  3. a week-long summer residency program on the Yale University campus to four playwrights;
  4. Interstate 73, a writing group that consists of six to eight playwrights; and
  5. Page 2, an extensive workshop offering a lengthy rehearsal process and design support to one play in development.

Please note our primary means of receiving submissions for all of our programs is through our Development Programs application.

Though the P73 Playwriting Fellowship is the only program awarded solely on the basis of these applications, participants of the Yale Residency, Interstate 73, Page 2, and the annual production are chosen primarily from playwrights who have gotten to know Page 73 through this application process.

Please click here to learn more about the application for Page 73′s various development programs.

The deadline for the 2015 Page 73 Development Programs Application is Thursday, May 1st, 2014, at 11:59pm EST.

Page 73's annual application process is the primary way we meet new playwrights and stay engaged with those playwrights within our mission whom we are familiar with. Below please find the application form for all three 2015 development programs. Click on each heading for more information; the application form and upload portal can be found in the final bar. Kindly follow all instructions below. There is no fee to apply.

Once you have submitted your completed application you should see a confirmation screen as well as receive a confirmation email. If you have any questions regarding the online application, please email

1. The applicant must be a US resident at the time of participation;

2. The applicant must have completed at least 2 full-length plays or at least 3 one-act plays;

3. The applicant must have made a commitment to playwriting as a professional goal;

4. The applicant must have never received a production of his/her work in New York City that was larger than an Actors' Equity Showcase Code presentation; and

5. The applicant must not be enrolled in a degree/certificate program at the time of participation.

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6th Annual Community Readers Theatre August 15-17, 2014 $500 Grant Award!

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Welcome to the 6th Annual Amateur Playwrighting Contest.

10-Minute Plays with an Eco-Drama, Peace, Justice or other social issue theme.

Submissions are accepted from October 1, 2013 to April 30, 2014.

Use your gifts to give social justice a voice. For more information and to enter the contest, go to the online submission page.
You must submit these forms with your entry:

  • Play Submission Form
  • Play Title Sheet
  • Playwright Agreement

To clarify some confusion over the "donation" request: As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charity, we are always seeking donations. However, there is not an entry fee for this competition. Donations are voluntary. All submissions are accepted without donations.

If you are submitting by mail, checks are accepted.
If you are submitting by e-mail, go here to make on-line donation: Events, Tickets, Donations

Stage Left Theater, of Spokane, Wash seeks 10-minute plays

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Stage Left Theater, of Spokane, Wash., is pleased to announce its call for comedic scripts for Hit & Run VIII, a staged reading of short plays in October.

*What? 10-minute plays (12 page maximum)

*One script only. It must be a comedy.

*Playwrights can be from anywhere, but plays must be in English.

*Standard play format preferred.

*There are no restrictions on content but our audiences prefer more family-friendly fare.

*Please do not submit a play you have submitted to us before.

*Plays that have been previously produced are okay.

*Send the full script with a title page with your contact information, a synopsis and character breakdown, and a short bio. Include all the information in one document. The document should be labeled the play's name_your last name (i.e. Hamlet_Shakespeare).

Deadline: May 1, 2014

Notification: September

Submission procedure: E-mail your script as a Microsoft Word document or PDF to The subject line should include your name and the title of the play.

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

Questions? Contact Hit & Run coordinator Sandra Hosking at

Playwrights Project - Playwrights in Process

Cygnet Theatre’s New Play Festival, produced in partnership with Playwrights Project

The deadline for submitting is May 16, 2014.
Playwrights Project, in association with Cygnet Theatre, requests original, full-length, un-produced plays for Cygnet’s 3rd Annual Playwrights in Process: New Play Festival (PiP). The Festival is three days of audience-focused workshops, readings, and post-show discussions. The festival takes place November 7 – 9, 2014 at Cygnet Theatre.

As part of PiP, chosen playwrights will be afforded an exciting opportunity to work with a dramaturg/director in a three-step development process from selection confirmation through the festival itself. Steps one and two consist of private table readings with professional actors provided by Cygnet Theatre. After each, the playwright will work with her/his mentor to further develop the play. The final step is a rehearsed, staged-reading of the final draft in front of a discerning theatre audience. Playwrights are required to attend one or two rehearsals as part of the development process. Through a facilitated post-show discussion, the audiences will provide the writer feedback to help playwrights further develop their plays with the ultimate goal of helping to prepare the works for future productions.

Playwrights are asked to submit their choice of 10-12 consecutive pages of a completed, full-length play that can be performed by five actors or fewer. The works can be comedies or dramas. Musicals, with the same cast-size restrictions, will be accepted, and the music must be able to be performed with piano-only and/or minimal instrument accompaniment. Each submission must be accompanied by a one-page (maximum) synopsis of the whole play; musical submission must also include a three song sample of the music. All works must be new plays (or musicals) that have not received a previous production. Additionally, playwrights must assure that they have full rights to the works submitted.

We seek writers with a strong commitment to developing their scripts, a collaborative attitude, and a self-motivated work ethic. Southern California writers are given a preference; however, playwrights outside of the geographic area are welcome to submit. As script development is a central tenet of Playwrights in Process, selected playwrights will need to attend the table readings of their work, commit to working collaboratively with their dramaturgs, meet revision deadlines, attend the staged readings, and participate in the post-performance discussions. While we hope to provide accommodations, stipend, and travel in the future, at this nascent stage of the festival, there is no funding for these allowances, hence, the preference for local/southern California playwrights. Playwrights outside of the area will be responsible for meeting rehearsal and performance attendance requirements.

Fill out the form and upload your materials online here: Submit to Playwrights in Process 2014

Selected pages, synopses, and submission forms must be submitted by 5PM, May 16, 2014.

After a review of the initial submissions, approximately ten writers will be asked to email copies of their full, completed scripts (and scores, if applicable). These must be received within 48 hours of the request.

Questions about submitting to the Playwrights in Process: New Play Festival may be directed to

Arch and Bruce Brown LGBT Competition

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The 2014 playwriting competition is open to submissions from March 1 through June 30. We prefer manuscripts to be submitted electronically but hard copy submissions will also be accepted. Electronic submissions must be received by midnight on June 30 and mailed manuscripts should be postmarked by the deadline.

All works must concern LGBT (lesbian-gay-bisexual-transgender) life and be based on, or directly inspired by, a historical person, culture, work of art or event. See What Is Historical? for more information.

All works submitted (full–length dramas, comedies, musicals, screenplays) must be original and in English. One work per author, please. There is no entry fee. Prizewinners will be chosen before the end of the year. Prizes are as follows: First Prize, $3,000; Second Prize, $1,500; Honorable Mentions, $500.

When emailing:
Manuscripts should be in standard play or screenplay format, using a 12-point or larger font, and saved as a .doc, .docx or PDF.
The first page must include the title, your name, email address, mailing address and phone number.
If the work you are submitting has been produced in any form (workshop, staged reading, full production), please include a brief production history. On a separate page, explain briefly how the work relates to LGBT life, describing its historical inspiration.
Page numbers should appear on every page.
In the case of musicals, audio segments should be sent separately as MP3 files and limited to 10 minutes. We will request more if necessary.

Email to:

When mailing:
Manuscripts should be neatly typed on one side of the page only. They should be in standard play or screenplay format, using a 12-point or larger font.
The cover page of the manuscript should include the title, your name, mailing address, phone number and email address.
If the work you are submitting has been produced in any form (workshop, staged reading, full production), please include a brief production history. On a separate page, explain briefly how the work relates to LGBT life, describing its historical inspiration.
Page numbers should appear on every page.
For musical works, include a CD with selections totaling no more than 30 minutes.

Mail to:

Arch and Bruce Brown Foundation
P.O. Box 26124
Brooklyn, NY 11202

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Core Artist Ensemble has begun accepting submissions

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Core Artist Ensemble has begun accepting submissions of new work for our 2014 season of SUMMER READINGS!

New York City area playwrights (18 and older) may submit up to three (3) unpublished short plays to by midnight of May 15, 2014, to be considered for presentation in our six-week short play reading series at the Barrow Group Theatre. Selected plays will be considered for inclusion in our fully produced FRESH SHORTS program in October. All themes are acceptable, and we encourage submissions of plays with minimal set requirements.

Please adhere to the following submission guidelines:
Submit each play individually as a PDF or Word file in standard play format
Include your name and play title in file name: e.g., PLAYWRIGHT_PLAYTITLE
Plays should not exceed 20 pages
Include your contact information (name, tel, email) on the title page
Include a character list (brief description, age range) and brief play synopsis

Selected playwrights will be notified by June 15, 2014.

Please feel free to forward this email to any playwrights who may be interested in taking advantage of this opportunity.

We very much look forward to reading your work!


Rachel Casparian
Co-Artistic Director and Co-Literary Chair, Core Artist Ensemble

Jane Elias
Co-Literary Chair, Core Artist Ensemble

Bare Fiction Magazine: Theatre Submission - July 2014 Issue

Deadline: 5/3/2014

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 or self contained play extracts should be limited to approximately 10 pages of text. Please give a full synopsis in your covering letter and, if applicable, include details of any performances of the text you have received or productions planned.

Submit via online submission form


I AM SOUL Playwright Residency now accepting applications

I AM SOUL recognizes one black playwright annually whose work demonstrates exceptional artistic merit and excellence in the field. Alongside NBT’s Theatre Arts Director, the selected playwright will develop a new play during the twelve (12) month residency. The program will provide the playwright with a stipend [pending funding], administrative and dramaturgical support, in-house readings, one 29-hour workshop and a workshop production in NBT’s 2015-16 season.

With I AM SOUL, NBT seeks to deepen the artistic relationship between black theatrical institutions and black playwrights, and to begin to re-establish black theatrical institutions as the foremost supporters and producers of new works created by black playwrights.

I AM SOUL – Important Dates:

Applications must be received by: May 1, 2014 at 11:59 pm 
Finalists will be notified in: May 26, 2014
Recipient will be notified in: June 30, 2014
The residency year is: September 1, 2014 - August 31, 2015

2014 - 2015

All inquires should be directed to

The Thistle Dew Theatre & KTDT Drama-dy seeks plays for Stage and Radio

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

• Your play can be either a comedy or a drama.
• Your play calls for one (1) to six (6) characters.
• Your play exhibits freshness, sufficient conflict and engaging text.
• Your play is in simple (KISS) standard format, 14pt. Times or Times Roman font.

Our Radio Presentation, "The Great O'Morton", by Thomas M. Kelly
ANNOUNCER: This is a story of a guy called O'Morton, his friends, and their few brief days o' glory. Our narrator is Paddy McPhinney in her CANTINA south of the border.
Paddy McPhinney as NARRATOR: Welcome to my La Soliel Cantina. Yeah' it's my little Mexican joint. Sorry'bout the dirt floor... Better music fidelity. Let's just stand here by the door and take in the scene. If your eyes can see through the cigarette and cigar smoke and your nose, not to mention your stomach can get past the bad ass chili (my Yiddish mama's special recipe) and black bean burrito (my Irish daddy's original recipe), there are some shady, but interesting dudes lurking and lounging about..., and broads solic... Er parading in this room I'd like you to meet. Follow me. These three nattily dressed men; Salvador 'Sal' Biartes, a local muscle man of dubious character, ... Next to him the guy, with the cauliflower ears, Darryl 'Darry' O'Morton,...and Johnny 'The Man' Long, former boxing promoter of suspicious reputation... and last ... but not least... a very sophisticated lady... smartly dressed in fashions of a few years ago is Meechelle Plaisure. They are playin' closely held poker hands. Let's listen in....
Johnny: A quarter to you Meechelle dawlin'.
Meechelle: I'll see your quarta' and raise ya' five thousan'.
Darry & Johnny: (In concert.) Five thou...! Table stakes Meechelle!
Meechelle: I'm getting tired of penny-ante poker! I like real big money stakes!
Darry: D'en go back ta' Vegas! Down here at da' Sol, it's table stakes!
Johnny: No! Don't listen to him, Meechelle, honey! Besides, we ain't got 5 gee's (!), let alone two nickles ta' rub ta'gether ta' make ten cents! Just play table stakes, sweetheart.
Meechelle: There was a time when... .
Johnny: That was a few years ago dawlin'
Darry: There was a time when I was a heavy-weight contenda', too, and nearly elected governor of the fair state of ... Well at least until d'at galoot behind da' bar showed up. (Looking toward the bar.) Isn't 'e beautiful?
Johnny: Who'd a thunk the two a' ya'd fall for each outha' before the title fight and then the big election?
Meechelle: True love, huh, Johnny? Just loike you 'n' me, huh, Johnny?
Johnny: Sure sweethawt, whateva' ya' say
Darry: Ante up! I used to be a big shot politician... up north.
Johnny: Shut up Darry. These walls got ears.
Meechelle: I'm in, boss.
Sal: I'm in, too, boss.
Paddy McPhinney as NARRATOR: That's Sal. He carries a rod under his arm, but not much under his rug!
Paddy McPhinney as NARRATOR: And over here, the pale faced young man starin' into his drink -- his name is Tommy. He's new down here. Sad story he is, very sad.
Tommy: (drunk) Where's the head?
Paddy McPhinney: Right behind that potted palm over there behind the bar young man. But I don't think yer gonna make it. Ya' don't wanna be heavin' all over my place. Dom. Throw this guy out before...SFX: Oops too late. Hey Sal. Watch the bar for Dominique while he t'rows this drunken bum out. (Pause.) On second thought ... Put 'im in my office. Later, I can use 'im.
Paddy McPhinney as NARRATOR: ... the Great Paddy McPhinney herself, about to go into action! Come inta' my office.
Your complete play is in .doc format with numbered lines.
Page One: Your Title, contact information and 200 word biography.
• Page Two: Your Character breakdown and 100 word synopsis.
• The subject line of your email submission to reads
"TDDT Play Submission" .
Thistle Dew and KTDT produce comedy and drama for stage and Digital Radio. If accepted and does not require re-write or adaptation to radio, I will request permission to produce your work. If it is not ready for Digital Radio I will request that you adapt it. In the alternative, you can give me permission to adapt it to Digital Radio.
There is no entry or submission fee.
There is no deadline for submissions: on-going.
Address your queries to Tom at


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The Georgia Theatre Conference, the official theatre organization for the state of Georgia, is now taking submissions for its annual One Act New Play Competition. The competition is open writers inside and outside of Georgia. The Competition is hosted by the Professional Division of GTC. The winning play will receive a $250.00 prize and will also be performed as a staged reading at the Georgia Theatre Conference convention held in Columbus, GA, October 9-11, 2014.

Guidelines are listed below:

Entries will be accepted between March 1, 2014 and July, 2014.

One submission per playwright only. 

Play submissions must be one act in length. Plays should be approximately 50 pages in length, with a running-time between 30 minutes and one hour, and limited to 10 or fewer characters.

Full length scripts, children’s plays, 10 Minute plays, and musicals are not accepted.

Plays must be unproduced (no professional productions) and unpublished. Plays that have gone through readings and workshops are acceptable.

Plays must be submitted by email attachment in Microsoft Word or PDF format:

Text in 11-12 point type and in plain font (e.g. Times New Roman)

Script must include page numbers at the bottom of each page

The author’s name should not appear anywhere in the script

Do not include resumes, playwright biographies, or history of the play

Send a separate title page with the author’s name and contact info.

Please send all entries to:

Celeste Morris
Assistant Professor
University of North Georgia
In association with the Gainesville Theatre Alliance

Monday, April 21, 2014

National Newborn Festival

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April 1st - May 31st, 2014 (There is no reader's fee for plays submitted during these dates)
June 1st - July 1st, 2014 (Require a $10.00 reader's fee)

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

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

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

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

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

Applicants must submit the following:

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

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

Submission Dates for The National NewBorn Festival:

April 1st - May 31st, 2013 (There is no reader's fee for plays submitted during these dates)
Finalists will be contacted around September. Winners will be contacted around November.

InterAct 20/20 Commissions

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InterAct Theatre Company is pleased to announce the submission deadline for the seventh round of 20/20 New Play Commissions: Friday May 16, 2014.

InterAct is the flagship for new work in Philadelphia and a founding member of both the National New Play Network and the Philadelphia New Play Initiative.

Long established as one of the country’s preeminent producers of provocative new works, InterAct uses the 20/20 Commissions to fund plays that explore the most adventurous, complex, and engaging stories, ideas and issues in our world. We are invested in the wide range of stories that unfold when the larger forces of our world impact the individual and vice versa.

Eighteen commissions and development awards have already been given to plays ranging in style from hard-hitting drama to absurd comedy to magic realism. If you are considering a proposal, we encourage you take a look at both our recent commissions and productions to get a better sense of us.

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

About InterAct’s 20/20 Commissions

There are two types of awards associated with the program:

• Development Awards - through which InterAct commits funds toward the further development of a play, including dramaturgical consultation, readings and workshops. Funds are typically used to pay for playwright travel and housing, and actor fees. Development Awards are given to works already in progress, but not yet production ready.

• New Play Commissions – through which InterAct commits a cash award of $5000 toward a new and wholly, or substantially, unwritten play.

In both cases, InterAct’s intent is to provide development support for plays toward eventual production in our main stage season, though this is, in no way, a guarantee.
How to Apply for an InterAct Theatre Company 20/20 Commission/Award

The application consists of three parts, which must be submitted simultaneously and received by midnight on Friday, May 16, 2014:

1. Statement of Interest

Please provide a description of the proposed project, including why the issues and themes of the project will be significant over the next twenty years, and what your goals would be should you be granted the opportunity to work with InterAct on the project’s development. If you are applying for a Development Award, you may additionally discuss the status of the current work and its development history. Statements of interest should not exceed 2 pages. We prefer proposals that are specific, concise, and as concrete as possible. We will not be reading any submissions prior to May 16, so please use the time wisely.

2. Up-to-Date Playwriting CV

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

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

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

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

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

The deadline for completed seventh cycle applications is Midnight EST May 16, 2014, and InterAct will notify all playwrights of its decision via email in November 2014.

All parts of the application should be submitted as PDF’s to

Please label the PDFs clearly following this format:

(Your Name) Statement

(Your Name) CV

(Your Name) (Title of Sample Play)

(Your Name) (Title of Play) – DA

For example, for a commission:

Kittson O’Neill Statement

Kittson O’Neill CV

Kittson O’Neill Romeo and Juliet

For a development award:

Kittson O’Neill Statement

Kittson O’Neill CV

Kittson O’Neill Romeo and Juliet – DA

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

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

Be sure to email applications to

However, if you have questions, please email Kittson O’Neill, Artistic Associate.

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Sunday, April 20, 2014

2014 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:  Sunday, June 1, 2014.  (Time stamped)

MISSION: Since 2000 MetLife Foundation and Repertorio Español joined forces to establish The MetLife Nuestras Voces National Playwriting Competition to discover --our voices --the best Latino plays and bring them to the attention to the American theatre community. These original works relate to Latino culture, history and life in the United States while at the same time reflecting the universality of the human condition.  In 2013 we received a record breaking number of scripts proving once again this outreach effort is important and so very necessary. It has been our privilege to promote and develop new plays, encourage bright new talent by providing this forum. We have produced over 100 readings to date and many plays that have placed within the competition over the years have gone on to have subsequent workshop and full productions at regional theatres across the country!


Winners (2013):

1st Place: Your Name will Follow you Home by Carlos Murillo Chicago, IL
2nd Place: El traje de novia by José R. Arroyo García San Juan, PR
3rd Place: El Coqui Espectacular & the Bottle of Doom by Matt Barbot Brooklyn, NY
Runners Up: María García is Having Your Baby by Stephanie Weber Chicago, IL
Hielo by Dania Ramos   Bloomfield, NJ

Winner (2012): Barceló con hielo by Marco Antonio Rodríguez from Dallas, TX will open in June of 2014

Published: Nuestras Voces: Latino Plays from Repertorio Español’s MetLife Playwriting Competition (Bilingual) Volume 1 and Volume 2 (Available at

Volume 1: Vieques (2000)by Jorge González, Momma’s Boyz (2004)by Cándido Tirado and No Where on the Border (2005)by Carlos La Cámara

Volume 2: Cartas a una madre(2005) by Marcelo Rodríguez and Locuras en Wichita(2010) by Lina Gallegos

Wellstone Center in the Redwoods Writer Fellowship

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Starting this July, the Wellstone Center in the Redwoods will begin offering month-long fellowships for visiting writers.

We offer a setting of spectacular beauty sure to inspire any writer not only to find new directions to make progress with a writing project, but also a chance to pamper yourself with a break from many of the pointless distractions of day to day life. A visiting writing fellow can enjoy many hours of solitude, either in the Library House where she or he will be staying, or with a soak in our hot tub or a walk out on our private trails through the redwoods or elsewhere on our 4.7 acres of beautiful land, four miles up from the Pacific Ocean near Santa Cruz, California. Or the visiting writing fellow can also enjoy joining the permanent residents of the WCR for our delicious common meals, prepared with fresh fruit and vegetables from our own organic gardens, eggs from our hens and milk from our goats. We have twice a week morning yoga and regular cooking courses as well.

Founded in 2002 by Sarah Ringler and Steve Kettmann, the Wellstone Center in the Redwoods was named to San Francisco Magazine’s 2013 “Best of the Bay” issue for its weekend workshops. We are a small community looking to work together to inspire each other through close contact with nature and a commitment to using creativity to make a difference in our lives – and those of others. Writing fellows are invited to join us for three meals a day and encouraged to cook for all of us on occasion.

The fellowship does not include transportation expenses to come to us, but we will pick you up at a local airport on the day of your arrival. Writing fellows will be asked to join us for at least an hour of work a day in our gardens or orchards, to experience firsthand a connection with nature. Writing fellows will also be asked to lead one weekend writing workshop and to host at least one book event – a book party or reading – for anyone in the Santa Cruz area or larger Bay Area who would like to attend.

To apply, please email a letter of no more than 500 words explaining your interest and why you would be an asset to our community; two samples of your writing between 1,000 and 2,000 words long; and a CV listing your work experience and publications. Preference will be given to writers with at least one book published. 

Mail your application or to 
858 Amigo Road, 
Soquel, CA 95073 

by May 1, 2014, to be considered for the fellowship beginning in July.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Boston Children's Theater seeks submissions

The Marcia J. Trimble New Works Program is now accepting submissions for New Works. Please see below for Criteria and Submission Instructions. Each year, three new works will be selected for readings in the Spring.


Scripts may be plays or musicals, and must meet one or more of the following criteria:
Adaptations of a Classic or widely-popular Children’s Literature.
Based on historical events and written from a child or young adult perspective.
Original scripts or musicals which challenge young audiences in their themes and broaden our conception of what Children’s Theatre ought to be.

Additional Criteria:
  • Plays must be between 45 and 90 minutes in length.
  • Plays must be produceable with no more than 20 actors.
  • If a musical, orchestration must consist of six or fewer pieces.
Submission Instructions

Selection Timeline & Important Dates
Script Submissions deadline: April 20, 2014
Reading dates and Reading Titles announced: May 20, 2014
Workshop Readings with public audience: June 2014

Please submit the following to be considered for the Marcia J. Trimble New Works Program:
  • A copy of the entire script
  • A synopsis of no more than one page
  • A character breakdown
  • Music tracks and lead sheets (If a musical script is being submitted)
  • Playwright’s resume
Email submissions to with “MJT New Works” in the subject line.

To send by USPS, please mail submissions to:

 MJT New Works, 
Boston Children’s Theatre, 
PO Box 171388, 
Boston, MA 02117

2014 VSA Playwright Discovery Competition Call for One-Act Scripts

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The VSA Playwright Discovery Competition invites middle and high school students to take a closer look at the world around them, examine how disability affects their lives and the lives of others, and express their views through the art of script writing. Writers may write from their own experience and observations, or create fictional characters and settings. Scripts can be comedies, dramas, or even musicals-be creative! Young writers with and without disabilities are encouraged to submit a script. Entries may be the work of an individual student or a collaboration by a group of students.

VSA has an innovative and Free Resource Guide for Teachers to help guide teachers and students through the playwriting process.

We are now accepting applications for the 2014 VSA Playwright Discovery Competition. Submissions will be accepted online through the link below. All applications must be submitted for review by Monday, April 28, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time. No late entries will be accepted.

Please review the full application guidelines before starting your application:
2014 Playwright Discovery Competition Guidelines

Seeking original ten-minute comedies about libraries for the Dewey Decimal Festival

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The Dewey Decimal Festival seeks ten-minute comedies related to the broad theme of Libraries, for an evening of staged readings sponsored by the non-profit Friends of the Chappaqua Library. Eight plays will be chosen and performed in staged reading format in October 2014 in the state-of-the-art Chappaqua Library Theatre (capacity 200). Actors from local theatre groups will be cast, rehearsed and will perform on-book.

Plays must be ten-minute comedies, either:

-- Set in a library (type of library is up to you)
-- About a library
-- About or featuring a librarian or librarians
-- Featuring, or about, or reinterpreting, or otherwise relating to a book that
will be familiar to most audiences. Adaptations must be clearly parody or in the public domain.
-- Plays that creatively twist cliches related to libraries, or puns related to libraries
-- Plays that dare take on the Dewey Decimal system

Playwrights whose work is chosen for the festival will receive a $5 honorarium. Audiences will vote on their favorite play, and the winner will get bragging rights to the Audience Choice Award.

Donations to the festival will benefit the Friends of the Chappaqua Library, a non-profit community group that exists to raise funds to support the Chappaqua Public Library in Westchester County, NY. They sponsor dozens of adult, teen, and children's programs available to all Westchester County residents, as well as provide special acquisitions not covered by the library's budget, which are available to any member of the Westchester Library System.

Maximum of two plays per writer.
Unpublished at time of submission
Comedies on the theme only
No fees. Online submissions only.
DEADLINE: Midnight 30 April 2014.

For details and to submit:

Semicolon Theatre Company seeks plays by writers under 21

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If you're under 21 and consider yourself a playwright, or are interested in trying it for the first time - now's your moment! We look forward to carefully reviewing everything that we receive.

Play submission must involve at least one character under the age of 21, or a subect pertaining to those under 21.

6 character limit

Minimum 25 pages
Maximum 70 pages

Deadline: May 4, 2014
Submit to:

$10,000 Shakespeare’s Sister Fellowship

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Application deadline: July 1st, 2014
Application fee: none

In addition to a $10,000 prize, the Shakespeare's Sister Fellowship includes a Hedgebrook residency on Whidbey Island, a fellowship position at the A Room of Her Own Foundation Retreat at Ghost Ranch in New Mexico, and a project residency with the Lark Play Development Center in New York City. The fellowship will take place over the course of one year, throughout which the playwright will be mentored by the fellowship's creator, renowned playwright and actor Ellen McLaughlin. 

Applicants must be able to commit wholeheartedly to each stage of the fellowship, entailing four weeks of dedicated time over the course of the year, and must be willing to write an entirely new play. 

– All women who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents are eligible to apply. 
– In the first round, applicants will submit 30 pages of a play. 
– Applicants who make it to the second round will be invited to submit the same play in its entirety.

For details and to apply, please visit:

Applications for Shakespeare's Sister are only accepted online.

 Still have questions? View answers to frequently asked questions on our FAQ page.


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We are looking for short plays (no more than15 minutes) to include in the Playing With Science Short Play Experiment– a two hour mash-up of short science-themed plays. These will be performed by high school students at the Arkansas Science Festival, so please submit age-appropriate material. 

We will be selecting 10 to 12 of the best plays we receive to perform throughout the Science Expo Day of the festival to be held at Arkansas State University on October 11, 2014. These plays will be considered for possible publication in an anthology by YouthPLAYS, publisher of plays for young actors and audiences. Awards will be given for Best Script as selected by our panel of judges, and Audience Favorite based upon votes from the audience.

What kind of plays are we looking for?

Good plays about science. Maybe your play is about how Edison invented the light bulb, or about ionic bonding at a nightclub, or maybe it’s about a chameleon’s existential debate over whether or not his regrown tail makes him a different lizard... as long as it is science, we want to read it. Funny plays, serious plays, anything goes.

What should I submit?
• All plays must be received by July 15, 2014
• Short plays, 7-15 pages in manuscript form
• At least 2 characters in each play, no more than 8
• No more than two submissions per playwright
• Unpublished, unproduced original plays only
• Minimal props and scene changes
• We will only be accepting electronic submissions, PDF file or Microsoft Word document in a standard play format – no
screenplays or musicals.
• This is a blind submission process. Please include TWO attachments in your submission e-mail. The first attachment should be a blind copy of the script with only the title of the play on the cover page and no identifying text. Please be sure to include the cast requirements, production requirements, and a brief synopsis. The second attachment should include the playwright’s bio, contact information, and the title of the play. Blind submissions will be given to readers. Please title the first attachment with the name of your play and add “BLIND” after it (example: MY GREAT PLAY – BLIND), and the second attachment with your last name, first name, and title of the play (example: LAST NAME, FIRST NAME – TITLE). Please be sure to put “PLAYING WITH SCIENCE” as the subject of your e-mail.
• Notifications will be made to selected playwrights in late July as soon as the readers have completed all evaluations.
• Direct queries about the Arkansas Science Festival to Dr. Amy R. Pearce, 870-972-3282, or
• Email play submissions to

Submissions are open for the Short Play & Musical Festival

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This June, we are looking for 15 to 18 for our annual NYC (“Only In New York”) Festival of short plays. All plays submitted must be inspired by or focused on New York City and similar topics. We are seeking plays that highlight Quintessential New York moments, experiences, beliefs and more! So sharpen your pencils, charge your laptop or put a new ribbon in your typewriter! Let’s start writing!

Submission Window
 April 5 - April 19

Festival Dates

June 5 - 22, 2014.3 weeks, 4 performances weekly (Thursday through Sunday), 5 plays featured each week at The Players Theatre Loft.

Learn more and apply at

Script submissions must be submitted in both digital and hard copy format. Submissions must be received with BLIND COPY meaning Playwrights names must be redacted from all pages of the script, and only listed on the attached application page. An individual application must be completed for and attached to all submissions.

The script submitted must be the script proposed for presentation, with no major alterations necessary.

Please provide an estimated run time (plays cannot exceed 20 minutes) and a one-sentence synopsis on your cover page.

Seeking short plays and musicals with a performance time of 20 minutes or less, no more than 25 pages in length.

Writers eligible to submit up to two plays.

Production of selected plays shall be at the sole cost and expense of the Producers, and no royalties or other payment are or will be owed by The Short Play and Musical Festival.

The Steve & Marie Sgouros Theatre is a 55 seat Off-Off Broadway venue located at the historical Players Theater, in the heart of Greenwich Village. The theater will include a basic lighting plot with limited pre-set general light cues and basic sound equipment. A limited number of basic set pieces will be available at the theatre. Additional props, set pieces, etc. may be brought by the individual producing companies; however, we strongly advise that productions be kept as simple as possible.

On acceptance there is a $100 deposit and a $50 tech fee.

Digital submissions will only be accepted in PDF format. Each submission must be emailed to and must be labeled as follows PlayTitle_Author’sLastName.pdf 

Hard copy submissions must be mailed to the HOST address at 
Short Play & Musical Festival
Suite 2E
115 MacDougal Street
New York, NY 10012


If submitting a musical, please submit sample tracks with your application.

The Chameleon Theatre Circle's 15th Annual New Play Contest

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Rolling Submission Deadline: April 30, 2014

The Chameleon Theatre Circle (located in the Twin Cities area in Minnesota) is seeking original works that have never been produced. All styles and genres are welcomed (i.e. one-acts, musicals, full length dramas, etc.). The winning plays will be showcased in a concert-format festival in September 2014. All shows submitted will automatically be placed on the slate of shows in consideration for the 2015-2016 season by the Season Planning Committee.

We are proud to announce that for the 15th consecutive year we are not charging a submission fee! To enter you must complete an entry form, and submit it along with three (3) copies of each script to the address below. We request that copies of the plays be printed double-sided to save on paper, mailing costs, and storage. Authors located outside the United States that might be interested in submitting their plays via e-mail should contact us at If you are submitting a musical, also include three (3) copies of a CD of the music or three (3) copies of the score.

Do not bind any author identification with your scripts. We will distribute the scripts "blind" to our readers for complete objectivity. Include the show's title on at least the first bound page. Once the winning scripts have been chosen, we will disclose the playwrights' identity to our readers (and the world).

We do not accept plays that have been previously produced. We do accept plays that have had workshops and other readings. Receipt of play(s) will be acknowledged by e-mail only upon request. Scripts are non-returnable.

As in past years, this year's contest will have multiple categories:

Three to five winners will receive $25 each plus a reading at the New Play Festival. All short plays will be entered in this contest. Generally, scripts of about 15 pages or less will fall into this category.

One to three winners will receive $50 each plus a reading at the New Play Festival. Any play that can be joined with one or two other shows of similar length to make up a complete evening of theatre will be entered in this contest. Generally, scripts of about 20-60 pages will fall into this category.

One to two winners will receive $100 plus a reading at the New Play Festival. Any play that can constitute a complete evening of theatre will be entered in this contest. It is important to note that these shows can be one, two, or more acts, as long as it makes up a complete evening of theatre.

If five or more musicals are submitted, the theatre reserves the right to create a "musical" category. Musicals are defined as any original play using original or rights permitted musical dialogue to further the story and/or the characters. In the absence of enough qualifying scripts, or if the theatre determines not to create an additional category, any musical will be entered into the appropriate category as defined above.

If five or more plays intended for and/or by youth are submitted, the theatre reserves the right to create a "theatre-for-youth" category. Theatre-for-youth plays are defined as any original play intended for young audiences, young participants, or both. In the absence of enough qualifying scripts, or if the theatre determines not to create an additional category, any theatre-for-youth submission will be entered into the appropriate category as defined above.

At the theatre's discretion, we reserve the right to designate or not designate an "Overall Contest Winner" from any category and an "Audience-Favorite Winner" from any category at the conclusion of the New Play Festival. No additional prize money is awarded, just bragging rights.

Each playwright may submit up to two plays in any of these combinations:

  • One full-length play
  • One one-act
  • One ten-minute play
  • One full-length play and one one-act
  • One full-length play and one ten-minute play
  • Two one-act plays
  • Two ten-minute plays
  • One one-act and one ten-minute play

Please submit three (3) copies of each script (and three copies of CDs or scores for musicals) and the required entry form(s) by April 30, 2014 (in hand, not postmarked by) to:
The Chameleon Theatre Circle
15th Annual New Play Contest
7287 153rd St W # 240069
Apple Valley, MN 55124

Note: This is a rolling deadline. Any plays submitted after this date will be considered for the following year's contest

Playwrights CageMatch

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

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

We are seeking brief scenes (5-20 minutes) which conform to the limitations of the competition. DMT staff will select the top five submissions. Each of the final scripts will get one rehearsal with the same director and company of actors. On July 13th the five scenes will be performed at a live staged reading event at the Douglas Morrisson Theatre. The audience will vote by token to determine the winner!

Our theme this year is: THE CAFETORIUM CHRONICLES: LOST & FOUND. The setting is a high school cafetorium in Anywhere, USA. Time period is not restricted. Please limit your scenes to no more than four characters. We’re looking for creative and elegant back-stories that incorporate the setting into the scenes. Tone, theme or genre is up to you! Class reunion? Bingo game? Polling place? PTA meeting? Bomb shelter? Inside the cafetorium anything can happen.

Admission to the performance is free, but a token to vote for the winner is $5.

Deadline for scene submissions sent via e-mail is June 1, 2014;
post-mark deadline, if mailed, is May 30, 2014.

Submissions can be e-mailed in *.doc or *.pdf to or mailed to:

Douglas Morrisson Theatre
ATTN: Susan E. Evans 
c/o H.A.R.D.
1099 E St.
Hayward, CA 94541

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Rover Dramawerks seeks full-length & 10-minute plays

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Rover Dramawerks announces our inaugural playwriting contest! We are seeking full-length comedies or farces and 10-minute plays (also of the funny variety) to be a part of our Fifteenth Season.

· Submissions will be accepted from April 15 to May 15.
· Only the first 150 full-length plays will be accepted.
· Only the first 300 10-minute plays will be accepted.
· No musicals.
· Plays may have been produced previously but not in the DFW Metroplex.
· Plays may not be published.
· Playwrights may submit only one full-length play and one 10-minute play. Additional plays submitted by a single person will result in disqualification.
· Submissions will only be accepted via email to
· Please include a cast list and brief synopsis.
· Only PDF files will be accepted.
· Please include your full contact information on the coversheet

One full-length play will receive a cash prize of $500 and a full production by Rover Dramawerks in their Fifteenth Season.

The first place 10-minute play will receive $100, second place will receive $50, and third place will receive $35. These plays will be given a minimum of two full performances as part of Rover’s “Adventure Nights” series.

Rover Dramawerks performs in a reconfigurable black box theatre that seats 90-130. Please take this into consideration when presenting your work to us for consideration. Feel free to check out our website at to see the types of plays we generally produce.

Tomorrow & Tomorrow Theater Co. seeks submissions

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Tomorrow & Tomorrow Theater Co. seeks submissions for its 2014 Fall Production. The ideal candidate seeks a highly collaborative environment and to be an integral part of a multidisciplinary experience.


For the company’s inaugural production, the application fee has been waived. 

The following guidelines must be followed in entirety for consideration.

1. Submissions must be original, unpublished, full-length plays (no more than 90 minutes in run time).

2. Plays must be unproduced and should not be scheduled for production at the time of submission. Our mission is to provide support for emerging playwrights. 
*Plays that have had a reading will be considered.

3. Plays must be typed/word-processed, page-numbered, and in standard professional play format. Please include your full name and the title of your work in the footer of the document.

4. The maximum cast is 8 actors.

5. Due to the small size of our staff and the sheer number of scripts we receive, we are only able to accept one script at a time from each author. 


Please mail your script with a completed submission form to the address below.

Tomorrow & Tomorrow Theater Co.
173 23rd St.
Brooklyn, NY 11232

Submissions for the 2014 production must be postmarked no later than May 15, 2014.

The Ingram New Works Lab

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Application Deadline: June 1, 2014
Tennessee Repertory Theatre has been gifted with the funds to support the creation of new works for the theatre, and with this mission Tennessee Rep has created the Ingram New Works Project, which includes the New Works Lab.

The Ingram New Works Lab is intended to be an artistic home for emerging playwrights to share and develop new work, hone craft, receive direction, and springboard themselves into the next phase of their writing career, providing a fertile environment for the emergence of great new plays.

Tennessee Rep seeks committed playwrights for residency in the 2014-2015 Ingram New Works Lab.

Tennessee Rep will serve and support selected playwrights as they work in residence to create new work for the theatre. Tennessee Rep will provide the playwrights-in-residence:
A season-long playwright-run script lab that meets once a month.

Access to professional actors, providing a choice of collaborators amongst theatre artists in Nashville.
Workshop sessions involving professional directors, designers, and dramaturgs.
Access to professional marketing and audience development resources.
A symposium with the Ingram New Works Fellow, a playwright with a national reputation.
Participation in the Ingram New Works Festival, giving the playwrights the opportunity to work with a professional director and actors in rehearsal and hear their script read in front of a live audience.
A supportive environment to foster and support the playwright’s process.
A small stipend to defray expenses.
Monthly Script Lab

The New Works Lab will meet once a month to provide playwrights-in-residence with a supportive but disciplined environment to workshop their scripts. By definition a laboratory is a testing ground inasmuch as it offers opportunities for observation, practice and experimentation. Every playwright will have the opportunity to hear multiple drafts of their script read aloud by actors and receive feedback from their fellow playwrights. The lab will provide the opportunity for playwrights to shape, mold, and develop as many drafts as they feel necessary before festival rehearsals begin.

Lab Meeting dates (a full day commitment on the following dates):
2014: Sept. 5; Oct. 10; Nov. 14; Dec. 12
2015: Jan. 11-17; Feb. 13 and 14; March 13 and 14
Collaboration Opportunities

Tennessee Rep will facilitate for playwrights-in-residence opportunities to work with their choice of collaborators from amongst top theatre artists in Nashville. Playwrights-in-residence will have access to Tennessee Rep’s professional staff throughout the season, and will have ongoing opportunities to meet with a director, costume designer, set designer, and dramaturg to explore what it would take to get their script from page to stage. Each playwright will also have the opportunity to consult with marketing and audience development staff to gather ideas about resources available to best promote their new work.

Lab Symposium with Ingram New Works Fellow

Playwrights-in-residence will participate in a week-long New Works Lab symposium with the recipient of the Ingram New Works Fellowship, a nationally recognized playwright. The symposium will take advantage of the New Works Fellow’s experience and skill, focusing on a wide variety of issues related to working as a playwright: everything from how an emerging playwright gets a script produced to how to manage the pitfalls of the development process to specific guidance on the art of playwriting. The New Works Fellow will serve as a mentor to the playwrights-in-residence throughout the season via electronic communication. Lab participants should be prepared to clear their schedule for the entirety of the week-long symposium.

Symposium dates:
January 11-17, 2015
Participation in Ingram New Works Festival

Work in the Lab will be focused on goals established by the Lab Playwrights. However, each playwright will be expected to work toward the creation of a new play that will be presented in a staged reading at the New Works Festival, whether completed or as a work in progress. Please note the following criteria for New Works festival plays being developed in the lab:
Full-length plays (prefer 80-120 mins. running time).
Plays that utilize no more than 8 actors.
Plays that have not previously been produced by any professional company.

Festival dates:
May 6-16, 2015
Application Guidelines for the Ingram New Works Lab

Tennessee Rep will award up to four residencies in the New Works Lab. Each playwright who accepts the residency will commit to participating in the monthly Lab meeting, the New Works symposium, rehearsals for the New Works Festival, and assisting with the New Works Festival in May 2014 as auxiliary artistic staff. Lab Playwrights will also be invited to participate in Tennessee Rep staff and outreach events. All playwrights who accept a residency must commit to be available for all lab, symposium, rehearsal and festival dates. Should a playwright-in-residence miss multiple commitments, they may be asked to forgo their place in the New Works Lab. Tennessee Rep does not provide monetary compensation for playwrights-in-residence and encourages regional playwrights to consider travel commitments before applying.

All applications should include the following material:
  • A letter stating your objectives for working on a new play in the Ingram New Works Lab at Tennessee Rep. Please include a description of your proposed play.
  • One Page Bio with history as a playwright.
  • One Page Artistic Statement.
  • A play that best represents your writing skill. Full-length is preferred, but a substantial one-act play (minimum of one hour running time) will be acceptable for this application. Author and contact information must appear on the title page. Please do not submit musicals, screenplays, TV scripts, or children’s theatre.

Application Instructions

Please use the online form for your submission. Upload your letter of intent, one page bio, one page artistic statement, and play (4 files) in PDF, doc, or docx format. You will receive a confirmation email shortly to verify your submission. If you have any problems using the form please email Shane Burkeen at

Walden Theatre Seeking Submissions for Its Slant Culture Series

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The Slant Culture series presents new works by rising playwrights that feature complex teenage characters.

Walden Theatre, A TCG theatre and  training center for young actors ages 8-18 located in Louisville, Ky. is seeking submissions for our Slant Culture Series. In addition to our regular offerings of shows from Shakespeare to modern American classics, we produce one play a year in this series.The Slant Culture series presents new works by rising playwrights that feature complex teenage characters. The name Slant Culture comes from the laboratory practice of tilting a test tube to provide a greater area for growth, and Walden Theatre is using this series to challenge our young actors to approach character development by drawing directly from their own lives and those of their peers.

Since we are a private not-for-profit not affiliated with any school system, Walden is in an unique position to introduce to our students new work that they would not, otherwise have a chance to perform. Adult language and adult situations are something our students encounter every day in their real lives and therefore we believe, if the piece has value, we have a duty to present these pieces as a regular part of our season.

Submission Guidelines

Full length play, 6-12 characters - most, if not all teen aged.
Comedy or drama. Please no musicals
Unpublished. It can have had previous productions

Please submit scripts electronically ONLY in PDF or WORD document format.  Please Include one page synopsis and character breakdown.

Deadline for submissions: June 1 2014.

Performance dates: November 2014

There will be a $500.00 stipend to the chosen playwright.

Please submit scripts to:

Friday, April 18, 2014


The Warner International Playwrights Festival recognizes the work of emerging and established playwrights from across the country and around the globe. The Festival gives playwrights a forum for production of their one-act plays that engage and entertain audiences through exploration of the human experience and the human spirit.

Please read submission policy carefully:

We invite playwrights to submit plays via electronic script submissions, in standard Samuel French playwriting format - 12 point font, character name centered or 3.5 inches from left margin, 1” margin all around. 

Plays should be emailed to:

Submitted plays should be one-act plays of no less than 12 and no more than 30 pages long, not including your cover page.

Submissions will be limited to the first 200 scripts received.

Scripts will be accepted internationally but must be written in English.

Previously produced scripts are accepted.

There is no submission fee.

Please remove all playwright identification from the script including name, mailing address and telephone/fax/e-mail.

In the body of the email include:

· Script Name

· Playwright Name

· Playwright Email

· Playwright Telephone Number

· Playwright postal mailing address.

Please do not send a synopsis or playwright resume.

Only one submission per playwright will be accepted. Scripts will not be returned.

If your play is selected, you will be notified, via email, of the readers’ selection on/about August 1.

Selected scripts will receive minimal-set (table, 4 chairs, 2 cubes), minimal-tech production (lights up, lights down, 2 sound cues) production. Please be sure your play will adhere to these parameters.

Selected playwrights are invited to attend the festival by their own means. Accommodation recommendations are available.

To be considered for the Warner International Playwrights Festival scripts must be RECEIVED by 11:50pm Eastern Standard Time on June 1; 
late entries will not be read.

For additional information, contact Charlene Donaghy

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Thespis Theater Festival and Venus and Adonis

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All genres of shows are welcome in our festivals. If your show has already had a run (in theaters or in other festivals) you can still participate, but only with a completely new cast and crew.

The Thespis Theater Festival is a playwright’s contest designed to offer writers a chance to direct their own shows, helping them to develop a sense of casting, staging, use of lights and direction. With Thespis, it is our intention to give writers a chance to create their vision from the first stroke of their pen to the last scene of their play. Thespis is not only a festival; it’s a competition as well. That means that there are prizes! The winner of the Best Play award will receive a prize of $3,500. Winner of Best Actor will receive $500 and Best Actress, $500. Thespis, as well as our wintertime festival, Venus, is hosted by the Cabrini Repertory Theater, a beautiful proscenium theater in uptown Manhattan.

Plays are considered on a first-come first-served basis. (The earlier you submit, the better your chances are of having your script invited to the festival.) Submissions may close before June 1st if we reach the maximum number of plays our festival can hold.
Only plays from New York  & New Jersey, will be accepted
Or from anywhere else in US, but the director and the cast must be from NY or NJ.
Submissions must be between 30 and 90 minutes long.


Each applicant is fully responsible for all elements of their production. These include directing, casting, stage-managing.

In order to submit a play please send the following via email:
1. A 100 word synopsis of the play
2. The complete script
3. Your telephone number and home address, plus the phone number of one other person in your production that we can contact
4. Your bio

As soon as your play is accepted, you will be sent the festival guidelines.
All plays will be given a three-performance run at the theater.

After all plays have had their three-performance run, the best 6 plays will be selected by the Thespis jury as nominees for the $3,500 prize of Best Play. Those 6 shows will be given a fourth performance.
Along with audience members three judges will also attend your fourth performance. This panel of outside judges will make the final decision about the winning play.
There will also be several nominations for best actor. In addition to the winning actress ($500 prize) and winning Actor ($500).

All winners walk out with their check which they can cash the day after with no limitation.

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

There is no fee to submit your play to the Venus Festival.
Once you are accepted, you will be asked  send in a $200 fee to participate to the festival. That is the only fee you pay, no hidden and surprising costs.
Again, there is no submission fee. Only those plays that are accepted will be required to send in participant payment.

Submissions will be accepted until June 1st.

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