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True False Theatre’s, “Polygraph Tests,” Playwrights Residency

29 October 2012

Polygraph (n.) 1. a machine designed to detect and record changes in biological characteristics 2. an author who can write on a variety of different subjects
The Polygraph Tests is a residency program committed to enriching the process of theatre development by pairing selected playwrights with collaborators eager to guide and inspire the scripts’ evolution. We are looking for dangerous stories that expose and examine the ways in which desire and impulse define human relationships. Writers of all ages and from all experience levels are invited to submit plays that align with our mission statement:

True False Theatre is a group of artists dedicated to creating high-quality dramatic theatre that challenges the imagination and inspires a more conscious and compassionate community. Our goal is to probe modern value systems through entertaining productions of socially relevant plays, which uphold a commitment to exciting and empowering New York City.

This program features a three-week rehearsal period focused on giving writers the time and tools they need to experiment and develop strong character development, plot structure, and dialogue. Each playwright will work alongside a director and actors who are excited to inspire the author’s vision and provide him or her with feedback regarding the rewrites made during the residency. After a mid-process public reading allows each artist to experience their play with an audience, everyone returns to the rehearsal room for another week of collaborating with the writer. The residency ends with a second public reading celebrating the plays in whatever state they are in at the time.

Important Dates:

  • Sept 14 – Nov 16: Application Period
  • Nov 16 – Dec 7: Reading Period
  • Dec 7: Finalist Playwrights Announced
  • Dec 7 – Dec 13: Playwright Interviews
  • Dec 14: Selected Playwrights Announced
  • Dec 21: Invited Directors and Actors Announced
  • Jan 20 – Feb 9: Rehearsal Period
  • Feb 2: First Public Reading
  • Feb 9: Final Public Reading

Submission Guidelines:

  • We select playwrights based on two factors: (1) the quality and potential of the writing, and (2) a one-on-one interview during the first week of December 2012.
  • We are looking for plays on all subject matters- story and structure that dare to be different.
  • Scripts don’t need to be perfectly polished; we will happily accept unfinished work.
  • We accept only unpublished plays (but un-produced and previously produced plays are both acceptable).
  • You can send us one or several scripts- we prefer you send us two plays so we can understand your voice as much as possible.
  • Scripts can be any length (plays less than 75 pages are preferred).

Please fill out the application form at www.truefalsetheatre.org and send your play(s) to submit@truefalsetheatre.org. Sending us your resume and/or artistic statement in addition to your work is acceptable. Submissions received after the November 16, 2012 deadline will not be reviewed.