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8th Annual Festival of Shorts Playwriting Contest

10 February 2017

Thank you for your interest in the 8th Annual Festival of Shorts hosted at the Wade James Theater by Edmonds Driftwood Players. The Festival this year will be presented in four performances – Friday and Saturday, July 7 and 8 at 8pm; Saturday and Sunday, July 8 and 9 at 2pm.

We are so excited to announce our theme for 2017:  “Unintended Consequences

How many times have you never meant to do something but ended up doing the very thing you tried to avoid? Or perhaps you wanted to help someone and ended up creating a bigger mess? Maybe you didn’t want to help someone and ended up being the biggest blessing they ever received. So often, our actions produce consequences that we never thought, never foresaw, never believed could happen. For good, for bad, for ugly, for interesting, for hilarious…the details are up to you!

In order to enter the festival, please DO the following:

  1. Submit an original, never before produced script for a play that will last no longer than 15 minutes with 6 characters or less, which can be staged with minimal sets, props, and costumes.
  2. Incorporate the theme of “Unintended Consequences” into your story.
  3. Submit two documents:
  1. A cover page with the name of the title and your full name, address, email address and phone number.
  2. Your play in ‘Standard Stage Play Format’ with the title of the play ONLY. No identifying information about the playwright is to appear in this “blind” copy. All plays which fail to submit a blind copy of their play will be disqualified. The blind copy of the script preserves anonymity in our judging process.
    1. Submit your play by 5:00 PM, Pacific Standard Time (PST), on Friday, March 31, 2017.

In order to enter the festival, please DON’T do the following:

  1. Don’t submit a play with a single character. This means NO monologues, please!
  2. Don’t submit a play that includes nudity, excessive bad language or could in any way be construed as a hard ‘R’ or ‘X’ rating.
  3. Don’t include excessive props or things like glitter or feathers that would be hard to clean up and delay transitions for our festival. Eight plays will be presented at each performance (4 plays before intermission, 4 plays after intermission). Please don’t make it hard for our production team to stage your show.
  4. Don’t submit a play that has been produced on any stage, anywhere prior to March 31, 2017. We will do a search for each play before notifying our 8 finalists. Any evidence that a play has been previously produced will result in disqualification of the script from our festival.

We look forward to hearing from people all over the planet so have fun! Hopefully your story about unintended consequences will be a hit with our judges and we’ll see you in July for our 8th Annual Festival of Shorts!

Visit the website:  http://edmondsdriftwoodplayers.org/2016-2017-season/8th-annual-festival-shorts/

2017 LaBute New Theater Festival Set for July 7-30, 2017-Call For Submissions

30 October 2016

Call for Submissions For 5th Annual LaBute New Theater Festival

The St. Louis Actors’ Studio is proud to announce a call for submissions for the 5th Annual LaBute New Theater Festival at the Gaslight Theater, with plays debuting from July 07 – 30, 2017.  Submissions will be accepted through December 31, 2016. 

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

Professional, new and previously unproduced one-act play submissions should include a letter of inquiry, a synopsis and a 10-page sample from the script. Running time for each performance should not exceed 45 minutes.

Up to eight plays will be chosen,  in addition, a new piece from Mr. LaBute will be performed every night for the run of the festival.  Mr. LaBute is scheduled to participate in the opening weekend activities.

High School Submissions: Winning plays by high school students will be presented in readings. The guidelines are straightforward:  The one act should include no more than four characters featuring a clearly developed plot and distinctive characters. No longer than 15 minutes in length.

Non-Professional, new and previously unproduced one-act play submissions should include a letter of inquiry and complete script.

Submissions should be sent to:

LaBute New Theater Festival

St. Louis Actors’ Studio

360 N Boyle Ave

St. Louis, MO 63108

314-458-2978

help@stlas.org

Visit the website: http://stlas.org/

 

The creative team for the festival includes:

Neil LaBute-Film Director, Screenwriter and Playwright

William Roth-Actor, Founder, Artistic Director St. Louis Actors’ Studio

Milton Zoth – Director, Arts Educator

Nathan Bush – Actor

Andra Harkins – Actor

Ann Haubrich – Writer, Arts Administrator

Edward Scott Ibur-Middle School Teacher (Webster), Novelist, Founder- Gifted Writers & Artists Project for Middle & High School

Christopher Limber – Actor, Director Prison Performing Arts, Playwright

John Pierson-Actor, Theatre, Speech & Dance Chair, English Teacher John Burroughs School

Elizabeth Helman-Actor, Writer, Director, Professor of Theatre Arts -Oregon State University

Patrick Huber-Associate Director, St. Louis Actors’ Studio-Set Design and Lighting, Teacher Theater, Design and Architecture Mary Institute, Country Day Prep School

Sanguine Theatre Company: Project Playwright Contest 2017

30 October 2016
Submissions are open until November 15, 2016.
Writers based anywhere in the world are encouraged to apply. Plays submitted through this program are reviewed by Sanguine’s team of readers and chosen based on theatricality, craft, and voice. Finalists will be invited to participate in a festival evening of excerpted staged readings in New York City, and one play will be chosen by the Festival audience to receive a fully-produced world premiere production as part of Sanguine’s 2017 season. A stipend will also be provided to the playwright for their production.

A GREAT PROJECT PLAYWRIGHT SUBMISSION:
-is a complete, full-length play.
-requires a cast of at least two but no more than eight actors.
-utilizes technical elements in minimal but theatrical ways.
-may have had a workshop or staged reading performance
-aligns with Sanguine’s mission to pursue relevant, thought-provoking new works.

APPLICATION PROCESS
Please read the Project Playwright Consent Agreement.
– In PDF format, please submit the following to info@sanguinenyc.org:
a cover sheet with your name, address, telephone number, email address, and a brief synopsis of the play
-your complete, full-length work in the subject line, please write “Project Playwright” and your last name
-A $5 non-refundable administrative fee is due at the time of submission.

Website: http://www.sanguinenyc.com/project-playwright-application

Contact: info@sanguinenyc.org

NICK DARKE WRITERS’ AWARD

14 May 2016

NICK DARKE WRITERS’ AWARD

NO ENTRY FEE.

With the opportunity to win £6,000 and open to all writers age 16 or over,

this competition provides the time to write that financial support facilitates.

This year’s category is stage play.

Applicants should submit a full script along with a one-page synopsis and a short writing CV by Monday, May 30, 2016.

Visit the website for details:  http://www.falmouth.ac.uk/nickdarkeaward

10 Minute Play Contest for Edinburgh Fringe Festival Production

16 January 2016

A production team from Sedos (http://www.sedos.co.uk/index.php),

a well-respected London based theatre company is looking for submissions

of 10 minute scripts to be performed in late July/early August 2016

in both London (the Bridewell Theatre) and at the Edinburgh Fringe festival (Greenside Venues).

Deadline: The submission period runs from now until 11th March 2016.

There is a £5 entry fee for non-Sedos members which is payable upon submission.

The key requirement is that scripts must follow the theme of “Frenemies”

but interpretation of that theme and choice of genre

and format is open to the writer’s imagination

(subject to a couple of practical parameters as set out in the guidelines).

Submissions are open now and can be accessed at this link: http://sedos.co.uk/frenemies/

Submission guidelines can be found via a link on the submission page,

at: https://writingcontests.wordpress.com/wp-admin/post-new.php

The 8×10 TheatreFest — Weathervane Playhouse’s Annual 10-Minute Play Contest and Festival

9 January 2016

Call for entries: Now through May 13, 2016
Performances: July 15 to 17, 2016

INFORMATION FOR PLAYWRIGHTS — OVERVIEW

The deadline for entries is midnight on Friday, May 13, 2016

All entrants will receive:
• Acknowledgment of receipt of submissions and administrative fee.
• Notification of 8 Finalist plays, preceding TheatreFest.
• Notification of winners, following the conclusion of TheatreFest

All information will be posted to this website.

THE PRIZES

Each of the eight finalists will receive a full production of his or her play and two complimentary tickets to TheatreFest. (We can’t offer travel and room accommodations for finalists, those who are able to attend will be greeted, feted, and showered with recognition!)

Additionally, we will send out press releases about the finalist playwrights to our local publications and to any of the playwrights’ respective outlets.

First Place: $350
Second Place: $250
Third Place: $150
Five Runners Up: $50/each

THE RULES

EACH PLAY SUBMISSION MUST FOLLOW THE RULES BELOW:

  1. Each play must include the 2016 prop, an envelope of cash.  See description below.
  2. Maximum running time is 10 minutes.  Less is fine.
  3. Cast maximum is three. Any combo, gender-wise.  No characters under the age of sixteen.
  4. Technical requirements must be minimal. Plays produced are performed on a bare stage utilizing wooden blocks and simple furniture to signify a variety of things. Costume, sound and lighting requirements must also be simple.
  5. No one-person plays, no musicals, or children’s plays.
  6. Playwrights must be at least 18 years old.
  7. Submitted plays must be un-produced and un-performed outside of readings, workshops, and festivals. Submitted plays may have been entered in other contests.
  8. You must be the sole creator of the play and entitled to confer performance rights.
  9. If chosen as a finalist, you grant performance rights, royalty-free, to Weathervane Playhouse for three performances during the 2016 8×10 TheatreFest.
  10. The play remains the sole property of the playwright.

THE 2016 INSPIRATION — AN ENVELOPE OF CASH

Each year at TheatreFest, the audience chooses a special prop that must be incorporated into the following year’s plays.

Our 2015 audience members chose an envelope of cash.  The envelope is a security envelope 6.5″ x 3.5″.  The cash consists of $3,000 in $100 increments, bills are printed back and front.  The bills and envelope cannot be damaged or destroyed in your script.

Please note:  Although the bills provided are specific, the rules don’t require that you open the envelope to display the currency or use the amount provided. 

How to enter: http://www.weathervaneplayhouse.com/8x10TheatreFest