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Radcliffe Institute

Radcliffe Institute accepting submissions for fellowship

With great pleasure, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University is announcing the availability of Radcliffe Institute Fellowship Program.
 The fellowship program is open to scholars, scientists, and artists work on individual projects, or in clusters, to generate new research, publications, art, and more.
Fee: 
No fee
Restrictions: 
Open to all playwrights.
Submission Method: 
Online
Deadline: 
5 / 15 / 2017

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Rapid Lemon Productions (Baltimore | MD)

2017 Variations Project accepting submissions

Rapid Lemon Productions is seeking ten minute plays written for the project for their Variations Project.
Fee: 
No Fee
Restrictions: 
Must be able to be present for the project in Baltimore, Maryland.
Submission Method: 
Email
Deadline: 
5 / 12 / 2017

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New Native Theatre

New Native Theatre seeks scripts for ten minute play festival

New Native Theatre seeks 10 minute plays by Native playwrights for their 2nd Annual National Native American Ten Minute Play Festival.
Fee: 
No fee
Restrictions: 
Submitting playwrights should be enrolled tribal members or recognized members of your urban/rural Native community/family.
Submission Method: 
Email
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Deadline: 
5 / 1 / 2017

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Mental Block & Broken Tackle

Playwriting is hard work. It takes commitment and courage for a writer to put their words in performers’ mouths in an effort to create that unified living matrix we call a play. The job of the playwright is complicated by the collaborative nature of the theater, the vagaries of play development, and by production demands. Consequently, the challenge of creating a work on the page that eventually lives and breathes successfully on the stage can be perplexing, sometimes even paralyzing. You can get stuck.

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Dramaturgy in the new play workshop: three considerations for dramaturgs

It takes courage for writers to put their collective butt on the line by investigating their plays with actors, directors and dramaturgs—many of whom the writer meets for the first time in workshop.  In a perfect world, workshops would guarantee results and opportunities.  Since they don’t, we owe it to playwrights to treat their work with the respect it deserves.  After all, we visit the play for a few days; they live with it for months, sometimes years, before they hit pay dirt.

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Tips for writing character descriptions

After a play’s title, character descriptions are the first thing a reader encounters, yet many playwrights don’t give them much time, attention, or thought. Character descriptions are an entryway into the unique world of your play. Taking a moment to consider the specific manner in which you want to welcome the reader into this world is important.

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