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College of Saint Mary (Omaha | NE)

College of Saint Mary Seeks Cinderella Inspired Plays

The College of Saint Mary Library recently received a collection of Cinderella texts which is the inspiration for the 2020 One Act Play, Call for Scripts. Please select a theme or lesson from any Cinderella text as a catalyst for your one act. Scripts should be produceable with an all-female cast, be 90 min or less, written in English, be unpublished and not yet fully-mounted. The selected script will be published in the 2020 edition of The Saint Mary’s Review. The playwright will also be flown to Omaha late April/early May of 2020 and will receive lodging for 2-3 days/nights in order to attend workshops culminating in a public staged reading.
Fee: 
No fee
Restrictions: 
Open to all playwrights
Submission Method: 
Email
Deadline: 
11 / 8 / 2019

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Atlanta Theatre-To-Go (Decatur | GA)

Atlanta Theatre-To-Go Seeks Submissions for 13th Season

Seeking plays, including musicals, approximately 45-75 minutes long that hold appeal for a senior adult audience. One acts will also be accepted. Maximum of four to five actors and no gratuitous offensive language, sex, etc. We are a touring group, so sets need to be simple and the special effects minimal. Selected plays will receive a cash honorarium, a one-time royalty payment, and community engagement opportunities.
Fee: 
No fee
Restrictions: 
Open to all playwrights
Submission Method: 
Email
Deadline: 
11 / 1 / 2019

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BBC (Darlington | ENG | UK)

International Radio Playwriting Competition 2020

The International Radio Playwriting Competition 2020 from the BBC World Service and British Council in partnership with Commonwealth Writers is an opportunity for writers who live outside of the UK to tell their stories. There are two categories for entry - one for entrants who speak English as a first language and the other for entrants with English as a second language. The prize for each of the two winners will consist of £2500 sterling (approximately $3,000 USD) and a trip to London to see the winning play being recorded for broadcast on the BBC World Service and attend a prize-giving event. Scripts must be for a 53 minute radio play with up to 6 central characters, 9,000-10,000 words, as well as a synopsis no longer than 400 words. Plays should appeal to a wide audience of all ages.
Fee: 
No fee
Restrictions: 
Open to all playwrights NOT in the UK
Submission Method: 
Email
Online
Hard copy
Deadline: 
1 / 31 / 2020

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Exploring Character Through Environment

Environment dictates more than we give it credit for in our writing. Give environment its due and follow your impulses to explore all facets of your character. Hopefully, the result will be characters that feel molded from the earth they grew up in. In this article, readers are taken through a three-part exercise to explore how environment dictates character and character dictates environment. 

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The Playwright & Biography

Arguably, some of the most successful American plays are gripped by biography. So, how do we shape elements of biography into dramatic works?

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How to write a play if you hate outlines, love mess, and also like money

Lately, I’ve become a firm believer that each play knows what it wants to be and that it will become that thing eventually; I’m just facilitating the process. Therefore, I’m working to accept that it’s okay to be messy. Like filling-notebooks-with-pages-and-pages-of-material-that-you-won’t-ever-explicitly-use-before-you-figure-out-what-it-is-you’re-actually-writing-about messy.

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