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Fresh Fruit Festival (New York | NY)

2019 Fresh Fruit Festival: Accepting Submissions

Accepting submissions of any kind of performance art featuring LGBTQ characters or themes. Held July 8 through 21 at The WILD Project and other Manhattan venues. YOU are the producer of your show, but there are no required application fees or participation fees, and all productions receive a box office share.
Fee: 
No fee before Jan 29; $35 before Feb 24. No fee if you are on NY Medicaid
Restrictions: 
Open to all playwrights
Submission Method: 
Online
Deadline: 
1 / 29 / 2019
2 / 24 / 2019

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Town Hall Theatre (Lafayette | CA)

2019 Playwrights' CageMatch

Our CageMatch is a chance for 5 playwrights to show brief scenes (5-20 minutes) in an audience-decided live competition. Grand prize for the chosen script. THT staff will select the top five submissions. Each of the final scripts will get one rehearsal with the same director and company of actors which Town Hall provides. On March 24, 2019, the five scenes will be performed at a live staged reading event at Town Hall Theatre. Our theme this year is: Building Bridges.  The setting is an apartment building in a large city anywhere in the universe; there’s a fire escape, maybe a corridor, and maybe a bridge in the distance. Time period is not restricted.
Fee: 
No fee
Restrictions: 
Open to all playwrights
Submission Method: 
Email
Hard copy
Deadline: 
3 / 8 / 2019

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Chameleon Theatre Company (Philadelphia | PA)

Chameleon Theatre Company accepting play submissions

Chameleon Theatre Company is accepting submissions for consideration for future productions.
Fee: 
No fee
Restrictions: 
Open to all playwrights.
Submission Method: 
Email

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How to engage with your audience beyond the stage

Have you ever heard someone saying, “I wish more [            ] kinds of people would go see more theater”?          

They do.         

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Order, Chaos, and the Playwright

Exploring order and chaos in real life isn’t easy. By allowing your characters to experience order and chaos, you will tie your play to a classic human dilemma.

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Carving Out Your Own Path

When I started writing, I was excited by artists who made theater through all kinds of processes - Jerzy Grotowski, Suzan-Lori Parks, John Cage, María Irene Fornés, Ralph Lemon, Meredith Monk. I loved their poetic relationships to language and sound, investigative approaches to structure, consideration of the body and audience and all the sensory elements of live experience. I never thought, “I want to be an experimental playwright." I thought, “I want to be a playwright.” Experimentation seemed inherent.

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