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Little Fish Theatre (San Pedro | CA)

Pick of the Vine 2019

Little Fish Theatre is accepting scripts for our 17th Annual PICK OF THE VINE short play production to be presented in January-February 2019. There will be a $50 flat fee royalty payment to playwrights per play produced.
Fee: 
No fee
Restrictions: 
Open to all playwrights
Submission Method: 
Email
Deadline: 
5 / 31 / 2018

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Golden Thread Productions (San Francisco | CA)

ReOrient 2019: Call for Short Plays

Golden Thread Productions is seeking short plays for the ReOrient Festival of Short Plays 2019. The ReOrient Festival showcases the diversity of voices and aesthetics from the Middle East and its worldwide diaspora in a curated festival of short plays produced biennially in San Francisco.
Fee: 
No fee
Restrictions: 
Open to playwrights of Middle Eastern descent writing about any topic, OR playwrights of other backgrounds writing about Middle Eastern topics.
Submission Method: 
Online
Deadline: 
5 / 31 / 2018

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5th Wall Productions (Charleston | SC)

Call for Unpublished Plays for Staged Reading Series

The Staged Reading Series at 5th Wall Productions is a part of our new play development process. Each month, one previously unpublished and unproduced play will receive a staged reading, followed by a a critical response session with the audience. At the end of each season, TWO of these selections will be chosen to receive a workshop production.
Fee: 
No fee
Restrictions: 
Open to all playwrights. If playwrights want to attend performances/workshops in-person, they are responsible for arranging their own travel to Charleston.
Submission Method: 
Email
Deadline: 
5 / 31 / 2018

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So you want to write for an ensemble

Ensemble theater, also called devised theatre or collaborative theatre, refers to work that is made by a group of people, together, often through improvisations or experiments. I’ve found that the more you know about what you’re getting yourself into, the more successful (and enjoyable) your collaboration will probably be. Here’s a quick guide to some of the nitty gritty things to think about.

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The what, why, who, and how of community driven theater

Rather than starting with a story you want to write, start with a community of people you want to write about, then collaborate with them to discover the stories they have to tell.

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Adaptation: strategies for securing rights to literary material

I’m a playwright, adapter and director. I was a comparative literature major in college and in my work onstage, literature—particularly fiction— is often a primary source of inspiration if not actual dramatic material. As an adapter, I often work on stories in the public domain. But I’ve also worked on adaptations of copyrighted material. Over the years, I’ve often been asked the best way to get rights to a published novel / story. The advice below pertains to living authors, though I’ve attached a note as well on dealing with estates. This is all from my limited perspective as one adapter, but I hope it can be of use to you.

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