Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Greenbrier Valley Theatre Accepting Play Submissions

Greenbrier Valley Theater is now accepting submissions for the second annual “New Voices” Short Play Festival. The winning plays are given a public performance in GVT’s Festival of Community Plays in January/February 2010. This is an opportunity for local playwrights to have their work produced. A panel of professional theatre artists judges the pieces and winners are chosen in early December.

Submissions are welcome from anyone, but local playwrights in the Greenbrier Valley are especially encouraged to participate. Entries should be 10 to15 minutes in length (longer plays will be disqualified) and include between two and five characters. Plays should be appropriate for all ages (with minimal offensive material) and should be written to be played by adult actors (15 and up.) There is no official theme for the plays. Musicals may be considered depending on available production staff. Due to the nature of the festival and production restrictions, plays with single unit sets will be given priority. The deadline for receipt of entries is December 15, 2009.

Entries must be received by GVT no later than December 15, 2009. The public festival performance dates are to be announced at a later date. Please email submissions to Kurtis Donnelly, (prefered) or mail them to PO Box 494, Lewisburg, WV 24901. Please do not submit an original copy of your play, as copies will not be returned.

By submitting a play to the “New Voices” Festival, you grant GVT the rights to perform your play at the festival in January/February 2010, if chosen. The number of winners selected to be performed will vary on the length of the selected shows. Anywhere from 4-7 may be chosen for performance. If an inadequate number of entries are received, GVT reserves the right to not select any play for performance.

For complete details visit or contact Kurtis Donnelly at 645-3838 or


Saturday, May 30, 2009

Bottle Tree Productions One Act Play Competition


Bottle Tree Productions One Act Play Competition For Writers. Awards: $1,000, $250, $100. One-act plays of any length may be submitted. Plays can have previously been produced or work-shopped but not professionally.

Entry fee: $25. Deadline: November 30, 2009.



Monday, March 02, 2009

Dentyne Playwright Contest

Dentyne® and their partner, Manhattan Theatre Club (New York City), one of the country’s leading not-for-profit professional theatre companies, have announced the launch of two playwriting opportunities about personal relationships in the digital age as part of their ongoing Make Face Time™ campaign, both dubbed Dentyne® “Realationships” Playwright Contest – one is a national contest open to the general public and the other is a contest open to students at participating colleges and universities. However with a submission deadline quickly approaching on March 9th, we’re focusing on promoting the national public contest.

With the national contest open to the general public, aspiring amateur playwrights can submit their entries for a chance to win a trip to New York City and have their original, short two-person play performed by professional actors at one of MTC’s theatres at New York City Center before a live audience. Additionally, I cannot forget that the winner of the national public contest wins a $7,500 cash grand prize. Learn more by visiting:


Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Location!Location!Location! Play Competition Open for Submissions

“I don’t think you really want to go there.”

The Charleston Stage Company & Festivall announce the 2009
Location!Location!Location! Play Competition

This year the play will take place in the new Dickinson Street Pedestrian Overpass between Triana Energy and the parking garage. It’s at the foot of the South Side Bridge on the downtown side.

The theme of this year’s play contest is defined by the space. Every journey begins with a crossing whether it’s a doorway, street, river, ocean, space, or time. The crossing in this play can be real or imaginary, mundane or grand, silly or tragic, literal or metaphoric. Just go with whatever crosses your mind.

As long as you follow the rules which are as follows: Plays must have 2-4 characters of any age or gender. The play should have a running time of 10 minutes. The title must be: The Crossing. The first line of the play has to be: “I don’t think you really want to go there.”

The two winning plays will be performed in the overpass six times on Saturday June 27, 2009.

This is the fourth year for Charleston Stage Company’s Festivall! Previous productions have included the Elvis Play (back this year by popular demand) and the wildly successful Trolley Play.

More Rules

1. All playwrights must be West Virginia residents.

2. The play must not have been produced previously.

3. All plays must be type written and mailed to the Charleston Stage Company at 123 Summers Street Charleston, WV 25301 by May 1, 2009.

4. Playwrights can submit more than one play. Collaborations between writers are also acceptable.

5. Playwrights must be available to attend the first performance on June 27, 2009.

The plays will be read and judged by judges who will consider (among other things) creative use of the dramatic possibilities of the space. For more information check out the Festivall Play Contest at

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