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  • CALLING ALL INTERNS!
    New Dramatists is now accepting applications for the Spring 2020 Bernard B. Jacobs Internship Program. The deadline to apply is December 4, 2019. Click here for information and to apply.
    - 72 days ago, 12 Nov 19, 12:46pm -
  • Calling All Composers! Composer-Librettist Studio
    The submissions window for the Jan-Feb 2020 Composer-Librettist Studio is now open! Apply before 11/22/19!The New Dramatists Composer-Librettist Studio, presented in collaboration with Nautilus Music-Theater, is designed to provide an opportunity fo…
    - 79 days ago, 5 Nov 19, 12:00am -
  • Nocturnal Commissions Annual Benefit
    Join us on October 21, 2019 for the commissioning challenge of the year! Choose your adventure!Click here for benefit tickets and more information! This whirlwind evening includes complimentary dinner, wine, and a program of short pieces that are c…
    - 9 Oct 19, 4:45pm -
  • 2019-2020 Season Preview
    Plays by New Dramatists writers are coming to a theatre near you! Click here to see a listing of over 375 productions by state.
    - 1 Oct 19, 5:38pm -
  • Welcome 2019-2020 Princess Grace Fellow!
    We are delighted to welcome our 2019-2020 Princess Grace Fellow, Erika Dickerson-Despenza, who won the Award for her play, cullud wattah, which is being produced next spring at the Public Theater. A copy of the play can be found in New Dramatists' li…
    - 1 Sep 19, 12:00am -
  • Announcing the New Dramatists Class of 2026
    New Dramatists, an artistic home and developmental laboratory for professional playwrights, is proud to announce the addition of seven writers to its illustrious, dynamic resident playwright company: Will Arbery, Kevin Artigue, Gracie Gardner, Dipika…
    - 20 May 19, 5:33pm -
  • New Dramatists to Honor Nathan Lane
    70th Anniversary Spring LuncheonTuesday, May 14, 2019Click here for details!This spring, in celebration of our 70th Anniversary, New Dramatists will honor three-time Tony® Award winner, NATHAN LANE. We recognize Mr. Lane's singular presence as a…
    - 13 Feb 19, 5:01pm -
  • 2018-2019 Season Preview
    Wherever you are throughout this season, chances are there is a production of a play by a New Dramatists writer that is coming to a theatre near you! Visit our full listing of over 365 full productions of work by resident playwrights, alumni, and fe…
    - 6 Sep 18, 11:00am -
  • 2018-2019 Princess Grace Fellow in Playwriting
    New Dramatists is delighted to announce that the 2018-2019 Princess Grace Fellow in Playwriting has been awarded to Vichet Chum for his play, Bald Sisters.
    - 13 Aug 18, 12:00am -
  • NEW PLAYWRIGHTS JOIN NEW DRAMATISTS’ RESIDENT PLAYWRIGHT COMPANY
    New Dramatists, an artistic home and developmental laboratory for professional playwrights, is proud to announce the addition of seven writers to its illustrious, dynamic resident playwright company: J. Julian Christopher, Sarah Gancher, Mike Lew, Vi…
    - 17 May 18, 3:32pm -

NYCPlaywrights

  • newFestival @ First 11: Call for Scripts
    web siteTheatre@First seeks scripts for an evening of short plays to be performed in Somerville (MA) over two weekends in August 2020. Our reading committee will be looking for quality plays by new or established playwrights that will draw the broade…
    - 4 hours ago, 23 Jan 20, 12:00am -
  • JTC Playwright Festival
    web siteDeadline: February 8, 2020Julian Theater Company (California) announces the call for entries for the JTC Playwright Festival.Playwrights are to submit their one act or full-length non-musical play by 02-08-2020 for consideration in JTCs’ ju…
    - 1 day ago, 22 Jan 20, 12:30am -
  • BBC 27th International Radio Playwriting Competition
    web siteThe 27th International Radio Playwriting Competition, hosted by BBC World Service and the British Council, is open for submission of scripts from around the world. According to the hosts, the competition “offers the unique opportunity for p…
    - 1 day ago, 22 Jan 20, 12:00am -
  • The Playwrights Group offers a Weekly Workshop, Script Consultations and Online One-on-One Classes.

    The Playwrights Group offers a Weekly Workshop, Script Consultations and Online One-on-One Classes.

    The Playwrights Group offers a Weekly Workshop, Script Consultations and Online One-on-One Classes.The Weekly WorkshopHere’s how it works: You bring in material — anywhere from a few pages to an entire script. It can be a full length, 10 minute p…
    - 2 days ago, 21 Jan 20, 11:09am -
  • 2020 5th Annual One-Act Playwriting Jamboree
    web siteSubmission Deadline:  March 6, 2020If playwright is a member of a professional playwright guild or recognized national or international playwright organization, this fee will be waived - but playwright must provided proof of membership with…
    - 2 days ago, 21 Jan 20, 12:30am -
  • EAST VILLAGE CHRONICLES, VOLUME 15 Call for New One-Act Play Scripts
    web siteNow entering our 28th season, Obie Award-winning Metropolitan Playhouse is currently accepting submissions for its 15th presentation of East Village Chronicles, a festival of previously un-produced, one-act plays inspired by the diverse popul…
    - 2 days ago, 21 Jan 20, 12:00am -
  • Theatre Three 24th Annual Festival of One-Act Plays
    web siteOnly UNPRODUCED works will be accepted.Plays that have had staged readings are eligible.No adaptations or children’s plays.Cast size maximum: 10Length: 40-minutes maximum. No minimum.Settings should be simple or suggested.Playwrights may ma…
    - 3 days ago, 20 Jan 20, 12:30am -
  • FUNHOUSE VI a Play Anthology
    web siteSUBMISSION FEE IS WAVED FOR THE FOLLOWING:1) If you identify as a part of any historically or presently marginalized group,2) If you cannot pay the fee for any reason and still want to submit, please let us know at funhouseanthology@gmail.com…
    - 3 days ago, 20 Jan 20, 12:00am -
  • Young Playwrights Festival 2020
    web siteDEADLINE: March 15, 2020View or Download Submission Rules (PDF, 16KB)Submit your play via Submittable.comDEADLINE: Plays or musicals must be submitted online, e-mailed or postmarked by MARCH 15, 2020.FEES: There are no fees for submitting you…
    - 4 days ago, 19 Jan 20, 12:30am -
  • Cone Man Running Call for 5-minute plays/monologues
    web siteCone Man Running Productions is announcing open submissions for the fifth iteration of our series ‘Five Minute Mile – Theatre on the Run.’ The series will perform at Cone Man Running’s space at Spring Street Studios in Houston, Texas.…
    - 4 days ago, 19 Jan 20, 12:00am -

Playscripts Blog

  • 2019 Full-Length Releases
    Missed any of our Full-Length releases in 2019? Find them here all in one place:   
    - 8 days ago, 15 Jan 20, 11:51am -
  • 2019 One-Act Releases
    Missed any of our One-Act releases in 2019? Find them here all in one place:
    - 16 days ago, 7 Jan 20, 10:29am -
  • AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT: Tess Barker

    - 38 days ago, 16 Dec 19, 3:02pm -
  • Make it a Playscripts Holiday!
    ‘Tis the season… to produce one of Playscripts holiday hits! Here’s a list of both one-acts and full-lengths perfect for just about any audience!   1. A Wicked Christmas Carol by Bobby Keniston Holiday 110-120 Minutes 14f, 10m, 7 either Th…
    - 78 days ago, 6 Nov 19, 12:17pm -
  • Which Halloween Playscripts Play Are You?

    - 30 Sep 19, 4:56pm -
  • 10 One-Act Plays to Get Excited About!
    Playscripts is the home for some of the most-produced One-Act Plays in the United States, including Check, Please and 10 Ways to Survive the Zombie Apocalypse! [1] Now, check out some of the newest titles added to our catalogue that are hot on th…
    - 24 Sep 19, 2:55pm -
  • Playscripts Acquires Rights to THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION
    Playscripts has acquired the performance rights to The Shawshank Redemption, adapted by Owen O’Neill and Dave Johns from Stephen King’s novel and subsequent film. Based on the 1982 novella Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption by celebra…
    - 19 Sep 19, 10:57am -
  • AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT: Ike Holter
    By: Keith A. Jones Ike Holter is a celebrated playwright whose poignant stories chronicle life in modern America with quick wit and exceptional relevance. Holter is the resident playwright of Victory Gardens Theater in Chicago. He is also the 2017 wi…
    - 9 Sep 19, 4:15pm -
  • AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT: Idris Goodwin
    By: Keith A. Jones   Idris Goodwin is an innovative playwright with strikingly relevant plays, many of which cover aspects of life as an African- American in modern America. He is the Producing Artistic Director of Stage One Family Theater in Louisv…
    - 5 Aug 19, 10:12am -
  • AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT: Mora V. Harris
    By: Keith A. Jones Mora V. Harris is a fantastical playwright whose plays have been produced nationwide. She holds a B.A. in Creative Writing and Theater from Oberlin College, and an M.F.A. in Dramatic Writing from Carnegie Mellon University. She tea…
    - 1 Jul 19, 2:01pm -

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The Office of Letters and Light Blog

  • Writing Adventures in Foreign Languages

    Writing Adventures in Foreign Languages

    There can be many challenges to writing and editing… and even more when multiple languages are involved! If you’re a writer who dabbles in different languages, NaNoWriMo writer Claudia Schmidhuber has some tips:For many of us NaNoWriMo starts wi…
    - 1 day ago, 21 Jan 20, 3:55pm -
  • Brave the Page: Pep Talk from Scott Westerfeld

    Brave the Page: Pep Talk from Scott Westerfeld

    Brave the Page, our NaNoWriMo handbook for young writers, is available to order! Partly a how-to guide on the nitty-gritty of writing, partly a collection of inspiration to set (and meet) ambitious goals, this is our go-to resource for middle-grade w…
    - 3 days ago, 20 Jan 20, 1:01pm -
  • 3 Bad Writing Instincts and How to Transform Them into Good Instincts

    3 Bad Writing Instincts and How to Transform Them into Good Instincts

    As you begin revising your November novel, you’ll probably notice a lot more about your manuscript now that you’re looking at it with a critical eye—some good, some that needs reworking. Today, Municipal Liaison Rebekah Loper shares some good a…
    - 6 days ago, 17 Jan 20, 1:00pm -
  • Navigating Tropes and Clichés in Genre Fiction

    Navigating Tropes and Clichés in Genre Fiction

    As you begin revising your November novel, you’ll probably notice a lot more about your manuscript now that you’re looking at it with a critical eye—some good, some that needs reworking. Today, writer Nathan Dhami is here to help you distinguis…
    - 8 days ago, 15 Jan 20, 1:00pm -
  • nanowrimo:I Wrote a Novel… Now What? Your Revision and Editing...

    nanowrimo:I Wrote a Novel… Now What? Your Revision and Editing...

    Inspiration for this step taken from Tomehbell's blog post: http://blog.nanowrimo.org/post/154469338120/how-to-ease-into-the-editing-process Inspiration for this step taken from Elizabeth Kracht's blog post: http://blog.nanowrimo.org/post/155628164…
    - 10 days ago, 13 Jan 20, 1:01pm -
  • 3 Things Authors Should Know About Publishing

    3 Things Authors Should Know About Publishing

    Every year, we’re lucky to have great sponsors for our nonprofit events. IngramSpark, a NaNoWriMo 2019/2020 sponsor, is here to help you with some publishing tips (Plus, check out their writing challenge for the chance to win some cool prizes!):Tak…
    - 13 days ago, 10 Jan 20, 1:00pm -
  • The “Now What?” Months Are Here! Are You Revising?

    The “Now What?” Months Are Here! Are You Revising?


    - 14 days ago, 9 Jan 20, 11:51am -
  • 20th Anniversary Interviews - Part 5: The Community

    20th Anniversary Interviews - Part 5: The Community

    NaNoWriMo wouldn’t be what it is without community. Writing is neat, but writing together is better. Here are some stories from around the community, a slice of life kaleidoscope of the people that engage in NaNoWriMo:“I participated in write-ins…
    - 31 days ago, 23 Dec 19, 1:01pm -
  • 20th Anniversary Interviews - Part 4: Zany Events

    20th Anniversary Interviews - Part 4: Zany Events

    NaNoWriMo happens every year, but apparently sitting around and writing for a month just isn’t enough for some of our participants. Suffice it to say: All sorts of zany events happen within the scope of NaNoWriMo. Next year, join in on some of th…
    - 33 days ago, 20 Dec 19, 6:01pm -
  • Lessons from Behind the Scenes: A Farewell from NaNo Intern Nina

    Lessons from Behind the Scenes: A Farewell from NaNo Intern Nina

    We’re always sad to see our interns go—and they’re often sad to leave us! We’re wishing our talented interns good-bye as they move on to share their awesomeness with the rest of the world. Here’s some reflection from the fantastic Nina Henr…
    - 36 days ago, 18 Dec 19, 3:08pm -

The Unknown Playwright Speaks

  • Presidential Candidate Visits Illuminati HQ

    Presidential Candidate Visits Illuminati HQ


    - 3 Jul 15, 1:53pm -
  • Report from the Campaign Trail -- Uke Jackson for President

    Report from the Campaign Trail -- Uke Jackson for President

    Uke Jackson on the campaign trail to the White House at Marando Farms in Fort Lauderdale. “Give us back our goats! Washington got my goat, how about you?” continues to resound as the campaign theme and Free Beer is still the most popular campai…
    - 15 May 15, 5:41pm -
  • War on Thirst -- FREE BEER! Uke Jackon for President

    War on Thirst -- FREE BEER! Uke Jackon for President

    This video explains why I don't hve to explain how I will pay for all the free beer once I am President of the United States. Thank you for your support. God bless America! I approve this message:
    - 11 May 15, 4:13pm -
  • Uke Jackson for President 2016 -- Free Beer

    Uke Jackson for President 2016 -- Free Beer

    Wow! It's been awhile. New books out and so forth. But most importantly, I'm running for President. Like the other candidates, I am making promises. The main promise is Free Beer (wine option available).Here's a link to the campaign videos on my YouT…
    - 2 May 15, 1:14pm -
  • KARL MARX’S BRASSIERES

    KARL MARX’S BRASSIERES

    It was 1983 and I was a guest of the West German Cultural Academy (Akademie der Kunst) in Berlin. It was the first time I visited there; and the first time I saw The Wall it almost brought me to tears that I could be p[art of a race of beings who cou…
    - 9 Nov 14, 4:34pm -
  • Coming in June -- Tom Buck and The Screaming Stink

    Coming in June -- Tom Buck and The Screaming Stink

    Story of the Month for June / July coming soon.
    - 29 May 14, 1:26am -
  • OBIE AWARDS WINNERS 2014

    OBIE AWARDS WINNERS 2014

    THE 59th ANNUAL VILLAGE VOICE OBIE AWARDS WINNERS ANNOUNCED2014New York, NY – The 59th Annual Village Voice Obie Awards, celebrating achievement in the Off-Broadway and off-off Broadway theater, were given out at a ceremony last night at Webste…
    - 20 May 14, 4:28pm -
  • Untitled

     THE 59th ANNUAL VILLAGE VOICE OBIE AWARDS CEREMONY ANNOUNCE LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT & ENTERTAIMENT FOR MAY 19TH CEREMONYESTELLE PARSONS Will Receive theLifetime Achievement Obie Special Performance from the Smash Hit Off-Broadway Musical Direct From T…
    - 13 May 14, 2:27pm -
  • Invasive Species -- May 2014 Story of the Month

    Invasive Species -- May 2014 Story of the Month

    This month's Story of the Month is free. It is dedicated to gardeners everywhere.Invasive Speciesby Uke Jackson A quilx consumes a whole lunjaba fruit and spits out thirty two seeds in rapid succession. At that moment a slight rip occurs in the fabri…
    - 28 Apr 14, 11:00am -
  • The Obies Are Coming ! 2014 Edition

    The Obies Are Coming ! 2014 Edition

    THE 59th ANNUAL VILLAGE VOICE OBIE AWARDS CEREMONY ANNOUNCED Tickets Go On Sale April 9thThe OBIE Awards Ceremony Will Be Co-Hosted By: Tamara Tunie & Hamish LinklaterThe OBIE Awards Will Be Presented By:Betsy Aidem Harvey Fierstein Lena HallAndy…
    - 2 Apr 14, 9:32am -
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  • An Update from Our Artistic Directors
    The now-expired Equity 99-Seat Plan enabled Boston Court to grow and develop in ways that would never have been possible if that plan had not existed. Many of our careers were built in 99-seat houses, and we wear that badge … Continue reading →
    - 3 Feb 17, 12:34pm -
  • Announcing Boston Court’s New Executive Director

    Announcing Boston Court’s New Executive Director

    BOSTON COURT PERFORMING ARTS CENTER NAMES KYLE CLAUSEN EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR January 25, 2017 – Following an extensive nationwide search, Boston Court Performing Arts Center Board Chair Sarah Lyding announced today that Mr. Kyle Clausen will join the…
    - 25 Jan 17, 4:28pm -
  • The Golden Dragon: Production photos

    The Golden Dragon: Production photos

    Photo credit: Ed Krieger
    - 20 May 16, 6:36pm -
  • The Golden Dragon: Review Rundown

    The Golden Dragon: Review Rundown

    CRITIC’S CHOICE “Michetti’s production, incorporating Sara Ryung Clement’s abstract set design of metal scaffolding, projects onto the harsh narrative backdrop a Mary Zimmerman-esque whimsicality. The gushing blood from the young man’s toot…
    - 20 May 16, 6:32pm -
  • Colony Collapse: Production photos

    Colony Collapse: Production photos

    Photo credit: Ed Krieger
    - 3 Mar 16, 5:53pm -
  • Review rundown: Colony Collapse

    Review rundown: Colony Collapse

    CRITIC’S CHOICE “In Kubzansky’s hands, the complex storytelling finds the seamlessness, emotional resonance and magic that are characteristic of her work at Boston Court, where she is co-artistic director, and elsewhere. Set designer Susan Gra…
    - 3 Mar 16, 5:18pm -
  • Seven Spots on the Sun: video preview
    Seven Spots on the Sun, by Martin Zimmerman from Boston Court on Vimeo.
    - 16 Oct 15, 8:29pm -
  • Review Rundown: Seven Spots on the Sun

    Review Rundown: Seven Spots on the Sun


    - 16 Oct 15, 8:28pm -
  • SHIV: Review Rundown

    SHIV: Review Rundown

    CRITIC’S CHOICE Riffing on a modern-day incarnation of the goddess Shiva, this subtly crafted portrait of a Hindu immigrant girl’s coming-of-age in her new American homeland shapes seemingly unrelated narrative fragments into a poetic, often humo…
    - 20 Jul 15, 8:31pm -
  • SHIV: Production photography

    SHIV: Production photography

    Photo credit: Ed Krieger
    - 8 Jul 15, 8:39pm -

Working Title Playwright Blog

  • Working Title Playwrights Student Mentorship Program
    Working Title Playwrights is pleased to revive our blog and to welcome the 12 students selected for the Working Title Playwrights Atlanta Student Mentorship Program, funded through a grant from the Rhame Family Foundation. The program provides struct…
    - 25 Sep 16, 3:36pm -
  • March/April Update from Artistic Director Jill Patrick

    March/April Update from Artistic Director Jill Patrick

    2015 promises to be a banner year of new play development in Atlanta.  We are seeing new plays and emerging playwrights being nurtured throughout the city, not only within WTP, but across our community by such theatres as small as … Continue readi…
    - 24 Feb 15, 11:07am -
  • Director Elisa Carlson on THE NIGHTINGALE ROSE or BITCH OF BALACLAVA

    Director Elisa Carlson on THE NIGHTINGALE ROSE or BITCH OF BALACLAVA

      I met Patricia when I served as Working Title’s dramaturg for a workshop of her fascinating collaboration with Shawna Tucker, ANTHONY + CLEOPATRA Remix.  As sometimes happens when artists are brought together, I felt an immediate kinship with P…
    - 24 Feb 15, 11:02am -
  • What’s in a name, right? by Patricia Henritze

    What’s in a name, right? by Patricia Henritze

    A number of years ago I started writing a piece inspired by Florence Nightingale. It started as a twenty-minute monologue, and over the next few years it began to emerge as a play.  As the work took shape I would … Continue reading →
    - 24 Feb 15, 10:57am -
  • January/February update from Artistic Director Jill Patrick

    January/February update from Artistic Director Jill Patrick

    2014 is behind us now, and what a year it was! WTP members celebrated more awards, productions, and publications than ever before in our history. WTP’s board of directors diligently worked at accomplishing all the goals set by feedback from … Con…
    - 9 Jan 15, 1:01pm -
  • Erik Ehn Workshop

    Erik Ehn Workshop

    Erik Ehn, the head of the playwriting department at Brown University, will be leading a day-long seminar on March 21st. The topic: “Writing Suddenly and Abundantly — a process without blocks from inception to editing.”  This promises to be one…
    - 9 Jan 15, 12:58pm -
  • Resident Dramaturg Neeley Gossett on THE CANNIBALS- An Ethel Woolson Lab

    Resident Dramaturg Neeley Gossett on THE CANNIBALS- An Ethel Woolson Lab

      We only have one TV in my house, so every Sunday night, my husband and I learn to share. He religiously watches The Walking Dead, and although I am ashamed to admit it, I am addicted to The Real … Continue reading →
    - 25 Nov 14, 1:21pm -
  • Playwright Theroun D’arcy Patterson on THE CANNIBALS

    Playwright Theroun D’arcy Patterson on THE CANNIBALS

    The Cannibals began as I was thinking about the future as it relates to America, and what it might look like if current global tensions played out to their possible conclusions.  What if our enemies align themselves against us for … Continue readi…
    - 25 Nov 14, 1:15pm -
  • December Update from Artistic Director Jill Patrick

    December Update from Artistic Director Jill Patrick

    I’ve been sitting on pins and needles waiting for some big and bigger news to arrive in my mailbox to share with everyone, only to have to sit a bit longer. During this time, I have been polishing a couple … Continue reading →
    - 25 Nov 14, 1:01pm -
  • Upcoming November Dramatist Guild Event: Friday Night Footlights
    November Dramatists Guild Event Free and Open to the Public DG Friday Night Footlights Atlanta-Style Friday, November 14, 2014 Fabrefaction Theatre Conservatory 999 Brady Avenue NW – Atlanta, GA 30318 Parking on street or valet in parking lot Plan…
    - 28 Oct 14, 11:02am -
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