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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.
    - 3 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…
    - 11 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…
    - 37 days ago, 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.
    - 45 days ago, 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…
    - 76 days ago, 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

  • newWomen Are Funny 2020 Prize
    web siteSend your full-length comedic script, and if it’s the funniest, you will receive $100 and confirmation that you are hilarious.Full-length comedic scripts (75-120 pages)Written in English within the last three yearsFemale playwrights based a…
    - 21 hours ago, 15 Nov 19, 12:00am -
  • newRising Sun Performance Company seeks plays for young audiences
    web siteSubmissions for Plays for Children/ Theatre for Young Audiences for their 2020 season on Governors Island.SUBMISSION DEADLINE IS DECEMBER 8TH 2019$150 ROYALTY PAYMENT FOR SELECTED WORKRising Sun Performance Company will be curating and presen…
    - 22 hours ago, 14 Nov 19, 11:22pm -
  • Smith & Kraus seeks monologues & 10-minute play
    web siteSmith & Kraus is happy to invite you to submit your monologues and 10 minute plays for our 2020 Best Women's and Men's Monologues and Best 10 Minute Plays books.Submissions are due in by 5pm Eastern US time zone on November 30, 2019.Due to re…
    - 1 day ago, 14 Nov 19, 1:21pm -
  • Shakespeare in the ‘Burg 2020 Annual One-Act Playwriting Competition
    web siteWe present a new challenge for 2020!Shakespeare in the ‘Burg is pleased to announce our seventh annual one-act playwriting competition, in conjunction with our Shakespeare in the ‘Burg theater festival, but this year we are changing thing…
    - 2 days ago, 14 Nov 19, 12:00am -
  • Joust Theater submission guidelines
    web siteAre you an actor, director, or playwright looking to collaborate?We are always interested in original works. Manuscripts should be addressed to our Literary Manager, Meghan Hourigan, at JoustLiterary@gmail.com.When submitting a play, please i…
    - 3 days ago, 13 Nov 19, 12:30am -
  • Enigmatic Society Productions seeks full-length LGBTQIA+ scripts
    Facebook pageEnigmatic Society Productions is accepting full-length scripts with LGBTQIA+ themes for our 2020-2021 season. Chosen playwrights will receive a full-length production with a standard Dramatist Guild of America playwriting contract (Not a…
    - 3 days ago, 13 Nov 19, 12:00am -
  • Free theater: SWEET DADDY reading in Little Rock Arkansas
    Black Girlz Productions presentsSweet Daddyby Shaneisha DodsonThe reading will start promptly at 4:00 pm and is open to the public.The event will occur 12/28at the Robert's Library located at401 President Clinton Ave., Little Rock, AR 72201.To regist…
    - 3 days ago, 12 Nov 19, 12:00pm -
  • Festival @ 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 days ago, 12 Nov 19, 12:30am -
  • LaBute New Theater Festival 2020
    web siteSubmissions will be accepted October 1 through December 31, 2019Successful entries will have no more than four characters and be crafted specifically to exploit our intimate performance space. (18′ x 18′ stage) Changes in scenery or setti…
    - 4 days ago, 12 Nov 19, 12:00am -
  • Free theater: THE SECRET LIFE OF PLANTS ~ Worcester MA

    Free theater: THE SECRET LIFE OF PLANTS ~ Worcester MA

    THE SECRET LIFE OF PLANTSwritten and directed by Noah MaillouxDecember 5 - 7 at 7:30 PMDecember 7 - 8 at 2:30 PMReserve Tickets at 508-793-3536The Pit - O'Kane Hall 37Free Admission - reservations recommendedCollege of the Holy Cross, Worcester MARos…
    - 4 days ago, 11 Nov 19, 9:09pm -

Playscripts Blog

  • 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…
    - 9 days ago, 6 Nov 19, 12:17pm -
  • Which Halloween Playscripts Play Are You?

    - 46 days ago, 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…
    - 52 days ago, 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…
    - 57 days ago, 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…
    - 67 days ago, 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 -
  • AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT: Laura Lundgren Smith
    By: Nik Sorocenski A playwright since 1999, Laura Lundgren Smith‘s plays have had over 200 award-winning productions all around the world. She holds a Bachelor of Arts with Honors in Theatre and English and a Master of Arts in Theatre from Texas…
    - 24 Jan 19, 12:59pm -
  • AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT: John Leverett & Whitney Teubner
    By: Nik Sorocenski We’re wrapping up 2018 with an interview of the playwriting team behind How to Ruin a Promposal. Learn more about John & Whitney… Playscripts: Tell us about how each of your writing journeys began. John Leverett: I fell in…
    - 4 Dec 18, 12:38pm -
  • AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT: Kat Funkhouser
    By: Nik Soroenski We sat down with Playwright Kat Funkhouser, author of “Double, Double” and co-author of “Unbreakable Timmy Cratchit”. Playscripts: Tell us how you first got into playwriting! Kat Funkhouser: I believe my first attempt at pl…
    - 6 Nov 18, 4:44pm -

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The Office of Letters and Light Blog

  • new30 Covers 30 Days: day 15

    30 Covers 30 Days: day 15

    Every November, during National Novel Writing Month, thirty professional designers volunteer to create book cover art inspired by novels being written by aspiring authors from around the globe. Why? To encourage new, diverse voices, and help build a…
    - 4 hours ago, 15 Nov 19, 5:00pm -
  • newIt’s a Trap (But It Doesn’t Have to Be): Having Fun with NaNoWriMo

    It’s a Trap (But It Doesn’t Have to Be): Having Fun with NaNoWriMo

    We’re halfway through the month, and it’s easy to forget one of the key aspects of NaNoWriMo. Yes, we’re writing a ton of words, yes we’re toiling in pursuit of abstract and extrinsic goals, yes we’re spending a month pouring our blood, swe…
    - 7 hours ago, 15 Nov 19, 1:57pm -
  • How to Deal with NaNoNaysayers

    How to Deal with NaNoNaysayers

    An inevitable part of NaNoWriMo is the naysayers. The best thing to do is pretend they don’t exist, but we writers are sensitive souls, and sometimes it can get to us. In this post, NaNoWriMo participant Nicole Luttrell gives her thoughts on writ…
    - 1 day ago, 14 Nov 19, 8:00pm -
  • 30 Covers 30 Days: Day 14

    30 Covers 30 Days: Day 14

    Every November, during National Novel Writing Month, thirty professional designers volunteer to create book cover art inspired by novels being written by aspiring authors from around the globe. Why? To encourage new, diverse voices, and help build a…
    - 1 day ago, 14 Nov 19, 5:00pm -
  • 30 Covers 30 Days: Day 13

    30 Covers 30 Days: Day 13

    Every November, during National Novel Writing Month, thirty professional designers volunteer to create book cover art inspired by novels being written by aspiring authors from around the globe. Why? To encourage new, diverse voices, and help build a…
    - 2 days ago, 13 Nov 19, 5:24pm -
  • Pro Tips from a NaNo Coach: How to Make It Through the Month

    Pro Tips from a NaNo Coach: How to Make It Through the Month

    NaNoWriMo can seem like a daunting task sometimes, for NaNo newbies and veterans alike. Fortunately, our NaNo Coaches are here to help guide you through November! Today, author Aisha Saeed is here to share her advice on how to take care of yourself w…
    - 2 days ago, 13 Nov 19, 2:20pm -
  • 30 Covers 30 Days: Day 12

    30 Covers 30 Days: Day 12

    Every November, during National Novel Writing Month, thirty professional designers volunteer to create book cover art inspired by novels being written by aspiring authors from around the globe. Why? To encourage new, diverse voices, and help build a…
    - 3 days ago, 12 Nov 19, 5:00pm -
  • No One Publishes Alone: How I Found My Community of Writers During NaNoWriMo

    No One Publishes Alone: How I Found My Community of Writers During NaNoWriMo

    Every year, we’re lucky to have great sponsors for our nonprofit events. Kindle Direct Publishing, a NaNoWriMo 2019 sponsor, is a free self-publishing platform that can help you reach millions of readers. Today, author Julian Simmons shares how he…
    - 3 days ago, 12 Nov 19, 1:58pm -
  • 30 Covers 30 Days: Day 11

    30 Covers 30 Days: Day 11

    Every November, during National Novel Writing Month, thirty professional designers volunteer to create book cover art inspired by novels being written by aspiring authors from around the globe. Why? To encourage new, diverse voices, and help build a…
    - 4 days ago, 11 Nov 19, 5:00pm -
  • Telling the Truth in Your Writing: Excerpt from BIRD BY BIRD

    Telling the Truth in Your Writing: Excerpt from BIRD BY BIRD

    Every year, as tens of thousands of writers get ready to write a novel, we ask a handful of authors to share encouragement, advice, and their experience. This year, in partnership with Vintage Anchor Books, we’re sharing some words of inspiration f…
    - 4 days ago, 11 Nov 19, 3:33pm -

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 -
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     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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