PopMuse: Stage Play http://popmu.se Musings of stuff en-us Copyright 2007-2019 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ Free theater: THE SECRET LIFE OF PLANTS ~ Worcester MA https://www.nycplaywrights.org/2019/11/free-theater-secret-life-of-plants.html https://www.nycplaywrights.org/2019/11/free-theater-secret-life-of-plants.html Tue, 12 Nov 2019 02:09:42 UTC at NYCPLAYWRIGHTS 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 MARosie Gardner and her best friend Paul Nelson live a simple life as roommates in Rosie’s childhood home in Queens, New York. After the death of her father and her unexpected inheritance of a high sum, stability seemed just over the New York skyline for Rosie, until the cost of living in New York began to add up. Six years later, running out of money and relying on Paul’s failing acting career for income, Rosie’s estranged brother, Moss, shows up at the front door looking for a place to live. However, emotional baggage isn’t the only thing Moss is packing as his housewarming gift, a commonplace house plant is revealed to be a hidden compartment for ten thousand dollars. Drugs? Robbery? Murder? What’s Moss been up to for the past six years? As a family drama unfolds at home, new neighbor Jules and on-and-off handyman Devin become smitten with members of the Gardner-Nelson household, complicating an already thorny situation. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ 30 Covers 30 Days: Day 11 https://blog.nanowrimo.org/post/188998697761 https://blog.nanowrimo.org/post/188998697761 Mon, 11 Nov 2019 22:00:28 UTC nanowrimohq at National Novel Writing Month 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 more creative world. �30 Covers, 30 Days is presented in partnership with designer and author Debbie Millman.Here’s our day 11 cover:Take Me With YouCover Design by Lauren Vajda, based a novel by NaNoWriMo participant Nikki Powell:Carmen is a woman of the world who has never traveled anywhere. Her work as a passport administrator gives her a glimpse at the travels of her clients but what’s keeping Carmen from hitting the road? And will she be smart enough to take the shot when she has it?Cover design by Lauren VajdaLauren Vajda is a designer living in the San Francisco Bay Area. She embraces designing solutions for clients big and small but strives for making an impact on educational and non-profit organizations. When she’s not designing, she is likely hiking with her family, attempting to become the next Star Baker, or reading a good book (or three). Check out her website to see more of her work!Join us over on our forums thread for the discussion! http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ Telling the Truth in Your Writing: Excerpt from BIRD BY BIRD https://blog.nanowrimo.org/post/188995824831 https://blog.nanowrimo.org/post/188995824831 Mon, 11 Nov 2019 20:33:03 UTC nanowrimohq at National Novel Writing Month 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 from author Anne Lamott, and celebrating the 25th anniversary of her book Bird by Bird by sharing an excerpt here on our blog:The very first thing I tell my new students on the first day of a workshop is that good writing is about telling the truth. We are a species that needs and wants to understand who we are. Sheep lice do not seem to share this longing, which is one reason they write so very little. But we do. We have so much we want to say and figure out. Year after year my students are bursting with stories to tell, and they start writing projects with excitement and maybe even joy—finally their voices will be heard, and they are going to get to devote themselves to this one thing they’ve longed to do since childhood. But after a few days at the desk, telling the truth in an interesting way turns out to be about as easy and pleasurable as bathing a cat. Some lose faith. Their sense of self and story shatters and crumbles to the ground. Historically they show up for the first day of the workshop looking like bright goofy ducklings who will follow me anywhere, but by the time the second class rolls around, they look at me as if the engagement is definitely off.“I don’t even know where to start,” one will wail.Start with your childhood, I tell them. Plug your nose and jump in, and write down all your memories as truthfully as you can. Flannery O’Connor said that anyone who survived childhood has enough material to write for the rest of his or her life. Maybe your childhood was grim and horrible, but grim and horrible is Okay if it is well done. Don’t worry about doing it well yet, though. Just start getting it down.Now, the amount of material may be so overwhelming that it can make your brain freeze. When I had been writing food reviews for a number of years, there were so many restaurants and individual dishes in my brainpan that when people asked for a recommendation, I couldn’t think of a single restaurant where I’d ever actually eaten. But if the person could narrow it down to, say, Indian, I might remember one lavish Indian place I went on a date. Then a number of memories would come to mind, of other dates and other Indian restaurants.So you might start by writing down every single thing you can remember from your first few years in school. Start with kindergarten. Try to get the words and memories down as they occur to you. Don’t worry if what you write is no good, because no one is going to see it. Move on to first grade, to second, to third. Who were your teachers, your classmates? What did you wear? Who and what were you jealous of? Now branch out a little. Did your family take vacations during those years? Get these down on paper. Do you remember how much more presentable everybody else’s family looked? Do you remember how when you’d be floating around in an inner tube on a river, your own family would have lost the little cap that screws over the airflow valve, so every time you got in and out of the inner tube, you’d scratch new welts in your thighs? And how other families never lost the caps? […] Remember that you own what happened to you.Excerpted from Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott Copyright � 1995 by Anne Lamott. Excerpted by permission of Anchor. All rights reserved. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ Would you like to promote your show for free on NYCPlaywrights? https://www.nycplaywrights.org/2018/12/would-you-like-to-promote-your-show-for.html https://www.nycplaywrights.org/2018/12/would-you-like-to-promote-your-show-for.html Mon, 11 Nov 2019 18:23:23 UTC at NYCPLAYWRIGHTS Free shows for freeIf you have a free show (including readings and other theater-related productions) coming up anywhere in the US, let us know and we'll post it for free. We post NYC-based free shows in the weekly email.Exchange-system advertisingIf you want to promote a show and you have a discount code or free tickets you can share with visitors to NYCPlaywrights we will post your show information on the NYCPlaywrights blog and mailing list for free.Email us at info@nycplaywrights.org with your show's details.More promotion options on NYCPlaywrights.Some of the shows we have promoted via the blog for free:BOBBY KENNEDY'S LAST CRUSADEA LOVELY SUNDAY FOR CREVE COEURMARY SHELLY'S FRANKENSTEINFUCK LA VIE D'ARTISTETHE CHERRY ORCHARDAnd many more. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ M. T. Pockets 7th Annual One-Act Play Contest https://www.nycplaywrights.org/2019/11/m-t-pockets-7th-annual-one-act-play.html https://www.nycplaywrights.org/2019/11/m-t-pockets-7th-annual-one-act-play.html Mon, 11 Nov 2019 18:12:35 UTC at NYCPLAYWRIGHTS web site�Winning entries will run in February 2020 One Act Fringe FestivalDeadline for submissions. November 30, 2019​All entries MUST be submitted online.December 21Winning submissions announcedDecember TBAAuditions for all productions and castingDecember TBACast Lists PostedFebruary 2020 - Specific Production Dates TBA Soon!RULES AND GUIDELINESLimit TWO entries per playwright.Each entry must:be unpublished, with 3 or less productions (excluding readings, self-productions and/or contest productions);require two to four (2 to 4) charactersbe no more than 10 minutes in running timerequire minimal props and costumesexcluding the title and cast pages, be no more than�ten (10)pages longJUDGING PROCESSSix to eight finalists will be chosen for production in our annual One Act Fringe Festival to be held in February (dates to be announced).Winning playwrights agree to permit ​M. T. Pockets Theatre to produce their play without compensation. Authors will retain copyright and full ownership of their plays.Audience members will have the opportunity to vote for the favorite one act play at the festival. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ Gulfshore Playhouse Eighth Annual New Works Festival https://www.nycplaywrights.org/2019/11/gulfshore-playhouse-eighth-annual-new.html https://www.nycplaywrights.org/2019/11/gulfshore-playhouse-eighth-annual-new.html Mon, 11 Nov 2019 18:12:20 UTC at NYCPLAYWRIGHTS web siteWE HAVE BEEN INFORMED THAT GULFSHORE HAS REACHED THEIR SCRIPT SUBMISSION LIMIT.Gulfshore Playhouse announces a call for submissions �for their Eighth Annual New Works Festival to take place in September 14th through 20th, 2020. The New Works Festival will bring together four playwrights and a team of professional actors and directors for a week-long festival. The festival focuses on developing each selected play throughout the week and culminates in a staged reading for an audience.Starting at 1 PM EST on Monday, November 4, Gulfshore Playhouse will accept the first 150 submissions from playwrights and agents.Those interested should submit digital copies of plays that have not had a full production to submissions@gulfshoreplayhouse.org. Submissions sent prior to 1 PM EST on November 4 will not be considered.At this time, Gulfshore Playhouse is not accepting musical submissions, asks that all submitted plays are full-length, and will only consider works that have not previously had a full production.The New Works Festival finalists are chosen through a blind submission process. Submissions should be sent with two files: a cover page with name and contact information and the script with no playwright information. All submissions should be in PDF format. Scripts not sent in the requested format will not be considered until they are re-submitted in the correct format.Semifinalists for the Eighth Annual New Works Festival will be announced in the summer of 2020. Semifinalists will be contacted regarding their availability and willingness to participate in the festival which will factor into the selection of the finalists. The winners will be announced shortly thereafter in the summer of 2020.Each winner will receive a $500 honorarium as well as airfare and lodging for the duration of the festival.�If you have questions please contact Audrey Zielenbach (azielenbach@gulfshoreplayhouse.org).� http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ The Premiere Play Festival 2020 https://www.nycplaywrights.org/2019/11/the-premiere-play-festival-2020.html https://www.nycplaywrights.org/2019/11/the-premiere-play-festival-2020.html Mon, 11 Nov 2019 05:00:01 UTC at NYCPLAYWRIGHTS web siteThrough the Premiere Play Festival, Premiere Stages has developed many plays that have gone on to have successful productions in New York and at regional theatres throughout the country. We strive to facilitate relationships between writers and theatre professionals who we think will respond to their work, in hopes that plays developed at Premiere will go on to subsequent productions. We offer Play Festival winners the option to retain the coveted “World Premiere” brand on their plays. Additionally, Premiere’s productions are consistently reviewed, scouted by major publishing houses, and honored by the American Theatre Critics Association.Submissions due DEC 1 2019� � Premiere Stages will accept submissions of unproduced plays written by playwrights affiliated with the greater metropolitan area from September 1, 2019 through December 1, 2019. All plays submitted to the festival are evaluated by a panel of professional theatre producers, directors, dramaturgs, playwrights, and publishers. Four finalists are subsequently selected for public Equity readings in March 2020.AwardsFollowing the Spring readings, one play is selected for an Equity production in the Premiere Stages 2020 Mainstage Season and receives an award of $2500. The runner-up receives a 29-hour staged reading and $1000. The two other finalists will each be awarded $750.Premiere Stages is committed to supporting a diverse group of writers; playwrights of all backgrounds, ages, and experience levels are encouraged to apply.Submission GuidelinesAll plays must be submitted as a PDF.Plays must be full-length and have a cast size of no more than eight.Plays must be unpublished and unproduced (readings and workshops are okay), with no productions and/or publication currently scheduled through September 2020.Playwrights must have strong affiliations with the greater metropolitan area (New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and Delaware).Musicals, adaptations (of existing plays or other sources), and solo shows are not eligible.Submissions are limited to one script per playwright.Please contact Premiere Stages to inquire about submitting a script that has been previously submitted.Playwrights must be available for the development of their script (see the 2020 schedule table).Submissions are accepted September 1, 2019 through 11:59 p.m. on December 1, 2019. Submissions sent early in the submission window are strongly encouraged.All plays must be submitted as a PDF to: �premierestages.submittable.com/submit. Hard copies will not be accepted.SUBMIT YOUR PLAY http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ OC-centric: Orange County’s New Play Festival 2020 https://www.nycplaywrights.org/2019/11/oc-centric-orange-countys-new-play.html https://www.nycplaywrights.org/2019/11/oc-centric-orange-countys-new-play.html Mon, 11 Nov 2019 03:22:22 UTC at NYCPLAYWRIGHTS web siteOC-centric: Orange County’s New Play Festival seeks new plays for 2020. If you live in or hail from Orange County, CA, please submit a script for consideration.Our script submission deadline is December 1.�For 2020, we will be considering one-act and full-length musicals as well as one-act and full-length plays. Our next festival is scheduled for August 20-30, 2020 at Chapman University in Orange. Each play chosen will receive five performances during the festival.We fully produce new plays. We do so featuring actors and directors from the greater LA/OC area and Chapman University students. In past years, we have produced works by SoCal dramatists such as Erica Bennett, Megan Breen, Diana Burbano, Kerry Kazmierowicztrimm, Joni Ravenna, Lojo Simon and many others. The OC WEEKLY has honored us with recognition as Orange County's "Best New Play Festival" and The Dramatist calls OC-centric “a major theatrical event for local playwrights.”Script submission details:* Deadline: Sunday, December 1. Submissions received after December 1 will not be considered.* As always, there is no submission fee.* Submit scripts via email to occentric@gmail.com in PDF or MS Word format. In your email message, let us know a little about your connection to Orange County, CA. (The criteria for eligibility: you must either have grown up in Orange County, or you currently live in Orange County at least 6 months of the year. In the case of a musical, at least one of the collaborators must meet this eligibility test.)* Playwrights may submit a maximum of two plays. Previously produced work OK.> A full-length play = a play that runs 60 minutes or longer.> A one-act play = a play that runs less than 60 minutes. (We are particularly interested in longer one-acts that run 30-60 minutes.)* The playwright’s name and contact information must appear on the title page of the script(s).* If you are submitting a musical, please send us MP3/WAV files of at least 2 of the songs, or include links to online performances of songs from the work.* Please do not submit a script that you have submitted to us in the past two years, unless it has been heavily revised or reimagined.Please note:* These plays will be produced in the O.L. Halsell Foundation Studio Theatre, a black box space with playing area of about 20' x 25'. So the straight play or musical you submit should require no more than 12 actors and be producible in a black box with minimal wing space. * If you have a play or musical with a largely female cast, we encourage you to submit it to us. * No restrictions on language or subject matter, but no nudity.* Playwrights will receive a small honorarium/royalty.Any questions may be directed to occentric@gmail.com. Information about past OC-centric festivals is at our website ... www.oc-centric.comWe look forward to reading your work!Sincerely,Tamiko Washington, Artistic DirectorEric Eberwein, Associate Artistic Director http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ 30 Covers 30 Days: Day 10 https://blog.nanowrimo.org/post/188959804056 https://blog.nanowrimo.org/post/188959804056 Sun, 10 Nov 2019 22:05:22 UTC nanowrimohq at National Novel Writing Month 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 more creative world. �30 Covers, 30 Days is presented in partnership with designer and author Debbie Millman.Day 10 is here! How time flies!The Bone OrchardCover design by Jesse Hernandez, based on a novel by NaNoWriMo Participant Nikki Hernandez: She has spent her whole life tending the Orchard, making sure the bodies are stripped down properly and the bones arranged just so. It all has to be perfect if the seedling in the skull is to sprout, the tree to grow, the trunk to split and the person to walk forth again… Cover Design by Jesse HernandezJesse Hernandez is a senior graphic designer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He attended the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) where he was a double major in graphic design and animation. For eight years Jesse was an independent brand designer working with clients like Hasbro, the City of Providence, and Brown University. Jesse works with his cat and dog when possible.You can find Jesse online at jessehernandez.cc and on Twitter and Instagram @jessesans.As always, join us over on the forums for discussion! http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ Kernodle New Play Award https://www.nycplaywrights.org/2019/11/kernodle-new-play-award.html https://www.nycplaywrights.org/2019/11/kernodle-new-play-award.html Sun, 10 Nov 2019 05:30:07 UTC at NYCPLAYWRIGHTS web site�The University of Arkansas Department of Theatre administers the Kernodle New Play Award, a national playwriting competition named for George R. Kernodle, beloved U of A theatre professor and author of "Invitation to the Theatre". The award recognizes full-length plays that invite the audience’s imagination and are inherently theatrical. �Visit our website to Learn More about the Kernodle New Play Award. 2019-20 Kernodle Submission InformationAll playwrights must fill out our Online Submission Form below during our submission window, November 1 through December 16, 2018. Plays submitted before November 1, 2019 will not be considered.Additionally, please understand, due to staffing levels (and a desire to keep unsolicited submissions free), we can only accept the first 100 unsolicited submissions received in 2019-2020. We will post on our website when we have hit our limit.* �We will review our unsolicited submission policy again after this year. � � � � � � � � � � � � � � �*Playwrights whose work has been directly solicited, agent submissions, and playwrights who currently reside in, or are originally from, Arkansas are welcome to apply until the Dec. 16, 2019 deadline.For all submissions, please follow the process below, and when filling out our online form.Submission Guidelines:Complete the Online Submission Form�10-page sample from the script you are submitting�A brief synopsis and history of the script�Author BioFull-length manuscript (70+ minutes)All documents should be in PDF format and uploaded to our Application Portal. We can no longer accept mailed or emailed manuscripts.Plays submitted in previous years will not be accepted.Plays must be unpublished and cannot have been professionally produced (previous workshop OK). No plays for young audiences or musicals please. �Adaptations considered only if rights are clearly secured or source material is in public domain.One submission per writer.Please allow 3-6 months response.Submission Fee: �None.Deadline: �Submissions must arrive between November 1 and December 16, 2019.Announcement of Awards: �April/May 2019If you have any questions, please contact us at kernodle@uark.edu or (479) 575-2953.SUBMIT VIA SUBMITTABLE http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/