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Small Theatre Alliance of Boston

Festival@First 10: Heroes & Villains

Call for Submissions for Theatre@First's Tenth Annual Short Play Festival!

Theatre@First seeks scripts for an evening of short plays to be performed in Somerville over two weekends in mid-August 2018. Our reading committee will be looking for quality plays by new or established playwrights that will draw the broadest possible audience while creating a vibrant evening of theatre. Please read this entire announcement carefully to adhere to our submission rules and guidelines.

The festival's theme is "Heroes & Villains," which can be interpreted in many different ways at each playwright's discretion. We are hoping to see a wide and diverse set of submissions in our inbox over the next few months! Please consider this theme in the spirit of myths and legends, popular characters, and the present day. We discourage political interpretations of this theme.

The selection committee will be looking to assemble a cohesive but diverse set of eight plays for our production. Each chosen play will have its own director and cast. All casting will be done through general auditions next June. Playwrights will not be considered for our reading committee but are welcome to apply to direct or audition if they so desire.

Our submission criteria is as follows:

  • Plays should be 10-15 minutes long.
  • Recommended cast size is 2-5 actors.
  • Theatre@First embraces diversity. Writers are encouraged to imagine plays that will include roles for actors across a wide spectrum of race, gender expression, religion, age, body type, and ability.
  • No improvisational or straight dance pieces will be considered.
  • New or previously performed plays are welcome.
  • Published plays are permitted, provided you hold the rights to your work.
  • Plays must be royalty-free as payment will not be offered for the purchase of rights. Theatre@First was founded to provide affordable theatre to our community and to offer an artistic venue to community members wishing to volunteer their skills and talents. Playwrights will receive two free tickets to any performance.
  • Our Festival will be performed on a simple stage with minimum prop and set requirements and a repertory light plot. Please avoid highly technical shows.
  • Submissions are limited to two per person. Please send each show in a separate email.

The deadline for submissions is March 15, 2018. This will be strictly upheld.

Submission Requirements

Please cut & paste the following form into an email, fill it out, and send it to festival@theatreatfirst.org. Script submissions are limited to two per person; please send a separate email for each submission.

 


NAME:

EMAIL:

PHONE:

ADDRESS:

BIO: (In 150 words or less, please tell us something about yourself and your history as a playwright, or other theatre experience.)

PLAY TITLE:

# OF CHARACTERS: (Plays should include 2 to 5 roles. One-person plays and plays with over 5 characters will not be considered.)

SYNOPSIS: (In 250 words or less, please tell us what your play is about and what happens in it.)


 

PLEASE ATTACH YOUR SCRIPT TO THIS EMAIL (Word doc is preferred). DO NOT SUBMIT YOUR SCRIPT IN THE BODY OF THIS EMAIL.

Do NOT include your name or contact information on the script itself (scripts/playwrights will be tracked by the Festival Director and read anonymously by the selection committee.)

If you have any questions, please contact Stephanie Haddad (Festival Director) via email at festival@theatreatfirst.org.
[This announcement may be freely distributed until March 15, 2018.]