2019 SHORT NEW PLAY FESTIVAL
“THE EVIL PLAYS”
OPEN SUBMISSION GUIDELINES
SUBMISSIONS CLOSED MARCH 18, 2019 AT NOON.
OVERVIEW

We are looking for work with a classical inspiration.

 

Red Bull Theater’s Short New Play Festival returns on Monday, July 15, 2019 at the Lucille Lortel Theater in New York City. Six brand new short plays will be selected from an open-submission process and presented in staged readings alongside two new short plays by commissioned writers, KIA CORTHRON (Breath Boom, Light Raise the Roof) and WILL POWER (The Seven, Fetch Clay Make Man). The plays will be directed by JADE KING CARROLL and VIVIENNE BENESCH.

Red Bull Theater is about heightened language, epic themes, and great classic stories. Review our Mission, take a look through our history of Readings and Productions to see the kind of work we have done. Respond to a play we’ve produced or choose a classic of your own to adapt. You might riff on a classical character, borrow a language structure, or be inspired to create a brand new kind of verse for a contemporary story. We hope to inspire contemporary writers to be in conversation with classical theater in a multitude of creative and surprising ways.

 

GUIDELINES

Using the theme EVIL, write a short play that:

  • makes use of heightened language and/or is in conversation with a classical theme, style or story.

  • is no more than 10 minutes in length.

  • is self-contained with a beginning, middle and end, and

  • is an original, unpublished, and never previously produced new work.

 

SELECTION CRITERIA

Plays will be selected based on:

  • Excellence of the work,

  • Relevance to Red Bull Theater’s mission,

  • Incorporation of the Festival's theme: evil, and

  • Utilization of the language/classical conversation guideline listed above.

SUBMISSION FEE

There is a $15 submission fee. These fees partially offset open submission processing costs, commissioning fees and travel stipends for selected playwrights. We are working to reduce these fees each year.

DEADLINE

12 NOON on MONDAY, MARCH 18, 2019. NO EXCEPTIONS.

 

SELECTED PLAYWRIGHTS...
  • will receive a staged reading of their submission as part of the festival on Monday, July 15, 2019, performed by an ensemble company of some of New York's finest actors.

  • will receive a commissioning fee of $300 plus a travel reimbursement of up to $400 to attend the festival rehearsal and performance. 

  • will have final script approval and will be consulted on choices for the shared ensemble cast.

  • will have the optional opportunity to have their play published and licensed by Stage Rights as part of our Red Bull Shorts series.

​FINE PRINT
  • Each play should be no more than ten pages with 1 inch margins (excluding the title page and character list) in a font no smaller than 11pt. When read out loud the play should be approximately 10 minutes in length.

  • Scripts will only be accepted via electronic submissions in PDF format. Please use the exact title of the play as the name of the PDF file.

  • Writer name and contact information must be on the title page ONLY. The title page is removed for adjudication to “blind” the selection process.

  • Due to the volume of scripts, we are unable to comment on any submissions.

  • Past winners, please note that we require a two-year hiatus from submitting again.

  • No exceptions will be made to the submission deadline.

CREATE THE CLASSICS OF TOMORROW!

Questions? Contact Craig Baldwin at craig@redbulltheater.com.

Together with Stage Rights we've published three collections featuring the best of our annual Short New Play Festival. This ongoing series features 10-minute plays of heightened language and classical themes by today’s hottest writers, including commissions by established playwrights such as John Guare, David Ives, Regina Taylor, and Anne Washburn, and winning entries by writers such as Mike Anderson, Sam Lahne, Lynn Rosen, and Jen Silverman–-all chosen from a competition that receives nearly 300 submissions each year. In the hands of great playwrights, the 10-minute play is a highly entertaining dramatic form. This collection offers the most delectable of these delightfully compact works – some downright silly, and others powerfully moving.