2020 SHORT NEW PLAY FESTIVAL: PRIVATE LIVES
SUBMISSIONS CLOSE at 12 NOON on MONDAY, MARCH 30, 2020
2020 SHORT NEW PLAY FESTIVAL
PRIVATE LIVES
OPEN SUBMISSION GUIDELINES
SUBMISSIONS CLOSE MARCH 30, 2020 AT NOON.
OVERVIEW

It's the 10th Anniversary of our Short New Play Festival! We are looking for work with a classical inspiration.
This year's theme? PRIVATE LIVES inspired by Noël Coward’s classic comedy.

Six brand new short plays will be selected from this open-submission process to be presented in staged readings alongside two new short plays by commissioned writers, JEREMY O. HARRIS (Slave Play, Daddy) and THERESA REBECK (Bernhardt/Hamlet, Seminar) on Monday, July 20, 2020 in New York City. 

 

INSPIRATION

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 classical milieu, or be inspired to create a brand new style of dramatic verse.

 

PRIVATE LIVES is just the jumping off point. You may hew as close to Noël Coward’s world or stray as far from it as you are inspired to do! We want you to be in dialogue with classical theater in a multitude of creative and surprising ways. 

GUIDELINES

Using the theme PRIVATE LIVES from Noël Coward’s classic comedy, 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  • is an original, unpublished, and never previously produced new work.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 theme: PRIVATE LIVES, and

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

SUBMISSION FEE

There is a $10 submission fee. These fees partially offset open submission processing costs, commissioning fees and travel stipends for selected playwrights. Thanks to the leadership support of the Noël Coward Foundation and other generous patrons, we have been able to substantially reduce these fees over the past two years, with the goal of eliminating them by 2023.

DEADLINE

12 NOON on MONDAY, MARCH 30, 2020. NO EXCEPTIONS.

 

SELECTED PLAYWRIGHTS...
  • will receive a staged reading of their submission as part of the festival on Monday, July 20, 2020, performed by an ensemble company of some of New York's finest actors.

  • will receive a commissioning fee of $325.

  • will receive a travel reimbursement of up to $400 to attend the festival rehearsal and performance on Monday, July 20 in New York City (receipts required). 

  • 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 not exceed 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.

  • No exceptions will be made to the submission deadline.

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

  • If you have been selected for 3 previous festivals, bravo! However, to make room for new voices, you are no longer eligible to submit.

  • Submissions are only accepted through the online submission form.

CREATE THE CLASSICS OF TOMORROW!

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

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Red Bull Theater’s 10th annual Short New Play Festival is made possible by the leadership support of The Noël Coward Foundation.

Together with Stage Rights we've published four 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.

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