Call for Plays

 

Annual submission dates:

Play submissions for the GPTC will be accepted Sept. 1 to 11.59pm (CST) on Nov. 1.

 

 


The Great Plains Theatre Conference offers playwrights the opportunity to interact with and have their work seen by top writers, directors and actors from across the country. In addition, playwrights work directly with these professionals in hands-on writing and industry workshops, participate in daily panel discussions and attend evening performances with master playwrights and theatre practitioners. Past panelists, workshop leaders and respondents include: Edward Albee, Doug Wright, Emily Mann, Mac Wellman, Arthur Kopit, Marshall Mason, Mark Lamos, Theresa Rebeck, Constance Congdon, Erik Ehn, Will Eno, Lee Blessing and David Lindsay-Abaire among others.



Plays submitted are considered for the following categories:



The MainStage Series


Playwrights whose scripts are chosen for MainStage readings must attend the GPTC for the entire week.


Five plays are chosen for the MainStage Series and recognized with the Holland New Voices Award. For the playwright, this includes a $500 honorarium, travel, room and board, Conference registration and preferential admittance to all special WorkShop sessions and Conference events. MainStage playwrights also receive a script rehearsal period with local and national directors and actors. Near the end of the week, the GPTC features a staged reading of each script for Conference attendees and the general public. A panel of top theater professionals serves as respondents to the work. The five MainStage plays chosen are published in “The 2014 GPTC Reader.”


Daily PlayLabs


Playwrights whose scripts are chosen for PlayLab readings must attend the GPTC for the entire week.


Thirty plays are chosen for the daily PlayLabs. For the playwright, this includes room and board, Conference registration and preferential admittance to all WorkShops and Conference events. Local and national directors and actors rehearse in preparation for a staged reading of each script. Conference attendees and the public attend these readings and a panel of select theatre professionals serves as respondents


Playwrights whose scripts are chosen for MainStage and PlayLab readings must be available to attend the entire conference.



Submission Guidelines:


  • The GPTC will accept both full length and one act scripts.
  • Playwrights may submit a maximum of one script.
  • Scripts co-written by multiple playwrights may be submitted. If chosen, the benefits outlined above will be provided for ONE playwright only.
  • Plays that have received an Equity production, plays for young audiences and musicals will not be accepted.
  • Notification to playwrights on the status of their plays will begin on Jan. 15. All selections will be finalized by March 15.
  • There is a $10 fee for each submission. Submissions will not be considered without payment. The entire fee is applied toward the costs for readers.

Submission Inclusions:

Submission documents will be accepted in .doc or .pdf formats ONLY.


  • Your PLAY with no personal identifying information in the document. Plays will be forwarded to readers without identifying information to allow for the “blind” reading process.
  • A TITLE PAGE listing your contact information including: name, address, phone number and email address.
  • A PLAY SYNOPSIS of 150 words or less to be used as an introduction during the blind read process, for publicity purposes and for use in the Conference program if selected.
  • A CHARACTER LIST with descriptions and notations as to whether characters may be doubled up or must be of a certain ethnicity for reading during the Conference.


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