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New Works Playwright Competition Call for Submissions

WHAT:
Olathe Civic Theatre Association (OCTA) will host its second annual New Works Playwright Competition, a unique opportunity for local playwrights to get their name out in the community and have a chance to see a workshop performance of their production on the OCTA stage!

 

Submissions will consist of a 10-15 minute teaser for a full-length play and should be performance ready. Our patrons will be invited to a weekend long event showcasing five finalists, and will vote on the new work they wish to see workshopped as a full-length version on the OCTA stage. Only submissions that have not previously been produced will be considered.

 

WHO:
Playwrights: Aspiring and established playwrights residing in Kansas or in the Kansas City area (Jackson, Clay, Platte, or Cass counties).

 

US:
OCTA is an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) organization producing theatre in Olathe since 1974. Performing in the Buddy Rogers Family Playhouse, OCTA produces five high-quality, engaging, and thought-provoking theatre productions a year. Through the generosity of volunteers, season ticket holders, donors, the city, and the community, in addition to a dedicated board of directors, OCTA has grown into one of the most progressive community theaters in the entire Kansas City metropolitan area.

 

WHY:
OCTA continues to seek ways to provide aspiring artists opportunities to grow. We feel our unique space and collaborative spirit can provide a safe environment for aspiring playwrights to be heard.

 

WHEN:
Deadline for submission: November 25, 2017
New Works Playwright Competition Showcase: March 2 & 3, 2018

 

WHERE:
Olathe Civic Theatre Association
500 E. Loula | Olathe, KS 66061
Phone: (913) 782-2990 | Web: www.olathetheatre.org

 

HOW:
Send a 10-page teaser of a full length play (60+ pages) to OCTANewWorks@gmail.com

 

▪ The teaser should showcase the theme of your play. This is what will be presented in a staged reading to our patrons if chosen.
▪ Selection committee will narrow submissions to 10 semi-finalists. Semi-finalists will be asked to submit a completed play. Please note: Excessive language that does not further characterization or plot will not be accepted on the OCTA stage.
▪ Selection committee will then narrow the selection to five script teasers that will be shown at the New Works Playwright
Competition Showcase in March.
▪ Submissions should be in .pdf format.
▪ This is a blind submissions process. Scripts containing the playwright’s name in the .pdf will not be considered.
▪ Please put “PLAY TITLE: OCTA New Works” as the subject line in the email. ^^^ Don’t be a pain. Put your show title, not “PLAY TITLE” ^^^
▪ Body of submission email should contain playwright’s name, synopsis of play in 100 words or less, and a character list. Only
characters in the teaser are necessary for this purpose.
▪ Playwrights can submit up to two plays for consideration.
▪ Only electronic submissions will be considered.
▪ Musical submissions will be accepted, however we ask that you include a demo of songs to be performed at the reading. Should
your work be selected, performers will be expected to sing with a recorded track as musicians will not be provided.