The Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival

The Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival The nation's leading short play festival. We just celebrated our 40th year in August 2015!
The Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival started in 1975 and is one of the nation’s most established and highly regarded short play festivals. During the course of the Festival’s first 34 years, over 500 theatre companies and schools participated in the Festival, including companies from coast to coast as well as abroad from Canada, Singapore, and the United Kingdom. Over the years, 194 submitted plays have been published, with many of the participants becoming established, award-winning playwrights.
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The Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival started in 1975 and is one of the nation’s most established and highly regarded short play festivals. During the course of the Festival’s first 34 years, over 500 theatre companies and schools participated in the Festival, including companies from coast to coast as well as abroad from Canada, Singapore, and the United Kingdom. Over the years, 194 submitted plays have been published, with many of the participants becoming established, award-winning playwrights. Each year, we receive hundreds of submissions that are narrowed down to roughly forty semi-finalists, who are then required to produce their plays in New York City. A panel of judges made up of members of the Samuel French, Inc. editorial staff, professional playwrights, literary agents, and area theatrical professionals are present each night of performance and determine the finalists, all of whom perform on the final day of the festival. The editorial staff then selects six winners, who are presented with publishing and licensing contracts, and are published in a compilation.

Mission: The OOB Festival seeks to simultaneously increase awareness of up-and-coming playwrights and to provide a collaborative, professional environment in which new plays can be seen. Over 400 theatre companies and schools have participated in the Festival’s first thirty-three years, including companies from coast to coast as well as abroad from Canada and England. This festival has served as a doorway to future success for many aspiring writers. The unique aspect of requiring authors to collaborate with a producing organization and present their work in performance, we hope, encourages the collaborative and creative process of playwriting.

05/06/2020

Did you know every other Wednesday, we host a playwriting challenge called #WednesdayWrites? We post a prompt and it's up to you to write a three-line play.

Hope over to our twitter account @OOBFestival to participate!

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05/05/2020
THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY’s Dream Up Festival 2020

May 17 is the last day to apply for Theater for the New City's Dream Up Festival 2020! Check out more information about this exciting summer festival below.

THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY’s Dream Up Festival 2020 In 2010, the inaugural Dream Up Festival offered 25 shows consisting of 23 World Premieres and 2 American

The Book Pipeline is seeking published plays for film and television adaptation. There are no genre restrictions, and ju...
05/04/2020
2020 Adaptation Contest – Book Pipeline

The Book Pipeline is seeking published plays for film and television adaptation. There are no genre restrictions, and judging criteria is weighed evenly between concept originality, marketability in the current landscape, and overall writing talent. More info below!

You can upload your submission material, OR email to [email protected] after you’ve completed your order. For hardcopy submissions, please contact us.

05/01/2020

Happy Friday, playwrights! What are you working on this weekend?

Have a ten minute radio play? The Theatre Nerd Podcast wants to hear from you! Check out their open call below. https://...
05/01/2020
Open Calls

Have a ten minute radio play? The Theatre Nerd Podcast wants to hear from you! Check out their open call below.
https://www.theatrenerdpodcast.org/open-calls.html

10-Minute Plays Trapped inside during the time of Corona, the bards and bardessesses at Theatre Nerd Podcast have decid ed that nothing will stop them from creating theatre to keep the...

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04/30/2020
15-Minute Musical Challenge | NAMT

Calling all composers, lyricists, and book writers! NAMT is accepting 15-minute musicals now through May 15. Check out more information below.

Help Celebrate the Power of Musical Theatre In all times, but especially during challenging times, we believe that musical theatre has the power to elevate the human experience and uplift each other. Most of us will spend more time at home in the coming weeks, and we know that the current health cri...

This week's #MondayMotivation comes to you from Jiehae Park: "Because on some level, all we have is who we are. It can f...
04/27/2020
Playwright Interview: Jiehae Park — Breaking Character

This week's #MondayMotivation comes to you from Jiehae Park: "Because on some level, all we have is who we are. It can feel really ethically complicated to package little pieces of ourselves for consumption by others. I’m trying to figure out how to write from a place of generosity, not from a place of commodification."

A conversation with Jiehae Park on writing Peerless and Hannah and the Dread Gazebo .

04/24/2020

#HappyFriday, Playwrights! This weekend, what plays are we reading?

Do you have a historical fiction play? Break A Leg Productions are accepting submissions for their Historically Speaking...
04/21/2020
Play Submissions - Break a Leg Productions

Do you have a historical fiction play? Break A Leg Productions are accepting submissions for their Historically Speaking Series through April 30! Check out more information below.

Thank you for your interest in Break A Leg Productions. **We are currently accepting submissions for our Historically Speaking Series through 4/30/20**. Submissions for other categories will not be considered at this time. Please read our policy in its entirety and follow the instructions below. Sub...

Playwrights, you made it to Day #7! Here are today's ingredients for your one-page play:1) A victory2) Your favorite col...
04/19/2020

Playwrights, you made it to Day #7! Here are today's ingredients for your one-page play:
1) A victory
2) Your favorite color

Just one more, then you can pop the champagne!

And if you like writing quick plays, be sure to check out our #WednesdayWrites challenge on our Twitter, @OOBFestival, which goes up every Wednesday afternoon.

As a reminder, here are the guidelines for your plays:
- Write a one-page play that features the daily prompt's elements.
- One-page length is equal to one page on any word processor you choose (but try to follow DGA Modern Play formatting).
- Once completed, copy/paste your play text into a comment on the daily Facebook post.
- Read along and have fun!

Welcome to Day #6, playwrights! Here are today's ingredients for your one-page play:1) A memory2) A chew toyGet those fi...
04/18/2020

Welcome to Day #6, playwrights! Here are today's ingredients for your one-page play:
1) A memory
2) A chew toy

Get those fingers typing!

As a reminder, here are the guidelines for your plays:
- Write a one-page play that features the daily prompt's elements.
- One-page length is equal to one page on any word processor you choose (but try to follow DGA Modern Play formatting).
- Once completed, copy/paste your play text into a comment on the daily Facebook post.
- Read along and have fun!

Welcome to Day #5, playwrights! Here are today's ingredients for your one-page play:1) A song2) Seltzer waterWe can't wa...
04/17/2020

Welcome to Day #5, playwrights! Here are today's ingredients for your one-page play:
1) A song
2) Seltzer water

We can't wait to see what bubbles up today!

As a reminder, here are the guidelines for your plays:
- Write a one-page play that features the daily prompt's elements.
- One-page length is equal to one page on any word processor you choose (but try to follow DGA Modern Play formatting).
- Once completed, copy/paste your play text into a comment on the daily Facebook post.
- Read along and have fun!

Hello, playwrights, it's Day #4! Here are today's exciting ingredients:1) A surprise2) A stick in the mudWe can't wait t...
04/16/2020

Hello, playwrights, it's Day #4! Here are today's exciting ingredients:
1) A surprise
2) A stick in the mud

We can't wait to see what shocking twists you dream up today!

As a reminder, here are the guidelines for your plays:
- Write a one-page play that features the daily prompt's elements.
- One-page length is equal to one page on any word processor you choose (but try to follow DGA Modern Play formatting).
- Once completed, copy/paste your play text into a comment on the daily Facebook post.
- Read along and have fun!

Welcome to Day #3, playwrights! Here are today's ingredients for your one-page play:1) Black coffee2) HoneyWe can't wait...
04/15/2020

Welcome to Day #3, playwrights! Here are today's ingredients for your one-page play:
1) Black coffee
2) Honey

We can't wait to see what you whip up today!

As a reminder, here are the guidelines for your plays:
- Write a one-page play that features the daily prompt's elements.
- One-page length is equal to one page on any word processor you choose (but try to follow DGA Modern Play formatting).
- Once completed, copy/paste your play text into a comment on the daily Facebook post.
- Read along and have fun!

Hello, playwrights. It's Day #2! Here are today's ingredients for your one-page play:1) Tissues2) Cajun FriesLet's see w...
04/14/2020

Hello, playwrights. It's Day #2! Here are today's ingredients for your one-page play:
1) Tissues
2) Cajun Fries

Let's see what you make out of that!

As a reminder, here are the guidelines for your plays:
- Write a one-page play that features the daily prompt's elements.
- One-page length is equal to one page on any word processor you choose (but try to follow DGA Modern Play formatting).
- Once completed, copy/paste your play text into a comment on the daily Facebook post.
- Read along and have fun!

Hello, playwrights. It's Day #1 of One Week of One-Minute Plays! Here are today's ingredients for your one-page play:1) ...
04/13/2020

Hello, playwrights. It's Day #1 of One Week of One-Minute Plays! Here are today's ingredients for your one-page play:
1) A marriage
2) Lip balm

As a reminder, here are the guidelines for your plays:
- Write a one-page play that features the daily prompt's elements.
- One-page length is equal to one page on any word processor you choose (but try to follow DGA Modern Play formatting).
- Once completed, copy/paste your play text into a comment on the daily Facebook post.
- Read along and have fun!

We can't wait to read your stories!

Don't forget, tomorrow at noon we will post our first prompt for One Week of One-Minute Plays. Get your keyboards ready ...
04/12/2020

Don't forget, tomorrow at noon we will post our first prompt for One Week of One-Minute Plays. Get your keyboards ready and those creative juices flowing, it's time to write!

As a reminder, here are the guidelines:
- Write a one-page play that features the daily prompt's elements.
- One-page length is equal to one page on any Word processor you choose (but try to follow DGA Modern Play formatting).
- Once completed, copy/paste your play text into a comment on the daily Facebook post.
- Read along and have fun.

See you tomorrow!

April 30 is the last day to apply for the Barrington Stage Company Bonnie and Terry Burman New Play Award! The winning p...
04/10/2020
New Play Award

April 30 is the last day to apply for the Barrington Stage Company Bonnie and Terry Burman New Play Award! The winning playwright will receive $25,000, a staged reading and a possible full production. Two additional $5,000 awards will be given to playwrights who will each receive a staged reading at Barrington Stage. For more information, see below.

Barrington Stage Company’s Bonnie and Terry Burman New Play Award After the success of the inaugural Bonnie and Terry Burman New Play Award in 2018, we are proud to announce the second round of the Burman New Play Award in 2020. Barrington Stage seeks an original, emerging new voice in the America...

Calling all writers! In the spirit of short plays, we want to challenge you to a game: One Week of One-Minute Plays.Begi...
04/09/2020

Calling all writers! In the spirit of short plays, we want to challenge you to a game: One Week of One-Minute Plays.

Beginning on Monday, April 13, we will post a prompt with two elements — it's then up to you to write a one-minute play featuring them. Prompts will be posted at noon every day for a week, and participants are encouraged to share their work on our page. Here are the guidelines:

- Write a one-page play that features the daily prompt's elements.
- One-page length is equal to one page on any Word processor you choose (but try to follow DGA Modern Play formatting).
- Once completed, copy/paste your play text into a comment on the daily Facebook post.
- Read along and have fun!

We can't wait to read your stories.

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04/07/2020
Play Submissions - Austin Film Festival

Are you a playwright who is passionate about television? The Early Bird deadline for the Austin Film Festival is April 17! Plays that make the Final Round will have readings during the Conference and access to the festival's resources. More info below.

Submit your Screenplay or Teleplay to the annual Austin Film Festival.  Read More

During these difficult times, let's remember the timeless words of Terrence McNally: "It’s a club with open admissions. ...
04/06/2020
Terrence McNally: ‘Theatre Changes Hearts’

During these difficult times, let's remember the timeless words of Terrence McNally: "It’s a club with open admissions. The only dues are your heart, your soul, your mind, your guts—all of you. Your commitment to this ancient art form assures me that what we do matters. The world needs artists more than ever to remind us what kindness, truth, and beauty are." #MondayMotivation

In his 2019 Tony speech he looked back lovingly on a stage career, and reached forward to the work that will follow him.

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04/03/2020
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Mark your calendars, April 15th is the last day to apply for The Lark's Playwrights' Week and the Van Lier New Voices Fellowship (deadline extended)! You can find out more information about both below.

"The Lark has created a place the imaginative world that is theater is allowed its complete breadth. They support development with passion I've not seen matched."

Attention female-identifying playwrights in the Chicago area: Wayward Sisters Theatre want to showcase your plays! April...
04/03/2020
WAYWARD SISTERS THEATRE

Attention female-identifying playwrights in the Chicago area: Wayward Sisters Theatre want to showcase your plays! April 12th is the last day to apply for their second annual New Play Showcase. Find out more details below.

Are you a female identifying playwright in the Chicago area? If so WE WANT YOU! Wayward Sister’s Theatre Ensemble is now accepting full length play(s) submissions for the Second Annual...

No joke — April 5th is the last day to apply for the PAGE 73 2021 Playwriting Fellowship and/or the 2021 Interstate 73 W...
04/01/2020
Apply to Page 73 — Page 73

No joke — April 5th is the last day to apply for the PAGE 73 2021 Playwriting Fellowship and/or the 2021 Interstate 73 Writers Group! Get your samples and letters of intent ready, and be sure to apply before midnight on Sunday.
https://www.page73.org/application

Each year Page 73 meets the talented playwrights we work with through this free application. Applicants can choose to apply for the 2021 Page 73 Playwriting Fellowship and/or the 2021 Interstate 73 writers group. Please read below for more information about each program and for instructions on submi...

Now more than ever it's important to remember you are not alone. For all you freelance artists out there, here is a list...
03/31/2020
COVID-19 & Freelance Artists

Now more than ever it's important to remember you are not alone. For all you freelance artists out there, here is a list of resources from legal info, to healthcare, to financial advice and more. Stay safe!

COVID-19 Freelance Artist Resources Welcome! This list is specifically designed to serve freelance artists, and those interested in supporting the independent artist community. This includes, but is not limited to, actors, designers, producers, technicians, stage managers, musicians, composers, chor...

03/30/2020

This week, what plays or musicals are keeping you sane?

Now through March 27 Concord Theatricals is having 20% off all Acting Editions. Be sure to pick up some OOB anthologies ...
03/27/2020

Now through March 27 Concord Theatricals is having 20% off all Acting Editions. Be sure to pick up some OOB anthologies and show some love to short plays!

Theatre has the power to unite and, this year especially, it could help make us feel a little closer to the people and stories we love.

To celebrate #WorldTheatreDay, all Samuel French Acting Editions are 20% off from today through Sunday (March 27-29). Please note that orders must be completed within that date range to receive the discount.

Visit concordsho.ws/Shop for more!

There is still time to apply for the New Jewish Play Prizes from Theater J! The deadline is April 1, so get your drafts ...
03/24/2020
Theater J New Play Prizes

There is still time to apply for the New Jewish Play Prizes from Theater J! The deadline is April 1, so get your drafts polished and ready to submit. More information below.

The Theater J Patty Abramson Prize Awards $3,000 And a Stage Reading to an Emerging Woman, Trans, or Non-binary Playwright

Attention playwrights of color ages 30 and under, The Lark is currently accepting applications for the Van Lier New Voic...
03/24/2020
Submit a Play | The Lark

Attention playwrights of color ages 30 and under, The Lark is currently accepting applications for the Van Lier New Voices Fellowship! Awardees will be given financial aid and access to the Lark resources. Applications are being accepted through March 31. More information below.

"The Lark has created a place the imaginative world that is theater is allowed its complete breadth. They support development with passion I've not seen matched."

Right now, it can seem like there's a lot of pressure on us to make art, which can make a person feel inadequate. But le...
03/23/2020
Emma Reeves on adapting The Worst Witch for the stage — Breaking Character

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Emma Reeves discusses her process of adapting Jill Murphy’s Worst Witch books for the stage.

Keep supporting theatre and get access to Know Theatre of Cincinnati's live stream production of Alabaster by OOB winner...
03/19/2020
- Know Theatre of Cincinnati

Keep supporting theatre and get access to Know Theatre of Cincinnati's live stream production of Alabaster by OOB winner, Audrey Cefaly Playwright! Tickets are limited so be sure to purchase your pass by midnight on Saturday. More information below.

Know Theatre began as a touring organization, focused on bringing theatre into the community. This has continued with our Know to Go touring Theatre for Young Audiences program. Now, in this time of social distancing, we are expanding the mission of Know to Go to be able to bring theatre to you, rig...

03/19/2020

Itching to create something new? Our friends at Festival tout' tout court are having their #30joursdecourtes, or 30 Days of Shorts! Every day they will post a theme and all you have to do is create a short work in whatever medium you choose (in French or English). Check out the below event for more information. Happy creating!

Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1067640406968011/

03/16/2020

One of the upsides of self-isolation (aside from the public health benefits) is the time you get to write. Tell us, what are you working on while in quarantine?

"The theater has survived a plague before, not only in the 1600s, but also in the 1980s. And the theater, with its tende...
03/13/2020
Opinion | Broadway Is Closed. Write Poems Instead.

"The theater has survived a plague before, not only in the 1600s, but also in the 1980s. And the theater, with its tender heroism, empathy and propensity to help others, will survive again." Thank you to Sarah Ruhl for always being the voice of reason. Keep on keeping on theatre makers — and wash your hands!

When theaters shuttered, Shakespeare turned to poetry.

March 15 is the last day to apply for the Echo Theater Company's mentorship program! If you are an early-career playwrig...
03/10/2020
National Young Playwrights in Residence

March 15 is the last day to apply for the Echo Theater Company's mentorship program! If you are an early-career playwright looking for space to develop a new work with professional guidance, see the below to apply.

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I was in attendance at the Festival on 8/24 at 4:30 and I must say that I was highly disappointed. I know that the "in" thing is a Slave play written by a Black person. For some reason this genre gets much play today. Plays like this will never be "in" for me. I find no humor in the misery that my people endured, and the misery that I endure today because of Slavery. I don't understand these Black playwrights, and I question the acceptance of these Plays by the Theater community. Please excuse me for this quite powerful comparison but, I don't think a play set in a Concentration camp, with actors depicting captives, and some German tourist coming through would play. A play like that would not play and should not play.
Thrilled to be heading back to NYC in August to be part of the OOB Festival! Will present my short play “Mama Won’t Stay Dead.” Hope to see you there.
This has been such a wonderful festival for years! In 1981, 6th year of the 44 years of this festival, I was lucky to win. That published play has had continuous productions for 38 years. There's a professional production opening this month in London! (Actually, 12 productions last year just in The United Kingdom.) Even a full length movie @ The Sundance & Milan Film Festivals. Do not underestimate the power of this festival. This is it! See these plays. See the future! (& the people at French running it are the best!)
November 3, 2018 @12pm The Woodside Players of Queens present: One Act comedies by Harry Lee Newton and others from Broadway of the past! NYPL Harry Belafonte Auditorium 115th Street Branch 203 W 115th St, New York, New York 10026 Featuring: The Motor Bellows - Courtwright - 1877 The Great Look - Faydon - 1912 Barney's Courtship - - Harry McCarthy - 1871 The Second Hand Man - 1903 - Harry Lee Newton Is It Raining? – Harry Lee Newton - 1903 When Johnny Comes Marching Home - Harry Lee Newton - 1903 More info: 631 898 4205, or [email protected]. Free Admission
Congratulations to all of tonight’s Winners and to “CLICK” for making it all the way to the Finals! Good job everyone. 🎭
Break a leg. You have people from Performing Arts Luray in the crowd!
Calling all #Playwrights - ONLY 2 DAYS REMAIN - British Theatre Challenge 2018 - Submit your short play: https://skybluetheatre.com/playwriting-competition/ Deadline: 30th March
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