Happy Friday, playwrights! What are we reading this weekend?
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.
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.
Happy Friday, playwrights! What are we reading this weekend?
We love a play with music! Check out this playlist of songs that have been included in straight plays.
Even in a straight play, music is an integral part of the theatre. Explore these songs from rock to jazz that have been featured in plays! #TuesdayTunes
Playwrights, get some #MondayMotivation from Jacki McCarrick: "Hence, even to begin a new play, especially if non-commissioned, in this time of Covid, is a complete act of faith, and I salute all who begin and finish new dramas during this time."
“I seemed to be drawn to works that I already knew were explorations of crisis situations, possibly looking for answers there.” Award-winning writer Jaki McCarrick discusses her go-to artworks during the lockdown period.
The 45th Annual Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival is almost here! We are thrilled to announce, along with the Top 30 Playwrights, that Dominique Morisseau is this year’s honorary festival playwright. Additionally, our distinguished lineup of judges will include playwrights Will Arbery, George Brant, Larissa Fasthorse, Nambi E. Kelley, Kimber Lee, Madhuri Shekar and Karen Zacarías as well as Nan Barnett (Executive Director of National New Play Network) and Susan Westfall (Co-Founder City Theatre in Miami). Read more about our exciting lineup as well as details about this year's festival below. #oobfestival
Dominique Morisseau is the honorary playwright for the 45th annual festival, which had been scheduled to take place at The Vineyard.
Get some #MondayMotivation from David Almond all about... motivation! "I’m never sure what the topic or theme will be until I have a character coming to life in a vivid world. The themes emerge from the character, their actions, experiences, dreams etc."
Explore the inspiration behind David Almond’s Skellig, Heaven Eyes, The Savage and My Dad’s a Birdman , and find out how they were adapted from page to stage.
Have a beautiful Fourth of July! A long weekend is the perfect time to dig into some plays. What's on your reading queue?
With so much upheaval, it can be difficult to make art right now. So get some #MondayMotivation from Lisa Kron on the inevitability of art: "Because while artists may falter and institutions may fall, theater’s essential mode of transformation will give us a way to gather our losses into collective experience and imbue them with meaning."
Lisa Kron, Tony-winning librettist/lyricist of Fun Home, hopes theater will “gather our losses into collective experience and imbue them with meaning.”
Happy weekend, playwrights! What are we working on?
Looking for some tunes to get you inspired? Concord Theatricals' #TuesdayTunes playlists are just the thing — even on a Wednesday. Check out more below!
Every celebration needs great tunes. Add some Broadway hits to your Pride month with this playlist! #tuesdaytunes
Do you love short plays as much as we do? As we rev up to the festival, head over to our twitter (@OOBFestival) to participate in our #WednesdayWrites challenge! All you have to do is follow the prompt and reply with a three-line play. We can't wait to see your creations.
Commemorate #Juneteenth with more plays by Black writers. Check out this selection of titles that grapple with current themes and the history of the Black community.
Concord Theatricals is proud to represent plays by Black authors that grapple with current themes and the history of the Black community. To commemorate Juneteenth, we've pulled a selection of these titles — be sure to check them out at concordsho.ws/PlaysByBlackWriters.
We're delighted to announce the Top 30 for the 45th Annual #OOBFestival! Visit oobfestival.com for the full list and follow along on social media over the coming months for exciting opportunities to get to know our playwrights.
Additionally, due to COVID-19, the OOB Festival will go back to its roots this year: we'll be choosing the six winners through reading evaluation only, without any performance aspect.
While we will miss our extended Festival family, we're excited to focus directly upon that which the festival was built: the script and the playwright. You can learn more about the process on our website.
Congratulations to this year's playwrights!
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June 12 is the last day to apply for [email protected]! Check out the details about these grants for virtual, short-form content below.
The Board of Directors of GABLESTAGE proudly announces new digital programming through one-time commissioning grants for artists. Grants will support the creation of world premieres of “short form” virtual content by the finest artists in our theater community.
What plays or musicals are you looking forward to reading/streaming this weekend?
It's Wednesday and it's warm. We know what we're vibing out to.
Kick off the summer with these cool Broadway hits sure to keep you vibing all season long. #TuesdayTunes
This Memorial Day, get some #MondayMotivation from a hopeful Sarah Ruhl:
"I hope people are saying 'thank you' to grocery workers and delivery workers in whatever creative ways they can."
“I hope that whatever this gestation brings is better than what came before.” Award-winning playwright Sarah Ruhl shares her thoughts and wishes.
As we get ready to kick-off summer, what are some projects you can't wait to work on in the sunshine?
We know what we'll be listening to on our next run! 👀
We know your workout could use a little razzle dazzle. Get your heart pumping to these Broadway hits from the Concord Theatricals catalog! #TuesdayTunes
May 31 is the last day to apply for the Coming Out Play Festival with The Q Collective! If you have a fifteen minute play based on a fairy tale, now is your time to shine. Check out more information below.
The Q Collective is seeking submissions for its upcoming original short play festival THE COMING OUT PLAY FESTIVAL. Submission and Selection Period: Plays for THE COMING OUT PLAY FESTIVAL may be su…
Happy Friday everyone! What are we working on this weekend?
Have a play about reproductive justice? A is For wants to hear from you! Check out the details for their playwriting contest below. Last day to apply is May 31.
It’s not just abortion that is stigmatized in our culture, but the entire lived experiences of people who seek to fulfill their promise as autonomous human beings, realize their own dreams, raise their families in safety and peace, pursue their ambitions, and maintain control over their physical a...
Happy 25th to our partner theatre, City Theatre! Read about their love of all things short plays below and help us send warm wishes for another 25 more.
Artburst works with some of the top critical theater journalists in South Florida for reviews, features and articles covering the theater arts.
Ready to stock up on your short play collection? Concord Theatricals is offering 20% off all Samuel French Acting Editions! See more details below.
Spring is in the air, theatre lovers! We're celebrating with 20% off all Samuel French Acting Editions, vocal selections, ePlays and digital sheet music. 📚 Sale ends at 11:59pm ET on Friday, May 15, so start shopping now at concordsho.ws/Shop!
Calling all Middle Eastern playwrights! Golden Thread Productions is seeking submissions for its 2021 ReOrient Festival. The deadline is May 30. Check out more details below:
Golden Thread produces passionate and provocative plays from and about the Middle East that celebrate the multiplicity of its perspectives and identities. We are a developmental catalyst and vibrant artistic home to artists at various stages of their careers. We bring the Middle East to the American...
We know that it's hard to stay motivated right now. But Ken Ludwig has some #MondayMotivation for you: "This moment is not just tragic and unprecedented, it is also a call to arms. Every artist has his or her own special set of skills, and this is an opportunity, indeed an obligation, to use those skills as best we can. My own skill (I hope) is writing comedy, and now is the time to put my back into it."
Tony-winning playwright Ken Ludwig addresses our questions about the power of art during this challenging time.
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!
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 judging criteria is weighed evenly between concept originality, marketability in the current landscape, and overall writing talent. More info below!
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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.
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...
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 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 .
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