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NEXT! Free open competition to emerging playwrights

Posted by Levine Communications Office on February 29, 2012

NEXT! Free open competition to emerging playwrights

An educational outreach program to discover new writing voices for the stage.  Diane Namm – Writer/Director and Founder of West of Broadway will mentor three young playwrights from script to stage.  Playwrights will participate in casting, design and production of their One Acts.  NEXT! Opens on April 27th, 2012 at the Miles Playhouse.  Next! Closes on May 19th, 2012, a total of four performance weekends.  NO ENTRY FEE REQUIRED.

Submissions Period: February 3rd, 2012 through March 9th, 2012. All submissions must be postmarked no later than March 9th, 2012.

Criteria:

1.      Only current full time students from grade 10 to college seniors. Graduate students are not eligible. All enrollment must be verified.

2.     The writers may not have been published professionally in the field of theatrical writing.

3.      The writers may not have a play previously produced at any level.

4.     The play must be in the format of a traditional One Act structure.

5.     The play may not be shorter than 20 pages or longer than 30 pages.

6.     Multiple plays may be submitted by individual playwrights, but as separate submissions.

7.     The plays must either be original works or based on works that are in the public domain. Writers must own the copyright for any and all works that they submit.

The Prize:  West of Broadway will produce the Selected Works in a series of One Acts. WOB will provide professional services for each produced play.

If WOB selects the Project as one of the winners of the Competition, WOB shall have the non-exclusive right, but not the obligation, to produce and perform the Project as a live stage play at one or more theatres in and around the Los Angeles area (the “Performances).  If the Project is produced by WOB, WOB will donate a portion of any net proceeds from such Performances to the drama/fine arts department at the school you currently attend (or, if the drama/fine arts department does not accept donations, then such donation shall go to the school itself).  As used herein, “proceeds” means any ticket sales from the Performances received by WOB less all costs incurred by WOB in producing the Performances. An additional portion of the proceeds will be dedicated to a scholarship fund for the winning playwrights.

FAQS:

Q:  Is there an entry fee?

A:  No.

Q: Do I get to direct and/or act in my play?

A: No.

Q: Can my friends be in the play?

A: They may audition, but there is no guarantee that they will be cast in the play.  The casting of each play is solely at the discretion of WOB and its directors.

Q: Do I get paid?

A: No. See the above “Prize”section for more details.

Q: Will my play be made into a movie?

A: Not by us.

Q: Who are you guys?

A: Please go to http://www.westofbroadway.org for details about our organization and our production staff.

Q: How do I enter?

A: Glad you asked, see below for more information.

HOW TO ENTER:

Go to https://www.yousendit.com/transfer.php?action=batch_download&batch_id=T2djWGJQcGtlcEpqQThUQw

Download, print out, fill in and send a signed release form (https://www.yousendit.com/transfer.php?action=batch_download&batch_id=T2djWGJQcGtlcEpqQThUQw) and a hard copy of your play (printed on three-hole punch paper with two brads) to West of Broadway/Diane Namm, 22631 Pacific Coast Hwy. #912, Malibu, CA 90265. All entries must be accompanied by a fully executed release form and postmarked MARCH 9th, 2012.  Entries postmarked after that date will be discarded.   No materials will be returned. Please refer to the criteria above.  Submissions that do not abide by criteria will not be considered.  WOB reserves the sole right to select the Participants, and the right to verify that all criteria is met, including, but not limited to, current enrollment in an academic institution.  GOOD LUCK!

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