Monday, August 31, 2009

Call for Ethnic Playwrights

The Luedtke Agency in NYC seeks plays and musicals with small casts (6 and under). Also seeking plays written by writers under 30, and ethnic writers.

Send scripts to:
The Luedtke Agency
1674 Broadway
NYC 10019

Source: The Loop

Call for Plays

Material: Full-Length Plays, Musicals and Adaptations (Agent Submission OR Letter of Inquiry)
Deadline: January 1, 2010

Script Submission Procedure: Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park accepts submissions for full-length plays, musicals and adaptations. The materials requested for both new and previously produced works are the same. Playwrights should submit their work through established literary agents. If you do not have agent representation, send a letter of inquiry, playwright bio or resume, character breakdown, brief synopsis and ten-page dialogue sample. Please include your play's production history, if any. Musicals should be accompanied by a tape or CD of selections from the score. Do not send sheet music or DVDs.We will review your submission and let you know if we are interested in reading the entire script. Please include a stamped, self-addressed envelope if you wish to have your materials returned. Unsolicited scripts will not be read. We do not accept electronically submitted materials.

Please mail your submissions to:
Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park
Attn: Literary Department
P.O. Box 6537Cincinnati, OH 45206

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Source: The Loop

Robert Johnson Jrs' CELL PHONE BLUES opens 9/23 (Charlotte)

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Friday, August 28, 2009

Save the date (Nov 4th) for the 45th Anniversary of the New Heritage Theatre Group (NYC)

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Dr. Frank Dobson, Jr's YOUNG MESSIAHS FLY next AAPEX reading (Nashville)

Dr. Frank Dobson Jr, Executive Director of the Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center at Vanderbilt University, will join Ted Swindley ("Always..Patsy Cline"), Diane Diianni, and AAPEX founder Jaz Dorsey for the reading of YOUNG MESSIAHS FLY, November 16th . The reading will take place in Gallery F, the art gallery on the campus of Scarritt Bennett, the Nashville conference center whose agenda focuses heavily on issues of race and racism.

Young Messiahs Fly, was first presented at the Frank Silvera’s Writers Workshop in Harlem, NYC, in April of 2008. It is a revision of Dr. Dobson's full-length play, “Black Messiahs Fly” which was presented at the 2007 National Black Theatre Festival.

This reading marks the first production of the Nashville Readers Theater at Gallery F on a quarterly basis. One of the four readings each year will be of an AAPEX script.

Please click the post's title to learn more about the Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center at Vanderbilt.

And stay tuned for more information regarding Young Messiahs Fly and the Nashville Readers Theater.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Samm-Art Williams' THE DANCE ON WIDOW'S ROW opens TODAY (Nashville)

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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Crossroads Theatre Company announces 4 exciting plays for 2009-2010 season (New Brunswick)

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Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Red Harlem Readers 3rd Season starts September

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Gregory S. Carr's THE PEN IS MIGHTIER selected for 19th Annual NAACP Theatre Fest 8/29-30 (LA)

Hey Jaz:

I'm heading to LA on Friday for this. Please pass on to the rest of the AAPEX crew.

Gregory S. Carr:

Beverly Hills/Hollywood NAACP
1680 North Vine Street, Suite 709
Ronald E. Hasson
PresidentLos Angeles, California 90028
(323) 464-7616 Telephone
(323) 464-1927 Facsimile

Dear Playwright,

Congratulations! It is our pleasure to inform you that your 10 Minute Play (The Pen is Mightier) has been selected for the 19th Annual NAACP Theatre Festival, Saturday, August 29th and Sunday, August 30th, 2009. You will be notified within the next 2-3 business days regarding the day and time slot of your performance.

Thank you,

Clarence R. Williams
2009 NAACP Theatre Festival

Way to go, Gregory. Gregory's Gimme Wings was also a big hit on a unique tour set up this year by producer/actress Dee Spencer. You can find out more about that by clicking the labels below.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Scripts wanted for short films


We need a clever writer with a good short short script that would like to see her/his project up on the big screen.

Subject matter is in your own creative hands, but your script should be 30 pages or less (10 mins great) and is a story that could be easily filmed (no explosions, car cashes, and/or shots in the White House are out).

All your ideas will be maintained as your own intellectual property.

There is some compensation. The intent is to take this project to film festivals, and win awards.

Be sure to mention you heard about this from Jeff Gund at, and email a SYNOPSIS to: (Also, you might want to mention AAPEX, too).

Benefit Concert Performance TODAY (NYC)

Dear Friend of Chameleon,

This is just a gentle reminder to make your reseverations as soon as possible for:

The Benefit Concert Performance of
"Play the Music Softly"
OPIA, 130 East 57th Street, Second Floor, near Lexington Avenue
Monday, August 31st at 7:30 PM, Reception to Follow


Thank you again for your interest and support.


Robert D. Carver

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Black Playwrights Wanted (San Francisco)

Black Playwrights Wanted (San Francisco, Ca)
Date: 2009-08-23, 4:01AM PDTReply to: [Errors when replying to ads?]

Artistic director of newly founded theater company in San Francisco, California seeks new and unproduced plays by and about the African American experience. Our company, as yet named, is undergoing a tremendously exciting foundation-building process. We will premiere one new work in 2010 as well as unveil an ongoing year round play reading series open to the public. Currently, our committee of readers are reviewing obscure published work to consider for the reading series. We are mostly, however, interested in new works. We are particularly interested in one acts featuring no more than five characters, but we are interested in plays of all lengths and genres. We have a specific interest in one-man/woman and two character plays. Submission guidelines: Scripts should include title page with author's name and contact information. Please include copyright symbol. Script must include a list of characters after title page. Pages MUST be numbered. Please do not bind or staple. Pages must be loose. You may clip script with a large clip. Scripts will not be returned. Send a hard copy of the play to:

R. H. Johnson
762 Fulton Street
San Francisco, Ca 94102

Please include a $5 check or money order (for xeroxing purposes) and make payable to African American Art and Culture Complex (AAACC). If you don't have $5, send your script anyway. We appreciate you. Continued success.
Location: San Francisco, Ca
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Perry Henzell's THE HARDER THEY COME opens only US run in Miami this Saturday

Reggae legend Jimmy Cliff was in a Kingston recording studio when Perry Henzell, a Jamaican director whose company made commercials, came into the session to meet him.

``He said, `I'm making a movie. Do you think you can write the music for it?' '' Cliff recalls from New York. ``I said, `Can I do it? I can do anything!' ''

Cliff, as it turns out, wasn't being cocky or over confident. He didn't just write several now-classic songs for Henzell's 1972 movie, The Harder They Come: He also became its star.

The edgy, exciting movie-with-music became a cult classic, one that helped introduce reggae to the larger world and propel Cliff's career to a higher level. More than three decades later, Henzell's masterwork was reconceived as musical theater in London. And on Saturday, the British production begins its only U.S. run at Miami's Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts.

Henzell loosely based his screenplay (cowritten with Jamaican playwright Trevor Rhone) on the true story of Ivanhoe ``Rhygin'' Martin. Martin was a Jamaican outlaw gunned down by the police in 1948, a guy who taunted the cops by writing ``I was here, but I disappear'' on walls.

Miami Herald

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Saturday, August 22, 2009

Shades of Black Opens with Free Mixer on Monday, Aug. 24! (Nashville)

4th Annual Shades of Black Theatre Festival

FREE Opening Mixer

Monday, August 24, 2009

Darkhorse Theater
4610 Charlotte Avenue
Nashville, TN 37209

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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Casting Call (NYC)

Global African web-based drama
Date: 2009-08-19, 12:25AM EDTReply to: [Errors when replying to ads?]
We are casting actors for roles in an original pan African ensemble drama set in Harlem. Imagined as a cross between No1 Ladies Detective Agency and Soul Food, the series will be released as a web-based show and will eventually transition to TV. Uncommon, well-conceived and written, this project will be fun for all involved. If you think you’ll be a good fit for any of the roles described briefly below and are willing to work for minimal upfront compensation, please email headshot, resume or bio, and links to online reels. The pilot will be shot in late October. Episodes 2 through 8 will be shot soon after that. (any pickups and re-shoots will be shot at a date TBD) The web series is a lead-up to a TV series to be shot in 2010. The web series will have eight episodes in total with each about eight to twelve minutes in length.

Casting Breakdown!
*Senegalese man, 43 Tall, muslim, taxicab driver, plural husband.
*Mid-twenties male, celebrated chef from New Orleans, slim, charismatic and sharp-witted early 30s male Ghanaian, waiter, earnest christian, family-man
*30s, assertive, fun Nigerian female who can sing
*20's Ivorian male, sassy but compassionate, outgoing, gay
*30s Zimbabwean woman, extrovert, outspoken, well-read
*30s earthy, righteous Afro-centric brother
*30s Jewish female, Queens-born immigration attorney, tall slim
*16 year-old female born in Sierra Leone, outgoing
*15 year-old female born in Harlem to Senegalese parents, precocious, sensitive.
*Restaurant crowd
*And others.

Principals only. Recruiters, please don't contact this job poster.
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Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Casting Notice (NYC)

Billie Holiday Theatre

The Billie Holiday Theatre is accepting submissions for
written and directed by Yvette Heyliger (www.twinbiz. com).
Producer: Marjorie Moon.
Non-Equity. Pay.
1st rehearsal: September 29, 2009.
REHEARSAL SCHEDULE: Tuesday-Friday - 6:30pm - 10:30pm,
Saturday & Sunday - 11:00am - 7:00pm.
PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE: Thursday-Friday at 8:00pm.
Saturday at 3:00pm & 8:00pm, Sunday at 4:00pm.
PERFORMANCE DATES: October 23 - December 20, 2009
at the Billie Holiday Theatre
1368 Fulton Street
Brooklyn, NY.
Please mail picture and resume to Lawrence Evans
566 W. 159th St., #62
New York, NY 10032.
Auditions will be held at the Billie Holiday Theatre by appointment only.
WHAT WOULD JESUS DO? is an interfaith, intergenerational play about a God-fearing wife and mother whose exposure to HIV by her "down low" husband inspires her to take action when she asks… what would Jesus do? The surprising answer may just bring their Biblically-correct church to its knees! Live music infuses this timely and (unfortunately) still relevant story of HIV in America which challenges the faith and secular communities to do more to address the HIV/AIDS epidemic, starting with our houses of worship and our black theatres.
PASTOR ARTHUR HALL: Early-mid 40's. Concerned leader of his flock. A Martin Luther King, Jr. type.
LEONTA WILSON (Understudy) : Late 40's. Middle class, attractive wife and mother of two children. (CAST) JOHN WILSON, SR.: 50 years old. Attractive husband of Leonta. Middle class. Must be at least 6'2".
KIETA WILSON: 16 years old. Daughter of John and Leonta. Younger of their two children.
MOTHER WILSON: Late 60's - early 70's. Senior citizen, mother of John, Sr. Grandmother of Kieta. Jamaican. Lives with the family (akaJulia).
DAVID: 17 years old. Cute. Likes Kieta.
ANNE: Early-mid 30's. David's mother. Church soloist. Must be able to sing.
MATTIE: Mid-late 60's. Senior citizen. Anne's mother and David's grandmother.
BROTHER JEDIDIAH: Mid-late 60's - early 70's. Senior citizen. Mother Wilson' s new boyfriend and Mattie's ex-boyfriend.
DEACON BROWN: 50's. A Christian zealot.
GERALDINE/SISTER ONE: Late 20's-early 30's. Doubles as Women's Day committee member and guest speaker at Women's Day program who is beautiful lip-stick lesbian.
DELORES/SISTER TWO: 30's. Doubles as Women's Day committee member and as a homeless woman who speaks at Women's Day program.
MINISTER OF MUSIC: Pianist. Must read music. Some acting experience helpful.
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Terrence Spivey
Artistic Director
Karamu House
2355 East 89th
Cleveland, OH 44106
Phone: 216-795-7070

Monday, August 17, 2009

Petronia Paley announces Fall Classes begin 9/28 (NYC)

Petronia Paley
Fall classes Begin
September 28th
12 weeks
Scene study/monologue
With showcase

By Audition only
Monday: 7:00-10:00
Solo in ten
Solo Performance
Writing and performing your own

Tuesday: 6:00-8:00

Boot Camp for emerging Actors
By Audition only

Petronia Paley is a veteran award winning actor of television and stage. For over twenty years she worked on soap operas, creating long running characters on Guiding Light and Another World as well as classical roles. She has taught at the Frederick Douglass Creative Arts Center, the Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre Training Unit and the New Federal Theatre. She is a member of the Actors Studio. Her one-woman show On the Way to Timbuktu was nominated by two Innovative theatre Awards for best solo performance and original music. She recently directed Ascension at the NBFT, Daughter at Ensemble Theatre, Kernel of Sanity at New Federal Theatre, and Medea for Twas Productions.

My approach to teaching is many years of experience working in television, film, and stage— from off-Broadway to Broadway to regional theatres, creating both classical and contemporary role, from commercials and voice-overs, experiencing the process of various directors, teaches, and yoga masters. Mine is a synergy of techniques incorporating my directing experience, and my years of teaching both teenagers, emerging and working actors. I want to empower you to be and do your best. We offer a showcase, inviting industry people. Our mission is to empower your mastery of craft.
Classes are at Roy Arias Studio (theatre district)
Call or email: now for audition
Call: 917.518.4432
Register early get a 10% discount

Von H. Washington's LOOKING FOR TALIKA in 16th Annual Strawberry One-Act Fest Semi-Finals (NYC)

Monday, August 17, 2009 – 7pm
5 one-act plays in competition
Pass it on!
Come Vote For Us and Help Us go to The Finals & WIN!!!!

in association with RHYTHMCOLOR Associates
present at

16TH Annual Strawberry One-Act Festival

Don and Dee have been married 28 years. Don has agreed to Dee’s request of kind of “Look Back Over the Years” Anniversary Celebration? Will their marriage survive the roller-coaster ride through memory lane? This comedy/drama will extract “amen” shouts from women and men alike as it digs into the places that infuriate both sexes and allows the males and the females to have their say. After all who said being in love and staying there was easy.

“Looking for Talika”
Written by: Von H. Washington, Sr.
Directed by: Kim Weston-Moran
Stage Manager: Michael Bell


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The Theatre at St. Clement’s Church
423 West 46 Street ( 9th & 10th Ave.)

Single tickets: $20.00 on Line -- $25.00 at door.
(MasterCard, Visa & American Express accepted online) at
(Cash Only at the door)

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Ralph Harris' MANish BOY 8/26-10/7 (LA)

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Robert D. Carver asks the million dollar question...

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AAPEX from the get-go has encouraged its playwrights to be pro-active with their careers. Here's a unique example from director Robert D. Carver taking it to the people. If you would like to answer Mr. Carver's question-- especially with a check-- please click the post's title.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Glenville Lovell's GOING FOR LOVE adds new dates (Brooklyn)

New Dates Added!!!
Thursday, August 13; 20 @ 7:30PM
Saturday, August 15; 22 @ 8:00PM
Sunday, August 16; 23 @ 6:30PM

"Lovell has captured an important aspect of the impact of immigration on family relationships."
-- Claudette Spence

"Going for Love" is Going Strong!
Our opening weekend performances were great!! And judging from the laughter and bacchanal in the theatre, our audiences thought so too. We're pleased to announce that we've extended showings until August 23. So hope you'll join us for our Summer Lime Downtown Brooklyn!

Going for Love
Curtis lives there. Velda lives here. And with over 2,500 miles of ocean between them... everything can go wrong!

Written by Glenville Lovell
Featuring: Susan Olton Kennedy / Dianne Dixon
Mark Anthony Williams / Sinck

Stage Manager: Kenny Roper
Directed by E. Wayne McDonald

St Francis College - Little Theater
182 Remsen Street
(between Clinton & Court Sts)
Downtown Brooklyn, NY
Subway: Court Street/Borough Hall - 2, 3, 4; 5. N, M; R. Jay Street/Borough Hall - A, C; FBus: B25, B26, B37, B38, B41, B45, B51, B52; B75 - Court /Jeroloman Streets

Admission: $25 (advance / online) $35 (door)
Tickets/Information : 718-783-8345 / 718-773-7420

Caribbean Cultural Theatre
138 South Oxford Street
Suite 4E
Brooklyn, New York 11217
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Thursday, August 13, 2009

Call for Plays

Southern Rep Calls for Play Submissions
New 10-Minutes Plays to be Highlighted in Southern Rep’s 2009/10 Season

New Orleans — Southern Rep calls on Southern writers to submit bold new ten minute plays for the SOUTHERN REP NEW PLAY RIOT by October 1, 2009 for readings, production or broadcast during the 2009/10 Season. As New Orleans’ premiere professional theatre, Southern Rep continues its mission of finding, developing and producing outstanding original theatre with the RIOT. The competition-based NEW PLAY RIOT promises to showcase the new work of some of the Southern Gulf Coast’s most exciting playwrights, both established and emerging. Playwrights should go to for the NEW PLAY RIOT guidelines. The RIOT competition is open to playwrights native to or a resident of The Gulf Coast South, defined as Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Louisiana, or Texas. Deadline for submissions is October 1, 2009 at midnight. Electronic submissions only. Questions and submissions should be sent via email only to

With this new Season, Southern Rep enjoys its 23rd triumphant year of developing and producing bold new plays, providing SRT’s audience with professional theatre of the highest artistic quality and achievement, and establishing a creative working environment that nurtures theatre professionals. As New Orleans’ premiere professional theatre, Southern Rep strives to use the artistry of theatre to enlighten, educate, and entertain audiences, and aims to extend that service through educational and outreach programs.

Source: The Loop

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Eric Charles McGee's PLAY THE MUSIC SOFTLY opens 8/31 (NYC)

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Chameleon Theatre Co., Ltd.’s concert presentation of Eric Charles McGee’s
“Play the Music Softly”
will be performed for an invited audience of producers, agents, etc., on
Monday, August 31 st at 7:30 PM,
130 E 57th Street, 2nd Fl,
with the following cast:
Ashley Lynnette Brown (Scarlett Starr), Elizabeth Flanagan (Anne Claire Bertrand),
Dom Giovanni (Young Lexus and Bleu Bertrand), N’Kenge* (K’Asera Welles),
George E. Oliver (Lexus Blue), Kris Roberts (Madeline Blue),
Judy Stadt* (Dr. Helene Philippe), Andrew Dean Young (Olivier Laurent),
Dan Lane Williams* (Dr. Jean Luc Lambeau), Dathan Williams* (Jaboe Welles),

Eric Charles McGee's new concept musical recounts crucial events in the life of a young African-American composer, born and raised in Paris. Scenes and songs are prompted by questions put to him during an interview following the triumphant performance of his latest symphony for orchestra and voices, recalling ghosts from his past and showing us the two possible futures which await him.

Stephen Cornine is musical director and vocal arranger.
Robert D. Carver serves as producer/director.
*Member, AEA
For further information, please contact:

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George O. Brome's ANOTHER MAN'S POISON opens today (NYC)

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Monday, August 10, 2009

A simple exercise for a complicated dramaturgical problem...

1. Take a page of dialogue from one of your plays that has three characters or more speaking to one another.
2. Using liquid white-out, blank out all the names.
3. Make a Xerox copy of that page.
4. Hand it to a fellow playwright, director or actor – someone who reads a lot of plays.
5. Ask: how many people are speaking on this page?

If they can’t tell you the number of people speaking, there’s a problem, no? The complexities of language, and our choice of wording, phrasing, syntax, etc., is informed by our education, religion, age, culture, politics, familial hierarchy, gender, sexuality, ancestry, etc. In short, our personal use of language is as unique to each of us as our fingerprints. No two people speak the same. Why should they appear the same, then, on paper?

The answer to that is simple: they shouldn't.

Source: The Loop

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Black Theatre Dead!

To continue reading Oyama's entire article, please click the post's title. For a call for the Theatre of the Bizarre, please check AAPEX contributor Owa's manifesto here.

Friday, August 7, 2009

Sharon J. Willis' opera KING SOLOMON opens 9/25 (Atlanta)

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Americolor Opera Alliance, Inc
in conjunction with the Fulton County Arts Council

The Seduction of
King Solomon
A Biblical Opera

Sharon J. Willis

Benjamin E. Mays High School
Friday, September 25, 2009 at 8pm
Saturday, September 26, 2009 at 6pm

Porter Sanford, III Performing Arts & Community Center
Sunday, September 27 at 3pm & 8pm

Tickets are available online at
Advance purchase tickets ~ $15 ($20 at the door)
Children 10 years and younger ~ $10

Get your tickets today!
For more information please call 404.917.4137 or

Question of the Day

Gary Garrison, is Executive Director for Creative Affairs of the Dramatists Guild of America and founder of The Loop and the forum through which this question arose about the importance of Broadway in a playwright's life. Garrison's stand is to stop complaining about the cost of launching a play on the Great White Way because that's the cost of doing business in the greatest theatre district in the world. JC Lee through The Loop Online responds with a different take. Both are posted below. If you have an opinion, become a member of The Loop (it's free and you can sign up by clicking the post's title above) and respond there or here through the comments section below the post.

I’m on the Tony committee this year, which means I’m fortunate to see all the shows opening in a calendar year in New York. It’s cool, and I’m psyched.So last night I’m going to the opening of this special Broadway event – a dance extravaganza called Burn the Floor. And on the way to the theatre, I stop at a bodega to grab a pack of gum.My favorite, Dentine Ice, is right up front just waiting for me to grab it. I plop it on the counter and reach for my wallet as the counter guy – toothpick in one corner of his mouth, sipping Sprite out of the other corner – somehow manages to gurgle the price: $1.75.What? What the fuuuuuuuuuuuu? When did GUM cost more than a buck? When did GUM cost almost two bucks!? I looked at him and with all the grace of a weary New Yorker said, “Are you fuckin’ kiddin’ me? Two bucks for a pack of gum?!”To which he said, “It’s the price of gum in Times Square. You want something else, you go somewhere else.”I walked away and thought, well, he’s absolutely right. And how applicable is that to my journey? There’s a cost of doing business to you anywhere, and if I choose to do it in the theatre community of the craziest, most chaotic, most unreasonable and often times unforgiving city on the planet, then it’s my choice. So either I can shut the fuck up, or, as my bodega buddy suggested, “go somewhere else.”


First off, congrats on being on the Tony committee! Yours is a voice and view that will enrich the ceremony.

Second, I can't help but completely disagree with your "gum" analogy. Your instinct: to react with disbelief at the price, was dead-on - and writers ought to trust that instinct. To accept the absurdity of the status quo is to condemn our artistic voices to the often silly and arbitrary reasons that people in our world do the things they do. To extend your analogy out: The cost of gum is $1.75 because the economic model for preserving Broadway is an exact replica of the housing market that brought us to this disastrous place we find ourselves in: continue passing costs downward as ticket prices go up to in an artificially inflated market. Like all of New York City (of which my family was native) those who couldn't afford the "gum" were forced to move out thanks to the repeal of rent control laws. So it wasn't about having the choice to "go somewhere else", some of us were forced to thanks to the "free market" we all were supposedly "competing in".

Anyway, all this to say NO. We shouldn't simply accept the price of gum because someone somewhere says that's how much it should cost in Times Square. We should ask ourselves: "what's so Goddamn special about Times Square gum?" that merits the silly price.And we should also ask ourselves if gum is $1.75, who's really coming to see our art?

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Glenville Lovell's GOING FOR LOVE opens today (Brooklyn)

How much are you willing to give up for love? Curtis lives there. Velda lives here. And with over 2,500 miles of ocean between them... everything can go wrong!
Glenville Lovell's
Going for Love
Susan Olton Kennedy / Dianne Dixon
Mark Anthony Williams / Sinck
August 6, 8; 9
August 13, 15; 16
Thur @ 7:30PM. Sat @ 8PM. Sun @ 6:30PM
Info/Group Rates: 718-880-7652 / 718-783-8345 / 718-773-7420
Online Tickets/Reservation: 212-352-3101
Admission$25 (in advance).
$35 (at the door)
Group/Senior/ Student Discounts Available
St Francis College - Little Theater
Downtown Brooklyn, New York
Subway: Court Street/Borough Hall - 2, 3, 4; 5. N, M; R. Jay Street/Borough Hall - A, C; F
Bus:B25, B26, B37, B38, B41, B45, B51, B52; B75 - Court /Jeroloman Streets182 Remsen Street (between Clinton & Court Streets)
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Caribbean Cultural Theatre
138 South Oxford Street
Brooklyn, New York 11217

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Call for Plays (Deadline: ASAP)

The Living Room Project - Call for Submissions
For one year we will transform the "Living Room" of the Wonderland Collective into a stage, giving life to three wildly imaginative, intelligent, and intimate new plays. Only problem, we need plays! If you have a full length script with a small cast that you are interested in having workshopped or produced in a non-traditional space, we might be just the people to do it. The Living Room is a 25 by 25 foot room with 16 foot ceilings and seats approximately 25-30 people (on couches of course.) But don't imagine conventional living room plays, cause while it's as safe as your living room, the possibilities are endless. If you're interested in getting down and dirty and creating shows that are relevant, challenging artists and audiences alike; shows that break the boundaries of form, taking advantage of theatre as an interdisciplinary art form; shows that bring artists together in a community and challenge them to find divinity and integrity in their work, then the Living Room Project might be for you. Selected shows will be rehearsed and produced in The Living Room for a 9 performance run with a non-equity cast. Director and small production/marketing budget will be provided. Scripts will be reviewed on a rolling basis for the season, but it's best not to lollygag, the first show opens at the end of October, and we still need a script! Please send submissions to
Location: Astoria
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Call for Plays (Deadline 9/15)


09-15-09 A Table and Chairs
11-15-09 Seven Plays in Seven Holi-Days
12-30-09 Annual Season

A Table and Chairs: 10 Minute Plays
Seven Plays in Seven Holi-Days: 10 Minute Plays, theme: holidays
Annual Season: Full-Length Plays

The n.u.f.a.n. ensemble accepts submissions of new work at various times throughout the year. “New work” is defined as a play that has never had a full production (table readings and workshops are acceptable, however).

Submissions must be in standard industry format, including page numbers and binding. Please remove all identifying information from the title page of the script. Your contact information should be included on a separate page.

Scripts will not be returned. Any scripts not selected for our season will either be maintained in our records for future consideration or recycled.

The following is our submission schedule. All scripts must be postmarked on or before the final day of each call for scripts.

A Table and Chairs: a 10 minute play festival
Submissions accepted August 1 – September 15.
Send one hard copy of the script.This festival is open to all playwrights.
No subject matter or genre restrictions.
Set pieces are limited to a table and two chairs.
Chosen plays will be announced October 1

Annual Season: full-length plays for production or staged reading
Submissions accepted September 1 – December 31.
This festival is open to all playwrights.
No subject matter or genre restrictions.
Send one hard copy of the synopsis with a ten-page writing sample.
Please include cast/tech needs and resume.
Chosen plays will be announced in August of the following year.

Seven Plays in Seven Holi-Days: a 10 minute play festival
Submissions accepted October 1 – November 15.Send one hard copy of the script.
This festival is open to all playwrights.
Plays can be any genre, but must be on the subject of “holidays.”
Chosen plays announced December 1.

If you have any questions regarding submissions, you may direct them to

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Call for Plays (Deadline 9/1)


New writers. New actors. New directors. New audiences. You up for this? 2009 marks the start of Lost Beat Generation, a theatre and performance alternative stemming from Fort Worth's thirteen-year-old SceneShop. Like its older sibling, LBG will focus on original material and minimalist staging, but that may be where the similarity ends. Led by SceneShop's Technical Director, University of Texas at Arlington theatre senior Nicholas Irion, LBG will initiate its efforts by reaching out to new writers.

"For us, it has always begun with the words," says SceneShop co-founder and Artistic Director Steven McGaw, "and I think this new venture can really make contact with a younger and untapped community of playwrights. Where Nick and his peers take it from there is up to them."

THE SKINNY: Lost Beat Generation, a project of Fort Worth's 13-year-old SceneShop, is looking for new and provocative unpublished works that will offer audiences challenges as regards politics, sexuality and most importantly, unconventional thinking.

LBG is aiming to perform at various venues, festivals, etc., so variety is important. In general, submitted works will need to require no more than four characters, minimal staging and run no longer than thirty minutes- but scripts in the 10 to 15-minute range are welcome and encouraged.

LBG wants to work with and encourage new playwrights and asks, in return, that writers approach submitting pieces to us with openness and flexibility. In fact, all of the above guidelines are flexible..INCLUDING TIME.. LENGTH.. ETC; let us see what you've got to say! Please contact us with scripts, thoughts, questions or recipes at LostBeatGeneration@gmail.com

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Call for Plays (Deadline 8/31)


Material: Full-Length Plays based on, or inspired by works of classic literature, or historic events and/or persons. We prefer plays that require six actors or less, and have a particular interest in one-person shows. However, even in the case of one-person shows, we are not looking for history lectures, or museum piece adaptations that are faithful to a fault, but rather dynamic new theatrical versions of classic stories that speak to the contemporary mindset. In order to qualify for PlayFest a play must:

1. Not have received more than two professional AEA productions
2. Not have received a Broadway of Off-Broadway production
3. Not have received Orlando production in current form
4. Not be published for general distribution

We are also seeking Musical adaptations. We will be a little less strict about the cast size, but are only interested in musicals based on or inspired by works of classic literature or historic events and persons.

Each year we select around ten new plays to be presented as readings. Two or three of those plays will go on to be developed in workshops during PlayFest -The Harriett Lake Festival of New Plays. Playwrights will receive a stipend, travel and housing expenses. Some plays may go on to be fully produced as part of a subsequent Orlando Shakespeare Theater season.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES – PLEASE FOLLOW THESE CAREFULLY: Non-musical submissions should include a bio/resume, a two-paragraph synopsis, five pages of sample dialogue, a character breakdown, and an email address. Musicals should include all of the aforementioned items and the most recent Demo CD of the show. Please do not send full scripts until requested to do so.

Mail submissions to:
Patrick Flick
Director of New Play Development
PlayFest -The Harriett Lake Festival of New Plays
Orlando Shakespeare Theater
812 East Rollins St.Suite 100
Orlando, FL 32803
Initial submission deadline for PlayFest 2010 is August 31, 2009. If you wish to be notified of receipt of your submission, please include a SAS Postcard. Otherwise you will only hear from us if we would like to see a full script. DO NOT SEND FULL SCRIPTS UNTIL INSTRUCTED TO DO SO! WRITE ON!

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Call for Plays (Deadline 8/15)


Material: One-Act Plays (approx. 50pgs)
The Georgia Theatre Conference, the official theatre organization for the state of Georgia, is now taking submissions for its annual One Act New Play Competition. The competition is open writers inside and outside of Georgia. Plays may be submitted in one of two categories: Professional or Secondary. The winning play in the Professional category will receive a $250.00 prize and will also be performed as a staged reading at the Georgia Theatre Conference convention held in Columbus, GA, October 14-18, 2009. There is a $150.00 prize and certificate for the winner in the Secondary category.

Guidelines are listed below:
*Entries will be accepted between May 1, 2009 and August 15, 2009.
*One submission per playwright only. Play submissions must be one act in length. Full length scripts, children’s plays, and musicals are not acceptable. Plays should be less than approximately 50 pages in length, running-time no longer than one hour, and limited to 10 or fewer characters.
*Plays must be unproduced (no professional productions) and unpublished. Readings and workshops are acceptable.
*Plays submitted in the secondary category must be submitted by the playwright, who – at the time of submission - has either not graduated from high school or is younger than 19 years of age. All other plays submitted by college/university age writers and older must be entered in the Professional category.

Plays may be submitted in either hard copy or by email attachment in Microsoft Word or PDF format.
Hardcopy: One non-returnable copy with the playwright’s current address, telephone number(s), and email address. Do not include SASE. Do not include playwright information on the pages of the script.
Electronic: Email attachment in Microsoft Word or PDF format with the following guidelines:
*Text in 11-12 point type and in plain font (e.g. Times New Roman)
*Script must include page numbers at the bottom of each page
*The author’s name should not appear anywhere in the script
*Do not include resumes, playwright biographies, or history of the play.

Please send all entries to:
Dr. Jimmy Bickerstaff
Department of Communication Arts,
TheatreValdosta State University
1500 North Patterson Street
Valdosta, GA 31698

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Derek Lee McPhatter's BRING THE BEAT BACK opens TODAY (Brooklyn)

AUGUST 5 & 6, 2009 @ 730PM
The Beat is your last best hope for salvation
by Derek Lee McPhatter
138 South Oxford Street
BAM Cultural District in Fort Greene
$5 Suggested Donation
Subway 2, 3, 4, 5, B, Q to Atlantic Ave
D, M, N, R to Pacific Street
C to Lafayette Ave G to Fulton St
Directed by
Christopher Burris
Lee Avant, Vandit Bhatt, Jerome Braggs, Gabe Canett,
Shydel James*, Fatima Quander*, and Penni Danielle Tinsley*
Tru Believers know the Musicship Megarhythmic is on its way to save them from the End of the World, but you can’t get on if you can’t get down, and somebody done stole the beat. Trudy thinks her boy-crazed brother may be the troublemaker in question. And unless she can literally “straighten things out” between her brother and his latest love, the Musicship may just groove on by without them. Reaching into a transcendental realm of underground dance music, Bring the Beat Back is an experimental work of music-drama.
Listen to Derek's Story Corps interview on P-Funk, Octavia Butler, and his approach to sci-fi. Come early to the show and hear his full interview starting at 7PM.
8/5: Sheree Renee Thomas, Editor of Dark Matter: A Century of Speculative Fiction from the African Diaspora
8/6: Kenyon Farrow, Contributor, Spirited: Affirming the Soul and Black Gay/Lesbian Identity
Produced by Freedom Train Productions, FIRE! New Play Festival 2009 presents new political theatre featuring black queer protagonists. The work collectively covers a spectrum of human struggle and culture. Major funders include The Union Square Arts Awards, a project of the Tides Foundation, Stonewall Community Foundation, and S/HEROES FOR THE FUTURE.
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Tuesday, August 4, 2009

William a. Parker's A LITTLE 4 PLAY opens National Black Theatre Fest TODAY (Winston-Salem)

Catch William a. Parker's
(Four plays/Four readings) at
Krankies Coffee
during the
National Black Theatre Festival
in Winston Salem, North Carolina
August 4 - August 8, 2009.

Krankies Coffee
211 E Third Street
Winston-Salem, NC

8/4 Parker's Plays Stage Reading The Awakening
Bebe Drake directs:
Starring Elain Graham, Charles Weldon, Joyce Sylvester, Bebe Drake,
Alex Johnson & Wee-Wee Parker
doors 5pm, show 5:30pm, $free
8/5 Parker's Plays Stage Reading The Difference Between Men & Women
Joan Lewis Directs: Her all-star cast is a secret...
doors 5pm, show 5:30pm, $free
8/6 Parker's Plays Stage Reading Waitin' 2 End Hell
Terrence Spivey Directs:
Tommy Richmond Hicks, Marva Hicks, Thyais Walsh, Neal Hodges, Joseph Primes
doors 5pm, show 5:30pm, $free
8/8 Parker's Plays Stage Readings Me & My Boy
Michael W. Benjamin Directs: Cast To-Be-Announced
doors 5pm, show 5:30pm, $free
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Monday, August 3, 2009

Excuse us as we appropriate Gary Garrison's thought of the day...

The Loop Online (Resources) is well worth signing up for especially since it's free. Besides getting info re submission opportunities, you get weekly emailed thoughts from its founder, Gary Garrison. Here's today's:

When I've cursed...

And thrown it against the wall. And shut my computer off. And wondered what the fuck I'm doing in this business? And why are theatre people such assholes sometimes? And why can't they respond to my play in a timely manner and just offer a straight-forward, "yes, we want it," or, "no, we don't." And questioned my talent, my time, my commitment in way I'd let no other person question it. After I've done all of that -- all the bitching, moaning and groaning, whining and whimpering I can possibly eek out, I remember the very sage words one aging, drunken, boisterous dinner guest shared with me one night, spoken over her martini glass and with a piercing gaze: No one asked you to be a writer.

Amen, sister.

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Call for plays

Play Writer Needed (NYC)
Date: 2009-08-03, 2:50AM EDTReply to: [Errors when replying to ads?]

Talented playwrite needed for a small musical set in a modern day pub / bar with a cast of 4 - 6.We are looking for a gifted and creative writer who will build a story line and write the script (the music is written by another party).

This is a PAID JOB, please contact us for more information and please provide some information about yourself, samples of similar writing you have done in the past and if you can come up with a few ideas for general plot lines, that would be even more amazing.

Looking forward to hearing from you,
Location: NYC
it's NOT ok to contact this poster with services or other commercial interests
Compensation: QUOTE

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Sunday, August 2, 2009

Perry Henzell & Trevor Rhone's "The Harder They Come" opens 8/29 (Miami)

A hard-driving, irresistible musical celebration! Young singer Ivan Martin heads to Kingston with dreams of becoming a reggae star, but a corrupt and drug-fueled music industry drives him into a fast and furious life as Jamaica's most-wanted outlaw and most-celebrated underground star.

Accompanied by a killer band of outstanding reggae musicians, the cast performs all the classic songs from the film soundtrack, including “By The Rivers of Babylon,” the title song, and the unforgettable global phenomenon, “You Can Get It If You Really Want.”

Jan Ryan, Robert Fox and Michael White
presents the Theatre Royal Stratford East and UK Arts production of
The Harder They Come
Written by Perry Henzell
Directed by Dawn Reid and Kerry Michael
Based on the film The Harder They Come
produced and directed by
Perry Henzell and co-written by Trevor Rhone.
To see a video of the production and to order tickets, please click the post's title.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Call for short scripts and monologues (Deadline: 8/24)

Short Script and Monologue Submissions (North Hollywood)
Date: 2009-07-30, 11:03PM PDTReply to: [Errors when replying to ads?]
Paragon Arts Presents Project Crossroads
Crossroads: A place where two or more roads meet; a point at which a crucial decision must be made You've been here before. It can be a frightening place. But the constellation that emerges from these points forms the trajectory of your life. We are looking for short scripts (10-15 minutes) and monologues which show real life experiences of being at a "crossroads". Send all submissions to by August 24. Selected scripts will be performed at T.U. Studios in North Hollywood November 14-15, 2009. Paragon Arts is a Los Angeles based non-profit organization dedicated to using the performing arts to find solutions, overcome barriers, and uplift the human experience.
Location: North Hollywood
it's NOT ok to contact this poster with services or other commercial interests
Compensation: no pay

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