Monday, May 30, 2011

The AAPEX Catalog

Just to let everyone know, after 4 years of research which has included over 40 new play readings in cities around the country - which has involved pulling lots of rabbits out of lots of hats -  I can define the AAPEX mission.

AAPEX is a Literary organization, not a theatrical one.

I would like to think that we will all have the joy of seeing our plays produced in our lifetimes. Posthumous fame isn't all it's cracked up to be.

However, I feel it is more important for me at this point to make sure that your scripts are read and studied.

The internet offers us amazing new options and opportunities for making out work available, so the next phase of our progress will be to research and develop an AAPEX catalogue.

Also, while we are on the subject, Alan Woods, Director of the Jerome Lawrence & Robert E. Lee theatre archives at Ohio State has established an AAPEX archive and everyone should consider getting your scripts into the archive. You can find a link to the site on the right.

This idea was first planted in my head by AAPEX founding member and our blog editor, Dave Copeland. If you have not visited the blog lately, check out the interviews with many of our members.

If any one would like to assist with this, please let me know. I could especially use input from any librarians among you.

Also, if you are not a member of the Dramatists Guild, please join.


Friday, May 27, 2011


Who can audition?

Anyone with a knowledge of the HARLEM RENAISSANCE and an author they would like to read from and singers with songs from the Harlem Renaissance repertoire. Students welcome. You must audition with a selection of 3 - 5 minutes and be able to say something about the author or composer.

Contact me to schedule an audition and to find out more information.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Petronia Paley to direct DC Copeland's "Once Upon A Time In Harlem: A Jitterbug Romance"

Petronia Paley

Distinguished actor, director, playwright and teacher Petronia Paley will direct D.C. Copeland's "Once Upon A Time In Harlem: A Jitterbug Romance." Winner of the Jaz Dorsey Fusion Award, this reading is based on the "radio" version of the three-act play which can be found here. Theatre and time TBA. To learn more about Ms. Paley, please click the post's title to visit her website.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Call for Plays (Deadline 6/25/11)

New Play Festival Submissions

Date: 2011-05-16, 3:43PM EDT
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The Truffle Theatre Company is seeking submissions by emerging playwrights for one act and full length plays for the TTC New Play Festival.

This summer, Truffle Theatre Company is hosting a five day new play festival presenting three to four full length plays and two to four one act plays. Each play will have a staged reading and be seen by industry professionals and producers.


-We are seeking one act plays (40 minutes to an hour in length) and full length plays (hour and a half or longer).
-Submissions must be original (no translations or adaptations) and have never been professionally produced in NYC or elsewhere.
-Submit play electronically or through mail, more information at Include bio and brief synopsis.
-Any number of characters, no specific requirements.
-No submission fee.
-Play must have never been published.


-TTC will produce a staged reading of your show with emerging actors and directors.
-No sets, props, etc. will be used except chairs and tables.
-Show will be given one performance with option of a full production in the future.

Deadline: June 25th, 2011

For more information please click the post's title.

Call for Plays

Playwrights Submit Your Work To Our Reading Series For Free (Midtown)

Date: 2011-05-16, 4:14PM EDT
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Identity Theater's First Annual "Self Aware" Reading Series

Submission Guidelines for Playwrights

Identity Theater Company will accept submissions for the 1st Annual "Self Aware" Reading Series beginning May 20, 2011 through June 20,2011. Playwrights and/or their representatives will have an opportunity to hand deliver their play May 19th, 2011 at the Identity Fundraiser.

The event will present playwrights with an opportunity to discuss their play and its artistic significance. Our reading series will be presented at reputable performing arts and theater space in Manhattan. Identity Theater Company is establishing the Self Aware Reading Series to present audiences with well-crafted plays that embrace our mission statement to challenge the issues of the human condition while at the same time offering playwrights a professional venue to explore their work. Recently formed in 2011, the theater's goal is to showcase new works, playwrights and ideas.

In our reading series approximately 6 (six) original plays will be selected from submissions from all over the United States. One to two works will presented each of the dates of the series. Participants in the reading series are also eligible for the Linnehan & Brown Playwright Award in honor of Identity Theater Company’s Executive and Development Directors' commitment to cost-free theater. The Linnehan & Brown Award is presented to a playwright whose work challenges convention in both content and form.

There is a $40 submission fee payable only if your play has been selected for our series. This fee will be waived for the playwright who receives the Linnehan & Brown Award. The winner will be announced on our website and the winning playwright contacted by email. Those wishing to enter their work for the award must do so at the May 19th Fundraiser at 732 8th Avenue New York, NY between 7pm and 9pm.

Tickets will be $10. Industry comps will be available, and the presenters will do their best to bring press in for the shows. Playwrights will receive the box office proceeds after the house minimum is satisfied.

Submissions should be hand delivered May 19, 2011 to the third floor of the Playwright Celtic Pub at 732 8th Avenue btwn 45th and 46th streets at 7pm and 9pm. After May 20,2011 submissions may be emailed with "Self Aware" as the subject. Submissions may also be mailed. Any playwright wishing to mail their work should first email us for mailing address and detail delivery method. Submissions are not accepted by fax. Mailed submissions must be postmarked by June 10, 2011. Playwrights whose plays are selected will be notified by email late July 2011. Plays will not be returned, so please do not send a return envelope.

• There will be a mandatory production meeting for all playwrights or their representatives.

• Please click post's title for additional information.

Good Luck!!!

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Call for 10-minute plays by African American women (Deadline 6/6/2011)

Going to the River and Ensemble Studio Theatre (EST) are now accepting submissions for THE RIVER CROSSES RIVERS: A FESTIVAL OF SHORT PLAYS BY WOMEN OF COLOR. Going to the River (GTTR) is a program founded to produce and support African-American female playwrights by providing a major New York City forum in which playwrights develop, refine, and present their work.
Requirements: Ten-minute plays by female playwrights of color New and never produced. Limit of 2 plays Estimated running time of no more than ten minutes Please be mindful of cast size. The submission deadline is Monday June 6th, 2011 at 5:00pm EDT Ten plays will be selected and produced on EST’s main-stage in the Fall of 2011.
Only e-mail submissions addressed to will be considered. To be considered submissions be in the form of one Microsoft Word document and organized as follows:
Page 1: Cover page to include: the title page estimated running time the playwright’s name, address, city, zip code, phone number
Page 2: A biography of the playwright
Page 3: Character Breakdown
Page 4: Begin the body of the play
We are sorry we are unable to take phone calls. You may address inquiries to:
Please click the post's title to go to the EST website.