Friday, September 27, 2013

Call for Plays

The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center is now accepting scripts for development during the *2014 National Playwrights Conference*. Applicants may submit works to the O’Neill’s Open Submissions Process through *Friday, October 25, 2012*. The National Playwrights Conference, which will celebrate fifty years of new play development during the summer of 2014, is led by Artistic Director Wendy C. Goldberg. The conference supports playwrights during the creation and development of new plays. Authors of selected works are awarded residency with a stipend, housing, meals, and transportation for July 2014 to support an intensive rehearsal process and two script-in-hand public readings. 

Any play of any length or genre is eligible; however, to be included in the conference, the work must remain unproduced through July 31, 2014. Early submissions are strongly encouraged. Neither agent submission nor previous experience are required. There is a submission fee of $35.00 USD to support the reading and selection process. Both electronic and hard copy applications are accepted. The O'Neill takes its mission for the discovery of new work and artists to heart. 

The O'Neill receives approximately 1,000 scripts for consideration and in each of the past three years, seven of the developed works were discovered through the open submission process. Submissions are sent to readers across the country and read blindly, allowing volunteer readers to focus on each writer’s voice and story, rather than a recognizable name or previous accomplishment. One or two works and/or collaborations each conference are at the invitation of the O’Neill, and help launch conversations with a larger national field. 

The National Playwrights Conference, the O’Neill’s founding program, was launched in 1964. Playwrights have shaped the Conference from its very inception. When founder George C. White first gathered a prominent group of emerging writers to discuss their needs, the result was the O’Neill model – a place where playwrights can focus entirely on the development of their plays in workshop production without the pressures of commercial endeavors. More than 600 plays have been developed through the National Playwrights Conference. 

Please direct any questions about the submission process to Anne G. Morgan, Literary Manager at (860) 443-5378 ext. 227 or email

A tip of our backward-wearing Kangols to Owa for bringing this to our attention.

Mario Farwell's "STARFEST" opening at the Ivory Theatre (St. Louis)

Mario Farwell
Starfest is a new musical comedy by Mario Farwell (book and lyrics) and Stratos Diamantis (music). 20-years-in-the-making, it will have its world premiere at the Ivory Theatre in April 2014. Good luck, Mario!

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Stephen C. Byrd & Alia Jones-Harvey, Broadway Producers, Bring More Color To 'The Great White Way'

Alia Jones-Harvey and Stephen C. Byrd

Orlando Bloom and Condola Rashad
Following the success of two more star-studded revivals, including “A Streetcar Named Desire" and Horton Foote’s “The Trip To Bountiful," Byrd and Jones-Harvey kicked off their newest production, "Romeo and Juliet," this past weekend, featuring a multicultural lineup -- an African-American Juliet (Condola Rashad) and a white Romeo (Orlando Bloom). The revival marks the first time in 36 years that the play will be produced on Broadway. Huffpost Black Voices spoke with Byrd and Jones-Harvey to get their insight on the industry, how their background in finance sets them apart, and what they plan to bring to the stage next. To continue reading, please click here.

Special Tip of our backward-wearing Kangols to Owa for bringing this to our attention.

Miami playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney wins $625,000 2013 MacArthur Fellowship

To learn more, please click here.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

AAPEX Actors Reading Room

AAPEX Actors Reading Room.
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Dear Playwrights and Filmmakers,

When I left the graduate dramaturgy program at VCU in 1980, I walked away wondering exactly what the #%&amp a dramaturg, or dramaturge, was supposed to do? 

I got to test the waters in my home town of Atlanta during the 1980s and, after a brief stint as the Assistant to the Directors at The Alliance Theatre, for which I was not temperamentally suited, I took myself down to the Margaret Mitchell branch of The Atlanta Public Library and requested a room in which to set up a place for actors and other theatre artists, and theatre goers, to research local productions. 

At that time, as some of you may remember, when we did research, we used books. 

Needless to say, I was young and under the illusion that such adventures would appeal to other artists, but sadly mistaken. Very few people were interested in going to the library, so I stopped wasting my time and moved on to other things. 

Now we have the internet and things have changed and we can share whatever via the internet, so I have decided to reboot The Actors Reading Room and to use it to promote the playwrights and plays that I am working with. 

Anytime you are ready to discuss how this will work with me, just hit me back. The best plays to position here are ones which would require actors to do historical research, but plays that involve social issues are also good to explore. I look forward to chatting with any one who is interested. You can reach me here.

Jaz Dorsey
Dramaturg and Founder of AAPEX

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Tickets for Spiral Theatre's first show on 9/27 now on sale (NYC)

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The Spiral Theatre Studio is opening it's premier season this Fall with our SALT & PEPPER SERIES. Our first play in the series is STORIES MY GRANDMOTHER TOLD ME, and opens Friday, September 27th. It is a new play adopted from short stories by Ted Swindley, (ALWAYS PATSY CLINE) that weaves a modern Southern gothic tale of a young man’s relationship with the matriarch of his family. With content reminiscent of Tennessee Williams and a style similar to A.R. Gurney’s LOVE LETTERS and ANCESTRAL VOICES. This highly theatrical narrative piece will touch the hearts of audiences who understand the strong influences that grandparents have in their lives. Please support us - buy a ticket for a student or senior. To learn more and to buy tickets, please click here

Jaz Dorsey, 
Managing Director/Dramaturge 
The Spiral Theatre Studio.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Call for Plays

SoBe Arts is looking for a few new plays (not yet performed or produced) for a series of play readings later this season. Send your play summary to by Oct. 1

Friday, September 13, 2013

Screenwriter Danny Strong on LEE DANIELS' THE BUTLER

Danny Strong
By Jenna Milly for Screenwriter U:
For nearly three and a half decades the White House had a man under its roof who saw almost as much as an of its presidents. His name was Eugene Allen and he was head butler. When Washington Post reporter Wil Haygood wrote an article about the extraordinary life of this White House employee who served under eight presidents, Hollywood jumped at the chance to make it into a movie. 
But they needed a screenwriter. So, they turned to actor and screenwriter Danny Strong, who is best known for playing Jonathan Levinson in Buffy the Vampire Slayer but you also may have seen him in reoccurring roles in Mad Men and Gilmore Girls. What did this veteran actor say when asked to translate this real life story into a feature film? “I was pretty overwhelmed by the concept,” Strong said. 
But that didn’t stop him. “It’s difficult to put a movie together over so many years, but the ability to be in a room in the White House over a 30 year historical period seems unreal.” Strong developed the character of Cecil Gaines – played by Forest Whitaker -- a poor sharecropper who goes north to find work in the hotel industry.
To read more and to listen to the interview, please click here.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Brigid Turner's FOR A DARK SKIN GIRL needs your help

Fundraising Campaign | For A Dark Skin Girl, 2013 from Nvitestyle on Vimeo.

Brigid Turner
Here's a great example of a writer being proactive in his or her career-- something AAPEX has advocated from the beginning. Written and directed by Brigid Turner, For a Dark Skin Girl, is a love story set in the 1950’s in a town where race is an issue. It has the feel of  "Little House on the Prairie" and the essence of "Beast of the Southern Wild". The production is currently trying to raise funds through Indigogo to shoot the first episode of a proposed TV mini-series. The inspiring video is well worth the watch and consideration of a contribution to the cause. Power to the Fro!

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

LEGACY, 9/30 (Atlanta)

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Carlton and Barbara Molette
LEGACY received an Ethel Woolson Award that provides a director, a dramaturge, and a cast for a one week development workshop. The concluding event is a reading that will take place on September 30, 2013, at 7:30 pm at Atlanta’s Southwest Arts Center Black Box Theater, 915 New Hope Road, Atlanta, Georgia.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Spiral Stage inches closer to reality

Spiral Stage modular units
The carpeted (Thanks, Mohawk!) modular units that embody The Spiral Theatre Studio are completed and waiting shipment from Nashville to NYC for the theatre's first production, Ted Swindley's Stories My Grandmother Told Me (Opening 9/27). Built in Nashville by David Allds and Steve Alberts, the signature components of the Spiral Stage may be the most eco-friendly of its kind, going as far as using wood cut from a sawmill powered by a... horse (see video below).

Spiral Theatre Studio 
242 W. 36th Street 

Paula J. Riley 
Artistic Director

Jaz Dorsey
Managing Director

Sunday, September 8, 2013


Why don't we have a real company of enormous theater potential, 
inclusive of all aspects of the profession and its industry?

A center for investigative theater 
conducted by a multi-disciplinary group of Associate Artists. 

Owa Jackson
Theatre Central, a hub for investigative theater, boldly exploring the junction of theater and society working with a multi-disciplinary group of Associate Artists, the company will commission, develop, and produce new plays for audiences in New York, nationally, and internationally; creatively engaging communities through artistic and educational programs, stimulating an expansive multi-cultural range of theater in all aspects of subject matters, audiences, including the use of online media, and more. All of these labors help to advance twenty-first century theater as an engine of artistic and social innovation and as a critically vital part of our social, economic and spiritual fabric.

What do you think?
Owa Jackson 

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Call for plays from women of color (Deadline: 10/15)

Southern Rep is pleased to announce that it will accept submissions for The Ruby Prize, effective immediately. The $10,000 annual award is named in honor of Ruby Bridges, who showed incredible perseverance in the face of formidable obstacles. The Ruby Prize seeks to support women playwrights of color whose work changes the voice of American theatre. Submit: 

This program was conceived as part of ongoing efforts made by Southern Rep to develop new American plays, support a diverse community of artists, and incite a stimulating dialogue within our community. 

- $10,000 prize 
- A week long development workshop with collaboration of full artistic team at the Southern Rep New Play Bacchanal, held in New Orleans in January 2014. 
- A sponsored trip to New York to continue development of the play and introduce the new work to a larger audience (All travel includes roundtrip air and accommodations.) 
- Two finalists will be selected to have their new works read at the Southern Rep New Play Bacchanal in January 2014. (Includes roundtrip air and accommodations. There is no cash award associated with the selection of finalists.) 

GUIDELINES: - The contest will be open to US citizens who self-identify as women of color, and may be either emerging or established playwrights. 
- Southern Rep’s in-house readers will review and evaluate scripts, selecting finalists that will be move into the next round of judging. The final panel consists of national and local theatre artists with Southern Rep’s Artistic Director, Aimée Hayes.
- Plays may be of any genre: drama, comedy, musical, etcetera. We will not accept collaborative scripts, translations, one-acts, or any play previously submitted to Southern Rep. In the case of musical submissions, only the playwright will be eligible for the prize. 
- Plays that have had a professional production may not be submitted. Plays that have received a workshop, reading, or non-professional production are eligible. (“Professional production” shall be defined as a production with paid actors and an official press opening). 
- Only one submission per playwright is allowed. 

Each submission shall include a letter of introduction which should contain a brief play synopsis, a character breakdown, playwright bio, and brief history of the play’s development. The manuscript should have a title page containing the playwright’s name, address and contact information. This information may ONLY appear on the title page. Submissions must be sent by email, as an attached document, in PDF (preferred) or Word doc format.

Deadline: 10/15

Monday, September 2, 2013

AAPEX Productions since 2007

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