Shakespeare’s New Contemporaries ($25,000 prize)

Shakespeare’s New Contemporaries, set up by the American Shakespeare Centre, is a groundbreaking, industry-changing undertaking to discover, develop, and produce a new canon of 38 plays that are inspired by and in conversation with Shakespeare’s work.  It’s an opportunity for playwrights of every gender, race, and creed to partner with Shakespeare.

What you get: Each winning playwright will receive a $25,000 cash prize, plus travel to and housing in Staunton, Virginia for the rehearsal period and opening of their production. ​​

What to submit: 

  • The play must be written for a cast of 10-12 actors.
  • The play must be able to be performed with minimal sets.
  • The play must be able to be performed with universal (shared) lighting.
  • The play must be 2(ish) hours long.
  • The play must be inspired by or in conversation with The Merry Wives of WindsorHenry IV, Part 1The Comedy of Errors; or The Winter’s Tale.
  • The play must have not yet had a professional production and preferably would remain unproduced through July 1, 2019.  (Questions about this?  Shoot them an e-mail).

How to apply: To smoothly navigate the process, they encourage you to prepare your materials before beginning the application.  To that end:

  • Remove your name and any contact information from the script.  Remove any agent or representation’s name and contact information from the script.
  • Include a Character Breakdown at the start of the script.  Please include age and gender in the breakdown, as well as any other information you’d like us to know.  If your play has more than 12 characters, they recommend (though don’t require) that your Character Breakdown also include suggested doubling.
  • Title the document with the title of your play.
  • Save your script as a PDF or Word document.

You will also have the opportunity (though you are not required) to upload a bio or resume; please make sure the document is titled with your name.  Additionally, you may upload any supporting materials that may be related to the play; please be sure to name each file “[Title of Play]_Additional Content”.

Submissions can be made via the website.

Deadline: 15 February 2018 at 11:59pm

Source: @RachelBublitz

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