Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Short Play Lab Seeking Scripts

John Chatterton's Short Play Lab Seeks Scripts for Dec. 18 - 19 -- Cash Prizes!!

The Short Play Lab is still looking for scripts for Dec. 18 - 19. New participants are welcome!

The rules are easy:
Deadline for Dec. 18 - 19 is Nov. 18. (Note the increased lead time.) Get that script in pronto!

Plays should be 1 - 10 pp. in standard playscript format.* (The shorter the better; shorter plays get priority.)

Submit scripts in MS-Word.

You produce the play; the SPL provides the theatre (at the Roy Arias Studios, 300 West 43rd Street, NYC).

Productions must be non-union: no showcases please! (And no Equity waivers, either.)

Keep production values to a minimum: costumes and hand props are okay. We provide rehearsal cubes, chairs, and a table or two.

We provide a board op, box office, and venue management.

There are no fees. The SPL keeps the door.

Tickets are $18. Each playwright and director gets to watch his/her show for free. There are no other comps.

There is a tech rehearsal, on the afternoon of Dec. 18. Plays get either 15 mins of tech (1 - 5 pp.) or 30 mins. of tech (6 - 10 pp.).

Every play gets 2 performances, 1 on Sat. and 1 on Sun.

We don't do staged readings. Be off-book, please! Plays not off-book during tech will be removed from the line-up.

There are usually 2 separate programs of plays; each program is performed twice. THE MOST POPULAR PRODUCTION IN EACH PROGRAM RECEIVES A CASH PRIZE OF $50. Winners are determined by polling patrons at the box office.

*12 pt Times Roman; character names in the middle on their own line; line spaces between speeches and between speeches and stage directions; indented stage directions.

The SPL is a lot of fun and a good way to see your work on its feet in a supportive environment. It's also a great way to see actors and directors at work, so you can recruit people for later productions.

To submit a script, send it as an attachment to john.chatterton@gmail.com. Any questions, just e-mail.

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