Actors’ Announces 10th Annual Living on the Edge Call for Submissions: “Superstition”

2013 marks the tenth installment of the Actors’ Theatre annual 10 minute play festival, Living on the Edge.  We cordially extend an invitation to interested Michigan writers to submit a script for consideration.

The deadline for scripts will be March 1, 2013.  Actors’ Living on the Edge committee, guided by Actors’ Literary Manager Randy Wyatt, will read all scripts.  From the initial submission, ten semi-finalists will be selected for a public reading, to be held in April of 2013. All writers whose work is not selected for public reading will receive written feedback on their work by April 30, 2013.

The reading of the fifteen scripts presented on a Saturday in April (Date/Time TBA) at Spectrum Theater, 160 Fountain Street.  At the public reading playwrights will receive verbal and written feedback on their piece. Based on audience response and feedback, the Living on the Edge committee will choose five finalists from the scripts read at the public reading.  These finalists will receive full production from June 6-8, 2013 in the “black box” performance space (Room 201 – Spectrum Theater Building).

The writers whose scripts are chosen for final production will receive $100. Everyone who submits a script for consideration will receive two complimentary tickets to any show during the Actors’ 2013-14 Season. The theme this year that writers are asked to respond to is “Superstition”. We encourage playwrights to consider the following as they craft their submission:

·         The five scripts chosen will be performed before an audience. We always encourage writers to create pieces that will be dynamic and engaging when presented by performers on stage.

·          We’re excited to read your submission so choose any direction that is exciting and productive for you as a writer.  If you’re excited about the direction, it’s more likely that we will see that in your submission as well.

·         Craft a 10 minute play highlighting an aspect of the chosen theme.  It can tie in broadly or very specifically, but relevance to the theme is a key consideration in selection.

Submit your play, including a brief synopsis, by email to script_submissions@atgr.org and include “LOTE X” in the subject line.  Submissions will also be accepted via U.S. mail to

Actors’ Theatre
Attn: LOTE X
143 Bostwick NE
Grand Rapids, MI, 49503

on or before March 1, 2013. To be considered, the playwright must currently reside in the state of Michigan, or have resided within the last twelve months.  All submissions must include a cover page that lists your name, address, phone number, email, title of play, total number of actors, and a brief synopsis of the work. Please do not list your name on any page other than your cover so that all plays may be read with anonymity by the committee.  Final production decisions will be based on originality, ability to cast and produce, and the way the plays chosen fit together for an evening of theatre.

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