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Announcing our 2015 Living On The Edge XII Theme

Announcing Our 2015 LIVING ON THE EDGE XII – “Should Have Said” 10 Minute Play Series

June 4, 5 & 6, 2015

2015 marks the twelfth 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 13, 2015. Actors’ Living on the Edge committee will read all scripts. From the initial submission, ten semi-finalists will be selected for a public reading, to be held in April of 2015. All writers whose work is not selected for public reading will receive written feedback on their work by May 4th, 2015.

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 4-6, 2015 in the “black box” performance space (Room 201 – Spectrum Theater Building).

The writers whose scripts are chosen for final production will receive $100.pencil icon

The theme this year that writers are asked to respond to is
“Should Have Said”.

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 XII” in the subject line. Submissions will also be accepted via U.S. mail to

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

on or before March 13, 2015.

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 page 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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Living on The Edge Opens Tonight! 5 Plays by Michigan Playwrights

The following five plays, all written by Michigan playwrights, have been selected for performance June 19- 21, 2014 at 8PM in the GRCC Spectrum Theater Black Box (Room 201):

“Running Away” by G.M. Bud Thompson

Sometimes, when life becomes too much to handle, we think about running away. Sometimes we even try and if we are really lucky, someone tries to stop us. A “role reversal” drama with humor. Inspired by actual events.

“Another Man’s Shoes” by Brad Sytsma

When Dennis, a middle aged family man in the midst of a midlife crisis, finds himself waking from an unexpected nap on a park bench to a stranger strolling about in his shoes, he doesn’t realize that his world is about to get turned upside down. What do you do when an outrageous thief who doesn’t want to steal anything, and seems to know everything about you, offers you life advice while wearing your shoes?

“Skin Deep” by Kristin Andrea Hanratty

A woman who thinks that cosmetic surgery is the answer to her problems must decide how far she is willing to go in her quest for youth.

“Still Healing” by C.T. Mo

A family haunted by the loss of one son, Zak, to a hunting accident, deals with a father’s rejection of his only remaining child, Hank, and a mother’s fight to keep her son close to home.

“Not Your Run of the Mill Ten Minute Zombie Play” by John Thierwechter

This play looks at the zombie phenomenon from the zombie’s point of view; delving into the idea that there are more than one type of zombie, and that they may not be all that happy to actually be zombies. See the trials and tribulations and the desperate moves it actually takes to be a successful zombie!

 

LIVING ON THE EDGE XI: DESPERATE MOVES runs June 19-21 8PM in the Spectrum Theater Black Box.

Tickets are $10 general admission and can be purchased On-Line or by calling the Box Office at (616) 234-3946.

Tickets will be sold at the door but seating is limited so get your tickets in advance.

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Up Next: Living on the Edge, June 19 – 21

Desperate Moves Photo 2The following five plays, all written by Michigan playwrights, have been selected for performance June 19- 21, 2014 at 8PM in the GRCC Spectrum Theater Black Box (Room 201):

Running Away by G.M. Bud Thompson

Sometimes, when life becomes too much to handle, we think about running away. Sometimes we even try and if we are really lucky, someone tries to stop us. A “role reversal” drama with humor. Inspired by actual events.

Another Man’s Shoes by Brad Sytsma

When Dennis, a middle aged family man in the midst of a midlife crisis, finds himself waking from an unexpected nap on a park bench to a stranger strolling about in his shoes, he doesn’t realize that his world is about to get turned upside down. What do you do when an outrageous thief who doesn’t want to steal anything, and seems to know everything about you, offers you life advice while wearing your shoes?

Skin Deep by Kristin Andrea Hanratty

A woman who thinks that cosmetic surgery is the answer to her problems must decide how far she is willing to go in her quest for youth.

Still Healing by C.T. Mo

A family haunted by the loss of one son, Zak, to a hunting accident, deals with a father’s rejection of his only remaining child, Hank, and a mother’s fight to keep her son close to home.

Not Your Run of the Mill Ten Minute Zombie Play by John Thierwechter

This play looks at the zombie phenomenon from the zombie’s point of view; delving into the idea that there are more than one type of zombie, and that they may not be all that happy to actually be zombies. See the trials and tribulations and the desperate moves it actually takes to be a successful zombie!

LIVING ON THE EDGE XI: DESPERATE MOVES runs June 19-21 8PM in the Spectrum Theater Black Box.

Tickets are $10 general admission and can be purchased On-Line or by calling the Box Office at (616) 234-3946.

Tickets will be sold at the door but seating is limited so get your tickets in advance.

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Coming Up in June: Living on the Edge XI

Desperate Moves Photo 2The following five plays, all written by Michigan playwrights, have been selected for performance June 19- 21, 2014 at 8PM in the GRCC Spectrum Theater Black Box (Room 201):

“Running Away” by G.M. Bud Thompson

Sometimes, when life becomes too much to handle, we think about running away. Sometimes we even try and if we are really lucky, someone tries to stop us. A “role reversal” drama with humor. Inspired by actual events.

“Another Man’s Shoes” by Brad Sytsma

When Dennis, a middle aged family man in the midst of a midlife crisis, finds himself waking from an unexpected nap on a park bench to a stranger strolling about in his shoes, he doesn’t realize that his world is about to get turned upside down. What do you do when an outrageous thief who doesn’t want to steal anything, and seems to know everything about you, offers you life advice while wearing your shoes?

“Skin Deep” by Kristin Andrea Hanratty

A woman who thinks that cosmetic surgery is the answer to her problems must decide how far she is willing to go in her quest for youth.

“Still Healing” by C.T. Mo

A family haunted by the loss of one son, Zak, to a hunting accident, deals with a father’s rejection of his only remaining child, Hank, and a mother’s fight to keep her son close to home.

“Not Your Run of the Mill Ten Minute Zombie Play” by John Thierwechter

This play looks at the zombie phenomenon from the zombie’s point of view; delving into the idea that there are more than one type of zombie, and that they may not be all that happy to actually be zombies. See the trials and tribulations and the desperate moves it actually takes to be a successful zombie!

 

LIVING ON THE EDGE XI: DESPERATE MOVES runs June 19-21 8PM in the Spectrum Theater Black Box.

Tickets are $10 general admission and can be purchased On-Line or by calling the Box Office at (616) 234-3946.

Tickets will be sold at the door but seating is limited so get your tickets in advance.

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Calling for Scripts from Local Playwrights

Desperate Moves Photo 22014 marks the eleventh 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 12, 2014.  Actors’ Living on the Edge committee will read all scripts.  From the initial submission, ten semi-finalists will be selected for a public reading, to be held in April of 2014. All writers whose work is not selected for public reading will receive written feedback on their work by May 1st, 2014.

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 19-21, 2014 in the “black box” performance space (Room 201 – Spectrum Theater Building).

The writers whose scripts are chosen for final production will receive $100. The theme this year that writers are asked to respond to is “Desperate Moves”.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.

  • 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 XI” in the subject line.  Submissions will also be accepted via U.S. mail to

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

on or before March 12, 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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