This year marks the seventh edition of Actors’ Theatre’s 10 minute play festival, Living on the Edge and, once again, we are inviting all interested writers to submit a script for consideration.
The deadline for scripts will be February 8, 2010. The Actors’ Theatre Living on the Edge committee will read all scripts and select fifteen that will be read at a public reading on March 20, 2010. All writers whose pieces are not selected to be read at the public reading will receive written feedback from the Living on the Edge committee by February 23, 2010. The reading of the fifteen scripts presented on March 20, 2010 will begin at 10:00 AM at the Spectrum Theater. At the public reading playwrights will receive 5 minutes of verbal feedback on their piece. Then the Living on the Edge committee will choose five finalists from the plays read at the public reading which will be presented in full production in June 2010 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 for Actors’ 2010-2011 Season. The theme this year that writers are asked to respond to is Making Art/Making Money. Be sure to always keep in mind that 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 take off in any direction that is productive for you as a writer to produce a 10 minute play highlighting some aspect of Making Art/Making Money and offering your insight on the subject.
Submit the play by email to Kyle Amanda Dutkiewicz, Actors’ Managing Director or by U.S. mail to Actors’ Theatre / 143 Bostwick NE / Grand Rapids, MI, 49503 on or before February 8, 2009. 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.
Actors’ Theatre is dedicated to bringing the best in entertaining, innovative, challenging and thought-provoking theatre to West Michigan. We believe in the inclusion of all.
A few helpful hints as you write…
1) Plays are active. Characters must take stagable actions to achieve their goals. It is extraordinarily difficult to write a play starting from a “theme” or “moral”. Think in terms of characters and the actions they take and you’ll be likely to avoid writing an essay on stage.
2) Feel free to spin off from “Making Art/Making Money” in any way you like. Your play may obviously address this theme or only make sense to you. Remember that we are looking for a variety of genres: drama, comedy, farce, mystery, etc. Even musical!
3) Don’t try to write a two-act play in ten minutes. Focus on one event, one change of heart, one important moment. Read other published and successful ten minute plays to get a sense of the art form.
Look for more information on the public reading for the Living on The Edge series here on the newsletter and on the Actors’ Facebook page.