THE 36th WILLIAM INGE THEATER FESTIVAL
NEW PLAY LAB: CALL FOR PLAYS
Nobody is bored when he is trying to make something that is beautiful,
or to discover something that is true. -William Inge
The New Play Lab of the 36th William Inge Theater Festival and Conference offers playwrights who are attending the Festival an opportunity to have their work seen by professional writers, directors, and actors from around the country. In addition, all play lab playwrights work directly with elite writers in hands-on writing workshops.
The chosen scripts are rehearsed by top regional directors and actors in advance of the Festival, and receive a public reading for conference attendees and the public. A panel of select theater professionals serve as respondents to the work, following the reading.
Play lab writers participate in panel discussions, attend lunchtime lectures, take in evening performances followed by talkbacks with master playwrights and theater practitioners, and enjoy all the social events the Festival offers. The 2017 Inge Honoree for Distinguished Achievement in the American Theater is Beth Henley, who will be present throughout.
Past honorees, panelists, and workshop leaders include David Henry Hwang, Marsha Norman, Arthur Kopit, Terrence McNally, Paula Vogel, Donald Margulies, Lee Blessing, Mac Wellman, Caridad Svich, Shirley Knight, Barbara Dana, and Marshall Mason, among many others.
The William Inge Theater Festival and Conference seeks submissions of new one-act plays by playwrights who are attending the Festival, April 19-22, 2017, and wish to participate in the New Play Lab. In honor of our 36th year, 36 plays will be chosen for presentation. In the spirit of the one-act length, the submission panelists will evaluate only up to 30 minutes of a script. Any scripts of longer duration may be submitted, but only a maximum of 30 minutes will be evalauted.
In honor of William Inge and his exploration of the one act in both style and form in the latter years of his life, the Inge Fest New Play Lab surveys the one-act play format by presenting a variety of plays that challenge traditional structures, styles, and storytelling; and looks to diversify the very stories we tell and those who tell them. We strongly encourage submissions from traditionally under-represented voices.
This is a juried symposium. While we invite all playwrights to submit, the call for scripts is directed primarily at playwrights who are faculty members, graduate students, or professionals in the field who seek the opportunity to present their work and receive feedback from their most accomplished peers.
HOW DO I SUBMIT MY PLAY?
SCRIPTS: all scripts must be submitted in PDF format; any other format will be disqualified. No hard copy submissions are permitted. Your title page may not have any identifying information -- no author name or address -- or it will be returned to you. Give your script file the name 2017 + TITLE (for instance, 2017 Bus Stop.pdf). The submission panelists will evaluate only up to 30 minutes of a script. Any scripts of longer duration may be submitted, but only a maximum of 30 minutes will be evalauted.
IN A SEPARATE DOCUMENT, write the title of the play, your name and contact information, include a concise bio, a short synopsis of the play, and a summary of how you think your play would benefit from a play lab reading and panel response. Please give this accompanying document the name: TITLE only (i.e. Bus Stop.doc). Note: this document must be in Word (.doc) or RTF (.rtf) format, to enable us to copy your bio and synopsis into our Play Lab program.
Submit Script and accompanying Separate Document attached to an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
NOTE: SUBMISSIONS WILL BE CAPPED at 720 plays.
WHAT IS THE SUBMISSION DEADLINE?
The deadline is midnight, January 31, 2017. No submissions will be accepted after that date.
WHAT IS THE INGE FESTIVAL NEW PLAY LAB MISSION?
The Play Lab is a creative enhancement for playwrights attending the Festival. As hosts of playwrights in residence and their resulting developmental workshops for the past 15 years, we approach new play development with both rigor and sensitivity. We are working to support attending playwrights who are as passionate about this process as we are, who look to further their work by a response from their peers.
WHAT SUPPORT DOES THE NEW PLAY LAB PROVIDE?
We provide a venue, cast, director, response panel and audience comprised of our local community, guest artists and scholars of the Festival. All conference attendees are responsible for booking their own travel arrangements and accommodations. In future years, we hope to offer sponsorships to offset these costs, but we are unable to do so this year. We do offer steeply discounted housing in our campus dorms, as needed.
If you are looking for a developmental opportunity that does not require festival attendance, consider applying for one of our four annual playwright residences of nine weeks’ duration, which result in a week-long developmental workshop, pay a generous stipend, and enable you to live and work in the Inge House. To apply for a residency, please visit our website: ingecenter.org, and click on the Residencies and Education tab on our home page.
WHAT IS EXPECTED OF THE PLAYWRIGHT?
Playwrights will be asked to discuss the play with their creative team prior to the festival, as available. The playwright is required to be present for the reading of their play and participate in the response by the panel immediately following.
WHAT KINDS OF PLAYS CAN I SUBMIT?
Plays must be one-acts. Musicals and plays for young audiences cannot be accepted. Submissions may have had a previous reading, workshop, or non-Equity production; as a rule, though, the play lab is intended to develop new works.
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