Celebrating the Plays and Playwrights Books

September 8, 2014

Indie Theater Now, NYTE’s digital theater library, has been around for more than 3 years now; we’ve published more than 1000 plays there. But Indie Theater Now would never have happened if we hadn’t spent a dozen years publishing good, ol’ fashioned print play anthologies! From 2000 to 2011 we put out a new edition of our Plays and Playwrights series each year, followed up in 2013 and 2014 by the Cino Nights anthologies.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Many of the early editions are now unavailable, and in fact both Plays and Playwrights 2001 and Plays and Playwrights 2002 are about to go out of print. These volumes include early works by such seminal and influential indie theater playwrights as Trav S.D., Ken Urban, Matthew Freeman, Marc Spitz, Chiori Miyagawa, and Julia Lee Barclay-Morton.

Later volumes of the series introduced audiences to the likes of Taylor Mac, Josh Fox (Academy Award nominee for Gasland), Michael Lew, Michael Puzzo, Saviana Stanescu, Boo Killebrew, Chad Beckim, James Comtois, Crystal Skillman, Daniel Talbott, Chris Harcum, Mac Rogers, Nat Cassidy, Josh Koenigsberg, Joshua Conkel, and Richard Sheinmel and Clay Zambo.

Yep, we were the first to publish all of these extraordinary playwrights. And dozens more.

The Cino Nights books were curated by Daniel Talbott of Rising Phoenix Rep, and feature short commissioned works by such authors as Adam Szymkowicz, Jessica Dickey, Megan Mostyn-Brown, Brooke Berman, Dael Orlandersmith, and Keith Reddin.

You can learn about all of these volumes–including interviews with authors and lots of other useful content–at NYTE Small Press.

There are literally only 12 copies of Plays and Playwrights 2001 left. We want them to have loving homes.

That’s why we’re making this special, unprecedented, and absolutely limited offer:

For a donation of $100 to The New York Theatre Experience, Inc. (the nonprofit parent company of NYTE Small Press and Indie Theater Now), you will receive the complete collection of 10 currently available volumes of Plays and Playwrights/Cino Nights. You’ll get:

  • Plays and Playwrights 2001
  • Plays and Playwrights 2002
  • Plays and Playwrights 2006
  • Plays and Playwrights 2007
  • Plays and Playwrights 2008
  • Plays and Playwrights 2009
  • Plays and Playwrights 2010
  • Plays and Playwrights 2011
  • Cino Nights
  • Cino Nights II

And, to get you started with our digital library, you’ll also receive a complimentary 5-play subscription to Indie Theater Now.

That’s more than 100 plays for a $100 donation. Your contribution, by the way, will help us grow and expand our digital publishing program, which enables us to introduce the work of hundreds of new playwrights each year to our international audience.

Make your donation now and claim your collection! (You’ll be sent to Network for Good’s website to make your secure donation by credit card.)

Only 12 sets of this premium collection are available. Shipping is free; the plays will be sent via US mail within a few days of receipt of your donation.


SUBMISSIONS FOR SOLOCOM 2014 NOW OPEN

August 27, 2014

This item from Peter Michael Marino

NYC’s Only All-New Solo Comedy Theater Festival Now Accepting Applications 

 

The People’s Improv Theater proudly announces the return of SOLOCOM following last years’ record-breaking weekend, which debuted over 60 world premieres to sold out houses. Creators Toby Knops and Peter Michael Marino are once again seeking all kinds of solo performers from traditional solo show artists to sketch, storytelling, stand up, physical comedy, musicians, multi-media, improv, cabaret and burlesque who are eager to debut their brand new solo comedy.

 

Toby Knops (creator of NY Improv Fest & NY Sketch Festival) and award-winning solo show artist Peter Michael Marino (Desperately Seeking the Exit) created SOLOCOM to inspire artists to generate new comic material. Last years’ 60 shows were carefully chosen from over 100 submissions from around the world. Dozens of shows that made their debut at SOLOCOM 2013 have gone on to tour the world and various festivals including Stage Left, Hollywood Fringe, NC Comedy Arts Festival, Magnet Theater, Edinburgh, and Orlando Fringe. The New York International Fringe is currently presenting David Carl’s “Gary Busey’s One Man Hamlet” and Leila-Ben Abdallah’s “How Did I Get in Here? The Beverly Blondell Story”, which both got their start at SOLOCOM.  

 

What: SOLOCOM Application Form

Deadline: Midnight, September 5, 2014

When: Performances during the weekend of November 15 & 16, 2014

Location: The People’s Improv Theater. 123 E 24 St, NY NY 10010

Applications at: www.pitsketchfest.com/solocom

For more information visit www.pitsketchfest.com/solocom

 

  With shows ranging from 15 to 60-minutes in two spaces, there’s bound to be something to tickle everyone’s funny bone during the return of this groundbreaking, comical weekend.


FringeU Invite

August 17, 2014

Indie Theater Now is co-producing FringeU at this year’s festival, because it is right in line with our mission to be a lasting resource that will nurture, promote, disseminate, and preserve the foundational art created by America’s indie theater creators.

Time: 1pm

Place: Flamboyan Theater at CSV (adjacent to FringeCENTRAL) – at 114 Norfolk Street between Delancey & Rivington Streets.

MONDAY, AUGUST 18: A Talk with Jeffrey Sweet

Renowned playwright/theater writer Jeffrey Sweet is back at FringeNYC this year with his new play Kunstler. We persuaded Jeff to take an afternoon to share some of his vast experience with the festival community, and he has happily agreed. The focus will be on the world of improv: Jeff is the author of the seminal book on that topic, Something Wonderful Right Away. Jeff knows or knew EVERYBODY who helped build improv at Second City and elsewhere into the world-class artform that it is today–from Viola Spolin and Paul Sills to Nichols & May. He’s the ultimate improv “insider.” Hear him share perspectives and anecdotes and join in the conversation!

TUESDAY, AUGUST 19: Bringing Indie Theater to the Classroom

Students at all levels of the educational system comprise the future of indie theater–they are going to be its creators and also its audience. A diverse panel of teachers and artists will talk about how we reach out to this important population, and how we make indie theater meaningful and resonant for them. Moderating the discussion are FringeNYC alumni Julie Congress and Ryan Emmons, who are the co-directors of the New York Thespian Society/New York Chapter of the Educational Theatre Association and co-artistic directors of No.11 Productions. Joining them for lively conversation will be actor/playwright/director/teaching artist Kevin R. Free (currently appearing off-Broadway in The Fantasticks); solo performer Tim Collins, who works extensively with students of all ages; Joe Norton, Director of Education & Outreach at Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and author of FringeNYC ’14 show The Truing; and Erin Kaplan, who has worked as a teaching artist for several years in NYC and has served on the faculty at many NYC colleges and universities.

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 20: Devising Indie Theater at Colleges and Universities

FringeU wraps up this year with a knockout panel on devised theater and how its techniques can be used to train actors and directors at colleges and universities. FringeNYC alumni David Dannenfesler and Kevin Kittle have decades of experience working with students on devising theater; they’ll be sharing insights with our other distinguished panelists, who are current FringeNYC participant Neal Utterback (The Picture (of Dorian Gray); he’s a professor at Juniata College in Pennsylvania) and Adam R. Burnett, who just completed a tour of his play NIGHTMARES: a demonstration of the Sublime at three different colleges in the American West. Expect in-depth discussion of the hows and whys of devising original work.


terraNOVA Collective Now Accepting Submissions for Groundbreaks Playwright Group

July 30, 2014

This item from Andrea Alton, Press

terraNOVA Collective is now accepting online submissions for the 2014-15 Groundbreakers Playwright Group. The Groundbreakers Playwrights Group will run from September 2014 – February 2015. 

Now in its 6th year, terraNOVA’s Groundbreakers Playwrights Group is a playwriting intensive that gathers six innovative voices in a room once a week for eighteen weeks to work on each individual writer’s play. Each writer receives three opportunities to bring their play to the group to be read by professional actors and receive feedback from the writers group and terraNOVA’s artistic staff, with the third reading in front of an invited audience. 

The application process opens on Monday, July 14th; all submissions are due by Monday, August 11th. terraNOVA will hold final interviews September 14th – 16th with notifications going out on September 19th. The sessions run Monday nights starting September 29th 2014 and ends on February 16th, 2015 with a break for holidays. Applications are available at www.terranovacollective.org


New York Children’s Theater Festival 2015 Submissions Being Accepted

July 5, 2014

This item from Rodi Rosensweig Zimmerman

Submissions for the fourth annual New York Children’s Theater Festival will be accepted July 7, 2014 to August 18, 2014, it was announced today by Festival co-founders Michael Shawn Lewis, Chelsey Shannon and Renee Barnett. …

Submissions to The New York Children’s Theater Festival are free, and are adjudicated by an expert panel. The entire extensive process is anonymous.  In addition, in an effort to assist the artists in their development, the Festival principals will provide feedback to finalists who are not chosen…

The spring 2015 Festival will feature four winning submissions.  Musicals, plays, puppetry, event presentations, and any other live theatrical form of children’s entertainment are encouraged.  Work that has been previously produced may also be submitted for consideration.  There is no fee for the submission process.  All details at www.nyctfest.org.  All submissions will be read by a team of 30 industry professionals including artists, writers, producers and designers from leading national theaters, Broadway, and children’s television. The finalists will be adjudicated by a Festival Panel of ten top industry leaders including participating advisory board membersThe New York Children’s Theater Festival is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.


An international search for plays written for teens to perform

July 3, 2014

This item from Milken Community Schools

Milken Community Schools is excited to announce the creation of a major international playwriting prize for plays written to be performed by teenagers.  The prize includes a cash award of $2,000, a script development process, and a full production of the play. A professional dramaturg will assist the playwright and provide readings as needed during the rewriting process. The winner will be promoted to theatres and high schools internationally.
Submission Policy

  • Professional playwrights and authors are especially encouraged to submit.
  • The plays must be unproduced and unpublished, have casts larger than 10, use a majority of female actors, and be between 30 and 90 minutes in length.
  • There is no entry fee.
  • Other parameters can be found on the Milken Playwriting Prize webpage:

www.milkenschool.org/playprize

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS:September 15, 2014
Prize announced: January, 2015
Development process:  through April, 2015
Production opens:  November, 2015


Submissions Wanted for NYC Icon Plays

June 25, 2014

This item from Bruce A! Kraemer

Ego Actus is looking for play submissions for The New York City Icon Plays: Love in an Irish Pub, which we will present at Quinn’s Bar and Grill, 356 West 44th St New York City. The evening will consist of five or six one-act plays. The show will be presented under the provisions of the Actors Equity Showcase Code.

Each New York City Icon Play will be 10 to 15 minute long, one-act, single location, dramas or comedies, in this case set in an Irish pub. There should be no more than three characters. Ideally one of them would be an employee of Quinn’s, perhaps a bartender, hostess or waiter. We will not consider material not set in a bar.

There is no set other than the arrangement of seating. The plays will be seen in the ambient lighting of the bar. We will not use a sound system. Ego Actus will provide the site, publicity and marketing, house management, and the programs. Our stage manager will work with all Icon Plays once we are in the space. We will need 50 word bios from all playwrights, directors and actors for the program.

Playwrights are welcome choose their own director. Ego Actus can recommend directors as necessary. No author may direct in his or her own play. No author or director may act in his or her own play. Equity actors may be cast, but all players are strictly limited to seven rehearsals before going into production at the bar. Ego Actus will pay Equity stipends.

Each of the Icon Plays will have individual one-hour technical rehearsals and a separate full dress rehearsal that includes all the plays in an evening.

The New York City Icon Plays will open November 6 and play twelve performances, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 8:00pm and Sundays at 3:00pm.

The director-author teams will be responsible for casting their own plays, providing rehearsal spaces and times beyond what Ego Actus is providing as noted above. They are also responsible for any costumes and props required by their play. We expect real productions, albeit on a small scale. Actors must be off book by tech rehearsal.

The playwright of each play will sign an agreement granting Ego Actus the right to produce their script. These rights will be limited to the month of the production. Ego Actus will not pay any royalty or commission for the use of the plays. Ego Actus is producing much of the show at our expense. The benefit to the playwright, director and cast is exposure of their work to the public and industry.

We will be making final decisions on which scripts to use in early September 2014. Send submissions to Brulight@aol.com


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