Production Proposals for Metropolitan Playhouse’s 10th Living Literature Festival

August 27, 2015

This item from Alex Roe:

Production proposals are currently being accepted for Metropolitan Playhouse’s 10th Living Literature Festival The TranscendentalFest New works for co-production inspired by Leading Lights of the Transcendental Movement.

Scheduled for January 11th through 24th, 2016, The TranscendentalFest is a collection of new plays celebrating the work and spirit of the American Transcendentalists. Works adapted from, inspired by, or relating to prominent authors’ and leaders’ work, life, and obsessions are all welcome.


Deadline: September 30, 2015

No submission fee.

The theater seeks submissions for CO-PRODUCTION and submissions are welcome from individual artists and performance companies alike.  Co-producers will take full responsibility for conceiving and creating their contribution to the festival, with use of Metropolitan’s space and physical resources.  Metropolitan will coordinate and promote the festival as a part of its 24th Season: “Hope.”  Proceeds will be shared.

Submissions may be for works of any length, up to and no longer than 1 hour and 30 minutes.  There are NO RESTRICTIONS CONCERNING STYLE.  Adaptations, biographies, fantasies, lectures, dialogues will all be considered.  Selection by Metropolitan Playhouse will be based on relevance to the theme, artistic quality, feasibility of production, and suitability for the venue.

The Transcendentalists, for the festival’s purposes, are those American writers, idealists, and cultural leaders of the early 19th century, and submissions may relate to any prominent thinkers, diarists, poets, dramatists, novelists, preachers, and artists who influenced the character of the age.  Those who responded to the transcendental movement, favorably or not,  are also welcome, and so the pool of potential inspirations is broad and deep, including obvious figures such as Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau, but also Bronson Alcott, Louisa May Alcott, Charles Lane, Walt Whitman, Margaret Fuller, William Henry Furness, Elizabeth Palmer Peabody. Even Mark Twain, who satirized his more metaphysical contemporaries could fit.

Proposers should feel FREE TO MAKE THE CASE for any writer—even the less well known—for being an influential voice.

Inquiries: Alex Roe 212 995 8410

Invite to a reading

June 5, 2015

This item from playwright Julia Lee Barclay-Morton

I am honored to have been asked to read along with Geoff Wisnerat the gorgeous Bruce’s Garden in Isham Park next Wednesday (June 10 at 7pm). This wonderful mid-week literary series is curated by fabulous writer, Carmel McMahon. It’s free (as are all the best things in life) and should be a lovely evening. Join us if you can! I will most likely be reading an excerpt from The Amazing True Imaginary Autobiography of Dick & Jani, along with some other writing. Geoff will be reading from his forthcoming Thoreau’s Wildflowers, a collection of Thoreau’s writings about flowering plants, which sounds great. More information at

Seven Devils Playwrights Conference

May 2, 2015

This item from A.P. Andrews

Five playwrights from across the country have been selected to develop and present their plays as part of the 15th Seven Devils Playwrights Conference. These writers, selected from over 450 open submissions are: Robert Caisley, who will also serve as the 2015 Conference’s Featured Playwright with his play The Open Hand, Jennifer Blackmer with her play Unraveled, Bernadine Cockey with her play Relative Madness, J. Joseph Cox with his play Koalas and Sara Jean Accuardi with her play <3.

The Conference, a project of id Theater, will take place June 8-20 in McCall, Idaho. Since 2001, the Conference has developed more than 140 new plays by some of the most exciting voices inAmerican Theater, including Sam Hunter (The Whale), Eric Coble (The Velocity of Autumn), Kimber Lee (brownsville song: b-side for tray) and Tom Coash (Veils).

The writers will come together with actors, directors and dramaturgs from around the country to develop and present their work at McCall’s Alpine Playhouse. The Conference will also include readings of work by local writers, a workshop for local high school students and free workshop hosted by Robert Caisley who is a Professor of Theatre and Head of Dramatic Writing at the University of Idaho. His play Happy was seen across the country in 2012/2013 as a National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere.

Queens Theatre’s 2015 Gala

April 22, 2015

This item from Barbara Matovu

Save the date:  Monday, April 27

This year Queens Theatre is proud to honor two business leaders for their support of the arts in Queens:
Monte N. Redman, President & Chief Executive Officer, Astoria Bank and John Sciortino, Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, New York Hospital Queens.

In attendance will be over 300 business leaders, prominent community members and elected officials. The importance of Queens Theatre’s annual Gala should not be underestimated. In addition to celebrating another year of great performances, this event provides essential support for Queens Theatre’s dance, theatre, and family productions; educational programming; New American Voices, the new play development program; and special events.

Cocktails & Dinner – 6pm – Program of Honors & Performances – 7:30pm – Dessert to follow

Queens Theatre
14 United Nations Avenue South
Flushing Meadows Corona Park

VEILS Wins Osborn Award and it’s on Indie Theater Now

April 14, 2015

The American Theatre Critics Association (ATCA) presented the  M. Elizabeth Osborn Award, which recognizes emerging playwrights, to Tom Coash for his play Veils — “a unique look at the differences and similarities between America and the Middle East as viewed in the clashing sensibilities of women’s rights and traditional roles in both civilizations.”

Tom’s play is of today and is written with the assurance of one who taught for four years at the American University in Cairo.

Indie Theater Now congratulates Tom and is pleased to make his play available to a world wide audience. Read the play, join other schools who are using this as a teaching tool, learn more about Tom — all on Indie Theater Now

Indie Theater Now PLUS nytheater now EQUALS …

April 1, 2015


On Stage: Tom Diriwachter’s newest play GREAT KILLS is at Theatre for the New City, now through April 12.  Richard Hinojosa’s impressions are published on

Want to go behind the scenes? Check out the beginnings of a new Indie Theater Conversation. And who is Tom Diriwachter and what’s he done? Read his bio on Indie Theater Now and look over the scripts for three of his earlier works.

And here’s a teaser: Soon you’ll be able to join the conversation.

Let us know how you like this new feature and if you have any suggestions, we’re listening. Comment here or send an email

Plays and Playwrights 2015

March 27, 2015

pp15_squareNYTE’s popular anthology series is back with Plays and Playwrights 2015.  The series began in 2000 and many of the books through 2011 are still available on  You can buy this newest digital-only version on Indie Theater Now for the very low price of $8.80.  Enjoy a cross section of contemporary plays from the 2013 — curated by Martin Denton. Comedy, drama, politics, sexuality, sci-fi, and more.  Learn more here.


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