United Solo Accepts Submissions for 2015 Season

December 18, 2014

This item from Marcin Lipinski, Communications Representative

Solo shows from all over the world are invited to submit for 2015 United Solo Theatre Festival. The world’s largest solo theatre festival will take place at Theatre Row, located in the heart of New York’s legendary theatre district, between September 17 – November 22, 2015.

World premieres and already-produced shows are equally welcome to submit for the festival’s consideration. Submitted proposals may include storytelling, improv, dance, musical, puppetry, multimedia, stand-up, magic, tragedy, comedy, and other forms of solo performance.

Artists selected for the festival will benefit from a unique exposure opportunity, and will have a chance to win an award in various categories, such as Best Production, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Direction, or Best Script, among others. Previous award winners include Pedro Almodóvar, Gordon Clapp, Estelle Parsons, Austin Pendleton, Eric Roberts, and many more.

Selected shows will also be invited to a script publication at Indie Theater Now, where United Solo curates its own scripts collection. United Solo Europe, an overseas showcase, is also available only for artists who first participated in New York’s festival.

More information, as well as an online submission form can be found at www.unitedsolo.org/submit

Related inquiries may be addressed to Marcin Lipinski at info@unitedsolo.org

A Plus for Digital Publishing

December 18, 2014

Playwrights may find the need to update their scripts — to make changes — to incorporate what they learned from new productions and more.  Print versions cannot  easily be altered BUT digital allows us to do just that.

Only yesterday Indie Theater Now updated several scripts to the newest version as requested by the playwright.  If you have one of these in your library, you will now be reading the updated version.  Your thoughts are always welcome.

Mike and Seth by Daniel Talbott  — two young men desperately try to make sense of themselves, each other, and their unknown future.

Donkey Punch by Micheline Auger — as the sexually adventurous Kareena explores her ability to be monogamous, she pushes her prudish best friend Sam to explore her sexuality.

The Mother Ship by Jonas Oppenheim — a space adventure to save all life on Earth—and a marriage.

What the Texas Board of Education Did on My Summer Vacation by Jonas Oppenheim  — a poor white girl with undiagnosed ADHD goes to war against her family, her school, her community, and her behavioral problems.

Thoroughly Stupid Things by Montserrat Mendez — sequel to Oscar Wilde’s “The Importance of Being Earnest”.

Any Day Now by Nat Cassidy — one Connecticut family learns that what they thought was buried may in fact devour them all.

Bridge to Baraka by Yvette Heyliger — Yvette X stakes her claim as a female dramatist coming of age artistically, racially and politically during the ongoing fight for parity for women.

Natural Novice by Siobhan O’Loughlin — She’s smart. She’s funny. She’s pretty. And she’s…hairy.

Pierce by Nat Cassidy — tragic and horrifying story of our most obscure president.

Another Day on Willow Street by Frank Anthony Polito — Two couples fight to learn the meaning of love, sacrifice, and living for today…before it’s too late.

Check out these new updated scripts and add your comments.





2015 Met Life Nuestras Voces National Playwriting Competition

December 10, 2014

This item from Allison Astor-Vargas, Repertorio Espanol


Guidelines: repertorio.org/opportunities 

Time stamped Deadline:  Monday, June 1, 2015.  (Time stamped)

MISSION:  Since 2000 MetLife Foundation and Repertorio Español joined forces to establish The MetLife Nuestras Voces National Playwriting Competition! It has been our privilege to promote and develop original works that relate to Latino culture, history and life in the United States while at the same time reflecting the universality of the human condition and encourage bright new talent by providing this forum.

Winning play Produced in Spanish at Repertorio Español.

Finalists receive staged reading. 



December 1, 2014

This item from Peter Marino

Peter Michael Marino’s one-day workshop preps performers and producers for the largest Arts festival in the world.

If you’re planning on going to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe this August, the 4-hour Edinburgh Fringe Starter Kit workshop is back for a 3rd year to get you primed and pumped. Venue and festival applications begin in December & January. So, with over 3,000 other shows vying for attention, now is the time to get all the info you need to save valuable time and money down the line. We’ll explore an overview of the Fringe, costs, budgeting, choosing a venue, free vs. ticketed, using social media, crowd-funding, choosing PR rep, lodging, creating the perfect blurb and show image, timelines, and a myriad of other vital tips and resources. Led by Peter Michael Marino — who received 5-star reviews, “best of” nods, and a slew of media attention for his solo comedy, “Desperately Seeking the Exit,” in 2012 & 2013 Edinburgh Fringe.    Cost is $80.

Contact petermichaelmarino@me.com to register or  for more information.

What: Edinburgh Fringe Starter Kit Workshop  When: Saturday, December 13 from 1PM-5PM Cost: $80 Where: Near Penn Station

For more information visit www.petermmarino.com

Call for Submissions: SubletSeries@HERE Program

November 6, 2014

This item from Liene Camarena, Program Intern

Since 1993, HERE Arts Center has been one of New York’s most prolific producing organizations, and today, it stands at the forefront of the city’s presenters of daring new hybrid art. HERE supports multidisciplinary work that does not fit into a conventional programming agenda. Our aesthetic represents the independent, the innovative, and the experimental. HERE supports the work of artists at all stages in their careers through fully-produced works, commissions and subsidized performance and rehearsal space. In addition, HERE’s staff provides marketing, technical and administrative support. All work at HERE is curated based on the strength and uniqueness of the artist’s vision. 

One of our most vital services, the SubletSeries@HERE Program, supports 250 guest independent artists and groups—such as New Georges, Vampire Cowboys, and ViBe Theater Experience (an educational arts group for underserved urban teen girls)—and their audiences each season. 

This creative curated rental program has allowed many upstart companies and emerging artists to realize their full artistic vision on a small budget. The program provides subsidized performance and rehearsal space, technical assistance, and administrative support, including a fully staffed box office. SubletSeries@HERE artists can also access equipment that is not typically available in venues our size such as video projectors, wireless microphones, color scrollers—all for free or at subsidized rates. We accept applications from artists all over the world for the opportunity to show work.

For more information, and to fill out an online application, please visit the SubletSeries@HERE website at: http://here.org/programs/subletseries/


October 27, 2014

This item is from Anna Fearheiley, Associate Producer, Sanguine Theatre Co

From the hundreds of annual submissions, Sanguine’s literary team determines 3-6 finalists, announced in December. In January, Sanguine Theatre Company will produce a festival evening of staged readings in New York City with excerpts of the finalists’ scripts. Each excerpt is assigned a director and team of actors, and the audience votes on the winning script. This grand-prize winner is announced at the end of the festival evening, and his or her play will receive its world premiere in New York City as a part of Sanguine’s 2015 season.

Before submitting, each playwright is asked to read the guidelines and agreements, which can be found on Sanguine’s website under “Project Playwright“. The entry fee for the competition is $5.00, also processed through the website via PayPal.

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.


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