Saturday, May 21, 2011

TCR accepting submissions for Underground Festival

Cedar Rapids - This year, TCR will be hosting its first annual New Play Festival in November. Playwrights may submit plays of any length — 10-minute, one act, full length, epic — for consideration, but they must be previously unproduced and unpublished. The deadline for submission is June 30 at 5 pm.

The festival will be held in Theatre Cedar Rapids’ Grandon Studio, their new 80-seat black box theatre. They're looking for scripts for staged readings and minimally produced productions. While no ‘winner’ will be selected, some scripts may be considered for further development after the festival closes.

Additionally, they will need directors for each script selected. The deadline for directors to submit an application is June 30 at 5 pm. Playwrights may choose their own director, but her or his name must be included with the play submission. Otherwise, a director from the pool of applicants will be assigned to each selected play.

As a part of the play festival, TCR wants to encourage young writers and will be including a youth playwrighting segment, for which playwrights in grades 6 through 12 can submit ten-minute plays. Young playwrights may submit longer plays but they will be considered with the rest of the festival submissions, regardless of age.

Selected plays and their directors will be announced on August 13 at Ovations.

Questions about the festival may be submitted to erica at The applications are located here.

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