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Sunday, December 17, 2017

Rising Circle Theater Collective is accepting applications for INKtank Cycle 9

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Rising Circle Theater Collective is now accepting submissions for INKtank (Cycle 9), an intensive play development lab for playwrights of color.  INKtank is a 12-week lab for 3-4 writers of color who will focus on the rewrites of a new play.  Under the facilitation of INKtank alums, Raquel Almazan (La Esperanza, or The Hopefulness) and Monet Hurst-Mendoza (Lilia, Veil'd), INKtank writers will be invested in the revision process of their own work and of their fellow lab writers, with a shared intention of honest feedback and rigorous pursuit of artistic goals.

The final drafts of the INKtank plays will be presented at PlayRISE, a culminating festival event where the selected works receive a public reading.

Applicants must submit the following by Friday, January 12, 2018:

One full-length script that you would like to work on during the lab (Please note: we are not accepting one-character plays or musicals).


A one-page artistic statement explaining your personal rewrite goals, what you feel are the strengths of the script, and what you would like to focus on for the piece during the developmental process.  Please include the developmental history of this piece, including past and/or upcoming readings and presentations of the play.

Finalists will be contacted for an interview in early February.  Applicants MUST live in the tri-state area to be considered.

Each play MUST have the following in order to comply with our culminating project vision:

•  In line with Rising Circle's mission statement, plays should give voice to the unheard stories of people of color.

• First drafts of full-length scripts. (We will accept scripts in raw and early stages of development.)

• 5-ACTOR maximum. (No exceptions. If your play has more than 5 characters, the text must support double casting.)

• We strongly encourage submission of plays that have an urgency to speak to the current social, political and cultural times.


•    Lab meets for 12-consecutive Sundays, starting Sunday, February 25, 2017.

•    Each session is 3-4 hours, where pages are read and discussed (one hour per playwright).


• INKtank playwrights are expected to attend all weekly lab meetings, and participate in post-reading discussions by providing constructive feedback for fellow playwrights.

• Each playwright must read the selected scripts prior to the first meeting.

• Each playwright is responsible for generating new pages weekly (5 page min, 20 page max)

• Each playwright is expected to participate in 2 midpoint readings. The first midpoint reading consists of reading solely the first act after the first few meetings among the group. After 6 weeks, there will be a second midpoint reading of the rough draft of entire script with actors.  Playwrights will continue to refine their drafts for another 6 weeks, culminating in PlayRISE.


• A week of public readings of all plays in early June, 2018 (final dates to be determined during INKtank).

• All playwrights will receive an honorarium.

• Playwrights are expected to attend each reading to support their fellow lab members, and participate in any panel events that are scheduled during PlayRISE.

All submissions must be made via Submittable by Friday, January 12, 2018. For further questions, please contact info@risingcircle.org. Visit www.risingcircle.org to learn more about Rising Circle Theater Collective.


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  • Have you ever wanted to express yourself through dialogue?
  • Have you ever had a good idea for a script or some great characters?
  • Do you like theatre?
  • Then try your hand at playwriting!

Write a 10 minute play and submit it to the Chagrin Valley Little Theatre.  All of the plays will be read by a committee of judges and then 10 plays will be selected to receive a production on CVLT’s River Street Playhouse Stage for the 10-10 New Plays Festival – Kids Edition in August, 2018!


  • Plays can be submitted from anyone in grades 1 through 12.
  • The plays can be about anything – they can be funny or serious.  
  • They should be no longer than 10 minutes.
  • The play should be your own original idea!! Your teachers and parents can guide you and offer feedback, but the characters and ideas must be yours!
  • Don’t copy any characters from TV or movies or videos, the story and characters have to be original!
  • Please submit only your best script! Additional submissions by the same playwright will be discarded.

Winners will be selected by May 1, 2018 for performance in August, 2018.


If you’ve never written a play before, make up a story that you want to tell. Decide who the characters are. Then write what the characters would say to each other to make that story happen.  Describe the setting and the places where the characters are to help the readers imagine the play.  Read some plays to see how it’s done. Have fun with it!

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While digital submissions are preferred, if you absolutely cannot use the website, hard-copy submissions may be sent to the address below. When submitting by mail, you do not need to submit the form above – please include a cover letter with your responses to all the items listed in the form above along with your script. Do not send your only copy of the script, as no scripts can be returned.

CVLT 10-10 Festival
Attn: 10-10 Kids Edition
40 River Street, Chagrin Falls, Ohio 44022

Questions? Email 1010Kids@cvlt.org

Check our website in the spring to find out about auditions for actors who want to perform in the 10-10 Festival!

Dramatists Guild Dramatists Diary

The Dramatists Diary has been a continuous member service since 1964. It is a record of member achievements and is printed in six issues of The Dramatist magazine each year.

Most Diary listings are self-reported and are usually printed within three to four months from the reporting date. These are listings of past achievements only and do not function as advertisements for upcoming events.

If the listing you report is older than twelve months, it will not be accepted or printed in The Dramatist.

You must be a member of the Dramatists Guild to participate. 

If you are a member you can go here to view the diary submission form (you will have to log in to the Guild's web site first.)

If you are not a member there is information about joining the Guild here.

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Celtic Calling Announces 2018 Playwriting Contest

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Calling all playwrights, storytellers, bards, jesters, minstrels and other like-minded folk!

Celtic Calling is now accepting submissions of original plays, vignettes, or one-acts, not to exceed thirty minutes, with a ‘Celtic’ theme, to be performed during the weekend of the Third Annual Celtic Calling, March 2-4, 2018, at a location to be determined.  The deadline for submission is December 31, 2017, and the winning submission will be announced no later than January 15, 2018.   A $100 stipend will be provided to the writer(s) of the winning entry.

All proposals and scripts must be typewritten and emailed to CelticCallingCopperPintPlay@gmail.com by December 31, 2017, at 5:00pm.

Multiple submissions are permitted, as are collaborations between writers.

The submission must be original, and the entrant must have the rights of performance prior to submission. Celtic Calling will be granted exclusive rights of performance from the time of submission through March 31, 2018.

The play should not exceed thirty minutes.

Celtic Calling may charge for tickets to the performance, which will go to offset the costs of production of the play and/or festival.

The submission must have a ‘Celtic’ theme, which is solely up to the interpretation of the reading committee.

The play will be selected by a committee, whose decisions are final, including the decision not to decide, should the entries not meet the requirements or other standards.

Theatre Suburbia seeks full-length plays

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Theatre Suburbia invites the playwriting community to submit new unpublished scripts for consideration. Deadline for submissions is January 31, 2018.

To qualify for consideration, the scripts should conform to the following guidelines:
• The script must have a running time between 90 and 120 minutes.
• The script should have 2 acts with one intermission.
• The main characters (villain, hero and heroine) should make their stage entrances within the first 10 pages of the script.
• The script should contain from 8 to 12 characters. Characters must be a minimum of 10 years old. Remember: children can be difficult to cast and this may affect final selection.
• The scripts should contain asides (in mellerdrammer fashion) for the characters. The villain should have the most, followed by the hero and heroine, and remaining cast should have a few. The asides help generate the audience responses for the main characters - boos and hisses for the villain, oohs and ahs for the heroine, and of course cheers for the hero.
• This is to be a family type show so absolutely no vulgar, offensive or suggestive language is allowed.
• Set requirements should be simple with a minimum number of locations (house, yard, street scene, etc) because the show is to be performed in the round and the popcorn must be easily cleaned after each performance.

• Any agreed to production can be subject to Royalty, and will be subject to written contractual agreement between Playwright and Theatre Suburbia.
• Author may, at the theatres discretion, have limited input into the producing of the script. The director and Theatre Suburbia have final authority on the production i.e. casting, set etc.
NOTE: this stipulation is in conflict with the Dramatists Guild Bill of Rights for Playwrights.
• The script should be submitted to Theatre Suburbia, Inc., attention Doris Merten, 4106 Way Out West Dr, Suite N, Houston, TX 77092. No later than January 31, 2018. If the script is to be returned if it not accepted, please enclose a self-address envelope for the return. Scripts may be submitted via email to info@theatresuburbia.org.
• For questions or clarifications a message may be left on Line #4 for Doris, at 713-682-3525 or via e-mail at info@theatresuburbia.org. attn: Doris Merten We welcome your scripts.

Call for Submissions: Global Queer Playwriting/Queer Plays in Translation

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In 2018, the Arcola Queer Collective will present its fourth annual season of theatre and performance.  In 2017, we presented forgotten and rediscovered plays from queer theatre history, from Mae West’s effervescent The Drag, and a new re-imagining of Edouard Bourdet‘s La Prisonnière, to a series of plays from the activist queer theatre of the UK in the 1970s and 80s.

For 2018, we want to discover and share how queer lives are depicted and lived – and how queer stories are told – in theatre around the world.  We will stage four rehearsed readings of queer plays in translation and from parts of the world that are currently less represented on the LGBT+ stages of London.  While we welcome the increase in LGBT+ theatre in the UK in recent years, most of this theatre has represented English-language voices from the English-speaking West.  We know there is a big queer world out there and we want to learn more about it.

To achieve this, we are putting out a call to all translators and playwrights who have a play to share.  Until December 25th, we are inviting you to send us plays that tell these global stories and open our eyes to the queer world in all its breadth and variety.  They can be any length, from any period, and with any number of characters, and must be in, or translated into, English.

The four plays will be selected by a panel of our members and performed in the spring as rehearsed readings by members of the queer collective.

If you have a play that you would like to share with us, please send it to us at nick@arcolatheatre.com by December 25th 2017, along with a short synopsis and a 100 words stating why the play would be a great fit for this mini-festival.

We are looking for any play that deals with queer lives, but in particular we welcome texts that tell the stories of less-represented groups.  We are very conscious that the LGBT+ community is itself very diverse, so we especially welcome plays that show this diversity and tell stories that explore issues such as intersectionality and the queer experience within a range of settings that audiences might not otherwise see.

We look forward to receiving your play.

Note to translators and writers:  if you are submitting a play that has been translated and if the play or the translation is still under copyright, you must ensure that both the playwright and the translator (or the relevant rights-holders) give their authorisation for the translation to be submitted and to participate in this event. You must confirm when you apply that you have the permission of both the translator and the writer.


Before applying, please take a look at the questions and answers below.

Does it have to be a new play?

No.  We are looking for great global queer stories and this could include brand-new contemporary writing or a brilliant rediscovered piece from centuries ago, or anything in between.

I’m a translator and I have found a fantastic play that would be great for this project, but I haven’t translated it yet – can I still apply?

Yes.  You can send a sample translation of a scene from the play, along with a synopsis and some comments about why you think it would be a good match for this project.  If accepted, we would need you to commit to completing the translation by [date].

I’ve written a play in a language other than English – can you help me get it translated?

No.  We’re only able to accept plays that have already been translated, or a translated scene and a synopsis.  We’re not able to translate plays or to find translators for plays that have not yet been translated.

I’m a playwright with a great idea for a play, or am writing a play at the moment that I need some guidance with – can you support me in writing a play for this event?

No.  We’re looking for plays that have already been written and are not able to offer dramaturgy or a play-reading service.  There are fantastic projects supporting new writers that you might consider, such as [list, links]

I’m a playwright from a less represented part of the world, but I write in English – can I still submit my play?

Yes.  We are very aware that the ‘English-speaking world’ represented on our stages can be overwhelmingly from a small number of countries such as the UK and the US, and that there are large areas of the English-speaking world which are almost completely unrepresented by the LGBTQ plays that are staged in our city.

I’m a playwright with an idea for a queer adaptation of a classic play – can I submit this sort of ‘translation’?

No.  We are looking to hear the voices of global playwrights so are not looking in this project for, for example, a queer reimagining of The Cherry Orchard or similar.  As a collective, we love doing this kind of work but this particular project is not aiming to do this.

When will the readings take place?

Readings will be staged on the weekend of 3rd and 4th of March 2018 at either 1pm or 5pm each day (TBC). They will be held in one of Arcola’s rehearsal studios in our building in Dalston.

Will I be paid if my play or translation is used?

No. This is an opportunity to showcase new queer work from around the world to audiences and industry in London. Arcola Queer Collective is a volunteer-led queer community theatre company, and all actors and directors are volunteers with administration provided in-kind by the theatre. We will be charging a minimal fee to attend readings (£3) which covers the basic costs of staging the readings. As such no performance fee is available. Translator and writer will retain all rights to future production, but we will invite producers, directors and representatives from theatres across the UK to attend and we hope productions are picked up for future life.

Friday, December 15, 2017

Kennedy Center 2018 VSA Playwright Discovery Program

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Young writers with disabilities and collaborative groups that include at least one student with a disability are invited to explore the disability experience through the art of writing for performance: plays, screenplays, spoken word poetry (for single performer or a group), or music theater. Writers are encouraged to craft short works from their own experiences and observations, create fictional characters and settings, or choose to write metaphorically or abstractly about the disability experience.

The piece may be of any genre, and scripts should be in the ten-minute play format. Entries may be the work of an individual student or a collaboration by a group of up to five students that includes at least one student with a disability. The competition has three divisions: Primary (grades 6-7), Junior (grades 8-9), and Senior (grades 10-12) (or equivalents). A panel of performing arts professionals selects the division winners.

One winning piece is chosen in each the Primary and Junior Divisions (grades 6-7 / ages 11-13 and 8-9 / ages 13-15 respectively). Winners will be featured in the press and on the Kennedy Center website.

Selected winners in the Senior Division (grades 10-12 / ages 15-18) will receive exclusive access to participate in the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival in Washington, D.C., and the opportunity to participate in staged readings and workshops alongside the nation's premier collegiate playwrights as well as participate in the festival’s award ceremony. The Playwright Discovery Program winners will participate in the festival from Wednesday, April 11 – Saturday, April 14, 2018. Winners of the Senior Division must be present for the entire event in order to be eligible for the award.

The application deadline is Wednesday, January 17, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time.

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FUNHOUSE III seeks 10-minute plays

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a late-night play anthology
April 26-28
The Slate Theater, Seattle, WA
Created by Brian Toews

Funhouse is a recurring late-night play anthology inspired by The Twilight Zone, Black Mirror, Saturday Night Live, and Adult Swim. Funhouse is a collection of subversive and experimental content. Our show serves as a rotating platform for diverse, up-and-coming playwrights, directors, actors, and designers.

Submissions of original ten-minute plays will be accepted beginning November 20th, 2017.

The deadline is January 5th, 2018; late submissions will not be accepted. Writers will be notified of our selections February 2018. The selected plays will be given a full production within the capabilities and budget of the producers. A $30 honorarium will be given to all selected playwrights.

Email submissions to funhouseanthology@gmail.com. Submissions must be received by January 5th, 2018 to be considered; late submissions will not be accepted.

SUBMISSION FEE (w/No-Fee Options)
There is a $5 submission fee for each script. After submitting your script, the email listed on your submission will be invoiced via PayPal. We will read and consider your script only after we have confirmed the submission fee. Our PayPal is registered to funhouseanthology@gmail.com

1) If you identify as a part of any historically or presently marginalized groups, we are able to waive your submission fee. Please indicate in your submission email if you would like the fee to be waived.
2) If you cannot pay the fee for any reason and still want to submit, please let us know at funhouseanthology@gmail.com and we can work something out.
3) The fee will be waived if any playwright can prove they are a member of the Dramatists Guild.

The reason we made the submission fee such a low cost is so we could help supplement our operating budget while still making submission accessible to all. We aim to create a sustainable, recurring production, and charging a small submission fee helps us reach that goal.

We believe that theatre should reflect the community it serves. As such, we encourage people of all experiences, backgrounds, and identities, to submit their work. This includes people of any race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age, ability, class, or religion. If you identify as part of any historically or presently marginalized groups, we are able to waive your submission fee. Please indicate in your submission email if you would like the fee to be waived.


1) Submission must be an original, unproduced 10-minute play at time of submission. Plays that have had staged readings will be accepted. Plays that have received full productions, either professional or amateur, prior to submission will not be accepted. Legal clearance of materials not in the public domain is the full responsibility of the playwright.

2) A limit of THREE plays may be submitted by each playwright.

3) Maximum length: 12 pages not including title pages. Plays should run in the 8-12 minute range. Longer submissions will not be considered.

4) Scripts may be comedy, drama, horror, fantasy, sci-fi, parody, and/or musical.

5) This is a show for mature audiences (18+). We encourage subversive and/or experimental work. Need some inspiration? Check out our Pinterest Board for images to inspire you: http://bit.ly/2ixgW11

6) Plays must be submitted with numbered pages and include on the title page the following contact and bio information:

Playwright’s first and last name
Mailing address
Phone number
E-mail address
A brief biography (100 words or less).

7) If you identify as a part of any historically or presently marginalized groups, we are able to waive your submission fee. Please indicate in your submission email if you would like the fee to be waived.

8) All scripts must be in English.

9) Preferred document format: Microsoft Word or .pdf files ONLY. No other formats will be accepted.

10) Selection will be made by Brian Toews and the Funhouse III directors and inclusion is solely at their discretion. All decisions are final.

11) All submitting playwrights will receive an email notification upon receipt of their scripts.

12) Notification of final decisions will be made by e-mail by February 2018.

Thursday, December 14, 2017


Ensemble for the Romantic Century presents

Written by Eve Wolf
Directed by Donald T. Sanders
The Irene Diamond Stage at The Pershing Square Signature Center
480 W. 42nd St., New York, NY 10036


Limited engagement December 21st - January 6th, 2017

The joys and perils of motherhood, the hovering shadow of infant mortality, and the sting of loneliness and rejection merge as Mary Shelley creates her masterwork, Frankenstein. The Creature that Dr. Frankenstein produces, an assemblage of disparate elements, coalesces into a monster with a human soul. His horrific appearance conceals the gentlest heart. Through no fault of his own, he is forced to descend into evil deeds. 

Starring Tony Nominee Robert Fairchild as "The Monster" and Paul Wesley as Dr. Frankenstein

Following the success of the New York Times Critics' Pick Van Gogh's Ear, Ensemble for the Romantic Century is excited to continue their journey with Mary Shelley's Frankenstein.

Special Offer:

Dec 21st – Dec 26th: $39 (reg. $75 weekdays, $95 weekends)
Dec 28th – Jan 6th: $49 (reg. $75 weekdays, $95 weekends)


ONLINE: Visit RomanticCentury.org and use code MSFGENERAL

PHONE: Call (212) 279-4200 and mention code MSFGENERAL

Restrictions: Phone and Online Service Fees will be applied at checkout.  Subject to availability. Not valid on prior purchase.  Offer cannot be combined with other discounts or promotions.  Additional blackout dates and restrictions may apply. No refunds or exchanges. Offer may be revoked at any time.  

​Living Room Theater New Play Incubator: Immigration

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Living Room Theater is seeking playwrights to develop plays on the theme “Immigration” for its New Play Incubator.  In the course of 3 weeks, the playwrights individually will create a 10 minute play related to immigration. Each group will culminate in a staged reading for the public. Actors and director will be provided for the reading.

There is no fee to submit or to participate. Playwrights that have participated in the previous incubator are not eligible to apply at this time. Playwrights must be able to attend all meetings. Please do not submit if you cannot make all the meetings. All meetings/rehearsals/readings will be held in Manhattan. Non-New York based playwrights may apply but must be able to travel to the meetings/reading. No travel stipend is provided.

02/04/18 Sun from 1-3pm
02/11/18 Sat  from 1-4pm (First draft due)
02/17/18 Sat from 1-4pm
3/3/18 Sat from 6-10pm Staged reading at the National Opera Center

Please submit a resume, a 10 minute play, and a short paragraph in the email why you would be interested in writing about the theme “Immigration” to lvtnewplays@gmail.com Only selected finalists will be asked to interview the week of 01/22/17.

Submission deadline is January 20, 2018.

Past playwrights include: Nina Ki, Kareem Ayas, Joseph Zaydon, Jue Yang, Sofía Weitz, Olivia Reevell, Ran Xia, Xavier Toby, Kendra Augustin, Alex Rubin, Adam Seidel, Tidtaya Sinutoke, Cayenne Douglass, Corbin Went, Lora Danley, J.Thalia Cunningham and Bingcong Zhu

Living Room Theater has been producing and developing new plays in New York City since 2010. Our mainstage productions include Thicker than Water, The Ephemeral Lightness of Dreams, The Procedure, Pretty Little Mouth, 29x/y, Slam Team, Lola and the Planet of Glorious Diversity. Work we have developed through our Writers’ Circle and other readings include Micro Shrimp, Lost at Sea, Flappers In Chains, Frank, The C Word, For Our Own, Apples from Eve, and An Orchid In Winter.

Talos II - The Science Fiction Theatre Festival of London

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TALOS: the Science Fiction Theatre Festival of London returns on 22-25 March 2018 at the Bread & Roses Theatre in London. The festival is seeking submissions of plays with science fiction elements (related genres such as contemporary fantasy will also be considered).

The deadline for script submissions is 31 December 2017. 

We will consider short plays between 5 and 30 minutes long as well as one act plays of up to 60 minutes.

Terms and Conditions

1. TALOS welcomes script submissions written in (or translated into) English, new or previously produced. Each script should be submitted as a PDF attachment to talosfest (at) gmail (dot) com. Please include a short bio and a synopsis in the body of your email.

2. Please include TALOS SUBMISSION: [PLAY TITLE] by [AUTHOR] in the subject line of your email.

3. One submission per category please. You may submit a short play up to 30 minutes long and/or a one act play up to 60 minutes. If submitting for both categories, send each play in a separate email.

4. If your submission is accepted, you should hear back by 21 January 2018.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Submissions are open for the Black Repertory Company

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Submissions are open for the North Carolina Black Repertory Company’s 2018-2019 main stage season. To submit, please follow the guidelines below:

 Email submissions@ncblackrep.org with the subject line:
[Title of Your Play] 2018-2019 Script Submission

 In the body of the email, include the following:

  • Play Title
  • Playwright Name
  • Playwright Bio
  • Contact Info
  • Character Breakdown
  • Set Description
  • Production History
  • Short Synopsis
  • Attach the first 10 pages of the script in PDF format.

To ensure your submission is reviewed, please strictly adhere to the above guidelines. If interested, the full script will be requested. Please note that due to the volume of submissions, we unfortunately cannot respond to individual emails.

Agents may email full scripts with production history and a playwright biography to submissions@ncblackrep.org , or send hardcopy to:

North Carolina Black Repertory Company
ATTN: Literary Manager
610 Coliseum Drive
Winston Salem, NC 27106

About Face Theatre is currently accepting submissions

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About Face Theatre is currently accepting submissions of new full-length plays for OUT FRONT: Babes On Stage, a showcase of readings of new and developmental works by LGBTQA women-identified playwrights.

Submissions for this series are open until December 31, 2017.

To Submit

Please send a PDF of your full script to us at literary@aboutfacetheatre.com with the subject line BABES ON STAGE-[Play title],[author name] (e.g. “BABES ON STAGE-A Raisin in the Sun, Lorraine Hansberry”), and title the pdf [PLAY TITLE][Author last name] (e.g. “A RAISIN IN THE SUN Hansberry.pdf”).

Accompanying your script, please attach a brief 1-to-2-paragraph bio, giving some of your own background as well as any production history for the play, and list any prior commitments you have in April or May of 2018

While PDF scripts are preferred, if absolutely necessary we will accept paper script submissions to 5252 N Broadway, 2nd floor, ATTN: Literary.

Any further questions can be directed to the literary office (literary@aboutfacetheatre.com)

We are still accepting submissions not related to Babes on Stage for future Out Front Series or Mainstage seasons. You may submit your play according to the following guidelines:

Query Submission – TITLE OF YOUR PLAY, Your Name (e.g. MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM, William Shakespeare)

In a single PDF document attached to your email, please include the following:

The title of your play, your name, and your contact information
One-page synopsis of your play including relevant information such as casting requirements, genre, plot, etc.
Production history, beginning with the year the play was written
List of upcoming productions
Short bio for yourself, and contact information for you and your agent (if applicable)
A ten page sample of the play that you think best represents the work as whole.  Should we be interested in your piece, we will contact you for the full text.
Please include your play title (without beginning articles such as a, an, or the) and your last name in the name of your PDF file (e.g. MidsummerNightsDreamSHAKESPEARE.pdf).

Additional information:

The best times to submit materials and/or submission inquiries are July through November in order to be considered for the following season. (i.e. July – November 2014 submissions will be considered for the 2015-2016 season).
In addition to the script or script sample, your submission should include a query letter, your contact information, brief synopsis, character breakdown, and any relevant production history.
Please do not call the Artistic Director, Andrew Volkoff.
Any further questions should also be directed to the Literary Office at literary@aboutfacetheatre.com

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

The Premiere Play Festival seeks full-length plays

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Submissions due DEC 15 2017

From September 15, 2017 through December 15, 2017, Premiere Stages will accept submissions of unproduced plays written by playwrights affiliated with the greater metropolitan area. All plays submitted to the festival are evaluated by a panel of professional theatre producers, directors, dramaturgs, playwrights, and publishers. Four finalists are subsequently selected for public Equity readings in March 2018. Following the readings, one play is selected for an Equity production in the Premiere Stages 2018 Mainstage Season and receives an award of $2500. The runner-up receives a 29-hour staged reading and $1000. The two other finalists will each be awarded $750.

Premiere Stages is committed to supporting a diverse group of writers; playwrights of all backgrounds, ages, and experience levels are encouraged to apply.

  • Plays must be full-length and have a cast size of no more than eight.
  • Plays must be unpublished and unproduced (readings and workshops are okay).
  • Playwrights must have strong affiliations with the greater metropolitan area (New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and Delaware).
  • Musicals, adaptations (of existing plays or other sources), and solo shows will not be considered at this time.
  • Submissions are limited to one script per playwright.
  • Playwrights must be available for the development of their script (see schedule at right).
  • Submissions are accepted September 15, 2017 through 11:59 p.m. on December 15, 2017.
  • Submissions sent early in the submission window are strongly encouraged.
  • All plays must be submitted as a PDF via email to pfsubmit@kean.edu.
  • Hard copies will not be accepted.

Non-Agent Submissions

Premiere Stages will accept script samples & synopses from playwrights without an agent.

Submissions must include:

  • Brief synopsis of the play (no more than half a page).
  • Character breakdown.
  • History of the play’s development (if any).
  • The playwright’s bio or resume.
  • Script sample from the play (no more than 10 pages).

Agent/Theatre Professional Submissions

Premiere Stages will accept full scripts from literary agents or theatre professionals affiliated with Premiere Stages.

Arundel Festival Theatre Trail 2018 Writers' Competition

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The Arundel Festival Theatre Trail, conceived and presented by Drip Action Theatre Company, is now in its seventeenth year.

It performs at the end of August, on each of the Arundel Festival’s eight days, eight short plays at eight different venues all over Arundel – for example, in a community hall, a restaurant, a football club or Arundel Jailhouse.  An audience of over 2,000 came to see the eight 2016 Theatre Trail plays.

The Trail is firmly established as one of the major components in the Festival and is a great showcase for both new and established writers, both from the UK and beyond.

Writers are invited to submit plays for the 2018 Trail from November 2017.

Plays should be between 30 and 40 minutes long, with practicable casting, props and effects.

All entries should be submitted to Drip Action Theatre Trail 2018

c/o Arundel Festival
Town Hall
Maltravers Street
West Sussex
BN18 9AP

Entries must be received by 31st January 2018. There is no reading fee.

One play only per entrant, in hard copy (not e-mail).

Please enclose an SAE if you’d like your play returned.

Our reading committee will select the plays that will be performed, with the best submitted script receiving the Joy Goun award of £250 at our Theatre Trail launch in May 2018.

Each successful playwright will receive a £150 writer’s fee.

For further information call 01903 885250 or email info@dripaction.co.uk

Call for Submissions For 6th Annual LaBute New Theater Festival

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The St. Louis Actors’ Studio is proud to announce call for submissions for the 6th Annual LaBute New Theater Festival at the Gaslight Theater, with plays debuting from July 06 - 29, 2018.

Submissions will be accepted through December 31, 2017. 

(High School Submissions through April 15, 2018)

Professional Submissions: Successful entries will have no more than four characters and be crafted specifically to exploit our intimate performance space. (18' x 18' stage) Changes in scenery or setting should be achievable quickly and with few major set moves. Our focus is on fundamental dramaturgy: plot, character and theme.

Professional, new and previously unproduced one-act play submissions should include a letter of inquiry, a synopsis and a 10-page sample from the script. Running time for each performance should not exceed 45 minutes.

Up to eight plays will be chosen, in addition, a new piece from Mr. LaBute will be performed every night for the run of the festival. Mr. LaBute is scheduled to participate in the opening weekend activities.

High School Submissions: Winning plays by high school students will be presented in readings. The guidelines are straightforward: The one act should include no more than four characters featuring a clearly developed plot and distinctive characters. No longer than 15 minutes in length.

Non-Professional, new and previously unproduced one-act play submissions should include a letter of inquiry and complete script.

Submissions should be sent to (Snail Mail ONLY):

LaBute New Theater Festival
St. Louis Actors’ Studio
360 N Boyle Ave
St. Louis, MO 63108


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Breaking Through the Box seeks plays

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Breaking Through the Box, a New Jersey based Non-Profit Theater Company, is looking for plays written by up-and-coming playwrights (or new work by published playwrights) for our 2018-2019 season.


The theme of the season is “Innocence and Adolescence”, and we are looking for one to two new plays to showcase. This play will not only be produced but also have opportunities for workshopping and feedback on the script once cast and before rehearsals begin.

To Submit: You may either submit a one-act/full-length play that relates to this theme, or a sample of your work with the hope of having a piece being commissioned. The plays will be looked at by our Director of Development, Joe Piserchio, who will send the top prospects off to our Artistic Director. The playwright chosen will be contacted in late February/early March, and negotiations over the details of the process will be discussed then.

Please submit all work to  bttb.development@gmail.com

If you have any questions or comments before submitting, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Gadfly Final Frontier Festival: ​Myths & Legends

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We all know that there have been queer people as long as there have been people. However, it is rare that we see ourselves reflected in the the myths and stories of deities and heroes of ancient cultures. We at Gadfly think it's time to change that. This year's Final Frontier Festival theme is Myths and Legends. If you've ever wondered about the male loves of Zeus, Apollo, and Poseidon, well so have we. Remember Boudica? How come we haven't seen her story on stage yet? Write it. Jonathan and David? Ruth and Naomi? Super queer. Let's hear their stories without all the straight washing. Gadfly is now taking submissions for our annual geeky one act festival and we want to hear your queered myths, your lesbian legends, and you trans inclusive creation stories.

Submission guidelines:

  • Scripts must be emailed in pdf format with play's title as the subject line
  • Scripts must contain queer and/or feminist characters and/or content
  • Scripts must contain content relevant to the theme of Myths and Legends.
  • Scripts must be between 20 and 45 minutes. No ten minute or full lengths will be accepted. No exceptions.
  • Scripts must have no more than 6 characters and have minimal locations and technical needs.

To submit your fantastically reimagined, queered, or brand new mythological or legendary stories please email your scripts to gadflytheatre@gmail.com by midnight December 31, 2017. 

Please include a character breakdown and short synopsis along with your script. Scripts failing to meet the submission guidelines or scripts received after the deadline will not be considered.

As always trans and nonbinary playwrights, playwrights of color, and other marginalized women playwrights are especially encouraged to submit. We are particularly interested scripts based on myths and legends of non-Western and non-white cultures.

A final note: It should go without saying, but you'd be surprised. If you use racial, sexual, or gender slurs in you character breakdowns or synopsis your scripts will be disqualified without being read.

New Voices series seeks one-act plays - Alexandria VA

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The LTA Millennial Committee is sponsoring the third installment in our New Voices series and we need your scripts! The theme is “Conversations”, and we will be running immediately after two performances of the mainstage performance of The Audience by Peter Morgan.

New Voices provides a platform for unknown playwrights and young directors by staging original shows directed by Millennials. Following our two wildly successful 2017 events (9 original shows, almost 300 audience members) we will be putting on our spring event on the mainstage of LTA. To submit a show, please read the following closely.

Theme & Script Guidelines: The theme is “Conversations” -  you can interpret this any way you wish, in any time period, with any characters. We do not feature shows with nudity, but strong language and/or themes are welcome. Shows must be 45 minutes or less.

Location: We will have mainstage access for our shows, however set needs to be minimal (ie, chairs and tables are fine, needing multiple levels or rooms sectioned off with flats are not). Please be aware if you submit a tech heavy show, we may not accept it or may alter the tech to suit the space.

Dates & Deadlines: Submissions must be received by December 22, 2017. All submissions will receive a notification regarding selection by December 31st.

Other Notes: It is free to submit, and no pay will be provided to winners; all involved with this project operate on a volunteer basis only. Comp tickets will be given to any winning playwright who chooses to attend. You may submit a maximum of two shows. More than one show from the same author may be selected. No age or geographical restrictions on playwrights, although Millennials will be given preference if shows are otherwise of equal quality. Shows may have been performed elsewhere. We will be posting scripts or portions of the script (playwright’s choice) online for a limited duration for prospective auditionees.

To Submit: Send the following to Ashley Amidon at aaamidon@gmail.com. Submissions not providing the following information will not be considered.

In the email: Please send an email to aaamidon@gmail.com with the subject "Spring Play Submission". In the body of your email, please include your full name, City/State of residence, approximate runtime of your play (45 minutes or less only), and whether you are 40 or under.

Attached to the email:
Please attach a full PDF copy of the script with no personal identifying information.
2. To be posted online if selected: either a 5 page selection of the script that can be shared with prospective directors and actors OR indicate in your email you are willing to share the entire script.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

The Dramatists Bill of Rights


Long before playwrights or musical theatre writers join the Dramatists Guild, they often struggle professionally in small-to-medium-sized theatres throughout the country.

It is essential, therefore, that dramatists know their rights, which the Dramatists Guild has defended for nearly 100 years. In order to protect the dramatist’s unique vision, which has always been the strength of the theatre, s/he needs to understand this fundamental principle: dramatists own and control their work.

The Guild recommends that any production involving a dramatist incorporate a written agreement in which both theatres/producers and writers acknowledge certain key rights with each other.


No one (e.g., directors, actors, dramaturgs) can make changes, alterations, and/or omissions to your script – including the text, title, and stage directions – without your consent. This is called “script approval.”

You have the right to approve the cast, director, and designers (and, for a musical, the choreographer, orchestrator, arranger, and musical director, as well), including their replacements. This is called “artistic approval.”

You always have the right to attend casting, rehearsals, previews and performances. The Guild recommends that any production involving a dramatist incorporate a written agreement in which both theatres/producers and writers acknowledge certain key rights with each other.


You are generally entitled to receive a royalty. While it is possible that the amount an author receives may be minimal for a small- to medium-sized production, some compensation should always be paid if any other artistic collaborator in the production is being paid, or if any admission is being charged. If you are a member of the Guild, you can always call our business office to discuss the standard industry royalties for various levels of production.

You should receive billing (typographical credit) on all publicity, programs, and advertising distributed or authorized by the theatre. Billing is part of your compensation and the failure to provide it properly is a breach of your rights.


You own the copyright of your dramatic work. Authors in the theatre business do not assign (i.e., give away or sell in entirety) their copyrights, nor do they ever engage in “work-for-hire.” When a university, producer or theatre wants to mount a production of your play, you actually license (or lease) the public performance rights to your dramatic property to that entity for a finite period of time.

You own all approved revisions, suggestions, and contributions to the script made by other collaborators in the production, including actors, directors, and dramaturgs. You do not owe anyone any money for these contributions. If a theatre uses dramaturgs, you are not obligated to make use of any ideas the dramaturg might have. Even when the input of a dramaturg or director is helpful to the playwright, dramaturgs and directors are still employees of the theatre, not the author, and they are paid for their work by the theatre/producer. It has been well-established in case law, beginning with “the Rent Case” (Thompson v. Larson) that neither dramaturgs nor directors (nor any other contributors) may be considered a co-author of a play, unless (i) they’ve collaborated with you from the play’s inception, (ii) they’ve made a copyrightable contribution to the play, and (iii) you have agreed in writing that they are a co-author.

After the small or medium-sized production, you not only own your script, but also the rights to market and sell it to all different media (e.g., television, radio, film, internet) in any commercial market in the world. You are not obligated to sign over any portion of your project’s future revenues to any third party (fellow artist, advisor, director, producer) as a result of a production, unless that production is a professional (i.e., Actor’s Equity) premiere production (including sets, costumes and lighting), of no less than 21 consecutive paid public performances for which the author has received appropriate billing, compensation, and artistic approvals.

Rather than granting the theatre the right to share in future proceeds, you may choose to grant a non-exclusive option to present another production of your work within six months or one year of the close of the initial production. No option should be assignable without your prior written consent.

The only way to ensure that you get the benefit of the rights listed above is through a written contract with the producer, no matter how large or small the entity. The Guild’s Department of Business Affairs offers a model “production contract” and is available to review any contracts offered to you, and advise as to how those contracts compare to industry standards.

We realize that making demands of a small theatre is a difficult task. However, you should feel confident in presenting this Bill of Rights to the Artistic Director, Producer, Literary Manager, or university administrator as a starting point for discussion. At the very least, any professional in the dramatic arts should realize that it is important for writers to understand the nature of their work – not just the artistic aspects, but the business side, as well – and that they stand together as a community, for their mutual benefit and survival, and for the survival of theatre as a viable art form in the 21st century.

Transcendence Theatre Collective seeks new plays

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Transcendence Theatre Collective is a new company entering its premiere season. We strive to promote the newest generation of theater makers with specific emphasis on those who are traditionally underrepresented in theatre. We will achieve this by actively reaching out to new playwrights, directors and actors who have not been given the opportunity to showcase their abilities because of their differences. The first part of that is of course: playwrights.

We are seeking out new plays (90 minutes max and no musicals) from aspiring playwrights of all kinds. We will choose a top 3 and then those will be read throughout the Spring (Feb 15, March 15, and April 12) at a venue in Manhattan. Finally we will choose from those 3 and take it to full production for an approximate 4-show run.

None of this can happen without your work being submitted! It doesn't cost you anything and if your work get chosen it still won't cost you anything other than time and your work will be being promoted throughout New York City.

St. Paul's Arts Council Short New Play Festival (Indiana)

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The St. Paul's Arts Council is showcasing original, never been produced short plays.

We are featuring two categories of short plays, 2-Minute and 10-Minute Plays. We ask that, due to the 200th anniversary of its publication, you use Mary Shelley's Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus as your inspiration.

Those chosen will be performed as a stage reading at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in New Albany, Indiana on Sunday February 11 at 2:30 pm.

Submissions of original plays in either format, will be accepted beginning Friday, September 1, 2017. Submission deadline is Friday, December 15, 2017.

The number of plays to be produced will be at The St. Paul's Arts Council discretion and will depend on the mix of qualified submissions. Original plays accepted for the Festival will be announced between January 1 and January 15, 2018. There are no submission fees for this Festival. There will be no monetary stipend for plays used in the Festival, however, audience members will vote for their favorite play in both the 2-Minute and 10-Minute categories. Winning playwrights will receive a $25 cash prize.

Festival Submission Guidelines

Submission must be an original 2-Minute or 10-minute play, unproduced at time of submission. Plays that have had staged readings will be accepted. Plays that have received full productions, either professional or amateur, prior to submission will not be accepted. Legal clearance of materials not in the public domain is the full responsibility of the playwright.

Limit of ONE play may submitted by each playwright.

Maximum Length: Play should run in either the 2 minute or the 10 minute range. Longer submissions will not be considered.

Scripts may be comedy and drama. Not open to musicals. No more than 6 characters.
Plays must be submitted with pages numbered and include on the title page the following contact and bio information:
Playwright’s name, mailing address, phone number, e-mail address and a brief biography.

All play submissions will be handled with care. However, The Arts Council assumes no responsibility for lost or damaged scripts.

Submissions may be e-mailed to parishoffice@stpaulna.org.

Preferred document format: Microsoft Word or .PDF files ONLY. No other formats will be accepted.

Mail submission to:
St. Paul's,
Ten Minute Plays,
1015 E. Main St,
New Albany, IN 47150.

Mailed submissions must be securely bound with a title page containing full contact and bio information as outlined above.

Scripts will not be returned. Scripts not selected will be shredded then recycled.

Selections will be made by The Arts Council and inclusion in the festival is solely at their discretion.

All decisions are final.

All submitting playwrights will receive an email notification upon receipt of their scripts. Notification of final decisions will be made by e-mail between January 1 and January 15, 2018.

Saturday, December 9, 2017


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In honor of Emerging Artists Theatre’s 25th anniversary, the New Work Series is making some significant changes in order to attract highly motivated artists with quality material to present. We are seeking high-quality submissions of new material that is ready to be in front of an audience. Submissions in cabaret, dance, short plays, solo performance, puppetry, and short musicals are now being accepted.

NEW for the 2018 New Work Series:

All artists now get 50% of the Box Office
Participants now will have no required audience guarantee
EAT will provide a projector for those shows using projections
A high quality video camera will be made available if interested in recording the performance
More marketing and press support
Emerging Artists Theatre will provide

  • A 99 seat Off Broadway theater in the heart of Manhattan
  • Professional stage manager and Assistant Stage Manager
  • Piano and music stands
  • Ticketing Services
  • Box Office and House Management
  • Two dressing rooms
  • Curated talkback (where you decide what feedback you need)
  • Safe and supportive environment
  • Nice, friendly staff
  • Simple set pieces available
  • One Technical Rehearsal
  • Rep light plot and sound system
  • Concessions available, including beer and wine
  • Large banners of series shows in lobby
  • Full color program brochures

The Emerging Artists Theatre (EAT) New Work Series is a three-week developmental series that provides artists of different disciplines the opportunity to present one night of a "work in progress" with audience feedback. Successful FringeNYC, NYMF, Edinburgh Fringe, and Off-Broadway shows have been born out of this series. Emerging Artists Theatre is excited to present a new round of opportunity to local artists.

20th Annual New Work Series : February 26th – March 18th, 2018

Submission deadline: Jan 10, 2018

Informational Meeting (not required): Jan 8, 2018

Please click here to apply to the NWS and get more info on guidelines.

*For those who have a full length play or musical and want to produce it as a workshop or showcase, Emerging Artists can help present their work in our New Work Series for 3 performances a week for 3 weeks during the New Work Series Producers pay $1500(tax deductible donation) per week to the New Work Series and get a 70-30 box office split. EAT provides technical crew (SM and ASM), 99 seat professional theatre, house management, box office, ticketing service, voluntary accident insurance, and free limited rehearsal space subject to availability.

Vermont Pride Theater at Chandler (VPT) requests submissions

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Vermont Pride Theater at Chandler (VPT) requests submissions for its eighth annual Summer Pride Festival, July 20-22 and 27-29, 2018 in the historic Chandler Center for the Arts, Randolph (VT).

We are seeking full-length scripts with strong LGBTQ content that present the issues and concerns of today's LGBTQ persons, especially those living in rural areas, in a positive way. Scripts should have a mid-sized ensemble, preferably all adults. Staging in a community-theater setting should be feasible. No musicals, please.

Plays that have been previously produced or published are welcome, and their performance history would be of interest. These should be e-mailed to VPT producer Sharon Rives <kenrives@gmail.com>, no later than January 1st.

For more information about the festival or VPT, feel free to contact Ms. Rives.

Friday, December 8, 2017

The Bridge Award

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The Bridge Award was established in honor of Arts in the Armed Forces upcoming tenth anniversary with the purpose of recognizing an emerging playwright of exceptional talent within the United States military. The award consists of a $10,000 prize, and an AITAF produced reading of the winning work. The head judge will be Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks.

In addition to bringing world-class theater to the military, AITAF is committed to supporting and sharing the talents of those who serve. This Award will offer a deserving current military service member or veteran artist important connections with the theater community and access to developmental resources, helping to facilitate a deeper understanding and more active dialogue between military and civilian communities.

  • Submissions will be accepted December 1st 2017 through March 1st 2018.
  • Please submit your play in PDF form with the title: Title of Play.pdf
  • Please include a brief accompanying statement, including a description of your service (dates, military branch, foreign countries served in, if applicable.) This description may be 250 words or fewer.
  • Only finalists will be notified of their status.
  • When the winning playwright is named, finalists will also be announced.

Pallas Theatre Collective TableRead Series

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Pallas Theatre Collective welcomes submissions of completed, full-length and one act musicals for their 2018 TableRead Series between September 15, 2017 and December 15, 2017.

 TableRead 2018 will offer creative teams the opportunity to develop, workshop and present new works of musical theatre in collaboration with Pallas’s new musical development team through a series of university and professional readings (usually 3-4), culminating in a professional black-box style production in 2019 or 2020. Creators are provided a small honorarium and some travel expenses, as well as 10% net box office receipts from the show.

For more information and a list of past winners, visit: pallastheatre.org/TableRead.

Only completed projects will be accepted. Semi-finalists will be asked to submit full libretto, full score (generated through music publishing software, no lead sheets), and complete demos at time of request (demos do not need to be of professional quality). A short interview via skype or google hangout with Pallas Artistic leadership will be required of Finalists. Musicals must be unpublished with no prior large or workshop production history (i.e. if the musical has been produced, it is not eligible for the TableRead program). Proof of rights must be secured by the composers if the musical is based on copyrighted material before submission to TableRead.

TableRead only accepts digital submissions. There is no fee to apply.

Please place all required files in a single folder in a drop site (Dropbox, Box, Google Drive, etc.) and send the folder link to tableread@pallastheatre.org. An email will be sent to you to confirm your submission within one week (please do not send emails about confirmation until after one week has passed). Please only include the following materials (incomplete submissions, or those not following guidelines will not be reviewed):
  • Creator contact information & bios
  • Story sentence: (A one sentence statement of the musical’s plot, with the protagonist as the subject of the sentence) & 1 page synopsis detailing all important plot points and the location of all musical numbers)
  • Cast size, character breakdown, including vocal ranges.
  • Development history & a list of attached parties if any (director, MD, actors, agents, current contracts, etc.) NOTE: Pallas Theatre is run by a collective of artists and most work is done ‘in house.’ We may not be able to accommodate all/any attached parties based on the size/scope/timing of the work.
  • First 30 pages of libretto only – must start on page 1 and must include title and credits page.
  • 6 mp3 demo tracks – must include the show’s opening and closing song. Songs submitted not in the first 30 script pages must include a brief description including placement in the show and the song’s function in the play.
*Due to the high volume of submissions we will no longer confirm whether the submission is complete, please be sure to follow the directions carefully

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