PSA: SUBMISSIONS OPEN | For Red Bull Theater’s Short New Play Festival

We are looking for work with a classical inspiration. Six brand new short plays will be selected from this open-submission process to be presented alongside new plays from commissioned writers, Madeleine George (Hurricane Diane, The (Curious Case of the) Watson Intelligence) and Robert O’Hara (Bootycandy, Insurrection: Holding History). Red Bull Theater’s 14th Annual Short New Play Festival is scheduled for Monday, June 24, 2024. This year’s theme? RENEWAL


“Happy New Year! Each year for our Short New Play Festival, we look for fresh and exhilarating work with classical inspiration. This year’s theme is RENEWAL. But that’s just a jumping off point. We hope that playwrights from around the world will respond to our mission to revitalize the classics. Writers are encouraged to riff on a classical character, borrow a classical setting, or be inspired to create a brand new style of dramatic verse. Finding inspiration from classics beyond the traditional Western canon is welcome. Through this festival, we hope to cultivate dialogues with classical theater in a multitude of creative and surprising ways. It’s a new year – time to write something new?”
Jesse Berger | Founder & Artistic Director

Using the theme RENEWAL, write a short play that: makes use of heightened language, and/or is in conversation with a classical theme, style, or story from any cultural tradition; is no more than 10 minutes in length; is self-contained with a beginning, middle and end; is an original, unpublished, and never previously produced new work.
Get the complete guidelines.

Selected playwrights will receive a staged reading of their submission as part of the festival on Monday, June 24, 2024, performed by an ensemble company of some of New York City’s finest actors, with a commissioning fee and travel reimbursement to attend the festival, rehearsal, and performance in New York City.


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