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

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“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tradition; is no more than 10 minutes in length; is self-contained with a beginning, middle and end; is an original, unpublished, and never previously produced new work.
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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.

​DEADLINE: 12 NOON ET | MONDAY, MARCH 18, 2024.

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