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Playfest – Harriett Lake Festival of New Plays

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Deadline: March 1, 2022
Award(s) Offered: Reading, Festival
Accepts Submissions of: Plays /
Does NOT Accept Submissions of: Musicals /

Website: http://orlandoshakes.org/playfest-home/


Orlando Shakespeare Theater will be performing seven new plays for the PlayFest 2017 weekend, November 2–5, 2017. In Round 1, we will accept submissions from January 1, 2017 through March 1, 2017 of 10 pages from new plays to be considered for PlayFest 2017.

We look for scripts that are appropriate for our Goldman Theater, an intimate proscenium theater that seats 118. Typical cast size for the Goldman Theater is 1–8.

We are especially interested in scripts that speak to the issues that our audiences are experiencing right now. Past PlayFest plays have dealt with issues of racism, autism, gender, Alzheimer’s, immigration, etc. Our Shakespeare and classical productions deal with “timeless issues” and we like for our new plays to deal with modern “issues of our times.”

For a script to be eligible for inclusion in PlayFest 2017, a play does NOT have to be a world premiere, but it must be a “new” play. For our purposes, that means it cannot:

1. Have had more than two previous professional (AEA) productions before PlayFest 2017
2. Have been published
3. Have had an AEA production in New York City or Orlando
4. Most importantly, the author must still be developing and working on the script.

Comments from NMI Staff:

PlayFest 2019 is tentatively scheduled for Fall 2019. More information will be announced at a later date.


CONTACT EMAIL: Cynthiaw@orlandoshakes.org
        Playfest – Harriett Lake Festival of New Plays
        812 E. Rollins Street, #100
        Orlando, FL 32803
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