Wanted: Writers for the PlayGround-LA Writers Pool!
Are you a Los-Angeles-based early-career or aspiring professional playwright? Have you ever wanted to see your plays performed on stage by leading local professional actors? Do you respond well to deadlines?
You’re in luck! PlayGround-LA is seeking applications for our 2018-2019 Writers Pool. Member of the Writers Pool can submit their work for the Monday Night PlayGround short play staged reading series, now entering its 7th season. On the first Friday of the month, PlayGround releases a prompt. Writers then have four-and-a-half days to write an original ten-minute play inspired by the prompt. Of the submitted scripts, 6 get chosen for a fully-staged, partly-teched, script-in-hand reading led by leading local directors and actors on second Mondays, October-March, at the Zephyr Theatre in West Hollywood. Writers not chosen can participate in PlayGround-LA Recess, with the opportunity to hear their work read aloud by professional actors and receive peer feedback in a private setting.
If you would like to apply, please submit a pdf of a maximum 10-page double-space script to scripts<at>playground-la.org. Excerpts from longer works are not accepted but short plays that meet the above requirements and are derived from a longer work are accepted. Submissions are due by 11:59pm on May 31, 2018. The 2018-19 PlayGround-LA Writers Pool will be announced on or before September 1, 2017 and all selected writers must attend a mandatory Company Meeting on September 9. For more information, see below or visit our PlayGround-LA Writers Pool page here.
To be eligible, writers must reside within the five counties of the Greater Los Angeles Area. To apply for a place in the 2018-19 writers pool, playwrights must submit a maximum ten-page double-spaced script (previously produced and unproduced scripts eligible) via email to scripts<at>playground-la.org as Portable Document Format (.pdf) attachment. Applications must be received by 11:59pm PST Thursday, May 31, 2018. The script must have the playwright’s name, address, email and phone number at the top of the first page of the script and include a detailed cast breakdown, and all pages must be numbered. Excerpts from longer works are not accepted but short plays that meet the above requirements and are derived from a longer work are accepted. Writers featured in the Best of PlayGround (2015-2018) need not submit a script but must send an email confirming interest in being in the pool by the deadline. Women and playwrights of color encouraged to apply.
The 2018-19 PlayGround-LA Writers Pool will be announced on or before September 1, 2017. There will be a mandatory meeting of the Writers Pool at 6pm on September 9, 2018 (location to be confirmed). Writers Pool members must commit to submitting for at least four of the six Monday Night PlayGrounds in any season. The submission of a script to Monday Night PlayGround grants PlayGround-LA the exclusive option to stage the play as part of the Monday Night PlayGround and, should it be so selected, to present the world premiere as part of The Best of PlayGround and the non-exclusive right to publish the script in the “Best of PlayGround” anthology.
For any questions not answered above, email to info<at>playground-la.org.