Elvis is Dead, my ten minute comedy about time travel, man’s dependence on technology, and Elvis, is being produced along with five other plays at this year’s Red EYE 10s International Play Festival on Saturday September 17th.
Elvis is Dead is about time travelers Dr. Fred Bunson and Commander Robert Frump who travel back in time to retrieve a lost book and save mankind. But with no library card and the book already signed out things look dim for our intrepid time travelers until librarian Sally Knowlton comes to the rescue.
- You can download a free copy of Elvis is Dead by clicking on this link: Elvis is Dead
The Red EYE 10s is a really unique festival because all the the winning plays get performed on the same day in multiple venues in different locations. Here’s how it all began:
“In 2012, Wendy-Marie Martin, an MFA Playwriting candidate at Hollins University at the time, approached three of her colleagues with a ‘crazy idea’ to produce work from The Playwright’s Lab students in theaters across the country and The Red Eye 10s Coast to Coast Play Festival was born.
The first festival was produced in Montana, Virginia, Chicago and California and a completely student-initiated signature fund/friend-raiser for the New Works Initiative began. The first year we tested out the 24-hour 10-minute structure and it proved to be a bit too much logistically, so we tweaked things a bit. The festival then became a 10-minute play festival which rehearses and performs in one day to keep time commitments for actors and directors to a minimum. Although directors now have a week or more to become acquainted with the script, the actors are still randomly cast out of a hat either the morning of the festival or the evening before.
Last year the festival went INTERNATIONAL thanks to the addition of the International School Stuttgart!”
I’ve entered a lot of festivals over the last couple of years and I’ve seen all kinds of different formats but this one stands out because of it’s design to share a theatrical experience across time zones in multiple locations. Theatre is a community experience and by performing the same play on the same day and linking everyone through social media you’re helping to build community. If you’re on Twitter you can follow along. The twitter hashtag for the festival is: #redeye10s
The exciting thing for me, as a playwright, is there will be six different productions of my work done by six different directors and eighteen different actors. Theatre is a living thing. It only exists when it’s being performed. The text is dead without an actor speaking the words on stage in front of an audience. And because I write to reach an audience I want to see my work produced. I want to share my work with the world and being a part of the RedEYE 10s is a wonderful way in which to do that.
This year’s winning plays, playwrights and production venues are:
2016 Plays and Playwrights
- Elvis is Dead by James Hutchison
- The Cherry Blossom by Kyle Philip Jackola
- Surprise by Mark Harvey Levine
- By Any Other Name by Sean Michael McCord
- The Flower Girls by Treasa Nealon
- Build a Wall by Cary Pepper
2016 Red EYE 10s Production Venues
- Overland High School – Aurora, Colorado, USA
- Nipomo High School Theatre Company – Nipomo, California, USA
- Arroyo Grande High School Theatre Company, Arroyo Grand, California, USA
- Edmonson County Drama, Brownsville, Kentucky, USA
- CAT Theatre, Richmond’s Professional Theatre with a Community Heart, Richmond Virginia, USA
- International School Stuttgart Stuttgart Germany
Opportunities for Playwrights
Theatre InspiraTO’s 12th Annual Playwriting Contest
- Deadline: November 20, 2016
- Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
- Submission Fee: No Entry Fee
- Type: 10 Minute Play Festival
- Restrictions: This year’s creative challenge: Grow Up. The theme “Grow Up”must be an integral part of the play. The story can be a comedy, a drama, a parody, absurd or anything in between but it must be written in English.
- No musicals.
- The contest is open to anyone without geographic or age restrictions. Submissions must be made online.
- Each playwright may submit a maximum of one script.
- Award: Production from June 1-10, 2017 at the 12 Annual InspiraTO Festival in Toronto. First prize $500.00 Canadian.
- Note: Between 18 to 24, ten minute plays will be selected and performed.
- The Cover page should have the title of the play, the playwright’s name and the list of characters. The pages should be numbered. The format should be easy to read. We accept previously produced plays, but we don’t accept plays that have been produced in previous InspiraTO Festivals.
For complete submission details and festival information refer to the Theatre InspiraTO’s 12th Playwriting Contest Web site.
Sarasvàti Productions: FemFest 2017 Call for Submissions
- Deadline: All submissions must be received in the office by October 31, 2016.
- Location: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
- Submission Fee: No fee posted.
- Type: Finished scripts and proposals of work in progress to be produced at the festival as well as works that touring companies would like to present at FemFest.
- Restrictions: Scripts must be written by a Canadian self-identified woman playwright and have a running time of no more than one hour.
- Technical and set requirements must be minimal due to festival setting.
- All submissions should be mailed to FemFest 2017. See Web site link below for address and entry information. E-mail submissions are not accepted.
- Award: Production or further development.
- Note: A reading committee will assess submissions for their individual quality and in order to program a balanced festival. Touring shows will receive a performance fee, slected playwrights that are produced by the festival will be paid royalties and works in development will be offered a dramaturg.
For complete submission details and festival information refer to the Sarasvàti Productions FemFest 2017 Call for Submissions.
The Writer Speaks: Walter Mosley
Here’s an alternative view to the idea that you have to make sacrifices in order to be a writer. Walter Mosley is the author of more than 43 acclaimed novels including his best selling mystery series featuring Easy Rawlins. In this short clip (2:08) from Big Think Mosley talks about his love of writing and why he feels he hasn’t really had to make any sacrifices in order to follow his passion.
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