College of the Canyons is looking for new and original play scripts for the 10th annual New Works Festival (NWF).
Sponsored by the college’s Theatre and English departments, the festival will accept all forms of work for consideration; including monologues, scenes, 10-minute plays, single acts and full-length two-act plays.
The deadline for writers to submit their work for consideration is 7 p.m., Wednesday, November 11. Works that are selected will be produced and put on stage during the spring 2010 semester.
All submissions must be previously unproduced, unpublished, and solely the original work of the playwright. Adaptations will not be accepted.
All musical pieces must be accompanied by waivers from all associated creators.
There are no content restrictions, however, consideration is given to pieces that are reasonably producible.
“It is an exciting process to watch a script transform over the course of the semester,” said David Stears, NWF Director. “Everything is new. It’s the first time reading it, the first time actors have it, and the first time an audience sees it. It’s a very enlightening process for a writer to participate in.”
The NWF is growing in reputation and esteem with submissions last year coming from as far away as New York.
The festival generally receives between 20 and 40 plays for review. Candidates are chosen through a blind selection process, which removes the names and any identification to the writer from the pieces, to eliminate any chances of bias.
“What we’re looking for is a basic understanding of dramatic structure,” said Stears.
Currently, “Waccademia,” written by Joe Camhi and work-shopped with the festival over the last three years, is receiving its world premiere in Los Angeles.
Dean Stewart, an NWF alumnus has received accolades from Writer’s Digest for his plays “Bookish” shown in the 2008 and “Raincheck” shown in the 2009 NWF.
The NWF is unique in that it is a workshop experience focusing on the writer’s work. Many festivals take work as finished and present them. The NWF helps bring the writers and their work to the next level.
For more information on the New Works Festival and the submission process click here.