Tuesday, December 20, 2011

If You Were Wondering What to Do With That God Particle Play...

Orlando Shakespeare Theater has announced its Harriett Lake Festival of New Plays is looking for submissions. They will choose seven plays from among those submitted for performance in November 2012.

Here's what they're telling us they're looking for:

"PlayFest! The Harriett Lake Festival of New Plays (Fall 2012) is seeking new full-length plays or musicals based on or inspired by works of classic literature or historic events, famous persons, or advances in science. These events, persons, or advances can be from any age in history, including the present. We prefer (but are not limited to) plays that require six actors or less, and have an interest in one-person shows. However, even in the case of one-person shows, we are not looking for history lectures, or museum piece adaptations that are faithful to a fault, but rather dynamic new theatrical versions of classic stories that speak to the contemporary mindset.

In musical submissions, we are interested in musicals based on or inspired by the same criteria as mentioned above."

In addition, they specify that they want plays which have not received a Broadway or off-Broadway production, have no more than two professional AEA productions, have not been performed in Orlando in their current form, and have not been published for general distribution with rights held by the publisher.

They would like you to query first and only send full scripts if requested based on the query.

For all the details, they have a handy list of Playwright Guidelines here.

Given their interest in plays with historical content, "The Affray," the Jared Brown/ collaboration about Abraham Lincoln's legal career seen last July at the McLean County Museum of History, sounds like a natural.

Anyone else who has an unproduced play or musical sitting around inspired by "Little House on the Prairie," Marie Curie, Marie Antoinette, the search for the Fountain of Youth, the search for Higgs boson, or, well, anything literary, scientific or historical, take note. The Harriett Lake Festival of New Plays is looking for you!


  1. I do think it would be fun to see a whole chorus line of singing and dancing God particles...

  2. It's way over my head, but if you want to go for it...