Monday, May 13, 2013

Still Time to Enter That New Play from the Heartland

If you are a playwright from Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, Minnesota, Ohio or Wisconsin, it's time to put the final touches on your one-act play and get it in under the wire for Heartland Theatre's New Plays from the Heartland competition. The deadline is midnight May 15th, with submissions accepted electronically through the Heartland website.

The theme this year is "The AHA Moment," which means that Heartland's judging panel will be looking for plays that feature a wake-up call, an instant of discovery or a lightbulb flashing in someone's brain. As Heartland describes it: "Bad. Good. Devastating. A single moment of blinding brilliance. The end of a dream. A whole new direction for your life. All you have to do write us a one-act play that involves an AHA! moment, spoken or unspoken, but straight to the heart. What could be more dramatic?"

You can read the contest rules and regulations here. The final judge this year will be Chicago playwright and screenwriter Mary Ruth Clarke. If you'reinterested in more information about Clarke or the New Plays project, click here for all the details.Clarke will not only choose the three winners to be staged at Heartland in July, but also hold a workshop with the winning playwrights July 12 and speak to the public in an open forum at Heartland on July 11, 2013.

Who knows? You may find your friend or neighbor has penned a play and gotten it on stage. That's the joy of a contest specifically for the Midwest. You may just recognize that playwright, like previous winners Terri Ryburn, Bruce Boeck and Jessica Wisniewski, all with local ties.

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