Here is a message from Purple Crayon Players:
We are currently seeking submissions for our 7th annual festival, to be held on Northwestern University’s campus in Spring 2015. As we continue to grow and develop, it is especially exciting to announce that the festival will be different this year than in past years. This includes many changes such as speakers, professionally led workshops, and student written work just to name a few.
Purple Crayon Players is Northwestern University's award-winning, student-run theatre and community service organization that focuses on producing professionally written Theatre for Young Audiences. Alongside our main stage season, we work throughout the year on a variety of special projects and events by, with, and for, youth in our local Chicagoland area.
PLAYground is Purple Crayon Players’s annual festival of new plays for young audiences. PLAYground fosters the development of each script through partnerships between professional TYA playwrights and Northwestern undergraduate directors and actors, whether it is the work’s first reading or its final workshops before publication or production. After a collaborative rehearsal process focused on the playwright’s development goals, we present these fresh works in a dynamic weekend of public staged readings and post-show discussions.
In the past 7 years, the festival has featured 18 playwrights in all stages of their careers, from nationally-known faces to emerging new talents in the TYA field. Sandra Fenichel Asher’s Jesse and Grace: A Best Friends Story (a 2011 AATE Distinguished Play Award-winner) and Ramon Esquivel’s Nasty have both received publication following their participation in PLAYground, and Anne Negri’s With Two Wings received its world premier production at Tempe, Arizona’s Childsplay in Winter 2012 and became a part of our season last year! PLAYground has also been featured in the national publication Incite/Insight.
Selected playwrights receive:
- At least 3 weeks of script analysis and workshopping by student cast and director before your arrival
- Regular contact with your student director regarding the progress of rehearsals, tailored to meet your development goals
- Assistance funding your trip to Evanston, IL for the festival weekend
- 2 days of in-person conversation, workshopping, and events with student directors, actors, and others in the Purple Crayon, Northwestern, and TYA communities on the festival weekend
- Staged reading of your script and facilitated post-show discussion with audiences
- Dynamic post-festival feedback from audiences, student directors, and cast members
In considering submissions, Purple Crayon Players looks for scripts that show diversity of voice, originality of content and style, and that will enrich and challenge our directors and our audiences. Your development goals are important to us, and we match plays with student directors who are excited by and committed to these goals. Finally, we aim to find three works that complement one another, as well as our main stage productions, by catering to different target audiences and providing variety of theme and form to our festival and our season.
To submit, please email up to three unpublished, original scripts to PLAYgroundTYAfestival@gmail.com by Saturday November 1st. Each script should be accompanied by a cover letter that includes your contact information, the production history of the script, and your current goals for development.
Purple Crayon Players