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Wednesday
Oct082014

Submissions sought for PLAYground festival of new plays (USA)

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.

Be sure to check our website, www.purplecrayonplayers.com for updates and, of course, do not hesitate to email us at PLAYgroundTYAfestival@gmail.com with any questions.  

Best Wishes,

Lisa Wiznitzer

Literary Manager

Purple Crayon Players

Purple
Crayon
Players
is
seeking
submissions
for
A
Festival
of
Fresh
Works
for
Young
Audiences
held
on
the
Northwestern
University
Campus
PLAYground
is
a
3-­‐week
play
development
process
that
culminates
in
a
weekend
long
festival
of
staged
readings
of
three
new
professionally-­‐written
plays
for
young
audiences,
professionally
led
workshops,
and
speakers
from
the
TYA
field.
In
addition
to
the
three
performances,
the
festival
offers
a
chance
for
interaction
between
playwrights,
actors,
directors,
and
audiences
members
in
a
productive,
effective
dialogue
about
the
plays.
Furthermore,
this
year
will
include
the
addition
of
student
written
work,
fostering
new
plays
for
young
audiences
at
the
college
level.
Purple
Crayon
Players
seeks
diversity
of
playwright
voice,
target
audience,
and
content,
and
strives
to
pair
works
with
student
directors
invested
in
the
playwright’s
development
goals.
This
will
be
our
7th
festival.
Important
Dates:
SATURDAY
NOVEMBER
1st,
2014
Deadline
for
receiving
script
submissions.
Submit
your
script
to
Purple
Crayon
Players
via
email
at
PLAYgroundTYAfestival@gmail.com.
Submissions
should
include:

The
latest,
full
copy
of
your
original,
unpublished
script
or
scripts

A
cover
letter,
including
contact
information,
production
history,
development
goals,
and
any
other
relevant
information.
SPRING
2015
(MAY
8th-­‐10th)
The
7th
Annual
PLAYground
Festival
is
held
near
Northwestern
University
in
Evanston,
IL.
In
past
years
it
has
been
held
on
Northwestern’s
campus
or
nearby
at
Next
Theatre
in
Evanston.
What’s
in
store
if
your
script
is
selected...

At
least
3
weeks
of
script
analysis
and
workshopping
by
student
cast
and
director
before
your
arrival

Personalized
communication
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

1-­‐2
days
of
in-­‐person
conversation
and
workshopping
with
student
directors,
actors,
and
others
in
the
Purple
Crayon,
Northwestern,
and
TYA
communities

Staged
reading
of
your
script
and
facilitated
post-­‐show
discussion
with
audiences

Dynamic
post-­‐festival
feedback
from
audiences,
student
directors,
and
cast
members
Interested?
Feel
free
to
email
PLAYgroundTYAfestival@gmail.com
with
any
questions.
Go
to
www.purplecrayonplayers.com
to
learn
more!

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