Saturday, November 20, 2010

Get Produced this Winter

This year, Manhattan Repertory Theatre celebrates its fifth year at our wonderful little space on 42nd St. Believe it or not, since August 2005, they have produced just about 500 plays in their tiny little space.  They are now inviting production submissions for their Winterfest 2011 play festival which is scheduled for this January and will run through the last week in March.
The mission of Manhattan Rep is to help playwrights, actors and directors share and explore their craft in a safe, supported, and clean (as in not dusty) theatre environment. Artistic director, Ken Wolf says, “I guess since we have produced so much theatre and we are still surviving even in this economy, at some level we are fulfilling our mission, but honestly, we would like to do more.”
So this Winter, they are offering more opportunity for artists to present their work in their space with more performances and more accepted plays than ever.
We have all worked in the "theatre festival context" all over town and it can be quite a challenge at times with not enough tech time, no place to store props and costumes (loading in and loading out for every performance) and shows starting so late it is embarrassing. For 5 years, Manhattan Rep has been doing their best to make the ‘festival’ experience easier and cheaper and for all to present their work.
Winterfest allows two tech/dress rehearsals of at least 2 hours each on different days.  They allow creative teams to store ALL their props and costumes for the length of their run.  They are incredibly meticulous about everything running on time and, best of all, charge no performance fees.  The only requirement is a $300 refundable security deposit to secure your space with a 10 audience member per performance minimum. They also have an abundance of set pieces to use, a kick-ass 6-speaker surround-sound system, and an 8-dimmer lighting board. And the location is hard to beat: 42nd St and 8th Ave - Times Square, the center of the theatrical world!
So as Manhattan Rep moves into their 6th year celebrating creativity in Times Square, Ken Wolf would like to personally invite you to submit your play production for Winterfest 2011. “If you have been sitting on the fence about putting your work up, or developing someone else's new play, get off the fence and come and have some theatrical fun here at Manhattan Rep.”, says Wolf. “We really do our best to make it easy and inexpensive to get your show on its feet.”
Info for submissions:
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Manhattan Repertory Theatre is seeking productions of original plays 40 minutes to 150 minutes in length for WINTERFEST 2011 play festival, January 12 - March 26, 2011
Creative Team leaders should email their play production submission which includes: 
the complete play, 
the synopsis of the play, 
the running time, 
set and lighting requirements,
the play's production history (if it has been produced before), 
and a production Team leader CONTACT E-MAIL ADDRESS, to: 
by Tuesday November 23, 2010
Please put "WINTERFEST PRODUCTION SUBMISSION" in the subject heading. 
There is no submission fee.
Applicants will be notified by November 28, 2010 by e-mail as to their acceptance. 
NO PAY. NON-UNION.

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