Calling all playwrights: Long Beach Playhouse seeking new works for festival

Long Beach Playhouse is accepting submissions of unproduced play scripts for its annual New Works Festival competition in 2022.

For about 30 years, the New Works Festival has offered playwrights—novice or seasoned—the experience of having their unproduced play read live by actors, in addition to direct feedback from the competition’s committee and a live audience.

Playwrights from all over the world are invited to submit their unproduced works, where Playhouse’s New Works Literary Committee will select two finalists that will be featured in the festival. The winning playwrights will also be given detailed written critiques of their work by professional theater critics.

The plays must be unproduced, unpublished, non-musical, full-length plays. There is a submission fee of $15 and the plays should be submitted in PDF form.

The scripts can be submitted through the New Works Festival submission page on LBPH’s website. The deadline to apply is June 30.

LBPH has not announced an exact date for the festival but anticipates it will be held in late March or early April of 2022. The festival is split into two days, one for each winning play to have their scripts stage read and discussed by the committee and audience afterward.

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