The 50th Annual John Gassner Memorial Playwriting Award
A competition for new full-length plays
This Award was created in 1967 to honor the late John Gassner (1903- 1967) for his lifetime dedication to all aspects of professional and academic theatre.
This award will be administered by a panel of judges named by the NETC Executive Board.
A staged reading of the award-winning scripts, or of selected scenes from those scripts, may be given at the annual NETC convention in the fall or on another occasion.
The MTB Audio Drama Scriptwriting Competition celebrates good old-fashioned storytelling with a $250 first prize and $100 second-place prize. All genres considered and authors retain all script rights. There’s no fee for entry. We simply ask the following:
Please keep to one entry per author.
The script should be your original work/story (no adaptations of another author’s works)
Please keep the script “family friendly”
1) Avoid incorporating swearing, which for this context includes “damn,” “hell,” “God” etc.
2) Avoid implicit or implied sexual context
Make sure your script is action/plot driven
Scripts should run no longer than 30 minutes
The Chameleon Theatre Circle (located in the Twin Cities area in Minnesota) is seeking original works that have never been produced. All styles and genres are welcomed (i.e. one-acts, musicals, full length dramas, etc.). The winning plays will be showcased in a concert-format festival in October 2017. All shows submitted will automatically be placed on the slate of shows in consideration for the 2018/2019 season by the Season Planning Committee.
*** FOR MORE INFORMATION about these and other opportunities see the web site at http://www.nycplaywrights.org ***
*** THEATER TICKETS & METHODS ***
Finding cheap tickets to a show has never been easier. From lotteries to apps, we’ve put together a guide to scoring tickets without breaking the bank. “Hamilton” included.
Playwrights Welcome, developed for the Dramatists Guild of America members, is a national ticketing initiative created by Samuel French along with Dramatists Play Service, Dramatic Publishing, Music Theatre International, Playscripts and Rodgers and Hammerstein. This program was made out of a desire to support the artistic health of our industry's writers, and by extension the vibrancy of the American theatre.
The Fine Art of 'Papering the House' : Free Tickets Sometimes Offered When Performer Can't Fill the Venue
As a longtime Julie Andrews fan, Los Angeles accountant Nina Stein headed straight for the box office when tickets went on sale to the veteran performer's recent two-night stand at the Greek Theatre. Stein, 42, paid $156 for four choice seats.
After the concert, she and her three friends went to Canter's Deli in the Fairfax District for a late-night nosh. To her surprise--and dismay--she saw a stack of vouchers by the cash register, each one good for four free tickets to either of Andrews' shows.
Stein's first thought: Why had she just paid $156 for what others could see for free?
"If Julie Andrews can't sell (enough) tickets to her comeback concert, maybe she shouldn't play such a large venue," Stein said in a letter to The Times. "She certainly shouldn't insult the fans she has left by making them feel like suckers."
In a subsequent phone interview, Stein was still steamed: "Here I am the stupid one who gets stuck spending over $100 and everyone else was walking in free."
Play-By-Play was created in 1998 and is one of the original seat-filler services. It was created by Hugh Hayes, a Tony Award winning producer who has worked in the New York Theater industry for over 25 years. All of the employees of Play-by-Play have backgrounds in the NYC entertainment industry and know the business backwards and forward. It is not only their job to know, but their passion. We are able to offer you unique deals not available to the general public or any other organization. Not only do we offer a great variety of shows and performances for free we also get exclusive discounts to entertainment all over the city that is made exclusively available to Play-By-Play members.
Anyone who works in the theatre is familiar with the concept of complementary tickets. Often, they are factored into the contracts for director, designers, production crew, and sometimes even actors. “The [artist] shall receive two complementary tickets for personal use and unlimited access to complementary tickets for industry use.” What’s the difference, you might ask? Well, a personal comp is for your friend and family, while an industry comp is for agents, managers, casting directors, producers, etc.
As a director and an actor, it’s always helpful to have at least one or two personal comps for my use on a project. My husband loves to come support everything I do, but if we had to pay regular price for everything…let’s just say it would get out of hand quickly. So that comp ticket for my hubby is great. If I have other comps available to me, I love offering them to friends who frequently support my work or need that extra cash for something much more important. Lord knows, we’ve all be there. Having industry comps is also nice, because it allows me to invite potential future employers or possible representatives to come and see my work. It’s all good stuff.
Why I Hate Comp Tickets
If there is one thing that can kill your earned revenue quicker than anything else, it is a misguided complimentary ticket policy. Someone asked me the other day why I hate comp tickets so much, so I decided to list my top reasons:
1. Comp tickets devalue what it is we do. For my entire career, I have watched artists struggle to make the argument that the arts mean business, and that an artistic career is just as viable an option as any other. However, these same artists then give away the fruits of their labor to anyone with the most feeble of reasons. In the past few days, a viral video entitled "Explaining the Arts Non-Profit," has been passed among my colleagues illustrating this point. It starts out with one bear saying how much he enjoys a choral group, and then asking for a comp ticket. The other bear responds by saying that putting on a concert is expensive, and would prefer it if the first bear would purchase a ticket. The first bear is befuddled by the response because he thinks the choral group is made up of volunteers who perform as a hobby. For many of us, the arts aren't a hobby--they are our livelihood, and we deserve to be compensated for work that enriches the lives of so many people.
5 Ways to Buy Affordable Theatre Tickets
There is a myth that theatre is an art form relegated to the wealthy. Good news, theatre-lovers: Playbill.com is here to bust that myth. There are multiple ways to purchase seats for all types of theatre in New York City without going bust, and—contrary to popular belief—there are options for buyers of all ages, with in-advance and last-minute deals.
FOR IN-ADVANCE TICKETS:
If you’re looking for an affordable seat, but want to plan your theatre outing far in advance, discounts are the way to go. Sites like Playbill.com offer discounts for Broadway and Off-Broadway shows. On Playbill.com, tickets are discounted by a minimum of 15 percent (up to 50 percent off), and anyone can access the full listing of these discounts by visiting Playbill.com/Club. If you want to be alerted to new and select discounts as they become available, be sure to sign up for the Playbill Club newsletter—it’s free!
Theatre Development Fund
Theatre Development Fund, a not-for-profit organization, was created with the conviction that the live theatrical arts afford a unique expression of the human condition that must be sustained and nurtured. TDF’s twofold mission is to identify and provide support, including financial assistance, to theatrical works of artistic merit and to encourage and enable diverse audiences to attend live theatre and dance in all their venues.
To qualify for TDF Membership, you must belong to one of the following groups: students, recent graduates (aged 26 and under), teachers, union members, retirees, clergy, armed services, civil service employees, staff of a not-for-profit organization, non-exempt employees, or performing arts professionals.
TKTS Discount Booths are the perfect way for everyone to experience the arts in New York City at affordable prices. Choose from a wide array of Broadway and Off Broadway musicals, plays, and dance productions on sale every day at 20% to 50% off regular prices.
TDF operates four TKTS Discount Booths in New York City, including our flagship location in the heart of Times Square, our satellite booths at South Street Seaport and Downtown Brooklyn, plus our latest booth at Lincoln Center. When you purchase your tickets from TKTS, you are supporting a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to sustaining and sharing the arts and developing the audiences of the future.
Public Theater Digital Lottery
Tickets to Free Shakespeare in the Park are distributed by random mobile lottery beginning at 12:00PM (noon) on the TodayTix app each day that there is a public performance at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park.
Performance days will vary from week to week, so be sure to check the performance calendar.
TO ENTER THE MOBILE LOTTERY:
Step 1: Download the TodayTix app.
Open the app and scroll down to find Free Shakespeare in the Park.
Mobile entries require iOS 7.0 or later on iPhone, iPad, and iPad Touch; or Android 2.3 or later on Android and Kindle devices.
Step 2: Enter the lottery for two free tickets.**
On the confirmation screen, you may double or triple your odds by sharing your entry via Facebook and Twitter.
Step 3: See If You Won
Make sure your name and e-mail address are correct and that TodayTix push notifications are turned on, so you can receive confirmation of lottery status. You will be notified if you've won between noon and 2:15pm on the day of the show. You must confirm your winning tickets in the TodayTix app within 45 minutes of being notified. Winners may begin to pick up their tickets at 5:00 pm at the Delacorte Theater Box Office, but tickets that are not claimed by 7:30pm will be forfeited to the standby line.
Atlantic Theater Company BACK25
During the 2016—2017 Season, all ticket buyers of any age can purchase $25 tickets during preview performances Sunday – Thursday at both our Mainstage and Stage 2 theaters. Back25 tickets for a production will be available to purchase 2 weeks prior to the first preview performance (when the box office opens at 12noon) and are subject to availability. Back25 locations will be assigned at the discretion of the Box Office on the day of the performance.
For sold out performances, Atlantic offers standby tickets. Sign-ups begin two hours prior to curtain at the box office (for Stage 2 productions, 330 West 16th St). Patrons will be sold tickets at regular price in the order of sign-ups if tickets go unused or are returned to the box office prior to the house closing.
Enjoy Adventurous Theatre Off-Off Broadway for $9
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TDF's OffOff@$9 program puts you in the center of the Off-Off Broadway world of theatre, dance, and music for less than the price of a movie ticket.
Known for adventurous and groundbreaking performances, Off-Off Broadway is where many of New York's most innovative artists stage their boldest works. OffOff@$9 is vibrant and buzzing with activity at unique venues and in surprising spaces all over the city. Audiences can expect the unexpected from an Off-Off Broadway production—and that’s half the fun.
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