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*** NYSUMMERFEST PLAYWRIGHT/MUSICAL/ONE ACT/ SHORT FESTIVAL COMPETITION ***
ONLY SPOTS IN SEPTEMBER AVAILABLE
Welcome to the best and most supportive festival in US Play and Musicals between 5 and 90 minutes accepted
BEST PLAY OR MUSICAL $3,500
BEST DIRECTOR, ACTRESS, ACTOR, SINGER EACH $500 BEST STAGE MANAGER, SET DESIGNER AND LIGHTING DESIGNER EACH $200 BEST MUSIC SCORE $300 BEST ORIGINAL PLAY $200
NO FEES REQUIRED TO SUBMIT TO THIS FESTIVAL.
WHY YOU WILL NOT FIND ANY OTHER FESTIVAL EVER THAT OFFERS ALL WE OFFER
Submissions Accepted from Everywhere in the US Shows from outside NY and NJ can only run if the entire cast and crew are from New York City.
*** PLAYWRIGHTS OPPORTUNITIES ***
In cooperation with Write Out Loud and in association with the Playwrights Project, the Descendants of Early San Diego announced a play writing project where submissions are to be used for TwainFest at Old Town San Diego State Park August 2017. The Descendants of Early San Diego (Formerly known as the Old Town San Diego Descendants Group or Committee), announces that they are soliciting submissions of short monologues for presentation specifically for TwainFest to be held at Old Town San Diego State Park in August annually. TwainFest is an annual event celebrating the 1800’s with a specific focus on literature from that period, which is sponsored by Write Out Loud.
Cone Man Running Productions is announcing a nationwide call for the third iteration of our series ‘Five Minute Mile – Theatre on the Run.’ The series will perform at The Beacon Theatre in Houston Texas on November 2nd – 18th, 2017. Michael Weems will serve as Artistic Director for the series. We will be again staging this one-of-a-kind theatre festival. Each evening, twenty (20) plays will be performed off book by a core ensemble of actors. Eight (8) of those plays will be set for each evening, six (6) will be drawn at random by audience members and the last six (6) will be voted on by the audience (based on title, the blurb you provide, and word of mouth). Every night will be a different experience! If the playwright is able to attend, we will work with them to assure their play is one of the set plays performed that evening.
We're looking for remarkable playwrights from all walks of life. Do you have a great play that vibes off of Shakespeare's canon? Can you write a great play to be a companion piece to one of Shakespeare's plays? We want to see it. Is your play ready to go? For the first round, we're looking for submissions that vibe off of The Merry Wives of Windsor; Henry IV, Part 1; The Comedy of Errors; or The Winter’s Tale. The first two productions will be mounted during our 2018/19 Artistic Year. The first, in the 2019 Actors’ Renaissance Season (January - early-April) will accompany either The Merry Wives of Windsor or Henry IV, Part 1. The second, during the 2019 Spring Season (mid-April - mid-June) will accompany either The Comedy of Errors or The Winter's Tale.
*** FOR MORE INFORMATION about these and other opportunities see the web site at http://www.nycplaywrights.org ***
*** DISSIDENT PLAYWRIGHTS ***
Vaclav Havel: Dissident playwright who became the first president of the new Czech Republic. Havel had been writing for several years and in 1963 the theatre staged his first play Nahradni Slavost (translated into English as The Garden Party, 1969). Over the next five years he wrote two more, Vyrozumeni (1965, translated as The Memorandum, 1980) and Ztizena Moznost Soustredeni (1968, translated as The Increased Difficulty of Concentration, 1972), establishing his reputation as the leading Czech playwright.
Why Saadallah Wannous’s rarely seen work still has the power to shock. Before his death in 1997, Wannous achieved renown not just as a Syrian dissident writer, but as a playwright on a par with Bertolt Brecht and Wole Soyinka. Politically, his plays in Arabic were akin to Vaclav Havel’s in Iron Curtain Czechoslovakia: They used the thin fictions of the theater to offer social criticism that would be otherwise unthinkable.
Like Havel, Wannous always saw himself as more than a playwright: He spent his life articulating a critique of authoritarianism, religious hypocrisy, and social repression. Up until his death, he was convinced that his plays were laying the groundwork for a complete reinvention of Arab society.
ANTIUNION BUERO VALLEJO
Antonio Buero Vallejo, a highly admired Spanish playwright who made his name as a dissident during Franco's long rule and who in 1986 was awarded the Cervantes Prize, the country's highest literary honor, died on April 28 in a hospital in Madrid. He was 83. Mr. Buero Vallejo, whose work was distinguished by a commitment to freedom and justice, was among a small circle of Spanish intellectuals who remained in Spain as dissidents during the Franco dictatorship.
Theater was always central to his life. He was born in Guadalajara, Spain, and enjoyed playing puppet theater as a child. When he was a teenager, he moved to Madrid to study at the School of Fine Arts.
But his literary ambitions were interrupted when the Spanish Civil War broke out in 1936. His father was immediately arrested and executed by Franco's forces, leading the young man to join the Republican forces.
GEORGI IVANOV MARKOV
Georgi Ivanov Markov was a Bulgarian dissident writer. Markov originally worked as a novelist and playwright in his native country, then governed by a communist regime under chairman Todor Zhivkov, until his defection from Bulgaria in 1969. After relocating, he worked as a broadcaster and journalist for the BBC World Service, the US-funded Radio Free Europe, and Germany's Deutsche Welle. Markov used such forums to conduct a campaign of sarcastic criticism against the incumbent Bulgarian regime, which, according to his wife at the time of death, eventually became "vitriolic" and included "really smearing mud on the people in the inner circles".
He was assassinated on a London street via a micro-engineered pellet containing ricin, fired into his leg via an umbrella wielded by someone associated with the Bulgarian secret police. It has been speculated that they asked the KGB for help.
For his first play, Hodge (best known as a screenwriter for Trainspotting, among other films) dips into the real history of Mikhail Bulgakov, a dissident playwright in the USSR before World War II. Though Bulgakov has problems getting his works published, let alone staged, Josef Stalin is a big fan. The particulars of their relationship blossom in Hodge’s imagination.
Jed Allen Harris gleefully directs a talented cast, led by the mercurial Tony Bingham as Bulgakov opposite the deceptively jovial Martin Giles as Stalin, and Dana Hardy as the former’s increasingly fearful wife. There are some real sparks in the married couple, contrasted with the hard dissonances between the men, veering from silly to chilling. Ken Bolden has an unusual turn as a villain who gets the threats churning. As his fellow scary secret policeman, Joe Rittenhouse has little dialogue, but his distinctive profile is all the language he needs.
Dissident playwright Slawomir Mrozek, considered by many to be one of Poland's greatest writers for the stage, was buried during a state ceremony on Tuesday.
People waited in the rain in the southern historic city of Krakow, where Mrozek's career began, to sign a condolence book. Then a hearse drawn by two black horses took the metal urn to its resting place at St. Peter and Paul church. The funeral Mass was conducted by Archbishop Stanislaw Dziwisz, who served as a personal secretary of the late Pope John Paul II.
"We are bidding farewell to a master of wise grotesque that was filled with deep thought," Culture Minister Bogdan Zdrojewski said during the service, which was attended by other government officials and Mrozek's publishers from Poland and abroad.
Munier Choudhury was a Bangladeshi educationist, playwright, literary critic and political dissident.
Choudhury actively participated in the Language Movement of 1952, and was imprisoned by the Pakistan government. He wrote his famous symbolic drama, Kabar (The Grave) in Bengali during his imprisonment. 'Kabar' is a translation of Irwin Shaw's 'Bury the Dead' written in English. He also fought against any type of cultural repression during the late 1950s and 1960s. In 1967, he protested the Pakistan government's ban on Tagore songs on radio and television. In the late 1960s there was a movement in Pakistan to replace the Bengali language alphabet with the Arabic alphabet. As a linguist and writer, Choudhury protested this move to undermine the native language of East Pakistan. He actively participated in the non-co-operation movement during the early part of 1971 and renounced his award Sitara-e-Imtiaz (awarded by Pakistan Govt in 1966).
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