Published on October 2, 2017 | Broadway World | Written by BWW News Deck
Thank you to everyone who submitted!
**DEADLINE EXTENDED UNTIL JANUARY 15, 2018**
Attention playwrights! Sundog Theatre is seeking one-act play submissions for Scenes from the Staten Island Ferry 2018.
2018 marks Sundog Theatre’s 16th annual presentation of new, original, short one-act plays about our favorite boat that takes passengers and tourists from Staten Island to Manhattan and back – the Staten Island Ferry. Productions dates are April 14-22, 2018.
“We are pleased that our Ferry series has taken off and each year Sundog has garnered a following of audience members who are curious to see what we’ve come up with and how the program has evolved,” says Executive Director Susan Fenley. “We also see this project as a connection between Staten Island and the rest of New York City, since we use actors and directors from throughout the City. Sundog also has performed it in Manhattan several times to appreciative audiences who aren’t familiar with the ferry and its many possible human scenarios. As long as there are good audiences, we will continue to produce this series that has become a signature for Sundog.”
To date, Sundog has presented 85 original one-acts in the popular Scenes from the Staten Island Ferry. Submitted plays have come from Staten Islanders, from writers around the country, and from playwrights in Europe, Asia and Australia. Several of these plays have been published and have gone on to be produced elsewhere.
– Submit original plays not previously produced or published, with a signed note affirming that.
– Plays should be at least 15 minutes long (max. 25 minutes) and have their setting on the Staten Island Ferry.
– Plays should be contemporary, involve 2-3 characters and require no special set pieces other than benches or railings found on the Ferry, limited and easily accessible props, costumes, and no special sound or lighting requirements.
– Avoid overt and unnecessary sexual/violence/language since we cater to a broad audience.
– No musicals or long monologues since plays are memorized by actors in a short time.
– As in life, humor is good.
For this year’s presentation submitted plays should incorporate a science fiction and/or supernatural element. Some possible topics to get your creative juices flowing (do not limit to these): Space travel, Time travel, Superhuman, Apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic, Fantasy, Supernatural Fiction, Superhero Fiction, Ghost Stories, Spirits, Seances, and Past Life Stories.
Remuneration: The six playwrights whose plays are chosen will receive $100 each and their plays presented five dates: April 14, 15, 20, 21, 22, 2018 in Staten Island.
– Please send two copies, bound or stapled, blind submission (removable cover page with title, author, and contacts) to Sundog Theatre, “Scenes 2018” PO Box 183, Staten Island, NY 10301.
As per “blind submission” requirements: please do NOT put your name on each page.
Make sure to include the title of your play on each page at the bottom or top.
– Include a brief synopsis and 70-word playwright bio.
– Should be postmarked no later than January 15, 2018.
– No electronic submissions.
– Questions: firstname.lastname@example.org, Susan Fenley, Producer.
– There is no fee for submission.
Notification: Playwrights of selected plays will be contacted directly and their names listed on Sundog’s website early 2018.
Sundog Theatre is a Staten Island-based performing arts organization with several components: Engaging audiences with original, contemporary, and thought provoking theatre in diverse venues; unique on Staten Island for its culturally-based school programming rooted in theatre, visual arts, dance, music & literacy programs for schools that complement classroom lessons through the arts; acting lessons offered year-round for youth from 6 – 14 years of age; and touring productions for schools on educational and contemporary themes.
Through these programs, the Theatre seeks to create positive change and enlightenment through the arts while developing artistic opportunities that enhance the economic and cultural vitality of its community. For more information, visit www.SundogTheatre.org.