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Bring Your Play to Life

End-of-year deadline for ­Colonial Players Promising Playwright Competition

God created the heavens and earth, planets, stars and creatures, in seven days.
    Playwrights, naturally, take longer.
    So you’d better get busy if you aspire to create a play for The Colonial Players of Annapolis’ biennial Promising Playwright Contest. Entries are due by Dec. 31.
    Prizes are big and requirements few — beyond the act of creation.
    Plays may be one act or full length, drama or ­comedy but not musical, original and never produced, with no more than 10 characters. You must live in a state descendent from the original 13 colonies, West Virginia and Washington, D.C. included.
    You stand to earn $1,000 and a workshop weekend centering on you and your play and leading to a rehearsed reading.
    “We’d love to see one of our winners wind up on Broadway,” says Colonial Players’ Tom Stuckey. “But our hope is to provide impetus and encouragement; it’s so hard to get any kind of a forum.”
    Yet Colonial Players produces eight plays a year — including a summer one-act festival and an original musical, A Christmas Carol, in even years — and stands on its own two feet, funding this contest from the theater’s income.
    Clearly, there’s a ladder to success out there, and this Promising Playwright Competition is a rung up.
Info: http://thecolonialplayers.org.

God created the heavens and earth, planets, stars and creatures, in seven days.
    Playwrights, naturally, take longer.
    So you’d better get busy if you aspire to create a play for The Colonial Players of Annapolis’ biennial Promising Playwright Contest. Entries are due by Dec. 31.
    Prizes are big and requirements few — beyond the act of creation.
    Plays may be one act or full length, drama or ­comedy but not musical, original and never produced, with no more than 10 characters. You must live in a state descendent from the original 13 colonies, West Virginia and Washington, D.C. included.
    You stand to earn $1,000 and a workshop weekend centering on you and your play and leading to a rehearsed reading.
    “We’d love to see one of our winners wind up on Broadway,” says Colonial Players’ Tom Stuckey. “But our hope is to provide impetus and encouragement; it’s so hard to get any kind of a forum.”
    Yet Colonial Players produces eight plays a year — including a summer one-act festival and an original musical, A Christmas Carol, in even years — and stands on its own two feet, funding this contest from the theater’s income.
    Clearly, there’s a ladder to success out there, and this Promising Playwright Competition is a rung up.
     Info: http://thecolonialplayers.org.