Roanoke, a small theatre dedicated to new plays and the people who create them,
is committed to making Roanoke, VA, a nationally recognized ignition point for
new play development. We accept independent and agency-represented
submissions year round for consideration in our regular season of new works and
two reading series, the Workshop Reading Series and Guerrilla Playhouse.
We proudly abide by the
Dramatists Guild of America's Bill of Rights.
SPACE and PRODUCTION CONSIDERATIONS
performance venue can be arranged either as an intimate proscenium space that
seats approximately 45 patrons or as a thrust space that accommodates up to 60.
The stage is relatively small (roughly 28’ wide by 15’ deep), with ample
backstage space, but no wings or flies. There is a balcony above and
upstage of the main performance area that is frequently used as an additional
performance area. The plays are performed by local non-Equity actors and
directed and designed by professional staff and invited guest artists.
Preference is given to scripts with relatively small casts. Submissions of
scripts with 12 or more characters should include a proposed doubling plan with
the character list. All productions are minimal, with budgets for props,
lights, set and costumes intentionally limited (e.g., generally $500 for our
mainstage productions). As such, scripts relying on elaborate/expensive
production demands tend to diminish our likelihood of selecting them for
production. Our goal is to focus on the writing and the script’s inherent
theatricality rather than on material spectacle or design elements. We
hope to give playwrights an opportunity to see and hear their plays on stage so
they can focus on developing the script for future, more elaborate productions.
WE’RE LOOKING FOR
interested in full-length and one-act plays of any style or genre except
musicals or works targeted primarily toward children. Any adaptations must
be from work in the public domain or be accompanied by proof that the playwright
has secured the rights to the source material. Since our focus is on
developing new work, we tend to shy away from scripts that have been published
and/or received multiple previous productions...though this isn’t an ironclad
rule. We’re particularly interested in works with a strong narrative
through-line and compelling characters, yet we encourage innovative,
non-traditional plot structures, new approaches to characterization and
theatrical use of the space.
the playwright is welcome in rehearsals and performance, we are typically unable
to provide accommodations or to reimburse travel expenses. If the
playwright is unable to be in attendance, we will communicate via email and
phone to the extent practicable to allow the writer to have approval of
production elements and creative communication with the director and design
Full-length plays or a full evening’s worth of related one-acts.
Playwrights whose plays we select for production as part of our Main Stage
season are granted a 10-performance run and paid royalties.
Workshop Reading Series:
This new series, which replaces our former Lunchbox Series, provides an
opportunity for playwrights of new scripts to hear their work performed aloud
before an audience and to receive developmental feedback from audiences and
artists. Works developed in this series will be given strong consideration
for inclusion in our Main Stage at a later stage in their development.
These seated readings are offered to our audiences on the fourth Sundays of
alternate months, beginning in January, 2011. Plays should be complete
full-length works or a full evening's worth of related one-acts.
Playwrights are offered a $25 royalty for the performance.
This series often presents more experimental short pieces (30-60 minutes)
ranging from solo performances, darker material, works involving audience
interaction and/or participation, and plays with a rock-n-roll sensibility.
Guerrilla Playhouse runs on the second Sunday nights every month, and the
theatrical performances are paired with a live set from an invited musical
artist or group. Playwrights are offered a royalty of 20 percent of the
door for a one-night performance. To see Director of Guerrilla Programming
Ben R. Williams' specific guidelines, please click
our Main Stage and Workshop Reading series receive a post-show talkback
moderated by a member of our resident artistic staff. The Studio’s
resident dramaturg and/or literary manager provide dramaturgical notes in the
program for Main Stage productions to spur deeper consideration of the script by
the audience. Playwrights who are able to attend the production are
invited on stage following the performance to join the discussion and ask or
answer any questions that arise. Playwrights have found our moderated
post-show discussions particularly valuable as they further develop the script.
designates its productions as developmental workshops, allowing playwrights to
offer their works as “world premieres” to other theatres after their appearance
at the Studio. We place no future financial obligations on playwrights
whose work is developed on our stage, though, of course, we certainly welcome
contributions from playwrights whose experiences at Studio Roanoke have
contributed to any fame or fortune they achieve afterwards. We do request,
however, that playwrights premiering works on our stage require that the Studio
is credited as a contributor to the development of the script in publications
and/or program text associated with subsequent productions.
HOW TO SUBMIT
To save printing,
copying and mailing expenses (not to mention trees), we now accept only
electronic submissions. Please submit your work in standard play script
format—you may download Samuel French’s Formatting Guidelines
here. We prefer to receive your script as a PDF file if possible;
otherwise, we will accept an MS Word document. Include as part of your
script a title page with the title, your name and your contact information, and
a separate page with character descriptions and setting information. Save
the file with your last name and the title of the play with no spaces or
underscores (e.g. ShakespeareJuliusCaesar.pdf).
As a separate document
accompanying your script, please include a cover letter with a brief playwright
bio and brief synopsis of your play (each 100 words or less), and a concise
description of the play’s prior production history (if applicable). Save
this file with your last name and the word “cover” (e.g. ShakespeareCover.pdf).
Include these two
separate documents as attachments in your email. Send Main Stage and
Workshop Reading Series submissions to
email@example.com; your Guerrilla
Playhouse submissions should be sent to
firstname.lastname@example.org. In the
subject line or body of the e-mail, please indicate for which series you wish to
be considered (Main Stage, Workshop, or Guerrilla).
The literary staff
will respond as quickly as possible to confirm receipt of your submission, and
then again once we’ve had a chance to review your material. Like most
literary departments at American theatres, however, we’re understaffed and
over-worked, so please allow at least eight to 12 weeks before expecting a
response to your submission.