April 19, 2018
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Penobscot Theatre seeks scripts for summer festival

BANGOR, Maine — Penobscot Theatre invites playwrights to submit their work for inclusion in the theater’s third annual Northern Writes New Play Festival. The festival will be held at the theater’s Bangor Opera House June 24 to July 3.

“Penobscot Theatre is committed to the development of new works for the stage and we invite playwrights to submit their work to our festival. Whether you’re writing your first play or have been writing for 30 years, we will give equal weight to all submissions as we choose which pieces to accept into this year’s festival,” said Scott RC Levy, the theater’s producing artistic director.

Playwrights may submit plays or musicals in development to be considered for a staged reading during the festival. Ten-minute, one-act and full-length plays will be considered.

A blogger, commenting on last year’s festival, wrote: “I’ve been traveling, and managed to see a great play in Maine. The plays are presented as concert stand readings, each with at least one rehearsal. A small number of plays are given a week’s rehearsal, and some simple staging. All plays feature an audience talk back with the cast and the playwright. This year, all but two playwrights made their way to Maine for the talk back sessions. That’s a long way for a lot of us! The professionalism and quality of the theater makes the trip worth taking. Penobscot Theatre may be on its way to becoming an important force in the theatrical community. Keep watching. And get to Maine if you can. Bangor is some 40-plus miles from Acadia National Park, one of the most heavenly places I’ve ever been to.”

Jacqueline Goldfinger, a playwright who participated in last year’s festival with “The Oath,” expressed her feelings about the festival, saying, “This experience was exceptionally helpful because I had no input into the production of the staged reading. It gave me a sense of how my play would be interpreted when I’m not around. It taught me which aspects of my scripts are unclear, so I know what to clarify in the next draft.” “The Oath” will receive a workshop production off-Broadway at the Arclight Theatre beginning April 23.

These rules must be followed:

• Work submitted must not be published or have received a full production.

• Playwrights chosen for inclusion in the festival will be notified in early May.

In order to be considered, you must submit the following:

• A cover letter discussing how the festival will benefit you and your work.

• One copy of the manuscript.

• An application fee of $10 (write checks payable to Penobscot Theatre).

• A self-addressed stamped postcard, if you want to be notified that the submission has been received.

• A self-addressed stamped envelope, if you want your manuscript returned.

All scripts must be postmarked by Saturday, Feb. 14.

Send submission to:

Northern Writes/Penobscot Theatre, 131 Main St., Bangor, ME 04401.

Playwrights chosen for inclusion in the festival will be notified in early May.

For information, visit www.penobscottheatre.org.

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