Shakespeare's New Contemporaries

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Deadline: 15 February 2018

Shakespeare's New Contemporaries is an undertaking to develop a new canon of 38 plays that vibe off of and are inspired by Shakespeare's work. It's an opportunity for playwrights of every gender, race, and creed to partner with Shakespeare. It's our chance to find the next generation of the world's greatest playwrights.

The American Shakespeare Center are 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? They want to see it. 

The play should take advantage of and be producible using Shakespeare's Staging Conditions:

  • Cast size 10 - 12
  • Universal lighting
  • Direct address
  • Character doubling and cross-gendered casting
  • 2(ish) hours
  • Minimal sets
  • All sound effects created in real time, unplugged, by the cast

Submissions are accepted on a rolling basis.  However, to be considered for the first year, please submit by February 15, 2018. 

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 and the submission process, visit the SNC Project website.

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