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ANN ARBOR — After the success of Theatre NOVA’s inaugural Michigan Playwrights Festival four years ago, the theatre is continuing its semi-annual tradition and announcing a call for submissions for this season’s festival of new plays by Michigan playwrights. The next festival will run April 22 through 26, 2020. The deadline for submissions is Jan. 1, 2020.
The festival will feature full-length plays. The submitted play must be written by a Michigan resident and be ready to be produced, but it must never have received a full production at another theater. Those interested in submitting plays for consideration should send complete, finished scripts in PDF format to TheatreNovaPlaySubmissions@gmail.com with “Festival Play Submission” and the play title in the subject line. Included in the email should be the playwright’s name, address, phone, and a two-sentence synopsis of the play.
Theatre NOVA focuses on new plays and new playwrights and is dedicated to working with new and local playwrights to help them develop their craft and to offer brand new plays for audiences. The theater created the Michigan Playwrights Festival to nurture Michigan playwrights and to develop full-length plays for future seasons. Plays that were products of Michigan Playwrights Festivals that have received their world premieres at Theatre NOVA include “Mazel Tov, John Lennon” by David Wells (Wilde Award for Best New Script), “Resisting” by David Wells (Wilde Award for Best Original Production), “Mrs. Fifty Bakes a Pie” by Linda Ramsay Detherage, “Clutter” by Brian Cox (Wilde Award for Best New Script), “Irrational” by R. MacKenzie Lewis and David Wells (Wilde Award for Best New Script), “Katherine” by Kim Carney (Wilde Award Nomination for Best New Script), “Spin” (aka “Swimming While Drowning”) by Emilio Rodriguez, and “Bird” by Kristin Hanratty.
Theatre NOVA is Ann Arbor’s resident professional theatre company. Its mission is to raise awareness of the value and excitement of new plays and playwrights and provide resources for playwrights to develop their craft by importing, exporting, and developing new work. This activity is supported by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts. To find out more visit theatrenova.org.