September 6 - October 5, 2018 

at Manhattan Repertory Theatre, 

17-19 West 45th St. Third Floor NYC


Seeking fully produced,

(cast, directed and ready to be performed by September 2018) 

7 - 20 minute One Act Play Productions!


$1000 prize for the Best Short One Act Play Production!


Each one act play will be given a short tech rehearsal, a full dress rehearsal with the other plays participating, a minimum of 3 performances and 3 more performances if your play goes on to the Finals on Wednesday Oct. 3, Thursday Oct. 4 and Friday Oct. 5.


To submit your 7 - 20 minute fully produced One Act Play Production please email: 


The complete script of your one act play as a .pdf,

a synopsis of the play,

the character breakdown,

the set and lighting requirements, 

the play's production history (if it has been produced before and where)

your mailing address,

and a creative team leader contact email address to: by August 6, 2018.


Please put “Fall One Act Play Competition” in the subject heading. 

We will contact you within a week, if not sooner,  as to your acceptance.


Plays that we love will be accepted on a First-Come First-Served basis.

The earlier you submit the better chances you have of being accepted for we may end submissions before August 6, 2018, if we fill up all available performance slots for we are only accepting 25 plays.


There is no submission fee.  NON-EQUITY ONLY. 


We will supply a technician to run the sound and lights.


Once accepted, there will be a $150.00 participation fee.


For more information, see below!



The most important aspect of this competition is fairness.  If not, this whole thing becomes a silly popularity contest.

A "Panel of Industry Experts"  can be compromised, for members of the panel can be friends with people in the cast of plays that are competing.  And what the heck is a "Panel of Industry Experts" anyway?

So we use a ballot system where the audience votes, and it works so well.  We refined this system over 5 years when we ran seasonal competitions at our old space on 42nd St.

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Here is how it works:

Each audience member gets a ballot where the Five plays in the performance series are listed in order. At the end of the performance series, the audience votes, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, in order of preference.  5 being the best, and 1 being just Ok.  At the end of three performances, we add up all the numbers in a performance series and the one play that gets the highest tally, goes on to the three Finals performances and will be competing with 4 other plays.  For the Finals, the same system of voting is used.   After the 3 Finals shows, we add up the numbers and the 1 play that gets the highest score wins the $1000 prize which is awarded right after the last Finals show.

The 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 voting makes it impossible for one team to fix the numbers.  We get a true crowd-sourced vote and it works.

If someone comes late, they are not given a ballot.

If someone leaves early, their ballot is thrown away.

Only audience members who see all five short plays in a series are allowed to vote.  And we are meticulous about this rule TO BE FAIR TO ALL.



In terms of running the shows, we make sure in a performance series, the time between short plays is 1 minute or less, (I personally like 30 seconds.) This way, the audience will stay focused on play 2, 3, 4, and 5.  I have been to contests where there is 10 minutes between plays and the audience checks out.  And that is just not fair for the plays not going first.  So we are meticulous about making sure no scene change between plays is longer than a minute.

We supply the technician to run the shows and all works so efficiently.  We put together a tight wonderful series of one act plays!



The competition will be held at our beautiful new theatre on West 45th St between 5th and 6th Aves about a block and a half from Times Square and 2 blocks from Grand Central Terminal.  The are great restaurants and bars on our block, so much nicer than our previous space on 42nd and 8th Ave. (There is real food here, not just tourist food.)

Bus lines go down 5th Ave and up 6th Ave and almost every subway line in the city except for the L stops within 3 or 4 blocks.  It is so easy to get here.


If you have any questions about this competition, please feel free to drop me a line at:

Looking forward to working with you on this event!


Ken Wolf

Artistic Director

Manhattan Rep