Manhattan Rep's Fall One Act Play Competition

$1000 cash prize!


Seeking fully produced one act plays (cast, directed and ready to perform) 7 minutes to 25 minutes in length for MRTʼs FALL ONE ACT PLAY COMPETITION September 10 - Oct. 4. 2013  at Manhattan Repertory Theatre, 303 W.42nd St. NYC.  Ken Wolf, Artistic Director


To submit your one act play production please email: 

The complete play, a synopsis of the play, the running time of the play, the set and lighting requirements, the playʼs production history (if it has been produced before and where) and a creative team leader contact email address to: 

by  MONDAY June 17, 2013 at Midnight.

Please put “Fall One Act Competition” in the subject heading. Applicants will be contacted by Monday  June 24 as to their acceptance.

There is no submission fee.  


Each play will be given a MINIMUM of FiVE performances, more if the play moves on to the semi-finals and finals.  

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

There will be NO additional security fees or Manhattan Repertory Theatre based production fees.  

Fall One Act Play Competition 2013 Guidelines

Here is an overview of how the competition will be run and what will be expected from each creative team participating.  We have run these competitions now for a number of years now and they are always great fun, and pretty exciting too.

The big difference between what we do and other play competitions is that we offer FIVE performances no matter what, so even if you play does not make it to the semi-finals or the finals, at least you get to showcase your work for at least 5 performances in front of a live audience.  

The voting here is done by audience ballot where each play in a performance series is rated from 5 to 1 in order of preference. At the end of 5 performances, the 2 plays that performed that week with the highest score will go on to a semi-final performance night with 4 other plays on October 1. (We add up all the points, not just the top play so it is effectively crowd-sourced.)  The four plays that night with the highest score will go on to the Finals on Friday October 4, 2013 for two performances.  The play that night that receives the highest score will win the $1000 cash prize.  The voting is crowd-sourced in a way that prevents the play with the most friends from ALWAYS winning.  We like that.  It still helps to invite friends but bringing the most friends does not guarantee entrance into the semi-finals and finals.  A great play will!!

Another one of the things that we do that we feel is very important is that we organize and run the tech for the show so that in each performance series (usually 4 to 5 plays) everything flows smoothly creating a professional show.  We supply a technician and we run all the tech. All the scene changes between shows are orchestrated so that they are 60 seconds or less, so that the audience does not have to go crazy waiting as actors set the set for 10 minutes or more, like in other competitions in town.  We create a slick professional show so that all the shows in each performance series can showcase their work in a professional context.

Lastly, we orchestrate the performance times at this competition so that there is MEET and GREET time after your performance, so you are not RUN right out of the theatre which occurs all the time at festivals throughout New York and, yes, this is super important to us too... we keep our theatre and our dressing room super CLEAN for audience and actors alike. It is part of our mission to keep our space clean for the artists who are working here.  (Some theatres in NYC are downright scary for they have never been dusted in years!)


46 seat theatre space for at least 5 performances - more if you move on to finals etc

A technician to run your sound and lights

1  Tech rehearsal in the theatre with our technician

1 Full Dress rehearsal with all of the teams in your performance series in the theatre

Our stock furniture for your show

Web flyers with all the information about your show and the shows in your performance series for you to email to all.

 Web site support.

Theatre production consultation

Reservation Service, House management and Box Office


An 8 dimmer lighting board with 16 instruments

A 4 speaker surround sound system

A 5 CD changer with support for IPOD, IPHONE, IPAD, PHONE etc and Laptop

Clean, organized dressing room



Casting the production

Directing the production

Outside rehearsal space (if you need it.) 

Program design and copies of their program

All other miscellaneous production costs – costumes, props, etc.

Inviting friends and family. 


 All participants must be NON-UNION

There is NO PAY  unless you win the $1000 cash prize.

Please do not submit MUSICALS unless staged with pre-recorded music.  

(We have no room for an orchestra.)

All Productions must run between 7 minutes and 25 minutes with simple sets which can be easily struck. 


NO SMOKING in the play!

No LIGHTING OF ANYTHING! (Candles, cigarettes, etc.) 

No FURNITURE is to be brought into the theatre for any reason.  

We supply more than enough stock furniture for any show.

All props and costumes must be brought in and out of the theatre each night for, regretfully, we do not have space to store for all the plays participating. 


 Participants must keep space clean and organized and treat fellow artists with respect. 

Any unruly Creative Teams  will be immediately terminated from the competition and your participation fee will not be returned.   

Any intentional damage to the theatre caused by a creative team will result in immediate termination of their entire production.


Ticket price will be $20.00 

(All ticket sales will go to Manhattan Repertory Theatre.)


For this competition, there are not comps at all. Because of this voting context, we can't comp in Industry "friends" from one group and then not offer comp tickets to all the other groups, so for this competition there are no comps. If you wish to have industry you know attend, your creative team will have to pay for the seat.


There are NO personal comps. 

CREATIVE TEAM MEMBERS  (The director and playwright) can sit and watch the show for free any and all performances (of course) if there are seats.  The house manager will find you seats if available.  If no seats are available we will absolutely find a place for the director and the playwright to either stand or sit above the crowd to see the show.

Anyone on the CREATIVE TEAM of any play is NOT ALLOWED to VOTE even if they pay for a seat.


There is no videotaping during live performances due to complaints from audience members, (Our theatre is only 46 seats.)  except by our Sound /Light technician up in the booth with a very small video camera, that won’t disturb the technician or the audience.

Future performances

Manhattan Repertory Theatre retains NO  (0%) percentage of play’s future productions outside of Manhattan Repertory Theatre.

Please know that Manhattan Repertory Theatre reserves the right to change our policies at any time in order for the Festival to run more effectively.

If you have any questions about our Fall One Act Play competition at Manhattan Rep, 

feel free to e-mail us at

Over 10,000 theatre artists have developed their work at Manhattan Rep since September 2005.  We hope to work with you this Fall!


Jennifer Pierro 

Director of Productions

Ken Wolf 

Artistic Director 

Manhattan Repertory Theatre