Seeking fully produced one act plays by High School Playwrights AGES 14 - 18
(cast, directed & ready to perform)
30 minutes to 60 minutes in length for:
Manhattan Repertory Theatre’s
HIGH SCHOOL PLAY FESTIVAL 2014
FEB. 27 - April 12, 2014
at Manhattan Repertory Theatre,
303 West 42nd St. (at 8th Ave) NYC
To submit your 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)
your mailing address, and a creative team leader contact email address to:
firstname.lastname@example.org by Jan. 31, 2014 at Midnight.
Please put “HIGH SCHOOL Submission” in the subject heading.
Plays will be considered on a first - come first-served basis.
(The earlier you submit, the better your chances of being accepted.)
If we fill up all festival production slots early on,
we will end submissions earlier than January 31, 2013.
Once submitted, we will get back to you within one week as to your acceptance.
There is no submission fee. NON-EQUITY ONLY.
Each play will be given a Minimum of TWO performances at our theatre on 42nd St and 8th Ave. NYC
All tech rehearsals, dress rehearsals and PERFORMANCES will be held on the weekend.
A refundable security deposit of $200 will be required upon acceptance which will secure the theatre for damages and for an average of 15 audience members per performance
(a total of 30 for two performances.)
HIGH SCHOOL PLAY FESTIVAL 2014
RULES AND GUIDELINES
MANHATTAN REPERTORY THEATRE WILL PROVIDE:
46 seat theatre space for at least 2 performances
(More performances are possible if your show is selling out.)
2 scheduled rehearsals in the theatre (Tech/Dress)
Web site support. Web Flyers. Theatre production consultation
Reservation Service and Box Office
(All ticket sales will go to Manhattan Repertory Theatre.
Tickets price will be $20.)
An 8 dimmer lighting board with 14 instruments
A 4 speaker system
A 5 CD changer with support for IPOD and Laptop or IPAD
1 dressing room, and performance furniture (listed later)
EACH PRODUCTION IS RESPONSIBLE FOR:
Casting the production
Directing the production
A Stage Manager or Light/Sound board operator
Outside rehearsal space (other than above.)
Program design and copies of their program.
All other miscellaneous production costs – costumes, props, etc.
Inviting friends and family and bringing in an average of 10 paying audience members per performance (For 2 performances scheduled you will need to bring in 20 total paying audience if you wish to have your Security Deposit returned.)
For all original work, playwright must sign a playwright release form. (attached)
Your production may NOT be produced in New York City (5 boroughs) between the time of your Festival acceptance date and your Festival performance dates (unless Ok-ed by MRT.) Also, your production cannot be produced anywhere in New York City (5 boroughs) within 30 days AFTER your festival production closing date. If this guideline is broken, your production will be immediately pulled from the festival and your security deposit will be forfeited.
IMPORTANT PRODUCTION CRITERIA
All participants must be NON-UNION.
NO EQUITY SHOWCASES.
There is NO PAY.
NO SMOKING in the play, theatre or anywhere in the building!
NO CANDLES. NO fire of any kind in the theatre.
NO Firing of GUNS. NO Firecrackers.
All gun sounds or explosions need to be done by sound cue.
Participants must keep space clean and organized and treat fellow artists with respect.
Any unruly or disrespectful Creative Team will be immediately terminated from the Festival and their security deposit will be forfeited.
Any person caught smoking in the theatre or hallways will be terminated from the Festival.
ALL FESTIVAL COMMUNICATION WILL BE DONE BY E-MAIL.
Because we assemble many many teams of people when we put up a festival, all communication about your show should be done by e-mail. E-mail is efficient, simple and everything is documented for future reference. It works.
PLAYWRIGHT RELEASE FORM
“The Playwright Release Form” – it is simply a release form from the playwright giving permission to present the play royalty free on your specific dates. It also states that Manhattan Rep will in NO WAY be entitled for any monies from the play beyond your specific performance dates.
SECURITY DEPOSIT AND FESTIVAL CONTRACT
In order to verify your dates, your production team leader must sign our security deposit festival contract (attached) and mail it in with a $200.00 refundable deposit which will be returned to you within 1 week after your show closing date if you abide by these guidelines and the following:
“This security deposit will NOT be refunded if any excessive cleaning costs or any damages are incurred to Manhattan Repertory Theatre during your performance week by you or any member of your creative team or if your production fails to bring in an average of 15 paid audience members per performance. (Total of 30 over 2 shows.) Also, after your acceptance your deposit will NOT be refunded if your show is cancelled for ANY reason. This deposit will be returned within one week after your show closes if you meet all of the above requirements.”
Manhattan Rep has an 8 dimmer light board and 14 theatrical track light units which are ungellable (it is a fire hazard,) so you CANNOT under ANY CIRCUMSTANCES put Gels on these lights. We do have Red and Blue dimmers. Because we are running often 2 performances a night, we will have a basic wash that needs to be used. We have 8 dimmers so different areas of the stage can be highlighted with the different dimmers. Each production needs to use this plot and cannot change or manipulate the units in any way. But it works so well, with so many options.
The lighting instruments are fragile, so again NO ONE is to change the position of the lights. We have a good wash and different areas can easily be lit from our board. Not to hard line it, but if we find your team is changing the positions of the lights or trying to gel them, your show will be cancelled from the festival and your security deposit will be forfeited.
THE LIGHTING BOARD
The board is your basic board x and y where you can cross fade, quick blackout, fade to black etc. etc. You CAN do cool stuff. We did a show called TALES OF TERROR – modern takes on classic horror stories- and we had to have ghouls appear, then scary cross fades into different places, and then intensely wild mood lighting. It worked beautifully. It was awesome, and it was so simple. We wil have a staff member there who can teach your technician the ins and outs of the board. Our board is super easy and anyone can learn it in 5 minutes.
The sound system at Manhattan Rep is great. We sport a 5 CD changer, and an adapter for IPOD, IPhone, IPAD or Laptop so you can run your sound with ease.
If your show is sound intense, YES, find a sound designer, but if you just need music between scenes, don’t bother.
LIGHT BOARD OPERATOR
Each creative team will be responsible for their own Light/Sound board Operator. Our staff can easily teach someone from your team how the board works in 5 minutes. It is super easy and it works really well.
PROPS, COSTUMES and FURNITURE
Props and costumes can be stored at Manhattan Rep from your First Tech rehearsal until your last performance. We have space to hang costumes and plastic bins to store your props so that everything can be put away so that there is no confusion with other festival groups.
Here is a list of set pieces that we will have available for you to use for your play:
6 black folding chairs
8 short backed chairs
2 small black cocktail tables with a fitted board to fit over for a larger table
I End table
1 Black Table Desk
1 SQUARE CARD TABLE
A BLACK COAT RACK
1 - FOLD OUT BOOK SHELF
6 black theatre boxes with handles -
1 short black bench with no back, (enough to fit 3 people)
1 - 3 step step unit which can be used as a stairwell up to “stage Left”.
2 small black 3 foot standing ladders
2 LARGE WOODEN KITCHEN CHAIRS
1 four foot by three foot black stand up BAR with a shelf.
1 large trunk that opens up, and can serve as a coffee table.
Our storage is very limited so you can NOT bring any set pieces in to the theatre.
NO SET PIECES ARE ALLOWED TO BE BROUGHT IN FOR ANY REASON.
We have more than enough stock furniture in the theatre for you to do what you need to do.
All props for each show must be stored in a stackable container(s) so that things don't get lost, etc. which we will provide. Costumes can be hung on our costume rack for the duration of your production. No need to load in and out.
All sets and props must be struck and stored at the end of the night.
No Suitcases are allowed to be stored (unless they are props and then they need to be put in plastic bags.) All "stuff" must be in bins. ALL PROPS AND PLAY ‘STUFF’ must be removed directly after your FINAL performance in the space. We do not have space to store your stuff over night or until Monday after you close. Any props and play ‘STUFF’ left in the theatre after your FINAL performance will regretfully be thrown away.
If your show requires food props and requires clean up after, please notify us in advance. If we know what to expect we can attend to it in a timely manner with your help without having to delay the next group and audience coming in. We have had some unexpected food disasters in the past and we would like to try and avoid that if possible. Plus, we have no critters in this theatre and we want to keep it that way so we keep the theatre very clean.
PLEASE KNOW THAT THERE IS NO EATING IN THE THEATRE EXCEPT IN YOUR SHOW. Food for personal consumption is allowed in the dressing room only.
ABSOLUTELY NO POWDER OR HAIR SPRAY ALLOWED IN THE DRESSING ROOMS OR ON STAGE. ALSO under NO GLITTER IN THE THEATRE. (NOT TO BE THROWN OR ON COSTUMES OR MAKE UP. GLITTER IS IMPOSSIBLE TO CLEAN ONCE THROWN.)
If an actor needs to age himself or if an actor likes to use powder for cleanliness please have them use the bathrooms down the hallway to put the powder on. Powder (and GLITTER) is not fun to clean up in our black theatre and it causes major problems. So please, no powder of GLITTER. Also, due to the proximity to the theatre and theatre office - Aerosol Hair Spray needs also to be used in the bathrooms to prevent all from coughing.
COMMOM SENSE and GETTING CREATIVE
Please use common sense when putting together your shows. Anything that is going to cause a huge mess and delay the festival in anyway will not work. WE RESERVE THE RIGHT TO SAY NO TO ANYTHING THAT WE MAY FEEL IS INAPPROPRIATE OR WILL ADVERSELY AFFECT THE FESTIVAL OR THE SAFETY OF THE THEATRE.
If you are stumped on a creative issue in the space, just get creative. Since September 2005, we have produced over 1000 plays in this space and a space downstairs with the same dimensions (more or less,) and although MRT is intimate, the possibilities are endless. We can give you lots of ideas just from all of the work we have seen here to help you out. Just ask. We are here to do our absolute best in assisting you so that your show is a grand success.
Email Reservations can be made at:
If you are going to produce your own postcards for your play, all postcards MUST BE APPROVED BY MANHATTAN REP for proper crediting, ticketing and address info. Please email us the complete postcard proof for approval BEFORE you send it to the printer. If you decide to print a postcard, you are responsible for the printing costs
There are no comps offered for this festival.
CREATIVE TEAM MEMBERS WATCHING THE SHOW
Your creative team members get to sit and watch the play if there is a seat available, and if there isn’t, the creative team can sit in the isle or stand in the back. We will always make room for the creative team. The House manager will find the seating. The Creative Team members are : The Director, The Set and Lighting and Sound Designers listed in the program and The Playwright. Individuals who come in to help you hang a picture one night are not members of the Creative Team.
There are NO invited dress rehearsals under any circumstances.
(All Friends and family need to attend a performance.)
HOUSE MANAGER’S GUIDELINES
The house must be ready to open 30 minutes before show time (or at the time agreed upon with your house manager.) Before a show, there can be no tech rehearsals or picture calls for they end up running late and there can be problems at the front end for we cannot hold audience long outside of the theatre proper because of fire safety issues in our building.
VIDEOTAPING OF YOUR PLAY
All videotaping of your play must be done at your Dress rehearsal, or with a little video camera and filmed from up in the light booth during a live show. (It works well in the booth.)
We have experienced complaints from audience members about inconsiderate videographers spoiling their experience of the play, and we have had some power issues from videographers plugging in in the wrong place so we have made this decision to protect the show and the audience’s experience of it. The booth videotaping works for it does not disrupt the show and Dress rehearsal video makes it easy for all to videotape for the sight lines are great so that your play can be documented.
All videographers must check with Ken or a staff member before setting up before the DRESS Rehearsal so that Ken or a staff member can make sure the power is connected in the right place.
SHOW CANCELLATION DUE TO EXTREME WEATHER!
Manhattan Rep will make the call as to whether a show is cancelled due to EXTREME WEATHER (i.e. Hurricane, Extreme Blizzard etc). You will be contacted by 12 noon as to whether you show will be cancelled that night. We usually do not cancel shows due to your average snow or rain, only if it is extreme and people are asked to stay off the streets. But all cancellations will be made by MRT. A show producer/playwright cannot unilaterally cancel a show. All must go thru MRT. Any show that unilaterally cancels a show without MRT approval will lose their security deposit.
Any questions about anything that is not on this page:
please e-mail us at:
Both Jen, and I are very excited about your production at Manhattan Rep as part of this High School festival. We will do everything in our power to make your show a success! We are so on your team!
Director of Productions
Manhattan Repertory Theatre