40 - 100 minutes




We have been producing new work here in New York City for over 11 years. (Over 1000 full length plays and close to 2000 short works.) Putting up a successful play production in NYC is quite a challenge and there are a myriad of factors that either make or break a production. 

Our Premiere Play Series is an attempt to streamline the process of play development and production and solve some of the most challenging problems of producing a play in NYC.

There are so many festivals now in town where plays are slapped into theaters with very limited tech, dress and rehearsal time. Often it is twice the play length, or a daytime Tech/Dress for 4 or 5 hours tops where you are stressed out of your mind attempting to perfect your play in this strange theatre while the clock is ticking for you open that night!

This is the first challenge that our Premiere Play Series solves. We offer 3 hours of TECH, and then, on another day, 3 hours of Dress rehearsal time, and before that we offer an additional 3 hours of straight rehearsal in the theatre you will be performing in for a total of 9 hours of theatre time. (And we offer additional rental time in the theatre at a price below most studio space.) More time in the theatre means you won’t be rushed. Your actors will feel at home and comfortable, and you will be able to develop and present your play in a civilized professional manner without having a heart attack from the crazy stress of the “Theatre Festival.” And your play will rock!

The second challenge we help solve is we give you real support. (Our Premiere Play Series program is open to only 9 plays to be produced between October and December 20, 2016.) If there are 35 or 60 plays in a 10 week festival how much can you truly be supported? We will be available to help with anything you may need from casting, to hiring a team, to script work, to creative play solutions. This is not a crazy festival at Manhattan Rep. Your play will be part of our Fall season and we will be there to help you along the way with any problems or challenges you may encounter. 

Our Premiere Play Series is about the work, not about how many plays can be stuffed into a theatre at any given time. It is about making it easy for you to develop your play in the heart of the theatrical world, Times Square, with hours and hours of theatre time, and REAL creative and administrative support to create a great production!

You get 2 performances - more if you are selling well.


To submit your 40 - 100 minute new, never been produced before play please email:


A brief introduction with detailed information about yourself and your work,

the complete draft of your play,

a synopsis of the play,

the running time of the play,

the set and lighting requirements,

the playʼs history, (readings, when it was written, etc etc.)

your mailing address,

and a creative team leader contact email address to: by October 15, 2016. 


Please put“PREMIERE PLAY SERIES" in the subject heading.


You will be considered on a first - come first-served basis. The earlier you submit, the better your chances of being accepted into the program. If we fill up all production development positions early on, we will end submissions. Once submitted, we will get back to you within one week as to your acceptance.

We are only accepting 9 plays into this program.

There is no submission fee.


Once accepted there is a $325.00 Non-refundable participation fee.




And if you have any questions about anything, feel free to write us at:!