Seeking fully produced one act plays (cast, directed and ready to perform by June) 

7 minutes to 20 minutes in length for


June 2 - June 30, 2016  

at Manhattan Rep, 303 W.42nd St. at 8th Ave. 




(And an additional 6 more performances if your play goes on to the Semi -Finals on - June 24 and June 25 and the Finals on June 29 and June 30, 2016.)


To submit your one act play production please email: 

The complete play,

a synopsis of the play,

the character breakdown,

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:


by Thursday May 12, 2016 at Midnight.


Please put “SUMMER $1500.00 CHALLENGE” in the subject heading. 


We will contact you within a week 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 May 3, 2016, if we fill up all available performance slots

There is no submission fee.  NON-EQUITY ONLY. 


Each play will be given a MINIMUM of 3 performances, with 6 more performances if the play moves on to the Semi-Finals and Finals. We will supply a technician to run the sound and lights. 


Once accepted, there will be a $185.00 participation fee.


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

Any questions, please drop us a line at:


Follows is an overview of how our Summer One Act Play $1500.00 Challenge competition will be run. We have offered these competitions now for a number of years now and they are always great fun, and pretty exciting too.   (This is our 28th competition.  Wow, time flies when your having fun!)

The big difference between what we do and what other play competitions do is that we offer THREE performances no matter what, so even if you play does not make it to the Semi-Fnals or the Finals, at least you get to showcase your work for at least 3 performances in front of a live audience in a professional showcase on 42nd St. in the heart of Manhattan, Times Square. 

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 with no duplicates - 5 being the best.  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 finals.  A great play will!!  I have seen this again and again through our 28 competitions and ultimately the best play emerges.  It is really interesting.  Also, I have seen on many occasions that friends don't always vote the highest for their friends play.  When given a chance to be a critic, many people really play the game despite their friend being in the competition, and I love that!

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 of 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.  There is no time for people to take out their phones and text their friends.  We move between the shows quickly and efficiently, often within 20 seconds.  And it works like a charm to keep the audience focused on the WORK.  We create a slick professional show so that all the shows in each performance series can showcase their work in a professional context. And we are incredibly organized and communicative.

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!)

So come have some fun with us this Summer.  And maybe win $1500.00. We just finished our Spring competition and it was awesome. Wonderful plays. Wonderful creative artists!  And we had a gas!

If you have any questions about any or all, please drop me a line at

Over 10,000 theatre artists have developed their work at Manhattan Rep since September 2005. 

Please join the fun.


Ken Wolf

Artistic Director

Jennifer Pierro

Director of Productions and CEO

Manhattan Repertory Theatre