Thursday, February 25, 2010

Call for Scripts - Victory Gardens Ignition Festival

Victory Gardens Theater announces the second IGNITION festival, supported by Allstate Insurance Company, lead corporate sponsor, and William and Orli Staley. The festival that brought you the critically-acclaimed Year Zero by Michael Golamco and Kristoffer Diaz's
smash hit The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity is searching for another round of breakthrough plays. IGNITION creates a pipeline to production for the work of young playwrights of color. By
providing this platform for the next generation, IGNITION launches new writers into the national spotlight and continues Victory Gardens' core mission of originating new plays that serve diverse communities.

Six new plays will be presented in a festival of readings scheduled for the week of August 15, 2010. These plays will be directed by leading artists of color from Chicago and around the country. Following the readings, two of the plays will be selected for intensive workshops during Victory Gardens' 2010-11 season. Victory Gardens will produce at least one of these final scripts in the 2011-12 season.Victory Gardens provides selected playwrights with housing and transportation as well as a stipend for a one rehearsal week beginning August 15th through the final event of the festival weekend. For further information, please call literary manager Aaron Carter at 773-328-2142 or Sandy Shinner, Associate Artistic Director and Project Director, at 773-549-5788 ext 2139.

Submission Deadline: April 15, 2010
Announcement of Six Festival Participants: June 15, 2010
Festival Dates: August 15 - August 22, 2010

Submission Guidelines:
There is no restriction as to subject matter. Victory Gardens hopes that a diversity of perspective will inform the plays, but the plays do not have to deal specifically with race, ethnicity or identity issues.

-The initiative is open to all playwrights of color under 40 years old.
-Playwrights must not yet have received a full production at a major regional theater.
-Submitted plays must unproduced and must be in English or primarily in English.
-Playwrights may only submit one full-length play.
-Plays must be submitted by mail, not electronically, and should not be permanently bound.
-Please include a biography or resume.
-Please include a return addressed postcard if you wish to be notified that the script arrived.
-All scripts will be recycled after reading and will not be returned.
-There is no submission fee.

Submit to:
Victory Gardens Theater
2257 N. Lincoln Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60614

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