for one-act plays written for teen performers, teen audiences
Annual One-Act Playwriting Contest, open until January 4, 2005,
playwrights to create work for underserved theatrical demographic: teens
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Although teens are the market of choice for music, fashion and more, they remain
under-represented in the world of theater—both as performers and as the
subject of new plays. In an
attempt to serve more teens with work that speaks to their experiences, TADA!
Youth Theater is
currently accepting submissions for its 2004-05 Annual One-Act Playwriting
Contest. Submission postmark deadline is Tuesday, January 4, 2005.
winning playwrights receive a cash award and a staged reading as part of
TADA!’s 14th Annual Staged Reading Series held on
the first three Mondays
in (May 2, 9 and 16) at 5:30 p.m.
Winning playwrights have the option to have their play included in TADA!
Originals, a script rental catalogue. Writers of all ages may submit;
playwrights 19 and under will be considered in the “Young Writers” category.
This year’s three winners will be announced the week of March 8, 2005.
For submission guidelines contact Emmanuel Wilson, Literary Manager and
Artistic Associate, at (212) 252-1619 ext. 17 or email@example.com
plays are selected by two panels: an unique Teen Panel and a Professional Panel
including such notables as Susan Bernfield (Founder/Artistic Director of New
Georges); Winnie Holzman (writer: hit Broadway musical Wicked
and ABC’s “My So-Called Life” and Michael Slade (writer, nine musicals
for Theatreworks/USA, and Emmy-nominee for "Another World" and
"One Life to Live”).
contributions of everyone at TADA!, were invaluable for me as a writer,”
said Alex S. DeFazio, 2004 winner for his play Mountainlight. “It not
only helped me revise the piece, but gave me the extra insight I needed into the
minds of these young characters by giving me the opportunity to see them
rehearsed, discuss, and read by teenagers.”
Mountainlight was selected as one of nine plays presented in the
inaugural season of The Fall Collection, New York City’s newest multi-media
arts festival, which began November 1, 2004. DeFazio also found a director for Mountainlight
through TADA!’s contest and series; Sherry
Teitelbaum directed the reading at TADA! and directed the play in The Fall
1990, the contest has generated a variety of creative works from playwrights
across the country. Winning plays
have dealt with issues ranging from family expectations to teen suicide.
Past winners include Robin Rice Lichtig, Sandra Fenichel Asher, Lisa
Diana Shapiro, Doug Cooney, Stephen Philip Policoff, Brian Silberman and Alex S.
and series are an important part of TADA!’s work with emerging playwrights.
and series continue TADA!’s commitment to providing “young people of
different backgrounds the opportunity to explore and perform theater together in
an educational, supportive, and professional environment.”
In an effort to answer the
call for more programs geared toward teenagers, TEEN TADA! is a new initiative
that encompasses all of TADA!’s offerings specifically for teens, including
the Annual One-Act Playwriting Contest, Annual Staged Reading Series, audition
opportunities, classes and internships.