Dewey Decimal Festival - Chappaqua Library Friends
There are presently no open calls for submissions.
The Dewey Decimal Festival
a festival of staged readings of ten-minute comedies about libraries will be performed Saturday, October 18th at the Chappaqua Library Theatre
sponsored by the Friends of the Chappaqua Library
We are proud to announce the winning plays for the Dewey Decimal Festival! The readings will be held on Saturday October 18th, 7.30 pm at the Chappaqua Library Theatre - hope to see you there!
WINNERS OF THE 2014 DEWEY DECIMAL FESTIVAL
BEATRIX POTTER MUST DIE - Patrick Gabridge, Brookline, MA
DEWEY OR DON’T WE - Nancy Halper, Summit, NJ
ELVIS IS DEAD - James Hutchison, Calgery, Alberta
FULLY VETTED - Russell Weeks, Seattle, WA
SEARCH OOLONG TEA BENEFITS - Rich Espey, Towson, MD
SHALL I COMPARE ME - Cary Pepper, San Francisco, CA
THE TANGO PLAYER - Catherine Frid, Toronto, Ontario
2+1= MURDER by C.J. Ehrlich, Chappaqua, NY
WHAT WOULD DEWEY DO - Joe Musso, Birmingham. AL
UPDATE AUGUST 8th 2014
The Judges have selected the Finalists for the penultimate round of the Dewey Decimal Festival.
Congratulations to everyone whose play made it to this level. Winners will be chosen from this group and notified by the end of August.
Thanks to everyone who shared their work with us.
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE FINALISTS
Beatrix Potter Must Die! - Patrick Gabridge
Dewey or Don’t We? - Nancy Halper
Elvis is Dead - James Hutchison
Fully Vetted - Russell Weeks
Hambone Hamlet - Don Grimme
Impossible Construction - David Vazdauskas
Nothing Carved in Stone - Michael Chepiga
One of the Great Ones - Chris Widney
Parrots of Paris - Philip Kaplan
Search Oolong Tea Benefits - Rich Espey
Shall I Compare Me? - Cary Pepper
The Measure of a Man - Earl Roske
The Tango Player - Catherine Frid
The World of Knowledge - Kevin Yancey
Two Plus One Equals Murder - C.J. Ehrlich
Welcome to the Gala - Judy Rein
What Would Dewey Do? - Joe Musso
The submissions window is closed. Winners will be announced at the end of the summer. Thank you for your interest!
The Dewey Decimal Festival is an evening of ten-minute comedies
related to the broad theme of Libraries (see details below). The top eight plays
as chosen by our well-read selection committee will be performed in
October 2014 in the state-of-the-art Chappaqua Library Theatre (capacity 200).
Plays will be cast with actors from local theatre groups, rehearsed, and performed
script-in-hand in staged reading format at up to two performances.
What kind of plays do we want to check out?
Play must be a ten-minute comedy*, either:
-- Set in a library (type of library is up to you)
-- About a library
-- About or featuring a librarian or librarians
-- About, or reinterpreting, or otherwise centrally relating to a book that will be familiar to most audiences. Adaptations must be clearly parody or in the public domain.
-- We will consider a play creatively twisting cliches related to libraries,
or full of puns related to libraries, or daring to do intriguing things with the Dewey Decimal system.
Remember, libraries are about so much more than books!
*"Comedy" includes dark comedy, light comedy, medium-strength comedy,
surreal comedy, dramedy, parody etc. It should make us laugh.
- Submissions are open to all, even those with library fines.
- Local playwrights are especially encouraged to submit.
- Plays must be ten-minutes or less (ten pages max, shorter is better)
- We're looking for top-shelf plays! Don't be reserved! Send us your best work.
- You may find inspiration in the stacks: try 812, 817, 819, 827, etc.
- DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS is MIDNIGHT, 30 April 2014.
By submitting your play, you grant permission, if it is chosen, for up to two staged reading performances in the Chappaqua Library Theatre (capacity 200) in October 2014.
If your play is selected, you will be acknowledged in publicity and programs, and receive an honorarium of $5. If you are able to get your-shelf to the festival, you will be warmly welcomed and plied with sugary snacks and gratitude.
Audiences will vote on their favorite play and the winner will get bragging rights to the Audience Choice Award.
Donations to the festival will benefit the Friends of the Chappaqua Library, a non-profit community group that exists to raise funds to support the Chappaqua Public Library in Westchester County, NY. They sponsor dozens of adult, teen, and children's programs available to all Westchester County residents, as well as provide special acquisitions not covered by the library's budget, which are available to any member of the Westchester Library System.
We look forward to reading your play!