THANK YOU FOR YOUR INTEREST. THE SUBMISSION WINDOW IS CLOSED. WATCH FOR ANNOUNCEMENT OF WINNERS TOWARDS THE END OF THE SUMMER. 

THE DEWEY DECIMAL FESTIVAL WILL BE PERFORMED SATURDAY, OCTOBER 18th 2014. 

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        SUMISSIONS DEADLINE: Midnight 30 April 2014. 

Theme

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 that creatively twists cliches related to libraries, or that is full of puns related to libraries, or that dares do intriguing things with the Dewey Decimal system. 

*"Comedy" includes dark comedy, light comedy, medium-strength comedy, surreal comedy, dramedy, parody, etc. It should make us laugh. 

Content 
  • We prefer content in the PG-13 range but are open to NC-17 situations or innuendo if in good taste. (Or to put it another way, this is not your parents' library. But they might be in the audience.) 
  • No gratuitous nudity or swearing. 
  • No musicals. 
  • Five characters max. 
  • Because this is a staged reading, we will consider plays with elaborate set requirements. However, keep stage directions to a minimum. 
General
  • Maximum of two plays per writer. 
  • By submitting your play you certify that it has not been published at the time of submission, and that it is your own creation. 
  • Do not send bio, production history, cover letter or resume. Just the play. 
  • No feedback or critique can be given on submissions. 
  • You will receive confirmation of your submission. 
  • Only finalists will be notified of the results, which will appear on the Friends website by September 2014. 
  • There is no fee to submit. 
  • DEADLINE: Midnight 30 April 2014. 

Formatting Requirements: 
  • Script must be in standard playwriting format, in an easy-to-read, 12-point font. We accept PDF format only.   
  • Title page should include the name of the play, and your contact information (name, address, email, phone). 
  • Page one must specify setting and time of the play, list the characters with brief descriptions, and include a one or two sentence synopsis of the play. 
  • Page two is where actual script begins.
  • Number all pages and include title of play as a header on each page.  
  • Ten minutes equates to ten pages or less (we start counting at page 2).
The Production

The eight winning plays will be presented in staged reading format, rehearsed and performed on-book by experienced actors from local theatre groups, in the Chappaqua Library Theatre (capacity 200). 

Further information? Contact fotcl.ywc@gmail.com or visit the Friends page of the Chappaqua Library website.


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