Island Theatre invites Kitsap County playwrights—both established and aspiring—to submit original plays, no more than ten minutes in length, to Island Theatre’s 10th Annual Ten-Minute Play Festival!
Winning plays will be announced in April 2023. A program of the eight to ten plays selected will be performed during Festival Weekend in August on a Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening and a Saturday matinee. Admission will be by donation with a $5 minimum donation required.
The contest is open to all playwrights high school age and older who are past or present residents of Kitsap County or have a strong Kitsap County connection.
Play submissions will be judged on literary/theatrical merit and originality,
as well as for creative use of the theme.
THEME. This year’s Festival will have the theme TABOO. We all operate within taboos—cultural, political, religious, or other. Families have taboos as do relationships. Some are openly acknowledged, others hidden. Playwrights may interpret TABOO as they wish but the notion of TABOO must be central to your play’s storyline.
ENTRIES. You may submit up to three separate entries; however, only one entry per playwright will be selected for the final program.
LENGTH. Plays should be no longer than 10 minutes; longer submissions will not be considered. (If you are uncertain about your play’s length, please read it aloud before submitting. Plays typically run a minute to a minute and a half per page of script.)
STAGING. Set, lighting, sound, costume, prop and staging requirements MUST be MINIMAL.
CAST. Plays must have no fewer than two actors and no more than five actors.
SUBJECT MATTER. Content should be of interest to and suitable for high-school age and above audiences.
SCRIPT FORMAT. All submissions should be in standard professional play format. The first page of the script should include the title, characters, and basic setting; title and page number should appear at the top of each page.
SCRIPT HISTORY. Previously produced and/or workshopped scripts will be accepted as long as they weren’t produced or workshopped by Island Theatre or an Equity company. Adaptations will not be accepted.
PRODUCTION AGREEMENT. Selected playwrights agree to permit Island Theatre to produce their contest entry with full cast, without compensation.
OWNERSHIP. Playwrights retain copyright and full ownership of their plays.
PUBLICITY. Island Theatre reserves the right to use photography and videography from submissions to promote the Festival and theatre company. (Plays will be video recorded during performance, though no video of any play will be published without consent of its author.)
How to Enter
Submit your play(s) by February 14, 2023.
Ten-Minute Play Festival Calendar
Submission Deadline: February 14, 2023
Winning submissions announced: April 2023
Auditions: May 2023
Rehearsals: June - August 2023
Meet the Playwrights: a panel event before the Festival at which the public can hear from the playwrights about their plays. Playwrights are strongly encouraged (but not required) to attend.
Festival Week: August 2023: three evenings and one matinée performance
Submissions will be judged by a panel of three theatre professionals plus Island Theatre board members. Plays will be judged according to following criteria:
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