NYCPlaywrights February 3, 2024

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Death at a Reststop
By Maegan Murphy
Directed by Frank Barret
Death at a Rest Stop explores the relationship between Michele and her daughter, Melanie. It also takes a look at what happens within a family when a third party infringes upon who that family is and what happens between people because of it. Through death a sense of peace is achieved.

By Sarah Lawrence College Theatre Program
Wednesday, March 6 · 6:30 - 9pm EST
Sarah Lawrence College
1 Mead Way Bronxville, NY 10708


There are a couple of openings playwrights to join NYCPlaywrights Zoomers - more info:


Mark Rosati writes to say that he found an opportunity thanks to a post on NYCPlaywrights: " play DUET will be running in the Long Beach short play festival on Long Island in May! Merci!!!"


Now accepting new works for the sixth annual and uniquely hybrid Rogue Theater Festival! Rogue is looking for new works by emerging writers and artists to present live for an audience OR virtually for an audience. We encourage anyone who feels they have a story to tell to submit their piece to the festival. This year Rogue is proud to be accepting full length one acts for either Fully Staged or Staged Reading shows and recorded shows of all lengths to stream. Submissions open February 1st.
Follow @roguetheaterfestival on instagram and learn more about us at


NOW ENROLLING: Spring 2024 Online and In-Person Classes at Primary Stages ESPA!

Start a First Draft, work on Rewriting Your Draft, develop your film in Screenwriting, or participate in a community-centered Writer’s Lab. Faculty includes GINA FEMIA (Writer, Leah Ryan Prize), CARIDAD SVICH (OBIE Winner for Lifetime Achievement), MATTHEW PAUL OLMOS (Writer, a home what howls at Steppenwolf this season), CALAMITY WEST (Writer, The Goodman), and many other award-winning writers who provide practical skills and expert guidance in a collaborative atmosphere. Classes begin in February. Start and end dates vary.
Flexible, artist-friendly payment plans available.


Onstage/Offstage is looking for 10-minute plays to produce and air on its podcast.

2024 theme: “Missing Home.” This could be any situation in which someone is away from where they are meant to be: a family, a town, a country, a person. Or something else. Is your protagonist trying to return? Are they trying to move farther away? Is home safe or antagonistic? What is your protagonist's goal? What are their obstacles?


The Department of Theatre and Music Studies at SUNY Brockport is pleased to announce its 14th Biennial Festival of Ten-Minute Plays.

Brockport’s Festival of Ten began in 1999, and every two years since then audiences have enjoyed these performances consisting of 10 ten-minute plays. Our Festival of Ten has grown over the years and now has an International reputation, with playwrights from as far away as Australia. For each festival we accept 500 submissions, ultimately selecting ten to produce.


Puppet Theater opportunities from the International Association of Theatre and Performing Arts for Children and Young People Open Call for Script Ideas

Are you a professional playwright drowning in a sea of creative ideas, with your computer’s memory as the only witness? Channel that overflows into the competition of scripts and stands a chance to see your masterpiece grace our stage in the upcoming theatre seasons. We are on the lookout for innovative ideas that captivate puppet theatre audiences across generations.

*** FOR MORE INFORMATION about these and other opportunities see the web site at ***


Natalia Sats (1903-1993) is the mother of professional theatre for children and youth, that is, theatre by adults for young people. Starting as a 15-year-old in charge of the Children’s Theatre in Moscow shortly after the 1917 Revolution, Sats founded several theatres for young people and remained a major force in the field until her death in 1993. In many ways the life of Sats mirrors Soviet life, through the trials and tribulations of the Revolution, Stalin’s purges, the Thaw, Glasnost and Perestroika, and on through the demise of the Soviet Union in 1991. This talk focuses on the circumstances of Natalia Sats’s arrest and exile and her artistic endeavors in camps and in exile in Almaty, painting a picture of a female artist in men’s world who may very well have been the only female artist to live through the entire Soviet period.



Playwright Lauren Gunderson presented Writing Incredible Theatre for Young Audiences (as well adults) live-streamed on the global, commons-based, peer-produced HowlRound TV network at


This publication details the challenges and opportunities faced by theaters in America focused on programming for young audiences, compiled from a convening held in partnership with the service organizations TYA/USA and TCG at which leaders in the field broke down the challenges of their unique business model and the potential for growth and long-term sustainability. The report also includes research on the powerful effects of exposure to theater for children and teens.


The Swedish Cottage Marionette Theater — Here children of all ages can enjoy original productions in a beautifully renovated cottage. For over fifty years, puppeteers have been bringing to life magical tales of princesses, paupers, genies, and giants to hundreds of youngsters and their parents at Central Park’s Swedish Cottage Marionette Theater.



A parent’s vision of taking children to their first live theater experience doesn’t always meet reality.

Dressing up and taking photos in the lobby is part of the fun. But it’s not so fun when your 3-year-old whispers he needs to go potty and there’s still a long way to go until intermission. Or when your 6-year-old, who you thought could handle the show, is too scared to sit through The Lion King. Or when a sibling fight over who gets to hold the box of Skittles erupts in the quiet theater.



6 Tips On Writing Plays For Kids
1) Be realistic.Your script probably won't be performed on Broadway or turned into a blockbuster movie. Avoid special effects, amazing stunts, or anything else that can't be accomplished by ordinary kids. Keep costumes, sets, and props to a minimum. Writing in the readers theatre format is one of the best ways to create a play that's simple to stage but exciting in content. For information about readers theatre along with a sample play click here.



For 7-year-olds, dramatic play continues, but often more informally than in earlier years. As children grow through this stage, dramatic play more often becomes something they do by themselves (such as with toys). It can be a valuable unstructured opportunity to release emotional tension or problem solve, and can be a good balance to school, which becomes increasingly structured during this period. At this age, children are also developing the maturity to be good audience members. With some preparation, they can attend performances appropriately and appreciatively. Some children may also be interested in pursuing more formal dramatic and theater activities at school or in the community. Talk to their teachers, other parents and your librarian to find opportunities to participate at school or in the community.

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