News Flashes

Playwrights who want to add photographs to their citations can now do so. Send graphics as e-mail attachments in .jpg format to the Webmaster, Or snail mail them to Heniford, One-Act Graphics, P. O. Box 299, Carmel-by-the-Sea, California 93921-0299, U.S.A. Either way, send a release granting electronic and print publication.

The staff of Small-Cast One-Act Guide Online is seeking computer-savvy, theatre-savvy persons to volunteer time and effort in maintaining and expanding this site. There is a backlog of six thousand play listings ready for formatting and uploading to the site. Also, new plays constantly come to the attention of the staff and need to be edited, formatted and uploaded. The goal is to offer pro bono through this site access to over ten thousand one-act scripts. Interested persons in any country should contact the Webmasters, Lewis W. Heniford,, or Paul Lewis,

The staff seeks an educational institution to archive and administer this site. Interested schools in any country should contact the Webmasters, Lewis W. Heniford,, or Paul Lewis,


News Flash: South Dakota State One-Act Contest seeks one-act scripts for contest. Contact
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News Flash: Theatre in Minnetonka seeks one-act scripts for contest. Contact
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News Flash: Using one of the two winning scripts from the literature communities prior contest... the film community is invited to turn a One-Act Play into a short film that presents the creativity and vision behind the written script. This is a unique opportunity for a collaboration between the literature and film artists and provides an excellent experience for any film maker and animator! In other words, if you ever intend to be able to create a visual film/video/animation from someone else's idea/script/screenplay, this is your chance to see how well you do! Who knows, if you impress us enough, you might be invited to work on future projects with dA Film! It's ONE act. Not too long, not too tough. You just need to interpret the words into a film or animation. Up for it?? we hope so! If this works well, we'll also get the musicians involved for a later contest so that they can create musical scores for these types of collaborations. See
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News Flash: 2009 SF FOOTLIGHTS ONE-ACT CONTEST Amateur theatre venue seeks one-act play by San Francisco Bay Area playwright for a fully-staged production in 2009. Play must be no more than 30 minutes, single set, 2-5 characters, comedy preferred but drama acceptable. Submissions should avoid profanity, politics, and ethnic themes. New and experienced playwrights are encouraged to submit works. $200 cash prize. Venue will provide performers, costumes, sets, lighting, sound, and direction. Musical accompaniment is available, all styles. Plays should be emailed to PDF or Word files are preferred. Please send personal bio with submission. Entry deadline: 3/31/09. Winners notified by 4/30/09. Compensation: $200 Cash Prize To Winner.
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News Flash: If you are a playwright of a previous festival premiere and your show has been produced or featured in a competition/showcase, please let us know! For more info on the Playwrights Festival, email Captivating * Innovative * Classic * Award-winning * Curtain Players, P.O. Box 1143, Westerville, Ohio 43086, U.S.A., telephone 614-360-1000,,
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News Flash: is an online resource created by playwrights for playwrights. Whether you have just completed the initial draft of your first play or are an experienced playwright with several productions under your belt, this site provides tools designed to help you develop your script and send it out to theaters and contests. Using this site, playwrights can: * Upload scripts * Invite readers to provide feedback * Search for playwrighting contests for submissions * Scribe to our RSS 2.0Feed and always know about contests and news. See
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News Flash: The Arts Foundation of Cape Cod is funding The Cape Cod Theatre Project's 10-Minute Playwriting Contest. Open to all full-time and summer residents, the plays will be judged by the project's artistic director Andrew Polk, who will select three winning entrees. Winners receive cash prizes, and see their plays performed at the Arts Alive! Festival in Falmouth on June 21. Submission deadline, May 1. For details and rules, contact Judith Day at 508-548-2892, or
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News Flash: "Hi, My name is Jamie Paolinetti and I am the Artistic Director at The Atwater Playhouse, ( We have partnered with Write Brothers Inc. ( to offer a unique chance for playwrights. We are having a festival and contest where the winning writer will have their play produced and put up for a six week run by our professional theatre company of actors. Write Brothers are the creators of the most popular writing software in the film/theatre industry and have relationships with nearly every studio in town. They are also putting up a number of great prizes. The Atwater Playhouse is located in the heart of LA directly adjacent to Hollywood, and has already generated a loyal following in the area, including a number of industry professionals from the film, TV, and theatre world. This festival is sure to generate an enormous amount of exposure for the winners as well as giving them the chance to have their work seen by the LA theatre going public. . . . However, please visit our websites for further information on us. . . . Thank you. Jamie Paolinetti, Artistic Director - Atwater Playhouse 323-556-1636, email
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News Flash: "LYRIC THEATRE L.A.-New Play Competition-Seeking Submissions, Deadline: July 15,2007. stageWRITE is a playwrighting competition which aims to provide an opportunity for new playwrights to gain exposure in Los Angeles by providing them with the experience of collaborating with talented directors, designers, and actors. GRAND PRIZE: The winner will receive two staged readings of their play, followed by a world premiere of the piece produced by the Fourth World Theatre Company in the fall of 2007. As part of the selection process, several plays will be performed as staged readings at the Lyric Theatre. There is no entry fee for the competition and there are no rules as to the content of the plays. All submissions must be one-act or full-length pieces. Please do not submit any play that has been produced professionally in any other venue. Please mail all hardcopy submissions to: Dan O'Brien, Artistic Director, Lyric Theatre, 520 North La Brea Avenue, Los Angeles, California 90036, U.S.A. To submit electronically, please e-mail your piece as a WORD document to with "stageWRITE" in the subject line and all necessary contact information. On title page of your play, please include your name, phone number, and e-mail address in addition to a cast list and a 1-3 sentence synopsis of the play. There is a maximum of 3 entries per playwright. All submissions are due by JULY 15, 2007."--Andrew Shafer,, June 4, 2007.
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