Saturday, February 2, 2019

Romantic comedy selected

We received 135 submissions for our call for 10-minute romantic comedies. Unfortunately we could only select one: STARS by D. J. Sylvis.

Thanks to everybody who sent their scripts!

An audio performance of STARS will be recorded for the next episode of the NYCPlaywrights Podcast.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Episode 6: Rants & Raves


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Welcome to the latest episode of the NYCPlaywrights Podcast, "RANTS AND RAVES"

EPISODE PLAYLIST
  1. I'm Just Wild About Harry 0:00
  2. CASHIER by Meny Beriro performed by Winn LaRue: 02:44 
  3. I LOST IT AT THE DMV by Connie Schindwolf performed by Alexander Pineiro: 07:46,
  4. CHARLOTTE by Glenn Alterman performed by Victoria Alexis Williams: 13:57
  5. Lin-Manuel Miranda to the Rescue: 19:52
  6. How to Write a Good 10-minute Play: ALMOST WATERSHEDS by Micharne Cloughley performed by Colleen McGloin, Chris Palmieri and Kate Armstrong Ross: 25:38
  7. Call for Submissions: 33:45
  8. Thanks: 40:21
  9. Wow Wow Wow Fellas ~ Carol Channing: 40:45

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                10-minute romantic comedies wanted for the next episode TAKE BACK THE ROM COM

                The theme for the next NYCPlaywrights Podcast is "romantic comedy."
                • The play must be romantic in the sense of romantic love - not only sex.
                • The play doesn't have to be uproariously funny to be a romantic comedy but must have a happy ending - or at least not a downbeat or cynical ending.
                • Romantic comedies involving couples who are not heterosexual are welcome.
                • The Podcast pays actors for their performances - having many characters will count against your play due to the expense. And 10-minute plays usually work best with fewer characters.

                These are the submission rules:
                • The deadline is Sunday, January 27, 2018 at 11:59 PM EST.
                • There is no fee for submission 
                • The script must be a romantic comedy.
                • The play can be no longer than ten pages (not counting title, list of characters etc.)
                • Only one submission per playwright.
                • The submission should be sent by email, with the script itself as a file attached to the email as a PDF file.
                • Send the script to hello@playwrightspodcast.com
                • All rights will remain with the playwright.
                • The script must be submitted by the author of the script, no agents or others may submit. 
                • Make sure you have your name and your email address on the script. 
                • The play may be submitted by any writer in the world but must be in English - non English phrases or words are fine but please include English translation.
                • It's OK if the play has been produced before. But not published.
                • The NYCPlaywrights decision is final.
                • We will notify submitters of the decision and announce the winning play on the NYCPlaywrights Podcast web site by Sunday February 3, 2018.
                • A recording of the selected play will be included in the next NYCPlaywrights Podcast.

                We did a staged readings of eight romantic comedies in 2015 for a previous "Take Back the Rom Com" - you can see the web page for that here.

                We recommend you listen to a podcast episode before submitting - especially to the segment in the "Rants and Raves" podcast where we talk about what makes a ten-minute play good.

                If you have any questions write to us at hello@playwrightspodcast.com


                Sunday, December 2, 2018

                Jesse Green on Neil Simon

                The latest episode of the NYCPlaywrights Podcast includes a clip of a Neil Simon interview (thanks to Susan Haskins-Doloff at Theater Talk Productions) talking about THE ODD COUPLE and his work habits.

                Here is an interesting article from the NYTimes about Simon's career, written by Jesse Green.

                From the article:
                But I like those early works — “The Odd Couple” and also “Plaza Suite” and “The Sunshine Boys,” among others — because even though they are comedies, they are coherent as drama. The trick was structure: Mr. Simon’s sense of the situations he devised was so clear he could write boffo gags that did not seem to come from him, but rather from the character and conflict. 
                Sometimes, in the way that can happen when writers momentarily grab the tail of the zeitgeist, the laughs were even prescient. This was especially true in plays that addressed, inadvertently or not, the shifting gender roles and politics of the Ms. Generation of feminists, as experienced by slobs who didn’t know what hit them. When Roy complains about Oscar Madison’s refrigerator he is talking about more than cleanliness. He is talking about the inadequacy of men.

                Thursday, November 29, 2018

                EPISODE #5: WRITERS & FRIENDS


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                Welcome to the fifth episode of the NYCPlaywrights Podcast, "WRITERS AND FRIENDS"

                EPISODE PLAYLIST
                1. Exit, Pursued by a Lawyer: 00:00 
                2. Interview with Ralph Sevush of the Dramatists Guild on important legal cases for playwrights and the evolution of the Guild in the past decade: 04:40
                3. Interview with Chelsea Anderson-Long of Primary Stages: 25:48
                4. Neil Simon on THE ODD COUPLE and Working Habits: 31:13
                5. A NEW PLAY BY MATTHEW WEAVER by Matthew Weaver, performed by Kate Armstrong Ross, Chris Palmieri, Colleen McGloin and Nancy McClernan : 35:21
                6. Call for Submissions for the Next Podcast : 49:48
                7. Thanks & Last Thoughts on the Lawsuit: 50:08

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                Music for this podcast composed by N. G. McClernan

                Rants & Raves wanted for the next NYCPlaywrights Podcast episode

                The theme for the next NYCPlaywrights Podcast is "rants & raves."
                • A "rant" is generally a negative view of something or someone.
                • A "rave" is generally a positive view of something or someone.
                Please send only one - either a rant or a rave. Not both. We will only accept one piece from each writer.

                We may select as many as three scripts from the submissions to perform for the podcast.

                Please review the web site and listen to at least one podcast to get an idea of what you are submitting to. The web site is http://www.playwrightspodcast.com - the next podcast episode will be out in a couple of days.

                These are the submission rules:
                • The deadline is Sunday, December 2, 2018 at 11:59 PM EST.
                • There is no fee for submission 
                • The script must be a rant or a rave.
                • The submission can be one monologue. 
                • The monologue can only be one page long, so choose your words carefully and edit edit edit.
                • Only one submission per playwright.
                • The submission should be sent by email, with the script itself as a file attached to the email as a PDF file.
                • Send the script to hello@playwrightspodcast.com
                • All rights will remain with the playwright.
                • The script must be submitted by the author of the script, no agents or others may submit. 
                • Make sure you have your name and your email address on the script. 
                • The monologue or play may be submitted by any writer in the world but must be in English
                • It's OK if the monologue has been produced before. But not published.
                • The NYCPlaywrights decisions are final.
                • We will notify submitters of the decisions and announce the winning monologue and/or play on the NYCPlaywrights web site by Sunday December 9, 2018.
                • A recording of one (or more) selected monologues will be included in the next NYCPlaywrights Podcast.

                If you have any questions write to us at hello@playwrightspodcast.com


                Tuesday, November 27, 2018

                Podcast episode #5 is almost here!

                The theme is Playwrights & Friends: the Dramatists Guild, Neil Simon & the selected play A NEW PLAY BY MATTHEW WEAVER & more.

                Tuesday, October 23, 2018

                EPISODE #4: SUPERNATURAL PODCAST


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                Welcome to the fourth episode of the NYCPlaywrights Podcast, "SUPERNATURAL PODCAST"

                EPISODE PLAYLIST
                1. The Heebie Jeebies: 00:00 
                2. The Supernatural in Shakespeare : 01:15 
                3. The Scottish Play - interview with Professor James Shapiro: 2:09
                4. War of the Worlds & World War II: 11:12
                5. LAKE TOWANDA by Natasha Sera, performed by Starra Andrews: 21:47
                6. LOVERBOY by Michael Jalbert performed by Kate Ross, Erich Rausch, Michael Jalbert and an interview with Michael Jalbert : 25:15
                7. Next call for submissions, thanks & "Devil's Gonna Get You": 41:38

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                Call for submissions for the next podcast

                web site

                The next NYCPlaywrights Podcast will be on the theme of writers - it's very meta. This is for the next podcast which is on the theme of Playwrights Institutions (like the Dramatists Guild).

                These are the submission rules:
                • The deadline is Monday, October 29, 2018 at 11:59 PM EST.
                • There is no fee for submission 
                • The script must have something to do with the writers.
                • The submission can be one monologue or one ten-minute play or a ten-minute excerpt from a larger work.
                • The monologue can only be one page long. 
                • The ten-minute play or ten-minute excerpt cannot be longer than 10 pages.
                • The submission should be sent by email, with the script itself as a file attached to the email as a PDF file.
                • Send the script to hello@playwrightspodcast.com
                • All rights will remain with the playwright. 
                • Only one submission per playwright.
                • The script must be submitted by the author of the script, no agents or others may submit. 
                • Make sure you have your name and your email address on the script. 
                • The monologue or play may be submitted by any writer in the world but must be in English
                • It's OK if the play or monologue has been produced before. But not published.
                • The NYCPlaywrights decisions are final.
                • We will notify submitters of the decisions and announce the winning monologue and/or play on the NYCPlaywrights web site by Sunday November 3.
                • A recording of the play will be included in the next NYCPlaywrights Podcast.
                If you have any questions write to us at hello@playwrightspodcast.com


                Wednesday, October 17, 2018

                NYCPlaywrights Podcast now available on iTunes.

                Congratulations Canada!

                As mentioned in the third NYCPlaywrights Podcast, marijuana is legal in Canada as of today. Congratulations you guys, have a  toke for us!

                Sunday, October 7, 2018

                Play selection for the next podcast.

                The selection from the next episode of the NYCPlaywrights Podcast has been made. The selected piece is a 10-minute play by Michael Jalbert called LOVERBOY.

                The next podcast on the theme of the supernatural, should be posted by around October 20.

                Wednesday, September 26, 2018

                EPISODE #3: O CANADA


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                Welcome to the third episode of the NYCPlaywrights Podcast, "O CANADA"

                EPISODE PLAYLIST
                1. Escape to Canada: 00:00 
                2. Adam Susser asks Americans if they know who Justin Trudeau is : 01:12 
                3. I discover Justin Trudeau: 2:24 
                4. Brooke Johnson on Pierre Trudeau and TRUDEAU STORIES: 3:45 
                5. A scandal in Canada: 10:47 
                6. Alexis Diamond, translator, playwright, producer in Montreal: 12:59 
                7. Quebecois playwright Claude Montminy interview & FRANCONIA monologue in French & English performed by Constance Cooper: 25:05 
                8. Selected monologue CONTES DU CAMP CANADIAN by Vivian Lermond, performed by Bruce Barton & interview with Vivian: 35:04
                9. Composer Doug Price on working with Jeanine Tesori & the Canadian ghost town musical: 45:39
                10. Michael Rubinoff on creating his show COME FROM AWAY & kissing a fish: 51:27
                11. Canadian playwrights recommended by Doug Price, Alexis Diamond & Claude Montminy: 1:02:56
                12. Call for submissions for the next podcast: 1:03:36
                13. Thanks to Starra, Bruce, Constance, Doug, Alexis, Claude, Brooke, Vivian, Michael & Adam:  1:05:32
                14. Sarah Jeanne Ziegler's full version of "O Canada": 1:06:22

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                CORRECTIONS

                  Tuesday, September 25, 2018

                  Playwrights Podcast #4: The Supernatural

                  The next NYCPlaywrights Podcast will be around the theme of The Supernatural in honor of Halloween.

                  These are the submission rules:
                  • The deadline is Wednesday, October 3, 2018 at 11:59 PM EST.
                  • There is no fee for submission 
                  • The script must have something to do with the supernatural
                  • The submission can be one monologue or one ten-minute play or a ten-minute excerpt from a larger work.
                  • The monologue can only be one page long. 
                  • The ten-minute play or ten-minute excerpt cannot be longer than 10 pages.
                  • The submission should be sent by email, with the script itself as a file attached to the email as a PDF file.
                  • Send the script to hello@playwrightspodcast.com
                  • All rights will remain with the playwright. 
                  • Only one submission per playwright.
                  • The script must be submitted by the author of the script, no agents or others may submit. 
                  • Make sure you have your name and your email address on the script. 
                  • The monologue or play may be submitted by any writer in the world but must be in English
                  • It's OK if the play or monologue has been produced before. But not published.
                  • The NYCPlaywrights decisions are final.
                  • We will notify submitters of the decisions and announce the winning monologue and/or play on the NYCPlaywrights web site by Sunday October 7.
                  • A recording of the play will be included in the next NYCPlaywrights Podcast.
                  • If you have any questions write to us at hello@playwrightspodcast.com


                  Thursday, September 20, 2018

                  EPISODE THREE - COMING VERY SOON!

                  The third episode CANADA of the NYCPlaywrights Podcast will be here soon. There's so much content it's taking longer than we anticipated to do all the editing. But soon!

                  Until then, enjoy Jon Oliver's thoughts on the 2015 Canadian election.


                  Saturday, September 15, 2018

                  The third podcast, O CANADA, will be posted early this week

                  The third episode of the NYCPlaywrights Podcast will be posted Monday or Tuesday of this week. It's packed with Canadian theater people including Michael Rubinoff, the originator of COME FROM AWAY as well as performances and fun facts about our giant friendly neighbor to the north.

                  For instance - did you know that marijuana will be legal throughout the entire country as of October 17, 2018?

                  Although things are already getting a little crazy in Canada as Stephen Colbert reports here:


                  Sunday, September 9, 2018

                  Selection for the next Podcast: CONTES DU CAMP CANADIEN by Vivian Lermond

                  We received many good pieces for the NYCPlaywrights Podcast call for submissions on the theme of CANADA and the piece selected to be recorded for the next podcast episode is a monologue, CONTES DU CAMP CANADIEN by Vivian Lermond. You can hear it in the upcoming podcast scheduled for Sunday September 16, 2018.

                  You can learn more about Vivian and her work - an interview with Vivian will be included in the Podcast.

                  Thanks to all who submitted good work - we hope you will submit work for future podcast calls for submissions.

                  Monday, August 20, 2018

                  Playwrights Podcast #3: Call for Submissions

                  The next NYCPlaywrights Podcast will be a celebration of our friendly giant neighbor to the north, Canada.

                  UPDATE: please note that we neglected to say earlier that the plays can be in either English or French, since Canada is officially a bilingual country.

                  These are the submission rules:
                  • The deadline is Sunday September 2, 2018 at 11:59 PM EST.
                  • There is no fee for submission 
                  • The script must have something to do with Canada
                  • The script can be in either English or French (or both) to honor the official bilingualism of Canada
                  • The submission can be one monologue or one ten-minute play or a ten-minute excerpt from a larger work.
                  • The monologue can only be one page long. 
                  • The ten-minute play or ten-minute excerpt cannot be longer than 10 pages.
                  • The submission should be sent by email, with the script itself as a file attached to the email as a PDF file.
                  • Send the script to hello@playwrightspodcast.com
                  • All rights will remain with the playwright. 
                  • Only one submission per playwright.
                  • The script must be submitted by the author of the script, no agents or others may submit. 
                  • Make sure you have your name and your email address on the script. 
                  • The monologue or play can be submitted by current residents of the United States or Canada.
                  • It's OK if the play or monologue has been produced before. But not published.
                  • The NYCPlaywrights selections decisions are final.
                  • We will notify submitters of the decisions and announce the winning monologues on the NYCPlaywrights web site by Sunday September 9.
                  • A recording of the play will be included in the next NYCPlaywrights Podcast.
                  • If you have any questions write to us at hello@playwrightspodcast.com

                  Find out how to give your script an advantage over others - you have to listen to the podcast to hear it.

                  EPISODE #2: A MIDSUMMER'S PODCAST

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                  Welcome to the second episode of the NYCPlaywrights Podcast, "A Midsummer's Podcast."

                  You can learn more about playwright Tom Misuraca and his work at http://www.tommiz.com

                  You can find out more about Renee Nicole Gray and her many projects at reneenicolegray.com and reneenicolecreations.com. Her Twitter is @reneenicolegray and her Instagram is here.

                  The actors in SHARK WEEK can also be found on social media:

                  Sassi - sassysassicomedy.com
                  Ken Wolf - www.manhattanrep.com
                  Nilsa Reyna - www.nilsareyna.com and on Twitter and Instagram at @nilsareyna



                  EPISODE PLAYLIST
                  1. All about Midsummer: 00:00
                  2. Dame Judy Dench as Titania in 1968: 02:58
                  3. Reading of SHARK WEEK by Tom Misuraca: 4:34
                  4. Interview with Tom Misuraca: 14:51
                  5. The Beatles & A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM & KING LEAR: 19:47
                  6. Renee Nicole Gray & life as a Lady Gaga Impersonator: 27:48
                  7. How to be a part of the next podcast: 38:22
                  8. Starra Andrews as a fairy from A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM: 40:59