Show Your Prowess as Playwright — Enter The New Pittsburgh Public Theater Contest

PITTSBURGH — The O’Reilly Theater doors may be temporarily closed, but Pittsburgh Public Theater has never been more alive with artistic activity. The Public Theater’s Inaugural New Play Contest has officially begun and is now welcoming submissions from writers in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia.

The winning play will be presented as the finale of the Classics N’at benefit series on June 17, 2021.

The competition is open to all writers based in Pennsylvania, Ohio or West Virginia. The winning playwright will receive a $500 honorarium for their work, and their play will be staged as an online reading in June 2021 as the finale of the Public PlayTime Classics N’at benefit series.

To enter the contest, prospective entrants should visit the Pittsburgh Public Theater website and complete the online submission form by 11:59 p.m. Jan. 4.

All submitted plays should comprise a running time between 60-120 minutes, require a cast of no more than 10 actors and not have received a fully staged physical or digital production. All genres are welcome (with the exception of musicals). Only one submission per writer will be accepted.

Plays will be adjudicated by a cohort of local readers over three rounds. They will be judged on the bases of use of theme, effectiveness of plot structure, clarity of playwright’s perspective and character development, as well as overall impact of the work.

In Round 1, 10-page samples of each submitted play will be read and evaluated. Beginning in Round 2, the full text of the plays that advance will be read and evaluated by a smaller group of readers. Writers whose plays advance to the Round 3 will be notified, and additionally will receive feedback from the members of Pittsburgh Public Theater’s Writers Workshop, who will comprise the final panel of readers.

The winning script and writer will be announced on April 1. That play will be presented as the finale of the Classics N’at benefit series on June 17. Any questions about the contest can be submitted to playtime@ppt.org.

The Public is also proud to present Rob Zellers’ original play, “REDUX” as part of the Public PlayTime Classics N’at benefit series Nov. 19-22.

For more information, visit ppt.org.


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