Feb 25, 2019

The Ritz Theatre Company Announces 10-Minute Comedy Play Festival!

***SUBMISSIONS & AUDITIONS*** 

10-MINUTE COMEDY PLAY FESTIVAL

May 31-June 1, 2019

Playwrights

 

The Ritz Theatre Company is seeking a batch of ten-minute plays for their 10-Minute Comedy Play Festival of 2019. There is a $10 entry fee which must be submitted for each entry. Checks should be payable to “Ritz Theatre.”

Entries must be postmarked no later than March 16, 2019. Selected plays will be performed on Friday, May 31, and twice on Saturday, June 1, 2019.

Winners will be chosen by a panel of theatre professionals. The 2019 winners will receive the following awards: 1st Place – $100, 2nd Place – $75, and 3rd Place – $50.

Submission Guidelines

Plays can revolve around any subject or theme, but must be comedic and without nudity. No musicals or plays for children. Please, no characters under the age of 16, and playwrights must be 18 years or older. Your script must be 12 pages or fewer with a production time of no more than 10 minutes. The play should be in standard script format and stapled at the top left corner. Script pages should be numbered. Your name and contact information should appear only on the first page. Do not include your name on any other page. We expect your play to be original and unpublished. There is a limit of ONE play submitted by each playwright.

Scripts are accepted via mail only (no emails, no PDFs). No handwritten plays. If you want us to return the script, enclose a SASE.

You greatly increase the chances of production if your play has minimal set, costume, and prop requirements. It is also recommended that cast size be limited to five actors.

We will let you know before the Festival if your play has been selected. Submitting your play to our contest grants the Ritz Theatre Company the right to produce your play in our Comedy Festival and photograph and/or videotape the production for archival purposes, if the piece is chosen as a finalist.

The Ritz Theatre Company engages and enriches Delaware Valley audiences by producing professional, diverse entertainment while training artists of all levels in a historic NJ landmark.

Mail entries to:

10-Minute Comedy Play Festival

The Ritz Theatre Company

915 Whitehorse Pike

Haddon Township, NJ, 08107

Questions can be directed to Producing Artistic Director Bruce A. Curless at bruce@ritztheatreco.org.

Directors

The Ritz Theatre Company is seeking a diverse group of directors for their 10-Minute Comedy Play Festival of 2019. Candidates may submit now through March 22, 2019. Please submit resumes to Production Manager Matthew Weil at MatthewWeil@outlook.com.

Each director may direct up to three one-act plays. Plays and directors will be matched up following a meeting between the directors and the Festival play committee. Each director will cast their play using the actors who audition or, if needed, they may invite actors to participate in their respective production(s).

All plays will be provided five black cubes and five bentwood chairs. All plays will be presented “in the round,” in our small, 70-seat Black Box setup. General lighting will be available, with three specials located center (down light), at the top of the ramp, and at the top of the stairs. A piano and basic sound system will also be available for sound effects and music.

Final Dress rehearsals in the space may be scheduled with the theatre staff for Tuesday, May 28th, Wednesday, May 29th, and Thursday, May 30th from 6PM to 10PM. Each production will receive one of those three days and allotted 30 minutes to rehearse. All other rehearsals must be offsite.

Questions can be directed to Production Manager Matthew Weil at MatthewWeil@outlook.com.

Actors

The Ritz Theatre Company is seeking a diverse group of actors and performance artists for their 10-Minute Comedy Play Festival of 2019. Actors may submit now through March 22, 2019. Please submit a resume and headshot to Robert Repici at RitzTheatreGroups@gmail.com for an audition appointment.

Auditions will be held on Tuesday, April 2, 2019, beginning at 6PM. Actors granted an audition slot are asked to prepare a comic monologue no longer than two minutes. Actors may be cast in more than one play.

All rehearsals will be held offsite, with the exceptions of May 28, 29, and 30th, when your play will be scheduled to rehearse in the space. Onsite rehearsals will be assigned at a later date.

Plays will be presented Friday, May 31 at 7:30PM and Saturday, June 1st at 2:00PM. Winning plays will be presented again on June 1 at 7:30PM.

Questions can be directed to Robert Repici at RitzTheatreGroups@gmail.com.

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