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Red Bull Theater’s Short New Play Festival IS Now Accepting Submissions

Red Bull Theater’s Short New Play Festival IS Now Accepting Submissions
We are looking for work with a classical inspiration. Red Bull Theater’s Short New Play Festival returns on Monday, July 15, 2019 at the Lucille Lortel Theater in New York City. Six brand new short plays will be selected from an open submission process and presented in staged readings alongside two new short plays by commissioned writers Kia Corthron (Breath Boom, Light Raise the Roof) and Will Power (The Seven, Fetch Clay Make Man)GET COMPLETE DETAILS
Kia Corthron
Will Power

Using the theme EVIL, write a short play that:

  • makes use of heightened language and/or is in conversation with a classical theme, style or story.
  • is no more than 10 minutes in length.
  • is self-contained with a beginning, middle and end, and
  • is an original, unpublished, and never previously produced new work.



Red Bull Theater is about heightened language, epic themes, and great classic stories. Review our company’s mission, take a look through our history of Readings and Productions to see the kind of work we have done. Respond to a play we’ve produced or choose a classic of your own to adapt. You might riff on a classical character, borrow a language structure, or be inspired to create a brand new kind of verse for a contemporary story. We hope to inspire contemporary writers to be in conversation with classical theater in a multitude of creative and surprising ways.

Selected playwrights will receive a staged reading of their submission as part of the festival on Monday July 15th, 2019, performed by an ensemble company of some of New York’s finest actors; will receive a commissioning fee of $300 plus a travel reimbursement of up to $400 to attend the festival rehearsal and performance; will have final script approval and will be consulted on choices for the shared ensemble cast; will have the optional opportunity to have their play published and licensed by Stage Rights as part of our Red Bull Shorts series.

Each play should be no more than ten pages with 1 inch margins (excluding the title page and character list) in a font no smaller than 11pt. When read out loud the play should be approximately 10 minutes in length. Scripts will only be accepted via electronic submissions in PDF format. Please use the exact title of the play as the name of the PDF file. Writer’s name and contact information must be on the title page ONLY. The title page is removed for adjudication to “blind” the selection process. Due to the volume of scripts, we are unable to comment on any submissions. Past winners, please note that we require a two-year hiatus from submitting again. No exceptions will be made to the submission deadline.

This year’s selections will be announced by the end of May, 2019.

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Suzanna, co-owns and publishes the newspaper Times Square Chronicles or T2C. At one point a working actress, she has performed in numerous productions in film, TV, cabaret and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. Currently she has a screenplay in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She was the Broadway Informer on the all access cable TV Show “The New Yorkers,” soon to be “The Tourist Channel.” email:

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