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Orlando Shakes Seeks New Plays For PLAYFEST 2019


Orlando Shakes Seeks New Plays For PLAYFEST 2019

Orlando Shakes in partnership with UCF is seeking bold, new, full-length plays to be featured as staged readings at PlayFest 2019. Unsolicited ten-page samples will be accepted between January 5 and January 19, 2019. Due to overwhelming interest, the new play development team will cap unsolicited submissions at the first 100 received. For a complete list of submission guidelines, visit

PlayFest is an annual festival that provides a place for writers, theater professionals, and audiences to connect and share ideas that promote thought-provoking stories. Audiences experience staged readings of seven new works over two weekends and participate in the development of new plays, conversing with playwrights, directors, and actors while absorbing groundbreaking new works.

Over the years, the festival has introduced over 163 new works to regional and nationwide audiences, including Karen Zacarias' Native Gardens, Lauren Gunderson's I and You, Mark Brown's Around the World in 80 Days, Kathleen Cahill's Charm, John Biguenet's Shotgun, Jennifer Hoppe-House's Bad Dog, William Missouri Downs' The Exit Interview, Steve Yockey's Blackberry Winter, and Steven Dietz' Yankee Tavern. Out of those readings, we have produced 18 new plays in our mainstage season. Many PlayFest plays have also received productions in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Seattle, Dallas, and Washington, D.C. Many PlayFest alumni have since been published received critical acclaim and awards for their work. The world premiere of Gertrude and Claudius by Mark St. Germain, which appeared in PlayFest 2017, opens in our 2018-2019 season.

Orlando Shakes is a Core Member of the National New Play Network, a nationwide organization devoted to developing new work through the New Play Exchange, rolling world premieres, and annual conferences. Orlando Shakes prides itself on active participation within the national new play community while engaging its local audiences in the latest and greatest in playwriting.

Orlando Shakes values inclusivity and seeks voices with various viewpoints, experiences, and backgrounds. Playwrights of diverse heritages and perspectives are strongly encouraged to submit their work.

This project is funded in part by Orange County Government through the Arts & Cultural Affairs Program. Orlando Shakes is supported by United Arts of Central Florida, host of and This project is sponsored in part by the Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Council on Arts and Culture, and the State of Florida.

Funding for the commission of Gertrude and Claudius generously provided by Rita and John Lowndes.

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