Virago Resident Dramaturg Dennis Chowenhill, Ed.D.
CALLING ALL PLAYWRIGHTS!
Every year, Virago selects new works from playwrights for our Summer Reading Series. Typically, scripts are selected to fill 3-4 evenings of staged readings, directed and hosted by Virago as a part of our official season. Scripts are performed by skilled actors, and with strong attendance by the public, readings generally sell out. From the readings, Virago typically selects at least one script to produce in a future season. At our 2006 reading series, playwright John Byrd’s The Death of Ayn Rand and The Hermit Bird were standouts for our audiences. Based on their feedback, Virago produced The Death of Ayn Rand in the summer of 2007, and worked collaboratively with Byrd to expand The Hermit Bird into a full-length play which was produced by Virago in Spring 2009. William Bivin’s amazing The Afterlife of the Mind, an audience favorite at the 2008 Summer Reading Series received a full production in the fall of 2009. Fully produced productions from submitted scripts include: A Bed of My Own by Robert Hamm, Mankind's Last Hope by Dan Brodnitz and Jeff Green, The Death of Ayn Rand by John Byrd, The Hermit Bird by John Byrd, Shoot O'Malley Twice by Jon Brooks, Beekeeper by Jennifer Roberts, Zombie Vixens from Hell - The Musical by John Byrd, and in the Fall of 2013 AROUSAL by George Pfirrmann.
To submit your script please send:
- The first 10 pages of the script.
- Your Contact information
- To Dennis Chowenhill, Dramaturg@ViragoTheatre.org
- Play Synopisis
- One hard copy of the script.
To: Virago Theatre Company
Play Reading Series
PO Box 2734 Alameda, CA 94501
To be considered for the 2014 Summer Reading Series, send your submission by December 31, 2013.
Limit your submissions to 2 full length scripts or 3 short plays.
Final selections will be made from among the submitted scripts. Manuscripts will not be returned unless a SASE is provided. Play selections will be made by mid-May, and chosen playwrights will be contacted about auditions, rehearsals, performance dates, and venue.
Please contact Dennis Chowenhill at Dramaturg@viragotheatre.org for further information.