Open Book Theatre Company is calling for PITCH IDEAS from playwrights for our 2021 season of Driveway Theatre. Chosen playwrights will write a 30 minute, 2 person play, and commit to developing the script with Open Book Theatre staff, director, and hired performers. Chosen playwrights will be given a stipend of $300.
We will be looking to develop and present THREE plays this summer, with target opening dates of May 28, July 2, and Aug 13.
Driveway Theater is a COVID safe way of doing in person theatre. Shows are performed outdoors for small gatherings, usually in driveways or backyards, but we have also performed in parking lots, parks, and the green spaces of retirement communities. Performers will either be part of the same bubble OR vaccinated, and therefore able to be together and not socially distant. Scripts need to be appropriate for all ages and able to be performed without any tech (lights, sound, amplification) or scenery and with minimal props. Actor’s “costumes” will be either reasonable street clothes, or pieces that can be put on and removed over base clothing in public spaces. There is no “backstage.”
Actors are seen by the audience before and after the show, so the show should incorporate some sort of introductory beginning and ending (think about the shows at a Renaissance festival and how the performers introduce and close the shows). High energy, comedic shows with heart play well.
As part of our Anti-Racist Theatre commitment, we are planning for at least one of the plays to focus on a story from the BiPOC community, and are applying for grant funding for possible development of a post show discussion/activity being offered around the themes of the play.
Playwrights may pitch more than one idea. The deadline for submitting a pitch is Monday March 29, 2021. Please submit to firstname.lastname@example.org
Playwrights who are new to Open Book should include a resume and 2 writing samples of 5-10 pages each.(playwrights who have worked with OBTC before, we already have these on file, although if you’d like to submit an updated resume or writing sample you are welcome to)