It amazes me how many passionate writers are out there in the world.
Every day, scripts are submitted to us from people just like you; people that committed their idea to paper, and now want to share it with as many people as possible.
I have been brainstorming all year on how to thank all of you for your submissions and give you some sort of props for your passion to the process.
I thought about scriptwriting contests with cash prizes, group dramaturgical sessions, and so on. At the end of the day, I decided that what writers really want, even more than money, is to have their stuff performed.
So, I am starting the Davenport Theatrical Developmental Reading Series to do just that.
This year, DTE will produce four readings of new works (plays and/or musicals) that have been submitted to us through our regular submissions process.
In other words, we'll help you get your show off the ground!
We will pay all expenses for the reading. We will help you find a director if you need one. We will help you cast your reading. We will help you with dramaturgy. We'll handle RSVPs. We'll send out a press release. We will prepare a post show quantitative and qualitative survey for your audience.
We will help you with whatever you need help with.
And then, we'll all hear your piece the way it was meant to be heard . . . out loud! Because dramatic writing doesn't exist on paper. It needs people to speak it, and people to see it.
The readings will take place at 8 PM on the following dates:
Monday, March 15th
Monday, June 14th
Monday, September 13th
Monday, December 13th
Whether you're a writer or not, you should save the date, because guess who's going to be invited first? Yep – Producer Perspective subscribers! (If you haven't subscribed to the blog yet, you can subscribe by putting your email in the box underneath my pic).
How do you apply for one of the four slots? Submit your script to us by following these instructions. Your script will automatically be considered. (FYI, if you've submitted to us in the past, no need to submit the same material to us again. We keep records of submissions and will comb through previously received scripts for consideration.)
If we select your piece, you will be contacted by the Artistic Director of the series, Jane Caplow, who will give you further instructions.
On the day of each reading, I will announce the next project for the series (i.e. I will announce the show to be read on June 14th on March 15th).
So what is the inaugural project?
On March 15th we will christen the DTDRS with Alex Webb's Amelia, a Civil War-set romance in which two performers embody separated loves – and a diverse wider society.
See you on the 15th!
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