Back in 2010, we started a reading series in our rehearsal room due to the number of submissions of great developing work we received that wasn’t for us, but we felt should be seen.
The first play we read was a two-hander Civil War romantic drama called Amelia by Alex Webb, which I still remember to this day as an incredibly moving and theatrical piece (not to mention easy to produce).
Well, a few months ago, I was googling around and discovered that Amelia went on to get a bunch of other productions, and it got picked up for a licensing deal with Samuel French!
We had to abandon the reading series after it began because we lost some staff and we lost those rehearsal rooms. But when I realized that Amelia, as well as a few other shows that we read, went on to do bigger and better things, I decided we had to figure out a way to revive it.
So we have! And it fits in perfectly with our mission that we announced last year of helping 5000 shows get produced by 2025.
We’ll be producing four readings of new plays a year (and expect to be able to include musicals as well . . . just give us some time to figure that out).
And we’ll also be looking to not only showcase new writing talent, but also new directing talent, acting talent, etc. So regardless of what type of Theater Maker you are, there is a way for you to be involved.
Because submissions for these sorts of series can be overwhelming, we’ve limited those eligible to submit to the members of our PRO community at the moment. So if you want to submit, click here to join PRO and learn how to submit your show for consideration. Again, we will do four a year – one a quarter. (The first deadline is January 25, 2019 and submissions are already coming in, so hurry).
If you’re a director, click here to join our Director Database, which is where we and our writers will start looking first.
If you’re an actor, click here to be in our Actor Database.
I’m thrilled to be able to revive this series and am looking forward to introducing some new shows to the city and to the theatrical world.