Readers Theater Series

Reader’s Theater Update-

Congratulations to our Adult Reader’s Theatre Playwright Competition Winner- Lucas Patrick Miller- “Skull for a Skull”

A mostly-true legend has it that Prescott Bush, father of George H.W. Bush, grandfather of George W. Bush, stole Geronimo’s skull to keep in the clubhouse of the Yale secret society, Skull and Bones. Despite repeated lawsuits the skull is never going to be returned, so a group of Native American friends go on a road trip to steal Prescott Bush’s skull for ransom and retribution. Skull for a Skull is a theatrical exploration of racial double standards, the moral and practical consequences of violent protest, and the story of one hell of a road trip. Be warned: “When you change the world, the world changes you back.”

Author Bio- Mr. Miller is a long-time Lawrence, KS resident, a faculty member at Haskell Indian Nations Unversity, and the faculty co-sponsor for the Thunderbird Theatre and the Haskell Boxing Club.  He has spend fifteen years working in the Lawrence Native American Community.

Show runs for one afternoon only- Sunday, March 12, 2017- 2-5 PM

Directed by Lisa Sillaway Henshall

CONTESTS NOW OPEN TO KANSAS PLAYWRIGHTS 13 AND OLDER
Oct 1, 2016 – Kansas writers can hear their play brought to life by experienced actors onstage at Wichita’s iconic Community Theatre later this year.  The Reader’s Theatre committee of the Wichita Community Theatre would like to invite Kansas playwrights to enter their 2017 search for full-length plays, with one contest focusing on writers aged 13-17 and a second for adults aged 18 and older.  The prize for both is a public reading.

“We are thrilled to add a contest into our usual line-up of Reader’s Theatre productions,” said Dana Miotto, committee chair. “We have a strong history of readings and full productions from Wichita and area writers at our theater and I think this is a step in a positive direction and a great opportunity for local playwrights.”

WICHITA COMMUNITY THEATRE
Wichita Community Theatre is an all-volunteer, non-profit community theatre organization established by Mary Jane Teall in 1946, that produces new and familiar work in their historic workshop and theatre, located at 2nd and Fountain in Wichita, Kansas. New plays take the boards regularly, but the two contests are new to the organization.

Adult playwrights (18 and older) have a deadline that looms over the holidays, with their full-length scripts due by midnight, January 1, 2017. Teen writers have until May 1, 2017 to finish their plays.

THE CONTEST FOR ADULTS- IS NOW CLOSED TO SUBMISSIONS

Deadline will be at midnight, January 1, 2017

TEEN CONTEST CALL FOR ENTRIES
Call for Entries – Teens
Deadline will be at midnight, May 1st, 2017
The theatre is calling for full-length plays.

  • submit your full-length play (no minimum or maximum estimated run-time)
  • you are welcome to select your own topic, no restrictions
  • NO musicals, please
  • please submit play in standard traditional play format, in English
  • submissions must be original, unpublished full-length plays
  • translations and adaptations are not accepted, no fan fiction
  • no fee to enter
  • one script per playwright each contest, please
  • playwright must be between the ages of 13-18 at midnight on April 15, 2017
  • please send your script with a short author’s bio and contact information to readerstheatre@wichitact.org, preferably as a PDF.

A SIMPLE RULE – BE A KANSAN!

You MUST be either currently living in Kansas or the KC Metro Area to submit or be a former Kansas resident who retains ties to the state. If you are not living in Kansas at the time of submission, please note when you lived in Kansas and why you are no longer in the state in your bio (i.e. Lived in Kansas from birth to 18, now in Oklahoma attending university).
WINNER NOTIFICATION
Teen winner(s) and runners-up will be notified by May 31st, 2017. Winners will attend the reading of their piece on July 23, 2017. (Auditions are scheduled for July 9, 2017 followed by a rehearsal on July 22, 2017.)
Please ensure you will be able to attend if you win, as we want to ensure the playwright can fully reap the benefits and feedback of a public reading, said Miotto.  We reserve the right not to choose a winner.
If you need to contact Dana, please email her at here: Readers Theatre.

 

Our past Reader’s Theatre productions:

  • The Miracle of Father Kapaun, an original script by Anne Welsbacher
  • A Paper Tiger in the Rain by David Swanson
  • The Big Read, selected plays by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • June Cleaver Sexual Deviant by Ben Smith
  • Every Tuesday by Chelsea Smet
  • My Libertie by Michael Criss
  • Rainbow Stole by Lisa Sillaway Henshall
  • Hotel Jerusolum by David Swanson