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Reader’s Theater Update-

CONTESTS NOW OPEN TO KANSAS PLAYWRIGHTS 13 AND OLDER
Oct 1, 2017 – Kansas writers can hear their play brought to life by experienced actors onstage at Wichita’s iconic Community Theatre next year.  The Reader’s Theatre committee of the Wichita Community Theatre would like to invite Kansas playwrights to enter their 2018 search for full-length plays. The prize is a public reading of the winning plays. We are hoping to have a winner in the Adult Category & Youth Category.

“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 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.
Playwrights have a deadline that looms over the holidays, with their full-length scripts due by midnight, January 1, 2018.  

 

THE ADULT COMPETITION RULES

Deadline for Adults will be at midnight, January 1, 2018
The theatre is calling for full-length plays for 18 & older.

  • You must have lived in or currently reside in Kansas
  • Submit your full-length play (minimum of 75-minute 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  • Submissions must be original, unpublished full-length plays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 fee to enter
  • One script per playwright each contest, please
  • Please send your script with a short author’s bio and completed Submission Form  to readerstheatre@wichitact.org, preferably as a PDF.

 

TEEN COMPETITION RULES
Deadline will be at midnight, January 1, 2018
The theatre is calling for 1-Act plays.

  • You must have lived in or currently reside in Kansas
  • Submit your 1-Act 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  • Submissions must be original, unpublished full-length plays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 13-17 at midnight on Jan 1, 2018
  • Must have parental permission
  • Please send your script with a short author’s bio and completed Submission Form  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), and turn in the completed competition submission form.

WINNER NOTIFICATION
All winner(s) and runners-up will be notified by Feb 1, 2018. Winners must be able to attend the reading of their piece at 1-5 p.m., Saturday, April 28, 2018. (Auditions are scheduled for 2-6 p.m. Saturday, March 10, 2018 followed by a rehearsal from 1-5 p.m. on Saturday, April 21, 2018.)

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.  We reserve the right not to choose a winner(s).

2017-2018 Reader’s Admission Form & Rules

Our past Reader’s Theatre productions:

  • Skull for a Skull, by Lucas Patrick Miller
  • 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