Submitting a script for consideration – General Guidelines
First Run Theatre’s mission is to stage works that have never been performed before from writers in the Midwest of the USA. Our season consists of two major parts:
- The Spectrum Festival of Short Plays (currently in the spring). This is an program of 8-10 plays each that can be performed in about 10 minutes, maximum 15 minutes
- Our Mainstage productions (currently two per year in July & November). This would normally be a fully stage, full length play but could be two one-acts
There are some general rules that apply to both Spectrum and Mainstage submissions. Our goal is to support writers, and we are not picky about things like formatting, but we reserve the right to ignore any script that does not follow these simple rules:
- Geographical Limitation
First Run Theatre accepts script submissions from playwrights based in the Midwest of the USA, only, i.e. the states of Illinois (excluding Chicago), Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.
- No prior performances
The play must never have been produced before. We do not consider script-in-hand, staged readings or workshops to be productions. If in doubt, contact us. If at any point after submission your work is performed, you must inform us, and the script will be removed from consideration.
- Cast size and sets
Due to our performance spaces the cast size and staging are subject to some limitations. See the individual submission pages for details.
- Script format
Your script should be submitted as a pdf or Word file, in any standard theatre format. If in doubt, ask us for an example. To reduce any possibility of bias the plays are sent to the reviewers with no information on the playwright.
- Limits on numbers of submissions
A playwright can submit a maximum of two mainstage and two Spectrum plays each year. Plays considered in previous years cannot be resubmitted except in unusual situations, e.g. a substantial re-write. This decision is at the discretion of the Chairman of the selection committee.