CALL TO ACTORS
You can help the Meridian arts community grow by participating in the first “ 8 in 48 Idaho: A Short Play Festival.” The festival, produced by Treasure Valley Children’s Theater, will produce eight original 10-minute plays from national and international playwrights in just 48 hours. The festival is raising funds for the Meridian Arts Foundation, a building fund to create a performing arts center in West Ada County.
The eight plays are written for young audiences.
Actors audition at 4 p.m. Sept. 25 at Meridian Methodist Church of the Warm Heart, 240 E. Idaho Ave. (no appointment necessary). Come ready to work and with a good attitude, says TVCT’s founder and artistic director Autumn Kersey says. If you’re cast, rehearsals will start that evening, go until late and resume at 8 a.m. Sept. 26. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 26.
The directors are Centennial High School drama teacher Paul Archibeque, Treasure Valley Children’s Theater directors Valerie Baugh Schlossberg and Mike Cronen, freelance director and Idaho Shakespeare Festival company member Lynn Allison, Treasure Valley YOUTH Theater director Mary Jensen, Chaotic Acts of Theatre and Boise Little Theater director Kim Sherman Labrum, Daisy’s Madhouse director Jordan Peterson.
CALL TO PLAYWRIGHTS
The National Playwrights Conference at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center in Waterford, Conn., is taking submissions of new plays in all genres through Oct. 16. Plays must not have had or have scheduled a professional production (meaning the actors and creatives were paid) before August 2016.
If accepted, your play will be read and workshopped during the conference by dramaturges and theater designers, including lighting designer Raquel Davis who teaches at Boise State University.
It costs $35 to submit. Find details and more information about the conference at TheONeill.org. You can submit one play only.
If you’re interested in learning more about the process, check out these Q&As with playwrights who went through the process in 2015 on the center’s Facebook page:
1 p.m. Sept. 24: Joe Waechter, “Good Ol’ Boys”
3 p.m. Oct. 4: Ken Weitzman, “Halftime With Don”
6 p.m. Oct 13: Jenny Connell Davis, “End of Shift”
Or you can contact the Literary Office directly and speak with Literary Manager Anne G. Morgan or Literary Intern Molly FitzMaurice at (860)443-5378, ext. 227 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.