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Welcome to the 4th Annual SOOP to NUTS Short Play Festival original short-play competition at our 530 Studios in Pelham, NY (28 minutes from Grand Central Station!)

FESTIVAL DATES:  November 3rd – 18th, 2023 at The 530 Studios, 530 Fifth Ave, Pelham, NY.

PRIZES: 1st place: $500, 2nd place: $250, 3rd place $100.

NUMBER OF PLAYS:  There will be 20 – 25 plays chosen as semi-finalists each receiving two performances (one evening / one matinee); 5 – 6 plays will be chosen for the final evening of competition.

LENGTH:  one-act plays between ten and thirty minutes (no more or less!).

PARTICIPANTS:  submissions may be made by any *playwright, age 18 or older (*SOOP does not discriminate based on gender identity, race, religion, sexual orientation)

FEES:  there is no fee to submit, but if chosen, there is a $80 registration fee to participate.

FORMAT:  plays should be submitted in English, in standard stage-play script format, saved as PDF file and submitted through our STN submission form at the bottom of this page.

SUBMISSION LIMITS:  Playwrights may submit only ONE play (please send us your best work!)
Original works ONLY! Plays may have maximum of 4 cast members, with minimal sets, costumes and props.  No children’s/young adult plays.  No musicals.

CASTING / REHEARSAL PROCESS:  If chosen, you will be responsible for all staffing (casting, director, etc) and rehearsing of your piece.  SOOP can recommend actors/directors, if need be, but we make no guarantees that we can staff your piece!  You are responsible for all rehearsals – SOOP will provide each play selected one free rehearsal slot in our studio space (schedule TBD), in addition to the required tech in the final week.

SOOP can provide small set pieces (chairs, tables, small loveseat, etc) as well as some more detailed props.  A list will be made available to all participants.  That said, we do ask that you keep ALL these requirements to a MINIMUM. Lighting will be a simple wash (lights up-lights down), sound cues can be used if provided – once again, MINIMAL and SIMPLE!


  1. All plays will be reviewed by SOOP administrative staff and the 20 – 24 semi-finalists will be chosen.  These will be chosen on a rolling admissions basis between July 15th and September 15th, with registration due once accepted! Once all spots are filled and confirmed, we will no longer accept new submissions.  DEADLINE (space permitting) is 9/15/23. SUBMISSIONS ARE NOW CLOSED
  2. Each of those selections will receive two performances during the first weekend (Nov 3 – 5) OR the second weekend (Nov 10 – 12).
  3. Each evening’s audience will vote anonymously and the cumulative vote from both performances of each piece will determine our *6 finalists. (*Highest number of votes from each section over the two weekends will determine the first four finalists, then the next highest vote recipients from ALL the evenings will determine the fifth and sixth finalist)
  4. The six finalists will perform on the final night of the festival (Nov 18th) and will be judged by a panel of theatre professionals comprised of playwrights, actors, directors (TBA).  Past Judges have included TONY winner Cady Huffman, Sirius Broadway Radio personality Christine Pedi, Broadway actor John Treacy Egan and Broadway Producer Tracey McFarland.

STN Winners – Nov/2022
1st place / JUST RIGHT by Megan Lohne ($500)
2nd place / WHAT SAY YOU, BOSON Q? by David Malouf  ($250)
3rd place / POACHED SALMON by Meny Beriro  ($100)
4th place / BRIAN’S POEMS by Larry Rinkel
5th place / IS ANYONE OUT THERE? by Brianna Pennella
6th place / INAPPROPRIATE GROCERIES by Bruce Sisler

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