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Welcome to the 2nd 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 5th – 20th, 2021 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 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

FEES:  there is no fee to submit, but if chosen, there is a $75 registration fee to participate

LANGUAGE:  plays must be submitted in English

FORMAT:  plays should be submitted in standard stage-play script format, saved as PDF file and submitted  to info@sooptheatre.org

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 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.

REVIEW / JUDGING PROCESS:

  1. All plays will be reviewed by SOOP administrative staff and the 20 – 25 semi-finalists will be chosen
  2. Each of those selections will receive two performances during the first weekend (Nov 5 – 7) OR the second weekend (Nov 12 – 14).
  3. Each evening’s audience will vote anonymously and the cumulative vote from both performances of each piece will determine our *5 finalists. (*Highest amount of votes from each set of five will determine the first four finalists, then the next highest vote recipient from ALL the evenings will be the fifth finalist)
  4. The five finalists will perform on the final night of the festival (Nov 20th) and will be judged by a panel of theatre professionals comprised of playwrights, actors, directors (TBA)DEADLINE: All scripts for consideration MUST BE RECEIVED NO LATER THAN 9/20/21

(STN SPF, Feb/2020 Winners:  1st place, A Family Affair by Albi Gorn / 2nd place, Broken Birds by Sean O’Connor / 3rd place, Richard Nixon’s Neighbors by John Barrow)

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