Deadline - EXTENDED
Notice of intent to submit welcome by September
Complete proposal by October 15, 2015
Playhouse presents its
10th Annual Living Literature Festival, devoted to Transcendentalists.
Scheduled for January 11th
through January 24th, 2016, the festival is
of new plays
philosophers, and social experiementers who sought a way
through the mundane to live in spiritual harmony. The transcendental
movement of the early 19th century included varied thinkers and
artists, Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau being two of the
best known, but
embracing Bronson Alcott, Louisa May
Alcott, Charles Lane, Walt Whitman, Margaret Fuller, William Henry
Furness, Elizabeth Palmer Peabody, and many others. Ventures
utopian communities of Brook Farm and Fruitlands, Thoreau's experiment
at Walden, and publications ranging from sermons to pamphlets to books
to the journal The Dial.
Meanwhile, detractors such as Mark Twain and Nathaniel Hawthorne wrote
memorable satires of the movement. Beginning with any of these
figures or writings, adaptations of author's works, biographical pieces
lives, or works inspired by their aspirations are all
HOW IT WORKS
The annual festival is a co-production
of Metropolitan Playhouse and the participating artists.
Metropolitan will curate, host, and promote the festival, while the
participants will create and perform the plays in the festival.
There is no fee for submission or participation, though costs of
rehearsal, costuming, and equipage are born by the participants.
Proceeds will be divided evenly between Metropolitan and the
WHO CAN SUBMIT
are welcome from individual artists and performance companies
alike. Co-producers will take responsibility for conceiving and
creating their contribution to the festival, with use of Metropolitan's
space and physical resources. Metropolitan will coordinate and
promote the festival as a part of its 24th Season.
WHAT KIND OF WORK
Submissions may be solo-performances, one-acts, or full length
performances (though none longer than 1 hour and 45 minutes). There are no
restrictions concerning style.
Adaptations, biographies, fantasies, and treatises, as well as
song/poetry/dance cycles will
all be considered. Selection by Metropolitan Playhouse will be
based on artistic quality,
feasibility of production, relationship to literature and lives of the
and suitability for the venue.
No scripts alone! Please
note, we are seeking submissions of performances
which we will
present. We are NOT seeking
scripts for Metropolitan to produce. We will not
provide directors or
actors for productions.
will be accepted by e-mail or snail mail.
E-mail submissions MUST be pdf documents (all others will be discarded
Include in submissions:
- Cover sheet with
Project narrative of no more than 2 pages
Key artist biographies and, if applicable, company history
Sample text (may be the script for the proposed performance or a
comparable work by
the key artist(s))
- Name of Company/Artist taking responsibility
for producing the work
- Project Title
- Author, Person, or Subject who inspired the
work (and specific
titles of inspiring works, as applicable)
- Performance Length (Max. 1 hr, 45 min.
This is extremely important for
- Contact Person
- Telephone Contact
- E-mail Contact
Letter of intent by September 30 ,
Complete Proposal by October 15, 2015
E. 4th Street
York, NY 10009
invite collaborators to be a part of the festival within two
weeks of submission deadline.
Contact Alex Roe at
(212) 995-8410 or email@example.com.