Suburban Holidays III Seeking Plays!


Suburban Holidays is Back!!

Quannapowitt Players of Reading, MA are seeking one-act play submissions from New England playwrights for their New Works festival entitled Suburban Holidays III, scheduled for November and December of 2014.

Seen The Nutcracker too many times? Can you recite the speeches by every ghost in A Christmas Carol by heart? It’s time for some new holiday traditions!

Suburban Holidays III explores the theme of the holiday season (in whatever form that means for the playwright) in a town very much like Reading, Massachusetts.  As this festival is being produced in December, a preference for date-appropriate holidays (Christmas, Chanukah, Kwanzaa, etc.) may come into play. We’re looking for unique perspectives on what a holiday-themed play can be, as an alternative to other traditional holiday shows.

Plays will be fully produced with a full set, costumes, props, sound cues and rep lighting. The set will consist of a modular black box area with levels that can be used as interior or exterior spaces with set dressing elements.

One-act plays of any length will be considered, but plays of less than 30 minutes and no more than one hour in length are preferred.

Playwrights may submit up to three plays. If more than three are sent, then none will be considered.

Preference is given to playwrights from Massachusetts, though any New England playwright (MA, CT, NH, ME, VT) may submit. If you are not a resident of New England, your play may not be considered for this festival.

Plays must be submitted electronically in MS Word or PDF format, written in standard play format to the festival Producer/Director, Patrick Cleary at  Paper copies of plays will not be accepted.

Submissions must be received by July 1, 2014.

Plays must be the original works of the playwrights and unpublished at the time of production. Preference is given to unproduced works, but works with limited production runs will be considered.

There are no restrictions on cast size. Original musicals will also be considered, though musical accompaniment will be restricted to a keyboardist, should a musical be produced.

Playwrights will receive a $100 honorarium for participating. Playwrights are encouraged to attend the festival, and will be given four (4) complementary tickets to the Festival.

Playwrights whose pieces are chosen will be notified via email no later than August 15, 2014. Selections will also be posted on the Quannapowitt Players website at that date. If you have any questions about this festival or the guideline submissions, please contact Patrick Cleary at Please include the subject line “Suburban Holidays” on submissions and questions.


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