Calling all New England Playwrights!

QP is seeking one-act play submissions from New England playwrights for their New Works festival entitled Suburban Holidays, scheduled for 6,7,8,9 and 13,14,15,16 December 2012.

If you have seen The Nutcracker too many times or if you can you recite the speeches by every ghost in A Christmas Carol by heart it is time for some new holiday traditions!

Suburban Holidays will explore the theme of the holiday season (in whatever form that means for the playwright) in a town “very much like Reading, MA.” This festival will highlight the holidays (Christmas, Chanukah, Kwanzaa, etc.). We’re looking for unique perspectives on what a holiday-themed play can be.

Four one-act plays will be performed in a two-track, two-weekend schedule. There will be eight performances in all, Track AA-BB the first weekend, BB-AA the next. Plays will be fully produced, with a full set, costumes, props, sound cues and rep lighting. The set will consist of two-three interior room spaces (such as a living room, dining room, kitchen, etc.).

Plays must be no less than 30 minutes and no more than one hour in length when performed.

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 will not be considered for this festival.

Modern/contemporary plays are given preference. Costuming restraints might not allow for period pieces at 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 noon on July 31, 2012.

Plays must be the original works of the playwrights and unpublished at the time of production.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 whose plays are chosen for production will receive a $25 royalty for each of the four performances given ($100 total). Playwrights are encouraged to attend the Festival, and will be given two (2) complimentary tickets to each track.

Playwrights whose pieces are chosen will be notified via email no later than August 15, 2012. 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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