Calling all Playwrights



Quannapowitt Players (QP) of Reading, MA are seeking one-act play submissions their New Works festival “Suburban Holidays,” scheduled for November 29, 30 and December 1, 5, 6, and 7 2019. This will be the 8th Season QP has produced Suburban Holidays!

Suburban Holidays Play Festival explores the theme of the holiday season in a town “very much like Reading, MA.” Though this festival takes place in November and December, all holidays, not just the Christmas/Chanukah season are encouraged!

There are six performances of the same 6 to 8 plays at each performance with full staging that includes required set pieces, lights, sound and costumes. Original musicals will be considered, though musical accompaniment will be restricted to a keyboardist should a musical be produced.  Modern/contemporary plays are given preference as period costuming is limited. This is a family friendly play festival so appropriate language and themes are required.

Since this festival draws a large pool of talented actors, plays featuring more than 4 characters will be considered first. Larger cast plays are strongly encouraged.  

We prefer to produce plays of 20 minutes in length, although plays slightly shorter and longer are accepted.  Preference is given to playwrights from New England, but any playwright may submit. If you are not a resident of New England, your play will be considered, but we do give preference to our area to increase the chances of having the playwrights come and see their plays in our festival.

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

Submissions must be received by noon on July 31, 2019. Plays must be the original works of the playwrights. Preference is given to unproduced works, but works with limited production runs will be considered. Please note whether your play has been produced and where.

Playwrights whose plays are chosen for production will receive an honorarium of $100 for the festival.

Playwrights whose pieces are chosen will be notified via email in August 2019 and the selections will also be posted here on the Quannapowitt Players website

If you have any questions about this festival or the guideline submissions, please contact Producing Director, Nick Gould at Please include the subject line “Suburban Holidays” on submissions and questions.


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