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PLAY LA to Select 5 Playwrights for New Session

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Dear Playwrights, a chance for your work to be presented as part of Stage Raw, PLAY LA & Greenway Court’s 2025 PLAY LA Festival.

In partnership with Stage Raw, PLAY LA is accepting submissions for for its 2024/25 new play festival at The Greenway Court Theatre in October, 2025. The deadline to submit your work is July 1st, 2024. PLAY LA selects five playwrights, awarding them $1500 for a year of play development with award-winning playwright and screenwriter, Shem Bitterman, and award-winning playwright and theatre arts critic, Steven Leigh Morris, along with special guests. At the end of the development process, each playwright will be connected to a local theatre which will present a reading of their new play in the PLAY LA Festival.

Applicants for the PLAY LA program should include two 10 page samples from two different plays, along with a brief (1 to 2 paragraph) statement of their playwriting history and why the program would be helpful for them. The two samples and accompanying statement should be in PDF format and should have no identifying material, other than the title page. Former recipients of the PLAY LA development opportunity cannot apply. Applicants must be locally based. There is no charge for submissions. Please email all submissions to: playla@stageraw.com

Developing new plays “from the ground up”

In partnership with StageRaw and the Greenway Court theatre, PLAY LA develops new plays “from the ground up” then pairs with them local theatres in Los Angeles to be presented in reading form in a biannual festival of new plays, which also features other theatre events such as music from local bands, symposia on the arts and an emeritus playwright’s reading — all free to the general public.

Many of the plays developed by Play LA have gone on to be produced on our local stages and throughout the country — such as Lisa Dring’s, “Hungry Ghost” at The Skylight; Inda Craig Galvin’s, ”A Hit Dog Will Hollar” at The Playwright’s Arena; Sigrid Gilmer’s “Momma Metallica,” at IAMA; Dan O’Brian’s “The House in Scarsdale” at The Boston Court; and Ngozi Anyanwu’s “Good Grief” at the Kirk Douglas. Past parter theatres have included; Ammo, Casa 0101, CTG, The Echo, IAMA, LATC, The Road, The Robey, Rogue Machine, The Skylight, Theatre of NOTE and Theatre X.

**Special thanks to STAGE RAW for this information.

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