Pencils Up!: 35th Samuel French Fest Now Accepting Applications

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This announcement comes courtesy of publicist Ron Lasko:

Submissions Now Being Accepted
for
35th Annual Samuel French Inc. Off-Off-Broadway Short Play Festival
Applications due March 12, 2010
Festival runs July 13-18 at the Lion Theater

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Submissions for the 35th annual Samuel French Inc. Off-Off-Broadway Short Play Festival are now being accepted.

Playwrights should visit www.samuelfrench.com/oobfestival for application and submission details.

Applications must be postmarked on or before March 12, 2010 to be considered for this year’s festival.

The 35th annual Samuel French Inc. Off-Off-Broadway Short Play Festival will take place July 13-18 at the Lion Theatre at Theatre Row (410 W. 42nd St.). The festival will feature a selection of 40 short plays, chosen from hundreds of submissions by playwriting workshops, university theatre programs, and professional companies both in the U.S. and abroad. Out of these plays, six finalists will be chosen by the Samuel French, Inc. Editorial Staff to receive publication and licensing contracts.

This weeklong festival features a full program of the selected plays performed for audiences and a panel of judges comprised of established playwrights, literary agents and artistic directors who nominate one or more of each evening’s plays as finalists.

The Off-Off-Broadway Festival started in 1975 and is Manhattan’s oldest continuous short play festival. Hundreds of theatre companies and schools have participated in the Festival’s first 34 years, including companies from coast to coast as well as abroad from Canada and England. This festival has served as a doorway to future success for many aspiring writers. Since its inception, 181 plays from the Festival have been published, and many of the participants have become established, award-winning playwrights including Theresa Rebeck, Shirely Lauro, Bekah Brunstetter, Steve Yockey, David Johnston and Sheila Callaghan.