The American Legacy
220 East Fourth Street ~ New York, New York 10009
(212) 995 8410
Chronicles, Volume 9
Deadline - Friday, December 28, 2012
|Metropolitan Playhouse, New
OBIE Award-winning explorer of America's
Theatrical Heritage, is currently accepting
submissions for new
plays inspired by the life and history of New York's
Submissions will be evaluated by Metropolitan's artistic staff, and we will produce up to 10 of the submitted plays in April 2013, as part of our 4th Annual East Village Theater Festival. As in prior years, the plays selected will pertain to a chosen theme. For Volume , plays should respond to The American Dream as it relates to life in the East Village of today and in eras past. (See below for more information.)
Completed scripts must be RECEIVED, by mail or e-mail, by 5:00 pm Friday, December 28, 2012.
220 E 4th Street
New York, NY 10009
|East Village Chronicles, Vol. 9
the 9th seasonal
festival of new, one-act plays that celebrate and
explore the varied
and eclectic culture that have defined Manhattan's
Lower East Side (in
permutations). Combined into two, distinct
short plays, which run on alternating nights over
three weeks, the
presentations will include a variety of styles and
tones, unified by
being clearly related to life in the theater's
Metropolitan Playhouse will produce the plays on our 3/4 thrust stage in our 51 seat theater at 220 E 4th Street.
The plays will be directed by directors engaged by Metropolitan to coordinate and rehearse the entire festival.
The plays will be performed by a core company of actors, cast specifically for the festival, each of whom will perform in at least two festival plays. The cast of any given play will be drawn from this core company, and therefore anyone cast must be suitable for more than one play. Because we are forming a company, while playwrights' input is highly desired, final decisions remain with Metropolitan's artistic staff.
The American Dream
|The Chronicles plays have been
connected each year in that they have
on a certain topic, theme, or timeline.
Selecting plays that are
inspired by some such organizing principle helps to
give the festival
shape and to enrich the experience for audience
members. (See *
for further discussion of the theme idea.)
This year, the Chronicles will be devoted to The American Dream. We believe this theme is especially resonant within the context of our national conversation and the shifting social paradigms within the neighborhood. In our neighborhood, particularly with its history of immigration and challenges to mainstream lifestyle, longstanding family businesses and residents continue to leave the neighborhood they once created, while newcomers have set up and changed their minds in the course of a year. As background to these real changes are the subtle relationships of each resident to the notion of American opportunity.
Playwrights are encouraged to respond directly, indirectly, and creatively to this idea; how the plays relate to the notion of "The American Dream" is up to the playwright.
|We are seeking plays of no more
than 30 minutes that can be played by 5
or fewer actors.
The plays will be presented with at least three others in a given evening, and as a consequence, should not require elaborate set or properties.
Performance Dates: April 15 - May 5, 2013
Theater: Metropolitan Playhouse
220 E 4th Street
Artistic Director, Metropolitan Playhouse
212 995 8410
* Interviews from nytheatre.com regarding past festivals and the selection of themes may be found at: