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Script Submissions Guidelines The Jason Miller Playwrights’ Project is a collective of regional stage and screen writers who gather periodically under the stewardship of Scranton Public Theatre at The Olde Brick Theater in Scranton to actively challenge and encourage each other in the creation of viable new scripts. Approximately six scripts per year will be selected to share with invited guild members and the general public in a series of staged reading socials, during which guests will be asked to complete a “scorecard” with constructive criticism and thoughts regarding continued development of the script. When desirable, readings will also receive audience in Luzerne County. Ultimately SPT hopes to find at least one script a year worthy of significant financial investment and full-stage production. The company is hopeful, however, that scripts not selected for further development at SPT will catch the interest of film and/or other stage producers. Scripts are also likely to be made available via small press publication. Experienced writers are welcome to submit a one-act or full-length script for review at any time. All submissions will be reviewed and returned with comment. Selected writers will be invited to join the project on a participatory level. Participation implies sitting down with other project writers in an ego-free “script hatchery” to cooperatively prepare and select the strongest scripts for presentation. Jason Miller was a Pulitzer Prize, Tony Award-winning, playwright who served as Scranton Public Theatre’s artistic director for 16 years until his untimely death in May 2001. Among his goals for the theatre was a writer’s forum. Please prepare your submission with respect to the following guidelines. At the present time the project is open only to playwrights and/or screenwriters residing in the Northeastern Pennsylvania region. Original full-length plays, adaptations, translations, and solo works address any and all subject matter will be considered. Please do not send collaborative work. We are not interested in musicals at this time. At this time we can only review scripts in English. Please submit only one script for consideration at a time. Along with one print copy of your play manuscript in standard professional format, include a cover page with the title of the script, your contact information, including address, email and phone number. Also requested are a character breakdown and brief synopsis of the play. Not necessary but of interest are your resume and a brief biography. Information regarding the development history of the work is appreciated, if applicable. If play has been previously produced, copies of reviews and/or press coverage are welcome. Please do not send us your original manuscript. Materials will not be returned. We intend to retain your submission in our files. Do not send a disc or digital files. All materials should be mailed to: The Jason Miller Playwrights’ Project c/o Scranton Public Theatre; P.O. Box 1451; Scranton, PA 18501. A submission fee of $10 is requested to help cover the administrative costs of reviewing your work. You will receive an email message acknowledging receipt of your submission. Response time may take up to two months. Each script will receive up to four evaluations by professional writers, scholars, theatrical directors and producers and other qualified project associates.
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