Sunday, October 16, 2011
Call for Submissions: One Act Playwrighting Contest
QDF - Byron Toben announces a new world wide one act playwrighting contest to be called: “THE RETURN OF G. BERNARD SHAW”
Shakespeare appreciation declined after his death in 1613. It was revived in 1660 and is healthy today. G. Bernard Shaw, the only person to have won both an Academy Award and a Nobel ( as well as being pictured on a Beatles album cover) may be faced with a decline in popularity as we enter a technological Twitter™ esque era where rolling waves of witty language are being swamped by mono syllabic bursts.
What would a resurrected GBS make of all this? And how re-animated? Would his statue in Niagara -on–the-Lake, Ontario awake (as did the Commander in Don Juan in Hell)? Would the mourners wish him to disappear again ( as with St. Joan)? Would he materialize in the green hills of John Bull`s Other Island?
Would he time travel to the future world of Galway 3000 C.E. as in Back to Methusaleh? His 51 plays and scads of other writings are a rich motherlode to mine.
Playwrights of the world unite! Let your imaginations run wild! You have nothing to lose but the chains of convention!
Deadline: 15 November 2012
Prize: $ 500 first place
$ 200 second place
$ 100 third place
Length: 30 to 60 minutes
Application fee: $10 (Canadian or US) money order made out
to Quebec Drama Federation
Script details: Send two copies, 8 ½ by 11 to the QDF at:
Quebec Drama Federation
460 Ste. Catherine West
RETURN OF SCRIPTS: Scripts will be returned only if accompanied by a self addressed, properly stamped return envelope.
RIGHTS: The author will retain all legal rights in the play
Note: This contest is not sponsored by the QDF which is merely
receiving scripts as a facilitation. Most of the application fee
will go to the long established Actors Fund to aid theatre
folk in distress.
Previous one act playwrighting contests organized by Mr. Toben:
2009 (any title) theme: Montreal stories in a film noir style.
First prize tie: Liesl Barrell and Jane Gilchrist (Montreal)
2010 (The Search for Eileen Sullivan) theme: The Irish Diaspora to NorthAmerica
First: Michael F Hennessey ( P.E.I., Canada)
Second: Anne Phelan* ( New York, USA)
Third: Lucy Brennan** (Ontario and Ireland)
* Dramatic reading at Atwater Library, Westmount, Quebec on
September 23 2011 in presence of author
** Dramatic reading at Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec
July 6 2011 in presence of author