We did not what to expect when we put out our call for submissions into the great, wide open on April 1. But our hope was that not all the excellent plays had already been written – that there were new works out just about ready for an audience to fall in love with.
Now, two and a half weeks and 262 scripts into this process, we are feeling like our hope was well-founded. Granted, we’re basing this assessment on only the first 30 pages of any given script, since that is what we requested our playwrights submit at this stage.
Still waiting to hear back from the city on some plans, but assuming things go forward as intended, and hoping to open our first show before the end of July 2018, we’re planning on cutting off the submission window for plays to be considered for our inaugural production at midnight on April 21, 2018. That doesn’t mean we won’t accept submissions after that date, as we’re hoping to fill out the rest of our 2018-2019 season. So you clever playwrights out there, please do submit that lovely thing you’ve been working on.
Before the end of the month, we plan to request the rest of the script from the top contenders. (Note: We’ve received some submissions for excellent plays that would work better during another part of the year. We plan to revisit those after we’ve selected our first show. So if you’ve written an excellent spooky script, or something perfect for the holidays, we hope you’ll understand if we want to hold off for now.) Then we’re hoping to make our final determination by mid-May. Eventually, we hope to give ourselves a little more breathing room for these kinds of things, but for now, we’re wanting to hit the ground running and we’re wanting to make a great impression with that first play.
And here’s the bottom-line good news. It’s starting to feel like the hard thing won’t be coming up with a play that makes a great first impression; the hard thing will be narrowing it down to a single one.