Irvington Town Hall Theater

Stage Door Playwrights Festival

November 11-12, 2017


A celebration of artistic expression through staged readings in a magnificent historic theater.  Selected plays will highlight important issues relevant to our times through the power of the written word.


Submission Deadline: September 1st, 2017


The ITHT Stage Door Playwrights Festival celebrates original plays developed by local and NY metro area playwrights. It is dedicated to providing an arena for theatrical exploration of significant historical and modern issues that are relevant to our times. It strives to put a spotlight on the power of words and artistic expression that will enlighten and inspire audiences. It will give playwrights the opportunity to present a one act play or portion of their work in a staged reading or as staged as they prefer as part of a festival setting. It will further enable playwrights to harness the power of audience feedback through audience engagement with writers, casts and notable theatrical professionals in a Q&A session after each theatrical showing. We encourage inclusion of diversity of themes and populations as part of the goals of this festival. Each play will be a one-act that runs for no longer than one hour. We are looking for family–friendly productions as well as adult productions. The festival will run on Saturday November 11th and Sunday November 12th. 


We offer a blank stage, lighting and sound. Each playwright can present as they wish in terms of highly rehearsed, costumes, props etc. Chosen playwrights are in charge of casting and getting their own director. ITHT will provide the stage manager and production manager for the festival. 


Guidelines for Submission


Play Prerequisites


Seeking submissions of One Acts 45-60 minutes long or portion of play that are self-contained and can be performed for an audience with their clear understanding of content.


Any genre can be submitted


Play must be an original work


Family Friendly plays on topics that are appropriate for young audiences are encouraged for afternoon slots


Plays must be printed out completely as part of submission


Pages must be numbered and script should be in standard play script format


Estimated running time must be indicated



Performance Information


Readings/Performances will be performed on blank stage. 


Lights and sound are the only technical services provided


The one act should be easy to stage in a no frills environment


Playwright and cast need to be available for Nov. 11 or 12 schedule 


Tech rehearsal (day of) performance and 30 minute talk back session following performance    



Submission Information


In addition to a copy of the script your submission should include the following information on a separate page:


Playwright Name/Short Bio


Contact information; email and cell number


Agreement that you can be available for November 11 or 12 time period


Estimated running time of play


Understanding that playwright is responsible for Director and casting


Number of cast members



Submission Deadline is September 1st, 2017

Earlier submissions are encouraged


Script submission fee of $20.00 per submission to handle printing and administrative costs must be included through check or money order (USA Banks only) and sent to:

Irvington Town Hall Theater
Stage Door Playwrights Festival

85 Main Street

Irvington, New York 10533​


We are thrilled for your interest and participation and look forward to building an outstanding festival to support playwrights, artistic expression and the power of words!


Irvington Town Hall Theater Commission


June 2017


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