8th annual Title Wave: The 2022 New Works Festival
Bay Street Theater is seeking submissions of new full-length plays for our New Works Festival, to take place in early May 2022.
We are offering an opportunity to work with directors and actors on your play, in-person. Selected plays will be provided with dramaturgical notes from our artistic leadership, rehearsal time, and a public presentation in Sag Harbor, New York, with an audience feedback session, spread over the course of several days.
Bay Street is looking for plays that represent a broad array of voices, viewpoints, cultures, and styles. Writers of all backgrounds are strongly encouraged to submit. We are looking for pieces that have had re-writes and development already, perhaps now in their third or fourth draft, and are at a stage where the addition of in-person creatives can be used to their full value.
We’re also most interested in writers who want to collaborate, learn from their actors and directors, and use this time to evolve the play, not just to have a reading of their current draft. Bring us stories we haven’t heard, make us feel joy and humanity, and take us on new journeys. Casts of two to eight are ideal. Things that are not right for us include plays that do not constitute an evening of theatre on their own, Theatre for Young Audience pieces, trauma porn, or work that requires extremely large casts.
Artists will be transported from New York and housed in Sag Harbor in proximity to Bay Street Theater, and will have an opportunity to see the other pieces in the Festival. Artists who reside outside of the New York area must provide their own transportation to Manhattan, and will then be transported from there.
We hope that this development process provides growth to the chosen works and their playwrights, as well as introducing us here at Bay Street Theatre to new playwrights and works that we can consider for possible future production.
Wednesday, December 1, 2021
To submit your play:
Ensure that your script is formatted clearly, including page numbers, a cast breakdown, and your contact information.
Name your file in the format: LastName_Title.pdf. For example, Antoinette Chinonye Nwandu's Pass Over would label the file as Nwandu_PassOver.pdf.
Email your play in PDF form to the Literary Manager, Hope Villanueva, LitManager@BayStreet.org.
If you are submitting a musical, include demos for three to four of your strongest songs with your email.
SUBMISSIONS WILL CLOSE ON
Friday, December 24, 2021