Each year, Red Bull Theater selects new works of heightened language and classical themes from today’s top established and emerging playwrights. Six brand-new short plays will be selected from a competitive open submission process and be presented in staged readings alongside the commissioned plays.
Using this year’s theme, restoration, writers are asked to submit a short play of no more than 10 minutes in length that makes use of any, or all, of the following: heightened language or verse, a classical theme or style, or a classical story. Plays must be self-contained with a beginning, middle, and end, as well as be original, unpublished, and never previously produced new works.
Restoration is a jumping-off point for creative thematic juices. We want writers to be in dialogue with classical theatre in a multitude of surprising ways. Brainstorm by reviewing our Mission and take a look through our history of Readings and Productions. Entrants might riff on a classical character, borrow a classical milieu, or create a brand new style of dramatic verse. Finding inspiration from classics beyond the traditional Western canon is encouraged. This year’s selected plays will be performed online in a Zoom-style format. "Write with that in mind!," encourages Artistic Director Jesse Berger. The deadline for submissions is 12:00 PM on Monday, April 5th.
Complete details about the submission guidelines can be found here. Selected playwrights will receive an online reading of their submission as part of the festival on Monday July 12th, performed by an ensemble company of some of New York's finest actors as well as a commissioning fee of $350. Playwrights will be consulted on choices for the shared ensemble cast, will have final script approval, and will have the optional opportunity to have their play published and licensed by Stage Rights as part of our Red Bull Shorts series.
Please note there is a $10 submission fee. These fees partially offset open submission processing costs, commissioning fees, and other expenses. This year’s selections will be announced in May.