Deadline March 5th: 1st ACT or FULL PLAY CONTEST

I think I watched the whole video performance of my play with a smile on my face. I’ll have to watch it again to be more objective. DEAR ACTORS – thank you! I’m so thrilled with your performances, you don’t know how happy you have made me.
– Gina Surles, Playwright

WILDsound THEATRE Contest

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SUBMIT your play now (both 1st act or full length accepted). To be eligible for our Writing Festival Events

WINNERS get their full stage play read by professional actors and showcased online for the world to see!

Submissions take 3-5 weeks for evaluation

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10pg. Stage Play: GARBED IN FLESH by Arthur Holden

Watch the Winning 10pg Stage Play (in verse) by Arthur Holden:

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Maya Woloszyn
DETECTIVE – Holly Sarchfield
HERA – Danielle Nicole
MAN – Jason J. Thomas

Get to know writer Arthur Holden:

1. What is your stage play about?

My play is a meditation, in iambic verse, on the acceptance in ancient myths of sexual violence as a prerogative of the gods (for which one might read: “the powerful”) and the ways in which that ethos is finally starting to be broken in contemporary culture.

2. Why does this play need to be performed at the theatre?

I’m not sure this (or any) play needs to be performed. But I think its formal classicism and contemporary theme make for an interesting blend that might just please audiences.

3. How long have you been writing stories?

I’ve been writing fiction for some time now. Over the last two decades, I’ve had screenplays, script adaptations and stage plays picked up for professional production.

4. What play have you seen in person the most in your life?

Good question. Apart from being a writer, I am also an actor. So, having been in the stage comedy Shear Madness for a period of several months, I guess that’s the play I’ve seen most often: over a hundred times. I’ve also attended multiple performances of the plays I’ve written.

5. What artists would you love to work with?

I think South African-born J. M. Coetzee is quite possibly the greatest writer alive. Adapting one of his works – specifically The Master of Petersburg – for stage or screen would be an immense, and immensely challenging, honor.

6. How many stories/plays have you written?

Including all the ones that never saw the light of day: dozens.

7. What motivated you to write this stage play?

I wrote it in response to a challenge from the Red Bull Theater in New York, a company which specializes in classically-themed plays and works that rely on heightened language.

8. Describe your process; do you have a set routine, method for writing?

I don’t have any hard-and-fast routine. But I do try to find time to write every day.

9. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

My wife, acclaimed novelist Claire Holden Rothman, and my sons Jacob and Samuel are the three shining lights of my life.

10. What influenced you to enter the WILDsound Festival?

WILDsound offers a unique process of ongoing constructive feedback to actual recorded readings of texts submitted to the program. I wanted to experience this process myself.

11. Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?

Don’t quit. And never be afraid to fail. Failure is a far better teacher than success.

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Deadline for 10 Page Stage Play Festival. Submit your short play and get it performed at festival:
http://www.wildsound.ca/10_page_stageplay_contest.html

Watch 10pg. Stage Play: HELEN REDDY WOULD BE ASHAMED by Katie Grotzinger

Watch the Winning 10 page Stage Play by Katie Grotzinger:

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Brett J. Kelly
HARDLY – Holly Sarchfield
O’NEIL – Danielle Nicole
PACHEO/PARKER – Maya Woloszyn

Get to know writer Katie Grotzinger:

1. What is your stage play about?

“Helen Reddy Would Be Ashamed” is about a group of teenagers at an all-girls’ school that have to pick a topic to work on for their social justice class. One of them suggests feminism, which the others feel is a pointless topic to bring up in their always pro-woman environment.

2. Why does this play need to be performed at the theatre?

The story takes place in a high school classroom and high school, to me, felt a lot like theatre. Everything was very high energy and the girls in the play are too. I think you can feel that best in a live performance.

3. How long have you been writing stories?

Ever since I learned it was an option. When I was in the fifth grade we read The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe and as part of the lesson plan, I received my first creative writing assignment. I got so into it, I built it up into a novel length epic in this big, red notebook I carried everywhere.

4. What play have you seen in person the most in your life?

This might be an odd one, but I am absolutely in love with Twelfth Night. Any adventure that has crossdressing, pirates and shenanigans has me won over. I go out of my way to see it any chance I get.

5. What artists would you love to work with?

My most intense nerd dream is to write something alongside Kevin Smith. I love the way he does dialogue.

6. How many stories/plays have you written?

I have written more short stories than I can count. As for plays, I have written around 7 or so one-act and short plays. I also have finished one full-length play and am working on my second.

7. What motivated you to write this stage play?

I went to an all-girls’ school. It wasn’t as glamorous as it’s portrayed in the movies. Nearly all my classmates were overachievers who traded sleep for multiple extracurriculars and complained about having to write about other women over and over again in papers. Despite our grumbling, we secretly enjoyed it. I wanted to write something that reflected that.

8. Describe your process; do you have a set routine, method for writing?

I do. I set a timer for 30 minutes and write as much as I can while listening to instrumental music. When that’s done, I set a timer for 15 minutes and try to do something else to take my mind off of it, usually video games. Then I repeat until I can’t write anymore.

9. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Animation. I cannot do it myself. I can’t even draw. However, for me, seeing a good animated film is like being a kid at a magic show. Sometimes, I’m not just enthralled, but even moved. For instance, when I saw The Wind Rises in theaters, I wept. Not because of the story, although it was excellent and moving, but because of the clearly painstaking work that went into every frame. I realize that might sound like a crazy reaction, but passion is a little nuts.

10. What influenced you to enter the WILDsound Festival?

I had previously entered the longline competition. I received an email asking if I would like to submit to the 10 Page Stageplay Festival. I had a short play on deck and figured that I had nothing to lose.

11. Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?

If you want to write, chances are you’re going to get rejected a lot. However, there’s no shame in getting rejected. That’s a part of life. The only real way to lose is to give up. So keep going. Eventually, you’ll write something that someone else likes or maybe even loves and it’ll be one of the most gratifying experiences you’ll ever have.

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Deadline for 10 Page Stage Play Festival. Submit your short play and get it performed at festival:
http://www.wildsound.ca/10_page_stageplay_contest.html