Scripts In Play 20-21 Submission Form
Call For Submissions

Avant Bard Theatre in Arlington, VA is now accepting play submissions for the fifth annual Scripts In Play Festival, scheduled to perform during the 2020-21 season. Submissions are accepted now on a rolling basis through June 15, 2020.

About Avant Bard

Avant Bard Theatre is a professional regional company dedicated to producing the best in classics, both time-tested and contemporary. The Scripts In Play Festival is for new plays on classical themes that in some way challenge a contemporary audience’s relationship with history. Past Scripts In Play festivals have included historical dramas, classical adaptations, new translations of historical texts, non-western classics, postmodern adaptations, and more.

About The Opportunity

All submissions will be considered by the Scripts In Play Reading Committee. If selected, plays will be programmed in the festival. Festival plays are assigned a director, who will cast and stage a one-night-only staged reading with free admission.

Playwrights may opt to submit a play for development. Choose this option for plays earlier in their life cycle, or plays seeking substantial changes. Plays for development will be assigned a dramaturg prior to rehearsal, to help produce a new performance draft before Scripts In Play. There is no difference in priority for plays submitted for development.

If selected, playwrights will receive a stipend covering the performance rights for one performance reading.

If not selected, playwrights will receive notice from the reading committee no later than August 30, 2020.

About Scripts In Play 2020-21

Currently, Avant Bard intends to produce Scripts In Play as a live festival. With generous support from the Arlington Commission for the Arts, all Scripts In Play readings would normally take place at Theatre on the Run (3700 S. Four Mile Run). Because of the global coronavirus pandemic, the availability of this venue remains uncertain. Thus, the timeline for production of Scripts In Play is TBD. It is also possible that the Festival will shift to a digitally produced format.

To Submit

Complete this submission form, and email your play as a PDF to with the subject line “[Your Name] Submission”.
What is your name, and what pronouns do you use? *
What is your email address? *
What is the title of your play? *
Are you submitting this play for development? Choose "yes" for plays earlier in their life cycle, or plays seeking substantial structural changes. Plays for development will be assigned a dramaturg prior to the staging process, to help produce a new performance draft. There is **no difference** in priority for plays submitted for development. If your play has a history of development, has a production history, or you are simply uninterested in making substantial changes please select "no." *
What is the genre of your play? Please feel free to get creative with this description. We are most interested in hearing how you, the author, would describe this work. *
Please provide a brief synopsis (100-200 words). *
Are there any production considerations you would like us to be aware of? (This can be things like casting, direction, challenges associated with adapting into the staged reading format, etc.) *
In the possible event that the Scripts In Play Festival changes to a digitally produced format in response to the coronavirus pandemic, are you still interested in having your play considered?
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Have you emailed your script to with the subject line "[Your Name] Submission"? *
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