Summer Playwrights Festival 10 Announcement

Sun, July 28th - Sun, August 4th

The Road Theatre Company

Taylor Gilbert & Sam Anderson, Artistic Directors

The Tenth Annual
8 Days! 30+ plays! #SPF10
Food, Drinks, and Live Music Nightly!

Submission Information for The Road Theatre Company’s Summer Playwrights’ Festival 2019 (SPF10)

Scott Alan Smith, Founding Festival Director
Matthew Singletary, Festival Director
Carlyle King, Executive Producer
Elizabeth Sampson, Producer
Darryl Johnson, Producer
Avery Clyde, Producer
David B. Marling, Producer
Kay Capasso, Producer
Justin Okin, Producer
Stewart Zully, Special Envoy
Jenn Gomez, Associate Producer

The Road Theatre’s annual Summer Playwrights Festival has been held every summer since its inception in 2010. This year marks our 10th anniversary and SPF10 will take place from July 28-August 4, 2019. SPF mounts 30-40 staged readings of new plays in 8 exciting days. The festival is now the largest staged reading festival in the nation with playwrights from around the country and around the world participating. Each reading is followed by a talk-back with the playwrights, directors and casts and a reception featuring food, drink and live music in our gallery space and cantina. Readings are held in both our Historic Lankershim Arts Center Theater and Gallery and in our 77-seat theater in the NoHo Senior Arts Colony. Although we receive hundreds of submissions for our festival, new and established playwrights are encouraged to submit.

The Road Theatre Company is dedicated to producing new plays. Founding Festival Director Scott Alan Smith, “The Road Theatre has produced 22 plays from the Summer Playwrights Festival on our main stages including our current season selections, The Rescued by Julie Marie Myatt (SPF8), Death House by Jason Karasev (SPF8) and last season’s Stupid Kid by Sharr White (SPF7) and Through the Eye of a Needle by Jami Brandli (SPF7). We are very proud to be bringing these new plays straight from the festival to our audiences.”

Past playwrights have included D.L. Coburn, Lisa Loomer, Sharr White, Marisa Wegrzyn, Craig Wright, Wendy Macleod, Lucy Thurber, Mo Gaffney, Keith Huff, Brett Neveu, Scooter Pietsch, Craig Pospisil, Julie Marie Myatt. Guest artists have included Bryan Cranston, Laurie Metcalf, Kathy Baker, Jennifer Tilly, Perry King, Rondi Reed, Tom Irwin, Nancy Travis, Gregory Harrison, Gale Harold, Robert Pine, Michael O’Neill, Harold Gould, and many, many others.

The submission period for SPF10 has now closed. Many thanks to everyone who sent in their scripts! Official SPF10 selections will be made on June 15, 2019


Submission Information:
-Each submission is read and evaluated by our artistic staff with recommendations made to the festival producers who evaluate the plays then narrow the field to the final 30-40. Each play receives a minimum of two reads. The SPF10 staff regrets that we do not provide feedback on any submitted materials.
-Plays of any length or genre are eligible; however, to be included in SPF10, the work must remain unproduced on the west coast and unpublished through August 4, 2019.
-Early submissions are strongly encouraged.
-No agent is required.
-Electronic copy applications only are accepted. No hard copies, please.

Play Format Guidelines:
-All scripts must be in a PDF file format. Name your file with the title of the play first. No hard copy submissions will be accepted.
-Please put your direct contact information on your play (your name and email address).
-Plays must be paginated and include a list of characters.
-Please do not send a synopsis or playwright resume.

Submission Window:
-We will accept submissions for SPF10 between 12:01 am January 15, 2019 and 11:59 pm March 1, 2019. We cannot accept any plays past this deadline so please plan accordingly.
-Official SPF10 selections will be made on June 15, 2019.

-$15 for scripts over 30 pages (full length) and $10 for scripts under 30 pages (short form).
-Ten minute, one acts, full length, solo performance plays are eligible for submission) beginning 12:01 am January 15, 2019.
-This fee can be submitted via the button below beginning on January 15th. Upon payment, you will receive an automatic reply to your email inbox with script submission instructions.

Thank you for supporting new plays and The Road Theatre Company for SPF10!

Check out this short feature on last year’s SPF below!