Summer Playwrights Festival 9 Submission info

The Road Theatre Company

Taylor Gilbert & Sam Anderson, Artistic Directors

The Ninth Annual
8 Days! 30+ plays! #SPF9
Food, Drinks and Live Music Nightly!

Submission Information for The Road Theatre Company’s Summer Playwrights’ Festival 2018 (SPF9)

Scott Alan Smith, Festival Director

Carlyle King, Executive Producer

Matthew Singletary, Producer

Elizabeth Sampson, Producer

Darryl Johnson, Producer

Avery Clyde, Producer

David B. Marling, Producer

The Road Theatre’s annual Summer Playwrights Festival (SPF9) is a fundraising event held July 29-August 5, 2018 that 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 has produced 20 plays from the Summer Playwrights Festival on our main stages including our current season selections, Stupid Kid by Sharr White (SPF7) and Through the Eye of a Needle by Jami Brandli (SPF7).

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.

FEE: $15 for scripts over 30 pages and $10 for scripts under 30 pages. (ten minute, one acts, full length, solo performance plays are eligible for submission) beginning 12:01 am January 1, 2018.

This fee can be submitted via PayPal using this link: PayPal.Me/SummerPlayFest

Each submission is read and evaluated by our festival reading committee with recommendations made to the festival producers. We will narrow down the SPF9 Finalists and from there make our Official Festival Selections.

  1. Submission 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.
  2. Please put your direct contact information on your play. (Your name and email address)
  3. Plays must be paginated and include a list of characters.
  4. We will begin accepting submissions for SPF9 between 12:01 am January 1, 2018 and 11:59pm March 1, 2018. We cannot accept any plays past this deadline so please plan accordingly.

Decisions will be made June 1, 2018.

*Additional plays may be submitted by playwrights in full script form for $15 payable via Paypal.

Thank you for supporting new plays and The Road Theatre Company during SPF8! We had a blast!