The 8x10 TheatreFest -- Weathervane Playhouse's Annual 10-Minute Play Contest and Festival

Call for Entries: Now through May 12, 2017
Performances: July 13 to 16, 2017

The 8x10 TheatreFestThe 2017 8x10 TheatreFest
Weathervane's Annual Contest and Festival of 10-Minute Plays
July 13 to 16, 2017

Weathervane Playhouse celebrates the art of the short-format play with the seventh annual 8x10 TheatreFest. Eight plays, 10 minutes each!

Are you an aspiring playwright? Entries for the 2017 8x10 TheatreFest will be accepted up until May 12, 2017. Click the "INFO FOR PLAYWRIGHTS" tab for more information.

The "final eight" plays for the 2017 8x10 TheatreFest will be performed on the Weathervane stage from July 13 to 16, 2017. Audiences will vote to select the first-, second- and third-place winners of the festival. Audience members will also have the opportunity to help select the 2018 festival's inspirational prop! The Sunday matinee will be followed by a reception and the announcement of the winners.

LOOKING FOR THE 2016 WINNERS? Just CLICK HERE.
LOOKING FOR PAST WINNERS? Just CLICK HERE.

INFORMATION FOR PLAYWRIGHTS OVERVIEW

The deadline for entries is midnight on Friday, May 12, 2017

All entrants will receive:
• Acknowledgment of receipt of submissions and administrative fee.
• Notification of 8 Finalist plays, preceding TheatreFest.
• Notification of winners, following the conclusion of TheatreFest

All information will be posted to this website.

THE PRIZES

Each of the eight finalists will receive a full production of his or her play and two complimentary tickets to TheatreFest. (We can’t offer travel and room accommodations for finalists, those who are able to attend will be greeted, feted, and showered with recognition!)

Additionally, we will send out press releases about the finalist playwrights to our local publications and to any of the playwrights’ respective outlets.  

First Place: $350
Second Place: $250
Third Place: $150
Five Runners Up: $50/each

THE RULES

EACH PLAY SUBMISSION MUST FOLLOW THE RULES BELOW:

  1. Each play must include the 2017 prop, a box of tarot cards.  See description below.
  2. Maximum running time is 10 minutes.  Less is fine.
  3. Cast maximum is three. Any combo, gender-wise.  No characters under the age of sixteen.
  4. Technical requirements must be minimal. Plays produced are performed on a bare stage utilizing wooden blocks and simple furniture to signify a variety of things. Costume, sound and lighting requirements must also be simple.
  5. No one-person plays, no musicals, or children’s plays.
  6. Playwrights must be at least 18 years old.
  7. Submitted plays must be un-produced and un-performed outside of readings, workshops, and festivals. Submitted plays may have been entered in other contests.
  8. You must be the sole creator of the play and entitled to confer performance rights.
  9. If chosen as a finalist, you grant performance rights, royalty-free, to Weathervane Playhouse for four performances during the 2017 8x10 TheatreFest.
  10. The play remains the sole property of the playwright.

THE 2017 INSPIRATION — A BOX OF TAROT CARDS

Each year at TheatreFest, the audience chooses a special prop that must be incorporated into the following year’s plays.

Our 2016 audience members chose a box of tarot cards.  The box is pictured below, tarot cards are inside.  The box and tarot cards cannot be damaged or destroyed in your script.

All plays must include a box of tarot cards.   It must be seen on stage -- talking about it does not count. The prop may be incidental, tangential, or the centerpiece of the play -- be creative in your use of it!

HOW TO ENTER

Please note, there is a $10 administrative fee per playwright. Scripts cannot be submitted without payment.
Please CLICK HERE to read why we charge a fee.

The first page of your play document must be a title page which should include:

  1. Contact info: name, mailing address, phone numbers, and e-mail address
  2. Title of play
  3. A short summary of the play
  4. Brief descriptions of the two to three characters in the play.
  5. Page numbers.

A few pointers:

  • Carefully read and review the rules and entry guidelines.
  • Whenever possible, give your characters names rather than Woman 1Man A, etc…
  • Your play can run less than 10 minutes, but cannot run over.  We suggest reading your play out loud before submitting.
  • Send your play in early for the best possible review and consideration of your work.

Questions? Contact Scott Davis HERE.

To submit a play, CLICK HERE

All eight finalist plays for the 2017 8x10 TheatreFest will be presented at each of the four performances listed below.

THE PERFORMANCES
Thursday, July 13, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, July 14, 2017, at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, July 15, 2017, at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, July 16, 2017, at 2:30 p.m.

Single tickets are $12 each.

Ticket-holders for the Sunday, July 16 performance are invited to the post-performance reception in the Weathervane lobby, at which the 2017 TheatreFest winners will be announced.

BOX OFFICE INFORMATION

Buy tickets in person or by telephone (330-836-2626) during the following hours:
• Mondays: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
• Tuesdays through Fridays: 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
• Performance Saturdays only: Noon to 5 p.m.
• The Box Office is also open beginning one hour before each performance and remains open until the final curtain.

CLICK HERE to buy tickets online.

 

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