Read about our 2018 winner, Bob Dutton, HERE
Submission form at bottom of page!
For over 10 years, Eventide Theatre Company showcases an array of Cape Cod creative voices, including our annual New Playwrights, New Plays: the Jeremiah Kaplan Playwriting Competition and Performance.
The New Playwrights, New Plays Competition encourages and stimulates the writing and production of new full-length plays by Cape and Island writers. The Competition is sponsored by Eventide Theatre Company, a Cape Cod non-profit organization devoted to producing stimulating theatre for the purpose of inspiring thought and debate and showcasing the work of local artists.
The 2007 winner ~ Meridian Summer by Candace Perry
The 2008 winner ~ Sequel by David Kucher
The 2009 winner ~ Eucatastrophe by Andy Reynolds
The 2010 winner ~ This Verse Business by A.M. Dolan
The 2011 winner ~ To Be in the Game by Tom Gotsill
The 2013 winner ~ A Talented Woman by James Dalglish and Lynda Sturner
The 2014 winner ~ Fifteen Men in a Smoke Filled Room by Colin Crowley
The 2015 winner ~ The Final Say by Meryl Cohn
The 2016 winner ~ Bruno by Raymond van Over
The 2017 winner ~ Colonel of Reason by Tom Gotsill
The 2018 winner ~ Office Noise by Bob Dutton
We accept full-length play manuscripts (please no musicals or previously produced work) from Cape Cod playwrights only on or before September 1 each year.
+ The playwright chosen as having submitted the best script will receive a $1,000.00 prize and a public reading on the Eventide Theatre Stage in Dennis.
+ After the September 1 submission, each play is given a written critique by a theatre professional .
+ With the initial submission, an entry fee of $25 is required to defray the cost of the written critique.
+ Further post critique discussion via email can occur before the final draft is due by December 31.
+ We employ three individuals to read the final submissions. Their choice of the winning script will be made by February 1.
+ With the collaboration of the winning playwright, a director and actors will be chosen to prepare the public reading which will be held on our stage before a paying audience March 2019.
+ The $1,000.00 check will be presented to the winning playwright at that reading.
+ Playwrights should submit their plays by the September 1 deadline using the registration form below.
+ Be sure to include your phone number and other contact information on the title page only.
Meet our Director – Steve Reynolds!
Steve Reynolds taught playwriting for over 30 years at The University of Michigan and Wittenberg University. He served in regional and national leadership positions with the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival’s National Playwriting Program. He has responded to over 50 original student written play productions and been a reader for KCACTF national playwriting contests. Steve received a Gold Medallion from the Kennedy Center as well as the Distinguished Teaching Award from Wittenberg. A resident of Orleans, Steve has directed at Eventide (A Little Night Music, Dancing at Lughnasa, A Moon for the Misbegotten) and Cape Rep (The Member of the Wedding, Stones in His Pockets).
Major funding for this program was provided by a grant from the Kaplan Fund of The Cape Cod Foundation. Additional funding was provided by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.
Submit your play by filling out all information and payment below.