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. 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 Gertrude Lawrence 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 on March 23 & 24, 2019.
+ The $1,000.00 check will be presented to the winning playwright at that reading.
+ Playwrights should send their plays by the September 1 deadline via email attachment to: firstname.lastname@example.org
(The same email address can be used for any questions about the Kaplan Playwriting Competition)
+ Be sure to include your phone number and other contact information on the title page only.
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.