Kaplan Prize Press Release

Competition open for Cape Cod playwrights, intent to submit by March 15

Eventide Theatre Company is happy to announce its annual full-length playwriting competition for Cape Cod playwrights.  The Kaplan New Playwrights/New Plays Competition invites Cape playwrights to submit their full-length work, with a cash prize of $1000 awarded to the winning play.  The deadline for registering intent to submit is March 15. The registration fee is $25, with scholarships available as needed. The deadline for submitting the completed play, with fee, is April 15.  Up to twelve finalists will be selected to move to the second round of judging. They will have an opportunity to present a table reading of their plays, and to make revisions if desired. Finalists are to submit their revised plays by August 1, and the winner will be announced by September 15.  In October, two staged reading productions of the winning play will be held.

Submit letter of intent to [email protected] by March 15, 2023.

Questions can be directed to Donna Wresinski, Artistic Director, at [email protected] or by calling 508.361.9230

The contest will be administered by Mary Arnault and Andrew Arnault.


Qualification Guidelines

We accept full-length play manuscripts (musicals may be considered IF a recording of the songs is also provided) for consideration as a qualified submission. Plays that have been previously produced will not be considered for this competition. 

Qualified Submissions MUST have a direct connection to Cape Cod & the Islands.  An example of a direct connection may include:

  • A play written by an author with a Cape Cod & the Islands connection (resident, previous resident, summer resident, artist in residence, performer, etc.)
  • A play with Cape Cod & the Islands settings, major characters, and/or occurrence which impacts the narrative.

These rules ARE subjective and are subject to the interpretation of the Competition Administrators. A $25 administrative fee will apply to all submissions.   Scholarship opportunities are available and are based on need.


All plays will receive blind readings by a team of theater professionals. Up to 12 plays will be selected to advance as finalists. Readers’ scoring sheets will be available upon request.

Finalists will have the opportunity to produce a table read of their plays before the completed play is due for submission. They are also encouraged to make any rewrites if they so desire. The final submissions will be read and judged by an advanced theater team, and a single winner will be selected.

The playwright chosen as having submitted the best script will receive a $1,000.00 cash prize and two staged reading productions. 

New Playwrights/New Plays: the Jeremiah Kaplan Playwriting Competition would like to thank the following for their grants and support:

The Jeremiah Kaplan Foundation

Brewster Cultural Council

I've worked at Eventide Theater Company in numerous productions since 2011. Some musical direction with Kay DeFord, acted in Our Town and Pfeiffer's People, and attend nearly everthing that goes up on the Gertrude Lawrence stage. Always a joy to be there. Blithe Spirit was EXCELLENT. Keep up the GREAT work.

Glenn and Randy S-T

Eventide Theatre Company is a 501(c)3 independent theatre located in the heart of Dennis Village and is known for presenting  thought-provoking plays, concerts, lectures, and mixed media events. Annually Eventide hosts the Kaplan Playwriting/New Plays competition.