Worldwide Plays Festival 2018

Immersive Theater
Immersive Theater

Following the great success of the immersive production of WPF’s 2018 Home plays, where every play took place in a different room in a home, this year, playwrights must set their plays at a school, where there is so much more to learn than what’s on the board.

School is where people come to learn and come to teach, but it’s also where people fall in love, come out, protest, and pray. It’s where friendships are formed, where trust is broken, where people make the team and get cut from the play, where teachers are fired and heroes are made.

Plays can be any genre—comedy, drama, horror, polemic, tragedy, historical, docu-drama, solo-play, interactive, sci-fi, or any other you dream up.

One challenge is that all plays must take place in ONE of the following places in a school:

  • School Classroom (can be any type of classroom--science lab, English classroom, kindergarten class, etc.)
  • School Office (can be any type of school office--teachers’ lounge, principal’s office, guidance counselor’s office, etc.)
  • School Auditorium, Gym, or Sports Field

What’s the deadline?

The deadline for the competition is February 1st, 2018.

Who can submit?

The competition is open to playwrights in 1st through 12th grade around the world. There are two different categories of competition: internal and external.

Entering the Competition

Current Writopia Workshoppers

If you are currently enrolled in a Writopia workshop, please do not submit your play to the competition. Your workshop instructor will help you submit your play.

All Other Playwrights

You can submit your play by filling out the online form and sending a PDF of your play to submissions@writopialab.org. Judging is completely blind, so please make sure that your name and contact information do NOT appear in your submission document.

What are the prizes?

Off-Broadway Production

The competition is divided into the Elementary School division, the Middle School division, and the High School division. In all divisions, Off-Broadway productions will be awarded in the following categories:

  • Best Play/Musical Set in a Classroom
  • Best Play/Musical Set in a School Office
  • Best Play/Musical Set in a School Auditorium/Gym/Sports Field

Scholarships

The top play in each division will be awarded the following scholarships:

  • High School: $1,000
  • Middle School: $500
  • Elementary School: $250

What are the Guidelines?

  • Plays must be no more than eight minutes long (this is roughly eight pages, but all plays must be eight minutes or shorter, no matter the page count).
  • The play must contain no more than three characters.
  • While there is no standard playwriting format, we encourage you to use Writopia Lab’s Playwriting Format, which you can find online here.
  • The action of your play must take place entirely inside ONE space in a school. The space can be ONE of the following:
    • School Classroom
      • can be any type of classroom (science lab, English classroom, kindergarten class, etc.)
    • School Office
      • can be any type of school office (teachers’ lounge, principal’s office, guidance counselor’s office, etc.)
    • School Auditorium, Gym, or Sports Field
  • There can be NO set changes. The entirety of the play must take place in ONE of the rooms listed above.
  • There can be NO narrator in the play who is not emotionally invested in the story (i.e. Ramona can tell her story to the audience, but an unnamed narrator cannot tell the audience the story of Ramona)

Writers may submit more than one piece.

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