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Three Weeks Left to Enter our Gainesville Homegrown Local Playwrights’ Showcase!

The Acrosstown Repertory Theatre  seeks entries to its Sixth Annual Gainesville Homegrown Local Playwrights’ Showcase, and opens the event to those 18 and under!

The ART provides a safe place where people of all ages, genders, races, socio-economic backgrounds, and beliefs can create unsafe theatre– thinking people’s theatre– theatre that transforms. And for six years, we have been fostering the growth of future playwrights at our Gainesville Homegrown Local Playwrights’ Showcase.

For audiences, our showcase offers the opportunity to see staged readings of local authors’ plays here– first– before they hit the big time! For local playwrights, it’s the opportunity to see how your play works with real actors and real audiences so that you can further develop your work and even submit it for consideration as a mainstage event.

This year’s performances of original works will take place December 5-9. We have a limited number of slots available, and participating shows will be decided by our Dramaturgy Committee, whose decisions are final. The deadline for submissions has been extended to October 15.

We can’t guarantee that shows will be later produced as mainstage plays, but it’s happened in prior years with Chuck Lipsig’s Hometown Knights in 2016, Tom Miller’s UMMU and Michael Presley Bobbitt’s Trailer Park Elegy in 2017, and Sloane Margaret’s All’s Fair in 2018.

And, for the first time ever, we are introducing the week of events with a special night just for young playwrights (aged 18 and younger)!

This year’s Junior performances will take place December 4, kicking off the adult showcase, which continues December 5-9. We have a limited number of slots available, and participating shows will be decided by our Dramaturgy Committee, whose decisions are final. Plays for the Junior portion should be short– no more than fifteen to twenty minutes in length– and permission from a parent or guardian is required.

Entering the Gainesville Homegrown Local Playwrights’ Showcase is as simple as answering a few questions and uploading a copy of your script at one of the following links before October 15:

Age 18 and Under: http://www.acrosstown.org/ghlps-submit-2/

Over age 18: http://www.acrosstown.org/ghlps-submit/