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CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS – Deadline extended

Event: PlayBuilders' of Hawaii is accepting submissions for The PlayFestival, dates April 13 to 14 2019    

What: Original plays that have not been produced between 20 to 40 mins in length. One acts, scenes, excerpts from full lengths, or short works

We are open to a wide range of plays and different, distinctive styles.  We encourage strong, diverse theatrical voices. Submissions can be fully realized or early drafts.  Playwrights are preferably residing in or have resided in Hawaii or the plays have a connection to Hawaii.

When: Deadline for submission is extended to Feb 18th 2019. Submissions should be emailed to . Selected playwrights will be contacted in early March.  All submissions will receive feedback from the play reading committee that includes Peggy Anne Siegmund, Rasa Fournier, Robin Kitsu, and Sujatha Raman amongst others.  

How: Standard play format is preferred with contact info and a brief bio. If you would like to, please include a brief synopsis. We will respond to let you know that we have received your submission and give you further details and requirements.

Why: The Play festival is an opportunity for playwrights to hear and see their works read and performed by professional actors on stage.  PlayBuilders is committed to supporting original theatrical works by providing a venue for staged readings. We also reach out to and invite theater professionals, agents and producers. Many of the plays that see their first production at our Festival have gone on to full productions.

This is our eight year of presenting public readings of new works.   Last year’s diverse offerings ranged from a historical drama set in Iran, to a rap performance by students.  The 2016 winner of the Best Play award Shipment Day by Lorenzo Destefano  recently had a full production at Manoa Valley Theater. Other past participants of our festival include Jan McGrath’s Outage which went on to a full production at The Actor’s Group, TAG  while Kirstin Trombetta (The Waipahu Project), was  commissioned by PlayBuilders to write community-collaborative pieces for us.  

Traditionally, on the festival nights, a panel of adjudicators comprised of professional theatre makers, will judge the plays and make a Best Play award.  In addition, a special “Audience Appreciation Award” will be chosen by audience members. This year, playwrights who wish to opt out of this process may do so. This allows playwrights with first drafts to safely submit to the festival.

PlayBuilders of Hawaiʻi Theater Company is an insured, 501 C 3 corporation. Donations are tax deductible and can be made at For more information, please contact Sujatha at 347 515 2397  or email her at

PlayBuilders is currently working with drama teacher, Robin Kitsu and his students at Nanakuli Intermediate and High School, supporting them in their efforts to put on their own version of Dragonfly, which will be presented this November.

From auditions to opening night, a typical theatre production takes about two months to prepare for launch. The original community collaborative plays that PlayBuilders of Hawai'i helps create take more than three years to develop.

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One of our upcoming projects is in collaboration with the Queen Lili'uokalani Children's Center, Catholic Charities Hawai'i, and Partners in Development on the working title production, "Fostering Ohana," with former foster care youth ages 18 to 26 and produced in time for "National Foster Care Awareness Month" in May 2017.

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