Submission Window Now Open for “The PlayFestival 2018” 

PlayBuilders of Hawaii Theatre Company announces that “The PlayFestival 2018”  annual play submission window is now open and is calling for original one act (30 minutes or less) or portions of full length plays, no longer than 30 minutes. All submissions must be emailed to playsubmissions@playbuilders.org by February 5th, 2018. Plays will be judged and selected by a play reading committee. Playwrights shall be notified of selection by February 15th, 2018.  Only emailed scripts will be accepted. This year, “The PlayFestival” will be held at Kumu Kahua Theatre on April 15th, 16th, and 17th, as part of their Dark Nights series. 


PlayBuilders founded “The PlayFestival” in 2011 at the ARTS at Marks Garage.  Since then, several of our playwrights, including Mark Tjarks (Houseless in Paradise), Kirstin Trombetta (The Waipahu Project), and most recently Terri Madden (Dragonfly, The Story of a Young Local Girl’s Journey Through Foster Care), have been commissioned by PlayBuilders to write our community-engaged plays. Other local theatre companies, such as The Actors Group and Kumu Kahua Theatre, have selected plays featured in our festival to be part of their seasons, including Jan McGrath’s Outage and Nancy P. Moss’ Will the Real Charlie Chan Please Stand Up. 

Kumu Kahua Theatre’s Dark Night Series was created to offer other theatre groups, playwrights, and performance artists the opportunity to present their work to the community. The PlayFestival 2018 is being presented during Dark Nights, evenings when Kumu Kahua’s regular season shows are not being performed.  To be part of the Dark Nights Series artists must submit a proposal, which is reviewed by the Kumu Kahua Board of Director.  From these proposals, projects are chosen that Kumu Kahua feels will promote the development of the theatrical arts and benefit local artists.  Kumu Kahua sees this as another way to enhance and enrich the cultural diversity and artistic climate of Honolulu.

PlayBuilders of Hawaiʻi Theater Company gathers and shares real stories that resonate with, empower, and connect individuals throughout the culturally rich and diverse communities of Hawai'i. 

For more information regarding The PlayFestival 2018, please contact Terri Madden at terri.madden@playbuilders.org


PlayBuilders’ The PlayFestival 2018 Submission Guidelines


 A panel of adjudicators comprised of professional theatre makers will judge the plays based on quality of plot, dialogue, characterization, structure, and originality. This year there are no playwriting divisions and anyone of any age is encouraged to submit their work.
Deadline: All Submissions must be emailed to playsubmissions@playbuilders.org by February 5th, 2018. Only emailed scripts will be accepted. Plays will be curated by a play reading committee. Playwrights will be notified of selection by February 15, 2018.
Adjudication:  Professional local theatre makers will judge the plays on a point value system, based on plot, dialogue, characterization, structure, and originality. Audience members will also have the chance to vote for their favorite. Recognition for “Best Play” and “Audience Appreciation” will be awarded to the playwright(s) who receive the highest number of points.
Dates: The PlayFestival 2018 will be held at Kumu Kahua Theatre as part of their Dark Nights series on April 15th, 16th, and 17th.
Meet and Greet the Playwrights During Intermission: A free, informal “ice cream social” will be served during intermission while audience members chat with each other as well as  participating festival playwrights.
 
PlayBuilders of Hawaiʻi Theater Company gathers and shares real stories that resonate with, empower, and connect individuals throughout the culturally rich and diverse communities of Hawai'i.  For more information regarding The PlayFestival, please contact Terri Madden at terri.madden@playbuilders.org