New Works Series

The Mike Sockol
Produced by Darren Nye

See your work performed in a live Reading!
And possibly be selected for a Full Production Run!

The Mike Sockol New Works Series, has two tracks:

  1. Competition for a Full Production Run: held January through May, focuses on finding quality original, completed plays, that are unpublished and not yet fully produced by a community or professional theatre.Villagers Theatre in Somerset NJ (Franklin Township) will be accepting submissions for the next season of the Mike Sockol New Works Series, beginning on January 1 2025 and ending on January 14 2025. Selected plays will be presented as seated Play Readings, or Staged Readings, in our Zaidi Black Box from approximately February to June 2025.
  2. Development Workshops: held typically in the Summer months, when time permits, for scripts that were that were submitted for the Competition for a Full Production Run – but were not in the top rankings, may be offered a workshop, allowing some playwrights to further develop their scripts. Other scripts in development from third parties, may also be selected.

Goals of the New Works Series

    1. To provide playwrights and theatres with an opportunity to glimpse the performance potential of their play.
    2. To provide alternative performance opportunities for local actors and directors.
    3. Expose our audience to new works.

Playwrights chosen for Readings in either the Competition or Workshop tracks, are required to attend the readings and to participate in talk-backs with the audience. If your play is selected for a Reading or Workshop, you will work with the Producer Darren Nye to select a Director, Cast and Crew (if necessary). You can also request that Darren handle these details – if time permits.

About Mike Sockol

Our New Works Series is named after Mike Sockol, who passed away on October 1st 2022. He was dedicated to giving back to the community and the arts.

Mike’s pride and passion for New Works has allowed aspiring and accomplished writers to feel heard. We respectfully continue his legacy with “Mike Sockol’s New Works Series”, which was established in 2021 with Mike before his passing, to encourage writers to always follow their passions.