New Playwrights Series

2017 Submissions Villagers Playwrights Series

This year we have a theme: Positive and Uplifting. Looking for dramas and comedies that have inspiring and encouraging messages.
Selected plays will be presented as staged readings in the Zaidi Black Box Theatre February – May 2016.  The selected playwrights are required to attend the readings and to participate in discussions with the audience. The following are guidelines for submissions:
  • Deadline for submissions is October 15 2016
  • Script word count must be 20,000 words or less.
  • Scripts must be original, unpublished works, professional quality.
  • No hardcopy paper manuscripts will be accepted.  All submissions must be digital and sent via e-mail to
  • Body of email that contains attached script MUST BE FORMATTED EXACTLY AS FOLLOWS :
    • Authors Name, Address and Phone Number
    • Name of Play
    • Genre of Play (comedy, drama etc.)
    • Number of Characters
    • Word Count
    • Brief Synopsis
    • Brief Bio of Author
  • Additionally, all submissions MUST include character breakdown AND detailed synopsis in order to be considered.  Please attach these along with script attachment.
  • One-act plays and shorter scripts will be considered, in addition to full-length scripts.
  • Musical plays will NOT be considered.
  • Plays with smaller casts (under 8 characters) are preferred, but larger cast size will be considered. We also prefer shows designed to be performed on one set, with an eye toward future community theatre productions.
The goal of the Villagers New Playwrights Series is to provide playwrights with an opportunity to glimpse the performance potential of their works in progress. Additional goals are to provide alternative performance opportunities for our local actors and directors and to expose our local audiences to new works. All submissions are considered for their potential to fulfill these goals. Due to the fact that Villagers programs are supported, in part, by funds from the New Jersey State Council of the Arts/ Department of State (a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, and administered by the Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission through the State/County Partnership Local Arts Program), reading preference is given to New Jersey resident playwrights.

New Playwrights Productions