October 8th -10th at

Cultivate 7Twelve

Fri, Oct 8th, 7:30pm: Jesus and Valium

The winner of last year’s festival, this will be the world premiere of this incredible play, which is written by a group of local Waco playwrights! It is a phenomenal story that speaks to themes of family, love, and acceptance. Jesus and Valium explores the marginalization of LGBTQ persons in a unique and captivating way, and begs us all to ask the question why we are so willing to look at one another as so very ‘other.’ One you don’t want to miss! To be performed as a full production.

Sat, Oct 9th, 5:00pm: Near Nellie Bly

Written by Mark Loewenstern, this play examines the undercover work of Nellie Bly by reimagining it through the eyes of someone who stayed with her in the asylum. Weaving together historical narrative and fantastical characters, this story is one you won’t soon forget. To be performed as a staged reading.

Sat, Oct 9th, 7:00pm: Yella Jack

Written by Donna Latham, this play sheds light on life during a pandemic, but not perhaps the one you’re thinking. Set during the Yellow Fever plague in Memphis in the 1870s, the story is one of community in times of crisis. An example of science and faith holding hands, you will walk away considering the ways that history truly does repeat itself and how we may be able to learn from it. To be performed as a staged reading.

Sun, Oct 10th, 2:00pm: Cardboard Castles Hung on Walls

Written by Amy Tofte, this play illuminates the ways that arts and politics influence each other as well as the community in which they are practiced. The complexities of this reciprocal relationship are examined in this modern day play, and the question remains: who truly gets overlooked? To be performed as a staged reading.

Sun, Oct 10th, 4:00pm: The Profession

Written by Marcia Eppich-Harris, this play asks us to consider what people are willing to do in order to ‘make it,’ particularly when no one else is looking. Set against the backdrop of academia, we enter with the characters into moral quandaries about what is right and what is necessary, and whether those two are the same thing. To be performed as a staged reading.

Sun, Oct 10th, 7:30pm: Jesus and Valium

The winner of last year’s festival, this will be the world premiere of this incredible play, which is written by a group of local Waco playwrights! It is a phenomenal story that speaks to themes of family, love, and acceptance. Jesus and Valium explores the marginalization of LGBTQ persons in a unique and captivating way, and begs us all to ask the question why we are so willing to look at one another as so very ‘other.’ One you don’t want to miss! To be performed as a full production.

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Wild Imaginings is committed to providing a productive and inspiring space for emerging playwrights to see their works produced. Wild Imaginings will accept all plays that meet our basic criteria and eligibility. Playwrights are responsible for going over all information in this document and verifying their eligibility before submitting their work. 

Rules

  1. To be considered for inclusion in the festival, work must be submitted on or before 11:59 pm, April 24th, 2021.
  2. Scripts can be submitted here, along with the Entry Form.
  3. Works must be the original work of the submitting playwright(s), and they must be the sole owner(s) of any existing copyright.
  4. Works must be a full-length drama, comedy, or book of a musical, with intermission preferred. If there is no intermission, then the script should be a minimum of 75 minutes, keeping in mind that action will be read, so this time minimum should encompass the dialogue rather than the assumption of prolonged action.
  5. Works may include sections of dialogue in other languages, however the majority of text must be in English.
  6. While there is no minimum page requirement, scripts numbering more than 120 pages will not be read.
  7. Work must be previously unproduced.

Eligibility

Submissions for the Epiphanies New Works Festival are open to all playwrights. Collaborative submissions are accepted; however, playwrights should keep in mind that submissions are limited to one per author. 

Script Submission Guidelines

Scripts, along with the playwright information form, must be completed here prior to 11:59pm on April 24, 2020.

If you have any questions, you may reach out to Trent Sutton, the Artistic Director of Wild Imaginings, at trent@wildimaginingswaco.com. But be sure to do so well enough in advance that they may be answered prior to the deadline. Any scripts submitted after the above date will not be considered.

Document Formatting Criteria

  • Legibly typed 12-point font in standard play script format with 1′′ margins
  • No indication of authorship on any of the pages (“blinded”)
  • Submitted as a single PDF—one file only. No hard copies accepted
  • Page 1: cover page with play title only; also, insert this disclaimer: This script is copyright protected and may not be reproduced, distributed, or disseminated without the prior written permission of the author.
  • Page 2: brief synopsis of play (200-word maximum), as well as a setting and cast list that includes each character’s name, age, and brief description
  • All pages numbered
  • Characters’ names centered above dialogue and in all caps
  • Stage directions must be indicated in italics
  • Intermission indicated, if applicable
  • Last page indicated with “Fin” or “End”
  • If submitted work is the book of a musical, it must be in libretto formatting (i.e. capitalized song lyrics)

Artistic Merit

The Epiphanies New Works Festival is committed to the development of new dramatic work that is theatrically innovative and has literary merit. Wild Imaginings believes in exploration, experimentation, and pushing the boundaries of what theatre can be, as well as the impact that theatre can have on the communities in which it is performed. Rather than rephrasing stories that have already been told, we are seeking unique voices and original stories that engage the imaginations of our audience and offer challenging new perspectives.

Explanation of Process

Epiphanies is a process designed by Wild Imaginings to provide new playwrights with the space and opportunity to receive constructive feedback from industry experts, hear their words spoken aloud, and workshop their plays into a polished final product. Playwrights will submit their works to Wild Imaginings by April 24th.

All works will be read by a minimum of three judges who will then deliberate and choose eight semifinalists to be invited to participate in table readings during the month of May. Each semifinalist will have one month from the date of their table read to make any edits they desire. Revised scripts will again be reviewed by multiple judges and four finalists will be selected for the New Works Festival by August 1st.

The New Works Festival itself will take place over the course of a weekend this fall, likely during the month of October. Precise dates are TBD. The playwright is responsible for the cost and arrangements for transportation to and from Waco, as well as accommodation. The weekend will begin with a panel of guest speakers open to the public and give the playwrights the opportunity to meet. Saturday and Sunday will be comprised of the rehearsal and performance of staged readings open to the public. A panel of judges will be in attendance at each reading and the winner, whose work will be included as a fully staged production in Wild Imaginings’ upcoming season, will be chosen following the final performance Sunday night.      

Important Dates

  • Submission Deadline: April 24
  • Semifinalists Selected: May 15
  • Table Readings Completed by: June 15
  • Final Scripts Due: one month after table reading
  • Finalists Selected: August (date tbd)
  • New Works Festival: TBD

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