Piper Plays: Smart Plays for Young Actors

Piper Plays: Smart Plays for Young Actors
Seeks playwrights

We’re looking for one-act plays that explore the world of children. We’re interested in smart, quirky, tragic, exciting, funny, disturbing, and dynamic short plays that investigate the complicated lives of young people. Ideally, some of your characters should be school aged (aged 11 – 20).

Phase 1: Ten plays will be chosen by artistic director, John P. McEneny and Associate Director Phillip Suracci to be presented on June 15, 16, 17 at BAX Brooklyn Arts Exchange 421 5th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY. Piper will recruit directors and actors. Simple settings are preferred.

Phase 2: Three plays will be then be chosen by a panel of artists selected by the Piper Board of Directors and will be presented on Wednesday, July 11th 2012 during the Piper Summer season at the Old Stone House in Washington Park, Brooklyn, NY 11215. All three plays will be published in the inaugural publication Piper Plays: Smart One Acts for Young Actors.

Phase 3: At the performance on July 11th – the audience will vote on their favorite one act and the winner will receive $500.00 prize. Votes will be tallied by Kim Maier, executive director of The Old Stone House.

Please consider both performing spaces when submitting your play. The BAX space is a small intimate black box space that seats 50 and the Old Stone House outdoor space is a 24 foot wide stage the sits on the courtyard of the Old Stone House and seats 350 +. Your play must be able to adapt to both spaces.

Plays may have been produced before but should be unpublished. Running time: 10 – 40 minutes in length. We are very interested in working with playwrights who want to be involved in the short rehearsal process and who will commit to attending one of the productions. Playwrights must be in attendance on July 11th in order to be eligible for the $500 cash prize. Plays with attached directors or actors will be considered – please make sure you inform Mr. McEneny when you submit your play.

There is a five-dollar readers fee. Check or money order must be made out to Piper Theatre Productions.

Piper requests an email submission + hardcopy plays & short plot summary sent to:

John P. McEneny
Artistic Director
Piper Theatre Productions
332 Fifth Street 4R
Brooklyn, NY 11215

Please make sure your play is in manuscript format.

Deadline: Friday March 30, 2012

Any questions should be sent to John P. McEneny at