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7/13/21 Update:

Hello writers and other talented people! Here are some creative events that Merely Writers and Merely Players Presents have coming up:

  1. OnStage Atlanta will present Daniel Guyton's "Kim Arthur and the Nerds of the Round Table" as a live production (with all CDC guidelines properly followed) on July 17 and 24 at both 11am and 1pm EST. Directed by Courtney Loner.

  2. Our next Writer's Group Meeting will be Sunday, July 18 at 7pm. We have four scripts lined up, and I will provide more info on these scripts and actors shortly.

  3. Merely Players Presents is producing David Mamet's "Glengarry Glen Ross" as a full, live-on-stage production from July 29-August 1. This was their final play before the pandemic, and it closed prematurely, so they are now remounting it. Directed by Steve McElroy. Tickets may be purchased here: TICKETS | theatre (merelyplayerspresents.com)

  4. There will be no Writers' Group meeting on Sunday, August 1, since I will be out of town.

  5. We are accepting short plays now for the Writer's Group Meeting on Sunday, August 22. Since actors need time to print out and highlight the scripts, we will need to pre-cast. That means that we will need your 15-page (or less) samples and cast breakdown by Sunday, August 15. If you would like to participate, please email the script and cast breakdown to dguytonsubmissions@gmail.com with the subject "Merely Writers - Sunday Meeting". We will accept the first 6 plays. Any more than 6 will be moved to the following session.

    • Samples must be 15 minutes or less. Can be a stand-alone play or a sample from a larger play.

    • Please complete the cast breakdown by clicking this link and attaching this form to the email.

    • We need to send scripts to the actors in advance, so they can print them out, etc, Therefore, we will need the scripts to be sent with the cast breakdown.

    • Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86485893763?pwd=K2JYQ0VseTJuMUIvUDdwRklWQmM1Zz09

    • Meeting ID: 864 8589 3763 // Passcode: 123456

  6. Merely Writers will present Ryan Kaminski's play "Guilty" as a Zoom reading on Monday, August 23 at 7:30pm. More info will be provided as we get closer.

  7. Merely Writers will present Ryan Kaminski's play "The Patient" as a Zoom reading on Monday, September 13 at 7:30pm. More info will be provided as we get closer.

  8. Town Square Playhouse in Fayetteville will produce Neil Simon's "The Odd Couple" as a full production from September 24-October 2. This play was supposed to go up in March 2020 but was postponed due to covid. The shows are Friday and Saturdays at 7:30pm, no Sundays. Tickets can be purchased from: www.townsquareplayhouse.com. Directed by Daniel Guyton. Stage Managed by Elle Rodriguez.

    • Oscar – Cameron LaFoy

    • Felix – William M Carroll

    • Murray – Leonard Presberg

    • Roy – Nat Martin

    • Speed – TBA

    • Vinnie – Alexander Cain

    • Cecily – Kate Guyton

    • Gwendolyn – Ava Davis

  9. Merely Writers will present Two One-Acts by Donna Gordon as a Zoom reading on Monday, September 27 at 7:30pm. More info will be provided as we get closer.

 

SUBMISSION OPPORTUNITIES:

  1. "Bewitching" by The Lionheart Theatre Company: The Lionheart Theatre Company is looking for interested playwrights to submit short, 10-minute plays for consideration for Lionheart's October Halloween play festival "Bewitching." Please note that "Bewitching" will be a live, staged performance. Lionheart is looking for plays that focus on common "spooky" themes, such as horror, the paranormal, the macabre, and general chills and thrills appropriate for late October. "Bewitching" is intended for audiences 16 and up, so please keep that in mind when submitting scripts. "Bewitching" will run for four performances, October 21-24, 2021. Selected playwrights will receive $40 royalties to cover the entire run. Submission Requirements:

    • Submitted scripts must be approximately no more than 10 minutes in length when performed.

    • Submitted scripts should be for 6 actors or less.

    • Submitted scripts can be new or previously produced.

    • Interested playwrights should submit scripts to Brandi Kilgore by emailing: brandi.kilgore@gmail.com.

    • Deadline for all submissions is midnight on Saturday, July 31st, 2021.

    • Playwrights will be notified by Saturday, August 7th, 2021 if their play has been selected to be part of "Bewitching."

  2. OnStage Atlanta is seeking Halloween plays for their annual "Things That Go Bump" fund-raiser scheduled for October 2021. As of right now, we are planning to do this show live on stage (following all CDC guidelines, of course). We are seeking short plays, songs, dances, magic acts, etc, all centered around the theme of Halloween. Because this is a fund-raiser, all performers, directors and writers are asked to volunteer their time and efforts. If this is acceptable, please follow the following guidelines:

    • We will consider any performance idea that is Halloween related. This includes short plays, sketches, song-and-dance routines, magic acts, etc. The act should be 15-minutes or shorter. (The shorter the better).

    • Preference will be given to Georgia-based artists, but we will consider non-Georgia-based artists as well.

    • Deadline: August 15, 2021

    • If you had a piece in last year's virtual "Things That Go Bump" and would like to see what we can do with it live this year, please feel free to resubmit it. Also, if you had a piece in "Things That Go Bump 2016" or earlier, we will consider that as well.

    • Previously produced and published are fine - so long as you are aware that this is an all-volunteer fundraising event and we will be unable to pay royalties.

    • Please submit all scripts and/or performance ideas to: dguytonsubmissions@gmail.com with the Subject Heading "Things That Go Bump 2021". (I am involved in several festivals at the moment, and failure to use this subject heading might mean that I will accidentally overlook it.)

    • Right now, we are seeking scripts and performance ideas only. We will begin seeking directors and actors for the scripts later this summer.

  3. Pumphouse Players are accepting full length plays (no musicals at this time) for Staged Readings at the Legion Theatre in Cartersville! Submissions are given as blind copies to the committee. The next deadline is August 31 for readings in 2022. More details can be found at https://pumphouseplayers.com/event/new-play-submissions-due/ Submissions should be emailed to karen@pumphouseplayers.com.

 

Thanks! And we look forward to seeing you at some of our scheduled online events!

Sincerely,
Daniel Guyton
Writing Development Coordinator
Merely Players Presents