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

  1. We are accepting short plays now for the Writer's Group Meeting on Sunday, June 6. 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, May 30. 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.

  2. Merely Writers will present Rus McCoy's "Amazons of Paris" as a Zoom reading on Monday, June 14 at 7:30pm. Because of the large cast and complexity of this script, most of the scenes have been pre-recorded, including the scenes with Dalton Titshaw. This reading will be dedicated to Dalton. Features the following actors:

    • David Butler - Dalton Titshaw

    • Jolene & Niki de Saint Phalle - Sasha Hatfield

    • Herschel Schmidt & Stanford Thompson - Joel Rose

    • Eloise Thompson & Ensemble - Debbie McLaughlin

    • Quince Thompson - Shane Murphy

    • Soldier in White & Ensemble - Paul Hathorn

    • Henri La Riviere - Robert James

    • Armande/Amanda Bidet - Chip Powell

    • Ivana Dich - Kate Guyton

    • Billy/TooLoose La Trick - Ava Davis

    • Norberto/Anita ‘Lotta Monet - Hunter Christian

    • Richard Wright & Mhunzi - Louis Alfred

    • Pablo Picasso - Fred Galyean

    • Paul Rassinier - Ben Humphrey

    • Max Ophuls - Paul Spadafora

    • Maurice Chapdelaine - Phil Keeling

    • Narrator - Daniel Guyton

  3. Merely Writers will present Karen Ruetz' "Ring My Bell, Ramona" as a Zoom reading on Monday, June 28 at 7:30pm. More info will be provided as we get closer.

  4. Merely Writers will present Valetta Anderson's "Medusa in You" as a Zoom reading on Monday, July 12 at 7:30pm. More info will be provided as we get closer.

  5. 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 21 at both 11am and 1pm EST. It will be directed by Courtney Loner.

  6. If you have a play that you would love to hear out loud, please consider submitting it for the 4th Monday Full Play Reading Series (#4MFPRS). Most of our Zoom readings for the #4MFPRS have been very successful, and they're fairly easy to put on. If anyone has a full-length (or two long one-acts) that they would like to present via Zoom, please let us know. We have several openings.

  7. If anyone wants to teach an online class or workshop that is theatre related, Merely Players Presents would like to speak with you. We've done several workshops so far, and they've all been pretty successful.

  8. Georgia Theatre Conference - One Act New Play Competition. The competition is open to writers currently residing in Georgia. The winning playwright will receive a $500 prize, and the play will also be performed as a staged reading during the conference, tentatively scheduled October 15, 2021 at the 57th Annual Georgia Theatre Conference Convention held at Southeastern Technical College in Vidalia, GA. Guidelines are listed below:

    • Entries will be accepted until July 1, 2021.

    • One submission per playwright only.

    • Play submissions must be a one-act with a running-time between 30 minutes and one hour and limited to 10 or fewer characters. If your play is longer than 55 pages, but you are certain that it runs shorter than one hour, please include a statement confirming this. Full length scripts, children’s plays, 10 Minute plays, and musicals are not accepted.

    • Plays must be unproduced (no professional, independent, college/university, or community theatre productions) and unpublished (including anthologies). Plays that have gone through readings and workshops are acceptable.

    • Playwright must reside in the state of Georgia.

    • Plays may be submitted by email attachment in Microsoft Word or PDF format with the following guidelines:

      1. Text must be in a format supported by The Dramatists Guild of America, Inc. (Character name centered over the dialogue, 12-pt. font size, in Times New Roman or Courier New font style, etc.)

      2. Script must include page numbers on each page

      3. The author’s name should not appear in the script. The author’s name and address should only appear in the body of the email.

      4. Do not include resumes, playwright biographies, or history of the play. The play should speak for itself.

    •  The winner will be notified in August. If the winner is unable to attend, a runner-up will be selected.

    • Please Email all entries to: gtcnewplaycomp@gmail.com

  9. Edward Coles Commissioned Play Opportunity: Bob Herndon, retired Educator from Decatur Georgia, Emory History Major 1985, wants to commission a play to be written about Edward Coles, the second Governor of Illinois and an early anti-slavery advocate. Here is the link to the Wikipedia entry about him: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_Coles

    1. Playwrights are invited to submit a proposal to Mr. Herndon, no more than a page in length, talking about what your plans and approach to writing the play would be. Please attach a resume or writing credentials along with this proposal. The deadline for submitting these will be May 30, 2021. Submissions may be emailed to roberteherndon@gmail.com . Winners will be notified by June 20th.

    2. Mr. Herndon will select five writers and sign contracts to pay each of them $1,000 to write a first draft ($500 upon notification and $500 upon completion), to be turned in to him by the end of November, 2021.

    3. He will then select the submission he wants to go with, and pay that writer $2,500 to write a final version of the play, in preparation for a possible Atlanta production in 2022.

    4. Once the play is finalized and performance-ready, he will pay an additional $7,500. This means the winning playwright will receive a total of $11,000 by the time the process is complete.

    5. Please contact Mr. Herndon if you have further questions, at roberteherndon@gmail.com .

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

Daniel Guyton
Writing Development Coordinator
Merely Players Presents