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Events and Submission Opportunities

for September 2022

  • Merely Players Presents is producing Patrick Marlowe's "The 39 Steps" from September 23-October 9. Tickets may be purchased here: NOW PLAYING! | theatre (

  • Merely Writers will host a Zoom reading of Ken Love's play "The Losing End" on Monday, September 26 at 7:30pm EST. Features the following cast:

    • Esther Bailey - Adara Alston

    • Robert Brill - Cameron La Foy

    • Emily - Bria Washington

    • Simon Dellings - Joe McLaughlin

    • Noelene - Marianne Geyer

    • Ross Collins - Matthew Carter Jones

    • Cora Knowles - Celeste Campbell

    • Interviewer / Commentator / Debate Moderator (3 roles) - Amy Chandler

    • Stage Directions - Daniel Guyton

  • Merely Writers will host a Zoom reading of two one-acts by Ryan Kaminski on Monday, October 24 at 7:30pm EST. More info will be provided as we get closer.

  • OnStage Atlanta will produce their annual Halloween fund-raiser "Things That Go Bump" from October 28-November 5. More info will be provided as we get closer.

  • Merely Writers will host a Zoom reading of Mara Dresner's "Parental Rights" on Monday, November 28 at 7:30pm EST. More info will be provided as we get closer.

  • Merely Writers will host a live in-person reading of Nathan Jerpe's play "The Injection" on Monday, January 23 at 7:30pm EST. More info will be provided as we get closer.

Submission Opportunities:

  • Merely Writers is accepting short plays and screenplays now for our Zoom reading series on Sunday, October 2 at 7:30pm. 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, September 25. If you would like to participate, please email the script and cast breakdown to 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.

  • Merely Writers is accepting full-length plays for our 4th Monday Full-Length Play Reading Series #4MFLPRS. If you have a full-length play you would like to hear read aloud, please email it to

Casting Opportunities:

  • Check back here soon for more!

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

Daniel Guyton
Writing Development Coordinator
Merely Players Presents

From The Dramatist Magazine (May 2022 issue):

When acclaimed playwright and director Joanie McElroy was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2013, she was struck by how fleeting life could be. When asked if she had any “bucket list” items yet to accomplish, she replied, “I want to start my own theatre company.” Over the next year, McElroy not only defeated cancer, but she also started Merely Players Presents (MPP), a nonprofit theatre company just north of Atlanta. When asked which was more difficult—starting her own theatre company or defeating cancer—McElroy was hard-pressed to decide.

In 2018, after several years of award-winning productions of big-name plays like Proof, A Raisin in the Sun, and more, McElroy (MPP founder and Producing Artistic Director) decided to produce more original works, especially by local authors. She clarifies, “I wanted to give an opportunity for people to grow as artists and to provide representation for communities that otherwise may not see themselves on stage or have the opportunity to create plays that reflect their personal experience.” That year, McElroy asked me to help her create Merely Writers, a new play development group. She explained to me, “So many playwrights are hungry to create new work. This should be a great incubation opportunity for new writers. A comfortable, welcoming, non-judgmental atmosphere.”

Together, [McElroy and Daniel Guyton] established a biweekly writers’ group wherein local playwrights present their work to the group and share feedback. In addition, we conduct workshops and other playwright-centric activities throughout the year. Since 2018, MPP has transported several new works from rough draft all the way into full production, including Covid’s Metamorphosis (a modern retelling of the Ovid myth, with a pandemic twist), Un Lugar Para Suenos (a collection of plays about the Cuban American immigration experience), American Bhishma (about the Indian American immigration experience), and more.

The COVID-19 pandemic took a massive hit on MPP, but we stayed afloat by conducting readings and productions virtually. Since then, we’ve attracted several new members from around the world; writers from Boston, New York, India, and more now join our virtual readings and performances. MPP will return to in-person events on April 30, which may pose a challenge for our distant members, but we plan to maintain a virtual element. This transition back to live theatre is exciting and terrifying, in equal measure, but, as McElroy says, “While this is certainly a challenge, it’s one I happily accept.”

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Article by Daniel Guyton