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Lyric First Page

Playwriting Festival

Greater Boston area students are invited to submit an original play to be included in the first ever Lyric First Page Playwriting Festival!

Play submissions accepted now through January 28.

Play readings will take place February 26 – March 6.

Eligibility

Any Greater Boston-area student in grades 3-12 is eligible to participate.

Age Categories

Plays written by students from each of the following grade bands will be given public readings by Boston-area actors through Lyric Stage Company!

  • 3rd to 5th Grade
  • 6th through 8th grade
  • 9th through 12th grade

Submission Guidelines

  • Submissions will be accepted through January 28, 2021
  • Plays must be the original work of the person submitting the work. Play adaptations or team-written plays will not be considered.
  • Plays should be between 2 and 12 pages long.
  • Submissions should include a Cover Letter, Title Page, Cast of Characters, and (optional) Setting and Time, all as a single document.
  • Cultural and Civic Responsibility: Please take into consideration your responsibility as an artist to refrain from representing actions or language that would be deemed inappropriate for a general audience.
  • Plays will be critiqued by a panel of theatre professionals based on the following criteria: Character, Dialogue, Plot, Content, and Impact. These are outlined, by grade levels, in our “Suggestions for a Strong Script.”

Feedback Process

After review, plays will be placed into one of these three categories:

  • Ready to Go. Plays that are deemed “ready to go” will require very little, if any, revision and readings will be scheduled immediately.
  • Almost There. Playwrights whose plays fall into this category will be given feedback and time to make revisions. Once plays are “ready to go,” readings will be scheduled.
  • Great Start. Plays in this category will also be given feedback, and playwrights will be given the opportunity to work on their craft. “Great start” plays may be given readings.

All entries will be given thoughtful feedback.

Contact

Got questions? Email us at education@lyricstage.com!

 

 

Suggestions for a Strong Script

3rd – 5th Grade

CHARACTER: Do your characters have strong motivations? Do they make choices based on those motivations?

DIALOGUE: Does what your character says work towards their goals? Is it something they would actually say?

PLOT: Do the events in your script flow together?

CONTENT: Does your play connect with a strong theme?

IMPACT: How do you want someone who sees your play to feel afterwards?

Please follow the following formatting guidelines for your script:

  • Act and Scene headings are centered
  • Character names are capitalized throughout.
  • Character names and dialogue are left justified.
  • Stage directions are italicized and in parenthesis. (like this)
  • Include a Title Page and Cast of Characters
  • Optional: Include Setting and Time

6th – 8th Grade

CHARACTER: Do your characters exhibit individual characteristics and engage in compelling or intriguing action?

DIALOGUE: Does your dialogue seem to flow off the page and embody your characters’ motivations?

PLOT: Does your plot follow a structure? i.e. time or metaphor

CONTENT: Is there a strong theme demonstrated throughout your play?

IMPACT: How will the audience be impacted by your script?

Please write your play using one of two playwriting formats:

Plays will not be judged (weighted) based on which format is used.

9th – 12th Grade

CHARACTER: Does your play have characters that exhibit strong attributes and engage in compelling or intriguing action?

DIALOGUE: Does your dialogue seem to flow off the page and embody your characters’ motivations?

PLOT: Does your plot make sense on a structural or metaphorical level?

CONTENT: Is the Festival Theme somehow reflected in the play?

IMPACT: To what extent, and how, will the audience be moved by your play?

Please write your play using one of two playwriting formats:

Plays will not be judged (weighted) based on which format is used.