Playwrights' Night has gone Virtual
We hope that you are well, that your loved ones are well, and that you are comfortable and safe during this challenging time. A bright spot in the darkness: We are excited to introduce a virtual variant of our Monthly “Playwrights’ Nights”!
We have loved offering space for you all to create and connect since September 2019. In an effort to continue to foster the creativity and community we have built through these monthly events, we invite you to sign up have your work read virtually by our incredible Inkwell actors!
If you have any questions, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Virtual Playwrights' Night
Virtual Playwrights’ Night is an exciting new series of Zoom Webinar cold readings of new plays.
Writers are invited to submit up to 8 pages of material. Six playwrights will be randomly selected, and their work will be read live over Zoom by a group of our Inkwell actors
Playwrights’ Night will be held throughout the year on the fourth Wednesday of each month.
There are four steps for playwrights who wish to participate:
- Register using the form. This will add you to the pool of eligible writers for the upcoming month. Registration begins the Friday after each Playwrights’ Night and closes at 10am the Friday proceeding the next.
- Check your email after noon on the Friday before Playwrights’ Night. You will receive notice if your piece has been randomly selected.
- If your piece is selected, you will be asked to submit up to 8 pages of material (please note that this is different from the 10 page limit of our in-person events) via email to our Literary Manager. Selected playwrights will have until 10am the Sunday proceeding the event to submit their work and maintain their spot.
- You will be automatically enrolled as a panelist in the Zoom webinar and will receive an email with a link to join.
- You may submit up to 8 pages of your play. It can be at any stage of your process, including brand new work. These must be printed with enough copies for each character in your play (including stage directions.)
- Your pages may include up to 10 characters (up to 9 if you will need an actor to read stage directions). We will assemble a group of performers with as much gender, ethnic and age diversity as possible for each evening. Given that this group of actors will need to accommodate all 6 readings in an evening, we will do our best but cannot guarantee actors will perfectly match all characters. Your selection must include detailed character descriptions with age, ethnicity, and gender breakdowns. (You can always say “Any Age/Any Ethnicity/Any Gender)
- If you are selected as one of the writers for a given night, you will be assigned a group of actors who will be sent your script prior to the event. There will be no time given for direction.
Q: I’ve never written anything before! Is this program still for me?
Q: I’m a professional writer. Is this program still for me?
Q: I’m not a writer, but I’d like to join to hear the work being read! Am I invited?
A: Yes! You can join our audience by following this audience link.
Q. I’m not a Los Angeles based playwright. Can I participate now that these events are virtual?
A. Absolutely! That is one of the fun advantages of going virtual! We love to see submissions from across the country (or world!). Just keep in mind that all announced times will be listed in PST.
Q: My piece features a character that needs to be played by a person of a specific race/gender/age. Can Inkwell guarantee that I will have access to an actor who will fit that description?
A: We do our best to assemble a diverse group of volunteers for each night to accommodate any piece a writer brings in, but with just 15-20 actors, it is impossible to guarantee that we will have a group that contains every actor your piece may need. If you have any specific concerns regarding this issue prior to an upcoming Playwright’s Night, please email email@example.com
Q: My script has more than 9 characters, but it can be double/triple cast! Is that ok?
A: Yes! But you’ll need to specifically denote how characters will be double/triple cast in your submitted draft.
Q: Can I invite a friend to act in my piece?
A: Generally, no. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to further discuss a reason for needing to bring in an outside actor.
Q: May I act in my own piece?
A. No. This is an opportunity to hear your work! We want you to enjoy and learn from it.
Q: Does having my piece read in a “Virtual Playwrights ‘Night” make it ineligible for selection for the LAB?
A: Nope! You can still submit it.
Q: Eight Pages back and front or ten pages single sided?
A: Single sided, please. Standard 12 point font, regularly spaced.
Q. How strict are you about page numbers? What if I go a little over?
A. We need to ensure that we keep these events moving. For that reason, we will need to be very strict about page limits. If your script goes over 8 pages (or uses very small font) we will ask actors to cut off at the eight page mark.
Q. Didn’t it used to be ten pages?
A. Good catch! Yes, our in-person events typically have a ten page limit, but for our Virtual Playwrights’ Nights we are limiting page numbers to 8. This helps ensure that the event moves at a steady pace.
Q: Do I need to sign in to the Webinar early as a selected playwright?
A: Yes! We will ask you to sign in 10 minutes early to make sure you’re set up with working sound and video.
Q. What if I have never used Zoom before? Or attended a Zoom Webinar?
A. We can try our best to help you! Email email@example.com if you need assistance.
Q. As an audience member, will I be able to be seen and heard?
A. No, audience members will not be able to be seen and heard. However, you can feel free to express your applause, questions, and reactions through Zoom’s chat feature!
Q: May I participate in more than one Virtual Playwrights’ Night?
A: We hope you will!
Virtual Playwrights’ Night will be on hiatus this October.
We look forward to seeing you in November!
The deadline for Wednesday, September 21st is September 12th.