Playwrights have until Jan. 3 to enter contest

From staff reportsDecember 27, 2013 

Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte is accepting submissions for the third annual nuVoices Festival. The deadline is Jan. 3.

nuVoices was created to provide an opportunity for collaboration, growth and exploration of the newest and best plays on a local, regional, and national level. It aims not only to create a unique program that helps to foster audience appreciation of taking a play from the page to the stage, but also one that focuses on the creation of a one-of-a-kind environment for a community of playwrights, actors, directors, and artists to come together over a common project.

The process starts with play submissions and is quickly followed by readers pouring over the offered texts for months to narrow down the pool to four plays. From there directors, designers, and actors are brought together to help the playwright lift each selected play off of the page and onto the stage.

The event culminates in a festival of staged readings held near the end of summer where a single play will be chosen as the festival’s winner. The winning play will then be invited to have a full production mounted during Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte’s 2015-2016 season.

Each play selected will get two script-in-hand staged readings, with assigned directors, dramaturgs, and actors. The playwright for each work will be brought to Charlotte and will be provided housing for the duration of the rehearsal process. She or he will be included in the entire week of rehearsals and will also receive a $500 honorarium.

Submissions to nuVoices will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. on Jan. 3. For details, go to atcharlotte.org/nuvoices or email nuvoices@atcharlotte.org.

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