Submissions

Our usual season at Off the Page includes 2 shows each year with performances in late January and late June .
Here’s how to submit your works for possible inclusion in one of our shows.

Entry requirements: 

  • We look for works which are dramatic, comic, tragic, nostalgic,     ironic, ordinary, quirky. 

  • We perform local writers’ work.

 

Stories, plays, excerpts from longer works: 

  • 2-30 minutes when read aloud 

  • 2+ characters or points of view

  • Preference will be given to works with lots of dialog

 

Poems, short narratives, memoir, lyrics:

  • 1-5 minutes when read aloud

  • May be a single character/voice

 

All works:

  • DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS: MARCH 30, 2020

  • Appropriate for teen-adult audiences

  • Submit ONLY in a Word doc. or type onto the email page. 

  • Author’s full name, contact info and title must be on first page
    of each entry. Please keep each entry on separate pages. 

      [you may send a folder, for example]

How we build our shows

  • Once the troupe has chosen a theme, a Call for Submissions goes out via emails to public media, to writers’ groups, and to individual writers from past performances or submissions. The call typically launches in August for the January show and in February for the June show.
     

  • The troupe reads all the submissions for about a month; then the selection team chooses stories, poems, and short plays which fit the theme and work together to be performed. 
     

  • Script wrangling takes place. Scripting a story for Readers Theater performance means omitting “he said, she said,” for example.
     

  • Auditions are held for guest actor/directors, as needed. 
     

  • Rehearsals begin, and about six weeks later the work is performed. 
     

  • Usually we have 3-4 performances per show.
     

  • Any writers who wish to be notified of the calls for submissions may send their contact information via email: sonomacountyoffthepage@gmail.com.

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