Are you the next Arthur Miller or Lillian Hellman? Submit your script to the inaugural Next Great Play competition

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The [email protected] has long been an incubator for local arts and creative media, and has encouraged community collaboration. Bob Devin Jones, Creative Director of the [email protected], is “thrilled to bring the next great play to our stage.”

Local contributor-based website, NewRootsNews, is focused on politics and the arts. Nick Hinckley, Managing Director of, is expecting this annual competition to support local theater and “showcase great new works in the heart of downtown St. Petersburg for years to come.”

All works must be original, not been publicly produced, and at least one act long. Submissions can be of any genre, including musicals, and about any subject matter. The deadline is Nov. 25. The [email protected] website has the specific guidelines, so make sure to check out the details before submitting your play.

For more details about this competition, click here.

I’ve been a theater geek since I was eight years old. Unfortunately, I spent my first semester in college as a discouraged theater performance major. Instead of memorizing scripts, my classmates and I were required to memorize the various types of tools, hardware, paint and wood we then used to build sets for the theater department productions. I changed my major the following semester, but I’ve continued to read the works of contemporary American playwrights like Neil LaBute, David Mamet, Christopher Durang and Eric Bogosian, to name a few of my favorites. And, I’ve continued to support the efforts of St. Pete's scant few theater companies.

Although garnering well-deserved recognition as a top arts destination, St. Petersburg is definitely lagging behind Tampa’s vibrant theater scene. With the recent addition of FreeFall Theater, St. Petersburg is now home to only three theater companies, including American Stage and the [email protected]

Perhaps a call for new talent will be a shot in the arm for our local theater scene? Recently, I found out that St. Petersburg-based [email protected] has partnered with New Roots News to sponsor the inaugural Next Great Play playwriting competition. I think the grand prize is attractive: a world premiere in the [email protected]’s 2012-13 theater season, and the [email protected] standard playwriting fee.

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