Press Release from Tamara Kissane:
In collaboration with Tamara Kissane, the 2020 Piedmont Laureate, and local theatre artist Hayden Tyler Moses, Women’s Theatre Festival (WTF) proudly announces the Triangle Bake-Off Competition.
This spirited playwrighting competition is open to North Carolina residents of all ages and experience levels.
The Bake-Off will begin at 7:00 am on Friday, April 3 when WTF releases the list of “secret ingredients” that each script must include. Submissions must be received by 7:00 pm on Sunday, April 5 to be considered. See below for additional timeline and info.
The ingredients, all of the submissions guidelines, and the submissions can be found on the WTF website: https://www.womenstheatrefestival.com/triangle-bake-off-2020
Competitors will elect to compete in one of five divisions:
● Youth (anyone under high school age)
● High School (any current high school student)
● College (anyone currently enrolled at an institution of higher learning)
● First-Timer (anyone who is NOT a student and has NEVER written a play)
● Practitioner (anyone who is a practicing writer or artist)
Submissions will be read and scored by a team of adjudicators who will select 3-5 finalists per division. Those finalists will receive a reading of their drafts through the WTF Virtual Plays Club. Audiences will then get the chance to vote for their favorites. The play in each division that receives the most votes will receive a professional staged reading during WTF’s Occupy The Stage staged reading festival in November of this year.
Throughout the next six months, Piedmont Laureate Tamara Kissane will offer the playwrights coaching and feedback as they prepare their final drafts for performance.
Finalists will be notified via email on Wednesday, April 15 and the virtual playreadings will be performed on WTF’s Twitch.TV channel from April 17-18. Audiences will be able to view the performances and vote on their favorites until 7:00 pm on Monday, April 20. Winners will be announced live at 7:30 pm on our Twitch.TV broadcast.
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org and stay tuned across their website and social media platforms.
- Bake-Off Begins: Friday, April 3 at 7:00 am
- Submissions Deadline: Sunday, April 5 at 7:00 pm
- Finalists Notified: Wednesday, April 15
- Youth Division Virtual Performances: Friday, April 17 at 4:00 pm
- High School Division Virtual Performances: Friday, April 17 at 7:30 pm
- College Division Virtual Performances: Saturday, April 18 at 2:00 pm
- First-Timer & Practitioner Division Virtual Performances: Saturday, April 18 at 7:30 pm
- Public Voting Deadline: Monday, April 20 at 7:00 pm
- Winners Announced: Monday, April 20 at 7:30 pm
RULES & GUIDELINES:
1. All playwrights must be North Carolina residents
2. Playwrights may identify as any gender.
3. Playwrights may submit a maximum of 15 pages*
4. Playwrights must follow formatting guidelines**
5. Playwrights must use all of the 4 ingredients in their “recipes”
6. Plays should be written for 4 actors to perform. If your script includes more than 4 characters, please include doubling instructions.
7. Submissions must be received via the submission form on the WTF website by 7:00 pm on 04/05/2020.
*The spirit of the Bake-Off is not finished or perfect scripts, but an interesting and exciting START. You may submit a draft that is fewer than 15 formatted pages.
**Formatting guidelines may be relaxed for very young (ie 5-10 years old) playwrights.
RESOURCES & FURTHER INFO:
● Visit the WTF website for full info on formatting guidelines and to learn more about the history of Bake-Offs.
● Each submission will be read and scored by 3 adjudicators chosen because of their expertise in that particular division. Submissions will be read “blind,” meaning that the adjudicators will not see the name or other identifying information of the playwright so that they may be as impartial as possible.
● Adjudicators are NOT eligible to submit for any division in the competition.
● Each finalist’s script that is chosen will be read by the same group of four actors and directed by Hayden Tyler Moses.
● A Facebook Event will be created for each Virtual Performance via WTF’s Facebook Page. All of the virtual performances will be live-streamed via Twitch.TV/wtheatrefestivalnc and will be available for viewing on our website for voters who miss the live event.
● Voters will be asked to make a small donation (suggested $5) to vote for their favorites.
● The play from each division that receives the most votes will have a professionally produced staged reading during Occupy The Stage 2020. These playwrights will also receive a small honorarium.
Unlike most WTF sponsored events, male-identifying playwrights will receive equal consideration and will have their plays featured during a new section of Occupy called “The Ally Hour.”