Front and Centre Presents the New Play Festival
Centre Stage Announces New Work’s Program: Front and Centre
Front and Centre:
A New Work Initiative
Who Are We?
Centre Stage is a professional theatre in the heart of Downtown Greenville, SC. We have been in Greenville for 40 years and in our current location for 25 years. Our goal as an organization is to captivate, cultivate, and inspire. Our new work program is an important component of our mission as we cultivate playwrights who are striving to create new stories that will captivate and inspire audiences for years to come.
What Do We Do?
Centre Stage produces professional theatre, providing opportunities for young professional artists to work along side seasoned professionals. New work has been a crucial component to what Centre Stage does. We allow Greenville audiences to engage with new work from the southern region, playwrights to hear their work allowed, and continue to develop new work in preparation for production—both at Centre Stage and in theatres around the country.
What Is Centre Stage’s Commitment To New Work?
Centre Stage has produced their Annual New Play Festival for 20 years. Doug McCoy believed in the importance of new work and the festival was a key way Doug displayed that commitment. Today, Centre Stage is still just as committed to developing new work as the day Doug started the festival.
Can I Send Centre Stage My Play?
Yes! Please send us your play! We want your play! However, due to the rigorous production schedule that Centre Stage there are certain ways to send us your play that will be more beneficial than others. Centre Stage will continue to hold our Annual New Play Festival, when submissions open, please submit your play through submittable. You can also send your play to our New Work Coordinator, David Veatch (firstname.lastname@example.org).
What is the New Play Festival?
The New Play Festival is an opportunity for playwrights to submit their plays for production. We open submissions in the Spring and have a panel of judges read them over the summer. Then, Semi-Finalists are chosen and from that point, the Centre Stage staff reads the plays and determines a Final 3. This final 3 is determined by the quality of text, set needs,
What Other Things Does Centre Stage Do With New Work?
We are always looking for plays for our Fringe Series, as well as other development opportunities. We also will help a playwright develop a text by coordinating and providing feedback through a private workshop. Most recently, playwright Mario Suarez received a reading of his new musical La Zafra. This is an important step in the development process and Centre Stage is committed to helping playwrights hear their work aloud as they prepare for further revisions.
21st Annual New Play Festival
Centre Stage is excited to announce the 21st Annual New Play Festival as the inaugural event of Front & Centre!
Dates are Nov. 6-9, 2023
Centre Stage is committed to developing new work and is excited to carry on the tradition of the New Play Festival. The festival will accept up to 100 plays from South Carolina Affiliated Playwrights for the 21st Annual New Play Festival. Of these submissions, 10 semi-finalists will be selected and 3 finalists will be given readings the week of the festival, one script will be chosen as the winner of the 21st Annual New Play Festival! The winner will receive a cash prize and the opportunity to be considered for production as part of our 2024-2025 Season. During the festival, each reading will be followed by a talkback led by Centre Stage Managing Artistic Director, Laura Nicholas.
Click on the Submittable link below to submit your plays!
Guidelines for submission:
Submissions are open to any South Carolina affiliated playwright or playwright’s representative
- Multiple entries per playwright/playwright’s representative is permitted.
- Playwrights must submit a cover letter along with their script that includes a brief summary of the play, a description of the playwright’s connection to South Carolina, and a suggestion of the unique perspective or experience provided by the playwright’s body of work.
- NO entries may be previously published.
- Likewise, NO entries may have previous fully realized, regionally produced performances through the dates of the Centre Stage New Play Festival 2022 (previous readings and workshops are acceptable).
- Entries may have NO more than seven (7) performers required.
- All entries must be no more than 120 pages, but one-act and full-length plays are welcome.
- Scripts must be in the Traditional or Modern format for plays as defined by the Dramatists Guild.
- While screenplays and 10 minute plays will NOT be accepted, musical and plays with music may be submitted.
Click HERE to submit your plays via our Submittable platform.
If you have any questions please email our New Work Coordinator, David Veatch at email@example.com
2023 Playwright in Residence: Brian James Polak
Play: Take Me
Thursday, Nov 9th at 7:30pm
Brian James Polak was raised in New Hampshire and currently resides in Madison, WI. His plays include WELCOME TO KEENE, NH, THE PATIENT (The Kennedy Center’s Jean Kennedy Smith Award), LAST TO DIE FOR A LOST CAUSE (The Kennedy Center’s John Cauble Award), HERE RESTS THE HEART, THE GRAVEDIGGERS UNION, and others. His work has been published by Smith & Kraus, Talon Review, Commonplace Books, NoPassport Press, Next Stage Press, and Canyon Voices. Currently writing: HOTEL HOLLYWOOD about the collision between capitalism and homelessness in downtown Los Angeles, and THE MEETING about what artists might do in a fascist society where the arts have been banned. Brian is the producer and host of American Theatre Magazine’s “The Subtext,” a podcast by/for/about playwrights and playwriting. He received his MFA in Dramatic Writing from the University of Southern California, School of Dramatic Arts. More can be found at BrianJamesPolak.com
Playwright: Meghan Riemers
Play: The Perils of Eleanor
Monday, Nov. 6th at 7:30pm
Synopsis: It’s murder, plain and simple. And that’s that.
An evil nephew, Robert, plots to inherit his Aunt Eleanor’s vast wealth, but when she plans to change her will, he must resort to deadlier measures. Having successfully off’d
his aunt (or so he thinks), Robert tries to avoid suspicion, but a conniving niece, a noble lawyer, an uncouth doctor, and a gangster all thwart his efforts. In the course of the play, Robert finds allies, enemies, and love, but will he inherit the money?
Playwright: Lou Clyde
Play: Heck the Dolls with Chardonnay in a Box
Tuesday, Nov 7th at 7:30pm
Synopsis: It is the story of Sue, a bored and lonely resident at Aged Oaks Retirement
Home, who takes a begrudging maintenance worker, Walter, with her on a trip down memory lane as she recalls the holidays of her past. Along the way Sue and Walter discover that they have much more in common than they ever could have imagined. Although the play is filled with laughs, it leaves a warm spot as the relationship between Sue and Walter fully develops.
Playwright : Ami Trowell
Wednesday, Nov 8th at 7:30pm
Synopsis: Greta, an unhoused doctor, is trying to survive with the help of her closest companion Olga, a talking stuffed
penguin. Greta faces the daily struggle of the unhoused as she navigates her life, people’s perceptions of her, and the unfortunate circumstance after an
interaction with a woman on the street. Join us for the comedic, dramatic heartfelt piece on Wednesday, Nov 8th at 7:30pm.
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