Centre Stage Announces the 20th Annual New Play Festival Competition

Wed-Sat, Sept 28th–Oct 1st, 2022

Centre Stage is excited to announce the 20th Annual New Play Festival! 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 20th Annual New Play Festival. Of these submissions, 3 semi-finalists will be selected and be given readings the week of the festival, one script will be chosen as the winner of the 19th Annual New Play Festival! The winner will receive a cash prize and the opportunity to be considered for production as part of our 2023-2024 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 musicals will NOT be accepted, 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

The Long Dance by Edgar Chisholm

Will be performed as part of the 20th Annual New Play Festival in October 2022

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- Rhonda Rawlings

"I just want to give a heartfelt thank you to this amazing staff!! I attended the final show of the Color Purple on 6/5/22. It was my first time attending a show at this venue so I was unaware of the seating & had a panic attack because of my anxiety. The staff was there to assist me & changed my seating for me & my Mother. I'm so grateful for them!! I got to sit in the front row & enjoy the AMAZING show! They were so helpful & I'm thankful for them!! May God please continue to bless this business & staff!!"

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"The cast of The Color Purple production delivered an amazing performance! The experience was so emotionally moving and captivating that we saw the production a second time! Awesome job Centre Stage, cast, and staff!"

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