Chapter 2The Preliminaries

Submission Policies

It is an honor for playwrights to have their work selected for Play Readings. Theatres, labs, and other organizations receive hundreds of submissions, and the selection process is arduous. New plays pass through numerous steps of evaluation before the final decisions. One hopes that every work enters the process with an equal chance of being chosen.

Decisions are informed by more than the specific quality of the plays. Producers and artistic directors consider their theatres’ missions and audiences’ tastes, as well as the need to assemble a varied roster of plays. Cast size and costly production elements often influence the choices. Festival coordinators specify the length of the play, and competitions ...

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