Playwrights’ Round Table looking for plays

There’s lots going on this summer for the good folks of Playwrights’ Round Table, which is seeking plays for the John Goring Memorial One-Act Festival, honoring the late playwright, and for next year’s Fringe.

GoringFest will be presented in Studio B at Lowndes Shakespeare Center sometime between Nov. 1 and 14. The 2011 Orlando Fringe will be May 19-30 in Loch Haven Park.

Submissions for both play competitions must be in to PRT by Aug. 15. Winners will be notified b y Sept. 1.

Here’s a list of guidelines for those of you who would like to enter:

  • Please remember that ANYONE is permitted to submit a play to this competition at no charge; however, if a play is chosen for production, the playwright MUST already be, or become a member of, the organization. This is to prevent dues-paid members from having to subsidize non-members’ work. The $30 annual membership fee goes directly towards things like show costs, insurance, and rental fees, and helps support the various activities PRT pursues to further the aims of its members.
  • Submit plays to or (If you have trouble sending submissions to either address, please contact PRT at
  • Your submission’s title page should include your name, address, and email information. Please note that this information will only be available to the person attending to the submission email address and will not be shared with the reading committee. All plays will be sent to this committee “blind.”
  • VERY IMPORTANT: Please indicate whether your script is intended a) only for the Goring script call, b) only for the Fringe call, or c) both. See below for length guidelines which will help partially determine this.
  • Plays must be submitted in a neat and easily readable format which clearly defines the characters, dialogue, action and setting, and includes page numbers.
  • Preferred document format for plays is Microsoft Word or Works. We reserve the right to ask playwrights to resubmit their plays in a different file format if we can’t open the docs.
  • Plays must feature no more than 6 characters.
  • Plays submitted to the Goring One-Act competition should be a minimum of 20 minutes and a maximum of 60 minutes in length.
  • Plays submitted to the Fringe competition should be a minimum of 45 minutes and a max of 60 minutes in length.
  • Due to the plays being presented in a small black box environment, please keep your plays extraordinarily minimal. Don’t rely on set pieces, props, an abundance of lighting or sound effects to tell your story; focus on the actions and words of your characters.
  • There is no subject matter restriction; however, as the producing organization PRT reserves the right to request edits for time constraints and other considerations.

Meanwhile, nominations are still open for the first John Goring Award. Here’s more:

PRT continues to accept nominations for the first-ever John Goring Award, given to the person or organization in the Central Florida theatrical community who best embodies the warmth, positivity, and dedication to the theatre of our former President — especially those who champion the creation and production of original works.

Please contact Erik Morris at with your nominations. Please list the name of the person you are nominating, your reasons why you feel they are noteworthy, and list what you feel are their contributions to the community. Please send all nominations to Erik by October 1st, 2010.

This award will be presented in November in conjunction with our inaugural John Goring Memorial One-Act Festival. The winner will receive a special award and a lifetime pass to all future PRT events.

Help us remember John by nominating the person who best embodies his contributions.

Finally, PRT has put out a list of plays and casts that will be part of the annual Summer Shorts production, which is set for Aug. 5-15 at Lowndes Shakespeare Center. Here you go:

  • The Specialist, by Alex Carroll. Directed by Kimberly Luffman and featuring Jenna Hellmuth, Mike Besaw, and Eric Kuritzky.
  • A Troubling Issue, by David Strauss. Directed by Erik Morris and Tara Corless, featuring Joe Glass, Mike Besaw, and Amy Pastoor.
  • Turn Me On Dead Man, by Nicole Antonia Carson. Directed by Jamie Cline, featuring Darlyn Finch and Chris Norton.
  • 7 Translations, by Stephen J. Miller. Directed by Scott Hodges, cast not yet announced.
  • A Dozen Roses, by Stephen Baily. Directed by Paul Castaneda, featuring Corey Volence, Renee Wilson, and Charles R. Dent.
  • Bitten, by Penny Jackson. Directed by Heather Lam, featuring Pat Barker and Tim Wiley.
  • Turning the Tide, by Nick Civitello. Directed by Tara Corless, featuring Nicky Urban and Josh Geoghagan.

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