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York College Theatre Program Seeks Play Submissions for JL Smith New Play Festival

February 02, 2022
A screenshot from JL Smith's New Play Festival winning play
Shake and Fake, last year's festival winner

York College of Pennsylvania’s Theatre program is seeking play submissions for its 2022 JL Smith New Play Festival after a very successful inaugural festival last year. Submissions of both 10-minute plays and full-length plays will be accepted from Feb. 1 through Feb. 8 or until the cap of 100 submissions is reached. The festival will take place via Zoom on May 5 and 6, and in addition to performances, a nationally recognized playwright will give a keynote on Thursday night.

All playwrights, student and professional, are urged to submit a 10-minute play, with six being selected for virtual performances and a cash prize given to the audience favorite. Virtual performances for 10-minute plays will take place May 5 following the keynote.

Full-length plays will only be accepted from Pennsylvania playwrights with one being selected for virtual performance and receiving a cash prize for excellence. The winning full-length play will be featured on May 6. Playwrights will be notified by March 25 if their script has been selected. All scripts should be uploaded at YCP Theatre's Submittable Page. Due to a focus on accessibility, there will again be no entry fee for the contest.

The scripts will be read and winners selected by a diverse team of readers, including last year's 10-minute play winner John Mabey, Harrisburg-area playwright Paul Hood, and Yu-Li Alice Shen, who received her MFA in playwriting from Virginia Tech and currently teaches at University of Southern Indiana. Theatre Major Robert Coppersmith is the student producer of the JL Smith New Play Festival 2.0, any and all questions should be sent to him at his email address: rcoppersmith@ycp.edu.

This festival is made possible by a multi-year donation, as part of the Evolve fundraising campaign, from former professional actor and husband of York College President Pamela Gunter-Smith, JL Smith. The York College Theatre looks forward to performing the selected works on Zoom; a safe environment where audiences can still enjoy local theatre from the safety of their own homes. More information will be forthcoming about links to join and watch the festival.