Playwrights and wannabes wanted

Kauai’s Women in Theatre is looking for “playwrights and wanna-be playwrights.”

“Time to get your works on stage in front of supportive and enthusiastic audiences,” said Nell Foster, WIT’s artistic director.

The organization is seeking submissions for its seventh biennial, “10-Minute Shorts Play Festival.” Plays with a maximum of five characters and minimal technical support are given preference.

The deadline for submissions is April 1, and the staging of the festival plays will take place three weekends starting Aug. 8.

The purpose for the 10-Minute Shorts Play Festival is to provide a unique collaboration among new and experienced playwrights and directors with an opportunity to express, explore and experiment in the evolution of new plays while participants develop their skills, and give local actors stage time to develop their craft.

Ten plays will be selected from the first 100 received. There is a $10 fee per each submission but only one play per playwright will be selected.

A $100 award awaits the best play, and $100 will be awarded for the best staged play.

While Women in Theatre started out as an outlet for artistic expression for women, women still receive special emphasis but the focus is now on creating opportunities for all ages and genders, Foster said.

They welcome submissions and look forward to working with new and returning playwrights.

All information on the criteria for participants to submit their unpublished and unproduced plays can be found at www.WomenInTheatre.org. Selected plays will be staged at Women in Theatre’s WIT’s End theater in Kukui Grove Center.

Women In Theatre has a nearly 20-year history as a community theater on Kauai.

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