–Premiere Stages, the professional theatre company in residence at Kean
University, will begin accepting submissions today for the 14th annual Premiere Play
Festival. This yearly competition for unproduced scripts offers developmental and
production opportunities to four playwrights with strong ties to the greater metropolitan
area (New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and Delaware).
This year, Premiere Stages is excited to announce increases to all financial awards for
winners, and has expanded its eligibility to include playwrights from Delaware. Premiere
will accept submissions September 15, 2017 through December 15, 2017, and select four
finalists by early March 2018; any submissions received before or after this submission
window will not be considered. All four finalists will receive developmental readings,
scheduled for March 15-18, 2018, with a winner and runner-up to be announced in April
2018. The festival winner will be awarded a $2,500 advance and receive a full Equity
production during Premiere Stages 2018 Mainstage Season; the runner-up will receive
$1,000 and an Equity 29-hour staged reading in June 2018. The two remaining finalists will
each receive an honorarium of $750.
For full submission guidelines, visit www.premierestagesatkean.com/play-festival