The Chameleon Theatre Circle announces its 21st Annual NEW PLAY CONTEST
Submission Deadline: May 8, 2020
The Chameleon Theatre Circle, located in the Twin Cities area in Minnesota, is seeking original works that have never been produced. All styles and genres are welcomed (e.g. one-acts, musicals, full length dramas, etc.). The winning plays are scheduled to be showcased in a concert-format festival in the fall of 2020. All shows submitted will automatically be placed on the slate of shows in consideration for future seasons.
We are proud to announce that for the 21st consecutive year we are not charging a submission fee! To enter you must complete an entry form, and submit it along with three (3) copies of each script to the address below. (The form is fillable once you download the form from Dropbox). We request that copies of the plays be printed double-sided to save on paper, mailing costs, and storage. If you are submitting a musical, also include three (3) copies of the music on a CD or flash drive.
Do not bind any author identification with your scripts. We will distribute the scripts "blind" to our readers for complete objectivity. Include the show's title on at least the first bound page. Once the winning scripts have been chosen, we will disclose the playwrights' identity to our readers (and the world).
We do not accept plays that have been previously produced. We do accept plays that have had workshops and other readings. Receipt of play(s) will be acknowledged by e-mail only upon request. Scripts are non-returnable.
As in past years, this year's contest will have multiple categories.
Winners will receive $25 each plus a reading at the New Play Festival. All short plays will be entered in this contest. Generally, scripts of about 15 pages or less will fall into this category.
Winners will receive $50 each plus a reading at the New Play Festival. Any play that can be joined with one or two other shows of similar length to make up a complete evening of theatre will be entered in this contest. Generally, scripts of about 20-60 pages will fall into this category.
Winners will receive $100 plus a reading at the New Play Festival. Any play that can constitute a complete evening of theatre will be entered in this contest. It is important to note that these shows can be one, two, or more acts, as long as it makes up a complete evening of theatre.
If five or more musicals are submitted, the theatre reserves the right to create a "musical" category. Musicals are defined as any original play using original or rights permitted musical dialogue to further the story and/or the characters. Winners, if any, will be awarded a prize amount based on the length of the musical (e.g. full-length, one-act, and 10-minute). In the absence of enough qualifying scripts, or if the theatre determines not to create an additional category, any musical will be entered into the appropriate category as defined above.
If five or more plays intended for and/or by youth are submitted, the theatre reserves the right to create a "theatre-for-youth" category. Theatre-for-youth plays are defined as any original play intended for young audiences, young participants, or both. Winners, if any, will be awarded a prize amount based on the length of the play (e.g. full-length, one-act, and 10-minute). In the absence of enough qualifying scripts, or if the theatre determines not to create an additional category, any theatre-for-youth submission will be entered into the appropriate category as defined above.
OVERALL CONTEST WINNER/AUDIENCE FAVORITE WINNER
At the theatre's discretion, we reserve the right to designate or not designate an "Overall Contest Winner" from any category and an "Audience-Favorite Winner" from any category at the conclusion of the New Play Festival. No additional prize money is awarded, just bragging rights.
Each playwright may submit up to two plays in any combination. Please submit three (3) copies of each script (plus three (3) copies of the music on CDs or flash drives for musicals) and the required entry form(s) by May 8, 2020 (in hand, not postmarked by) to:
The Chameleon Theatre Circle
21st Annual New Play Contest
7287 153rd St W # 240069
Apple Valley MN 55124
Chameleon has produced 24 original plays over the course of 22 seasons!
Several past winners have been produced by The Chameleon Theatre Circle:
- My Beautiful Infinity by David Vazdauskas — February 2019
- The Antichrist Cometh by David MacGregor — November 2014
- Mom! A New Musical by Book by Judy Freed, Music and Additional Lyrics by Sari Miller, Lyrics by Randi Wolfe — April/May 2014
- We Gather Together by Vicki Riba Koestler — November 2011
- Crossing Event Horizon by Kevin Rush — November 2007
- Life Savings by David Schrag — 2006 MACT FASTFest
- Paper Cuts by Timothy Braatz — October 2005
- Snowflake's Story by Nikki Harmon — January/April 2005 & spring of 2006
- Love's Shadow On Snow by Rick Raasch — March 2004
- Are We There Yet? by Kent R. Brown — May 2002
- New & Nobler Life by Timothy Braatz — Minnesota Fringe Festival, August 3-12, 2001
- Helena Handbasket by Timothy Braatz — February 2001
Chameleon has also produced these original plays:
- Monsters in America: Puppets of Mass Distraction (created by the company) — 2006 Minnesota Fringe Festival
- Death Penalty Puppetry (created by the company) — 2004 Minnesota Fringe Festival
- How I Wonder What You Are - Seven original plays by seven playwrights — January 2004
- Believe In It by Kim Kivens
- The Boy Who Dies With The Most Mommies Wins by Rick Raasch
- Child of Mine by Lysa Clayburn
- H-I-J-K-LMNOP (but not Q) by G.J. Clayburn
- Pull Falcon's Feather Lever by Tim Kuehl
- Twinkle by Timothy Braatz
- Un, Deux, Trois by Clare Jodzio McDermott
- Pollyholiday by Rick Raasch — March 2003
- I Could Kick Your Ass by Daniel K. McDermott — January 2003
- If Garrett McDermott Were A Bowl of Prize-Winning Chili by Rick Raasch — November 2002
Incorporated on January 9, 1998, The Chameleon Theatre Circle continues to succeed in accomplishing the company's mission of providing an engaging and complete experience to their audience through growth and development of all participants in a nurturing and unified environment. The company has produced 12 world premieres, including Monsters in America, an original play written by the company, and a collection of seven plays written by seven playwrights performed in one production. The Chameleon Theatre Circle's production of Hair was also featured on PBS.