Pacific Play Company seeks submissions for our short play festival “Mating Games” slated to run in summer 2013 at the Ethnic Cultural Center.
We are seeking plays that deal with the theme of mating – courtship, sex, and pair bonding – through the lens of evolutionary psychology or some other scientific paradigm. While we won’t preclude science fiction concepts, we are really looking for plays that engage scientific theories about mating in interesting ways.
•Keep scripts to no more than 8 or 9 pages. We will be strict about the 10 minute limit.
•Keep technical requirements to a minimum.
•Tell a story with the piece. We’re looking for plays not dissertations. But do have something to say with the piece.
•Only one submission per playwright, so give us your best work.
•Playwrights must live in the Puget Sound region.
•No more than six characters per play.
Possible Subjects to Explore:
•How do people (or animals) select mates?
•How do technologies like Facebook or dating websites affect mating?
•Are people really hard wired for infidelity?
•How does homosexuality fit into the paradigm of Evolution?
•Are the arts an extension of our mating tactics?
•What is the scientific explanation for love and long term pair bonding?
These are just some ideas, but there are plenty more. Remember, keep it fun, not didactic.
What We Expect from Participating Playwrights
Based on experience with this type of festival, we do have some expectations of participating playwrights.
•Playwrights must attend the first rehearsal of their play to receive feedback for possible revisions. We are looking for playwrights to participate in the process.
•We do plan a Kickstarter campaign to help fund this event. While we do not expect contributions from playwrights, we would like help in promoting our fundraising efforts.
•We do expect playwrights to attend at least one performance and even help market the event to friends and family.
Interested playwrights should submit their plays to firstname.lastname@example.org
. Please put “Mating Games Submission” in the subject headline. Deadline is September 1, 2012.