Improbable Fiction: A New Works Series

A New Works Series allows writers and artists from across the region and the country to showcase their talents in the form of original theatrical works. Through a blind selection process, committees of adjudicators will choose the top submission in each of three categories (Shakes-pired, Young Voices, and Diverse Perspectives) to showcase to the public through a reading or full-staged production.

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Improbable Fiction is seeking volunteer script adjudicators to help bring this program to reality! Adjudicators will each be assigned a nominal number of scripts to read and evaluate based on criteria determined by the Festival. All adjudication will be done blind - adjudicators will not know the name or any identifying information about the playwrights whose works they are reading.

Those interested in adjudicating may choose which category they’d like to evaluate (Young Voices, Diverse Perspectives, and/or Shakes-pired). We also welcome submitting playwrights to adjudicate in a category other than the one they submitted in!

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Each winning submission will be workshopped by a team of actors, led by a director, and supported by a stage manager and dramaturg and/or writing coach. The workshopped plays will then be produced onstage, either as a fully-staged production or a staged reading, in late July on our replica of Shakespeare’s Globe in the Jamf Theatre!

See the Opportunities page for more information on these roles as they become available.

Playwright Bios

Coming soon, once winning plays are selected!

Submissions are now closed.

For reference, the submission guidelines are as follows:

  • All submissions must fit one of the following categories:
    • Young Voices: playwrights between the ages of 16-24
    • Diverse Perspectives: playwrights who identify as BIPOC
    • Shakes-pired: open to all, this category is specifically for works inspired by, derived from, or an homage to Shakespeare, his plays, and/or his characters
  • We are seeking one-act plays that are complete works, not a scene or act from a larger work or work-in-progress
  • Plays that will have an ultimate runtime of 15-45 minutes, and have not previously been published or produced
  • Production criteria includes scripts able to be produced with open staging and minimal design/technical support for a 400-seat black box theater. Scripts not fitting this criteria may be considered, but may be given a staged reading versus a full production.
  • All submissions must be made no later than May 1, 2023