Root Beer Occasion Theatre Company's
CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
How’s your year going? Badly? Are you an artist who feels like the constant pressure to create during the pandemic is being shoved down your throat? Do you feel like creating is f***ing impossible right now? Does everything you try to make turn out terrible?
In the year 2020, the uncertainty surrounding the future of theatre has instilled a feeling of hopelessness amongst theatre-makers of all kinds, making it nearly impossible to continue creating work that meets our personal artistic standards.
So, when you’re unable to make good art, what does that leave?
Bad art, of course!
We at Root Beer Occasion Theatre Company would like to invite you to write the absolute worst thing you can think of. Specifically, we want you to write an utterly terrible, heinous, unperformable short play— and then we want to perform it.
RBO’s Garbage Revue will be a theatrical representation of the effect 2020 has had on the artistic community. We will be hiring the best actors to perform a staged reading of the worst plays in order to encourage the spirit of unfettered, wanton creation— and also for our own twisted amusement.
WHAT WE'RE LOOKING FOR:
We’ve all watched a play, movie or TV show that was so bad it was good. We want you to emulate that. We’re looking for plays with un-followable plots, meaningless dialogue, blatant inconsistencies, physically-impossible stage directions, character-less characters, and absolutely no deeper message whatsoever. Think about what makes a good story, and do the opposite.
Plays cannot exceed 10 pages in length.
Plays must be in English.
Plays can be written for as many characters as you like, but must be performable by four actors. If you write for more than four characters, please include suggested doubling.
Be mindful that stage directions WILL be read aloud and are an opportunity for fun. We will have a separate reader for stage directions in addition to our four actors.
There is a $5.00 entrance fee.
You may submit as many terrible plays as you like, but you must pay the $5.00 fee for each submission.
You must be 16+ years of age to submit.
We are looking for plays which are so poorly written that it’s funny. We are NOT looking for plays that are:
Too long or just plain boring
Intentionally offensive to any specific group or individual
Demeaning or uncomfortable for the actors
Basically, don’t be a dick.
Our selection committee will read all the plays and choose eight finalists that we think best suit our criteria, and that we found the funniest.
Finalists will receive a staged reading of their play to be broadcast online.
Following the reading, audience members will be able to vote on which play they feel exemplifies the best of the worst.
CASH PRIZES WILL BE AWARDED TO THE WINNER:
1st prize: $100 and an official RBO T-shirt
2nd prize: $50 and an official RBO Pin
3rd prize: $25 and an official RBO Bottle Opener
All three prize winners will also receive a year-long subscription to Play Submissions Helper, a service that compiles new submission opportunities for playwrights and sends them along comprehensively to its members every month.
SUBMISSIONS ARE OPEN NOW!
SUBMISSIONS WILL CLOSE AT 11:59 ON NOVEMBER 1ST 2020.
Interested? Click this button to send us your wonderful, horrible, absolutely garbage short plays.