Sunday, October 3, 2010

Submission Opportunity: The 2011 SF Olympians Festival

I am pleased to announce that I will be co-producing the 2011 San Francisco Olympians Festival (executive producer: Stuart Bousel; other co-producers: Nirmala Nataraj and Claire Rice) and that we are currently seeking submissions from local writers! OK, we've already sent our Facebook invite to >200 theater artists, so if you are a Bay Area playwright who reads my blog, there's a very high chance you've seen this already. However, on the off-chance you were unaware of this opportunity, here is information about what we have up our sleeves for the second edition of this highly successful festival!
After an amazing summer of playing to packed houses and critical acclaim, we have expanded this year's subject roster all the way up to the heavens to center around myth based constellations, planets, moons and other forces associated with the heavens and the sky, the night and the day, and those powers of nature generally celestial. We're looking to do a combination of full lengths and shorts and encourage applicants to be as creative as possible in their treatment of the core subject.

Rules for the festival are simple: get a proposal in by October 15. It can be as short as a sentence and no longer than 500 words, and you can submit as many proposals as you like. Plays can be very reverent of the subject matter or totally off the wall, and every shade in between. The figure in question does not have to be the main character of your play, but they must be a presence and the core concept must reflect the nature of their myth. Since some of these figures are very obscure, writers who pursue those figures are encouraged to explore that freedom.

For more information, check out last year's festival at and submit your questions, proposals, etc. to

Selected writers will be given a dramatic reading of their work for one night of the festival, which happens the entire month of October in 2011. Writers will be responsible for casting and orchestrating the rehearsal process for their reading; in return the producing company, No Nude Men, will provide the venue and marketing for the event, and will award the writer and their casts a portion of their box office for that night. No Nude Men Productions will not retain any rights to your work following the end of the festival and does not require any subsequent credit. Think of it as enrolling into a creative writing class where you make a little money, meet some incredible fellow thespians, and get to be a part of something cool in exchange for some time and creativity you know you're just itching to use in the service of the muse.

All writers must live and work in the San Francisco Bay Area and be able to attend production meetings (which are few and far between) and the festival itself.

We look forward to bringing you another amazing month of new work and hope you can be a part of it!

FULL LENGTHS (80+ Minutes)
  • Orion
  • Uranus
  • Gemini
  • Hecate
ONE-ACTS (30-55 Minutes)
  • Icarus
  • Phaethon
  • Perseus
SHORTS (5-25 Minutes)
  • Scorpio
  • Pegasus
  • Cetus
  • Cassiopeia
  • Cepheus
  • Boreas
  • Zephyrus
  • Eos
  • Metis
  • Io
  • Leda
  • Callisto
  • Ganymede
  • Elara
  • Himalia

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