It’s time to channel your creative energy and exercise those writing skills of yours. East West Players, the largest organization in the nation that produces Asian American artistic work, is doling out thousands of dollars to the next aspiring playwriter in its Face of the Future competition. This year’s theme is focused on the melting pot of America, from the perspective of Asian Americans, including multiracial identity and clashes between cultures.
The first place winner gets a whopping $5,000, and second and third place winners receive $2,500 and $1,000, respectively. The winners might also get the chance to see their play come to life on the stage at East West Players! Submissions are accepted until August 31, with winners being notified in February 2012.
Here’s a breakdown of what the organization is looking for:
- original, unproduced full-length plays or musicals
- translations or adaptations will not be accepted
- must have Asian Pacific American themes and/or characters as the primary focus
- all genres are welcome, comedies are encouraged.
- plays should require no more than 5-7 actors; musicals should require no more than 10-12 actors
- should be told in less than 2.5 hours (including a 15-minute intermission) and must be accessible to a primarily English-speaking audience
- East West Players must have the first option to produce
Submissions must include a $20 entry fee with the Face of the Future entry form and should be mailed to:
FACE OF THE FUTURE Playwriting Competition
120 Judge John Aiso St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012