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Women to the 4 new play contest:
Starting immediately, American Stage Theatre Company will begin accepting submissions for new plays that 1. are full-length, female-centered stories, and 2. only require 4 actors.

Plays received before April 4 will be considered for upcoming HOT OFF THE PRESS readings of new work, presented at the Raymond James Theatre in downtown St. Petersburg. The winning play will be considered for possible future fully-realized production. Plays received after May will be considered for the same the following season.

One winner will be announced on August 1, 2012. The winning author will receive a $400 prize?

Musicals, short plays, and works for young audiences will not be considered at this time.


Playwrights should submit 4 items only:

1. 1 hardcopy of your play (author’s name must not appear anywhere on the script to ensure blind judging)

2. a synopsis not to exceed 200 words

3. on a separate sheet of paper include your name, title of play, cast list, your mailing address, your email address, your phone number, and a statement awarding American Stage Theatre Company the right to produce your play at our Festival, should it be chosen

4. a check for $10 (reading, copying fee) 

Mail these 4 items to:
Attn: Literary Manager
American Stage Theatre Company
PO BOX 1560
St. Petersburg, FL 33731.


Submissions must be postmarked by May 4, 2012 to be considered this season. Any received after that date will be considered for the following season.

Plays must not exceed a cast of four actors (double-casting is allowed, but must be clearly stated in your 200-word synopsis). Plays must be original, unpublished, and unsolicited by agents (legal clearances of materials not in the public domain are the full responsibility of the playwright).

Scripts will only be returned if accompanied by a SASE



We will judge the plays “blindly”, which means that your name will be unknown to us until your play is chosen.

Chosen Authors must be available (via email or phone) for consultation with producer and/or director prior to production dates and are encouraged to attend the Festival.

Forbidden Tampa Bay:

We are issuing a call for plays for what I hope will be a fun new tradition in our "After Hours" series: Forbidden Tampa Bay !

American Stage Theatre Company, Tampa Bay's oldest and most award-winning professional theatre, is announcing a call for plays for Forbidden Tampa Bay, an hour-long sketch comedy show about the weird things we love and hate about living in Tampa Bay. Florida makes national news weekly, and has some of the oddest people, places, and events in the country. Therefore Forbidden Tampa Bay will be a satirical and irreverent look at the “Second Chance State”, lampooning the news of the day, with sketches and songs and a generous helping of tongue-and-cheek. Will accept anything irreverent from political satire to song parodies to pantomime. No sacred cows; nothing is off limits. Plays can be in any “style”, must be topical to Tampa Bay and or Florida, require no more than four (4) actors, and be no longer than 2 pages. Submissions should be emailed to The deadline is open-ended with the first performance (in the "After Hours" Series) some time in January. As news and people of the day change, so will the performance, so submissions will be accepted indefinitely.

Sunday Comedy Series:

American Stage “After Hours” series is seeking solo and group comedy acts for its Sunday Comedy Series. Improv groups, sketch, one man shows, mimes, magicians, musicians, spoken word artists, filmmakers, monologists, niche concept shows and entertainment of all kinds are encouraged to submit.  The only criteria is that it’s funny.  Acts take 35% of door sales. Possible late night Saturday show may be an option. Please send email of interest with any links to clips of work to Please no phone calls.


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