Last week, Josh opened our post-production staff meeting with a general “How do we feel the show went?” kind of question. Never being afraid of a drastic claim here and there, I said Supergravity and the Eleventh Dimension was the best show Vagabond has ever produced. While there have been many amazing productions in the past (including but certainly not limited to the IRNE award nominated Burning the Barn and Burning Up the Dictionary), none were quick to disagree. Thanks for stopping by!
With every production, Vagabond works harder and harder, meaning– after the success of Supergravity— we’ve certainly got our work cut out for Brian Tuttle’s August & Autumn this Fall as well as the rest of our season, which leads into my next point of business:
Our first post-Supergravity There Will Be Words will be the evening of Thursday, September 19th at our usual time and spot, 7:00pm at Trident Booksellers & Cafe on Newbury Street (go say “Hi!” to Courtney & Crew for us! They’re awesome!). Submissions are open now so, if you’re a playwright, send us everything you’ve got! We’d love to read it all!
(If you need a refresher on our official TWBW submission guidelines, they’re included below! Submissions close 8/30.)
“Wait just a nerf-herding minute, did he just say ‘we’?”
Over the past four years, Vagabond has seen many great artists and collaborators come and go. A few months ago, we lost board members Erica and Ryan to their adventures in Cleveland. And just the other night, we lost Josh to his adventures in LA. As much as we love, miss, and wish them nothing but the best of luck in their highly ambitious endeavors, that leaves our staff with only three members- James, Allison, and myself.
Typically, for TWBW, we’ll have board members read submissions of their choosing. With word of Vagabond spreading amongst the playwright community, we have had a large influx of scripts that may be overwhelming for only three readers with full-time day jobs to worry about and may interfere with giving each and every play its fair consideration. To remedy this issue, a literary board of trusted theatre artists and volunteers has been assembled to read scripts alongside the Vagabond board.
The literary staff will also assist us in selecting our plays for the rest of this season. While August & Autumn will be performed at Boston Playwrights Theatre this November, we’ve also got The Factory Theatre booked for runs in April and next July! In order to fill these spaces, for the first time ever Vagabond is hosting open submissions for full production!
With TWBW, we typically look for promising plays that still need a bit of work– pieces that are up in the air until they’re heard in front of an audience. The difference when we open submissions for our production season is that we’ll be looking for plays that are a little further along in development, that have been workshopped, or have had a reading or two, and generally are begging to be put on their feet. Expect more announcements regarding our season and when we’ll be opening submissions for it soon after we’ve announced a script for TWBW.
So, Playwrights, submit your scripts! This will be our eighth TWBW event, and we want to see what you’ve got this time around! Join the likes of Kevin Mullins, Meron Langsner, Walt McGough, and Thom Dunn and hit that send button!
“But dad-dy, I want to know more VTG now!”
Well Veruca, you’ve got your wish. But I must be brief, for Vagabond is only in the early phases of brainstorming some great new content for the benefit of playwrights, local theatre artists, and of course the theatre community at large very much like what we do for TWBW. We’re still working on the details, but if all goes according to plan, we should have a big announcement prepared by August & Autumn.
In the meantime, and for more information, this is the source for all things Vagabond. Be sure to like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter (@VagabondTheatre).
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Ever-handy TWBW Guidelines
The guidelines for submissions are as follows:
- Both short and full-length plays are accepted.
- Playwrights must be New England-based.
- Playwrights must be available to attend the reading and be able to provide their own transportation to and from Trident Booksellers & Cafe.
- Plays should be entirely original work.
- Plays should not have been produced in full prior to TWBW (readings/workshops are fine).
Please email plays in PDF format to firstname.lastname@example.org. Include a personal biography and a synopsis of the play in the body of the email. The deadline for submissions for the next TWBW is August 30, 2013 at 9:00 PM!