The Global Age Project is Aurora Theatre Company’s annual new works festival exploring the 21st century and beyond. We seek plays that directly respond to our complicated present and our possible futures. The festival celebrates the diversity of perspectives, styles, voices, concerns, and stories that make up the world today. Plays need not be about science and technology. We do not consider plays that are set in a historical time period, which we define as prior to the year 2000. We look for work that feels immediate, original, and accomplished. Plays that have already received a professional production are not eligible.
Aurora Theatre Company’s Artistic Director Tom Ross states, “It seems to me that most of the work currently being written is reactionary or reflective in nature. While the past is an excellent resource for material, what about what’s happening in the absolute now and future? For artists to have a stake in the future, they need to think about it, visualize it, and ultimately claim it.”
Festival Producers M. Graham Smith and Deborah Taylor add, “We are living in a time when the future has never felt so immediate. By giving playwrights a chance to collaborate with the Bay Area’s best artists and engage with the festival audience, the GAP magnifies the present moment in fresh ways each year.”
Language: Must be written or translated into English, and submitted by the original author.
Application Fee: There is a $20 submission fee, used to pay our valued panel of readers. Our panel is made up of the Bay Area’s professional Artistic Directors, Dramaturgs, Literary Managers, Actors, and Playwrights, to insure each play will receive at least two reads by experienced professionals, guaranteeing each applicant professional exposure.
Award: Four writers will receive a workshop/reading of their play at Aurora Theatre in February 2012 and a $1000 prize plus travel and accommodation expenses.
Deadline: July 31st, 2011
Response: December 2011
Submissions must be made online only. We no longer accept submissions via mail. ONE unproduced play per playwright, per year. We will accept the first submission only – anything submitted afterwards will be discarded without consideration.