Typewriter, Jill Wellington

Downstage Left Amsterdam seeks short plays for its fourth edition of The Playground: Amsterdam

Playground 4 will take place in March, 2021.

The Playground is Downstage Left’s bi-annual showcase of short plays. We perform between three and five short plays, drawing on the work of new and emerging playwrights.

Our next expanded edition of the Playground is dedicated to our great host city. We’re looking for scripts (in English or Dutch) on the theme ‘Amsterdam’ – there are no restrictions in terms of genre or subject matter but the story should have some connection or allusion to the city of Amsterdam (the Netherlands). We want to present multiple perspectives, anecdotes, experiences and memories, real or imagined, of the city of Amsterdam. 

We are looking for plays that:

  • are approximately 10-30 minutes long
       
  • are suitable for 2-5 actors    
       
  • do not require elaborate staging

We are particularly enthusiastic about scripts with plenty of roles for women. 

Feel free to send us work that you have submitted to other opportunities, but please let us know if they accept it. We will only perform work that is not being performed elsewhere and that is fully available for performance. 

What’s in it for you?

Your work will be performed before an engaged, international audience.

We welcome and encourage submissions from writers based outside the Netherlands. However, we are not in a position to pay travel, accommodation or other expenses.

All submissions should be in English or Dutch only. Dutch-language scripts will be adapted into English for performance. 

Deadline for submissions: October 30. We will notify winning writers by December 1

Entrants agree by submitting their plays, that the play:

– is the original work of the entrant(s)

– is not an adaptation of an earlier work,

– will not have been professionally produced in any medium (informal play-reading is fine; a play-reading with a professional director and in front of a non-paying audience is acceptable, but a performance involving payment to actors and/or a paying audience is not) before March 2021

Please send your script (in pdf, word, or open office format) and a little about yourself to info@downstageleft.org before October 30, 2020 with subject line AMSTERDAM PLAYGROUND