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COC will accept play submissions for festival

Posted: November 9, 2008 7:59 p.m.
Updated: November 10, 2008 4:59 a.m.
The 7th annual New Works Festival at College of the Canyons, scheduled for May 2009, is accepting submissions for possible inclusion in the upcoming festival. The deadline for submissions is 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Only original work in the form of full-length, two-acts and 10-minute plays, as well as scenes and monologues, will be considered.

The festival has always focused on the development process of the writer, organizers said.

"Many festivals simply accept new plays and stage them," said David Stears, the festival's director for the past seven years. "Our festival celebrates the writer and focuses on their process in the creation of a theatrical piece."

Stears has developed more than 65 original works for the stage. As founder and producing artistic director of the Santa Clarita Repertory Theatre, Stears has also developed more than 20 original plays for performances at local schools.

All submitted work will be reviewed by a selection committee. Selected playwrights must participate in the development process of the festival and enroll in a theater class in the spring.

The five-day festival will include performances, play readings, symposiums, workshops and an opening reception.

Playwrights participating in the festival last year included students from College of the Canyons, faculty members, students from regional universities, local residents, professional writers, and a playwright from South Carolina.

The first national live video-feed of the play development process highlighted last year's festival, which also featured the addition of solo performances to the lineup.

For more information about the festival and submission guidelines, visit or contact Kim Gurnee at (661) 362-3073.


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