Call for Playwrights for SPF11


Call for Play Submissions for the Road Theatre’s 11th annual Summer Playwrights Festival.

12 Days! 30+ plays!
Food, Drinks, and Live Music Nightly!

Submission Information for The Road Theatre Company’s Summer Playwrights’ Festival 2020 (SPF11)

The Road Theatre Company’s annual Summer Playwrights Festival has been held every summer since its inception in 2010. This year marks our 11th anniversary, and SPF11 will take place from Thursday through Sunday, starting from July 16th to August 2, 2020. SPF mounts 20-40 staged readings of new plays in 12 exciting days. The festival is now the largest staged reading festival in the nation, with playwrights from across the country and around the world participating. Each reading is followed by a talkback with the playwright, director, and cast, as well as a reception featuring food, drink, and live music. All readings will be held at The Road on Magnolia. Although we receive hundreds of submissions for our festival, new and established playwrights are encouraged to submit.

The Road Theatre Company is dedicated to producing new plays. From Founding Festival Director Scott Alan Smith:

“The Road Theatre has produced 24 plays from the Summer Playwrights Festival on our main stages including our current season selection, “The Spanish Prayer Book” by Angela J. Davis (SPF8), and last season’s “The Rescued” by Julie Marie Myatt (SPF8) and “Death House” by Jason Karasev (SPF8). We are very proud to bring these new plays straight from the festival to our audiences.”

Past playwrights have included D.L. Coburn, Lisa Loomer, Sharr White, Marisa Wegrzyn, Craig Wright, Wendy Macleod, Lucy Thurber, Mo Gaffney, Keith Huff, Brett Neveu, Scooter Pietsch, Craig Pospisil, Julie Marie Myatt, and Martyna Majok. Guest artists have included Bryan Cranston, Laurie Metcalf, Jason Alexander, Zachary Quinto, Ann Cusack, Kathy Baker, Jennifer Tilly, Perry King, Rondi Reed, Tom Irwin, Nancy Travis, Gregory Harrison, Gale Harold, Robert Pine, Michael O’Neill, Harold Gould, Jon Polito, James Eckhouse, Lila Crawford, Zoe Perry, and many, many others.

Submission Information:
-Each submission is read and evaluated by our artistic staff with recommendations made to the festival producers, who evaluate the plays and narrow the field to the final 20-40. Each play receives a minimum of two reads. The SPF11 staff regrets that we do not provide feedback on any submitted materials.
-Plays of any length or genre are eligible; however, to be included in SPF11, the work must remain unproduced on the west coast and unpublished through August 2, 2020.
-Early submissions are strongly encouraged.
-No agent is required.
-ONLY electronic copy applications are accepted. No hard copies, please.

Play Format Guidelines:
-All scripts must be in a PDF file format. Name your file with the title of the play first. No hard copy submissions will be accepted.
-Please put your direct contact information on your play (your name and email address).
-Plays must be paginated and include a list of characters.
-Please do not send a synopsis or playwright resume.

Submission Window:
-We will accept submissions for SPF11 between 12:01 am on January 2, 2020, and 11:59 pm on April 20, 2020. We cannot accept any plays past this deadline, so please plan accordingly.
-Plays of all lengths (ten-minute, one-act, full-length, and solo performance) are eligible for submission during this time
-Official SPF11 selections will be made on June 15, 2020.

-$15 for scripts over 30 pages (full length) and $10 for scripts under 30 pages (short form).
-The fee can be submitted via this link. Upon payment, you will receive an automatic reply to your email inbox with script submission instructions.


Scott Alan Smith, Founding Festival Director and SPF 11 Consultant
Tracey Silver, SPF 11 Executive Director
Elizabeth Sampson, SPF 11 Festival Director
Mallory Erwin, SPF 11 Associate Festival Director
Carlyle King, Executive Producer
Darryl Johnson, Producer
Patrick Reiger, Producer
Brian Cole, Producer
Justin Okin, Producer
Avery Clyde, Producer
Brian Majestic, Producer
Rachel Majestic, Producer

Thank you for supporting new plays and The Road Theatre Company for SPF11! Check out this short feature on SPF9 below!

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