The Hippodrome Theater has announced open submissions for its third annual Festival of New Works. Floridian playwrights are invited to submit their scripts by August 1, 2022. A panel of theater professionals will choose three plays to develop and present at staged readings open to the public on November 4-5.

Launched in 2020, the Hippodrome Theatre’s annual New Works Festival supports narrative voices through the development and exploration of plays in both traditional and experimental formats representing Florida’s diverse landscape of artists and their stories that reveal the American experience based on the kaleidoscope of identity. We support all innovative and stimulating materials, formats and styles.

Some of our selected pieces have included the eco-feminist meditation on climate change in Jessica Farrthe experimental “King Tide”; an investigation of the cycle of incarceration and justice through the eyes of an African-American teenager in “Terrence,” explored through the hip-hop poetry of Gainesville native Terrence Jackson, which he adapted for the scene with Jane Edwards; and an innovatively formatted play that takes a magical look at motherhood and LGBTQ+ identity and acceptance in Monica Cross’ “The Changeling.”

Submissions must be received by August 1, 2022 at 12 p.m.

The winners will be announced on September 1, 2022.

Development, rehearsals and performances of

October 31 – November 5, 2022.

For more information, visit https://thehipp.org/new-works-festival/ or contact [email protected]

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