Civic Theatre calls for original scripts

LAFAYETTE, Ind. — The Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette is asking local playwrights to submit their original works for possible inclusion in the 2009-2010 Staged Reading Series. At least one original script will be included in the series over the course of the full season.

In the two years that the Staged Reading Series has been part of Civic Theatre, at least one of the slots in its season has been filled by an original script written by a local playwright.

In the 2007-2008 season, two original one-act plays were part of the season: Pia Zadora Sings Gershwin by Deborah Gray and A Very Bad Day for Brandon Butterworth by Scott Haan.

In the 2008-2009 season, Steve Gooch’s original full-length play In the Weeds had its world premiere in March. The Scott Haan original script has since been published and produced around the country.

Here are the original script submission guidelines:

  • Full script submissions are preferred.
  • Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette will accept a query/synopsis with a 5-page dialogue sample.
  • Enclose a self-addressed stamped envelope or self-addressed stamped postcard with the submission for response.
  • Electronic submissions are preferred. Send manuscripts to
  • Submissions may also be sent via physical mail to: Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette, Attn.: Staged Reading Committee, 313 N. 5th Street, Lafayette, IN, 47901
  • There is no cost to submit an original script; however, playwrights are limited to submitting no more than 3 scripts.
  • Deadline for submissions: July 31, 2009
  • Response date: No later than September 1, 2009
  • Chances of being selected: At least one original script per year is included in the Staged Reading Series out of the entire pool of submissions.
  • Contract: There are no royalties paid at this time.
  • Cast size: 10 or fewer actors are preferred.
  • Geographic requirements: Playwrights must reside in the 14-county area served by the Tippecanoe Arts Federation — Benton County, Carroll County, Cass County, Clinton County, Fountain County, Howard County, Jasper County, Montgomery County, Newton County, Pulaski County, Tippecanoe County, Tipton County, Warren County and White County.

Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette is community theatre located in downtown Lafayette, Indiana. Its home is the historic Monon Depot Theatre. The house has a seating capacity of 155.

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