Free Fringe Philly (FreeFringePhilly.com) is returning in September 2020, and they’re looking for new shows, new performing groups, new venues. We participated in 2019 by presenting five plays under the umbrella title “Fringes of Society.”
This year, we invite you to join us by adding YOUR production to a back-to-back presentation of short plays called “PDC-Approved Fringe Medicine.”
The Festival runs September 10 to October 04, 2020. Our collection will be performed twice, on September 19 (Talk Like a Pirate Day) and September 20. We’ll provide a venue and umbrella promotion, and participation will get your play into Free Fringe listings.
Admission to all shows is FREE, but you will receive a stipend from the show.
- Playwrights must be members of PDC at the time of submission. If you’re not a member, you can join at PDC Join Us
- If your play is accepted, you’ll self-produce. We’ll provide the venue, and Free Fringe Philly will list the show, but you’ll cast, hold rehearsals, provide props and a director, and (for the most part) self-promote.
- We will conduct a workshop on how to self-produce your plays.
- If you can’t perform in person Zoom Plays, live streams, and digital productions are more than okay.
- Plays of up to 16 minutes (no longer) will be considered.
- Plays seen in last year’s “Fringes of Society” or this year’s “A Thin Line Between Love & Hate” are prohibited.
- Submit up to two scripts, but no more than one will be approved per playwright.
- Tie-breaker preference will be given to new playwrights and premieres, and at least three shows will feature playwrights who weren’t in recent PDC showcases.
- Resources and manpower are limited, so plays requiring elaborate sets or tech will be declined. If you don’t have it in your house and can’t bring it to the venue, don’t put it in your play.
- Feel free to get experimental, but keep it simple and budget-wise.
by MAY 31, JUST BEFORE MIDNIGHT, 11:59PM
ONGOING: Philly Dramacast
The Philadelphia Dramatists Center's new Philly DramaCast stars the playwrights, actors, and producers of the Greater Philadelphia area in ten-minute short plays, complete with music and sound effects all done by local artists. Some shows have been recorded already. Others are in the pipeline. Here's a schedule of what we have planned.
Before you send us your work, you should know that these plays will be done SOLELY through AUDIO. Our audience can’t see what our actors are doing, so please keep that in mind when writing your play. Some stage directions might be perfect for audio (Glass breaks) but some might look better onstage than on air (Fight scene) and some won’t translate at all (Double take.) If you do write for our show, we may ask you to make some changes to your script before we record it, especially if you’ve never written for radio or podcasts before. We might ask you to change stage directions or scenes, add more narration, or even some exposition. It might look like over-explaining on paper, but these are necessary for audio drama, and almost invisible when performed.
If you’re not sure how to write audio drama, these websites offer plenty of tips and advice:
https://downloads.bbc.co.uk/writersroom/scripts/radious.pdf (This is the template the BBC uses for their radio plays.)
These shows and podcasts are excellent examples of well-executed audio dramas:
The Adventures of Guy Noir, Private Eye: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CIZXc_ES748
The Truth: http://www.thetruthpodcast.com/
Welcome to Night Vale: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/welcome-to-night-vale/id536258179#
The Archers: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09z3dkd#play
G-Town Radio’s Skywave: http://www.gtownradio.com/content/blogsection/77/158/
If you are a playwright, then please send us a ten-page sample of your work, a resume, and a headshot. Please note that currently we are only accepting submissions from playwrights in the Philadelphia Dramatists Center for the time being. If you are an actor, then please send us a short audio recording of your acting, a resume, and a headshot. All queries should be sent to email@example.com. Good luck, and remember: We’ll always be here when you need drama in your lives.