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Marilyn Bianchi Kids’ Playwriting Festival

 LISTEN UP, KIDS IN THE FIRST THROUGH TWELTH GRADE!

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IT’S TIME TO SUBMIT YOUR ORIGINAL PLAYS TO:

The 37th Annual

MARILYN BIANCHI KIDS’ PLAYWRITING FESTIVAL
June 5-June 7, 2015

A Dobama tradition, the Marilyn Bianchi Kids’ Playwriting Festival (MBKPF) celebrates its 36th year this season!  Hundreds of plays are written and submitted by kids throughout Cuyahoga County, grades 1 – 12.    Dedicated to the memory of Marilyn Bianchi, the festival is the nation’s first event of its kind, encouraging kids to celebrate the fun and joy of live theatre! 

Marilyn Bianchi Kids’ Playwriting Festival performance days:

Friday, June 5:  Opening Night Benefit 7:30 pm – Tickets $25
Saturday June 6, 2:30 pm and 7:30 pm – FREE and open to the public
Sunday, June 7 , 2:30 pm – FREE and open to the public

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THE RULES ARE SIMPLE

The Marilyn Bianchi Kids Playwriting Festival is open to all kids in Cuyahoga County, grades 1-12, whether home-schooled or attending a public, private or charter school.

Plays must be the original work of the student who is submitting it. No collaborations, adaptations or copying from movies, TV, books, video games or other plays. Teachers and parents can offer advice, such as “This play doesn’t have an ending”, but they should not help with the story line, characters or dialogue.

The play may be any category: comedy, drama, mystery, fantasy – wherever your imagination leads you. The Festival is limited to non-musical plays (but scripts may call for brief music or song as part of the action).

Each play will be read by at least 3 readers. Prizes will be awarded on the basis of imagination and human values as much as playwriting skills. The age and grade of the playwright will be taken into consideration by the judges.

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HOW TO ENTER

Plays must be typed. No handwritten plays will be accepted.

Please include a title page that has: the title of the play, your name, address, phone number and your school and grade. Your name and age should not appear anywhere else in the play.

Make sure each page of the play is numbered and contains the title of your play – but not your name.

You can submit your play in one of three formats: A Word document, a PDF, or a hard copy (i.e. , a paper copy).

Email the Word file or PDF of your play AND a copy of the entry form to youngplaywrights@dobama.org.

If you wish to submit in hard copy, please paper clip (no staples) one copy of the play and the entry form and mail it to: Dobama Theatre, Marilyn Bianchi Kids Playwriting Festival, 2340 Lee Road, Cleveland Heights, Ohio, 44118.

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SOME SUGGESTIONS

1. Keep your play to around 10 -15 pages long.

2. Having anywhere from two to ten characters in your play is a good thing. The characters can be people (kids, teenagers or grown-ups), animals (dogs, cats, insects), monsters (all kinds), robots, plants (trees, flowers, poison ivy) and even inanimate objects (a television set, a toaster, a washing machine), etcetera.

3. Having your play take place anywhere from one to three locations is another good thing.

4. Remember a play is different from a movie.  If in your play a character jumps out of a plane, lands in pasture on top of a giant bull who throws him into a lake that he then swims across: this will be a challenge to put on a stage. This would be something you would more likely to see in a movie.

5. Remember these are just suggestions and not rules.

WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR? START WRITING SOMETHING!

Deadline for submissions is February 1, 2015.

Winners will be notified by May 1, 2015.

Click here for Entry Form word doc

For more information on all Young Playwrights programs, email: youngplaywrights@dobama.org