Announcing Opening Submissions for SF Olympians 2020!

Welcome to Summer! 

Opening the submissions for SAN FRANCISCO OLYMPIANS FESTIVAL XI: A FOLK REMIX 

Want to write for the Olympians Festival?

Well, now is your chance!

We are now accepting submissions for the 2020 San Francisco Olympians Festival, a multi-discipline, nationally and internationally recognized new works theater festival based at the EXIT Theatre in San Francisco!

Proposals due by midnight on September 1 with the line-up for next year’s festival to be announced by 9/30/2019. Our first meeting will be on December 12 of 2019.

The festival will take place in November of 2020, from November 4-November 21, Wedesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights at 8 PM, at the EXIT Theatre in San Francisco.

Each night of the festival will consist of the staged reading of either a full-length play or a series of shorts, inspired by subjects drawn from European and Middle-Eastern folklore, with one or two surprises. The subjects, and the lengths of the plays we’re looking for, are specified below.

There are no submission fees. The Olympians Festival is non-exclusive and does not retain ownership of any play created for it, beyond the initial staged reading. Participating writers receive a portion of their box office the night of the reading, and will be expected to help promote the festival and contribute a raffle prize of their choice to be raffled off to the audience on the night their play is read. Local writers or their designated representatives are also expected to attend 4-6 meetings over the course of the year, and our auditions, which happen in September.

Writers are encouraged to submit as many proposals as they want for as many topics as they like. Applications for a topic can be submitted by individuals or writers can work in pairs, or teams of three or more. Writers may be picked for more than one project, and should note that they’d like to be considered for more than one (or not). Each proposal should be 500 words or less and answer three questions:

1) Why you?
2) Why this figure?
3) What is your idea?

All proposals should be submitted electronically to Stuart at sfolympians@gmail.com.

We are an equal opportunity festival and all Bay Area writers are encouraged to apply. Additionally for this year, in honor of the universal tropes often explore in fairy tales, we will green light proposals from up to SIX NATIONAL WRITERS. So if you’re a US playwright and want to be a part of the festival, now is your chance. These guest slots are not pre-determined, so apply to whatever strikes your fancy, and specify you are a playwright from outside of the Bay Area.

2020′s subjects are as follows. Only one is currently claimed and submissions are encouraged for all of the rest:

SF OLYMPIANS 11: Folk Remix

WEEK ONE (November 4-7): Tricksters And Rogues

11/4, Full Length: Scheherazade

11/5, THICK AS THIEVES
One Act: Ali Baba
One Act: Aladdin

11/6, Full Length: Sinbad 

11/7, ANTI-HEROES IN HATS 
Full Length: Robin Hood – CLAIMED
Opener: Reynard the Fox
Closer: Puss In Boots

WEEK TWO (November 11-14): Damsels and Distress

11/11, Full Length: Cinderella  

11/12, TILL DEATH DO US PART
(applicants must apply to write a pair of matched shorts) 
Pair of Shorts: Little Red Ridinghood/The Wolf
Pair of Shorts: Rapunzel/Dame Gothel 
Pair of Shorts: Gerda/The Snow Queen
Pair of Shorts: The Miller’s Daughter/Rumpelstiltskin

11/13, FROZEN IN SLEEP 
One Act: Snow White 
One Act: Sleeping Beauty

11/14, VIRGIN CONTROL
Full Length: Bluebeard
Opener: Lilith 
Closer: The Fox Maiden

WEEK THREE (November 18-21): Enchanters and Enchanted

11/18, MAGIC ANCESTORS

Full Length: Fairies
Opener: Giants
Closer: Dwarves

11/19, A MEDIEVAL BESTIARY 
Short: Dragon
Short: Unicorn
Short: Griffin 
Short: Manticore
Short: Cockatrice
Short: Basilisk
Short: Yeti 
Short: Kraken 
Short: Sea Serpent

11/20, LOVE TRANSFORMATIVE 
One Act: The Little Mermaid
One Act: Beauty And The Beast

11/21, BLACK BOOK CLUB
Full Length: Faust
Opener: The Witch of Endor
Closer: Baba Yaga

Definitions of Length:
Curtain Warmer/Closer: 5-10 minutes
Short: 10-15 minutes
One Act: 25-50 minutes
Full Length: 70-150 minutes, one-three acts

Find out more about the festival at www.sfolympiansfestival.com or visit us on Facebook and Twitter.

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