Friday, June 17, 2016

Suicide Prevention Playwriting Contest

PlayGround and PlayGround-LA are teaming up with Stella Adler Academy and Theatre for a new short play contest in support of National Suicide Prevention Week. Six short works will be selected and presented at the Stella Adler Theatre in Hollywood for a three-performance run, September 9-11. Playwrights will each receive a $50 cash prize as well. The deadline for the short play contest has recently been extended to June 30, 2016. For the complete guidelines, read on or visit

Six plays will be selected from the submissions. The plays are to explore the themes of Suicide Awareness and Suicide Prevention. For suggestions and guidance on how these issues may best be addressed, visit for additional information provided by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Selections will be announced on or about July 15, directors will then be assigned and casting will commence in August. A three-week rehearsal period is anticipated.

To apply, playwrights must submit a maximum ten-page double-spaced script (previously produced scripts are not eligible) via email to: as Portable Document Format (.pdf) attachment. Applications must be received by 11:59pm, PST Thursday, June 30, 2016. The script must have the playwright's name, address, email and phone number at the top of the first page of the script and include a detailed cast breakdown, and all pages must be numbered. GUIDELINES FOR FORMATTING may be found at PlayGround-LA ( then click on ‘submission formats).

For further information on the subject of Suicide Awareness and Prevention, please visit these websites:  (American Foundation for Suicide Prevention)

For further information about Stella Adler-LA or PlayGround, please visit:


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