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All Saints in the Old Colony by Julianne Homokay

“After emigrating to South Boston from Ireland, Kier’s family fell apart following the birth of his baby sister.  Kier sacrificed his own life to raise his three younger brothers and give them a shot at a life outside the Old Colony projects, yet somehow, the brothers are not all that grateful.  The reasons why come out when an estranged brother returns home to stage an intervention on Kier.”

READING DATE – September 25th, 7:00 PM @ Playhouse on the Square

The Last of the Daytons by Diane Grant

“Melina, Bob, Jodie and Devon might seem strange to most.  Not many people talk to invisible friends, escape from hospitals, or collect epitaphs. And most seventeen-year-old boys do not wear their mother’s bustiers. However, this family has found various ways to cope with the past. *A re-submission from 2015*

READING DATE- September 26th, 7:00 PM @ Playhouse on the Square 

The Snowmaker by Aleks Merilo

“In the dead of winter, a teenage girl’s estranged father unexpectedly takes her to a cabin in the isolated woods of Montana. She does not know where he has been for the last ten years. And she does not know who he is searching for at night, when he stares out the window, with a sawed-off shotgun by his side.”

READING DATE – October 2nd, 7:00 PM @ Playhouse on the Square

CRIB by Gino Diiorio

“Tracy is an African American Professor in the midst of a tenure fight. Rajon is a star basketball player, negotiating the challenges of freshman year and his court prowess. When Rajon is accused of plagiarism and faced with expulsion, Coach Pari comes to his rescue, reminding Tracy that the school is run on athletic money, not on anything she hopes to achieve in the classroom.”

READING DATE- October 3rd, 7:00 PM @ Playhouse on the Square

The Least of These by Harold Ellis Clark

“Given previous bad encounters with police, a teen confides in a minister about his reluctance of aiding a fellow teen, whom he had seen lying injured from a gunshot wound and subsequently died.  The minister and his deacon hunt desperately for the alleged teen shooter in an effort to prevent more violence.”

READING DATE- October 9th, 7:00 PM @ The Circuit Playhouse

The Further Adventures of Sean and Sophie Morass by Ben Kemper

“Is love enough to help shoulder the long and baffling business of living? In this comedy of ghosts, gods, children and other fantastic creatures, Sean and Sophie Morass grapple together for over forty years with a world, and a marriage, far stranger than they could have imagined.”

READING DATE– October 10th, 7:00 PM @ The Circuit Playhouse

These were the guidelines and rules for the 2016 – 17 competition:

  1. The submission must be written in the English Language.

  2. The submission must be an original, full-length play or musical that is unpublished.

  3. The submission must begin with a title page that includes the work’s name and the playwright’s name, address, telephone number, and email. Also include a character list and scene breakdown if applicable. NOTE* If submitting a musical please, include a score and demo.

  4. Submissions that have been previously produced or published will not be accepted. A play that is scheduled for a professional production at the time of submission will also not be accepted.
  5. The manuscript must be easy to read. It must be typed in no less that 12-point type and page numbered.

  6. The cast for the play or musical must be limited to no more than 10.

  7. The script may have more than one author. Also, the playwright(s) may include a brief biography, but it is not necessary.
  8. Each playwright is limited to one submission per year. There will be no revisions accepted once a script has been submitted. Revised plays that have been previously submitted to the competition may be submitted again.

  9. There will be no written or oral critique given on scripts submitted. We will notify the playwrights whose plays have been selected for readings. The six plays selected for readings will be announced on our website.
  10. Please send the manuscript to Playhouse on the Square, New Works Competition, 66 S. Cooper St., Memphis, TN 38104

  11. In order to qualify for the 2016 – 2017 competition, the script must be submitted no earlier 
than January 1, 2016 and must be post marked no later than May 30, 2016.
  12. Please include a self-addressed, stamped postcard for receipt of the manuscript to be acknowledged. Also include a self-addressed, stamped envelope for the play to be returned, should it not be selected for the competition. Any play without a self-addressed, stamped envelope will be recycled if not selected for the competition.
  13. Do not send the only copy of a manuscript. All scripts will be handled with care, but Playhouse on the Square will not be responsible for any loss or damage to your manuscript.

For questions, contact Jordan Nichols, Director of New Works, at

About Playhouse on the Square

Playhouse on the Square is Memphis’ only professional resident theatre. Now in its 47th season, Playhouse on the Square remains committed to its mission to produce a challenging and diverse repertoire of theatrical work, to provide a nurturing artistic home where artists can practice their craft and share their talent, and to make all productions available through access, outreach, & education. For more information, visit or call 901-725-0776.

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