Although Portland may be far from the great white way, the city harbors many aspiring playwrights, actors and artist. Portland area playwrights have several options for getting their work produced on stage.
Just Add Water, or JAW is an annual playwriting contest in which four full length plays are selected for staged readings at the Armory Theater in downtown.
The contest, which is organized by Portland Center Stage and sponsored in part by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Oregon Cultural Trust, will accept entries from November 1st , 2013 to February 1st, 2014. All entries must be full length plays by Portland residence that have never had a full production.
The readings will take place over a two week period during the summer of 2014.
Aspiring playwrights can also hear their plays read though http://www.ptwks.org/, Freshworks reading series. According to the organizations website, Portland Theater works is “an organization dedicated to developing new work for the theatre by energetically supporting those who create that work.”
The Freshworks series allows playwrights to develop a new work by getting feedback from a public presentation.
Interested writers may submit a script, cover letter and statement saying what inspired the play and what the playwright wants to get out of a reading along with a brief biography or resume.
Writers who have an action, suspense or fantasy story that will make sense with “no costumes, sets or blocking” may submit their plays to The Pulp Stage’s Pocket Pulp Project. According to its website, “chosen submissions are loaded onto iPads, rehearsed with fine actors for a couple of hours, and then taken to bars and living rooms” where they enjoy a staged reading. The entries should require no more than four actors. If your play is chosen you can earn up to $10 per performance.