BOA 2014 SCRIPT SUBMISSION GUIDELINES
The 2014 Bay One Acts Festival (BOA) is now accepting script submissions through May 15th. BOA is an annual festival that has celebrated the short play form for over a decade, and BOA provides a unique opportunity for collaboration between local artists. We strive to foster community between our producing partner theater companies, actors, directors, designers, and audiences alike. The 2014 festival will once again feature two programs of plays performed in rep. We love supporting adventurous new work that pushes theatrical boundaries, experiments with form, represents new voices, or re-imagines the actor-audience relationship.
BOA 2014 SUBMISSION F.A.Q.’s
Why is it called the BOA festival?
The Bay One Acts Festival is BOA for short. Think feather boa or celebration – not a snake! We only consider one act plays between 5 minutes and 30 minutes in length. Playwrights must be San Francisco Bay Area residents. San Francisco Bay Area Counties Include: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Benito, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano, and Sonoma
When and where is the festival this year?
Dates and venue for the Fall 2014 BOA festival are still TBD.
Am I required to attend the 2014 BOA festival if my play is chosen?
We encourage some collaboration between playwrights and producing partners during rehearsals if your play is chosen, and we recommend participating in the BOA 2014 Community as a playwright by attending the festival, BOA events, etc, but it is not a requirement, it’s just more fun that way.
What if the one act play that I am submitting has been produced before?
Plays may have previous production history (please note in submission info), but preference is given to never produced (new) work.
Are there other BOA 2014 Script Submission guidelines?
Yes! BOA is somewhat limited in terms of what kind of plays we can present within the festival. Because we transition between several different plays in the same space in one BOA program, we simply cannot produce plays that require elaborate set or design elements. While we encourage big ideas, and imaginative approaches to scripted work, they have to be somewhat easily executed with minimal set pieces and lighting limitations. Some producing partner theater companies may be drawn to work that uses more elaborate props or costumes to support the world of the play, while some may prefer plays that do not require much in terms of budget, design elements, etc. We encourage you to limit your cast size in BOA submissions to 6 characters or fewer. BOA 2014 script submissions must be 30 pages or less.
Can I submit a musical?
Yes, music has been used in BOA plays before, but musicals often have different/more extensive production needs, so we are more likely to choose a play just because it fits more easily within our production limitations.
Can I submit a proposal for an improvised theater piece or one that involves music or dance that is still being developed?
Some of BOA’s past Producing Partners have presented devised theater pieces where the work is developed during their BOA rehearsal process. If you are submitting a devised theatrical piece, or one that involves music or dance, as an addendum to your submission info, you should submit an outline of what you intend the work to entail at this point in your process, how you see the piece being devised during BOA rehearsals, what you estimate the run time will be, and if there are any other production elements we should be aware of. While BOA is a festival that celebrates playwrights, we understand that collaboration produces some exciting new work that can represent many new voices at once. We would advise staying close to some piece of written text when devising a piece through rehearsals, especially if it involves music or dance.
Will my play get chosen if it is not affiliated with a BOA 2014 Producing Partner theater company?
The BOA 2014 Producing Partner theater companies are still TBD. In choosing plays for the festival, we look at both open submissions, which go through our 2014 BOA Literary Committee, as well as plays submitted by producing partners in order to determine which plays are the best fit for this year’s festival. Your play may be paired with a BOA 2014 Producing Partner regardless if you have any affiliation with that production company or not.
Can I submit more than one play?
Yes! But we are limiting BOA 2014 Submissions to a maximum of 3 plays per playwright.
When will the 2014 BOA plays be selected?
We hope to announce which plays have been selected for BOA 2014 by the end of May.
Is there is BOA 2014 Anthology?
Yes! All BOA 2014 plays will be published in our 2014 BOA Anthology.
This all sounds great! How do I submit to BOA 2014?
BOA accepts submissions by email only. Please include your personal and script submission info in the body of the email, and your play(s) – maximum of 3 submissions – as MS Word or PDF attachments to email@example.com with “BOA 2014 Script Submission” in the subject line of your email. We need to receive your submission via email for consideration by our 2014 BOA Literary Committee no later than April 15, 2014.
What info do I need to include in my submission email?
Please submit the following personal information:
CELL PHONE NUMBER:
HOW DID YOU HEAR ABOUT BOA 2014?
ARE YOU ALREADY AFFILIATED WITH OR CURRENTLY EMPLOYED BY ANY BAY AREA THEATER COMPANIES? IF SO, WHICH ONES, AND IN WHAT CAPACITY?
Also, please submit the following information for each play you submit (maximum of 3):
YEAR BOA SUBMISSION DRAFT WAS WRITTEN:
NUMBER OF PAGES:
NUMBER OF CHARACTERS:
PREVIOUS PRODUCTION OR READING HISTORY (IF ANY):
SHORT SYNOPSIS (2 sentences only please):
LONG SYNOPSIS (50 words max):
Do you still have BOA 2014 Script Submission questions?
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and be sure to include ‘BOA 2014 Script Submission Question” in your email subject line.
Thanks for your interest in submitting to the 2014 Bay One Acts Festival!