Guidelines and Release of Liability

FULL-LENGTH PLAY COMPETITION:

 

·         All Material must be original. Your show can be published or non-published work.

 

·         If your play is selected, there is a fee for the usage of the theater where your play will be presented. The fee for the black box theater (which sits between 80 to 100 people) is $100.00. The fee for a main stage theater (which sits between 250 to 300) people is $300.00.

 

·         All monies made on your show are 100% yours after all technical fees; the TBTF does not retain any percentage of your earnings.

 

·         You must provide your own payment processing service such as Paypal, Eventbrite, Ticketbud, etc. A link to your processing service will be attached to the TBTF site.

 

·         The festival DOES NOT produce your show. All entries must be self produced. The TBTF does not provide casting of any sort for your production.

 

·         You are allowed to have union actors in your play (SAG-AFTRA) but it is up to you follow and abide by union rules when it comes to casting a union actor.

 

·         There will be an opening night show at the Straz presented by the Tampa Bay Theatre Festival. This show is simply for entertainment and WILL NOT compete with other full-length plays.

 

·         If your show is in a main stage theater, you will have a total of 3 hours and 15 minutes allotted for your entire show. This includes one hour to set up which includes minor lighting and tech/sound run. You will have 1 hour and 45 minutes for your show (including 15 minutes for intermission) and 30 minutes to strike your set once your show is done. Your sound and lighting will be managed by the staff at the venue so you are not allowed to handle their equipment.

 

·         If your show is in a black box theater, you will have a total of 3 hours and 15 minutes allotted for your entire show. This includes one hour to set up which includes minor lighting and tech/sound run. You will have 1 hour and 45 minutes for your show (including 15 minutes for intermission) and 30 minutes to strike your set once your show is done.

 

·         You must provide your own team of stage hands, stage manager, and crew.

 

·         This is a festival and a showcasing of your play. To meet the guidelines provided, we highly advise that you keep your set and lighting to a minimum.

 

·         The Full-Length Play competition winner will be announced at the Awards Party.

 

Remember, your total run time is not to exceed 1 hour and 45 minutes, including your intermission. If you exceed your allotted time, you will be penalized.

 

SHORT PLAY COMPETITION:

 

·         All Material must be original. Your show can be published or non-published work.

 

·         The length of short plays cannot exceed 10 minutes and a maximum of 8 cast members.

·         Short plays are to have a minimum set such as: table, chairs, desk, stoops, stools etc. Once your play is over, you must immediately remove your props as the next show will be waiting to set up. You will have 5 minutes to remove your props and minimal set.

 

·         You must provide your own team of stage hands.

 

·         The Short-Play competition winner will be announced at the Awards Party.

 

If your play exceeds 10 minutes, you will be penalized and may be disqualified from the competition.

 

 

MONOLOGUE COMPETITION:

 

·         Monologues may be an original piece, or from a play or movie.

 

·         Monologues are not to exceed 2 minutes.

 

·         The Monologue competition winner will be announced at the Awards Party.

 

If your monologue exceeds 2 minutes, you will be penalized and the judges may stop your performance.

 

 

 

HOW TO SUBMIT:

 

·         Submission Fees: Monologues – Free; Short Plays – $5.00; Full-Length Plays – $10.00

·         Monologues will be submitted by video on the website submission page.

·         Full-Length & Short Play scripts will be submitted on the website submission page.

 

Additional Submission Option for Full-Length Plays ONLY:

If you have a recording of your play, you can mail the DVD as an option to:

 

RL Stage

PO Box 4145 Tampa FL 33677

Send a money order payable to RL Stage Inc.

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