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Submit Your Play for the Community Bake-Off

What is a Bake Off?

Created by the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paula Vogel, the Bake Off is a communal writing event in which writers are given a random list of “ingredients” to incorporate into a play (for example: a kitchen sink, a front porch, and a withheld secret) to help inspire creativity and give writers permission to play. In preparation, Hudson Valley community members are invited to attend a free playwriting workshop led by Literary Manager of Long Wharf Repertory Theater Christine Scarfuto. All workshop participants can submit short plays to be considered. Between 3-5 of these plays will be performed by professional actors as part of the Community Bake Off: Evening of Short Plays on August 4 th and August 5 th , at the Depot Theater in Garrison, NY. This year, the Bake Off theme will be “Coming Home.”

Who is eligible to submit a play to the Bake Off?

Anyone who has attended any of the recent HVSF Full Circle workshops in Spring 2018 (Design, Storytelling, or Playwriting), or has submitted to previous Bake-Offs, is eligible to submit a play.

When are submissions due?

Play submissions should be emailed as a Microsoft Word file to BakeOff@hvshakespeare.org by 8:00 PM on Friday, July 6th. They will then be reviewed by a team of readers. If you don’t have access to Microsoft Word or to email, give us a call and we will work something out for you.

When will I find out if my play has been selected to be part of HVSF2?

We hope to notify all writers by Monday, July 16th.

When will I need to be available if my play is selected?

The performance will be held in the evening of August 4th and the afternoon of August 5th at the Depot Theatre in Garrison, NY. Playwrights will also be invited to a rehearsal the day before to give feedback to the director.

What are the ingredients?

The ingredients have been created from the ideas brainstormed in our playwriting workshops. They are:

  • Town Pub
  • Surprise
  • A nap
  • Disorientation
  • A Dog named Wolf
  • A daughter
  • Veterans from the last war
  • Neighbors who no longer live next door
  • A kiss
  • Old Grudges
  • A paved road where an old farm used to be
  • Lost keys

Extra credit:

  • Washington Irving, age 6, is blessed by George Washington
  • Aaron Burr sends short stories by Washington Irving to his daughter Theodosia
  • 17 year old fiancée Matilda Hoffman
  • Washington Irving arranges his pillows at Sunnyside November 28, 1859

How long does my play have to be?

You should aim for around 10 pages, but if your play is a bit longer or shorter, that is okay.

What information do I need to include with my submission?

On the first page, be sure to include the title, your name, and your phone number and email address. You should also include the setting (time and place) and a list of characters and short descriptions (including age or age range, and any other basic information you think is important to understand your play). For example: JENNIFER– Female, 50s. Rita’s sister.

How do you format a play?

An example of play formatting is posted here. Now, get writing!