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. Hudson Valley community members are invited to submit short plays to be considered as part of the HVSF Community Bake-Off. Between 5-7 of these plays will be selected to be performed by professional actors online November 13th and 14th.
Who is eligible to submit a play to the Bake-Off?
Anyone who has attended any of the recent workshops in Fall 2021 or has submitted to previous Bake-Offs is eligible to submit a play.
When are submissions due?
Submissions are due at 11:59pm on Monday, October 18. Play submissions should be made via Google Form as a Microsoft Word of PDF file and will then be reviewed by a team of readers.
You’ll also be invited to attend a rehearsal on November 12 and have the opportunity to give feedback to the actors and director.
When will I find out if my play has been selected?
We’ll notify you by Wednesday, October 27.
When will I need to be available if my play is selected?
Two performances will be held virtually on November 13 & 14. You will also be invited to a rehearsal the day before to give feedback to the actors and director.
What are the ingredients?
The ingredients have been created from the ideas brainstormed in our playwriting workshops.
- A carpenter building an ark
- A blue sky
- A researcher pulling a vial out of the water to test
- A soliloquy from a fish
- A big pile of plastic bottles
- Greta Thornburg
Those who want to submit a play to the Bake-Off should include at least THREE of these ingredients in your play.
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, 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: HAROLD – male, 50s. Jeannie’s father.
How do you format a play?
An example of play formatting is posted here.
Write Christine Scarfuto: BakeOff(at)hvshakespeare.org.