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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. 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 on November 24 at the Depot Theater in Garrison, NY.

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

Anyone who has attended any of the recent workshops in Fall 2019 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 of PDF file to BakeOff@hvshakespeare.org by MIDNIGHT on Sunday, October 27. They will then be reviewed by a team of readers.

When will I find out if my play has been selected?

We’ll notify you by Sunday, November 10.

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

Two performances will be held in the afternoon and evening of November 24 at the Depot Theatre in Garrison, NY. 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. They are:

  • Combine tractor
  • Burning leaves
  • A hayride
  • Kids dressed for Halloween
  • The moon
  • A frightened stag attempting to cross route 9A
  • A dirt road
  • A scary story told by a campfire
  • A premonition
  • An old, dusty trunk
  • A basket of apples

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, 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: HAROLD – male, 50s. Jeannie’s father.

How do you format a play?

An example of play formatting is posted here.

Have questions?

Write Christine Scarfuto: BakeOff(at)hvshakespeare.org.

Additional Resources:

Research on the harvest in the Hudson Valley through history

Now, get writing!


Sponsored by a Humanities New York Vision/Action Grant