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2020 Underground New Play Festival

THE MYSTERIOUS

TCR’s tenth annual Underground New Play Festival will be held August 13 – 23, 2020. This year’s submissions reflect the theme “The Mysterious” and will feature one-act plays written by playwrights with Iowa connections.

2020 THEME AND PLAY DEVELOPMENT FOCUS

After the success of a themed 2019 Festival, we decided to continue with themed submissions. This Festival includes one-acts addressing the theme “The Mysterious.” We are putting out a call for creative takes on this theme which can include the mysteries of existence, a murder mystery, or whatever your interpretation may be!

Part of the Festival will also be a focus on development of the script. After script selection, writers receive feedback and assistance in further developing plays for production. The Underground team will provide feedback and resources to help make sure writers’ intentions with the piece come through loud and clear on the page. When it’s clear on the page, it’s ready to grow in the hands of a director and performers. Writers should come ready to grow their work.

2019/20 underground new play festival committee

  • Angie Toomsen TCR Artistic Director
  • Emma Drtina Co-Coordinator
  • Rachel Potthoff Co-Coordinator/Festival Production Lead

IMPORTANT DATES

Performances will take place August 13 – 23, 2020.

Playwrights

  • January 20, 2020 Submissions due by 11:59 p.m. (See application and submission guidelines below)
  • February 21, 2020 Selected Plays Announced (via e-mail, TCR website, and social media)

Directors

  • March 6, 2020 Director Applications due by 5:00 p.m. (See application below)
  • March 20, 2020 Selected Directors Announced (via e-mail, TCR website, and social media)
  • June 21 & 22, 2020 Auditions at 7:00 p.m.
  • June 23, 2020 Callbacks

Actors

  • June 21 & 22, 2020 Auditions at 7:00 p.m.
  • June 23, 2020 Callbacks

2020 UNDERGROUND NEW PLAY FESTIVAL PLAY SELECTIONS

  • A New Year by Brian Tanner
  • Barrymore or the Case of the Missing Red Herring by Brian Tanner
  • Basic Accounting by Emily Golden
  • Basilicata by Ali Ajram
  • The Broadcast by Billo O’Loughlin
  • The Case of the Missing Cookie by Tristan Maynard
  • Chicken Needle Soup by Matt Fisher
  • Lost in Flavortown by Zachary Johnson
  • The Photographer by Brian Markowski
  • Reubal Sleuth Solves Another One by Mike Miersen
  • The Slayer of Alien Gods by Brigid Martin
  • The Tempest at Shnuz U Luz by Tristan Maynard
  • W.I.S.E. Inc. by Duane Larson

DIRECTOR APPLICATION