Curtain Players presents an annual forum new plays to receive their first voice in front of an audience. For complete submission and program details, click HERE.
Annual readers theatre weekend
Coming January 2017
- Open to playwrights residing in Franklin and contiguous counties and or/with a past or current relationship to Curtain Players.
- Submissions are due August 31, 2016. A selection panel will choose at least one submission for presentation.
- Submitted scripts — only non-musicals — should have a run time of 80 to 120 minutes.
- These must be new plays, not previously presented in a fully staged production or published in any form, or under any option for production or publication.
- Plays should be suitable for modest staging in a readers theatre format, that meaning: for casts no fewer than two or more than 12 actors (although more characters are permitted with doubling), and without overly elaborate special effects or set requirements.
- Curtain Players provides the playing space, rehearsal space, very basic stage lighting, sound playback equipment, and promotion of the production on its website.
- Selected playwrights are responsible for finding directors and performers, although Curtain Players can provide assistance.
- Curtain Players provides no payment or other compensation to the playwright, director, or actors involved. The author retains all rights to future use of the play.
A Message from the President
Read the latest update from Curtain Players President Jill Taylor.
Our Big Outdoor Adventure
Updated: March 18, 2016
- Spotlight: 'Earnest' First of Six on Season 54 Slate
- Jul 27: All Players Tix On Sale Online August 1
- Jul 26: Board Next Meets August 9
- Jul 26: 'Earnest' Set Build Saturdays August 13 & 20
- Jul 25: Season Ticket Advance Sale July 25-31
- Jul 25: 'Anne Frank' Script Review August 3
- Jul 18: Ten on Playhouse Work Day Team
- Jul 14: Cast Named for Opener 'Earnest'
- Jul 12: Shopping Amazon Benefits Players
- Jul 10: 'Anne Frank' Script Review, Tryouts Set
- See all Curtain Players news. >
In the Spotlight
'Earnest' First of Six on Season 54 Slate
Curtain Players has announced six scripts for production during the 2016-2017 season. The Season 54 offerings include three classic and timeless stories still relevant today, a wedding day comedy focusing on the bridesmaids, a Pulitzer Prize-winning contemporary family drama, and an edgy comedy about a retired showbiz chimpanzee.
The 2016-2017 lineup:
The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde… Two wealthy London bachelors each pretend to be a fictitious man called Earnest in order to win over two eligible young ladies, despite the ladies’ avowed preference for that name alone — and the interference of the intimidatingly proper Lady Bracknell — in Wilde’s “trivial comedy for serious people.” Directed by Jeb Bigelow… September 9-25, 2016
The Diary of Anne Frank by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett, newly adapted by Wendy Kesselman… In this gripping new adaptation, newly discovered writings from the diary of Anne Frank, as well as survivor accounts, are interwoven to create a contemporary impassioned story of the lives of people persecuted under Nazi rule. This is an adaptation for a new generation able to confront the true horrors of the Holocaust. Directed by Marla Williams… October 21-November 6, 2016
Anne of Green Gables adapted by Peter DeLaurier from the novel by L.M. Montgomery… When aging brother and sister Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert send to the orphanage in Nova Scotia for a boy to help them on the farm, they get more than they bargain for. Due to a mix-up, they are instead left with 11-year-old Anne Shirley. Over the course of six years, this romantic, hot-headed, and energetic girl wins their hearts and turns the stodgy, rural Canadian community into a bright world of “kindred spirits.” Directed by Jason Speicher… December 2-18, 2016
Five Women Wearing the Same Dress by Alan Ball… During an ostentatious wedding reception at a Knoxville, Tennessee, estate, five reluctant, identically clad bridesmaids hide out in an upstairs bedroom, each with her own reason to avoid the proceedings below. As the afternoon wears on, these five very different women joyously discover a common bond in this wickedly funny, irreverent and touching celebration of the women’s spirit. Directed by Heather Schultz… February 10-26, 2017
Rabbit Hole by David Lindsay-Abaire… The Pulitzer Prize-winning play explores the grieving process of a couple who have lost their only child to a senseless car accident and are now attempting to survive the enormous loss that threatens to bring them down.Directed by Kate Tull… March 24-April 9, 2017
Trevor by Nick Jones… Inspired by true events, Trevor is a subversive comedy about fame, success, and the lies we tell ourselves in order to keep people from taking away an erratic, 200-pound chimpanzee. At the center of this hilarious and heart-wrenching play are two individuals fighting against a world unable to understand their love: Trevor, a chimpanzee who once performed in commercials, and his owner Sandra, who swears he would never hurt a fly… at least not on purpose. A moving exploration of family, flawed communication, and humanity. Directed by Michael Fusco… May 5-21, 2017
Curtain Players productions in 2016-2017 are again to be staged for eight performances over three weekends on the Friday-Saturday/Friday-Saturday-Sunday/Friday-Saturday-Sunday platform. Curtain times on Friday and Saturdays are 8 PM, on Sundays they are 2 PM.