Full length plays are eligible for both our signature Salon Series and our Craft Development Readings. All submissions should fit under our mission to Explore Modern Myth, but we are particularly interested in plays that broaden the meaning of myth and explore what is mythical about our contemporary age. Plays selected for Salons will receive a two-week rehearsal and development process with actors, with extensive opportunity prior to that for rewriting and one-on-one time between the playwright and our Artistic Director and Dramaturge. Salons culminate in a staged reading, which are often done virtually but may be done in-person if a playwright is NYC-based. Craft Development Readings are single-day virtual events that give playwrights and actors time to hone their craft. Playwrights will receive usable feedback on their work via our take on the Critical Response method.
Our short play submissions are prompt-based and will undergo a page-to-stage development process with the company. This year’s prompt is “scenes from service.” Short play proposals should feature a legendary or mythological character in a service industry setting. After an in-depth development process, some of the selected plays will appear in our 2022 short play festival.
Writers can submit one full-length and one short, but not multiples of both.
We look forward to your submissions. Cheers to Exploring Modern Myth!
"Son of an Unknown Father" tells the story of the first Black saint of the Americas, Martin de Porres. Born into slavery in Lima, Peru in the 1600s, Martin aspired to break through the chains of his bondage by devoting his life to the Catholic Church. But no matter how virtuous Martin was, nothing could break through the barriers of his oppression. Until one day, Martin discovers he has the power to heal people with his bare hands. Suddenly viewed as the second son of God, people come from far and wide to meet the man with the magic hands. Martin's burden becomes too much and he is forced to make a decision - self-preservation or self-sacrifice?
In "Fire Thief," Prometheus uses the fire of the gods to bring about his ultimate creation: mankind. But when Prometheus steals the flame and bestows it upon his creations, there are consequences. Prometheus and his assistant, Ethon, duck divine judgment while attempting to foster the fire of invention in the minds of earth's greatest thinkers, authors, and artists. Other Olympians, including Prometheus's brother, Epimetheus, struggle to restore order. "Fire Thief: is an exploration of the worth and cost of creativity. questioning whether the next great idea is worth the damage the last great idea might have caused.
"The Wonder" is inspired by the first documented case of spiritual possession in America. Mary Roff's unearthly illness turns her family and the town of Watseka, Illinois upside down, that is, until Lurancy Vennum follows in her footsteps. The Wonder is a journey of hope, loss, undying familial love, and healing beyond the bounds of this world. Also, it's a ghost story. An American Midwest Gothic ghost story for mothers and daughters.
We hope you'll tune in for one or all of these phenomenal works in development, featuring the talents of 17 different actors over the three plays!
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We're so excited to bring you a modern, mythical lineup this spring!
The Salon Series is TSR's new works development lab. Historically, they have taken place in the artistic director's living room but, since Fall 2020, they’re now available wherever you log in to zoom!
We launched four new plays in 2020 and we are thrilled to bring you three new full lengths over the next three months, and six new short plays as part of our Feast & Famine Salon in June.
It’s a very exciting line up, we can’t wait to Explore Modern Myth with you!
Mark your calendars, and read on about the first Salon of the Season...
We managed to have a busy 2020, befitting a company that turned 5!
We produced our first ever remounted stage show in January, "Devices of Torture" by Caroline Bennett, we created 3 episodes of an in-home project with 45 artists over the first part of isolation "The Great Vanishing," and we launched a season of 4 virtual salons this past fall!
BONUS! Fractured Atlas will match any *NEW* donation to TSR of $100 or less, received by December 31st, 2020 (up to a total of $10,000 in matched funds over all projects).
*Your donation is considered “new” if you did not give in 2019.*
Our virtual salon season was dynamic, engaging, and full of works in development exploring modern myth, played wonderfully by a strong roster of actors. This year, we committed to compensating artists for their time across all projects, not just major productions. This is a big step for a small indie company!
Want to watch any salons from our virtual season?
Just click on a photo above or visit our YouTube channel!
Thanks for taking time to explore modern myth with us in this most extraordinary and often absurd, insane, and heartbreaking year. Broadway and other playhouses may be dark, but we independent artists are continuing to innovate. We appreciate you logging in, showing up, and bearing witness. We couldn't do it without you.