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2014 marks the eleventh installment of the Actors’ Theatre annual 10 minute play festival, Living on the Edge.  We cordially extend an invitation to interested Michigan writers to submit a script for consideration.

The deadline for scripts will be March 12, 2014.  Actors’ Living on the Edge committee will read all scripts.  From the initial submission, ten semi-finalists will be selected for a public reading, to be held in April of 2014. All writers whose work is not selected for public reading will receive written feedback on their work by May 1st, 2014. 

The reading of the fifteen scripts presented on a Saturday in April (Date/Time TBA) at Spectrum Theater, 160 Fountain Street.  At the public reading playwrights will receive verbal and written feedback on their piece. Based on audience response and feedback, the Living on the Edge committee will choose five finalists from the scripts read at the public reading.  These finalists will receive full production from June 19-21, 2014 in the “black box” performance space (Room 201 – Spectrum Theater Building).

The writers whose scripts are chosen for final production will receive $100. The theme this year that writers are asked to respond to is “Desperate Moves”. We encourage playwrights to consider the following as they craft their submission:

·         The five scripts chosen will be performed before an audience. We always encourage writers to create pieces that will be dynamic and engaging when presented by performers on stage.

·          We're excited to read your submission so choose any direction that is exciting and productive for you as a writer.  If you’re excited about the direction, it’s more likely that we will see that in your submission as well.

·         Craft a 10 minute play highlighting an aspect of the chosen theme.  It can tie in broadly or very specifically, but relevance to the theme is a key consideration in selection.

Submit your play, including a brief synopsis, by email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and include “LOTE XI” in the subject line.  Submissions will also be accepted via U.S. mail to

Actors’ Theatre
143 Bostwick NE
Grand Rapids, MI, 49503

on or before March 12, 2013. To be considered, the playwright must currently reside in the state of Michigan, or have resided within the last twelve months.  All submissions must include a cover page that lists your name, address, phone number, email, title of play, total number of actors, and a brief synopsis of the work. Please do not list your name on any page other than your cover so that all plays may be read with anonymity by the committee.  Final production decisions will be based on originality, ability to cast and produce, and the way the plays chosen fit together for an evening of theatre.


Backstage DramaThe Mission

BACKSTAGE DRAMA is a web series, created to raise funds for community and independent theaters. The first five episodes of the Emmy® Award winning web series is provided, free of charge, for your viewing enjoyment. You are then invited to “Support” the project – and the theater of your choice – with the purchase of a BACKSTAGE PASS.

Your $10.00 investment will give you SPECIAL access “backstage” to additional web content, exclusive celebrity interviews, deleted scenes and out takes, as well as extended music available just for you! And, 30% of your purchase will support Actors Theatre when you specify us when purchasing a BACKSTAGE PASS.

Backstage Drama -2The Story

New Jersey native, Sandy Mezzini witnesses a murder committed by thugs in a drug cartel and is placed into witness protection as a janitor in the community theater of Grand River, Michigan.

What SMASH is to Broadway, BACKSTAGE DRAMA is to Community Theater!

The Emmy® Award winning series showcases and celebrates the enormous talents found in the theater community, in cities large and small, across the country. Produced and Created by the award winning team of Fubble Entertainment, Teresa L. Thome and Patrick W. Ziegler, the episodes include original music by Tony® Award winning performer, Levi Kreis, and Chicago natives and Harold Arlen Award winning team Cheryl Coons and Chuck Larkin.

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