North Park Playwright Festival
Our goal in building the
North Park Vaudeville and Candy Shoppe was to provide a small theater
to produce new, untested plays. In support of this goal we have
produced the North Park Playwright
Festival each October. The festival provides a platform for brand new, short
(ten minute), plays written by playwrights from around the world.
Over the past seventeen years more than 600 new plays have been
We encourage new directors and actors to become involved in theater
through the festival as well. Through the North Park Playwright
Festival over ninety playwrights, directors, and actors each year are
able to showcase their talents. We invite interested playwrights
to submit work to the festival. Please follow the guidelines
North Park Playwright Video
Thanks to James Cota for the wonderful video
We are looking for:
1. Short new plays (no more
than 12 pages, less is fine) that are easily staged and have casts
with no more than four people. Our theater is very small and we
normally use a minimal set concept in this festival. We have to
be able to change sets in just a few minutes as we do six to seven
plays each evening of the festival. We don't have space for large
2. We request new work. A play that has
had workshops or one or two previous productions is OK, but we are not
interested in work that has been produced in numerous other
places. Our goal in building the theater was to have a place to
produce brand new work and let playwrights have a chance to see their
work done for the first time.
3. We seek complete plays rather than excerpts from
a larger work.
4. Work will be chosen by the directors we have in
the festival. It is not a "contest" and we are not really judging
plays in the formal sense. The directors choose the plays we will
produce, within the production budget guidelines we give them.
5. Most subject matter is OK. We don't do nudity or off color humor.
6. We ask that all submissions be sent to us via
snail mail at the theater. Address is: North Park Vaudeville and
Candy Shoppe, 2031 El Cajon Blvd., San Diego, CA 92104, Attn Summer
Golden, Artistic Director. We have too much trouble with
differing email, word processing, and computer platform issues to take
them via email. Additionally, our selection process requires the
directors read the plays submitted and the cost of printing all the
plays we receive each year is prohibitive. Please insure
submissions have a title page with complete contact information (including email), a
character summary, and are in proper script form. There is no
charge to enter. No need to go to the post office. You can just staple your play together, put in a business size envelope and drop in the mail. You can print on both sides if you want to save postage.
7. Submissions must be postmarked by June 30, 2020.  Please do not send plays by any method that requires a signature from us. We are not often at the theater when delivery occurs.  We will email notice of receipt to all playwrights submitting plays.
8. Send only one script. Multiple
do not increase chances of production.
We are trying to support new work and involve actors,
playwrights, and directors of all experience levels. We have had a wide
variety of artists involved from very experienced to first time
directors and actors, to an 8 year old playwright (very short, well
received play). We feel having a wide range of experience
involved helps the new people learn from the more experienced.
We really appreciate your interest in our theater.
Jeff Bushnell and Summer
North Park Vaudeville and
2031 El Cajon Blvd.
San Diego, CA 92104