Our new political play showcase is now an annual event!
sUBVERsIVE sHORTs Showcase
How many times have people tried to tell you that "political
theatre is dead in America"? Or repeated that nauseating
catch-phrase: "audiences just want to be entertained"?
Well, we at Subversive Theatre had to listen
to these lies twenty times too many and decided we should do something to help
illustrate -- and expand -- the vast smorgasbord of political plays that is
currently being written and performed throughout the U.S.
So over the years, we've repeatedly put out the call to playwrights
in every corner of the country to send us their best new political
plays. Each time around we've received a dizzying array of submissions on
just about every subject imaginable. We sort through them all and try to
choose a nice balance of styles -- comic and serious, absurdist and realistic,
metaphorical and literal -- to make up each "sUBVERsIVE sHORTs Showcase."
The "sHORTs" program
originally began as a biennial event. The first three installments came
in 2005, 2007, and 2009. But as this program has grown at a staggering
rate, we've felt it only right to make it a yearly event.
It's one of the very few new play competitions on
this Continent that focuses exclusively on political theatre, but the length,
breath, and quality of the works we receive time and time again is an
unmistakable testament to the fact that the tradition of political theatre is
still very much alive and kicking in modern day America!
If you're interested in submitting a play for next
time around -- sUBVERsIVE sHORTs 2012 -- e-mail our "sHORTs"
Curator Gina LaChacz* at firstname.lastname@example.org
to find out more about the submission process. Entries will be accepted
up till February 1st.