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Equity Library Theatre Chicago is seeking submissions of new, full length plays for a 2017 Staged Reading. One script will be selected and produced as a staged reading with an experienced director and an all Equity cast; the playwright will also be awarded $300.

Because this will be part of our ongoing All Access Reading Series, in addition to overall excellence, ELT will give preference to plays with protagonists who are women, people of color, LGBTQ, and/or disabled.

Plays previously selected and performed as part of All Access are COME BACK, by Neil Haven; THE UDMURTS, by David Zellnik; FLYING, by Sheila Cowley; and THE NAMES, by Paul Lewis.

You may submit scripts via email, as a PDF or Word document, with the play’s title in the subject line to ELTChicago@gmail.com June 1-June 30, 2017. Please include a brief synopsis, character breakdown, development history, and contact information. PLEASE NOTE: We will accept scripts that have been submitted in past years. No submission fee.




Equity Library Theatre Chicago has a long and distinguished history. Founded in 1952, ELT is an affiliate of Actors Equity Association, the union of professional actors and stage managers in the United States. ELT is also one of Chicago's oldest ongoing non-profit producing organizations. Most recently, ELT has presented staged readings of new plays at Chicago Dramatists, The Athenaeum, Stage 773, Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre, and The Hubbard St. Lofts by nationally known playwrights Sheila Cowley, Marisa Smith, Frank Farrell, Paul Lewis, David Zellnik, Neil Haven, George Brant and Ian August. Members of ELT Chicago have received grants from the City of Chicago (DCASE) and Art Spark to help us expand access to artists and audiences as we produce new work free to the public.


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