Speaking of Stories is seeking short story submissions for two upcoming productions, Holiday Memories December 6-9, 2018 and Personal Stories February 24-27, 2019. These productions are inspired by the Moth Radio program, but with a Speaking of Stories twist. Original first person true stories performed by their authors, in performances that range from scripted readings to storytelling. We have had such a wonderful response to our past Personal Stories performances, that this year we are adding a Holiday-themed version. This will be the same format and structure as the Personal Stories shows, but the stories will be centered on Holiday Memories.
Holiday Memories - December 6-9, 2018
Personal Stories - February 24-27, 2019
For Holiday Memories the stories should be center on a Holiday event, comic or poignant. For Personal Stories the subject matter can be wide open. In both cases they should be first-person true stories, 5-10 minutes in length. The final performances will be a mix of different types of stories ranging from hysterical to bittersweet.
The selection of stories for the performances will be a 2-phase process. Artistic Director, Maggie Mixsell, will review the submissions and select those stories that she feels will best translate to the stage. This group will then be invited to audition. From the auditions she will select the final stories/authors for the show and they will receive one-on-one coaching and direction in preparation for the final performances. Maggie will work with the authors to determine the style of performance that best suits each selection. Everyone is welcome to submit, and you can submit stories for each performance. Please share this announcement with anyone you think might be interested. Past Personal Stories productions have included an eclectic group that included professional actors who were making their first attempt at writing, published writers who were performing their works for the first time and pretty much everything else in between.
First-person true stories
Word count 500-1500
5 to 10 minutes when read aloud
Performances at Center Stage Theater:
Digital submissions preferred in Word or PDF documents
Stories can be submitted by email to:firstname.lastname@example.org
or hard copy to:
Speaking of Stories
751 Paseo Nuevo
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
If you have any questions or would like additional information call 805-963-8198 or email email@example.com
Submission & Selection Schedules:
Submission Deadline: Monday November 5
Auditions: Selections announced November 9, auditions November 12-16
Final Selections announced November 19
Performances at Center Stage - December 6-9, 2018
Submission Deadline: Monday December 3
Auditions: Selections announced December 10, auditions December 14-19
Final Selections announced December 21
Performances at Center Stage - February 24-27, 2019 as part of the Speaking of Stories 25th season
Maggie will will work with authors on any rewrites or notes and schedule rehearsals. There will be a few group rehearsals and individual rehearsals for each performance. If you have any questions please email firstname.lastname@example.org.