Theatre Conspiracy is adding a new element to its new play contest this year and inviting the public to attend a new play preview party on Saturday July 17 nd vote on which script will win the company's annual contest.
Now in its 13th year Theatre Conspiracy's new play contest has grown to attract hundreds of scripts from dozens of countries around the world, said Bill Taylor, artistic director.
"Last year we receive 487 scripts from playwrights in the United States, Canada and Europe, Taylor said. He is the founder of Theatre Conspiracy.
"This year we should match that same amount of entries but were still sifting through the stacks of scripts piled up in my office," he said.
The new play preview party, a fund-raiser for next season, will feature readings from the top three scripts that have been submitted. The evening will start with a pre-show reception featuring refreshments and hors d oeuvres followed by a scene reading from the first script then a short intermission while the stage is reset.
The second reading will also be followed by an intermission and at the completion of the third scene the audience will have the opportunity to iscuss the scenes with Taylor and then vote for his or her favorite script. The winning play will be announced that night and produced in October.
Tickets to the event cost $50 and will include refreshments during the intermissions and a voucher good for one ticket to a performance of the winning play in October. For reservations call the Theatre Conspiracy box office at (239)936-3239 or purchase tickets online at www.theatreconspiracy.org. Theatre Conspiracy performs in the Foulds Theatre in the Alliance of the Arts at 10091 McGregor Boulevard in Fort Myers.