The Play's The Thing 2020

The Play's The Thing - Festival of New Plays

January 24-26, 2020 | A2CT Studio

The Play’s the Thing is back! This popular play reading festival is a unique collaboration between playwrights and audience members. Playwrights hear their works read and the audience gives feedback to facilitate new play development. Each performance features plays of varying lengths, and every playwright will be on hand to join in the rehearsals and post-show discussion with the audience, actors, and directors.


Submissions of 10-minute, one-act and full-length plays are being accepted between November 15, 2019 and December 6, 2019 for Ann Arbor Civic Theatre’s new play festival, The Play’s the Thing. The festival runs Friday, January 24 and Saturday, January 25 at 8pm, and Sunday, January 26 at 2pm. Each play selected for the festival will be presented as a concert reading with actors and directors provided by A2CT. Playwrights are required to attend the reading of their play and participate in a talkback with the audience after the performance. The goal of the festival is to support new and emerging playwrights, engage audiences and encourage the

production of new plays regionally.

Submission guidelines are listed below. If you have any questions or concerns about the guidelines, please contact,, at least three days before the submission deadline.

1. Submit electronic copies of a .docx or pdf to

2. Include the title of your play on each page, but only include your name on the title page.

3. Use standard play formatting with one inch margins all around, 12 pt. font, centered character names, etc.

3. 10-minute play submissions must have a running time of 10 minutes or less.

4. One-act plays may run from 10 minutes to 50 minutes.

5. Full-lengths may run from 50 to 120 minutes.

6. Each playwright may submit up to three (3) pieces of work.

7. Submissions must be new in that they have never received a full production.*

*Previous readings and festivals are fine.