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Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Humble Play Appalachian New Play Festival open for submissions

(This news courtesy Gordon Simmons)

ARTS/West announces applications for HUMBLE PLAY: Appalachian new play festival

Athens, OH March 12, 2007– ARTS/West, Athens community gateway to the arts, 132 W. State St., is partnering with the Athens Community to present the 2nd Annual HUMBLE PLAY: APPALACHIAN NEW PLAY FESTIVAL this coming October 1-7, 2007 and they are pleased to invite submissions from adventurous playwrights, directors, and theater companies.

Acknowledging gifted writers and directors with new plays that speak to a regional audience, ARTS/West will open its doors for these new works October 1-7, 2007.

PARTICIPATION: We are seeking plays that will highlight the work and the playwrights, actors and directors of Appalachia generally and Southeastern Ohio specifically. Plays will be rated on the some of the following criteria: Does the playwright use language well? Is the dialogue believable within the world the playwright has created? Does the work tell a story? Is the story clearly told? Is the story accessible to an Appalachian audience? Does it involve human values, morals, and ideas with which we can identify, whether we agree with them or not? There are three categories this year including: “Playwright”, “Company”, and “Youth Division.” Each division has a separate application and application fee.

A script committee will review each play submitted. Be concise and clear in your application; the committee is interested in your evaluation of the play you’ve submitted, which is where you will impress.

APPLICATIONS: Applications will be accepted from March 19 to July 2, 2007

All applications must be postmarked on or before July 2, 2007


You may not submit more than two projects and each project must be submitted as a separate application.

Applications will be available at the ARTS/West office and by requesting one via email at

The mission of ARTS/West is to make facilities, resources, and opportunities available to artists, community children and area residents. The facility is a centralized, cultural hub situated in an evolving Arts District on the west side of Athens, ARTS/West harnesses community focus for all individuals engaged in the creation, performance and exhibition of the arts and promotes activities preserving the beauty, heritage and regional flavour of our town