4th Annual 

Reading Series

Deadline to Submit: January 1st, 2020

*Or until 50 plays have been received*

What: A two-day, new play reading series on June 27th and 28th of 2020 that will
showcase the talents of playwrights from West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and
Maryland. Selected playwrights will have the chance to hear their plays read by a
company of professional actors and receive feedback from our knowledgeable
audience. All readings will take place at the Old Red Barn in beautiful Deep Creek
Lake, Maryland. Winning playwrights will also receive $150.00 to offset travel
and lodging costs (No stipend is given for winning playwrights who do not attend.)


Who is eligible: Playwrights who currently live full-time in West Virginia,
Pennsylvania, and Maryland.


What to send: E-mail a blind (name-removed) copy of an unproduced and
unpublished full-length play to oldredbarnreadingseries@gmail.com. In that e-mail,
please include your contact information for state verification.


For the sake of clarity, we define “produced” as any production where the actors,
directors, or playwright were compensated. Resubmissions from the previous year
are acceptable, provided rewrites have been completed. Musicals, ten minute plays,
and one act plays will not be accepted. Please also understand that we are a small
company in a rural environment, and while we do not limit subject matter in any
way, we must be realistic about casting choices when deciding which plays to
choose for a reading.
So please keep that in mind when deciding which play to
Process: After all samples have been received, plays will be divided by state and
sent to readers. Those readers will then pick their top two to be semi-finalists. All
semi-finalist plays will then be read and one winning playwright from each state
will be chosen. Notifications for semi-finalist selection will be completed by
March 1st. Final selection notifications will be sent by April 1st. All playwrights will
be notified regardless of selection, and all playwrights may request their reader
score sheets.


Other Important Information: There is no fee to submit and the contest will remain
open until January 1st or until fifty plays have been received. We will do our best
to respond to each submission when sent, but it may take us a day or two.


A Little About Us: We’ve been performing in and around Deep Creek Lake,
Maryland, every summer for the past fourteen years, making us one of the longest
running professional theatre companies in Western Maryland. We have a
wonderful and loyal base of audience members. Some of our audience were born
and raised in the local area, but some are also seasonal residents from places like
D.C., Baltimore, and Pittsburgh, which makes for a well-rounded crowd. Mostly,
though, we’re a bunch of people who gather together every summer to act, tell
stories, and be on stage – and we’d like the opportunity to involve you.

And no, we’re not any relation to that other Theatre on the Lake in Chicago. But
we’re sure they’re good people, too!


Questions? Those can be sent to the e-mail address above.

Theatre on the Lake's Old Red Barn Reading Series provides playwrights with a superb opportunity to hear their work brought to life by wonderfully talented and perceptive performers in a unique environment. I would recommend this competition to any dramatist seeking well-structured, informed feedback from skilled actors and a knowledgeable audience.

-Timothy Ruppert, 2017 P.A. Winner

My experience with Theatre on the Lake was very pleasant. Nice people, beautiful locale, and a productive talk-back that gave me some good ideas for revising my play.

-Brent Englar, 2017 M.D. Winner