New Plays from the Heartland Competition

About this Competition

The Mike Dobbins Memorial New Plays from the Heartland (NPH) provides Midwestern playwrights a chance to share their original plays with residents of Central Illinois. Heartland Theatre Company solicits new, never-produced one-act plays from writers in nine Midwestern States: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin. The deadline for submissions was April 1, 2018.  Plays are now under consideration.

The winning plays are:

BLESS ME FATHER by John Adams, Richmond Heights MO

THE DREAM TELLER by Sally Domet, Cincinnati OH

CHARACTER ARC by Emily Hageman, Sioux City IA

Play submissions are judged for excellence by a panel of judges who review all of the submitted plays to choose the top six entries. The six finalists are then sent without identification to a final judge, an experienced playwright with national prominence, who chooses the final three plays for a staged reading at our theatre.

The three winning plays are presented as fully staged readings (costumes, lighting, props, blocking) on July 13, 14 and 15. On July 12, our guest playwright offers a forum for playwrights with tips for writing successful plays. On July 13, the three winning playwrights receive an exclusive master class in the afternoon with our visiting nationally-known playwright Marie Kohler, and are honored at a playwrights reception following the performance that night.

About the competition: HOW TO SUBMIT YOUR PLAY

Previous Winners of New Plays from the Heartland

Heartland Theatre Company is dedicated to providing new playwrights a forum for recognition in our theatre and our community.

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