The Parsnip Ship is always looking for new plays and new voices...
but for our third season, especially as we experience the current administration’s policies, we are incredibly interested in plays that address the modern world or are written by playwrights whose voices are underrepresented in it. As a play series who believes there are as many distinctive styles and voices as there are playwrights, we remain open to a wide range of plays that will engage audiences in an intimate setting and on a podcast format. We see our recordings as a fun collaborative effort between us, the playwright, the directors, musicians and the actors.
Some questions we like to ask ourselves as we consider a play:
1. Does the play work in an audio only format (can it be performed by 5 actors or less)?
2. Is the play diverse and/or innovative in perspective, voice or content?
3. Is the play exciting and unexpected?
Before you send in your play for consideration, take a listen to one of our episodes from Season Two as it best encompasses what we strive for both for the actual play reading and for our published readings.
We will be accepting full length submissions by individual playwrights, playwrights/director teams, playwright/director/music teams from February 15 - March 31, 2017 for our third season (September 2017 - June 2018). We fully encourage individual playwrights to apply; Iyvon will work with you to pair a director, cast, and musical guest from our pool of amazing collaborators. Please follow the instructions below to apply:
***Once you hit "Submit" you will be given an email address to send your play to,
do not close your window before you receive the email address.***
We will update playwrights on the status of their submission on May 15, 2017.
WORKING WITH US
Once you're a part of the season, Iyvon will work with you on the creative aspects of your play and Eric will work with you on the production elements. Here's a timeline we like to use for each episode:
- Pre-season (summer): Playwright's BBQ at Cloud City; email headshots in before August 10
- 2 months prior to episode - script finalized, casting solid or solidifying
- 6 wks - Production Meeting - Iyvon, Eric, Playwright, Director, Musical Guest
Microphones: we use the typical handheld/cable mics most theaters use (SM58's) through a small mixing board. As such we have six (6) mics for the performers (5 actors, 1 stage direction reader), and three (3) mic/lines for our musical guest (usually for a singer to accompany themselves or for them and an accompanist).
Record Sheet: please fill out the following information. This form must be completed TWO WEEKS prior to recording.
- 4-1 wks - rehearse on your own (optional, some groups prefer some extra time)
- 2-1 wks - 1 four-hour boardroom style rehearsal in Midtown with Iyvon
- Day of:
2:00 - 5:00 - Rehearsal at venue with Eric
6:00 - Sound Check
7:00 - Performance (Introduction, Song 1, Act 1, Song 2, Act 2, Song 3)
9:00 - Interview (Song 4)
PERFORM ON THE SHOW
Actor, musician, or want to be otherwise involved on the show? Send a brief introduction with your resume/online headshot (if actor) or online music profile (if musician). Or, want to bring us to your hometown? Drop us a line!