The Union County College Alumni Association, together with the Student Government Association, are hosting the First Annual Owl Theatre 10-Minute Play Competition. All current and former Union County College students, faculty, and staff are invited to participate.

All play submissions are due by Friday, September 30, 2011. Plays may not run longer than 10 minutes. All scripts must be submitted in Microsoft Word, and cast size can range from 1 to 5 people. Ages of the actors may vary since the plays will be performed by students, alumni, staff, and faculty. Plays will be performed on a blank stage with rehearsal cubes, chairs, and tables. There will be no special effects or special lighting. Actors will use their own wardrobe. Hand props may be provided by the playwright. Union County College will handle theater operations, including lighting, seating, box office, and venue management.

The play submissions will be judged by a screening panel of students and alumni. The panel will select 10 plays which will be performed in the Roy Smith Theatre on the Cranford Campus during the weekend of November 11-13, 2011. The audience will vote on the best play, with the top three prizes awarded at the end of the three-day run of performances. First prize is a $100 gift card to the College Bookstore; second prize is a $50 gift card; third prize is a $25 gift card. All three winners will also receive trophies.

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To ensure that submissions are “blind,” two title pages should be prepared. “Title Page 1” should include the playwright’s name, address, phone number(s) and email(s) address. It should also state if the playwright is a current or past student, faculty, or staff member. This page will be removed when the script is sent to the panel for review. “Title Page 2” should only contain the play’s title. The script should include page numbers and the playwright’s name should appear only on “Title Page 1.”

Entrance to the event is free. Evening performances will be held on Friday, November 11, 2011 and Saturday, November 12, 2011. A matinee performance will be held on Sunday, November 13, 2011.

In order for a script to be judged, it should be forwarded to by Friday, September 30, 2011.