April 19, 2018

Seeking Submissions for the 2018 Midwest Dramatists Conference

The Midwest Dramatists Center ('MDC”) is pleased to announce the second Midwest Dramatists Conference, to take place September 27-29, 2018. MDC is a Kansas City, Missouri-based organization and we invite play submissions from playwrights across the country.

Industry professionals from New York City, Beth Blickers (literary agent with APA), and Sean Grennan (playwright), will attend play readings held during the conference and conduct workshops for the playwrights whose plays have been selected for the conference. Additional adjudicators will be announced on our website this summer.

We are currently seeking 10-minute plays with no limitations on theme. The plays must have no more than four characters and be unpublished, but previous productions or readings are acceptable. The deadline for submissions is May 20th, 2018, and selected playwrights will be notified by July 15th, 2018. Up to 48 playwrights will be selected. There is no submission fee, the conference will provide actors and directors, and the number of submissions will be capped at 500. Only one submission per playwright is allowed.

For selected playwrights, conference registration is $220, and playwrights whose plays are chosen are required to attend to have their plays read. Conference registration includes opening night reception, breakfast and afternoon snacks Friday and Saturday, a Gala dinner held Saturday night, Saturday morning breakout sessions, as well as feedback on their plays by the adjudicators and the MDC literary manager during the readings. More details about the conference will be announced at www.midwestdramatists.org.

Please send scripts to director@midwestdramatists.org as a blind submission (no name or other identifying information) and include a brief biography and any production history in a separate document.

The conference will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn in Olathe, Kansas, 12080 S Strang Line Road. There is a special hotel discount for artists visiting from out of town. Please contact us if you need accommodations.


April 3, 2018

Darren Canady's "Black Butterflies" at KC Repertory Theatre




This month MDC will not have a regular reading at the Writers Place and instead join member playwright Darren Canady at the Kansas City Rep for reading of his new play Black Butterflies.

Following the life of three teenage girls in juvenile detention, Black Butterflies offers a searing, beautiful look at resilience and humanity from within a broken education and justice system. It's a riveting drama that will leave you breathless.

Black Butterflies
at Kansas City Rep
Monday, April 9 at 7:00 PM - Spencer Lounge
Directed by Lauren Spencer

RSVP for free tickets here


March 6, 2018

David Hanson's "In the Dark" Reading Mar. 12

Join us for an experimental theatrical reading of David Hanson's new work, In the Dark.

The audience will literally be blindfolded leaving only the other 4 senses to experience the story of a campaign strategist caught in between forces that not only threaten an election but also the people she loves.

Featuring Jordan Fox, Kelli Morford, Mike Ott, and Nicole Santorella bringing you a story of just how far one woman can be In the Dark.

7:00 pm March 12, The Writers Place, 3607 Pennsylvania Avenue, Kansas City, MO 64111. Free!