2018 WCAA Steampunk Play Festival

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The Wayne County Arts Alliance (WCAA) is pleased to announce its first Steampunk Play Festival as part of the festivities of Honesdale’s Steampunk Weekend. The date of the festival is tentatively July 22nd, 2018. The WCAA will begin accepting submissions October 1st 2017. The Deadline for submissions is May 1st, 2018.

We are seeking one act plays the explore the Steampunk genre. We are especially interested in plays that evoke the work of the Decadents, the subject matter or sentiments of the Penny Dreadfuls, or the traditions of the Grand Guignol.

Playwrights will be given the opportunity to present a one act play or portion of their work in a staged reading or as staged as they prefer as part of a festival setting. We offer a blank stage, lighting and sound. Each playwright can present as they wish in terms of highly rehearsed, costumes, props etc. Chosen playwrights are in charge of casting and getting their own director. The WCAA will provide the stage manager and production manager for the festival.


  • Plays must be 10-15 minutes in length.
  • Plays must be original, previously unproduced works.
  • Only one submission per playwright.
  • There is a submission fee of $20, which comes with a complimentary single membership to the WCAA. This fee is waived for current WCAA members.
  • Plays must use and explore the steampunk genre. Plays that draw stylistic inspiration from the Fin de siècle period are preferred. Invoking Penny Dreadfuls or the Grand Guignol is encouraged.
  • All submissions must be received by May 1st, 2018.
  • Three of the submitted plays will be chosen to be performed at the Steampunk Weekend. Winners will be notified by May 15th, 2018.
  • All submissions must include the following:
    • A properly formatted script as an attachment, with title, name of playwright, and contact information.
    • Estimated running time.
    • All relevant information about the performance.
  • The WCAA will provide a stage, lights, and sound. All other props, costumes, or other materials needed must be provided by the playwright.
  • All productions must take no more than 30 minutes to set up, and no more than 30 minutes to tear down, making the stage ready for the next performance.
  • There will be tech rehearsal available the day before the festival. Appointments for tech rehearsal with the selected playwrights will be arranged.
  • All submissions should be emailed to waynecountyartsalliance@gmail.com.
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