New Play Development

Florida Studio Theatre seeks to present the best new plays being written in America today. The purpose of FST’s New Play Development Program is to find new plays for our audience.

In theatre, the “process” is spoken of with the highest regard, as the essential component of creation. The playwright has a process that is often longer and more solitary than any other theatre artist. The process of page-to-stage often takes years of rewriting and reimagining. FST recognizes the playwright’s need for process.

Every playwright works differently and so it is nearly impossible to say, “we work this way” in New Play Development. It is our job to be flexible. Whether in person, online, closed door workshops or roundtable readings, New Play Development entails any combination of processes.

You, the audience, get to see some of the fruits of New Play Development during the Sarasota Festival of New Plays in May. In the Richard and Betty Burdick Play Reading Series, the public gets a first look at plays in process. Playwrights from around the country come to Sarasota for a week of rehearsal and the opportunity to see their plays on stage in a workshop production.

New Play Development is not only for adults. Creativity is a lifelong process. FST annually produces Under Six, a collage of plays by writers in kindergarten through the sixth grade during our Young Playwrights Festival. Read more about the WRITE A PLAY program. 

As every playwright will attest, the object of so much process is a fully-staged production. FST is committed to getting writers to the stage and is proud to share this commitment with an alliance of theatres across the country with a similar mission. FST is a member of the National New Play Network (NNPN), a vital force in championing the development, production and continued life of new plays in American theatre.

FST’s audiences have seen many recent examples of plays that have benefited or originated from New Play Development. Black Pearl Sings! by Frank Higgins was featured in the Burdick Play Reading Series in 2008 before gaining critical and audience acclaim as part of the 2009 Mainstage Season and going on to be one of the most produced plays in the country. In 2010, Shotgun by John Biguenet was produced at FST as a Rolling World Premiere through NNPN and in partnership with Southern Repertory Theatre and Orlando Shakespeare Theater. In 2012, Jericho by Jack Canfora was produced as a Rolling World Premiere through NNPN.

In 2014, FST presented the WORLD PREMIERE of Tom Jones by Mark Brown. Based on the ground-breaking novel by Henry Fielding, Tom Jones is a rollicking romp through the back alleys and bed chambers of England. It is through New Play Development that we work to keep the theatre artform growing, evolving, and always relevant for our audience.

In 2015, FST presented Dancing Lessons by Mark St. Germain which had previously been produced in the Richard and Betty Burdick Reading Series in 2014.

In 2016, FST presents the NNPN ROLLING WORLD PREMIERE of Relativity by Mark St. Germain. FST commissioned St. Germain to write
Relativity in 2015.


ARE YOU A PLAYWRIGHT?

Thank you for your interest in new plays at Florida Studio Theatre. We are looking for submissions of full-length plays, musicals, and musical revues. Submitted plays are considered for possible inclusion in future seasons on all three stages and the Richard and Betty Burdick Play Reading Series. FST is especially interested in plays that present diverse perspectives on current social and political themes.

Please submit your plays through a literary agent or accompanied by a letter of recommendation by a theatre professional (i.e. – an Artistic Director or Literary Manager at a professional theatre). Submit a full script and character breakdown. If you are submitting a musical, please include a CD/mp3s.

Before submitting your work, we strongly encourage you to review FST’s production history to get a sense of the type of material we produce. View our production history. 

Florida-based writers without representation, please introduce your work to FST by submitting a query letter, a brief synopsis (including cast requirements), and a 10-page dialogue sample. Please also include a self-addressed, stamped envelope if you would like your materials returned. Regarding any playwrights outside the state of Florida, FST is unable to accept unrepresented samples at this time.

Submit your play to Florida Studio Theatre's Literary Team

All materials may be submitted either electronically (Word or PDF format) or via regular mail. Electronic submissions are strongly preferred.

Catherine Randazzo   |   Associate Artist

Florida Studio Theatre
1241 North Palm Avenue
Sarasota, FL 34236
[email protected]

 

2019
MOTHERS AND DAUGHTERS by Sarah Bierstock
THE FOREST by Lia Romeo
BABEL by Jacqueline Goldfinger
MUTHALAND by Minita Gandhi


2018
WEDNESDAY’S CHILD by Mark St. Germain
THE WHOLE SHEBANG by Jason Odell Williams
BIG, SCARY ANIMALS by Matt Lyle


2017
LOUIE LOUIE AND LA DOLCE VITA by Frank Higgins
HONOR KILLING by Sarah Bierstock
SOFONISBA by Callie Kimball


2016
THE RESCUED by Julie Marie Myatt
TEENAGE DICK by Mike Lew
HOW TO USE A KNIFE by Will Snider


2015
SANS MERCI by Johnna Adams
UNCANNY VALLEY by Thomas Gibbons
SPARKLEY CLEAN FUNERAL SINGERS by Lori Fischer and Don Chaffer


2014
*DANCING LESSONS by Mark St. Germain
CHATTING WITH THE TEA PARTY by Rich Orloff
FOR THE AGES FST docudrama
FORECLOSURE by Vincent Delaney
UGLY LIES THE BONE by Lindsay Ferrentino


2013
TWO POINT OH by Jeffrey Jackson
GIDEON’S KNOT by Johnna Adams
HELL: PARADISE FOUND by Seth Panitch


2012
AMERICAN BEAUTY SHOP by Dana Lynn Formby
IN THE BOOK OF by John Walch
THE TALLEST BUILDING IN THE WORLD by Matt Schatz
PARALYZED by Etan Frankel JAILBAIT by Deirdre O’ Connor
SAMUEL J AND K by Mat Smart


2011
WORKSHOPS THE QUEST FOR DON QUIXOTE by Mark Brown
*JERICHO by Jack Canfora
THE BEST OF ENEMIES by Mark St. Germain
BRILLIANCE by Anthony McCarten
PONZI by Elaine Romero
SOUTH BEACH BABYLON by Michael McKeever
CHANNEL by Sarah Sander


2010
AUCTIONING THE AINSLEYS by Laura Schellhardt
THE TASTE TEST by Frank Higgins
THE MOURNER’S BENCH by George Brant


2009
THE CHIMES by Kevin Christopher Snipes
TRUMPERY by Peter Parnell
UP TO HOME by Beth Duda


2008
*BLACK PEARL SINGS! by Frank Higgins
THE BRIDEGROOM OF BLOWING ROCK by Catherine Trieschmann
GOLIATH by Karen Hartman


2007
EMBRACING by Stan Denman
PARALYZED by Etan Frankel
DON’T BLAME ME I VOTED FOR HELEN GAHAGAN DOUGLAS by Wendy Kout and Michele Willens


2006
ECHOES OF ANOTHER MAN by Mia McCullough 
*LAUGHING MATTERS … TOO by Rebecca Langford
HAND OF GOD by Michael McKeever


2005
SLOW DANCE WITH A HOT PICK‐UP by John Pielmeier and Matty Selman
SNIPER by Bonnie Culver
UNREASONABLE DOUBT by Michael McKeever


2004
*THE LAST SCHWARTZ by Deborah Laufer
BARBARA’S BLUE KITCHEN by Lori Fischer 
SUN CITY by Jim Geoghan


2003
EXITING HAPPY by P’nenah Goldstein
*RUNAWAY BEAUTY QUEEN by Rhonda Coullet
*ANITA BRYANT DIED FOR YOUR SINS by Brian Christopher Williams


2002
AUNT RUDELE AT THE FAMILY REUNION by Nate Jacobs
THE INFINITE TYPING POOL by Steve Mountan
*AND I KNOW HE WATCHES ME (THE STORY OF ETHEL WATERS) by Larry Parr
CUPID AND PSYCHE by Sean Harley and Jihwan Kim
THE SPIN CYCLE by David Rambo
*THE NEXT MARILYN by Lynne Kaufman


2001
A TOWN LIKE IRVING by Michael McKeever
*THE APOCRYPHA OF THEODORE ROOSEVELT by Michael O. Smith
UNDER CONSIDERATION: FLORIDA SHORTS
THEOPHILUS NORTH by Matthew Burnett
THE ANGELINA PROJECT by Frank Canino
*NAKED BY THE RIVER by Michael Folie
VAUDEVILLE CABARET by Rick Seeber


2000
THE VELVETEEN UNDERTOW by Michael McKeever
YOU CAN’T WIN ‘EM ALL by Charles Aye
FLORIDA SHORTS:  LIVING ON THE LINE
*THE CHOSEN by Chaim Potok and Aaron Posner
SACCO AND VANZETTI by Louis Lippa
THE MARVELOUS WONDERETTES by Roger Bean


1999
JUDY. LONDON. 1969 by Christopher Cooper
*37 POSTCARDS by Michael McKeever
FLORIDA SHORTS: ON THE ROAD
THE TOLSTOY DIARIES by Alexandra Devon
THE LAST OF THE RED HOT MAMAS by Tony Parise nd Karin Baker
FLORIDA FOLLIES: 10 YEARS OF WINNING SHORTS


1998
*INVASION OF PRIVACY by Larry Parr
THE GARDEN OF HANNAH LIST by Michael McKeever
FLORIDA SHORTS:  THE BEST AND WORST OF FLORIDA
BECOMING BRONTE by Emily Ball Cicchini
THE GAMESTER by Jean‐Francois Regnard, translated and adapted by Freyda Thomas
THE LAST GAME SHOW by Lynne Kaufman


1997
THE LAST GAME SHOW by Lynne Kaufman
POWER IN THE BLOOD by Sarah Bewley
TOM AND JERRY by Rick Cleveland
BARBARA’S BLUE KITCHEN by Lori Fischer
BECOMING BRONTE by Emily Ball Cicchini
THE TURN OF THE SCREW adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher
*HARRY WHO: THE MUSIC OF HARRY WARREN
MORNING DEW WITH TRELLIS by Richard Browner
*THEODORE ROOSEVELT AND HIS BULLY PULPIT conceived by Michael O. Smith
A TOUCH OF EVIL: The Winning Plays of the 1997 Florida Shorts Contest
*SUNDEW by Larry Parr
*VICTOR AND THE VIRGIN by Thomas Dunn
JEFFERSON AND ADAMS by Howard Ginsberg


1996
*JOLSON by Michael Druxman
COCKROACH BAY by Minda Stevens
MORNING DEW WITH TRELLIS by Richard Browner
ACTING, A ROMANCE, music by James Campodonico, book and lyrics by Brian Lys
MONKY BUSINESS JEFFERSON AND ADAMS by Howard Bernstein
PURPLE SQUIRRELS by David C. Hyer
ELLEN FOSTER adapted by Barbara Bates Smith from Kaye Gibbon’s novel
THE OTHER: The Winning Plays of the 1996 Florida Shorts Contest
THE HEAD by William Leavengood
FIFTY/FIFTY by Lynne Kaufman
GETTING AND SPENDING by Michael Chepiga
GOOD LITTLE GIRLS, music and lyrics by Fred Silver, book by Fred Silver and Dan Bright


1995
*THE GOD OF ISAAC by James Sherman
GOLF WITH ALAN SHEPARD by Carter Lewis
SHOW OF KINDNESS by Jeff Wanshell
GUNPLAY by Frank Higgins
THE PROFESSIONAL by Dusan Kovacevic, transl. by Bob Djurdjevic
GOOD LITTLE GIRLS by Fred Silver
FIFTY/FIFTY by Lynne Kaufman
GAIL WARNINGS by Leonard DiCosimo andMichael Krawitz
LAND OF THE DOUBLEWIDES by Valerie Anthony
ANGEL by Jo Davidsmeyer
FLORIDA SHORTS: DESIGNING WOMEN FROM MEDEA TO MADONNA‐‐
     REALLY STUCK, TRY REDESIGNING MEN:  FROM BUDDHA TO BOBBITT
TANGENTS by Elizabeth Hansen
*FAKES by Lynne Kaufman
*THE BALD PRINCESS by Richard S. Burdick


1994
WHEN THE SAINTS WERE BOWLING by Edward Hyland Reardon
RAINBOW’S RETURN by Stephen Mo Hanan
SURVIVAL OF THE SPECIES by Robert Shaffron
HAUPTMANN by Joshua Logan
*VERONICA’S POSITION by Rich Orloff
HISTORY OF A SOMNAMBULIST by Chris Sherer
*FAKES by Lynne Kaufman
FOLLY’S QUARTER by Jack Fournier
*MY CASTLE’S ROCKIN’ by Larry Parr
FLORIDA SHORTS: MEN & WOMEN (NOT NECESSARILY IN THAT ORDER)
*A TEXAS ROMANCE by Ellsworth Shave
THE GENERAL & THE ARCHBISHOP by Donald Freed
AFTER THE FAIR by Stephen Cole and Matthew Ward


1993
HOSPITALITY SUITE by Roger Rueff
DEARLY DEPARTED by Jessi Jones
*SHOOTING SIMONE by Lynne Kaufman
*A TEXAS ROMANCE by Ellsworth Shave
THE NOVELIST by Howard Fast
MANY THOUSAND GONE by Bill Shustik
NOTHING SACRED by George Walker
FATHER, SON, AND HOLY COACH by Jon Renfroe
OVER THE TAVERN by Tom Dudzick
MAKING BOOK by Janet Reed
THE GOLEM by Tom Mula
TETE A TETE by Raphael Burdman
TENN by Jack Fournier
POWER IN THE BLOOD by Sarah Bewley
*THE BALD PRINCESS by Richard Burdick
*ROLEPLAY by Doug Haverty and Adryan Russ
DOUBLE DOUBLE
SCOTLAND ROAD
THE MAN WHO COULD SEE THROUGH TIME


1992
DOUBLE DOUBLE by John Ulmer and David Brunetti
THE MURPHY INITIATIVE by Niall Williams
LAST GAS TILL TURNPIKE by Lanie Robertson
SMELL OF THE KILL by Michele Lowe
THE GOOD WAR by Studs Terkel
THE PRIMITIVES by Stephen Fife
POWER IN THE BLOOD by Sarah Bewley
FLORIDA SHORTS
THE MAN WHO COULD SEE THROUGH TIME by Terri Wagener
*MY CASTLE’S ROCKIN by Larry Parr
THE COUNTRY CLUB by Douglas Carter Beane
SCOTLAND ROAD by Jeffrey Hatcher
AN INDIAN SUMMER by Deon Opperman
ANIMAL MERCY by Janyce Lapore
BIRDSEND by Keith Huff
THE UGLIEST BRIDE OF THE MONTH CLUB by Kevin Ottem
BUTTERFLY by Jack Fournier
UNDER SIX THE HEIR TRANSPARENT by Freyda Thomas
THE COVER OF LIFE by R. T. Robinson
*FANNY’S WALTZ by Eli Cantor
FLORIDA SHORTS by Florida writers
ROBERT BENCHLEY: MY LIFE FROM A TO B by Jack Fournier
THE TATTLER by Terri Wagener
SPEAKING IN TONGUES by Lynne Kaufmann
IN‐BETWEENS by Bryan Goluboff


1991
A PENNY FOR THE GUY by Lanie Robertson
THE ENEMY ROCKS by Jeff Whipple
FIVE WOMEN WEARING THE SAME DRESS by Alan Ball
AFTER THE FAIR by Stephen Cole and Matthew Ward
THE TATTLER by Terri Wagener
IN‐BETWEENS by Bryan Goluboff
ROOTS IN WATER by Richard Nelson
ALEXANDER WOOLLCOTT: IN CRITICAL CONDITION by Jack Fournier
*FANNY’S WALTZ by Eli Cantor
RAMEAU’S NEPHEW by Andrei Belgrader & Shelly Berc
BOBBY by Jack Fournier
BUTTERFLY by Jack Fournier
GATOR GROWL by Doug Cooney
THE GOOD WAR, adapted by Richard Hopkins
NO VACANCY by Janyce Lapore
RUTH DRAPER THE RAMP by Shem Bitterman
AFTER THE DANCING IN JERICHO by P.J. Barry
SPEAKING IN TONGUES by Lynn Kaufmann
GREETINGS by Tom Dudzick
BIG TALK SUNSHINE by William Mastrosimone
BLOOD RELATIVE by Kevin Ottem
MONICA’S SOUL AND OTHER CAUTIONARY TALES by Nancy Oliver
GENIUS AND MADNESS by Eberle Thomas and Barbara Redmond
MUD PEOPLE by Keith Huff
DOWN THE ROAD by Lee Blessing


1990
NEBRASKA by Keith Reddin
TWO GOOD BOYS by Bruce Jay Kaplan
MASQUERADE by John Ulmer
PICK‐UP AXE by Anthony Clarvoe
*ONE FOOT IN SCARSDALE by Jack Fournier
*AT WIT’S END by Jack Fournier
LOVERS’ MASQUE by Michael Yeager
NANO AND NICKI AT BOCA RATON by Sherry Kramer
SUNSHINE by William Mastrosimone
MUD PEOPLE by Keith Huff
BLOOD RELATIVE by Kevin Ottem
*ALFRED STIEGLITZ LOVES O’KEEFFE by Lanie Robertson
*HI‐HAT HATTIE by Larry Parr
CHEVALIERE by David Trainer
*ONE FOOT IN SCARSDALE by Jack Fournier


1989
ALMOST PERFECT by Jerry Mayer
*DEATH BY MISADVENTURE by Michael Shaffer
JUDEVINE by David Budbill


1988
FOLLY’S QUARTER by Jack Fournier
JONAH by Elie‐George Berreby (translated by John Reich & Ned Bobkoff)
*INVICTUS by Laurie Hutzler


1987
A CUP OF KINDNESS by Richard Burdick
*HELL OF A TOWN by Monte Merrick


1986
A CUP OF KINDNESS by Richard Burdick
LEGAL TENDER by Mark St. Germain
TENNESSEE JAR by John Lewter
BITTER BLOOD by Griselda Gambaro (translated by Adam Verseyni)


1985
KISS OF THE MOTH by Mark St. Germain
TODAY’S SPECIAL, OR: BOMBS ON THE HALF SHELL by Stephen Levi
*STARRY NIGHT by Monte Merrick


1984
TWI‐LIGHT READING SERIES NANO AND NICKI IN BOCA RATON by Sherry Kramer
STRIKES by Mark St. Germain
BANG by Laura Cunningham
TODAY’S SPECIAL, OR: BOMBS ON THE HALF SHELL by Stephen Levi
THE KISS by Jack Gilhooley
THE WONDERFUL TOWER OF HUMBERT LAVOIGNET by Lynne Alvarez
THE KISS OF THE MOTH by Mark St. Germain
THE SURVIVALIST by Robert Schenkkan
*STARRY NIGHT by Monte Merrick
DISAPPEARING ACTS by Phillip Bosakowski
RUBBINGS by Mark St. Germain
BLACK DOG by Conrad Bishop
CHOIR PRACTICE by Romulus Linney
JACK LONDON: THE MAN FROM EDEN’S GROVE by C.R. Portz


1983
DRAMATHON FLIES IN THE BUTTERMILK by Stephen Levi
SOME POE by Ralph Hunt
REVIEW by Donald Schwartz
ESPER’S WELL by Richard Lauchman
IN FLIGHT by Robert Gordon
DISAPPEARING ACTS by Phillip Bosakowski
RUBBINGS by Mark St. Germain
BLACK DOG by Conrad Bishop
CHOIR PRACTICE by Romulus Linney
JACK LONDON: THE MAN FROM EDEN’S GROVE by C.R. Portz
GARDENS OF EDEN by Romulus Linney
A CONDO IN ORLANDO by Louise Conkling

*indicates those plays that went on to a full production at Florida Studio Theatre