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Native American Play Festival has open call

OKLAHOMA CITY - The Oklahoma City Theatre Company's (OKCTC) ninth annual Native American New Play Festival currently has an open call for scripts for its 2019 festival. 

All American Indian, Alaskan Native, Native Hawaiian, Canadian First Nation and Indigenous Mexico playwrights are invited to submit full-length plays written for the stage, according to Maya Torralba, OKCTC contact. The festival will take place June 7-9 and June 14-16, 2018, in the Oklahoma City Music Hall City Space Theatre. 

This year's featured festival production is "Round Dance" by Arigon Starr (Kickapoo/Musgokee Creek). Qualifying playwrights should submit full-length scripts written from an indigenous perspective. All themes and topics are welcome. Deadline for submission is Feb. 15.

"Plays may focus on historical or present-day issues," Torralba said. "We are especially interested in plays that center on an Oklahoma tribe and tribal history within the state."

Submitted plays will be read and evaluated by a panel of Native American theater artists, Oklahoma City Theatre Company artistic staff and community members. The panel will select two or three plays for a staged reading during the festival based on originality, theatricality and execution, according to Torralba. 

Each finalist will receive a staged reading with professional actors and a director during the festival. An audience discussion will follow the readings. A full production will be awarded to one of the finalists from the readings and it will be showcased as the featured production the following festival year.

All submissions must conform to a standard play-script format (1-inch margins, 12-point Times or Courier font, all pages numbered), Torralba said.

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