Friday, October 21, 2016


image2017 THINK FAST Short Play Competition
WHEN: November 18, 2016 Submission Deadline
WHO: Adult Playwrights, New York/New Jersey metropolitan area, 908 809-8865

The Theater Project, an award-winning, professional theater in Maplewood, NJ, is now soliciting short plays for THINK FAST, its fourth annual short play competition February 10-12, 2017. The contest is open to adult playwrights in the New Jersey-New York area.

The Theater Project, which also offers a competition for high school playwrights and presentations of original plays by New Jersey authors, sees this as a logical extension of its mission.

THINK FAST! Is the brainchild of the members of The Theater Project’s Playwrights’ Workshop, who act as judges for the competition.  “We were looking for ways to support other writers and Theater Project,” says alumnus Mike McGoldrick, who is now pursuing a master’s degree in playwriting at Arizona State University. “We designed the event to raise awareness about our workshop and the company, while giving writers what all us are looking for – the opportunity for our work to be seen.” 

“Our audience loves hearing new voices and seeing a range of characters, topics and plots. Nothing is more exciting than seeing new work take shape, and we’re happy to be able to bring this festival to our community.” says Mark Spina, artistic director of The Theater Project.

Plays can be either dramas or comedies but must be no more than 15 minutes running time. Plays selected are presented to audiences who for vote their favorite actors, directors and plays. One play is selected by a panel of judges to win the $500 Critics Choice grand prize. These performances will be open to the public and take place at The Burgdorff Center for the Performing Arts in Maplewood, NJ

The competition accepts electronic submissions only. Complete submission details are available on the company’s web site:

The Theater Project, a professional theater company based in Maplewood, NJ, began in 1994 with the goal of bringing the best contemporary plays to our community. The company is known for presenting outrageous comedy as well as drama with social commentary.