Loose Canon at Scranton Shakes

     NEW WORK 



We're accepting submissions for our new works program - the chosen play will be produced in our 2021 10th Anniversary Season!


In partnership with Pinkhouse Productions, we're offering an early career writer the chance to have their script fully staged as a part of our socially distant Main Stage season in 2021.​ In order to find our next new work, we are hosting an exciting, online event: Scranton Scratch Night.


Inspired by British festival tradition, the team at Pinkhouse Productions is working with us to host our very own Scratch Festival but with a Scranton Shakes twist! After final picks have been shortlisted by our literary team, four lucky playwrights will be invited to have excerpts of their scripts performed for a judging panel of industry professionals. Scranton Scratch Night guarantees to be a night of excitement, exposure and great community building! The winning work will then move forward into production for the Scranton Shakes 2021 summer season.

To be considered for Scranton Scratch Night, writers will be required to submit a formal application by 5pm (EST) on December 4th, 2020 via the link available on this page.


The 2021 application specifications are below.


The Writer


  • We would like to hear from early career, unrepresented writers. 

  • Submissions are open internationally.

The Script

For the initial application, we will only require an excerpt of a full script by 27th November, 2020.

Should you be selected for shortlist, the full script will need to be submitted by mid-December.


Theme: Ghosts. This can be literal or figurative.


  • The Script should be new writing with no previous performance.

  • Script Submission Extract should be 8-12 minutes (Up to 12 pages, Font size 11/12).

  • The Full Script should be between 60-130 minutes. 

  • Submission format: PDF.

Application Fee

$5. This fee ensures we can cover the operating costs to enable this exciting opportunity to exist!

For The Event

The selected four playwrights will be asked to record a performance of a ten-minute excerpt of thier script for Scratch Night. Assistance with casting, finding directors and/or recording will happily be provided by the team Scranton Shakes and Pinkhouse Productions. 

Good luck!


(570) 230-7277


SSF Mail

P.O Box 20116


PA, 18502

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