New plays are important. Since 2014 we have committed to programming new works alongside our Shakespeare and musical productions.
Help decide which plays chosen for our 2021 summer season, by coming to our online Scratch Night and casting your vote.
In partnership with Pink House Productions.
THURS, MARCH 4TH
Pinkhouse Productions is adapting the “Scratch Night” platform (popular in the UK) to offer playwrights a new chance to share their work. This is an international opportunity for emerging, unrepresented writers to have their work performed in the Scranton Shakespeare Festival's (Scranton Shakes) 2021 socially distanced summer season.
In Autumn 2020, Scranton Shakes and Pinkhouse Productions held international open submissions, for new scripts featuring the theme of Ghosts. After receiving over 300 brand new scripts from writers based across the US, UK, Europe and Canada; our literary team narrowed the playwrights and their submissions down to just four finalists.
The final four, will stage a ten-minute extract of their scripts for a remote viewing audience and a panel of industry professionals in March 2021. The winning script will be programmed at the Scranton Shakespeare Festival, taking place during the Summer of 2021 in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Hosted by Saturday Night Live cast member Heidi Gardner and featuring a glittering panel of guest judges, this will be a unique opportunity to sample never-before-seen work by some of the most exciting emerging playwrights of the moment.