First there was the Millibo Art Theatre's Ten Minutes Max. Then there was THEATREdART's Theatregasm. And of course, Springs Ensemble Theatre has its 24SEVEN.
Now the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center is getting in on the act, launching a two-week festival that gives playwrights an opportunity to see their works produced on a local stage.
The big difference? Rough Writers, the FAC festival, is open to writers from around the world, raising the bar both competitively and artistically.
Plays can be of any length. The only requirements are that all must have a theme of "family" and be inspired by one of three works of art which will be on exhibit at the FAC's Taylor Museum in February:
1. States of Union 3, a photograph by Alix Smith
2. Don't Get Too Comfy Pal, a charcoal drawing by Liz Maugans
3. Everyday is Like Sunday, a porcelain figure by TR Ericsson
"I'm excited to add the development of new works for the stage to the portfolio of artistic endeavors the FAC produces," said Director of Performing Arts Scott RC Levy. "My hope is that playwrights from near and far write work that honors the history of the FAC, by combining the performing with visual arts."
Around 12 scripts will be chosen for a staged reading during the Rough Writers festival, which will take place April 18 to 28 in the Music Room of the Fine Arts Center. The winning play will receive that ultimate of playwriting prizes: a full production during the FAC's 2013-2014 Season.
Submissions — unbound, hard-copy — must be received by Feb. 14, along with a $10 entry fee and a cover letter explaining why you chose the artwork and what you hope to achieve by having your work performed at the festival. The whole package goes to the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale Street, Colorado Springs 80903.