Call for Playwright Submissions: The Pat & Julie Project – Spring 2020

HB Playwrights from Julie McKee’s Playwriting classes are invited to submit original work for the Pat & Julie Project, a weekend of staged readings on May 16 & 17, 2020 in the HB Playwrights Theatre.

Application Deadline EXTENDED TO: March 1, 2020
(NOTE: In addition to online submission, hard copies must be snail-mailed or hand-delivered to be received by this date)


Up to six (6) selected plays will be paired with directors from Pat Golden’s Directors New Play Lab for a joint Staged Reading Project. The staged readings will be presented to an invited audience. This is an opportunity to see your play beyond the sit down reading, and to work with a director. The process will directly address the art of collaboration. Dramatist Guild Guidelines and AEA Staged Reading Guidelines will be honored. PLEASE NOTE: A staged reading is not off book. Scripts will be in hand.


  • The first scene of a full length play (10-12 minutes)
  • A ten minute play
  • The first 30 pages of a full length play that has been previously presented in shorter form in a prior Pat & Julie Project. (30 minutes)


  • Playwriting for the Spring Term 2020
  • Playwriting – Technique for the Spring Term 2020 IF you have completed assignment 5, in which case you may submit a 10 minute play originating from class.


  • In addition to attaching a PDF of your submission to the online form, you must deliver two hard copies. These must be RECEIVED (not postmarked) by March 1. Snail mail or deliver 2 HARD COPIES to:
  • P&J Script Submissions
    C/O HB Studio
    120 Bank Street
    New York, NY 10014


  • Only one submission per playwright.
  • Not previously produced.
  • Plays must have originated in one of Julie McKee’s playwriting classes.
  • Plays must be formatted in the industry standard format used in class.
  • Include a cover page with name of play, your name, phone and email attached to your play. If you don’t we can’t contact you.
  • Include a character list page.
  • Plays must be stapled.


  • Art of Collaboration : As this is a project designed to learn and celebrate the art of collaboration, you must be available to collaborate, which means playwright and director will have to come to some arrangement about rehearsal schedules, casting and concept, all part of the collaboration. Playwrights must attend first rehearsal.
  • Rewriting : Be ready to revise/rewrite if necessary as many times as it takes to get your play in the best shape possible. You may bring your play into class for this purpose. However, if the play does not progress to a satisfactory level according to Julie McKee, the play will not be performed.
  • Producing the evening is the responsibility of the directors and playwrights. For example, should you need to rent rehearsal space, the director and playwright go 50/50 in expenses.

IMPORTANT DATES (dates & times are subject to change):

  • Meet and Greet : You must be available to attend in order to meet your director:
    • 3:30pm-5:30pm, Monday March 23
    • Pat’s Directing class – First Floor Studio, 120 Bank Street
  • Casting : You must also be available to attend the casting/audition sessions:
    • 2:30-9PM, Monday, March 30
    • 2:30-9PM, Monday, April 6
    • HB Playwrights Theatre, 124 Bank Street
  • Rehearsals : may begin as soon as you are cast.
  • Tech : Be ready to attend as this might be the last time you get to see your play and your input may be valuable:
    • 12-6PM, Wednesday, May 13
    • 12-6PM, Thursday, May 14
    • 12-6PM, Friday, May 15
    • 12-4PM, Saturday, May 16
  • Performances :
    • 7PM, Saturday, May 16
    • 3PM, Sunday, May 17 (matinee)
    • VENUE : HB Playwrights Theatre, 124 Bank Street

If you cannot make any of the Performances or Casting Sessions, or the Meet and Greet YOU SHOULD NOT SUBMIT. The Meet and Greet is where more info will be relayed, it’s where you will meet your director, talk about the play, and questions can be asked.


  • If your play is selected, you must be prepared to participate in the process, i.e. Meet and Greet, meetings with the director, casting ideas/session, attend the first rehearsal and other rehearsals (though not all of them) and performances. If you do not intend to participate fully, then please do not submit.

PLAYWRIGHT POINT PERSON: (crucial to facilitate important communications between Pat, her point person and playwrights)

  • One Playwright will need to step forward as a Point Person to work with Pat’s Directing Point Person to help disseminate information among the playwrights regarding tech rehearsals and anything else that might come up, and to enlist any assistance to help out in producing the evening.
  • A post mortem amongst the playwrights will be held after the performance to discuss your experience. Time and date TBC.

Any of the above information is subject to change.