Deadline for submission: January 2, 2021

Have you written a one act play? Ever wanted to write one?

Well, here’s your chance to possibly see your play on the stage at Black Rose Theatre! We are looking for Mississippi playwrights to fill our Night of One Acts in April 2021. Please read the following information, fill out the form below, and send it in with your play.

Mississippi playwrights are eligible to participate. Simply follow the One Act guidelines to write your play, and submit it to us by January 2,2021at the One Act play submission email:

Your play will go to an independent person who is not a member of the Play Selection Committee. This person will remove all identifying marks from the play, so when the Play Selection Committee reads it, no one will know who wrote it. This way, you can be sure plays will be chosen on the merit of the play and not upon who submitted it.

If you have questions about any of the guidelines or anything else having to do with the one acts, please send an email to the board at Please put the subject line as ONE ACTS.

Auditions for the one acts will be held in February at the theatre. Production dates are April, 15-18 and 22-25 2021 – You will have about 6-7 weeks for the cast to learn their parts and be ready to perform.

You can choose to direct your own play, or ask someone else to direct for you. 

Please carefully follow the guidelines so your play is eligible for production at Black Rose Theatre:

Your play will be presented on the same stage and in the same evening/afternoon along with 3 or 4 others—back-to-back one acts! These guidelines are not to stifle anyone’s creativity, but rather to help everyone have the equal opportunity of the available time and space.

2021 One Acts

Theme: Open Theme
Genre: Any genre is acceptable– comedy, drama, suspense, farce, satire
Length of play: 20 – 40 minutes
Set and props: Keep it SIMPLE, no scene changes will be allowed
Set-up: 5 – 7 minutes – no more
Lighting: Should be simple
Family friendly – Language appropriate for all ages – no strong sexual content or entendre — no racial slurs nor any kind of discrimination. 
(It needs to be family friendly. Keep that in mind when you plan stage activity and dialogue.)

PLEASE NOTE: Plays with “hate speech” of ANY KIND – racial, religious, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, disability, or gender – will NOT be considered for production. 

Submission Guidelines

Submission Deadline: Jan. 2, 2021

How To Submit Your Script:
(1) Send your play as a WORD document in playscript formatting.
(2) Place the NAME OF THE PLAY at the top of each page.
(3) Do NOT put your name on any page other than the page before the title page.
(4) On the page before the title page, please list the following: Your name, phone number, date submitted.

One Act Submission form

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