Our Fourteenth Annual Playwriting Contest will be held in 2014 with scripts due in late March of 2014. Check out our website for periodic updates.
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CONGRATULATIONS TO THE WINNER OF
THIRTEENTH ANNUAL PLAYWRITING CONTEST
Open to Brevard County residents within the past two years
Original, unpublished scripts have been submitted,reviewed by our judges, and the winner was:
SENIORELLA, by JudyBate
directed by Joan Dunn
was produced on Surfside’s stage on June 7, 8, and 9, 2013! A Fantistic Show. Thank you to all.
A lttle background on Surfside's Playwriting Contest:
In 1999, Burton Green, a local lawyer and president of Surfside at that time, asked Arlan Ropp for ideas for a summer production. And with that the Playwriting Contest was born. As a community theatre supporting the performing arts, it was thought some writers whose plays were produced by Playwrights Workshop could benefit from an outlet for longer plays. Some of these playwrights expanded short plays into longer plays. Searching other playwriting contests, most from colleges and universities, Surfside came up with some rules and it was suggested that the contest be limited to local writers and that the deadline should be on a Sunday. Over the years the original purpose, concept and ideas have served Surfside well. The theatre usually gets 8 to 10 scripts, and we have had as few as 4 and as many as 13. Three judges with theater experience in acting, directing and, if possible, teaching are selected to review and choose the winner of the contest. Judges don't know who wrote each play, and their selection of the winning play is independently evaluated and counted by the theatre so there is concrete evidence of the judges rankings. If there are a lot of scripts, the theatre asks the judges to rank and pick their top five. The theatre assigns a director who casts and prepares the winning play for production in early summer.
Surfside thanks all playwrights - past and present - who have contributed to this successful promotion and support of our community theatre.
Click Here for a copy of the rules and additional information regarding the Contest. For more details contact (321) 636-0900 or
Surfside Playhouse - Playwriting Contest
200 North First Street
Cocoa Beach, FL 32931
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Surfside Playhouse is located an hour’s drive east of Orlando. From the mainland, take 520-East or 528-East to A1A-South, or take Pineda, Eau Gallie or 192-East to A1A-North. Drive into Cocoa Beach, and turn west on Fifth Street South. Located at 301 Ramp Road (Northwest corner of South Fifth Street and Ramp Road). Map our theater's location.
Surfside Players is a community theatre dedicated to the performing arts through productions, presentations, education and outreach.
SURFSIDE PLAYERS, INC. IS A 501 (c)(3) NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION SPONSORED IN PART BY: The State of Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs through the Florida Arts Council, Brevard Business News, The Margaret Heins Foundation, and the Brevard County Board of County Commissioners through the Brevard Cultural Alliance.