Announcing “Test Drive” 2017 New Play Development Workshop!


Route 66 Theatre Company is now accepting submissions for our 3rd annual new play developmental workshop, Test Drive.

Our annual workshop awards one playwright with a developmental workshop that is focused on the playwright and what they need to move their script toward being production-ready. A director, workshop curator, two dramaturg mentors, and a panel of special guest directors, artistic directors, and literary managers will provide support, criticism, ideas, and suggestions. If you’re a playwright looking for an experience that will help develop your draft into the play you envision, read on.
SUBMISSION DEADLINE: November 14, 2016, or after 300 plays have been submitted, whichever comes first
WORKSHOP DATES: March 27 through April 7, 2017
(Exact workshop dates subject to adjustment depending on artists’ schedules.)
Route 66 Theatre is interested in finding small cast contemporary American plays. We respond to plays that are emotionally grounded — plays that have heart. Our aesthetic embodies the feeling of the famous highway for which we are named: a road with stops in every small town, where real people live and work and love. Route 66 is for those who take the time to engage in authentic American experiences over the speed of the superhighway.

o   Please submit plays that fit with the above description.

o   Plays submitted should be full-length drafts in need of development.

o   Special consideration may be given to playwrights of color and female playwrights.

o   Playwrights must either reside in the Chicago area, or be willing to cover their own expenses to travel to Chicago for the workshop dates.

o   Playwrights must be available during the dates of the workshop to attend rehearsals, meetings, and to work on re-writes.

1. Download and read the full call for submissions, which includes further information on the submission process and workshop specifics here.
2. Download the application for Test Drive 2017 here.
3. Email your completed application a full draft of your play to PDFs preferred. Please include the play title in the subject line.

Good luck! We look forward to reading your plays!

The Route 66 Test Drive Team:
Deborah Blumenthal, Director of New Play Development
Stef Tovar, Artistic Director
Emily Woods, Workshop Curator