CALL FOR WRITERS: Apocalyptic Theatre

Posted on May 30, 2011

It’s the end of the world and I feel fine. I’m looking for original 10-minute APOCALYPTIC one-act plays. All submitted plays will be published on the Web as a Creative Commons licensed apocalyptic short play anthology that will include an original album of music and collection of visual art inspired by the plays. Select plays will be produced on stage at The Players’ Ring Theater of Portsmouth, NH, March 9th through March 25th 2012 with proceeds going to charity.

Last year’s similar production generated 17 new plays, 8 original songs, and 8 illustrations. The nine play stage show: An Evening of Steampunk and Robot Theatre raised $3000 dollars for charities including A Safe Place, 20/20 VisionQuest, and the Lamprey Arts and Culture Alliance. The production also garnered national attention with coverage in over 100 individual arts and culture blogs.


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All plays will be submitted to me digitally: john.c.herman“at” with the subject heading: APOCALYPTIC PLAY SUBMISSION. The final due date for play submissions is October 31st, 2011 at midnight. See what I did there? The roster of plays to be staged will be announced December 15th. At that time, they will be fast tracked into production. The remaining plays will be distributed to visual and music artists for the creation of complimentary works.


“Apocalyptic” sounds pretty dark, but I encourage you to explore any aspect of it that you wish. I hope to receive comedies, romances, and maybe even a musical. Check out the following link for inspiration: Apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction


In late September, I will host a gathering for playwrights who want to workshop their submissions. The physical gathering will take place in New Hampshire, but there will also be a live web video chat workshop occurring at the same time for playwrights outside of New England. In order to be notified of the exact date, time and location, you must sign up by submitting a comment below.

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75 Responses to “CALL FOR WRITERS: Apocalyptic Theatre”

  1. Maggie on May 30th, 2011 6:28 pm

    Count me in for a submission. Looking forward to the workshop.

  2. E. Christopher Clark on May 30th, 2011 6:29 pm

    I’m in.

  3. Kathleen on May 30th, 2011 6:33 pm

    Can’t wait!

  4. Sheri-Lynne Hinton on May 30th, 2011 6:33 pm

    I’m in.

  5. Jillian thiele on May 30th, 2011 6:39 pm

    I’m in.

  6. Buj on May 30th, 2011 6:43 pm

    Oh, I’m gonna do it. Oh yeah.

  7. Chris Klemmer on May 30th, 2011 7:17 pm


    Unless the world ends first.

  8. Steve Johnson on May 30th, 2011 7:17 pm

    I will personally Apocalypticize the hell out of this. Count me in.

  9. Mark M. Adams on May 30th, 2011 8:29 pm

    The end of the world? That’s my specialty. I’m IN!

  10. phil kliger on May 31st, 2011 2:32 am

    in i am

    do it oh yeah gonna oh i’m do

  11. Kevin Baringer on May 31st, 2011 3:10 am


  12. Jon Frazier on May 31st, 2011 5:40 am


  13. Jacquelyn Benson on May 31st, 2011 7:44 am

    I am SO all over this. And in a wildly original twist, I now pronounce that my submission will NOT HAVE ANYTHING TO DO WITH ZOMBIES. Stand amazed.

  14. Leslie Poston on May 31st, 2011 7:55 am

    I’m in.

  15. Larry Clow on May 31st, 2011 7:59 am

    I’m in!

  16. Laura Thomas on May 31st, 2011 8:05 am

    Um, awesome. I’m in.

  17. Liz Wright on May 31st, 2011 8:05 am

    I’m in.

  18. Chris Henderson on May 31st, 2011 8:22 am

    Sure, I’ll throw my hat in the ring.

    Or Thunderdome. Either one, whatever works.

  19. Cullen on May 31st, 2011 8:38 am

    I’m so in.

  20. Spiel Von Spiel on May 31st, 2011 9:19 am

    I have been preparing for this my whole life. now If i can find the can opener…

  21. RrrrrrrObotmonkeYArm on May 31st, 2011 9:36 am

    We’d love to do some music for eet!

  22. Steve Johnson on May 31st, 2011 10:36 am

    I hereby second the motion of 100% Zero Zombie Content in my submission for this anthology.

  23. Alicia Grega on May 31st, 2011 10:42 am

    I had an idea last week that would be perfect for this.

  24. Scott Palmer on May 31st, 2011 11:32 am

    sign me up

  25. Colleen on May 31st, 2011 7:28 pm

    Yeah, I think I’m in.

  26. Stan Zabecki on June 1st, 2011 3:25 am

    I’m in.

  27. Karl Custer on June 1st, 2011 11:33 am

    I’ll talk to my buddy C’thulu about the project. He owes me after missing the Rapture recently. But I’m in.

  28. Eli on June 1st, 2011 1:02 pm

    Sounds fun. I’d like to sign up.

  29. Jazzy on June 1st, 2011 1:35 pm

    I’m in.

  30. Rob Greene on June 1st, 2011 1:55 pm

    If I survive the tornadoes today, I’m in.

  31. Benjamin Kane Ethridge on June 1st, 2011 2:25 pm

    Very cool. I’d like to join the ranks again as well.

  32. Jamie on June 2nd, 2011 3:40 am

    Count me in!

  33. Chuck Galle on June 2nd, 2011 7:48 am

    I’m in.I’ll try to make the dialogue consist of more than two words.

  34. Eric Alter on June 2nd, 2011 8:23 am

    I have a wonderful play about the end of the world and human frailty.

    Must get involved! Send information.

  35. Ryan Sprague on June 2nd, 2011 9:12 am

    This sounds very interesting. Please count me in. I look forward to submitting!

  36. Tanya on June 2nd, 2011 9:40 am

    I’m in!

  37. Dave M. on June 2nd, 2011 10:13 am

    As a theoretical physicist (and EST commisioned playwright!) I think I could get something going with a hadron-collider/mini-black-hole theme… sign me up!

  38. Jodi on June 2nd, 2011 8:08 pm

    right on. gonna be fun!

  39. Valerie L. Harvey on June 4th, 2011 4:13 pm

    What do I have to do to join.

    (Editor: You just did it.)

  40. Brian Dunlop on June 6th, 2011 12:46 am

    Count me in!

  41. Deb on June 6th, 2011 9:56 am

    Sign me up.

  42. Jordan Young on June 6th, 2011 6:28 pm

    I’m in.

  43. Andy Fling on June 7th, 2011 9:42 am

    I’m in. Part way done on the first draft. Also no zombies (inspired by Jackie Benson).

  44. Todd Hunter on June 9th, 2011 6:13 am

    I’m in.

  45. Crystal on June 15th, 2011 2:11 pm

    This sounds interesting. I am in. And, I’ve already started brainstorming ideas, research, etc.

  46. Sean on June 16th, 2011 9:29 pm

    I’m sure I can call something from the depths. And then send it your way.

  47. Evan Russell on June 20th, 2011 12:24 am

    I’m in, yo.

  48. Alison Burke on June 22nd, 2011 5:27 am

    I’m very much in. How exciting!

  49. Jim Kelly on June 23rd, 2011 9:21 am

    Just finished a pretty good draft. Does it have to be unproduced or can I submit it elsewhere?

  50. admin on June 25th, 2011 11:10 am

    You may submit it elsewhere.

  51. Jordan Mechano on July 1st, 2011 1:48 pm

    I’d like to sign up. Do you want an email with any specific info?

  52. Mo Conley on July 2nd, 2011 8:13 pm

    I’d like to play!

  53. Jen Boggs on July 3rd, 2011 8:10 am

    In like Flynn.

  54. Kyle Hamlin on July 4th, 2011 11:43 pm

    i’m in.

  55. Deanna Ogle on July 13th, 2011 10:18 am

    Count me in too!

  56. Deanna Ogle on July 13th, 2011 10:26 am

    One question: Can we submit multiple submissions? Or is it limited to one per person?

  57. Jeremy Couturier on July 17th, 2011 6:56 pm

    APOCALYPTIC one-act plays? You pretty much know I’m hard wired for this stuff. My pen and inkwell is at your service.

  58. Mike Kimball on July 19th, 2011 8:53 am

    Sounds like a great reason to come out of my coma. I just submitted a new play. No zombies. Thanks!

  59. David L. Williams on July 19th, 2011 9:25 am

    I’ll send today!

  60. Drew Davis on August 2nd, 2011 11:56 am

    All write by me

  61. Bob Holt on August 16th, 2011 10:38 am

    Tentatively in!

  62. Glenn on August 18th, 2011 5:41 am

    Hey John! Keep me posted on the workshop. Looking forward to it.

  63. Dan Freund on August 20th, 2011 11:02 am

    I like apocalyptic themes. I may just conjure something for this one.

  64. LA Grove on August 20th, 2011 11:51 am

    I’m down for it!

  65. Kyle Hamlin on August 21st, 2011 12:39 pm

    can we only submit one play, or can it be like two or three plays?

  66. Megan on September 1st, 2011 6:30 am

    I’m in!

  67. Rachel neveu on September 13th, 2011 6:44 pm

    but I want to write the music, too.

  68. giania on September 13th, 2011 6:45 pm

    I will write a bunch of stuff and it might be a play when I’m done. Or it will be something I can make into something else.

  69. Amanda Narcisi on September 13th, 2011 7:10 pm

    Trying something new.

  70. Jonathan Ratcliffe on September 13th, 2011 8:02 pm

    John! It’s Jon Ratcliffe. I go to the writers club at the Common Man quite frequently. I’m not sure how to describe myself if you don’t remember me by name but I’m the only 24 year old who shows up there, I think. I write plays, short stories, novels, novellas- yeah- that one! That one you are picturing right now. That’s me! Anyway, we talked about this contest and I finished my play. How do I submit?

  71. heatherelisa on September 13th, 2011 8:04 pm


  72. Jonathan Ratcliffe on September 13th, 2011 8:13 pm

    Oh, your email address is right there. How did I miss it? Submitting…

  73. Lisa Grove on September 13th, 2011 9:02 pm

    Is it too late to sign up? I’d love to be part of the live web video chat workshop!

  74. Michael Tooher on September 16th, 2011 7:31 am

    Just heard about this project. Looks like fun. Now I have a place to send this weird little piece. Excellent.

  75. Buj on December 19th, 2011 8:45 pm

    It is now December 19th, and no announcement has been made about which plays are to be produced. Above, you say December 15th. You’re a liar. But I still like you.

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