Magic in Rough Spaces 2021

SUBMISSION INFORMATION: Magic in Rough Spaces 2021

Rorschach Theatre in Washington, DC seeks full-length plays for developmental workshops and public readings in the week of March 22-28, 2021. The playwrights, one of whom will be DC-based, will spend about 20 hours over one week working with a director, dramaturg, actors and designers to set and achieve goals for their new work. Each play will receive a virtual public reading that will be performed along with a theoretical design presentation. Audiences will also have the opportunity to talk with artists in a post-show conversation following each play.

Magic In Rough Spaces is accepting scripts from DC-Area playwrights**
or BY INVITATION for playwrights not based in the DC-Area.***

The play must be Full-length (~60-120 pages)

  • It must utilize magic realism
  • We are especially interested in plays that are epic in scope but intimate in their exploration of human psychology. Plays that include elements of mythology and the supernatural while remaining contemporary in their themes and settings. Plays that might be described as magic realism. Plays that might be described by some literary managers as “impossible.” Please no domestic comedies or kitchen sink dramas…even if it has a ghost in it.
  • Generally the play must have a respect for and optimism about Humanity
    Our sense of humor is pretty dark, and we’re open to exploring all sides of the human condition, we’re not necessarily looking for happy endings, but we tend to avoid scripts that go full nihilist.
  • It must be unproduced and unpublished. *

* Exceptions to the “unproduced” requirement: A university production where 50% or more of the cast was students, a one-night event, a production for which admission was not charged, a circumstance in which 30% or more of the script has been substantially changed following the production.

$100 stipend
A director, dramaturg, actors and designers for a one-week development workshop
Public reading and conversation in the week of March 22-28


THE SUBMISSION DEADLINE IS Monday, November 23 at 11:59pm 

We will make our decisions by early February 2021

** We consider DC-Area playwrights writers that live in: Montgomery County and Prince George’s County in Maryland; the District of Columbia; City of Alexandria, Arlington County, City of Falls Church, Fairfax County and Loudoun County in Virginia.

*** If you are not DC-Area based and feel you have a script that fits our criteria, you may email with “MIRS Invitation Request” in the subject line along with a 10-page script sample and one paragraph summary of your play. If we are able to accommodate additional submissions we’ll contact you with an invitation link.