We are now accepting scripts to consider for our 2019 Plays-in-Development cycle. The deadline to submit is 5 p.m. EST on Friday, October 5. 

The Sauk is seeking entries to consider for our fifth annual Plays-In-Development in 2019. We are seeking unproduced plays. These can be any style (comedy, drama, young audience and/or musical) and any length (one-act or full-length). A completed draft of the play must be submitted. It is understood (and expected) that changes will be made to the script between initial submission and performance.

The goal of Plays-in-Development is to help playwrights improve plays that have yet to be produced. By working with a director and actors, the playwright can learn vital information about their work. After the public readings, playwrights are able to participate in a talkback with the audience. We want playwrights to leave the experience with positive and constructive feedback to improve their plays. 

The selected plays will first go through notes with the artistic director. A show-specific director will then be assigned. The director will work with the playwright prior to an audition draft being submitted. Auditions will take place in early June with two weeks of rehearsals prior to public readings. It is expected that the selected playwrights will be involved in the process and be in attendance for final rehearsals and the public reading in Jonesville, MI. Playwrights are encouraged to make changes to their scripts throughout the rehearsal process (often handing in new drafts on a weekly or even daily basis). The public staged readings will take place June 28 and 29, 2019. Playwrights will be on site between June 25 and June 30. A royalty is provided to the selected playwrights and The Sauk will provide travel and lodging.

Please e-mail a draft copy of the script, a one paragraph plot description and playwright's contact information to Executive Director Trinity Bird at saukpid@gmail.com. The submission deadline is 5 p.m. (EST) on Friday, October 5, 2018. The play selection committee will review all submissions and select the scripts to be part of the process. The selected plays will be announced on or before November 2, 2018.  

Our previous P-I-D works...

2018 - Tipping Point by Paul McKinley (Bronson, MI) 

2016 - Ember by Max McCreary (Atlanta, GA)



2018 - Acts of Expiation by Joseph Allen Smith (Ocala, FL)

2015 - Ephemera by MJ Dulmage (Hillsdale, MI) 

2017 - On Art by Josh Oberlander (Atlanta, GA)

2018 - The Pattern of All Patience by Jacquelyn Loy (Fort Myers, FL) 

2018 - Timmy's Big Kiss by Matthew Weaver (Spokane, WA) 

2017 - Twelve Wild Swans by Kathryn Willis (Lansing, MI)

2016 - Zombie Apocalypse: A Love Story by Tim Ambrose (Hillsdale, MI) and Jeff Connolly (Reading, MI)

Plays-in-Development 2019

2017 - Trees by Penny Near (Hillsdale, MI)

2017 - The Flower Girls by Lindsay McNair Patton (Fletcher, NC)

2015 - The Inheritance by Bud Vear (Hillsdale, MI)