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The 5 & Dime Theatre Co.’s Short Attention Span Theatre Festival returns for its sophomore engagement, bringing together artists and audiences to celebrate exciting new theatre in under 10 minutes... now extended to TWO DAYS! This year, we’re combining “Shorts” (5-10 minute, live plays) with “Very Shorts” (1-5 minute virtual live-to-tape plays) to create a two-day theatre festival of original work. Artists are encouraged to contribute their brand new, never seen before short plays as we work to celebrate and emphasize Jacksonville as a vibrant performing arts city!

Tickets for the festival on sale soon!

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CALLING NORTHEAST FLORIDA PLAYWRIGHTS/DIRECTORS/ACTORS! 

The 5 & Dime is seeking Northeast Florida-based playwrights/directors/actors (or artists with ties to Northeast Florida) to contribute works to the Short Attention Span Theatre Festival! Participants will have the option of contributing a "Short" 5-10 minute original play to be performed live, and/or submit a "Very Short" 1-5 minute pre-recorded original play to be shown throughout the festival. Submissions due June 20, 2021!

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• Submitted works must be original and 5-10 minutes long. This may include monologues, solo plays, duo/multi-character pieces, sketch comedy, or a story for public performance. Adaptations of copyright free/public domain material are permitted.

• All plays will be performed with a neutral backdrop, without scenery, in static lighting. Minimal essential props and costumes are permitted! Theatre class-style boxes, folding chairs, and a card table will be available for your use.

• Any music used must be original or copyright free. Participants are responsible for supplying their sound equipment (boombox, bluetooth, etc.)

• Participants are encouraged to celebrate an intentionally no-frills aesthetic and focus on great writing, directing, storytelling, and acting! It's not about spectacle... it's about YOU and a space to test and develop your stories.

STEP BY STEP DIRECTIONS:

STEP 1

Submit an original 5-10 minute script for consideration with your application.

DUE DATE: June 20, 2021

All applicants will be notified on selection status by June 30, 2021.

STEP 2

Upon confirmation of acceptance, assemble your team and get rehearsing!

STEP 3

Attend your technical rehearsal at the venue on Friday, August 20.

STEP 4

Enjoy the festival on August 21 & 22 while you wait for your slot to share your original piece!

 
 
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• Submitted works must be original and 1-5 minutes long. This may include monologues, solo plays, duo/multi-character pieces, sketch comedy, or a story for public performance. Adaptations of copyright free/public domain material are permitted.

• All submissions must be live-to-tape, single shot, recorded theatre pieces (not films or movie shorts.) This is not about post-production spectacle. Submissions which show evidence of splicing or editing will not be accepted. Make your transitions live and in real time! (Holding up a sign that signs "later that day..." is totally acceptable!)

• Any music used must be original or copyright free. Participants are responsible for supplying their sound equipment (boombox, bluetooth, etc.)

• Recordings may be done on your phone, Zoom, or any other camera of your choice.

STEP BY STEP DIRECTIONS:

STEP 1

Upload your completed original 1-5 minute video to this Dropbox link and submit your application.

DUE DATE: June 20, 2021

All applicants will be notified on selection status by June 30, 2021.

STEP 2

Enjoy the festival on August 21 & 22!

SUBMISSION STEPS

The submission window is now OPEN and closes at midnight on June 20, 2021.

1. Review Content Guidelines & Frequently Asked Questions. 

2. Be sure to review and complete all Submission Materials, including your script. 

3. Compile all of your submission documents into a single zip-folder labeled "YOUR NAME vSAS-2021" (for example: William Shakespare vSAS-2021)

4. Email your submission folder to shortattentionspan@the5anddime.org.

5. For "Very Short" submissions — please upload your video to the Dropbox Link provided on the application form. Please ensure that your file name is "YOUR NAME vSAS-2021" and is submitted as .MP4 or .MOV. YouTube and Vimeo links are not accepted, as we need the file to edit into the program.

POST-SUBMISSION:

• We will download your completed application and review it. Please note, we cannot accommodate incomplete and/or late submissions. 

• All submissions will be notified on selection status by June 30, 2021.

• If/when accepted, you will have several weeks to assemble a team and workshop/rehearse your piece.

 
 

CONTENT GUIDELINES & FAQs

To read the full Thematic Content Guidelines & Best Practices, please click here.

What are the dates of the festival?


The festival will be held on Saturday, August 21 and Sunday, August 22.




Where is the festival being held?


We are finalizing the venue for this festival and will be announcing soon!




I am currently out-of-town. Can I still participate?


Absolutely! If you are an artist with ties to Greater Jacksonville but currently working/living out of town, feel free to submit a “Short” and organize a team to orchestrate the live performance, and/or submit a “Very Short” and participate in the virtual component of this year’s festival.




Does it cost money to submit/apply?


No. There is no entry fee.




What if I have never worked at The 5 & Dime before?


WELCOME! We are so looking forward to working with you on this and in the future!




How do I apply?


Please see the Submission Steps and Submission Materials on this page.




When is the application due?


Applications for "Shorts" and completed "Very Shorts" are due by 11:59pm EST on June 20th, 2021.




I am having trouble with the application/upload process. Can you help?


Absolutely! We'd be more than happy to help. If you need assistance with the application/uploads, please email shortattentionspan@the5anddime.org with "Submission Assistance" in the subject line.




I want to submit but I don't know where to find collaborators. What should I do?


Join our 5 & Dime Volunteers FACEBOOK GROUP and connect with other local artists! Just drop in a comment describing what type of collaboration you are looking for. If you need further guidance, contact shortattentionspan@the5anddime.org with “Seeking Collaborators” in the title line.




I want to participate but I don’t have an idea to pitch. What should I do?


Join our 5 & Dime Volunteers FACEBOOK GROUP and let us and other folks know that you are around and available to support ongoing projects!




I submitted but haven’t heard anything. What should I do?


It will take us some time to screen all the submissions and notify each of the applicants. You WILL hear from us whether or not your project is accepted for this year’s festival. Upon submitting your project, you should have received an automated response letting you know we received your materials. If you did not get an email or have some lingering concern, please contact shortattentionspan@the5anddime.org.




I submitted but now I want to make changes/revisions. What should I do?


If you are submitting a script for a potential “Short,” we understand that some revisions will naturally happen as a part of the workshopping process. However, in the event of tremendous shifts in concept/scope, your team should cross-check that with a rep from the vSAS-2021 fest team. Please contact: shortattentionspan@the5anddime.org with “Project Revisions” in the subject line. If you are submitting a “Very Short,” unfortunately we can’t accommodate ongoing revisions to prerecorded projects. Therefore, once your project is submitted, no changes can be made before this year’s festival (we will be busy putting together the clip-reel!). Please note: The 5 & Dime reserves the right to pull any piece from consideration/programming lineup at any point for any reason.
And please review our Content Guidelines & Best Practices.




I submitted but I can’t or don’t want my material to be in this year’s festival anymore. How do I cancel my participation?


In the emergency event that you need to pull your submission from this year’s programming, please contact: shortattentionspan@the5anddime.org with the subject line “Project Withdrawl.”




How are you handling COVID safety concerns?


We are working closely with the venue to support the safety of our collaborators and audiences. Check back soon for a detailed description of safety measures for this event. An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. COVID-19 is a highly contagious disease that may result in personal injury, severe illness, and death. By visiting this festival, you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19. All visitors must follow The 5 & Dime's health and safety protocols. Please help keep each other safe!




How many entries can I submit?


You are welcome to submit up to 3 entries PER lead artist on the project.





SUBMISSION MATERIALS

1. Application — the application must be completed and submitted with your submission. (Please save as PDF)

2. Script — include a PDF of your script. The filename should contain "YOUR NAME vSAS-2021"

 

3. Very Shorts — please email your application to shortattentionspan@the5anddime.org and use this link to upload your video to Dropbox. 

 
 

PRESENTATION GUIDELINES & PREPARATION

We invite you to work and submit as individuals and/or teams. Collaborations are encouraged! For 

example: A playwright is welcome to direct and star in their own piece if they like. You may also have 

your piece directed, enacted, and recorded by other artists. If you need/desire support assembling a 

creative team:

 

  • Please join our 5 & Dime Volunteers Facebook Group to network with other artists.

  • Ask to be connected with one of our PROJECT MENTORS. Details on this are still forthcoming. Check back soon! 

 

Participants are encouraged to celebrate an intentionally no-frills aesthetic and focus on great writing, 

directing, storytelling, and acting. It’s not about spectacle this year. It’s about you and a space to test 

and develop your stories.  

 

  • For virtual, live-to-tape presentations, participants are encouraged toward innovative uses of ordinary spaces, as well as simplicity and neutral backgrounds. For example, if it’s set in a living room, feel free to use a real living room if it serves your piece to do so. 

 

  • Need more details on the physical venue? Check back here soon for specs of the space, stage measurements, photos of the venue, and a virtual tour of the space.

 

  • For in-person presentations, basic, stock furniture items and neutral theatrical cubes will be available for use in the venue. Check back here soon for a list and photos. 

 

  • For in-person presentations, pieces will be presented on a neutral backdrop, without additional scenery, in static lighting, and without booth-operated special effects. If you are creating your OWN special effects live and in real time from on and/or backstage as a part of the piece, that is absolutely permitted (for example, a thunder sheet and flickering flashlight to communicate a storm). However, please note: there should be no substantive cleanup required between pieces (for example, no food fights or chugging a gallon of milk onstage).

 

  • For in-person presentations please keep in mind the “Banker Box Rule” - - - We are still working details out with the venue, so please check back soon for more specifics on load-in, storage, and show-specific props and costumes. With that in mind, minimal essential props and costumes are permitted. However, participants should note that there is no substantive load-in time or long term storage area. You should be prepared to bring any essential items in and out with you. We ask that each team of collaborators try to keep the extras limited to what would fit inside the contents of a single banker box, small laundry basket, backpack, or carry-on sized piece of luggage.
     

  • For in-person presentations there will be extremely limited tech-rehearsal time in the performance venue. Each presenter will be issued a time TBD rehearsal slot scheduled on the day before the festival in the venue. We will follow up on appointment times and cancellation procedures as we get closer to the event.