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Maxim Mazumdar New Play Competition

The annual international competition was founded in 1989 by Alleyway Theatre in memory of Canadian actor/playwright Maxim Mazumdar (1953-1988).

Mazumdar’s many contributions to the early growth of Alleyway Theatre were artistically invaluable and instrumental in shaping a continuing relationship with Canadian theatre. It was at Alleyway Theatre that Mazumdar gave his final performance in the premiere of his original musical LUPERCAL on March 27, 1988.


Winners

2019 Awards Announced

BERSERKER

a full length play by Bruce Walsh
will receive its premiere in Alleyway’s 2020-21 season

THREE OR MORE

a short play by Collin I. Hood
received its premiere as part of Alleyway’s Buffalo Quickies, Spring, 2020

Finalists

2019 Finalists

Full Length Finalists

RED ALIEN by Jane B Jones
THE MIGHTY MAISIE by Bella Poynton

One Act Finalists

BLUE SKY WITH APPROACHING STORM by Kate Katcher
COUNTDOWN TO LOVE by Ron Asher

Competition Window Re-Opens Spring 2021

Playwrights around the world (with or without representation) are encouraged to submit their plays and musicals each season to the Maxim Mazumdar New Play Competition.

Each category of the Mazumdar Competition is for plays that are ready for production. Outlines or summaries, incomplete or rough drafts will not be accepted. Anyone may submit. The winning script in each category will receive a full production, along with a small cash prize.

Finalists and other promising works will be considered for production in future seasons and/or our development lab. Alleyway is an Associate Member of the National New Play Network, and winning plays may be considered for Rolling World Premiere and Showcase submissions.

Entry in the Maxim Mazumdar New Play Competition is understood as an indication of the playwright’s willingness, in the event of winning, to grant first production rights to Alleyway Theatre. Selection as Winner requires the playwright’s prior commitment to grant first production rights under the terms of Alleyway Theatre’s Standard Production Agreement, and additional terms will not be negotiated.

Plays must be unpublished and unproduced at the time of submission (developmental readings and workshops notwithstanding). All entries must be withheld from production during the period of the competition, reserving the premiere production for Alleyway Theatre.

Each year, entries will be accepted during a late-Spring submission window. In 2020, entries were accepted from May 15 through June 30 only.  The 2020 deadline for the Mazumdar New Play Competition was June 30. Entries are no longer accepted for this opportunity.

2020 Categories

Full-Length Play/Musical
90 minutes or more, requiring no more than 10 performers

Finalists will be notified approximately November 1, 2020

Winning play will be announced approximately December 1, 2020 and will receive its premiere production in the 2021/22 Alleyway season.

The playwright will receive an award/royalty prize of $500.

One-Act Play/Musical
20 minutes or less, requiring no more than 6 performers

Finalists will be notified approximately November 1, 2020

Winning play will be announced approximately December 1, 2020 and will receive its premiere production in the 2020/21 Alleyway production of BUFFALO QUICKIES.

The playwright will receive an award/royalty prize of $100.

Special Category for 2020: Digital
Original plays or musicals written specifically for a tech platform such as Zoom. As theatres face the challenge of moving programming online, please consider the following:

Creativity. We are not looking for plays that could just as easily be performed on stage. We want you to truly embrace the digital/virtual platform. How can you engage with an audience through this distant reality? How can you make this mediated form immediate?

Technology. We are only at the beginning stages of understanding all the incredible opportunities technology can afford us. Which platform will work best for your play? How will it be done? What “magic” can you employ to use technology to help tell your story in the most successful way? Is it Zoom? Skype? FaceTime? An app? Something else? Is it live? Live to tape? Filmed previously and heavily edited? The winning plays will be specific and creative in this approach, as emphasis should be placed equally on the story and the form.

Audience. Who is this for? Is it interactive? Passive? Zoom fatigue is real. How long can your production honestly ask an audience to sit at their screen? 10 minutes? 60? 90? Be realistic in your attempts at engaging your target audience.

Finalists will be notified by early Fall 2020 and the winning play will receive its premiere production via Alleyway online during the 2020/21 season and will be awarded a royalty/prize of $250.