It will never end, Paddy. I have run into way too many dishonest theatre producers, those who try to make their money from playwrights and not for playwrights; especially those looking for short pieces which often translates into making money off the most vulnerable—young and beginning playwrights. Probably why I don't write plays anymore.
This is my first time producing this kind of festival. I modeled this festival off of other similar festivals.
I'm very interested to know more about how you feel. I will approach my board of directors and convince them to revise certain "dishonest" aspects based on what you (and others) tell me.
Perhaps I could offer payment to those who win? What do you think?
A little context: I'm a 20-year-old writer/producer who wants to create a show with a theme that I believe the public should be more aware of: dispelling stereotypes of people with disabilities. It's something important and personal to me.
troy, thank you for your genuine response. Paying anything to have your play read is insulting to us who have worked very hard and for a long time to get the work polished. For little plays 5$ translates into 50 cents to read each page. You get the money from the box-office and often the playwright goes wanting. Tell your board of directors that playwrights, especially myself, go way out of our way to to shame your theatre. And the Dramatists Guild has made their position clear in that regard. Don't charge anything and give the playwrights whom you produce at least a stipend. And, guess what, when you don't charge for submissions you will get work from more advanced playwrights such as myself and other professionals on this website NEVER pay a reading fee. I promise you that we all will win. It's win-win all around. You will get work of a higher quality and the playwright, the poorest in the arts, will be eager to send you work. No one would dare charge a fee for my 400 page novel!
I truly loved your response. You're a stand-up guy.