EMOS 2015 Website & Updated Information (Including CFP Info)

Please reset your bookmarks to the following address for information regarding EMOS 2015:  www.earthmattersonstage.org.  You’ll find a link for the Call for Papers in the upper right corner of this page.  The conference will be held May 20-23, 2015 at the University of Nevada, Reno.  For more information please email Jonathon Taylor at emos@unr.edu.

Thanks & we hope to see you at the conference in May!

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EMOS ~ Ecodrama Playwrights Festival & Symposium ~ 2015 ~ At the University of Nevada Reno’s Church Fine Arts Center,  2015


First place Award: $1,000 and workshop production
Second place Award: $500 and possible workshop production
Honorable mentions: public staged reading

Deadline for Submissions is April 1, 2014.
The mission of EMOS’ Ecodrama Playwrights Festival is to call forth and foster new dramatic works that respond to the ecological crisis, and that explore new possibilities of being in relationship with the more-than-human world. The Festival includes readings, workshop performance/s, and talkbacks and discussions of the scripts that are finalists in the Playwrighting Contest. In addition, the Symposium includes speakers, panels and discussions that will advance scholarship in the area of arts and ecology, and help foster development of new works.  The call for proposals for scholars and those wishing to participate in the Symposium can be found at https://emosfestival.wordpress.com.

Past Winners:
•                  Winner of the 2004 EMOS Festival ~ Odin’s Horse, by Chicago playwright Rob Koon, in which a writer learns something about integrity from a tree sitter and a lumber company executive, went on to premier in Chicago in 2006.
•                  Winner of the 2009 EMOS Festival – Song of Extinction, by Los Angeles playwright EM Lewis, in which a musically talented teen and his father whose mother/wife is dying come to understand the deeper meanings of “extinction” from a Cambodian science teacher.  Song of Extinction premiered in Los Angeles and was recently published by Samuel French.
•                  Winner of the 2012 EMOS Festival – Sila, the first play of The Arctic Cycle, by Chantal Bilodeau, in which “a climate scientist, an Inuit activist and her daughter, two Canadian Coast Guard Officers, an Inuit Elder, and a polar bear—see their values challenged as their lives become intricately intertwined.”

For us at EMOS, the central questions are “when we leave the theater are things around us more alive? Do we listen better, have a deeper or more complex sense of our own ecological identity?”
A panel of distinguished theatre artists from the USA and Canada will choose the winning plays. Past judges have included:

•                  Robert Schenkkan, Playwright, winner of 1990 Pulitzer Prize
•                  Martha Lavey, Artistic Director, Steppenwolf Theatre, Chicago, IL
•                  José Cruz González, Playwright, SCR Hispanic Playwrights Project; faculty Cal State LA
•                  Ellen McLaughlin, Playwright, NY
•                  Timothy Bond, Artistic Director Syracuse Stage, NY
•                  Olga Sanchez, Artistic Director, Teatro Milagro, Portland, OR
•                  Diane Glancy, Playwright, Native Voices Award, faculty Macallister College
•                  Marie Clements, Playwright, British Columbia

Guidelines for Playwrights

We are looking for plays that do one or more of the following:
•                  Put an ecological issue or environmental event/crisis at the center of the dramatic action or theme of the play.
•                  Expose and illuminate issues of environmental justice.
•                  Explore the relationship between sustainability, community and cultural diversity.
•                  Interpret “community” to include our ecological community, and/or give voice or “character” to the land, or elements of the land.
•                  Theatrically explore the connection between people and place, human and non-human, and/or between culture and nature.
•                  Grow out of the playwright’s personal relationship to the land and the ecology of a specific place.
•                  Theatrically examine the reciprocal relationship between human, animal and plant communities.
•                  Celebrate the joy of the ecological world in which humans participate.
•                  Offer an imagined world view that illuminates our ecological condition or reflects on the ecological crisis from a unique cultural or philosophical perspective.
•                  Critique or satirizes patterns of exploitation, consumption, or other ingrained values that are ecologically unsustainable.
•                  Are written specifically to be performed in an unorthodox venue such as a natural or environmental setting, and for which that setting is a not merely a backdrop, but an integral part of the intention of the play.

Submission Guidelines
We are looking for full-length plays that are written primarily in English (no ten-minute plays please; one-act plays are okay if 30+ minutes in length).  Submitted plays should address the thematic guidelines as listed above. Deadline: April 1, 2014  ~ Early submission highly encouraged. / Electronic submissions may be sent; see #2 below for instructions.

1.                 All submissions should include a cover page with:
•                  Play Title
•                  Author Name
•                  Contact Information
2.                 Two blind copies of the FIRST 30 PAGES OF THE SCRIPT ONLY.  Please do not put the author’s name on the script, only on the title page.
•                  Additional requirements for Electronic Submissions:
o                  Files must be saved in PDF; cover page may be a separate PDF file
o                  Send to Jonathon Taylor at emos@unr.edu by April 1, 2014
3.                 A synopsis of the play and cast requirements.

Paper submissions must be received by April 1, 2014 to:
EMOS Festival/Jonathon Taylor, Department of Theatre and Dance
1664 North Virginia Street / MS 0228, Reno, NV 89557-0228

Evaluation Process
After reading the first 30 pages of all submitted plays, we will narrow the pool of submissions.  We will then request two full paper copies be sent to us by July 1, 2014.  Winners will be selected from this smaller pool.

Questions?  Jonathon W Taylor

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Curious about Future EMOS Festivals…. ?

The Earth Matters on Stage Ecodrama Festival, founded in 2004 by Larry Fried and Theresa May, will continue as a non-profit 501(c)(3) to better partner with universities and regional theatres to develop and promote new plays and productions.  The first EMOS Festival took place at Humboldt State in 2004; the next in 2009 at the University of Oregon; and most recently in Spring 2012 at Carnegie Mellon University. We don’t know where the NEXT EMOS will be, but stay tuned and we’ll let you know as soon as plans are underway.  Meanwhile, feel free to email Theresa May at tmay1227@gmail.com, or tmay33@uoregon.edu.

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Announcing the Winners of the 2012 Earth Matters on Stage Ecodrama Playwrights Festival

First Place:  SILA by Chantal Bilodeau

“The Arctic is melting and everyone wants a piece of it. In the race to shape the future of the region, seven characters — a climate scientist, an Inuit activist and her daughter, two Canadian Coast Guard officers, an Inuit hunter, and a polar bear — see their values challenged as their lives become intricately intertwined. Mixing puppetry, projection, spoken word poetry and three different languages (English, French & Inuktitut), Sila is a plea for increased collaboration in dealing with the big challenges of our time.” [http://www.cbilodeau.com/plays.html]

Second Place:  BEARS by Mark Rigney

An innovative tale of three bears that will forever change your view as an outsider looking in. Clever, refreshing, and humorous, BEARS opens the doors to the reality of animal and human, caged and wild, and investigates with great sincerity a bear’s perspective behind bars.

Each of these plays will receive workshop readings at the 2012 Earth Matters on Stage Festival & Symposium at Carnegie Mellon University during the weekend of May 31-June 2, 2012.

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