2023 PDA One-Act Festival
Schools must register by the December deadline in order to participate in the FESTIVAL.
$50- School Registration
$50- One-Act Registration for
INTENT to PARTICIPATE link will be active from October 1 until December 8, 2022.
Payment (or Purchase Order) must be received in order to reserve a Play Title. No duplicate entries are allowed.
One-Act Main Stage Performances
One-Act Stage Performances are presented through out the weekend on the Main Stage.
RATINGS: Superior, Excellent, and
Please remember, PDA is a Festival, NOT a competition. Schools are NOT rated against each other. Adjudicators are professionals, college professors, and theatre educators. An attempt is made to provide a variety of judges from year to year. Suggestions are welcome. Festival judges utilize a "rating sheet" created and revised by the PDA Board of Directors for the one-act plays.
No plays that have been performed at the festival within the past two years may be presented. Ineligible plays are listed to the left.
No duplicate entries are allowed. The second school to submit a play title will be asked to make another selection or to withdraw with a refund for the one-act fee only. Schools are highly encouraged to submit the play title with the Intent to Participate/School Registration Form.
40 minute time limit, including set-up and strike.
One professional play entry (musical or non-musical) per school. A school may perform an original script but will be adjudicated as if it is a professional published script.
Focus should be on acting and directing; keep the technical elements SIMPLE.
NOTE: ALL set pieces must fit in a 8ft X 8ft storage space
The Host Site will post stage dimensions and instructions here:
Thespian Chapter Select
Any Thespian school that would like to perform their one-act at Nationals must indicate the desire to be screened during the PDA One-Act Festival for a slot in Select Showcase (formerly the Regional Play Marathon) at the International Thespian Festival. If more than one school wants to advance, a representative from EdTA will make the final selection.
1. Schools must register in January
2. There is a $20 fee to be considered for Chapter Select Showcase at our festival.
3. The Community Standards & Copyright Form must be submitted at registration in February.
Ineligible Plays for the 2023 Festival
There is a TWO YEAR hold on scripts that can be performed.
Presented at the 2021 Virtual Festival
A Moment in Time Eddie Kennedy
A Virtual Whodunit F.Kobler/ C. Marcus
All Out John Rester Zodrow
And Alan Haehnel
Asleep on the Wind Ellen Byron
Deaf Day Leslie Ayvazian
Final Dress Rehearsal Jack Frakes
Happenstance Craig Pospisil
Hope n' Mercy Kent R. Brown
Just Like Us Craig Sodaro
Medusa's Tale Carol S. Lashof
Nothing Good Happens After Midnight Laurie Allen
The 39 Steps: A Live Radio Play Joe Landry
The Arkansaw Bear Aurand Harris
The Bequest Dale Wasserman
The Ghost Moments Randy Wyatt
The Murderous Mansion of Mr. Uno Don Zolidis
This is a Test Stephen Gregg
Twelve Incompetent Jurors Ian McWethy
Waiting for the Bus Benjamin Connor
War Letters J. Robert Wilkins
War of the Worlds: A Totally Teen Online Theatrical Event -F.Kobler/ C. Marcus
Presented at the 2022 Hybrid Festival
A Christmas Chaos by Michael Wehrli
A Game by Dennis E. Noble
Almost, Maine by John Cariani
Bald Soprano by Eugene Ionesco
Booby Trap by Ed Monk
Chairs by Scott Mullen
Crafting a Killer by Brent Holland
Far Away by Caryl Churchill
Gutenberg! The Musical! by Anthony King & Scott Brown
If Sherlock Holmes were a Woman by Tim Kelly
Jack in the Box by Scott Mullen
Malled: Yes, Virginia, There is a Virginia by Colleen Neuman
On the Verge by Eric Overmyer
Oz by Don Zolidis
So You Want To Be A Cheerleader by MG Davidison
Steel Magnolias by Robert Harling
That's Not How I Remember It by Don Zolidis
The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, Abridged by
A. Long, D. Singer, and J. Winfield
The Lottery by Brainerd Duffield, Shirley Jackson
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Dwayne Hartford
The Role of Della by John Wooten
The Staggering Heartbreak of Jasmine Merriweather
by Don Zolidis
Time Flies by David Ives
Titles to be reserved by schools for the 2023 Festival will be listed in this document:
Updated December 3 at 2:00 PM
To view the critique sheet that the Judges use at the PDA One Act Festival, click One-Act Rubric.
ORIGINAL ONE ACTS:
The deadline for Original One Acts to be submitted is Thursday,
Nov. 10, 2022.
The top three ORIGINAL scripts will be presented in READER'S THEATRE FORMAT during the festival. The performances WILL NOT be part of the Main Stage Productions.
For more information about the Original One-Acts, please click the button below: