2020 PDA One-Act Festival
Dorman High School
Schools must register by the December deadline in order to participate in the FESTIVAL.
$30- School Registration
$35- One-Act Registration for
INTENT to PARTICIPATE link will be active from September 15 until December 6, 2019.
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. 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
Specific details about the Dorman High School performance space is available 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 2020 Festival
*With a change in the rules, there is now a TWO YEAR hold on scripts that can be performed.
Presented at the 2018 Festival
9 Parts of Desire Heather Raffo
Asylum Jerome McDonough
Black Comedy Peter Shaffer
Doubt, A Parable John Patrick Stanley
Drop Dead, Juliet Allison Williams
Every Brilliant Thing Duncan Macmillan
Fortress Michael Scanlan
Grandma Duck Is Dead Larry Shue
I Never Saw Another Butterfly Celeste Raspanti
Insanity of Mary Girard Lanie Robertson
Mirrors John O'Brien
Nora’s Lost Alan Haehnel
Personal Effects John McNamara
Scooter Thomas Makes it to the Top of the World
Shall We Join the Ladies? J.M. Barrie
The Greek Mythology Olympiaganza Don Zolidis
The Magic Hour Jonathan Dorf
The Tangled Snarl John Rustan
THS PHNE 2.0 Lyndsey Price
Tracks Peter Tarsi
Why Do We Laugh? Stephen Gregg
Presented at the 2019 Festival
How to Kiss a Girl Wade Bradford
Us and Them David Campton
The Marriage Proposal Anton Chekhov
The Remarkable Susan Tim Kelly
Medea Euripides, adapted
by C. Ludlam
Chamber Music Arthur Kopit
Help David Grote
Flowers for Algernon David Rogers
The Actor's Nightmare Christopher Durang
The Imaginary Invalid Moliere
Anonymous Allison Green
Radium Girls D.W. Gregory
Diversions Christopher Durang
Almost, Maine John Cariani
This Side of Heaven Don Zolidis
First Person Shooter Don Zolidis
Booby Trap Ed Monk
The Diviners Jim Leonard Jr.
End of Summer KT Curran
A Company of Players Ed Monk
Matt & Ben Mindy Kaling, Brenda Withers
The Mall William Inge
Titles that have been reserved by schools for the 2020 Festival are listed in this document:
It is updated daily but is not a LIVE document.
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 Friday, Nov. 1, 2019.
The top three ORIGINAL scripts will be presented in READER'S THEATRE FORMAT during the festival on Saturday. The performances WILL NOT be part of the Main Stage Productions.
For more information about the Original One-Acts, please click the botton below: