2021 PDA One-Act Festival
A Virtual Adventure
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 11, 2020.
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
As details for a Virtual/Remote Festival are finalized, instructions will be listed 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 2021 Festival
There is a TWO YEAR hold on scripts that can be performed.
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
Presented at the 2020 Festival
10 Ways to Survive a Zombie Apocalypse Don Zolidis
A Stye of the Eye Christopher Durang
A Thousand Cranes Kathryn Schultz Miller
Accused of Comedy Carl L. Williams
An Absolutely True Story (As Told By a Bunch of Lying Liars)
Badger Don Zolidis
De Profundis Tim Mogford
Eurydice Sarah Ruhl
Forbidden Fruit George Jay Smith
Future, Here Jeremy Richter
Hard Candy Jonathan Rand
Hush Little Celia, Don't Say a Word Joseph Wallace
I Bring You Flowers Lang
Kaleidoscope Ray Bradbury
Reese and Babe Lew Holton
Serial Killer Barbie Colette Freedman
Stay Carl Stay Peter Tolan
Student Body Frank Winters
The 146 Point Flame Matt Thompson
The Blue and the Grey RS Paulette
The Man Who Turned Into a Stick Kobo Abe
The New Margo Stephen Gregg
The Worker Walter Wykes
The Yellow Boat David Saar
There Shall Be No Bottom Mark O'Donnell
Trifles Susan Glaspell
Titles that have been reserved by schools for the 2020 Festival are listed in this document:
Last Updated: 01/08/2021 6:00 PM
To view the critique sheet that the Judges use at the PDA One Act Festival, click One-Act Rubric. There are slight modifications for the Virtual Festival.
ORIGINAL ONE ACTS:
The deadline for Original One Acts to be submitted is Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020.
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 botton below: