Proposal deadline: Friday, May 12, 8pm
Cap & Bells is now accepting proposals for our Fall 2017 season!
Is there a play you love that you’re dying to see performed? Are there stories that you think the Williams community needs to hear? Have you been working on a play that you might want to try out on the stage or through a reading? Propose a show for the fall!
We’re excited to work with anyone who’s excited about student theater. New faces are very welcome, and no experience is necessary–we’d love to introduce you to Cap & Bells by working with you on a project you’re passionate about.
This season we are accepting submissions for full productions, play readings, and workshops (see link for more information on each). The deadline for submissions is Friday, May 12, at 8pm, and submissions can be submitted through the Google form or by downloading the proposal form.
If you have any questions at all, or if there is anything we can do to make the proposal process more accessible to you, please don’t hesitate to get in touch! Get in contact with our Artistic Directors, Evi (ebm3) and Jack (jgs1), or our Dramaturg, Molly (mkm3). Or, message the Cap & Bells Facebook page, and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible!
FAQs for the proposal process:
Q: What is the difference between a full production, a play reading, and a workshop?
A full production is your typical Cap & Bells show, a play fully-realized in a theater, site-specific space, etc. with a cast, designers, stage manager, etc. See “What is a play reading?” and “What is a workshop?” for the definitions of those terms.
Q: What if I really want propose a play, but I want to be a designer, stage manager, etc., not a director?
That’s totally fine! We’d love for designers, stage managers, and other theater artists to propose work. We do ask that you have a director in mind when proposing, so ask around and see who’s interested. If you’d like to stage manage, please contact your illustrious Production Manager, Carol Almonte (ca3).
Q: I’ve never directed or done theater before, but I want to propose a play. Can I still submit it?
Please! We are always looking for new voices and new artists, so feel free to propose! A majority of our proposals come from students with no official directing experience, so you’re among friends. If you don’t feel comfortable directing, you can ask someone who may have more experience to direct and you can be involved in the production as a designer, stage manager, etc.
Q: If I wrote a play, can I submit that?
Abso-freaking-lutely! We love new work, and Cap & Bells is an organization specially equipped to help new playwrights realize their visions. In the same vein as designers, we do ask that you have a director in mind when proposing the production. You can also submit your work for a play reading or a workshop.
Q: What is a play reading?
A play reading is a minimalistic show format that culminates in a reading of the proposed play. We’ll help you assemble a group of actors, organize a short rehearsal period, and perform a reading of the play. This relaxed format is perfect for people who want to hear work read aloud or just want to tell a story, but don’t think they have time to do a full production.
Q: What is a workshop?
A workshop is an opportunity to test out a new play/performance/art piece that YOU HAVE WRITTEN with a cast and (sometimes) minimalist production elements, depending upon the proposal. If you are developing a play or performance, this is a great opportunity to test how your production would work onstage. Workshops take into account that the proposer will most often be developing and rewriting the piece during the production process. Contact Jack Scaletta (jgs1) or Evi Mahon (ebm3) for more specifics.
Q: What is a “statement of intent”?
A statement of intent is just a short blurb we ask you to provide where you tell us why you would like to propose this show and what you think you would need to do it. You don’t have to write an essay, but we would just like to know what your thoughts are going into the proposal.
Further questions? Email Artistic Directors Evelyn Mahon (ebm3) and Jack Scaletta (jgs1), or Dramaturg Molly Murphy (mkm3).