“Mirrors Monologues from Women’s Lives” submission request

The Mirror Monologues group is seeking submissions of unpublished, 1-3 page monologues from women.  The following is from the press release:

THE MIRROR MONOLOGUES: A CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS TO WOMEN WRITERS TO CREATE DRAMATIC MONOLOGUES ABOUT THE MIRRORS IN THEIR LIVES

“Men look at themselves in mirrors while women look for themselves.”*

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO (January 10, 2013) – From Sleeping Beauty’s looking glass, to the middle school bathroom, to the department store dressing room, we are surrounded by mirrors, images and reflections. The Mirror Monologues (TheMirrorMonologues.com) seeks submissions from women of all ages about the role mirrors play in their lives. The best and most representative stories will be woven into a 90-minute script that will be presented in New York City in the spring of 2014.

The Mirror Monologues was created by four women — Judith Estrine, Nancy Gall-Clayton, Donna Guthrie and Linda Rathkopf. The women met when Gall-Clayton and Guthrie put together a short play festival called “6 Women Turning 60” in 2006 after they met at the Iowa Summer Writing Festival.

“We want both serious and humorous pieces about a time when you looked in a mirror and felt a strong emotion. Examples include: your first eyeglasses, braces, graduation, wedding day, pregnancy, important job interview and your changing self-image on milestone birthdays,” says Donna Guthrie, co-creator of The Mirror Monologues.

The founders of The Mirror Monologues agree that the final script will inevitably include both painful as well as celebratory stories; they intend for the overall message to be positive, life-affirming, and inspiring. They also hope this project will lead to collaborations with theatrical communities across the country.

The Mirror Monologues competition is open to women ages 16 years and older. Submissions will be accepted between February 1 and March 31, 2013. Playwrights may submit only one monologue. Monologues must be unpublished, unproduced, and between one and three pages in length. For more information on The Mirror Monologues, submission guidelines and mailing instructions, please visit TheMirrorMonologues.com .

*Quote from Elissa Melamed, author of “Mirror, Mirror: The Terror of Not Being Young.”

About the Women Behind The Mirror Monologues: The Mirror Monologues was created by four women — Judith Estrine, Nancy Gall-Clayton, Donna Guthrie and Linda Rathkopf. The women met when Gall-Clayton and Guthrie put together a short play festival called “6 Women Turning 60” in 2006 after they met at the Iowa Summer Writing Festival. The “6 Women” festival traveled to six venues across the country. Four of the six playwrights stayed in touch, vaguely thinking they would create a festival around their 70th birthdays, but they didn’t want to wait that long. They also realized they wanted to tell the stories of many women. After communicating for a period of time by email and telephone, they practically locked themselves (and their laptops) in a house for a three-day weekend in fall 2012. The result is The Mirror Monologues. Please visit: http://www.themirrormonologues.com/about-us/ for each woman’s respective bio.

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