Ready to Publish Award

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SETC and Stage Rights present a unique opportunity for playwrights! Established in 2016, the SETC/Stage Rights Ready to Publish Award is a program dedicated to developing, publishing, and licensing new works by members of the SETC community.

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2020 Winner

A Singular They by Aliza Goldstein

ABOUT THE PLAY:
Burbank is your typical high school student — worried about new haircuts, biology exams, losing one’s virginity, and whether to take the estrogen the doctors keep prescribing. Burbank was born “off the binary,” neither entirely male nor female biologically. “He” and “she” just don’t work to describe who Burbank is. “They” is the only appropriate label — A Singular They. They strike up a rapport with their Biology teacher who offers a sympathetic ear and opens Burbank’s eyes to a world outside their conservative suburban community. But after wrecking their social standing with their classmates, Burbank makes a request of Mr. Mazer that goes far beyond what is considered “normal.”

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Aliza Goldstein is an Orange County, CA-based playwright originally hailing from Northeast Florida. She holds a B.F.A. in Dramatic Writing from New York University with a Double Major in Anthropology (Class of 2013).
​Aliza’s work has been performed at theaters across the country, including the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., but most often at the Blank Theatre Company in Los Angeles, CA.  She has been awarded the 2013 John Golden Prize for Undergraduate Playwriting, the 2015 Ebell of Los Angeles Playwright Prize, and the 2017 Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Ted Schmitt Award for the World Premiere of an Outstanding New Play.

2020 Finalists

Art is Useless When You Are Being Mauled By A Bear
by Alisa Tangredi

The Boy with the Wooden Heart
by Ben McElroy

The Death of Robin Hood
by J.S. Puller

Light Delay
by Jessica Andrewartha

Persephone
by Kristen Palmer

A Punchline
by Michael Schwartz

A Singular They
by Aliza Goldstein

Tumbleweed
by Marcus Scott

Woke
by Avery Sharpe

The Veils
by Hope Villanueva

The winning play and playwright will be announced by Jan. 13, 2020. The author of the winning piece must attend the 2020 SETC Convention in Louisville, KY, where a panel reading of the play will be held.

One Winner Will Receive:

  • Publication of the winning play in the Stage Rights catalog of plays and musicals
  • A panel reading of the play at SETC 2020, hosted by the SETC Playwriting committee
  • 2020 SETC Convention registration and one-year SETC Membership
  • Prominent display of the final published play by Stage Rights at SETC 2021
  • $400 Royalty Advance from Stage Rights
  • Author/playwright retains all copyright ownership

Recap: Two Readings at SETC 2019

The 70th annual SETC Convention in Knoxville, TN, featured panel readings of the 2018 and 2019 Ready to Publish Award-winning plays: “Anthropology Lesson” by J. Harvey Stone and “Rev” by Rachel Bykowski.

Panel reading of the 2019 Ready to Publish Award-winning play "Rev" by Rachel Bykowski at the 70th annual SETC Convention. Photo by Caitie McMekin.
The 2016 and 2018 Ready to Publish Award-winning plays available for sale in Stage Rights' booth in the 2019 SETC Exhibit Hall. Playwright J. Harvey Stone signed copies of "Anthropology Lesson."
The 2016 and 2018 Ready to Publish Award-winning plays available for sale in Stage Rights' booth in the 2019 SETC Exhibit Hall. Playwright J. Harvey Stone signed copies of "Anthropology Lesson."

Previous Winners

2019: Rev by Rachel Bykowski
2018:
Anthropology Lesson by J. Harvey Stone
2016: Independence Day at Happy Meadows by Laura King

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