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Coming at you this March 21st and 22nd at Tierney's Tavern in Montclair. It's the first return of...


The Third First-Annual Beer Battered Play Festival

(Or the First Third-Annual Beer Battered Play Festival)

[Or The Second Second Annual Beer Battered Play Festival]



...But only cause it was so much fun the first two times.


The Third First Annual Beer Battered Play Festival will be held March 21st and 22nd at the happiest place on earth, Tierney's Tavern Upstairs. It's a festival celebrating new plays in a non-traditional setting, communal story telling, live music, and what a good time a night of theatre in a bar can be. See our past winners here and here.

We're accepting submissions now. Like right now. This very minute. We might have just gotten one while you were reading this!

Are you a playwright? Do you know a playwright? Have you seen a play once and imagine writing one would be fairly simple so you'd like to give it a try? We're now accepting script submissions. Please read all the submission guidelines. Part of the fun of this fest is it's one of those self-production festivals. Please only submit if you're ready and rearing to bring in a production of your play. Submissions Guidelines and Self-Production details are below.

There is no submission fee. We are accepting submissions through January 15, 2014.
Let's get going on this, ..

Five (ish) new "winning" plays by emerging playwrights will be selected by our committee to be performed in the festival on Friday and Saturday March 21st and 22nd. Winners will be notified by February 1st, and then have a month and a half to put their production together.

Plays should be…

This is one of those "Self Production" Festivals

What kind of plays should you send?

The Drunken Judges Award: Each evening of performance will feature “The Drunken Judges Award” in which an non-industry non-professional (perhaps someone who has never even been to a play before) will be chosen, thoroughly inebriated,  and at the conclusion of the performance will select their favorite play of the evening.

Submit your script to our festival, right here using the below form. Submit it in .doc, .pdf or whatever. If we can't figure it out, you'll hear from us about it. You can do it with the form below. Also, submissions can be emailed to if you can't the form below to work. But if it does work, use that first. Again, use the form!

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If selected, you're cool with the fact that:
  1. You will be taking part of our non-competitive, friendly Play Festival.
  2. We can use your show, and name for promotion
  3. You will attend one madatory tech / planning rehearsal
  4. StrangeDog Theatre will provide the venue, as well as basic lighting and sound. You will provide the rest of your show.
  5. If you will have difficulty delivering item (4), you may contact us for possible assistance with all production needs. We can accomodations within reason with discussion and planning.
  6. The name submitted on the form should be that of the author/rightsholder to the work and should be able to be a primary contact.
  7. We don't need anything plagairized. We know you didn't write David Ives' Sure Thing.
  8. David Ives may submit Sure Thing. In doing so, he will receive a waiver of item (9) and one (1) drink voucher.
  9. All work should be unpublished.
  10. We're going to promote this, and we might record it.
  11. There's not submission fee, you don't need to sell a certain number of tickets, unlike other festivals we're not trying to drain you of your money.
  12. ... But we do like it when you sell tickets.

Now, wasn't that professional?

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