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The 2019 One Act Play Festival

At Las Cruces Community Theatre March 15-17, 2019

Las Cruces Community Theatre Is now accepting applications from interested authors and/or directors for our 31st annual One Act Play Festival.  Every year, the Las Cruces Community Theatre promotes our local writers by offering them an opportunity to present their work in front of live audiences.  We are looking for original theatre works written by local playwrights which meet the following guidelines:


  • One act plays, or a cutting of a full length original play

  • 10-20 minutes in length

  • Simple technical/design requirements

  • No more than six in the cast

  • Content should be suitable for a general audience

Playwrights interested in applying should apply with a stage director; if the playwright does not have a director and the play is chosen for the festival, LCCT will assign a director.

DESIGN/TECHNICAL:  The One Act Play Festival celebrates new voices and new scripts; the design and technical aspects of the plays need to be kept to a minimum.  If a play is selected for the Festival, the LCCT Production Supervisor will meet with the author and director before the first rehearsal to discuss the design and technical aspects of the play. 

BUDGETS:  The budget for each play is $50 which is to be spent on set, costume, and prop expenses only. 

AUDITIONS:  Pre-casting of some or all roles is encouraged.  If you need to hold auditions, LCCT will hold a group audition for all of the one acts on Saturday, February 16th from 1-4 PM.  All the directors and authors seeking cast members should attend the audition.

REHEARSALS:  Directors should plan on 8 hours of rehearsal for the typical 15 minute play, not including the week of dress/tech rehearsals before opening.  The first rehearsals at the theatre will begin February 18th.  The production supervisor will coordinate rehearsal schedules with the director for each play with the goal of holding at least one 2-hour rehearsal each week, starting the week of February 18th and continuing for three weeks through the week of March 4th.  Rehearsals will typically be scheduled in the evenings and weekends.  Tech week rehearsal is tentatively scheduled Monday, March 11 through Thursday, March 14, with performances Friday and Saturday, March 15 and 16 at 7:30 PM, and a Sunday matinee March 17 at 2 PM.

ONE ACT COMPETITION:  To increase interest in the One Act Play Festival in both audiences and participants, each audience member will be given a ballot and an opportunity to vote for their favorite play.  The winner will be announced after Sunday’s final performance.

All applications must be submitted by Friday, February 8, 2019 to the email or street address listed in the application.  You will be contacted regarding the status of your submission by February 10, 2019. 

Good Luck – we look forward to hearing from you and presenting your work to our Las Cruces community.


Gail Wheeler                                      Norman Lewis

Production Supervisor                      Associate Production Supervisor