If your script is selected for a workshop reading:
We will work with you to decide which half hour section you would like to hear read. We do ask that the section is continuous, rather than a skip-around of scenes.
You’re welcome to continue to work on the script before the reading. We’ll ask for an updated version a month-three weeks prior to your date.
We call our readings ‘cold-ish.’ We pre-cast some of the roles from our actors and cast some roles from the community that evening. As these are community events, we do not rehearse prior to the reading.
Each reading features two scripts/playwrights.
Frequently Asked Questions
I don't live in New York, can I still submit a script? Yes! We love and support writers from all over. Since the purpose of our workshop readings is to assist in development, it is important to us that the playwright is present for our readings. Since we are not able to provide travel funding, we know that for many writers, one of our fabulous but intimate readings may not be the right financial choice at this time.
I am not a woman. Can I still submit a script? Yes! Our primary aim is to examine and challenge the roles being written for women. We’d love to hear from all writers.
Does the whole play have to be just two women talking about not-sex? No. Your script can have as many characters as you want, and they can talk about all kinds of things.
Including sex and relationships? Yes, including that. The Bechdel Test stipulates that at least one scene contains two women talking about something else. However, please familiarize yourself with our submission guidelines, which includes some handy tips.
But I have this amazing script with an incredibly layered and dimensional female character! Can’t I submit it anyway? We know there are many, many, many amazing roles for women in plays and films that do not pass the Bechdel Test. This series, though, is for plays and screenplays that do. Please read the submission guidelines.
I submitted a script previously that was not selected. May I submit it again? While in general, we would prefer new work from you, you are welcome to resubmit scripts that you have revised since they were last submitted. May I submit more than one script? Go forth and submit as many works as you wish. Please make sure, however, each submission meets our guidelines.
You sure harp on about these guidelines, don’t you? I'll tell you, my cats are really tired of listening to me rant on and on about the number of scripts we get that don’t meet our guidelines. You can read more about that here, if you’d like.
What Our Members Are Saying
"What a fantastic evening in Kristine's Eggs on Ice reading!! Thank you so much y'all!!" ~ Thelma M. Reyes
"The casting was fantastic, and the light staging worked perfectly. The whole night was really helpful to me for continuing to develop the piece, especially the dramaturg-led talkback." ~ Francesca Pazniokas