What better place to have a Halloween play than in a museum converted from an actual stone church almost two centuries old?
Budding playwrights will have their chance to have their eeriest work premiered in St. Patrick’s Church Museum when the Cape Breton Stage Company returns with “Tales from the Bottom of the Well 3” this October.
For the past two years, Cape Stage has brought a new Halloween tradition to the local area: an anthology of original horror plays, hosted by the ghoulish narrator Giles, staged over several nights and finishing up on Halloween evening.
The first two editions of “Tales” featured local playwrights like James F. W. Thompson, Walter Carey, Jenn Tubrett, and Wayne McKay, among others. Attendance for these shows set records for Stage Company productions.
The Cape Breton Stage Company is looking for scripts for the third part of their series. They are looking for short scripts (15 to 25 minutes in length), preferably with very few characters (1 to 3 would be best), with limited to no technical effects (lights up, lights down; and, okay, a little blood), and few scene changes (optimally, one continuous scene of rising tension).
And each play should get under the audience’s skin like the late autumn damp of the graveyard just outside the front door of St. Pat’s. After that, playwrights are free to tell whatever scary, creepy, unsettling, spooky, supernatural, nightmarish tale that gives them a cackle just to think of it staged in front of an unsuspecting audience.
Please send any script ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject header of “tales from the bottom of the well”.
All submissions are due July 16, 2011.