Staged Reading / Workshop?
The goal of this competition is to provide a SECOND production, not a first.
A staged reading is a staged reading.
A workshop is a workshop.
A production says a company was willing to gamble
real money on a script, including extended rent, tech, manpower, costumes, etc.
Not to seem snooty about things, but the concept is that we, as an art and as a community of artists, have stacks of World Premieres each year and those scripts are abandoned (many rightfully so) by publishers to die without a second production. There's a little "prestige" to be had premiering things and that can help market a single production.
Until the second or third independent production shows the promise of making money with a script, publishers just don't seem to want to invest in them.
That's what we want to start people thinking about with this project.
We've done about one a year... inadvertently for the past several years.
As for "Drama" and "Musicals"
and "Performance Art" and "Slam Poetry"
Dramas do not sell easily.
We have to pay the bills even with this one.
Musicals cost an arm and a leg and frankly, the only people that come see musicals are people that only come see musicals. It doesn't really help our overall season.
... and did I mention we have to pay the bills.
We have to pay the bills.
We don't serve insanely overpriced coffee
and Bongo Liability Insurance doesn't grow on trees.
Oh.... nor does paying the bills?
Hope that helps.