Competition is Open to Individual Writers, Individual Acting-Teams, Acting-Teams in Schools, Universities & Theaters
Artists have begun to contact us to get involved after we sent our announcement. We want to say thanks and get the competition fired up! Thanks as well to Tiffany Williams who posted on her popular theater blog and Jonathan Dorf of LA Playwrights too. Other announcements were posted at the Dramatists Guild, NYC Playwrights, Drama Groups, and in the Insights for Playwrights newsletter. Thanks to everyone who has been involved!
The world manages to surprise us with the unexpected, on the personal, political, ecological, economical, artistic and philosophical level. Earth has been transforming rapidly, especially throughout the past five years, and these transformations are getting faster towards unknown destinies.
Many competitions and programs focus on the making of Democracy, Justice, and Equality. However, in this one we are focusing on the complete opposite extreme. We strongly believe that both sides of the coin, the light and the darkness, reality and fiction, do impact us strongly as philosophical artists.
We, the “The Forgotten Writers Foundation” from Egypt and “Democracy Chronicles” from New York, are honored to collaborate together to release “The Seven Dictators Play-writing Competition”.
SEVEN DICTATORS COMPETITION GUIDELINES:
Either as: An individual writer with your name.
Or as: A theater-acting team, with the team/theater’s name, and the name of the team leader/representative.
• The winning plays will be chosen on the degree of creativity and the novelty of the idea. Strange and unusual ideas are strongly recommended.
• The depth of the text, characters, places, scene etc.
• The metaphors and similes used.
• The beauty of the writing style and dialogues.
• The ending of the play and how powerful it is.
We strongly believe in you, we believe in this competition, and we believe you can be super inspired by what happened/happens/might happen in our world.
About the Organizers of Seven Dictators:The Forgotten Writers Foundation:
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“I would like to ‘feel’ deeply what is the sense of borders. The territory (as animal), the feeling from out and in (as human body spirit), the question about the house, the garden and the ‘other’… This is for me a very interesting reflection to geopolitics abroad (China, Russia, USA, India, Europe) and the future of our humanity in regard to ‘identity’”
I really appreciate that arkouzaki, and many of the previous commenters on the original article, seem to appreciate what I’m saying: that hidden in this seemingly unimportant topic is something ultimately very important about the existential future of life itself. It seems to me that Canadians today hold one of the few keys to lasting world peace.
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