SUBMIT TO THE PDC PODCAST!
The Philadelphia Dramatists Circle new podcast program, Philly DramaCast, stars the playwrights, actors, and producers of the Greater Philadelphia area. On this podcast will be ten-minute short plays, complete with music and sound effects all done by local artists. We want YOU to send us your scripts and voice samples to make our podcast the perfect home for Philadelphian drama.
Before you send us your work, you should know that these plays will be done SOLELY through AUDIO. Our audience can’t see what our actors are doing, so please keep that in mind when writing your play. Some stage directions might be perfect for audio (Glass breaks) but some might look better onstage than on air (Fight scene) and some won’t translate at all (Double take.) If you do write for our show, we may ask you to make some changes to your script before we record it, especially if you’ve never written for radio or podcasts before. We might ask you to change stage directions or scenes, add more narration, or even some exposition. It might look like over-explaining on paper, but these are necessary for audio drama, and almost invisible when performed.
If you’re not sure how to write audio drama, these websites offer plenty of tips and advice:
https://downloads.bbc.co.uk/writersroom/scripts/radious.pdf (This is the template the BBC uses for their radio plays.)
These shows and podcasts are excellent examples of well-executed audio dramas:
The Adventures of Guy Noir, Private Eye: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CIZXc_ES748
The Truth: http://www.thetruthpodcast.com/
Welcome to Night Vale: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/welcome-to-night-vale/id536258179#
The Archers: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09z3dkd#play
G-Town Radio’s Skywave: http://www.gtownradio.com/content/blogsection/77/158/
If you are a playwright, then please send us a ten-page sample of your work, a resume, and a headshot. Please note that currently we are only accepting submissions from playwrights in the Philadelphia Dramatists Center for the time being.
If you are an actor, then please send us a short audio recording of your acting, a resume, and a headshot.
All queries should be sent to [email protected]. Good luck, and remember: We’ll always be here when you need drama in your lives.