Help is what the Public Theater is looking for to carry off Suzan-Lori Parks' ambitious sui generis project 365 Days/365 Plays. The project is described thusly: "In November 2002, the Pulitzer prize-winning Suzan-Lori Parks sat down and committed to writing a play a day for the next 365 days. For the 2006-07 Season, The Public will produce the New York premiere of these works by gathering together a widely diverse cross-section of New York’s theatre companies to participate in this project. Over the course of one year, the selected theatres—curated by The Public, Suzan-Lori Parks and Producer Bonnie Metzger—will perform these brief, brilliant snapshots from the imagination of one of America's leading playwrights. This will be part of a yearlong national festival of the play cycle that will take place in major cities around the country including Atlanta, Los Angeles and Denver. Tickets at The Public will be free."
The Public is casting a wide net to find its Gotham collaborators for the project, which will run from Nov. 13, 2006, to Nov. 12, 2007. The company is seeking applications from eligible theatre partners throughout the five boroughs. Candidates can be producing organizations, presenting organizations, theatre companies and independent artists with a track record for self-producing.
Those selected will be responsible for producing one week (seven plays) in the cycle. Participants can produce their work in traditional theatre spaces or site-specific locations. They can be staged readings or fully produced, but (in a nebulous proviso) "all must be in the spirit of celebrating the vibrancy of New York's theatre tradition with audiences and artists from every corner of the city."
Applications must be submitted online by July 26, 2006. Applicants (accepted/ declined) will be notified via email by Sept. 15, 2006. For more information or to apply, please visit www.publictheater.org/365.