There is no doubt the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11 will have an effect on artists' work. And as all art is an outlet for expression, the Theatre Development Fund is offering its student-oriented theatre newsletter, "Play by Play," as such an outlet for students.
TDF education director Marianna Houston explains, "We wanted to help students find a place to give voice to their feelings, fears and hopes about the events that have happened from September 11 through today," according to a released statement. As such, "Play by Play" invites all high school students to submit monologues, dialogues, scenes, plays and poems to be presented online at their website. Submissions are non-competitive and all appropriate entries will be published.
Entries must be sent via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Faxes or regular mail entries will not be accepted. The work can be any length, but must be written in a theatre medium. Appropriate entries in a readable format — either written into the email or sent as an attachment — will be published exactly as received without edits or corrections. Students may include their name and school, or can be submitted anonymously. However, all entries should include the high school grade of the student. Student writing will be posted on www.playbyplayonline.org and www.tdf.org as soon as entries are received. TDF reserves the right to omit any entries deemed inappropriate.
Play by Play is a TDF publication written by and for high school students. It includes reviews, stories and interviews with theatre artists as well as student discount information and internship opportunities. With each issue, a Teachers' Guide is also available and provides exercises and teaching points for that issue. An archive of past issues can be found on their website.