In its 10th season, TEDxAsburyPark is broadening its commitment to ideas by seeking short original  plays to be produced and directed for a Zoom audience.

Plays must have a running time of less than 25 minutes,  involve a small cast and be suitable for Zoom or a simple production. As a lab, our directed and rehearsed productions will involve the playwright, and all sessions, including the final production, will be recorded.

Submissions should include a tight summary with character descriptions and a working script.

The final production will be offered to a live online audience where we typically host 200-800 attendees, to be followed by a panel discussion with the playwright, director and cast.

The final production will be hosted on our YouTube channel, which has had over 6 million views. 

If selected, the playwright will grant a limited use license of the recorded work to be hosted on YouTube, with links to our social media, and at our option, to be produced for a live audience by TEDxAsburyPark and its affiliates.

Casting will be an open call with director, and the playwright is free to invite actors as part of the process.

Important: We can only review small cast plays between 10 and 30 minutes in length.

Submissions will be evaluated on originality, an idea worth spreading, language, and suitability for virtual production. We will only retain about 10% of submitted plays for potential productions and readings. We will get back to you promptly, usually within 30 days of submission. 

With appreciation of your work,

Brian Smiga, John Orefice, and the TEDxAsburyPark team

TEDxAsburyPark performers, writers, speakers do not receive any monetary compensation, or airfare/transportation costs.


If you are accepted, we will ask you to sign the TED.com open-commons release form and we will direct, produce, record and edit a video of your work making it available to you, and also under a creative commons license on the web on our website, on YouTube and other video sites, and possibly on TED.com.  We reserve the right to keep the online video live just like TED talks.

TEDxAsburyPark presents 1act.1idea. A new play series.

In its 10th season, TEDxAsburyPark is broadening its commitment to ideas by seeking short original plays to be produced and directed for a Zoom audience. 

We're holding an  open call for performers, designers, directors for our productions and readings. 

Audition Requirements: 

In your submission, we’d like you to record a video of up-to-two minutes of a reading or improvisation of your choice to show your talent. You can also submit a demo video. 


About TEDxAsburyPark and 1act.1idea. 

In its 10th year, TEDxAsburyPark is the largest and highest rated TED conference on the East Coast with sold-out productions at the Two River Theater, Red Bank; Paramount Theater, Asbury Park; and Pollak Theater, Monmouth University. 1act.1idea. will develop short plays in Zoom and eventually in live productions at our event venues.


With appreciation of your work and contribution,
Brian Smiga, John Orefice, and the TEDxAsburyPark team

TEDxAsburyPark performers, writers, speakers do not receive any monetary compensation, or airfare/transportation costs.
If you are accepted, we will ask you to sign the TED.com open-commons release form and we will direct, produce, record and edit a video of your work making it available to you, and also under a creative commons license on the web on our website, and on YouTube.

 

In its 10th season, TEDxAsburyPark is broadening its commitment to ideas by seeking short original  plays to be produced and directed for a Zoom audience.

Plays must have a running time of less than 25 minutes,  involve a small cast and be suitable for Zoom or a simple production. As a lab, our directed and rehearsed productions will involve the playwright, and all sessions, including the final production, will be recorded.

Submissions should include a tight summary with character descriptions and a working script.

The final production will be offered to a live online audience where we typically host 200-800 attendees, to be followed by a panel discussion with the playwright, director and cast.

The final production will be hosted on our YouTube channel, which has had over 6 million views. 

If selected, the playwright will grant a limited use license of the recorded work to be hosted on YouTube, with links to our social media, and at our option, to be produced for a live audience by TEDxAsburyPark and its affiliates.

Casting will be an open call with director, and the playwright is free to invite actors as part of the process.

Important: We can only review small cast plays between 10 and 30 minutes in length.

Submissions will be evaluated on originality, an idea worth spreading, language, and suitability for virtual production. We will only retain about 10% of submitted plays for potential productions and readings. We will get back to you promptly, usually within 30 days of submission. 

With appreciation of your work,

Brian Smiga, John Orefice, and the TEDxAsburyPark team

TEDxAsburyPark performers, writers, speakers do not receive any monetary compensation, or airfare/transportation costs.


If you are accepted, we will ask you to sign the TED.com open-commons release form and we will direct, produce, record and edit a video of your work making it available to you, and also under a creative commons license on the web on our website, on YouTube and other video sites, and possibly on TED.com.  We reserve the right to keep the online video live just like TED talks.

In our 10th year, TEDxAsburyPark is the largest, highest rated, longest running TEDx on the US East Coast. In 2017 - 2019, at the Paramount Theater in AsburyPark, we hosted an annual audience to experience 25 TED Talks and performances expressing ideas worth spreading.

In the 2021 - 2022 season, we are hosting online events in Zoom as follows:

  • April 22- Three 10-minute comedies by Jason Furlani
  • May 6 - "The Joy of Relationships", with Gary Lewandowski, Marie Lewis, and Andrea Syrtash
  • May 13- Warm Readings of 3 New Plays
  • Summer, Fall, & Winter - 1act.1idea. Plays and play readings on Zoom.

On May 7, 2022, we will sell out the Two River Theater Red Bank, NJ, for both a live and simulcast party audience, with receptions before and after the all day event (900am-730pm).

And then - if you wish - we can design and produce another season for 2022 - 2023.

To become a contributing volunteer, we'd like you to fill out this form (it takes only a few minutes). 

We learn a lot, have a lot of fun, and our team is quite social. There's no greater satisfaction than seeing our talent deliver TED Talks and performances live and in Zoom for an appreciative audience. Or seeing our videos receive 6,000,000 views on YouTube as they spread great ideas. 

You will  meet friendly, open minded people, learn new skills, and make new friends. 

The requirements for joining the team are that you wish to deliver about one hour a week of work year-round, a few more hours when you're working on an event, especially leading up to our annual May event, and to commit  through Jun 30, 2022. 

Seven teams lead by two co-captains organize the work. Each co-captain holds his/her/their own meeting periodically on Zoom. The core-co-captains meet monthly for an hour. All of us use Basecamp and Google Workspace (formerly Google/G Suite) to communicate and manage our productions.

We appreciate your interest in joining our team. We look forward to getting to know you. 

TEDxAsburyPark