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.

The production  process will include active involvement by the playwright. Plays should have a running time of less than 60 minutes and involve a small cast. 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 over 5 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 directors and the playwright free to invite actors as part of the process.

We can only review small cast plays between 10 and 60 minutes in length.

Submissions will be evaluated on originality, an idea worth spreading, language, and suitability for virtual production.

With appreciation of your work and joy,

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. 

TEDxAsburyPark presents One Act:One Idea. 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. The production process includes active involvement by the playwright. 

We're holding an immediate open call for performers for its Zoom production of three 10-minute plays by Jason Furlani, an Actors Studio member. We will also consider performers for future roles in our play series.  Play scripts in this folder. Roles available below. 

Submissions should only take a few minutes. Soft deadline of Feb 7, 2021. 

The Reeducation of Ms Reed- Summoned to a conference call with her son Jacob's elementary school, swamped single mom Carolyn Reed discovers more than she's bargaining for when she finds that the school official she's meeting with is the interim principal and nemesis from her own school days: Ms. Douglas.

Carolyn Reed (40's)

Diane Douglas (60-80)

Flight- As three women assemble to seat a new member to the  Board of Directors of an Austin, Texas co-op, they realize that the co-op president (Harold) is standing on the ledge of the roof of the building. In the face of what seems like imminent doom and in an effort to make sense of why Harold might be up there, Jackie, Phyllis and Rey-Ann not only redefine their perceptions of themselves and each other but learn that love is indeed, magic. And funny.

Jackie (40-60) BIPOC

Phylis (60-80) white

Rey-Ann (any age) white hipster

A View From Da Bronx In the haze of Covid, amidst budding love and a fledgling plan, Ted and Nancy meet on a Zoom call where they're joined by Joey, who had contracted Covid and was presumed dead. With Joey in NYC, Nancy in Florida, and Ted halfway between, the stakes become quickly clear: the fate of Joey's pair of Yankees season tickets. Loyalties and perceptions are twisted and not only uncover new truths about themselves but lead to the transfiguration of the group as whole. And yes... it's a comedy.

Ted (35-60)

Nancy (35-50)

Joey (35-60)

Audition Requirements:  Play scripts in this folder. 

We’ll conduct about 6 sixty-minute rehearsals Feb 15-March 31, with a final production recording.

Our air date will likely be Thursday April 22nd, for several hundred guests, with our performance followed by a contributor panel to which you will be invited. Your work will remain available on our YouTube channel.

In your submission, we’d like you to record an up-to-three minute video of your reading and improvisation in support of the character.

Your recording will be the line or lines from the play that you most connect with, followed by your improvisation of what the character might say if given an extra minute to tell us about themselves at that moment. Try to record the zoom in the way the character would be on zoom.  (you only need to submit one video for one character).

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 at the Pollak Theater, Monmouth University. OneAct.OneIdea will develop short plays in Zoom and eventually in live productions at our event venues.
With appreciation of your work and joy,
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.

TEDxAsburyPark seeks Readings, Talks, and Performances of 1 minute or less on the topic of “Treat Others as You Wish to be Treated”, aka “The Golden Rule”, which is a cornerstone of most world cultures, religions and creeds. 

Your performance/reading can be drawn from quotes, literature, original writings, religious texts, or songs and poems. 

TEDxAsburyPark will select, record and showcase a community production of the best 30 recorded performances for a live, virtual audience on April 1, 2021 at 7pm ET. This special mosaic community event will be shared as a testament to the human potential, expressed in the universal truth of the Golden Rule.  

The event will be shared on TEDxAsburyPark’s website, as well as social media accounts (YouTube, Facebook, etc.). The event may be also shared on other websites as well (per TED.com guidelines).


Some tips for filling out this form:

1 - Please ensure that your proposed reading or performance clearly relates to the Golden Rule, or  "Treat Others as You Wish to be Treated".

2 - Review the form to see what information the submission process requires, and prepare everything, such as your bio, headshot, text of your performance, and links to your pitch video and social media. This will help you to have all of the needed contents before you fill out the form. (Your application can be saved so you can complete it later.)

3 - All submissions will be confidential. Whether you are accepted or not, you will be invited to attend the live reading and to view and share the YouTube Video.

4 - We suggest you read the TEDx Speaker Guide.

5 - Deadline for Submissions: January 31, 2021.

TEDxAsburyPark speakers do not receive any monetary compensation, or airfare/transportation costs that a speaker may incur.

If you are accepted, we will ask you to sign the TED.com open-commons release form and we may arrange to re-record your performance/reading to generate the best final production video 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. 

Join the TEDxAsburyPark team. While we’re all contributors who volunteer our time and services, we are a professional, dedicated team and take our jobs seriously.We also take having fun together seriously!

Producing an event on the scale and of the quality of TEDxAsburyPark requires several thousand hours of contributos effort from a team of 50+ people. Everyone has a specific, defined role (we’re big on responsibility) and of course, our fantastic contributors also pitch in wherever they can if help is needed.

The “core team” leadership roles require a significant level of effort — the demand varies throughout the year, but you can expect to commit to a few hours each week until mid-winter. Then the weekly time requirement increases to 10-15 hours as the event approaches. 

If you take on a core team role, you’ll be committing to a full year of involvement with TEDxAsburyPark, potentially for several hours each week. There are regular bi-monthly team meetings as well as group meetings to attend. Meetings are generally held on weekday evenings at 6:30pm at a  local location.

If you have the drive, time, and energy to commit to our core contributors team, or if you’d prefer to play a supporting role, we want to hear from you!  Fill out the Contibutor Application and let us know how you can help. The more specific you can be, the better.

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