Scripps Ranch Theatre’s 7th Annual “Out On A Limb:

New Plays from America’s Finest City”


NOTE:  New submission rules!


Scripps Ranch Theatre’s “Out on a Limb: New Plays from America’s Finest City,” is designed to create and stage new one-act plays. The program strives to develop and produce new work that will engage playwrights and theater artists in Southern California.  It is our intention to celebrate diversity, to entertain, educate, and expand the horizons of our patrons and develop new audiences, and to contribute to the cultural and economic growth of our community.


The process is simple:

Step 1 – You submit a Statement of Intent (SOI) with the idea for your play

Step 2 – If your SOI is chosen, you write a complete first draft of a one-act play.

Step 3 – If your first draft is chosen, your play gets worked and produced by SRT!


SRT will go “Out on a Limb” and commission up to three new one-act plays.

NEW RULE #1:  In a change from previous years, the idea for the play can be about anything.  There does NOT need to be a San Diego connection in the idea.  Once a playwright and her/his idea has been selected, the playwright and SRT will meet as needed over the course of several months to develop, read, and workshop the new play, culminating in a production of the play on SRT’s main stage during our Out on a Limb new play festival in July.  An honorarium will be paid to each playwright that has their play produced by SRT.


The deadline for your Statement of Intent package is Sunday, December 10, 2017 by 11:59pm.


Submission Guidelines for Statement of Intent package:

  • The SOI, which includes a detailed description of the proposed play.  An SOI should be no longer than two pages with one-inch margins and in a 12-point font.
  • Your playwriting resume
  • Samples of your previous work (3 pages of dialogue)


Please strive for specificity in your proposal and avoid vague explanations.  The clearer the idea of what you are proposing to write, the better.  Only members of SRT’s new play committee will view or discuss your proposal.


  1. There are no limitations on subject matter or language; however, we are looking for intelligent and thoughtful ideas – reasons for us to think “this will make a really interesting piece of theatre!”
  2. NEW RULE #2: When completed, the fully realized play must be a brand new one-act no longer than 60 minutes, with a maximum cast size of seven. If a musical, maximum cast size of five. The setting(s) should be simple or ‘suggested.’
  3. Please do not submit plays that have already been written/produced/had staged readings.  The process is about working with the playwright to bring the new idea to life.
  4. After the Statement of Intent packages have been reviewed, SRT will choose up to eight playwrights to create a first draft from their submission idea. After reading and review of the first drafts, SRT will choose up to three playwrights to continue work on their plays, culminating in production-ready versions.
  5. You must meet certain deadlines for your work in order to achieve the goal of producing the play and to receive the entire honorarium.
  6. Submissions must be sent electronically. Please email submissions (following the submission guidelines) to:
  7. You may submit multiple ideas as long as you submit a Statement of Intent for each idea.


Other Pending Deadlines:

  • January, 2018: Playwrights are chosen to create a first draft of their one-act plays.
  • February, 2018: First drafts are due.
  • March – May, 2018: Playwrights and SRT will collaborate (reading/workshop, discussion) in preparation for playwright’s creation of a Production Draft.
  • June, 2018: Production Draft is due. Additional work may be done in rehearsals in preparation for full production of play in July 2017.


If you have any questions that are not answered here, please contact:


So, let’s get to it!

Email your Statement of Intent package to: