Frost and Dodd Student Play Festival

Each summer the departments presents The Frost and Dodd Student Play Festival.  The festival consists of the winning plays from our student one-act playwriting contests, The Eleanor Frost Playwriting Contest and the Ruth and Loring Dodd Playwriting Contest.  All Performances are in the Bentley Theater. Tickets are $4 general admission; $2 Dartmouth students; $3 Other students. Tickets available at the HOP Box Office.

Friday, July 28 @ 8 PM

FROST PLAY CONTEST WINNERS - Staged Readings

Everything Falls Apart by Jordyn Fitch ’20.  Directed by Deby Xiadani ’15.

The story about a young man, his loyal companion, messy cabinets and the detrimental repercussions of dipping yourself in the River Styx.

Craters, or The Making of The Making of The Moon Landing by Elise Wien ’17. Directed by Deby Xiadani ’15.

Meet the filmmakers responsible for the Apollo 11 moon landing.

The performances will be followed by a discussion with the playwright, director and cast.

Saturday, July 29 @ 8 PM

DODD PLAY CONTEST WINNER - FULL PRODUCTION

If It Isn’t You by Tess McGuinness ’18. Directed by Jamie Horton

Sophie’s love was the piano, then it was Charlie: the story of losing oneself in someone else, and how we may recover.

The performance will be followed by a discussion with the playwright, director and cast.

Sunday, July 30 @ 5 PM

FROST PLAY CONTEST WINNERS - Staged Readings

Everything Falls Apart by Jordyn Fitch ’20 and Craters, or The Making of The Making of The Moon Landing by Elise Wien ’17

Staged Reading of the Frost Contest-winning plays directed by Deby Xiadani ’15.

Sunday, July 30 @ 8 PM

DODD PLAY CONTEST WINNER - FULL PRODUCTION

If It Isn’t You by Tess McGuinness ’18.

Directed by Jamie Horton.

2017 Contest Rules

  1. Dartmouth undergraduates are invited to submit original, previously unproduced, one-act plays for the Eleanor Frost Playwriting Contest and the Ruth and Loring Dodd Playwriting Contest. Submitted one-act plays will be considered for both the Frost and Dodd Awards. Playing time of the one-act plays may not exceed one hour. Play adaptations will be accepted only on the condition that the playwright submits a copy of the original work from which the competing script was adapted. (Please note that the 'original work' must be in the public domain or the submitting playwright must have the rights to do an adaptation.)
  2. In summer 2017, the three winning plays from these two playwriting contests will be combined into several evenings of theater called the Frost & Dodd Playwriting Festival. The Festival will be produced July 28, 29 and 30 in the Bentley Theater.
  3. Two plays will be selected as the Frost Award winners and will be produced and directed as readings during two evenings of the Frost & Dodd Playwriting Festival. (A reading means that no design elements will be employed.)
  4. One play will be selected as the Dodd Award winner and will be fully produced and directed by a faculty member during two evenings of the Frost & Dodd Playwriting Festival.
  5. Playwrights must be available to work on their plays via email and phone during the summer term. In addition, playwrights will be required to be on campus for initial readings of their plays and also the beginning of the rehearsal process - exact dates TBA - and for the week of tech and dress rehearsals. If a playwright is not enrolled or on campus in the summer term, the department will provide the playwright with transportation to/from Hanover and housing during these required periods.
  6. Winning playwrights may obtain academic credit by enrolling in Theater 80: Independent Study during the summer term. Playwrights may not act in their own plays, so that they may work with the director of their play during the rehearsal process.
  7. Three (3) copies of the script must be submitted to the Department of Theater, 111 Hopkins Center by Monday, March 27 at 4 PM. (Please do not submit your play electronically.) Number the pages of the script and include a cover page with your name, Hinman Box and title of play. Your name should not appear anywhere else in the script.
  8. The Director of Theater and/or the Department Chair will organize a reading panel of three individuals who will read all the submitted plays (with authors' names removed by the Theater Office). This panel of judges will choose the two Frost Contest winners and the one Dodd Contest winner. The panel may also choose to award "Honorable Mention" status to additional plays. The Frost and Dodd winners will receive cash awards, which will be presented at the Arts Award Ceremony in May.
  9. Neither the Theater Department nor Dartmouth College will retain any rights to any play submitted to the Frost & Dodd Festival other than the right to produce the play in the Festival.
  10. Plays submitted to the Frost & Dodd Festival, but not chosen for production in the Festival, may (with the permission of the author) be submitted for consideration for a YOUR SPACE or student production slot in a later term.