The Frost/Dodd Student Play Competition & Festival

For the Department of Theater, summer days are a time to focus on the cultivation and development of new work. At the heart of this annual initiative is the Frost and Dodd Student Play Festival, which brings to the Bentley stage the winners of two annual student one-act playwriting contests: The Eleanor Frost Playwriting Contest and the Ruth and Loring Dodd Playwriting Contest. 

About the Festival

The Frost & Dodd Student Play Festival

Each spring, two Frost contest play submissions are selected to be produced as staged readings, while the winnng Dodd contest play is mounted as a fully-produced production. Performances take place in July, in the Bentley Theater; winners also receive a cash prize.

2020 Contest Rules



The 93rd Annual Eleanor Frost Competition
and the
45th Annual Ruth & Loring Dodd Competition

2020 SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Monday, April 13 @ 4:00 pm
**open to undergraduate students only**
Submit your play by email to Department Administrator Milena Zuccotti


  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 2020, the three winning plays from these two playwriting contests will be combined into several evenings of theater called the Frost & Dodd Student Play Festival. The Festival will be produced July 31, August 1, and August 2 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 Student Play 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 Student Play 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. Please submit a PDF copy of your script to Department Administrator Milena Zuccotti no later than 4 PM on Monday, March 30. 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 YourSpace, Studio Lab, or Student Workshop Production in a later term.

Summer 2019 Festival Performance Schedule


Winning plays will be performed at the 2019 Frost & Dodd Student Play Festival
Friday-Saturday July 26-27 @ 8:00 pm
Sunday July 28 @ 4:00 & 8:00 pm
The Bentley Theater
All tickets $5; available at the Hop Box Office beginning July 1


The 2019 Ruth & Loring Dodd Playwriting Contest Winner

Dr. Superman
by Kayshav Prakash '22
Friday & Sunday, July 26 & 28, 8 pm
A Fully Produced Production

Dr. Superman follows an Indian family transplanted to the rural South, as they navigate the brown experience in a community being ravaged by the rise of opiates and the loss of jobs. 

Kayshav Prakash is a ’22 from San Jose, CA, studying mathematical data science and theater. He has been writing plays since high school, which is where he first developed Dr. Superman; the play won first place for playwriting during his senior year. Outside of theater he is involved with Casual Thursday improv, the Mock Trial Society and the Tour Guides Program. He would like to thank his friends, his family, the Dartmouth Theater Faculty, CAT and Mindy Kaling for convincing him to pursue writing at Dartmouth. 

The 2019 Eleanor Frost Playwriting Contest Winners

Lost Angeles by Kavya Menon ‘20
The Recording by Monik Walters ‘19
Saturday, July 27, 8 pm
Sunday, July 28, 4 pm
Staged Reading Performances

Lost Angeles
When Aria moves to Los Angeles to pursue an internship in film production, she finds herself in the midst of a very interesting mix of personalities. Between the 11 girls she shares an apartment with, her quirky boss, and the random people she meets, there is never a dull moment. 

Kavya Menon ’20 is an English major modified with theater, with a concentration in creative writing, and an Arabic language minor. She grew up in Cleveland, Ohio, and she discovered her love for acting and theater in high school; some of her favorite roles were Hermia in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and the Wicked Witch of the West in The Wizard of Oz. She has been in four productions at Dartmouth, and this is the first one-act play that she has written. She’d like to thank her mom and her three dogs for being a constant source of support and love. 

The Recording
An examination of the narration of death in black communities and the storytelling capabilities of black women in these contexts. The Recording is a nonlinear exploration of the concept of mothers outliving their children in a modern era of violence, and the responsibility black women have to tell those stories.

Monik Walters ’19 studied geography and African American studies at Dartmouth. Born and raised in Valley Stream, NY, her affinity for the arts started with her high school’s performing arts program. She is excited to share this piece with the world and wants to continue making an impact in her communities and for people and women of color. Outside of the arts she has concentrated her time on activism and advocacy. In her senior year at Dartmouth, she served as the college’s first black female student body president. She also worked with NAACP at Dartmouth throughout her student career, campaigning against racial injustice, food insecurity and financial inequity.

Special Note:

A 2019 Eleanor Frost Playwriting Contest Honorable Mention

by Zea Lamperti Eanet '21

Zea Eanet is a sophomore from Norwich, Vermont studying comparative literature with the occasional venture into studio art, theater, creative writing, and film. She has been writing since she can remember and is delighted to receive this recognition from the Department of Theater! Zea would like to thank every drama and writing teacher she has ever had as well as her parents, who always made her eat her vegetables.