Send your plays to our 15th Annual

PANNDORA'S BOX New Works Festival 

Accepting submissions until July 1, midnight Pacific

Theatres are beginning to stir and live theatre is showing signs of life. PANNDORA can't wait to get back on stage! We can't wait to get back to work pouring over your masterpieces and creating our Festival. It's a big year for PANNDORA'S BOX - our 15th, our QUINCEAÑERA! You won't want to miss it. Playwrights send us your plays, audience members stay tuned, magic is coming your way.


New works, full length or long one acts (over 60 minutes), which have not been previously produced are eligible for consideration for PANNDORA'S BOX 15th Annual New Works Festival.

Submitting is easy! Email your scripts directly to: [email protected]Your electronic submission allows us to share scripts among our team of readers. No children's plays or musicals please. (That's just not our thing.)

You may submit up to 2 plays for consideration.
The deadline for submissions is JULY 1, 2021, midnight Pacific


Reading fee ~ $10 per script
Because our festival has been successful from an artistic standpoint, and because we want to continue to hold these festivals in the future, we assess a reading fee of $10 per script. This fee is used to offset the costs of the festival and to fund future productions of selected plays, There are two ways to pay the fee: the old fashioned way of writing a check to Panndora Productions and mailing it to our P.O. Box 30733, Long Beach, CA 90853; or paying on line through Paypal, which you can do right here:

Play Submissions

Every play submitted will be read by at least 2 people. Finalists are read and debated by more than a dozen folks. We take our role seriously!

Historically our stage productions have come straight "Out of the Box." Last year, Covid threw a wrench into that tradition, but we are still guided by it. If you want to get your play read and produced or workshopped, submit to PANNDORA'S BOX!


Still on the fence? Check out these comments from 3 Panndora writers:

Doc Andersen-Bloomfield

Like most theatre companies, Panndora Productions is made up of talented, hard-working, dedicated thespians, but what sets them apart is their consideration and love for one another as well as the playwrights they are producing. Their intelligence, attention to detail and willingness to go the “extra mile” for superb performance work has not been equaled in my 40 years working/writing for the theatre. A pleasure to write for and know... and love.

—Doc Andersen-Bloomfield, author of IN MY BONES, our next production

Cary J. Simowitz

There is nothing quite like the electric, visceral thrill of seeing your work brought to life. Collaborating with the outstanding acting and directing team afforded by the Panndora Family is truly the best way of unlocking your work's full potential. I feel very fortunate to have had such an opportunity!

—Cary J. Simowitz, St. Louis, Mo., author of A WOLF’S MOTHER (2019 production)
Ken Pisani

I was thrilled to be among Panndora’s Box Festival of New Works winners - to hear my characters come to life in a staged reading by three extraordinary actors, beautifully staged and directed. And then I found myself doubly blessed when “Glove Story” was chosen for a full production. Panndora's production team has been thoughtful, professional, diligent, and inclusive of me throughout the creative process. They cast extraordinary actors and were true to every moment of the text, however big or small, and found moments I didn’t know were there. Together, they birthed this baby and got it on its feet and out in the world in a way that exceeded my expectations. Their commitment, creativity, and endless positive energy from first table read to Opening Night (and beyond!) was humbling.

—Ken Pisani, Los Angeles, CA, author of GLOVE STORY (2019 production)


We remain optimistic that the world situation will allow theatres to resume normal operations by the time of our Festival and that this year's Festival will be an exciting weekend at THE GARAGE THEATRE filled with playwrights, actors, theatre lovers, and supporters. If this does not come to pass, our Festival will still go on in some Virtual Format to be determined. Last year we went completely Virtual and the results were amazing (great turnout!).

Winning plays will be announced in September 2021.

The art and craft of playwriting can be a lonely experience. PANNDORA'S BOX provides playwrights with a forum in which your plays can be heard as they come off the page in readings by experienced actors with experienced direction.




by Doc Andersen-Bloomfield | directed by Sonja Berggren

Simidele, a West African teenager with an horrendous history, not to mention, attitude, meets/collides with Antonia, a straight-laced professor of Botany with secrets of her own, as they are forced to become room-mates, detainees in the Brideswell Immigration Detention Centre, England. Agassou, a magical panther, who resides in the gigantic Baobab tree over Simi's bed, watches over her, guiding her magical juju gift. "In My Bones" is the story of two very different women’s relationship and their eventual friendship, born out of the need to trust . . . and survive.
with Kea Bird, Craig Johnson, Tiffani Williams, and Karen Wray

Last year we chose IN MY BONES to be produced at the GARAGE THEATRE in May 2020. Then Covid-19 came to town and sadly theatres closed. When they open, we hope to start with this beautiful play. 

Our productions will follow in the footsteps of PANNDORA'S BOX winners: A WOLF'S MOTHER by Cary J. Simowitz (2019), GLOVE STORY by Ken Pisani (2019), JUPITER MOON by Bob Valine (2018), IN KINGS & FOOLS by Kevin Daly (2017), SWEET TEXAS RECKONING by Traci Godfrey (2016), MEDUSA UNDONE by Bella Poynton (2015), FRAGILE THING CRACKS by Ben Jolivet (2014), CATCHING THE BUTCHER by Adam Seidel (2013), and HOOK-UPS by Alexandra Petri (2012).

Stay safe and well! Get vaxxed! Stay hopeful! Stay tuned!





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