Rumors: A Call for 10-Minute Plays

In conversation with Dominique Morisseau’s , consider this:

The first day of school, a rumor is circulating on Snapchat. Write the 10-minute play of the gray area between the truth and the story.


Submission Window Opens: February 4, 2019

Submission Deadline: March 4, 2019 at 11:59PM EST

Playwrights Announced: March 11, 2019

Reading: Sunday, March 17, 2019 at 7:00PM EST

ABOUT : When a black student disrupts the status quo at her high school by occupying space typically reserved for white students, her community erupts in hate speech, violence, and chaos. Inspired by the Jena Six case, which roiled tensions in Louisiana in 2006, Morisseau’s play scrutinizes the intrinsic links between justice, bias, and identity. Moving, lyrical, and bold, Blood at the Root probes the complexities of race, individual freedoms, and what justice means when biases have been normalized.

Keep in mind Theater Alliance’s mission: We develop, produce, and present socially conscious, thought-provoking work that fully engages our community in active dialogue.

TO SUBMIT: Email your materials to by March 4, 2019 at 11:59PM with the subject line: HOTHOUSE – [YOUR NAME]. *Only electronic PDF submissions will be accepted.*


  • Your play, file titled: YOUR NAME – TITLE OF PLAY.PDF
  • Your resume, file titled: YOUR NAME – RESUME.PDF
  • A 100-word summary of your play, file titled: TITLE OF PLAY – SUMMARY.PDF

*ONLY PDFs will be accepted.*


  1. You must be 18 years of age and have the right to work in the United States.
  2. You must reside in the DC-Metro Area and be available for rehearsals and the public reading for each submission cycle at the Anacostia Playhouse.
  3. The submitted play must be original and belong to you. Any non-original works will be disqualified.
  4. No musical theater works will be accepted.
  5. Only complete electronic submissions will be accepted.
  6. Only one work may be submitted per playwright per submission cycle.

ABOUT THE HOTHOUSE: Thanks to the generous support of the Reva and David Logan Foundation, Theater Alliance is taking an active role in fostering the DC region as a hotbed for new plays from varied voices and perspectives. Over the course of Season 16, we will continue to engage with the voices of DC’s playwrights through our 10-Minute Reading Series and to develop several full-length plays that will receive public readings at dates to be announced.