Happy December, everyone! We want to take a moment to thank you all for your love and support of Talk Back Theatre. This project has been an incredible experience, and it's been a joy working with artists to bring new stories to the stage and explore them as a community.
Talk Back Theatre is undergoing some major changes in 2020. Our Literary & Managing Director, Emily Anne Tkaczibson, has moved out of state, and costs associated with fairly paying the playwrights, directors, and actors who share their talents with our audience are rising. Because of these and and other reasons, Talk Back Theatre is saddened to announce that we will no longer be staging readings of plays and hosting post-show discussions in Orange County at this time.
But we aren't going away! Starting in January 2020, TBT will still be celebrating playwrights and highlighting social, political, and environmental issues by transitioning our bi-annual open call for staged readings into a quarterly playwriting prize. We'll share more details about the prize and our selection process in January, but each quarterly call will seek plays centered on specific timely topics. The winning play's writer will receive a cash prize, along with an endorsement from TBT on New Play Exchange (and/or for use on personal websites).
We hope you will continue to follow TBT as we grow in this new direction, and we still need your support! If you are feeling generous this Giving Tuesday, please visit talkbacktheatre.org/donate/ to support our work. We thank you again for engaging with us and with each other on the issues that matter -- it's more important than ever.