Header Logo
Playwriting Festival

ShowOff! is our subscriber favorite, with world premiere drama, comedy and intrigue in easy to view 10-minute plays!

Since the audience votes for the winning plays in the festival ... what more could you ask? Nightly patrons also hear one of our runner-up plays read as a "Readers Theater" directed by Gary McCarver. This gives a showcase to another 5 to 7 authors who submitted their plays but didn't end up getting performed on stage. Every season the "honorable mention" runner-up plays are fantastic but often lent themselves to a reading more than a staged production due to complexity of the script or fantasy characters in the play.  Properly presented, they are easy to visualize in a readers theatre setting.

Plays can be on any subject

We do like to have one or two quality dramas along with a selection of comedies, so consider touching our hearts as well as our funny bones! We're not able to produce musicals in this venue, and the audience is principally adults, so plays for children are not appropriate, but as a community theatre we want to appeal to the largest possible audience, so plays with an excessive amount of @!%#!X* words or graphic violence need to have an incredible compelling message because shock value, although allowed, doesn't rank a winning vote with most audiences.

What it takes to submit your play for ShowOff!

This is a 10-minute playwriting festival. All plays must be performed in approximately 10 minutes.The work must have a beginning that grabs your attention, a middle with some meat and character development, and an ending that makes sense. It can surprise you, shock you, make you laugh, make you cry, make you think, but it must have an ending. Everything else! Is the dialog natural for the characters created? Are the characters ones that an audience can hate, love, believe? ... is there some emotion touched? Is it something that an audience will remember? Something to tell someone else about? In short, is it a good story!

Rules for submitting your plays:

Your deadline is October 15th of each year. We target to announce top 7 plays and honorable mentions by the second week of December. Performances are scheduled for January of each year. A $10.00 per play entry fee is required for each submission, checks made to Camino Real Playhouse. Once we receive your original 10-minute play we will acknowledge the receipt of your script and your $10.00 fee by postcard or by e-mail. Please submit your plays unbound (stapled is OK) with your full contact info ONLY on the title page.  The $10.00 fees are used exclusively for honorariams to the top three plays.

“Nothing matters but the writing, there has been nothing else worthwhile ... a stain upon the silence."

- Samuel Beckett


Submit Your Plays
Please mail your play and entry fee to:
ShowOff! 2020
Camino Real Playhouse
31776 El Camino Real
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675