The play theme for Season 2015 must adhere to Environmental Humanities topics, as related to our local history.  Read more here.  This is a completion of our Cal Humanities grant project.  Read more here.


We believe that social CHANGE is possible for the challenging social issues facing our world.  We believe that theatre plays a powerful role in this change, providing a meeting ground for exploring alternative solutions.  Story-telling is mankind's oldest format for social education.  Through the sharing of stories, which facilitate community dialogue, we build understanding and inspire social change.

We believe that equality and inclusion are necessary for confronting and resolving the violence which surrounds us and is threatening to destroy our world.  Thus, this playwrighting competition is for all amateurs, of all ages, to contribute their vision for a civilization which lives in harmony with nature and each other.  It is not a competition of "best construction" or conventional play presentation.  Abstract and experimental formats are welcomed as a way to express social values.

Remember, AMATEUR is the operative description of this playwright competition.  We define AMATEUR in its positive Latin and French roots, meaning:  "to love; a lover".  We see you, the AMATEUR, as a devoted friend, an enthusiastic pursuer of an objective, and one who is motived to work as a result of love and passion.  And further, in the meaning of Ralph Waldo Emerson, as one who performs for pleasure rather than money:  "Every artist is first an amateur."

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