Our Home States

There are all sorts of states. States of matter, states of being. And here in this country, we’ve got 50 supposedly united states.

Funny how those boundaries can create states of mind.

Cross a river. Cross a highway. Go over an imaginary, arbitrary line.

Suddenly, you’re in a different world. Different laws. That crime you just committed on the other side of the line can’t be prosecuted here. That vice you couldn’t indulge over there is a virtue over here.

Lie down in the desert, and each limb can be in a different jurisdiction.

Broom Street Theater in Madison, WI embarks on a four-year short play project to try and make sense of states.

Every summer, for the next four years, we’re going to run a short play festival based on the states.

Here’s how it works:

You’re from a state. You passed through a state. You left a state. You love a state. A state left its mark on you.

Write us a short play. Something to do with that state.

This summer, we’re tackling the wide midwest. We’re accepting plays about these states, and especially looking for plays by denizens (or former denizens) of these states.

North Dakota
South Dakota

The MAX is ten minutes. We prefer five.

Here’s how to submit:

We’ve got a short Google form. https://forms.gle/jZgMsmyQYdqa8NuXA

Once the form is filled out, attach your script to an email and send it to Submissions@bstonline.org. The subject line should be [STATE NAME] TITLE OF PLAY.

We are offering a $25 prize for each play produced. That will buy you a gallon of gas in California or a five acre farmette in Nebraska.

The deadline for submissions is February 15, 2023. Authors may submit a maximum of two scripts.