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Repertorio Español, INTAR Seek Latino-Themed Plays

Dramatists who have something to say about the experiences of Hispanics, grab your pens or switch on your word processors. Your talents are needed and wanted. Both Repertorio Español and INTAR, International Arts Relations, Inc., want to find and nurture writing talent; INTAR is also looking for directors and designers to cultivate.

Repertorio Español and Metro-politan Life Foundation have teamed up to present the second annual "Nuestras Voces" ("Our Voices") playwriting competition, seeking new full-length plays that discuss the Hispanic experience or have Hispanic themes or characters. The deadline for submissions is Wed., Feb. 15.

The plays may be written in English or Spanish. Authors must be at least 18 years old, and able to provide written permission for any material subject to copyright laws. Screenplays and works that have received a previous full-fledged Equity production are not eligible.

The winning playwright will get a $3,000 prize, as well as a fully staged production of his or her play as a component of the company's rotating repertory season. The second place winner will get $2,000, the third place winner will get $1,000, and two runners-up will get $500 each. Last year's winning entry, "Vieques" by Jorge González, was specially invited to play Teatro Tapia in San Juan, Puerto Rico, after its run at Repertorio Español.

Guidelines and application forms are on Repertorio Español's website or by calling (212) 889-2850. Materials should be sent to Nuestras Voces II, Repertorio Español, 138 E. 27th St., New York, NY 10016.

Latino playwrights who have the idea for a play, or the beginning of one, but not a completed script, may want to consider INTAR's NewWorks Lab, co-directed by Alexandra López and Angel David. INTAR wants "to send word to the Latino artistic community," according to López. "If you are a writer, a playwright, a designer, or a director, please let me know about your work."

The lab is seeking submissions now for its seventh season, which will begin in June. It develops four plays each year in an environment emphasizing the creative process. Selected directors work "to develop works by Latino writers without the pressure to produce a finished product," David said. The plays usually culminate in workshop productions, which David said gives "a chance for audiences to see Latino actors breaking stereotypes and playing a variety of roles."

Send resumes, plays, and portfolios to INTAR/NWL, P.O. Box 756, New York, NY 10108. Call (212) 695-6134, ext. 15 for more info.

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