Playwrighting Competition – The Love Experiment

We were so grateful and excited about all the GREAT PLAYS that we received for our LOVE EXPERIMENT competition. After doing lots of reading, laughing, crying, and genuinely enjoying terrific writing we all agreed on the play that fully executed all the criteria of our hypothesis….

And the winner is….


In the moist heat of the bayou, where few people linger, Oshun brings lovers to her bed with the enchantments she conjures from her lush oranges “The only thing growing out here.” Taurean wanders into her life: young, hungry, dry from the road, lonely from the tragedies life has thrust upon him. Work is what he hopes to find but Oshun, eyeing him with lust, has different desires. As she weaves her spell, their connection may alter her beliefs, and perhaps her entire way of life.

Playwright Charlene Donaghy hit the proverbial nail on the head with this play. It not only fit all the criteria for our Love Experiment competition, but it smoothly aligns with our mission. Stay tuned for our announcement of season shows and dates. In the meanwhile, here’s a little info on Ms. Donaghy….

Charlene A. Donaghy: Plays produced in New York City and around the United States. Publication in The Best American Short Plays 2009-2010. John Cauble 2011 Short Play Award National Semi-Finalist. Actors Theatre of Louisville 2010 Heideman Award Finalist. Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival Ten-Minute Award winning playwright. Director of Production for Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival. Educator at University of Nebraska Omaha, Lesley University Cambridge, and Connecticut’s Warner Theatre. As a playwright, cancer survivor, and woman in theatre, Charlene holds true to the words of Tennessee Williams “Make voyages! Attempt them! There’s nothing else.” Web-site:


Once again, in line with the Company’s commitment to fostering new work and encouraging folks to take a risk as artists, New Urban Theatre Lab has put out a call forintrepid and experimental writers who can use their skills to either refute or support our hypothesis that, “Love is an Experiment”.  All plays submitted should interpret this hypothesis any way that the playwright sees fit.  The parameters of this experiment are as follows:

1. Scripts must be longer than thirty minutes, but no more than an hour

2. Scripts should be able to be performed by no more than 4 actors

3. Submission fee for this call is $25.

4. The deadline for this call is February 14, 2011

All scripts chosen for this production will be given a public reading as well as a full production.  Playwrights will be compensated and will get to see some of Boston’s best actors performing their work.

So what are you waiting for?  Get writing!!

Please send scripts and $25.00 entry fee VIA MAIL ONLY to

New Urban Theatre Lab, PO Box
120551, Boston, MA 02112 – ATTN: The Love Experiment

Please note: Scripts received post-marked beyond February 14, 2011 will not be considered, and entry fee not returned!


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