Attention Playwrights - Call for Entries!
Punk Monkey Productions is now accepting one-act plays for their seventh season of PL.A.Y Noir. Submissions should ideally range from between 10 to 20 pages in length and are required to fall in the genre of Film Noir and tradition of the vintage crime novels of the 30s and 40s by Chandler, Hammett, and Cain (think private detectives, femme fatales, unscrupulous villains, etc.). For a frame of reference, please look at movies like The Big Sleep, The Maltese Falcon, and The Third Man. Entries may include dramas or comedies, and may be set in classic Noir period (40s-50s) through the present day, or even future, as long as they fall under the umbrella of noir.
Selected pieces will receive a four-week/twelve performance run in the fall of 2018 at The Actor’s Workout Studio in the North Hollywood Arts District, as well as, non-exclusive publication in a collection of the season’s selected plays.
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Submission deadline is May 31, 2018.
Good luck!

Punk Monkey Productions had a wonderful 2017 production of PL.A.Y Noir. Thank you to all the playwrights who allowed us to present their work.

Vixen by David-Matthew Barnes

All the Suspects by Daniel Weisman

Blonde Noir by Michael Cote

Swindled Heart by Dagney Kerr

Double Negative by Carl L. Williams

beatnoir by Joe Janes

PL.A.Y Noir 2017 Selected Entries

In 2011, PMP posted a call for submissions and produced its first year of PL.A.Y Noir with a mix of the classic 1940s Noir, including the re-restaging of The Zone Ranger, Your Name on a Cloud by Michael W. Moon, Antethesis​ by Sean Engard, and contemporary plays, Silencing Silas by Anthony Mora and Shoofly by Ann Coverly.  

Currently, Punk Monkey Productions receives hundreds of submissions not only from the continental United States and Canada, but has also received plays from the UK and Ireland, Spain, Israel, Italy, France, as well as, New Zealand and Australia.

PL.A.Y Noir celebrated its sixth year of bringing the danger, suspense, and mystery of the Film Noir style to the stage in July 2017.  After directing the originally written one-act The Zone Ranger by Ben Goldstein and Mac Taylor at Harvard-Westlake School in 2008 and starring Tony Award Winner Ben Platt (Dear Evan Hansen) and singer-songwriter Kathryn Gallagher, James Elden became inspired to produce a series of one-act plays. After, then co-producer and collaborator, Sarah Kelly's suggestion, the two decided to dedicate an annual one-act festival to one specific genre.

PL.A.Y Noir - A Brief History