The Seymour J. and Ethel S. Frank

Festival of New Plays


Sponsored by Mary Lou Zieve and Steven A. Showfer 

Guidlines for JETFest 2021

Currently Accepting Scripts

Deadline: April 30th, 2020



$15 non-refundable submission fee. This fee will be waived WITH HARD COPY SUBMISSIONS ONLY, for members of the Dramatists Guild, and submissions by legitimate literary agents (not lawyers/attorneys/friends).


Checks and money orders should be made payable to “JET Theatre” Contact the theatre should you wish to pay by credit card.



JET encourages all playwrights 18 and over to submit their work. JET's main stage programming is wide-ranging, including comedies, dramas, and plays that often reflect issues of family, community, and humanity. Use our past productions as a guide and if you have questions, contact us at 248-788-2900.


Entry must be a full-length original work or adaptation with a minimum running time of 85 minutes that has not been produced prior to the festival in 2021. Maximum cast size of 10. Staged readings/workshop productions are not disqualifying factors.



Submissions will be accepted January 1, 2020 - April 30, 2020 at 11:59 PM, verified by postmark or time stamp.



Hard Copy: Submit a copy of your script, securely bound, typed in standard play format, with pages numbered. Include a list of characters/descriptions, scene breakdown, and a brief synopsis of your play. Your script should be accompanied by a cover letter, including playwright contact information (name, address, phone number, e-mail address) and playwright biography. Musicals must include a demo CD. If applicable, also submit a photocopy of your Dramatists Guild membership card.


Email: Attache a PDF file of your script, and a second PDF file that includes character list/descriptions, scene breakdown, brief synopsis, playwright bio, and contact information. Email to: by 11:59 pm, April 30, 2020. A mandatory $15 printing fee is payable by phone at 248-788-2900. No email submission will be considered without payment of this fee.


Please note that entries that do not comply with our guidelines will not be accepted. If you would like acknowledgement of receipt please attach a self addressed stamped postcard.



The playwright gives the JET Theatre permission to photocopy scripts for reading/production purposes. Should your script be selected as one of the finalists, you are encouraged to attend the readings and talk backs. Finalists must acknowledge JET if the script is published.



Each of the four finalists will receive a $250 honorarium. No other expenses will be paid.



Each entry is guaranteed a minimum of 2 evaluations. The committee narrows down the entries to 15 – 20, which are read by the entire committee who then select the finalists.



Finalists will be notified no later than December 31, 2020.




JET Theatre


1124 E. West Maple Road

Walled Lake, MI 48390







The Playwright/Submitter agrees (by submission) to defend, indemnify, and hold harmless the JET Theatre, its Adjudicators, Board of Directors and volunteers from any and all damages, liability, and claims, arising from the submission, production or elimination/disqualification of their submitted work.

Generously Underwritten by

The Henry S. and Mala Dorfman Family Foundation

Phillip and

Elizabeth Filmer


Charitable Trust

1124 East West Maple

Walled Lake, MI  48390


Box office hours:

M-F 10 am - 3 pm

One hour before curtain on show days.

Since its inception, The Jewish Ensemble Theatre has used its stage to explore and confront issues of humanity. As a theatre of social conscience, we have stood--and will always stand--for inclusion, fairness, justice, and most importantly, equality.


Bigotry, racism, intolerance, discrimination and prejudice in society is intolerable, which is why JET has worked for 31 years to educate our youth and engage our audiences in these vital issues. JET will continue to honor its guiding principles in this regard.


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