“they tried to bury us, but they didn’t know we were seeds...” Mexican proverb.



Gritty City Repertory is actively seeking new work to produce to our future MainStage shows. We are committed to working with local playwrights of color from Oakland, the Greater Bay Area, and beyond. All invited playwright participants will have an in-house reading of their full-length play or one act with Gritty City Repertory’s core youth ensemble on a Tuesday from 8:00-10:00PM at Gritty City Studios in the Flax Building in Downtown Oakland, or virtually, if we are still sheltering in place. Table Read Tuesdays present a unique opportunity for playwrights and our company to hear new work in the early stage of the development process, with potential for future production by GCRep.

We are now accepting submissions for all our last threee Table Read Tuesdays on a rolling basis. Deadlines for submission for each date are specified below. We are accepting one-acts and full-length plays. Each selected playwright will receive a $100 stipend.

Please review our detailed submission guidelines carefully before submitting your work.

How it Works:

  • Selected playwrights are invited to a one night only, two-hour in-house workshop process with the GCRep Ensemble and directors.

  • Playwrights will work exclusively with GCRep directors and actors to help develop their plays — with notes, adjustments, and possible rewrites in the room.

  • All of this happens over snacks and drinks (when SIP allows) to celebrate the playwright's work!

2020-2021 Season Dates and Deadlines:

  • Table Read 3:  December 15 (submission deadline November 20

  • Table Read 4:  March 9 (submission deadline April 12)

  • Table Read 5:  April 20 (submission deadline March 23)