The Variations Project is Baltimore's original ten-minute play festival. Each year since 2005, the event has created a diverse collection of world premiere plays based on an audience-chosen theme amid an inclusive and participatory process.


Want to get involved? It all starts with the Variations Party...


1. Come to the Variations Party (February 8, 2020, 2-6pm) at Motor House (if you missed it, don't worry—source material from the party is posted here). This is the event where, each year, we explore the audience-chosen theme and generate sparks of ideas—the beginnings of stories. Then...

2. Go write a 10-minute play! (See Guidelines below.) Deadline for submission was March 31, 2020, but has been extended to April 30, 2020 due to the pandemic.

3. Readings of submissions will now be live-streamed throughout May with the authors available for discussion (via web) to receive feedback, after which point writers will have the opportunity to make revisions before final selections are made.

4. At the end of May, we will announce the group of roughly 7 to 12 plays which will be produced on stage as Variations on Vision—and start rehearsals!

5. The stage production originally scheduled for June will happen in August. A second group of plays will also be presented, as staged readings during that time.

If you'd like to participate or have a question, please drop us a line using the "Contact Us" link.


A. Your submission should be a newly written piece for the purpose of this project and not something you dust off and repurpose to fit the theme. The writing is the most important part of the process!

B. No more than two submissions per author.

C. We want playwrights to join us in the process of creating and developing their work, so please be from the DelMarVa area so you can participate.


D. A ten-minute play runs about 1500 words and our production will be performed by an ensemble cast of about 6-8 actors so please be open to nontraditional casting and avoid writing something requiring many actors.


E. As with casting, be open-minded about production design. Remember, all of the plays we select to produce will share a stage. We'll have obvious limitations in scenery and other design elements which will give us wonderfully theatrical opportunities to attack problems unconventionally and non-literally.

F. Submissions should be emailed to in .doc (Word) format no later than 11:59 p.m. on the deadline date.

Myth 2019
Sacrifice 2018
Magic 2017
Blame 2016
Family 2015
Flight 2014
Secrets 2013
Time 2012
Chaos 2011
Beauty 2010
Hope 2009
Power 2008
Justice 2007
Fear 2006
Desire 2005
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