There’s another place for you in Arlington to hone your new musical.
Signature Theatre revealed details on Thursday of its new SigWorks: Musical Theater Lab, a project that begins next summer with workshop productions of two still-to-be-chosen original musicals.
Company officials said that under the guidance of Signature’s recently hired director of new works, Joe Calarco, the authors of the two works will be chosen from among submissions received before midnight Nov. 20. The authors of the chosen musical projects will be given travel expenses, housing and a stipend. Each will also be assigned a complete creative team: director and assistant director, as well as actors, a music director, stage manager and dramaturge, or literary adviser.
The opportunity to present two staged readings — one at the end of each week of the two-week-long workshops — will also be provided to each of the shows. Learn more about the submission process, which includes a $35 entrance fee, here.
Signature has an established record of musical theater development, represented most visibly by its American Musical Voices Project, which was responsible for the world premiere runs at Signature of new musicals such as Michael John LaChiusa’s “Giant” in 2009 and Ricky Ian Gordon’s “Sycamore Trees” in 2010.
In addition, the company announced the launch of a new play-reading series. It will be held the first Monday of every other month, beginning Oct. 5 with a reading in the theater’s Mead Lobby of Audrey Cefaly’s “The Gulf.” The other readings in the series will be “Br’er Cotton” by Tearrance Arvelle Chisholm, on Dec. 7; Heather McDonald’s “Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity,” on Feb. 1; “Accepts With Pleasure” by Dani Stoller on April 11; and Annalisa Dias’s “To Defend Freedom” on June 6.
Admission to the readings series is free.