2 Pages/2 Voices 2024

Competition | Performance

Writers & Books is thrilled to announce the resumption of its flagship playwriting program, 2 Pages/2 Voices, a competition open to area playwrights of all levels of experience. Ten competition-winning plays will be selected, then directed and performed as script-in-hand readings at Writers & Books’ intimate theater.

Script-in-hand readings of 10 plays selected as winners from 50 submissions to our 2 Pages/2 Voices Competition will be presented on May 23 @ EST 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm. Reserve your tickets here.

Eligibility: Currently reside in the 6-county Greater Rochester area. Must be available for rehearsal and script-in-hand reading on May 23, 2024.

Competition Opens: January 29
Submission Deadline: April 1, 2024, 11:59 pm
Notification of Winners: May 6, 2024, by email
Number of Winners: 10

Performance Date: May 23, 8 pm
Performance Site: Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue, 2nd Floor, Rochester, NY

Judges: Jean Gordon Ryon, Alexa Scott-Flaherty, Chris Fanning
Producer: Jean Gordon Ryon
Directors: Jean Gordon Ryon and Alexa Scott-Flaherty

Submission Guidelines:

  1. Play written in English, two pages in length, and including no more than two characters. Words and phrases in languages other than English are permitted.
  2. Individuals may submit more than one play.
  3. At some point in the script, the word “charge” must be included, with any of its multiple meanings. “Charge” has been selected to resonate with Writers & Books’ 2023 Rochester Reads selection, N. K. Jemisin’s bestselling novel The City We Became.
  4. Minimum font size: 11 points. Maximum font size: 14 points.
  5. Files accepted: Word and PDF documents.
  6. Name, postal address, phone number, and email address must be provided.

Submit scripts and contact information: submissions@wab.org

Questions or concerns: Please contact Chris Fanning at chrisf@wab.org. 


Jean Gordon Ryon served as Literary Associate/Dramaturg at Geva Theatre Center for over 25 years, doing dramaturgical work on main-stage productions and producing regional playwriting competitions. She teaches Dramaturgy and other theater-related subjects as part of the Geva/SUNY Brockport Alliance. Her 20-plus years of credits directing in the Rochester theatre community include, among others, Romeo and Juliet, Much Ado About Nothing, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, and Macbeth for Rochester Community Players’ Shakespeare Program; Pride’s Crossing and The Gin Game for Blackfriars Theatre; and The Field, The Seafarer, Philadelphia, Here I Come!, Long Day’s Journey Into Night, The Playboy of the Western World, and The Night Alive for Rochester Community Players’ Irish Program. An Artist in Residence at Rochester’s Multi-Use Community Cultural Center, Jean is also Artistic Director of The Geriactors, a touring troupe of mature performers.

Alexa Scott-Flaherty is an actress, director, producer, and teacher. A proud member of Labyrinth Theatre Company in New York City, she works locally at Blackfriars, Geva Theatre Center, and The JCC Centerstage. She has worked as an actress in New York City at The Public Theatre, SoHo Rep, and PS 122; with the Royal Shakespeare Company of London; and The Shakespeare Theatre in Washington, D.C. Alexa is a visiting lecturer in the Department of Performing Arts at the Rochester Institute of Technology; serves on the Key Bank Rochester Fringe Festival’s Board of Directors; and is an ensemble member of Impact Interactive LLC, a unique theater-based training company in Rochester. Alexa served as Development Director at Writers & Books from 2009 to 2019, and has been teaching at the organization for over a dozen years.

Chris Fanning is a public relations professional and community builder. In addition to his role as Writers & Books’ Deputy Director, he holds the position of President of the Neighborhood of the Arts Business Association. Chris worked as a Promotions Coordinator at Entercom Rochester for eight years and was Associate Producer of the Key Bank Rochester Fringe Festival for four years. He currently serves as a board member of the St. Peter’s Community Arts Academy in Geneva and sits on the marketing committee for Cameron Community Ministries.