Apply for Zoom Fest

Application for the Autumn/Winter Planet Connections Online Fest

In order to secure your date,  email the following information to Assistant Artistic Director Kim Jones at PlanetKimJ@gmail.com. Please cc: Artistic Director Glory Kadigan at PlanetGlory@gmail.com. Once this information is completely submitted, we will email you a date of performance. Applications are rolling.

We are currently seeking productions that are 10-90 minutes in length.  If your play is under 30 minutes, it may be paired with other short plays to create an evening of shorts.

Show Title:
Name of Playwright: 
Summary (2-3 sentences):
Image (For Marketing/Website):
Approximate run Time of your play:

Name of Main Contact:
Position on Project of Main Contact:
Phone number of Main Contact:
Email of Main Contact: 

Name of Secondary Contact:
Position on Project of Secondary Contact:
Phone number of Secondary Contact:
Email of Secondary Contact:

Please list your cast and crew to be listed on our website. Please include union information:

A full cast list, including the cast members emails, must be submitted in full, 14 days prior to your production.  Please provide a full contact list including emails 14 days prior to your reading to: PlanetKimJ@gmail.com and PlanetJennaL@gmail.com

Please email your script or idea of presentation to: PlanetKimJ@gmail.com and PlanetGlory@gmail.com

Do you wish to be paired with other shorts or is this a stand-alone piece?

Please list your approximate run time:

Please inform your cast and crew of the following by copying/pasting and emailing this information to them:

Please note – we are not presenting readings. We are asking our artists to create theatrical experiences. Please meditate on inventive ways you can create a theatrical experience for your audience.  We’re encouraging off-book fully realized productions. In the past for this medium our artists have created scenery out of items from their apartment, done a sing-along with the audience, used flashlights to light themselves, altered the Zoom background behind the actors, interspersed video with live performances and much more.  We encourage you to be creative. 

Planet Connections is a community. We request that all productions cast/hire 50% from our community members. For a list of community directors, stage-managers, virtual designers, and actors, please email Glory Kadigan at PlanetGlory@gmail.com If this is your first production with us, and you wish to become a community member, the best way to become involved, is to attend other artists productions and introduce yourself to the other artists after their shows.

A complete guest list must be submitted to Planet Connections 24 hours prior to your performance. Planet Connections cannot be responsible for providing a link or admitting your guests last minute.  Please only submit actual audience members who have confirmed. People who “might” make it – should not be on the guest list. Anyone not on the list, will not be admitted.

Planet Connections will set up the Zoom room for you and will email you a link. Please do not post this link on Social Media. Please do not send this link out to mailing lists. Please only give the link to people you know.  Please encourage audience members to arrive 10 minutes to curtain as it’s impossible for us to check everyone off the list simultaneously.

Changes to the website should be emailed to: PlanetKimJ@gmail.com and PlanetJennaL@gmail.com

We ask that you sign-in to the Zoom room, 30 minutes prior to curtain, to work out the details of top and end of show, with our staff. Please have your stage manager with your show image ready/downloaded so that it can be screenshared.  This is so you have an image the audience sees, with the title of your show, prior to us opening the zoom room. Please also have your house music/sound design ready for your stage manager to operate. We’ll be doing a check 30 minutes to curtain.  

Your show image: you are responsible for creating this yourself just as you would create a postcard for a show within a festival. Your image should say “Planet Connections Zoom Fest Presents” followed by the title of your show, the date and time. Please list all actors, stage-manager, director, designers and playwrights along with their union. Your image must be approved by Planet Connections before you can begin distributing it on social media. Please email your image to PlanetGlory@gmail.com, as soon as possible. Please refrain from using images involving drugs, excessively violence, or anything illegal. Please refrain from selecting an image that might be triggering to audience members particularly during the pandemic. The sooner you have a conversation with Glory regarding the marketing of your show, the better. Planet Connections can provide designers to design your image for a small fee. 

Please alert your stage-manager and actors that house is opened 15 minutes to curtain. The call time is 30 minutes to curtain.

Planet Connections will monitor the room while your show is in progress. Please discuss with our monitors in advance regarding “late comers” and whether or not you wish to admit them. 

An emcee will be making a speech at the top of your show.  Planet Connections writes this speech and any changes must be cleared with Glory in advance. Please make sure your Stage Manager contacts the emcee as well as Glory and Kim regarding your tech time. The emcee, Glory and/or Kim should be present at your tech to work out the transition between the emcee and the top of show as well as between the end of your show and the curtain call/emcee wrap up.

Planet Connections will accept donations via our website. Collected money will be emailed to your main contact person seven days after your presentation. This money may be dispersed amongst you cast members, director, playwright, designers as you see fit. Planet Connections does not pay actors, directors or your artistic team directly. Planet Connections keeps 20% of the collected donations to cover our staff, and to cover admin charges from Fractured Atlas, Venmo, Paypal and other financial services that may be used to compensate you.  Planet Connections will give you the names and emails of all your donors and we request that you write a personal thank you, thanking them for their donation to your art.

Please note: Planet Connections also presents “Curated Evenings” within the line-up.  “Curated Evenings”, have their financials handled directly by Planet Connections. If you’re a stage manager for a “Curated Evening” we request that you email the payment information of all actors, designers, directors, writers to PlanetGlory@gmail.com.  “Curated Evenings” also have different parameters for marketing and organizational structures. These evenings usually include 90 percent Community Members and are frequently evenings of short plays with multiple directors, writers and casts. “Curated Evenings” should include only one stage-manager for the entire evening to make organizing easier.  We also request that directors agree on one designer for the evening to create a cohesive look.  To apply to curate your own evening, please speak with Glory Kadigan directly. Curators should be Planet Connections Community Members.

Once you’ve submitted all your information, we will contact you regarding a date.  This is a first come, first served situation so the sooner you complete this application, the sooner you’ll be given a date.

Thanks so much and keep creating!

-Planet Connections

Virtual Theatrical Zoom Fest – Next Up

Monday May 11 at 7:30pm
For the Zoom link, email planetglory@gmail.com

Superstars: 1970’s, A Street Corner in NYCErika Phoebus (Holly)
Will Serri  (Jay, Holly’s brother)
John Fico (Alan)
Andy In A Coma: late 1980’s, A Hospital RoomDonna Vivino (Alina AKA Holly/slightly older)Andrew Goebel (Michael)Issa Best  (Nick, Jay’s Life Partner)
House Always Wins: 2010’s, Dwight’s OfficeKathleen O’Neill (Older Holly goes by Aunt Linda)
Dan Shaked: (Dwight, Holly’s Son)
Kailah King  (Lily, Holly’s Niece, Jay’s/Nick’s daughter)
Trevor Lee Hayes (Ben, Holly’s Nephew, Jays/Nick’s son)
Michael Gnat: (Phil Hill, Father of girl that is bearing Ben’s baby)
Joyce Miller: Amethyst 

For the Zoom link, email planetglory@gmail.com.

A Message During Covid-19

Hello Planet Connections Community Members,

I know for some of you, the closure of theaters in our country has created a financial or emotional burden. If you are feeling a little down, please do reach out to me either by phone or email. I know there’s research suggesting that receiving nine hugs a day cures depression but for now we might all have to live off of nine calls a day. 🙂 Please do check in with each other -even people you don’t know that well. Isolation can trigger depression so lets not let this isolate us from each other.

Also, if a member of our community is struggling financially and in desperate need of assistance, please do reach out to me directly. Sometimes it’s hard for people to come forward and ask for help but I would appreciate it if you spoke up. If you are in danger of losing your living situation or struggling to find money for food due to losing your income, then I’d like to know about it.

Lastly, I’m announcing that we will present a reading series of plays written during the Corona Virus theater shutdown. So I’m expecting all our writers to get writing. Even if you’re an actor or director who doesn’t normally write – WRITE. Shakespeare wrote King Lear when he was self-quarantining due to the plague. So aim to write for ten minutes each day and when this is over, I’m really looking forward to presenting whatever you’ve created.

We’ve got this!
All my love,
Glory Kadigan