WordWave at Valhalla One-Act Play Competition

September 11, 2022

7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

September 29 @ 12:47 pm

Lake Tahoe’s WordWave One-Act Play Competition has opened for submissions. In its seventh year, WordWave gives three playwrights the opportunity to have their play showcased on Valhalla Tahoe’s Boathouse Theatre stage on Sunday, September 11, 2022. 

David Hamilton moderates the winning playwright discussion panel at the 2021 WordWave event. From left: David Hamilton, Playwright and Director Susan Boulanger, Director David Anderson, Playwright Nicole DeSalle, Playwright Peter McDonough, and Director Mark Williams.

The deadline for entry is June 6, 2022, by 5pm and plays can be submitted online at Manuscripts should have a running time of no more than 60 minutes, and writers can enter multiple works. The cost to enter each submission is $25. 

Three winners of the play competition will have their work directed and produced as a staged reading. Each winner receives a $500 cash prize and a 2-night stay to see their work brought to life.   

The winners are invited to discuss their work after the staged readings. The audience will have a chance to meet the winners and ask them questions about the plays and their writing processes. In 2021, all three playwrights were thrilled to attend the show. 

Peter McDonough’s “The Process” finds first-grade teacher Sarah Chapman, played by Molly DeLallo, reliving the events of a specific day with the help of a counselor, played by Michelle Sennings. This deeply moving one-act play had the audience in tears during the 2021 performance. 

Susan Boulanger’s “Out, Damn COVID Audition” won for its light-hearted look at friendship after the pandemic. “Big Top Love” written by Nicole DeSalle won its insightful look at the motivations behind our dreams. And Peter McDonough’s “The Process” had the audience in tears. 

“In 2022, we’re looking to find fresh voices that need to be heard. Valhalla Tahoe provides an outlet for new playwrights to get exposure and recognition for their work,” Michelle Morton, executive director of Valhalla Tahoe said. 

The underlying principle of WordWave is that stories—in song, theater, oral tradition, and books—change lives. WordWave provides a venue for locals and visitors to share their stories and validate their creativity.  Through this contest and production, Valhalla Tahoe continues to fulfill its mission of preserving Tahoe heritage through art, music, and theatre. 

Submission Requirements

• Submit one-acts of no longer than 60 minutes by June 6, 2022, at 5 pm (PT)

• There is a $25 submission fee for each entry paid via Paypal.

• 100-200 word synopsis.

• Cast list that indicates the number of female roles, the number of male roles and the number of roles that can be performed by either gender.

• Set requirements. Please feel free to provide diagrams and/or pictures.

• Estimated running time.

• Plays must be written within the last five years.

For more information visit, email or call (530) 541-4975.

Lake Tahoe’s Only One-Act Play Competition

Our vision for WordWave is to host an annual cultural event at beautiful Lake Tahoe in a setting that honors Lake Tahoe’s rich history. Every culture uses stories to entertain, educate, preserve traditions, and connect. The underlying principle of WordWave is that stories—in song, theater, oral tradition, and books—change lives. WordWave provides a venue for locals and visitors to share their stories and validate their creativity, an annual gathering where anyone can come, create, and be inspired by our lake.

WordWave features an annual one-act playwriting competition that opens in spring and runs through summer, culminating in a winners’ event in September. Three submissions will be selected each year as the winners and each winner will receive a cash prize and be offered a 2-night stay in South Lake Tahoe to see their work directed and produced as a staged reading at the historic Valhalla Boathouse Theatre.


September 29, 2022
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