August Wilson New Play Initiative

Congo Square’s production plan for The August Wilson New Play Initiative consists of four plays which will be selected each year for a 40-hour workshop and public reading.

Congo Square is interested in full-length plays, translations, adaptations, musicals and performance art.  
We request plays with no previous production history.  

Congo Square will only consider independent submissions to The August Wilson New Play Initiative .

We do not accept unsolicited scripts for consideration for our seasons.  

Plays may be submitted through a literary agent or accompanied by a letter of recommendation from a theater professional (i.e. an artistic director or literary manager at a professional theater).



For The August Wilson New Play Initiative, Congo Square accepts independent submissions that include the following:


Cast list

Relevant production info/readings/history/Playwright resume

Full copy of script as a Word document or .Pdf  

$15 submission fee

Incomplete submissions will not be considered.



Electronic Submission (PREFERRED)


Please send submissions in Word or .Pdf format to:


Please send $15 US Dollars via PayPal to
or click the button below!

Snail Mail

Please mail a hard copy of your script along with a check, cash or money order in the amount of $15 to: 


Congo Square Theatre Company


4434 S. Lake Park Ave.

Chicago, IL 60653


If you would like your script returned after our review - please include a self addressed stamped envelope.  


Submissions are accepted: August 15 – November 15. 

Please send any questions to