Celebrating over 10 years of new plays.

On September 12th MDC presented the world premieres of three new prize-winning 10-Minute plays, two of them by women. The winning submissions to MDC’s Annual 10 Minute Play Contest were staged to a sold out audience at the Flashpoint - Mead Theatre Lab. Saturday night's show was followed by a forum to meet with the playwrights and cast. A special preview performance was added on Friday, September 11th.

2014-2015 Winners of MDC's 10-Minute Play Contest: Ashley Amidon, 2nd Prize, (left), Shirley Greller Samaniego, 1st Prize (Right), Rachael Bail, Founder, (center),

Cast of MDC's 2014-2015 10-Minute Play Contest at the FLASHPOINT - Mead Theatre Lab performance.

Rachael Bail,

founder and president of the McLean Drama Company, is a playwright, producer and journalist, who is a former Voice of America editor and correspondent. She spent years in the Broadway community and lived and worked in Rome, Italy, where she was a columnist for the Rome Daily American.

"We want the audience to come away from these performances feeling that they have seen exciting new work,” - Rachael Bail.

The McLean Drama Company,

a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization, stages theatrical productions and dramatic readings emphasizing its mission – to present and inspire dramatic writing and new American plays, by playwrights from Northern Virginia, the Greater Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Area and nationwide. The MDC is also expanding its work across media. The educational purpose of these productions includes programs that deal with social issues of the day and reach out to, and raise awareness of, at-risk populations, young people and senior citizens.

2015-2016 10-Minute Play Contest

The McLean Drama Company's Annual National 10-Minute Play Contest is underway. The 1st, 2nd and 3rd Prize for the winning plays is a staged reading that will be presented at a Washington, D.C. theatre during 2016.

MDC is also having a Regional 10-minute Play Contest for the Greater Washington, D.C. and Baltimore areas. The play that wins 1st Prize in the Regional Division will be presented together with the national winners.

Please submit play accompanied by cover letter with the title and author's resume. This may be used in future publicity. Only legal names are permitted - no pseudonyms. The entry fee is $20 payable to the McLean Drama Company.

Play must not have been presented in any previous performance. Script may only have title of play.

All entries must be postmarked by December 31, 2015.

Entries should be mailed to: McLean Drama Company P.O. Box 1103 McLean, VA 22101

Fiddler on The Roof Exhibit
Photo credit: Jeff Malet

Rachael Bail at Arena Stage with "Herb Baumel 'The Original'‎ Fiddler on the Roof" display featuring memorabilia contributed by MDC in conjunction with Arena's 50th Anniversary production of "Fiddler."

MDC President Rachael Bail (center) with Board Members (from left): Susan Baumel, Winifred Delle and Barbara Baron at Arena Stage's exhibit displaying original items from Broadway's "Fiddler on the Roof".

Kenneth Kaufman,the great-grandson of Sholom Aleichem author of "Tevye's Daughters" the inspiration for "Fiddler on the Roof", and Rachael Bail, MDC Founder and President at Arena Stage's 50th Anniversary production of the hit show.

2015 McLean Drama Company 10 Minute Play Contest Winners
Flashpoint - Mead Theatre Lab, Washington, D.C.
September 11-12, 2015

1st Prize Winning Play - Familiar Stranger
Written by: Shirley Greller Samaniego
Directed by: Carol Arthur

2nd Prize Winning Play - That's That
Written by: Ashley Amidon
Directed by: Carol Arthur

3rd Prize Winning Play -
Smoke and Mirrors
Written by: Louis Felder
Directed by: Michael Poandl

(left) Carol Arthur, Director (center) Rachael Bail, MDC Founder (right) Michael Poandl, Director

Non-profit MDC, McLean Drama Company, founded by playwright Rachael Bail, participated in the Women's Voices Theater Festival. MDC is a leading producer of women's work with one of the best records of producing plays by women in the nation. Nearly 90 percent of plays the company has produced in 11 seasons, showcase works written by women.