Submission Call for Gay4Detroit Festival
July 1, 2020

The Ringwald Theatre is sounding a call for new, original one-act plays to be performed at their annual Gay4Detroit Festival (previously the GPS Festival) in September 2020. The Detroit-area’s only LGBTQ+ short play festival is striving to provide early-career writers the opportunity to see their work produced, giving them what is oft-needed exposure.

The plays submitted should have a performance time of 30 minutes or less and deal directly with issues or characters that are identified as LGBTQ+, or contain a queer sensibility. In addition, this year the scripts must exclusively be one- or two-person shows that deal specifically with the quarantine and/or the pandemic.

From those performed, an audience poll will be conducted to select one winning script, actor, actress, and director.

All submissions must be submitted electronically to:

  • The submitted script must be the script proposed for presentation, with no major alterations necessary.
  • Please provide an approximate running time and a one sentence synopsis in the body of the email.
  • Only one entry per playwright will be accepted.
  • Neither fax nor paper submissions will be accepted.
  • Submission materials will not be returned.
  • Previously submitted scripts will not be eligible.
  • The deadline for submissions is July 31, 2020.
  • The final line-up will be announced August 17, 2020.
COVID-19 Updates
March 17, 2020

To all our valued and loved Ringwald patrons –

The health and safety of our patrons, actors and community is of the utmost importance to us.

In light of the CDC recommendations concerning public gatherings during the foreseeable, The Ringwald has decided to postpone its upcoming live performances.

We are working to reschedule and commit to sharing information with you as soon as it becomes available. We ask that you not call or email the box office to exchange or refund your tickets until our new schedule is published.

The Ringwald Theatre is a not-for-profit organization. The cancellation of theater performances has a direct financial impact on us. This difficult situation is creating challenges in all areas of our economy. But some of the world’s greatest art was created during times of adversity.

If you are able, we would so appreciate your financial assistance during this unprecedented situation. Providing art to the Ferndale community is our passion – and we couldn’t do it without you.

We thank you – we love you – and we support you and your loved ones. Stay healthy. Stay safe.


Joe Bailey, Artistic Director

"I love The Ringwald Theatre with all of my heart and soul! Thank you for all of the gifts you share with the world."

good to know info

  • Arrive early as seating is general
  • Buying tickets in advance secures your spot, but make sure to arrive at least 10 minutes before showtime to get your seats
  • Waiting lists are available for sold out performances. You must arrive in person to add your name on a first-come, first-served basis.

getting to the theatre

The Ringwald Theatre
22742 Woodward Ave
Ferndale, MI 48220

Located on the east side of Woodward, just south of 9 mile rd, north of Dino's restaurant.

PARKING: Metered parking is available in front of theatre on Woodward, behind the theatre, the WAB, Como's and next to the Ferndale Library. There is also metered parking in the big lot located behind the Rust Belt Market (across the street).

NEW Parking rates/times: Mon-Sat: $.50 per half hour/$1 per hour from 11am - Midnight. Parking is free on Sundays and major holidays.

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