What is Standard Play Format?
Many theaters and competitions ask for "standard play format." What's confusing for playwrights is that there are
different definitions of "standard play format." Which doesn't make any sense — standard format should be
standard, right? Different countries use different standards, but that makes more sense.
If a theater or competition gives you specifics, follow them. Otherwise, here are some specs to look at:
U.S. Standard Play Format
The Standard that's Referred to the Most
Web sites refer to this standard the most:
Playwriting Seminars by Richard Toscan, Virginia Commonwealth University
(this link is to an archive of the site; the original page doesn't have the info any more)
Every time I Google that link, I get hundreds of thousands of hits. Other sites, not so many. That may just mean
it's popular rather than "standard," but on the other hand it's probably a safe bet.
Other U.S. Standards
Playwriting 101, by Jon Dorf
Theater Department at Indiana State University
UK Standard Play Format
The BBC have a whole page of standard formats, including one for UK stage-play format.
Canadian Standard Play Format
As far as I know, Canadian standard play format is the same as the British standard format. If I'm wrong, please let
me know: firstname.lastname@example.org.