• The Contemporary Issues Contest. 

    for Plays, Films, and Screenplays from Open Space Arts

    Open Space Arts seeks thrilling films, innovative scripts, and exciting screenplays about today’s hot topics.  Gender issues, or Don’t Say Gay! Climate, religion, politics, freedom? Racial justice, CRT, abortion. sex, politics, families, climate, war, voting rights, and peace – the future! If you filmed it or wrote about it, we want it.

    There are so many things for filmmakers and writers to say dealing with today’s issues. If people are talking about it, we need plays, screenplays, and films that bring it to life. Sex, politics, religion, families, climate, war, and peace – you name it, we want it.

    OSA seeks works for this new era that can be viewed live or streamed,  We meed scripts that can be performed live. We encourage submissions from writers of all genders. BIPOC writers are encouraged to submit. International entries are welcomed.

    Think big and bold. Learn the rules and skills of the craft, and then break them. Find more information, and submit to the contest here.

    Enter through FilmFreeway.

  • Donate to OPEN SPACE ARTS

    Open Space Arts is a new non profit that is presenting plans and streaming experiences based on today’s social issues. Please make a donation today to support our mission.


    A Benefit for The Center on Halsted. July 21 to 30, 2022.

    Demoralized by the reelection of George W. Bush in 2004, Larry Kramer gave what he called ‘the most difficult speech I ever had to give.” Sixty million people voted for the Bush platform of ‘Moral Values.’

    Now, the United States faces the possible reelection of a different Republican. In this season of anti-trans legislation, Supreme Court action, and orders to ‘Don’t Say Gay”, I wondered ‘What would Larry Kramer say?’

    Two years after Kramer’s death, I started reading THE TRAGEDY OF TODAY’S GAYS, which still vibrates and sizzles. Lifting it from the page seemed essential; hence our staging will use five actors on a blank stage. We have a video wall to provide some context and commentary. There is a lot of history, a great deal about politics, some screaming, a few great Kramerisms, and many tears.

    There are six performances only, and your donation today helps Open Space Arts, a new non-profit, mount and market this production so that ticket sales can benefit Center on Halsted.

    Open Space Arts presents a world premiere stage event to benefit Center on Halsted


    Larry Kramer’s The Tragedy of Today’s Gays

    Adapted for the stage and directed by David G. Zak

    Videography by Magdiel Carmona

    Performances July 21, 23, 23, 28, 30, and 31 at 7 pm.

    Performances in the Hoover/Leppen Theater

    3656 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60613

    Funds support the new theatrical adaptation of Larry Kramer’s speech THE TRAGEDY OF TODAY’S GAYS, adapted for the stage and directed by David G. Zak. The producer is Open Space Arts, a 501(c)3 non-profit presenting works of social relevance to both live and streaming audiences.

  • Please Join Us – Actors and performers of all kinds.

    If you are passionate about the world we need you. We want you to write, perform, film, create, and change the world.

    Send Headshot and Resume and the reason why you want to be involved to Openspacearts2022@gmail.com, and let’s get connected.

  • Please Join Us – Directors and Creative Team

    If you are interested in contemporary issues and want to shape what we can dialogue about, please send us your materials.

    We are looking for directors which strong points of view, and comprehensive knowledge of the world. Email us your resume and note of interest with DIRECTOR in the subject line to openspacearts2022@gmail.com.

    We are looking for designers and other people who make magic with light, fabric, and found objects. Please send a resume and note of interest with CREATIVE in the subject line.

  • Open Space Arts – Mission

    Open Space Arts illuminates contemporary and historical issues through film and live performances. OSA will perform where the arts can have the most impact.

    With the freedom to perform anywhere, from libraries, theaters, empty storefronts, and online, OSA can respond quickly to bring important issues to life.