A fantastic article by Tony Adams about new play submissions:
The way we read plays is completely out of whack. The prevailing method is to read the first ten pages and a synopsis. The idea being the synopsis tells you if a writer can tell a story, and the ten pages tell you if they can write. However, the first ten pages of any work in the cannon would be sent packing. The first plays by most amazing writers suck. There are exceptions, but by and large the vast majority of the titans of the field would not exist if they were coming through in today’s climate.