I learned today that my tragicomedy “Encore Encore” has won the 2015 New Works Festival “The Long and the Short of It” sponsored by The Firehouse Center For The Arts in Newburyport, Massachusetts.
The Firehouse Center For The Arts was founded in 1991 and promotes:
- fostering the growth and development of individual artists and cultural organizations through its programs and services
- stimulating understanding of and participation in the arts and humanities
- presenting, sponsoring and producing a broad range of cultural, educational and artistic programs
The center itself is “a 191-seat intimate theater on the waterfront of beautiful downtown historical Newburyport.” Firehouse has sponsored a new play festival every year since 2002. Full-length plays, one-acts, and 10-minute plays are featured in the festival. The top plays in each category are awarded separate prizes. “Encore Encore” was chosen as the winning full-length play. The Firehouse Center For The Arts will be presenting me with an award of $150 for the honor.
The greatest honor of all is being chosen by them for inclusion in the festival – and for yet another play being presented in my state of birth!! “Encore Encore” will be given a staged reading as part of the festival.
The festival will take place from January 23-24 and January 30-31.
More to come soon!!
I have learned that Proscenium Theatre Journal has recognized “Encore Encore” as a finalist for consideration in their fall play publications.
Proscenium brands itself as “the first quarterly journal dedicated to publishing high-caliber theatrical works.” The people at Proscenium are “dedicated to producing a high quality journal showcasing the freshest contemporary voices in theatre” while also striving “to create a platform for playwrights to share their works with potential producers and for producers to discover new works in an easy, accessible way.”
I think it’s wonderful that publications like Proscenium exist to publicize the work of talented playwrights who otherwise may not have a voice due to their lack of “connections.” It’s often very difficult for playwrights to get their plays out into the public eye. Proscenium seeks to bridge this divide by putting promising new plays in a spotlight.
“Encore Encore” won’t be among the fall plays featured by Proscenium Theatre Journal, but will be considered for future editions.
Today I had the great pleasure of learning that my new play “Encore, Encore” was chosen as a finalist in the 2014 American Actors UK Playreading Festival.
The festival is sponsored by the group American Actors UK (formerly known as the North American Actors Association). Their focus is on providing support to American and Canadian actors who live and work in the UK. My play “Fifteen Men In A Smoke-Filled Room” was one of six winners in their 2012 playreading festival. The play was read at the Tristan Bates Theatre in Covent Garden by a group of extremely talented actors and actresses.
It is truly an honor to be among the finalists again this time around – among the top 15 scripts!
Congrats to the winners and best of luck to American Actors UK for their upcoming festival!
We closed our brief run of “Encore, Encore” today with a wonderful final performance from the actors (the best performance they gave) and an enjoyable talkback with the audience involving director Paula D’Alessandris and me.
There are so many people to thank for this wonderful production…
- Paula D’Alessandris, our director, for her expert choice of the actors and for the dedication (and good cheer) she brings to her craft.
- Dominic Cuskern, co-producer of the festival, for choosing my play and giving writers a vehicle for such special world premieres.
- Sue Glausen, another co-producer of the festival, for helping us through both rehearsals and productions with infinite good cheer.
- Sam Kearney, our lighting man, for being so involved and focused on making the play the best that it could be.
- Gina, our costume designer, for stylishly dressing the actors in 1920′s attire.
- Elizabeth and Sophie, our stage managers, for their neverending help and assistance.
- THE ACTORS!! Janette for her stunning performance of Dorothy; Hugh for saving the day and turning into a great Benchley; Sergio for his deep, brooding, yet multidimensional Eddie; Gary for his classy Crowninshield and wonderfully drunk Ross; Helen for her memorable Woolly; Michael for his suave MacArthur; and Brad for his subtle Sherwood.
It has been a pleasure to work with The Gallery Players! I would encourage everyone to check out their wonderful shows.
Now it’s time to submit, submit, submit…
Our director for “Encore, Encore,” Paula D’Alessandris, is not only a great director, but also a great photographer. She took some nifty photos of the cast onstage during a recent rehearsal.
You can check out the photos in my image gallery – but, for a sneak peek, you can check below:
“Encore, Encore” opened tonight at The Gallery Players and the actors did a superb job – what a great opening! You could feel the energy in the air from the actors as it radiated from the stage. The first audience ever to see the show was very receptive and seemed to enjoy it.
Kudos to the actors and our director, Paula D’Alessandris, for a job well done!
Three more performances to go!
Janette Johnston, who plays Dorothy Parker in “Encore Encore,” managed to discover that there is actually a Dorothy Parker Society in New York City! The society was founded in 1999 by Parker enthusiast Kevin Fitzpatrick.
The Dorothy Parker Society is an interesting place that holds special events to educate people about Dorothy Parker. They even conduct tours of places in New York City where Dorothy lived or frequented.
The mission of the society is:
- to promote the work of Dorothy Parker
- to introduce new readers to the work of Dorothy Parker
- to expand the fan base of Dorothy Parker
- to have as much fun as possible
- to take part in service projects in the spirit of Dorothy Parker
Mr. Firzpatrick has been so kind as to blog about the upcoming production of “Encore Encore” on his website – so please do check out his article!
(poster by Paula D’Alessandris)
I learned today that my play – “Harriman-Baines” – is a finalist in a new play contest contest sponsored by 12 Peers Theater in Pittsburgh. The theater company is “dedicated to bringing stimulating and thought provoking theater to all Pittsburgh audiences.” Their mission is to “provide challenging and engaging theater” and “highlight social, political, and ethical issues that exist in both classical and contemporary works.”
The Literary Manager of 12 Peers Theater was kind enough to say the following about my play: “We want you to know that we think your play is excellent; we thought the characters were all very engaging and dynamic, and we really enjoyed the twists and surprising revelations of the plot.”
“Harriman-Baines” is one of 30 finalists in 12 Peer’s “Summer Scribes Series.” The play will receive a public reading in August if it is included among the four winners.