“Encore, Encore” (literally!)

My play “Encore, Encore” has just been announced as the winner of the Inkslinger Playwriting Competition. The competition is sponsored by Southeastern Louisiana University of Hammond, Louisiana.

SLUSoutheastern Louisiana University is “the state’s third-largest public university, boasting more than 15,600 students and more than 60 degree programs.” The organization attained university status in 1970 and was the fast-growing college in the United States in the 1990’s. SLU (as it is called) consists of five colleges with 26 academic departments and programs offering a total of 71 degree programs (4 associate degree programs, 48 baccalaureate degree programs, and 19 graduate degree programs)

The Inkslinger Playwriting Competition was founded in 2014 by Associate Professor of Theatre Jim Winter, making “Encore, Encore” the second winner of the festival.

“Encore, Encore” will be given four performances from March 8-March11, 2016 and is already on the calendar of the university’s 2016 theatrical season:

EE Announcement SLUMany thanks to Southeastern Louisiana University for this great honor!!

“Fifteen Men” onstage again

I learned today that my play “Fifteen Men In A Smoke-Filled Room” is one of six winners of a new play contest sponsored by the Historic Elitch Gardens Theatre.

Elitch Gardens FestivalThe New Works Festival is the first of its kind sponsored by the Historical Elitch Gardens Theatre and represents the premiere venture of the organization after its 2015 re-launch.

The Historic Elitch Gardens Theatre is nestled in Denver, Colorado and was built in 1890. “The theatre has been described as “one of the cradles of American drama.” The stage has hosted such stars as Grace Kelly, Douglas Fairbanks, Sr., Cybil Shepard, Vincent Price, and many more. The theatre was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1978, and locally landmarked by the City of Denver in 1995.”

Historic ElitchHistoric Elitch 2Since 1990, the Historic Elitch Gardens Theatre has been closed down for a sustained period of renovations, assisted by the Office of Economic Development in Denver and a grant of $425,000. You can see a great story about the theater on local Denver TV here! Elitch Gardens trumpets the New Works Festival as “marking the return of the Elitch Gardens Theatre as a vital component of Denver’s cultural landscape.”

The New Works Festival involved the submission of some 90 theatrical works from playwrights around the United States. The plays were then judged by an esteemed panel of experts, including many local and national theatrical professionals, such as author Christina Crawford, Broadway actress Billie McBride, casting and literary agents, directors, and Elitch Theatre alumni.

The festival will take place from August 20-August 22, 2015, with my play being read at 6pm on Saturday, August 22.