Writer’s Digest – Honorable Mention

I learned today that my social satire “Whit(e)man” has been given an “Honorable Mention” in the extremely prestigious Writer’s Digest Annual Writing Competition.

Writers Digest Competition

The Writer’s Digest Annual Writing Competition is an international contest in its 86th year and sets itself the goal of “shining a spotlight on up and coming writers in all genres.”

The competition has separate categories for:

  • Inspirational Writing (Spiritual/Religious)
  • Memoirs/Personal Essay
  • Magazine Feature Article
  • Genre Short Story (Mystery, Romance, etc.)
  • Mainstream/Literary Short Story
  • Rhyming Poetry
  • Non-rhyming Poetry
  • Script (Stage Play or Television/Movie Script)
  • Children’s/Young Adult Fiction

My play received an “Honorable Mention” in the “Script” category, where it was competing with screenplays, as well as plays.

There were a total of over 5,100 entries in the competition this year alone, meaning my script was among the top 15% of entries.

Most special of all, my name will be published in the Writer’s Digest Competition Collection due for print in November, 2017.

Thanks to Writer’s Digest for this great honor!

Come check out “Whit(e)man”!

Over the next few days, my social satire “Whit(e)man” is being included in the 2017 Dionysia New Play Festival sponsored by Khaos Theatre Company in Indianapolis – the first time the work has been presented in public (though it has received recognition in many contests).

Khaos succinctly (and colorfully) describes the festival as: “A series of excerpts pf short plays ever before produced in Indiana, performed only in togas, where the audience votes on which play they would like to see performed in full in KCT’s 2018 season.”

The dates are as follows:

  • May 19
  • May 20
  • May 26
  • May 27

Performances are at 1775 N. Sherman Drive, Suite A, in Indianapolis Indiana, 46218.

Dionysia New Play

Come and check it out

“Whit(e)man” yet again!

Today I learned that my absurdist social satire “Whit(e)man” is a semi-finalist in the TRU Voices Annual Play and Musical Reading Series!

TRU Voices New Play Series

Theater Resources Unlimited (or “TRU”) “was formed to promote a spirit of cooperation and support within the general theatre community by providing information and a variety of entertainment-related services and resources that strengthen the capacity of producing organizations, individuals producers, self-producing artists and other theater professionals.”

My play “Whit(e)man” was among the top ten scripts submitted to the contest. I’m very grateful to Theater Resources Unlimited for providing this great opportunity for playwrights and for shining light on new work.

Best of luck to the finalists this year!

“Whit(e)man” in Indiana

I have learned that my play “Whit(e)man” is going to be presented in the Dionysia New Play Competition sponsored by Khaos Theatre Company.

Khaos

Khaos Company Theatre is  “a new professional regional theatre in the Indianapolis area aimed at providing professional experience to emerging artists.”

From the Khaos Company Theatre website:

“Up to twenty different five minute excerpts of full-length plays will be chosen and performed at the Competition. In a modern recreation of the Ancient Greek Playwright Festival, blindly cast actors perform excepts of new plays clad only in togas! Audience members cast their vote in their favorite excerpts to determine the winner. The winning play is performed in full in KCT’s 2018 Season! 
 
Every audience member will be provided one complimentary vote (Ostracon in ancient Greek) for their favorite play. Addition votes are one dollar with a limit of ten votes per night per person. The play with the most audience votes by the end of the production run will be declared the winner and will be performed in full during Khaos Company Theatre’s 2019 season.”

Thank you to Khaos Company Theatre for their inclusion of “Whit(e)man” in their new play festival!

“Whit(e)man” is honored

With great pleasure, I have learned that my contemporary satire “Whit(e)man” is a semi-finalist for the 2017 Eugene O’Neill Theater Conference!

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The Eugene O’Neill Theatre National Play Conference (sponsored by the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center of Waterford, CT) is one of the most respected new play development organizations in the country. I’m very happy that my new play is on their radar!

“Since its founding in 1965, NPC has developed over 600 new plays for the stage, launching the careers of many notable writers including: August Wilson, Wendy Wasserstein, Adam Rapp, John Patrick Shanley, Lee Blessing, John Guare, Gina Gionfriddo, and hundreds more.”

Previously, in 2016, my historical drama “Shadows of Men” was a semi-finalist for the Conference.

This will be the second year in a row when one of my plays has been recognized within the contest.

“Whit(e)man!”

Today, I finished a new play, entitled “Whit(e)man” a contemporary satir on race and identity!

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Briefly, “Whit(e)man” is the story of Wally Whitman, a good-looking, professional African-American male who, despite all appearances, insists that he is, and has always been, a white man. Born into the wrong race, Wally relates to us his prolonged journey of self-discovery, aided by a flashy, transgender girlfriend, a Delhi-based customer service representative from Time Warner Cable, a crass, ambulance-chasing trial attorney, a white hobo with blond dreadlocks and abstruse wisdom, and a kooky white psychiatrist, who, like Wally, was born into the wrong race (she is, in fact, Mongolian).

At its core, “Whit(e)man” is a clever, absurdist, thought-provoking parody of social stereotypes and identity. The play is witty, fast-paced, relevant to a diverse audience, and waiting to delight theatre-goers! It is my first foray into the droll world of social satire. I don’t typically write plays that relate much to current social conditions, but, this time, I stuck my toes into the fray (and I’ve rather enjoyed it).

You can find more about the play here!