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New Play Contest 2019
500+ entries. 3 finalist. 1 winner – chosen by you.
The evening will begin at 6:30 p.m. with a reception in the gallery with food, wine and drink. At 7:30 p.m. there will be readings from the top three entries to the Annual New Play Contest. After the last play is read, vote for your favorite and determine the winner. That show will then be produced in the 2020-21 season and receive the Janet & Bruce Bunch New Play Contest Award.
The New Play Contest, now in its 21st year, provides opportunity for audiences to get involved with the production process itself, rather than the end result. Finalists are selected from over 500 entries around the world.
Love and Communication by Jim Christy
Samuel Holden is by all accounts, a spectacularly beautiful child. His parents, school administrators, therapists and lawyers fighting about the best way to treat his autism all agree on that. And practically nothing else.
His father Rob will do anything necessary – anything — to get Samuel into a private school with a years-long waiting list. For his mother Megan, the answer is a relatively new therapy patented by a charismatic doctor. As these increasingly desperate efforts take them in different directions, their marriage — and their relationship with their son — hang in the balance.
The show is about autism as an analogy for the difficulty people have communicating with each other. Every allegedly normal character in the play — parents, educators, bureaucrats — displays an inability to communicate or to show empathy for those they are supposed to love, the core of autism.
The Wild Boar by Daniel Damiano
A newly retired teacher moves to a remote island, seeking nothing but solitude and serenity. However, when a boar arrives at her house one day, an unlikely relationship develops, bringing about unexpected feelings from her past, while placing her at odds with the local authorities and the island’s other inhabitants.
The Wild Boar by Daniel Damiano was a finalist for the Woodward/Newman Drama Award and Bloomington Playwrights Project.
The Chechens by Phillip Christian Smith
In modern Chechnya homosexuals are rumored to be held in camps. Can one family protect their brother suspected of being gay, or will they honor kill him to protect the name of the family? What prevails in the end-religion, politics or love?