Category Archives: New plays

U.S. playwright Katori Hall wins Susan Smith Blackburn award

American playwright Katori Hall has won the prestigious Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, a $20,000 award given every year to a woman playwright writing in English. Hall received the prize for her play Hurt Village.

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Theater critics announce six finalists for $25,000 new-play prize

Six U.S. playwrights have been named as finalists in the 2010 Steinberg/American Theatre Critics Association ATCA) New Play Award, a national competition run by ATCA, the professional organization of U.S. theater critics.

The six finalists are up for $40,000 in awards, including one $25,000 first-place award and two $7,500 citations. The awards go to the writers of the scripts judged to have been the best produced in a regional theater outside New York the previous year.

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Theater auditions: A Fringe show called ‘Onomatopoeia’

You don’t have to be able to spell it (although good spelling is always a leg up in my world), but here’s an audition announcement from Tara Corless for Onomatopoeia, a Fringe show. For more info, go to the show’s Facebook page:

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More about PlayFest’s plays

Patrick Flick, head of new-play development at Orlando Shakespeare Theater, has sent over descriptions of the plays slated for April’s PlayFest. Here you go:

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Theater auditions: ‘Supporting Cast’ for Fringe:

Here’s an audition notice for a Fringe play by Jamie Cline:

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Theater auditions: Fringe show

Here’s an audition notice for a Fringe show, Big Swinging Dicks:

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PlayFest titles announced

As auditions continue today for Orlando Shakespeare Theater’s PlayFest, I was curious about the names of the scripts we’ll be hearing. So here’s a rundown on what’s coming to PlayFest this April:

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Theater auditions: Breakthrough one-acts

Here’s an audition notice from Terri Giannoutsos at Breakthrough Theatre for two shows in its one-act festival. Auditions are this weekend:

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Orlando director Kenny Howard to be part of NY directors’ program

Kenny Howard, who has directed many shows at the Orlando Fringe and at the Parliament House’s Footlight Theater, has been accepted into the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society’s observership pool — a program that will allow him to track a director and an off-Broadway production from the first day of rehearsals to opening night.

Howard has been assigned to director Leigh Silverman, who will be directing the world premiere of the David Greenspan play Go Back to Where You Are at Playwrights Horizons in New York. Rehearsals begin March 1 and the play, described as a comic romance, will be performed March 24-May 1.

The cast features Stephen Bogardus, David Greenspan, Tim Hopper and Mary Shultz.

“Interestingly enough,” Kenny says, “what seemed to be of most interest to Leigh was my ‘activist’-type resume.  Titles like Dragness of God and PieFace! The Adventures of Anita Bryant, etc., appealed to her and apparently gave me a leg up from my competition.”

Congratulations to Kenny, who’s also dabbling in Broadway in the coming months by investing in the new Marc Shaiman-Scott Wittman musical Catch Me If You Can and the revival of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, starring Daniel Radcliffe.  Busy man.

Theater audition: ‘The Mommies A Musical Blog’

Here’s an audition announcement from the creators of Menopause the Musical:

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Theater review: PB&J’s ‘Shhhh!’

By Elizabeth Maupin
Elizabeth Maupin on Theater

Mark Koenig as a burglar in 'Shhhh!.'

You can take the title of PB&J Theatre Factory’s new comedy, Shhhh!, as a warning.

It’s not just Mark Koenig and Todd Zimmerman, who play burglars in this murder-mystery-satire, who have to be very, very quiet. It’s also the Garden Theatre audience, who must put their ears into concentration mode to pick up all the silliness this show entails.

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Theater auditions: ‘Beer: The Musical’ at Fringe

Here’s an audition notice for a Fringe show:

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Theater auditions: PlayFest at Orlando Shakes

Here’s the audition notice for PlayFest:

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Broadway’s ‘Spider-Man’ gets its reviews

After 2-1/2 months of previews and three opening nights postponed, theater critics from the country’s major newspapers have stepped in and written their reviews of Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, the $65-million musical that has become a running joke on Broadway.

And the word is not good.

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Theater auditions: New play at Valencia

Here’s an audition notice from Julia Gagne at Valencia Community College:

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Playwrights’ Round Table announces full(er) season

Playwrights’ Round Table, which up until now has shown up a few times a year, is expanding its offerings of new plays by (mostly) local playwrights. Here’s the word:

Playwrights’ Round Table announces first full season of new plays

Playwrights’ Round Table is very pleased to announce that the organization has signed a new contract with the fine folks at the Orlando Shakespeare Theater and will present a full season of all-original works for the first time in its 14-year existence.

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Theater auditions: Musical comedy for Fringe

Here’s an audition notice from Jill Craddock for a Fringe show, Once Upon a Pill:

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Theater folks coming to speak at Rollins

There’s a string of theater people at work at Rollins in the next few months, and an actual bevy of them here in the next couple of weeks. All of them will be interacting with students and with the public — and my experience has been with Rollins visitors in the past has been that if you possibly can make it to hear these people, you should. All of the public events are free.

Let’s start with this weekend and move onward:

Critic/author Terry Teachout back at Rollins

Writer Terry Teachout, theater critic for the Wall Street Journal and author of the best-selling biography Pops, about Louis Armstrong, is back at Rollins College this month as part of the Winter Park Institute.

He’s already presented one program (the e-mail notice went out late) but has two more in store. Here they are (and theater fans may want to note that local actor Dennis Neal appears in the second of these programs):

Cocoa Beach theater hosts playwriting contest

Here’s news of another contest for some local playwrights:

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