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Changes and kudos at Orlando Shakes

Congrats to Patrick Flick, head of new-play development at Orlando Shakespeare Theater, who has just been elected to the executive committee of the board of the National New Plays Network, where he’s now literary manager. The group met in New Orleans this past weekend.

Also kudos to Melissa Mason and Jason Horne, who have new jobs at Orlando Shakes. Melissa is now head of marketing and Jason is now company manager.

Another company change, a few weeks ago: Anne Hering is now director of education.

Good news for all!

Are you a friend of PlayFest? Prove it.

Patrick Flick sends along a way to help out Orlando Shakespeare Theater’s PlayFest and the National New Play Network, which develops new plays for regional theaters across the country.

Here’s your chance to win big, help PlayFest, the National New Play Network and Orlando Shakespeare Theater!

The National New Play Network (of which Orlando Shakes is a member) is holding a raffle for a $10,000 airline pass on American Airlines!  These are not “air miles” but an actual $10,000 account you can use in any combination you like, to go anywhere American flies.  Tickets are $50 each and there will only be a maximum of 1300 tickets sold by NNPN member theatres.  You also will receive free tickets to any NNPN member theatre you may choose to visit on your travels!

To purchase a ticket (or tickets) simply go to http://www.facebook.com/l/9744f;www.nnpn.org, and click on the “Donate” button in the lower right-hand corner.  This will take you to NNPN’s PayPal site.  Use your credit card on this safe site to make your donation, which will translate into your raffle ticket.  Tickets are $50 each; so make a donation based on the number of tickets you would like.  IN the instructions to seller, MAKE SURE you type “ORLANDO SHAKESPEARE THEATER” (to ensure Orlando Shakes is credited).  Only type those three aforementioned words.

Your donation is tax-deductible and will be going towards a worthy cause – new play development!  Proceeds are split between NNPN and Orlando Shakes.  The drawing will be held on June 12 at NNPN’s annual convening.  The winner will be notified shortly thereafter.

Once you have made your contribution, please inform me via email as well at patrickf@orlandoshakes.org.  Thanks and Good Luck!

Theater review: ‘Shotgun’

Here’s my review of Shotgun, which will run in the Orlando Sentinel sometime this week:

Theater review: ‘Shotgun,’ Orlando Shakespeare Theater

By Elizabeth Maupin
Special to the Sentinel

Hurricane Katrina has carved itself into the faces of the men of Shotgun – in the way Dennis Neal stares impassively at a stranger, in the way Rus Blackwell’s eyes look dead to the world.

Neal’s Dex and Blackwell’s Beau are but two of the five characters in John Biguenet’s Shotgun, a drama that focuses its gaze on the lives of a pair of families in New Orleans. Yet it’s the narrow focus of this new play that shakes you. If Katrina’s devastation has so rocked these five, what horrors have struck so many others?

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