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  • 05 May 2011 1:02 PM | Monica Raymond

    Sponsored by the University of Alabama, Birmingham, the Apsey Award is given for a play about race or ethnicity that has meaty roles for student actors and new insights into the subject.

    Monica Raymond's winning play, A TO Z follows the uneasy and interrupted friendship of two women, Annie (white) and Zafiya (black) through forty years of US history (1968-2008) and all of the letters of the alphabet. Raymond began and workshopped A TO Z during her tenure as a Jerome Fellow at the Playwrights' Center.

  • 23 Mar 2011 11:46 AM | Mary Steelsmith


    Results of the 2009 Eileen Heckart Drama for Seniors Competition were announced today by Ohio State University’s Department of Theatre and Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee Theatre Research Institute. The contest, named in memory of Ohio State alumna and Central Ohio native Eileen Heckart, attracted more than five hundred entries this year, in three categories: ten-minute plays, one acts plays, and full length plays.

    And the winners are:

    Ten-Minute: Mary Steelsmith (Los Angeles, California) Happy and Gay

    One act: Katherine DuBois (Boulder, Colorado) Volunteer Work

    Full-length: Donna Spector (Warwick, New York) Not For the Ferryman

    Finalists in each category include:

    First runners-up:

    Ten-Minute: Toby Armour (East Haven, Connecticut) Lifer

    One act: Richard Conlon (St. Charles, Illinois) send forth they mercies

    Full-length: R. Lawrence Sifford (Washington, D.C.) Murder in a Nursing Home

    Second runners-up:

    Ten-Minute: Stephanie Allison Walker (Los Angeles, California) Melt

    One act: Tevia E. Abrams (New York, New York) Marge and Jack

    Full-length (tie): Elizabeth Orndorff (Danville, Kentucky) Aidan’s Gift

    Lans Taverse (London, England) Coleslaw and Coconut Cream Pie

    Other finalists included

    Ten-Minute: Damon Chua (Los Angeles, California) Dogs Are Evil

    Douglas Stewart (Santa Fe, New Mexico) Never Mind

    One act: Steven Shutzman (Baltimore, Maryland)Tammy

    Rosemary Frisino Toohey (Baltimore, Maryland) Tilapia

    Full-length: Paul Elliott (Los Angeles, California) Exit Laughing

    The Eileen Heckart Drama for Seniors Competition honors Eileen Heckart (1919-2001), the distinguished American actress whose long career culminated in her stunning performance in Kenneth Lonergan=s The Waverly Gallery (2000), for which she received the Drama Desk Award, Obie Award, and Outer Critics Circle Award. That same year she was awarded the Tony for lifetime achievement. She also was the recipient of an Academy Award (Butterflies Are Free), Golden Globe (The Bad Seed) and an Emmy (Save Me A Place at Forest Lawn). She was recognized with a Margo Jones Medal in 2000 for her long championing of new plays, having appeared in almost thirty world premiere productions. Ms. Heckart was a native of Bexley, Ohio, and an alumna of The Ohio State University.

    Winning plays, and first-runners-up, will receive staged readings at The Ohio State University during the 2009-2010 academic year.

    Further information: 614/292-8238 (voice), 614/292-3222 (FAX),;

    Alan Woods, Coordinator
    The Eileen Heckart Drama for Seniors Competition
    The Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee Theatre Research Institute
    The Ohio State University
    119 Thompson Library 1658 Neil Ave. Mall
    Columbus, OH 43210
    614 292-8232 office 614 292-3222 fax 614 371-4125 viator

  • 09 Feb 2011 6:57 PM | Anonymous
    In March 2011, Carolyn will be a writer-in-residence at the Ragdale Foundation in Lake Forest, IL.  Ragdale is an artists' retreat supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.
  • 30 Jul 2010 12:22 PM | Donna Spector
    Donna Spector's play NOT FOR THE FERRYMAN won first place in the Eileen Heckart Senior Drama Award competition.
  • 19 May 2010 4:17 AM | Deleted user
    1990 - 2ND Prize of the National Monologue Contest celebrated in Tomelloso, Spain, for the presentation of her own adaptation of Jean Rhys' "Let them Call it Jazz" as a one woman show. Played by her and directed by Carlos Toquero.

    1999 - Margarita Mendoza Award to a Grant by CITRU (Centro de Investiagción Teatral Rodolfo Usigli), a branch of Mexico´s Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes for Professional Research on Theatre Arts, for her project "Nowadays Theatre in Indigenous Languages in the State of Puebla, Mexico" which gave birth to ther published book "El Teatro Poblano Autóctono:Identidad contra Esperpento"

    2003 - Scholarship from Michal Howard Studios in New York to attend their Summer Intensive Course for Professional Actors.

    2004 - Raymond J. Flores Award in NY for her one act "Lo Mein and Tequila"

    2008 - Finalist Mention to the 14th April Award for Theatre about Historical Memory given by the Democratic Memorial of the Generaliutat de Cataluña, Barcelona, for her play in two acts "El Cobert" (The Junk Room), which gave origin to the publication of the play in 2009 by Arola Editors.
  • 10 May 2010 6:11 PM | Judith Collins
    Judith Glass Collins' short play--Of Poisoned Pens and Palates--
    will be given a staged reading at the play festival--Bit Part--at Freehold Theatre in Seattle on May 14th and 15th at 8:00pm.  Tickets are $15.00.  Judith's play is a finalist for publication in the 2010 issue of KNOCK. 
  • 26 Mar 2010 6:49 PM | Anonymous

    WHISTLEBLOWER, by Carolyn Kras, received the Region II Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival's One-Act Play Award.


    In a corporate law firm manifested as a wacky gym, law clerks dressed in ties and running shorts climb the corporate ladder - literally - and throw punches, step out of bounds, and commit personal fouls.  Janet must decide whether to blow the whistle on the runaway fraud or kill her conscience (a talking copy machine) in order to stay in the game. 



  • 26 Feb 2010 7:47 PM | Anonymous
    "Jimmies," produced by Howards Frog Productions advanced to the semifinals of the Strawberry Festival on February 16, 2010. Featuring Royale Mosley, Rashad Edwards, and Stephen Medvidick, Directed by Erin Woodward, and Stage Managed by Jacqueline Deniz Young, the play about a mother's struggle to redeem her dead son garnered an enthusiastic response both for its writing and the top-drawer performances of the actors. Mosley and Medvidick were nominated in the Best Actress and Actor categories, and Woodward received a  festival Best Director nomination. the Strawberry Festival is presented twice yearly by Black Experimental Theatre, Van Dirk Fisher, Artistic Director, through The Riant Theatre Deborah Greenhut's play, "Difficult Subjects," a 2006 Strawberry Wild Night Winner, was published in Best of the Strawberry One-Act Festival, Volume 2; her play, How I Live. With Terror has also appeared in The Strawberry Festival.
  • 31 Jan 2010 11:33 AM | Jamie Pachino

    LA playwright Jamie Pachino was awarded the Primus Prize for her play, SPLITTING INFINTY. The Primus Prize is awarded by the Francesca Ronnie Primus Foundation and the American Theatre Critics Association (ATCA) to an emerging woman theater artist, either a playwright, artistic director or director. The award recipient receives $10,000 2009 and a trip to the ATCA conference at the O'Neill Theater Center in Connecticut.

    SPLITTING INFINITY is a smart and witty exploration of faith, science, love, and ambition surrounding Leigh Sangold, a Nobel prize-winning astrophysicist, who takes on the definitive scientific challenge: to use physics to prove whether God exists. Leigh's quest for a renewed sense of self in her life threatens her closest relationships with Saul Lieberman, a tenderhearted Rabbi who's been in love with her since childhood, and her lover, a competitive post-doctoral student who is the son of a Christian Scientist. Splitting Infinity tests the boundaries of relationships and zealous ambition. It seeks to answer the questions we have about ourselves, each other, and the universe through the scientific and religious equation.

    Upon winning the award, Pachino said, "The Primus Prize is one that is extremely respected by women playwrights and I am so honored and delighted to be recognized."

    Jaime Pachino is an award-winning playwright and screenwriter with national and international credits. Her play, Splitting Infinity, was named the winner of the Laurie Foundation Theatre Visionary Award, and the STAGE competition for plays about science. Other plays include Waving Goodbye (world premiere Steppenwolf Theatre, winner of the Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays Award, and Chicago's Jeff Award for Best New Work); The Return to Morality (winner of eight national awards, produced throughout the U.S.); Aurora's Motives, Race and Theodora: An Unauthorized Biography.

    The Primus Prize has historically been awarded to an outstanding female playwright recognizing a single script. While the award committee retains an interest in honoring achievement in the writing of plays, it will also actively consider female artists whose work is outstanding in other theatrical disciplines, including artistic direction, stage direction, acting, design, production and dramaturgy. The award generally will seek to honor women of significant achievement who have not yet attained national prominence.

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  • 27 Jan 2010 2:01 PM | Judith Collins
    Judith Glass Collins' One-Act Play --Taste
    will be given a staged reading on February 16th and 23rd at the Key City
    Public Theatre in Port Townsend, Washington, as part of the 14th
    Annual Playwright's Festival.

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