IN REMEMBRANCE judged Best Play
Memory is important, especially as we mature, and the production of In Remembrance by Michelle Pascua with Lee Gundersheimer, Donna DeFant, and Stephen-Paul Dieter directed by Katherine Michelle Tanner delivered the message touchingly. It was judged Best Play and won the Verna Safran Prize of $500.
Runner-up: 15 SECONDS
Bruce Karp’s 15 Seconds poignantly speaks of a mom coming to terms with the death of her son as a result of a tragic shooting—and his secret. Jill Schroeder, Ciana Nelle-Bostock, Joseph Klens, and Aaron Schroeder played the characters with Lee Gundersheimer’s direction. As the Runner-up play, the playwright receives $300.
Workshop and Q&A with Gary Garrison
More than thirty area playwrights and theatre artists attended Gary Garrison’s Saturday workshop on creating strong and memorable characters in their plays. Garrison not only provided creative ideas for developing those characters but engaged the group in several writing exercises to help them put those ideas into their work.
Nearly fifty audience members remained in the theater after Saturday night’s Festival performance for a question and answer session with Gary Garrison and Festival Production Manager Lee Gundersheimer. Questions ranged from key trends in the theater world today to the future of the ten-minute play format (very strong according to Garrison!).