Thank you to everyone who submitted! Our readers were given the top four plays to read without the playwrights identifying information attached and were asked to rank the plays 1 through 4, with one being their top choice and four being their last choice for the reading. They were asked to consider following when creating their rankings:
1. The strength of the story itself and strength of the characters built. Does the story make sense? Are the characters well rounded? etc.
2. How do you think the story would play out as a reading? -The play will not be shared in the traditional sense of seeing the play entirely on its feet with sets, costumes, and complete staging. Would the story still be entertaining without those elements?
3. Do you believe the playwright would benefit from the workshop experience? Remember that these plays are still a work in progress and we expect some work to be done as the weekend progresses. That being said, is there too much work that needs to be done that the playwright cannot expect to have addressed the issues over the course of 24 (working) hours.
From there, we assigned points to each ranking and added the points up. The two plays with the most points will receive the workshop and performance September 23-25th at the Hatbox Theatre in Concord, NH.
Without further ado, the plays selected are (drum roll…)
Divine Intent by Jackie Marcoux
-A man responds to his father call to find out that he has kidnapped a young woman under the pretense of saving an angel from harm.
The Boy in the Box by Lesley Moreau
-A teenage girl comes forward, claiming the identity of girl kidnapped as a baby. She returns home to find the family is still dealing with the repercussions of the kidnapping 16 years ago.
We are so excited to be producing these shows! We also would like to take a moment to identify the two plays that were also in our top four as well as two honorable mentions.
The Final Reel by Walter Freeman and Bill Ivers
An Unexamined Life by Bill Ivers
Channeling Gene by Lucy Blood
I Smile, Of Course, And Go On Drinking Tea by Linda Britt
Thank you again to all who submitted plays to us and we can’t wait to put together this workshop weekend!
Amanda and Jackie